♫ Last Train To Clarksville ♫

I had no idea this was an anti-war song. I like it even better now! ~Sherrie

Filosofa's Word

I have been grumpy, depressed, and out of sorts for days now, so for tonight’s music selection I went looking for something fun … no other criteria … no need for a song of social conscience, a song about love or lost love … just something to make the toes tap and lift the spirits, if only for 2 minutes and 45 seconds.  This one, an oldie from my youth, came to mind and I settled on it, thinking of it as a fun song.  Little did I know the meaning behind the song 🙄

Released in 1966, this was written by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart, a songwriting team who came up with many songs for the Monkees. They also wrote songs for Chubby Checker and Jay & the Americans.

Boyce and Hart wrote this as a protest to the Vietnam War. They had to keep this quiet in…

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So why do we look at ourselves this way?

Sherrie Miranda’s historically based, coming of age, Adventure novel “Secrets & Lies in El Salvador” is about an American girl in war-torn El Salvador:
http://tinyurl.com/klxbt4y
Her husband made a video for her novel. He wrote the song too.
You can watch it on YouTube or go to my home page:
https://sherriemiranda1.wordpress.com

Purplerays

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“One does not walk into the forest and accuse the trees of being off-center,
Nor do they visit the shore and call the waves imperfect.
So why do we look at ourselves this way?”

~ Tao Te Ching

Art by Jennifer Smith
Text & image source: Rivers in the Ocean https://web.facebook.com/RiversInTheOcean/

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Meet Author Sherri Miranda – An Interview

GNU JOURNAL

Between “Secrets and Lies,”

a Conversation with Author Sherri Miranda

BY FABRICIO CORREA

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Fabricio Correa – What made you choose El Salvador as the background for your novel? What inspired you?

Sherri Miranda: I protested the US support of the civil war for more than ten years. I also was married to a Salvadoran during part of that time & went to ES in ’82. I went with a fact-finding delegation in ’02. By then, I knew I would write the story, but had little time & no idea how it would look.

The facts of the war & knowing my country supported it hurt me deeply. Then learning how loving & generous Salvadorans are brought me to the point that I HAD to write this novel. It wasn’t going away no matter what I did.

FC: You delve into harsh realities of a war-torn third world country. Would you…

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Earworm – Horse w/ no name

I dedicate this quote to my husband! We are both huge fans of America (the band) & this is one of our favorite songs! 😉 ❤
Peace, love & giving our animals names,
Sherrie
Sherrie Miranda’s historically based, coming of age, Adventure novel “Secrets & Lies in El Salvador” is about an American girl in war-torn El Salvador:
http://tinyurl.com/klxbt4y
Her husband made a video for her novel. He wrote the song too. You can go to her Home page to watch it:
https://sherriemiranda1.wordpress.com Or go to YouTube & type in the title of her novel! 😉 ❤

Here’s the song for those who don’t know it! (The yungins’, of course.)  😉  ❤

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSAJ0l4OBHM

Adventures and Musings of an Arch Druidess

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Jet Black Heart

If you haven’t started following Tosha Michelle’s blog, do it now! I get my art fix everytime I click on her links! Thanks, Tosha, for all you do for the world of Art! 😜😝😛😳
Peace, love & passion to all,

Sherrie

Sherrie Miranda’s historically based, coming of age, Adventure novel “Secrets & Lies in El Salvador” is about an American girl in war-torn El Salvador:
http://tinyurl.com/klxbt4y
Her husband made a video for her novel. He wrote the song too. You can watch it on her Home page:
https://sherriemiranda1.wordpress.com Or go to YouTube & type in the title of her novel!

Everything I Never Told You

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By the time you awake,
I’ll be gone.
I cleaned the fireplace,
but left ash everywhere.
I used your latest copy
of the newspaper
to mop the floor.
I threw away the stale bread,
and lukewarm coffee.
If you stumble across
what we had, or what we lost,
give the past my regards.
I’m still searching for my
book on letting go. If you
find it, mail it to my new
address. For now I’m
casting what could have
been in the recycling bin,
and leaving muddy footprints
on my way out.
The door is now closed
but not locked.

