I’m back!  I think I have the site visible now. I’ve taken the redirect off of this blog for now. I’m only going to be updating on the new site. To visit me, please go to

www.calliopespen.com  and update your readers or links (totally optional, of course 😉

I still have some work to do, but I’m having fun playing around with a gra-ooovy new theme. Pop  in!!

Hi all!

So I’ve decided to make the move to WordPress.org using a self-hosted site. The URL should remain www.calliopespen.com and SUPPOSEDLY it will be a seamless transition. Hmmmm. Sounds too easy to me…

If I disappear from blogland for a while, it means I’m lost in cyberspace. Wish me luck! 



Update your links to calliopespen.wordpress .com for now….stay tuned:)

I own a domain name and have been kicking around the idea of hosting my blog there. What are the advantages of doing this? I like the fact that WordPress has a tag surfer and can drive traffic to my blog via tags. I assume I would lose that benefit if I hosted on my domain.

I am also wondering if there are any free/low cost web hosting services out there that offer customizable templates.

Any insight/feedback into this issue?

Thanks friends. Appreciate your assistance!

D 🙂


Happy Friday everyone!  Guess what?  There’s a great party going on at Linda’s place today…wanna come? Good food and drink for all, but most importantly a wonderful, warm, talented hostess and fabulous people with cool shoes 🙂

See you there!

🙂 D

Greetings all!

Some of you may know that I’ve been looking for work for almost 9 months. Well, I found some–temporary and a short term project, but at least it is “real work” that pays.

This is decidedly good.  😀

Of course, having a “real job” means I am not going to be able to spend as much time hanging out with my buddies here in cyberspace. This, to me, is badreally bad. I enjoy our discussions immensely. 😦

What’s a girl to do? I guess the only choice I have is to attempt to burn the midnight oil to squeeze in some reading and writing time.  I just don’t think I can put aside blogging and commenting for a few weeks. Nope, can’t do it. So I’m giving you all fair warning that my comments or posts may seem like they were written by a sleep-deprived, stressed out lunatic who is trying to adjust to a work schedule.

In short–this could get ugly. Bear with me, friends 🙂

Good vibes out to all!  For now, I’ll leave you with another of my favorite poems by Hafiz. I actually have it on my “inkspot” page, but it bears repeating:


Even after all this time

The sun never says to the earth,

“You owe Me.”

Look what happens with

A love like that,

It lights the Whole Sky.

– Hafiz

Hello all!

I’m heading out the door to the beach and am not sure if I will have internet access. Just wanted to let you know that if I don’t pop in and say hello, it’s not because I’ve forgotten about you 🙂 Hopefully I’ll still be able to visit while I am away, and maybe even get some writing done. We shall see 🙂

Cheers 😉


I’m starting today with a smile. Why?

Because this morning I woke to find my poem posted on voxpoetica under Today’s Words .  This is the first time I’ve seen my name “in print.” It feels wonderful 🙂


 If you haven’t had the opportunity to visit Annmarie Lockhart’s lovely poetry site, treat yourself today. There are some wonderful poems posted in the poemblog , including works from our own Val Russell and the wonderfully talented Lisa Kinser.


Thank you,  Annmarie. Today feels magical 🙂