I’m Happy To Welcome My Good Friend And A “Fabulous Poetess”, Bonnie Gail Carter!

Hello Friends, Readers, and Welcome New Visitors,


Many of you know that when I ‘Guest Spotlight’ a new author, I try not to be¬†so ‘stuffy’ of¬†how and what¬†I write about my guests. I think it¬†sets me apart from other book promoters and book bloggers. To have a little fun when introducing one of my friends. Now I’m not saying I’ll give them a ‘literary roast’ or anything,¬†just share some tid bits of what they do, and about¬†their published works.
So please meet, Bonnie Gail Carter, Poet. and her book of poetry has just released on Amazon’s Create Space titled,¬† The Chill Turned Warm”

My Book is Available at Createspace Now!

Bonnie and I met through one of¬†my gazillion social media sites I’m on, and she was quite the persistent bunny of wanting me to help promote her new¬†book¬†edition of poetry. But what sets Bonnie apart from¬†many fine poets is that she shares much of her ‘lived life’ and challenges within her poems. We are ‘Kindred Spirits’ in that aspect. She to¬†lives with¬†mental/emotional daily challenges like myself, and like me, I enjoy writing and helping others¬†through it, and she does the same, but with her fantastic poetry.
We talk by phone often, and becoming very good friends. She’s just a sweet gal who lives in Indiana, writes poems, loves taking photographs, and she has been through so much trauma in her life, but you’d never know because she holds no grudges of her up bringing. She and her siblings were abandoned, shuffled to orphanages and foster homes, and her taking care of her siblings at a very young age. Yes,¬†hers is a heart breaking story.¬†Instead of being a victim, she funneled all that into her poetry. So let me share a little about Bonnie and her new book of poetry, and share a poem that is one of here favorites!

About The Author:

BONNIE GAIL CARTER has used her roller coaster ride of living to help inspire and give to others hope so that they, too, can overcome the hardships, obstacles, and trials they endure. The Chill Turned Warm is Carter’s first collection of poetry, but her work has been featured in Jonathon Rutger’s online magazine and the Poetic Bond. Additionally, Carter is a candidate to appear on Covington’s Who’s Who list of 2014.

About The Book:

How many of you can say you’ve met the devil? I can, and I wrote a poem about it. How many of you can say you hear voices? I can, and I wrote a poem about it. How many of you have run around with a motorcycle gang of Harley riders? I did, and I happen to¬†wrote a poem about …
How many of you lived in an orphanage where they split you and your siblings up into different wings? I did, and I wrote a poem about it. How many of you lived in foster homes? I did, and I wrote a poem about it. How many of you have been raped? I was, and I wrote a poem about that, too. How many of you love God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit more than anything else? I do, and I wrote a poem about that. There are poems about love and love lost in “The Chill Turned Warm”. There is something for everyone to identify with in this collection. Bonnie …

Bonnie Gail Carter
Poet, Bonnie Gail Carter

Message From Bonnie:
Ever since I was a teenager I had always wanted to write a book of poems.
It’s only now taken me sixty years, as I turned 60 this year, so better late than never!
“The Chill Turned Warm” is not only the title of my collection of poems,
but it is my favorite poems in this book. This poem has evolved over a 30 year period
to make it what it is today. It’s title is “Sunsets” …

Sunsets, by: Bonnie Gail Carter

Sunsets have such brilliant hues.

What a wonderful sky canvas to view.
It makes me think of you.
Can we make it through the various sunsets
and all of life’s difficult tests?
It just makes me ponder upon what’s next.
Can this wonderful really last?
Soon the present will be out past.
Our memories will have gone by so fast.
I want to slow down the sunsets frame by frame.
Never do I want them all to be the same.
There will be some days filled with rain.
Hopefully they’ll be filled with more sunshine
and the various flavors of wine.
Like the sunsets I pray we’ll last for all of time …

