Sanctity of Retreat

Image Credit: KL Caley

Paradise exists where it is created, and it can be anywhere that brings you peace.

So many people take it for granted, and others overindulge in an imitation of paradise.

An imitation because they never enjoy seeing their reflection in the water.

They never feel the sun on their face, nor the breeze of the wind.

Joy is not found in their paradise because they’re lacking the emotions to feel it.

The ones that find their versions of paradise manifest it and make it unique to enjoy.

Sanctity could be found on a remote island off the coast of a big city if needed.

Some escape to backyards filled with the love and laughter of family and friends.

The place that makes you happy, your paradise, could be the one place you can finally be alone.

The moral of the story is…

The retreat of your own choosing is always a great journey to having a mindful paradise and escape from daily life.

Learn to enjoy every minute of your escapade…

It cannot keep you at peace forever.

© E.M. Kingston


This was written for KL Caley’s #writephoto, and I also added My Vivid Blog’s word prompt (remote).

Everybody’s Fool

Image Credit: Unknown Artist

This week I am participating for the first time in Jim’s (Newepicauthor) Thursday Inspiration, and the prompt is the word “fool“, the image above, or the song by the Doobie Brothers called What A Fool Believes (or another Doobie Bros Song). The first song that came to mind for a fool is Everybody’s Fool by Evanescence. It was one of my go-to songs back in the 2000s when I was a hardcore fan of the band with the lead singer as Amy Lee and her guitarist Ben Moody. They have gotten new members these days I believe, but I tend to like the beginning of this band more than the end. She’s more of a solo artist than a band now.

“Everybody’s Fool”

Perfect by nature
Icons of self-indulgence
Just what we all need
More lies about a world that…

…never was and never will be
Have you no shame? Don’t you see me?
You know you’ve got everybody fooled

Look, here she comes now
Bow down and stare in wonder
Oh, how we love you
No flaws when you’re pretending

But now I know she

…never was and never will be
You don’t know how you’ve betrayed me
And somehow you’ve got everybody fooled

Without the mask, where will you hide?
Can’t find yourself lost in your lie

I know the truth now
I know who you are
And I don’t love you anymore

It never was and never will be
You don’t know how you’ve betrayed me
And somehow you’ve got everybody fooled

It never was and never will be
You’re not real and you can’t save me
Somehow now you’re everybody’s fool

The second song that comes to mind is Just A Fool by Cristina Aguilera and Blake Shelton. It’s one of my favorites when I am wanting to stab needles in the eyes of my ex. (He was a monster, so it’s okay that I daydreamed about that *giggles*) I like to sing this song too when I run into it now and then.

“Just A Fool”
(with Blake Shelton)

Uh.
Eh.

Another shot of whiskey please, bartender.
Keep it coming ’til I don’t remember at all
How bad it hurts when you’re gone (na, na, na).

Turn the music up a little bit louder.
Just gotta get past the midnight hour (uh, huh).
Maybe tomorrow it won’t be this hard.

Who am I kidding?
I know what I’m missing.

Oh, I had my heart set on you,
But nothing else hurts like you do.
Who knew that love was so cruel (yeah, yeah, yeah)?
And I waited and waited so long
For someone who’ll never come home.
It’s my fault to think you’ll be true (yeah, yeah).
I’m just a fool.
Yeah.

[Blake Shelton:]
I say that I don’t care and walk away. Whatever.
And I tell myself we were bad together (uh, huh),
But that’s just me tryna move on without you.

But who am I kidding?
I know what I’m missing.

I, I had my heart set on you,
But nothing else hurts like you do.
Who knew that love was so cruel (yeah, yeah, yeah)?
And I waited and waited so long
For someone who’ll never come home.
It’s my fault to think you’ll be true (yeah, yeah).
I’m just a fool

For holding onto something that’s
Never ever gonna come back.
I can’t accept that it’s lost.

I should’ve let it go,
Held my tongue,
Kept my big mouth shut
‘Cause now everything is just wrong, wrong, wrong.

I’m just a fool.
A fool for you.
I’m just a fool.

I, I had my heart set on you,
But nothing else hurts like you do (uh).
Who knew that love was so cruel (yeah, yeah, yeah)?
I waited and waited so long
For someone who’ll never come home.
It’s my fault to think you’ll be true (yeah, yeah).
I’m just a fool.
I’m just a fool.
I’m just a fool.

It’s my fault to think you’ll be true (yeah, yeah, yeah).
I’m just a fool.

The third song that I will share is one of my favorite Rolling Stones songs of all time, and it is called Fool to Cry. I saved the best for last.

“Fool To Cry”

When I come home baby
And I’ve been working all night long
I put my daughter on my knee, and she said
“Daddy what’s wrong?”
She whispered in my ear so sweet
You know what she said?
She said

“Daddy you’re a fool to cry
You’re a fool to cry
And it makes me wonder why.”

Daddy, you’re a fool

You know, I got a woman
(Daddy, you’re a fool)
And she live in the poor part of town
And I go see her sometimes
And we make love, so fine
I put my head on her shoulder
She said, “Tell me all your troubles.”
You know what she said? she said

“Daddy you’re a fool to cry
You’re a fool to cry
And it makes me wonder why.”

Daddy you’re a fool to cry
Oh, I love you so much baby
Daddy you’re a fool to cry
Daddy you’re a fool to cry, yeah

She said, “Daddy you’re a fool to cry
You’re a fool to cry
And it makes me wonder why.”

