Writers Quote Wednesday – STRENGTH

24 Aug

Welcome! It’s Writers Quote Wednesday sponsored by Colleen Chesebro of ‘Silver Threading‘ and Ronovan Hester of ‘Ronovan Writes‘. Anyone can participate by choosing a quote by a favorite writer then you may add artwork, photography, a short piece of flash fiction or poetry to share with us all. You can add anything you like to highlight your quote. Have fun with it!

We have a great theme this week: STRENGTH chosen by Colleen.

Colleen asks, what does strength mean to you?

To me love means strength. It isn’t easy to love. Of course, nowadays the word love is used so indiscriminately, ‘I love ice cream!’, ‘I love to dance.’, ‘I love the beach’ . . .  that one might say it has lost some of its value and strength, but I’m talking about real love and not just a word.

To truly love someone means that you have to accept the person with all his or her faults. You have to be able to forgive your loved ones when they’ve wronged you. You have to be patient and understanding. You have to be willing to sacrifice and put yourself last sometimes for their benefit. You have to be willing to go hungry, so that they won’t.

To truly love someone takes an immeasurable amount of strength.

Love Is Strength

by George MacDonald

Love alone is great in might,
Makes the heavy burden light,
Smooths rough ways to weary feet,
Makes the bitter morsel sweet:
Love alone is strength!

Might that is not born of Love
Is not Might born from above,
Has its birthplace down below
Where they neither reap nor sow:
Love alone is strength!

Love is stronger than all force,
Is its own eternal source;
Might is always in decay,
Love grows fresher every day:
Love alone is strength!

Little ones, no ill can chance;
Fear ye not, but sing and dance;
Though the high-heaved heaven should fall
God is plenty for us all:
God is Love and Strength!

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“Love is when the other person’s happiness is more important than your own.”

~H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

“Love is friendship that has caught fire. It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. It is loyalty through good and bad times. It settles for less than perfection and makes allowances for human weaknesses.”

~Ann Landers

“She is strong, but not in the ways most people think. She loves more than she’ll ever get back and she knows it. And yet, she loves anyway.”

~JM Storm

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“I never knew how strong I was until I had to forgive someone who wasn’t sorry, and accept an apology I never received.”

Have a wonderful day everyone!

Haiku Friday – Change & Mind

19 Aug

Happy Haiku Friday!

 

Change and Mind are this week’s prompt words chosen by Ronovan Hester of Ronovan Writes.

Ron hosts a challenge that anyone could participate in called Ronovan Writes Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge every Monday, and you have until Sunday to create a post featuring your haiku poem. He is an author and poet and also does author interviews and much more on his blog. Be sure to check it out. Read Ron’s Haiku Prompt Challenge Guidelines for more information.

Maya Angelou is a poet that I greatly admire. She wasn’t perfect. Her life wasn’t perfect, but she was a strong woman and she rose from impossible circumstances to become an epic role model to all women. Her words are empowering, beautiful, and touching.

“I’m grateful for being here, for being able to think, for being able to see, for being able to taste, for appreciating love – for knowing that it exists in a world so rife with vulgarity, with brutality and violence, and yet love exists. I’m grateful to know that it exists.”

~Maya Angelou.

In All Ways A Woman – A Poem by Maya Angelou (Poem Hunter)

In my young years I took pride in the fact that luck was called a lady. In fact, there were so few public acknowledgments of the female presence that I felt personally honored whenever nature and large ships were referred to as feminine. But as I matured, I began to resent being considered a sister to a changeling as fickle as luck, as aloof as an ocean, and as frivolous as nature. The phrase ‘A woman always has the right to change her mind’ played so aptly into the negative image of the female that I made myself a victim to an unwavering decision. Even if I made an inane and stupid choice, I stuck by it rather than ‘be like a woman and change my mind.’

Being a woman is hard work. Not without joy and even ecstasy, but still relentless, unending work. Becoming an old female may require only being born with certain genitalia, inheriting long-living genes and the fortune not to be run over by an out-of-control truck, but to become and remain a woman command the existence and employment of genius. Read on . . . 

My poem today was inspired by her . . . 

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Amazing women

Live with many thoughts

Like the play of moons and suns

Will certainly change the tides

A woman will change her mind

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Have a great day!

Writers Quote Wednesday – MIRACLE

17 Aug

Happy Wednesday Everyone!

 

Welcome to another edition of Writers Quote Wednesday sponsored by Colleen Chesebro of ‘Silver Threading‘ and Ronovan Hester of ‘Ronovan Writes‘. Anyone can participate by choosing a quote by a favorite writer then you may add artwork, photography, a short piece of flash fiction or poetry to share with us all. You can add anything you like to highlight your quote. Have fun with it!

