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Weekly Photo Challenge: Achievement

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Trusting the life line

Releasing dreams to the sky

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http://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/achievement/

Of Life and Leaves

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Summer slips quickly

Into winter’s dream

As fall fakes a smile

Amused at the lens

Say “Leaves”

And they gather

In layers lost

Before our eyes

Bits of space unnoticed

Until blinks are detected

Don’t blink

These moments have a life

Of their own

If we don’t give them one

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Nature guides

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And I will keep walking

Against the wind

That chills my skin

And warms my soul

Waking my senses

Clearing the knick knacks

That play paddy whack

On my mind

 

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Window

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“Solace is neither here nor there. You can find it in a quiet corner or a walk through the forest. No window or door can separate you from the beating of your own heart. You only need to listen.”

~mishunderstood~

 

 

Sands of Time

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White Sands National Monument, NM

Time is irrelevant

No meaning cast

Daylight dishonored

 By shadows of the past

Seasons slide easily

Through white knuckled fists

Like tiny bright crystals

Too weak to resist

Time is a gift

To be treasured or wasted

Portraits and images

Carefully pasted

Time is mind altered

We stand early or late

Pausing… resuming

But time does not wait

Time is man measured

Designed and driven

Assumed,  forsaken

Granted,  God given

Chorus of Consciousness

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In the wakefulness of now

Listen and you will hear

Hearts beating

To the sound of original grace

Souls strumming on strings

Of merciful melodies

Faintly tapping out the truth

Orchestrating the score

Of the conductor, the Creator

Heed to this rhapsody of love

Humming softly through the clatter

Drumming gently without fail

Steady as time, resistant to mind

Find harmony within

Where good intentions lie dormant

Under clogged and corrupted arteries

Like a child, improvise

Sing this song of life

The End

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Every moment we are still together

Mother and daughter, so sacred

I have the unfortunate knowledge

It will not last

Because I have been there

Facing the impossible

Denying the unthinkable

 I have been there

When the bottom falls out

Making you wonder why

You invested your soul, your heart, your mind

If only for a short time

Why do we love so much

Knowing it will cause so much pain?

Why are we given these precious moments

Leaving us vulnerable and needing more?

I have been there

Devastated by the loss

Frozen in my tracks

Wondering where my next breath will come from

Kicking at pieces of my heart

Laying on the floor

Because life was over as I knew it

So today I look at you,  aging with grace

I hang on to your every word,

Every beloved gesture

Until the end.

50 Things I’ve Learned in 50 Years…#16

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#16.”Worrying is a waste of time, but that won’t stop me.”

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Aguirre Springs near Las Cruces, New Mexico.

What could be

Is nothing more than fear

Merely stopping you in your tracks

To steal your moments

Pocket your dreams

And play with your intentions

Missing Hope

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Somehow the sun

Sneaks in

Unnoticed, even shunned

By those not ready

For the flicker

Of a flame already snuffed

So many times

By paralyzed thoughts

Of reality known

And dreams departed

Somehow the sun

Slips gently

Making contact, though rejected

By hearts still twisted

With past and pain

Blocking rays, restricting light

As life gives moments

Short yet sweet

To collect and keep

Or resist and release

My 1st “Best Moment Award”

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“Awarding the people that live in the moment,

The noble who write and capture the best in life,

The bold that reminded us what really mattered,

Savoring the experience of quality time.”

I would like to thank a very interesting young lady and talented writer named Esta Chappell for this award.

Be sure to pay a visit to her very interesting blog at http://chinatripping.wordpress.com/

 As an expat in China, she shares with us the culture, landscape and life as she experiences it in a foreign land. Her intriguing stories are further enhanced by her wonderful photography.  Esta is a free lance writer and ecologist. She writes articles for http://www.echinacities.com/, another place to read her excellent work.

Thank you, Esta.

As I humbly accept this award, my heart is full of love for blogging and appreciation for an amazing world of writers I would otherwise have never met. It is necessary in my journey of life to express myself and this has given me a comfortable forum to do that. I am still very surprised when others leave comments on my blog as I would never expect that what pours out from my mind to a keyboard would have any impact on someone else….but I am happy when it does. I am thankful for the supportive environment,new connections I have made and excited each day to read! I don’t read books very often (I know, that’s terrible), but I am captivated by the personalities, brave stories, poetic talent, mesmerizing photography, open hearts and minds that accompany my cup of tea each morning……and night……and ok…a few others times in between.  Is there an Addicted to Blogging Award? There should be.

