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WHY I CREATED THIS BLOG

Hi. I’m Dee. Welcome. 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 observing what I …

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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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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

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 in the the shadow of death …

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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©

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 learn from trees. Photo …

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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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Flower of the Day Challenge #6

It was worth the almost 2-hours drive to the farm to share with you this sunflower beauty to bring a little joy to your day today. 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 …

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Blog Milestone, 10K Views: Thanks!

You viewed Poems & More: CreatedbyDEEsign 10,000 times! THANK YOU! When I started writing in this space just under a year ago, I had one aim in mind—to not let my voice die within me unexpressed or unheard. I knew nothing of “followers”, “likes” or “views”. I just needed to speak 🗣 and be heard. …

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Shabbat Shalom: Of High Sabbaths & Sacrifice

Before-word: This epic poem is a parallelism of the Abrahamic and the Messianic sacrifice experiences. Abraham’s sacrifice of Isaac was a foreshadow of the crucifixion of Christ. The sacrifice of Christ was a symbolism of high sabbaths (John 19:31) as the complete story of salvation—that is, the work of Christ beginning with His death on …

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Flower of the Day Challenge #7

Sharing this hydrangea beauty to bring a little joy to your day today. Thanks to Cee for hosting the Flower of the Day prompt. Borrowing this caption from Eunice: “pretty by nature”. Thank you for journeying along. First time to the site? Welcome! You may start here👈 and for more follow the blog here👈In creative …

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Interior Design & Decor #2: Stacking Books Stylishly

Decor doesn’t have to be extravagant or gaudy to make a statement. Here’s an abstemious tip to add a bit of flair to your interior decor: Why just stack your books on a coffee table or the bookshelf? Add a glass pot with succulent plants (a terrarium) OR add a piece like this mother and …

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Outwitted©

A triplet were they, Misters Slick, Slicker, Slickest Wagered all they owned to win survival of the fittest Their dollars grew wings and flew from their sight They tried to explain this with all of their might See, hear, speak not of this evilOutwitted were they by game shark Bo D’vil ©2021createdbyDEEsign.com All Rights Reserved …

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SweetsHeart©

Here’s a fun post. When you want to say “I love you” and your sweetheart is all kinda SWEET, say it creatively with candy wrappers. You’re that EXTRA-special kind o’ LOVESTARBURSTing emotionsSending heart waves into a pleasurable SYMPHONY of ORBITJUICY FRUIT kissesOut of this world MILKYWAY delish You make each relationship day feels like PAYDAYNobody …

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FALLING©

Before-word: LOVE, a denizen of the heart, is a powerful emotion! In the early stages it’s like all rational thoughts are hijacked, isn’t it?! It’s no coincidence it’s referred to as falling—it’s euphoric. Euphoric ascension in love FALLING Eyes locked in indepth soul searching Conversations unending Hearts in unity flip-flopping Each passing moment lingering More …

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Sunday Photo Reflection #13: The Bouquet [a Cinquain]

FlowerPurple uniqueStandout amidst yellowBeautifully arranged summerBouquet After-word: written using the cinquain poetry form of five lines with a specific syllable count of 2-4-6-8-2, usually iambic. 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, Dee

The Bridge

Caught on the bridge when the earthquake struck, Desmona clings to lose cables, her body dangling precariously above the field of debris scattered across the sea below. Marshaling all her strength, she pulls herself up when suddenly the cable… Cliffhanger. Yes, I know I’ve left you dangling (pun intended😊). That’s ‘cause I’m writing for Sammi’s …

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Creativity: Intelligence Having Fun

If creativity is indeed intelligence having fun, as the wise Albert Einstein surmised, then what does the creative process looks like. Well, for one—it’s messy! But I recently read a HuffPost article which listed 18 things that highly creative people do differently. I post them here because I can relate and based on what I’ve …

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Sunday Photo Reflection #12: The Tickseed & Her Bee [a Cinquain]

