Personalizing and Signing and Off to The Library of Congress – Words of Alchemy

With Lillian turning 18 and the stressful move, I got behind on posting things here. For a while, you’ll be getting some older posts as I get caught up … Much love!

January 7 2020:

The FUN part!! Personalizing and signing in preparation for mailing. Each one has a special message hidden within the book, too. My heart overflows with sweetness for the love, support, and encouragement.

January 8 2020:

Always one of the first to get mailed. Wahooo!! Also mailed two handfuls of the preordered books. More to mail later this week or beginning of next week. Love this part! I’ve included a short, sweet message hidden within each book. Enjoy when you receive yours!

January 11 2020:

I’m having much fun with creating the short and sweet messages hidden within each book to be mailed. Completely driven by creativity, imagination, and listening to the heart. Another round of books being mailed on Monday to those who’ve preordered and those just now ordering. Please let me know if you’d like your own copy of a personalised, signed book ….. 🌺💚💚💚🌺

Top 10 Digital Diary Entries for 2019 – Team TLC

I had fun going through the stats for The Team TLC website and gathering the Top 10 Digital Diary Entries with the Most Views for 2019. Here they are …

Top 10 Digital Diary Entries for 2019

Blessings,
Camilla
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“Words of Alchemy” has arrived, December 2019! A free-verse poetry memoir covering the last 6 years of my life. The poetry of nature, the poetry of healing, the poetry of appreciation, the poetry of love, in one beautiful book.

Amazing news! My 18 year old daughter, Lillian Darnell’s debut book, “Where Would You Fly and Other Magical Stories” was published January 2018. Learn more and order here

Wonderfully exciting news! My 14 year old son, Thomas Darnell‘s book, Biggest Little Photographer is published. Be inspired! Learn more and order here.

 

#ArmedWithABingo Reading Challenge – Camilla

I was recently a guest on Kriti Khare’s Armed with a book blog. The tables are turned as I discuss being a reader and my progress with Kriti’s #ArmedWithABingo reading prompt challenge.

I have been following Kriti’s book blog since nearly the beginning. I truly enjoy the reviews and author interviews she posts, having added more than a few of the books Kriti has reviewed to my ‘to be read’ list.

My interview as a reader is about a 2 minute read. I hope you take the time to check it out, while also spending a few minutes on Kriti’s blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

What made you join #ArmedWithABingo?

#ArmedWithABingo looked and felt different than anything I’d ever seen. I’m drawn to different ways of doing things.

When you first looked at your board, was there a prompt that you were super excited to start first or one that terrified you in some way?

What excited me was ….

#ArmedWithABingo Feature: Camilla

Blessings,
Camilla
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“Words of Alchemy” has arrived, December 2019! A free-verse poetry memoir covering the last 6 years of my life. The poetry of nature, the poetry of healing, the poetry of appreciation, the poetry of love, in one beautiful book.

Amazing news! My 18 year old daughter, Lillian Darnell’s debut book, “Where Would You Fly and Other Magical Stories” was published January 2018. Learn more and order here

Wonderfully exciting news! My 14 year old son, Thomas Darnell‘s book, Biggest Little Photographer is published. Be inspired! Learn more and order here.

 

Words of Alchemy – Proof Book Received

This seems so long ago already …

Video from December 13, 2019, when I received the proof book for Words of Alchemy! I opened the package and saw it for the first time with all of YOU! Never mind how tired I look, or that I nearly cried when I saw it. YAY!!! It’s here!!! It’s here!! Deeply grateful!

Thank you Thomas for taking photos of me with the proof book. Plus, a blooper photo showing my favorite shoes … bare feet! HA! I still haven’t had time to schedule a launch of the book. Perhaps that will happen in March 2020!

If you would like to receive a personalized, signed copy of the book, please visit here …. http://camilladowns.com/books/words-of-alchemy/ … Free shipping and a 10% discount from what you pay on Amazon.

Blessings,
Camilla
See It. Share It. BE IT … Spread Love Everywhere You Go!

“Words of Alchemy” has arrived, December 2019! A free-verse poetry memoir covering the last 6 years of my life. The poetry of nature, the poetry of healing, the poetry of appreciation, the poetry of love, in one beautiful book.

