Welcome to my blog.  🙂

I started this blog after I gave birth to my fourth child to give myself some outlet for the frustrations of a stay-at-home, homeschooling mother.  I thought a blog would be a good way to think of things other than changing diapers and taking care of the myriad responsibilities in the house, and to organize my thoughts into a written piece.

Since I am not a very chatty kind of person – my life is not that interesting in the first place – I, at first, filled the pages of this blog with short stories that were written for some prompts.  As I went on, I realized that it was writing poetry that truly interested me.  Aside from that, the beautiful pictures I saw in various blogs also inspired me to try photography.  Since then, this blog featured mostly a pairing of my pictures and poems. I see myself improving somehow and I thank  the poetry and photography places who help me along the way.   Perhaps, one day, I will be able to sort through the pages of this blog and gather some of the better pieces for a book.

Ah, just you know a bot about me.  I am a transplant from the Philippines and since my marriage to my husband, I have gotten accustomed to the four seasons of New England and wonder how I ever survived the blistering heat of my home country. 😉 I am still a homeschooling mother – now of four school aged children – and a doting mommy to a one year old.  I am enjoying being a mother immensely until my children bicker and quarrel which happens every hour of the day.  I have a wonderful husband who has made it his mission to drive me nuts and to make me laugh as well.  In all, life is good.

Thank you very much for reading. Thank you very much for your feedback on my work.  Thank you.  You make this page a richer and a happier one.

God bless you all.


Imelda Santore


143 thoughts on “About

  1. Hello Imelda, thanks for stopping by my blog and following. I look forward to seeing your comments. Your photos are beautiful; looks like you are off to a great start with your blog.

    1. Thanks for dropping by and reading this About Me page. I have always put off writing this because I find it so difficult to write about myself, or to write anything interesting about myself in an interesting way difficult.
      I am from Batangas, Philippines but spent most of my single life in Manila. I still have my thick accent which can get pretty understandable when I am conscious about the way I talk. 🙂

  2. Hello Imelda,
    Thanks for signing up for my blog updates. It is a pleasure to meet you. I can see your time being very filled with four boys. I hope to visit lots of times and read through your blog. Good Luck with this one.

  3. you are awesome Imelda 🙂 i love your insight! kudos to your four boys, and the dad of course ! and thanks for liking my blog!

  4. I really enjoyed this! I started mine for similar reasons. Now that it’s been up almost a year I’ve gained enough confidence to begin writing. I even took a writing class.
    Nice to meet you!

    1. Thank you, Alexandria, for coming by and reading my profile. I am pleased to meet you. Do you like writing? You might be interested to join a writing community – Trifectawritingchallenge. It is a fun place with weekly prompts. 🙂

  5. Gosh, my life is your life except I only have two boys but my house is my world too, and with my husband home late most nights, I barely even get that adult interaction! Thank goodness for aduly companionship in cyberspace!

    1. Hi. I am sorry for the late late acknowledgement of your nomination. I am so honored by your recognition of my blog, Canoe. Thank you very very much. 🙂 I will try to make a post about this as soon as I can. 🙂 COngratulations on your well-deserved award. 🙂

    1. Thankk you, Colleen. It is quite humbling. When I started to blog and saw blogs with recognitions, I thought that the awards were something beyond me. Thanks to friends like you, I am encouraged at what I do. 🙂

    1. Inge,
      I am so honored by this nomination. Thank you thank you very much. 🙂 I will eventually make a post about this in time. 🙂 This is much appreciated.

  6. You have grown as a writer just in the short time I have met you! You are like a blossoming flower who is just beginning to spread your petals toward the sun. I can relate to your SAHM issues. I have them too!

  7. Just wanted to let you know I have nominated you for the Reader Appreciation Award. I hope this will be welcome news for you. If you prefer not to accept the award, I certainly understand, but I hope you will visit the other nominees, and they will visit you, just the same. To see the other nominees and rules for accepting the award, please visit my post at http://wp.me/p2ekZU-Pt – All the best!

  8. I heard from Rommel of The Sophomore Slump 2.0 that you are a blogger whose into nature too. That explains my presence here. I’d be really delighted to did what you have here–later (as I am currently in the office).

