Hello Everyone! I didn’t get to post at all for these past two weeks. When most people are gearing down to year end, because of one of my major work projects—16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence—my schedule goes in the opposite direction and it’s more like I’m revving up. I had a lot to …
Life’s “Poetree” of Gratitude©️ |with audio
Let everything that has breath, breathe in gratitude, exhale praise
End Racism, Build Peace©: International Day of Peace | 21 September
Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me. Achieving true peace entails much more than laying down arms. It requires the building of societies where all members feel that they can flourish. It involves creating a world in which people are treated equally, regardless of their race, gender, class etc.
Shabbat Shalom: Dear God, I’m Grateful | with audio
Extraordinary flowers that look exactly like animals, aliens, fairies and other strange creatures
Shabbat Shalom: Gucci Cross
Grateful for the old rugged cross! Nothing Gucci about it.
The week is long. The weekend is short. Midweek is a good point to recharge. Let’s get over the hump living and loving life in all it’s messiness, unpredictability and beauty.
Midweek Boost: What’s Deeper Than Love?
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.“What’s up with that look?” I asked. With deep sincerity he responded with his own question: “Why are you helping me?” And he wasn’t satisfied with “… because you’re my …
BirthMONTH—Day 29: I Affirm Today to Appreciate Closed Doors
What the Most High intends to bless you with, you will receive because not only does He shut doors, He opens doors too! Happy birthMONTH to me!
BirthMONTH—Day 28: I Affirm Today to Live in Gratitude
I choose to live in gratitude. I pause to notice and appreciate the things that often get taken for granted like a place I call home, food and water, family and friends, a job.
BirthMONTH—Day 27: I Affirm Today to Expand
Today I just wanna thank the Most High for each gift He’s blessed me with. Happy birthMONTH to me!!
BirthMONTH—Day 26: I Affirm Today to Prioritize Self-Care
Self-care—caring for your mind, body and spirit—is not a luxury nor is it selfish. Self-care is a necessity. Happy birthMONTH to me!
BirthMONTH—Day 25: I Affirm Today to Exercise the Power of Choice
When based on my hopes and not my fears, my choices will create room for me. Room for exploration, growth, learning and overall self-development. Happy birthMONTH to me!
BirthMONTH—Day 24: I Affirm Today, I Am Enough
I WON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER: I am enough. I have enough of what I need to be the exceptional me. I am enough—just as I am! Happy birthMONTH to me!
BirthMONTH—Day 23: I Affirm Today to Let Go
I can’t receive the now when I hold on to the old. Surrender to let God work. Happy birthMONTH to me.
BirthMONTH—Day 22: I Affirm Today to Thrive Not Survive [Senryu]
Today I affirm to live fully, thriving not just surviving
The week is long. The weekend is short. Midweek is a good point to recharge. Let’s get over the hump LIVING between inhales and exhales.
BirthMONTH—Day 18: I Affirm Today God My Most High
BirthMONTH affirmation: Letting God be my Most High.
Saturday Was Silent, Sunday Is Here: The Master Key© [with audio]
Friday there was sorrow. Saturday was silent. But Sunday is coming and indeed it is here—RESURRECTION morning. Blessed Easter.
Today’s my BIRTHDAY—I Affirm Today to Stand in My Truth
It takes courage to be your unique authentic self, to be resolute in who you are at the core, to “do you” when everything else and everyone else around you screams at you to fit in a mold/in the status quo/in what is expected.
Life All In© published on Spillwords
My poem “Life All In” is published on Spillwords.com. Head on over there and show me/my art some love.
Mid-Week Boost: Persevere!
The power of words—they can tear down or build up. The proceedings of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson's confirmation hearing to the Supreme Court attests to this.
Mid-Week Boost: Pray For Peace (1 month in)
The week is long. The weekend is short. Midweek is a good point to recharge. Let’s get over the hump. In the lyrics of Vince Gill, “let there be peace on earth and let it bring with me”.
Celebrating Women & Girls Everywhere: International Women’s Day
On this International Woman’s Day: Imagine a gender equal world. A world free of bias, stereotypes and discrimination. A world that's diverse, equitable, just and inclusive. A world where difference is valued and celebrated. Together we can forge women’s equality. Collectively we can all #BreakTheBias. 2022 ©DeeMin All rights reserved Thank you for journeying along. …
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Sunday Photo Reflection #25: Fruit Art
Photograph it or eat it?! Ate it!! 2022 ©DeeMin All rights reserved Thank you for journeying along. First time to the site? Welcome! Feel free to “like” or drop a comment, I love hearing from you. You may start here👈 and for more subscribe to the blog here👈In creative solidarity, Dee
Shabbat Shalom: What In God’s Name—Jehovah Raah (Shepherd)
The name of the LORD is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe (Proverbs 18:10). Jehovah Raah—the God who is our Shepherd.
