Ann Chiappetta

Making meaningful connections with others through writing

Moving My Blog to a New Home

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Hi followers-

I am relocating my blog, packing up my digital belongings and sending it to my personal website, www.annchiappetta.com  Why am I doing this, one might ask, and I’ll tell you all it is to help me improve SEO, also known as search engine optimization. Hey, wanting to be the top Annie to pop up on a web crawl is what will help  become more marketable. At least that is what the book gurus say, among other things.  I’ve been thinking about this for a while now and have been saving my clams to make it happen and my top rated web person, Dave Annett, is helping make it so.

 

The next post you will get will be from my new virtual home on my website. Thanks for following and here’s to the future!

 

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Sharing Poetry

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A Blessing

By James Wright

https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/46481/a-blessing#mainContent

 

Just off the highway to Rochester, Minnesota,
Twilight bounds softly forth on the grass.
And the eyes of those two Indian ponies
Darken with kindness.
They have come gladly out of the willows
To welcome my friend and me.
We step over the barbed wire into the pasture
Where they have been grazing all day, alone.
They ripple tensely, they can hardly contain their happiness
That we have come.
They bow shyly as wet swans.  They love each other.
There is no loneliness like theirs.
At home once more, they begin munching the young tufts of spring in the darkness.
I would like to hold the slenderer one in my arms,
For she has walked over to me
And nuzzled my left hand.
She is black and white,
Her mane falls wild on her forehead,
And the light breeze moves me to caress her long ear
That is delicate as the skin over a girl’s wrist.
Suddenly I realize
That if I stepped out of my body I would break
Into blossom.

 

Winner On a Whim

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A few months ago a writing friend suggested a contest being offered by the Handy Uncapped Pen. I hadn’t submitted my work for a while and hoped this would help get me back into the submission state-of-mind again. It did help.  I won second place for my poem, “Tide”.

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http://www.handyuncappedpen.com/2021/06/cripendy-contest-second-place-tide-by.html

Thanks to Cheryll Romanek for the beautiful beach pic.

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Acrostic Poem for Guiding Eyes

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Hello all-

It’s always a pleasure to put my writing and performing skills to good use, like when helping out Guiding Eyes for the Blind www.guidingeyes.org . Here’s  something I wrote to help them out.

Hi my name is Ann Chiappetta and I am a Guiding Eyes graduate.

I’d like to share what Guiding Eyes means to me

In the form of an acrostic poem.

Guide dog mobility instructors who are the best in the business

Unparalleled   and internationally recognized brood and stud program

Increased independence

Doggone bestest puppy program

Excellent follow up services for graduates and their dogs

 

Developing programs for athletes

, active older adults, and people with additional disabilities

Organization who believes in the potential of it’s clients

Graduates like me who

are recipients of

confident, capable  and loving canine partners.

Thanks for listening.

Click here for the audio:

 

 

 

 

Book Corner

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Hi all-

Thanks to Ernest Dempsey and  his blog, Recovering the Self https://www.recoveringself.com/ernest-dempsey-editor-in-chief , I have been posting book reviews. Two of my latest reviews and a wonderful collection of other reviews by Ernest and other authors are posted,  so go take a read. Here’s the latest from me about David Sedaris’s essay collection in audio book format

https://www.bookcorner.us/the-best-of-me/.

 

April Annie Shares News

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Annie Shares News April 2021 Issue 4

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Hello, spring greetings from Westchester County. Cherry blossoms are blooming. I grew up in Mamaroneck where Harbor Island Park is famous for it’s profundity of Japanese cherry blossom trees lining the east and west basins. If you ever drive past Mamaroneck on US 1 Boston Post Road at this time of year, you can’t miss them.

 

It’s also National Poetry Month and to celebrate it I am offering free audio copies of Upwelling: Poems to my readers.   Go to https://freeaudiobookcodes.com/book/dd0816ee-9505-4d78-b0ab-4dc62d369a44

 

I’ll be sending out one more post later on in the month to promote a radio interview, so stay tuned. 😉

The following poem is included in the book.

HELIUM

By Ann Chiappetta

Anchored

Ribbon chafing

Impatient

 

Will I be crushed

By the sky?

 

Breeze tugs

Pulses rub

Release me

 

Lighter than air

Captured in Mylar

 

Bound for Olympia

Pale blue elevation

Far below.

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Tease your senses with a string of stories🐲

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Hey readers, I’m sharing a little bit of creativity today. Take a listen and have your Audible credits ready because the audio book of my short story collection A String of Stories from the Heart to the Future, is almost done, thanks to the awesome narration team Lillian Yves and Vincent Lee Graysen.

The sample is from the lead story, A Temporary Perspective. Enjoy!

If you’d rather read it in print or on a device, go to Amazon.com or any eBook seller or visit my website for the purchasing links.

Everything Annie is at www.annchiappetta.com

 

 

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March Matching

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This post is for my best friend and buddy, Bailey. He’s full of heart and fur. He’s got a big head and beautiful brown eyes. People say his face is puppy like and his big brown nose and ears make him look both regal and goofy depending on the situation. He is a 75 lb. yellow lab from Guiding Eyes for the Blind. His first family and puppy raiser are from Maine. He loves to swim and play.

 

He loves my hubby and daughter and shares our home with another dog, two cats and two guinea pigs. Last night the cat curled up beside him, it’s paw on his back. 🐾

He’s kept me safe and guided me through so much in life and has been there during some of the darkest moments of it.

 

The unconditional regard of a dog for it’s partner is felt and expressed through the ebb and flow of life and I will do my best not to take this for granted because it is a gift to be honored, cherished and earned.

Here’s to 6 years together, Bailey.

 

 

Bailey boy yellow lab

picture of yellow lab Bailey in our livingroom

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Annie Shares News issue 2

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Annie shares news issue 2 February 2021
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Hello all –
It’s a winter wonderland in beautiful Westchester county, New York. It’s been snowing since yesterday, the polar vortex pumping out the little white flakes up to two feet in places. Brrrr!

🌨❄The cold months make for great writing time and I’ve been keeping busy with a few projects. First, stay tuned on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/verona.chiappetta/ for an audio teaser for A String of Stories: from the Heart to the Future C 2020. The audio book will be released on www.audible.com and will feature the dual narration team, Lillian Yves and Vincent Lee Grayson www.lillianyves.com .

For folks who access books via Bookshare, www.bookshare.com all my titles are now listed in the catalog. Reaching readers who access printed material in alternative formats has been an ever-present goal for me since establishing myself as an independent author and knowing Bookshare subscribers can read my books is a big win. 📔

The big reveal in this issue is my new logo designed by Mara Reitsma https://coveredbytherose.wixsite.com/coveredbytherose and curated with assistance from Clair Plaisted https://plaistedpublishinghouse.com /. The Book Dragon avatar will make appearances and be my brand moving forward. I might even run a contest to name her. 😉
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