Paintings In the Sky

 An antelope rested in the blue canopy at winter’s edge.

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And angel signs made me dance in the sand.

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Held in God’s hand,

The dove’s light intensified.

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Now, Sky Wolf chases the edge of summer.

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 And God sends heart signs

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to show us how much we are loved.

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All of these cloud photos were taken by me at various times over the past few years. I’ve been saving them, but for what? Today, I felt it was time to share them.

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My favorite in the batch of “Awesome Stories” is the one about the two women on opposite sides of a conflict in Columbia. Both are in prison for killing people in the conflict. They found common ground in that they are human and demonstrate a “Model of Reconciliation.” Listening to the story of someone we consider our enemy builds a bridge to peace and even friendship.

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This week Awesome Stories brings you cardboard homes, prison friendship, solar success and precious jewelry.

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This is a pretty interesting project. Students built homes made from cardboard to demonstrate easier and more sustainable construction possibilities. I wish I could find an article with more info. Here is a nice collection of photos of their amazing cardboard homes.

Prison Friendship

This is a remarkable story of healing and forgiveness. Claudia and Ciliana are two women from opposite sides of the conflict in Columbia. Both are serving time in prison for killing people in the uprisings. After being assigned as cellmates, they began to get to know the person beyond the roles they played and found that they had much in common. Most of all, they didn’t want to cause any more harm. They realized it was time to go beyond the ideologies that create conflict and war, and…

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First Date: 1971

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I had my first real date with my first high school sweetheart in 1971. I don’t know the exact date, but it was in October, if memory serves. But it could have been November. I was almost 16. His mom picked me up at my house, with him in the car of course, and she dropped us off at the movie theater to see Billy Jack, a movie about a quiet war veteran who defended his girlfriend’s hippie school and her honor from the corrupt sheriff and his corrupt son. There was a lot of racial injustice of Native American children at the school located somewhere out west. I loved that movie. Later, I learned how to play the theme song, “One Tin Soldier” on my guitar.

 

After the movie, we went across the street for pizza and talked about the world and Billy Jack’s motorcycle, and wouldn’t it be great to go to a hippie school like the one Billy Jack’s girlfriend ran?

We went on many more dates until my first boyfriend had to move back north with his family, 700 miles. So far away, as Carole King would sing, and I didn’t see him again for 39 years. I do remember the date of our second first date. It was July 15, 2011. If you want to know what happened on that date, you can read my book. I hope to publish it in November, or at least before the end of the year. The date is still up for grabs and up to God who knows best.

After my Stream of Consciousness slowed down and I was wrapping up this post, I looked up Tom Laughlin. I had forgotten he died in 2013, on my birthday, December 12. Does that mean something that he died on my birthday? He was way more than an actor, producer, and screenwriter. He started a successful Montessori school in California and wrote books on Jungian Psychology. I didn’t know that before. I must have known that he ran for president, but I had forgotten that. To learn more about the man who played Billy Jack, read this.

Today’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt was the word, “date.” Find out more at Linda Hill’s blog:

https://lindaghill.com/2016/08/19/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-aug-2016/

Here are the rules:

1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing, (typos can be fixed) and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.

3. There will be a prompt every week. I will post the prompt here on my blog on Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” “Begin with the word ‘The’,” or simply a single word to get your started.

4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours.  Your link will show up in my comments for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top. NOTE: Pingbacks only work from WordPress sites. If you’re self-hosted or are participating from another host such as Blogger, please leave a link to your post in the comments below.

5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read everyone’s! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later, or go to the previous week, by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find right below the “Like” button on my post.

6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!

7. As a suggestion, tag your post “SoCS” and/or “#SoCS” for more exposure and more views.

8. Have fun!

One-Liner Wednesday: Less Nonsense, More Love

We are going to have some nonsense, and the fun, silly kind is great. But it is possible to reduce the not so fun nonsense, especially when it pops up in my brain. I just have to say, “Stop it!” And move on.

Loving Me, Too

Love Yourself don't tolerate nonsense.

I have less tolerance for manipulative games and layers of unnecessary paperwork, but I still like a little silly, fun nonsense. Loving myself more means saving my time and energy for things that make sense.

One-Liner Wednesday is hosted by Linda Hill. Here’s her post:

https://lindaghill.com/2016/08/17/one-liner-wednesday-forgetfulness/

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The rules  for “One-Liner Wednesday” are:

1. Make it one sentence.

2. Try to make it either funny or inspirational.

3. Use our unique tag #1linerWeds.

4. Add our very cool badge to your post for extra exposure!

5. Have fun!

(Linda says she doesn’t always follow the rules. I like that!:)

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We Are More Alike Than Different

“The earth is what we all have in common.”   Wendell Berry

Earth, The Blue Marble

We all live on the same planet.

We all need the same mix of air.

Designed to eat from Earth’s garden

And drink from bodies of water

Abundant in all of our bodies,

We all floated in our mother’s wombs

We all cry the same salty tears.

We are more alike than different.

You would think

we could all get along

If not for ourselves, then

For the sake of all children

of the great Mother Earth.

And we can.

This is my offering for #PoetsForPeace which can be found here:

https://forgottenmeadows.wordpress.com/2016/07/16/calling-all-poetscreative-minds-to-a-grand-collaboration-poets-for-peace/

Secret Magic Words

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First, congratulations to John, at https://thesoundofonehandtyping.wordpress.com/ winner of this year’s SOCS badge contest. I love the colors and the clarity of this badge. Good job, John!

And now, to the Stream of Consciousness. Linda’s prompt for today was, “cash.” I like to use cash when I can, rather than credit or debit cards, and much more than on line purchasing. You see, I’m a wee bit paranoid, no, I’m cautious, about the security risks. I know I’m a bit of a dinosaur in that I don’t use ATM machines. So when I cash a check, I deposit most of it and keep out the cash I think I’ll need. And I still write checks to pay most of my bills. Does anyone else still do that. Please don’t tell me I’m the only one. But I’ll still do it. It works for me.

I know that doesn’t exactly fit with the idea of faith, hope and perseverance, in my blog subtitle, except it does for the perseverance part. What does fit with faith and hope is that for the past few years, some of my passwords have had phrases related to more cash. More cash from alternate sources  rather than the job I worked for so long. Creative sources of cash. Not those exact words, cause hey, they are secret, magic words. And they worked, along with the law of attraction, and my higher power, aka, God, not necessarily in that order.

This vision of cash from more creative sources, the general idea, manifested when my high school sweetheart husband who found me thirty nine years later said to me, “I’m about to be 59 and a half. That means I can withdraw from my retirement. How would you like to quit your job, so you can focus more on writing and art?”

That was well over a year ago, that he said that. And for at least six months, before I accepted his offer, I asked him, like once a week, “Are you serious?” which turned into, “Is it really okay if I quit my job?” and “Are you sure you’re okay with that?”  I couldn’t believe my luck.

But it wasn’t really luck, was it?

I’m still careful with money. The fact that we are both frugal is part of what allowed me to cut back on my old job. We have a modest home, small by some standards, in America anyway, and we don’t spend a lot of money on luxuries. But I am happy. And I have enough cash. I have everything I need. And I’m thankful.

Here’s a little clip about cash from one of my favorite movies, brought to you by my stream of Consciousness. In It’s a Wonderful Life, George and Mary are headed for their honeymoon when…

 

Want to learn more about the Stream of Consciousness Saturday?  Visit Linda’s blog,where you don’t need any cash:

https://lindaghill.com/2016/08/12/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-august-1316/

Here are the rules:

1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing, (typos can be fixed) and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.

3. There will be a prompt every week. I will post the prompt here on my blog on Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” “Begin with the word ‘The’,” or simply a single word to get your started.

4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours.  Your link will show up in my comments for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top. NOTE: Pingbacks only work from WordPress sites. If you’re self-hosted or are participating from another host, such as Blogger, please leave a link to your post in the comments below.

5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read everyone’s! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later, or go to the previous week, by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find right below the “Like” button on my post.

6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!

7. As a suggestion, tag your post “SoCS” and/or “#SoCS” for more exposure and more views.

8. Have fun!

FANNING THE FLAME 🔥 

RIP = Recovery Is Possible. Eric has a powerful story.

FROM STRUGGLE TO STRENGTH

I remember when I was young and my enthusiasm and curiosity burned bright. I was a happy, healthy and eager to learn more about everything. I was a straight A student and very creative. But under the surface there was a scared, fragile, uncertain and insecure little boy.

After a while the flame didn’t burn as bright and the happiness and enthusiasm began to fade. Eventually the flame 🔥 that burned so bright died and the doubt and insecurities took hold. The scared little boy began to search for a place to belong. Searching 🔎 for meaning, purpose, belonging and love. Love from anyone who would offer it. The funny thing is, I never really knew what love was.

I’ve experienced the unconditional love that my parents and family gave but that never seemed to be enough. It wasn’t what I thought I was looking for. They tried to no…

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It’s Time To Vote for the 2016-17 #SoCS Badge!

This is fun! Lots of interesting designs. Mine is one:)

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It’s after midnight, which means this year’s contest is closed for the new Stream of Consciousness Saturday badge. We have seven wonderful pieces of art to choose from! Anyone can vote: make yours count!

I’ll name them all to make it easier for voting purposes. Here are the contestants in order, according to the time of their entries:

KG, with “Long and Winding Road” https://booksmusicandmovies.wordpress.com/2016/08/06/my-experiments-with-p/

Dale, with “Thoughts” https://diaryofaninternetnobody.com/2016/08/06/new-socs-badge-design/

Willow, with “Wildflowers” https://willowdot21.wordpress.com/2016/08/06/socs-ex-and-socs-badge-design-competition/

John, with “Digital Sky” https://thesoundofonehandtyping.wordpress.com/2016/08/06/my-entry-in-the-2016-socs-badge-contest/

JoAnna, with “Rocks and Water” https://joannesilvia.com/2016/08/07/my-entry-for-the-socs-badge-design-contest-2016/

Helen, with “Fast-Moving Stream” https://helenespinosa.wordpress.com/2016/08/07/socs-badge-contest-entry/

Deborah, with “Firework Fantasy” https://notestiedonthesagebrush.wordpress.com/2016/08/07/stream-of-consciousness-badgering/

Please be sure to check them all out before you vote!

The poll will be open for one day. If it doesn’t close down automatically after 24 hours, I will close it when I get up on the morning of Friday, August 12th. The results will be announced before the Friday SoCS prompt is posted, and…

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