Good Manners

Daily writing prompt
Describe a random encounter with a stranger that stuck out positively to you.

Good Manners

someone helps me
at the library
and I say thank you
then help someone else
at the grocery store

Autumn in the air
young people
open doors for me
at the library 

I mentioned in an earlier post that Karl and I sponsor three children with Compassion International. They are from three countries, and they live with their families. We sent Easter greetings through the email service Compassion International provides. We are no longer strangers. We are friends.

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Prompt for April 10, 2023

Daily writing prompt
If you could be a character from a book or film, who would you be? Why?

My mother taught literature and read novels. When she was no longer able to read, I read to her. And found old movies that she would enjoy, and that would recall her life chapters. We also watched current programs.

I have read all of Jan Karon’s novels. Wonderful characters. Good examples of faith through many stories. You can learn more about Jan’s books at Jan Karon’s Mitford site.

trees in bloom
some in pink
a color Mom loved
to see me wear
picture Easter

I posted this poem yesterday at Grief And Acceptance.

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after rain

after rain
the beautiful earth
and gardens grow

sunlight in my study
praying the Psalms
on a Sunday afternoon

country cemetery
trumpet vines
growing taller
than the gravestones

“country cemetery” was published by Time Of Singing Summer 2012.


Compassion International

Karl and I sponsor three children with Compassion International. They are from three countries, and they live with their families. We receive letters and updates. I plan to write some Easter notes soon. We have worked with them for years, and there are many ways to help.

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