Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Challenge–”Night & Breathe”


Daylight becomes night –

Entwined in your loving arms,

I breathe our banned love.

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Check out Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Challenge here.

Thanks for stopping by.  I look forward to our next visit.

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The Swamp Fairy–The First Dream

Once Upon a Dream

Last night, I was at that stage of going to sleep, quiet in my breathing, when I heard the tiny swamp fairy talking in my head.  She whispered so quietly I had to strain to hear her.

“Come with me,” she said.  “I am going to take you to what it was before, long ago, in the beginning…”

Suddenly, I was in Fairy Swamp.  I could feel the heat and humidity press against me making it hard to breath. Moisture dripped from the leaves of the trees.  A steamy mist swirled beneath my feet.  I could smell old and new all mixed together to make a new scent.  All around me a choir of insect voices arose in a loud clamor of pitches, making it hard for me to hear.  It was near dusk and the light grew dark around the edges.  I drifted in that space and time as if on a wave floating high above and looking down…

Darkness descended dragging a veil of foggy gloom,

as Fairy Swamp came alive with a chorus of frogs and insects

singing the stories of the day.

Lightening flickered in shadowy clouds flitting across the inky black sky.

Tiny glowing translucent wings rose above the slough,

With heartbeats syncing and beating as one -

the Swamp Fairies

glittered in the remnants

of the setting


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Fairy swamp was ancient in its gloom.  It had been here for eons, immeasurable by time.  I heard no words – only the sounds of the wind and of the swamp.  Birds settled high overhead in the trees ruffling the leaves above me.  Small scurrying animals looked for their homes for the night scampering beneath my feet.  Lightening made ghostly images shimmer before me.

I could sense them and feel them all around me.  The swamp fairies were everywhere.  I felt no fear.  Their iridescent wings gleamed in the last of the light from the setting sun.  I felt their unity, their strength in numbers.  I felt like I was part of them and my heart began to beat in time to the steady drumming of their wings.  I stood there, silently reveling in the unity of the fairies surrounding me.  I felt like I was home.  I closed my eyes and smiled.

The next thing I could remember, my two Pomeranians Sugar and Spice were licking my face and my sweet husband, Bronze was shaking me and telling me it was time to get up!  The Swamp Fairy had given me my first story to share with the world!  Follow the story from here or find the stories listed on my menu under “The Swamp Fairy.”

Thanks for stopping by to see me.  I always enjoy our visits!


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Writer’s Quote Wednesday-12/17/14: C.S. Lewis

This is an open invitation to join in on my blogging event called, Writer’s Quote Wednesday.  This is your chance to highlight your favorite author’s quotes that give inspiration to you as a writer.  By sharing your quotes, we will all gain insight and inspiration to propel us forward in our writing careers.  If you are an author and would like me to feature one of your quotes, please let me know in the comments of this post and I will feature you the following week.


There are no rules to follow.  Either make up your own sayings (because after all, we are all writer’s here) or use a quote from a famous author that you find gives you inspiration.  Just make sure that credit is given for other’s work.  You can use Fotoflexer or Picmonkey, or any other program that you wish to make your own images.

Each Wednesday, I will post the prompt and all you have to do is participate! You have from that Wednesday until the following Monday night to post your quotes. That will give me time to do a weekly wrap up and the new quote for the following week.  On Tuesday I will post a Weekly Recap of the past week’s quotes.

I will share your images on social media for added exposure.  On the weekly prompt I will include a list of contributors from the previous week so that other writers can gain inspiration from all your hard work. Copy the badge above and include it on your own post.  Tag your post on your own blog as “Writer’s Quote Wednesday,” so we can find the posts in the reader.

On your own blog post do a ping back to this post and make sure to “like” or “comment” on everyone else’s post.  A ping back is when you embed (or copy)  the http:// address of my weekly prompt into your own blog post.

