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Congested Mind

Originally posted on Grandmother Musings:

When your mind is closed

Ideas fail to come in

When the eyes are shut

Darkness pervades

You can never know what lies beyond

If you never alter your reality

 

 

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Everyday

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This photo is entitled, “Traffic”.  Traffic is what most of us encounter on a daily basis regardless if we live in Bangkok or Chicago.  A morning commute filled with the smell of exhaust, the blare of a train whistle, and the squeaky brakes of a mass transit bus awakens us faster than a morning cup of coffee. This is “everyday” stuff.

 

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Near/Far

Originally posted on Grandmother Musings:

 

An interpretation of the theme of the Weekly Photo challenge: Near/Far.  If you would like to participate in the Weekly Photo Challenge, visit the The Daily Post at WordPress.com.  Even if your blog is not about photography, you can still join in the challenges every week.  It is a great way to participate in a daily/weekly post.

 

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How Can You Call This LOVE?

Originally posted on Grandmother Musings:

You ripped my heart out

In the name of Love.

I am not a Girl Scout

naive and stupid.

 

You thought you could fool me

Make me your toy

However, I am quite gutsy

When it comes to relationships.

 

Sure, I checked your cell

For weird numbers and such

And, believe me I could tell

That you were not all there with me.

 

The late nights away

Were a big red flag.

All your pitiful actions we so cliché

And, you thought they were magic.

 

What an idiot you have become

To surmise that this could last.

Find another girl to hold under your thumb

I will keep my passion for one who deserves it.

 

 

 

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Pool Done Broke Blues

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It figures!

The last warm days of the year.

I’m thinking

One more chance for a clear

Day in the pool.

 

I slaved!

All week to get the water right.

Ran the filter

Every single night.

Stupid mechanical pump.

 

It’s broke!

The noise it made gave me the chills.

It was hot.

And not with passionate thrills

Darn, Darn, Darn

 

It’s sad!

What will I do with my time.

Labor Day Weekend.

The water will turn to slime.

I have to close it up.

 

Goodbye!

Got me through the hottest summer.

Swimming made me happy.

Our parting is a real bummer.

Until next year…

 

 

 

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Spread Love Everywhere You Go

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“Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.”
Mother Teresa 

 

A woman I know has a terrible disposition. She often wears a scowl on her face and her body language screams, “Get Away From Me!”  People are afraid to talk to her or ask her a question in fear that she will respond sarcastically. She is an unhappy and unloved soul.

          This woman is trapped in a cycle of sadness that she cannot break.  It moves round and round, never creating the happiness she so desperately needs. She is lonely and fearful, yet does not know how to reach out to others.

          I want to shout at this woman and recite what Mother Teresa lived,  “Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.”   I yearn for this woman to know that if she…

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A Rondel : A Wedding of Two Souls

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Taken by: Mila Zinkova (original source)

On an autumn morning, with bright-colored cheeks,

She walks down the aisle of her life.

Her future stands at his side as his wife.

The circle of life begins as the priest speaks.

 

As her veil  lifted by hands that she knows,

The familiar flutter in her heart beats fast.

The gentle blue eyes of her husband slows,

As words of enduring love is asked.

 

Joyful music of celebration swirls around.

The dance of binding sways.

Molding two into one in a blaze.

The couple begins their life together bound.

Until their death and they are in the ground.

 

20 Lines or Less posted the challenge of writing a Rondel Poem, and I thought I would give it a try.  I used the theme of a wedding because that is what is currently on my mind. My son is getting married…

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TRAIN – Shades of Seuss Challenge

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Railroad Station photo taken by J. Nowinski

When he was a little boy,

My husband thought it would be a joy.

To sit on the train and watch the sights,

He could hear the whistle and see the blinking lights.

He rides the train every day.

He works and then he gets his pay.

Winter, spring, summer, and fall.

He takes the train to the mall.

The conductor punches his ticket.

The punch sounds like a cricket.

Clickety-clack, clickety-clack goes the wheels.

The commuter train serves no meals.

The people sit and then they stand.

At their stop, they all disband.

His train pulls into Union Station.

It is one of the busiest in the nation.

Work, work, work, all day long,

When it is over he joins the throng

Back to the train is where they head,

They go towards home and to their beds.

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Night Owl vs Early Bird

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My internal clock is set for burning the midnight oil and eating midnight snacks.  I am not sure why I enjoy staying up late and sleeping in, but I have always been dubbed a “night owl”.  I think it runs in my family.  My grandmother would stay up late watching TV until the screen went fuzzy.   I too have been known to go to bed with the birds singing.