Bonnie Gail Carter 



GEDC0867   GEDC0605  ~  by Bonnie Gail Carter

Bonnie also enjoys photography. Here are a¬†just a few of her beautiful photo’s above and many more on her Flickr page at: http://flickr.com/photos/78115910@N03/
Here book can be purchased on Create Space: https://www.createspace.com/5083547
And soon on Amazon Kindle Store.
And you can also find her on YouTube helping her partner in crime, Donnie Townsend promote his music on YouTube here:

Come connect with Bonnie on her other social media sites, she is all over the web! LOL.
Her blog:  http://www.bonniecarter.wordpress.com/
On Facebook: Author Bonnie Gail Carter
On LinkedIn:  http://www.linkedin.com/pub/bonnie-gail-carter/28/a2/34
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/bonniegcarter/bonnie-gail-carter-photography/
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/BonnieGailCarter/

I hope you enjoyed¬†meeting, Poet, Bonnie Gail Carter,¬†and purchase a copy of her new book of poems. I can tell you¬†she has¬†endured, and has¬†overcome¬†more than one person should have to¬†in one lifetime. I know that’s what makes her such a¬†strong woman, and a caring person.¬†She truly is an Inspiration

God Bless All,
Author, Catherine Townsend-Lyon

The Chill Turned Warm



Welcome Jessica Wood, Founder Of A New Unique Concept Called, “Hone Life”…

Welcome Friends And New Visitors,

I’m very excited to WELCOME “Jessica Wood, founder of HoneLife.com http://www.honelife.com
“It’s a new unique way for artists to express themselves by “A Single Word” and inspiring meaningful connections.”
Jessica Wood
Hone Life


HoneLife is a topic-centered platform on which to share your creative perspective. Use HoneLife’s Word of the Week as inspiration to create and connect to the world around you. To learn more about being a HoneLife member and how to use this website, check out the How to Hone page.

How to Hone

Become a member of HoneLife, and participate in the simultaneous focus on the Word of the Week. Share your creative interpretation of the word through images and/or text, and be inspired by the perspectives of others’.

To become a member, register and create a profile. Once registered and logged in, you can submit a post by clicking the ‚ÄúShare your perspective‚ÄĚ button on the homepage.

The Word of the Week is posted on Sundays at 12:00 (noon) CST. To know the word ahead of time, solve the Friday Riddle posted each week on HoneLife’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I edit my user profile? ¬†The information you provided when creating your profile will appear in the upper left hand corner of each post you submit. ¬†To edit your information, mouse-over your profile image found on any of your posts, and click on the pencil.
  • Why is my image taking so long to upload? While there are no formal size restrictions, the site currently performs best when images are smaller than 1MB.
  • How long do I have to make submissions to a weekly word? One week. A new word is posted each Sunday. Once a new word is posted, you will no longer be able to make submissions to previous words.
  • Do I have to submit something each week? No. Sharing your perspective is not required. There is no minimum requirement. Sharing your perspective is also not limited. You may submit multiple posts for each word, but please put adequate thought into each submission. People want to see [insert your name here]‚Äôs unique take on the word. Get creative!
    Friendly Reminders

    • Experiencing the Word of the Week ideally does not take place behind a screen. It is through reflection, discussion, observation, and action that the experience occurs and your unique perspective is revealed. Sharing your perspective (posting) on HoneLife.com is secondary to the experience.

Ways to experience a word include but are not limited to…

  • observing the word in your home, in public, and in nature. Reflecting on the word‚Äôs significance to you.
  • capturing the word through photography, illustration, design, painting, sculpture, poetry, and storytelling.
  • participating in discussion about the word. Hone as a family, classroom, company, or group.
  • Be considerate and respectful of others‚Äô posts. Expressing creativity takes courage and practice.

