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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Sunday Photo Reflection #9: Night Time Garden Vibes

Today’s reflection is another garden vibe, this time at night. I’ve now transplanted the last of the hydrangeas and roses from pots to the garden. …from pot, …to garden. You may also like Happy Garden Vibes. 2021. ©createdbyDEEsign.com. All rights reserved. Thank you for reading. First time to the site? Welcome! You may start here👈 …

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Now Life©

LifeYou’ve thrown the yin-and-yangOf tears and laughterOf sorrow and joyOf downs and upsOf heartbreak and heart-wholeOf sickness and health Through it all you revealed to meMy strengthMy vulnerabilityMy resilienceMy truthMy authenticityMy bounce-back-ability Trade, I would not, your offeringsAccept, I have—vapid or lively—your givingsPrepared, I am, to live life wholeheartedly acceptingAll there is to livingIn such …

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Dear Time©

Dear Time, You bridge the continual sequencing of events and existence Did you see this tragedy forming? Bit by bit in irreversible succession compounding? Unfolding? In one moment connecting, yet past from present from future you’re disconnecting? Tick-tock … Tick-tock … Tick. Stealthily moving, sequentially You’re at the beginning and you’re at the end Not …

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Sunday Photo Reflection #8: Beach Vibes

Today’s photo is a pause for reflection on the calm after the storm on a beach in Coney Island, NY. Tropical Storm Elsa dumped her flooding rains, howled her gusty winds, stirred up her tornadoes, dumped her icy hails, flashed her lightnings, and barreled her thundering sounds across the sky from the Caribbean isles to …

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Deception Over Love: A Short Story

Delilah exhaled in exacerbation. Exhausted, and left with no more words of defense, she stomped out angrily into the court yard. Pacing aimlessly back and forth, muttering to herself: “How can they say these things about me?” “I did this for my people!” Caught up in ruminating, Delilah didn’t see the crowd growing about her …

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Cuba: The Country, The Revolution, The Cars

Cuba, trade embargoed, locked in a time capsuleHistory inextricably linked Revolution with antique, vintage, classic Iconic as cigars and Che Guevara Cruising along the Malecón broad esplanade Gliding majestically through narrow winding streets of Havana Shimmering like bright vintage jewels, kaleidoscopic colors floating by Parked strategically, juxtaposed to gorgeous ornate buildings Combined 100s of years—a …

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Shabbat Shalom: Why I am A Christian

I came across 12 Bloggerz! hosted by Rory. Rory you asked 12 great questions but one really jumped out at me. So, I’ll answer only that one because it aligned so strongly to something that is integral to who I am—my faith and being a Christian. This is the question: How would you feel if …

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Ode to Break-up©

“Love one another, but make not a bond of love: Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls”.Kahlil Gibran heart-eyes blinded by lovemasqueraded like rosessupple red petal fleshshriveled edges dried blood-stained fragile to the touchbreaking breaking uplives entangled separating heart from heart disconnecting intensity like physical cut detachinglike heart cardiac …

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4th of July Twenty Twenty-One

Noise, light, smokeExploding overheadColored flames and sparks Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, silver, gold Shooting up, spiraling around, drifting down Displays varying in size and design Fireworks light up the New York sky New York, once the epicenter of the Covid-19 pandemic reopens in grandeur Paint in Ode to NEW YORK CITY! NEW YORK IS …

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Another Blog Accomplishment—200 Posts!

I made it to 200 posts y’all!!!! Yippeee 🎉🥳🎊 Glad I reached this milestone on this beautiful post on the joy of gardening. I really wish to use the moment of this accomplishment to thank YOU! Yes, YOU! The YOU who take the time to stop in on this space The YOU who choose to …

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Sunday Photo Reflection #7: Happy Garden Vibes

One of the positive things about movements being restricted by this pandemic is that it freed up time and so I picked up new hobbies. In addition to blogging (you may like “Why I Created This Blog”), I also started gardening over the past 2-3 months and it’s been pure JOY! So before I lose …

