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WHY I CREATED THIS BLOG

Short answer: because we all have something to communicate. 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 some of what I believe God created-by-design—nature, family, love, relationship. And, each piece is written by me, Dee, hence the title: “createdbyDEEsign” …

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The Puzzle

I was listening to Michelle Obama’s podcast and she mentioned doing puzzles as part of her family’s pass time. Having never done a puzzle before I was inspired to start. Well... wouldn’t you know, rather than starting with a 250- or 500-piece puzzle I went for the big-dawg of puzzles—ONE THOUSAND pieces!! When the little …

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Lock Down Funny 😄

[Author unknown] It’s finally happened, the lockdown making people go crazy! I was just talking about this with the microwave and the toaster while drinking my coffee, and we all agreed that things are getting bad. I didn’t mention any of this to the washing machine, because she puts a different spin on EVERYTHING!! Certainly …

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Poem: Seasons of the Soul©

Before-word: Nature is a formidable teacher. One lesson I’ve learnt from the changing of seasons is this: we must embrace new beginnings. Like the contrasting seasons, we too are faced with periods that resemble SPRING-like rebirth, AUTUMN-like falling, SUMMER-like passion and WINTER-like coldness. We too must face the seasons of the soul and embrace the …

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Messy-Unpredictable-Beautiful Life!©

—what can I say ... LIFE! you're a giveryou're a taker you tear-downyou build-up you bring smiles you bring tears —what is it about you LIFE! you keep me guessing wondering what lies around your curves beyond your corners up your hills down your vales —what makes you LIFE! your mysteries your unpredictability your uncertaintiesyour …

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Poem: Golden Love Breath of God©

Before-word: Many of the pieces I write are commissioned. This piece was written for a couple on the occasion of their 50th wedding anniversary. It’s a personal piece based on conversations with their children and closest friends. I chose the title because gold is the symbol of 50th anniversaries and ancient Egyptians called gold “the …

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Nature’s Morning Serenade

Before-word: I wrote this piece a few years ago. I was working/living in Northern Nigeria at the time and there was immense unrest and upheaval. Amidst all of that the joys of nature were all the more appreciated. What a blessing to open your eyes from a night’s rest, to know you’re alive and be …

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Tribute: Remember Me© [phase 2]

Before-word: I wrote this piece as a tribute to the life of a dear dear friend (may her soul Rest In Peace). There was so much to say about this beautiful life, sharing it here in phases, this is phase 2. Remember Me In Familial Affection I am the affectionThe arms which held my mamma …

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God Blesses the Child Who Hurts©

Before-word: Growing up without my father, the impact of paternal absence influenced very strongly my views of “father”. Even more debilitating for a child were the fears that this absence bred—the fear of being abandoned and of being rejected. This piece is written (and included in my book “Moments: A Poetic Heart Journey”) as part …

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I.C.E. (In Case of Emergency) Plan

Based on the “I survived Covid-19” article, I’ve received a lot of questions, particularly from those living alone, on preparedness. In response, I’m sharing the ICE (In Case of Emergency) plan I have in place, that’s modified for Covid19 and based on the questions received. It’s a simple plan, hope you find it helpful. Decide which hospital you’ll …

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I Survived Covid-19: Gratefully Surrendered

Nothing in my experiences prepared me for what the last three weeks threw at me. Prior to going to the hospital I was unwell for about 9 days. I was self-medicating for the flu because all the symptoms felt like the flu except for the constant headache. Thankfully I’m working from home. During a zoom …

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A Prayer of Surrender

Before-word: This is a paraphrase of a psalm penned by my best-Bible-friend, David (King of ancient Israel), as recorded in Psalms 139. Dear God, investigate my life;get all the facts firsthand.I’m an open book to you;even from a distance, you know what I’m thinking.You know when I leave and when I get back;I’m never out …

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The Moment I realized…Love Is A Choice

LOVE’S BEGINNING© at love's beginning conversations unending heart-beats skipping each passing moment lingering more of you and more of me unfolding you for me and me for you exchanging soul to soul connecting without words conversing emotions revealing deeper into love falling Thanks for reading. You can interact with this post/me by hitting any of …

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Everlasting-remember Love©

When life turns into eternityWill I remember your love?In that other life will your love search for me, find me, love no other but me? When life turns into eternity Will you remember my love?In that other life transitioning from mortal to immortal to forever-lifeWill anything separate me from your love? When life turns into …

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Poem: Today I Started My Day In A Bathtub©

Before-word: When was the last time you nestled in a bathtub, just because…? Allowing it to envelope you for no other reason than … ‘cause you wanna?! I wrote this piece at a time of uncertainty and unrest and found solace in the sturdiness of the bathtub, in the strength of its curled-down edges and …

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Thanksgiving Reflections

Before-word: In honor of Canadian Thanksgiving—reflecting in gratitude to life before and during the Covid-19 pandemic. ‘Twas the day before schools closed. Before sofas replaced class benches. Before teachers taught through computer screens and school started with zoom sign-in. Before the tap-tapping of keyboard strokes replaced the pitter-pattering of feet scrambling to classes. Before actions …

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A Letter to Your Younger Self: How To

I did this exercise (writing to my younger self) a few years ago and revisited it recently. I found it therapeutic and fun! It’s a good way to explore your relationship with yourself, to reconnect to points in your past and use that connection to inform positive changes for your now and your future. Have …

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SweetsHeart

When you want to say “I love you” and your sweetheart is all kinda SWEET, say it creatively with sweet/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 better not lay a …

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Finding Hope in A Broken World

Before-word: This piece was written in response to the following questions I've been asking myself in the wake of protests to social injustice across the globe: How many times can a people be stretched before their elasticity is extended beyond its capacity to bounce back and they snap instead? What do you do when as …

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I Can’t Breathe©

Before-word: This piece was written June 4, 2020, a couple weeks after the killing of George Floyd. At first no words would come. The one thing that gets me through every crisis—my words—failed me. So I stayed silent, I listened within. I leaned into the discomfort, the angst, the anger, the upheavals of emotions. I …

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