November is National Fragrance Month

Perfume Bottle, Fragrances, Scents, Colognes

The olfactory sense has the ability to differentiate good aromas from foul odors. This month we celebrate National Fragrance Month. A couple of years ago I wrote an article, 11 Writing Ideas for National Fragrance Month in November, to use as a writing tool when I ran into an unexpected writers block. This directory article was influenced by my magazine article SCENTual Vessels: Small Wonders, that was included in Collectors News Magazine – January 2007 issue.

My love for fragrances and the artistic designs of fragrance bottles in particular, stretched to adding a board to pin one of my most popular Pinterest boards – Eau de Parfum Vessels. Fragrances are popular gift items for birthdays, anniversaries, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day or Christmas. To indulge in wearing a fragrance daily is a wardrobe accoutrement that’s distinctive.

Fragrant essential oils and aromatic compounds, fixatives, and solvents are used to give the human body, objects, and living spaces a pleasant smell. Celebrate the essence of fragrances during National Fragrance Month. There are a wealth of things you can do and write about to commemorate this epic celebration.



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What makes a good Poetry Reading

Kym Gordon Moore:

Great pointers summed up for a good poetry reading! Thanks for posting @emmalee1. :-)

Originally posted on Emma Lee's Blog:

Recently, having been to WORD! and Shindig spoken word evenings and attended events as part of Leicester University’s Literary Leicester festival, I’ve been thinking about what makes a successful poetry reading. I’m also preparing for my poetry reading and book launch of “Mimicking a Snowdrop” at Leicester’s Friends (Quakers) Meeting House on Queens Road, LE2 1WP from 3pm on Saturday 13 December.

I’m sharing some thoughts below and welcome comments:


Poetry likes intimacy, but intimacy doesn’t necessarily mean a small venue. A cabaret-style arrangement where the audience sit around tables rather than in the regimental lines of a theatre or lecture hall creates a more relaxed feel. Letting the audience know how the event is structured helps create a welcoming feel.

The audience need to see the poet too, so a poet who can stand or can use a stage will command more attention than someone who sits behind…

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Posted by on November 20, 2014 in Uncategorized


The Beat of a Different Drummer With 7 Types of Drums

Drums, Percussion, International Drum Month

The Beat of a Different Drummer With 7 Types of Drums
By Kym Gordon Moore

How does the beat of a drum speak to you? Drums are the most commonly recognized and used instruments in the percussion family. Drums set the tone for the soul of music styles performed for their audiences. Literally, we tend to use any surface to drum on, but the true essence of the heartbeat of the drum is manipulated by the drummer and the type of drums they play. Before the Percussion Marketing Council (PMC) moved and relaunched International Drum Month to May in 2014, it was originally celebrated during the month of November.

Different cultures bring diverse beats to a variety of drums, at different times. They set the mood for the type of celebration, ritual, entertainment, military action or communication they coerce, through the use of specially designed sticks, mallets or their hands. Tension of the skins stretched over drums are fastened by ropes or chords, and help to deliver varying sounds for performances.

Due to the weight of certain types of drums, they are either suspended from ropes or placed on specially designed pedestals. The type of clothing players wear, gives them the ability to perform with synchronous movements and showmanship.

1. Timpani or kettledrums are typically used in orchestras, bands and other musical ensembles. They are designed in the shape of a bowl, has the sound of thunder and is believed to have Arabic origins.

2. Taiko (big, fat drums) are Japanese percussion instruments that use thicker drum sticks called Bachi sticks. Many types of Taiko can weigh as much as three tons.

3. Bongos are Afro-Cuban drums. They are a pair of small open-bottomed, lightweight drums of various sizes.

4. Djembe or goblet drums are originally from West Africa and are played with the bare hands. They can weigh as much as twenty-nine pounds.

5. Pahu, found in Polynesia are considered sacred instruments. They are carved from a single log and stretched with shark skin on the playing end. These drums are played with the fingers or bare hands. Their sounds are familiar in the musical accompaniment of traditional Hawaiian dance.

6. Steelpan drums originate from Trinidad and Tobago, and are made from fifty-five gallon drums. These drums do not contain a membrane stretched over the surface like many other drums

7. Marching Percussion include snare drums, tenor drums and bass drums that have a smooth white PET film head. These instruments are commonly seen in marching bands.

The smaller the drum, the higher the pitch. Drums with larger heads have a deeper sound. The drumlines of marching bands, orchestras or other performance ensembles execute precision and theatrics with every beat of the drum. The percussionist has a seductive way of connecting their sound to the audience’s spirit.

