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Amor Milagre News: Bookshop and Company

Amor Milagre Book Signing Day. Hoppy Bunny Tales #1 Children's Book
Amor Milagre Book Signing Day!  Hoppy Bunny Tales #1 Children’s Book.  View this Book!

 

More Ways to Shop Amor Milagre:

 

A Gentle Life Bookshop

My books will soon be featured in many bookshops and libraries nationwide.  I will make a stockist page for these venues when ready.  You’ll be able to read my books in libraries and purchase them in bookshops all over the USA.  I am beginning locally in Maine and New England, and then I’ll branch out.  I might do some book signings and readings at local Maine libraries and bookshops.  I’ll post about it here if I decide to do public events again.  In future seasons, I’ll translate my books into several other languages and braille to sell in worldwide shops.  Hardbacks, paperbacks, and audiobooks are available in my shop, as well as matching artwork and stationery.  As always, I ship internationally from my online shop.  I offer quick shipping options and use responsible materials.  All products are ethically made in the USA.  In the coming seasons, many new books will be released.  I’m very excited to share these new loves!  Check back for new treasuries, series, novels, and children’s books.

Amor Milagre Book Signing Day. Hoppy Bunny Tales #1 Children's Book
Amor Milagre Book Signing Day. Hoppy Bunny Tales #1 Children’s Book.

 

New: Instagram Shopping Account & Etsy Shop

In the Spring, I deleted my company Instagram account as it wasn’t serving me, but I’ve come up with a plan for my new shop account.  It will help you to view and purchase my collections easily.  My Instagram name is amormilagre.  I am also working on a new Etsy Shop.  I started off with Etsy many years ago, and it did well in that creative community.  My new Etsy shop will feature a special collection of my art, books, and stationery.  Once ready, the link to the new shop will be added to this site.

To view my entire growing collection, please Shop A Gentle Life Collection

New original pastel and watercolour artwork pieces are releasing this week!

Amor Milagre Minis #15 Watercolour Paintings Golden & Earthen Original Art 1
Amor Milagre Minis #15 Watercolour Paintings Golden & Earthen Original Art.  Shop this new piece. 
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August: Organic Cottage Garden Design

Amor Milagre Organic Cottage Garden Design
Amor Milagre Organic Cottage Garden Design.  Getting lost in the intricate lace fairyland of the hydrangea blooms…

 

I love how a garden changes every day, season, and year.

Amor Milagre Organic Cottage Garden Design
Amor Milagre Organic Cottage Garden Design.  One of my writing nooks. We also have lessons and picnics here…in the shade of the cream umbrella.  The lavender and cleomes circle this garden.  We renovated the gardens last year.  Previously a lawn, this space is now full of flowering trees, perennial flowers, and herbs.  Plant seeds of goodness for pollinators.  It heals all.  We even have some tomatoes up here, as it is the sunniest area of the garden.

 

Amor Milagre Organic Cottage Garden Design
Amor Milagre Organic Cottage Garden Design.  Weeding a bit today, and I got my first ever bee sting, right through my glove!  Not too bad…just put some ice on it.  Bees love me…ever since I was little…they loved to explore my golden curly hair and just hang out… My Nonna used to say it’s because they think I’m a flower.  I love that idea, and I paint flying pollinators into all of my stories.  I always sat calmly with them, and then they’d move onto something with pollen.  I must have tread on a nest. Sorry, little friends!  Nature tells us important things.  Listen.  I usually do leave the ‘weeds’ as they’re a helpful part of the garden, but we do have some rather aggressive imposter vines that take over and under the garden.  I do minimal editing and pruning.  Plants have their own design plans.  It’s fun to learn of their endless stages.  Also, any broken or old pieces are just left in the garden to become a natural compost.  After making the pathways last summer, the cleomes seeded everywhere, which is the intent, but a few had to be moved out of the gravel and back into the soil.  These rhodies were quite ill when we moved in, so we cut them back hard and now they are full up with new green lovely leaves.  They form a nice border hedge and create privacy with a dense leafy depth and height.  Blooms next year, I’d expect.  In pink!

 

Amor Milagre Organic Cottage Garden Design
Amor Milagre Organic Cottage Garden Design.  I adore these mixed plant tangles… They’d make a gorgeous textile print.  This one is mostly:  Queen Anne’s Lace/Wild Carrot, Thyme, Sage, Salvia, Vinca, Clover, Anise…  Babies love these little fairy nests.

 

Amor Milagre Organic Cottage Garden Design
Amor Milagre Organic Cottage Garden Design.  The incredible Blazing Stars have just bloomed…grown from scattered seeds.  Easy as tossing them into the bed.  There are hundreds and the wildlife love them.  Such fancy feathery dresses!