Amazing news! My 18 year old daughter, Lillian Darnell’s debut book, “Where Would You Fly and Other Magical Stories” was published January 2018. Learn more and order here

Wonderfully exciting news! My 14 year old son, Thomas Darnell‘s book, Biggest Little Photographer is published. Be inspired! Learn more and order here.

Latest News: February – The Birth Month


(Photo from last year’s birthday. The one that blew in with 60 mile an hour winds, knocking power out for about 3 hours. Will see if the celebrations can be a bit milder this time around … HA!)

Today begins my birth month … the 26th is the actual day. This is a big one for me as I’m leaving the 40’s behind and laying claim to the gold! I plan to do at least 50 kind and nurturing things for myself this year, perhaps many more.

One of those is taking the initiative and asking friends, family, and acquaintances to write a note about the following: How and when we met, your fondest memory, craziest thing we did together, funnest thing we did together, most grounding thing we did together, whatever … and I will make this into a coffee table type book for myself. You can include a photo of us if you’d like, or I’ll add that later. Please don’t hold back. At this point in my life, I have nothing to hide.

I’ve decided I cannot wait around for someone to do these kind things for me, I cannot wait for someone else to nurture and love me. So, I will step into that role for myself. YAY! This will be fun! You can post it on facebook, message it to me, text it to me, email me, leave a comment here. Whatever is easiest for you.

My theme for this year is Rejuvenate, with the two words Nurture and Kind. I wasn’t going to choose a theme and words this year. Yet, this month I realized just how far the last half of 2019 took me to my knees. 2019’s theme was Meet My Edge, and, WOW 💥💥💥💥💥… Did that happen. I just kept barreling through, feeling when I had time, bypassing when I didn’t. For my own sanity and health, this must be the year of rejuvenating.

I am blessed and grateful for all of you and I deeply thank you in advance for all who choose to help me in my 1st act of kindness and nurturing towards myself. All my love … xoxo

Blessings,
Camilla
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“Words of Alchemy” has arrived, December 2019! A free-verse poetry memoir covering the last 6 years of my life. The poetry of nature, the poetry of healing, the poetry of appreciation, the poetry of love, in one beautiful book.

Amazing news! My 18 year old daughter, Lillian Darnell’s debut book, “Where Would You Fly and Other Magical Stories” was published January 2018. Learn more and order here

Wonderfully exciting news! My 14 year old son, Thomas Darnell‘s book, Biggest Little Photographer is published. Be inspired! Learn more and order here.

Twenty Nine Favorite Movies Watched in 2019

I thought it would be fun to look back at the movies I watched throughout 2019. I prefer to watch movies at home after they’ve been released on DVD. Nearly all of the movies we watch have been checked out from the library. Therefore, you will find these are not new release movies.

We don’t own a television and haven’t for nearly 11 years. I use a projector and portable DVD player and project the movie onto the living room wall. These are in no particular order.

The Soloist

Team Member C movie night: The Soloist

Based on a true story, the movie portrays courage and grace in an out of the ordinary friendship and the desire to help another being. Beautiful and inspiring.

Rogue One

Team TLC Movie Night: Thomas’ choice – “Rogue One”

Thomas says, “I liked it a lot, I liked the music and my favorite character is the blind guy, Chirrut Îmwe.”

I say, “I didn’t think I was going to like it. I just don’t like watching fighting and violence. However, I did actually love it. I’m more of the “faith” and “knowing” persuasion rather than hope. Yet, I did love the message of hope as the root of the movie. Love the soundtrack too. And my favorite character was the droid, Kay-Tuesso.”

Lillian sat this one out.

Saving Mr. Banks

Team TLC Movie Night – My choice: “Saving Mr. Banks”

I say, “This has been on my list for a year or longer. Finally! I enjoyed every moment! It was incredibly heartwarming to learn the history of the characters in the book, Mary Poppins, and the history of Walt Disney and P.L. Travers. It was good for this writers soul. Now I must go check out the book and read it.”

Lillian says, “Good and liked the Mary Poppins songs.”

Thomas say this one out.

All the President’s Men

Team TLC Movie Night – Thomas’ choice: “All The President’s Men”

Thomas says, “It was good.”

