As we move through this craziness called life we experience the push and pull of the cosmos. Life is a journey..a rollercoaster…and as such there will inevitably be ups and downs. This quote captures the beauty..and oxymoron of life. When we reach those lows..remember its a natural part of the cycle, and how we react to these situations determines how quickly the lows will pass.
Like the cha-cha its a dance of two steps forward, one step back.
#PeaceAndLove to all



Honored to be published in “The Best Poets and Poems of 2012 – Featured Poet”

Signs of the Times
As published by The World Poetry Movement

So much turmoil in this place…wherein lies the human race.
All’s connected, all is one, yet still the threads are come undone.
We’ve dug ourselves in oh so deep —
Our mother earth, oh how she weeps.
The choice is ours to save our race, though serious issues must be faced.
And first of all, the place to start..we all must search inside our hearts…where peace begins, before it can flow..and spread to others to flourish and grow.
So many don’t see this, they’re fueled by hate…and greed and envy and the need to dictate.
The quest for “more” by cynical minds…they’re too blind to see all the signs of the times.
Only we can change it, with conscious thought, and by treating others, the way that we ought.
Its a global issue we all need to do, necessary by all so the message gets through.
Something so simple yet oh so deep, for what we sow we truly shall reap.
To acknowledge our ties to each other is key…for the sake of our planet and humanity.
No matter who you are or whence you came
Inside us all, we are One and the same!
~ Shady

Lisa Jane Emery 2012

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Waving my flag from the hypothetical caboose

It’s been quite some time since I’ve posted…it’s funny how it escapes you until you realize just how much time has passed. Sometimes it seems like a stealth mission the way i avoid the laptop or writing materials as if i fear them.  It’s an odd dance swaying like a pendulum from one side to the next which I’ve been attempting to decipher for some time now.  If anything, my avoidance techniques are in top form i can say with all the great ideas I’ve lost  in the of depths of self sabotage. 

Now as I try to get my work “together” it likens to a sea of endless abyss…of paper and scattered notes drifting about like puzzle pieces none of which match.  It becomes paralyzing at times when I think about how much work there is to put together, I’ve been writing a long time…but i now admit I’ve been somewhat of a closet writer.  After being shut down with certain abusive situations in my life i lost my voice and have hidden my work in fear of being heard.  Which is why i believe i avoid putting myself into a “writing circumstance” much of the time.  

Through much self exploration over the past year or so I have learned much about myself, and one major thing I’ve learned is to Accept my flaws!  I have many physical and mental impairments which i’m really just coming to terms with…and y’know what?!  I’ve learned to embrace them…to embrace Me for all I am and all I’m not and thankful to realize the differences.  As I learn to set small goals for myself I intend to make writing visibly, more often one of them.  

As I realized how much energy I was using by denying my flaws i knew I had to change something.  And that something was in the “if you can’t beat them, join them” format, so I jumped aboard the crazy train and am now waving my flag from the hypothetical caboose.  We ALL have flaws, but when we expend our energy trying to hide them then no one else let alone ourselves will see the beautiful person Inside!  

Free yourself from the enslavement of your own mind and embrace the endless possibilities you have in your grasp…all you gotta do is Reach baby!!

Please feel free to comment and/or share.

Peace, Love and Light to All


Natures Fury….The clouds roll in and the sky turns black

The clouds roll in and the sky turns black

the lightning flashes…the thunder cracks

The ominous presence of nature takes hold

as the furies unleash and the storm unfolds

The skies open up and the rains come down

the torrents unleash…they know no bounds

The rolling thunders have a powerful voice

to acknowledge this power is our only choice

So sit back and witness nature’s violent song

’til it all subsides and decides to move on.

(c) Shady

I don’t know bout ya all…but i LOVE me a good thunderstorm and i raised my girls the same.  It would be an exciting time when thunderstorms came about at our house.

My inspiration for this poem was a particular ‘electrical’ storm i guess you’d call it. It seemed like lights were being flashed behind the clouds at rapid, brief intervals.  It always leaves me awestruck at the power of nature…awed and fearful..and full of respect.

I hope you enjoyed 🙂

Much peace, love & light


Could u live without ur Smartphone?

For the last 8 days due to influences beyond my control…i was forced to live without my…blackberry smartphone!   i know…it was tragic and i had one of those mini heart attacks one gets when they realize…OMG I HAVE NO CELL SERVICE!!!  That can be pretty tragic c’mon!!  The first couple days  i was thinkin bout all the things i was missin out on on my cell.  But then i started realizin all the things i had been missin out on cuz my face was buried in my cell while i was walkin.  i started seein all the new buds and flowers blooming, and the birds with their beautiful colors.  Parents out with their newly walking babies who toddle about on their chunky lil legs and of course all the dogs out for walks with their curiosity in high gear.

