WHAT HAPPENED?!

Did 2021 really just end? Or, has my mind just gone a little crazy? What a year it has been with broken pipes, migraine headaches, canceled trips, a newly published book, untimely deaths, graduations, fishing, shelling, beach walks, time with family, good health, AND friends like you.

LESSONS LEARNED FROM 2021:

  • Make plans but be prepared to cancel or postpone
  • Research what is being said from the government down to your doctor and pharmacist.
  • Live each moment to its fullest.
  • Appreciate the wonderful Florida weather…even the humidity.
  • Reach out to friends and strangers in need.
  • Keep writing despite vision issues…dictate your stories, blogs, etc.
  • Clean out the cupboards, closets, and donate to those in need.
  • AND FINALLY, SPREAD YOUR LOVE.

Here are two music videos that will lift your spirits, give you hope, and fill your heart with love.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_DKWlrA24k
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VqhCQZaH4Vs

Wishing you each a blessed 2022.

“FICTION IN A FLASH CHALLENGE 2021” PHOTO PROMPT #31 #IARTG @pursoot WritingCommunity #WritingPrompts #FlashFiction

Suzanne Burke has provided a new photo prompt from which to write a short story, poem, or one-liner. Come and join in the fun.

When I first saw the photo prompt, it brought back memories of my sister and I swinging side-by-side as children. Looking at the snow, I thought about the analogy of the seasons of the year and the journey of our lives.

Since Covid-19, the preciousness of life is ever more evident; the lessons of filling each day with love are more clear; the gift of memories is precious, and the beauty of love is ever so dear.

May 2021 be a year of lessons learned and lived. A time of putting aside differences and joining together in love. A year of taking better care of our health. A year that the swings of memories will uplift us.

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FICTION IN A FLASH CHALLENGE #26 @pursoot #Writing Community #IARTG #ASMSG

Award-winning author, Suzanne Burke, presents photo prompts encouraging and inviting anyone to write a short story, one-liner, or poem inspired by the photo. Here is my Tanka poem inspired by this charming photo.

  THE MAGICAL TEDDY BEAR
  
 HOW SOON WILL HE COME?
 WHEN WILL I SEE HIM AGAIN?
 HE LEFT IN A RUSH
 ON A STRETCHER WITH DOCTORS
 SURROUNDING HIS FRAIL BODY.
  
 HE CRIED OUT MY NAME
 BUT THEY SAID "NO BEARS ALLOWED"
 I CALLED OUT HIS NAME
 IN MY MAGICAL METHOD
 THAT ONLY HE AND I KNEW.
  
 SITTING BY THE FIRE
 EACH NIGHT I WAITED FOR HIM
 PRAYING FOR HEALING
 OF MY DEAR FRIEND WHO I LOVE
 AND IN RETURN LOVES ME TOO.
  
 AT LAST HE RETURNS
 WRAPPING HIS ARMS AROUND ME
 HIS BODY IS THIN
 BUT OUR LOVE WILL HELP IT HEAL
 THE SAME AS IT HAS EACH YEAR.
  
 I’M NOT JUST A BEAR
 MY STUFFING IS MAGICAL
 I CAN HEAR AND SPEAK
 ONLY WITH MY YOUNG OWNER
 WHO I WILL LOVE FOREVER.  

Like many children, I had a Teddy bear which I played with, dragged around, and shared my secrets. He was cuddly, never judging, and always there. This poem is in honor of my Teddy and all the other Teddy bears who have brought joy and comfort to children around the world.

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FICTION IN A FLASH CHALLENGE #14

Welcome to today’s blog. Once again I am sharing a short story or a flash fiction based on a photo prompt. Author, Suzanne Burke offers these challenges and everyone is welcome to participate. https://sooozburkeauthor.wordpress.com/

Here is the photo prompt for this week:

The beautiful photo was the inspiration for the Tanka poem I wrote. A Tanka poem is a form of Japanese poetry consisting of 31 syllables divided by 5-7-5-7-7, creating a flowing story without pause.

I invite you to let your creative juices flow by writing a short story, a poem, or a one-liner inspired by the posted photo. Check out the details at https://sooozburkeauthor.wordpress.com/. This is not a contest, but an opportunity to share your gift of writing and creativity.

Did my Tanka poem and photo prompt inspire, excite, or give you joy and peace? I welcome your thoughts. Please leave a comment below. Thank you.