Grateful for Blogs

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What’s a secret skill or ability you have or wish you had?

There is always more to learn, and I am grateful for all I learn with blogs. Karl helped me begin our first site, Poems From Oostburg, Wisconsin, in December 2009. I remember learning how to create a simple post, and the good achievement that was for me. I wanted to reprint some of my poems from print journals, share them with more people, and also thank the editors and publishers. Perhaps a few new readers found their work too.

Now I write drafts of new poems as I create and work here. There may be several revisions before I publish the post. Learning how to add images was a new skill.

I also began a handwritten journal again yesterday, and wrote about that in a post at the Oostburg, Wisconsin blog: Spring Gifts. The journal is from Beverly Dyer – I learned of her art from her blog.

So much more to learn, and I am grateful. Sometimes I stay with what I already know for awhile, and then learn a little more. Thank you.

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Favorite Weather

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What is your favorite type of weather?

Today is early spring in Wisconsin, sunny and bright. The robins are back and the snowdrops bloom. The same views inspire poems, one day at a time: spring, summer, autumn, and winter.

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What is one word that describes you?

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Creative, and there are many ways to be creative.

music and then
the music of silence
poetry books

Easter memories
over time and places
mixed media art

I have a painting by Wendy Brightbill on the wall by my computer. Her art and colors are an inspiration.

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What was the best compliment you’ve received?

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A good question for reflection – many things are important, but growing as a person through everything is a goal.

Kindness, love, hope, encouragement . . . God’s grace.

Unto thee, O LORD, do I lift up my soul.

Remember, O LORD,
thy tender mercies and thy lovingkindnesses;
for they have been ever of old.

Psalm 25: 1, 6

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Steady Growth With Poetry

How would you rate your confidence level?

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I can say: steady growth with poetry, because of practice with blogs. I also read blogs, books, and poetry print journals. Reading is an important part of growing as a writer, as many have observed. Practice helps with “confidence level.” Always more to learn, a poem can be revised, and an editor may have a good idea.

And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us:
and establish thou the work of our hands upon us;
yea, the work of our hands establish thou it.
Psalm 90: 17

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Pray and Plan

What makes you most anxious?

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Praying the Psalms helps me in life.

When a new challenge occurs – and these last years and this time are a challenge for all – the words are familiar. I also follow my health care plan every day – practical and consistent. I can feel some anxiety before an appointment, but I have a plan. Extra rest, quiet time, and I prepare and review. Karl helps too. I am grateful for progress. One step, one day, at a time.

Wait on the LORD:
be of good courage,
and he shall strengthen thine heart:
wait, I say, on the LORD.

Psalm 27: 14

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Psalm 100

Write a letter to your 100-year-old self.

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Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.

Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.

Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.

For the LORD is good: his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.

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