A Blogger’s Diary 7/18/21: On the Week, Writing and Reflecting, Veggies and Blueberries, and Updating the Site and Traveling

The Week

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It’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve posted a diary entry. I am excited about this entry, as I’ve got a couple of veggie pics, a blueberry picking adventure, and some news about traveling. Fun.

Last week, the team and I completed the team building I wrote about in my last diary entry. It went well. The theme of the team building was Back to the Future; yes, termed such after the movie, and the concepts we discussed were connection, continuity, and change.

We discussed these concepts because we know that there will be more change, there always is, every moment something is changing, we are all changing, yet, we also know that within this change, there is also continuity and continued connection. 

An important paradox to understand and be at ease with. 

Writing and Reflecting

The past couple of weeks, I’ve been reflecting a lot upon the internal work I’ve been engaged in these past 4 years, and how this work has shaped the man I am today. Transformational is the concept that comes to mind.

Transformational because when we look at the pain we carry, get in touch with it, work through it, we get back so much more. The only way to let go of something is to actually be in touch with it first, and to then work through it. Then, we can let it go. 

I imagine my poetry will always be shaped by these experiences, because they are not static, they continue today.

Veggies and Blueberries

The garden is healthy and well, and is producing, and will produce even more in the next month. Exciting.

Here are a couple of pics.

Justin and I went to a local blueberry farm last weekend, and picked almost 40 pounds of blueberries, which are one of my favorites. I eat them everyday, and enjoy them most in my evening smoothies. Delicious.

Here are a couple pics of that trip.

Updating the Site and Traveling

As I wrote about a few months ago, I will make some changes to the site this summer. I’ve already removed the videos page, as it is very outdated, and am creating a couple of new pages, and condensing some of the other pages.

At this time, I am not planning on changing the overall site theme, yet, you never know. As I work through these changes over the next two months, if something occurs differently for you, or becomes difficult for you on the site, I would love it if you would let me know. You can get my email from the contact page. Thank you.

As I’ve written about before, I am excited to travel in the coming years; and, I’m excited to share that I’ve booked my first trip. It will be to London, next May. Since I’ve been at my current job, I’ve not taken off more than a few days here and there, and am excited to be in London for 12 nights. 

That will be the 2022 trip, and in 2023? India; and, then in 2024, Japan. That’s the plan anyway. We all know that plans change, yet, having a plan is important. And, then? Let the change come. It’s all okay.

Alright, that’s all for this week.

Wishing you all a beautiful coming week.


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Golden Bloggerz, Brainstorm, Liebster, and Aesthete Award Nominations

I am again relegating my diary entry this week, in favor of honoring 4 inspirational blogger’s for nominating me to 4 different blogging awards. Ready? Good. Here we go.

Golden Bloggerz Award

I would like to thank Ace, of Fearless Free Soul for nominating me for the Golden Bloggerz Award. I connected with Ace through Diana’s blog, and am so glad I did. Ace’s blog is full of inspirational writings, videos, music, artwork, and more. If you’ve not yet checked out Ace’s blog, please do so, thank you.

What is the Golden Bloggerz Award?

The Golden Bloggerz Award was created by Chris Kosto to motivate and reward all the amazing bloggers who work hard every day to serve their audiences and deserve some recognition.

The Rules

  1. Place the award logo on your blog.
  2. Mention the rules.
  3. Mention the award creator and link to their blog.
  4. Thank whomever nominated you and link to their blog.
  5. Tell your audience three things about you.
  6. Answer your nominator’s questions.
  7. Nominate 10 people who deserve this award.
  8. Ask the nominees 5 questions of your choice.
  9. Let the nominees know of their nomination by commenting on their social media or blog.
  10. Share links to 2-3 of your best/favorite posts.
  11. Three Things About Me

Three things about me

  1. I live in Oregon.
  2. I love the sun.
  3. I work in educational leadership.

Ace’s Questions

  1. What does freedom mean to you?
    1. Freedom is being uninhibited by oneself and others. Being able to live the fullest life possible free from constraints, either created from within, or without.
  2. What’s one thing you do without thinking?
    1. Hmmmm. There are so many! Driving, meditating, writing, living, and loving. 
  3. Favorite childhood memory?
    1. Running around the backyard in the first home my parents owned. I think I was about 5. I have this vivid memory of watching the movie Rocky, and then running around the backyard, singing the movie’s the theme song. A lovely memory.
  4. If the whole world could hear you for three words, what would you say?
    1. Love each other.
  5. Do you think perception or belief comes first?
    1. All thinking and feeling emanates from mind. Perception therefore is a precursor to belief, just as belief is a precursor to perception. A paradox, just like the whole world, and all of life.

