Writing Phases

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Unexpected Muse

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I met my muse on an autumn night
unaware I was 
the journey
I set my foot upon the path
expecting what,
unsure
I pondered prior
early morn
and the days before
how Autumn surely is the birth 
of all things dying
How can this be
that such beauty 
is found within the lying
of earth and leaves
as trees that grieve
with groans and moans
deep sighing
I met my guide and did not hide
or even fear the journey
Off I went, along the way
the meadow deep before me
Tall grass, yellow, 
green and long
butterflies fluttered
as I walked along
and I pondered aloud, “Is it you?”
Further along a a gaping mouth
of darkness 
 invited me to come
a darkened wood awaited
I thought, “This can’t be good.”
But, I pressed on just the same, 
as I thought perhaps, 
I heard my name
called from within that dark place-
I was curious to see the face…
behind the voice.
So further in I did go, and a wondrous thing, wouldn’t you know,
Surrounded by mushrooms, a place from my past
not sure why, but I saw her there
– not my muse,
but one to whom none compare, 
a mothers love twice lived is grand-
I knew right then, this was a safe land
so I went on to find
 an abandoned house, 
quite a mess,
and unkempt-
and I thought surely I am in the wrong place,
 I turned to find another space
when as I peeked around the way
I saw a frog
in my way
and I could not hide 
my utter shock, I mean, a frog, really
from under what rock, 
did you come, 
and why a frog have you become?
 I was to ask this unexpected muse,
did he have for me any news,
but first, one thing that I had to know
Why pray tell a frog did show? 
* Special thanks for Lisa Tener, my “Guide” for the journey!
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Pausing to Praise on Monday (Crossing The Jordan with Joshua)

O LORD, you are my God; I will exalt you and praise your name, for in perfect faithfulness you have done marvelous things, things planned long ago.
Isaiah 25:1
Welcome to Monday and my Randoms.
I am feeling quiet before God this week, pondering His ways. In my Sunday School class we are about to enter the Promised Land with the Israelites and not a moment to soon. I think the children and I are tired of wandering in the desert with these complainers! We will be saying goodbye to Moses and following Joshua in the coming weeks. I am going to miss Moses as I appreciated new lessons from this great servant revealed in scripture this round. I have been considering how easy it is  to see sin in others and how difficult it is for us to see clearly our own. I am struggling a bit with a post I am writing on the topic of Pride which in itself is ironic. The struggling that is…since God has dealt often with this sin in me, you’d think writing about it would be easy. But I am not clear completely on the direction He wants me to go with it, and there are many…so I wait to hear clearly and also for the specific words He desires me to write. Today we celebrate another great leader…one who was not a stranger to Grace and Truth. I usually share some of his excellent quotes. So without further adieu.
Here they are:

Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes
We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies. 

To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing. 
We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools. 
The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: “If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?” But… the good Samaritan reversed the question: “If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?” 
We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope
(Check out Brainy Quote for more great quotes!)

My Sweet Girl recited this great man’s I Have A Dream Speech for 5th grade speech meet. All of it. I brag about that moment every year since. She is pretty amazing, actually. Sometimes I like to remind her that I gave birth to her, especially when she reminds me of my complete and utter lack of “cool”. But that’s another story.

For some reason Aurora decided she liked this…ahem, slightly too small basket. to chill in. Can you say, ridiculous? 
Is this a “sheepish” look?

You don’t see the laundry basket on the table, right?
Or the butter dish in close proximity to feline.
Finally got a chance to READ this great Writing Guide Guide. Hoping to put it into practice and do the exercises. Do you have a book just dying to pop out of you? Something you want to share but can’t quite figure how to get it out of you and on paper? Well, this guide by Lisa Tener is a great tool.
Grateful to Lisa and her advice which I am somewhat putting into practice with my Blog Schedule. So fortunate to have such a great Book Coach available in RI!
I also am putting into action some great advice from a conversation with Dan King – if you don’t know Dan you need to check him out at Bibledude.net! I really was blessed by a half hour of talking with him which confirmed a writing direction that I was considering. Along the same lines I got to get together with my the Writer’s Group called Write Angles which is held at my favorite local library:  Loutitt Library by the wonderful Miss Peggy (that’s what I like to call her). I suppose you can just call her Peggy. If you are local and write, join us!

