SoCS 11/19/22- Giving Thanks

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “morning.” Use it any way you’d like. Enjoy!


Each morning I take a few minutes to be grateful. I read and consider a few prayers based on random scripture quotes. This is the one thing (other than feeding my dogs) that I never neglect. Every other duty, even the ones that ‘spring up’, must pass through my sense of priority screen. This is why I am posting this today. I don’t know what’s on my agenda tomorrow until tomorrow gets here.
I don’t do schedules. Yes, there are meals to be made and pills to be given and taken, but I am a ‘take it as it happens’ person.
That attitude is the foundation for my tendency to procrastinate.
I have to admit, I get a ‘rush’ out of the challenge to accomplishing tasks ‘last minute’. There’s a sense of VICTORY in defeating an imposed timing on my own terms. Then there’s the part of me that will drop everything if my family or friends need help. It’s the highest level in my priorities scale. Floors can be vacuumed, dishes washed, and blog posts can be written, anytime.
Part of my thankfulness morning ritual includes stepping outside to get in-touch with Nature. It will be briefer as the weather gets colder but it serves a powerful purpose in how my whole day goes.
This upcoming week will hold lots of extra projects and duties in preparation for Thanksgiving. I’m looking forward to the challenge. If I don’t post much -or at all- next week, know that I’m happily busy with my own priorities… and blessed to have them.
Hope everyone has a lovely week!


https://lindaghill.com/2022/11/18/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-nov-19-2022/

Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday #36- 11-16-22 Mindfulness of Past and Future

Use FREE as your inspiration this week.

You should use the word in the title of this post as your inspiration as either a theme of the Sijo or in the poem itself.

There are:

  • Three Lines
  • 14-16 syllables per line
  • A total of 44-46 syllables for the entire poem




Each new season heartens the recent past toward the future
Because Nature is not a product of ‘luck’, but alive,
Free to act creatively yet bound to an eternal plot.




https://ronovanwrites.com/2022/11/16/ronovan-writes-sijo-wednesday-poetry-challenge-36-use-free-as-your-inspiration-this-week/

Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday #35- A Brave and Visible Life

Coping. Is coping a positive thing or a treading water thing? I only just now wondered that. I suppose it depends on what’s being coped.

You should use the word in the title of this post as your inspiration as either a theme of the Sijo or in the poem itself.

There are:

  • Three Lines
  • 14-16 syllables per line
  • A total of 44-46 syllables for the entire poem.



How brave the stalwart oak tree is to cope with elements.
A visible life grounded in indomitable purpose
Distinguished from the mouse that hides, avoids, and cowers unnoticed.






https://ronovanwrites.com/2022/11/09/ronovan-writes-sijo-wednesday-poetry-challenge-35-use-cope-as-your-inspiration-this-week/

WQW #42-The Mysterious Sense of Touch

Currently, this weekly writing challenge runs from Wednesday through Tuesday at noon. All you need is at least one quote to go with your post. Share photos, and/or write a poem, story, or memoir. Just have fun with it and let the quote or quotes lead the way.


Below is a photo I took of my oldest granddaughter (when she was just a toddler) while she was making friends with a wild frog at a little pond that we set up at our forest get-away location. It goes so well with the Mitch Albom quote below, I’ve nothing else to add.

If you could pack for heaven, this was how you’d do it, touching everything, taking nothing. – Mitch Albom




https://alwayswrite.blog/2022/11/02/wqw-42-the-mysterious-sense-of-touch/

Haibun Monday-d’Verse Poets Pub- Sharing a Song

  • Write a haibun about a special moment in September and post it on your blog.
  • Click on Mr. Linky below to add your name and direct url to your work.
  • Add a link for dVerse on your page so others can find us as well.
  • Visit other poets on the list to read their poems and comment.
  • Visit our virtual pub and say hello.
  • Have fun!


The most memorable songs that I learned in grade school were about Autumn. I’ve taught my favorite ones to my granddaughters and just this last weekend, a cool breeze accompanied by the sound of migrating geese made us break into song.
“Autumn leaves falling and Autumn birds calling. Nippy cool weather for flying South together.
Leaves of warm orange and leaves of golden yellow, cover the hillsides with colors soft and mellow.”

I cannot find this 1960s children’s song anywhere on the internet. How delightful that I was able to pass it along!

Beyond September
Nature will hearten seedlings
Topped by tattered leaves

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As an afterthought, I looked for an old video of my oldest granddaughter singing our song. I found it!
She was four in the video… just this month she just turned 17. Follow my Facebook link to hear it.
https://www.facebook.com/susan.st.pierre.50/videos/177162813827

Simply 6 Minutes- 7-5-22- Never Lost

This challenge is to write a story in simply 6 minutes using the photo prompt.

https://www.designyourway.net/blog/inspiration/more-amazing-photography-shots-of-our-beautiful-world-45-photos/


I refuse to say that I am lost.
I know my state, country, and world. There are familiar sounds and smells and I’m obviously heading east.
Ah… a sign of humanity.
Ancient railway tracks jump into view.
It has endured even though Nature was doing its best trying to swallow it up.
A downhill trek is my plan.
I hear a stream and know the waterway will lead to civilization.

I pause, just a moment, considering these tracks a new plan.
To follow them or not.
I choose the road never traveled and continue to make my way down the hillside.
Trusting my instincts has never let me down.
I am never lost.

https://christinebialczak.com/2022/07/05/simply-6-minutes-welcome-to-the-challenge-07-05-2022/