Thursday, May 31, 2012

Healthy Thursday, May 31, 2012

Another birthday just passed! Now that I'm, shhhh, older, I feel compelled to change my lifestyle. This has interrupted my poetic flow this year. I'm afraid I've neglected writing, and especially submitting my poetry. I'm going to continue this post over the next few weeks, and since it is not strictly about poetry or music, I am going to continue it onto another blog.

I used to be able to eat anything I wanted. I wonder how many stacks of butter toast with strawberry jelly piled high with crispy bacon, or toast with hills of sugar capped with cinnamon, mountains of mashed potatoes, loaves of ham sandwiches, cases of Skor bars, bags of Hersey kisses or potato chips with dip, and gallons of sweet tea I consumed. I can kiss all of that goodbye now that my metabolism has changed. Changing my diet is not new to me, believe it or not.


Thursday, May 24, 2012

Healthy Thursday, May 24, 2012

Healthy Thursday

Time And health are two precious assets
that we don't recognize and appreciate until they have been depleted.
-Denis Waitley


Did you know that 1 in 6 cancers worldwide were caused by an infection that could have been prevented? HPV is one such infection. Parents, PLEASE make sure that your children get the vaccine. Not only can it cause cancer, it can cause fertility problems. 

There are more than 40 HPV types that can infect the genital areas of males and females, and also can spread to the mouth and throat. According to, some doctors consider HPV to be as prevalent as the common cold, with over 6 million people in the US getting an infection each year. Young people are especially at risk. A 2011 study showed that girls 14 to 19 have a 25% risk, women aged 20-24 have a 45% risk, and 1 in 3 men 18 and older tested positive for the high-risk types of HPV. 

According to the CDC, the types of HPV that cause warts are not the types that cause cancer (I've never heard that before). It is recommended for all 11 or 12 year old girls, and women who did not receive it during that time can get it until they are 26, and ALSO for all males between the ages of 11 and 21. Remember, males can spread this without even having a symptom, such as a wart. 

According to a study in the May 9 issue of The Lancet Oncology, cervical cancer accounts for 50 percent of the infection-related cancers in women, while liver and gastric cancers accounts for more than 80 percent of cancers caused by infections in men. The good news is that it takes decades of chronic infections for this to turn into cancer.

I know you are thinking-- my child is not sexually active...  Great! Now is the time for the vaccine. Don't wait until it's too late. 

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Sunday Soul-Search, May 20, 2012

This is the first post in a series called Sunday Soul-Search. This can be from anything spiritual to how we connect to others. Beyond "self."

This is the time for graduations. I came across this "Interview With God" and thought it fitting because it addresses (aside from Reading, Writing, Math and the Arts) the meaningful lessons we hope our children will learn. Lessons like forgiveness starts with yourself, you can't force love, money can't buy happiness, and be happy in the present moment. Even if you've read this before, it is good to refresh yourself in these truths.

Interview With God

I dreamed I had an interview with God.

"Come in," God said. "So, you would like to interview Me?"

"If you have the time," I said.

God smiled and said:
"My time is eternity and is enough to do everything; What questions do you have in mind to ask me?"

"What surprises you most about mankind?"

God answered:

"That they get bored of being children, are in a rush to grow up, and then long to be children again...

That they lose their health to make money and then lose their money to restore their health...

That by thinking anxiously about the future, they forget the present, such that they live neither for the present nor the future...

That they live as if they will never die, and they die as if they had never lived."


God's hands took mine and we were silent for awhile and then I asked... "As a parent, what are some of life's lessons you want your children to learn?"

God replied with a smile:

"To learn that they cannot make anyone love them. What they can do is to let themselves be loved...

To learn that what is most valuable is not what they have in their lives, but who they have in their lives...

To learn that it is not good to compare themselves to others. All will be judged individually on their own merits, not as a group on a comparison basis...

To learn that a rich person is not the one who has the most, but is one who needs the least...

To learn that it only takes a few seconds to open profound wounds in persons we love, and that it takes many years to heal them...

To learn to forgive by practicing forgiveness...

To learn that there are persons that love them dearly, but simply do not know how to express or show their feelings...

To learn that money can buy everything but happiness...

To learn that two people can look at the same thing and see it totally different...

To learn that a true friend is someone who knows everything about them, and likes them anyway...

To learn that it is not always enough that they be forgiven by others, but that they have to forgive themselves."


I sat there for awhile enjoying the moment. I thanked Him for his time and for all that He has done for me and my family, and He replied, "Anytime. I'm here 24 hours a day. All you have to do is ask for me, and I'll answer."
--Author Unknown

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Tuesday’s Small Beauty, May 8, 2012

                             Tuesday’s Small Beauty

Where Muscadines Grow

by Wynne Huddleston

My Grandpa is fruit and flowers and fun.
With a cape jasmine pinned to his jacket
and donning a hat, he offers me peppermint
that he buys from the peddler’s wagon.
Deaf, not dumb, he gives me secret winks,
prickly pear hugs, green apples, purple
plums, and teaches me how to play with
funny things like rolly polly bugs. Then he
shows me where the ripe muscadines grow
heavy on the vine across the dirt road.

published in From the Porch Swing, a Silver Boomer anthology

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Tuesday’s Small Beauty, May 1, 2012

                                   Tuesday’s Small Beauty


by Wynne Huddleston

Tiniest of birds
magic untold;
a blur of wings--
purple, gold
blue and green
fast-forward me
into the beauty
of spring.

For some more hummingbirds that you will think are real, check out Joey Horn's pics of his award winning, beautiful sculptures in wood.


About Me

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Wynne Huddleston is a poet, musician and teacher. Her first book of poetry, From the Depths of Red Bluff, ISBN: 978-0-9840483-2-8, published by the Mississippi Poetry Society, Inc., is now available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Ms. Huddleston is the Mississippi Poetry Society 2014 Poet of the Year. Her poetry has been published in numerous publications including the Birmingham Arts Journal, Camroc Press Review, Stymie Magazine, Danse Macabre, Orange Room Review, New Fairy Tales Anthology, Ink, Sweat & Tears, and Four and Twenty. Her poem, Same Stars, Different Houses received a Pushcart Nomination from Deep South Magazine. Awards include the 2013 MPS Award, and Winner of the Grandmother Earth National Contest 2010 for Environmental Poetry. Ms. Huddleston was born in Lone Star, Texas, but has lived in Mississippi most of her life. She has been an elementary music teacher for 25 years, and has 2 grown sons, and 2 grandchildren.