One Word Photo Challenge–Chocolate

This week’s One Word Photo Challenge from Jennifer Nichole Wells is Chocolate!

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To participate:

  • Create a new post on your blog titled “One Word Photo Challenge: Chocolate”
  • Include an image or images that you feel fit the theme
  • Tag your post with “One Word Photo Challenge” so that others can find your contribution
  • Have fun!
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Chocolate colored rocks – Glacier National Park 2009

Thanks for visiting.  Have a great day and I will see you again,

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Sugar and Spice in Montana

 

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This is a picture of Spice and Sugar when we lived in Montana.  They are Pomeranians and I wanted to show them with their full coats.  We keep them trimmed living here in Florida for the obvious reasons… too hot for all that fur!  Last week some folks were wondering what breed they were.

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Pomeranians have two coats.  They are well suited to the cold winters of Germany.  They are actually miniature Spitz bred down in size to become their own breed.  You can learn more about them at  AKC-Get to Know the Pomeranian.  They are little dogs with HUGE personalities! <3 <3

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I am glad to be part of Michelle’s Weekly Pet Challenge.  Sugar and Spice love all the attention too! <3

Thanks for visiting today.  I look forward to seeing you again later,

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The Agreement

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With the approach of Halloween just around the corner, I could not resist having some fun with Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge for this week using the words: Promise and Gift.  I used to work for attorneys, so I feel qualified to give a dig to the profession. <3

I created this Haiku using Picmonkey and really like the results.  It is fun to experiment and try new things.  Bring Haiku into it and I am really excited!

Thanking for popping over to see what I am up to.  I will see you all again,

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The Next Chapter Begins

Our first assignment in Blogging 201 asks that we detail our blog’s goals to help us refine where we are going with our blogs. I started Silver Threading in April of 2014.  In my humble beginnings, I knew I wanted to write, but I had not found my “true voice” yet.

I have been narrowing down what my focus should be in Silver Threading. I wanted my journey through my retirement years to always be the focus through my writings. The most pleasant surprise is that I have found an audience to read my poetry and short stories that even enjoys my photography. I never imagined that would be possible.

I did not want my blog to be about getting older – instead I wanted it to be about another chapter in my life and how I could finally do the creative things I only dreamed of doing when I was younger. Silver Threading is that journey. It does not have a set plan – it unfolds as I live it and write it.

Eventually through trial and error, I guess I finally decided to blog to self-publish my poetry and writing. Along the way, I also wanted to preserve stories from my family and my husband’s family for our children and grandchildren.

At the back of my mind I always thought that if I had a following to begin with I would do much better when it came time to publish my writings professionally. My blogging was never really about the followers to begin with. However, now I realize that there is something to the numbers after all.

I have set some goals to achieve within the next six months (10/20/14 – 4/19/15):

1. Get some of my poetry and/or short stories published.

2. Include articles from three guest writers on my blog.

3. Increase my Writer’s Quote Wednesday followers by 50%.

4. Create a monthly writer’s award to highlight other blogs and share them within our community.

Of course, I still have the normal goals of posting at least one post per day, and to find time to read and respond to my followers own blogs, which is quite important to me.

I also want to continue to encourage young writers on WordPress. Awards are a way of transferring some of our own confidence we have gained to others. Our young writers are important to the survival of writing in a technology driven society.

Thanks for stopping by today.  I appreciate you all!

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Pixel Prose Challenge – High Tide

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My Pixel Prose entry this week is still stuck at the beach.  It is so lovely here in Pensacola, Florida in the autumn that I just can’t let go of the sea and sand.

Come join Amanda of Unique Art Chic weekly for her Pixel Prose Challenge where we combine poetry, Haiku, Tanka, etc. with our photography.  Its like traveling with entertainment!  I used Fotoflexer which is an easy program to use.  You upload your own photo and add your poetry to it with a text box.  Picmonkey is another program that is free to use.

Amanda says this challenge is:

A unique weekly challenge designed to inspire creativity from both photographers and writers. Everyone is welcome.

The concept is very simple: Use the photograph that most inspires you – then add your prose. For the purpose of this challenge, the prose can consist of any form of text. Word art, quotes, poetry, haiku, rhyme, short fiction etc.

Choose your own theme – this will free you up to use your creativity to its fullest – with the photograph you feel most inspired by. Create with your photography, edit your photographs as much or as little as you want – you decide!

Providing you have added words with your image, there is no reason why you can’t enter the challenge from other forms of social media such as Instagram, Facebook, Flickr etc. Note: You will need the URL of the actual image and not your account.

I will write a new post on Sundays approx 12 pm GMT, which will announce the weekly challenge as open. Entries can be linked to my post anytime until the following Sunday.

Join in the fun!

Thanks for visiting.  I look forward to seeing you all!

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My heart goes out to Simon, his family, and all Liberians…

Originally posted on Liberian Me :

Ebola got a head start on us, is far ahead of us, is running faster than us and is winning the race”, Anthony Banbury told the UN Security Council on Wednesday.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) projects the pace of infections accelerating in West Africa – to as many as 10,000 new cases per week within two months.

Mr Banbury said the global response to the Ebola crisis must meet critical goals by 1 December “or face an entirely unprecedented situation for which we don’t have a plan”.

By that date, the world must ensure that at least 70 per cent of people infected are in treatment and at least 70 per cent of burials occur without contamination, he said.

I look at social media how various conspiracy theories flowing around . One theory weirder than the other. Meanwhile people are dying and hundreds of heroes voluntarily trying to help…

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Peace Through Kindness

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Each month, I ask myself, “How do I promote peace?”

The topic of “world peace” seems so broad and intimidating.  It really does not have to be unless we let it seem so daunting that we are unable to grasp its true meaning.  Do not look at the broad picture only.  Keep carving the meaning of peace down until you have something that you can hold on to that helps you define what peace truly means to you.

This month, I want to promote peace through the kindness of ourselves and how we act toward other people.  Kindness in words is a big deal to me.  You can destroy a person with only a few words.  We in the WordPress blogging community are actually quite kind to each other, offering inspiration, hope, and a sense of caring.  Great.

Now, how do you treat the members of your family?

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In my opinion, peace in a family is attainable by recognizing that each person brings something unique to the family unit.  We are not all alike by any means.  Just because our genes are shared within a family does not mean that we are all the same.  Our differences make us human and loveable.  When judgments or perceptions against each other are shelved and forgotten, that is when peace silently slips into your home.  You do not even notice until you sense the quiet.

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Peace obtained through kindness is an easy task.  Say, “please,” and “thank you,” to each other.  Mind your snarky/funny comments by keeping them in perspective so that you do not do more harm than good to your family members.  Take responsibility for your actions and do not blame others for your own mistakes.

Create peace in your family by loving each other – flaws and all.  Be willing to change.  That is the key.

Thanks for stopping by today.  I enjoyed our chat,

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Sisters Through and Through

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Spice said,  “I LOVE my big sister, Tabitha visiting us.”  “Now if I can get her to get rid of that IPAD thing and pet me all the time I will be happy!”  Both dogs looked for Tabitha after she left to fly back to California the other day.  We all miss her.

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Sugar said she was just too darn tired to play.  Nap time is Sugar’s favorite time of day.

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Thanks for visiting and seeing what Sugar and Spice are up to this week.  I look forward to seeing you all again!

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