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WHY I CREATED THIS BLOG

Hi. I’m Dee. Welcome, come on in. Why I created this blog? Short answer: because we all have something to communicate. And I will not let my voice die or be silenced. This is therefore a brave and intentional space for creative self-expression inspired by my relationship with God. I am motivated to write from …

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Why I Write: The Power of the Written Word

Before-word: As I’m spending more time building this blog, I’ve been thinking a lot about writing—the art of writing and the power of the written word. I love to write. And chances are if you’re on this site, you’re a blogger which means you also love to write. Or, you’re here because you love to …

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Shabbat Shalom: Tears’ Voice & Harvest

👆PLAY👆to listen as you read along Tears have a voice. Whether tears are as a consequence of joy or sorrow, they speak volumes—even more than words can say. As I mentioned in last week’s Shabbat Shalom post, I was writing it from my own heart experience. What I didn’t say was that it was written …

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December Is…

… Christmas Tree decorating!!! Decorating is another of my passions. December means CHRISTMAS and its the season for my biggest inspirations. I start with the tree and however it turns out that design element carries through the rest of the Christmas decor for the space I’m curating. This Chris tree design is done to fit …

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Midweek Boost: Soul Seasons©

SUMMER comes with such splendor all of creation shows its praise flowers bloom fruits ripen birds sing all things experiencing rebirth all things made anew 'till AUTUMN’s golden redsunshiny yellowcrispy brownleaves letting gofalling peacefully lying in a final resting place‘till WINTER’s milky white delicate snow flakescascadingfallingcovering all in fluffy softness'till SPRING’s revitalizing rain fallsshoweringwashingpouringcleansing life …

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Flower of the Day Challenge #22: Golden Ray

This golden ray of sunshiny beauty adorned my table at a restaurant recently. A beautiful part of the decor that enhanced the dining experience. Hope it brings some sunshine to your day today especially if you’re in colder climes. Thanks to Cee for hosting the Flower of the Day prompt. Thank you for journeying along. …

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Shabbat Shalom: …comma-but-God Moments

👆PLAY👆to listen as you read along At a concert a couple years ago I bought a tee-shirt that read: “…but God”. I was drawn to it because I’ve always been fascinated with the power associated with that two-word combo in the Bible. It’s such a compelling combination that you’ll often hear folks use it as …

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Midweek Boost: Autumn’s Hooray

Reflecting on photos from my favorite park mixed with quotes from folks who spoke the sentiments of my heart before I did … "Autumn leaves shower like gold, like rainbows, as the winds of change begin to blow."– Dan Millman "There is something so special in the early leaves drifting from the trees–as if we …

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Sunday Photo Reflection #21 & A Haiku

She’s kaleidoscopeAutumn beckons through the blinds:“Come see my beauty” Behold: trees of shimmering yellow… …vivacious red, …golden brown! Behold a standout beauty! Behold: leaves carpeting ride path … … and cushioning walk path, a lady in red goes by green bench. Behold, geese in river hemmed in by autumn-colored trees! I hope you enjoyed this …

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Shabbat Shalom: Heaven’s Grocery Store [with audio]

👆PLAY👆to listen as you read along Today’s Shabbat Shalom post is a poem I used to recite as a child which crossed my path again this week. Stroll with me through heaven’s grocery store. As I was walking down life's highwayA long, long time agoOne day I came upon a sign that read“Heaven’s Grocery Store” …

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A Healthy Dose of Perspective: Let’s Talk About “They”

Have you ever met “they”? You know that all-encompassing “they” that direct and control your life course, your choices, your happiness? The “they” in “what will they say?” or “what will they think?” But, they don’t live your life, do they? Then why should their opinion matter as much as they do, or at all? …

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Sunday Photo Reflection #20: Reflections

My favorite park—it has a river running through it, and bridges, and tons of trees and a walk/run path winding along the river. Now that autumn is here it’s an array of colors. I spend many hours absorbing its beauty and being healed by its tranquility. Today the reflection from its river is captured for …

