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Updated on August 18, 2014

Jumping in The Puddles of Life

By Loretta Livingstone

Welcome to my third book. I published my first, "Fire and Ice" in October 2011. Since then I have taken on the enormous challenge of writing an Olympic Games, and Winter Sports themed book, "Hopes, Dreams and Medals" which, to my delight, has attracted the attention of sporting professionals. Jumping in the Puddles of Life is my third book. It combines fabulous photographs with poetry which really does have something for everyone. Spiritual themes, romance, humour, animals, even chocolate! Do enjoy reading the poems I print here, and then maybe treat yourself to the book itself, which retails from just US $4.08 for the iBook (also available from Apple iBookstore) and comes in softback, hardback, and a budget softback version, which has no photographs, for just US $8.49. I am not great at uploading perfectly framed photographs here, so please bear with me. The photographs in the book itself are of much higher quality.

Whilst I hope you enjoy reading my poetry, please bear in mind that all my work is protected by copyright. This includes all the photographic content, as well as the actual poems.

As those of you with older computers or smaller screens may have difficulty reading the words on the photographs, I've added the words next to the photographs.

Fatherhood: God's Way

From "JUMPING in the PUDDLES of LIFE"

Words & image © Loretta Livingstone

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Sisters

Sisterhood is a very special relationship. We may squabble and disagree, but when the chips are down we will ALWAYS be there for each other.

Sisters!

We're sisters! It's true

that sometimes we fight

for she thinks that she is,

but I know that I'm right!

We both like to win,

we like to compete

and we'll never admit

if we're facing defeat!

But she knows that I love her,

I know she loves me.

She'll always be there

if I need her, you see.

And all through our lives

on this truth we agree

You mess with my sister,

You're messing with me!

Words & image © Loretta Livingstone

Books To Inspire You And Make You Laugh - And one that might make you cry.

Jumping in the Puddles of Life and Rhythms of life are both poetry books, Where Angels Tread is a much more intense little story about a teenage runaway. Will she survive on the streets? Does anybody care?

Jumping in the Puddles of Life
Jumping in the Puddles of Life

Something to make you laugh, sigh, and maybe pray a little

 
Rhythms Of Life
Rhythms Of Life

A little book of 57 romantic, funny, or spiritual verses.

 

The House Where I was Born

The House Where I Was Born remembers a childhood filled with happiness. We didn't have much in material wealth, but we were rich in all the things that mattered.

Words & image © Loretta Livingstons

Losing Things

Losing Things

I am very good

at losing things.

It is a particular talent

of mine.

No matter how large,

or unwieldy,

I can lose it.

If I had an elephant

and kept it secure

in my house,

I could still lose it.

The only thing

I have not lost

is my faith in God,

and that is because

He will never

lose me.

Words & image © Loretta Livingstone

What Ollie Loves

Ollie is "my" cat. You can read more about him on my "Cats" lens. It would be far more true to say that I am his person. And these are some of the things Ollie likes.

What Ollie Loves

Ollie loves

Finding bowls of soup

That I have left

Inadvertently

Within his reach

Creeping noiselessly across the floor

Until I am alerted

By his muffled lapping

And the crash of dishes!

Ollie loves

Sitting on my lap

When I am trying to work

On the computer

Stretching out

A nonchalant paw

And lazily deleting

My work.

Ollie loves

Hiding behind the curtains

Hearing us search frantically

For "that cat"

Hiding in inaccessible places

Until we give up the search

And go to bed.

Words & photograph © Loretta Livingstone

Still There

"Still There

He IS still there, you know,

even when your head

is stuffed so full of other things

that you just can't feel His presence.

When your heart

is so full of pain

that you feel trapped

and far away.

He is there

even when you are full of doubt.

When you don't know

which way to turn,

He is still there.

He hasn't left you,

He never will.

He is still there,

your strong tower,

your Jesus"

Excerpt From: by Loretta Livingstone. "JUMPING in the PUDDLES of LIFE

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The Ballad of the Creme Egg

One last humorous one to finish with. If you would like to see more, please follow my links

"The Ballad of the Creme Egg!

I strode up to the checkout

Cool, serene and calm

A basket full of healthy food

Was dangling from my arm

But as I passed the counter

A diet tragedy!

A creme and chocolate Cadbury's Egg

Hurled itself at me

It hid amidst the fruit and veg

All lonely and forlorn

I paid the price, I took it home

And now it's nice and warm!"

Excerpt From: by Loretta Livingstone. "JUMPING in the PUDDLES of LIFE

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Poetic Mouse Mats

My Poems And Photographs Make Beautiful Mouse Mats

I have realised that, coupled with some stunning photographs, my poems would make lovely mouse mats. Why not visit my link and see what you think.

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Thank you so much for dropping by. If you'd care to chat I will reply (sorry, I'm in rhyming mode today)

I'd love to meet you

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      Loretta Livingstone 3 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      @jimporsche86: Thanks, Jim. I'm glad you enjoyed it. :)

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      jimporsche86 3 years ago

      I'm usually not a poetry person but you write good. :))

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      Loretta Livingstone 3 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      @lisln: Thank you. So glad it blessed you.

