Two Shoes Tuesday Prompts for February 3rd

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 jts.2000@yahoo.com if you have any questions.
 
The February 3rd writing themes to choose from are tangled and tower.

Please remember that the THEME of your post must be related to the prompt
 you choose, rather than it just appearing as a word somewhere in your post!

Three In A Row

When we got our new loveseat at Christmas time, the old one became the favored napping spot for Sophie and Tiggy (the two furkids on the left), and they loved it even more with assorted pillows and blankets... which soon became covered in cat fur like the rest of the house.  In an attempt to de-clutter things a bit, and also to dispose of  the jumble of boxes and baskets scattered around the room, I found these three inexpensive cat beds at Wally-World today, and parked them side by side on the loveseat to see how it would go over.  (I might have sprinkled a little catnip in them for aromatherapy purposes. :-).  In no time at all Sophie had settled in her favorite spot on the left, and Tiggy soon opted to join her.  Sophie wasn't too sure about that, as you can see from her paws extending over her bed.  She took a couple swipes at her sister but realized she wasn't going to dislodge her as Tiggy settled in for a nap.  Eventually Gracie climbed into the remaining bed on the right and spent her usual fifteen minutes soft-pawing it to perfection before she settled in.  Toby always opts to snooze up on the back, overlooking his sisters... and perhaps contemplating which one to chase around the house first when morning comes and he needs his exercise! :-)  I thought this photo was just too sweet not to share with you.  I'm happy they like their beds, it wouldn't have surprised me a bit if they had sniffed them and walked away to climb in a cardboard box - as cats are known to do.  I guess they approve of my selection!

Making Plans

I'm linking up with Patricia's blog hop In Other Words
where the creative writing prompt for this week is the following quotation:
 
“The truth is you don’t know what is going to happen tomorrow.
Life is a crazy ride, and nothing is guaranteed.”
- Eminem
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The first thought that came to mind when I read the Eminem quote is John Lennon's statement that appears in the illustration above - "Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans."   That has most certainly been the story of my life, and I suspect that's true of most people. 

I've always admired folks who did a lot of planning for their lives and futures, and I think it's a good thing to have goals that motivate you to strive for something.  But I still smile when someone says "I'm going to be...", or "I'm going to do this or that in a few years" or, "someday I'm will...", because in all likelihood their lives will play out far differently than they anticipate.

I think though, that it may be a good thing that we don't always know exactly what's ahead or where the road will take us.  Not only would it be boring if we never encountered any surprises, but there are also a lot of tough times in life that we manage to get through when we encounter them. If we knew about them in advance we might give up before we ever got there.

I had a lot of wonderful plans for my life when I was younger, most of which never materialized. As I grew older I learned that each stage has its own interests and desires, and ten years down the road you will probably be less enamored with that idea and be focused on something else entirely.  Now I look back and smile at the things I thought were so important then, and there are only a few dreams that I wish I would have followed through with, such as completing college.

Just as Eminem says, life is indeed "a crazy ride", but when I look back at all the incredible things I've experienced, I wouldn't have it any other way!
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Come and join us!

An Ill Wind Blows

(photo credit - Papa Bear)
 
Jessica stood at the ferry railing as it churned across the channel.  She had taken the late night ride to get away and clear her head.  Her face was tense with emotion.  She was way past fed up with the never ending struggle in her relationship with Chase, and it was time to make a move. 

Jessica and Chase had been together for five years, but his never ending-complaints and attempts to control her every move had turned her life into a nightmare.  She was ready to put an end to it. There was a problem though, Chase had vowed that if she ever left him he would make sure that no other man would ever have her, and she knew beyond a doubt that he meant every word.

Suddenly a huge gust of wind caught Jessica as she stood there and sent her long hair flying.  The raw power of the cold ocean air energized her and ignited a fire inside her that she hadn't felt in a very long time.  Her tense features softened and a strange smile spread slowly across her face.  She knew what she had to do.  Tonight Chase would breathe his last breath, come tomorrow she would be free.

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This story was written for Wednesday Wit and Wisdom  at Linda Kay's Senior Adventures.  
Choose a photo, write a short story or poem for it, and come and join us!
Tomorrowlady

Own It

 
I think we all know people who believe that everything bad that happens to them is someone else's fault. They never see their role in it; they never accept that there are consequences for their choices and their actions; they live in total denial.  In their eyes they are picked on, the universe singles them out unfairly.  Maintaining that attitude makes it so easy - if it's never your fault you bear no responsibility, and there is never a need to consider making any changes in the way you conduct your life.
 
