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Yoko Ono Calls for Gun Control on the Anniversary of John Lennon’s Death — TIME


Yoko Ono has issued a plea for peace amid the toll of gun violence on the 36th anniversary of her late husband John Lennon’s murder; Lennon was shot and killed by Mark David Chapman on this day (Dec. 8, 1980) outside of his home at the Dakota in New York City. In a message posted…

via Yoko Ono Calls for Gun Control on the Anniversary of John Lennon’s Death — TIME


Dolly Parton Will Give Tennessee Wildfire Victims a Helping Hand — TIME

Dolly Parton is establishing a relief fund to help those who have lost their homes in the Great Smoky Mountain wildfire raging through part of Tennessee. Parton announced Wednesday that the “My People Fund” will provide $1,000 per month to families in Sevier County affected by the fire. Parton was born in Sevier County, and…

via Dolly Parton Will Give Tennessee Wildfire Victims a Helping Hand — TIME


Dreams of Tomorrows by Dorinda Duclos from Night Owl Poetry

Raindrops fell in white crystalline shapes, softly floating down to touch upon the earth. Barren trees shivered, now that they had shed their autumn coats. Yes, winter was here, with its cold and its frost, and its snow. Mostly snow, like confectioner’s sugar coating the land, yet, not so sweetly. This was the time to […]

via Dreams of Tomorrows ~ #shortstory #childhoodmemories — Dorinda Duclos – Night Owl Poetry


Men vs. Women in U.S. Government — TIME

Women make up more than half the U.S. population, but 240 years after the nation’s founding they are still not equally represented in government. No matter who is elected president when Americans head to the polls on Tuesday, the fact remains that in 2016, women held just 23% of government offices, according to the Center…

via See How Many Men There Are for Each Woman in U.S. Government — TIME

This is important in how we deal with the world and women, children included. Change is good; wish I were younger.


Labor of Love


What do you think of my beautiful header? I’m my own blogger, writer, photographer, cover designer, and marketeer. Yes, I’ve put myself out there even with two 1-star reviews. Why?

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. If anything I sure am getting better and better. Eventually those reviewers won’t bother and maybe I’ll get a few that like the stories. I’ve been warned about the review thingy. If you have read my books, please take five minutes and leave a review on Amazon or Goodreads.

Recently I reread a manuscript and shook my head at the very first sentence with its awkwardness. Why didn’t I catch that dis-pleasurable play of words? Maybe because I’m still learning, almost there or just a writer who is human. Possibly, some manuscripts are better than others, even among my own slush pile!

Could it possibly be that I’m doing too much, the work of six or seven employees? We women ya know have that Wonder Woman complex going most of the time. I believe she has a movie coming out, must go see that one.

Though it doesn’t seem like I’m overextended or trying too hard, ya know the saying about when you like what you do it’s not work. Yes, that one. Let’s just call it a labor of love. Wink, wink.

Above is another cover I made for Into the Vines, my contemporary novel of fiction via Thinkstock Images & Amazon KDP. The other paintings are by Claude Monet (the luncheon, the gardens, the train station 1887) which inspired me when writing a few scenes in the book. These are available on Wikimedia Commons, a sharing site for art work on the net.

Thank you for stopping by.


Friendship and Writing

My beautiful friend supports me totally for writing a book. Her words, “I can’t believe you wrote a novel!”

I repeat back to her, “I know, I can’t believe it either.” I love her to the moon and back for gushing over my accomplishment. 

But I did and that’s the important aspect of the whole idea. Do you have ideas of doing something which seems nearly impossible? If so, I’d like to help you with encouragement or motivation. 

Follow my blog and reach out with questions. I have answers for you.

My mother has my book center stage! How surprised I was to find it on her coffee table, adorning the beautiful tray with candles. Sometimes in life what you do supersedes any words someone speaks. 

Into the Vines by Kim Troike is my novel of fiction, a story contained by realism and optimism, following personal struggles and human conditions involving children of the world. 

Available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, digital or print.

The above is my notebook for thoughts, poems, outlines and future works, therefore an idea book. Looking forward to writing and finishing another future project. Me and Mickie working together with my favorite 🍎.

 Oh wait, my dad always corrected this English. He’d say, “It’s Mickie and I, Kim.” You see I had an English teacher at home. I guess I am the lucky one. What does your dad teach you?

Caroline Clemens 

Photography by Kim Troike/Marilyn Clemens

Hurricane Matthew – How to Help via Donation Links – Outlander Online

As many of you know, Hurricane Matthew, has devastated Haiti, Cuba, The Bahamas and part of the U.S. over the past few days. The death toll is climbing by the hour. Many people are in dire need of help. We have compiled a list of Charities and non-governmental organizations that are currently raising funds to help the people that […]

via Hurricane Matthew – How to Help and Donation Links – Please Share — Outlander Online

See the links for ways to help these people; especially Haiti, which seems to go from one disaster to another.

Thanks for this info from Outlander Online.

Kim Troike


September 2016 Newsletter


What’s that expression? “Anything worthwhile doesn’t come easy.”

As I learn this craft of writing (I never in a million years actually believed I could write a book, yet alone a poetry collection), it is like anything filled with dis-beliefs, sorrows, bad reviews, no confidence, what am I doing moments, along with steady assurances and liking one’s own work. If I didn’t like my work I would have stopped back in 2011. When I reread parts of my novel I still love it. Sure grammar and punctuation have improved though still not perfect. Who’s perfect anyway? Reads a line from one of my poems.

I’m entering contests; why do this you ask? Because contests are a fun way to get people to participate. They propel you to put your best self forward and that’s not a bad thing et all. I’ve entered three contests this year for my poetry alone. From very small online venues to one long standing contest which has upwards of 400 contestants. The Poetry Festival had an actor read my beautiful poem then send the recording to me! It’s at the top of my Twitter feed. Look here at their site. Soon I’ll be outlining a whole plan for future works.

I hope to go a little mainstream as in entering my works in magazines. I just haven’t had the time. I’m finishing up a year long stylist school. Yup, my mother always instilled in me have a back up plan: that way you can venture out and pursue whatever you want in life. Pure economics advice from those depression era memories. She’s a better mother than she realizes, I’m sure.

My eyes are set on a busy and healthy year ahead. Back to working out daily, salads, etc. and maybe some golf! You know the score find a part time real job, be a mom again, write away after a vacation to the beach. My family has had to do mommy things this past year in my absence. I thank them for supporting me. Dreamily, I’ll think about Paris and other places to visit.

Follow me on Instagram kim_troike and Tumblr autumnquotes. I’ll be posting photography from my new camera. Photo above from Thinkstock Images. Thanks for stopping by.

Caroline Clemens