Make sure to check my weekly prompt to see if your entry is there.  You can copy the http:// address of your blog post and include it in the comments section of my original weekly prompt if that works better for you.

I was going to use the Inlinkz tool for posts but it is a paid service and I did not want to deal with that. If you saw my first post, please disregard my reference to that. Please use the pingbacks for now. Thanks.

Let’s have fun!

My quote this week is from C. S. Lewis:

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If you loved, “The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe,” (Narnia), than you are a C. S. Lewis fan like I am. There is even a  C. S. Lewis, Official Blog, that shares:

“This blog offers original work on and about C. S. Lewis from scholars who have written far and wide about his stories, his theology, and his world. HarperOne also posts updates about new products and promotions. We add new entries regularly and we encourage your comments and  feedback so we can develop a helpful, thoughtful and entertaining resource for you.”

I especially liked this particular quote from Lewis because it reflects the way I feel about tea, and good books.  I no sooner get into a book, meet the characters, and have another cup of tea, and I have made it through another exciting novel.  I am a voracious reader. At the end of a book, I sometimes have to wait a day (I call it my mourning period) before I start another novel because I miss the previous books’ characters.  Make sure you check out the “About C. S. Lewis,” to learn more about the man and his books.

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Remember, if you are an author and would like me to feature one of your quotes, please let me know in the comments of this post.

Thanks for stopping by to see me today.  I always enjoy seeing your smiling faces!

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One Word Photo Challenge–Taupe


Jennifer Nichole Wells, One Word Photo Challenge color for the week is taupe!


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The trees and leaves at Fairy Swamp are taupe.

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My carpet and my driftwood Christmas Tree are in the taupe-family.

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My Pomeranian, “Spice,” is taupe-colored.

Thanks for stopping by to see me today.  I enjoyed visiting with you.

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Writer’s Quote Wednesday Weekly Wrap-up for 12/10/14


Welcome to the WRITER’S QUOTE WEDNESDAY Weekly Wrap-Up where our writers showcase their hard work from the previous week – and here it is.  TOMORROW, I will post the prompt for the new week starting 12/17/14.  Please do not link to this post.  Link to the new prompt on Wednesday, December 17, 2014.

I love all the hard work that goes into a great challenge and we have it here!  Remember many of our participants make their own images with quotes from their favorites authors.  The encouragement and motivation are resounding through the blogosphere!  Thank you all!


Here are last week’s Writer’s Quote Wednesday contributors.  IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR WRITING INSPIRATION… THIS IS THE PLACE TO BE! 

Please check out the fabulous quotes these writer’s came up with:  (Please let me know if I missed your blog – WordPress did have issues with ping-backs last week so if I missed you I apologize in advance…) If your quote was an image I grabbed it for our online gallery, if not, I did try to add your quote.   Click on the names to go to the actual quote and to visit the excellent blogs listed here.

Love, Happy Notes     “Raise your words, not voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.” – Rumi“

Notes Tied on the Sagebrush     6866289877_1c6e0181d9_z  Tunnel of Light Cape Sebastian Oregon Linda Tanner with text added

My Decade Long Travels           Harold Kushner

Happy Days          “In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.” – Albert Camus; and “The chains of habit are too weak to be felt until they are too strong to be broken.” ― Samuel Johnson

Lucile De Godoy          ©2014

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Simple Life          Eckhart Tole

Rebirth of Lisa          alice-walker-quote-flying-1

Zen and Pi          image

When My Brain Farts          wisdom-quotes-death-ends-a-life-tuesdays-with-morrie

Dandelion Fuzz          oates

Sappy As A Tree           Wenham Tea House, March 2014    

Unexpected in Common Hours          OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

K. S. Fause          faulkner_quote

Unique Art Chic          Christmas-Quote-©-Amanda-Lakey,

Rambling On          Maya Angelou

Randoms by a Random          image

I Am Not Sick Boy          My Effect


Write Dorne          Photo credit:


“I try to create sympathy for my characters, then turn the monsters loose.” – Stephen King.

