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For the beautiful spirits gracing us here on earth.

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Kimberley Formosa © 2011

 

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By making us stop for a moment, poetry gives us an opportunity to think about ourselves as human beings on this planet and what we mean to each other. ~Rita Dove

Dear Reader,

I am pleased to announce that the members of the Allegheny Valley Poets have published our first book of poetry!
Allow me to introduce you to the poets:
Brian Bell was born in Crabtree, Pennsylvania. He was the 1997 valedictorian of Duquesne University‘s McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts. He lives in Chruchill, Pa with his wife Sheila, six-year-old son Parker, and two-year-old daughter Selina. Brian writes with frankness and truth. He can take a memory or an experience and chisel it out on the page so that as you read his work, you might also touch it.
Julie Cecchini lives in Penn Hills, PA. She is a member of Allegheny Valley Poets, Monroeville Poets and Penn Hills Writers Workshop. Her poems have appeared in various journals. Julie always finds a way through her words to make us smile and laugh.
Arthur Erbe, who lives in Oakmont, teaches literature at the University of Pittsburgh. He enjoys classical music, playing the piano, reading books on his Kindle and attending creative writing workshops. Arthur is the leader of our poetry group, Allegheny Valley Poets, and rallies us all together to learn and share through different venues such as workshops and public readings.
Charles Erdeljac lives in Oakmont, Pennsylvania and has worked in education for thirty-eight years. He and his wife Susan enjoy their four children and three grandchildren. Chuck is a writer who through any experience can portray the power of emotion to draw the reader in and to contemplate that which has been said.
Kimberley Formosa (me 😉 )is the mother of six children and has one granddaughter. She is a Registered Nurse and enjoys volunteering in the community of Oakmont. In her free time she enjoys dwelling upon the written word penned by others or from the ink that pours from the pen in hand.
Michael Frachioni lives with his wife Christie in Penn Hills, where they revel in their children Maggie, Charlie,  and Peter. Michael is a great man with the strength to portray his poetry with gentleness.
Elaine Morris is an artist working and exhibiting in many forms of media. The Permanent Collection of Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Museum of Art includes her works. Her life in small towns along the Ohio and Allegheny Rivers is an ongoing theme in her poetry. She lives in Oakmont. Elaine also provided the original and beautiful cover design for our book.
Amber Savka, a former English teacher now full-time mother of three, lives in Penn Hills where she spends her days caring for and teaching her children. In those rare quiet moments, she writes and plays the piano. Amber has the talent to take a moment and present it to the reader in an intimate setting. As though she were writing for you, and you alone.
Writing on Water can be purchased several places in Oakmont, Pennsylvania: Cafe Vita , Mystery Lover’s Bookshop, Hippie House Coffee, as well as the Oakmont Carnegie Library. There are also books of poetry that can be purchased at the University of Pittsburgh Bookstore.  If you are interested in receiving a book via USPS, just contact me and I will take care of you!
All proceeds will benefit the Oakmont Carnegie Library.
I would like to thank all who have been involved in the writing, designing, editing, publishing, and marketing of Writing On Water. A very special thank you to Paul Bolam for his generous contribution for the printing.
Thank you dear reader for all of your love and support!
~Kimberley

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Dedicated to our nation as we struggle with the aftermath of tragedy and death experienced in Tucson, Arizona, on Saturday, January 8, 2011. May our prayers and thoughts be turned toward our Maker for all who are suffering the loss of those they so dearly loved and those that are in need of healing.

My wounds are deep

Their pain intense

So much that

My flesh is weak and frail

Faltering within lies my voice

Silent is my prayer

Hope on. Hope ever.

His presence hovers over me

He heals my broken heart

My Father carries my sorrows

He restores my soul

I look to the heavens

I know where my help comes from

He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. Psalm 147:3

Kimberley Formosa © 2011

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when one ceases to care

when one fails to offer hope to another

when one is unable

to grasp

that bit of soul

that remains tender

toward its’ creator

when one cannot

masterfully

take hold of the hope

that has been lodged

so perfectly

within

Lost Soul

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

life as we know shall be altered

forever

it’s course

unknown

defying

obscure

Kimberley Formosa © 2011

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Dear Reader~

The art of writing, 1790.

WordPress has posted a challenge and I am being bold to say ‘Yes! I will post once a week in 2011.’

The keyboard will not lie there quiet and stifled any longer. Pen and paper will be at my side all day long. I know it won’t be easy, but it will be fun, inspiring, awesome and wonderful. Therefore I’m promising to make use of The DailyPost, and the community of other bloggers with similar goals, to help me along the way, including asking for help when I need it and encouraging others when I can.

If you already read my blog, I hope you’ll encourage me with comments and likes, and good will along the way. And to you my dear reader, I extend to you the warmest gratitude for all of your support.

Devotedly yours,

~Kimberley

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2010 in review


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The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 2,800 times in 2010. That’s about 7 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 101 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 104 posts. There were 198 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 43mb. That’s about 4 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was March 19th with 86 views. The most popular post that day was Imagine.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were facebook.com, en.wordpress.com, mail.live.com, obama-scandal-exposed.co.cc, and legal5ounds.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for lonely, jane eyre, threadsofred, og mandino, and jane eyre blog.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

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Imagine March 2010

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Jane Eyre August 2010

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The Greatest Miracle in the World ~Og Mandino June 2010
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About Me December 2009
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My Heart February 2010
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Thank you to all of my faithful readers and subscribers! I cherish you and your devotion to the art of poetry. If you have a favorite poem, please let me know. I would love to hear from you!

May your New Year be blessed and I hope that you continue to browse and read and find something to hold dear to your heart.

~Kimberley

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