Ten Things of Thankful-March 10, 2023

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Happy March 10th and TTOT time! Let’s hop to it!

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  1. Spring certainly is making a light yellow snowy presence and it’s not the yellow snow we are warned not to eat…This “snow” is more of a nose duster. It’s all out fault for washing the car last week. It took that as an invitiation to appear. So, I am thankful for remedies for the pollen dusting.
  2. Flowers are everywhere in the stores. Yes, I gave in and bought a bouquet of tulips. These are pretty white and red hybrids, still buds. I have them right where I can see them from my desk. They make me smile.
  3. Deals. Although inflation appears to be alive and well, I have always been a bargain hunter and have still been able to find reasonably priced items. Whew!
  4. We get to move our clocks forward. I look forward to this because it stays light longer. This always raises my spirits.
  5. I am surviving giving up -GASP-coffee. I had to for health reasons and it has made all the difference. I have switched to teas and love to find a variety to make it fun. I miss the taste of coffee, but it is the acid that bothers me, not the caffeine. I found a lovely vanilla chai and enjoy my pretty red teapot more, a gift from a dear friend.
  6. Daughter has been working on her puzzle and making progress. As well, she is doing paiinting with her acrylics. I am so grateful that she took the acrylics class at the art center. They were great to help her with color theory and good challenges. I am happy she is keeping it up. She not only paints pictures for her program, she also creates birthday cards for each of the people there. It’s fun to help her find designs and to hear that people liked their cards.
  7. Daughter is doing well at her volunteer job. They accomodate her need to sit while working and I appreciate that there are no issues.
  8. Tax season mid level is March 15 for the deadline, part 1. This means one more month past that to the end of the first season after April 17 (I think).
  9. Did I mention I changed my office space? I like it so much better. I have a view of my home and feel less isolated, but still have my claimed designated space.
  10. You! What’s your thankful this week? Please share in the comments or create a post. The more the merrier. Our little group has gone down and we would love newcomers and returners.
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The Short Of It – Volume 2 – Cover Reveal

I am so excited that I get to talk to Susi Bocks today about this publication!

I Write Her

The latest volume of expressive micro-poetry is in process! Look for the publication date to be early April or sooner. I’m excited to showcase all the wonderful contributors from the past year in this volume. 47 in total! They gave us a lot to ponder and many things to understand with their creativity and expressive works.

Accidentally Poetic, Aishwarya Saby, Akhila Siva, Amee Redden, Amrita Valan, Anita Neal,
Bartholomew Barker, Bradley Ramsey, C. Adebayo, Candice Louise Daquin,
Carolyn Crossley, Carrie Levine, Chanah Wizenberg, Charles Randolph, Cheryl Wood,
Duane Herrmann, Eugenia Hoffman, Franca Basta, Freya Pickard, Goutam Dutta,
Heather Carr-Rowe, Ivor Steven, Jane Seaman, JeanMarie Olivieri, Joan McNerney,
Joe Wells, John Collins, John Grey, Joni Caggiano, Katey Sutherland, Ken Gierke,
Kritika Maheshwari, Laurinda Linda, Layla Todd, Lisa Tomey, Lorraine Lewis,
Marisela Brazfield, Marjorie Maddox, Radhika Puttige, Reena Saxena, Scott Richmond,
Skye Genteen, Stephen W. Buchanan, Sylvia Simmons, Tahlia Friedmann, Timo Schmitz…

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Ten Things of Thankful March 5 2023

Welcome to the lion’s start of March. I’m grateful for many things. Let’s take a look.

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This book was published! Get your copy on Lulu.

This thought provoking book is a must read. I’ll finish reading it today. Nora Yolanda is prolific.

Seeing this promise.

Happy to finalize plans.

A work in progress.


A new lamp which helps me see to read and create. 20% off!

Hope you have a thankful week!

Just because…


Ten Things of Thankful February 17 2023

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Happy Friyay and TTOT time! Sorry I missed last week. My personal rule is that if I can’t give my full attention, it is better to pass. Once I post, I am also committed to read other people’s posts and to respond. I’ve been in a heavy reading mode which takes me away, but offers promises of possibiliities, so all is well.

Let’s get to those thankfuls.

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Valentine’s Dinner Out with my Love – we don’t go out much, preferring to eat meals at home, even if it is take out. We needed to have supper while daughter was at her Night to Shine (Thanks to Tim Tebow) and stumbled upon this Italian restaurant in Wake Forest, NC It’s called Lelis and was it ever good. My love had his usual spaghetti marinara and I had gnocchi marinara with meatballs. It was such a delicious meal and reasonably priced.

So, I mentioned Night to Shine and was it ever! This was a great way to start out daughter’s birthday weekend! She and all other participants wore crowns and even rode a limo. Everyone was so beautiful in their outfits. The smiles were glowing and I can say that I believe a good time was had by all. We also picked up daughter’s best friend AKA sister-friend and those two had a blast! The chatter on the way and on the way home was lively.

The weekend continued with a celebration of daughter’s birthday. We ordered a pickup of her choice on Saturday and on Sunday, her actual birthday, we picked up an ice cream cake, made wings and sweet tater fries. She ended up sick for the night, but it was before the meal, so she had hers when she felt better. She is okay, now. It may have been a little bug, but she was fine for her Monday adventures. So, we are thankful for that!

Valentine’s Day was a nice, smooth day. We don’t usually do all out, mainly a nice dinner out like mentioned, but on the actual day I decided to take advantage of a free delivery option and order that. I just wanted the night off from the kitchen! We had a gift card that came in handy. Sweetheart did not have to work too late, so we were able to relax with supper. It’s tax season, so we can’t count on exactly what time he gets to come home.

Recently, I was able to spend time with another poet over lunch. We talked about a lot of things, including reminiscing about how we moved from acquaintances to friends. It’s good to celebrate and recognize people in our lives.

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This week, I taught a class in the Garden of Neuro Institute called Crunchy Poetry. By that I mean we used some prompts to write poetry without worrying about form. That can come later, if desired. The results were amazing, but that did not surprise me. Sometimes we just need to let loose and let those words flow. And did those words ever flow! I am so fortunate to have met this wonderful group of women and share in the love of poetry.

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Rest is important to our health. I did some reading and resting, managing to finish a couple of books and rebooting my brain. I hope that your week has gone well and that this coming week holds promise.

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Ka Mua Ka Muri

Rich story. A thinker.

Fictive Dream

by Sandra Arnold

IT WAS HARD to see on this road in the clinging dusk. She could barely make out the silhouettes of the old pit heaps towering above the rooftops in the distance. They had once been familiar landmarks in the district before the coal mines were closed and the heaps demolished and recycled into road construction. Though not before one uncle had died of silicosis and another when the mine shafts collapsed. She used to have a ritual when she was young, peering out the window from the upper deck of the bus on her way home from school. As soon as the bus reached the top of the hill and the pit heaps became visible, she closed her eyes and made a wish that she could grow wings and fly over their peaks, over the landlocked town with its soot-blackened buildings, over the forests and oceans to…

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