Recent Reviews for Iva Lawson
To Hell and Back (Short Story) - 5/8/2015 6:07:49 AM|
First, your story. It is so very well written and detailed that it leaves no doubt about what has happened except her age, which is remarkable considering what she's been through. I also like the unemotional style, that I use, and am often criticized for, because I find that writing that is filled with too much drama is only written that way to garner sympathy and I know you're not trying to get sympathy, but understanding.
I went to your sister's fundraising site and saw her picture. It is remarkable how well she has weathered all of these health and physical problems. I know all about the vans, because I had to purchase two new ones (I never bought a new car before) before the state would pay the cost of very expensive modifications. As far as the renovation of the house, particularly the bathroom and electrical code updates required, here in the state of Texas, the Department of Aging and Disability Services (DARS) supports these kinds of modifications, but North Carolina may not. I have paid for all of my house modifications while I was working, sometimes by going into debt by using my credit card to do it. As a result, after 30 years of modification, starting with cheap masonite ramps that my first attendant, a senior premed university student with great talent built for me. He also mounted a pool Hoyer lift in my shower that I got through DARS, by having a hole drilled in my concrete floor, and he put it in, beautifully.
With planning for my eventual dependency requiring three paid helpers and a bit of good luck, I am financially quite well off, at least until 2020. I'll see what I can do to help out your sister with her fundraising.
Continue writing. You are very good at it. Your sister's biography would make a great book. People are enjoying my autobiography about all the crazy things that I've gotten myself into.
Excerpt from (Short Story) - 10/16/2005 12:31:52 PM
Trust Jerry - only he has such strong antennas ... lol ... great write, Iva! Yes, there must be more where that came from! Eagerly waiting for more!!
Excerpt from (Short Story) - 4/17/2005 3:09:47 PM
excellent story, iva! well done! :)
(((HUGS))) and much love, your tx. friend, karen lynn. :D
Excerpt from (Short Story) - 4/16/2005 4:31:59 PM
Jerry, you are so right! This is one that has been on the back burner for a while. I added a bit to it today amid distractions and although I intended for her to put those blasted shoes on, she never did! Imagine that. Thanks for the head's up. I'll straighten it out. Please ignore the brain fart.
Excerpt from (Short Story) - 4/16/2005 2:39:58 PM
A good job of uping the ante as far as suspense is concerned. The vision or whatever the man is seeing has form now and is looming almost to his deck as he desperately attempts to chase her away with different techniques. The only problem I have is the next to last chapter, you write, "She drops what appears to be sandals into the ground and I hear them land." Then, ". . . the soft flipping and flopping of each shoe as she approaches." If she dropped her shoes on the sand how does she have them on, unless that is the reason she dropped them to put them on. But you didn't tell us that. Nit-picking, maybe, but it stood out to me.
Excerpt from (Short Story) - 4/16/2005 1:20:58 PM
Iva! This is sensational. I want it to go on...
Ranting on Empty: I'm Tired - Revised (Article) - 5/10/2013 10:13:02 AM
I could have written what you did. Married to an abuser for 31 years, divorced, voted out of church membership, alone for 9 years....the dating sites are abysmal......haven't met even ONE man worth my time....pitiful. If you read this, I hope you will e-mail me: carleton.oakland.edu
I joined the authors den, and after writing a ton of material, clicked on "photo" and all of my information disappeared. Just don't have the energy to re-do that! Hugs....a sister.
Mandatory HPV Vaccine: A Smoke & Mirrors Campaign (Article) - 3/19/2007 3:22:03 PM
The Dog Syndrome: A Bitch's Perspective (Article) - 3/5/2007 4:16:34 PM
That was right on point!! I hope alot of Brothers read it!
Ranting on Empty: I'm Tired - Revised (Article) - 3/4/2006 2:23:15 PM
Thank you for sharing this very insightful and open-hearted article. Sometimes the things we want most come to us when we start looking less. Where human beings are concerned, it also sometimes helps to avoid dismissing an individual based on categorization. Again, SOMETIMES, such dismissals combined with one's own anxieties, apprehensions, and prejudices, can prevent a person from reaching the advertised goal of shared growth and affection. Clearly, your article made me think quite a bit. I appreciate that.
Ranting on Empty: I'm Tired - Revised (Article) - 3/4/2006 1:27:17 PM
That eHarmony.com commercial seems like a good idea. If I were looking for a husband today (which I'm not), I would definitely try the cold, hard accuracy of honest computer data to find him. But as for divorce, I can only imagine that it would be beneficial for the seriously abused woman. Otherwise, there is wisdom that can be gained in a relatively peaceful relationship, and the rewards are largely a gift to one's offspring.
