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The Future

The Future

Poetry Friday * Five Minute Friday * Celebrate this Week. As we slip from May to June, our schedules are filled with end-of-school celebrations, commencements, weddings, anniversaries, and anticipation of summer vacations — all marking stones in life that give...
Visit

Visit

Five Minute Friday & Celebrate this Week. [I’ve linked up with Kate Motaung where bloggers share their five minute quick write on a chosen word.  I’ve also linked up with Ruth Ayres where bloggers share something they are celebrating.] The VISIT I. One...
Last Day of School

Last Day of School

Poetry Friday. During the next few weeks, schools will be closing for summer vacation. As a tribute to teachers everywhere, I share Mattie Stepanek’s poem– written when he was eight years old. May it bring you a few chuckles even as it has me. Not Quite...

GPS

Slice of Life. It is still twilight when I pick up a banana and cup of coffee from the hotel breakfast buffet. My reserved Carmel Car drives up as I exit the lobby. I drop my bag onto the floorboard and slide into the back seat of the dark sedan, confirming my...
Celebrating Family and Truth

Celebrating Family and Truth

Celebrate this Week : Family. [I’ve linked up with Ruth Ayres where bloggers share something they are celebrating.] I celebrate family every week, but this week it is extra special. On Sunday we all knew we were into the final countdown.  A countdown that has...
The Lure of Lavender

The Lure of Lavender

Poetry Friday. Lavender. Oh, — — the color. — the fragrance. — the sound of the word. All summer long, I enjoy my bed lavender. I can’t walk past it without breaking off a stem and rubbing it between my palms. In the cool of early summer...

Celebrating Mothers

Five Minute Friday : Mom 00:00.00  Begin a five minute stream of consciousness on paper. Mom. How do I write in five minutes about you? You are the one who gave me life, Who showered me with unconditional love. You kissed away my boo-boos and told me the great stories...
Bug Wisdom from EM

Bug Wisdom from EM

Slice of Life : May 9, 2017. It was our first warm spring day, temps reaching the 80’s. In the northwest, as summer approaches and the earth’s axis tilts toward the sun, the sun is actually closer to us than it is to our southern sister states. And its...
Celebrate Week #18 with should

Celebrate Week #18 with should

Celebrate this Week In the morning. I am enjoying a brilliantly sunny, blue-sky, green-trees, summerishly warm morning. Who knew it would jump from highs in the mid-50s to the highs in the 80s in less than 24 hours? We slept with the windows open and a fan running...
Chatter

Chatter

Poetry Friday : May 5, 2017. On this Friday, to salute chatter that I love and silence that I crave, in memory of my childhood, in memory of my brothers, I share “Little Charlie Chipmunk”– the lines of which I can still recite. Little Charlie...

The Digester

Poetry Friday : April 28, 2017. In February, I joined a Facebook poetry-writing group created by Laura Shovan. The group writes poems to ten found words from news articles. On February 16, Ruth Lehrer culled words for #10FoundWords from “The Compost King of New...
Greenwood, Texas

Greenwood, Texas

Tuesday Slice of Life : April 25, 2017. It is a hot August evening. We drive slowly along the back roads of Wise County, and although the scorching high for the day was 107 degrees, we ride with car windows rolled down and the AC off. We want to savor the sensations...
Sing

Sing

Five Minute Friday and Celebrate this Week : April 21, 2017. I’m linking up with Kate Motaung for Five Minute Friday where bloggers post their 5 minute free writing inspired by a one word prompt.  And I’m linking up with Ruth Ayres where bloggers celebrate...
Rain

Rain

Poetry Friday : April 21, 2017. April showers bring May flowers. RAIN Rain Fell on the roof Dripped steadily from eaves Ran in crooked courses Splattered against windows Came gushing out downspouts Upset plans –found in Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White © 2015...

Protected: Danger in the Amazon

Tuesday Slice of Life : April 18, 2017. My grandson– oldest son of my youngest son– lives in Ecuador. When he was fifteen, his exploratory walk alone around the grounds of an Amazon jungle resort turned dangerous as he lost his footing and began sliding...

This I Believe

Celebrate this Week : April 15, 2017  for  Easter Sunday. I am celebrating Easter this week. I took a poem I wrote last year and revised it and gave it a title, “This I Believe,” This I Believe Jesus said, “I am he who lives, And was dead, and...
Empty

Empty

00:00:00 (five minutes to write) GO Empty. So often empty precedes want, need, heartache, sorrow, barrenness, vacant, futility. A hungry child holds an empty plate. The milk jug is empty. The flour canister is empty. The cupboards are empty, bare. The gas tank is...
Lessons with EM

Lessons with EM

Tuesday Slice of Life : April 11, 2017. Solving Problems Too often we give our children answers to remember rather than problems to solve.  –Roger Lewin Big brother TM has been working on his math lesson at the table, and now Mom’s checking his work with...
Celebrating Week #14

Celebrating Week #14

Celebrate this Week : April 8, 2017  for  Palm Sunday. This week I celebrate with rejoicing as I remember the Triumphal Entry of Jesus in a story-telling moment, in a music moment, and in a reflective moment. Small moments that are part of my life of faith. A...

Whom are you seeking?

On the first Thursday of the month, I join a community of bloggers reflect on my faith. Today we are posting about New Life… Spring… Easter… over at Violet Nesdoly’s blog where she has an inspiring post about Bible journaling.   As Easter...

It’s My Name

Tuesday Slice of Life : April 4, 2017 Remember that a person’s name is to that person the sweetest and most important sound in any language. — Dale Carnegie I was very young when I learned that my last name was too hard. Before I entered first grade, my mama had...