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Radio Show Audio File

January 11, 2017

For the audio file of my radio show on CUTV yesterday, please go to

It was a great experience for me, and I had a wonderful time doing it. I hope you enjoy listening as much as I enjoyed doing it. The team that produced it were fantastic. I can’t say enough good things about them.




10 January 2PM EST CUTV News Radio

December 29, 2016


Contact: CUTV News Radio, (631) 850-3314

CUTV News Radio spotlights author Franki deMerle Vancouver, WA

– This is not our first time here and it won’t be our last. We’re spiritual beings on a physical journey. When this journey ends, we will begin a new one in a new body and a new time and place. Franki deMerle is the author of three novels, each focused on the subject of reincarnation: Deception Past, a novel of past life identity theft, murder, blackmail, and forgiveness; Dragonfly Dreams, a novel of romance and reincarnation; and Five Flowers, an historical reincarnation novel. Each novel draws on dreams, premonitions, past life regressions and memories.

“Reincarnation is a subject that interests me. I personally believe in it, but you don’t have to believe in reincarnation to read my novels,” says deMerle. “Whether you believe in reincarnation or not, it offers great structures for a novel.”

deMerle started writing poetry when she was only 15 years old out of an emotional need to express herself and her deepest feelings. She grew up Huntsville, Alabama, during the Civil Rights Movement, and would listen to Dr. Martin Luther King on the radio in her bedroom, much to the dismay of her parents who did not subscribe to Dr. King’s message of equality.  “This is why I’m a writer, I believe,” says deMerle. “I’m a sensitive person and sensitive to others, but most importantly I have something to say about tolerance.”

deMerle has also published three volumes of poetry: Ripples On the Surface, deMerle’s earliest collection of poetry, often described as mystical, which includes poems deMerle wrote from the 1960s to 2006; Child of the Universe, which covers 2006 to 2010; and her most recent book of poetry entitled A Call to Contemplation.  “My poetry is a search for meaning, beauty and harmony in a world of contention and conflict,” says deMerle. deMerle says if there is one thing she hopes readers glean from her writing it’s compassion and forgiveness.

CUTV News Radio will feature Franki deMerle in an interview with Doug Llewelyn on January 10th at 2pm EST. Listen to the show on BlogTalkRadio.  If you have a question for our guest, call (347) 996-3389. For more information on Franki deMerle, visit

Please Help Jenny Walk Again

December 4, 2016

The sister-in-law of a good friend of mine needs help to be able to walk again. Jenny Medina, who lives in Colombia, suffered from a bone infection, a MRSA, and part of her femur was removed. $20 buys her a day of care.

I realize people have their own families to take care of, and not everyone has money to spare, but if you do, it would be greatly appreciated. Please, if you are willing and able, go to to donate. Thank you so very much.


June 18, 2016

Without personal insight, we do not evolve into better versions of ourselves. Recognizing an asset or a problem is the first step in utilizing the asset or mitigating the problem. Personal awareness is what leads to insights that lead to revelations that show us the way to improvement. That’s what I’m working on.

I read somewhere that stress is change we haven’t adapted to yet, so now when I get stressed, I try to identify the change I haven’t adapted to yet. In my case, the recent source is the dietary change from my doctor. The doctor is right. When I follow the new diet, I’m fine. I feel better. The problem is that I don’t know what’s in so much of what I eat even though I read the labels diligently. When I order a meal in a restaurant, I’m guessing at what might actually be in the food. When I find a food that provides protein and helps me feel better, but the grocery store stops carrying it, I feel stressed. But meditation helps.

I’m not pushing a religion here. I just find I get my best insights from mindfulness meditation and dreams. Sometimes, just walking away from a problem allows me to see the obvious. I feel isolated by my diet. I see how full the grocery store is and how much of it is off limits to me. I see all the wonderful entrees on a restaurant menu and how few are available to me. Because I feel isolated, the smallest thing will add to the feeling of isolation. As the Dalai Lama has said, afflictive emotions (in my case, feeling isolated) allow me to hone in on anything else that echoes the sentiment, and the feeling becomes exaggerated. Afflictive emotions, by the way, are caused by not realizing everything and every event are interdependent, e.g. feeling isolated. I realized that, and began to think of the foods I can eat, and then I felt better.