I say, “I had never seen this. Enjoyed watching and it held my attention. Loved seeing all the typewriters in the newsroom and rotary dial phones!!”

Lillian sat this one out.

A United Kingdom

Team TLC Movie Night – My choice: “A United Kingdom” – The 1940’s true story that changed the history of Botswanna.

I say, “What an inspiring true story embodying love, strength, and courage. Moving and powerful.”

Quote from the movie, adjusted a wee bit … “No person is free who is not master of themselves.”

Lillian says, “Good and emotional.”

Thomas sat this one out.

Solo – A Star Wars Story

Team TLC Movie Night – Thomas’ choice: “Solo – A Star Wars Story”

Thomas says, “It was good. I liked it and I liked the music.”

I say, “Enjoyed watching this with Thomas! Still don’t like the violence. Gives me a headache. Yet, l enjoyed the way it filled in the Hans Solo story.”

Lillian sat this one out.

Christopher Robin

Team TLC Movie Night -My choice: “Christopher Robin” – Put this on hold several months ago. It was finally our turn!

I say, “Beautiful, heartwarming story of living a mindful life. Winnie the Pooh is a master at living in the present moment. Love, love, loved it.”

Quote from the movie, “Doing nothing often leads to the very best of something.” – Christopher Robin

Lillian says, “Good, emotional, good moral, liked the music, and my favorite character is Madeline.”

Thomas sat this one out.

Bohemian Rhapsody

Movie night for me tonight – “Bohemian Rhapsody” … I put this on hold months ago ..

I am so moved and pumped I don’t even know what to say. But, holy sh**. Maybe shouldn’t have watched just before bed. I feel like running out the door right now and doing everything I’ve ever imagined I wanted to do. Oh my gosh!! Loved, loved, loved. My heart is still pounding!

Trumbo

Team TLC Movie Night …. Minus the T and L!! So, just me this time around. “Trumbo”

Fascinating. I love it when a movie based on a true story inspires me to learn more. Great acting and great movie!!

Up

Team TLC movie night: Lillian’s choice – “Up”

Lillian says, “Good, funny, liked the music, emotional in some parts, my favorite part is when Carl and Ellie got married, and my favorite character is Ellie.”

I say, “A wonderful, uplifting adventure of enjoying life, forgetting to enjoy life, and ultimately, remembering what’s truly important.”

Thomas says, “It was good, I liked it, and I liked the music.”

When Marnie Was There

Team TLC movie night – Lillian’s choice: “When Marnie Was There” – Second time around for this one as we watched it many years ago. Lillian and I wanted to see it again.

Lillian says, “Good, suspenseful, emotional, liked the music, and my favorite character is Marnie. 100% recommend it!”

I say, “This is my favorite Studio Ghibli movie. Sweet and beautiful story of a young girl coming to know the truth of her life and her true self; releasing the stories she had been telling herself. Just adore this story.”

Thomas sat this one out.

Harvey

Team TLC extra movie night. “Harvey” – A yearly tradition around Easter for the past 5 or 6 years. A little late this year as I forgot to reserve it at the library.

Why a tradition at Easter? Well. One of the main characters is a 6 foot pooka in the form of a rabbit! Ha!

I say, “I adore this movie. Josephine Hull and James Stewart are phenomenal!! My favorite quote from the movie is by Elwood P. Dowd (played by Stewart) … “I always have a wonderful time wherever I am and with whom ever I’m with. My mom used to say to me, ‘In this World you must be oh so smart or oh so pleasant.’ For years I was smart. I recommend pleasant.”
Another favorite quote by Veta (played by Hull) … “I don’t want my brother to be normal. I don’t like those people.” You’ll have to watch it to get this one.

Thomas says, “It was good, as usual. I like the music. Especially the music for the scenes with Harvey.”

Lillian didn’t want to watch this year so we watched it while she’s at The Romano Duo’s place.

The Lady in the Van

Team TLC movie night: My choice – “The Lady in the Van”

I say, “I adore Maggie Smith. An absolutely touching story … based on a true story. ‘It is in writing that we find ourself.’ – Alan Bennett … You got that right Mr. Bennett. I didn’t even realize that one of the main two characters is a writer. Well. Hot damn! Double touché! …. I loved it!”

