A Rose – for the heartstrings you’ve attached to my heart!

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Heartstrings. We all have them. They attach themselves to more things than we realize. Affection, compassion and love develop from heartstrings and the nice thing about them is that while they are not visible to the eye, they are strong and occasionally tug on your heart to let you know they are there and firmly attached. My heartstrings for bloggers began shortly after I began blogging and have grown with the passage of time.

Since I’ve been in the blogging world (a few years) I have interacted with absolutely wonderful people. In general I’ve found most bloggers to be pretty amazing, creative and kind. I have made many friends from around the world. Friends that I cherish. A few aren’t blogging right now, involved with other life pursuits (and I miss you) and for those who are still blogging, well … you know who you are.

I feel as if we’ve known each other our entire life not just a period of time. And I feel love for you and I know it’s returned. Remarkable really when one thinks about us. Some of you live in different countries with different customs and life experiences and yet we are still drawn to one another and I so cherish our friendship.

This Rose is for you! I thank you with all my heart, for being you, for being my friend and for making my life fuller, richer and so much better for knowing you.

Thank you,

~ Penny

Thank YOU – 100,000 visitors, I thank you all!

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By the time you read this. I will have reached a milestone of sorts. I’ve had one hundred thousand visits from people from around our wonderful planet. Actually stopping by to visit from 155 different countries. I’m most happy and honored to have achieved this much, and am so very grateful for your friendships. I don’t have words to properly convey this as well as I would like so I’ll just repeat, with great sincerity from my heart:

Thank You!

Penny

Autism

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There is beauty in the heart and soul of every single child born on our planet today.

And one in ever 68 of them (in the USA) is born with Autism, which discounts their personal beauty not a bit. For the families who struggle with the varying issues that accompany this condition, my heart goes out to you. We deal with Autism in our family here, so I know of what I speak.

Please visit the following site I’ve linked to and read the article. It is extremely well written and informative. Mostly it’s emotionally moving as it reminds us of all the reasons we care and love one another and most especially – our children.

“68 Things to Know About Children with Autism” – 

Thank you,

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Ethereal Life

Enjoy what you are given – in the moment,

From one heartbeat to the next it can be gone.

Share what you’ve been blessed with – in the moment.

From one heartbeat to the next it can be gone.

Laugh with the richness of life – in the moment.

From one heartbeat to the next it can be gone.

Love all you can love in the moment.

From one heartbeat to the next it can be gone.

Live every moment of your life to the fullest.

From one heartbeat to the next it can be gone.

Penny L. Howe, 2012

(written on behalf of an autistic boy, who had just lost his father)

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~ Penny

Ligo Haibun Challenge – Honorable Mentions!

There is something wonderful about the art of crafting words. Some extra energy being generated inside ourselves when we sit down and pen our creative thoughts, emotions, ideas.

The nature of writing haibun extends this feeling. We find ourselves exploring and delving into the method and manner of our expressions even more fully.

Singling out a few for honorable mentions for August from the Ligo Haibun Challenge was difficult! All the entries were entertaining and well written. Thank you Nightlake for your wonderful descriptions of each of the following Honorable mentions:

Twoscamps: As the writer travels, you willingly join her on the various ligo haibunjourneys. Such is the strength of description in these haibun that you will find yourself moving with the words. While all the haibun here need a special mention, do take a look at one called ‘illusion’.

Peripatetic Eric: Depth and ease with which the words flow are the hallmarks of this writer.  His various haibun touch a chord in the reader, but the one titled, ‘Oblivion’ needs to be mentioned.

Reading Pleasure: Celestine’s haibun are emotional, passionate and always come from the heart. The haiku towards the end of her narrative is compelling and captivating. Check out her latest haibun for this.

Aesop Clerk: If you want philosophical writing with insightful knowledge of history, read Aesop Clerk’s haibun. Faith and facts are always analyzed in his haibun and the conclusions are summed up in a unique manner. For example, go through his haiku on ‘Liberation’ drafted in the first week of August.

Jules: Jules makes her point clearly and stresses her ideas with more than a haiku. Realism and a simple, but highly effective writing are her trademarks. Her haibun, ‘Aglow’, written on August 1, illustrates these points.

ligo_circle_of_appreciation2Congratulations to all! Your words – a pleasure to read. Be sure and take your “Circle of Appreciation” home and display! Our way of saying thank you!

Also an update: The Ligo Haibun Challenge, will continue to be hosted at Nightlake  and Pirate’s most excellent blogs. I will be one less host for everyone to check in with, lol. While no longer a host, I am continuing in my role as one of the judges and will also be submitting my own haibun each week. Thank you everyone for participating, and I encourage you to continue to do so.

For those with a little time please check out some of the other wonderful Haibun entries below:

Everyone have a positive and creative week ahead!

Thank you,
~ Penny

To my Blogger friends – What can I do to improve your day?

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With joy in my heart

a truth to my words,

my love travels far this day.

Reaching out to embrace you

please be assured,

you are loved in ever way!

… and I,

I am blessed for the knowing of you ALL!”

~ Penny

cup of morning coffeeWhen I woke up this morning I had a small list of potential topics to write about, and a few posts already written. But as I sat in the early morning sun, cup of coffee in hand, birds singing, pets laying nearby, I realized that I just wanted to write something uplifting to add to your day, not take away from it, so for you ~ A reminder in the form of a poem, of how special you are and the difference you make in the lives of others!

Have a most lovely ~ day, evening and night, to awake renewed and refreshed in the ‘morrow, knowing that you have been thought of and are loved … 

patio… Just for being you!

(Please feel free to take the “You Are Loved” photo with you, no link backs or attribution is required … just that you enjoy and share with others!) 

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The definition of Love

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Love is not defined by any one particular meaning or expression,

 … although there are many.

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And love is not defined just by the saying of the word either.

No, love is defined when we feel it inside.

Then we know it’s love,

for that feeling is unmistakable

… from anything else!

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“Love with all your heart –

The two go well together!”

~ Penny L Howe, 2013

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Wouldn’t it be nice …

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Wouldn’t it be nice … if the first thing in the morning, you woke to (what to you) would be a wonderful awakening? Whatever you determine that might be! A loving individual giving you a cheerful good morning, someone to joyfully lend a hand to your morning (hectic) activities needing to be accomplished. Something in nature or your life that simply welcomes you in a joyous way to the new day.

And wouldn’t it also be nice if the last thing at night before you closed your eyes and slept, you received those same joyful feelings? Because someone or something occurred that suddenly made your whole day seem worthwhile. And more important; maybe helped you to sleep a little better, not be so stressed out about things and wake in the morning, looking forward to your new day.

Wouldn’t it be nice?

Soooooo. Stop reading (unless you just woke up or are getting ready to go to bed) and then come back and finish this post then!

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Although I’m not there

in person.

And cannot reach out and touch you,

 sooth your tired spirit

and comfort your weary soul.

Nor can I physically

reach out and hold your hand,

squeezing with affection.

I cannot look deeply into your eyes

and convince you of your worth and value

to this life we share of, on our planet.

However …

… I can and do remind you of

how unique and special you

are to me, and important.

I can send you love across the miles

with a wish of well-being for you on this day.

You are not alone,

you are loved.

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Penny

Have the best weekend you can have!

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