Ranting on Empty: I'm Tired - Revised (Article) - 3/4/2006 10:09:59 AM
Yes. It does sound like you are tired. Go to bed. Cover your head. Dream about what you perceive is that perfect man.
Ranting on Empty: I'm Tired - Revised (Article) - 3/4/2006 9:38:01 AM
Fantastic rant, Iva. I hope it gave you some clarity and I'm sure it will give single women who want a relationship something to think about. You know where I stand. LOL. I don't even want to be bothered with all the nonsense. I don't date. If something's building with a friend, that's wonderful, but I'm not looking for anybody. I don't want to deal with germ tranferrence from that many handshakes, and I do mean ONLY handshakes. ~~Nordette
The Total Package (Article) - 8/16/2005 7:12:15 AM
Why do animals need all this advice?
The Total Package (Article) - 8/8/2005 11:00:19 AM
You have done well with your article, and I concur basically with everything that you said. Well, except for one thing. The vast majority of men are attracted to women who LOOK good. Yes, it is superficial, but it is a fact nonetheless. It is our makeup. The average man is just a bit more shallow than the average woman. Most men doen't get into the psyche of a woman until, sadly it is too late in a lot of cases.
You are one hundred percent correct about everything else, however. My God, the first time I noticed that women would take a "sloucher" over a hunk was when I was in the Air Force. A buddy of mine was a "sloucher," and let me tell you, he was never without female companionship. It was his style, not his physical looks that attracted these women to him. I have seen that scenario play out many, many times over the course of my life. Excellent article, the Mae West analogy was perfect.
The Total Package (Article) - 8/8/2005 10:41:05 AM
I admit here and now that I am good friend who said, "Iva, watch HITCH." LOL. But, lady, you have so much insight in this area. One thing I noticed in that movie is that unlike the players the men who Hitch accepted as clients were actually in love with the women they were trying to impress. It wasn't all about getting into their pants, although they sincerely wanted to get into the pants of those women. And your other examples are also classic. This is an informative, cogent article that should give both men and women something to think about.
The Dog Syndrome: A Bitch's Perspective (Article) - 7/8/2005 10:33:43 AM
how about a pomeranian?? a few pounds of fluff, but boy, all attitude! LOL
cute write; well done, iva!
(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in tx., karen lynn. :D
The Dog Syndrome: A Bitch's Perspective (Article) - 7/8/2005 5:41:39 AM
Sigh. The war of the sexes abound! Gotta love it.
The Dog Syndrome: A Bitch's Perspective (Article) - 7/8/2005 5:27:11 AM
Glad you went ahead and posted it on AD. You've laid it out, gurlfriend. Great analogy. Good stuff! ~~Nordette
Who is God to You? (Article) - 5/26/2005 6:49:01 PM
My Sistah...all I can say is....well!!!!! You got me with the first line. I too know how it is when one is "churched" I needed this today. Thanks for sharing. I am tracking you. I like your style.
In Truth & Spirit
Who is God to You? (Article) - 4/9/2005 11:57:45 AM
Great write; welcome to the Den! You are among friends!
God, to me, is the Creator, the Almighty, the Righteous and Merciful, the Holy One, the Father to all living creatures, the Father to Jesus Christ, the Supreme Being. He is all this and much more!
(((HUGS))) and love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :D
Who is God to You? (Article) - 4/9/2005 4:44:20 AM
Sunrise commuing with the Almighy! A wonderful scene in my thoughts as I picture that conversation taking place. We all must find our God in a way that we are comfortable with so that we ccan "talk" to Him with positive feeling within our hearts. Good article.
Who is God to You? (Article) - 4/8/2005 8:11:15 PM
Uh, yeah! ~~Nordette
Who is God to You? (Article) - 4/8/2005 7:00:20 PM
Again welcome to the Den, and may God Bless you richly as he has me...
Fly Away! (Poetry) - 3/14/2007 5:59:20 AM
I've been there too, and but have been fortunate that my son never stayed too long.
****I really like this write********Really nice******
Anyway (Poetry) - 3/14/2007 5:50:39 AM
What a powerful write revealing so much..
Off the Cuff (Poetry) - 3/14/2007 5:45:00 AM
Nicely put..nice write..very talented writer..god bless
Cunning Linguist (Poetry) - 6/5/2006 12:51:59 AM
blessin's Sis Iva,
cynth'ya lewis reed
Off the Cuff (Poetry) - 4/12/2006 5:12:50 PM
E x a c t l y the right amount of words. . .right WORDS. Write ON!! 'Pea' <3
Off the Cuff (Poetry) - 4/1/2006 12:39:31 PM
I read you bio and was somewhat interested in knowing what kind of writer you were...this piece was ok, but I need to see a little more depth to get a good feel.
