Friday, February 21, 2014

Celebrations All Around

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Thanks to Ruth  at Discover.Play.BuildRuth Ayres Writes for bringing us together to celebrate each Saturday. Tweet at #Celebratelu

Love this quote I found from Lily Tomlin: "For Fast-Acting Relief – Try Slowing Down"

        This week, after our Expo, our school was on vacation. I had things to do, personal and for work, too, but I did try to have some s.l.o.w time, to stay lazy early in the morning, to write more just for me, and to read more. It was a nice week.

I saw: my son, daughter-in-law and grandson who live in Texas, a short visit, but so great to be with them! I posted this Tuesday too, and here they are again!




I took more photos of the sky.

I wrote more poems!  I've been writing poems to color prompts for Laura Shovan's birthday month poetry challenge. Some are pretty good; some are not, but I've written one almost every day-great practice.  Here's one I enjoyed, using both color words given this time, aloe and zinc:


zinc


Finding Face

From aloe to zinc,
she bought her beauty
at the nearby Walgreen’s,
filling the cart
with an alphabet of
make-up,
rejecting Mother Nature’s
paint job.
    Linda Baie ©All Rights Reserved

I finished Elizabeth Wein's second book, Rose Under Fire.   Code Name Verity is the first one, although they are only peripherally connected. I've been yearning to read this second one for a long time, just couldn't get to it-beautiful story. First book I cried over in a long time.  Both are beautifully done.


I listened to some favorite music.
                Do you know the world group, Playing for Change? Awesome to see and listen to children playing and singing all over the world. Here's one piece from YouTube. You can find many more, from numerous adults too!
                And that's my week, a very good one.  Hope your week was terrific, too!  


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  1. Sounds like a wonderful week. Lucky you to have this time before the long month of March. Thanks for sharing poetry and song.

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    1. You're welcome Julieanne. It is a week to savor! March does seem longer, doesn't it? Only 3 extra days, but...

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  2. Love the Lily Tomlin quote!! It's so true and such a good reminder. I love your poem even more!!!! WOW! I want to write more poetry. Maybe I'll try some this week. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. Hope you do write, Michelle. Good to try a new challenge!

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  3. I love the quote at the beginning Linda. How nice that you got to see your son and his family. I really liked your poem. I have to admit, I really struggle to write poetry. Good for you for writing each day!

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    1. Thanks Gigi-it was a good time being with family, just hanging out. I'm happy you liked my poem too!

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  4. I love the Lily Tomlin quote and your description of the s.l.o.w time. Somehow, when you slow down a bit, you notice what you have a little more clearly!

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    1. And none of us have enough of that slow time, do we? I hope you'll find a few hours this coming week, Anita!

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  5. Slow time---ahhhhh, the best. I always love your poetry, Linda, and this one is no exception.

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    1. Thank you, Deb. Great to hear from you!

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  6. You certainly had a lovely week, Linda - much to celebrate. And I thank you, again, for those marvelous pictures of the Denver sky!

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    1. They're fun to take, Tara. Our skies are really beautiful nearly every day! Have a terrific weekend!

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  7. Family, music, poetry and great books! It sounds like a wonderful week!

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  8. Family, time off, beautiful skies makes for a great week. It's always good to step away from the job to renew the soul.

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    1. Yes, nice to be away, but I did go into school yesterday-need the prep time & the copier! Thanks Elsie!

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  9. A week off for family, reading, and writing. Sounds like a piece of heaven. Thanks for sharing it with us.
    I did write a sky poem that I will send to Laura. Thanks for your inspiration.

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    1. Oh-can't wait to see your poem, Margaret. I haven't even begun for this time. It has been a fun week, including the poetry!

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  10. I love your poems, Linda. And what a treasure to spend some time with family this week. Have a fabulous weekend.

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    1. Thanks Katherine, it was a pleasure to be with them. Hope your weekend warms up a little!

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  11. It looks like you had a wonderful week. I love your poem. It made me laugh thinking of all the things we are willing to try to make ourselves - "beautiful" when really we are already beautiful.

    My sister is much younger and has a high school dance tonight. She asked me to help her find the right foundation to cover her freckles. I tried to tell her that freckles are beautiful. At 13 I don't think you get this yet. Your poem reminded me of this.

    Thanks for sharing beautiful pictures and a great book to add to my future book list.

    Have a great weekend,
    Jen

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    1. Thanks Jen, and yes, breaks my heart to see those young faces all 'covered' up. I hope they figure out that they are beautiful. Hope you love those books, too!

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  12. Linda - so nice to see the photo of your family - what a bright beautiful smile on your grandson! I am so impressed by your writing and love that you share it here! Have a wonderful week!

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    1. Thanks Carrie, he's growing into such a lovely young man. Hope your week is good too!

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  13. Linda, so glad you had time to savor the week and write some poetry.

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    1. Thanks Jone-it was a lovely week-now off to some prep for Monday!

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  14. I love your celebration! People, writing, reading, music and poetry. <3 The poem is fabulous. Keep writing.

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    1. Thank you Jennifer, so nice to hear the compliment!

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  15. Glad you got a week off! Sounds like you have had a relaxing week. I've added your two book suggestions to my TBR list! If I had a camera, I would definitely take pictures this week-- the sky has been glorious!

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    1. I hope you'll love those books, Carol. I found them fascinating! Yes, the sky's been so wonderful. I keep wanting to stop & stop again for more. And more snow is coming tonight, then warm again. Strange winter! Thank you!

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  16. So glad you had a s l o w week! I have heard so much about Elizabeth Wein's books. I will have to check them out. It might help if I had a slow week to get some reading done. Maybe spring week in 3 weeks! :)

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    1. I know you're busy, & now have this new, big project, Leigh Anne. But if you can eke out a little time, they are so worth it. Read about them first, though, they might not be the kind of book you like. Have a great rest of the weekend!

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  17. I still haven't read Code Name Verity. Maybe I'll move it to the top of one of my piles. Love hearing about your S.L.O.W. week. I enjoyed mine too, pj days and all. I love your idea of combining slow with my small treats. Great family pic, blue sky pic, and I still want to listen to the music.

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    1. Just scrolled back and listened to the music - what a wonderful world and what beautiful children! Thanks for sharing!

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    2. Our posts really could go together, couldn't they? What fun weeks Ramona. So happy you enjoyed the music. I've followed this group for a long while-see people from everywhere, happy, playing good music. Thanks!

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  18. Having great moments with family is always a reason for celebration! Maybe for April I'll do a poem-a-day challenge. Let me know if you know of any blog who does that already since it always helps when there's accountability!

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    1. I usually do a poem a day, Earl & others do too. If you start reading the Poetry Friday blog posts toward the end of March, you might find someone doing a challenge. I think Mary Lee Hahn often does (blogs at A Year of Reading). Check her blog later in March. I'll try to let others know if I hear of anything.

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  19. The break weeks can sometimes be even busier than school weeks, I am glad you took it slow. A-poem-a-day. Is it harder or easier than writing a slice-a-day for a month?

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    1. Yes, I was pretty busy this week-back to work so I can just focus on one thing! Poem a day is about the same challenge-I'm trying to figure out if I want to create a challenge for myself rather than just random writing. Will see!

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