Hello Blogging World

It’s 2016! A new beginning and new resolutions after much evaluating of the prior year. One being coming into blogging world more often.  I’ve been away awhile.  Tonight ends my winter break and I’ve had a chance to recharge and refuel! It was wonderful!

My day ends with a daily devotion of PRAISE.  Praise can be song, words, dance, writing, poems, stories, testimony!  I will begin my year with words and songs of praise. As I write in my journal which I’ve finished tonight, and ready to begin a new one, my spirit rejoices when I meditate on what praise means. It means to fill with joy for tomorrow, for work, for the weak and the struggling– to be strong for them. To be the light of the world they need, we need, our town needs, our country, our world needs! We need it, cannot be without it, it’s a gift, it’s amazing!

So let’s write a story, a poem, a song, and hug a friend. It’s a great way to begin the new year! It will be great!

Weekend One: Experiment with Composition

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I love Charlie Brown and Snoopy!  My son gave me a precious desk piece which is my focal point of today’s photos.  I was excited also to see as I explored WordPress that you can display them differently on your post.  This is obviously the slideshow.  I definitely will experiment more with these features in future posts.

Have a great Sunday!

Blogging and Photo 101: A Different Audience and A Gallery

Tonight I will kill two birds with one stone and catch up on two assignments in one post.  I will call this gallery, What Is Important.  The audience I will focus on is the photo crowd.  Many of my images are online clips and some actual personal photos.  I want to focus more on the visual perspective this summer because I am a very visual person. I am truly this person: Talk to me I may remember, show me I will internalize!  The assignments in Photography 101 are excellent lessons to place in my belt of tools for taking pictures.   Stimulating the senses will make a writing piece so much more impactful I believe.  I have also embarked on drawing and painting which I will share in future posts.

I have entitled this gallery What Is Important because they are clips I have used in previous writings.  I chose the images because they represent an emotion or person.  As you can see sometimes there’s confusion, and sometimes right on-the-button.  Sometimes I just don’t know.  At the end of the day, seeing it on the screen, journal page, or paper, helps me make sense of it and things get back on track.  The one constant in all this is God.  In all the turmoil, He is the constant that is always there for me, waiting peacefully…in prayer.

I hope you enjoyed it.  Please let me know what you think, and how you use images in your writings.

Book Club: First Impression


Along side with my writing goal this summer, I also have embarked on more reading time.  Good writers need to be good readers.  What better mentor then prestigious authors of books!  A group of teachers have formed a book club and we will be meeting and discussing some interesting stories.  We have 4 books planned for the summer.  Miss Peregrine is the first adventure, morbid adventure, that is.  I loved mystery and scary stories as a young girl but my taste for them has subsided.  I have learned from a good friend and co-worker that we need to “stomach” all the books that are chosen even though it is not our type of reading, and go along for the ride.  Sounds a lot like a college course, you just need to do it!  So this is where we are at!   I have found also that reading it at night gives me the “hibby-jibbys” which is what I loved as a young girl.

The character development of Grandpa Portman and Jacob are profound.  They are both very strong characters but in their own right, morbid right.  Grandpa might have been a bit emotionally disturbed as Jacob is a loner.  He loved his Grandpa and so begins his psychotic, downward-spiral after his Grandpa’s death.  Jacob is currently grieving.  I wonder if he will come out of this sane.  I wonder if Dr. Golan has something to do with all this.

On first impression, I have not finished the book but look forward to see what happens.  I love books and story lines that capture my attention in this way.  When I have to ask questions and leaves me with a sense of mystery, that means I am hooked and will finish the journey with the characters.

Blogging 101: Day 2

I am happy with today’s assignment that makes me go back and rethink my blog’s title and tagline.  I am happy with my title most definitely.  The beach and summer is a symbol and time of my writing for me.    I did change my tagline, however, but I will still think a bit more.  I want something a little more catchy, short but uniquely me.  For now my writing is a “come as I am” kind of blog, very personal I think.   This summer it will be more prompt related but in a “blog-improvement-kinda-way” so it’s good.  I look forward to more!