Well, because I know you like to peek in my Morning Quiet Time Bag (OK, maybe I really just like to peek in other people’s bags and am projecting that on you…but anyhooo) here is what I have been spending mornings in January enjoying. I love the Bible Reading Plan from Rose Publishing  (You have to sign up for e-mail to get it) and have been enjoying how that really goes well with the book I am reading right now (not pictured) “Lifted By Angels” as well as the Sunday School Curriculum I am teaching. I am loving the online Bible Study I am participating with Laura Rath called Finally Free. Two journals are pictured -one is my 1000 Gifts and counting and the other is the ongoing journal life of Mu-ah. Isn’t it pretty? Please note I do not rigidly follow any plan for my quiet time. There are times I write, pray, meditate, just talk, just listen, just read, write my prayers out, cry, sit quietly with bag contents still in bag, or any combination of these, time allowing. I just meet with Him and seek His presence. Don’t want you to get the idea I use all of these every morning religiously. I am not religious. Tee- hee…

351. Answered prayers- this gift never gets old…
352. Angels that do His bidding and serve we who walk the earth in many unknown ways
353. Blankets piled high on my bed and me! Cozy. Love.
354. The return of optimism
355. Realization that our journey is our own
356. Faith in quiet places
357. continuous prayer
358. Immediate prayer
359. Silent prayer
360. His love for me
361. His love for you
362. His love for our children
363. His love for my girl
365. His faithfulness
366. No kidding: Flea Medicine that worked and the concoction Diatomaceous Earth
367. writer’s group and our time together this weekend
368. possibility in unknown places
369. the element of surprise and anticipating good
370. love, because it is all that matters.

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 13:13

Have a wonderful week!

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Bunnies, and Kitties and Gummy Bears, Oh My!

Join me for breakfast and coffee on the back deck?
I am feeling oh, so random this week…
So I will just go ahead and roll with that!
My attitude is best reflected in this 
30 second video today:
Yes, she ate the whole thing!

It was nice enough to have quiet time outside again,
and I forgot how much I enjoy  doing that!
The highlight of my week was when I got an e-mail from Lisa Tener  inviting me to be an 
“audience of 1” for her while she polished up her Harvard presentation. I had never met Lisa in person before and was so excited, blessed and ecstatic for this opportunity! She welcomed me into her home and I got to see, listen and learn from this wonderful author/coach and felt like God gave me the most wonderful gift of the week through her! 
I have a whole Blog post in mind for that. 

Ashley is doing well after last month’s emergency surgery.
 Her hair is growing back nicely…
Thank you God and Dr. Luong from North Kingstown Animal Hospital

Aurora hiding under the overturned laundry basket.

We got this sweet little guy last Easter
 (another of my hubby’s brilliant ideas!)
for the Queen of Everything.
Our sweet “Buddy”.
Mom brought me back this little gift from Florida.
Yes, it is true.
I love living near the beach.
Ask me again in June when we can’t get out of our driveway due to the tourist traffic!

This is my reminder…for when I start getting a certain attitude.
Rocks are useful, aren’t they? 
My God reminders…

Here are some Blog Highlights from this week:
This Post has gotten the most views of any of my written posts:
Do you think it is the title?

This is my favorite post that I wrote, plus Yoda is just so adorable.
I just had no idea when I started where I was going but enjoyed the journey. 
It was one of those out of the body random pondering experiences!

Still counting my gifts…and all these are!
I am up to 300 in my notebook, and will resume my online next week.



One more thing:
I have decided to open up my Faith Tab to personal testimonies.
If you would like to share your story of how you came to know 
and have a relationship with Jesus Christ, 
I invite you to contact me . 
I will share a link back to your blog if you have one, 
but if you do not have one you are still welcome to share!
Let’s share our stories! 