Now that my cell service is back on…I’ve decided that I’m not gonna walk and text anymore.  i don’t wanna miss the simple beauty cuz my nose is at my cell aaaaand it really Can be dangerous!  I’ll leave ya with a lil incident to prove my point.  As i was walking through the park last summer, fervently texting away and oblivious to all around me…i tripped.  No it wasn’t jus one of those lil skip trips where ya look around to see if anyone noticed.  It was the trip over yur own feet where ya totally hit the ground trip.  And not only did i hit the ground…i hit the ground landing on my elbows and forearms and nose touching the cement…i then rolled over (as gracefully as i could) so i was in a “turtle on its back” position and then i then jumped up and stuck celly in me pocket.  Afterwards I shook it off and laughed as i realized i hadn’t missed a beat with that text.  I shake my head when i think of that.

So my message is simple…take the time to really look around during your daily travels…really See whats goin on around you and find beauty in the small things.  Don’t get so caught up in the technology in your hands…it’ll be there when ya get a few minutes to spare.

Wishing erryone much Peace, Love and Light


out for a stroll...



Growth…equals pain.  It means letting go of what no longer serves us.

Letting go is a difficult process and its growing pains can be difficult, especially if one has a problem with saying good bye. 

Truly…it’s the memories which remain which keep us tied to that we try to let go of.  We can honor those memories by embracing the good ones…leaving behind those which were less than good and reflecting on the growth during that time.  Using it as a reminder of the lessons learned which will remind us where to be careful in future times. 

The best thing we can do is learn from such lessons and move on with dignity and integrity and know that we’re creating a better life for ourselves by accepting…and moving on.

shady lee

let’s make it right…anutha poem by shady

so…so many people…we all got…the same message

it’s time…to get thru…to anybody who…can make a difference

our world…it needs a savin…our animals…need a safe haven

so they can live…so we can live…in freedom

the way we’re meant to…all these blinded eyes they turn their backs on

the real important things…so they can have more bling and these our leaders

spend all the dollas…while we got people…starvin’ in the street could be someone u meet

so much suffering…at the hand of man we’ve got to take a stand

stop the seal slaughter…look how far we’ve sunk…it affects everyone

we’re gonna kill ourselves this world has turned to hell

lets treat each other well while there’s still time…we can make it right

our animals have rights…innocence in their eyes…let’s make it right!  let’s make it right!

(c) shady lee



This life kin g…

This life kin get hard…sometimes..
when we close off our hearts…and minds
how kin we be… so blind
jus go relax…unwind
wer all from the same…life source
don’t matta who…u are
whether ur near…or far
don’t judge each otha…is key
lets live in…har-mo-ny
peace could come so…easily
jus’ open ur eyes…and see
helping ur neighbor is alright
by aiding a stranger…yule see the light
giving…is what goes around
Karma…grows in leaps..& bounds
what u give…is what u get
in this life…jus’ don’t forget
be careful…with each passing day
with every single…word u say
cuz every hurtful thing u pass…
will come back round…and bite yo’ ass!!

shady lee


My review of the Ian Somerhalder Website

Being the ‘star gazer’ i am (both Hollywood And Celestial) i notice and pay attention to what goes on in the world of Celebrity.  And i must say I’ve never been more inspired by a celeb who is using his fame for the bettering of our planet and its creatures with such zeal and intensity.  I know of many others as well who run amazing charities and organizations and really make a difference…but this one Really stood out from the rest with its spectacular photos and meaningful quotes, to the depth of research and captivating well written articles  and seen the impact he was having in so many areas.  This person is a hottie with a heart, full of passion and compassion for all the things that truly matter.  All things environmental, animal. habitat, respecting and saving our animals…getting dirty n cleaning up his part of the world and doing all he can to improve ours and our childrens chances of survival on our mother earth.  Oh and did i mention he’s included educating our youth to do the same?  
With his smoldering good looks and penetrating gaze, I’m speaking of Ian Somerhalder and his amazing IS Foundation.  For those of you not familiar with the name, he is also known as Damon Salvatore from the hit series Vampire Diaries and before that he was Boone on J J. Abrams super hit series Lost.  
After going through his website i was just amazed and pleased as punch with the difference he’s making with the blessings he’s been given.  
His site is chock full of very well written articles, factual information and statistics of our planet, our animals and the ways we can help by going green, deforestation awareness and more efficient ways to use energy.  It’s informative, interesting and makes one want to dive in and ‘get dirty’ with Get Dirty program.  With easy to access pages specifically for kids and youth as well, i found it so inspiring The IS kids program is on Facebook as well, with all kinds of fun stuff and ways to get involved for the young ‘uns and Youth as well.  It’s very interactive, informative, well written and expressed by a wonderful team of commited people making a difference with every fiber of their being.  Thank you Ian for the steps you’re taking to make a difference.  A difference that affects all of us…as we are all interconnected as One.