A Life In Rhyme – Rhyming Verse and Story Poems

My Books

A Life In Rhyme are a collection of rhyming story poems I’ve written over a period of years.

None of them were initially written for book publication, but I have received such encouragement from friends and family about them, I’ve decided to compile the verses into four different titles.

They are available in paperback, kindle and I’ve personally narrated them all so they are also available on AUDIBLE,  if you’re interested.

A Life In Rhyme – My Story is the first book, and introduces you to why and how I started my writing career, not only through my rhyming verses, but also via the background information accompanying each unique poem.

In this book, you are introduced to my son Jodi who has autism and whose disability proved the catalyst for my rhyming poems and verses.

A Life In Rhyme – My Family is the second book , and  introduces you to my family and the story poems I’ve written for them on their special birthdays and anniversaries. Each one is like a This Is Your Life set in rhyme.

A Life In Rhyme – People Poems is the third book , and  introduces you to friends and acquaintances and the story poems I’ve written for them for special events in their lives. I’ve changed the names of all the recipients, but not the actual poems I wrote for them.

A Life In Rhyme – Life’s Observations is the fourth book , and introduces you to story poems I’ve written about events in my life and random observations, together with some of the rhyming verse included in the other books I’ve written.

I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoyed writing them.


Drive Safely – Two Top Tips For Driving In The Rain

I don’t know about you but I hate driving at night, in the fog, or in the pouring rain.  Come to think about it, I don’t really like driving at all.

Maybe I should get a chauffeur?

Anyway, I was sent these pieces of information about driving in the rain the other day and whilst I have to admit at this point in time, I haven’t actually tried either, I thought I’d better share, just in case.

They were sent to me in an e-mail from a person I know, like and trust, so it’s up to you whether you take note or not, and I’ll post them, just as I received them .rain

 Tip 1


We are not sure why it is so effective; just try this method when it rains heavily.  This method was told by a Police friend who had experienced and confirmed it.

It is useful…even driving at night.

Most of the motorists would turn on HIGH or FASTEST SPEED of the wipers during heavy downpour, yet the visibility in front of the windshield is still bad.

In the event you face such a situation, just put on your SUNGLASSES (any model will do), and miracles – all of a sudden, your visibility in front of your windshield is perfectly clear, as if there is no rain.

Make sure you always have a pair of SUNGLASSES in your car.

You are not only helping yourself to drive safely with good vision, but also might save your friend’s life by giving him this idea.

Try it yourself and share it with your friends!

Amazingly, you still see the drops on the windshield, but not the sheet of rain falling.

You can see where the rain bounces off the road.

It works to eliminate the “blindness” from passing cars, or the “kickup” if you are following a car in the rain.

Tip 2


driving in the rainAnother good tip: A 36 year old female had an accident several weeks ago. It was raining, though not excessively when her car suddenly began to hydro-plane and literally flew through the air.

She was not seriously injured but very stunned at the sudden occurrence!

When she explained to the Police Officer what had happened, he told her something that every driver should know – NEVER DRIVE IN THE RAIN WITH YOUR CRUISE CONTROL ON.

She thought she was being cautious by setting the cruise control and maintaining a safe consistent speed in the rain, but the Police Officer told her that if the cruise control is on, your car will begin to hydro-plane when the tyres lose contact with the road, and your car will accelerate to a higher rate of speed making you take off like an aeroplane.

She told the Officer that was exactly what had occurred.

The Officer said this warning should be listed, on the driver’s seat sun-visor – NEVER USE THE CRUISE CONTROL WHEN THE ROAD IS WET OR ICY, along with the airbag warning.

We tell our teenagers to set the cruise control and drive a safe speed – but we don’t tell them to use the cruise control only when the road is dry.

The only person the accident victim found who knew this, (besides the Officer), was a man who’d had a similar accident, totalled his car and sustained severe injuries.

NOTE: Some vehicles (like the Toyota Sienna Limited XLE) will not allow you to set the cruise control when the windshield wipers are on.

As, I said, I haven’t tried these and don’t know if they’re true but they might be worth investigating.  They both sound sensible and feasible to me, so if you agree, please pass this message on.

You never know, you might just be saving a life!


Pure Leverage – Why Does Joel Therien Keep Giving Away Expensive Luxury Shiny Red Cars?

BMWWhy does Joel Therien keep giving away expensive red cars?

When I first met him  in 2010, he was giving away his shiny red BMW.

Well, I don’t suppose he was actually giving it away, because prior to the presentation there had been a contest and the person to bring in the most new members to GVO won the car.

In case you don’t know, that’s the amazing hosting company he set up in 2000 (previously known as Kiosk)and which he relaunched under a new name.

(If you want to know more you can read my book – The GVO Story or you can listen to my interview with him where we do actually discuss his car).

