Lori Minutoli    

Writer, Poet, Artist 


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People Time

Posted on March 12, 2020 at 9:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Poetry open mics in my art studio have been in full swing for two months now.  The biggest impact has been the human connections we've made in person.  Each week strangers walk through the door with their poetry and an uncertainty of whether they will share it.  Each night, after they share, we feel a special bond an...

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First Open Mic Night

Posted on January 26, 2020 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (0)
January 23, 2020 

Pawtucket Poetry Spoken Here open mic night was a SUCCESS!!! 

12 people showed up and 10 people went to the microphone to share some form of poetry.  The response was highly favorable and called for a weekly open...
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Poetry Spoken Here

Posted on December 26, 2019 at 4:20 PM Comments comments (0)

POETRY for 2020, that's the plan. My vision for the new year is to host poetry reading events in my art studio. 

I am in the planning stage right now, buying equipment and chairs, and believe it or not, I even made a Facebook page for this event.  The page is "Poetry Spoken Here" @pawtucketpoetry on Faceboo...
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2020 Vision

Posted on December 18, 2019 at 5:45 PM Comments comments (0)

These glasses indicate that I do not have 20/20 vision but I do have a vision for the year 2020.  

I am strangely in this preparation mode for something I know not what.  I feel like I've been training all year for it, am mentally and emotionally pumped for it, and spiritually ready to accept wha...
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Christmas Spirit - A Miracle

Posted on December 4, 2019 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (0)


You can't possibly know the trauma involved in my family's lives over ornaments on a Christmas tree.

Before I was married, 25 years ago, I had a lovely collection of exquisite hand blown glass ornaments that I picked out one by one and a glorious angel with a flowing dress. I hand wrapped each ornament after the season was over and safely t...

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Posted on November 2, 2019 at 10:25 PM Comments comments (0)

National Novel Writing Month is in full swing and I'm participating this year for the first time. I'm writing a memoir- finally going to get the story out that's been locked inside me my whole life. My hope is that in doing this I'll be able to spring forward with a new lease on life, with hope and determination to make beauty bloom from all of the disturbing recoll...

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Suicide and Heaven

Posted on September 10, 2019 at 11:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Reconstructing my faith has a lot to do with figuring out what I truly believe.

I have always believed that if someone took their life by way of suicide that the Almighty loving God would have understood the depth of their weakness and forgiven them. However everything the church has ever taught me is that th...

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Today I AM

Posted on September 5, 2019 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Today I am victorious, because Jesus. 

Today I have wisdom, because Jesus.

Today I have favor, because Jesus.

Today I am protected, because Jesus.

Today is a gift packed with blessings.

I need only to receive them.

Today I AM


August 23, 2019

Posted on September 2, 2019 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (0)


It was 50 years in the making and in one day I gave up the fight and gave in to the call of Jesus.

A harsh reality at first, to be alone on a day most celebrate with friends and family. A milestone turned into a millstone and I hit the bottom. It hurt. It was a slap in the face, a punch in the gut, a kick in the pants, humiliating, disappoin...

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Posted on August 13, 2019 at 8:25 PM Comments comments (0)

My daughter figured it out! She successfully influenced me to make changes in my life all the while I was thinking it was my idea. That's mastery if you ask me.

She long ago stopped telling me what I should do and every so often subtly offered me vegan nuggets of wisdom; once she gave me some vegan butter, another time, a substitute for Parmesan cheese, an...

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Still Raw (painful reality)

Posted on August 12, 2019 at 10:15 AM Comments comments (0)

I thought I was getting better, healing and moving on, until I came face to face with family from the past.  Yes, imagine I said it that way, as if family could be cordoned off to a place in time. Over flowing with deeply sad emotions, I made it home from seeing them and almost couldn't breathe.  People just don't know how much a strong wom...

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Book Business Cards

Posted on August 2, 2019 at 7:40 PM Comments comments (0)

That's it- no phone number, no address, no email. I feel safe handing this card out to people to gain exposure to my books. If you're reading this- THANK YOU! If you're reading any of my books, please feel free to comment anywhere on this page. I would love to hear your thoughts.

Nature's Studio

Posted on August 2, 2019 at 7:30 PM Comments comments (0)

I have an art studio in my home where I paint. Last week, however, I took my paints to the beach and made art in Nature's studio. It was thoroughly satisfying to sit on the beach with a watercolor palette and design bookmarks for my newly published books. I painted 30 of them! To see video of these

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Courage Slapped Fear in the Face

Posted on August 2, 2019 at 7:15 PM Comments comments (0)

I went to the beach with a friend who I haven't seen a while. Thankfully the distance between us held no weight to the bond between us and it was as if no time had come between us. We instantly had a great time, like old times. Whew!

 Then, while on the beach, I turned my head to face a different direction and noticed an old friend I hadn't seen in a...

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Deconstructing Faith

Posted on August 2, 2019 at 6:50 PM Comments comments (0)

I woke up one morning and Googled "deconstructing faith." I had heard it on Instagram but wasn't exactly sure what it involved. At the same time I was curious about this, I had also read about Joshua Harris, author of "Why I Kissed Dating Goodbye", leaving his wife, his church, and his Christian faith. I didn't realize these two subjects were directly co...

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It Works!

Posted on August 2, 2019 at 6:35 PM Comments comments (0)

I have lost 45 pounds so far in 4 months and it has been easy! Yes, I said easy because I am eating such a diverse selection of food, creatively prepared and deliciously pleasing to the taste buds.

Three months of keto-style and now a month of vegan style eating. I think more than the ideas of what I'm eating, the thoughts of why I'm eating what ...

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How Do You Have Time?

Posted on July 22, 2019 at 11:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Today I was asked how I have time to write. I wasn't quick enough to say "do you watch TV? Read? Go on Facebook? How do you have time for that? The fact is, we make time for the things we want to do. Last week I got out of work at 6pm and was heading to the beach by 6:30pm, eating dinner with someone by 7:30pm on the beach. I did it because I wanted to....

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To the Beach!

Posted on July 17, 2019 at 4:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Chasing the setting sun over the ocean is my favorite adventure. It doesn't matter what season, nor the weather, I can be found on the sandy shores facing the horizon. Here in Rhode Island the coast is lined with beaches. You can be on one East-facing beach in the morning to catch the sunrise and cross the street to another beach facing the West to catch ...

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Real Food

Posted on July 17, 2019 at 3:15 PM Comments comments (0)


I don't know why it took so long for me to arrive at this point in life where I am finally eating real food, but I'm glad I made it. Don't worry, I haven't been eating plastic all these years, but to be honest, one never knows anymore. I'm loving eating a whole food- plant based diet.

Before this, I was enjoying a meat and cheese ty...

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To the Wolves

Posted on July 17, 2019 at 2:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Imagine a domesticated animal having been sheltered in a loving home for most of its life then suddenly being released to the wilderness. Imagine the fear, the curiosity, the emotions that would hit that animal all at once. That is exactly what I relate my life to after my divorce because I had lived in a protected, deeply spiritual- Christian environment...

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