SUNDAY POST :Bridge

Jakesprinters: Sunday Post theme this week is Bridge. I offer a borrowed quotation by Markus Zusak – Getting the Girl:

“It feels like the spoken words, this bridge. I want it but fear it. God, I want so desperately to reach the other side – just like I want the words. I want my words to build bridges strong enough to walk on. I want them to tower over the world so I can stand up on them and walk to the other side.”

Old bridge

The gripping words: “…fear…desperately…want my words to build bridges strong enough to walk on…”

Yea.

Say we throw down our fears and get building them strong bridges!

 

Anticipating the Night…

Fantasy night

–Photo credit: ghenkai

Sometimes waiting for the night is charmingly delightful…

Tonight with Ernest Hemingway:

“I love sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I’m awake, you know?”

Good night, Mr. Hemingway… sleep tight and don’t let the bed bugs bite.

P.S. Are you an opsimath engaging in opsimathy activities?

SUNDAY POST : Splendid–Silent Sun

Guess what?

Despite the heat wave and wild brush fires popping up all over the place around here, yesterday afternoon, the sun decided to give a dazzling and splendid show to anyone who paused for a moment to look up to the skies.

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A splendid gift indeed!

WOW, is the expression I used as I looked up into the sky and as the late Freddy Mercury, lead singer for the rock band, Queen once said, “I like to be surrounded by splendid things.”

Indeed, a splendid gift from the sun that briefly surrounded my world and despite all the problems the heat wave is bringing; there truly is a blessing-in-disguise. Some of you may know how much the dratted bug; the mosquito means to me, well, I believe the triple digit temperatures have vaporized a good portion of the mosquito population.

Oh, gee, poor little things…sizzled out before they got a chance to suck the blood right out of me. Poor, poor things.

Hey, if you are looking for a great weekly community, stop on by Jakesprinter every Sunday for the SUNDAY POST : With this week’s theme –Splendid. By the way, Jake is a splendid graphic artist and blogger!

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Soooo, now that you know my splendid thing I received recently, my curious mind wants to know what splendid thing came your way recently…

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Here

GO…
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

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

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OH, Drats! This Summer HEAT WAVE took my Foxy Roxy!!

“Heartbreak is LIFE educating us.” ~George Bernard Shaw

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Roxy, before her egg laying days…

Roxy lost her life yesterday. She was a foxy feathered friend who gave an egg a day, kept the bug population under control and was a constant companion to our one rooster. The cause of her death is unknown and being a very young chicken, age was not a factor. I suspect the extreme heat wave lingering over this land (with day temperatures brewing in the triple digits) may have been a factor. It is difficult to keep outside animals from heat related injuries and fatal mishaps during extreme heat temperatures. A regular, fine mist, water sprinkler throughout the day, I guess, was not enough to keep Roxy cooled down. I just do not know.

It was a sad day anyway, especially for her rooster companion. I also found myself tearing up just the thought of Roxy passing without anyone outside to help her.

I know Roxy was just a hen, and around here, hens are easy to come by, but somehow, have you noticed when you give a name to anything, it seems like the named item becomes the Velcro that sticks itself to your heart? Maybe next time I will cautiously give a name to anything that may strongly attach to my heart. Away with you, Velcro! Arrgh.

Grief is so painfully real, regardless of its origin. The love of, and attachment to, an animal friend can equal that of human relationships. Likewise, the loss of an animal can be just as devastating.” ~Rev. Joel L. Morgan

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Have you ever named something and later found your heart grieving when their final time came sooner than expected?

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On Blogging: Why, ‘self,’ are you still living as a half committed blogger?

Change is not merely necessary to life–it is life. ~Alvin Toffler

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Well, life for me lately has been all about blogging. If I am not working to pay the bills, doing general housework to live in a tidy and decent space and caring for the spoiled household pets around here, you know I am doing something related to blogging. Yesterday was no exception. I spent half the morning doing what most bloggers do, that is, reading, commenting, gather ideas to put together the next post and occasionally do some blog page renovations. While practicing the art of blogging, my thoughts lingered over what I could share that would have some meaning (and not just fluff) to anyone who may happen to come over to this blog.