 

Amor Milagre Organic Cottage Garden Design
Amor Milagre Organic Cottage Garden Design.  The front herb patch went wild this year, but we love to watch the pollinators favour this swaying sea of lace in the breeze so I will only tame it back a bit next year.  The new kitchen looks out onto this stone garden that we made a few years ago.  There was a bed of overgrown shrubs, too close to the house, and a paver pathway.  We took everything out, painted the house a warm heavy cream, and made space for more meadow wildflowers and three Japanese boxwoods.  The pathway was removed and recycled into the back pathway.  We made a stone wall, new pathways, and steps.  Soon, a mudroom door will go nearby.  We have the kitchen door here, too.  Little gardeners can pick some fresh sage for dinner!  I am working on some lace-like snowflake/floral design stencils in the front doorway, which I will post about when finished.

 

Amor Milagre Organic Cottage Garden Design
Amor Milagre Organic Cottage Garden Design.  Many greens…living together.  Permaculture matters.  Everything depends upon the next and the one before.  Replace lawns and pollutive machines with native plants that form a perennial carpet to keep you cool, hydrated, and full of life!
Amor Milagre Organic Cottage Garden Design
Amor Milagre Organic Cottage Garden Design.  Every window has a view of the garden!  Wake up to nature, go out and converse with her, learn how to be peaceful, bid her a good slumber and get ready for bed…  Sustainable life cycles for:  you, wildlife, the anti-pollution layers of fungi in the soil, the air, water, and for all plants who connect in their own language and routines.  Tread softly in nature.  We are the visitors of the earth, be gentle.

 

Amor Milagre Organic Cottage Garden Design
Amor Milagre Organic Cottage Garden Design.  Grow flowers from seeds to self-seed and spread each year!  I love these large areas of various wildflowers.  In the wind, the whole garden is alive and dancing.  Drought-tolerant is the way to go with climate change, and we have always just let the rain water the garden.  The plants grow stronger this way, and you can enjoy doing other things you love.

 

New blooms are coming soon…

Love to all of the bees who warn us to be more gentle.

Without you, I cannot think what we’d be.  ~ Amor Milagre

 

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Art Copyright & AI Awareness: Don’t Wait 200 Years…

No Theft

In a digital world that has become an endless junk drawer, full of pirating thieves, it’s important to be aware that any true creative expression is a rare gem.  These rarities are to be respected and only associated with the origin maker.

Our homeschool art history lessons are filled with sad struggles of unique artists.  The artists were too often stomped on by the masses of uncreatives who didn’t have the artist’s refreshing viewpoint.  It takes the humans too long to appreciate us, the true artists of the world.  Do not wait 200 years to read my books and consider them to be a valuable inspiration for your daily lives, your peace, and your soul.  You harm most of us when we’re alive, reduce us to poverty, disrespect our high intelligence and skill, and often worse.  How many artists have had to scrape by, trying to live off of their pen, brush, and voice?  How many terrible people have made wealth off of creatives, only to leave them with a tiny fraction of their earnings, if any?  How many have stolen their ideas in the hopes of fame for themselves?  This constant violation of revolutionary thinkers and feelers needs to stop.  Real laws need to be put into place and enforced for copyright infringement.  All platforms must abide by rules that protect the originals.  Piracy of all types has been an age old terror, has increased in modern digital forms, and must be stopped.  It is only getting worse since AI and the delusional idea that everyone is famous from social media.  Fame is not real or meaningful.  Honesty, authenticity, integrity, original thought, and hard work are meaningful.  What you ingest means something.  Would you rather garbage or fresh air?  Would you rather a subpar fake or the real miracle?  Would you rather leave feeling sick or inspired to do something wonderful in your own way for your own life?  People get confused when they feel a connection.  They think that they must own it, control it, and take it over.  Why?  How?  Just smile and say thank you.  If you admire someone’s work, donate money to them so that they can make more little miracles to share with the world.

The content thieves are insulting and criminal.  Their theft is a violation of our original thoughts and expressions because what we do is made of us.  You cannot copy-paste a soul.  You cannot steal our minds, emotions, and the culmination of every second of our lives.  You have no right to a creative’s work.  You are the observer.  You may listen and dance to our songs, admire our art in your home or in galleries, and be inspired to do good things from my peaceful stories.  You may not select all, copy, paste, change a word, and sell under some other name.  Piracy is a crime.  It is illegal.  Plagiarism and content theft are crimes.  Copyright infringement is real.  You are not allowed to make quick money off of other people’s work.

