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 I have been a member of Poetry soup since 2011. 


Though my forte is fiction, verse has always appealed to me. There is nothing like a play of words to rattle the ordinary, to tickle away the dust of stagnation. My favourite form is the contemporary sonnet, but I also enjoy free verse. Also, I love the zen experience of haiku, its seizure of a moment, how it can hold a universe in so few syllables. And I admit to a fondness for the Rondeau.




My life is simple, but busy. I’m a writer and stay at home mother. Days are full. 


Currently, I am working on a novel or ... ha ha... should I really say that the novel is working on me? Characters! They have a way of turning a world upside down.


There are some amazing poets on the soup. I am blessed to call many my friends ~~ Cyndi




**********UPDATE: FAST FOR THE PHILIPPINES*************


Blog Posted:11/15/2013 2:02:00 PM

Thanks to all for your comments!

So, first I realized that I needed to make the donation part of this process as easy as possible for all involved, so I chose to simplify the process by collecting only the NAMES of those who pledge to donate funds for the Philippines.

I chose three reputable agencies: The Mennonite Relief Committee, Unicef and the Red Cross. I will be dropping off posters and a sponsor sheets to several businesses on Monday, I hope.

The local paper, the New Hamburg Independent, has interviewed me and an article will appear in Wednesday's paper. They were very supportive and encouraging.

Here is my poster and what I'm trying to do


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FASTING

FOR THE PHILIPPINES


I will be fasting from
Fri, Nov 22, Midnight??  - Sun, Nov 24, Noon



I'm ONLY collecting pledge NAMES for emergency relief. YOUR ACTUAL donation can either be given directly at
The New Hamburg Mennonite Thrift Store, on-line at:

http://www.redcross.ca/donate/donate-online/donate-to-the-typhoon-haiyan-fund
or
www.unicef.ca/Philippines-Relief? ? 
or, if able, at your place of worship.

Please sign my sponsor sheet and then make the donation... even a $1 pledge. I will trust that you will gift that pledge amount to whatever agency you choose.

THANK YOU FOR LENDING YOUR SUPPORT!

Typhoon Haiyan has basically destroyed an entire region--- they are hungry and homeless. WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!!! I am hoping that others will join me in this fast, a show of solidarity for the peoples of the Philippines.

THEY NEED OUR HELP. LET?S SHOW WE CARE!

Please email me at fastforthem@outlook.com if you would like more information or would like to participate in any way. 

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SO, SOUPERS, please, if you are able to donate anything to the cause, please let me know and I?ll sign you up on my sponsor sheet. If you have already donated, would you be able to donate even ONE dollar more <3?

Or maybe you could join me on my fast, as long as you are healthy and able! It is a 36 HOUR fast which starts Next Friday, Nov 22, Midnight and runs until the Sunday, Nov 23 at Noon.

I'm hoping someone in my town, one I only recently moved to, joins me and we will be able to 'break fast' together. Please, keep the Philippines in your thoughts and/or prayers in the coming days as supplies begin to filter to them. May food and water reach them quickly.


I will keep you updated on my process.As I mentioned in my previous blog, I've never even attempted something like this before. All I know is that I HAVE to do SOMETHING.

Love sent to all


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  1. Date: 11/17/2013 3:08:00 PM
    TEARS misting my eyes.. oh thank you sweet sweet friends for supporting this endeavor ... :D .. I'd told myself that even if I inspire $25 from this, it is enough... Nette and Nikko, the plight of your homeland is on the hearts and minds of millions. Sometimes, it can feel like... what can I possibly do? What difference can my few dollars make? As a mom, I realized I must LIVE BY EXAMPLE. JIMBO, KIM, DEB, RUBEN, thank you for sponsoring me via your donations to front-line agencies! MWAA! I START THE FAST ON FRIDAY, MIDNIGHT, DEB... 36 Hours. I will keep very hydrated, take vitamins. I will allow myself water, vitamin water, consommé, herbal tea and some black coffee.

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    onclaud Avatar nette onclaud Date: 11/18/2013 1:00:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    seriously, dear soul-sis, you walk your talk.. this is a gigantic step towards contributing to the betterment of life... i am taking veggie soup, fruit juices , tea, water and some milk... thank you, cyn... we filipinos are deeply touched!..:) huggs
    Goff Avatar James Marshall Goff Date: 11/17/2013 3:53:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Cyndi.....old family consomme' recipe: boil 2 marrow bones two hrs....scoop out marrow....enjoy broth!
  1. Date: 11/17/2013 11:02:00 AM
    Just checking in on my wee sis.. you OK? how's the fasting going? I would be scared to fast!

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  1. Date: 11/17/2013 1:45:00 AM
    oh almost forgot, not sure if you are aware of this-- the Canadian government will match donations given by individual Canadians to registered Canadian charities. This is ongoing until December 9, 2013. Thank you so much to the Canadian government for their generosity. Here's the link for it http://www.acdi-cida.gc.ca/acdi-cida/acdi-cida.nsf/eng/HEL-111012596-P4H ---- For those who want to donate to Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) --- https://msf.donorportal.ca/MSFEN/Donation/DonationDetails.aspx?L=en-CA&G=21&F=545&T=GENER -- thank you very much!

