Tuesday, June 11, 2024

#1 Amazon New Release in Asian and Contemporary Poetry

 



My new digital chapbook, Lunar Gazing Haiku, reached #1 Amazon New Release in Asian and Contemporary Poetry. This is beyond my wildest expectations!

Amazon Book Blurb:

"In Japan, tsukimi (moon gazing) is an annual Harvest Moon Festival celebrated in September. Dating back centuries, when the noble classes composed music and poetry while viewing the full moon, the festival now includes everybody and marks the celebration of the autumn season. Looking for the 'rabbit in the moon' while picnicking under the stars, appreciating the moon’s sacred splendor, giving thanks for bounties received, and looking forward to a prosperous future make this a special event. The 62 haiku in this digital chapbook celebrate all seasons and all aspects of life, with the last chapter dedicated to moon gazing. Enjoy the fun!"

Purchase links:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0D6LWR5GL/

https://a.co/d/1ZmeKB7

Thank you!

Dawn Pisturino

June 11, 2024

Copyright 2024 Dawn Pisturino. All Rights Reserved.

Thursday, June 6, 2024

"Lunar Gazing Haiku" Launches June 12th!

 

(Created on Canva by Dawn Pisturino.)

Look for my new release, Lunar Gazing Haiku, to be available on Amazon Kindle for only $0.99 on June 12, 2024!

Here's the forward:

"Haiku is a Japanese poetic form that originated in the 17th century to simplify and perfect traditional literary poetry. Poets sought to stimulate emotional and mental reactions to nature themes in an abbreviated form using 17 syllables in a 5-7-5 pattern. Later, poets broadened their scope and introduced other themes. Famous haiku poets include Basho, Buson, and Issa.  

"In Japan, tsukimi  (moon gazing) is an annual Harvest Moon Festival celebrated in September. Dating back centuries, when the noble classes composed music and poetry while viewing the full moon, the festival now includes everybody and marks the celebration of the autumn season. Looking for the 'rabbit in the moon' while picnicking under the stars, appreciating the moon's sacred splendor, giving thanks for bounties received, and looking forward to a prosperous future make this a special event.

"In the United States, autumn celebrations include harvest festivals and craft fairs, Oktoberfest, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and events leading up to the Winter Solstice and Christmas.

"The 62 haiku in this chapbook celebrate all seasons and all aspects of life, with the last chapter dedicated to moon gazing. Enjoy the fun!"

See you then!

Dawn Pisturino
June 6, 2024
Copyright 2024 Dawn Pisturino. All Rights Reserved.

Tuesday, May 7, 2024

The Perfect Mother's Day Gift

 




Ariel's Song is a collection of intensely personal poems written between 1987 and 2023 that features various styles and themes, from twisted limericks that make you laugh to traditional sonnets that make you think and feel the world around you. There is something for everyone to enjoy: dark poems, love poems, nature poems, funny poems, poems about death and grief, poems about abuse and heartache, children's poems, and experimental poems.

Amazon link: https://a.co/d/i8OoaWP

Have a great day!

Dawn Pisturino

May 7, 2024

Monday, April 29, 2024

Water - Our Most Precious Resource

 


                                   (Created on Canva by Dawn Pisturino)

Don't let politicians and land developers fool you! Protecting our water sources is vital to a bright future for everyone! The more development, the less water. Period. Fight for your right to survive.

Dawn Pisturino

April 29, 2024

Copyright 2024 Dawn Pisturino. All Rights Reserved.

Wednesday, March 13, 2024

How to Get Rid of Annoying Telemarketers

 



 


(Photo by Wendy Scofield on Unsplash)

How to Get Rid of Annoying Telemarketers

Have you ever been plagued by annoying telemarketers who won't leave you alone? I finally hit upon a solution that really works!

A man with a distinctive accent, claiming to represent a police charity, called our landline several times daily. I politely told him no, we don't give money over the phone, but he kept calling anyway. I asked him to remove our number from his calling list, but he refused. I asked him for the name of the charity. He rattled it off so fast I couldn't write it down. I asked to speak to his supervisor, but he hung up. He became more aggressive when I asked him why he kept calling. He said, "Just help me out." I told him that nobody at that number would give him any money. I stopped answering the phone for a while, and the calls slowed down, but as soon as I started answering it again, he began calling all over again! I called him every name in the book, told him to "F" off, etc. I hung up on him as soon as I heard his voice. The calls would stop for a few days and then start again.