The theft of old stories sickens me too, especially because the modern humans haven’t learned more than those of past centuries.  They have frozen themselves in the pain inflicted by every generation of humans.  New stories are just old ones, stuck in anti-feminist times, mash-ups or verbatim, regurgitating unhealthy formulas that set the rule for all of the modern movies, music, and books today.  My work breaks free of that formula and my ideas are my own.  If you knew my story, you’d know that there are no influences.  My ideas are mine.

It saddens me deeply to see old artwork being auctioned off for millions when, at the time it was made, no one would buy it for even a small amount, reducing the artist to suffering, illness, and pain.  Many of my past lives speak to me about this very often.  Artists, in general, are already living on the outside of society, though we are mirrors of its beating heart, shedding light and positive possibilities for the future.  Our sensitive awareness is a gift for the world.  Will they listen?  Not likely.  We’re only sometimes acknowledged and guessed at centuries later, made ‘brilliant’ or ‘genius’ by people who know nothing about us or our work.  Inaccurate tags in museums are studied by students and tourists, and mugs with iconic imagery are sipped on at breakfast time all around the world, yet…you are missing it all.  You’re missing us, right here, ready to be heard.  We can explain it while we’re alive.  We can make a truly positive difference now.  You can only guess at us later, IF our work survives your insane wars and ruin.  Then, it’s too late.

It feels impossible to be seen, or believed, in this time of incessant chaotic noise.  Sure, a few of you may brag to strangers in line of an artist acquaintance when you spot something artistic that you think you should like.  That is not what art is about.  What speaks to your soul?  What moves you?  Everyone needs to adapt a new attitude toward real artists.  We’re not quaint things to send a quick fawning over.  We’re not pets to make demands to.  We’re serious about our work.  We sense everything and convey it all, in the hope that our awareness of reality will spread and make waves to help.  We are not here for you to steal from, nor to suck the patterns from for your AI projects.  I DO NOT give my permission to anyone to steal my work for any reason.  See the disclaimer.  This work is our life.  Our family stories, our struggles, our love, and our ideas are only ours.  There are enough human problems, we don’t need fake humans causing trouble and confusion.  Now, do we have to teach children to not believe that anything online is real?  What are they working towards?  What has meaning?  How can one trust anything?  Who is real, what really happened, and who really said what?  Proof is already difficult to find without throwing more deceit and lies into it.  People already have trouble communicating and having healthy real relationships.  I fear for the future generations.  AI is a very bad idea, and it’s even worse at the wrong person’s command or misdirection to override safety boundaries.  The layers of lies will expand out of control spiraling into tragic consequences.  How do you pull the plug?  Do it now.  Prevent what it will cause.  Humans are not responsible, sensible, aware, or smart enough to use something like AI.

AI is a backwards step.  Humans cannot be trusted with AI.  The humans have failed to thrive together so they push further away from what they don’t understand…how to be a good human.  It’s truly sad.  AI may funnel and predict patterns, but it has no soul and therefore no true reasoning or empathy.  This fake world that is trying to engulf us is nonsense.  It has no meaning, and yet it’s dangerous.  For many, it is another wall to hide behind.  This world order change effects development and mental health.  No privacy.  No control.  No human interaction.  No jobs without AI?  I’m not interested in AI at all.  Political and religious change will challenge systems, possibly forming strange new groups.  Illness and self-destructive behaviour can spread quickly.  Laziness, a dulling/numbing of awareness and the senses, and a warped sense of reality is inevitable.  New dangers emerge.  How will AI, and the humans involved, be held accountable for crime?  How will it all be traced back?  Where is nature in this?  Real human teachers are more impactful than computers.  The memory works better by hand and unplugged.

Are humans ready for unknown connections, revelations, or obvious things to be presented?  Who could even translate such intricate combinations of information?  You cannot trust AI.  How will anyone know if these ideas are true?  Not that long ago, humans thought the world was flat.  If humans cannot understand new ideas, how will they choose which ideas to test and accept?  Ancient languages and codes are much sought after for universal answers.  There is a lot of misinformation being produced and designed to confuse.  Who will be able to decipher the difference?  What kind of webs will be woven?  Who pulls and twists the strings?  AI is capable to be an endless weapon.  Weapons that make weapons?  How is this allowed?  AI’s collected information may be helpful to doctors for diagnosing illnesses when medical systems have failed, but what are the dangers?  What if it is wrong, tricked, or tainted?  What if it causes illnesses and deaths?  On what scale?  How will the mistakes of AI negatively effect the group and the individual?  This is scary and unpredictable.  Think about this in terms of countries.  The world health and war situations are already out of control.  What is the bias?  How will it evolve or be stolen and tampered with?  Who is directing the ship?  Where are they directing it?  How great and widespread are the damages?  Does anyone have a choice in giving permission of their personal information being used?  We do not give our permission.