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    onclaud Avatar nette onclaud Date: 11/19/2013 8:17:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    ohhh, sis.. you are ENOUGH.. love ya!..
    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 11/17/2013 3:13:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hi Nikko, hon. When I found out that you and Nette were okay, I was turning cartwheels... and then the horror was revealed of what has happened to parts of your country. What I'm doing is so little, so very little.. love sent.
  1. Date: 11/17/2013 1:12:00 AM
    Finally, I am able to comment!! My computer has been giving me such a headache these past few days, having major problems with it, keeps on hanging on me-- I literally take loong mins to load pages and when I'm about to comment, it hangs-- I hope this gets through, been trying to fix this computer. I saw your other blog Cyndi, and thank you so much for being so thoughtful, for what you are doing-- for all your efforts--it truly touches me, how you are sympathizing with the Philippines in your personal way. May I also request hat you read Carrie's blog or pls click on my latest post, thank you, and people can also donate to https://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/donate/onetime.cfm? All the little bit of sacrifices that we make do add up. Thank you from my heart <3!

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    onclaud Avatar nette onclaud Date: 11/17/2013 1:27:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    hi nikks, just glad we all here are doing our part here in soup, esp the filipino poets.. this is definitely a global community..:) hugggs
    p.iNk Avatar binibining p.iNk Date: 11/17/2013 1:21:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Again thank you so much, Cyndi, Ruben, Nette, Tim, Andrea, Debbie, Kim, Jimbo, Craig and so many other Soupers who have been with us Filipinos throughout all this. We will never forget how the world has been so generous, caring, empathizing with us. Much love to all.
    p.iNk Avatar binibining p.iNk Date: 11/17/2013 1:18:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Believe me, I want to say so much more, but can't right now-- suffice to say, my heart overflows with the support from around the world, individuals, groups and nations, have you seen the photos of the Empire State Bldg? So beautiful.
  1. Date: 11/16/2013 11:06:00 PM
    It's me again, just to tell the Soupers that I did it from my phone and it's very easy. You just need a credit or debit card and a couple of minutes. So, don't be shy. : D NOW, regarding the fasting ... it wasn't me ... it was the slice of Margherita pizza with spicy salami ... and two kiwis. I couldn't do it. : P

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    onclaud Avatar nette onclaud Date: 11/18/2013 1:03:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    anything you do for us is just fine, ruben...thank you, thank you!..:) huggs
    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 11/17/2013 3:16:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    What the heck is a Margherita Pizza and hello, chum... thank you so much for supporting me, sending a hug to the Philippines.... Good to see you. Life is cuckoo here. I'm the head cuckoo. ;-)
  1. Date: 11/16/2013 8:13:00 PM
    i am joyfully overwhelmed by this, sweet sister... yes, i will fast with you... the poster says it all, including your sense of being a woman for others... thank you everyone for your donations and emotional support... cyn, i'm having an overload right now; you make a difference and that is so empowering..:) huggs

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  1. Date: 11/16/2013 7:12:00 PM
    Typhoon Haiyan: Sustained winds of 195 MPH with gusts up to 235 MPH, making this storm as powerful as Hurricane Camille which hit the Mississippi Gulf Coast in 1968...Imagine a gigantic F5 tornado and you got the picture...

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    onclaud Avatar nette onclaud Date: 11/16/2013 8:16:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    i heard it was 315 mph, tim... no matter, this kind of typhoot hit the highest level at 5... enough already for us...
  1. Date: 11/16/2013 6:51:00 PM
    Copied from the internet...more about wind rotation----- This is due to the Coriolis Force, which is caused by the Earth's rotation. The Earth spins faster at the equator than the poles. Low pressure is due to areas of rising air, which then start to spin counter-clockwise due to the Coriolis Force. High pressure is tied to sinking air, which the Coriolis Force turns the air clockwise in the northern hemisphere, where hurricanes occur.

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  1. Date: 11/16/2013 6:49:00 PM
    Why the lack of response?? Why isn't this blog HOT yet? This one makes eight. Two more to go...

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  1. Date: 11/16/2013 6:40:00 PM
    One little fact which I'm sure most of you know...The difference between a hurricane and a typhoon is the wind rotation...A hurricane rotates counter- clockwise and a typhoon clockwise...The eastern quadrant of a hurricane is the most dangerous with winds blowing from south to north...that and the speed at which the hurricane travels is what causes tidal surge...The opposite would be true for a typhoon...

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  1. Date: 11/16/2013 6:22:00 PM
    Count me in BIG time...Just tell me what to do...Being from South Louisianne, I know a just bit about these storms...Might try the fast too but can I still have my beloved beer?

