Guest Post: Andrew Joyce and his Stories

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If you haven’t run across Andrew Joyce in your blog travels, he’s a prolific writer of short stories and novels. He’s here at the Mirror to share a bit of his writing journey, and if can entice you, sell a book or two. His latest book, a collection of short stories, is on sale today for $.99. Take it away, Andrew:

Hello, my name is Andrew Joyce.

I have a new book out entitled Bedtime Stories for Grown-Ups. It is a collection of short stories I’ve written over the years. Inside Bedtime Stories you’ll find tales of fiction and nonfiction. There are all sorts of genres within its pages, from westerns to detective stories to love stories and just about anything else that you can imagine. Some of the stories are dark and some are lighthearted, but I hope you’ll find them…

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Micropoetry Month: Nov 2017: #12


Micropoetry MonthHaibun is a wonderful style because lets you combine prose and poetry in a beautifully fluid way. Basho, the master, wrote it in such a simple, effortless style making his work timeless.
I have two rules for myself. 1. Keep the prose short. 2. The haiku should derive from the prose without being repetitive in word or content.

Write your own haibun or any other form of micropoetry and share using comments or good old Mister Linky!

It was the kind of morning that had all the answers – the square of anticipation, the differential of despondency, the coefficient of human failure. Hanging from the sky like a picture frame behind which we had once hidden the dark, its colours dissolving into sunshine streams, its birds flying in formation beyond its corners. It was the kind of morning that should dawn after a night like that. After you left, after…

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It’s Good to Be the King and Love Salads!


King George I of England loved salads. He was not the only one; at the end of 17th – beginning of 18th century, Grand Sallads were “trending” among all Royal Houses of Europe. You might even say, they “went viral.”

You know I couldn’t help but give you a taste of Mel Brooks’ genius!

But seriously, Beautiful People, the University of Reading is offering a FREE five-week online course

A History of Royal Food and Feasting

I am enjoying it tremendously, and many of you will too, I am sure, so go get it at

As I am in the middle of the third week of this exciting learning adventure, we are discussing the Royal Kitchen Garden at Hampton Court and the Baroque ideas of what a salad should be. Imagine my surprise when I realized that one of my favorite go-to salads is a simplified idea of a

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The Positive Side of Having a Chronic Illness 

Life with an illness

Having several chronic illnesses, I’ve learned that with a positive outlook even during the hardest times you can still find the good in situations. Everyone endures a difficult trial, it’s the way you look at it, that determines how you will get through it. There are a million negatives of having a chronic illness, however, I can’t discredit the plus sides of my journey. Here is a list of the positive sides of having a chronic illness.

  • You become closer to people who have been there for you.

A chronic illness can be debilitating. When you’re hurting there are some things you just can’t do alone. When you’ve been through the best and the worst times with someone, like a chronic illness, you develop a bond with them. They have been there through the worst times of your life, just because they care about you. Honestly, that’s amazing, to help…

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You Have a Diagnosis, Now What?

Life with an illness

You receive a diagnosis, which is a great thing. I know, sounds absurd that it could be considered a relieving thing to hear. For those with a chronic illness, you’ve been suffering for possibly months maybe even years. At this point you want the diagnosis. So you can work on your health to get into remission, however, receiving it can also make you feel overwhelmed. A thousand thoughts will go through your head all at once. You try to think about what the next step is for you. All you want is to get better, but sometimes you just don’t know what you need to do. Here is a list of what to do next after you get diagnosed.

  • Take a deep breath.

Now I know this seems a little obvious, however, after years of suffering, countless appointments, endless testing, and hospital stays the search is over. You can now…

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Healthy Lifestyle By Klaudja

We’ll talk about this wonderful fruit called Quince and you will be very surprised when u see all benefits that this fruit has. Quince, belonging to the same family as apples and pears, is regarded as their distant relative. The fruit is native to the warm-temperate areas of southwest Asia, in the Caucasus region. Quince is very much like a pear in shape. Golden-yellowish outer-layer, when mature. Though it is also grown in the United States, the Asian variety is softer and much juicier. Apart from being eaten raw, quinces are commonly made into preserves and jellies as well.Quince is an ancient fruit, found in Roman cooking and grown across Turkey and southeast Asia. It grows on small trees.



Quince has a lot of health benefits.This fruit is good for those suffering from anemia, cardiovascular diseases, respiratory illnesses, diseases of the gastrointestinal tract and even asthma.Quince…

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Healthy Lifestyle By Klaudja

When we talk about milk, usually every people always think about cow milk or soy milk. But do you know about goat milk that has a lot of benefits and more powerful than the two others milk?Goat milk is a milk that produced by female goats after childbirth,


in time between 0 until 3 days produced colostrum to milk that contains a lot of nutrients rather than cow milk.Goat milk is the best drink in the world after breast milk and has a lot of benefits for human health. Goat milk has a composition and nutrients structure which is very similar to breast milk, so goat milk is easier to digest and decomposition or assimilates within the human body like breast milk. Besides of that, goat milk contains sources of nutrients which rich in good fat, protein, enzymes, minerals and vitamin.Goat milk is believed has a lot of powerful health…

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Healthy Lifestyle By Klaudja



Chestnuts are edible nuts produced by the trees and shrubs of the Castanea genus, which are commonly found throughout the northern hemisphere. While there are a number of different species of chestnuts, most of them possess similar qualities and nutritional profiles. They should not be confused with horse chestnuts, which are quite different. There are a number of different ways in which chestnut tree is used for health benefits, although the fruit of the tree (the chestnut itself) is arguably the most popular.Chestnuts have been a valued food source in many cultures, notably those of China, Korea, Japan and the Mediterranean, and have been cultivated for more than 6,000 years in China and 3,000 years in Europe, according to Richard Litz, author of the book “Biotechnology of Fruit and Nut Crops.” Greeks deemed the chestnut superior to almonds, hazelnuts, and walnuts.Chestnuts have been grown by humans…

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Healthy Lifestyle By Klaudja

In this blog post, I want to talk about my adventure in an ancient place.I and my best friend decided to take an expedite out of the city.We decided to visit an ancient place that not everyone knows about it. To go there it needs to walk 3 hours, no road for the car.My grandparent’s house was near this place.So we went to my grandparent’s house to prepare things that we took with us, and we find someone that knows everything about that ancient place.We started walking.Men and women that we took to direct us, They ride on horses.The road didn’t end… and we were tired but when we arrived we couldn’t believe our eyes what wonderful view was before us.


Then we go down to some stairs and in end of stairs was the entrance of cave


I never saw in my life so wonderful cave we entered…

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