Happy Fun Fri-Yay My Friends,
Today I’m excited to share my Godson’s poetry book, Atomic Flower, with you available at Amazon.
Just a little background about how we met. Connor’s mom and I were roommates in college and have remained best friends ever since.
I remember when Connor was born. He was so adorable and charismatic and even then commanded the room. He kept us in stitches and was cute as a button.
To be clear I was not given the title of Godmother since I wasn’t Jewish or Catholic, so he has 2 other Godmother’s that love him dearly and have been very influential in his life.
He adopted me as his Godmother of his spirit, I think would be safe to say, which I hold very sacred and is near and dear to my heart.
He has grown into a wonderful young man, loves being in nature, listening to music, loves ice hockey, his animals, trying new things, his family, partner and especially poetry.
He shares openly and candidly, his experiences of the pains of growing, the joys of living and loving while asking the big questions we all ask ourselves about who we are in the unIverse.
His poetry is open and inspires as he moves through challenging times, finding love, God, connection with our earth, animals, mother nature and his family and friends. It is sometimes raw and always hopeful and honest in experience, rich with insight and experience.
I am honored to be written in his Acknowledgements section in his book of 80 plus poems. Here are some pictures I took of our time together at JIKOJI where we hiked and did our interview.
I love poetry,
it encompasses all things,
God too.By Connor Licolli
Who in your life inspires you?
I am inspired by music and nature every day. It never disappoints and is always vast enough to hold me during my euphoric times and the times I need to be held. I get so much inspiration on my hikes with the the many gifts that clear my mind and create a space for creation in my poetry. Just look at this vast vista and trees in this picture that are full of growth and revitalize our planet and ourselves. I am so blessed.
I too am inspired by my Mom who is always consistently there for me and goes above and beyond to create a good life for her family. My Mom finds joy in the simple things and always helps me return to myself and the present moment.
And, I’m inspired by you, Cindy!
And, of course, the pups in my life!
What inspires your writing?
The greatest force of inspiration to my writing is, essentially, emotion itself. I feel that poetry is a means of archiving deep emotion, and I believe that it is deep emotion that is like the current that propels the isness of the upcoming moment. Being a Cancer, astrologically, I am essentially ruled by the moon, and emotion!
I am also deeply inspired by Nature, specifically trees, which truly grow in stillness.
You have a big love of music. Do you have a favorite musician?
My favorite musician is Porter Robinson. I believe he has captured the movement of emotion and sound in Nature in a remarkable way. His music and story are very relatable to me. His music is also very fun!
What is your biggest challenge?
My biggest challenge is perhaps similar to many other people… Waking up in the morning! Waking up with motivation to create something in the day and bring life and energy to it. I hope to bring a big energy to days that may even be mundane days. I am also challenged by rumination and thought in general. It seems the human consciousness has been overtaken too much by thought, and repetitive thought. Poetry appears to be an excellent means to return to that primal state of being, moved, moving, and it is usually apart from any sort of draining skepticism or nihilism.
What got you involved in writing poetry?
I feel I answer this question with several poems in Atomic Flower 🙂
I agree with him getting up early is a difficult task! You have a wonderful interview
It sure can be right?!!!
Glad you liked the interview Sheereen!!!
Thanks and have a Fun Fri- Sat YAYYYYYY!
I hate getting up early🥺🥺
that’s why you’re such a night owl!!
Hahaha! That I am undoubtedly….mom doesn’t appreciate that🙈🐃
hahahahaha… i’m always shocked how late those peepers of yours stay open. 😱😱 wait are you home right now?
Just came back to college yesterday
oh… now you’ll never sleep.. your mom will miss yelling at you!1 🤣🤣🤣🤗😱
I did sleep and got up for duty now🥺🥺
Oh good!!! Have a great day!!
It was a wonderful interview with such a nice young man, Cindy! Very inspiring his thoughts on nature and the meaning of life.
Thank you so much Joanna for noticing his love of nature and meaning of life. He is a special young man, you’re so right. Lots of love to you this Fun Fri Yay!
His words are deep and nice. Amazing interview dear.
It’s so kind of you to take the time to share your heart Yam, thank you truly!