Off the Cuff (Poetry) - 2/10/2006 8:09:10 PM
This is music to the soul, this flying melody. BRAVA! Yes. I love how it makes me feel.
(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Off the Cuff (Poetry) - 1/6/2006 6:17:56 PM
An invitation to intimacy...
Off the cuff often works best, Iva. You proved that here.
Off the Cuff (Poetry) - 12/20/2005 6:57:41 AM
Beautiful write full of deep emotions. Thanks for sharing such a lovely poem with us.
Anyway (Poetry) - 10/16/2005 12:44:37 PM
Wow, profound piece, Iva! I hope you have now made yourself at home at the Den. Karibu (welcome in Swahili).
God bless, Iva!
Off the Cuff (Poetry) - 10/16/2005 12:36:18 PM
Its got so much soul! Just got to love it - whether "off the cuff" or not - its simply brilliant, Iva!
Cunning Linguist (Poetry) - 7/3/2005 10:33:50 AM
This is a great poem! Bravo and appluads!
Cunning Linguist (Poetry) - 7/2/2005 10:44:04 AM
Words can enthrall and literally "capture" a soul and you say it well in these verses, Iva. Thank you. Love and peace. Regis
Off the Cuff (Poetry) - 7/2/2005 10:42:17 AM
Sometimes "off the cuff" stuff is the best. You show that here, Iva. Thank you. Love and peace. Regis
Off the Cuff (Poetry) - 6/18/2005 10:25:06 AM
Profound and all that jive. Actually it isn't jive but more lettin' it all hang out, as they are wont to say. Whoever the hell "they" are. Oh, I forgot, I used to know they. Left they and never went back. Loved your poem.
Off the Cuff (Poetry) - 6/16/2005 5:41:11 PM
Cool stream of consciousness write, Iva.
Cunning Linguist (Poetry) - 5/27/2005 1:43:14 PM
Well, you know I'm a sucker for a man with a deep, rich voice. Loved this poem, Iva.
Cunning Linguist (Poetry) - 5/27/2005 3:13:33 AM
Cunning Linguist (Poetry) - 5/26/2005 5:31:13 PM
i love it, iva! well done! :)
Waking Dream (Poetry) - 5/26/2005 5:01:41 PM
This one leaves me wanting more, more, more! Highly stimulating, o, yes--wonderful imagery--you've captured it spot ON! Well done!!
(((HUGS))) and love, Karla. :)
Cunning Linguist (Poetry) - 5/26/2005 4:54:45 PM
Nice bit of innuendo, Iva.
Cunning Linguist (Poetry) - 5/26/2005 4:32:04 PM
Well, now...this is...stimulating! Powerful imagery rocks the reader's imagination--well done!
(((HUGS))) and love, Karla. :)
If anyone hasn't welcomed you to Author's Den, welcome; you're among friends.
Waking Dream (Poetry) - 5/5/2005 9:39:15 PM
powerful erotica ... the mouth waters over its images and semsations ...
Waking Dream (Poetry) - 5/5/2005 4:38:32 PM
Sweet and passionate.
Anyway (Poetry) - 5/5/2005 3:19:11 PM
Fly Away! (Poetry) - 5/1/2005 8:43:17 AM
Very well done and I think any parent can relate.
Waking Dream (Poetry) - 4/30/2005 2:29:22 PM
A sensuos and erotic poetic offering that is truly well shared and appreciated, Iva. Thank you. Love and peace to you. Regis
Waking Dream (Poetry) - 4/30/2005 4:09:30 AM
Well, hell, it just doesn't get much more erotic than what you have penned here, Iva. Very good.
Waking Dream (Poetry) - 4/30/2005 1:50:03 AM
Whew! oooeer, I'm all hot now lol, Super senseous syntax. Superb Iva.
Waking Dream (Poetry) - 4/29/2005 10:57:54 PM
whoa! I'm squirming in my seat everything aquiver,you should have put a fire sign up;-)... beautifully expressed sensuality...
Waking Dream (Poetry) - 4/29/2005 9:11:15 PM
WAKING DREAM wraps the reader in a sensuous blanket of heated remembrance and scented desire. The words pulse on the page as though each one were kissed there with lips covered in neon honey. Thanks for sharing so generously.
Waking Dream (Poetry) - 4/29/2005 7:42:05 PM
Many women can identify, Iva. A scorcher imprinted on the mind like that man on your soul...