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      LorLinda 3 years ago from Denver Colorado

      Very gifted keep on being blesses well you share those blessings with others

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      Loretta Livingstone 4 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      @tonyleather: Thank you so much.

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      tonyleather 4 years ago

      I think you have an amazing gift as a poet, and I love reading your work!

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      Loretta Livingstone 4 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      @sierradawn lm: Thank you so much for the like, and the encouragement.

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      sierradawn lm 4 years ago

      I am so happy to squidmeet you! Your poems are delightful!

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      Loretta Livingstone 4 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      @mel-kav: Thank you, and thanks for visiting.

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      mel-kav 4 years ago

      Lovely lens - thanks for sharing.

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      Loretta Livingstone 4 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      @HappyTom LM: Thank you. I'm so glad you enjoyed it,

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      Tom Christen 4 years ago from Switzerland/Ecuador

      Great lens! And a great book! Thank you for sharing!

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      SusanAston 4 years ago

      Lovely lens. Love the Ollie poem.

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      Sharon Bellissimo 5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

      Interesting poems, I enjoyed the Ollie poem it was so sweet and of course the ballad of the creme egg - even sweeter! I wasn't able to answer your poll it didn't seem to be functioning. Anyway, I enjoyed your lens and your creativity.

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      Loretta Livingstone 5 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      @sharonbellis: Thank you so much for your lovely feedback.

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      Loretta Livingstone 5 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      @rob-hemphill: Yup, I wrote that, I think, after yet another item had ridiculously gone missing! I can lose them when I was holding them 2 minutes previously. You too, huh?

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      Rob Hemphill 5 years ago from Ireland

      Lovely poems, I can identify with your Losing Things!

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      Loretta Livingstone 5 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      @BLemley: Thanks so much for your kind words, you are so encouraging. I'm so glad you enjoyed them, thanks for visiting

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      All of them are treasures ~ they certainly speak from the heart! So nice to read your work and to meet you again! It's nice to meet an author! Congratulations on your books! B : )

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      Loretta Livingstone 5 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      @Loretta L: Darn. I did it again. I wish the ? Wasn't next to the ! On my iPad keyboard! I cannot believe the number of times I've done this.

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      Loretta Livingstone 5 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      @delia-delia: Thank you so much, I'm so glad you enjoyed them ð

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      Delia 5 years ago

      Great Poems! I could not find a favorite, they all were unique and nicely written....

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      Loretta Livingstone 5 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      @BarbRad: Oh dear, that is a shame. Can you tell me if you were reading on a pc or a tablet please? It would help to know. I have got each book in both the traditional and iBook version and can read them all ok in those, and hadn't had a problem. I think I may need to take another look at the lens and maybe put the words clearly beside the pictures. It may just be that on some tablets it doesn't work so well. Thank you for the feedback. I don't know if you see the replies I post here so I will use the contact form as well.

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 5 years ago from Templeton, CA

      I had a bit of trouble reading most of the poems because the print blended too much with the background images, but I liked what I was able to read. Congratulations on your books.

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      Loretta Livingstone 5 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      @NickyLou: Thanks so much Nicky. Glad you've joined Squidoo. Hope it all goes well and you get lots of visits. I will jeep dropping by to squidlike new lenses and see what you're up to. The bio is great. They're gonna love it. Can't wait to see your lens rank go up the scale. Hugs x

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      Gloria Freeman 5 years ago from Alabama USA

      Blessed by Squid Angel flinnie.

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      NickyLou 5 years ago

      Fantastic poems .. Just love the way you write and your humour

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      Loretta Livingstone 5 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      @flinnie lm: I'm so glad you enjoyed them. Thank you for letting me know. :-)

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      Loretta Livingstone 5 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      @flinnie lm: Thank you so much for adding your blessing flinnie. I tried to reply on your bio, but I'm having trouble adding comments some of the time today.it's very much appreciated. :-)

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      Gloria Freeman 5 years ago from Alabama USA

      Hi I enjoyed these poems.

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      Loretta Livingstone 5 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      @mommysue lm: Also thank you for being the 2nd person to like my new lens. I'm on my way, hooray!

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      Loretta Livingstone 5 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      @mommysue lm: No worries, lol! My particular error is always discovering too late I put ? Instead of ! Thank you so much for letting me know you enjoyed my poetry. I'm so glad. ð

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      mommysue lm 5 years ago

      I love poetry. Thank you for sharing them with us. I just left this comment on the wrong lens. When I realized I had forgotten to comment I went back and clicked into the wrong lens. Sorry =-0

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      Loretta Livingstone 5 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      @anonymous: Hi Susan, thank you so much for being the first person to like and comment on my new lens. I am so glad you enjoyed my poems.

      Loretta Livingstone

      Author: Hopes, Dreams & Medals, Jumping in the Puddles of Life, Fire and Ice

      www.treasurechestbooks.co.uk

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Those are nice Poems different yes I like them and the other photo of Ollie he is going to become very famous.

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