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Shine On Courageously

Because there will be moments when days seem so dark,
shine on courageously
Because fear will come along and dim those creative lights,
shine on courageously
Because real light is sometimes hard to find,
shine on courageously
Because new beginnings happen,
shine on courageously

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Three word resolution inspired by Trifecta – my first link up. 

Update: A special post by Katie Kurtz from e.g. a writing blog who wonderfully collected all the Trifecta three word resolution for 2014. Enjoy!

A Carpe Diem Tan Renga Affair: “cricket silence”

Some trivial information I know you are dying to hear.

First, grasshoppers and locust differ from crickets by the length of their antennae. Crickets have long ones; the other two grow shorter ones.

Second, crickets keep us up at night – chirp, chirping; sleep in the day, while the grasshoppers and locust, by day, help themselves to all the plants in our garden.

With such fun facts, why not a bit of Tan Renga for entertainment. Remember, first comes the original poet, followed by two lines by the next writer – ideally in the 7-7 syllable pattern.

Let’s go make this Tan Renga complete…shall we?

crickets silence
between scraping sounds
autumn begins (Jane Reichhold)

yet – with each passing season
one finds courage in freedom (me)

English: A pet cricket and cricket hous made o...

“Quick, before anyone spots me…escape…freedom…yipee!!”
Photo credit: Wikipedia

Where do you find courage to live a passionate, happy life?

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If you care to add your creative, two (7-7) lines with Jane Reichhold’s haiku thread, have a visit over at Carpe Diem’s Tan Renga Challenge. You have to August 29th, 11:59 AM (CET)

The crickets will be waiting with open arms. 😆

The Olympic Medals

Copyright-Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Agnes searched for her medals as the reporter studied a photograph.

Suddenly, Agnes cried out, “Oh, look, I find my grandchildren’s crayons, but not medals…pshaw, must mean medals are not so important, eh?”

“Your father?” asked the reporter.

“Yes, and handsome too! It was because of his strong athletic genes I went to win, at thirty-five years old, four gold and two silver Olympic medals,” sighed Agnes.

As the awe-inspired reporter turned to speak with Agnes, he found she had nodded off to sleep. Well, he thought, at her young ninety-one year age, his story could wait until another day.

* * *

“All our dreams can come true–if we have the courage to pursue them.”

~Walt Disney

* * *

Genre: Historical Fiction based on the life of retired artistic gymnast and coach, Agnes Keleti (1/9/21-present), born in Budapest, Hungary. Keleti survived WWII by working as a Christian maid in a pro-Nazi family. Her mother and sister survived the concentration camp but her father and extended family perished at Auschwitz.

Inspiration: Friday Fictioneers …WARNING! This is an addiction for which there is no 12 step recovery program.


Write a one hundred word story that has a beginning, middle and end. (No one will be ostracized for going over or under the word count.)


Make every word count.

Simply Smiling to Give

Give, and thou shalt receive. Give thoughts of cheer,
Of courage and success, to friend and stranger.
And from a thousand sources, far and near,
Strength will be sent thee in thy hour of danger.
Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Being Arindam sent his word of cheer, ‘keep smiling!’
and now I continue on from here
and wanting to receive strength
in the unknown hour of danger we may all face one day.

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The free gift of a smile . . .

If you find the need of some courage and words to succeed, then
Be not afraid of what others think,
just write and create
on dreams and the many affairs of your heart.

Share all the smiles
of your life today for
You, my friends, are wonderfully created  to be simply charming!

How did you share your smiles today? Was it by a simple gesture of kindness or encouraging words written or spoken?


Hoot A-Known?

Alright. Today is the day for changes. Serious transformation into something known to be wise and noble, equipped with a set of knock-out pair of eyes, not to mention binocular vision and ability to stay up way past midnight–an absolute must for any serious WordPress blogger!

Now, just a minute . . .

Let me get the zipper up . . . can you help me? Oh, thanks!

Okay, ta-daaa!!

I am like an OWL in the desert, like a little OWL in a far-off desert . . . Psalm 102:6

 When I think on the owl, I wonder, what can I learn from this beautiful bird who is known as a symbol for wisdom and courage.  Ernest Hemingway had a clever thought on owls that I think is right for this moment of reflection:

Aduilt of T. a. guttata in flight -- Sandesneb...

A serious writer is not to be confounded with a solemn writer. A serious writer may be a hawk or a buzzard or even a popinjay, but a solemn writer is always a bloody OWL. ~ Ernest Hemingway ( ThinkExist.com Quotations) ~Image via Wikipedia~


Perhaps one could use the energy of the owl to bring wisdom and inspiration in learning to become an eloquent writer or simply learning to become as . . .

“A wise old OWL sat on an oak; The more he saw the less he spoke; The less he spoke the more he heard; Why aren't we like that wise old bird?" ~Wisdom Quote from ThinkExist.com) Image via Wikipedia

So, if you were to ask me, what animal I would like to be, my answer would be the majestic, wise old owl, of course!

What would you like to be if you were an animal?

~Hoot-hoot! Sunshine xoxo

Photo and Quote credits: Wikipedia and ThinkExist.comQuotations

Inspiration: Book of Psalms and Plinky Prompt

Dare Mighty Things

Dearest Readers,

Since I began this post a day challenge, being spoon-fed by the Daily Post at WordPress topic ideas has provided excellent inspirational nourishment for writing. However, I start to panic a bit when on some days I anxiously search for the new topic and I find nothing posted. Zip. Zero. Nothing. Well, today is such a day….where are you Scott Berkun?? I need food for writing my post…..got my utensils out, laptop, brain, typing fingers and assorted munchies to go with my main meal. Youhoooooo, Scott…..hungry….really hungry…..

Oh, gee whiz, I guess it’s time to grow up and feed myself. *sigh* Hey, seeing it’s the birth date of United States 26th President Theodore RooseveltI guess you won’t mind if I talk a bit about some words to chew on and digest. Check this one out….

Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in that grey twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.  (Speech at the Hamilton Club,  Chicago (10 April 1899)

As you know, Theodore, truly lived these words in his own life. He starts life as a sickly and asthmatic child but his no-nonsense father encouraged him to exercise and box to strengthen his physical condition. Named after his father, Theodore said this about his father:

“My father, Theodore Roosevelt, was the best man I ever knew. He combined strength and courage with gentleness, tenderness, and great unselfishness. He would not tolerate in us children selfishness or cruelty, idleness, cowardice, or untruthfulness.”

Time to clean up now after this hearty meal without Daily Post but as the ol’ saying goes, absence makes the heart grow fonder…..

Until tomorrow, dare to write mighty things!