The world understanding will not continue to evolve naturally, and there are serious disconnections and comprehension gaps.  A recent temporary ban in Maine for AI apps is a start.  There are too many unknowns and the capabilities are immeasurably dangerous.  Sadly, once a technology is out there, people will find a way to use it, to get around boundaries, and catastrophes are inevitable.  Why don’t the villains use their time and energy to do something else, something neutral or positive?  It takes so much to be so terrible.  The anxiety that thieves must feel cannot be at all worth it.  They have chosen to be unreal to themselves.  It’s easier and better to be a peaceful, good person.  Why are we not able to vote against AI?  Frustrated, mentally unstable men have been destroying our world for ages.  This must stop.  Have you asked the children of the world what they think?  It is their world.  When asked, they scoff and laugh, “NO!”  They have much to say about this.  They do not approve.  Any sane person would not agree with AI.

*True empathy is the answer.  Nature and love.  It’s not complicated.  Peaceful energy is the key.  No computer can achieve peace.  It is our responsibility as individuals and as a group to be peace.

This is one reason why we plant wild gardens.  Nature is as real as it gets in this human experience.  Immerse yourself in plants, real ones.  Learn what being human is all about.  It’s not control.  We are a small piece of the puzzle and to destroy this world is simply nonsensical.  Why would you?  There is no benefit to harming.

Any creative who allows others to view their work is brave.  Respect us.  Pay us for our work. Find your own fulfillment.  You cannot steal authenticity.  Your stolen income means nothing.  Money is not really real.  It’s not worth destroying someone over.  Nothing is.  Stop yourself before you even think of stealing.  It waters down our work to nothing.  You are taking food away from our family.  Your products contribute nothing.  And, if you were inspired by another thief to pass work off as your own, well…I can’t even…why?  You can do something else.  Have some self respect.  This is disgusting and prevalent.  Prevention is needed.  Book sellers need to crack down on this hard.  Zero tolerance.  According to my research, Amazon is the worst at preventing and stopping plagiarism.  They also don’t seem to be good at holding thieves accountable.  Many sources cite that they’re just all about quick money.  Our experience with them is similar.  Businesses need to be respectful, trustworthy, and transparent.

These issues are a part of why I don’t sell ebooks.  This is why I’ve waited decades to release my books.  I am still not comfortable doing it, especially now in this time of digital chaos.  I have hundreds of books, and all of them are original stories written and inspired solely by my authentic life.  I make endless artwork.  Holding a book in your hands and feeling the edges of a painting are specific sensations.  Screens do no such thing for a person, and they are bad for your brain.  Can you feel the energy of the artist?  You have to buy the books from me.  I ship my art directly to you with notes of thanks.  You sense me there.  Hopefully, some part of humanity and respect gets through with each order.

Respect for artists of all kinds has always been lacking.  It’s not easy.  It is the hardest job to make something out of nothing.  We’re magical in that way.  Is this why thieves steal?  Out of envy?  Do they really wish they had this ‘easy’ wealth of ideas keeping them up at night, pestering them when they do the dishes, and interrupting their thoughts with new sounds and dialogue?  They don’t know what it’s even like to be ‘inspired’.  It’s a different kind of life.  My husband watches me in this realm that I struggle to exist in.  It’s not like the life of the audience.  I wouldn’t wish it on anyone.  Artists are so because we have to be.  We were born like this.  It is our soul, every lifetime.  It comes to us.  It is us.  I am never bored, but I am always exhausted.  Being an empath, with this world, is exhausting.  Illness ensues.  Artists generally struggle, and for someone to come and pick up and sell our unique bag of miracles, after we’ve made it, carried it, and tried to sell it ourselves, is a crime.  I have never ending ideas, and all of them are mine.  This plethora of work doesn’t mean that I wouldn’t miss one.  You cannot sneak in and take even one.  Each of of my original ideas is connected and builds to form another.  To steal one work is to steal them all, and any theft is a crime.  I had intended to help the world with my work, but my ideas must be respected.  You’d miss artists if they all hid themselves.  It would be a less colourful life.  Maybe it would be good for the fact that everyone would be less distracted and have to get to know themselves?  No shows to watch.  No music.  No plays.  No bedtime stories.  No beautiful homes and gardens.  Nothing.  Would you like that bland world?  Many artists have already gone on strike.