Lillian says, “It was good and I liked the music.”

Thomas sat this one out.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Team TLC Movie Night – My choice: “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”

I say, “What a completely ridiculous movie! And …. I loved it!!” 🎉💛💛💛🎉

Lillian says, “I liked the music and seemed good from what I heard.”

Thomas sat this one out.

Castle in the Sky

Team TLC movie night – Lillian’s choice: “Castle in the Sky”

Lillian says, “Good, liked the music, and the ending song, my favorite character is Sheeta, like how colorful it is, suspenseful, 100% recommend, and liked the story.”

I say, “I really enjoy Studio Ghibli movies. A beautiful tale full of mystery and adventure that highlights the importance of nature; rooted in a solid foundation of love as the true meaning of life. Loved it! Plus, Mark Hamill voices one of the characters – Muska! Side note: Although I loved it, I’m not a fan of all the violence. 💜💜💜

Thomas sat this one out.

Captain America: The First Avenger

Team TLC Movie Night – Thomas’ choice: “Captain America – The First Avenger”

Thomas says, “It was good! I liked it!”

I say, “Loved it! And love Tommy Lee Jones!!Thomas and I watched Endgame last month on our date day so I thought we should watch them all! Score brownie points for me as I surprised him! He hasn’t been this excited for movie night in a while!”

Lillian sat this one out.

Iron Man

Team TLC Movie Night – Thomas’ choice: “Ironman”

Thomas says, “It was good.”

I say, “Loved it! I’m so thrilled to be watching these with Thomas. Last time was Captain America. Next up, The Incredible Hulk.”

Lillian sat this one out. Not her thang!

The Post

Team Member C Movie Night last night: “The Post”

Got almost everything unpacked. Everything double washed. All luggage disinfected and put outside to air out. I’m all about spreading love, yet, this virus must go! I ain’t messing around!

Then … treated myself to a movie I’ve been wanting to watch. Totally enjoyed the escape. Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks were phenomenal!!

Mary and the Witch’s Flower

Team TLC Movie Night – Lillian’s choice: “Mary and the Witch’s Flower”

Lillian says, “Good, my favorite character is Mary, liked the music, good Halloween movie, and 100% recommend.”

I say, “A wonderful movie about courage and friendship. Loved it!”

Thomas sat this one out. Not his style.

Lincoln

Team TLC Movie Night – My choice: “Lincoln”

I say, “I mean. I have no words. Well. One. Powerful.”

“A house divided against itself cannot stand.” -Abraham Lincoln

Thomas says, “I like it. The music was good.”

Lillian sat this one out.

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Team TLC Movie Night … Well, let’s face it! Just me watching this one. It was my turn to choose: “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”

I adore Judi Dench and Maggie Smith so couldn’t resist this random find on the library shelves; found while pulling holds during a volunteer shift at the library.

A charming feel good story that reminds it’s never too late for new beginnings or to find love.

Thor

Team TLC Movie Night – Thomas’ choice: “Thor”

Thomas says, “It was good.”

I say, “Loved this one! One of my favorites so far! Next up, “The Avengers”.

Lillian sat this one out. She’s not into The Avengers movies.

On The Basis Of Sex

Extra movie night for me: “On The Basis Of Sex” … This had over 50 holds at the library, so when my turn is here; it’s watch it now or wait months again.

Powerful movie. What an amazing and dedicated woman.

Green Book

Team TLC Movie Night – First one in the temporary place. My choice: “Green Book”

I say, “Loved the friendship these two created together, their journey to awakening, to understanding. Loved every minute. Seeing this, it’s easier to understand the tensions I felt growing up in the Deep South in the 70’s. Why are people so cruel? Never understood it as a child and still don’t.”

Thomas says, “Yeah, I liked it.”

Lillian sat this one out.

It Happened on Fifth Avenue

Team TLC extra movie night: Thomas’s choice – “It Happened on Fifth Avenue” – A December tradition for many years now.

Thomas says, “It was good.”

Lillian says, “Good, liked the singing, great Christmas movie, and my favorite character is Trudy.”

I say, “Love this movie. One of my favorites.”