It was so difficult to choose my nominations as I am continually moved by all of the bloggers that I follow regularly. I decided to give a shout out to some of those not mentioned during my last award nomination. I understand if some of you are too busy to properly accept but I am shouting out to you anyways. So listen up!

My nominations are:

http://nannetteree.com/

Nannette is a down to earth gal with helpful tips about family and life.

http://ericmvogt.wordpress.com/

 Brilliant poetry. You can even buy his books!

http://gretchendelrio.wordpress.com/

Watercolors that move me.  Painted with passion.

http://enchantinglandblog.wordpress.com/

Photographic  moments in the Land of Enchantment.

http://kellyhartland.wordpress.com/

A visual artist that writes daily “aphorisms”. What’s an aphorism? Check her out.

http://weirdandcoolstuff.wordpress.com/

Has camera. Will travel.  Wonderful photos.

http://wisejourney.wordpress.com/

Inspiring thoughts, poetry, flash fiction and photography. Cool!

http://drbillwooten.com/

I look forward to his quotes, pictures and music videos every day.

http://glendasanchez.com/

A young, inspiring writer. Positive thoughts and poetry.

http://wordsmaymove.com/

A new blogger that deserves much more attention!

http://earthstills.wordpress.com/

Stunning photography.

The rules for this award are as follows:

Winners re-post this completely with their acceptance speech. This could be written or video.

Winners have the privilege of awarding the next awards! The re-post should include a NEW set of people/blogs worthy of the award, and winners, notify them the great news!

·         What makes a good acceptance speech? Gratitude, Humour and Inspiration

·         Get an idea from the great acceptance speeches, compiled in http://www.momentmatters.com/speech

·         Display the award’s badge on your blog/website, downloadable  in http://www.momentmatters.com/award

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Moments pass by quickly, like ships in the night……..

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……..or seagulls on ice bergs?

50 Things I’ve Learned in 50 Years…..#10

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#10. “In an instant, your world can be turned upside down. The people you take for granted can disappear in the blink of an eye. Tomorrow is only a plan. This moment is all you have.”

It was October of 2000. It was a Saturday morning when the phone rang, waking me up from a deep slumber. As one who usually dreaded the worst, I assumed this 7 a.m phone call meant something was wrong. Perhaps my grandmother was ill but in the back of my mind, I thought “calm down, it’s probably just a wrong number”. Nothing could have prepared me for what I was about to hear.  It would have been the furthest idea from my mind. It was unthinkable.

When my crying mother said my brother was “gone”, I asked where he went. He was single. He could go wherever he wanted. He had no significant ties. I thought…. where in the world could he have gone that would upset my mom so much? What was she talking about?

Confused and half asleep I asked her, “Where did he go?”

“He’s dead”, she muttered  with whatever strength she could dig up from……somewhere. My mother had waited hours to call me. She just couldn’t pick up the phone.

He was 36 years old. He was my baby brother by three years.

He was my only brother.

I fell to the floor. I remember so clearly the sound that came out of my mouth. I remember pacing back and forth and screaming “no” over and over. I am sure at that moment, I was insane. I remember crawling up the stairs, waking up my ex husband. I was not me, but just an empty, robotic being, mumbling, sobbing, shaking, running around the room……lost in denial.

I cannot understand to this day how I drove an hour and a half by myself to get there. My two sons were still asleep (or were they?) and their dad would stay there with them. I didn’t want them to know anything about their uncle yet…because it couldn’t be true anyways. That was the plan I managed to somehow articulate before running out the door to my car. I was going to see him because that was the only way I could prove that this wasn’t happening.

The next time I saw my brother, it was Halloween night and he was in a casket.

DEATH is sneaky. Don’t ever trust it. It hides away mysteriously and then leaps out of nowhere to blindside you into oblivion.
LIFE is precious. Don’t ever take it for granted. It is amazing, breathing and beautiful and it never hides. Take everything it has to offer.

Don’t wait until the phone rings or there is a knock on the door. Live your life to the fullest.
Every minute unfolding in front of you is amazing.

~ In memory of my brother, his laughter, his incredible smile , his song , his silly dance and most of all, his loving heart.~