Erika Kind

Thanks for popping in to see all the writing inspiration!  I can’t wait until you visit again,

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“My Creative Room”


Kat from Dandelion Fuzz asks:

“Do you have a special place you like to write? Do you need silence or do you prefer background noise? Where do you write? “


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As you can see from the picture above, I have a whole room dedicated for my writing and blogging.  I call this room “My Creative Room.”  This is where I go each day to compose my poetry, transcribe my dreams from the Swamp Fairy, and to share my thoughts on my blog.

Some days I play music, my favorite 80’s rock, classical, country, Pink Floyd, or any other tunes I can get my hands on.  I love music with chanting and some of my best writing is done while that is playing in the background.  I love all kinds of music and depending on my mood – you never know what I will be listening to.  Some days I have a candle with scented oil lit, and the fragrance wafts throughout my house.  Some days it is all hushed and quiet in my creative room.  I enjoy those days too.  All you can hear are my fingers at the keyboard, tapping those words out of my head and heart.

I have a huge recliner in the back corner of my creative room.  Sugar likes to take naps on that chair while the sunlight warms her aging dog-bones.

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I do like peace and quiet to write in.  If I am doing research for my book, I usually keep it quiet because I need to burn up numerous brain cells looking for information.  It just depends.  One thing I do know is that I can be creative because I have my own space to be creative in.  Do you find that you need a designated place to write too?

I worked as a bookkeeper for the largest law firm in Montana several years ago.  I did not have an office per se, I had a sectioned off area of a hallway to work in.  It drove me crazy.  I could not concentrate.  I had all kinds of tedious figures to work with for payroll, billing, etc. and here I was stuck where all the traffic was.  I really struggled with the working conditions.  Come to find out many years later, as an introvert that working situation was intolerable.  I had no idea just how productive and creative I could be until I got my own private place to work in.

I write better

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Many thanks to Kat for sponsoring such a great challenge, and many thanks to you for reading and letting me ramble on…

Thanks for stopping by today.  I look forward to seeing you again.

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Final Blog Boogie for 2014

Welcome to my final “Blog Boogie” for 2014!  This is where I like to thank bloggers for awards I have been nominated for and to showcase blogs that have caught my eye.  It is also a time that I like to say thank you for reading what I write and share.

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Starting in 2015, I will adhere to a quarterly award schedule to thank all the great blogs that I read on a daily basis.  What a great idea to get to know each other!  If you are looking for some great blogs to follow, you will find them here!  CLICK ON THE MUSIC BECAUSE I GOT ‘BLOG BOOGIE FEVER’!

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Not long ago, my friend Erika Kind nominated me for the Excellence Blog Award and the Liebster Award for new blogs.  In addition, my friends from Our Rumbling Ocean, also nominated me for the Blog Excellence Award.

Erika Kind is an amazing author who gives me encouragement and inspiration daily, which propels me forward in my writing.  Our Rumbling Ocean and their son, Boeta have named me their blog “granny,” which touches me deeply, as my grand children live far away from me. I am so thankful for the people we find and make connections with on WordPress.  We are indeed blessed to meet so many like-minded people.

Here are the rules for the two awards (I have changed the rules for the Liebster Award because of the holiday season – it is just too much work):

1) The nominee shall display the respective logo on her/his blog.

2)  Link to the blogger that has nominated her/him.

2) The nominee shall nominate ten (10) bloggers she/he admires, by linking to their blogs and informing them about the nomination.  (I did not do a separate message to you – the ping back to your blog is your notification).

Please note that I don’t expect the nominees to participate.  Feel free to participate but don’t feel obliged to. I simply want to pass on the Award to show much your writings have touched me in one way or another. I appreciate your blogs and recognize all the hard work you put into them.

