Over the holidays (yeah, I know I'm still back there...still recovering), I spent some time with that fluffy, white stuff that falls from the sky. Snow! Lovely snow. Lovely cold, icy, slippery snow. In all its many forms, a beautiful sight and a great way to bring in the New Year. A few years back, I … Continue reading Smack, Whack, the Ice Is Cold
Looking at all the colorful lights and holiday displays you would probably say everything is going splendidly. But I promise you, things are not always as they seem. I felt a lot of anxiety in the air as I drove through my neighborhood. Maybe Santa and friends are anxious about the big night. Could be. I … Continue reading Santa and Friends: The Real Story Beyond the Lights
This week's photo challenge is Gathering. Document a gathering and share your interpretation with us. For this challenge, I would like to share a most recent gathering. It's a gathering of Cookie Decorators. Have you ever seen so many cookies? Enough for everyone to decorate, no matter the age. Decorate your cookie however you like. You … Continue reading Weekly Photo Challenge: Gathering
Fiction-T's from the Green-Walled Tower are here and just in time for the holidays! David Stewart from the Green-Walled Tower blog has created these incredible T-shirts. I know you're probably wondering how a T-shirt can be incredible...make no mistake these shirts are stupendous! Why? Because these shirts are Fiction-T's. David has published his short fiction stories … Continue reading Green-Walled Tower Fiction-T’s are Here!
Have you ever been in a conversation where you were so busy formulating a response that you missed what the other person said altogether? Sometimes I think life happens this way; life as a conversation where we are only half-way committed, half-way listening. Many times we are so fixated on predicting what happens next that … Continue reading A Communication Tip for the Holidays and Beyond: “Me Time”
For this year's Thanksgiving meal, I will responsible for cooking. This also includes planning. We all know that the secret to a successful Thanksgiving meal with numerous side dishes delivered to the table piping hot all at once is....more than one oven! Correct? But unless you live in a hotel or you're just lucky, you're like … Continue reading Thanksgiving Quandries
I am guest posting today over at Adam’s blog, The Dependent Independent. Please head on over and join me for a poem. Thank you!
I was honored by Adam’s request to guest post with a poem. I don’t write poetry too often, but I like the challenge. Here, I have attempted to write in the Italian terzanelle form (with only slight cheating). I hope you enjoy it. Thank you. – Amy from The Bumble Files
Where there’s light, there’s dark—
in the middle toils a tangled mind,
slipping, hiding, gasping,
Will I ever be enough?
Slipping away inside her head,
in the middle toils a tangled mind.
White, chalky tablets fill her hand,
her bright smile hides her dull eyes.
Slipping away inside of her head,
strength enough for everyone except herself,
Christmas baskets clog the decor.
Her bright smile hides her dull eyes,
pills distill antiseptic smells,
its rotting memories no one claims.
Christmas baskets clog the decor,
but no one says anything.
Where there’s light, there’s dark
lurking, wrestling with grace,
slipping, falling, grasping.
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