    1. Thanks for your visit. Well, there are some nature photos and some that are not. Feel free to browse – some photos are better than the others. 🙂

  9. Hello Imelda,

    ….salamat po sa mga comments sa mga tula ko… “guryon” – deep tagalog term sya at widely used sa amin sa Quezon province… Dad ko po ang taga Quezon while Mom was from Batangas…meron pa kaming other term sa kite aside from Guryon…it’s “burador” o “saranggola”… Hihi…i learned most of the deep tagalog terms i know from my fave filipino teacher back in junior high…si Gng. Caraig…:-)

    I am glad you commented in tagalog at my site or i wouldn’t know you as Filipino too…all i thought i was alone with Sam to be the only Filipino in the pub…not until now…hehe…matagal ka na bang sumasali dito sa dverse? ako? I used to be part of it since it was launched by Brian & Claudia…then due to loss of inspiration i forcefully stopped participating…and for almost half a year i didn’t write ’til fin’lly i made a come back…and with a new blog…i used to write at windowlad for about 5 years til i decided to delete it and start all over again… Sad but i feel like i needed to do that…i have more than 200 poems there and close to 400 followers…but it was all burried now from the past…hihi…nice to meet you…smiles…

    1. Salamat Kelvin sa follow. Sa amin sa Batangas, ‘papagayo’ ang tawag namin sa saranggola. Nakakatuwa ‘di ba, kahit pareho tayong galing sa Tagalog region, iba-iba pa rin ang salita minsan.

      Natuwa ako nang malaman ko na Filipino ka rin. Naku, I am very proud of you. Ang galing mo magsulat. LAlo ka pang gagaling sa paglipas ng panahon.

      Too bad you erased your blog, but you must have had your own reason. I only hope that you were able to save your poems – each of those 200 poems or so are like your little children. I hope you keep on writing now and keep hard copies of your poems. You will recover all of your 400 followers in time. 🙂

      When I first read Sam’s post in the Pub, about Viliianelle, I think, I was so impressed with his work. I am an admirer of his. I should promote both your works in my page. 🙂 I am so glad to meet you, Kelvin.

      1. …papagayo? mas malalim ata yang sa inyo…. hehe…. thank you so much for i was humbled by your words… it’s really good to know na me-nakaka-appreciate ng sobra sobra sa mga ginagawa at isinusulat ko…. naaalala ko pa before…hate na hate ko ang literature at creative writing class… nag simula lng talaga ang hilig ko sa pagsusulat when i was introduced to Haiku form of the Japanese… then i went several innovations and upgraded to Tanka & Tanaga… li’l by li’l i started writing Sonnets, Idylls, Elegies, Odes, Sestinas and many more forms…. pero mas feel ko ngayon ang free verse na medyo prose like style… mas me freedom… sana nga magtuloy tuloy and dedication ko sa pagsusulat…. i really appreciate your kindness…. are you out of the country? i loved your shots of Maine… really a nice place to visit… 🙂

        …haha… medyo isinunod nga ang pangalan ko kay Tito Dolphy… hehe… pero ‘Kevin’ nmn un eh… nakakamiss tuloy ang King of Comedy…

        GOD Bless!


  10. Imelda,
    I enjoy your comments on my blog and love to see your blog show up at my Inbox.

    From your comments, I assume you do not live in Maine, but are familiar with it. Hopefully some of my writings and photos can bring back some wonderful memories of your time in Maine.

    Also, I fully understand your needing to have conversations with adults. I only had two children…now adults, but can still remember the need to have a “real” conversation outside of work when I was a single mom.. I was lucky to have work, to support the family, but I feel you will treasure your time with your children as a stay at home mom. of four boys…a real challenge !

    Peace and love,

  11. Hello Imelda, since you visited my blog first I’m sure you know I’m a photographer. I started my blog out of frustrations dealing with photographic forums. There is way too much testosterone on forums. I love to teach and experience the beauty of my Pacific Northwest. I’ve enjoyed my initial visit to your blog and have added it to my favorites list. I’ll be checking in now & then to visit. Thanks for blogging. – Bob

  12. I have nominated your blog for the “Sunshine Award”! The ‘rules’ for the award are on the post on my blog if you’d like to participate. If you don’t, I so understand, but just wanted you to be acknowledged as one who is really “shining light” in your own way in the blogging community, and I’m glad to be one of your faithful readers! Blessings, Heather

  13. Hello Imelda. It really does seem to be the way that the more you write the more inspiration you find. This certainly seems to be the way with your beautiful poetry. What a lovely outlet in your very busy day with four gorgeous boys to care for. Your words do indeed sing and pulsate with the rythym of life and you have a really lovely blog 🙂

    1. Thank you, Gail, for your encouragement. True, I find that being at home, while quite daunting and, maybe, boring sometimes, has its rewards. 🙂 I appreciate your visit and words. 🙂

  14. Ciao Imelda! Thank you for the follow! Please be aware that my blog is a bilingual one.
    So you may get links to some poems in English as well as to some in Italian… Photography on the other hand has no language barriers! I’m trying to keep the posting balanced between the two languages. Keep up the good work.