I would like to believe that I never have a hand in the not so great things that happen in my life. Taking responsibility for our choices and actions can sometimes be uncomfortable and even embarrassing. But I know myself too well to ever believe I am an innocent victim of fate.  In fact I could easily be the poster child for poor choice-making in much of life, and I've had to live with the consequences of those choices.  I can't say that's been much fun, but it has been a powerful lesson.  Eventually it dawned on me that if I wanted my life to be different I would have to do something different.
 
Seven years ago I made a conscious choice to do something different when it came to seeking a partner, and in doing so I ended up with Papa Bear, the best guy ever!  But it isn't always that clear-cut and simple.  Sometimes despite our best intentions thing don't work out like we plan or we end up handling things badly.   We are imperfectly human, we make mistakes, and sometimes we just blow it entirely.  What's important is that we acknowledge our mistakes, that we own them, and that we make amends in situations where we can. 
 
Things that don't go well in our lives provide the perfect opportunity for introspection - what could we have done differently, what should we do next time?  No matter how hard I try,  there are times when I fall short, and times when I just screw up entirely.  I don't feel very proud of myself at those times, but I do feel better when I accept ownership, rather than trying to blame on someone or something else.  Making a mistake isn't something to be ashamed of, we all do it.  Shame comes in attempting to deny it or disown it.  It takes courage to admit our mistakes and deal with the consequences, but as a grownup I am  responsible for myself, and if I said it or did it (or didn't do it if I should have), I will own it.  That's called integrity, and it's an important part of who I want to be.
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Two Shoes Tuesdsay
This was written for Two Shoes Tuesday
where the theme choices this week are opposite and own.
If you enjoy writing, come and join us!

Two Shoes Tuesday #115 - Opposite or Own

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 jts.2000@yahoo.com if you have any questions.
 
The January 27th writing themes to choose from are opposite and own.

Please remember that the THEME of your post must be related to the prompt
 you choose, rather than it just appearing as a word somewhere in your post!

Two Shoes Tuesday Prompts for January 27th

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 jts.2000@yahoo.com if you have any questions.
 
The January 27th writing themes to choose from are opposite and own.

Please remember that the THEME of your post must be related to the prompt
 you choose, rather than it just appearing as a word somewhere in your post!

Outside the Box

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I have always been a "think outside the box" kind of girl, maybe that's because I didn't seem to fit in the box very well.  Many of us have lived our lives feeling like we were outsiders, not really belonging or even fully understanding what was happening in the confined boxes labeled "normal".

 I wasn't very old when I figured out that I didn't fit in socially, and that my way of thinking about things was different than most of my peers.  Maybe I think too much.  Maybe I feel too much.  At any rate, by the time I'd reached adulthood I was quite sure that I had no desire to be stuck in the crowded, nondescript box of conventional thought and behavior.  Boring... unquestioning... robotic... those are words that come to mind when I think of people who reside inside the box. 

I love the illustration up above because it demonstrates perfectly what happens when you open the box and open your mind... creativity overflows, joy abounds, wonderful things begin to happen... your own personal light begins to shine.  That's so much nicer than just being a reflection of everyone crammed together in the box!
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I'm linking up with Brenda at BYG Adventures
where the word we are Pondering this week is "box" 

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Taking The First Step

 
I'm linking up with Patricia's new blog hop In Other Words
where the creative writing prompt for this week is the following quotation:
 
“Faith is taking the first step even when
you don’t see the whole staircase.”
Martin Luther King, Jr
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In order to begin my life with Papa Bear I had to take the first step... a huge step that entailed leaving my job of nineteen years, and the town I'd lived in for the past twenty, to move to Texas, find a new job, and commit to a marriage when my prior three had been the stuff of nightmares.   I had no idea how, or if, things were going to work out, but I had deep love for Papa Bear and faith that I was making the right decision for my life.  I felt certain that God was the architect of this staircase I was about to climb.