The Secret of Kells

Team TLC movie night – Lillian’s choice: “The Secret of Kells”

Lillian says, “Good, suspenseful, liked the music, and my favorite character is Ashley, the fairy.

I say, “Loved this movie. Magic, fantasy, and Celtic mythology unite with the power of imagination and artistic vision to illuminate darkness. Wonderful!”

Thomas says, “It was good.”

Pride

Team TLC Movie Night – “Pride”

I say, “A deeply inspiring movie. Loved it. So happy I watched this. Did I mention it’s incredibly inspiring?”💜💜💜

Thomas says, “It was good.”

Lillian sat this one out.

Guardians of the Galaxy

Team TLC Movie Night – Thomas’s choice: “Guardians of the Galaxy”

Thomas says, “It was good. I liked it.”

I say, “Loved this one! The songs and 80’s references! Oh my gosh. Really enjoyed! Thomas kept asking, “What, what?”, as I’m laughing like mad … and dancing. Ha!”

Nausicaa – of the valley of the wind

Team TLC Movie Night (last night) – Lillian’s choice: “Nausicaa – of the valley of the wind –

Lillian says, “Good, favorite part was the end, and favorite character is Princess Nausicaa.”

I say, “An amazing story of courage and compassion when facing fear. Along with the voice of Patrick Stewart and Mark Hamill! Which I didn’t even know about, until I heard Stewart’s character speak. I’d know that voice anywhere! Ha! Enjoyed it!”

Thomas says, “It was good.”

Blessings,
Camilla
See It. Share It. BE IT … Spread Love Everywhere You Go!

“Words of Alchemy” has arrived, December 2019! A free-verse poetry memoir covering the last 6 years of my life. The poetry of nature, the poetry of healing, the poetry of appreciation, the poetry of love, in one beautiful book.

Amazing news! My 18 year old daughter, Lillian Darnell’s debut book, “Where Would You Fly and Other Magical Stories” was published January 2018. Learn more and order here

Wonderfully exciting news! My 14 year old son, Thomas Darnell‘s book, Biggest Little Photographer is published. Be inspired! Learn more and order here.

Top 10 Soul Writings for 2019

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It’s always interesting and fun to take a stroll through the stats, seeing what most interested others.


(Team TLC Toast – New Year’s Eve December 31, 2019)

Top 10 Blog Posts With the Most Views (Culled only from 2019 blog posts)

  1. Happy Birthday to Me – Reuniting With Someone Special
  2. Looping and Dreaming with Visions of Hallelujah – An Update
  3. Manjushri Empowerment Ceremony and Vajravidarana Healing Ceremony with the Tibetan Monks of Gaden Shartse
  4. The Number 18: Happy Birthday to Lillian Darnell
  5. Breathe In and Breathe Out and Feel It
  6. Latest News: Meeting the Authors
  7. Poetry: Unfulfilled Longing
  8. The Top Six Lessons Learned from Tiny Home Living – As a Family of Three
  9. The Road Trip That Was the 2019 Chromosome 18 Family Conference
  10. The Magic She Carries Within Her Heart – Book Review of Where Would You Fly

Top 10 Blog Posts With the Most Views for 2019 (Culled from all blog posts)

  1. Recipe: No Powdered Sugar Cream Cheese Frosting
  2. Olive Oil as Facial Cleanser and Moisturizer – Oil Cleansing Method
  3. 17 Easy and Free Ideas on How to Rejuvenate Yourself
  4. Book Review: I Am That Girl
  5. Happy Birthday to Me – Reuniting With Someone Special
  6. Looping and Dreaming with Visions of Hallelujah – An Update
  7. My Entire Life Dissolved
  8. Manjushri Empowerment Ceremony and Vajravidarana Healing Ceremony with the Tibetan Monks of Gaden Shartse
  9. The Number 18: Happy Birthday to Lillian Darnell
  10. Breathe In and Breathe Out and Feel It

Top 10 Blog Posts of All Time With the Most Views

  1. Olive Oil as Facial Cleanser and Moisturizer – Oil Cleansing Method
  2. Recipe: No Powdered Sugar Cream Cheese Frosting
  3. Recipe: Almond Flour Cookies
  4. Help Team TLC with a Christmas Miracle
  5. 17 Easy and Free Ideas on How to Rejuvenate Yourself
  6. Oil Cleansing Method – Update
  7. A Moment of Defeat
  8. I Wish I Wasn’t an 18p- Girl: Moment of Defeat – Take Two
  9. Taste the Wind
  10. Lillian and Being Different Presentation

Top 3 Countries With Most Views for 2019

Top 3 Countries with Most Views for All Time

Blessings,
Camilla
See It. Share It. BE IT … Spread Love Everywhere You Go!