Tissa_and_JeanAnyway, the lucky winner was Tissa Godivitane, a lovely tall guy who had difficulty even getting into the car, yet alone driving it.

However, he clearly deserved the prize and was a popular choice, because as I say, he’s a really nice chap.

Fast forward, almost three years and Joel is now giving away the car he’d bought to replace his beloved BMW and I hear his children aren’t too impressed.

You see it’s a shiny red….

Ferrari F430 Spider!

Why is he doing this?

NO – it’s NOT because the colour is fading (red is notorious for it on cars), but he’s just launched Pure Leverage, and is running another contest to get new members.

Mind you, I personally don’t think he needs to run a contest to get members because Pure Leverage is an incredibly easy to use marketing system which ANYONE and EVERYONE who wants to do effective marketing online needs.

You see there’s nothing else that can compare to it in terms of reliability and cost.

For just $24.95 you can get …

  • 100 seat personal conference suite
  • an authority blog
  • 100 auto responder campaigns
  • video e-mail service

The auto responder service alone would cost you far more than that elsewhere because Pure Leverage allows you to have 10,000 leads before it charges you extra, and you certainly can’t get a personal 100 seat conference suite where you can hold video, audio and text chats, stream videos and powerpoints, share your screen, use a white board, upload and download files and save the sessions for anywhere close to that price.

Not bad, eh?

You can see why I say it’s a marketing system ANYONE and EVERYONE needs!

Joel doesn’t stop there though.

He’s not just a hosting provider, but an internet and network marketer so the insight he has into the online industry is pretty extensive.  His list of trusted expert contacts is phenomenal.

He KNOWS what people WANT and NEED, so to cater to EVERYONE he has made Pure Leverage a business opportunity for those people who want it.

You can, if you wish, become a reseller, for an additional $19.97 per month, OR $199.70 if you care to make an annual payment and save yourself nearly $40.

That means IF you introduce someone to Pure Leverage you can get 100% commission on your direct referrals …

for LIFE!

It doesn’t even stop there though, because you get commission on your direct referrals’, direct referrals too …

…for LIFE

I know what you’re thinking – “It’s one of those Pyramid Schemes”, aren’t you?

Come on, you can admit it, but it’s a win-win situation for EVERYONE.

If you introduce Pure Leverage to someone and they INVEST in the product, they will SAVE a lot of MONEY on the tools and services, compared to what they would have to pay elsewhere, so obviously they’ll be HAPPY.

You’ll be happy too if you’re a reseller because you’ll earn commission from that referral for as long as he or she remains a customer of Pure Leverage.

Now, if that referral is so happy with Pure Leverage, he or she wants to also become a reseller, you’ll also benefit from any referrals he or she makes.  That means you’ll be even happier and will want to encourage them to earn lots and lots of money by making lots and lots of referrals which will make even more people really really happy.

You won’t mind that they could potentially earn much more than you because you’re here to make people happy..


So, now I’ve told you the reason Joel is giving away his bright red shiney Ferrari, you’ll understand why people are promoting this so madly and why someone is going to be really, really, really happy at the end of the competition.

Just hope it’s someone short like me this time (Ha! Ha!).

Of course, whoever it is, I don’t suppose Joel’s children will be too pleased, but I’m sure he’ll find an even more shiny, luxurious, expensive  car to replace it.

Not sure if it will be red this time though, but I’m guessing if you watch this space in about two to three years time, you might find out.

What do you think?

Anyway, if you want to check out the Pure Leverage great Ferrari Giveaway – go here





Internet Profits – What’s The Difference Between Having A Job And Being An Entrepreneur?

Diamond Wedding AnniversaryLast week my parents celebrated their  60th Wedding Anniversary and I wrote them this poem.

They’re an incredible couple.

They argue every day as a matter of course, and if they don’t, then there’s generally something wrong, like they’re ill.

Their arguements never amount to anything though, and they have this philosophy every day’s a good day as long as you live to see it.

They’ve been a real inspiration to my brother, two sisters and all our offspring, and we love them dearly.

  A match made in heaven are Eddie and Kath
60 years they have been man and wife
Worked hard as a team,
Through the good and the lean
And shared in life’s trouble and strife

They argue and shout and often fall out
But never end up in a fight
Just get things off their chest
Then give it a rest
Both still convinced each one’s right

Eddie and Kath just confirm, what all couples must learn
Marriages last if you love, trust and care
Though joined by a ring,
You can do your own thing
And still have great memories to share

On this day in their life, 60 years man and wife
Successfully they’ve passed the test
They’ve helped and inspired
Are much loved and admired
So Cheers, Good Luck, All the Best!


Like many couples of their age, they’ve been through some really tough times but still think they’ve seen the best of times.  Their generation believe life is only going to get worse, and they could be right, because we all take so much for granted.