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Shabbat Shalom: Name-Changer God [with audio]

👆PLAY👆to listen as you read along For today’s Shabbat Shalom post we’ll talk about God as name changer. One of the reasons why I love God is that He is a doer of astoundingly-great things. One of those exceptional things He does is to change names. Throughout the Bible there are examples of God’s name-changing …

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Listen To Your Heart©

In the moments when you’re still, you’ll winQuiet the noise—the distractions—withinThat’s when the listening of your heart begins Listen to your heart, it’s calling to youListen to your heart, it’s telling you what to doListen to your heart, it’s giving you the better view Other voices are loudSilence every soundIt’s the virtue best bestowed Listen …

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Sunday Photo Reflection #19: Tree in Transtion

Each morning when I look out my window, this tree greets me “hello”. Her colorful transition into barrenness is as if she’s saying: The trees are about to show [you] how lovely it is to let the dead things go.Author Unknown Thank you for journeying along. First time to the site? Welcome! You may start …

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Shabbat Shalom: Wholeness is Worship [with audio]

👆PLAY👆to listen as you read along For today’s Shabbat Shalom post the focus will be the wholeness in worship. And I’ll explain it using an ancient story told in the Bible in the book of St. Luke, the 17th chapter. One day Jesus was passing through a town and came across ten men who were …

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City Blooms© [a Haiku]

KaleidoscopicDisplay, between city streetsAutumn flowers bloom Smack dab in the middle of the concrete jungle that is NY City appears this rainbow array of floral splendor which stopped me dead in my track. I grabbed my trusty iPhone to capture this photo. It’s deserving of its own Haiku. 2021 All rights reserved ©createdbyDEEsign.com Thank you …

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At the End of the Rainbow

Like a Leprechaun she traveled down life’s many roads searching to find the hidden places of treasures Embracing every loss and every gain till she discovered the most valuable gem The pot of gold at the end of the rainbow was always in her 2021 ©createdbyDEEsign All rights reserved Thank you for reading! First time …

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Flower of the Day Challenge #19: Rose Anatomy

The roses are holding their own, defying the cold and still pushing out blooms, warming my heart and providing offerings to share with you Behold the delicate intricacies of a rose’s anatomy Thanks to Cee for hosting the Flower of the Day prompt. Thank you for journeying along. First time to the site? Welcome! You …

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Sunday Photo Reflection #18: Seasonal Decor

The joys of the season are all cleverly brought together in this beautiful decor design. No trick and nothing spooky here, just the beauty of nature exemplified. Hello Autumn! Hey there Harvest! What’s up Orange?! Contributing to Fandango’s One Word Challenge, trick; and the Word of the Day Challenge, spooky. Thank you for journeying along. …

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Shabbat Shalom: Haunted Heart

👆PLAY👆to listen as you read along When you think about haunting, what are some thoughts that first come to mind? Spooky? Eerie? Ghostly? How about darkness? When I think about haunting, darkness is what first comes to my mind. The most basic definition of darkness is the absence of light. Darkness and dark places also …

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Love Deep To Deeper©

He’s a man of emotions deep, like ocean’s untapped places and out-of-this-world spaces Intense, they flow like liquid gold from deep within a furnaced heart, words clothed in sultry endearment Each, a language of intimate expressions of deep emotional proportions: Beautiful Babe My love, My queen Each call-out expressing the epitome of affections deep, attaching …

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Shabbat Shalom: God’s Art to heART

👆Play👆to listen along as you read ART to heART is more than a homophone. It’s a life-changing salvific principle used in the recreative-poetic expression of God. The Greek word poiēma is used ONLY TWICE in the Bible and both times in reference to the creative power of God. First, when He created eARTh referred to …

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Lost Between Forever & Always©

