One Word Photo Challenge – Tsunami

Jennifer Nichole Wells shares her challenge with us each week. We do not have to share an image of the actual weather event, instead we can share something that conjures the image of what a tsunami represents to us.

This is a photo from April 29, 2014 when we received approximately 20+ inches of rain in a 24-hour period. This was just the start of the storm. It was estimated that we were receiving 5 inches an hour for the most intense part of the storm. Many of the streets in Pensacola were flooded and untold damage occurred from the excessive rain. I know it was not a hurricane or even a tsunami, but it sure felt like one!

This was the most intense storm I have ever experienced. The wind drove hard pellets of rain at our windows, and the lightning was non-stop for hours. It was impossible to sleep as the thunder created enough noise for multiple storms.

This is a photo that my daughter took of the road she traveled to work when she lived in Pensacola. Many of the roads were washed out and travel was difficult for a week after the heavy rainfall.

It took just about a full year for the damage to be repaired in various parts of town. We are high up on our street and had minimal damage, and then, only to our backyard.

Thanks for stopping by. I am always happy to see you all!








Tweet Jukebox

Do you need help with Twitter? Try #Tweet-Jukebox. And come and share some Tweets!

Silver Threading:

Have you tried Tweet-Jukebox for Twitter? Read all about it here from my friend, Olga! <3

Originally posted on Just Olga:

Hi all:

I know we’ve all been told we should use social media to promote ourselves, our businesses, blogs, books, painting, whatever we do. And I know we all have our preferences, or sites that we understand better, or we find more useful, or that don’t give us a headache.

I must confess I quite liked Twitter to begin with, when I joined a few months before I published my first book. I would follow people I found interesting, read their Tweets, and be excited if somebody decided to follow me. I read about the subject, I tweeted quotations, ideas, suggestions, retweeted interesting things…

I’ve met many interesting people through Twitter, especially many authors, and we tend to share content and RT. Then I had problems with hackers, suspensions and got tired of it.

I’ve tried a variety of things to manage Twitter. I still use Hootsuite, as it…

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Writer’s Quote Wednesday Weekly Wrap-Up from 6/24/15

Welcome to the WRITER’S QUOTE WEDNESDAY Weekly Wrap-Up where our writers highlight their photographic and writing talent by making up their own quotes or sharing quotes from their favorite authors. (Please do not link to this post. Link to the new prompt on Wednesday, July 1, 2015). Please don’t forget to tag your post Writer’s Quote Wednesday” to make them easier to find in the reader.

I hope you will take the time to visit the blogs of the writers featured in this post. I know you will love all the inspiration they have to share!

Shirley’s Heaven

Rebirth of Lisa

Pearls before Swine


“Life is fleeting. Don’t waste a single minute of your precious life. Wake up now! And now! And now!”

Ruth Ozeki. A Tale for the Time Being.

Vashti Quiroz-Vega’s Blog

Bittersweet Sensations

Zen & Pi

I Maniking Blog

Melissa Barker Simpson

The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can – Neil Gaiman

Lucile De Godoy

Story Teller

Wendy Anne Darling

Nagrij Writes the Hits you Didn’t Know Existed

“No man ever wetted clay then left it, as if there would be bricks by chance and fortune.” – Plutarch.

J Sack’s Mom’s Blog

Silver Threading

Thank you for stopping by to read the best inspiration and motivation you will find in a collection on WordPress. Please take the time to visit the blogs of these fine writers, poets, philosophers, and photographers. I know they will love it!

Before you go, please take the time to let me know which quote was your favorite this week. There is room below in the comments section. <3

The “like button” has been removed to encourage meaningful conversation. See you next week!


Mindful Monday – Do Less to Achieve More

Love blooms into mindfulness

Welcome to Mindful Monday! Each week I try to self-discover new or sometimes old things about myself. I have found that being mindful encompasses the act of being watchful, aware, wary, heedful, alert, careful, or attentive, in whatever area in my life I feel it applies to, as I attempt to live in the present.

Do you realize that you achieve more by doing less? How many times have you heard about someone famous who seems to have the ability to do it all? These people wear many hats in the living of their life. They are an actress, a director, a writer, a mother, a father, etc. the list goes on and on. Bottom line, the message is that the busier you are, the more important you are perceived to be by our modern society.

Image Credit: Mindful.org

In reality, this person lives a life filled with stress. They are actually hindered by all of this hyper brain activity. When we stretch ourselves too thin we do not make the best decisions. Our ability to solve problems becomes impaired. We lose the ability to learn new things, or remember important information. We forget how to control our emotions. We slow down and become tired.

Under stress, our brains reach overload. They really are not computers even though we tend to think of them as such. This is the critical point where mindfulness comes into play. When we become mindful of all the hats we wear in our lives we stop being multitaskers. We do one thing at a time and accomplish more because we have slowed down and lived in the moment of the task we are trying to complete.

Image Credit: Pixabay free images

We have conditioned ourselves to live in a “MORE” world. We always want more. More likes on our blogs, on Twitter, and on our Facebook pages. We always want more so we can have more things. “More” has become a way of life.

I am seriously considering removing the “like button” from my blog. Do I really need to know if you like my writing that much? That is, of course, if you actually read what I write. We are conditioned to just click on the like button and move on because we are always so busy and stressed out. I am not sure that the like button is an accurate gauge of whether or not my readers really like what I write about.

Image Credit: Pixabay free images

What if I just had the comment button on my blog? That would require the reader to slow down and read my thoughts. I get a fairly large amount of comments anyway. Just think of all those emails and like acknowledgments from the side menu that I have to click on to clear away. Those could be gone!