     The problem is that it is so very difficult to live and work in a world that demands that I wake up with the birds.  It is especially hard, after a long summer break, to suddenly wake up and live on a morning person’s schedule.  Coffee and lots of it is required to survive.

     Morning people are a different breed from Night Owls.  They enjoy waking up to the sunlight and have no trouble getting all their work…

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Weekly Photo Challenge:Merge

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Photo taken by J. Ahern at the Brookfield Zoo exhibit Zoo Bugs.

       This is an example of how bugs merge and camouflage themselves to avoid becoming dinner for another bug or animal.  Brookfield Zoo’s interpretation of this is a bit extreme, however, the name of the exhibit is “Extreme Bugs”.   Some people believe that the “Lady Bug” is a lucky and magical bug.  It is said that if a Lady Bug lands on you, then good luck will follow.  I wonder if this extreme Lady Bug is even luckier than the average garden variety.

       There is a story from the Middle Ages where the crops were being eaten by insects, and people were starving.  They prayed to The Virgin Mary for relief.  The village was disappointed in their prayers when they discovered yet another insect in their fields.  Their disappointment was short-lived, however, when they realized that these bugs…

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My Bedroom Echoes (Monday Morning Poetry)

My bedroom echoes, now.

I worked on it Monday morning until Monday night.

It was a smooth transition to throw out the ugly, good for nothing dresser.

Luckily, it did not put my husband in a dark mood.

I did not even need to soothe him over the loss of his storage chest.

The room looks and smells clean.

I can now find all my things and sleep in peace.

It was a good day.

 

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge: WRONG

Taken at Brookfield Zoo by J.Ahern

 

EWWWWW!!!   This is WRONG!  Cockroaches in cleaning cabinet?

 This photo was taken at Brookfield Zoo near Chicago. They have a new exhibit called  Xtreme BUGS.  Xtreme BUGS were built exclusively for Brookfield Zoo and invade this summer for a limited time. Massive state-of-the art animatronic bugs move about in larger-than-life scenes highlighting life in a bug’s world. A winding trail leads to ants feasting on a scorpion, spiders hunting, bees pollinating, and so much more!

If you are going to be in Chicago this summer, check out Xtreme Bugs!

 

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Perseid Meteor Shower

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Don’t forget to look up into the night sky this weekend to see the show!

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Every year in August, we are given a show from the Perseid Meteorites.  It is a special time for me because when my son was younger, he and I would sit in the back yard until the wee hours of the morning watching them streak across the eastern sky.

It is suppose to be the best meteor shower of the year, according to NASA.  From Friday, August 10th until Sunday, August 12th, NASA expects that the Perseids will peak at about 100 per hour.  This is predicted to be an amazing show, and there is another treat in store for sky watchers.  “The brightest planets in the solar system are lining up right in the middle of the [Perseid] display,” NASA says. Specifically, “Jupiter, Venus and the crescent moon are gathering together just as the Perseid meteor shower reaches its peak.”

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The Potato Chip Gene

I like potato chips.

It runs in my family.

The potato chip gene is passed down

To one of us randomly.

 

Some brands are better

But I prefer Lays

Just the original chips except for BBQ

For those I like Jays.

 

I try not to eat them.

They are bad for my health.

If you want to tempt me

I’ll take chips over wealth.

 

Chips are addicting

I have that weird gene.

I crave them often

I am the chip queen.

 

No crunching around me

It hurts my chip brain.

Existing with such limits

Is causing much pain.

 

I need a pill or a potion.

To end my chip habit.

Until then I’ll try to eat carrots.

And make like a rabbit.

 

I know that this poem

Sounds a bit lame

But, my rhyming is off

The chip gene is to  blame.

 

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THE WAY (Open Book Challenge)

We are all on an individual journey. We are looking for truth and overturning all stones in an effort to find those methods that will help us discover, THE WAY.

Each one of us has a unique idea of the path and how it is to be followed. Some take to religion, some to science, and some combine all the information into a form of belief. We look for signposts and guides to lead us into a direction. Often we feel we have taken the wrong road or walked down an over trodden path. Frustration that we need to retrace our steps is often felt, and for a moment, makes us sad for the time we have wasted.

However, is it really wasted time? Maybe, there was something missed on the first pass through. Some lesson that was not evident or forgotten. What if we are where we are meant to be, ALWAYS? Could it be that there are no mistakes? It just is what it is.  Hmmm….something to muse about today.

 

 

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