Friday, June 1, 2018

Hello, there!

Lately, I've been working on a series of "Life Lessons" -- things I've learned in my travels through this wonderful life and that I want to pass along.  Of course, if you know me very well at all, you'll surely realize that there's nothing earth-shattering here.  *smile*  Just a few basics that I was a little slow to pick up on.  It would thrill me to no end if I could help someone else cut a few corners.  hahaha!

This is actually lesson #5 -- let me know if you enjoy this and I will share more.  

Let's begin...



These things happen in an instant.

In the middle of a normal day, you turn, and find one of your most prized possessions -- perhaps a plate from the set of china your great-grandmother left you -- lying in pieces on the floor.  Your youngest child stands nearby with wide and terrified eyes.  He's obviously guilty, but you've told him countless times not to use those plates.  This is why.   

And you lose it; vomiting your wrath all over the boy.

Each of us has our own set of 'hot buttons': relatively small things that tend to send us to the moon. 
It's so easy to lose our temper -- and then say or do things we'll regret.  

But I've learned a trick for handling some of these tricky situations:  Just take a breath and ask yourself a simple question --  'How much will this matter in five years?'


For example:
Your husband has a tendency to toss his socks on the floor instead of placing them in the hamper --  

Your child typically leaves her empty drinking glass in the living room instead of taking it to the kitchen sink --

Your best friend always arrives ten minutes late for every lunch date.


Now, you could let your emotions rule in each of the above situations -- or you can choose to just breathe and keep your perspective (and your cool.)  It's certain none of these things will matter in five years' time, so shake it off.  I know this may seem difficult at first - but it gets easier with practice.  

Give it a try.  I think you'll like the results~!    

[BTW, to answer your question -- almost NOTHING matters in five years.  *smile*]

Good luck!



Monday, November 27, 2017

Dear Friends and Fellow Writers, 

I'm excited to announce that I've been updating my Resources Page lately.  Please check it out! There's a whole new section on Flash Fiction and a bit for Poetry, as well.  I will be adding more as I'm able.

If you know of a resource that should be included, let me know.  You can reply here or send an email to --

Here's my poetry offering of the day:

A Serpent's Tongue

A serpent’s tongue,

a wasp’s cruel sting,
a beastly wind
in fresh new Spring;
a mad dog’s growl,
a smut-filled flue:
these all remind 
me oft, of you.

A bear’s sharp claws,
coyote’s teeth,
a frog’s old warts,
a rocky reef;
that scold and shoo
these all remind
me oft, of you.

You’ve left your mark,
you’ve made your stand,
tattooed me with
your evil brand.
My hope is gone,
my life is through:
and all because
I once loved you…

by robyn corum
November 21st, 2017

Thanks to Pixaby for the free artwork!