Here are the three books I hope to finish reading soon, one for sure since it is a daily prayer booklet and if I do not finish it–shame on me!

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be here now…

Here on a comfortable spot I begin the journey, page after page, my mind flows over so much wisdom. Julia Cameron comes first with the words to encourage the use of the morning pages–it is free writing on anything and it should fill up three and a half pages.

 Here I have all the intentions to read. It is here I want to grab a few laughs with the book, 50 Funniest American Writers, practice the art of writing with, The Right to Write and of course, my morning coffee and prayers with, Give Us This Day and my last goodnight prayers with, Give Us This Day.

Life here seems so short and I feel time must be used wisely.

So, here are the current three reading materials, filled with so much wisdom…Here all waiting for me to open the pages and begin the journey–
To learn
To laugh
To grow in God’s goodness and grace…
Here I begin to read a chapter or two, but it takes only a short time before my eyes decide, it is time to sleep…Stop


Here I want to complete three reading materials soon and what do hope to finish, soon?


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5 Minute Friday: When Will it be ENOUGH?


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When will it be enough that we stop hurting each other? Tragic recent news from Aurora, Colorado…theater 9…evacuation…mass shooting at the midnight showing of the new movie, Batman. The radio news spills out that at least 12 people killed and at least 40 people injured.

When will it be enough that a 24-year-old male can enter a movie theater wearing black attire, carrying a shotgun, wearing a riot helmet and bulletproof vest?

Chaos ran rampant an eyewitness explained as movie goers tried to find ways to escape from theater 9 room…the movie was still running as the shooter let loose. How did the shooter know to start shooting during a major gun scene in the movie causing the audience to think it was all part of the movie?

But, hey, why should we be surprised by this awful situation when it does not seem violent/graphic movies will ever end, perhaps this, James Holmes, was simply acting out what he had learned from his past experiences; he may have had enough of fantasy and just made his world a reality.

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Five Charming Minutes on Greeting Cards…

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Greeting cards did not really exist in my family as a traditional way of expressing our emotions to one another. I may have received a few birthday cards and maybe a high school graduation card…if so, this memory is lost somewhere in the land of lost memories. (Wow, my lost memory field is gigantic!)

Maybe that is why I have a hard time buying expensive greeting cards…they seem so trivial and a waste of $ because I think it will end in the trash anyway. I am trying to get over this because as I look around, I notice, the few cards I have received recently have actually been inspirational and I am treasuring them. I keep them near my phone as a reminder of the good folks who have come into my life.

I love these cards because I realize that the giver spent some time–even if for a few minutes–looking over various cards, searching and searching for just the right words that express what they feel about you at that moment. It is their way of sharing kind words…the start or maybe the continuing of a life story…our story…together.

Greeting cards are a charming way to bring appreciation and a lasting memory into someone’s life…shares your story of gratitude with folks who bring light into your world…start with a simple greeting card.

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Just Dance!


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I once read to have a charmed life, you got to dance. Dance as though no one is watching you.

Just dance.

Free the heart from all the daily webs  and break free from the chains that hold back our creativity…

Just dance.

donna summer’s last dance…george michaels’s father figure

put on the music and

just dance…

in the yard, on the street, heck, just dance anywhere and with anyone you meet.

slow dancing under the stars…how, oh, so very romantic–

dancing in the street with the first person you meet

just dance.

You say you can’t find the beat…just take the first step and close your eyes

dream the ballroom scene with a hundred dancers

swirling and twirling–you and the beat…

beautiful long gowns and dancing shoes

just dance until your heart

is free.


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Free Writing for 5 Minutes…It’s Risky Business!

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Risky Business, the movie with Tom Cruise, I don’t remember much of it since I tend to ahem, nap during movies that have not so interesting things going on for this brain. I really need to work on this.

Back to the topic, risk. Life is a series of risk…what do you think? Should I try to avoid taking risks? No, how can we grow in character if we fail to take risks. Learning to drive is a big risk not only for the driver but the passenger who has to accompany you. Yikes.

Passenger to new driver: “Watch out, bread truck!” or “Crap, didn’t you see that stop sign?”

Life is full of risks, but if we can learn to keep cool and jump with confidence; it’s worth all the risks.

Risks…love the adrenaline rush or fear the risk of the fall? 

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