In their day, very few people were rich and unlike today, people expected to work for everything they got.

Also, they expected, once they were in employment, they would remain in employment, unless something awful happened or they chose to move on to something else.

It’s not like that these days, is it?

Each day, the unemployment figure rises and very few people feel secure when they’re employed by someone else.  That’s why more and more of us are turning to the internet as a means of providing either a full time, or additional income.

It’s especially true for the middle aged and more mature individuals, who find re-employment more challenging.

When the demand exceeds the supply, employers can be very choosy about who they take on, and unfortunately it’s not always experience that counts.Internet Profits Report

However, starting your own business is not  always as easy as it seems though, and quite frankly a lot of people can’t do it.

You can find out if you’ve got what it takes to become an entrepreneur by reading my free report.

Just click on the image and you’ll be taken to http://jeanshawonline.com/jeansjottings where you can have it sent directly to your e-mail address.

Hope you find it useful!


Pure Leverage Members Area And Why I Couldn’t Leave It Out Of The GVO Story Book

The GVO Story by Jean ShawEver since I mentioned Joel Therien was such a bother, people have been asking me,

… “Why?”

Well, the thing is I’ve written and published The GVO Story which is all about him, his company and the amazingly affordable products and services he offers to anyone wishing to have an online presence, regardless of where they live in the world.

Of course, they have to have an internet connection

… Duh!

Anyway, the book had everything in it, and I was happy.

Then he went and introduced Pure Leverage!

Naturally, I couldn’t leave that out, as not only does it provide affordable services, which can SAVE you MONEY if you need them,  but can also MAKE you MONEY  if you wish,  as it also provides a unique 100% commission  business opportunity to anyone interested in that form of marketing.

It’s not compulsory though.

You just choose the package that’s best for you, but obviously at the moment they’re heavily promoting the business opportunity, which I personally think might put a lot of people off as not everyone is a network or mlm marketer.

Indeed, just the mention of that type of opportunity makes a lot of people think of Pyramid Schemes and turns them off.

Anyway, incase you’re interested in just what you get for your money with Pure Leverage, here’s a look inside  the back office.


Now you see why I couldn’t leave it out of my book, don’t you?

Take care,


Dean Holland – Internet Profits – Is It The Answer To The Job Centre?

Dean HollandLike many countries, UK is currently going through a recession, and at the beginning of this year, a young lad I know very well lost his job.

It was a case of last in, first out, and he found himself at the Job Centre, where the staff were not particularly helpful.

Basically, you fill in a form and then go off and register on loads of job agency websites, apply for as many suitable jobs as you can in the hope you’ll eventually get an interview.

This proves you are actively seeking employment and therefore entitled to any money the Job Centre is able to give you to keep the wolves from the door.   It’s a soul destroying experience, but fortunately the young lad was able to find alternative employment within 5 weeks, albeit at a much lower salary than he’d previously been on.

However, he had to take it, because a) if he hadn’t his benefits would have stopped, b) he needed to pay the rent and c) it’s somehow easier to find employment when you’re already in work.

Now, about four weeks ago, a friend of the family found himself in similar circumstances in as much as he also lost his job.

This time, however, he wasn’t the last in.

Infact, he’d been in his job for over 20 years and had a managerial role.  He also had his petrol paid for, a mobile phone and private health cover, so it came as quite a shock to suddenly find, as the only bread winner in the family, he was “inbetween opportunities”, as they say.

Like the young lad, he’s been enduring the Job Centre, and finding it just as depressing.  He says, the staff there make you feel really guilty as if it’s your fault the whole country now has more people than suitable jobs.

They more or less tell you to take anything that’s available even if by doing so you wouldn’t be able to pay the mortgage, or feed and clothe your family.

Fortunately, at the moment he’s resilient and hasn’t yet been worn down by the process, but unquestionably he will struggle to find the type of job he wants and would be ideally suited for.


Well, firstly his age – he’s fifty(ish) and secondly, his education.  You see he didn’t go to university and his previous job didn’t require him to go on numerous courses to get bits of paper.

That means when he goes to fill in the application forms, there’s no-where to say, well actually I haven’t got those requirements, BUT I have got over thirty years experience in the school of life in the real world of work.

My point is, no matter how skilled, or dedicated you are to your JOB no-one is indispensible.

Many people have discovered that the hard way, and found they needed another way to either earn, or supplement their income, which is why many have turned to the internet. Indeed, many have found their fortune online, but there are many roads to travel and lots of pitfalls if you don’t know where to go and who to follow.

Dean Holland, found that out to his cost.  Well, at least, initially, but soon turned his life around and went from being over $60,000 in debt to living the life of his dreams, and he’s now teaching others to do the same.

The nice thing about how he’s doing it, is he’s not expecting anyone to spend a fortune, because he knows the majority of people just don’t have it.