You Rock! Thank you Yam!💖
Connor is an accomplished young man with a great approach to life. He is very lucky to have you as an “honorary” godmother. 😊
He really is John, thanks for noticing and the kind words your bestowed upon me 💖💖🙏🙏🙏
Happy Fun Fri-Yay, Cindy! Conner is great . I love that he adopted you as his spiritual godmother , I find that to be so special and sweet. Wonderful interview and fabulous photos, my friend. 💕🙏💕
Thanks and to you Grace!!! Much appreciated! I know it is a special honor, thank you so much.
Glad you liked both the interview and my pics dearest.. xo Have a Fun Fri-Yayyyyy.. everybody well? 💖
All well, thanks for asking. Hope you are feeling better too, my friend .💕
Oh good to hear.👏👏👏👏👏 I’m good too. 👏👏👏👏Now my daughter came down with Covid and I so hope it doesn’t spread around here! 💖
Oh noooo. Hope she feels better soon. Stay hydrated and lots of vitamin C & D. It really does help.💕
Meee too.. Yes, i agree.. I’ll tell her you said so.. maybe she’ll listen. hahaha. 💖💖
Absolutely .🤣🤣🤣 Whatever it takes.💕🙏💕
What a wonderful interview it was. Thanks for bringing Connor on board. He is such a great talent, knows how to express himself honestly and freely, and I guess his love for nature is something that adds value to his poetry (you know how poets have a third eye when it comes to observing natural objects 😀). I also love the idea that he can turn emotions into visceral images through words. And this, this must thus be a fascinating collection of poems. Congrats to him on this amazing feat. Thanks too for sharing Porter’s song, a great songster and Dj he is. I too love his songs, especially one “Goodbye to A world” that I use often as a stress relief. Fri-yey Fun-day’s indeed enjoyable. 🌺🌺❤🌟✅
what wonderful words and testament of his work dear Lamittan!
It’s a pleasure and I so wish he would start blogging but not sure this is his calling or not… YET.. 🤣🤣🤣 it so beats the typical social media!!!
Yes, he does have a way with painting a picture in words. Oh wow, I’ll have to go look at that song, thanks for sharing that!
You are the best cheerleader of Fun Fri Sat Yay for you my friend that rarely sleeps.. 💖💖💖🙏🙏🙏🌈
Yes, I believe he’s stunning. Ohoho… 😂 there’re people who don’t just like our social media baggage, dear 🤣🤣🤣. But he should give it a shot, especially with WordPressing which i have learnt is more of finding a family everywhere in the world. Wow, it’s so comforting and kind of you to give me the top fun badge. I’m grateful dear. I really love it and always greatly anticipates its weekly arrival. It’s 2054hrs here, I sleep a few minutes past 2300hrs and sometimes even beyond, especially when I’m watching a thrilling movie or listening to country music which I happen to love. 💕🌟💕🙏🌈
I sooo agree and I don’t blame them as I have a tough time.. on all of it but here because of what you said:
“more of finding a family everywhere in the world. ”
I sooooo agree with you and am soooo grateful for our connections of heart and caring.
YOU always have my top fun badge becuz.. well, you’re fun, introspective and shine with the light. It’s a pleasure and I’m so glad you enjoy Fun Fri Yay!!! That means a lot. alrighty well I hope you watch the inside of your eyeballs soon. lol 💖💖💖🤣🤣🤣🤣
That’s ideally true. I always feel you’re even closer than the so-called relatives. It’s a wonder how we’ve grown to feel each other in our words that you could even tell when I was downcast 😀!! It’s the power of communication. Everyday I just turn on my data, hoping to read and give my sincere opinions on posts, and I always ask myself, hasn’t Cindy posted something today? And then before so long I come across your comments or replies and sigh with some amount of relief, knowing that you’re up and fine. I’m glad and honoured to have you as a family. I’ll always cherish reading your great works. And yes, it’s about time I grabbed some forty winks, in the next one hour 😂😂🤗💕🌟🌟💕🌺🌺
You light might heart Lamittan and I do believe it’s a love fest on both of our ends and I’m so grateful for your kind hearted message. It truly warms me up as I sit sometimes in the same way you are talking about. We all do and when we have someone in our corner, it truly makes a difference in our lives. I am grateful and most honored that you look forward to my posts.. Seriously that means so much.
