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Sea Escape Tan Renga

echoes of the past
resound into the present
a dream of the sea**

to escape with small pleasures
while navigating life’s course

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Artist: Odilon Redon (1905)

Written for: Chevrefeuille’s Carpe Diem November Tan Renga Challenge “echoes of the past”

Style: Tan Renga, a Japanese poem where two writers complete a haiku. The featured haiku is from **Off the Tippett and followed by my two, seven-syllable line completion.

Related Tan Renga articles:

A Love Affair Changed My Life

Oh, COOL!  I love the updated My Blogs page with the WordPress New icon button. Did you see how a push on the Inspire icon leads to a…voila, a question just like this one:

What was the one experience that completely changed your life? What happened? How did it change your life?

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Are you kidding me?? You know the ONE experience that turned my life upside down and inside out as– blogging! Yah, it rocks your world too, huh?

For me, everything before WordPress was like the famous nursery rhyme so common long ago–hehehehe. (Hey, is this nursery rhyme still sung to young kids today?)

Row, row, row your boat, gently down the stream, merrily, merrily, merrily, life is but a (dreary) dream. 

I guess having a dreary dreamy routine type of life is okay, to a certain point; however, at some crazy moment, you need to hop off the dream boat and wake up to something more, and I mean more than the…drag out of bed, go to work, come home, crash, and get up and do it all again…and again…and again…and…

STOP the dreary!

Anyway, for me, I think blogging can foster the brain into a deeper thought process. It definitely helps to exercise the creative side of ourselves and for some, a fun way to add self-help therapy into their lives. Blogging dropped the whole world in front of me as I sent out post after post after post. Online friendships soon began and now, my journey down the stream turned from dreary to simply, dreamy!

nature's water source

The (dreary) dream life sunk to the bottom of the stream and instead, a renewed love life floated back up…oh, I still have to drag myself out to make a living, but my brain feels very much in the beginning stages of a passionate love affair.

Is your day filled with thoughts about your blog and does it run a bit like mine…”What can I share with my readers today?” “What photos should I use…is my grammar/spelling correct?”  “How do I add this…when should I post…what tags to use”…and on, and on…!

One thing I do know, if this love affair should fade in time, I experienced a dream life…even if for a moment.

Now, that is something to smile about, eh?

Wait, before you go…

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Curtain Call: Featured Blog:

Confession time. Sometimes I am plain lazy. Take for instance when I visit a new blog, instead of leaving a comment, I simply read the post, press the Like icon and dash out quickly!

*my head hangs in shame*

Thankfully, some time ago, I decided to stop my lazy, despicable behavior and leave comments starting with the blog:  Pencil Pilot.  I thought nothing of it until Emma, from Pencil Pilot, returned to thank me for making her day better after reading my comment. Can you believe it? It was a memorable moment in my blog life.

Like most of us, Emma’s life runs with some smooth to turbulent moments and she finds writing “lesson the stress and sting” when confronted with these life upheavals.

By writing and creatively posting, however, is half of the process of releasing stress. The other half comes when readers decide to share some “love” and leave a comment behind. Pure bliss, my friends!

Basically, what I am telling you is, do not follow in my lazy footsteps and please, take a few minutes to add a bit of chit-chat in a blogger’s comment box…you never know who will find your thoughts exactly what they needed to get through their day.

Emma, recently decided to post more often, YAY,  and deals with fear here: 1984 Daily Prompt.

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My Love Affair Lesson:

Some love affairs imprint deeply into a person’s soul and even if circumstances draws the heart away in a season or two, the experiences gained will live on forever like a perfect life dream.

As Kozo from Everyday Gurus would say:



Weekly Image Of Life: Beautiful–The Horse

Some animals command our attention, perhaps by their size, unusual features or majestic presence. When I think about the most beautiful animal, one commonly found here in the United States, the horse comes to mind. According to Pam Brown:

A horse is the projection of peoples’ dreams about themselves
And it has the capability of giving us escape from our mundane existence.”

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“Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God’s handwriting.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

The beautiful horse is the projection of my dreams about myself.

Strong and Powerful

Naturally, I seek some physical strength, but you and I know the inner strength is more important when striving to become a better human being. When I see a healthy horse grazing in the fields, it reminds me, ugh, time to add fresh fruits and vegetables everyday to my diet. Yippee.

