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10 Things of Thankful – June 28

It’s time again to reflect on the past week and the many things for which gratitude can be expressed. Would you like to join us? You can go to this link: TTOT and join in! We would love to have you!

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Photo taken at New Bern NC where I enjoyed more interesting patterns.

1. 2. Poundage is still becoming lessage 🙂 The pool helps.

3. Tea for health. When shopping with my errand buddy last week, she introduced me to a Numi brand Chai without caffeine. In the evening, I have a cup of tea to help me relax and this new one hits the spot! And there was a nice turmeric tea with some other spices, which helps the joints, so I added that. Yum to the tum.

4. Sleep. I have had a better week of sleep. Maybe the tea helped. I couldn’t get to the pool as much, but I got there some.

5. Throat Lozenges – I often have a dry throat and many things I cannot tolerate, but I found that these Ricola Lemon Mint Sugar Free lozenges help. I don’t know why my throat gets this way, but I’m just grateful there’s some relief.

6. 6SS – Yep – I am still going strong with the Six Sentence Story. This week’s story is about simplifying life. Maybe you would like to read it. I am happy for a simpler life. Here’s the LINK

7. Poetry – I am excited about this coming Sunday’s event which I have been promoting. As one of the editors of this phenomenal poet Aruna Gurumurthy’s last book as well as the current book she is working on, I am fortunate to gain so much from this experience. Here’s her most recent book:

8. Pathways – So much in life involves decisions about which path to take and sometimes revisiting old paths for a different perspective, maybe with more mature eyes. I am grateful for the many pathways I have traveled and for the ones I have yet to explore.

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9. My dear friend who has had a pickle of a time with illness and for the glimpses of goodness she experienced this week. I pray more than glimpses come to her this week.

10. This came yesterday. I actually stalk my mailbox for this magazine. Yes…I love it that much!

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So, there you have it! My 10 and I bet you have 10 too! Disclaimer: While I may edit many works I do not edit my TTOT posts, so have mercy on me.

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10 Things of Thankful – June 21

It’s that time again for TTOT! Would you like to join? Go to this LINK! We’d love to have you. I know it helps me to keep an attitude of gratitude 🙂
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Flowers at the Lavender Festival front yard of the house.

1. We went to the Lavender Festival. There were booths with crafts, beverages, foods etc and a store. Here are some pics:

2. Secret Project is almost done!

3. I received my autographed copy as one of the editors for Simplicity Beckons. It’s always nice to be a part of a project where more words of poetry are shared. I had a nice visit with the author and we are working on some more words. When one poet meets with another poet in real time, it’s a beautiful thing. I also shared my autographed copy of Heart Sounds with her.

4. Beautiful sunny days. We’ve had many in a row and I am always happy to see sunshine.

5. & 6. Maintenance. When something goes wrong, I can message the office and somebody takes care of it. And the repair crew came this week to replace baseboards and paint as a result of water damage from next door. I am grateful that the big fans are gone and it’s peaceful.

7. Blueberries – I know I expressed thanks for these beauties before, but they are still in the stores and I am grabbing them up. They are so good and good for you.

8. Weight loss is still happening up in here!

9. Test results. Someone most dear to me had a mammogram and since they had a questionable one last time, I was worried. All went splendid! YAY for the “girls.”

10. Hearing. Someone else most dear to me had to have their ears treated and I am grateful they can now hear and are on the mend.

OK That’s what I have so how about you?

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Release Me, Please – Six Sentence Story

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Release Me, Please

Muscular release from the wounds of life, not brought on by anything other than daily living an anthem to the whole living life fully thing, which means on same days the act of placing one foot in front of the other.

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Massage feels wonderful, when applied, by a skilled therapist, well-studied and devoted to their work and I am most grateful when I experience recovery, even if for a little while, because it makes my life tolerable.
It is interesting to me how some people look at massage at a treat or a luxury item and this makes me sad, when it is someone who I know would have a better life for having a massage, it’s what kept me going when I had nothing to go on and I mean nothing.

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Saving money is a challenge when you have so many demands on your life, however it is money well saved that goes to the benefit of massage and other forms of treatment not covered by health plans, such a shame that these are not covered since they help life be more tolerable and I have to wonder about the sensibility of all this.

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Once, I wrote an article about the benefits of massage and it was published by a client, many moons ago and I wonder if it affected the lives of the readers, granted the article benefited getting potential clients, but that only added to the benefit because someone might be enriched by the experience, good, I say.

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Not everybody can reap the benefits of massage, especially if muscle trauma and muscle memory has been affected, and this makes me sad, but there are other things outside of massage which may help and I encourage people to seek alternatives, as one who has benefited from acupuncture and other alternative treatments and, oh how I do not love the word “alternative”, but I don’t write the rules or make the language as I just say what I say and so be it; Have a releaseful day!

