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A bright HELLO to you who has looked up my web address or to you who has stumbled across my page. GREETINGS! I like to see the silver lining to the dark clouds. Poetry is my silver lining, what’s yours?

Let me tell you a bit about myself. I love to write. My name is Melanie Knapp. I grew up in Owen Sound. I remember fondly my grade 12 and 13 literature classes at West Hill Secondary School and the other bright students in these classes.  I went forward in school and received a degree from the University of Waterloo in Psychology. What a relief to get that finished! At U of W some of my favourite classes were, you could have guessed, English literature classes but also drama classes too.  

I found myself later in life with tiredness and I became very sad and disappointed. I tried to write poems and suddenly there was something I could work towards. Ta Da! It was wonderful. My mom and I self-published 2 poetry books and I went on to write one of my own. What a joy! 

Later, I self-published 3 self-help books.  As my health strengthened I have been able to do a lot of genuine work as an advocate and volunteer on the mental health floor of our hospital. Wow, I have come a long way! When a lot of patients were suffering and there weren’t a lot of answers I did some soul searching and felt I could share therapeutic information. My books are displayed at the hospital.  

I have done a lot of other work too. I think organic food is a great support of the earth and community. I worked with organic foods in restaurants at three different places in Guelph and Owen Sound. Friendship with seniors is important to me. I work with seniors at different times helping them to enhance their skills and live a nicer quality of life at three different Nursing Homes.  Music helps people to heal and it helped me too. I perform piano for people and practice guitar for the trees.

 I make time to keep up my own wellness. I enjoy being part of the Ambassadors at Community Connections with campfires, plays and a blog. The Family and Patient Advisory Council at the hospital have been incredible at listening to my suggestions and implementing them. We have worked to improve the mental health floor: from blankets to a guitar, from dog therapy to a music group. Toastmasters speaking club has been a challenge for me to get better at presentations. I have said over 25 speeches. My favourite was about elephants painting. I hope to do lots more speeches.  Step by step. 

Poetry has seen me through many a struggle with heart-ache, losses and triumphs. I like how poetry touches the heart. I like to strive for a balance between concrete images and more abstract wording. Mr. Mcarthur, Ms. Billings, Mrs. McLennan, Mr. O’Connor and Sharleen Cornelius are some of the teachers that have taught me well. Thanks to the people that have followed my writing through the years and to those who are just seeing it today for the first time. 

My writing has kept going and I find myself writing more stories these days. It’s so nice to feel that some of my writing contains some important information that touches the heart. I like to write about the environment and the joy it brings to life. The sunshine brings kindness and optimism.  Using sensible thinking is always advised with Mother Nature like sunscreen and hats. She’s beautiful though and her sunsets are the best! 

A bright HELLO to you who has looked up my web address or to you who has stumbled across my page. GREETINGS! I like to see the silver lining to the dark clouds. Poetry is my silver lining, what’s yours?

Let me tell you a bit about myself. I love to write. My name is Melanie Knapp. I grew up in Owen Sound. I remember fondly my grade 12 and 13 literature classes at West Hill Secondary School and the other bright students in these classes.  I went forward in school and received a degree from the University of Waterloo in Psychology. What a relief to get that finished! At U of W some of my favourite classes were, you could have guessed, English literature classes but also drama classes too.  

I found myself later in life with tiredness and I became very sad and disappointed. I tried to write poems and suddenly there was something I could work towards. Ta Da! It was wonderful. My mom and I self-published 2 poetry books and I went on to write one of my own. What a joy! 

Later, I self-published 3 self-help books.  As my health strengthened I have been able to do a lot of genuine work as an advocate and volunteer on the mental health floor of our hospital. Wow, I have come a long way! When a lot of patients were suffering and there weren’t a lot of answers I did some soul searching and felt I could share therapeutic information. My books are displayed at the hospital.  

I have done a lot of other work too. I think organic food is a great support of the earth and community. I worked with organic foods in restaurants at three different places in Guelph and Owen Sound. Friendship with seniors is important to me. I work with seniors at different times helping them to enhance their skills and live a nicer quality of life at three different Nursing Homes.  Music helps people to heal and it helped me too. I perform piano for people and practice guitar for the trees.

 I make time to keep up my own wellness. I enjoy being part of the Ambassadors at Community Connections with campfires, plays and a blog. The Family and Patient Advisory Council at the hospital have been incredible at listening to my suggestions and implementing them. We have worked to improve the mental health floor: from blankets to a guitar, from dog therapy to a music group. Toastmasters speaking club has been a challenge for me to get better at presentations. I have said over 25 speeches. My favourite was about elephants painting. I hope to do lots more speeches.  Step by step. 

Poetry has seen me through many a struggle with heart-ache, losses and triumphs. I like how poetry touches the heart. I like to strive for a balance between concrete images and more abstract wording. Mr. Mcarthur, Ms. Billings, Mrs. McLennan, Mr. O’Connor and Sharleen Cornelius are some of the teachers that have taught me well. Thanks to the people that have followed my writing through the years and to those who are just seeing it today for the first time. 

My writing has kept going and I find myself writing more stories these days. It’s so nice to feel that some of my writing contains some important information that touches the heart. I like to write about the environment and the joy it brings to life. The sunshine brings kindness and optimism.  Using sensible thinking is always advised with Mother Nature like sunscreen and hats. She’s beautiful though and her sunsets are the best!  

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