Occasionally, I will see a horse just standing, tail swishing back and forth to keep the horse flies away, and just gazing out over the pasture.  Hmm, a reflective moment for the horse?

Maybe, but the moment does remind me to, ‘be still,’  and offer gratitude to the universe for all the beautiful gifts that have come my way.


Face it. Beautiful is where it is at! According to an article written in AlterNet, the cosmetic beauty industry, is…

“Worth $50 billion in the U.S. alone, with Asia a close second and gaining speed, the $170 billion beauty industry conspires to convince women that our fates depend on our looks which depend on what we spend. In this equation, ugliness — as society sees it — can be remedied like a disease, if you just spend enough. Refuse to buy? Your face and fate are your own fault.” (Read more on the Cosmetic Racket here…)

Nothing like twisting ones arm to make you think all those expensive beauty products will actually buy a beautiful self. My take? Why not keep the planet happy and make ourselves as decent as we can but do it simply in our price range. Enough said.

There you have it, a short reflection on the most beautiful animal, the horse: “God’s gift to mankind,” as written in the Arabian proverbs.


So, have you thoughts on any beautiful animals that project what you dream of yourself?


Why not hop over to Island Traveler’s, Weekly Image Of Life: this week’s theme=Beautiful and join the fun community of weekly contributors.

Of Dreams and Freedom:

Weekly Image Of Life: Of Dreams And Freedom

In striving to carry out our dreams, it is only a part of the success towards living an enriched and charming life. I am thinking, one must have a sense of personal freedom to imagine all of our dreams blossoming into reality and the freedom to passionately run after each of them; otherwise, these dreams could amount to just a rough sketch of an unfulfilled life…just another ugly list of broken and unfinished dreams.

An ugly unfulfilled life. Yay. You know, I have a few of those broken dreams. Yeah, I always dreamed of having the perfect . . . and we would . . .  together as a . . .  and . . .

What? You too? Well, misery loves company, as they the old saying goes . . .

So, let us talk about personal freedom. Is it something we create and control by the outlook we take in life, or is personal freedom also affected by outside forces that gives us little control on how much freedom we can receive?

I wonder about this from time to time, for you see, I have a friend who tends to dwell in doom and gloom or what I have tagged as, Eeyore-ism–the gloomy attitude found in the donkey, Eeyore, from the Winnie-the-Pooh books. Now, Lindsey does not mean harm to anyone, and I do not think she realizes how she comes across, but I believe it does limit her personal freedom to see all her dreams come true.

Okay, onetime Lindsey actually told me, “Why bother making a list of dreams, they will probably never come true and I hate disappointments.” (Folks, this statement is an example of an Eeyore-ism!)

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Someone once wrote, I told Lindsey, “A life without dreams is like a garden without flowers.”  Having a garden full of flowers brings delight to the senses of all viewers and gives the gardener a sense of accomplishment. When I see a garden full of flower blossoms, it makes me happy. When I see my dreams slowly becoming reality, it feels like my world becomes filled with millions of  bouquets of aromatic and colorful flowers!

When we enjoy a set of dreams to manage and we rid ourselves of negative thoughts that hinder our personal freedom, then the possibility to live an enriched and charming life is imaginable. You think??

How do you strive towards an enriched and charming life?


For you who are not familiar with Island Traveler and his blog site: This Man’s Journey, I recommend you take a quick hop over to his place if you want to see heavenly love in action.  If you need weekly theme inspirations, I highly recommend his Weekly Image of Life series. This post is made– with love– especially for this week’s:

Weekly Image Of Life: Of Dreams And Freedom.



Sandman, please, a Dream

Have you been so sleepy that as you work to get your post in for the the day, suddenly you find yourself dozing in front of the computer screen? I am experiencing this post fatigue now. I read some writers reach for the coffee or energy dring drink but since I write late at night (the only quiet time left once every kiddo finds their way to the land of ZZZZ’s! ) the thought of going to the bathroom all night is not worth the wakey time for me. What to do in this delirious situation?! Think-think, think-think….Oh, no, my imagination is going wild again….

Oh, Mr. Sandman....bring me a dream, make him the cutest that I've ever seen..

I’m a goner folks.

Leaving you with the Chordettes as I leave with Mr. Sandman……

gkoofngiet   Goodnight.

Credits: Photo from Wikimedia Commons

Mr. Sandman: YouTube

Inspiration for this post came from little sleepy me *yawn*