She said, “Daddy you’re a fool to cry
Daddy you’re a fool to cry
Daddy you’re a fool to cry
Daddy you’re a fool to cry

Even my friends say to me sometimes
I make out like I don’t understand them
You know what they say?
They say, “Daddy you’re a fool to cry
You’re a fool to cry
And it makes me wonder why.”

I’m a fool baby
I’m a fool baby
I’m a certified fool
I want to tell ya
Gotta tell ya, baby

I’m a fool baby
I’m a fool baby
Come on
I’m a fool
I’m a fool
I’m a fool

Honorable Mentions:

Fool For Your Lovin’ by Whitesnake

Nobody’s Fool by Cinderella

Chain of Fools by Aretha Franklin

All lyrics by AZ Lyrics

E.M.’s Throwback Thursday – 12/30/2021

This week’s Throwback Thursday Prompt from Maggie is: Superstitions, Trinkets, and Charms

What makes you feel lucky? Is it a four-leaf clover, a rabbit’s foot, or a lucky penny? 

I like crystals, and I have this one amethyst pendulum that always makes me feel safer and/or lucky.

What are you superstitious of? Will you walk under a ladder? What’s your lucky number? What if a black cat crosses your path?

Spilled Salt…I am superstitious of that most of all. I always throw the pinch over my shoulder before cleaning it up. I also would never walk under a ladder or step on a crack on the sidewalk (Step on a crack, and you’ll break your mama’s back…It stuck in adulthood.) If a black cat crosses my path, I feel that is luckier than being bad luck, but I am have been a Wiccan most of my life. My lucky number is 22.

Where did you learn ideas concerning luck? Do you still have superstitions in your adult life?

When I was 14, I found my own path in faith and that is where I learned many of my feelings on luck, curses, superstitions, etc. I have been a Wiccan since that time in my life. I went to my first Samhain at 15, and I feel that was super lucky to find that fork in my road at a young age. My father was a devoted Nazareth Christian, and then he went to a Baptist church for the remainder of his life. When he passed, he was still questioning his faith, so I am especially happy that I have not had that struggle.

Since this is the last week of the year I am curious – do you make resolutions, eat specific foods, or have traditions or superstitions to usher in the new year?

I try not to make resolutions. I tend to break them. I set goals, and I try to achieve those. That may seem like the same thing, but it isn’t because of the mentality behind it for my own life.

My new year is usually uneventful since getting older. I used to party my booty off in my 20s and 30s on the new year. Now I am just happy to see myself make it through another year.

The Unkept Promise

Image by anncapictures from Pixabay

He had promised her that he would be back home before she knew it. Jamie had to leave on the 9 o’clock train, and Violet was not invited. Jamie’s parents had not invited her to the gathering because she was not the kind of girl that they approved of. When he sat down in the seat on the passenger train, he had regret as they pulled away from the terminal and crossed the first bend of the mountain. He wouldn’t be able to keep that promise. He was not coming back.


This post was written in response to Eugi’s Weekly Prompt – Promises.

The Daisy’s Edge – #MLMM Photo Challenge 396

Image credit: Sarah Whiley

The barbed wire did not keep people from looking over the edge,

As it was old and rusted.

It had coiled up along the edge of the rocky cliff,

Watching over the daisies was the only security that old wire had left.

The whitewashed waves crashed against the boulders,

As it concealed the most beautiful cavern filled with darkness.

The darkness was utterly beautiful due to its unknown properties,

As not many have trespassed inside.

Those who only walk above the mystery will never know its beauty.

© E.M. Kingston 2021 – All Rights Reserved.


This was written for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie’s Photo Challenge #396.

Humpday Hmphs from E.M.

Today has been one of those days that try out my medicine for me. There are many things going on, and I think that my meds are having to work overtime today.

When my spine doctor upped my Lyrica at night, we forgot to adjust the prescription to make sure I did not run out of meds. Well, guess what? I am feeling all my nerve pain because I have had to space out pills and take less than prescribed amounts to not run out before tomorrow. It’s got me grouchy and frustrated, so my posts will probably reflect this mood. Just typing this is making my shoulder feel like it is on fire *growls*.

Then, Klaus decided to use my pillow for his hiking post when I was grabbing my breakfast, which absolutely infuriated me. My psychiatrist upped my night dosage of the Seroquel to stabilize my mood from the manic episodes because I have been triggered a lot the past two weeks, mostly by the dogs’ bad behaviors. Marcel joined him in behavior this morning taste-testing my pancake while I took a trip to the loo.

Last, but most important, my oldest daughter and her boyfriend have tested positive for Covid after the Christmas festivities. She was symptomatic the very next day. Along with them, her boyfriend’s mom and dad and a few other people got it. Luckily they know the source, and the source self-quarantined as soon as they heard that the family was having symptoms. My daughter and her boyfriend are fully vaccinated (minus the booster because it’s due next month), and his mom is as well. His dad is not vaccinated, so pray for him because he has developed symptoms as well. They are not sure which strain of the virus…as they just said “POSITIVE”, and my daughter says she feels okay. She said it feels like the flu with a head cold. The clinic is treating their symptoms.

There is an important lesson in my daughter’s situation though. Her boyfriend’s mother and someone else, (cannot remember who), did a rapid test the day they developed symptoms. It came back negative and got sent off. The cousin who had the covid in the beginning also had a negative test. So the lesson is to be tested 3-5 days prior to joining a social situation. Rapid tests are rapid, but that does not mean they are accurate. Everyone rushed around and got rapid tests, and it spread covid rapidly *shrugs*

Please stay safe everyone!

xoxo, E.M.