Saturday, July 31, 2021
Friday, July 23, 2021
Sweet beach memories float on by. It has been months since I walked across a beach feeling the sand massaging my toes. I pause to recall the morning sun offering warmth, gulls swooping across the ocean, and frolicking sounds of children swooshing in ebullient waves. Summer brings its own magic to the shore-nature's handpainted seascape. Mother Nature blends muted shades rising above a cream sand layer. To replicate the look, artists reach into their palettes mixing jetty gray with blue sky. Blending my love of photography with digital art, I create memories of my seaside times of gratitude.
Tuesday, July 20, 2021
It was a summer afternoon to remember, moderate temperatures, sunshine, and smiles. As we strolled through the streets of historic Clifton, Virginia, I imagined what it was like as a Civil War town. Was it the quaintness represented by the architecture, the charm of the old railroad and oxcart, or the trattoria and ice cream stop that lured us on? We strolled, ate dinner at a European-type garden setting while the grandgirls waited patiently for the next treat, homemade ice cream at one of their favorite stops. A walk to the park for birthday cake and playground fun rounded off the enjoyable late afternoon. Summer sunshine embraced us, making the quote by author Kellie Elmore a reality.
“I love how summer just wraps its arms around you like a warm blanket.”
Thursday, July 15, 2021
In the heat of each summer, we weave words to share our thoughts not on the pressures of life but on its beauty wrapped in reflection. A common bond of friendship brings our poetry community closer together through the art of creating small poems. Despite the pandemic, my poetry swap partner from the Philippines, Iphigene Daradar, shared a little poem and painting with me through virtual means. "I wish I could send this to you physically. Unfortunately, things haven't gone back to normal here." For a successful swap, Iphigine and I decided to change the way we would communicate.
"The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new." -Socrates
Instead of only gifting our partners with a small poem via postal service, Iphigene emailed me and I sent her a Google slide share. We built a new communication chain through the internet. The pandemic caused us both to reflect deeply on life. Iphigene's thoughts were conveyed through both words and artwork. The poem she created was "one of those things I learned in the duration of the pandemic." In response, I shared a walk through the woods in my new community, along with digital art designed with Google SlideShare. Through digital mediums, we stitched our reflections with the golden threads of poetry. Friendship is a bond that cannot be broken by a global virus.
Learning to SurrenderIphigene DaradarA dried up leaf clings to its branchThe wind blew,It swayed.Breaking branchIt grasp not, but fellIn a slow danceof glidingThrough air.GlidingThroughAir.Staring into life,Into each breakingLearning toGlideThroughAir and fallIn season.July 2021
Learning to Surrender is a beautiful poem softly rendered in a watercolor-like background. I will think of Iphigene when the leaves gently dance through the sky and remember to glide through challenges, surrender, and rest in the moment.
Thank you Tabatha Yeatts for gathering our summer poem swap group together again.
Yesterday when I saw the following beach photo by Leigh Anne Eck on Margaret Simon's site, This Photo Wants to be a Poem, I recalled the wonder and majesty of a Long Island Summer evening at the beach. I paused for a moment, let go of my to-do list, and just stared into the photo waiting for words to frame my thoughts.
Tuesday, July 13, 2021
Did you read this article, "Fly you to the Moon? Japanese billionaire seeks 8 people for space voyage?" In March 2021, Fashion tycoon Yusaku Maezawainin made an offer for 8 people to fly to the moon free. Sounds interesting? Personally, I rather stay on earth and gaze at the moon in the night sky.
Thursday, July 8, 2021
July is Park and Recreation Month, a time to be grateful for the service provided by parks. During the pandemic, parks became places of comfort to roam freely in the open air, congregate with others, and satisfy the urge to travel to local scenic places without worry. This month, the National Recreation And Park Association is partnering with renowned poet and bestselling author, Kwame Alexander, to create "a community poem - one poem compiled from many voices". They would like to hear "community's stories about what their local parks and recreation mean to them".
I decided to join in the fun and write a poem in appreciation for the service offered by my local park in Long Island where I lived prior to moving to Northern Virginia in mid-March. As one voice among many, I offer my thoughts for the poetry challenge fully described at Park and Recreation Month: Our Community Poem. From the many poems and inspirational thoughts offered, Kwame will craft an original community poem to be shared online at the end of the month. The challenge requires using the prompt, "Everything around you is." Submissions are due by tomorrow, July 9, 2021.
Wednesday, July 7, 2021
The Fourth of July is a day to celebrate with family. Instead of a barbecue, we decided to find an outdoor restaurant for a family favorite-breakfast. Wth the sun shining, we celebrated in style. The little grandgirls were decked out in holiday outfits creating a celebratory flair to the beginning of the day.
Fourth of July is a day to connect with loved ones and share in the hope that freedom brings.
With regrets for strolling into Two Writing Teachers late, I send this slice of life off. The activities of the past days have worn me out. While I wrote this slice just before the deadline, I fell asleep before sending it out.
Thursday, July 1, 2021
Clunker Challenge from Linda Mitchell