  15. Can so very relate to you. Have just got to know so don’t know much about you, but i can tell you, you are doing just the right thing. Keep writing. Best Wishes. Ana (prettypinkpebbles.wordpress.com)

    1. Oh, Diane. Thank you very very much. I’d be interested. However, I do not know which I will submit, if ever. Can you help me, please? 🙂

      1. Hi… well I chose a few for you to consider but they might not be ones you would choose. Diane
        1.April 4 Love Letter
        2. Feb. 18 Dandelions
        3.Nov. 5. 2013 Tedium
        4. Nov 4? 13 November’s Rose
        5. Sept. 25 2013 Wish

    2. Ah, yes, they might be some of the better ones I wrote. Thanks for the advice, Diane (and sorry for the late reply – I was busy making a birthday cake for my son). I think I like November’s Rose best (at the risk of being unfair to the other pieces). 🙂 Actually, I have difficulty judging my own work that’s why I so appreciate your feedback. 🙂

  16. Hello newest Spikey! I know, a bit corny, eh, but that’s the term that has come to stick for those folk who are part of the clan known to be followers of Uncle Spike 🙂

    Thank you… I really appreciate that as I for one, know how many interesting and entertaining blogs are out there.

    My aim is to deliver an eclectic offering of posts, from my ‘point n shoot’ attempts at basic photography, to the sharing of my travel adventures over the decades, as well as day to day happenings here on the farm. Oh, plus a few observations on life as I see it, thrown in for good measure.

    My promise to you is not to be overbearing, just a couple of posts a day, maybe 3 at weekends if I have something special to share. But if you are at a loose end one day, maybe you’ll enjoy trawling through some of my older stuff too. I have added plenty of categories to help in said digging process.

    Thanks again and hope you have a great day…


    1. Thank you very much for dropping by. I love roses and your rose articles are very helpful. I make it a point to read your post whenever one comes up. 🙂

  17. Imelda: I am sorry. I have lost at this game and now so have you!

    You commented on my post so you must now post the following message to continue the game (unless you have lost your sense of humour ) http://3psbyseeker.com/2014/09/24/amusing-myself/

    “I know nobody will see my status but sometimes, when I am bored, I go into the garden, I cover myself in earth and I pretend I am a carrot.”

    Haha. Your turn

  18. Thanks for following my blog. It is an honour for me that great writer and photographer following me. I am not a writer or photographer, but a simple man trying to enjoy blogging and spreading the word of God.

    1. Hi, Erin. Thank you for dropping by and following. I appreciate your gesture a lot.
      I am honored that you think of featuring my blog in your site. Thank you very much. 🙂

      1. Great, Thanks for your fast response. Do you have any favourite books? I would like to include some fun facts about you in the post 🙂 Let me know what if you feel comfortable sharing.

    2. I used to like the classics, but now I have no more energy to appreciate the complexities of life and human nature that are often the subject of such books. These days, I prefer Mystery and fantasy books – easy reads. When I get to a sad part, I am known to jump to the next chapters to see how the story would go. I hate it when my favorite characters go through some difficult time. After I made sure that they came out OK, I would go back to the page I skipped.

      To my husband’s consternation, that is basically the way I watch TV, too. I stop watching when the plot gets too complicated for my heroes then go back when they are safe and great again. I especially do not like it when there is a scheming, manipulating character that tries to deceive the people I like in a show. For example, I used to watch Grimm until Juliette became an evil gal. Now that I’ve read about the season’s finale, I might watch it again.

  19. Hi! Salamat sa pag visit sa blogsite ko…Tamang-tama, taga-Batangas ka pala. Sobrang occupied ng isang Batangenyo ang oras at isip ko dahil patapos na ang ginagawa kong dokyu tungkol kay Apolinario Mabini. Sayang at nasa ibang bansa ka yata kasi balak kong ipalabas ito sa Tanauan sa birthday nya sana sa isang buwan. Disin sana’y maimbitahan kita para makita mo interpretasyon ng mga Deaf Pinoy ng El Verdadero Decalogo ni Lolo Pule. Nasa film din ang mga descendants nya… pati curator ninyo sa Shrine.
    Nagbrowse ako sa mga kuha mo, ang gaganda!!! Nagustuhan ko rin ang ilang mga tulang sinulat mo… Gandang hapon!

  20. Hello Imelda! You have a lovely collection of posts here. I’m glad to have found your blog at dVerse. Looking forward to more posts from you. ~:)

  21. Hi Imelda
    Thank you for stopping by my blog and for the ‘like’ on one of my posts. I am looking forward to reading more of your web page and love the photographs. I think you do yourself down, your writing does sing and have rhythm, you do it beautifully. It is good to connect with you 🙂

  22. I’m glad you decided to seek an outlet from diapers and spit up in blogging. And poetry! I have such admiration for those who can write poetry…..an economy of words expressing so much.

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