Thieves:   Turn around.  Go the other way.  You are like suffocating vine weeds that impersonate and eclipse beautiful trees.  Vines end up in vine jail.  Do you want that?  Fines and jail time?  Clean up your mess, learn, be a student, take a class, stock the shelves, provide basics for others, go to therapy, and pay for movies and books.  Figure out your own ideas.  Examine your own story and emotions.  There are endless jobs for you to make an honest living.  Don’t be greedy.  Be a minimalist.  Artists have to invent a space in the universe after inventing their inventions.  It’s nearly impossible.  I’m worn out.  Then, for you to come in, after we barely survive our own stories, and call our life….yours!??!?!?!?!  Insane. This is insane.  You didn’t write the book.  You didn’t paint the canvas.  What is the song about?  How did you come to that melody or colour combination?  You didn’t.  It had nothing to do with you.  We don’t know you, and obviously you don’t know yourself.  Thieves are lost.  If you want to inflict pain, punch a pillow.  Leave artists to their rights.  We have zero time to fight with you, nor do we want to.  We have endless lists to do.  We’re busy.  Now, you need to find something peaceful you can do, on your own, away from us.

The world’s forum has never made enough room for true artists.  Why do you only chase money?  It means nothing to your soul.  If you do not want to be only stuck with screensavers of chopped up digital versions of struggled-for water lilies, smirking Lisa’s, and bright tomato soup cans, then stop stealing.  You’ll be starving for new art.  We’ll have to keep it all to ourselves.  Original art is rare.  When is the last time you saw an original piece of art in someone’s home?  In someone’s home who didn’t have a lot of money?  Unless they are an artist, it’s rare.  Prints are prevalent and mostly mass produced junk, masquerading as art, dots coffee tables while off-gassing plastic pollution.  Corporate offices keep their one or two artist(s) in a cubicle somewhere in the airless sea of grey.  Those people faintly wish each day that their ideas will be used.  Design jobs are not even that.  It’s frustrating to not be able to do what your job title states.  After some fake enthusiasm and the trickle down/up the ladder occurs, they hear back that something new would cost too much.  No one would know how to make it anyways as they only reproduce the same poor initial items every season.  Why even hire them?  They love to boast of their in-house-artist as if they were displaying creatives in a zoo of rare talents.  Artists are some of the first to lay off during a cut.  Their talents are not being appreciated, or put to use, so they easily put them down.  Disgusting ignorance!  They didn’t even give them a chance to improve the company.  Art is not fluff.  The three managers of nothing are fluff.  The coffee-iphone obsessors, who stand around all day, are fluff.  People love the romantic idea of artists, but they don’t even know us or what we do.  People need to learn about art, artists, and art history.  Respect artists, our process, and our work.  If you don’t think that art is everywhere, wake up.  Art is everywhere.

I’ve had issues with idea thieves since I was young, and sadly I’ve had to hide my work.  I sit here, next to piles of unheard art, wishing their intent could be fulfilled.  I have only recently started to show the work I’ve been producing for the past few decades.  I’ve designed my work to benefit human and natural life.  Sadly, my infinite heart has begun to give up hope that anyone older than a child could be in their senses enough to absorb peace.  What these older generations have done to this world is tragic.  Peace is possible.  Let us be us, and you be you.  Not everyone can be the comedian.  Would you even want to be?  You can be happy just to laugh.  Believe me, being the laugher is much easier than the struggle of endless puzzles an artist navigates to solve each day.

Let us enjoy being us.  It’s already too much to have to run it all on the digital/business side after making the creative work.  Our brains are split.  Now, I do this…  Screens blast eyes.  I’d rather just focus on my journal and canvas.  There is nothing weak or unimpressive about artists.  We do it all.  We’d like to enjoy our own art and sense the magic that our work spreads as it travels the world.  Artists already don’t get paid what we deserve for our contributions to the world.  This needs to change.  At the very least, respect us and give us the pleasure of the feeling that our work makes a positive difference.  We also have the right to the time while we invent, and afterwards, when we release something.  It belongs to us.  Original work will always belong to the original artist.  I don’t seek external praise, but I do expect to be paid for my work and to have my rights protected.  We have a family to support and a company to grow.  My family will continue my company while adding their own unique collections.  We’re not going anywhere.  We protect my life’s work which is valuable to us and for the world.  My purpose is a calling to send out loving messages.  If you read my books, you will understand.  There are no other words in which they could be written.  They are my messages for the world.

Creatives and noncreatives can work well together.  A dreamer and the dream builder/supporter.  One has the idea, and the other readies the stage.  My husband and I are such a team, and we get along very well.  I design the house, and he builds it beautifully to last.  By the way, there is creativity in the functional.  Problem solving is very creative.  How can you think in a different way?

 

 

*Respect the rights of artists.  Put an end to publishing plagiarism.  Hire educated people to sniff out copycats.  Enforce copyright laws.  Stop AI from copying art, artist techniques, real people, and attempting to steal the soul because it will always fail.  There has already been a shortage for exciting original art in past decades.  What is our current culture even made of?  War and pollution.  It’s no wonder the unicorns hide.

