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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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, …

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Sunday Photo Reflection #1: Spring Blooms & River Flow

It rained all last night and most of today. At the first sign the rain was abating, me and my trusty iPhone headed down the stairs and across the street to the walk path and river to capture nature in her glow. First I encountered the hydrangeas on the steps as I’m heading out, they’ve …

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Photo Reflection

Spring Blooms captured on my morning walk while embracing the gift of Sabbath—rest, reflection, restoration. ©2021 createdbyDEEsign. All rights reserved. ©2021 createdbyDEEsign. All rights reserved. ©2021 createdbyDEEsign. All rights reserved. ©2021 createdbyDEEsign. All rights reserved. ©2021 createdbyDEEsign. All rights reserved. Thank you for reading! Follow the blog here👈 for more.In creative solidarity, Dee

You, Me, We©

Before-word: during a recent office retreat, the facilitator used murmuration to describe the working method of our team. We’ve had to be quite resilient in delivering services and support to the beneficiaries we serve while taking care of our wellbeing. We work to address challenging areas of social development such as human rights, equity and …

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