Sunshine Blogger Award

I am honored to have received the Sunshine Blogger Award nomination from two lovely bloggers; Lauren, of Lauren M Hancock Poetry and Prose, and Ahiri, of AhiriCreates. Thank you, Lauren, and thank you, Ahiri.

I’ve been following Lauren for a while now, and love the poetry and prose that Lauren creates; and, though I’ve only been following Ahiri for a little while, I am truly blessed to have found Ahiri’s site, which is full of inspirational content. Both, amazing bloggers! If you’ve not yet checked out their sites, please do so. Thank you.

Alright, here we go. Rules first.

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
  3. Nominate 11 new bloggers to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  4. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or your blog.
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Lauren’s Questions

  1. How do you deal with regretful situations?
    1. I don’t spend a lot of time in a regretful state today. However, that was not always the case. At one time, regretfulness was a state I spent a lot of time in; yet, I was unaware, which means there was quite a lot of pain. Today, if a situation occurs that feels not so good, I inquire right away, and if there is something I need to take action on, I do so immediately. 
  2. What is a joyous moment for you?
    1. The birth of my two beautiful sons. Both moments that were completely joyous, and paradoxically so, stressful! They are amazing young men.
  3. When you’re inspired to write, is it in a frenzy or a controlled manner, how do the words flow onto the page?
    1. Depends. Sometimes the words just pour out; and they might start pouring out when I’m driving, which can be challenging! I’ve learned to take notes throughout the day as insights occur. At other times, the process is more gradual. Meaning, I’ll have a concept in mind, will pull up a document, and see if anything comes. Usually the words do come; yet, sometimes they don’t. I’ve learned both are okay.
  4. What is the most important object in your life, and what significance does it hold for you?
    1. Hmmm. I have some photos and artwork in my apartment, which all hold significance for me. Pictures of the boys, spiritual and devotional pieces, and then a piece of artwork a good friend of mine made for me. The significance is that there is a person or concept behind each pic or piece of artwork that I love, and they hold a special place in my heart.
  5. Are you a coffee or a tea person?
    1. Tea, please. 🙂
  6. What would be your ideal way to enjoy a Sunday?
    1. Meditating, writing, walking, enjoying time with people I love.
  7. Name one hobby that you enjoy and why.
    1. I love to write! Hahaha. Alright, something other than writing. Let’s see. I love to hike and work in my garden. That’s two!
  8. Share a treasured memory of yours?
    1. The one that comes to mind was a family trip we took in 2013 to the east coast. The boys were much younger then, and we spent 10 days in Philadelphia, Washington DC, and New York. As a west coaster, I’ve not spent as much time on the east coast, and I love it. We had a grand time.
  9. Name a favourite song of yours from a musical.
    1. I Dreamed a Dream, Les Miserables.
  10. Would you consider yourself an extrovert or introvert?
    1. Both! I love people, and love being around people; yet, as a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP), I have a deep internal life, which is very important to me. Meaning, I need time away from everyone and everything. Time to pause, breathe, and reflect. 
  11. And does this affect the way you write for your blog?
    1. Oh, yes, absolutely. For me, internal processing, introspection and contemplation, the stillness and quietness of our beingness, is where creativity and innovation reside. 
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Ahiri’s Questions