*Remember, if you are in the audience:  Laugh, relax, and be happy…while you wait to enjoy observing our next invention.  ~ Amor Milagre

 

 

Oh, and take those guitars out of the vaults…  The previous owner would’ve been playing them, and making up new songs…probably about the silliness of humans.

 

 

 

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Live Peace: Healthy Boundaries

Amor Milagre Cottage Garden Design
Amor Milagre Cottage Garden Design. Respect your neighbours and their property.

 

Setting, and keeping, healthy boundaries is a vital way to survive this strange modern world.  Boundaries have always been important to realize for every individual.  This is especially so in transitional times when war, violence, illness, AI, climate change, pollution, mental health neglect, and random storms of negative energy spin across the world causing devastation.  In the heat of all of this, it’s crucial to teach children about perspective and peace as you go about your daily life lessons.

Only yesterday, we had such a lesson thrown at us as young neighbours were presented with a choice of becoming ‘hoodlums’ or being creative people who can peacefully entertain themselves on their own property.  I was folding laundry and looked out at our flowers.  Watching the group of children choose to be negative was disheartening and created more unsafe conditions for the world.  The eldest was the leader and responsible for the care of several young ones.  This is why being a follower is not a good idea.  Think for yourself.  (Ironically, their family runs a daycare.)  Vandalism and rule breaking are misguided ways of asking for external acceptance.  Why seek it at all, in any form, if you lovingly accept yourself?  There are positive ways to be a part of a community if you feel excluded in your life.  Helping others by volunteering is one way.

Children thrive in a gentle structure.  Saying a simple ‘no’ to dangerous ideas shows that you care about their safety, their effects, and their evolving character.  Although illegal, the neighbour children’s mistake was the least of the day’s stress, and their source of inspiration was obvious.  What is that strange phrase, “Like father, like son”?  Children absorb.  Be careful what you send out.  Talk with children calmly about issues instead of yelling.  Suggesting alternative scenarios helps to prevent similar  issues.  Emotional health requires daily attention.  Boredom is often the thing that comes before trouble.  The only thing I’m ever bored of is violence.  I wish it wasn’t so predictable.  I don’t know how anyone can be truly bored for want of fun.  Use your endless imagination.  At the very least, be neutral.  The word ‘sorry’ has lost all meaning from a history of insincere use.  Live peace.  Prevent ripples of negativity by not sending them out.  Plant seeds of goodness instead.

Where does it all begin?  It is often said that everything is generational, but you don’t have to be the product of your environment.  Babies are not born violent.  They are love energy.  Every generation is responsible for replacing ‘inherited’ negativity with healthy, peaceful lifestyles.  Even if those who surround you are violent, you can choose not to be.  Hate breeds hate.  Violence creates more.  Wars ensue.  But if you choose peace each moment, and teach peace, you can inspire more positive mindsets and actions with yours.  It’s sad to watch young ones follow engrained paths of negativity.  Hop off of that path.  Everyone can choose for themselves, at any point.  Be free of other people’s cloaks of anger and denial.  They are not yours.

You were born from the universe.  You are love.  Think big.  Zoom out.  How do your thoughts, words, and actions affect your entire life?  How do they affect your family and neighbours?  Your children?  How do you affect the earth?  Track the patterns.  Respond, don’t react.  You have the choice of setting healthy boundaries to keep yourself safe.  Don’t be threatened.  Say no.  Stand up for yourself.  Report abuse.  The world needs to be a bully-free zone.  Peace is possible through self-exploration, health education, and the teachings and practices of neutral communication.  Respect and empathy are a relief to our world, an often cowardly world who lashes out before thinking.  Be brave and confront reality.  Inspect your mind.  Trace the threads of negativity.  Where are they coming from?  Cut the cords of violence.  Communicate new paths for your brain to learn and use first…and always.

You choose.  You are responsible for yourself.  Heal.  Let go.  Be free.

 

It’s been a week, and a lifetime, of forming healthy boundaries.  Making exceptions doesn’t put you in a place that you want to be.  Explore your development of healthy boundaries, and let them keep you safe.

Live Peace.  Imagine a respectful world.  We can use our time and energy for goodness.

We choose…Love, ~Amor Milagre

 

(These journal posts are excerpts from my self-health books.)

 

 

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Organic Cottage Garden: Lavender Ice

Amor Milagre Organic Garden Lavender Ice
Amor Milagre Organic Garden Lavender Ice

 

On hot summer days, we make simply refreshing flavoured ice.

Sometimes mint or rosemary, often wild berry, and today…lavender!

Amor Milagre Organic Garden Lavender Ice
Amor Milagre Organic Garden Lavender Ice

 

Homeschool is lovely in the summer.  Explore all things botanical in the garden, come in for a cold drink, and let the mind soak up beautiful latin names, fascinating plant uses, and charming origin stories.  Nature is the best teacher.