We have a great theme this week: MIRACLE chosen by Ronovan.

What is a miracle?

A miracle is a surprising and welcome event that is not explicable by natural or scientific laws. 

“There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle.”

~Albert Einstein

“Many people are alive but don’t touch the miracle of being alive.”

~Thich Nhat Hanh

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Miracle

by Ivy C. Drape


We live
On a blue planet
That circles around
A flaming ball of gases
Next to a moon
That controls the oceans….
…If you tell me that you don’t believe in miracles
I’ll point out the fact
That we are made out of stardust
If you still don’t believe then…
…I’ll point to the God that made it all.

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Thank you for visiting!

Haiku Friday – HOPE & UP

12 Aug

Welcome! Happy Haiku Friday all!

Hope and Up are this week’s prompt words chosen by Ronovan Hester of Ronovan Writes.

Ron hosts a challenge that anyone could participate in called Ronovan Writes Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge every Monday, and you have until Sunday to create a post featuring your haiku poem. He is an author and poet and also does author interviews and much more on his blog. Be sure to check it out. Read Ron’s Haiku Prompt Challenge Guidelines for more information.

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Hope the world changes

Hope for a healthy planet

Hope mankind will rise

If we don’t act now

Alone Earth will keep spinning

She does not need us

It is man that shall perish

Our dry bones lost in the dark

~Vashti Q

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Kevin Spacey is one of my favorite actors. In the video below he gives voice to the rainforest in a way that only he can. I love it. Click play and enjoy the short video.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Writers Quote Wednesday – INNOCENCE

10 Aug

Welcome to another edition of Writers Quote Wednesday sponsored by Colleen Chesebro of ‘Silver Threading‘ and Ronovan Hester of ‘Ronovan Writes‘. Anyone can participate by choosing a quote by a favorite writer then you may add artwork, photography, a short piece of flash fiction or poetry to share with us all. You can add anything you like to highlight your quote. Have fun with it!

We have a great theme this week: INNOCENCE chosen by Colleen.

Innocence actually means a state that is unblemished by guilt, malice or any other wicked intentions. So shouldn’t we try to hang on to some of our innocence? Innocence should never be misconstrued as ignorance. As adults we should seek knowledge and experience, but there’s a part of us that can always remain innocent. 

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Illustration by Sybil Erdnuss-Baum (DeviantArt)

“A babe in the house is a well-spring of pleasure, a messenger of peace and love, a resting place for innocence on earth, a link between angels and men.”

~Martin Farquhar Tupper

“An honest man is always a child.”

~Socrates

“When we take revenge against another, we lose some of our innocence.”

~Patrice Redd Vecchione

“No security of mind is so salutary as that of innocence: guilt, however confident, has inexorable fears.”

~Norman MacDonald

“Innocence tinctures all things with brightest hues.”

~Edward Counsel

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Age of Innocence by Staša Sahman

Happy day everyone!

 

Haiku Friday – Sizzle & Sleek

5 Aug

Sizzle and Sleek are this week’s prompt words chosen by Ronovan Hester of Ronovan Writes. These words are great but presented a real challenge for me.

Ron hosts a challenge that anyone could participate in called Ronovan Writes Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge every Monday, and you have until Sunday to create a post featuring your haiku poem. He is an author and poet and also does author interviews and much more on his blog. Be sure to check it out. Read Ron’s Haiku Prompt Challenge Guidelines for more information.

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Smooth words lit a fire

My heart sizzles in my chest

I hold hell inside me

And keep your smile in my eyes

As you, my love, watch me burn

~Vashti Q

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Have a great weekend everyone!

Writers Quote Wednesday – PASSION

3 Aug

Welcome to another edition of Writers Quote Wednesday sponsored by Colleen Chesebro of Silver Threading and Ronovan Hester of Ronovan Writes. Anyone can participate by choosing a quote by a favorite writer then you may add artwork, photography, a short piece of flash fiction or poetry to share with us all. You can add anything you like to highlight your quote. Have fun with it!

We have a great theme this week: PASSION chosen by Ronovan. 

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Painting by Marta Nael

I lifted my eyes 

And in the evening sky

A rare star shined bright

I opened my chest

She saw the scars on my heart

I asked the fine star

Bring my bloodthirsty lover

Where love leads, this fool follows

~Vashti Q

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“True love is not a strong, fiery, impetuous passion. It is, on the contrary, an element calm and deep. It looks beyond mere externals, and is attracted by qualities alone. It is wise and discriminating, and its devotion is real and abiding.”

~Ellen G. White

“A woman in love respects and raises up her man. She is his constant source of support. She matches his heart and passions with her own. She sees the very best in him, even when he does not. She is his foundation; what he returns home to.”

