A Balloon Artist and Life’s Great Artist

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If you haven’t yet found this blog by my dear friend Anita, please check it out and follow her. She has a gift to bring everyday stories full circle with a biblical message. http://anitalucasfreestyle.com/2014/04/03/a-balloon-artist-and-lifes-great-artist/

Originally posted on anitalucasfreestyle:

Last June our family had the opportunity to travel to Orlando for vacation. My parents, my sister and her family, and my own family were able to all go together to share the Disney experience. Surprisingly losing my dad just eight short months later it is a trip that has come to have such significant memories. One evening we had diner outside of the Disney parks. This particular restaurant happened to have a young college aged girl that was making balloon animals for children for tips. She made four wonderful balloons for my niece, nephew, and two daughters. My father tipped her well for all of the balloons and both my husband and brother-in-law threw in a tip. She did very well at our table that evening. Her talent became very inspirational to two of the young eyes that watched her turn the deflated balloons into wonderful inflated creations.   My…

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There is another sky

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Yellow love

There is another sky,
Ever serene and fair,
And there is another sunshine,
Though it be darkness there;
Never mind faded forests, Austin,
Never mind silent fields -
Here is a little forest,
Whose leaf is ever green;
Here is a brighter garden,
Where not a frost has been;
In its unfading flowers
I hear the bright bee hum:
Prithee, my brother,
Into my garden come!

                                        By: Emily Dickinson

A Clear Midnight

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orange moonBy: Walt Whitman
THIS is thy hour O Soul, thy free flight into the wordless,
Away from books, away from art, the day erased, the lesson done,
Thee fully forth emerging, silent, gazing, pondering the themes thou
lovest best.
Night, sleep, death and the stars.

Elementary, my Dear Watson!

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I’ve been a little unplugged the past few weeks.  By unplugged I mean NO INTERNET SERVICE.  I was simply informed that ‘they’ updated the towers near my house to give me faster service.  Guess what- I have no service now.  This has created some annoyance but I have dealt with it, mainly because I don’t have a ladder tall enough to fix it myself.  This free time has allowed me to write and follow up with some new story ideas and plot twists.  I have even shuffled through some of my kindle books downloaded forever and day ago and made some headway with actual reading.  Yes, it is amazing what you can do when you take an element of your life, like the internet, away.  Which brings me to my next thought, as I meandered through my downloaded books I came across The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.  I have seen the old PBS remakes when I was little, I even remember at some point in my childhood getting to watch an old Sherlock Homes movie in class.  I am also a fan of the new remakes starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law.  Therefore, I thought I would give it a whirl!  Keeping in mind that Sir Conan Doyle started writing the Sherlock Holmes stories in 1887, I knew there would be words I didn’t understand and all I could hope that it would not bore me.  I couldn’t have been more wrong!  I am actually thoroughly enjoying every page.  I can see now why Doyle was such a popular writer.  I caught myself laughing aloud last night- yes, I LOL’d at a 127 year old book.  If you haven’t checked out the stories on Sherlock Holmes I would suggest giving it a try, it really is Elementary, my Dear Watson.

Happy Blogging and Reading!!  

Submerged in my Idea Notebook

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I take many notes when I am writing.  Some of my ideas that I scribble down make the cut in the final project, some don’t.  Inspirations come at different times of the day and night, I jot them down in no particular order that turns into a jumbled mess of thoughts.  I wish I could keep them in a neat organized notebook but alas, my self-diagnosed ADD fights me on this :) .  When a writing project is going very well, the images and ideas play in my head like a movie and if I do not get concepts at least on paper, I feel I lose valuable ideas and formation of plot lines.

Yes, I submerge myself in my own notes.    

This practice use to bother me, having all these partial ideas and snips of paragraphs of my story in a small bundle of my idea notebook, but this is my creative process and it seems to work better for me than whatever I was doing before.  Once the ideas are down and out of my head I can start to formulate an outline.  Simple really.  I think the idea of writing scares many people because they believe in order to write they need to sit down and type out a book in completeness from the beginning to The End with ease.  It doesn’t happen that way unless you are Hemingway, which by the way would type at his old fashioned typewriter while standing!

These ideas I write down are beneficial when I am on chapter five and I realize the plot has a hole in it and need to rewrite, move, or scrap a whole chapter- it happens…  Holes do happen, especially the longer the writing project and you won’t get lost in the ‘no idea abyss’ if you have taken time to write down your ideas at the beginning of your project when it’s new in your mind.  That is when the scribbled notes come in handy!  Ideas, Ideas, and more Ideas!  The more I write down at the beginning of my story in my idea notebook the easier it flows later when I’m having a ‘no idea’ day (AND those days do happen).   

So if you are having hesitations about writing or blogging grab a trusty pen & notebook, and write, write, write.  I promise ideas will come to you that you will want to write about and it will be a great resource on those days that you don’t have any ideas to write about. 

So get submerged in your own Idea Notebook!

Happy Writing!! 

My Ludicrous Life Decision Policing System

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I’m thinking about starting a business.  A business that will help millions of families…  Yes, a policing system for stupid, ludicrous life decisions made by family members that turn your life upside down.  Having made some nonsensical judgments in my past, I think I am a perfect candidate for evaluating stupid choices made by misguided people.  Some examples that my Ludicrous Life Decision Policing System could help with:

-An Uncle that is a father of five, thinking about quitting his job and moving his family to Alaska, and pursuing a love of igloo architecture.  I would intervene and find a resolution, like smacking some sense into him.  No peaceful resolution here- just tough love.

-A teenage daughter that wants to quit school, get a tattoo of a clown on her neck, and move in with her rodeo clown boyfriend.  I would intervene by taking her to a local trailer park and making her live with a family of ten in a four room trailer for a week (if it even takes that long).

-Your newly widowed father who wants to marry someone thirty years his junior, buy a yacht, and spend his remaining years looking for a mermaid colony in Australia.  Well, seriously aren’t you just a little curious about mermaids? 

I think this would be a booming business!  I could tell people to stop being stupid and screwing with your sanity. I see a bright and busy future here; there is one of these people in every family…