I listed our number with the National No Call Registry, but once telemarketers and scammers get your number, it doesn't work. I searched Google for all the police charities in our state and emailed them, describing the caller's characteristics and harassment and asking them to remove us from their call list. The calls stopped for a while and then started up again.

The caller made a mistake, though. One day, he admitted that the calls were being monitored on a recorded line (something new) and hung up when my husband or I began cussing him out. After this happened a few times, I realized that contacting the police organizations was the right thing to do. This guy is a jerk, and I'm glad he's being monitored. The calls slowed down but didn't stop.

A guy claiming to represent a firemen's charity began calling several times a day during this time. My husband and I thought about yanking out the landline since the cost keeps increasing, and we both have cell phones. I recorded a message on the voicemail telling callers that we do not give money over the phone and to please leave a message or call our cell phones. I stopped answering the phone for three weeks. But my husband was going through knee surgery, and I needed to answer all of our phones for medical reasons.

This guy was a jerk, too, and got really aggressive over the phone. Mostly, I would just hang up when I heard his voice. My husband wasn't so nice. I finally contacted the State Attorney General's and county attorney's offices and complained. After all, these people were violating our privacy, trespassing on our time, and harassing us. Reputable charities don't do that! But the response was lukewarm since there is only so much anybody can do.

One day, a lightbulb went off in my head. I visited the sports section at Wal-Mart and bought a whistle. Now, when an unwanted caller calls, I blow that whistle until they hang up. Unsurprisingly, the calls have stopped.

Don't be a victim! Give this a try!

Dawn Pisturino 
March 13, 2024
Copyright 2024 Dawn Pisturino. All Rights Reserved.

Saturday, December 30, 2023

Happy New Year



Every New Year represents a  new beginning. Old mistakes can be corrected and forgotten, wrongs can be forgiven and washed away, we can learn from past failures, and new goals can be created. January 1st brings new hope that the world will be a better place -- if we do our part to make it so.

Here's some tips on making 2024 a fantastic year for yourself and others:

Work hard, and don't expect free handouts from others.

Live a simpler life, save your money, and pay down your debt.

Eat healthy, exercise, and manage your stress effectively.

Set aside time to work on your hobbies and spend time with loved ones.

Protect the vulnerable people around you -- children, the elderly, and those weaker and more frail than you.

Be kind to animals.

Stand up to bullies and those who enjoy harassing and threatening others.

Do not make politics and political conflict the center of your life.

Study the issues from both sides and make informed and intelligent decisions.

Go to church, show gratitude and humility, and engage in spiritual practices like prayer.

Embrace all people, denounce violence, and be tolerant of different viewpoints and cultures.

Above all, love yourself -- and be good to yourself.


Have a healthy, prosperous, and happy 2024!


Dawn Pisturino

December 30, 2023

Saturday, December 23, 2023

Heavenly Christmas Music

 


While cleaning my daughter's bedroom yesterday in anticipation of her arrival home for Christmas, I was listening to a lovely video on YouTube that featured the most heavenly Christmas music! I was overwhelmed by feelings of peace and joy. The sky outside loomed large with gray clouds and impending rain. It was the perfect day to sleep and relax and do nothing. But Christmas is a busy time of year. I finished my cleaning before sitting down in the easy chair. Contemplating the peacefulness that Christmas is supposed to be, I thought about my many loved ones. The world and all of its terrible problems seemed far away. I was more than happy to isolate myself inside the house, snug and warm, away from the rest of humanity and all of its conflicts. 

This year, as the world engages in war and political strife, let's try to be a force for good and peace around our own Christmas tables. Avoid controversial topics of conversation and just enjoy each other's company. Appreciate what you have and do not compare yourself to others. Do not engage in race baiting, political debates, or religious controversies. Protect and honor the children in your family. Christmas is a precious time of year for children and families, in particular. For one day, forget about your troubles and worries and just enjoy the holiday.

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Dawn Pisturino