~Elizabeth Bourgeret

“A man in love is cautious with the decisions he makes, words he says and actions he takes, so he never purposefully causes her pain. He believes in her when she struggles believing in herself. He is her foundation, where she feels safe to be her true self.”

~Elizabeth Bourgeret

“I would prefer to live with bleeding heart where desire see darkness of uncertainty because I need to know the existence of love”

~Seema Gupta

Enjoy the rest of your week everyone!

Haiku Friday – Pie & Dust

29 Jul

Pie and Dust are this week’s prompt words chosen by Ronovan Hester of Ronovan Writes. Ron hosts a challenge that anyone could participate in called Ronovan Writes Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge every Monday, and you have until Sunday to create a post featuring your haiku poem. He is an author and poet and also does author interviews and much more on his blog. Be sure to check it out. Read Ron’s Haiku Prompt Challenge Guidelines for more information.

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Illustration by Sara Pope

Here’s my attempt for this week’s words Pie (sweet) and Dust . . .

Temptation is sweet

My body pleads like a child

The dust then settles

Followed by sting of regret

I broke my diet again!

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Illustration by Sara Pope

Last week I didn’t get a chance to post ‘Haiku Friday’, so this is what I came up with last week’s words Sing and Flower

Little flower sleeps

Curled up like a tiny seed

Dreaming of singing

In the morn the sun will shine

Stretch up tall and sing your song

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Have a wonderful day, everyone!

Writers Quote Wednesday – BELIEVE

27 Jul

Hello everyone! A warm welcome to my blog. Thanks for stopping by. First, I wanted to apologize for not having a ‘Haiku Friday’ post last week. Sometimes life happens and takes you by surprise and your time is no longer yours. I hope to make up for it this week.

Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge is sponsored by Colleen Chesebro of Silver Threading and Ronovan Hester of Ronovan Writes. Anyone can participate by choosing a quote by a favorite writer then, write a short piece of flash fiction or poetry to share with us all. You can include photos, photo quotes, or anything else that helps to highlight your quote. Have fun with it! I don’t know this week’s theme because I had to work on this post before this week’s theme was chosen, so I chose my own. I chose BELIEVE in honor of my friend Colleen Chesebro who has recently revealed the book cover to her first book, The Heart Stone Chronicles – Book 1: The Swamp Fairy  In her post she gives a fascinating account of the day she encountered a fairy.

In her words . . .

I heard a sound that instantly caught my attention. At first, I thought it might be an injured bird rustling in the thick underbrush. I peered into the foliage and drew back in surprise. Read on here.

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“I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.”

~Audrey Hepburn

“The fairy poet takes a sheet
Of moonbeam, silver white;
His ink is dew from daisies sweet,
His pen a point of light.”

~Joyce Kilmer

“We call them faerie. We don’t believe in them. Our loss.”

~Charles de Lint

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Watch all nature’s things

There are fairies in the air

Breathing loveliness

To inspire the blushing rose

Raindrops are like fairy breaths

~Vashti Q

Spread your wings and let your inner fairy fly!

Writers Quote Wednesday – HOPE

20 Jul

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Happy Wednesday everyone! We’re over the hump of the work week and that much closer to the weekend. 😀

Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge is sponsored by Colleen Chesebro of Silver Threading and Ronovan Hester of Ronovan Writes. Anyone can participate by choosing a quote by a favorite writer then, write a short piece of flash fiction or poetry to share with us all. You can include photos, photo quotes, or anything else that helps to highlight your quote. Have fun with it! This week’s theme is HOPE.

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Looking for Hope by Lihnida Dimeska (lihnida – DeviantArt)

“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”

~Martin Luther King, Jr.

“There is hope in dreams, imagination, and in the courage of those who wish to make those dreams a reality.”

~Jonas Salk

“Never deprive someone of hope; it might be all they have.”

~H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

“When you say a situation or a person is hopeless, you are slamming the door in the face of God.”

~Charles L. Allen

The Gates of Hope

by Victoria Safford

Our mission is to plant ourselves at the gates of Hope—

Not the prudent gates of Optimism,

Which are somewhat narrower.

Not the stalwart, boring gates of Common Sense;

Nor the strident gates of Self-Righteousness,

Which creak on shrill and angry hinges

(People cannot hear us there; they cannot pass through)

Nor the cheerful, flimsy garden gate of

“Everything is gonna’ be all right.”

But a different, sometimes lonely place,

The place of truth-telling,

About your own soul first of all and its condition.

The place of resistance and defiance,

The piece of ground from which you see the world

Both as it is and as it could be

As it will be;

The place from which you glimpse not only struggle,

But the joy of the struggle.

And we stand there, beckoning and calling,

Telling people what we are seeing

Asking people what they see.

Have a great day!