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    onclaud Avatar nette onclaud Date: 11/17/2013 1:24:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    leyte was where douglas mac arthur landed.. subic is in the north, leyte---south...
    Ryerson Avatar Tim Ryerson Date: 11/17/2013 4:19:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Nette - Is it anywhere close to Subic Bay? I was stationed there and was also in Manila...
    onclaud Avatar nette onclaud Date: 11/16/2013 8:26:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    have you been to leyte, tim.. that was the main hit!
    onclaud Avatar nette onclaud Date: 11/16/2013 8:18:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    lol.. beer has to be consumed in 2 days, not in an hour...:)
  1. Date: 11/16/2013 4:52:00 PM
    Cyndi, you can put my name on your sponsor sheet. I'm going to make a donation to the Red Cross. I can't begin to imagine what these poor people are going through. (Funny thing: my captcha is YSS -- close to yes. )

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    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 11/17/2013 3:20:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    THANK YOU THANK YOU Dear Lady. So appreciate all and any support... they are so desperate there... I heard there are make shift hospitals right in the shelters, performing operations... I'm humbled by the strength of this nation...
    onclaud Avatar nette onclaud Date: 11/16/2013 8:21:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    thank you, kim...this will g a long , long way..:)
  1. Date: 11/16/2013 11:49:00 AM
    Count me in, dear Cyndi. Thank you for being part of this world. A big hug.

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    O. Avatar Ruben O. Date: 11/16/2013 11:12:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Por nada. : )
    onclaud Avatar nette onclaud Date: 11/16/2013 8:22:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    muchas gracias, ruben... we all appreciate this..:)
  1. Date: 11/16/2013 11:34:00 AM
    Cyndi, email me your address> I do pay anything online.

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    onclaud Avatar nette onclaud Date: 11/16/2013 8:22:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    ohh, andie... thank you is not enough... we are so blessed!
  1. Date: 11/15/2013 10:28:00 PM
    Take care of yourself Debbie!

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  1. Date: 11/15/2013 5:08:00 PM
    Count me in Dee, I will donate where you think best. I can do $10. I can't fast hon, I don't feel well hon. Read you email it will cheer YOU!

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    onclaud Avatar nette onclaud Date: 11/16/2013 8:24:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    debbie, how wonderful.. no need to fast if you can't.. stay well..:)
    Goff Avatar James Marshall Goff Date: 11/16/2013 10:15:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Good stuff, Cyndi....Deb, hope ya feel better sooner than later!
    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 11/15/2013 8:20:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    If to my fastforthem brand new account for this fundraising endeavour, I messed up! its outlook.com NOT HOTMAIL. Oopsie!
    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 11/15/2013 8:18:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    TAKE CARE OF YOU! Thanks for the support! You can either donate in your home town (Your church? A Red Cross? Salvation Army?) or click on the Red Cross link above. Grr the other won't work! No email yet, hon, will check back later!

My Past Blog Posts

 
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TORRENT: A CONTEMPORARY SONNET, example for my contest
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NEW CONTEST- Garden Party: VERB-alized NOUN-sense with FLORAL accents. Hungry for summer!!!!
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8/7/2014NEUTRALIZEDSonnetcolor,home,
7/17/2014CRADLEDTrioletbaby,love,
6/9/2014THE RETURNSonnetdepression,giving,life,lo
6/7/2014TORRENTSonnetcelebration,life,women,
4/21/2014LA MARQUISEFree versepsychological,
4/8/2014BUKOWSKI CONTESTFree versemoving on,power,teenage,
4/4/2014GINGHAM AND LACE, A BLITZ POEMVersedaughter,love,
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3/15/2014WINTER IN PORTLANDFree versedepression,winter,
3/11/2014FREEDOM BLUESTail-rhymefreedom,
2/28/2014WELCOME TO THE BLUENOSEAcrosticfish,history,journey,sea,
2/25/2014PITY THE PIRANHAFree verseintrospection,people,
2/15/2014HAPPY FAMILY DAY, LINDA MARIE, EASTER WALK, 7th REPOSTRhymefamily,
2/15/2014HAPPY FAMILY DAY 6- DEDICATED TO LINDA MARIE, REPOSTRondeaufaith,
2/15/2014HAPPY FAMILY DAY 5 - FAMILY TREE, REPOST FOR LINDA MARIEVersefamily,
2/15/2014HAPPY FAMILY DAY 4- A REPOST DEDICATED TO LINDA MARIERhymefaith,
2/15/2014HAPPY FAMILY DAY 3- EASTER LILY, A REPOST FOR LINDA MARIEVerseeaster,
2/15/2014HAPPY FAMILY DAY 2-- A REPOST AND TRIBUTE TO LINDA MARIESestinaheaven,
2/15/2014HAPPY FAMILY DAY-- A REPOST FOR LINDA MARIE- WE MISS YOUVersefaith,
2/13/2014DOUBLE OH, A BOND CROWN, EXAMPLE FOR CONTESTCrown of Sonnetsfilm,sexy,
2/13/2014DOUBLE OH, A JAMES BOND CROWN OF SONNETS - 6 down 1 to go- SAMPLE FOR CONTESTCrown of Sonnetsadventure,film,sexy,
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