Favorite Posts From My Blog

I consider all posts my favorites, so here are three recent posts.

  1. hearts fill again
  2. breathe, then, breathe again
  3. Haiku #30

I want to thank my dear friend, Ace, again for the lovely nomination. A wonderful connection to a powerful and inspirational blogger!

Brainstorm Award

I would like to thank Filarance, of Words of Me for nominating me for the Brainstorm Award. I actually cannot remember exactly how I found Filarance’s blog, yet, I do know that I am so glad that I did. Filarance’s blog is full of wonderful writings, fun games, and riddles, riddles, riddles. A lovely blog, and blogger. If you’ve not yet checked out Filarance’s blog, please do so, thank you.

Rules

  1. Thank the one who nominated you
  2. Tag your post with #BrainStormsAward and follow BrainStorms if you are willing!
  3. Display the BrainStorms Award logo.
  4. Display the rules on your blog post.
  5. Talk a bit about your blog, why you started it, what you write on and your goal for your blog.
  6. Answer the five questions you have been asked
  7. Nominate five other amazing bloggers
  8. Ask them five new questions
  9. Answers to Nabeeha’s questions

Filarance’s Questions

  1. What would your ideal day be like?
    1. Living, loving, laughing, reflecting, contemplating, and being in action.
  2. Most uplifting song?
    1. Oooooh. I am currently listening to one right now! It’s called Guilty, by Yonaka.
  3. Do you have any pets.
    1. Though I do enjoy animals, I do not have any animals right now.
  4. What’s your favourite flower?
    1. Lilies.
  5. Tea or coffee.
    1. Tea.
  6. What do you hope readers take away from your blog?
    1. Inspiration, hope, and love.

I would like to thank my dear friend, Filarance, again for the wonderful nomination. Another wonderful connection, to yet another wonderful blogger.

The Liebster Award

I would like to thank Laura, of Lotus Laura for nominating me for the Liebster Award. I started following Laura’s blog pretty early on in my blogging journey, and am so glad to have continued to watch Laura’s blog grow and develop. Laura’s blog is full of, well, all kinds of writings, creativity, history, food, and much more. If you’ve not yet checked out Laura’s blog, please do so, thank you.

Rules

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and give a link to the blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions given to you.
  3. Nominate between 5-11 other bloggers.
  4. Ask your nominees 11 questions.
  5. Notify your nominees once you’ve uploaded your post.
  6. Questions for me:
  7. Name one place you really want to visit someday.

Laura’s Questions

  1. What is your favorite planet and why?
    1. Earth. It is our home.
  2. What do you typically eat for lunch?
    1. That iterates often. Right now, I have a black rice, quinoa, veggie, and avocado-bowl.
  3. Which time period in history interests you most?
    1. I am quite fascinated by all history, and am particularly fond of Ancient History.
  4. How do you deal with writer’s block?
    1. Keep writing. Always, keep writing, even if it does not make sense.
  5. What’s one healthy choice you make every day?
    1. Choosing healthy food.
  6. What’s the last animal you saw and how did it make you feel?
    1. This week, my neighbor’s dog. Happy.
  7. Someone hands you a camera and tells you to take a picture, what do you photograph?
    1. Nature. Probably the ocean.
  8. Top three favorite music genres?
    1. Classical
    2. Musical show tunes
    3. Punk Rock/Hip-hop
  9. What would you tell your childhood self?
    1. You’re doing your best – keep doing that.
  10. What background noise helps you write best — music, TV, podcast, nature sounds, other, or silence?
    1. Writing to music. 
  11. Are you a dancer?
    1. Not officially, yet I can dance.

I would like to thank my dear friend, Laura, again for the wonderful nomination. Another lovely connection, to yet another wonderful blogger.

The Aesthete Blogger Award!