Now my daughter is preparing to climb a similar staircase.  She is going to leave Tennessee and move to Florida where her finace is co-owner of a business.  It's scary - leaving her beautiful home and a nursing position that has suited her well, so that she can begin a life with the man who has captured her heart.  Like me, she has no idea how things will play out, but she is trusting in her love, and her belief that this is the right decision.   My first step has led to the best and happiest years of my life, and I pray that things will work out the same for her. 

No one really knows what they will encounter on the staircase of life, we can hope and dream, and plan our journey, but we rarely arrive at our original destination.  We need to have faith that God has much better plans for us than we could even imagine, and we have to be willing to take that first step!

And what does that beautiful little dog up there have to do with this?  See the love in his eyes?  He's looking at his Master and he's willing to trust him and follow him to places yet unseen!
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Come and join us!

Cookie Capers

 
January is always a hard month for my two sisters and I.  Both my father and mother's funerals took place in early January, fifteen years apart.  Although my mother passed over to the Spirit World twenty years ago, there is still an empty spot in our hearts - we try to fill the void with good memories...
 
Today my younger sister was baking some of mom's favorite cookies and texted me bemoaning that they weren't turning out as perfect as mom's did.  That started us reminiscing about mom's baking.  Saturday always meant something special being made for Sunday dinner's dessert along with a batch of cookies to refill the cookie jar.  Christmas time brought  a wonderful assortment of cookies that Mom made and stored in containers on a shelf in the garage, which was nice and cold, being in South Dakota. 
 
I was telling my sister tonight how I used to slip by the shelf in the garage on my way back to school after lunch, to fill my pocket with a handful of cookies.  I'm sure Mom wondered how her cookie stash got depleted, though I think she had a pretty good idea considering I'd been pilfering cookies for years from the containers she kept in the deep freeze in the basement.  Then company would come and she would go downstairs to gather a plate of cookies to discover that supply had dwindled considerably.  I was always the prime suspect, since my love for cookies wasn't exactly a secret, and cookies kept in the big red apple cookie jar on the kitchen counter were carefully rationed by Mom. 
 
When I grew up and left home, Mom always sent a box of homemade Christmas cookies with a package of Christmas napkins tucked in.  How I miss those care packages!  Now I mail boxes of cookies to my children along with a package of napkins, and they are always received with much appreciation.  I wish they were still home to come flying through the kitchen and swipe cookies off the racks as they cooled.  I realize as I grow older that my mother must have wished the same.
 
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This story was written for Wednesday Wit and Wisdom -
a new creative writing spot at Linda Kay's Senior Adventures.  
Choose a photo, write a short story or poem for it, and come and join us!
Tomorrowlady

Puzzled

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Human nature puzzles me; so often I just don't get it.  Sometimes I wonder if I am from an alien planet in that I expect more or better.  Here's an example...
 
It is well known to family, friends and coworkers that I am very allergic to scents of any kind, be it perfume, candles, toiletries, laundry detergent, or cigarette smoke, even some flowers.  It's not that I don't love things that smell good, I do!  Rather it's that a whiff of something like this is enough to make my eyes burn, my head ache, my throat sore, and my lungs wheeze.  I wish I wasn't that way.  It's a nuisance, a real pain in the butt, and at times it makes my life miserable, such as when I am in a meeting or concert seated next to someone who bathed in French whorehouse cologne.  :-/
 
Every place I've worked it's been a problem.  I've carefully and humbly explained, asked, pleaded and begged folks not to indulge in strong perfume, aftershave or lotions, potpourri, candles,  scent burners, etc.  I have to clarify and attempt to convince that that being allergic is not always marked by coughing and sneezing, the response can be much more internal and less visible to others.   With each new coworker, I've had to go through the same routine.  Yet time after time I have had to approach someone again for having keeping an electric scent burner going all day in their office, or something similar.  It's embarrassing, it's humiliating, and it's really darned annoying. 
 
I can suffer in silence and sit there wheezing and feeling miserable, or I can say something - once again - and garner indifferent responses if not rolled eyes or downright annoyance.  People seem to take this very personally and I don't begrudge anyone their desire to smell nice or have their office smell nice, but if I knew that my doing so made life miserable for someone else, I think one request would be enough.  And no... moving it from one wall of your office to another doesn't help if I can smell it clear down the hall in my office and all the way out to the elevators in the hallway!
 