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B.E.G. — 6 Word Story

Because Earth Gives, cool the warming. Written for Shweta Suresh’s Saturday Six Word Story Prompt. The word is “beg.” I took creative liberty to design an acrostic—B.E.G.—as part of an emphatic 6 word story on behalf of Mother Nature and her plea with humanity to help her help us. Thank you for reading. First time …

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Shabbat Shalom: God Started It, Science Confirms It

Before I understood the true meaning and the blessings of the Sabbath, it was more like an arduous religious ritual observance. And as an adolescent, I recall at the end of just about every Sabbath I came down with a terrible migraine headache. Research on the anthropology and psychology of religion have confirmed the psychological …

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A Goddaughter’s Prayer©

This prayer was written for the christening of my Goddaughter based on the meaning of her names—Diana Elizabeth. DianaIt is decreed in your name: Heavenly, DivineHeavenly angel you are, dispatched from the DivineMay your spirit never wander from the righteousness of GodAnd your footsteps stay anchored in the pathway of His loveMay your eyes see …

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Perfect in this Moment©

Sitting here with you Brings back memories of days gone by So surreal … it’s surreal Knowing your presence consoles me Takes my mind on exotic vacations Summer-blazing sunshine, crystal-blue oceans, white-sand beaches Mother Nature pregnant in her perfection You my darling … you’re God’s greatest creation Perfect in imperfection What a joy and a …

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Impervious© (a Senryu)

Hurtful words bounce off Impervious position A duck waddles back 2021 ©createdbyDEEsignAll rights reserved This piece is a contribution to Fandango’s One Word Challenge. Today’s word is “impervious”. “Impervious” made me think of bullying and the power of words to destroy contrasted with the fortitude and resilience of nature. Especially a duck—i.e. water off duck …

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Sunday Photo Reflection #6: Clouds

Today’s reflection is based on pix taken through this window. For most of my flight I was transfixed—watching clouds go by and snapping pix along the way. Flying in the boundless sky, above and through clouds. If I was a painter, I’d reflect the emotions evoked on canvas. But, since I’m a poet I’ll express …

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Past: 6 Word Story

Life hijacked by past is unfulfilled2021 ©createdbyDEEsign Written for Shweta Suresh’s Saturday Six Word Story Prompt. The word is “past.” Check out her blog for the rules and join in the fun. Thanks you for reading! First time to the site? Start here👈 and for more follow the blog here👈In creative solidarity, Dee

Sound: 6 Word Story

The sound of silence is healing. Written for Shweta Suresh’s Saturday Six Word Story Prompt. The word is “sound.” Check out her blog for the rules and join in the fun. Thanks you for reading! First time to the site? Start here👈 and for more follow the blog here👈In creative solidarity, Dee

Shabbat Shalom: Grace

In addition to—the tranquility of Sabbath peace; the blessings of Sabbath worship; the refreshing of Sabbath rest; those Selah moments of pause like mini-Sabbaths that can be taken throughout the week; and the joy of Sabbath reflection—is the affirmation of GRACE. We know that God established Sabbath as a day of rest at the end …

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Lost Between Forever & Always©

Meandering through the malaise of what could have been Dodging word-wars hurled in fiery exchanges Delicate foreskin of fortitude penetrated Breaking down 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 the blog here👈In …

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a Haiku

Holding on from fear When you know it is over Letting go of fear 2021 © createdbyDEEsign. All rights reserved. Thank you for reading! First time to the site? Start here👈 and for more follow the blog here👈In creative solidarity, Dee

Sunday Photo Reflection #5: The Lady & Her Fighter

Every lady needs a fighter, a warrior, a defender of her honor Not a page or a squire A man of special military rank, ceremonially inducted A mounted man-at-arms in devoted service of his lady Bounded, is he, to chivalrous acts An attendant and a champion true A knight in armor Shimmering Ornate Decorated Colors …

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Miracle: 6 Word Story

Brokenness is the MIRACLE of healing. You may like the piece on the Japanese art form of repairing broken pottery—KINTSUGI (also known as kintsukuroi)—literally translated to mean “golden repair”, is practiced from the philosophy of treating breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise. 2021 ©createdbyDEEsign. All …

