The Family called the Human Race!

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We … The Human Race

For all that we are … and are not

We stand tall!

For all that we do … and all that we don’t

We still stand tall!

We … make mistakes

We … mess up … BIG TIME!

We … get it wrong … AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN…

But we stand tall!

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We recover

We persevere

We don’t give up

Our spirit does not break.

We stand tall!

We are the family called the Human Race.

We will stumble and our forward steps are slow,

And many errors grievous

But we still stand tall.

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There is Love.

There is Compassion.

There is Care.

There is Giving.

Sometimes, often it gets lost or misplaced,

or sadly forgotten,

but it is inside each of us

And for all of this

We stand tall!

We, the family of Humans

all living on

our home – the Planet Earth!

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Penny L Howe, 2014

The Gift of Belonging

To All my fellow Bloggers’

I wrote a post awhile back called Why I blog. In it I mentioned that the original meaning of the word blog was a chronicle or a written diary (web log – blog), but I also stated that I believed blogging had evolved.

The new breed of bloggers are a creative group of people who care and want to be nurtured in return with comments and words that will further them along in their endeavors (their hopes, their dreams, their goals, their disappointments, their pain, their successes, their joy, their laughter).

Blogging has become much more than a written diary. Now it is a personal connection between like-minded people and a medium of exchange in the finest, truest and most meaningful manner.

So I decided there were a few letters missing from the word BLOG. Those letters are ‘e’ and ‘n’ when blended with the word BLOG you get the word BeLOnG. This is the word that I feel describes the blogging community. A place where we belong. That’s how I feel when I write a post, upload a photograph, share music, videos, recipes, anything that I want to share. When I hit the publish button I feel I’m a part of something so much bigger than I. I feel I’m making a difference.

When I follow and visit other bloggers I feel connected. When I read their posts and share in the comments then I know I’m a part of something enriching and vibrant. I finally feel I’ve found a place where I fit in. Where I belong.

In the last several weeks I have been honored in a variety of ways and I am humbled by the caring appreciation bestowed upon me by this wonderful community of bloggers.

The response I have received from all of you is gratifying and overwhelming:  Reblogs, the links sharing me on twitter and Facebook, the mentions on other blogs, an original poem dedicated to me, (thank you again mixedupmeme) the wonderful comments, the nominated blogger awards (I apologize I am behind there, I think there’s 4 or 5 more to go!). I am so grateful.

I wanted to do something special for all of you. I wanted to give you a gift. Something to give to you that you could share in return.

My gift to you is the gift of Belonging Award. There are no rules. It is yours to take if you wish and share it in return with other bloggers when they visit your blog. Pass it along, that’s why I made it. To remind all bloggers they do belong. That’s it’s purpose.

To those who Blog, I honor you, you belong to the Blogger’s community.

Please accept this gift of Belonging Award. There are no rules. Just post it on your blog, share it with your followers and enjoy!

The picture I sketched some time ago. He is a Troubadour. In the middle ages the troubadour was a traveler. A talented and clever person who wrote and sang songs and shared stories with those he met in his travels, A little bit like bloggers today. Our travel method is a bit different is all. The words at the bottom say I BELONG with the word I BLOG superimposed over it. I hope you’ll share the story of the Troubador when you pass this award on to other bloggers who belong. It does seem to be the one thing we bloggers do well – Share!

With heart felt thanks, Penny

Blog, the missing letters

I’ve been giving some thought to the word blog. Where it came from? What it means? How it sounds (Ick!) What I think about the word?

The original meaning of the word blog meant a chronicle or a written diary (web log – blog). That was then. But this is now. Blogging has evolved for the private individual and the enterprising soul.

Blogging has become a personal highly interactive form of communication. Where not only our written thoughts and ideas are shared, but also our creative muse, whatever format this takes.

The new breed of individual blogger cares, and wants to be nurtured in return with comments and words that will further them along in their endeavors, their hopes, their dreams, their goals, their disappointments, their pain, their successes, their joy, their laughter. Blogging has become much more than a written diary but now is a personal connection and a medium of exchange in the finest, truest and most meaningful manner.

I think that blogging and bloggers are pretty wonderful. But the word, I’m convinced it’s not the true word to describe who we are and what we do.

And then it dawned on me. There are a couple of letters missing from the word blog. So I’ve added them and here they are:

BLOG + E and N= BELONG

Belong. That’s how I feel when I sit down to write, upload a photograph or share some thoughts, ideas, art, music, food, anything. I feel connected. And when I’m reading other people’s words or viewing their visual images I’m filled with a feeling of making a difference with my comments. And when I read their comments to me that inspire and make me feel better about myself, then I feel a part of something enriching and vibrant. I finally feel I’ve found a place where I fit in, where I – belong!

And now in closing a final photo of my guys who define belonging.