“Love knows no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps over obstacles penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.” 

Maya Angelou

This site contains my poems, blogs and reflections that have come from my wilderness experience of having cancer and being blind.  The wilderness is a very isolating and lonely place, with many hardships  and sometimes seemingly insurmountable difficulties to face.  It is a place of suffering and this site reflects the many struggles that any of us can undergo in our differing wilderness experiences.  Despite the pains and the darkness of the wilderness and desert places, the stars can still be seen, and even deserts can bloom, so along the way, there will be gems to be found.  I have chosen to use the Cross as a symbol also, because I have discovered that for me, the way through suffering was and is to be found in the Cross  Although that is a Christian symbol, the wilderness or desert experience can come to any of us, no matter what faith we hold, or even if we hold none.  So I hope that as Maya Angelou says, there will be no barriers, and that all of us, through our sharing, can find our way through, appreciating the gems that we find on the way whilst not denying the suffering that we go through.  May we all learn to look to the stars, and see how brightly they shine out in the darkness, and take heart and courage.


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  1. This design is spectacular! You most certainly know how to keep a reader amused.
    Between your wit and your videos, I was almost moved to start my own blog
    (well, almost…HaHa!) Wonderful job. I really loved what
    you had to say, and more than that, how you presented it.

    Too cool!

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  2. I got a nomination
    And now I share the joy
    I’ve chosen you, Lorraine,
    I hope this brings you joy!
    In fact, I’ve been a-makin’,
    I made a video.
    The link plus a text version
    Is pasted down below.

    Video: http://robbieyates.com/2018/06/14/sunshine-blog-award
    Text: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1a6NW1XRQDVbgFatV_0ExmYOcgPJzIQTQ0CVDCW-2uuM/edit?usp=sharing


    A copy of my questions:
    1. Favourite sandwich filling?
    2. What came first, the chicken or the egg?
    3. What’s an embarrassing thing you did when you thought nobody was looking?

    Also, I broke so many rules when I made my own Sunshine Award post. If you want to play by the rules, MrHushHush – the awesome blogger who nominated me – posted the rules properly in his own Sunshine Award post: https://mrhushhush.wordpress.com/2018/06/13/sunshine-blogger-award-2/

    If you don’t want to participate, I promise not to be offended! 🙂

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  3. blindzanygirl

    WOW! Thanks Ribbie. How wonderful. I will have to get hubby to help me becayse I am blind. We will take a look later and I will try to answer the qyestions. Lol. Live the music on the vid. Really clever. Smile

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  4. I hope it’s not too tricky. If it turns out to be not worth the effort, there’s no shame in just being happy with the nomination and leaving it there 😊

    Alternatively, I think you can break the rules a bit, too – well, the Blog Award Police haven’t come after me, yet, anyway 😂

    You truly are amazing – I was actually kicking myself that I didn’t nominate you for the Liebster Award a while ago, because I’d just discovered your blog and how talented you are!

    You’re bright and fun and cheeky,
    Resilient and tough.
    Your poems of flees and itchy knees
    Are truly funny stuff! 😂

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  5. blindzanygirl

    Oh Robbie you just brought a tear to my eye. Thankyou for those wonderful compliments. I have been nominated for the Liebster Award before, but did nothing about it becayse I did not understand what to do! You can add “Thick”. To your words too ha ha. I would love to try and wirk out how too do it later, but at the moment I am looking for some flea powder Ha!

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  6. If it helps, I don’t think it matters if you mess it up. For example, the rules said to post eleven questions.. I posted three. 😂

    Good luck with the issue
    With all those cheeky fleas.
    I’ve heard one great prevention
    Is simply swarms of bees 😂

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  7. I found your blog because a blogger I know nominated you for a tag and I decided to check it out, and I’m so inspired by you.I love your writing style, it’s so creative and unique.And you seem like a wonderful person.Keep doing you, and I’d love for you to check my blog out too!

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  8. Lorraine, you have written so beautifully about your suffering and difficulties. In spite of all these you carry a light all the way, or is it because of.
    Sometimes illness and/ or difficulties can make you grow in inner strength.

    I love every word in this post including the wonderful quote by Angelou.

    Thank you


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  9. blindzanygirl

    Bless you so much Miriam. Yes indeed, severe illness can make you gain inner strength. At the very bottom, in the deepest darkness, is light. Your words to me are beautiful. Thankyou.

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