Kym Gordon Moore, author of “Diversities of Gifts: Same Spirit” and “Wings of the Wind: A Cornucopia of Poetry” is an award winning poet, author, speaker, philanthropist, certified email marketing specialist and an authority in strategic marketing communications. She is the Founder of Poets for Hunger, co-founder of Favorite Things for a CAUSE and was selected as a World Book Night Volunteer Book Giver for three consecutive years.

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Posted by on November 18, 2014 in Art/Music/Humanities, News


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An Explosion of Creativity from Poet Tree Bird Houses

Indian Trail Cultural Arts Center, Kym Gordon Moore, Bird House Poetry

(L-R) Susan Didier, Fran Hedrick, Ryan Petty, Roger Fish, Ruth Roth, Christian George, Kym Gordon Moore, Isabella Fish and Kaavya Washington

By Kym Gordon Moore

I want to say congratulations to all of our participants and winners of the Poet Tree Bird House Contest, held on Saturday November 8, at the Indian Trail Cultural Arts Center. Susan Didier, Indian Trail Community Development Specialist and Kym Gordon Moore, Poetry Facilitator and Moderator, planned the first Poet Tree Bird House competition for children and adults. What an unbelievable night of fun, creativity and ingenuity that was displayed in an awesome parade of bird houses, woven with the free spirit of poetry and art.

Poetry compositions were written in any poetic form or expression the contestant desired. The poem had to represent the theme of their decorated bird house. Contestants were encouraged to let their imaginations go wild and think outside of the box. We would also like to thank Peddlers Marketplace, located in Indian Trail, who generously donated the unfinished bird houses for our contestants. During the ceremony, multi-media artist, Erin Penland, used an undecorated bird house to create her artistic interpretation of all entries that were presented and on display during the award ceremony.

Erin Penland, Indian Trail Cultural Arts Center, Poet Tree Birdhouses

Erin Penland, Multi-media Artist explains her rendition of the evening’s parade of Poet Tree inspiration

Contestants included:
Christian George, who recited his poem, The Cardinal. Roger Fish recited his poem, House for Wrent. Sarah Kloppardt who was not in attendance, wrote the poem Our Home, while Kim and Jeremy Palma collaborated on the poem World of Unlimited Possibilities.

Isabella Fish won the Best Poem award in the Children’s category, for her poem, When Pigs Fly. Kaavya Washington won Best Decorated bird house in the Children’s category. The name of her poem is Flying.

Ruth Roth won Best Decorated bird house in the Adult category. Her poem was entitled Bird Seasons. Fran Hedrick received Best Poem in the Adult category for her poem, A Cardinal’s Christmas Home Coming. Ryan Petty won Best Overall in the Adult category for his bird house and poem titled, Kindred Points.

Upon the conclusion of the awards ceremony, open mic continued with readings from Dwight Roth (What Sustains Me), Christian George (Undue Lovers – a Villanelle), Dr. Roger Fish (An Autumn Walk) and a surprise poem by a new audience member, Gaston Moise (Gaston’s Rap on Anti-Bullying). On the second Saturday of each month, the stage is set for free open mic events held at the Indian Trail Cultural Arts Center.

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Canned goods were also collected by Poets for Hunger© and the Cultural Arts Center. These food items will be donated to Common Cupboard, a local food pantry, who will distribute to families in need for Thanksgiving. Canned goods and non-perishable food items can still be dropped off at the Indian Trail Cultural Arts Center until November 20. Open mic readings and poetry events are open to the public. Anyone interested in signing up to read at any of our upcoming events can reserve their spot by calling Susan Didier at 704-821-2541.

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Posted by on November 12, 2014 in Contests, Events, Poetry


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Saluting Our Heroes

Veterans Day, Armed Forces, Service Personel


Posted by on November 11, 2014 in Celebrations, Holidays, Memorial


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Happy Fountain Pen Day

Fountain Pens, Fountain Pen Hospital

Did you know that today is Fountain Pen Day? How are you showing your love for this amazing writing instrument? What type of fountain pen do you own? Fountain pens truly intrigue me. I adore a great writing pen that brings wisps of nostalgia to the art of writing. Fountain Pen Hospital is celebrating Fountain Pen Day worldwide. Do you have a fountain pen that you use? If so tell us about it!

Happy Fountain Pen Day!
Happy Writing!

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Posted by on November 7, 2014 in Writing & Speaking


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NaNoWriMo is Now in Progress…

National Novel Writing Month, NaNoWriMo

Are you taking the NaNoWriMo challenge? Don’t know what NaNoWriMo is? Well, it stands for National Novel Writing Month. During the month of Novemer, you get to unleash the novelist inside of you.

This challenge encourages anyone who ever wanted to write a novel, to do so and have your novel completed by midnight November 30, 2014. It takes commitment and putting the grind to pen, paper and keyboards. Learn more about NaNoWriMo by visiting Put on your thinking caps! Get to work! Good luck!


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