Glorify the LORD with me; let us exalt his name together. 
Psalm 34:3

Miscellany Monday @ lowercase letters

Escape From The Every Day

Here it is Miscellany Monday and we all know I am not linking up as much and spending TOO much time blogging instead of birthing my book, right? Please, do not check my archives and notice that since I made my Grand Announcement I absolutely cannot seem to stop being busy with Blogginess. I actually think I am starting to get a permanent eBlogger logo screen burn from the extreme long term ray exposure. Forget the fact that I also can’t seem to stay away from Facebook but have inspired a number of friends to abstain successfully, while I continue to hover and lurk in the Facebook realm. Besides all of that I really think I am pregnant with triplets…in book terms that is!

I really think the conclusion of the matter is this whole blogging thing has kept me sane while I have (quite unsuccessfully) been job searching. And healing physically and perhaps more. I mean really, figure what is cheaper, blogging or therapy? This unanticipated journey I have embarked on and found somehow in the frustration there is joy. How can that be? But there it is!

Well here is the latest BIZARRE twist to share with you on this writing journey. Last Sunday we took a drive to visit the setting of where this story I am writing takes place. I wanted to wrap my mind around the place and see, taste, touch and feel it with my soul for Writer’s Sake, of course. So off we went, after church  to see the old places and spur my memory to get the juices flowing (this is where the juices stopped as well!). I got some pictures and walked along the old roads, snapping pictures. Doesn’t everybody do this? My  husband only agreed to go if I promised NOT to knock on the door of the old house I spent Summers in as a child and ask the current residents for a viewing. He is such a drag. Wonderfully historic, old farmhouses and scenic beauty abound here on the East. Hidden wonders to explore everywhere! Well, the phone rings today and guess who it is? One week later- it is an officer from the Police Department of the town we visited inquiring why I was walking around taking pictures. Enter dramatic music here, followed by raucous laughter. Really? Seriously, I said well, actually I am writing a book! After a thorough questioning which sent my hubby into increased hair loss mode, he was satisfied and I was released from my investigative phone call. Just call me the Drama Mama – it finds me…I can run but I can never hide!

Besides the fact that I seem to be a mega book magnet lately, winning books and receiving books at every turn, I still managed to buy, for fifty cents each, a Websters World Dictionary paperback (one can never have too many Dictionaries or Bibles) and also The Elements of Grammar by Margaret Schertzer. How cool is that? (I will know how to use that semi-colon if it kills me!).

Below is a little writing exercise which links up to Shah Wharton’s Words In Sync Writer’s Blog- check it out when you get a chance! This was a picture prompt which I loved and felt inspired to participate.

My very last thought for you today comes from my Pastor’s message and I quote
 (He often says the most quotable things!) :
“Don’t let past failures keep you from future successes”

You know friends, I really needed to hear that, point blank this week, how about you?
So Happy Monday, Friends- Have a great week and you remember what my Pastor said, OK? 
Also if you have ever dreamed of writing a book please check out the latest in the Inspiring Women Series, where Lisa Tener Book Writing Coach shares and offers a wonderful Giveaway and opportunity!

Image Credit: Peter From 

Escape From Everyday

The long lists of expectations elude her as she steps out into the light of day. Walking brings refreshment and new perspectives. She so needs these as she steps one foot in front of the other, seeking escape from the immediate, abundant demands of the everyday existence making up the hours of her life. One foot in front of the other leads to anywhere but here and that brings comfort to her innards today. In this present moment. Comforted in walking into the mystery awaiting her  somewhere. Anywhere but this place, now. The sky above and the earth beneath her feet are faithful  friends, awaiting her appearing. The crowded woods immediately welcomes her with an embrace of moist, misty, musty breath, enticing her senses, drawing her into their wisdom of ages. Whispering secrets and messages for her alone. “Here is peace.” she thinks as she wanders the woodlands so near. How these trees provide solace, soothing her tattered, weary soul. Each limb of tree an extension of friendship, reaching out, inviting. She is renewed here in this solitary place. Encircled in light infused branches of creation. Love seeps into her every pore. Replenished by smells, sights, touches; devoid of noise. Quietness restores the soul. Standing in the center she comes to stillness, imagining herself as one standing, rooted, grounded. Bound to earth yet reaching skyward; arms like limbs reaching, stretching toward the heavenly. Emerging from seed to oak, to seed in this never-ending cycle. Living, dying, emerging new again. Evergreen. Ever new. Escaping the everyday emerging anew.

Miscellany Monday @ lowercase letters

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