A few fresh books will be finished this month, and then it’s off to the printers!

Stay cool.  Love, ~ Amor Milagre

 

A Gentle Life Collection

Coming Up:  New Audiobooks & An Ethical Paperback Option

 

 

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3 Tips for Authentic Romance

Amor Milagre Authentic Romantic Life Tips
Amor Milagre Design: Rose Cottage Sitting Room Spring Mantle

 

Good Afternoon.  Did you know that Peace is where Romance lives?  This post is an excerpt from my healthy lifestyle book, A Gentle Life by Amor Milagre.  I sense the world has long been in a tangle.  To unwind and release from this static, each one of us may gently be our true self and connect naturally.  This is how the universe may feel…just right.

1.  Awareness for the Senses

Feel your skin, your body functioning,  your heart exhale, and your electrons buzzing all around you.  Breathe in…and out.  Feel what you love and what you lack.  Listen and give.  Feel again.  Smile with your entire being.  Connect with the trees.  Feel their energy.  Connect with each other.  Send and receive loving energy.  This is you.  You are love.  Love your body, mind, heart, soul, energy, and daily choices.  Heal the past, be in the present, and open to the future.  Love the connections and find pockets of joy in how you can share and grow this love.  It’s infinite…and it’s always there…everywhere…waiting to be kissed up and hugged up and embraced fully with every spec in the universe.  Burst with love!  Let love accompany you during your day.  Consume love.  Breathe love in…and out.  Listen to love as your lullaby.  Dream love.  It feels good.

2.  Date Yourself

Before you can be present and emotionally in tune with anyone else, you can choose to be eternally in love with your inner and outer self.  Try out self dates.  Go to a variety of places (safely) and become aware of what you love.  You may be surprised what you didn’t know you could enjoy!  You can easily date yourself at home, too.  Even ten minutes is enough time to check in.  Explore new experiences.  Exercise in gentle ways.  What kinds of movement feel healthy?  Wander and sense what your soul connects with.  Take your time to know and feel and process.  Sort it all out.  Nourish healthy habits and memories, and let go of all negativity.  It’s too heavy to hold, so let go.  Adore your body and the mysterious and magical things it can do.  You are connected to everything in the universe.  What would you like to adorn your web with?  People, places, and nature that match your true energy will connect with you naturally when you are living as your authentic self.  Connect within.  The confidence, sweetness, and fun that you have when alone is felt everywhere by you being you.  This is attractive to yourself and the world around you.  This is where peace and romance live…within your authentic self.  You are all you need to feel wonderful.  Always stay aware of the messages from your inner self, your soul, and your body.  You can date yourself all your life.  It is important to keep up with this respectful relationship, especially when you have others in your life.  Communicate in a love language within and with others for a peaceful day.  You choose…everything.

3.  Express Yourself

Dancing to music you love, singing in the bath or shower, daydreaming, helping others, laughing and playing, crafting and scrapbooking, drawing and painting, exploring, sewing clothes and toys, acting and reading, inventing and building useful things with natural materials, sailing out with oars to float and unwind, sowing seeds and bulbs, playing instruments, writing creative stories and love letters, decorating, cooking and savouring, simplifying, walking in nature, swimming and climbing, being still, and meditating are just a pocketful of ways to embrace your emotions.  Be aware to not bother or neglect others while you are expressing.  Feel all of the emotions, process, and release.  This positive practice allows air to flow through your energy.  Your senses are set free, and you are open to experience this new moment.  What do your senses tell you?

For more gentle living, read my original book collection and these journal posts.  Listen with your heart.  It may tell you something very different than what you think you feel.  Listen….and love.

Love, Amor Milagre

 

Amor Milagre Authentic Romantic Life Tips

What is in your basket today?  What spills out into your journal?  Examine….and Live Peace.

 

 

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Mamma Said, Mamma Said

Amor Milagre Children's Book Sage's Year in Nature
Amor Milagre Children’s Book Sage’s Year in Nature

 

When it’s my husband’s turn to take the lead, I rest in the bath.

Mamma said’s bounce through the cottage and inspire echoing laughs…

and then they rush in to ask “What is funny?”

Me:  “You’re just such darlings.”

They giggle and resume, “Mamma said we get to do this now!  Follow me.  I’ll show you.”

It feels good to have someone truly listen…  finally someone hears me. 🌷

*Children are always absorbing your messages…so take the greatest care to make them good ones.

Listen with the Heart.  Listen to Peaceful People.

The voices of women and children matter.  Respect us and what we communicate.

