Friday, September 19, 2014

Two Shoes Tuesday Prompts for Sept. 23rd

Stories, poems and essays - original fiction and non-fiction 
 Your choice of themes for Tuesday, September 23rd are: 
nervous or note
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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Tread Softly

Tread softly on my heart
don't stomp across with muddy boots
I've worked too hard at clearing dirt away
Don't tell me that I'm still
not good enough to wipe your feet on
You didn't really know me then
you sure as hell don't know me now
My old worn heart may bear your scars
but I assure you it is whole
and I am strong, alive and well
I'm linking up with Brenda at BYG Adventures
where the word we are Pondering this week is "tread" 
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

What If...

I was talking tonight with someone I care about, someone who has talked herself into believing that all the really good times in her life are in the past, and that the future can only hold "leftovers" or settling for less than the best.  I challenge that line of thinking, because my life is living proof that it isn't true.  We can be at the darkest point of our lives, or in the longest period of despair, and feel too hopeless about life to ever believe it could be good again.  Sometimes we can't see beyond the immediate issues overshadowing our lives, we can't see the faint light at the end of the long tunnel, and we have forgotten that the sun rises every morning on a new day. 
We have no idea what tomorrow might bring, something so different than what we have imagined!  If you doubt that, think back on the last ten or twenty years of your life... has it turned out exactly as you planned and expected?  Have their been some twists and turns and surprises along the way?  Of course there have been!  In reality we can't see beyond the moment, not even around the corner of tomorrow!  I had no idea that there was a man out there like Papa Bear, and that he would want me, love me!  I had no belief that the fairytale kind of romantic love was even possible.  I had no way of knowing what God had in store for me!
Before, in past relationships, I settled... I settled for less than I had dreamed of, for less than what I had hoped for, and ultimately for less than what I was worth... and I got what I settled for, not good enough.  Not enough to make a loving, lasting relationship work no matter how much effort I put into it.  After those very bad experiences I gave up, thinking it was just impossible, that there were no "good enough" men, and/or that I wasn't good enough to make any relationship work.  With that mindset there was no belief that the future could be better... and certainly no belief that it could be amazing.  I would have laughed at anyone who tried to convince me otherwise.
The thought I want to leave you with, is that ANYTHING is possible, whether we believe it or not, weather we are even able to imagine it.  When bad things happen, when life takes a detour through dark or difficult places, when old relationships end, it doesn't mean the end of the world.  It doesn't mean that there is no possibility for life to be good again, indeed even better than it was before, even happier.  Never give up hope!
Even though I am sixty years old now, and have done a heap of living in the last six decades, I absolutely believe that there are still more happy days ahead in my life.  Papa Bear believes that too. Some of the best days haven't happened yet... and I'm looking forward to them!  How about you?

This was written for Two Shoes Tuesday
where the theme choices this week are before and after.
If you enjoy writing, come and join us!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Two Shoes Tuesday #96 - Before or After

Two Shoes Tuesdsay
Welcome to Two Shoes Tuesday...  a place for those who love to write!

There are two word prompts to choose from... you can use whichever one inspires you. You are not required to include them both. You do not have to include the prompt word, but please use it as the theme for your post. You are welcome to write a post for each prompt word, if you like. Posts unrelated to either word prompt will be deleted from the link list.

Your contribution must be in the form of an original poem, essay, or short story (fiction or non-fiction), and it must be a new piece - not something drawn from your other writings or archives.

Your link must go directly to your post for Two Shoes Tuesday, and somewhere in the post you must provide a link to Two Shoes Tuesday.  It doesn't need to be big or fancy, just a text or logo link at the end of your post will be fine. You can add a link anytime through next Monday. 

Please take some time to visit as many of the other TST participants as possible during the week, we all love feedback on our efforts!  Feel free to email me at if you have any questions.
The September 16th writing themes to choose from are before and after. 

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Smiles to Go!

This week Papa Bear brought home a package that came in the mail... a box from my friend Brenda over at BYG Adventures.  I'd been eagerly waiting for it to arrive!  You see, Brenda has some hidden talents in addition to being an awesome writer.  She makes these adorable crocheted wreaths, and I'd ordered the one you see above for my office door for Halloween.  I couldn't have been more delighted when it arrived, the picture doesn't do it justice!  I requested candy corn colors with a bit of black thrown in, and I love how it turned out!  The little witch, ghost and pumpkin  add the perfect touch.  I think it's impossible not to look at this wreath and smile, and that's why I want to share it with our clients at the office... folks who so need a bit of cheerfulness in their lives!
Here's more photos of some of the awesome wreaths Brenda has created.  I'd be hard pressed to choose a favorite... I love them all! :-)

Brenda and her daughter Michelle are planning to open an Etsy store to sell their crafty creations, but if you'd like to order one in the meantime you can contact her at   The price is very reasonable, and she accepts Paypal.  They would make great gifts too!  Handcrafted gifts are original, fun to give and fun to receive.  I'm already thinking about how cute a pink or blue one would be for a baby shower gift. 
I can't wait to put my Halloween wreath up at work.  Thank you Brenda, for the smiles! :-)