Love Meandering through the malaise of what could have been Dodging word-wars hurled in fiery exchanges Delicate foreskin of its fortitude penetrated Breaking down its defenses Wandering brokenly Love Lost somewhere between forever and always 2021 ©createdbyDEEsign. All rights reserved. Thank you for reading! First time to the site? Start here👈 and for more follow …

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Ode to The Lady & Her Fighter

👆Play👆to listen along as you read Every lady needs a fighterA defender of her honorNot a squire or a pageA mounted man-at-armsDevoted to his ladyActs of chivalry a champion trueA knight in shimmering armorSwirling about in colors brightSpectacular fins for swordThe lady and her fighter—Fish Meet my Tyson. No, no, not Mike! MY-Tyson—my fighter fish …

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Sunday Photo Reflection #19: Pumpkins, Gourds & Harvest

I went apple picking for the first time! It rained but that didn’t stop me from climbing trees to fill my bag with the choicest of apples. Topped it off with freshly-made apple cider and delish apple donuts. Yummy 😋 There were pumpkins of all sizes and shapes, some painted with adoring smiley faces. There …

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Flower of the Day Challenge #16: Fashionable Foxglove

Presenting MsFoxglove, fashionably adorned in a lavender-polka-dotted-glove-like ensemble taking the 1st place award for the “most delicate” in the garden. Thanks to Cee for hosting the Flower of the Day prompt. Thank you for journeying along. First time to the site? Welcome! You may start here👈 and for more follow the blog here👈In creative solidarity, …

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Don’t Let Go©

Don’t let goFlashing lights, billboards aglowWatching life beneath him flowPeople cluelessly dithering to and froWhat’s dangling above, they do not knowGrisly thoughts, they’re starting slowFeelings of trepidation, quickly growGotta turn it around, change it somehowBreathe—calm erratic heart, pulsing slowRegaining composure, decidedly avowMaintaining grip, even soDon’t let go 2021 ©createdbyDEEsignAll rights reserved This piece is in …

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Flower of the Day Challenge #15: Mums & Raindrops

Currently unfolding in my potted garden is this gorgeous mum. And nothing betokens the arrival of autumn like mums in their rustic glory: Here’s to mums gloriously draped in raindrops. I hope this brings some joy to your day. Thanks to Cee for hosting the Flower of the Day prompt, Sheryl for hosting Your Daily …

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Celebrating Girls: International Day of the Girl Child

Today (11 October) is the International Day of the Girl Child, recognizing girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls around the world face realizing them. This year the theme is “Digital Generation: Technology and innovation as accelerators of girls’ bodily autonomy”. Let’s celebrate girls in the digital generation who are harnessing the power of new …

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Sunday Photo Reflection #18: The Art in Nature

If it creeps or crawls, you can be guaranteed there’ll be one reaction from me—a mad dash in the opposite direction! I’m sitting on the porch and look up to see this grasshopper lazing on the rail. But… … I’m not having that feeling-to-run feeling. Umm — it seems being in the garden all summer …

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Shabbat Shalom: You’re A Masterpiece—God’s Work of Art [with audio]

👆Play👆to listen along as you read God is a master artist, a genius creator. When He created eARTh, He built ART into every nook and cranny of it. And as beautiful and majestic and wonderful as the ART He created in eARTh was, at its completion God pronounced it as merely “good”. Genesis 1:10, 12 …

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Focus©

Unending lists of things “to-do”, less check marks on the side, I view Moving hither and thither am I, all around is stimuli Linking breath with motion, getting present in body to mind devotion Breathing-in-breathing-out, finding equilibrium all about Finding drishti, finding mountain, palms at center of heart—that’s certain Foot pressed into inner thigh, extending …

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How I Show Up For Myself

I am worthy of my own time, my own attention, my own love. I honor my spiritual, mental, emotional, physical needs. I show up for myself 100% committed.Period 2021 ©createdbyDEEsign All rights reserved Thank you for journeying along! First time to the site? Welcome! You may start here👈 and for more follow the blog here👈In …