Shabbat Shalom: Prayer For Peace & Ukraine
Click👆to listen to audio of this post In light of what is taking place in Ukraine and its heart-rending and life-altering impact, I’ll pause the “What In God’s Name” series today to instead offer a prayer for peace. However, before the prayer I’d like to go back to a giant statue that was put up …
Shabbat Shalom: What In God’s Name—Jehovah Nissi (Banner)
The name of the LORD is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe (Proverbs 18:10). Jehovah Nissi—the God who is our Banner.
Life All In©
The week is long. The weekend is short. Midweek is a good point to recharge. Let’s get over the hump living with no regrets.
The week is long. The weekend is short. Midweek is a good point to recharge. Let’s get over the hump living like this could be “last breath”—love your life!
Dear Younger Me
The week is long. The weekend is short. Midweek is a good point to recharge. Let’s get over the hump by working towards healing a part of our inner-selves.
Midweek Boost: Do It Now
The week is long. The weekend is short. Midweek is a good point to recharge. Let’s get over the hump.
Shabbat Shalom: New Year—New Thing [with audio]
PLAY👆to listen as you read along Some times it feels unreal, but we’ve actually been hunkered down for almost two years. Can you believe it?! Just about every aspect of our lives have been constrained and in some instances crippled by an infectious agent that is so small it requires a microscope to visualize it. …
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Thank you for journeying along! First time to the site? Welcome! You may start here👈 and for more subscribe here👈In creative solidarity, Dee
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 …
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 …
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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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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The Power of Choice
When the Most High God created us, He gave us a most powerful and beautiful gift—choice! The power and beauty of choice is that it’s predicated on there being more than one option or possibility; and, the path taken will over time make you, you. In other words: you make choices, choices make you. We …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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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The eARTh of God – Trees & Shrubs
Pictorial ode to the ART God created in eARTh … 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 creative solidarity, Dee
Who’s In Your Corner? [with audio]
👆PLAY👆 Listen and read along Life is a fight. A good fight. We go through the extremes—the ascent of ups and the declivity of downs. Though we don’t choose what we go through in life, we can choose how we go through it and who we go through it with. One thing fighters have is …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Shabbat Shalom: The Sacrifice©
Before-word: This epic poem is a parallelism of the Abrahamic and the Messianic sacrifice experiences. Abraham’s would-be 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 …
WELCOME: WHY I CREATED THIS BLOG
Hey there! I’m Dee. Thanks for dropping by. 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. I will be brave, my voice will not die within me unexpressed and unheard. This is therefore a …
Happiness is a vine that takes root and grows within the heart, never outside it.Kahlil Gibran It isn’t about the size of the city It’s about the people you’re with The experiences Those little moments Like Cup of hot chocolate on a snowy weekend morning Music Listening to an old record Reading by the river …
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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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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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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Lovers’ Quote: You Are My Yes©
You are my yes Everything you are I’m yes to Yes to all of you Thanks you for reading! First time to the site? Start here👈 and for more follow the blog here👈In creative solidarity, Dee
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 …
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
Fake It Till HE Makes It
It’s the wee hours of the morning and sleep has evaded me. My thoughts are somewhat lucid and I want to write. In search of motivation to direct my thoughts, I went to Fandango’s One Word Challenge and the word today is “lucid”. We’ve all heard and may practice the old adage “fake it till …
THANKS galore to everyone who viewed!!! When you’re starting out, each milestone is a motivator!!! Thank you for viewing! First time to the site? Start here👈 and for more follow the blog here👈In creative solidarity, Dee
Something About Spring
It’s in the melting of snow, the thawing of the earth ... ... and rain-logged-swollen rivers cascading It’s in colorful rainbows formed after rain suspends its falling ... ... and in days growing longer, warming up in sunny splendor It’s in the colorful array and fragrant smell of flowers blooming ... ... and the new, …
BirthDAY: I Affirm Today to Always Celebrate ME
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Another Milestone: 100 Follows—THANK YOU!
Today the blog reached another milestone—100 follows! Yippee 🥳 THANKS to each of you. I appreciate you so much—you’re part of the motivation for my writing. From Mauritius to Macedonia, from Ghana to Sudan my words have traversed the globe connecting with people in places I’ve never been: how incredible is this?! THANK YOU! I …
Poem—Kamala Harris Senryu: HERstory©
Before-word: On this historical day in US political history, I’m trying my hand at the Haiku (5-7-5 syllable, 3 lines form) in tribute to Kamala Harris. Haiku are usually written about nature, the seasons, a beautiful moment in nature, an emotional experience while in nature, or change. A haiku should share a special moment of …
Ode to Sunrise
This morning I woke up to the most beautiful orange hue filling every corner of my room, cascading in from the window above my bed. I got super excited because I knew the sun was on full-on display, and today’s DAWNing was gonna be majestic!!! I was right! So I grabbed my trusty phone camera …
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 …
Quote: Love and Life
“Love and life can be the most wonderful and awful all at the same time. Make the best of both.” Thank you for reading! Follow the blog👈 for more.In creative solidarity, Dee
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 …