Blood of Every Nation

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Dear friends, I am sharing a short poem I have written this morning, also a link to a Ukrainian support effort with feet on the ground on the borders active in serving on the front lines.

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How Journaling Can Save the World One Mere Mortal at a Time

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Have you ever noticed how some days can be so full of good things we feel like we want to explode and share our joy. We want to tell someone how wonderful this thing is, or how fabulous it is our child got into that school, or our amazing good fortune to get the last package of flushable wipes at the market. The list can go on from amazing to the mundane momentary joys that make up our days. But it seems natural to want to share the trivial things as well as the grand with another person.

Have you ever noticed how the same thing holds true when we have a gripe? The person who swooped in at the last minute in the parking lot and stole your parking space, despite the fact you had your blinker on and had just waited five hours (translation: 5 minutes) for the spot. Discovering you have been lied to by someone you trust. The scenarios in this category can go on too, but the fact remains, we want to tell someone. We trust we will be listened to, heard. Or at least we hope so.

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A Poem for those Yearning for Spring…

The following poem is titled March Whispers Green. I wrote it in 2015 and t’s one of my favorite poems that I’ve penned…it was an enjoyable write, and a bit playful. This morning it came to my mind, and as I re-read it, I decided to revise a few stanzas. I really love coming back to old work and revising it through new eyes- or the eyes of one who has lived a few more years. I’ve read that Walt Whitman continued to revise the poems he published in Leaves of Grass for the rest of his life!

Either way, I hope you enjoy this lighthearted piece of poetry. The original is HERE.

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My Top Ten Best Rules for Journaling

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If you are someone who writes in a journal with any regularity, you may have heard the comment about journaling stating, “There are no rules for journaling.” And on the surface level it might seem to have some credibility. One could agree. But, I would challenge you to take a closer look at that statement before raising your hand and saying, “AMEN!” Perhaps examining what we actually do in practice, as opposed to what we think we believe might help shed some light on the validity or the inaccuracy of the sweepingly broad, no journaling rules philosophy, or whether we actually do adhere to specific rules for our own journaling. I think we might even have some surprisingy rigid, though perhaps unspoken “rules” that are revealed in our quest for truth.

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