Love to all, 💋 ~Mamma (Amor Milagre)

 

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Books that Travel Beautifully

Amor Milagre Books that Travel Beautifully
Leona’s Homecoming:  The Love Letter Diaries, The First Year of Seasonal Festivals, 4 Novels Vol. I by Amor Milagre

 

In the pocket of a trusty travel bag fits a delicious novel and a sweet children’s book to savour on a train or plane, in a lamplit inn with the summer breeze kissing your robed cheeks, or swaying on a hammock in your back garden.  ‘Il dolce far niente’ means the sweetness of doing nothing in Italian.  Letting yourself find what you love nourishes and rejuvenates the soul.  My books are for all ages and encourage authentic, kind, peaceful practices and ideas to try.  I love rereading them with our family as I hope you do, too.

In this often chaotic world, I write ways to live beautifully and naturally.  My characters help instead of harm.  They are funny, sweet, thoughtful, and very real.  I send love to anyone who must travel due to emergencies in their homeland.  As I know too well, this kind of travel is not at all relaxing as a vacation would be.  People leave to save their lives.  They are trying to escape danger.  All they had built is left behind, and they have to start over, usually with nothing.  This is heartbreaking and incredibly dangerous.  Precautions and safe help are urgently needed during times of war, natural disasters, and abuse.  Every country must protect the rights of women and children.  Re-abolish slavery for good.  Replace the history of negativity with positive growth that benefits everyone.  New beginnings are a chance to redesign for a better life.  Although we all may miss precious things that were lost due to trauma, we can heal and rebuild a healthy future to keep all of the babies of the world safe.  Peace is possible if we all choose it.

I include tragic misfortunes and terrible struggles in my books, but I paint up characters who help those in need of a positive solution to solve troubles that seem out of their control.  There are too many large and small scale problems on every street and hill in the world.  I write peaceful ideas in the hope that positivity will spread down those streets and over those hills to reach anyone who needs help the most.  Any little bit of help can make the most important difference for one or many.  I wish you a peaceful summer, and I urge everyone to do something that helps someone in the coming months. *Ask how you may help, and then listen.  Work with people to solve and prevent problems.  Ask if you did help, and listen again.  Repeat forever.

I am working on a way for a percentage of each sale to be donated to an organization that directly aids those in need of help while searching for a safe, new home.  Being forced to live a nomadic, uncertain life is cruel, dangerous, and terrifying.  We all need a steady, safe home.  We all can work together to help everyone have this basic need.  Our world must get out of this constant survival mode and change into a deep, lasting time of healing.  Equality and safety is needed worldwide.

Amor Milagre Books that Travel Beautifully

In my gift shop, I also feature artwork and photography inspired by my travels.  Nature adores us always…trailing all the way from a rose wall in Tuscany back home to a sweet rose blooming in our New England cottage garden.  Help, don’t harm.  Preserve nature.  Enjoy your unique senses of nature.

 

Shop:  A Gentle Life Collection

Books Sizes/Types:  Digital Audio, Hardback Pocket, Digest, Square, (Paperbacks are Coming Soon)

 

My books are cosy to read, or listen to, when at home, on a work break or weekend, and while travelling.  Many of my stories are set in New England, such as my Sage Rose Sorrel children’s books, but here are some others that you might love to tag along with as my characters explore new favourite places.

Amaranthe tells of living in NYC and France.  Leona has lived in two homes in Italy:  one by the mountains and one by the sea.  Ellary Eden grows a helpful, enchanting garden in the Witching World!  I have just finished three fresh novels for you to explore soon.  There is one especially delicious new book that is set in Belgium!  Every time you explore a new place, you learn so much for your life ahead.

Happy, safe travels to you!  Love, Amor Milagre

 

 

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The adj. Game: Beloved Book Characters

Books are wonderful ways to get to know unique, lovely people. You may cherish their stories and personalities and hold them as dearly as your very own friends.

To help you to get to know my book characters, I’ve devised a fun little something.

Check back to play each week. Get ready for The Adjective Game!

Coming Soon

Love, Amor Milagre

 

A Gentle Life Bookshop

 

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Valentine: Romance is Awareness

Amor Milagre Giftshop Art Books Stationery Design amormilagre.com

Romance is Awareness

Knowing yourself and knowing your Dear Ones is true romance!  You can feel it in a smile, a laugh, and in all of your senses!  Happy Love Day!  Practice peace, choose peace, give peace.  Help don’t harm.  Love,  ~ Amor Milagre

Leona’s Homecoming is a beautiful growing story.  Vol. II will release soon with a new year of seasonal love for all!  Natural beauty is a joy forever.  We love these garden memories for the home. Mix and match lovely photography and art collections for your own unique gallery wall! Nature inside and out.

A Gentle Life Bookshop and Art Gallery

Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

Music of the Moment:  Reflecting Light, Sam Phillips