TickseedCheerful yellowAttracts a bee withinFavored snack bar in the gardenTo eat After-word: This is my first attempt at a cinquain which is a poem of five lines with a specific syllable count of 2-4-6-8-2, usually iambic. Thank you for journeying along. First time to the site? Welcome! You may start here👈 and for more follow …

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Shabbat Shalom—Soul Cry: Hiraeth! [with audio]

Hiraeth: “A deep homesickness; an intense form of longing or nostalgia; an unaccountable homesickness for a place you have never visited” LISTEN HERE 👆WHILE YOU READ ALONG Hiraeth! Hiraeth! Something irretrievably lost, beckons Beckons my soul from deep Deep within, this unexplainable, unattainable longing Longing, intense yearning, reminiscing for a place A place I’ve never …

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Clouds, Frothy as Air©

Lost in wondermentflying through boundless sky onclouds frothy as airbearing weight of steel-winged birdin peaceful solitude glides 2021 ©createdbyDEEsign All Rights Reserved A Tanka written for Ragtag Daily Prompt, the phrase is “frothy as air” Thank you for journeying along! First time to the site? Welcome! You may start here👈 and for more follow the …

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A Feel Good Story: HAPPY WEEKEND!

To say that there’s a lot of sadness around us, is an understatement. And sometimes joy may be found in the simplest of things and in the most unexpected places like with these two fairy penguins looking over the Melbourne skyline. Widowed penguins appear to comfort each other in nightly embrace The lighter penguin is …

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Flower of the Day Challenge #5

I deadheaded yesterday and this beauty is the last of the reblooms. But, there are new buds so I’m super excited for the 4th set of reblooms this season! Sharing to bring a little joy to your day today. Thanks to Cee for hosting the Flower of the Day prompt. Thank you for journeying along. …

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The True Pirates of the Caribbean: Port Royal, Jamaica© (Loop Poetry)

This post is influenced by this image for the “What do you see” challenge hosted by Sadje; and for Sheryl’s Your Daily Word prompt, today’s word is portend [Photo credit: Tumisu @ Pixabay] “Wickedest city on earth”, so was called the Port Port Royal, on the Palisadoes a mere 15 miles from the center of …

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Old Man Alaqueshus Slay© (a Clerihew poem)

Mean old man Alaqueshus SlayClimbed up the castle on a stormy day He refused to pay what he owed the wizardWho changed him into a oversized-winged lizard This is my contribution to Sadje’s “What do you see” challenge based on this image. I chose the Clerihew poetic form to bring a bit of comedy and …

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Sunday Photo Reflection #11: The Squirrel Model

There she was—perched precariously, as squirrels often do. She was maneuvering her way across a black unevenly-spiked fence in a quaint little garden off the Brooklyn promenade. She’s poised. Graceful in her moves. Tail elongated she floats about with seamless acrobatics atop this fence. I stayed a non-threatening distance away to capture as much of …

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Throwback #1 — D.O.A.© [with video]

Before-word: This piece was written based on the culmination of experiences of those of us who've encountered a lying, deceitful, manipulative narcissist who masqueraded as love. Who among us haven’t had such an encounter that leaves our hearts laden with rue. This is a live recording of a recital of D.O.A. at the Bowery Poetry …

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i wanna love like THAT love© [with audio]

Before-word: It’s been described as “A Many Splendored Thing” in poems (William Waterway). It’s the themes of movies and the hook of songs. It’s described as euphoric. It’s said we fall into it and even fall out of it. For all it’s ups and downs (oxytocin and all), one thing is for certain—I’m totally in …

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Retirement© (An Abecedarian)

Before-word: this piece was commissioned for a Director’s retirement. Was my very first acebedarian and submitting it for Looking for an August Scavenger Hunt challenge! After all’s been said and done, another milestone achieved Besides the odds you made the choice to act as you believed Calmly and courageously, you made the bold decision Dedicated time for family and friends, that is …

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Love Does Not Hurt©

Before-word: There’s a difference between accepting someone with and in spite of their faults and accepting their bad attitude or abusive behavior. Love is meek but in its quiet-gentle-submissive nature there is NO room for abuse. Loving you Accepting you All of you completely In your quirkiness, your shortcomings, your flaws and all Leaves no …

