Lori Minutoli    

Writer, Poet, Artist 


Welcome to my repurposed blog. For years I used this spot to share about my walk of faith. So much has changed. Now, it is going to be filled with writings about my new food journey, my hobbies, my adventures and possibly some faith based stuff as well. Please know that I have tried everything to put paragraph spaces in these post but this website removes them . Sorry, I'll try to make shorter posts.
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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 am participating this year for the first time. I'm writing a memoir. I'm finally going to get the story out that's been locked inside me my whole life. My hope is that in doing this I will be able to spring forward with a new lease on life, with hope and determination to make beauty bloom from all of the disturbing recollections I'm writing about. Please click the link to see the progress on my Instagram page.

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Posted on October 18, 2019 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Follow me on Instagram for more up to date posts. I have yet to find value in this blog space. Even if you don't have Instagram, my page is public so a simple search will find me.www.instagram.com/loriminutoli

Flat Tire (so-to-speak)

Posted on October 18, 2019 at 1:20 PM Comments comments (0)
I feel like a blew a tire on this journey to my creative freedom. If you've read any of my posts you know that I keep bouncing ideas around about the purpose of this website. It started as a faith based site, then it went under reconstruction for a few years, then most recently I relaunched it for my writing endeavors: to promote my books, my poetry, my art, etc. However, no sooner did I do that did I jump back into my faith with both feet. It has caused the momentum to stop because I don't ... Read Full Post »

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 those people would not make it into heaven. This is where I take a stand and say I disagree with those people in the church. I have witnessed depression and have seen firsthand the struggles o... Read Full Post »

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.




August 23, 2019

Posted on September 2, 2019 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (0)
I wonder if that was the final straw that made me surrender my will to God. 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, disappointing and every other form of let-down you can imagine but it was what was my r... Read Full Post »


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, another time a book, and recently some samples of her vegan cooking. Everything she has given me over time, I have adopted into my eating hab... Read Full Post »

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 woman holds inside.  I couldn't hold back the tears while talking to them but I was trying to.  My ex-husband's family was my adopted fami...

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Book Business Cards

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

I wish I could post pictures with these blog posts. Imagine if you will, a business card with my name and website and a list of the titles of my books available on Amazon. The back of the card thanks the reader for supporting independent artists. 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...

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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 pictures and a video of these click the link to my Instagram.

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 few years. Remember how I wrote earlier about leaving the community, well, that meant friends too. This friend was sitting about 20 feet away f... Read Full Post »

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 connected. What I learned is that when someone has deep spiritual beliefs and then suffers a trauma, they tend to deconstruct their faith ... Read Full Post »

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 I eat is what makes a difference on the difficulty level. I have been doing these not-diet-diets as a self-challenge. The first one was to see if I... Read Full Post »

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. Over the last four years I have had plenty of time to write poetry. I don't have a television, I don't go on Facebook, I don't live with a... Read Full Post »

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 the sunset all in one day. Scarborough to Galilee is where I go for this adventure. Check out my Instagram page for pictures.

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 type diet with vegetables (something like Keto.) And before that I was eating corn chips-every day along with chocolate, soda, and anything I wanted to eat. The c...

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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, was a stay-at-home mom, and did not work with the public except for church and volunteering at the elementary school. I listened only to w... Read Full Post »

From My Heart

Posted on July 17, 2019 at 1:45 PM Comments comments (0)
"Lori's Walk of Faith" is what this page used to be called. For years I wrote about my life's struggles and how I handled them through prayer, bible reading, and connecting with God through people and nature. I transferred the entire collection of writings from here into a book. After publishing the book "From My Heart" I deleted every post from this website. After getting divorced, I left the church and the community in which I lived for 21 years. I couldn't face the reality of all that ... Read Full Post »