Then I meditated on self-acceptance, which leads to self-compassion. Isn’t that a wonderful idea? (Obviously not mine originally.) I believe that all beings are basically good, because I believe the concept of good has to exist before the concept of bad can exist. That’s idealistic, which I am, and a bit theoretical. The point is everyone deserves to feel good about and toward themselves. We all suffer enough as it is.

So now I feel better about myself. I hope to find easier choices of food that help my body feel better. I also feel better about the music I play on guitar and my little harp, the art I do with my pastel chalk, the blankets I knit, and the poetry I write, because I meditated on accepting myself. And I did. And I do. And the moral to this story is if you’re stressed, figure out what change you haven’t adapted to yet, and find options to help you make that transition, because life changes way too fast for most of us these days.

May we all be relaxed, free from suffering, kind, and happy.


June 5, 2016

A new year has half gone by, so I decided to post on my blog. It seems fauna is adapting well to climate change. Spring started in April. Since then almost everything in our garden has either bloom…

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June 5, 2016

A new year has half gone by, so I decided to post on my blog. It seems fauna is adapting well to climate change. Spring started in April. Since then almost everything in our garden has either bloomed or has buds. It’s beautiful, but I understand what the flowers have been saying: Here comes the heat we hope to survive, so we’ll bloom early, go dormant, and hope for the best.

That strategy works for some people too. Bloom early, go dormant, and hope for the best. I wouldn’t say I was an early bloomer, but now that I’m retired, I can go dormant whenever the need arises. I’m writing this in the middle of the night, because daytime is just too hot. I guess it’s up to each of us to either adapt to change or just bitch a lot and make everybody else miserable. This is a good time to be adaptable.

Elsewhere others are getting all worked up about candidates for President of the US they don’t like, don’t agree with, or are just scared of. Is it worth getting all worked up about it? Some call it passion. Others call it civil disobedience. Fear is clearly driving the emotions. A lot of people are living on the edge and see how easily they could lose their jobs, homes, dreams, hope. I think that’s a good time to calm down and take stock of options for adaptability. Of course, I’m retired. I know it’s always possible for me to lose everything, except my peace of mind. And my adaptability. I choose to keep those.

As the saying goes, Be Calm and … I pluck on (guitar and harp). Be Calm and Listen works if you’re not in the middle of a war zone or riot. Whatever works for you, please Be Calm. And when all else fails, try to adapt. Best wishes to all.


December 17, 2015

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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.

My Third Collection of Poetry Is Now Available

June 7, 2015

My Third Collection of Poetry Is Now Available.

I Live in an Interesting Corner of the World

May 14, 2015

It comforts me to know that when I go on vacation, I need never be far from home. I can leave Vancouver by train or car and make a day trip to Vancouver, a very scenic place. After staying as long as I choose, I can then take a ferry to Vancouver, another very interesting tourist spot with many pleasant places to visit and nice inns to stay as long as time allows. When it’s time to go home, I can take any number of combinations of ferries and trains/car to go back home to Vancouver. If time allows, I can even return to Vancouver by way of Vancouver. Overall, it makes for easy paced sight seeing and relaxed vacation time well-spent, while feeling right at home in Vancouver.

There must be other places in the world where such trips are possible. I just haven’t found them yet. Please feel free to enlighten me if you know of one. Thanks.

Meanwhile, you also can come to this corner of wet and wonderfully large fir and cedar trees along the Salish Coast of western North America and vacation in Vancouver, Vancouver, and Vancouver. We’re not the Bermuda Triangle, but we’re just a little bit different. You can pack your clothes in layers, include socks with sandals as well as rain gear, but we all get wet, and in the grand scheme of things, getting wet isn’t a big deal here. Umbrellas tend to turn inside out and fly away. There’s simply no reason not to have a picnic at a park or on a beach just because it rains. Just come relaxed and have fun, but don’t be surprised by the wildlife. Great herons are known to nest in parks — in one Vancouver they’re near the tennis courts. Herds of goats are known to contract grounds keeping jobs at places like airports and public schools. Should you encounter a herd of goats while visiting, pay strict attention to and follow any instructions by the llama, which is the security guard for the goats. Don’t mess with our goats or our great herons. Thank you.

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