Lol…… a hundred winks at least and sleep tight.. xo 🤣🤣🤣👏👏🙏💖
Sure. Thank you so much, dear. I had a sweet tranquil night. It’s morning again and I’m blessed to come across your message. I’m filled with warmth and smiles unspeakable. 💝🌟🌟💝
That was a wonderful interview Cindy. Conner has good bearings.
Thank you so much Tim. He’ll be thrilled to know. Yes, for sure and how lucky to have 3 godmothers.. 💖💖
Such a good and wise young man! Go Connor!
What a great shout out of encouragement Manuel.. Thank you so much!!!
🥰🥰🥰you were in spam.. 💖
good to be back 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣
Yep for sure 💖🤣🤣💖💖
Great interview, Cindy. Isn’t it great to watch your “kids” grow up and accomplish great things. I hope I’ve had a positive impact on some of my “grandkids.”
Oh thank you so much Marsha!
Yes, it truly is and I know you have had an impact. How could you not!!!
Time will tell. I don’t think I’m super consistent.
I’ll be waiting!!
At a young age he became a poet and could express his love for nature. He can achieve much more 👍🏻🌹 wonderful interview, dear Cindy
I so much agree with you Jane!
It is impressive. So glad you enjoyed the interview.
Thanks so much dear! 💖
You are welcome my friend ❤️
I enjoyed the interview, Cindy, and what beautiful photos! 😍 sounds like a book worth reading ❤️
Thanks Ingrid, I’m glad. There are a lot of pearls in it for sure and I find new nuggets in the same poem every time. I hear I gotta get over to see you and G.. 🏃🏼♀️🏃🏼♀️💖 sorry, I’m off my game.. what game.. 🤣🤣
I’m pretty much off WP for the next few days while I get my paperback ready for publication…I know this doesn’t usually mean anything but this time I have a reason to stick to it 😂😅❤️
Oh YES!!! CAN’T WAIT!!! 🙏🙏🙏👏👏👏💃💃
I am an early bird, my brain is clearer and I feel if I have that time to myself that I have thought about the day before it opens. Well done Connor and congratulations on your book.
I am as well Kate but I do love the chance to cuddle in my bed with my animals on my “off days”. We all have different inner clocks alright. Very kind to share to Connor!💖💖
We do have different inner clocks Cindy and different everything really, trying to mainstream a human being is ridiculous and yet they do it much to our collective detriment
so true and I don’t want to be a clone… with a microchip ……EVER!!! 💖🤗
A Land of Ghosts
Where All The Colors
Are No Further Than Within
To Touch This Spirit Restoring
Emotions That Do Move Us For All
We Do in Life
To Art To What
More Fully i AM ALiVE!
Yes The Colors of the Sky
Deeper Azure Blue Reflecting
Roses Blue Coming Redder out
HoMe of FLoWeRS
Still to Bloom New SMiLes
So Inspiring Dear Cindy And So far
Away from the reality of where i Live
To See Any Young Man Pursue the Spirit
(In California Dreaming)
Where Little Boys
Here Are Still Told It’s Not
Okay to Cry And Smile For Joy
Smiles Dear Cindy And Out of Poetry
Back into the World of Science if i can
Let the Colors of Flowers Go To Travel
Back to the Place of Literal BLacK And White
Even Science Shows now That Emotions Are the
Real Spirit The Glue that Drives Cognitive Executive
Functioning Not Only In Creativity Yet Focus on Task
In Flow For Productivity And The Glue of Short and Long
that Allow Our
of Cognitive Executive
Functioning to Work at All
So True Without Art in SMart
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What Our Potentials Can And Will Be Not
Only For Building THINGS FROM INSTRUCTIONS
BEFORE YET FOR BUILDING SOUL to Touch the Love of the
SMiLes i’ve Had
Science Minded Folks
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Call SPiRiT of Emotions Mush
And Worthless and
Yes Most Sadly of
All As A Young Man
Who Smiled A lot Like Your
God Son Loved By A Mother ThiS Way
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A Song by ‘Sia’ too With SMiLes…
For All the Days They Chased
me Around Town on my Bicycle
Wanting to Spit on Who Was
Kind And Really ALiVE iN LoVE…
Yeah It’s True my FRiEnD THeRE is
Still Real MaGiC to Be Found on ‘Channel 6’…
With Colors New Now Leaving BLacK And White Behind for NoW..:)
beautiful musings Fred!