-Tosha Michelle

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Ready

More greatness from Tosha Michelle! Make sure you watch (& listen to) the video. This is one of the fews songs by Paul that I really love! 😉😘😊😃 (I am a Lennon fan.)

Peace, love & music for all,

Sherrie

Sherrie Miranda’s historically based, coming of age, Adventure novel “Secrets & Lies in El Salvador” is about an American girl in war-torn El Salvador:
http://tinyurl.com/klxbt4y
Her husband made a video for her novel. He wrote the song too. You can watch it on her Home page: https://sherriemiranda1.wordpress.com  Or go to YouTube & type in the title of her novel!  😉  ❤

 

 

Everything I Never Told You

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There’s no hiding place left
for my soul.
The dark spaces have all been
lit, filled with a warm glow.
My flesh radiates heat, my skin
alive. My eyes giving me away.

Should I run? Try and find a dark alley
somewhere? The street lights shaped
like hearts seem to say “be still”.
But I’m afraid. I want to close my eyes.
But I know I’ll just end up peeping.
Finally believing in the voice I hear counting.
Knowing I don’t want to be invisible anymore.
I’m ready to be found.

-Tosha Michelle

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Review for: The Country Under My Skin: A Memoir of Love and War

5.0 out of 5 stars A Memoir That Reads Like A Novel! Outstanding! The Country Under My Skin
September 16, 2015
By Sherrie Miranda
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This review is from: The Country Under My Skin: A Memoir of Love and War
by Gioconda Belli
I thought I had long ago written a review for this great memoir. After all I used Belli’s understanding of the struggle for a character in my novel.
I apologize for not posting this sooner, especially since I read it in just a few days as it was full os suspense and steadily brought the reader to the understanding of a Revolutionary woman who was soon made to feel her services weren’t needed anymore once the Revolution had happened. Perhaps that explains why the changes didn’t last?
Belli’s story is one of great courage, fortitude and understanding. Belli, obviously loved her people very much, since she was one the the few who could have escaped but didn’t.
Belli is talented, not only as a poet, but also as a storyteller. I sincerely hope we get some more prose from this amazing woman and writer.
Thank you for writing such a beautiful and eye-opening book.
Photo of Gioconda Belli
I added this comment to a review that suggested Belli should explain why poets are so important to her people:
Actually, poetry has had a “more political function” all over the world, including the U.S. But one would only know that if one were involved in the politics of the oppressed and Making political change from the bottom up. Ever hear of the first rap “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised”? Even many of the songs of the sixties were about political change. And of course, the folk music before that.
In Latin America, many of the great poems that were made to create social change have been made into songs, including in El Salvador, Roque Dalton’s “Poema de Amor,” Love Poem, an homage to the Salvadoran people and their struggle. I am sure this has happened all over the world, I just am not that familiar with the tradition in other countries.
You make a good point, though, perhaps we shouldn’t assume that the reader is already a convert to the cause. After all, reading is how many of us came to be enlightened. Many of us were fortunate to have others around to help us understand, but in this day of people staying at home in front of their PCs, we may need to preface work that has an important political impact.
Anyway, bravo to you, Poniplaizy, for wading through the memoir and finding the gems that were there. I imagined you must have “googled” a lot to figure out what happened in Nicaragua in the 70s. Let’s hope others will do the same.
Peace,
Sherrie Miranda
P.S. My novel has a translation of “Love Poem” by Roque Dalton and his presence is felt throughout the novel. LONG LIVE THE POETS OF THE WORLD!
Sherrie Miranda’s historically based, coming of age, Adventure novel “Secrets & Lies in El Salvador” is about an American girl in war-torn El Salvador:
http://tinyurl.com/klxbt4y
Her husband made a video for her novel. He wrote the song too: