Monday’s Reflection

Normally, I try to write a bit of a reflection piece during the weekend. But this weekend, I enjoyed the stillness and laziness that Saturday and Sunday can bring. It was quite wonderful. On Sunday, I sat outside listening to my favorite podcast and took a nap. The sun was so warm and cozy that I didn’t even mind that it felt more like a summer day in June rather than the end of September. Just getting outside and putting my feet on the old sand box I have in my yard made me forget about writing, blogging and keeping up with things. Do you ever feel this way?

Sometimes nature seems to pull you away from everything that you wanted to do, but the tugging is so gentle and serene you are happy to accomadate.

Choosing to rest and take a moment to breathe sometimes feels selfish. Because there is a long list of to-do’s that I should accomplish, but I choose to relax instead. I’m at a point in my life that I can identify this incorrect way of thinking but this feeling of regret lingers nonetheless. I know that my body and soul deserves rest but I need to still convince my mind and my heart that this is true.

Rest

(verb)

  1. cease work or movement in order to relax, refresh oneself, or recover strength.

(noun)

  1.  an instance or period of relaxing or ceasing to engage in strenuous or stressful activity.

 

As the work week starts again, I will working more than resting. But the weekend sabbath has replenished my chutzpa and I am ready to tackle what lies ahead.

Be well,

L

 


Photo by Elena Saharova on Unsplash.

Promote Yourself Monday, September 30, 2019

Give yourself a shoutout and check out all the other great writers in this little internet community!

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Promote yourself Mon

Welcome to Promote Yourself Monday.  All Go Dog Go Cafe community members are invited to post one link to one specific piece of their writing (600 words or less please!) they have published on their blog, Facebook page, or Instagram feed into the comments section below.

If you post a link, be sure to read some of the other great writing people have linked to.

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Did the vapor wave of

music and madness

only serve to

distract this

lonely traveler from

her final destination?

.

Guiding light

Soul compass of my

heart

Be not far.

Clear my eyes

to achieve the peace

you have promised.

 


Photo by Sean Sinclair on Unsplash.

Promote a Poet/Writer Thursday | September 26, 2019

“Don’t forget— no one else sees the word the way you do, so no one else can tell the stories you have to tell.” Charles de Lint.

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Promote a Poet.Writer Thursday

Welcome to Promote a Poet/Writer Thursday! This is the day of the week where all members of the Go Dog Go Café Community are invited to introduce a Poet or Writer they enjoy reading.

Participating is really fast and simple- in the comments below, post the link for the Home Page of the Poet/Writer you are introducing to us and tell us briefly why you think they are special.

We encourage all of you to visit these blogs (or social media pages) and get acquainted with some great new writers.  You never know who you might meet. . .

Happy reading!

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In a…

In a great wide world

too large to define,

there lies an open field.

The wind rustles the grasses and the sun shines bright.

In an open field

where the flowers sway,

there lies a juniper tree.

It’s shade in the morning and it’s comfort in the night.

In a green, green juniper

where the birds do sing,

there lies a nest

On a small branch, snuggled between darkness and light.

In a little nest

where the eggs do lay,

there lies a mother bird.

She ruffles her feathers and sings, it will be alright.

By the mother bird,

where her body warms,

there lies a little chick.

He lifts his head so only mother was in his sight.

.

“Mother may fly

and you will too

But always remember

that I love you”

 


Today’s poem was inspired by the Go Dog Go Cafe word prompt “serenity”. Rather than just use the word in the poem, I wanted to evoke the feeling of serenity. For me, this words mean peace, comfort and love. Hopefully, at the end, you will feel warm and cozy and serene. Photo by Patrick Robert Doyle on Unsplash.

Tuesday Writing Prompt Challenge September 24, 2019

I will be posting my own poem later on today! Can’t wait to see how today’s prompt inspires you! The theme or word to use is “serenity.”

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Tuesday Writing PromptDevereaux Frazier and Beth Amanda are currently hosting the Tuesday Writing Prompt Challenge which was started by our star writer Christine Ray. We hope to offer all of you something that will spark your creativity and willingness to participate.

The prompts are designed to be quick challenges that can be written in 10 to 15minutes,  inspire you creatively, are fun, and get everyone interacting.  Please post your response to the prompt in the comments below and show your fellow posters some love and support.  All members of the Go Dog Go community, including Baristas, are welcome to participate.  Feel free to share this post on your own blogs and/or Facebook.

Today’s prompt:  

The theme or word to use is “serenity.” 

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Promote Yourself Monday, September 23, 2019

Don’t forget to check out some of the other great poets and writers!

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Promote yourself Mon

Welcome to Promote Yourself Monday.  All Go Dog Go Cafe community members are invited to post one link to one specific piece of their writing (600 words or less please!) they have published on their blog, Facebook page, or Instagram feed into the comments section below.

If you post a link, be sure to read some of the other great writing people have linked to.

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Regaining normal

Hello!

It has been a while since I sat down to write an update on my life, my wanderings and my dreams. These past few weeks I have been traveling for work, traveling to visit friends and all in all having a busy time. I knew going into September it would be quite busy, a rush of things to do and places to be: But now that I am in the midst of it, I keep trying to carve out moments of rest and peace so that I don’t forget myself. I find it too easy to let the tide of life sweep me away with little care to how I am actually feeling. It’s hard to be “in the moment” when you have a long list of to do’s to accomplish.

So here I am clacking away on my keyboard giving myself a moment to process and understand the past few weeks.

Fun fact about me, this month I celebrated my birthday. Over the years, I have come to enjoy my birthday as a time for reflection and celebrating the loving friends and family that I have around me. But, it hasn’t always been this way. I used to hate my birthday, really,  there was such a terrible bitter anger toward the day. You might be confused, you might ask if something horrible happened on my birthday. Not really. Actually, this distaste derived from the fact that I never liked being at the center of attention at parties and that I never understood how to accept presents. Weird, I know. Now that I’ve grown, my attitudes toward birthdays have changed and I am better for it. I don’t flaunt that day with balloons and cake, rather I like to recount my blessings and tell people how much I appreciate them when they wish me “Happy Birthday”. As I grow older, I see my birthday as more like my personal New Year’s day. People make resolutions for the new year but I make resolutions for my birthday. Maybe that’s also weird but I think that we have already established this fact… So I thought I would share with you some of my personal resolutions for my next year of life.

-Continue to seek joy in all circumstances

-Grow in communicating feelings,thoughts and desires 

-Maintain personal relationships with close family and friends

-Publish a collection of my poems (a very daunting task! But I have a year to do it, right?)

I am very excited to see what the new year holds for me. Also, I am so happy to be part of the Go Dog Go Cafe, as this has helped me continue to cultivate my writing and my prose. This past year was a good year, but I know there is still so much more to learn and experience. I feel that for the first time, I am ready for it. I am ready to learn, ready to run boldy and face the day. For life is complex, life is confusing but life is also beautiful and I am looking forward to living it.

Be well,

L

 


Photo by Adi Goldstein on Unsplash.

 

October Quotable Poe Writing Challenge on Heretics, Lovers, And Madmen

I am so excited for October! These are excellent prompts and I hope you all can be inspired to creat your own pieces!

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Barista Christine Ray and Kinda M. Austin are excited to announce that they will be hosting a Quotable Poe Challenge this October on Heretics, Lovers, and Madmen.

Choose a prompt (or ten) and write a poem, prose or piece of flash fiction inspired by the quote. Submit to hereticsloversmadmen@gmail.com, and include a brief bio if you are comfortable. Feel free to include any links to your blog, and/or other places you publish your writing.

We look forward to reading your submissions!

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