Removing the ‘like button’ from my blog would save time for me and the reader who has to click on the button to begin with. Removing the ‘like button’ would save time for all of us. Don’t be surprised if the ‘like button’ on this blog disappears in the next few days. More is not always better.

What am I going to do with all that free time I will have after I remove the like button from my blog? I am going to spend more time with my husband and dogs. I am going to spend time daydreaming, thinking up new plot lines for my novel, and writing poetry. I am going to spend more time learning how to meditate and how to live in the moment. I am going to spend more time commenting on what others write. I am going to live in that moment and experience the wonder of being alive.

So, please tell me what your mindful goals are for this week.

Would you like to share your mindfulness journey with others? If you are interested in sharing your goals or aspirations, I want to highlight your journey here on Silver Threading. Send me an email at silverthreading@gmail.com and I will be happy to feature you on a guest post. This is our journey into mindfulness. The more we share and learn from each other, the better our journey becomes.

Remember, this is not a challenge.  This is an offering of support.  If you would like to join in with your own Mindful Monday goals you can do so in the comments, or on a separate post of your own making.  If you want to link back to my post, please feel free to do so, however, it is not necessary.  My main aim here is to give and get support to become more mindful of the things I take for granted in my life.

Namaste! I wish you much joy and peace this week.








Photo 101 Rehab: The Clinic – The Approaching Storm

This week, my contribution to Lucile Godoy’s fabulous photo rehab clinic are the following three images of storm clouds:

It was about 4:00 PM in the afternoon when I took these photos with my Samsung Galaxy 5 phone-camera. The sky was dark and ominous. I was pleasantly surprised at how detailed the images of the clouds appeared. These were not taken as black and white photos.

We received about an inch of rain in an hour from these clouds. No tornadoes – that was a good thing!

Thanks for stopping by to see what I have been up to. I will see you again.









A Workspace Blog Hop and a Writing Journal

My friend Hugh, of Hugh’s Views and News asked me to participate in his Workspace Blog Hop months ago. Shortly after Hugh’s invitation, I received another invite from another friend, Ali, of Chronicles of an Orange Haired Woman.

Suffice it to say, I am late for these important dates! In fact, Ali had an excellent commentary today about keeping a handwritten writing diary. I thought I would incorporate that into sharing about my daily writing workspace tour.

I spend my days in the smallest room in our house. I call it, “My Creative Room.” It is interesting to note that Sugar and Spice have their sleeping crates in this room and use it at night. During the day, Sugar is my writing muse. She faithfully lies (sleeps) by my side on the floor the whole time I am in here pounding away at my keyboard. My sweet girl had surgery months ago and the patch of fur is slow in growing back. However, it does not deter her from supplying me with additional brain power when I need it.

Here is a view of my writing workspace. I recently acquired a new touch-screen computer with built-in speakers to aid me in my writing and blogging journey. I have pictures of family, college certificates, and the usual motivational images strategically placed on the walls. If you look at the picture of The Buddha I have on the right facing wall, you will see an aura around it. What an interesting photographic phenomena!

I do have a window in the room that I glance out of for my daily daydreaming ritual. I hope to add a treadmill this winter. The idea is that I will walk while reading and commenting on blog posts. I have a tablet that will work fine for that.

I did want to talk about the idea of starting a writing journal like my friend Ali does, here in her post. I use various notebooks, spiral notebooks, etc. for my writing, in addition to the computer. I have recently purchased two new notebooks that I intend on using for my book. Inside I plan on outlining my plot line and deciding on characteristics for my characters. I will fill these notebooks quickly.

Ali suggests keeping a writing journal where we can pour out our thoughts, try new writing techniques, and pen our innermost secrets. I like that idea. The fact that penmanship is not being taught in many American schools really got me to thinking about leaving a written legacy to my family in my own handwriting (or printing because I don’t know if it will be readable in the future). What if my diaries eventually inspire my grandchildren to become writers? Now that is an idea I really like!

There is a totally different brain correlation to writing by hand then there is to writing with a keyboard. I prefer typing because it is faster, although I appreciate the brain workout that writing on paper gives us.

Science Daily.com backs me up with the following quote:

“Writing by hand strengthens the learning process. When typing on a keyboard, this process may be impaired. Neurophysiologists have examined research which goes a long way in confirming the significance of these differences. When writing by hand, our brain receives feedback from our motor actions, together with the sensation of touching a pencil and paper. These kinds of feedback is significantly different from those we receive when touching and typing on a keyboard.”

Thank you, Ali, for an incredibly wonderful idea. I am going to start a writing journal today.

I would like to ask a few of my friends to participate in the Workspace Blog Hop, but it is not necessary to do so. Please participate if you would like to.

Sasha Black

Rebirth of Lisa

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


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8 things about writing

Silver Threading:

This article says it like it really is! I am a student of writing… <3

Originally posted on Phil J. Harrison's Blog:

You don’t just set down and write a book then publish it.  It takes work.  If anyone tells you otherwise, they are either a liar or a fool, or perhaps both.   And if you listen, you are the fool.   Every book you write, from your first to your 39th in  a series to your 80th is the first book someone will see from you.  Make sure that book makes them want to read more.

There are writers who are in it for the money.  Off the top of my head, I can point to some extremely prolific writers in a certain sub-genre that may have outlived its fanbase.  They sign 80 book deals.  They turn out books that are barely English even though they are Sally Jo Hensen from Dubuque, Iowa [it seems Sally Jo was too busy staring at the boy’s crotch at the desk beside her and missed…

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