Therapeutic Twos – The essence of why we blog!

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There is something therapeutic about things found in twos. A feeling of togetherness.

And although one can be alone, silent and strong in this singular pose, it is by the addition of other bloggers, one at a time, that there begins a feeling of companionship, a sharing of experiences that bespeaks of camaraderie and fellowship. And so we blog.

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We validate who we are even as we interact with (and create) validation for others. Most often this is accomplished one blog, one post, and one blogger at a time, and although (as we know) social media (Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, About.me, etc.) creates ‘the feeling’ that we are connecting with many more – it is most often the interaction happening in shared communication that is “one on one” that is the truth and mainstay behind our love of blogging.

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We are hopeful that many will come to our blog (and/or our other social platforms) and visit. We are even more hopeful that our artistic creations, messages, information and  services/products will be sought after.

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But blogging stays popular, ever increasingly so, because of the ongoing ever reaching (world-wide) relationships we make with each other as blogging companions.

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“So, here’s a toast to bloggers everywhere,

the connection of ‘you and I’ in essence

– the two of things.”

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Have an excellent weekend,

~ Penny

 

 

Ligo Haibun Challenge – Torturous Love!

One of the two word prompts for this week’s Ligo Haibun (writing) Challenge is – torture! I don’t believe anyone can think about that word without coming up with sad, painful and scary feelings. I chose the broken heart from a shattered love relationship.

My offering:

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I Suppose

Lying midst scattered remnants of reality, I do not care to move, curled up in a fetal position, hugging knees tightly to my chest. The position, an instinctive leftover memory of safeness, I suppose. Am I fragile? I suppose so. Does a butterfly have wings that can be pulled off? Yes, I suppose this is true also.

The pain is overwhelming, you know. I don’t suppose you care. But if you did … if you did, the sweet sorrow from the tortuous pain you left me in, would be your undoing … or maybe not, I suppose.

my tortured soul
from rapture to exquisite pain
lies comotose
 

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Do remember, this is a work of fiction everyone, I couldn’t be further from that state of existence if I tried. My days right now are full up with tennis (giving lessons), writing and drawing, enjoying family (baking) and the Autumn of things, and, of course, being online creating and inspiring others, along with you!  

 
Be sure to check out the other wonderfully written Ligo Haibun Challenge entries written by a talented group of international “word artisans”!
 
 
 
 
~ Penny
 
 

A post for the erudites in the group – The mistake!

When Gravity meets Ego!

Upon occasion it comes to mind that perhaps I misspoke myself. But then again upon recalling certain events I am quite certain I would not have made a single change to the words I addressed to you.

The situation was notably ripe for a potential of mistaken context. This was made abundantly clear to me from the outset.

In retrospect. I find it most difficult to admit to an error of judgement. As it cannot be for any other reason that you would have departed my domicile.

I am most confident you will, upon reflection, recognize my outstanding qualities and shall post-haste return into my welcoming (If slightly disappointed in your behavioral patterns which denote profound immaturity of which I am currently willing to overlook!) arms.

I have assured myself that you will return – and so it shall be. For why on earth wouldn’t you?

Your not so humble servant,
A currently Single Male Individual (with a, still, too highly inflated ego)
 

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Just having fun. I hope I brought a few smiles into your life today. Don’t let your ego get in front of your common sense or more importantly, those you love!

~ Penny

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Alastairs Photo Fiction: No time

Before we had clocks, we used the sun to monitor the passing of time during daylight hours. Makes sense! Depending on the time of day the sun is in a different place. Something to track. Same thing with nighttime hours, when the sky was clear. We kept track of time based on where the moon was in the sky. The thing here is – at some point in the evolution of our keeping track of time, we lost time.

We lost the valuable time being spent in close, interactive relationships with each other and nature. (So my story today has to do with the time of it all).

Photograph by Alastair Forbes, 2013

Vignettes of “No time”

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“Daddy, would you help me fix my bicycle tire, it’s still flat and you said you’d fix it a few weeks ago?”