I would like to thank Lauren, of Lauren M. Hancock Poetry and Prose for nominating me for the Aesthete Blogger Award. I quite literally stumbled onto Lauren’s blog, and am so glad that I did. Lauren’s blog is full of inspirational, elegant, and beautiful poetry and prose. Just lovely. If you’ve not yet checked out Lauren’s blog, please do so, thank you.

Rules

  1. Use the official logo/graphic of the award and display it on your blog.
  2. List the rules.
  3. Show some love to the one who nominated you!
  4. Mention the creator — Ashmita at the Fictional Journal —  and link it back to the original post.
  5. Tell me something about this world that you admire.
  6. What is your favourite form of creativity?
  7. Nominate 7 lovely people and notify them by commenting on their posts; spread some love!
  8. Ask your nominees 4 questions.
  9. Share something you created. (can be anything!)

Tell me something about this world that you admire

  1. Kindness, given out to people, just to do so.

What is your favourite form of creativity?

  1. Some of you that have been following me for a while know I love whiteboards. I love the feeling of being present to an insight, approaching a gigantic whiteboard wall, and getting out all of that insight. It’s beautiful. A caveat. The past 6-months I’ve been present to poetry, as you all know, and I love the process of the blank page (just like a whiteboard) and getting that insight onto the page. Also beautiful.

Lauren’s Questions

  1. What is it that most inspires you to write?
    1. The insights I get – from all of life. Human beings, nature, love, despair, really the human condition on this beautiful planet.
  2. Would you alter a pivotal moment in your life that would alter your life to a completely different path or remain on your current path of life?
    1. I would not. I believe with my heart and soul that the life I’ve lived has been exactly as it was supposed to be lived, is being lived, and will be lived. 
  3. What is your most treasured memory?
    1. I have two.
      1. The births of both of my beautiful sons.
      2. Meeting my beautiful ex-wife.
  4. What is an achievement you are proud of?
    1. Going back to University at 33 and completing two degrees over an 8 year period.

I would like to thank my dear friend, Lauren again for the wonderful nomination. Another excellent connection, to yet another wonderful blogger.

Alas, you all know I don’t nominate individual bloggers, as I find all of you inspirational. If you would like to answer any of the questions that either of the 4 lovely bloggers have asked me, please do so. You’ve each earned every award that has been detailed here. 

Alright, one more thanks to each of these powerful bloggers. Thank you, Ace, Filarance, Laura, and Lauren. I appreciate each of you. You inspire me.

Have a wonderfully beautiful week, everyone.

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A Blogger’s Diary 6/28/21: On the Week, Writing and Reflecting, WordPress, Gardening, and Appreciating 950 Followers

The Week

This week I learned that my cousin passed away in a car accident. I was, and am, saddened by the news; and, my heart goes out to all of my family in Los Angeles, and everywhere else that my family is today. Sending love and blessings to all of you.

At work this week, I prepared to take the team through a team building in two weeks, which is about creating next year. I am excited, as the entire team has not gathered in a while. Should be fun.

Writing and Reflecting

Writing did occur, as it always does, and was, well, quite prolific this week. Meaning, poems continue to come, and I am deeply grateful for the experience. 

It’s interesting, sometimes there’s nothing there, and at others, it’s like a flood of emotions and writing all at once. Pretty amazing, indeed.

I also submitted four poems recently for publication. Two to MASTICADORESUSA, edited by Gabriela Marie Milton, which were accepted.

I am super excited about these two poems being published, and am grateful to Gabriela and the team at MASTICADORESUSA for accepting these poems.

Thank you.

I also submitted two poems to Spillwords. I’ve not heard anything back from Spillwords yet, and will keep you posted on these two submissions, as well as the two submitted to MASTICADORESUSA. Grateful, grateful.

WordPress

I also found out this week that my WP reader is not linked to all of the sites I’m following, which makes interacting with everyone a little more challenging. Therefore, I am planning to unfollow and refollow a whole bunch of sites in the next two weeks.

I think this will work, as it has in the past. So, if you see me unfollow and then refollow, that’s what’s happening. Thanks for being patient with me!

Gardening

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve created a Community Gardening post, and I chose this week to update all of you via my diary entry, as writing another Community Gardening post eludes me at the moment.

