LaVonne Taylor has had a long and eclectic career in publishing. She filled many roles early in her profession in the newspaper industry, after which she worked as project editor for the educational arm of McGraw-Hill with specialties in health, art, and music. Following that, she did a nine-year stint as a writer of news articles, copy chief, and associate managing editor for Shape magazine.
Taylor operates a micropublishing company, Excellence Enterprises, which has published LA My Way, a poetry and short story anthology; On the Wings of Song, a biography; and publishes a literary periodical, The Taylor Trust: Poetry & Prose. As is often the case with many creative people, however, she not only enjoys working with words, she also expresses herself through the visual arts, photography, designing, and gardening.
A strong believer in caring for Planet Earth, she is an animal rights advocate and hopes in the not-too-distant future to open an animal sanctuary. She believes in protecting flora and the environment at large as well. Taylor nurtures a Chihuahua, three cats, three desert turtles, and many, many plants on the high desert of Southern California.
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- How to stay in love, forever
on July 15, 2010
Falling in love is easy – much of the time it happens without conscious effort. We simply awake one morning to discover somewhere along the timeline between being blissfully unaware of the existence of the object of our attention to obsessive full-time fascination, that we have developed an attachment commonly know as Being in Love.
But to stay in love – that is another matter entirely. Staying in love over the span of a lifetime with the same romantic intensity that characterized an early relationship is a challenge. It does not happen by chance.
In this regard, poets have an advantage over their less artistic peers who practice law, medicine, business, politics and so forth. I’m not saying that one precludes the other. There are lawyers, businessmen, and doctors, for example, who also have the hearts of poets, whether they take the time to express their artistic sides is up to them. The demands of our lives – careers, raising children, caring for elderly parents, keeping a roof over our heads, putting food on the table – often dissolves the passion that accompanied our nascent bond. The poetic sensibility that allows us to examine everyday experience through a lens of objectivity gives us the tools needed to keep passion alive it we hold that desire.
Kimeldorf has mastered the art of staying in love. Over thirty years time, he created three poems a year, reaffirming his passion for and devotion to his wife Judy. In the introduction to Being in Love, Forever he says, “The renewed interest in love poems comes at an important time, a period when our society doubts it’s future. It comes as too many in our culture foolishly embrace anger, apocalypse, greed, and selfishness. I’d like to think that love contains a germ to inoculate this moment. Perhaps I believe in this possibility because Judy and I remain optimistic, and blissfully out of sync with the medieval culture that surrounds us.”