“Not right now son, I’ll take care of it but I have no time today, maybe tomorrow!”

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“Mommy, can I help you cook dinner? I’d like to help you!”

“I’m sorry honey, mommy has too many things to do today, I just don’t have the time to show you what to do right now.”

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“Hi John, can you come over and play in the yard with me?”

“I don’t have time right now, there’s a cool show on TV and after that I have a new video game I’m going to try.”

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“Hi Janice, this is mom. I was wondering if you have time today to stop by and visit your dad and me at the retirement center. We’ve been missing you and the little ones. It’s been awhile.”

“Hi Mom! You know how much we all love you, and we’d love to be able to come visit, but there’s so many things going on right now.”

“That’s what you said a few weeks ago Janice, perhaps you have a little spare time on Sunday?”

“Mom, don’t go there. Don’t make me feel guilty. I have too many things on my plate, There is just no time right now. Sunday I’m just going to stay home and chill, but we love you and will be out to visit when we have more time.”

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“Hello Henry I’m leaving this message on your answering machine. I was told you called in sick today. I hope it’s nothing serious. Remember we have a deadline on the project your working on. We really don’t have time for you not to be here. I hope you get better soon.”

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How many “no times” do you have in your life?

“tempus fugit”

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Join in the creativity. Write a short short story (Flash Fiction), based on Alastair’s photograph. Click here: Alastairs Photo Fiction Link – to get started. Good Luck!

Time is fleeting, I hope your time today was spent well for you!

~ Penny

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There is a spiritual nature in all of us

… whether we admit it or not. For most, spirituality is based on our particular faith or belief system specific to cultural values.

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For some it is that which we don’t understand but still feel the need to believe.

There are those of us who believe we are here by accident. A quirk (or the quark of it all – you science buffs) of nature. As we are each on our own journey, none of us have the answers, not really.

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My video offering today is just a reminder for all of us, to be interpreted in a manner that drives home the fact that expecting things to “happen” in life without some effort on your part will make life more difficult, and to be grateful for that which you do have. But mostly to love and give with all your heart!

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Happy Holidays! May your weekend be filled with joy and happiness for you and your family,

all my love to you                                                                                                                                        ~ Penny

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*The following link is for the kindle subscribers to my blog. (Unfortunately at this time not any other apps. just the kindle device itself.)

 *(http://www.  youtube.com/watch?v=v0cEngwqtpA&feature=em-subs_digest-vrecs)

In life … Indifference is not acceptable!

Bullying is a world wide problem, it begins with children and if not stopped carries on into adulthood. It affects those being picked on, sometimes in the worst way possible, and it creates a mindset (if not stopped) in the bully that says it’s okay and cool to be “cruel” to another human being!

  • Bullying another person is not okay, not never, not at any time, for any reason!
  • A Bully has no reason to be!
  • So if you see someone being bullied, pause with what you’re doing and make a difference, do what you can to stop him or her!
  • Be an activist when it comes to stopping cruelty.
  • You are a part of the reason it exists, if you do nothing!

There is no “EXCUSE” for not getting involved. Indifference is not okay. In fact it is just as bad as the bullying itself. So be responsible! Be involved, step up to the plate and … CARE!

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Thank you,

~ Penny L Howe

I’m Not Suggesting That Relationships Can Be Difficult…

Just, well… Complicated!

Do something wonderful for that special partner of yours this weekend!

They will thank you for it!

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“Love is a grave mental disease.” – Plato

“Women marry men hoping they will change. Men marry women hoping they will not. So each is inevitably disappointed.” – Albert Einstein

“You can’t buy love, but you can pay heavily for it.”- Henny Youngman

“Nothing spoils romance so much as a sense of humour in the woman.” – Oscar Wilde

“Never go to bed mad — stay up and fight.” – Phyllis Diller

“I love being married. It’s so great to find one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life.” – Rita Rudner

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Have a great one!

~ Penny