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Gratitude with Empathy: Post-COVID

It’s almost 6 months to the day today, I was feeling the sickest I’ve ever felt and an ER doctor confirmed what I dreaded—I had contracted the novel corona virus. I shared that experience in “I Survived Covid-19: Gratefully Surrendered” I recall the days when I found it difficult to breathe, and the days I …

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Shabbat Shalom: Reflection

In addition to—the tranquility of Sabbath peace; the blessings of Sabbath worship; the refreshing of Sabbath rest; and those Selah moments of pause like mini-Sabbaths that can be taken throughout the week—is the joy of Sabbath reflection. Sabbath is a time of reflection. Many people tend to think of Sabbath as merely a command given …

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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. This post was inspired by Sonya …

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The Introvert & the Mask©

For those with personality traits which can be classified as “introverted”, give them quiet chilled events, few people and less stimulating environments and they’re in their element. I’m drawn to nature. I can spend hours by myself in a park, by a river, in a garden because the quiet and stillness that I find underneath …

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George Floyd: A Life That Sparked A Revolution

Who won the week? For me, that’s George Floyd. In life the world knew not your name. In death you changed the world, as your young daughter said. Your murder, viewed live on phone and TV screens across the globe, sparked anti-racism movements and protests for racial justice and against police brutality all around the …

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Sunday Photo Reflection #4: Raindrops on Rhododendrons©

Photo provided by createdbyDEEsign Raindrops cascading in ferocious quick succession Drop after pounding drop beating mercilessly against your soft petals Bobbing up and down you bounce back resiliently Absorbing liquid nutrients all the while knowing they’ll make your petals shine brighter Protecting a tiny ant snuggled up cozily in the depth of your embrace You’re …

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Love: 6 Word Story

When LOVE ends, it’s never even. Written for Shweta Suresh’s Saturday Six Word Story Prompt. The word is “love.” Check out her blog for the rules and join in the fun. Thanks you for reading! First time to the site? Start here👈 and for more follow the blog here👈In creative solidarity, Dee

Thought: The Final Frontier

Remember the Star Trek intro: “Space: the final frontier.... To boldly go where no man has gone before!”? With the explosion of the fourth industrial revolution and advances in technology, space is no longer the final frontier, it has been explored and so has the depth of the oceans and the core of the earth. …

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Shabbat Shalom: Fellowship

I previously wrote about attributes that Sabbath affords us—the tranquility of Sabbath peace; the blessings of Sabbath worship; the refreshing of Sabbath rest; and those Selah moments of pause that we can take throughout the days that are like mini-Sabbaths. This post is about another facet of Sabbath, fellowship. One of the things I miss …

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Some Days Other Days©

Some days I amaze myself Other days I’m searching for the phone While talking on it 😜🤪🙄 Then I remind myself Hang in there Written for Jim Adams’ Thursday Inspiration, today’s prompt is “hang.” Thanks you for reading! First time to the site? Start here👈 and for more follow the blog here👈In creative solidarity, Dee

Sunday Photo Reflection #3: Happy Garden Vibes

Last year, around this time, NY was the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic. I ventured out the house for only the essentials and sadly, but smartly, that didn’t include gardening supplies or plants. So, the garden languished all year—doing its best to be splendiferous with the remnants of what survived from the year before and …

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In God’s Hands©

Slamming door No goodbyes Footsteps fading quickly No backward glance Skidding tires Racing from a life built together Snow flakes— Gently falling, clinging to bare branches Teardrops— Slowly rolling, staining my round dark cheeks Small puddles— Forming, gliding along the window sill Tail lights— Retreating, fading in the distance In the beginning, talk came easy …

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Shabbat Shalom: Worship

God started it! Sabbath is for rest and it’s also for worship. Standing on the bank of the river transfixed, in awe of all creation bustling around me. Watching the sun go down, but not before it colored the clouds an autumn orange and the river a golden glimmering tint. Hearing the geese honking, hissing …