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One Year Anniversary: 🎉🎈🎊Honoring Small Beginnings

I almost missed it — it’s my 1-year anniversary (October 3rd)!! To all 367 of you who chose to be here: THANK YOU! Thank you for: 11,758 views 5,917 visits 5,412 likes1,756 comments571 best views ever for a post Join me in honoring the principle of celebrating “small beginnings” 🎊 🎈 🎉 2021 ©createdbyDEEsign All …

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Pay Day© [A Haibun]

She recalled her dead mamma’s words: “Child, if you run from something you’ll run from everything. There are some things you gotta fight for. Some battles God fight for you and others He fights through you”. Her mamma’s words—palpable and empowering—stayed on replay till she found her fighting strength. Emboldened. Bags packed in waitingDrunken footsteps …

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Sunday Photo Reflection #17: Remnants of the Garden

Reflecting on how wonderful it was to have a garden (my first). Thank you garden, you blessed me immensely this spring to summer and heading into autumn you’re still giving vibrant offerings. And also for Cee’s Flower of the Day prompt (though there is more than one flower today). Thank you for journeying along. First …

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Six Word Story: Heroic

A mother’s love is most heroic.© Written for Six Word Story prompt hosted by Shweta, today’s word is heroic. Thank you for reading! First time to the site? Welcome! You may start here👈 and for more follow the blog here👈In creative solidarity, Dee

Flower of the Day Challenge #13: Roses Are Red

My garden is still giving me vibrant vibes. Here’s to pretty red roses—pretty by nature. I hope they bring some joy to your day. Thanks to Cee for hosting the Flower of the Day prompt. Thank you for journeying along. First time to the site? Welcome! You may start here👈 and for more follow the …

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Shabbat Shalom: God Knows Your Name [with audio]

👆PLAY👆 and listen along while you read God is passionate about you because God is passionate about God. OK … hold on. Before you think I’m saying God is egotistic, because that He is not, let me expound. God knows who He is. In response to Moses’ question: “Who should I say you are?”, God …

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Endemic Flora© Haiku

Summer alive inHimalayan vale—flowers,Mountains—glorious In 1980, Indian Government created the Valley of Flowers National Park, which in 2002, was recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This rich area of Biodiversity is also home to rare and endangered animals and birds. Thank you for journeying along. First time to the site? Welcome! You may start …

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Nature’s Cloud Serenade© Haiku

Sun sets sky alive Orange clouds dance across blue In effusive praise After-word: Sitting outside, hard at work on the computer when an orange glow danced across the screen. I looked up to see the sky evoking this beautiful orange that cascaded all around me. An experience to capture and freeze in a photo moment …

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The Dessert [with audio]

👆PLAY👆 Listen along as you read Knowingly he asked, “What will you have for dessert?” Cheekily she responded, “What do you think I should have for dessert?” “Cheesecake”, said he Cheesecake had she 2021 ©createdbyDEEsign All rights reserved Thank you for journeying along! First time to the site? Welcome! You may start here👈 and for …

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Flower of the Day Challenge #12: Azalea

So this was from early in the season but I’m already nostalgic for spring/summer. Here’s to pretty pink Azalea—pretty by nature. I hope she brings some joy to your day. Thanks to Cee for hosting the Flower of the Day prompt. Thank you for journeying along. First time to the site? Welcome! You may start …

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Shabbat Shalom: Sun/Son & Shadows

👆PLAY👆You may listen and read along Shadow is mentioned quite frequently in the Bible, and usually in the context of God's protective presence. Like: being covered with the shadow of God’s hand (Isaiah 51:16); resting in the shadow of the Almighty (Psalm 91:1); being hidden in the shadow of God’s wings (Psalms 17:8); or walking …

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Star-Crossed Love©

They met before the stars alignedOpposed by fate, as destiny designed Yet in love they fell, what a wretched plightTo shroud love in secrecy, like a putrid night In another life could they be together?Is there life after death, would they find each other? If only they’d met in a different timeTo love each other …