  1. What’s your reason behind diving in the ocean of Blogging?
    1. When the pandemic first started, I began to look for another creative outlet, as work at that time was a little slower (that, as you all know did not last long), and it had been several years since completing my graduate studies, and I was longing to write. Write about my practical experiences. Thus, blogging started for me. It’s been an amazing experience, and I love blogging more today than ever before.
  2. The most favourite book of yours and WHY SHOULD OTHERS GIVE IT A TRY?
    1. Ah! This is a hard one; I’ve read so many books. Hmmm. I’ll need to choose two. Here we go.
      1. The Bhagavad Gita
        1. Why?
          1. The Gita is one of the most profound books I’ve ever read and experienced. I use the concept experience intentionally, as the relationship to the concepts and content within the Gita to everyday life is profound. For me, reading the Gita is an experience of life, all aspects of life.
      2. The House of Spirits
        1. Why?
          1. First, it’s a book I’ve read recently; second, because Isabel Allende is a master of language. The House of Spirits, though quite violent in parts, is one of the most elegantly written books I’ve ever read. 
  3. Tell us something which a lot of people think about you is true but actually isn’t that true
    1. When people learn what I do for a living, working in Educational Leadership in higher education, they sometimes assume I followed the “traditional” pathway through school, which is not true. I spent 16 years in the private sector before going to University at 33, and didn’t finish my degrees until I was 42! 
  4. Which do you favour the most: Solo travelling or Group/Family travelling?
    1. I’ve not done a lot of solo-traveling; yet that is now changing. As I wrote about in a post a couple of weeks ago, I have a three-year plan to visit places I’ve always wanted to see and experience – Europe, India, and Japan, which starts next year! 
  5. One of the most impractical imaginations of yours you wish could be somehow fulfilled?
    1. I am living out all of my dreams and creating the necessary activity to realize the ones on my imaginations list! The one that comes to mind most right now, is living in another country. That will likely happen in the next 5’ish years; and, I would like that country to be India. 
  6. Is there anything you still regret for, that you’ve done?
    1. I’ve worked through a lot of regret in the past 4 years; so, today, there is nothing that I am present to that I regret. However, I am always discovering new aspects of myself. If regret does arise, I inquire into the regret, and work through the pain, whether that be grief, sadness, remorse, or whatever other emotion may be there. 
  7. What are you: Mountain person, beach person or a forest lover?
    1. Ha! All three. I really do love all three; and, I also love the desert. Each of these landscapes hold a different experiential promise. And, I’m lucky enough to have lived in all three environments for considerable amounts of time. Alright, now that that is clear, the beach is my absolute favorite! 
  8. Any moment/incident when you felt “Right now, I’m the luckiest one on Earth”
    1. Right now! Seriously, I consider each moment precious, a divine gift on this beautiful planet, getting to type into this document about myself, acknowledging two lovely bloggers for nominating me for this wonderful award. Lucky, indeed! 
  9. What’s your next short term goal you’re working on?
    1. Regaining more range of motion in my left shoulder. As I’ve written about before, I was diagnosed with a frozen shoulder a few months ago, and have been in PT since that time. It’s slow going, yet my range is much improved and the pain has subsided a bit, which is great. 
  10. Which is that place, you already have visited and wanna visit again?
    1. New York City, for sure. Though I’ve been there before, it’s been a long time, and I would love to spend time there exploring all there is to experience. Growing up in Los Angeles, means I have a special place in my heart for large metropolitan cities; and, though I’ve not lived in a large city for, well, over 13 years, the diversity and cultural richness of larger cities resides in my heart.
  11. Do you believe in ghosts?
    1. I love this question, Ahiri! There is no way for me to not believe. Meaning, I have the visceral understanding today that we, as human beings, know so little of all that is knowable, so to not believe in ghosts would be folly. 

Wow! That was so much fun. I would like to once again thank Ahiri, of AhiriCreates, and Lauren, of Lauren M Hancock Poetry and Prose. Ahiri and Lauren are inspirational bloggers, and I do hope you will check out their sites.

As you all know, I don’t nominate individual bloggers for awards, as you are all inspirational and deserving. Therefore, I choose to invite each of you to respond to either Lauren’s or Ahiri’s questions if you would like.

Alright, have a beautiful and blessed coming week everyone!