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…because of your “likes”, look what I got—

It’s an odd number for WordPress to acknowledge; but hey, I’m not at all complaining. Instead I’m shouting: THANKS to each of you my e-friends who stopped long enough to read, to appreciate, and then to hit “like”. It’s very encouraging for a new blogger. I’m grateful to you! And excited to continue on this …

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A Pastor’s Birthday Tribute©

When a piece is commissioned I usually consult with the client and/or friends or family to get the backstory to create a piece that is personal and reflective of the context the client wishes to convey. In this case, it was easy because this was for my beloved Pastor, Abraham Jules—writing it was pure joy. …

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Shabbat Shalom: Selah! [with audio]

👆LISTEN👆as you read along Selah! This may be the most mysterious word in the Bible. It appears at the end of verses primarily in the books of Psalms and Habakkuk. There’s no one definition but all may be summed up to be interpreted as: “stop and listen”, or “pause and consider”, or “contemplate, reflect and …

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The Climb. The Zenith. The Cairn.

One thing that’s kept me sane and connected throughout the pandemic is being in green open spaces. Mother’s Day was spent hiking in the wonderful Palisades Interstate Park. Running up leaf-covered hillsides, balancing across water-logged walk paths, conquering rocky terrains, swinging from trees in carefree abandon—my inner child came out to play. The changes in …

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Lovers’ Quote: Inhale Exhale©

This is for One-Liner Wednesday: lovers’ quote: “your inhales are of my exhales” ©2021 createdbyDEEsign All rights reserved Linda hosts One-Liner Wednesday. Check out her blog for the rules and to see who else is participating today. Thank you for reading! First time to the site? Start here👈 and for more follow the blog here👈In …

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Organic Grown Smile

This short story is for Fandango’s One Word Challenge. Today’s word is motion. She disembarked the express train at Grand Central Station coming from one appointment with exactly 10 minutes to get to the other appointment which was about a 10-minute walk away. In other words, she’ll be right on time or late. She puts …

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Sunday Photo Reflection #2

Thanks to spring, the birds are back in their chirping splendor. There’s a special little cutie that’s been dropping by regularly. I love him (I assume he’s a “he”😀) because of his red feathers. In enticing him to hang out with me, I thought I’d get him this birdy bird feeder. Can’t wait for him …

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When the vista is obliterated by history

This post is part of Weekend Writing Prompt: the word is “vista”, the length to be 29 words! Retraced ancestral path Standing in the “door of no return” The beauty of the vista before me obliterated I see instead anguish of fore-parents Shackled, stolen into slavery Copyright 2021 createdbyDEEsign ... enslaved Africans kept at this …

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BIRTHmonth: Day 30 Concluding Affirmation—I Affirm Today to Self-Love

Before-word: this year to celebrate my birthMONTH I declared an affirmation for each day. At the end of the month I conclude with the affirmation to self love, because you must first love yourself in order to love anyone else. This emanates from the ultimate love—the love of and for God. This was the April …

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BirthMONTH—Day 29: I Affirm Today to Appreciate Closed Doors

In my native dialect (patois) we say: “wha a fe yuh, cahn be un-fe yuh” (literally—what is for you, can’t be not for you). What the Most High intends to bless you with, you will receive because not only does He shut doors, He opens doors too! When a door closes, don’t pry it open, …

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One-liner Wednesday

This is for One-Liner Wednesday: lovers’ quote: “you taste like more, I want more”! ©2021 createdbyDEEsign all rights reserved Linda hosts One-Liner Wednesday. Check out her blog for the rules and to see who else is participating today. Thank you for reading! First time to the site? Start here👈 and for more follow the blog …

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BirthMONTH—Day 28: I Affirm Today to Live in Gratitude

I was helping my nephew with his assignment, when I saw a pensive expression that was far too intense to be just about his school work. I asked, “what’s up with that look?” With deep sincerity he asked: “why are you helping me ?” And he was not satisfied with “because you’re my nephew” or …

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