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Snappy One Liners #7: Choices

Doing something a little different this week. No poetry. No prose. Instead I’ll be posting a series of snappy one-liners that are as good as a mouthful like: “You make choices; choices make you”. …in other words: “The choices you make, make you”. You may also like previous posts in the series: #1Change, #2Be YOUniquely …

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Snappy One Liners #6: Stand & Fight

Doing something a little different this week. No poetry. No prose. Instead I’ll be posting a series of snappy one-liners that are as good as a mouthful like: “If you run from something, you’ll run from everything”. You may also like previous posts in the series: #1Change, #2Be YOUniquely you, #3Know You, #4New Day New …

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Snappy One Liners #5: Right Love

Doing something a little different this week. No poetry. No prose. Instead I’ll be posting a series of snappy one-liners that are as good as a mouthful like: Love isn’t forced, if s/he’s wrong for you, s/he can’t love you the right way. You may also like previous posts in the series: #1Change, #2Be YOUniquely …

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Flower of the Day Challenge #10: The “Coral” Flower

Walking through a car park and this beauty stopped me in my track and out came my trusty iPhone to capture her elegance. Isn’t she lovely?! I’m calling her the “coral flower” cause I don’t know her name. Do you!? Please help me name her. I hope this beauty brings a bit of joy to …

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Snappy One Liners #4: New Day New Way

Doing something a little different this week. No poetry. No prose. Instead I’ll be posting a series of snappy one-liners that are as good as a mouthful like: Life’s too short not to live new day in a different way. You may also like previous posts in the series: #1Change, #2Be YOUniquely you, #3Know You …

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Snappy One Liners #3: Know You

Doing something a little different this week. No poetry. No prose. Instead I’ll be posting a series of “don’t-you-dare-shush-me” kind o’ posts—those one-liners that are as good as a mouthful like: Know who you are or you will answer to any name! You may also like previous posts in the series: #1Change, #2Be YOUniquely you …

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Snappy One Liners #2: Be YOUniquely You!

Doing something a little different this week. No poetry. No prose. Instead I’ll be posting snappy one-liners that are as good as a mouthful like: You cannot fit-in and stand-out at the same time! Be YOUniquely you!!! You may also like previous posts in the series on: #1Change 2021 copyright createdbyDEEsign.comAll Rights Reserved Thank you …

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Sunday Photo Reflection #15: Wild Flower & The Bee

Earlier this summer I was strolling through a meadow looking for place to picnic and thought this spot was perfectly dreamy. No sooner had I settled in before bees started arriving. We cohabitated safely—me reading and they doing what bees do when they find a good flower. With my trusty iPhone, captured this bee doing …

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Snappy One Liners #1: Change

Doing something a little different this week. No poetry. No prose. Instead I’ll be posting a series of one-liners that are as good as a mouthful like: You can’t change the people around you, but you can change the people around you. Thanks for reading! First time to the site? Welcome! You may start here👈 …

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all you gotta do is say YES [a Sedoka]

Yearning to be touchedHunger for intimacySatisfied in your embrace Gently, lovingly Connected in this momentIn love’s surrender, say YES! 2021 ©createdbyDEEsignAll Rights Reserved This piece was inspired by Floetry, under the same title After-word: A sedoka is a pair of katautas using the syllable count of 5,7,7. The katauta is a Japanese form of poetry …

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Shabbat Shalom—Be Like A Tree© [with audio]

👆LISTEN👆as you read along As we’re winding down the season of long summer days and about to enter the season of transition, I’m thinking about trees and the transformation they’re preparing to undergo—the stripping, the letting go—and how simultaneously beautiful and haunting that is. And that got me thinking about the life lessons we can …

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Interior Decor #3: AfroChic —Zulu Isicholo Hats