His methods are proven to work, and are current, which is a good thing because we all know how quickly the internet changes.  Dean is a good instructor too.   He doesn’t make you feel as if you should know what he’s teaching, unlike some people who assume too much.

Anyway, if you want a free video to see if Dean could possibly help you get started online as a backup plan incase your employers decide they no longer need you in your Just Over Broke position, you might want to click on the link below and go here.



Remember, no-one is safe when working for someone else!

Dean Holland – Dare You Take His Quick Start Challenge?

Dean Holland's Quick Start ChallengeLike many people on line I have bought lots of courses for ALL sorts of things and am probably what’s known in UK as a Jack of all Trades – meaning I know a little about a lot.

One of the courses I was on was run by Alex Jeffreys, whom I’ve mentioned a few times on this blog, and I’ve interviewed him a couple of times. You can listen to them if you like over at www.JeanShawInterviews.com

Anyway, one of his most well known students is Dean Holland, who was, I think, on the same course as I was.

Incase you haven’t heard of him, he famously went from over $60,000 in debt to selling over $1,000,000 online in just 3 years, which makes me wonder where I went wrong!

Dean is one of the good guys out there and doesn’t feed you a whole load of hype and false promises, but the reason I mention this is he’s just handed down the gauntlet and challenged people who either want to get started online, or speed up their progress to take his Quick Start Challenge.

So, what do you think?

Do you dare to take the QSC?

I won’t be taking it, although from the results already achieved by some of those who have, I probably should.

Instead, guess who I’ll be trying to get an interview with?

(If YOU think you’ve got what it takes, click on the link below for the

 Quick Start Challenge





Pure Leverage – Shall I Give It A Year?

Pure_LeverageLast night I went to see the film, I Give It A Year.  It was brilliant – really funny.

It’s about the trials and tribulations of a pair of newlyweds during their first year as a married couple, and the language sometimes is unbelievable. How the actors and actresses managed to keep straight faces, I’ll never know. I won’t reveal the plot, but let’s just say it does have a happy ending.

Anyway, when I got home, I couldn’t sleep, so I did a bit of reading and realised if I hung on for a little while longer, I could listen to the Pure Leverage training webinar starring Daegan Smith.

I’ve heard his name often, as he’s quite a power house as far as list building  is concerned, but I’d never seen him, so I decided to tune in to see what he sounded and looked like.

That’s the thing with the Pure Leverage conference suite – you can see and hear the presenters – all at the same time too as you can drag the presenters into the middle of the screen!

Anyway, last night or rather this morning for me,  I watched and listened to Joel Therien, Mark Call and Daegan Smith explain how they had all started with nothing and worked their way up to the dizzy heights they now find themselves in.

They started off acknowledging each other, which I must admit, in the early hours of this morning I could have done without.  The mutual admiration society bit may have provided the necessary social proof and be well deserved, but sometimes, people would rather just have their time respected.

Just saying!

Still, I looked and listened as once again it was pointed out, IF you want to better yourself, you need to look at who you spend your time with.

It seems your life is directly affected by the five people you most associate with, so if you want to increase your financial status, you need to hang out with the people who have more than you do and know how to do it.

Mark Call certainly believes that.  I’ve known of him for a few years now and even met him a couple of years ago. I’ve watched as he’s risen up the ranks,  and last night he revealed how just five years ago he’d been through a messy divorce and had left the family home.  He’d lost everything other than the things  he took in the five boxes he’d placed in the back of his pick up truck.

He’s certainly made up for it since, and attributes that on the positive guidance and influence of Joel and Daegan.

Of course, a lot of hard work has gone into it too, but their message is you have to give in order to receive.

Some people claim you have to be rich before you can give, but historically, the people we perceive to be really wealthy, actually gave generously before they became rich.

It’s the same with anything else in life, whether that be relationships, health, fitness, religion.  If you want to get better at something, hang around with those who can do it, and have what you want.

If you can’t do it in person, read their books, listen to their audios, watch the videos or get involved in the online webinars.

If you want life to change, YOU must change.

All three presenters prove anything is possible if you put your mind to it and focus, and all three agree Pure Leverage is a fantastic tool to focus on.

It changes lives.

Admittedly, Pure Leverage is a new opportunity, but it’s based on solid foundations, and proven systems.

I’ve met Joel Therien the CEO of the company, and written two books about him; The GVO Story and The 7MinuteWorkout Story, so I guess you can say I’ve been hanging around him for some time.

I’ve never met Daegan Smith, but as the webinar last night was recorded for the VIP members of Pure Leverage, no doubt I’ll be watching him again.

Apparently, they’ve got many more guest presenters lined up in the future, so  with all those very rich, successful and influential people waiting in the training section with great advice

…what do you think?

Pure Leverage – shall I Give It A Year?

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