Walls of the Mind

Art by Tonya of Time Made Beautiful.
Walls of the Mind


‘Walls of the Mind’ is a poem about anxiety, childhood trauma, and a narcissistic parent.

Growing up as a child was rough. I had one parent who, when no one was around, would berate me. The other parent tried to instill confidence in me and encourage me. Needless to say, a wrong mindset was instilled that caused me to suffer from anxiety from grade school onward until I moved away.

Later in life I moved back to take care of the one parent I had left. Thankfully mom had mellowed out a lot with age. I even heard the words, “I’m glad I had you two kids after all.” There were five of us kids total but she was talking about the last two of us as we were born during her menopausal years of life. In fact, I was quite the surprise as she thought that she could no longer have children.

I learned how , and with God’s help, was able to forgive her for everything. I made that choice and it set me free. Realizing how the brain learns and sets feedback loops like a computer has again, with God’s help, enabled me to change that bad programming.

I actually wrote this for a friend who was suffering from great anxiety. I never realized at that time how encaged I was in my own mind. It’s nice to be free.

Check out my YouTube Video Poem of Walls of the Mind: https://youtu.be/xukdpm2si5k

That’s the one…

Everyone has a favorite photo, coffee, pizza…you name it and there is a favorite that goes with it. “That’s the one,” is what Troy said a couple of years ago when it came to picking out his favorite photo that I took of Ladders Coffee Bar.


My favorite was the  coffee lol. I love caramel and I love hazelnut. They have sooo many different flavors to choose from. I often stop by there for coffee when I’m in Cambridge.  You should try them out.  They have done an awesome remodel of the place and sell a special blend called Ghost Roast now. Yum!

I enjoy all kinds of photography. I love being challenged and finding creative ways to accomplish what’s needed. No flash used in the above picture.

Matt of Wally’s Pizza loved the photos of the dough he made fresh that morning.


Again, no flash used. Just simply used the light that was already available. I remember we planned it for a time that wouldn’t be busy but you know what happens when you make plans lol. Of course they got busy. They are a popular pizza place in Cambridge with great tasting pizza. No worries tho, I captured what he wanted.

I must say, I have been sick with a terrible cold since last week and have been on antibiotics. I haven’t been up to writing, posting, or even eating much. Right now tho, coffee and pizza both sound yummy. I do believe I am now on the mend. 🙂

If you have or know of anyone who needs product photography done have them call Tonya 740-630-7280.

Thanks so much!

Love and life,


PS… I have been working on some art too… but that’s for another post.  😉