Thanks Dear Cindy!
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Oh thank you so much Fred! I’m so glad you enjoyed it…. Thank you my friend!!!
I tried to comment on your posts deart Fred but sorry to say… I couldn’t again. One request more posts shorter so I can contribute! love all the pictureas!1 💖
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Dear Cindy FRiEnD🙌☺️🏝
It’s all beautiful and whatever feeds your soul. Just want you to know the dilemma so just know I do appreciate it but sadly doesn’t work for me-:(
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A wonderful interview with your Godson Cindy. Connor’s answers are very matured and I can definitely sense his deep passion for life, poetry and nature.
Thanks so much Dear Sowmya!
Yes, you have gotten that right my friend and I’m so glad you can see the wisdom and depth of his words my friend. Thanks truly! 💖
With pleasure Cindy
Oh my gosh Cindy, what a wonderful interview with your Godson! Look girlfriend, where I’m from, Godparents are special creatures who add life, protection, and love to their Godchildren. You don’t have to be a “particular” in my book, in order to be as loving, kind, and instrumentally supportive as you are. I know Connor appreciates your love and support. Who wouldn’t? You rock girlfriend! 😁💃🏼👏🏼 Have a FUNyay kind of day sweetie pie!!! 😜💋🤭
oh Kym your words are like music to my ears as always Kym and I so agree with you. You can never have enough people that know who you are, love you, see you, listen and support your highest good. You have a heart of gold and thank you for seeing mine. You are rock solid and my feeting are rockin with you on this Fun Fri Yay!
Girlfriend, I’m dancinig in the streets…well no not really…but I am dancing just the same! LOL 💃🏼🎶🎹🎵💃🏽 Celebrating you my dear friend!!! 🤗🙏🏼😘
my fingers are dancing while click!!
A lovely interview with Connor. This is my fav part, “I feel that poetry is a means of archiving deep emotion, and I believe that it is deep emotion that is like the current that propels the isness of the upcoming moment.” Wise and beautiful. Thanks for sharing Connor with us, Cindy! 💖
Thank you so much Jeff! I’m glad you enjoyed the interview!
I love those lines as well that ring so true. I appreciate you reflecting them back, as I’m really hoping he will read them. It was my pleasure and thanks again!
You’re welcome, Cindy! Always. Interview was great. I hope he reads them too. Always! 💖💖
I will tell him to.. 💖
💖🤗💖🤗 got you out of spam
He is an intelligent and talented young man. He is fortunate to have very strong women in his life. Have a wonderful weekend. 🤗🙏❤️
He really is and thank you so much for your admiration and kind words that are so much appreciated!
I will and you do the same Scott.
Happy Fun Fri, Sat and Sun Yay to you!
It’s in the blood! Congratulations! 🥰 There is so much insight in what he said!
And there you have it … said by you first.. There really is and happy to take some credit in those genes.. 💖💖
🤍You’re blessed, ma’am.
Thanks for this, Cindy. Connor seems like a really good fellow with a golden heart and soul. Your interview was enlightening. I love learning about the people behind the poetry, their hopes, dreams, and motivations. You’ve got a great deal to be proud of in this young man, and he has a lot to be proud of in you as well. I look forward to exploring his new book (one of my lifelong dreams is to be published). Thanks again for sharing this with us! Hope your weekend is amazing! 🙂
You’re so welcome Mike and thanks for being so supportive and engaged in his heart, soul and book. He really is and it is in this hope we hold as writers that holds our vision and love. I am very proud of him and thank you so much for the kind words to me. You have a lot to share with your beautiful poetry my friend!
Thank you so much and I hope you have an incredible one as well! 💖💖💖
Amazing interview, Cindy.
It’s really wonderful to hear that he adopted you as his Godmother of his spirit!
Thank you so much Maria! I appreciate you checking in and your kind hearted comment!! I am very honored!
What an amazing young man, his deep beautiful thinking is a gift to our world. It is so precious what you sahre with him. I truly enjoyed this interview. Congratulations for his book and wishes galore for continued success and happiness in all he chooses.