“Words of Alchemy” has arrived, December 2019! A free-verse poetry memoir covering the last 6 years of my life. The poetry of nature, the poetry of healing, the poetry of appreciation, the poetry of love, in one beautiful book.

Amazing news! My 18 year old daughter, Lillian Darnell’s debut book, “Where Would You Fly and Other Magical Stories” was published January 2018. Learn more and order here

Wonderfully exciting news! My 14 year old son, Thomas Darnell‘s book, Biggest Little Photographer is published. Be inspired! Learn more and order here.

Survival of the Reno Downtown Library

In early November, Lillian and I survived visiting the downtown library so that Lillian could sign volunteer paperwork and get the fingerprinting form. That’s the one library we cannot visit due to Lillian’s depth perception, balance issues, and an uncooperative proprioceptive system. It’s a 4 level building with huge open spaces and staircases. Makes her head spin and legs shaky. It’s beautiful and I love this location. Just not a good fit for her!

There was a huge amount of anxiety over having to go there. I had spoken to them about her difficulties and they were going to let us in the back door so she didn’t have to walk through the front door and through the huge open areas. My contact was not answering the phone, so I figured we’d give it a shot going through the front doors. Didn’t go so well. We inched along with Lillian getting more and more uncomfortable and beginning to have an anxiety attack.

We made it to the elevator and I got us off one floor too early. Ugh! We inched towards a corner surrounded by book shelves and two walls to help her feel better. And … then we were stuck there! I asked a library worker to let them know we were here, but stuck where we were! HA! Someone came and let Lillian know if we got back on the elevator and went up one floor we’d be directly by her office door so she wouldn’t have to see the open area.

That did the trick! After signing paperwork, she took us back down the elevator and let us out the back door directly by the elevator. Whew! I am deeply proud and happy for Lillian having not spiraled down further while in the midst of it. I helped her slow down her breathing, breathing deeply, and distracted her by looking at books and talking about them.

As I’m stuck on the 3rd floor of the library, in the Sci-fi section, in a corner, with Lillian attached to my arm with a death grip … I’m thinking how utterly hilarious this is …. Lest I begin thinking how not hilarious this is and spiral down into my own meltdown. Good material for future books. Life is the best material …. for living, for sharing, for meeting our edge …

(November 2 2019)

Blessings,
Camilla
See It. Share It. BE IT … Spread Love Everywhere You Go!

“Words of Alchemy” has arrived, December 2019! A free-verse poetry memoir covering the last 6 years of my life. The poetry of nature, the poetry of healing, the poetry of appreciation, the poetry of love, in one beautiful book.

Amazing news! My 18 year old daughter, Lillian Darnell’s debut book, “Where Would You Fly and Other Magical Stories” was published January 2018. Learn more and order here

Wonderfully exciting news! My 14 year old son, Thomas Darnell‘s book, Biggest Little Photographer is published. Be inspired! Learn more and order here.

Words of Alchemy is Published – Placing the First Order

It’s been an exciting and busy week. I received the proof book for Words of Alchemy’ on Friday, the 13th! It took a few days to read the book and have a slight change made to the content on the spine of the book. Yesterday morning, I pressed the “publish” button!

Although I will wait until January to officially launch, I am placing the first order in the next day or two. If you would like to have me include a book or two for you in this order, please pre order now. Here’s how to do that and more information about the book.

The poetry of nature, the poetry of healing, the poetry of appreciation, the poetry of love … in one beautiful book.

Pre-order a personalized signed book for $14.40 (10% off and includes tax and free shipping).

To order **Follow This Link (click here)** and enter the total of $14.40 (or more if you’d like to throw in a tip). Want more than one book? Add $14.40 for each book. FOR U.S. ORDERS ONLY. (International orders welcome with shipping costs added. Send an email to Camilla Downs @ gmail . com if you would like a personalized signed book(s) shipped internationally.)