The one thought that stood out was how blogging uncovers the person living inside you. For example, I discovered how much fun writing can be. It has been so enjoyable that I am now reading with delight, Julia Cameron‘s, The Right to Write book. I have also found that I think like a bird. You know, a free bird, no major commitments, ready to fly out of any situation with just a few flap of the wings. However, I have come to see that sometimes it is good to have your wings clipped to make a, *gasp,* commitment; especially if blogging brings stability and opportunities to practice many ways to become a better communicator.

Perhaps change is not merely necessary to life, but change may also be necessary to a blog.  Commitment, for those with a flighty heart, may be necessary to a blog as well.

Since my one-year blog anniversary is coming up in September, I thought I would share with you some good changes that have happened around here and a commitment I am proud to have made since my first shaky post on, of all things, snakes!  Now how charming and elegant of a start is that?

Beginnings

After a long “shopping trip” over at the Word Press Theme store, I originally thought the Chateau theme was an elegant way to make my mark on the blogosphere. After a few posts, however, it occurred to me that the Bueno theme was really the one that showed the sunny and fluffy blogger (yikes!) I was turning out to be. Only I knew about the slowly emerging writing style coming out of me and it took my 12th post–can you believe it–before someone noticed my existence. Suddenly, after laying out a dozen eggs posts, I got my first like!  (Thank you, Ng Tom!)

I stayed happily in love with my Bueno theme, experimenting and playing around with most of its options and had the time of my life blogging almost everyday. It took me several months to figure out how to activate the Featured Post widget to show a thumbnail image next to the widget feature. Whenever I saw another blogger using the same Bueno theme and using the thumbnail image with their featured posts, I would ask how they did it. I did not hear back from any of them, (maybe I forgot to say the magic word, please) but somehow, I managed to figure it out on my own.

Permanency

In May of 2012, the tag line (is it called a tag line?) that shows up when you first open your dashboard finally got my attention.

Upgrade your own domain!

I would press to read about upgrading my domain, but never dreamed of committing to it.  It sounded so complicated and please, do not ask how many times I went over there to read about it. (Okay, I went over many times! Sheesh.) Then, my half way mark as an almost daily blogger went by and I was still, totally ‘in love’ with writing and blogging so my ‘serious self’ suddenly asked this bold question:

Why, ‘self,’ are you still living as a half committed blogger?

“Uh, well,” I said, “because it is free? There are no strings or money involved and I can leave and walk fly away anytime. Nothing lost. ”

Then, to make sure I removed any thoughts of committing to an upgrade, my thoughts whispered, “oh, upgrading is much too expensive.” Alas, after calculating all the cost, I knew I could afford $2.75 per month and what is that, about nine cents a day, on something I felt was one of the best change that has come my way in a long time. Therefore, in May of 2012, I finally said YES, and my blogging life has never been happier. Oh, gosh, I felt like I had just said YES to be married or something!

Domain

I simply want to say that the domain upgrade makes me feel this is not just a ‘drive-by’ love affair, rather, an affair that has an unspoken promise of sharing no matter how I feel or how busy my life becomes.

“A full commitment is a promise to stay active regardless of the endless changes and challenges life brings to us.” ~Sunshine

Forever

However, with the domain upgrade, I found another thing about myself. Self control. I need to practice not going overboard when I find a good thing. For example, with the new domain change came the customized fonts and soon after, another theme change: the Forever theme. It seemed only logical to go all out and celebrate like that of a festive wedding ceremony. Okay, so now my love affair is costing me a mere, $5.25 per month minus internet service fees but that is cheaper than going to the movie theater these days.

Endless changes are all part of life and part of blogging. I hope this has encouraged you to welcome changes despite the disruptions changes often bring. Oh, and if you happen to suffer from commitorum metus or commitment phobia, I totally understand where you are coming from.

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 Do you find yourself  reflecting on  how blogging is uncovering and defining the person inside you?

Are you the type who welcome blog changes and accept commitment well?

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