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Splendor© (a Haiku)

Before-word: online scrolling and came across this photo (artist unknown) of the most idyllic, kaleidoscope-like display of nature at her picturesque best. It’s only appropriate, then, to commemorate this emotional-splendor of nature. Though 17 syllables are hardly adequate, what better form is there to use than the Haiku as its intended motive is to evoke …

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The Stolen Sun (a short story)

Weejars hosts this week’s MLMM Photo Challenge. My contribution is the story of the day Earthlings lost Earth Sun. Trapping the Sun, @Pobble365 He was a terrorist, of sort. An invader from a world outside the Milkyway Galaxy. A world where life—as they knew it—was dying fast and invasion and thievery became their only raison …

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Kids Say the Darnedest Things

My nephew is on the cusp of turning three years old. But from the grammatically correct sentence structures that seamlessly flow from his lips and the accompanying appropriate facial expressions and gesticulations you would be hard pressed not to think he’s 5 years or older. So mature are his utterances and mannerisms his father, my …

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Love Jones©

... yeah, she gotta love jones—for him: It’s the handsome way he stands out in a crowd Strong muscular features that complement Chiseled angles of caramel-toned face Perfectly-formed brows arched protectively over Pools of dark-brown eyes Eyes that glitter with mischief, laughter and delight Or, could it be nose gently protruding Above the sensuous pout …

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Heart Hijacked© (Etheree)

HeartSeizingArrestingRedirectingDecisive beatingForces uncontestedTo new location destinedPurposefully recreated Commandeered in transit awakenedHeart hijacked by your love to love for love 2021. ©createdbyDEEsign.com. 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 creative solidarity, Dee

Summer Storm (A Haiku)

Before-word: sitting on the patio unwinding at the end of the work day when the atmosphere of the sky almost immediately shifted with the appearance of dark onerous clouds. This instantaneous transformation in nature inspired this haiku. Shifting summer sky Rain clouds looming overhead Threatening deluge ©2021 createdbyDEEsign.com. All rights reserved Thank you for journeying …

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Sunday Photo Reflection #10: Of Deadhead & Re-bloom

I’d say I’m the “accidental gardner”. I picked up gardening this summer when the lansdcaping company I hired was a no-show. We had laid out the plan but when spring ended and May rolled around and they were nowhere in sight I said to myself, “Self, you can do this”. I had no tools and …

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Shabbat Shalom: Sabbath, A Time-Tithe

Sabbath is a tithing of our time. Okay—having put that out there, let me explain: Sabbath and tithing are two biblical principles. Both appear paradoxical or self-contradictory on the surface. And, both are associated with blessings. Paradoxical and a blessing? How? Both are based on you giving up a portion of what you have a …

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One-Liner Wednesday: Lovers’ Quote

I’ll never judge you for things done while at your worst. Written for One-Liner Wednesday prompt hosted by Linda G. Hill. Check out her blog, see who else is participating and join in the fun. Thank you for reading. First time to the site? Welcome! You may start here👈 and for more follow the blog …

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Shabbat Shalom: Rest in Stillness

I’m a big fan of David. The David of the Bible. Yes, that prolific spoken word artist who was also a master harpist, a warrior King and a murderous adulterer. So bloody were the hands of David from warding off assailants while he fled a jealous crazed king and from wars he waged to secure …

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Ode to Breath©: Word of the Day Challenge—Skitter

Before-word: How often do we think about breathing? Maybe never, right? Because it’s such an innate part of who we are, happening independent of us, we don’t really think about it. Especially as we’ve been under a mask mandate for months, in this moment I pause to give an ode to breath. Breath Whimsical, as …

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Life Unfolds in the Now

Between breath of life—inhaling And kiss of death—exhaling Let not your life go by without living LIVE LIVE today like there's no tomorrow LIVE like you're on borrowed time LIVE like death may find you in this moment LIVE like life’s the unfolding of a precious gift, divine LIVE If not now, when? 2021 ©createdbyDEEsign. …

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