Friday, October 24, 2014

Savoring the Season

Blustery winds of an autumn day
Twisted, turned the leaves away-
To frolic in a rainy dance
Leaving all transfixed in trance.

While tree limbs rocked to and fro
Small crabapples didn’t know
How to prance amidst the leaves
So plop they dropped from the trees.


I stooped to capture nature’s gift,
A pair of reddish treats to lift
And place amidst my fall display
For all to savor each October day.


Rainy, dreary autumn days
Can be a blessing in many ways.
So savor the season as it unfolds
Find fall's richness of red and gold.


Creating fall displays from autumn's bounty is a delightful way to "find fall" this season. Consider taking time to reflect with me as I create the "Finding Fall Gallery" for a global gallery of artistic expressions. Some members of the Poetry Friday community have submitted their original photos and poems already but I am continuing to collect offerings. The "Finding Fall Gallery" will be unveiled at the end of the season. 


If you are interested in finding out more information about the Finding Fall Gallery, you can go here.


Please join the Poetry Friday community hosted by Cathy Mere today to find a variety of offerings by many writers. You can enjoy the readings as you relax this weekend.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Gratitude for Grace

There have been times in everyone's lives that missteps taken lead us down a path that is not well-suited for our balanced living. It is with faith and hope that we rise from the fall to move forward. 

It is for amazing grace that I am grateful. 


Gratitude for Grace

When toils abound
And troubles arise
Grace is present
And ever abides
Lifting us gently. 
Catching our steps.
Pushing us forward
Beyond our missteps.
cvarsalona 2014

This poem is embedded in the Animoto video I created. 
The link is above (click Gratitude for Grace).



May the following renditions of "Amazing Grace" allow you to rest in the presence and power of the Divine who provides for us not only in times of toil but on a daily basis. 

Andrea Boccelli


 Amazing Grace Performed by Il Divo
Il Divo

On a perfect fall day Chris Tomlin sings the song for the movie "Amazing Grace" 


May you rest in peace and grace as you find fall in the bounty of nature. 






This week Holly Mueller has invited us to write about grace for the Spiritual Journey Thursday community. I thank Holly for this topic since this week has been filled with grace for me. Eleven years ago I walked on the edge of darkness when diagnosed with lymphoma but through the power of faith, medicine, the support of family and friends, and the grace that surrounded me I survived. Monday was my annual visit to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City where my oncologist greeted me with a smile and a message of healthy living. In tribute to the power of Divine Grace I created this post. 

Thank you to Holly for this simple reminder.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Celebrate 2014 National Day on Writing with #NYEDChat Because Writing Matters


Today, Monday, October 20, 2014 is National Day on Writing sponsored by NCTE, the National Writing Project, and The New York Times Learning Network. #NYEDChat is inviting all Connected Colleagues to celebrate writing with Blanca Duarte and me, tonight's NYEDChat moderators, at 8:30 pm EST. Join us for a fast-paced, our conversation, entitled, "Writing Matters." 

Perhaps, your writing style is a particular genre, such as poetry, essay, narrative, or maybe you best express yourself through art, photography, film, or graphics. You may opt for the traditional form of paper and pencil or intrigued by digital mediums. Some people showcase their writing in street art while others blog, publish, or write letters. Whatever your style is we welcome you to showcase it in the Twitter conversation that will begin at 8:30 pm EST and post your writing or link to it below in the comment section

Six questions will be presented for the Twitter convo (see below). Since this is an open chat for all connected colleagues we ask that you spread the word so this conversation can be joined by colleagues across the globe. Let's hear what you have to say on the art of writing. 

Join NYEDChat as we celebrate this day because 
"Writing Matters!"


I watch their flight
As dreamers wander 
and writers write. 

CVarsalona 2014


NYEDChat Questions

Welcome to #NYEDChat. Please introduce yourself with your name, role, and location.
8:30 pm
Tag a tweep to join #NYEDChat tonight. Writing Matters!
8:31 pm
Beside using #NYEDChat you can tweet with #MYWritingCommunity to join the national initiative on writing.
8:31 pm
Q1 What type of writing fits your style? #NYEDChat
8:35 pm
Q2 Who do you have in mind when you write? #NYEDChat
8:43 pm
Q3  Why is writing in all its forms (paper/pen, digital, film, videos, in art, infographics, etc.) important. #NYEDChat
8:51 pm
Q4 How can you encourage others to become connected colleagues who value voice?  #NYEDChat #WriteMyCommunity
8:59 pm
Q5 How does your writing influence others and/or impact students’ writing lives?  #NYEDChat #WriteMyCommunity
9:08pm
Q6 Do you have any parting advice for those who might be interested in blogging or writing professionally?
9:16 pm
Link your voice with #NYEDChat at http://buff.ly/1sIlnnz. Riddle in 140 char? 5 word poem? Blog link? Other? Have fun writing.
9:20 pm
Thank you for joining #NYEDChat tonight. Be connected and continue to write. #CEM14 #WriteMyCommunity
9:28 pm
Join #NYEDChat on November 3, 2014 at 8:30 pm EST TOPIC: TBD
9:29 pm

Friday, October 17, 2014

Playing with Words for Ghoulish Delight

Are you ready? 
Here's my pumpkin fright for Halloween Night.


In real life this pumpkin is a large ceramic one with a huge candle inside that sits on my bay window greeting everyone who enters my house.



Join Michelle Barnes at Today's Little Ditty to enter her Poetry Friday Parlor of Horrors and perhaps the hand will pop out at you. There you will find a host of poetry friends with an array of delights for you to read.