*I have honed, and I have to tell you it’s awesome! You’ll meet many talented people from all over the world. And you’ll find some interesting blogs and websites too! So, as many know, I only ask 2 simple questions of all by “Blog Guests,” and Jessica is no different. So here are the 2 questions I asked her about http://www.honelife.com and what she was kind enough to share with all of us*….
Jessica Wood, Founder of HoneLife.comLives in St. Louis, MO
1.) Is there a story behind how HoneLife came about?
The concept of HoneLife came to me during a personally difficult time.¬† I was feeling ‚Äútrapped‚ÄĚ in a career I did not like.¬† Trapped because I ‚Äúshould be thankful to have a job‚ÄĚ, trapped because I had no other¬†skills or¬†training, and trapped because quitting would mean disappointing and worrying those who cared about me.¬† When you‚Äôre dissatisfied with how you are spending the majority of each day, it‚Äôs extremely difficult to become happy.¬† Yes, there are evening hours and weekends away from work, but the lack of enthusiasm I had for my job bled into all other areas of my life.¬† Instead of spending time doing activities I enjoyed or pursuing new hobbies that could potentially lead to some joy, I instead would come home from work, sleep,spend endless hours staring a screens (phone, computer, tv, sometimes all three at once), and then sleep some more.
Nothing about my daily routine was going to get me out of the funk I was in.  I would imagine what I would do if I was one of those people who had energy, motivation, and courage. Writing came to mind, but what would I write about?  My educational knowledge was based on a career I was trying to escape. I then heard a piece of advice that changed my way of thinking, don’t write about something just because you know about it, write about something because people will want to read it. It sounds simple, but that idea got me thinking less about myself, and more about creating something meaningful and useful for others.
I knew I was not the only one who experienced social media remorse–that feeling of guilt that comes from wasting time mindlessly perusing social media sites.¬† So then I thought, because social media is here to stay, what if there were a social media site that instead of distracting you from reality, it encouraged you to engage with it?¬† What if it could motivate you to discover or reawaken creativity and passion?¬† It was then that the idea for HoneLife hit me, and I remembered what it felt like to be passionate about something.¬† A few months later, having resigned from my job, I started development on the website and on the new me!
Right now HoneLife.com is centered around a ‚Äúword of the week.”¬† The word is used to prompt awareness and creativity.¬† Members submit their creative perspective of the word in the form of poetry, paintings, photos, stories, etc.¬† Being a very new site and having limited functionality, I‚Äôve been overjoyed with the positive response from the creative community.¬† I‚Äôm ecstatic for members to see the upcoming improvements and additions.¬† There will be many new ways and opportunities to inspire and be inspired.
2.) What is the most exciting experience that you enjoy about HoneLife?
Jumping head first into a new venture is beyond intimidating.¬† It can be easy to want to give up and slip into old, familiar habits.¬† It can be easy to believe the naysayers and the statistics that ‚Äúprove‚ÄĚ the odds are against you.¬† You will have moments when it‚Äôs hard to recall what was so bad about your old way of life–it had to be easier than this.¬† But then there are those times of triumph.
Those times you accomplish something the old you would have never even attempted.¬†Those times when you realize what you are doing resonates with who you want to be.¬†For me many of those moments come at the end of a good workday, when time has flown by because I was busy enjoying what I was doing, or when I hear from a member that HoneLife got them out of writer‚Äôs block or inspired a group discussion.¬†People should never feel ‚Äútrapped‚ÄĚ in their life.¬†Changing your course is never easy, but not changing it is detrimental.¬† Start by finding a positive outlet.¬†Recall what used to make you feel energized and excited.¬†What could you spend hours doing as a child (e.g. building, drawing, cooking, performing)?¬† Remind yourself of what you‚Äôre capable of and who you are at your core.¬† Foster your passions until there is no time left in the day for things that bring you down.
*I really understand what Jessica is saying about how we can¬†get to feeling “stuck” in life sometimes. Hone Life is such a fantastic way to release all your creative energy by sharing what you think the¬†“word of the week” may mean in your own life by describing it in writing, or a poem perhaps, or maybe¬†even with pictures. Don’t be afraid to let go and share all your talent! I have met some interesting people from all over that may not have found me on any other website or blog, and that’s why “HONELIFE.COM” is so different and “Special”! So go by and say Hi to Jessica and experience Hone Life for yourself*
I want to “THANK” Jessica Wood of Hone Life for letting me spotlight here amazing concept with all of my friends here. And as always,…..tell¬†Author Catherine Lyon sent you!