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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




GUILTY PLEASURES....A WEEKEND BLOG.... SHOW ME YOURS AND I'LL SHOW YOU MINE


Blog Posted:2/8/2014 7:25:00 AM

I love perfume.

 

Some think of me as (rofl) an extreme feminist.

 

Actually, I’m an extreme feminine – ist.

 

A pink-lovin’, chick-flick-watchin’, shoe-shoppin’, romance-readin’ girly girl.

 

I just happen to want to define myself. I don’t do walls. I really really don’t do walls.

 

Cause I also like to fish, watch NASCAR with my hubby (I am a Biffle fan, I don’t go for pretty boys, lol) and I can get ready to go out in 5 minutes. My idea of a perfect weekend is camping at Kilbear provincial park, grubbies on, coffee percolating on an open fire, smoke in my teeth.

 

 

But I have a confession.

 

My grandmother used to have this saying, beer budget, champagne taste.

 

I love perfume.

 

I love expensive perfume. But have no funds…

 

Favourite would be Guerlain Muguet-- oh,ohhhhhhhhhhh

 

but I like Anais Anais, Beautiful, Treasure, too

 

and anything from a shelf in Crabtree and Evelyn.  

 

No money for any of them...So I do the following:

 

 

 

I buy cheap perfume


HAIKU by Avon For Women


last purchase (we have an Avon lady in our building- My new pusher- lol)

 

 

 

but I troll perfume counters at higher end department stores.

 

The Perfume Counter... LATEST! by daanton


 

I come out smelling like a Victorian brothel… AND (understandably) many places frown at gals wearing perfume, due to allergies

 

But me? Spritzed to the hilt? Sniffing my wrists?


I'm as happy as kid who’s had too much candy.

 

 

WHAT ARE YOUR GUILTY PLEASURES?


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  1. Date: 2/10/2014 11:40:00 AM
    Hahaha..that's awesome Cyndi...you funny. And I LIKE your hobbies. I too go to perfume stores and sample the goods...lol...okay, that's obviously a lie. My guilty pleasures?...hmmm...good whiskey, I reckon.

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  1. Date: 2/9/2014 2:24:00 AM
    i can't live without music and dance it! movies too, and a trek to the musem.. love sandals ( i have 25 pairs??), and for the spirit, the pleasure of yoga keeps me grounded.. perfume?.. okay, i was never into the real ones in a long while.. one, two spritzes of light fragrance from BATH AND BOYWORKS lift my mood!.. can i order anchovy pizza?.. whooo, cyn. let's go the the theater!..

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  1. Date: 2/8/2014 6:47:00 PM
    For me...PERFUME IS A MUST...for those very special get togethers. I still remember my 'love's' perfume from the Sixties...'TWEED'.... Sadly...they no longer make it. She... was able to find it again once...years later....but it wasn't quite the same....or maybe...it was we...who had changed...Though Bart Simpson's Undiewhere? wasn't invented yet...I too ...have had...my share..of Guilty Pleasures .

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  1. Date: 2/8/2014 4:25:00 PM
    ... yes, I like perfume ... not to collect them! My guilty pleasures? ... Books, movies, CDs ... hmmm ... No, I dont have guilty pleasures. I dont fell guilty at all!! : D !!!

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    O. Avatar Ruben O. Date: 2/8/2014 6:43:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Yep, Polo Blue.: )
    Chircop Avatar Charmaine Chircop Date: 2/8/2014 5:44:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Polo blue guilty pleasure..Was it?
  1. Date: 2/8/2014 12:33:00 PM
    My guilty pleasures are simple. I watch lots of tv, sweetie!! And I buy everything cheap. Love Avon but I get better buys at big Lots!!

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    Chircop Avatar Charmaine Chircop Date: 2/8/2014 5:48:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    T.v and Cinema is a guilty pleasure I miss : : )
    Guzzi Avatar Debbie Guzzi Date: 2/8/2014 1:47:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    better yet good will! ;)
  1. Date: 2/8/2014 9:49:00 AM
    Perfume is also one of my guilty pleasures. It's true...I am on my last little bit of Guerlain's 'My Defiance.' yeah.... yes, I worry what will happen when I run out! Ha! hugs, catie :)

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    Chircop Avatar Charmaine Chircop Date: 2/8/2014 5:49:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Ow gee those pecans covered with choc..
    Lindsey Avatar Catie Lindsey Date: 2/8/2014 9:51:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    lest I forget...whole pecans covered in quality chocolate then dusted with expensive cocoa. yep... :)
  1. Date: 2/8/2014 8:43:00 AM
    Hmmm I don't think I have any? I feel no need anymore to feel guilt over things which make me happy? You have to stop feeling guilty Dee!

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    Chircop Avatar Charmaine Chircop Date: 2/8/2014 5:50:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Its nice to have no guilt feelings for pleasurable things...: )
    Guzzi Avatar Debbie Guzzi Date: 2/8/2014 1:46:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Nawww they'd NEVER do that NO PERFUME thing here in the USA [well maybe if our air quality got to that of Shanghai!]
    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 2/8/2014 9:16:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I have no idea what American er... ways?... are come to sensitivity to allergies but here in Canada, we take it VERY seriously. No nut products allowed in most places where children frequently play/learn. And many places have a "NO PERFUME/SCENTS" signs prominently displayed. Perfume-wearers are the new smokers in Canada! So, I feel guilty... but in that tingly way... LOL!
  1. Date: 2/8/2014 8:13:00 AM
    Good morning, lady! The pusher thing is funny. Red Bulls, has become my second savior. I baptize myself in two of them every morning.