People get used to the scents they use, and so become unaware of how strong they can be or how pervasive they can be.  Unfortunately, I've also been gifted with a really acute sense of smell and can often smell things others don't.  This just makes it all the worse.  People tend to think I am saying that I don't care for their particular choice of scent, though I am quick to assure them that I think it smells really nice and I wish I found enjoy it like they do. 
 
Once again this past week I had to walk into someone's office and request that she turn off her scent burner for awhile so that I could breathe a bit easier in my office.  Then I get the cold treatment for the rest of the day.  It makes me never want to leave home, the only environment I have control over; it makes me afraid to attend social functions that are bound to be rife with colognes and aftershave.  It makes me feel like a leper when I have to ask people not to do something they enjoy.   Yet I can't honestly say as I have ever continued to do something that I knew for certain made someone else suffer, even if it was fun for me.  It's just not my style to be that indifferent.  I am puzzled by people who are.   Am I being unreasonable?  What other choice do I have? 

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

Two Shoes Tuesday #114 - Proper or Puzzle


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 jts.2000@yahoo.com if you have any questions.
 
The January 20th writing themes to choose from are proper and puzzle.
NOTE: Please remember that the prompt you choose to use should be related to the
THEME of your post, rather than just appearing as a word somewhere in your post!

Another Great New Place to Meet

Tomorrowlady
My friend Linda Kay at Senior Adventures is starting up a new place for us to share our creative writing.  It's called Wednesday Wit and Wisdom, here's what she says about it...

"The purpose of this link up is to help us share some stories we might have milling about in our minds as we look at particular photos.  Many of us have mentioned that we could "write a story" about a photo of a barn, an old store, or an abandoned residence we have found or shown to others. I thought it would be fun to find a photo and write a short story.  You can add a bit of "wit" or "wisdom" if you like. Give it a try and join in!"

I often use photos as inspiration for the short stories I write, so this sounds great to me. If you don't have a photo of your own that you want to use, you can find all kinds of wonderful photos at Google Images.

Click on the logo button above and go and read more about it, then come and  join us  at Linda Kay's blog this Wednesday for some photo/story fun!

Turn A Blind Eye

A skinny, dirty dog walked the edge of the road, looking lost and hungry out in the cold as the cars sped by... turn a blind eye.

Little Tommy flinched every time a man came near; neighbors heard his dad yelling and they heard Tommy cry...  turn a blind eye.

Susie came to work with heavy make-up on; accidentally walked into the door again, she said with a sigh... turn a blind eye.

Corey slipped another twenty from the drawer when the boss looked away, he reasoned that they ought to pay him more anyway.  When questioned, his coworkers watched him lie... turn a blind eye.

Mary saw the signs when her husband worked late, came home smiling like he'd been on a date. She hid from the truth and never let him see her cry... turn a blind eye.

People hung around the  church, living on the street, no place to go and little food to eat.  Church full of people praying to God on High, when they walked out they went right on by... turn a blind eye.
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I'm linking up with Brenda at BYG Adventures
where the word we are Pondering this week is "blind" 

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Two Shoes Tuesday Prompts for January 20th

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 jts.2000@yahoo.com if you have any questions.
 
The January 20th writing themes to choose from are proper and puzzle.

NOTE: Please remember that the prompt you choose to use should be related to the
THEME of your post, rather than just appearing as a word somewhere in your post!

1000 Voices for Compassion

What if 1000 bloggers joined together to share posts about compassion all on the same day?  Please go and read about this wonderful project in the works! Then sign up and plan to join us!  Help us make the world a better place, one blogger and one blog post at a time!

Not Always Nice

I'm linking up with Patricia's new blog hop In Other Words
where the creative writing prompt for this week is:
 