Waking Dream (Poetry) - 4/29/2005 6:32:15 PM
Good Lord, woman! This is too hot. My computer screen is smoking a cigarette. LOL. Seriously, I identify with this too well. ~~Nordette
Fly Away! (Poetry) - 4/23/2005 10:06:30 AM
i love the rhyme and flow on this one, good write!
Fly Away! (Poetry) - 4/17/2005 3:00:06 PM
delightful write; well done! LOL
(((HUGS))) and much love, your tx. friend, karen lynn. :D
Fly Away! (Poetry) - 4/17/2005 11:48:50 AM
Yes, Iva, I remember this one. LOL. One of my favorites. ;-) ~~Nordette
Fly Away! (Poetry) - 4/17/2005 8:48:47 AM
Once of the most loving things a parent can do for their adult children is let them make it on their own. And the sooner the better. Too many adults living in one household isn't good. I know from experience. Go ahead momma bird, point your big birds towards the beautiful world and shout fly fly fly. Good luck
Fly Away! (Poetry) - 4/17/2005 8:02:07 AM
I love this! Aside from the natural flow of this, it hit home for me. You laced this with humor and put it right out there. This is a real keeper. Every mother should print this and frame it!
Welcome to the den!
Fly Away! (Poetry) - 4/17/2005 7:20:36 AM
Could be that they are searching for something which went missing in their lives and ar ejust now trying to understand and come to terms with it. What that lost something, or someone is, ah, that is the question. LOL Don't grin and bear it, kick 'em out!!! Easy for me to say, huh?
Anyway (Poetry) - 4/9/2005 5:42:31 PM
Gosh! I feel so at home now. Thanks everyone. I've seen all of your names and your works as I've tiptoed in the shadows of the den for some time to peruse and get a feel for the place. I'm so glad I decided to hang out and play!
Anyway (Poetry) - 4/9/2005 1:18:53 PM
Welcome to Author's Den; you're among friends here.
Multi-layered, strongly affecting, emotional debut. BRAVA!
(((HUGS))) and love, Karla. :)
Anyway (Poetry) - 4/9/2005 9:20:35 AM
There is a lot of depth to this engaging piece Iva.
Anyway (Poetry) - 4/9/2005 7:18:48 AM
A truly powerful piece, Iva - and we welcome yet another fine poetess to Author's Den.
Anyway (Poetry) - 4/9/2005 4:08:59 AM
Welcome Iva. Wow, what a poem to start with. I look forward to reading more. "Anyway" makes poetic use of a twist in each stanza ending with the title word, anyway. Very interesting. Henry
Anyway (Poetry) - 4/9/2005 1:31:58 AM
First of all let me welcome you to AD Iva, Thank you for posting this very emotive piece, excellent...looking forward to reading more of your work.
Anyway (Poetry) - 4/8/2005 9:48:06 PM
Iva this is a very beautiful, soul searching poem of love and daring. Also WELCOME to Authors Den, and I hope you stay around for a bit, like maybe a lifetime (giggles). You are a very good poet, and this one held me interest from the first line to the last. I have never known the love of a man, but now being engaged, I will find out, after we say "I do." May the Lord Jesus bless you, and be with you always, and at your side constantly. With much love in my heart, joy to the world, peace on earth, & (((HUGS))), Barbie
"If I have to...Then I may as well be."
Anyway (Poetry) - 4/8/2005 8:52:46 PM
Stronly emotive and meaningful. Welcome to the Den, Iva. Love and peace. Regis
Anyway (Poetry) - 4/8/2005 6:59:16 PM
A powerful write Iva, welcome to the Den...
Anyway (Poetry) - 4/8/2005 6:38:34 PM
very vivid images to this emotional poem ... luv how you end it ... welcome to the Den! ...
Anyway (Poetry) - 4/8/2005 5:54:41 PM
We've all experienced this scenario, Iva. You think you have the upper hand and then boom, you fall for someone who's emotionally unavailable. Very well written. Welcome to the Den, from one small town girl to another!
Anyway (Poetry) - 4/8/2005 4:18:09 PM
Well, hell, a new kid on the block. And I feel that the block is all the better for it. I loved this. A couple of times I stuttered over a couple of lines but, hey!, that's just me. You have a cool way with words and hope to see more of you. Did I sday cool? Jeez!
Anyway (Poetry) - 4/8/2005 4:10:45 PM
I have read this before, and it's just as good now as it was the first time, Iva. Most excellent! :-) ~~Nordette
PS: Welcome to AuthorsDen.