Archive for June, 2015

Thank you, Bree Newsome!

June 28, 2015

She did what no one else did, but what any one might have. Bree Newsome took down the defeated Confederate flag, the symbol of white supremacy, hate, and the destruction of the United States of America. For this she was arrested, just like Rosa Parks. But history will remember the courageous act of Bree Newsome as an individual who did what obviously needed to be done over a century ago.

When Nazi Germany was defeated, the swastika flag was removed. It’s not flown in the name of history, and neither should the flag of the dead Confederacy. They are very much alike.

When I was a teenager many decades ago, my high school kept a Confederate flag painted larger than life on the wall of the school gym. When I was a senior, another student finally threw black paint on the wall. I cheered. I felt liberated. I wondered why in the world I hadn’t thought to do that myself, but I didn’t. I didn’t know at the time I was already suffering from PTSD from seeing some black girls stabbed by white boys. I didn’t know that would affect my entire life. After I escaped Alabama in 2005, I was free. Several years later I got EMDR counseling for the PTSD I’d never realized I had. So, on behalf of all people who have been traumatized by that dead Confederate flag and that racist hate song “Dixie”, Bree Newsome, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

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My Third Collection of Poetry Is Now Available

June 7, 2015

My Third Collection of Poetry Is Now Available.

My Third Collection of Poetry Is Now Available

June 7, 2015

A Call to ContemplationfrontA Call to Contemplation:Amazon:Kindle Store @FrankideMerle http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00YLBK0JU/ref=mp_s_a_1_2?qid=1433106523&sr=8-2&pi=AC_SY200_QL40&keywords=franki+demerle&dpPl=1&dpID=51-%2BO0LEKtL&ref=plSrch …

This is my third collection of poetry after Ripples on the Surface and Child of the Universe. It’s currently available on Kindle, but the paperback version is in the works The cover picture is a bonsai wisteria. As with my other collections, A Call To Contemplation includes my thoughts about my perspective of life in general and specific, but this one is more frequently inspired by my practice of meditation. Many of the poems were written while contemplating the beauty and serenity of my cats, my Celtic harp, and the Portland, Oregon, Japanese Gardens on the west side of town near the zoo.

With this collection, I feel I’ve completed a life’s work, although one never knows what may be written in the future. But for now, I’m focusing on writing music and more novels. I’ve just copywrited my musical “calling card”, inspired by a performance of the Oregon Symphony conducted by Carlos Kalmar at the beginning of this year. It’s called Mercurial Collection of Duets and/or Solos for Celtic Harp and Classic Guitar (my instruments) and includes six pieces: Mercury in D, Mercury in A, Mercury in E, Mercury in B, Mercury in F, and Mercury in C. I intend to find a way to publish it. This will be a first for me.

I’m getting close to finishing my next novel, Roundabout, which is a future incarnation novel. It takes place in Wick, Scotland. It will be my fourth reincarnation novel after Deception Past, Dragonfly Dreams, and Five Flowers. I’m having fun, and I hope you enjoy reading them.

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