Yoiu are soooo right Pragalabha! It really is a gift and I couldn’t have expressed it better my friend!
Congratulations to a young fresh mind of him. Best of luck.🎈
Such a lovely comment for him from you Laleh! Thank you!!❤️
My pleasure 💕
Awesome interview and in such beautiful locations. 💚
Thank you so much!
Yes the setting was glorious!
Such a wise answers. Really appreciate him. My best wishes for Connor.
And, happy to hear he called you his Godmother.
Very much so Ritish and what a heartfelt comment!
Thnak you very much!
I am as well ❤️🥰
Enjoyed reading Connors interview Cindy. I so appreciate that he loves nature too 😊 I wish him all the very best with his book 💖
Congratulations for such a beautiful interview with a young and promising poet like Connor. I loved the most when he said that the greatest force of inspiration to his writing was, essentially, emotion. You’re really a proud godmother, Cindy. Pics are also amazing 😊💐💖
Wonderful! You’re both equally blessed to be sharing this planet at the same time, interweaving the stories of your lives and sharing a unique love. I’m sure you are most grateful.
What a beautiful interview! He sounds like a very special young man. I used to live in Burlingame and remember driving along Skyline many times. I’m happy to see it hasn’t changed. Have a blessed day!
Sounds like a really neat young man, Cindy. A Fun Friday indeed. –Curt
You would like him for sure Curt. Yes, indeed it was.. Happy Saturday to you!
Cindy, your godson is an impressive young man. You did a great job interviewing him! <3 <3 <3 Wishing you a great coming week!
I’m glad you think so Cheryl and you do the same! 💖
ooops it sent too fast.. so glad you enjoyed the interview and thanks for letting me know! 💖
Amazing interview dear Cindy 🙂.
Thank you so much! I appreciate it!
My pleasure 🙏
Gifted young man. Sounds focused … I wish him the very best.
Thanks for sharing
That’s sooo kind… thanks so much dear!🙏
Thanks soo much dear!! He does at that!❤️😇
Cindy, what a beautiful interview. Connor sounds like a very special young man. All the very best to him. Awesome interview. Thanks for sharing this special and wonderful post.
Thank you so much for your kind hearted message I’ve grown to count on and I appreciate it so much my friend. You got it right!
He so is. 💖💖💖
Thanks dear so much always! 💖🌈💖
You are always welcome dear Cindy. Much appreciated dear. Stay blessed and healthy always. Lots of love and hugs 🤗❤️🤗❤️🤗❤️🤗❤️🤗
Thanks so much my dear friend! 💖💖🌈 hugs and love back at you! 💖
Welcome always dear Cindy ❤️❤️❤️
Wow ! Excellent interview! Love this very much thanks for sharing 💕😊
Thank you so much Yvette!
I’m really happy to hear that!!
That’s so awesome that you featured your godson and his book here, Cindy. What a treat. I guess poetry runs in the “family.” A lovely interview, beautiful photos, and a great song to accompany the post. Best of luck to Connor!
Wonderful interview Cindy! What a talented young man! I look forward to getting his book.
What an awesome long lasting friendship you have with this mother – beautiful!
Oh I’m so glad you enjoyed the interview Ana Star. How kind of you to order his book. That means a lot. It really is a special friendship. We’re more like sisters than anything!
I aggre with you articles
My Goodness, such a surprise and such a pleasure to read. Thank you for sharing,
Glad you liked it Gabriela and thanks so much. I appreciate it as always! 💖
Hi Cindy – of course you would do a hike interview !! And you kept this very succinct and even a bit short- and love the way you led us into saying he answers this in his book! Good promo …
And Connor – sounds like his care for the earth is a part of his essence and then like how he said writing poetry helps ameliorate “any sort of draining skepticism or nihilism.”
That’s so funny Yvette.. Yes, you guessed it right.. After all of that sitting whats a guru…l to do? 🤣🤣 Glad you liked that and yes it truly does for him. Thanks so much! I’m so happy to have you here.. xo 💖💖
Amazing interview 👌
I enjoyed the interview and believe that I have learned a lot. Kudos to Connor for being such a wonderful soul.