There are many courses/paths/directions one can take in making a home feel homey and inviting. Key is pulling your space together in an intentional way. A purposeful design is one where the story of the space is told aesthetically. Combining style, decor trends and culture to create this entryway space was one way to tell …

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Flower of the Day Challenge #8: Orchids

I LOVE orchids! They are an exquisite combination of class and elegance, adding beauty to any space. It took me awhile to get the hang of keeping orchids alive and getting them to rebloom. Now that I have, I find so much joy in ‘raising’ my orchid babies. I hope these bring a little joy …

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New Dawn Rising©

Heart-eyes covered in love notseeingLies sweetly wrapped in rosesmaskingRevelation in actions there’s nodenyingSupple flesh like petalsup-curlingHeart breaks like cardiacarrestingChambers swirl blood fastpumpingSoul from soul separatedisconnectingEmotions escape like petalsfree-falling Regretsurrendering Strongholdbreaking Loverecoiling Welcome re-flowering New dawnrising 2021 ©createdbyDEEsignAll Rights Reserved Thank you for reading! First time to the site? You may start here👈 and for more …

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Sunday Photo Reflection #14: End of Summer

I’m always torn between summer and fall — summer never seems long enough, but then I long to bask in the the kaleidoscopic-beauty of fall. Saying “see ya later” to summer 2021 … cheers 🥂 Thank you for journeying along. First time to the site? Welcome! You may start here👈 and for more follow the …

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Birthdays

I love my birthday for two reasons: The more I have, the longer I live 😹The celebration of life which always includes a scrumptious cake The last two birthday celebrations have been low-keyed but I still marked them with scrumptious and delectable delights!!! 👆play video and sing along 👆 2021 copyrightcreatedbyDEEsign.comAll Rights Reserved Written to …

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Nostalgic©

As NY is under another wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, I’m nostalgic for the good ol’ days. You know, those days: When you sneezed in public and folks around sweetly whispered “bless you”, not shoot you a disparaging gaze that shouts: “how dare you!” When you stood in close proximity without terrifyingly pondering: “is he …

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Shabbat Shalom: Of Lives Lost & Longing

Before-word: for today’s Shabbat Shalom celebration, sharing a piece commissioned by my church as a tribute to our members who’ve passed on as part of our 50th anniversary celebration. I did not want a macabre presentation, but rather one filled with hopeful anticipation. Using the abecedarian poetry form, I chronicled our beginning; the joys of …

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Autumn©: A Novelinee

A stealthy idyllic season of changes,Transforming trees to colors like rainbow.Leaves evolve to variegated ranges,Set tops of mountain and valleys aglow.Picturesque landscapes of vivid splendor,Fields transforming into orange-red hues.A bridge between summer and winter,Nature’s cure to evaporate the blues,If only the joys of autumn we choose. ©2021 createdbyDEEsign.com All Rights Reserved The Novelinee poetic form …

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She’s Tanzanite© (a Senryu Series)

Many paths traveledThe travel back to herselfPath most revealing Discovering truthsAfrican as tanzaniteA rare gem is she Each revelationUnveiling her to herselfEmbracing her all 2021 ©createdbyDEEsign. All Rights Reserved. Thank you for reading. First time to the site? Welcome! You may start here👈 and for more follow the blog here👈In creative solidarity, Dee

Dress to Express

What’s your T-shirt saying? T-shirts are arguable the most functional piece of clothing in our closets. More recently I’ve come across Tees used as signposts for thoughts/feelings/stance on a range of issues making them artistic creative statement apparels. Statements like: Unapologetically dopeI never lose, I either win or I learnPeriodt. [oh yeah, when the “t” …

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Simple Love©

Unassuming Void of unreal expectations Given unconditionally Asking for nothing in return Not fallen into Mutually given and received Appreciated, prized above all things Accepting the little as gratefully as the big This is what I’ve found in you Thank you for loving me with a simple love 2021 © createdbyDEEsign. All Rights Reserved Thank …

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