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There you have it! That’s my six for the week. How about joining by going to this LINK
Rules of the hop:
Write 6 Sentences. No more. No less.
Use the current week’s prompt word.
Come back here on Thursday, link your post…
Spread the word and put in a good one to your fellow writers 🙂

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I Am Possible

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I did it! We did it! It’s May 1 and every single day of National Poetry Month I was successful at writing a poem. It wasn’t easy. Some days I have a hard time getting that gray matter to work with me. Coffee induced labor may have been my guilty pleasure. There are things about me that you may not know. It’s hard for me to be creative on a consistent basis. It’s important to balance my life so that I have enough spoons to get through the day. Just the other day, I was trying my darnedest to create what some found to be a fun activity with art. What I ended up with, after several frustrating tries, was a mess. I threw it away. Yesterday, I tried again. While I did end up with something, it was not the same as others did for the assignment. This is what I had to tell myself: You are who you are and they are who they are and don’t you be comparing yourself to others! I have had to have that talk often, in my life. For years, I allowed myself not to create consistently because of letting negativity get in the way. It is very important for me to Stay on Task! If it takes me all day and then some to accomplish what it may take others a few minutes to a few hours, it’s on me to do me. I need to just focus on doing what is the essence of me. It’s my heart and my soul and my life and my own ways of expression.

Today I started thinking about what I would now do since the National Poetry Month is over. I like writing poetry every day. Know what I did? I went to Robert Lee Brewer’s Poetic Aside’s Blog and looked at today’s prompt and I wrote this poem:

Impossible

It is impossible
to stop
to go
to sleep
to concentrate
to function
IF
my whole world
depends on this belief
So
I will do the impossible
making it possible
by doing one thing
changing the way of looking
at impossible
changing it to
I’m possible

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Here was his prompt:
For today’s prompt, write an impossible poem. Write about something that’s impossible to do. Or write about something people once thought was impossible to do. Or write about something that’s impossible to NOT do. Whatever you decide, I hope it’s not impossible for you to poem along!

I won’t guarantee that I will post a poem a day. I will be writing behind the scenes. There is a big project I am starting today and that one requires me to write a lot of words. And I will continue my weekly Six Sentence Story and Ten Things of Thankful.

Here’s to a happy May! May your May memories be positive and turn into June possibilities. Thank you for listening to me.

I am in this:

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Ten Things of Thankful – April 26

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It’s that time again to ponder on all the gratitudes for the week! This is possibly one of my favorite things to do as it affects my whole week. You start looking at the silver lining of each cloud and start seeing the goodness. So, without much more ado, awaaay we go!! If you don’t know where that came from, then I think I will be nostalgic and start with that one!

1. Jackie Gleason was one of the best comics from my age. I have many fond memories of watching his show and our father saying “Away We Go!”

2. National Poetry Month has gotten my poetry flow going. Today is day 26 and I am still in the running! Here’s probably my favorite so far. Check it out HERE

3. Earth Day – we need this day 365 days a year, if we are going to make a difference. I did a little poem for the earth.
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4. Triangle Association of Freelancers Conference is tomorrow and I am over the moon at being able to be in North Carolina Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton-Green’s class!! She was just given an amazing honor. Read about it HERE I hope to learn about her documentary style poetry and more.

5. Joy Prom is provided annually in Raleigh and dear daughter will be attending this year. She last attended several years ago and decided she wanted to go again. I think she will have a great time.

6. Six Sentence Story is still going strong, for me. This week I wrote something that cuts close to my heart. It is likely going to be developed more, as it came to me with more information than I shared. It’s about The Last Haircut I gave my father.

7. The weather has been amazing!!! We did have a storm and today we are expecting another one, but it’s just nature doing what it does. It’s been nice to be able to start wearing shorts. If the pool was open I would have jumped in!

8. The library is something I am super thankful for. We walked to the library last night and picked up three books I had on hold. It’s nice we live so close and I love how they can get the books I want, pretty much. I also request that they buy certain books and many times they have followed though. The librarians are super nice and it’s cool how they are so eager to assist.

9. Art has infiltrated my brain! I am an artist, but I go in spells with creativity. I started doing some mindfulness art with a free class and now I am slowly going through another series for your sketchbook. It can be challenging to try new things, but it’s also fun. Here’s one item I made.
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10. Accomplishment. I worked on a special project of which was a new challenge and it is complete and I feel a little bit more experienced and that’s all can say about it. It’s a secret…shhh

10.1 BONUS!! I lost 4# since my last report and I forgot to report last week.

So, there you have it! One more week of yahoos!! How about you? Do you feel yahooistic? Go for it and share. The more, the merrier!!

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