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Archive for April, 2011

Creative Peace

New River, WVA

I have those moments when I feel tired, frustrated, and struggle to come up with ideas. So, I let my mind wonder and day dream of where I could be and feel more relaxed, refreshed, and motivated to get involved and get things done. Some would say it is time wasted, but I say it charges my battery. That escape of the mind is necessary for me even if the physical body remains in the same environment that is surrounded by financial worries, homeowner projects, and children demanding my time and energy. I have to escape the struggle from my feelings and thoughts that I lack the support from others. I have to fight against the negative thoughts that can bring me down. I know when those negative anchors are dropped. I am aware of that sinking sensation to the bottom. Holding my breath, I find myself complaining and wanting to push others away. I don’t even like myself during those times and fully understand that others do not want to hear the negative. I become that person that smells like the gym locker room and needs a refreshing shower, so odor does not become offensive to others. To cleanse myself, I close my eyes, take deep breaths, and go on an adventure to the mountains or the beach and smell the fresh air, see the landscape beauty, and remember the thankful moments. When I return, I discover ideas come to life for writing, the house, photos, and encouraging the children on activities. I call those escapes, moments spent in creative peace. It brings peace of mind, recharges my thoughts, and provides the opportunity to see things in a different point of view. It allows me to learn and reevaluate the situation. I ask myself what is essential and how do I want and need to feel right now? I compare it to spring cleaning when I give the things I do not use away to Goodwill and rearrange the things I use in a refreshed, cleaned, and organized space. So, I’m feeling satisfied, content, and inspired then I am able to think more positive. I find I am enjoying those around me and my domain due to being an active participant with my own positive ideas, thanks to creative peace.

Carolina Beach, NC

Breeze of Life

A moment is like the breeze,

Gentle on a sunny day,

Relaxing and refreshing.


T
hat moment can be a struggle,

Like the winds of a storm,

Dreams damaged by harshness.

 

Concentrate on the breeze,

The unseen, but spirit of faith,

Commit to believe with the heart.

 

The motions of the breeze,

Opens choices where to sail,

Ideas to what needs to be built.

 

A decision that will alter,

An opportunity desired,

Bring a dream to reality.

 

Be it harsh or gentle,

Attitude is the key,

To the moment blowing in!

SGW

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Creative Nouns in the Journey

A Walk of Memories

The gentle breeze blowing my hair, the sun’s reflecting sparkles on the water, and the sand between my toes was refreshing to my imagination, thoughts, and my memories came to life. As I walked the beach and watched other children come to life on the beach, it reminded me of my childhood laughs and adventures. I was contemplating on editing one of my stories and thinking about sentence structure. Then the use and value of nouns came to mind. I have to laugh with some of the memories that surface. I drifted off to when I was young and looked forward to Saturday morning cartoons. I enjoyed the Schoolhouse Rock breaks between cartoons with songs related to History, Government, Math and English. I could hear the song again on Nouns.

“Well every person you can know,
And every place that you can go,
And anything that you can show,
You know they’re nouns.

A noun’s a special kind of word,
It’s any name you ever heard,
I find it quite interesting,
A noun’s a person, place, or thing.”

Nouns, that person, place or thing are essential to the sentence structure and to life. I know I come to life with nouns, spending a moment with a friend. I enjoy visiting various places, like the beach this week. One of the things I enjoy using is my camera to capture that sunset I’m watching. I appreciate those moments with those persons I know, and learning from the places I go, and creating with the things I show. Nouns that I like can become an inspiration to positive thoughts and dreams. Then I complete a sentence with verbs. Acting on those thoughts and dreams and turning them into reality. Those action words can add living into my life and become a blessing to whatever captures my interest. As I write, I use nouns and verbs to add form to my experiences and plans that encourage me to strive for more in my creative journey to living.

Soar High
Creating With Nouns
 

Noting those Special Persons,

On an adventure of Places,

Upholding interest in Things,

Never-ending Possibilities,

Soar High with Imagination!

                                                                                   SGW

Wake up to Create!

Morning Delight

Some mornings, especially Mondays can be a struggle to get up and get motivated. I actually don’t have to use an alarm clock due to the fact I have a cat that expects me up the same time every day. We don’t always agree, but he’s still lovable. I have been told it’s reasonable to talk to yourself as long as you don’t answer yourself, laughing! There are some mornings I have to give myself a lively talk of motivation. I think there is a part that talks back with some negative suggestions to crawl back in bed, to pull the covers over my head, and to ignore my “to do list”. I have to laugh and tune out those thoughts. Today is not one of those mornings even if it is Monday. This morning I am up and ready! I will be away from my computer for a few days. Hopefully, I will have some new photo shots to share. It’s time for me to get creative with the camera and see new sunrises and sunsets. I truly wish everyone the best and the best at being creative.

Coffee Please!

Oh Coffee, How my cup loves thee,
Hot, no sugar but a touch of cream,
I depend on you to wake up please,
Hopefully morning sunshine I’ll see.
SGW

Creatively Share to Learn

“I learn by going where I have to go.”
Theodore Roethke

Coming Together

It was once said by another author that we emerge into competent writers as we learn from reading from other accomplished writers.
We develop our own recipe of writing by adding our personality, imagination and style to a story, but we learn to progress, improve, and share by being an active participant in reading from other authors. Today, I will share about one author, and would like for others to comment and share about their favorite authors, then today’s blog will become a resource for all.

The Waking
BY THEODORE ROETHKE

I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.
I feel my fate in what I cannot fear.
I learn by going where I have to go.

We think by feeling. What is there to know?
I hear my being dance from ear to ear.
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.

Of those so close beside me, which are you?
God bless the Ground! I shall walk softly there,
And learn by going where I have to go.

Light takes the Tree; but who can tell us how?
The lowly worm climbs up a winding stair;
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.

Great Nature has another thing to do
To you and me; so take the lively air,
And, lovely, learn by going where to go.

This shaking keeps me steady. I should know.
What falls away is always. And is near.
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.
I learn by going where I have to go.

About Theodore Roethke
Theodore Roethke, the American poet known for his imagery of nature and of the human body, took ten years to write Open House, his first book of poems. He was born in 1908 in Michigan. He dropped out of law school to pursue writing. His poems ranged from clever, controlled stanzas to confessional free verse. He suffered from depression but claimed it allowed him to “reach a new level of reality,” delving deep into his psyche to write. His book The Waking won the 1954 Pulitzer Prize. He died in 1963.

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