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    Chircop Avatar Charmaine Chircop Date: 2/8/2014 5:43:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Coffee and Capucchino..Another guilty pleasure : )
    Papyri Avatar Keith Papyri Date: 2/8/2014 9:33:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    You need those cups of java, you have a little one that you must obey and attempt to keep up with.. By the time you detox, they'll have coffee patches to assist.
    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 2/8/2014 9:18:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I am scared to even TRY a Red Bull.. cause I'd probably be hiding them around the house, drinking them on the sly. LOL.. I do ... ready for this?.... about 15 cups of coffee (black) a day. Heaven help my family when I detox. HA!
  1. Date: 2/8/2014 8:07:00 AM
    My guilty pleasure is chocolate-I am ready to do a 45mins walk brisk walking or half an hr treadmill even when im tired to death..Just so that I could it CHOCOLAT!! : ) My second guilty pleasure is travelling..I can do all sacrifices..but Travelling..Ow gee I can t do without.Re perfume I love perfume..I find fcuck has a soft light beautiful scent and its not so expensive like Chanel etc.I love perfume by dolce gabana too.I love anais anais and its scent of flowers. Any other guilty pleasure..Eating popcorn in bed..: )

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    Chircop Avatar Charmaine Chircop Date: 2/8/2014 5:41:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I didn t try it Cyn,but I really love white choc and I love having a dark chocolate fondeau with all sorts of fruit dipped.. or marshmallows!!Hot melting chocolate yummy..: ) Ow Scribe..Men aren't that bad..Its chocolate..that tastes so good..Chocoholics would understand this : )
    Papyri Avatar Keith Papyri Date: 2/8/2014 9:37:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    We are not that bad, are we? I never had a man, so I'm clueless. Take care!
    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 2/8/2014 9:20:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Chocolate... mmmmm.... oh, yeah, that is what I'm talking about. Have you tried Godiva white chocolate liqueur mixed into home made hot chocolate? Who needs a man? LOL... sorry, guys, but..... lol.... I doubt I'll ever really travel.. But I'm okay. Mamahood is a trip in itself!

My Past Blog Posts

 
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Death in Family
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A CHANGE REQUEST FOR MEMBER CONTEST WINNERS PAGE... Me... upsetting another applecart... or a good idea? Thoughts?
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GARDEN PARTY CONTEST WINNERS... YOU GUYS ARE AWESOME!
Date Posted: 7/15/2014 9:57:00 PM
CONTEST JUDGES: A WAY TO FIND AN ABUSER
Date Posted: 7/15/2014 10:32:00 AM
NEW CONTEST: HARD SHELLS: TURTLE INSPIRED FREE VERSE
Date Posted: 7/13/2014 5:19:00 AM
LEATHERBACK BOY, FREE VERSE, CONTEST SOON TO FOLLOW
Date Posted: 7/11/2014 9:53:00 PM
SONNET TITLE FOUND..THANKS TO CHARMAINE... MINDING MANNERS
Date Posted: 6/11/2014 6:17:00 PM
THANK YOU FOR THE SONNET ENTRIES...short short blog
Date Posted: 6/9/2014 3:27:00 PM
TORRENT: A CONTEMPORARY SONNET, example for my contest
Date Posted: 6/7/2014 6:56:00 AM
NEW CONTEST- Garden Party: VERB-alized NOUN-sense with FLORAL accents. Hungry for summer!!!!
Date Posted: 6/4/2014 10:19:00 PM
UPDATE ON THE HELPLESS CONTEST-- My apologies to all. Exhaustion has hit the household- possible heat exhaustion
Date Posted: 5/29/2014 1:40:00 PM
GENITALS in PRINT, AN OPEN DIALOGUE
Date Posted: 5/27/2014 3:20:00 PM
CONTEMPORARY PUBLISHED HAI_KU TO SHARE
Date Posted: 5/21/2014 2:24:00 PM
UPDATE ON THE HELPLESS/KYRIELLE CONTEST - please check your entries
Date Posted: 5/16/2014 8:47:00 PM
A CARD FOR FRANCINE ROBERTS, who is recovering from a car accident!
Date Posted: 5/9/2014 8:10:00 PM
A WORD PAIRING POEM- THE CLEARING, PAIRINGS BY CARRIE, AE RIVENBANK, CALEB, RUBEN & ANDREA
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Date Posted: 5/6/2014 9:04:00 AM
THE BEST HOW TO WRITE POETRY ADVICE I'VE EVER HEARD. WORTH 20 of YOUR MINUTES. FANTASTIC!!!!!!
Date Posted: 5/5/2014 9:13:00 AM
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PROSE AND POETRY. One piece of writing, three ways
Date Posted: 5/4/2014 12:50:00 PM
TRADITIONAL POETRY MARKETS FOR EILEEN AND OTHERS WHO LOVE RHYME
Date Posted: 5/3/2014 8:14:00 AM
A LOOK AT A LITERARY JOURNAL CONTEST, RULES and the WINNERS POEMS
Date Posted: 4/29/2014 8:37:00 PM
POP QUIZ HOT SHOTS... C'MON... LOVE 'EM, DISS 'EM, JUDGE 'EM, PLACE 'EM!!!
Date Posted: 4/28/2014 3:47:00 PM

My Poems

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8/25/2014LIFE WILL BE A HONEYMOONLyricparadise,passion,romantic
8/25/2014HOSTEL, QUEBEC CITY, 1978Free versehistory,places,
8/21/2014DEGREESSonnetbooks,sensual,words,
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,
4/4/2014NUDE, THIRTY DOLLARS, A BLITZVerseart,imagination,lost love
3/24/201450 GODSFree versegod,peace,philosophy,
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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