Arriving on Amazon December 2019 (discount and personalized signed book not available from Amazon).

**Don’t use Paypal? I have a Venmo account also and can take payment by credit card, if you’d rather not use Paypal or Venmo. Leave a comment below if you’d like to pay with credit card and I’ll contact you with details.

Book Blurb:

In Words of Alchemy, Camilla Downs invites you to walk with her to share her love of Nature and Life through a heartfelt free-verse poetry memoir.

During her daily strolls she is mindfully present as she delves into life in the raw and experiences her heart’s observations.

Camilla embraces what happens when she opens her heart and invites the written words to flow. The Alchemy of Love and Healing is what happens.

Praise for Words of Alchemy

Words of Alchemy, a heartfelt new collection by Camilla Downs, lives up to its namesake in numerous ways. Downs spans the broad range of nature, healing, love, and parenting, while making sure we have a little fun along the way. And the bridge she creates from the mindfulness of how we see the world at large to the poetry of everyday life is certainly worth a stroll or two across its borders.” – Thomas Lloyd Qualls, Award-winning author of Painted Oxen

“This poetry collection offers contemplative words, soothing thoughts and peace to the reader.” – Sue Bentley, Bestselling author of Second Skin

“Camilla Downs shares truth, vulnerability and wisdom in her Words of Alchemy collection, inviting readers to be inspired, contemplate and dive into her world of self-awareness and growth.” – G. Brian Benson – Award-winning author, actor and spoken word artist

“These poems take you on a calm and loving walk through the verses of the author’s thoughts. Alchemy is a perfect word for the title as Camilla Downs understands nature; connecting with its magical, medicinal qualities and beauty which she conveys throughout her poetry.” – Ailsa Craig, Author of The Sand Between My Toes

Words of Alchemy is a chronicle of hope. These poems are an encouragement, especially when we are feeling at our lowest, to keep seeking the light that is our way forward, and focus on the real. This collection is a walk through the positive nature of life. Camilla Downs is to be commended.” – Frank Prem, Author of free-verse memoir Small Town Kid

I know. Lots of photos of me and the proof book! HA! I use the photos in many different places so like to have a variety of photos from which to choose. Plus … You only get the proof book for each book ONE time!

Deep thanks and gratitude to all who have supported me along the way. Oceans of love to you all!

Blessings,
Camilla
See It. Share It. BE IT … Spread Love Everywhere You Go!

“Words of Alchemy” has arrived, December 2019! A free-verse poetry memoir covering the last 6 years of my life. The poetry of nature, the poetry of healing, the poetry of appreciation, the poetry of love, in one beautiful book.

Amazing news! My 18 year old daughter, Lillian Darnell’s debut book, “Where Would You Fly and Other Magical Stories” was published January 2018. Learn more and order here

Wonderfully exciting news! My 14 year old son, Thomas Darnell‘s book, Biggest Little Photographer is published. Be inspired! Learn more and order here.

Creative Gift Giving on Just the Positive

It warmed my heart recently to see that my thoughts on creative gift giving were included with many others on a website titled just the positive.

They asked for unique and creative ideas. Here’s what I offered:

I always write a special poem and use upcycled material to create a work of art that can be hung.

The wonderful writer of the article included two photos of my creations from Christmas 2018. A poem made into a wall hanger for Thomas and one for Lillian.

I encourage you to take about 3 minutes to read the article. It just may spark an idea for you! Click below to read the article …

https://www.justthepositive.com/blog/creative-gift-giving?fbclid=IwAR2IXFP-JAaLa7GgDXhUESw4oPaAtiYdV8s30nKwxo17_DzyB3D5TIr8bRQ

Blessings,
Camilla
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Coming Soon!! “Words of Alchemy” is the latest book coming to life! Coming December 2019.

Amazing news! My 18 year old daughter, Lillian Darnell’s debut book, “Where Would You Fly and Other Magical Stories” was published January 2018. Learn more and order here

Wonderfully exciting news! My 14 year old son, Thomas Darnell‘s book, Biggest Little Photographer is published. Be inspired! Learn more and order here.