#blogging, #books, #gita, #goals, #hobby, #imagination, #inspiration, #joy, #memory, #musical, #nominations, #regret, #sunshinebloggeraward

finally opened up

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looking out over
seas of tranquility,
never manifest,
even though I tried
my best

waiting to see,
wanting to learn,
watching the earth,
roam around my dearth

I digest more
than is possible,
all the while
the improbably
seems to find me

no matter
where
I hide the keys,
your always there

with,

just the right
instance,
forgetting
all about
my present
circumstances

taking courage

and,
a drive
that is more
than one will
combined

released, then,
years later, upon
a sea of possibility

finally found,
after ages,
while I resisted,
you persisted, gained
access

and,
showed
me the layer
upon layer of
human misery,

and,

the joy upon
joy, of human
ingenuity

ah, what

love is found
in a second act
of a life, thought
for a time broken
beyond repair,

and, yet
right there,

just then,

the brokenness
was sealed,
and delivered, as
completeness
set in

and,

the
whole world
finally opened up
to me,
through you,
and, everything,
my dear, became
so very clear


#poetry, #broken, #complete, #contemplation, #determination, #introspection, #joy, #life, #love, #misery, #paradox, #poem, #poems, #resilience, #strength, #surrender

beyond the horizon

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I love to stare off
into the distance, and
witness the birth,
and newness of each
moment,
arising, sometimes
disguising,
and always, always,
mesmerizing

me, while
also

moving me
from deep within,
to another place
and time, and
rejoining me
with
all my kin

beyond hope,
and fear, a land
full of dreams, which
comes and goes, as quick
as my heart beats thin

slowly dancing
to each moments
memory, and
the scope
of our collective hope

transfigured,
I realize these moments
last an eternity,
as the leaves
cascade down
from their mast

and, I

cast
my eyes beyond
the horizon, breathe
in deep,
and thank everyone,
and everything
around me
for the solitude,
and joyousness
I feel at last


The Moments Prose Published at Spillwords!

I would be honored if you would visit Spillwords and read, and or, reread my poem, The Moments Prose, thank you.

Have you ever lost a love
so close,
it’s left you spinning,
and in need
of a heart to slow?

It’s as if you tucked
this love away….

You can read the rest of The Moments Prose, here. Thank you again, my friends.


#poetry, #aliveness, #beauty, #connection, #dreams, #emotions, #heart, #horizon, #humanity, #joy, #life, #love, #memory, #moment, #poem, #poems, #presence, #solitude, #trasnformation

The Gift Bestowed

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jagged edges
cut deep
while resolving

we keep

our connection
to all
of our heart’s
deepest secrets
bared
only
for you and me

hidden
for a time

back
with fervor
and a gusto
all their
own

we know

the show
is only
for those
that truly grow

into

other iterations
of being
while transfixed
by the matrix
of collective
memories
and

shadows
of past
circumstance

we resolve

and move
toward tomorrow
with a sense of
urgency
and yes
sometimes sorrow

yet
finally

we behold

the
afterglow
of the
gift bestowed


I wrote this poem the other night, and I as I reflected upon the WDYS #87 prompt from Keep it Alive, by Sadje, it occurred to me that this poem was perfect for the prompt. I love it when that happens.

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.

#poetry, #care, #compassion, #connection, #determination, #growth, #humanity, #joy, #life, #love, #poem, #poems, #resilience, #sorrow, #wdys

Dancing Trees

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Have you ever seen
a treen
dancing brilliantly,
just as the wind
whips up and flows
gently among
the branches and
the tender fibers of it’s being,
ever so elegantly?

Walking along the sidewalk,
cracks in its façade,
breaking,
yet whole and solidifying.

The wind behind you,
moving
you forward,
just as you are pulled
into another dimension
of being;

and,

you look up
to witness
Nature smiling,
while continually
providing you
clues

to our existence,
trees dancing
in the sunlight,
glinting and radiating
their essence
of everlasting delight.

You know from within,
they are
dancing for you,
and you pause,
to take in all of their splendor,
big smile on your face,
and you laugh and giggle
just like you did
when you were little.

Oh, the joy,
of nature’s gifts
bestowed upon
us all,
it’s enough to forestall,
while you continue
to watch
them dancing,
all.

#poetry, #contemplation, #dancing, #existence, #gifts, #introspection, #joy, #life, #love, #nature, #poem, #poems, #trees, #wind