Forgive the dust

It’s Spring so I have to move things around on the blog. Some links may be broken and/or missing for a few days so please hang on…

I have just switched to the default 2017 wordpress theme titled, oddly enough, “twenty seventeen”. There’s a well-thought-out-name for you. I wonder what the meeting must have been like when the execs gathered for that meeting? Don’t get mad wordpress I’m just having a little fun with you.

At any rate, I have a static page which will give you a sample of my latest posts and make announcements. You can navigate to the main blog by using the “blog” button on the menu bar. I’ve also added a new header. In the future I think that I will have headers for holidays and seasons. I’d also like to create my own logo … Like I say — hang on!

If there is no struggle, there is no progress.
—Frederick Douglass

Blogish things


I have updated my page of books that I’ve reviewed for 2017. I let 2016 get away from me so much that I didn’t post a 2016 page. Maybe I’ll go back and fix that some day. If I stay on top of the 2017 page, it shouldn’t be much of an effort. Sometimes I am so disorganised and I have learned that reading about organization is not the same thing as “getting” organized.

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. ~ Leonardo DaVinci


Highly recommended …


that-moment-coverIs it just luck we are in the right place at the right time?
Do you believe there is a reason for most things that happen?
Being in an unexpected situation, are you unaffected, or have you stood in awe wondering?
Is there a moment when you realize that between the beauty or sometimes mayhem of life’s unusual occurrences, we are guided by a higher power for a reason unknown to us until THAT MOMENT!

Each non fiction story is totally different from the next, and yet they all have a common thread.
Whether you believe it or not, there’s a reason for everything.
We sometimes cannot understand why, but in most situations when you look at the path taken, you may understand why things happen the way they do.
Have you ever found yourself in the right place at the right time, then thought it was just luck…Think again!. You are guided into situations for a reason, and in that moment, You made a decision or a choice which in some way changed the path you were on and possibly that of others.

A Pooka

A paw, a white paw, it was a rabbit and nothing more
or so she told herself as she dashed to her bedroom door.
A glimpse of white or was it the evening mist?
Was it the fear of a rabbit or the fear of her tryst?

Again she drew up her courage and sought out her rendezvous
in the cool misty forest where the apple trees grew.
Was that her lover among the greenwoods or a Pooka in disguise?
She couldn’t tell and discretion belongs to the wise.

Once again she dashed for the safety of her room.
Was she afraid of a rabbit, the forest, or the gloom?
Pooka was that you, are you testing or tormenting me?
Did you place fear in my heart and cause me to flee?

A whisper replied in the still of the night,
“don’t seek out love until you feel it is right.”

Fairies, Pookas, and Changelings


A complete Guide to the Wild and Wicked Enchanted Realm

Varla Ventura

If you believe fairies follow you about on gossamer wings, you’re in for quite a shock—the kingdom of the fairy is one of vengeance, thievery, trickery, and wild creatures.  Included here are tales and myths from Wales, Scotland, Ireland, and Scandinavia plus classic stories by the Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Andersen, Clara Stroebe, Joseph Jacobs, and others on goblins, trolls, gnomes, pookas, banshees, and more—all guaranteed to keep readers wickedly entertained.

varla-a040617WHO IS VARLA VENTURA?
Varla Ventura is the author of Banshees, Werewolves, Vampires and Other Creatures of the Night, Among the Mermaids and Beyond Bizarre. She can often be found lurking about the deep dark woods and lakes of Minnesota on the hunt for mushrooms, magical herbs, and the elusive little men of legend. Visit her online at