Yes! Everything is growing quite well; and, yep, I’ve got some weeding to do too! 

The peas and broccoli are delicious, and I am really excited about the tomatoes, squash, and, well, everything else that’s planted.

Appreciating 950 Followers

Photo by Kevin Butz on Unsplash

I am ecstatic to share that the site has surpassed 950 followers. My goal at the beginning of the year was to get to 1000 followers by the end of June. Though I’ll fall a little short of that goal, I am overjoyed about, and appreciative of, each of the 950 people that are following this site. That’s you! Thank you!

The past year has been lots of things. Hard, sad, and, it has also been wonderful, and beautiful. And, at this moment? 

I am grateful. 

Grateful to each of you for viewing, liking, commenting, and sharing my posts. Beyond grateful.

I appreciate each of you, and am thankful to have met each and everyone of you. 

You are all inspiring and beautiful.

Sending love and blessings for a splendid week.


Utmost Feelings – Coming Soon!

If you’ve not yet checked out Astha’s Anthology, Utmost Feelings, please check it out when you have a chance, and share as you are able. Thank you.

Additionally, the coauthors of Astha’s Anthology, Utmost Feelings, are creating a space for people to send their sentiments to Astha’s family.

If you are interested, please add your sentiments to this form, thank you, and stay blessed.

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A Blogger’s Diary 6/13/21: On the Week, Writing and Reflecting, Collecting Sentiments, and Father’s Day

The Week

Well, after the trip to Los Angeles, work was/is busier than ever. We are now planning for the Fall Term and are going to offer in-person classes for the first time in over 15 months. Wow. Excited and, well, somewhat nervous. Normal, of course.

Alright, let’s take a look at some reflections on my latest writing.

Writing and Reflecting

I’ve kept to my new blogging schedule, and it feels good. I enjoy having a couple of days off, where I can simply focus on seeing what all of you inspirational people are up to and writing about. Much fun.

I do have some leadership posts in mind, and have one on Servant Leadership that is just about completed, yet, am being so drawn to writing poetry right now, I don’t see those new leadership posts being published soon. However, who knows? Maybe, they’ll find their way into a post sooner than later.

I’ve been reflecting more upon compiling a poetry book, and will start to look into this soon. I am also a part of two new Anthologies, through True Dreamster, which I am also excited about, and will have more details about in the next few weeks.

Collecting Sentiments

As you all know, I am very honored to be a part of Astha’s Anthology, Utmost Feelings, which will be published soon through True Dreamster.

In my first post about Utmost Feelings, in last week’s A Blogger’s Diary post, Alec made a lovely comment about Astha, and asked if his sentiments could be passed along to Astha’s family.

I am glad to report this is now possible. If you are interested in sending your sentiments about Astha to Astha’s family, you will find a Google Form at the end of this post, and all of my future posts for, well, I don’t know how long. For a while anyway. Thank you for considering.

Father’s Day

On July 10, 2019, my dad passed away. It was sudden and unexpected. I was at work when my younger sister called me and told me what was happening. When she first called, it was unclear whether he would survive the heart attack and stroke.

I learned rather quickly that, indeed, he would not. I remember being overcome with emotion, and yet, also in action. Meaning, that I immediately talked to the doctors, got clear on his condition, called and booked a plane, and was in Los Angeles within 4 hours.

When I arrived, he looked quite peaceful, and, of course, my mom and sisters were, just like I was, distraught, confused, and full of sadness. My dad’s soul left his body that evening.

On this father’s day, I am reminded of all the times my dad was there for me, supported me, encouraged me, and, in his way, loved me deeply, as he did my mother, sisters, and all of his grandkids.

I love and miss you dad.

I am also reflecting upon being a father, and how lucky I am to be the father of two beautiful young men. I am so lucky, and I love them more than these words could possibly convey.

I hope you all have a wonderful Father’s Day.

Sending you all love and blessings on a wonderful week.


Utmost Feelings – Coming Soon!

If you’ve not yet checked out Astha’s Anthology, Utmost Feelings, please check it out when you have a chance, and share as you are able. Thank you.

Additionally, the coauthors of Astha’s Anthology, Utmost Feelings, are creating a space for people to send their sentiments to Astha’s family.

If you are interested, please add your sentiments to this form, thank you, and stay blessed.

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