So grab your platform shoes, jump into some bell-bottom jeans, and get ready to party!  We’re off to visit some great blogs!

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I hope you enjoyed my Blog Boogie for this quarter which ends December 31st, 2014.  I know you will enjoy meeting all the fabulous new and old friends I have listed for you to meet.  Have a wonderful holiday season and Happy New Year!  Merry Christmas!

Thanks for stopping by.  I look forward to our next visit if these platform shoes don’t kill me first,

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Do Yourself a Favor…

The other day I read the best article by Martha Beck, “To You, From You,” published in the December 2014, Volume 15, Number 12 issue of The Oprah Magazine.  Martha and I have something in common – we both have a dislike of the holiday gifting ritual found at this time of year.  Don’t get me wrong, I think a few presents are fine.  I just do not advocate going into debt over a holiday – every year.  How many times have you felt drained from all the gift giving at Christmas?

Martha has a great solution. For every gift that you give someone else – also give a gift to yourself.  Nothing extravagant or ridiculous, simply something that you really want.  What do you really want?

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According to Martha’s article, a poll was taken on Facebook to find out what are the best gifts that you can give yourself?  Interestingly, almost all of the respondents asked for the same simple, inexpensive gifts: time, less-stuff, and acceptance.  These are some pretty basic requirements, and if you think about them they apply to all of us.

Do yourself a favor – give yourself permission to accept the following gifts:

1.  TIME.  Time to do what you want, when you want to do it.  Try 10 minutes a day sitting silently, meditating, praying, whatever gives you inner peace.  Don’t squirm or think about what you have to do, or what email needs to be sent, or what bill to pay.  Just sit there quietly for 10 minutes.  Set a timer on your stove or phone so that you can experience 10 whole minutes to yourself.  It is pure bliss!

2.  LESS STUFF.  I loved this idea.  The absence of things really is a good thing, even though it seems like we spend our whole lives accumulating stuff.  The last couple of years, after our last move to Florida, I purged things that I had been dragging around with me for years.  I cried when I got rid of some of old books, although I made sure they went to a good cause.  I found out that if I stored something in a bin in the garage for a year and never went out there to get it for anything, I really did not need it.  I donated many things to charitable organizations, or friends, or family in need.  Less stuff = less cleaning!  A real plus in my book.

3.  ACCEPTANCE.  What a wonderfully novel idea, give yourself permission to accept who you are, and who you have become without criticism or blaming yourself for past decisions.  When we attack ourselves we accomplish nothing except tearing down our own self-esteem, which only demoralizes us to the point of no return. Stop that.  Accept that you will do some things wrong in this life.  Learn from those mistakes and move on… just don’t keep making the same mistakes over and over again.  That is redundant and will cause you more pain.

The end result from the acceptance of these gifts to yourself is a sense of gratitude and self-respect.   I personally cannot think of anything I want more than that from myself, for myself.

Many thanks to Colline’s Blog and her Gratitude Project who reminds me each week how thankful for life I really am.

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Thanks for reading and stopping by.  I love seeing all of you!

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Pixel Prose Challenge–Sea Foam Waves

Amanda, from Unique Art Chic hosts this fabulous challenge every week.  Join in if you like.  I love the creativity in this challenge.  Pick your image, find the words from inside your heart and write the beauty that pours out from you!

This week I am sharing a photo of the beach here in Pensacola.  A little sunny warmth to brighten your December day:

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Thanks for visiting me today.  I look forward to seeing each of you!

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Florida “Sparkle”

The Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge asked us to feature a little ‘sparkle’ in this week’s photo image.  I like being different, so instead of holiday Christmas lights or decorations, I decided to share the one thing that Florida has tons of:  Sunshine!


I love this image of the morning sun peeking out between the trees at Fairy Swamp.  The sunlight streaming down onto some of the still green foliage highlights the beauty of natural sparkle – the best kind.

Thanks for stopping in to see me today.  I always enjoy our visits!

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