• 1000 Voices Speak For Compassion,  Compassion,  Love,  poem,  poetry

    Choose Love

    The color of skin does not matter. Gender does not matter. Sexuality does not matter. Religion, politics, whatever flavor of ice cream one likes…does not matter. There is always someone who is going to say you are wrong because you are not like me. How sad that is. I’ve thought about things for the last 24 hours. I’ve thought that maybe if we had more control over the media and forced them to report only those things that are true-no embellishments for publicity or to control certain perspectives-then we might have more tolerance for things. But, no. We would still be dealing with ignorance and gullibility and fear, and those…

  • #BeReal,  1000 Voices Speak For Compassion,  Compassion,  Love,  Thoughts

    I Have a Dream…

    I have not written in a long while. My little grey cloud of depression still sits over me, though there are bits and moments of Happyness that break through. I am doing my best to stay positive and smile and laugh despite the longing to find a place to just curl up and be left utterly alone till the rain has run its course. The reason for my writing today is that I tend to do a lot of thinking during these moments. I don’t always write my thoughts down for few want to hear the raw feelings and the stark questions that I ask myself when I get this…

  • NaNoWriMo,  Writing

    Fairies Don’t Write Novels…

    One of the things I like about being a member of the NaNoWriMo site is the Pep Talk emails from published authors. One of my favorite authors, Diana Gabaldon (the Outlander series & Lord John Grey series), wrote one a few weeks ago. Today we received one from Stephanie Perkins, author of Anna and the French Kiss, et al., and I loved what she had to say, which was, basically, “don’t be afraid.” We keep getting told confidence is a key trait. Confidence is attractive. Confidence is power. But when it comes to do something new, most of us freak out. We tell ourselves we can’t do it. We’re going to fail…

  • Holidays,  Writing

    Almost That Time of Year

    Hey y’all. Hope everyone had a great summer. It’s coming to a close for us here in DFW. We’ll still have some very warm days but the leaves on my trees are beginning to change into their fall splendour. I’ve already had to rake up one large pile of leaves in my backyard. School started this Monday past and we’re coming up on our first high school football game of the season. This is important as my second born is a sophomore this year and it will be his first ever high school game he will march in as a member of the band. I think he’s excited about it…

  • Poetry

    Et Tu, Brute

    As most of you know, I do love my Shakespeare (you’d think the blog name would make that obvious, huh? 😉 ). I’m inspired, often, by his words. I’ve even decided on a quote to use for a tattoo (if I’m ever brave enough to get one) from my favorite Shakespeare sonnet. That’s how much I love his work. I even know how I want it to look and where I’d want it to go. Unfortunately, I’m a bit of a coward in that particular area. But maybe one day, when I’m a bit more courageous. I often surprise myself however, when I find myself writing something that brings to…

  • Blog,  Encouragement

    What I Love Most About Poetry and Writing…

    …is that you take from it what you need at the time you read it, and it changes as you mature and your experiences grow. For instance, the poem I posted yesterday received  a bit of attention and I was really surprised by the reactions. Going back and rereading it myself I could see how it reflected some of the views. This poem isn’t a literal death, by the way. It was entirely metaphorical. I haven’t lost a loved one and I wasn’t thinking of physical death at the time. But it reminded people of someone they’d lost. And instead of being painful, the memory was bittersweet. I was very…

  • change,  Encouragement,  Journal,  Life,  Motivation,  Random,  Thoughts,  Uncategorized

    Feel the Fear

    For the last week I’ve been hearing about all the cold weather in the north of the country. Here in Texas we’ve had warm temperatures for this time of season. I’m not bragging or trying to make you jealous. It’s just a fact. It’s been warm. Normally, I’d actually be upset by that. I love cold weather. I love wearing sweaters and jackets and long sleeve tops. I taught myself to knit so I could make myself hats and scarves, except I never seem to actually be able to keep them for myself. Then, we get this cold front last night, and its freezing today. Like I said, normally that…

  • change,  Journal,  Life

    Change is Scary; Do You Have the Courage to Face It?

    At any given moment you have the power to say: “This is not how the story is going to end.” Anon.  “Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become.” Steve Jobs  I chose two quotes today because I love both of them and, today in particular, they seem to be yelling at me very loudly. I’ve recently been through a major change in my life, which I mentioned in my last post. I lost my father before Thanksgiving to pancreatic cancer. He was diagnosed in August and it was slow and painful. I couldn’t be there to care for…