“At home I am a nice guy: but I don’t want the world to know. 
 Humble people, I have found, don’t get very far.”
-Muhammad Ali
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Prior to moving to Texas to marry Papa Bear, I worked in the admin offices of a human services agency for nineteen years.  A couple years after I started one of the program managers said to me, "You used to be so nice, then you learned how to get things done."  At the time it hurt my feelings, and was probably spoken out of jealousy.  But over time I came to view that statement as a compliment.  I am a nice person, and I want to be; but I am also a "take charge" person.  I am not afraid to speak out or take a stand if something needs to be addressed, even if I have to stand alone. 
I have learned through the years that employers will take advantage you if you are unwilling to stand up for yourself when it's called for, and to stand up for others too.  I am generally a mild-mannered office worker, but at some point in life I got tired of being a doormat, and if I see something that is clearly improper or unfair, you can bet I'm going to speak up!  Most people would probably say that I am nice, and I try to be; but there would undoubtedly be a few who would tell you I can be a real "b" at times, and I wouldn’t disagree with that.  Someone has to do it!  The life rules at the end of this post reflect my beliefs well.
As far as humility goes, I am not a braggart and I don’t like being  in the spotlight; but if I am able to accomplish something for the greater good, I am not beyond doing a happy dance and celebrating myself a little, such victories are so sweet!
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Come and join us!

Not What She Expected

When she was young she had great expectations of what her life would be; she'd become a nurse and travel the world on the hospital ship SS Hope, helping to heal sick children.

But her life took an unexpected turn right about then, as life has been known to do. She set her dreams aside to follow a prophet, and to marry a madman.  She traveled across the ocean on an airplane as a military wife rather than as a nurse on the good ship Hope.  The children she cared for were two of her own.

When they were grown and had gone off on their own adventures, she realized that her life had been nothing like what she expected, and yet she wouldn't trade it, or them, for anything. 

She grew old and found fulfillment in ways she had never considered, and contentment far beyond what she had thought possible.  In the end she decided life was all about taking it as it comes, and that we really have very little control over how it happens.
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This was written for Two Shoes Tuesday
where the theme choices this week are expect and expire.
If you enjoy writing, come and join us!

Two Shoes Tuesday #113 - Expect or Expire


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 jts.2000@yahoo.com if you have any questions.
 
The January 13th writing themes to choose from are expect and expire.
NOTE: Please remember that the prompt you choose to use should be related to the
THEME of your post, rather than just appearing as a word somewhere in your post!

Muddling Through

I'm linking up with Patricia's new blog hop In Other Words where the prompt for this week was:
“Life is not so much about beginnings and endings as it is about going
on and on and on. It is about muddling through the middle.”

-Anna Quinlan
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The first and last chapter of a book are short in comparison to all that lies between; life is like that too.  While the beginning and then ending may be interesting tales, the real story is what happens to us on the way.  All too often our life journey resembles a rat race, and much like with the little guy above, there is plenty of danger and struggle along the way, lots of trial and error too.  What I've learned as I enter the fourth quarter of my life is that we really do need to savor the moments, and especially our relationships, because it all passes far too quickly.  One day your kids are grown and your life has changed completely and you find yourself looking back amazed at how it happened so fast.  My message is to embrace life to it's fullest, muddle through the bad times knowing that good times come again, and never, ever give up!  Just when we think things are hopeless beyond repair, God sends us a miracle.  I've seen it happen in my life and countless others.  If life gets tough, put one foot in front of the other and keep moving forward... keep faith and hold on tight to hope. One day you'll find that uphill struggle has leveled off and life is good again, often better than before! 

I have a small piece of granite on which is written "Life is not a problem to solve, it is a mystery to experience."  I believe that wholeheartedly. Try hard to do less grumbling and find more reasons to be grateful... you'll be amazed at how much lighter you feel, and how much brighter things will seem to be!

In Other Words - A New Blog Hop!

My friend Patricia over at Patricia's Place started a new blog hop this week called In Other Words, and she's looking for some folks to join in! Here's what she says about it:

"Each Wednesday I will give you a quote as a prompt.
Sometimes a famous well-known quote and author, but not always.
The link will open on Wednesday soon after midnight and close the following Tuesday.
You use the quote or the author as inspiration for a post on your blog.
What you post is up to you:
a picture, a story…fiction or non-fiction,
a poem or memory, a commentary or opinion."
There are a few more rules you can read about here.
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The quote she chose for the January 7th prompt is:
 
“Life is not so much about beginnings and endings as it is about going
on and on and on. 
It is about muddling through the middle.”
Anna Quinlan
 
This first link won't close until Tuesday, so it's not too late to join in! 

Two Shoes Tuesday Prompts for January 13th

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 jts.2000@yahoo.com if you have any questions.
 
The January 13th writing themes to choose from are expect and expire.

NOTE: Please remember that the prompt you choose to use should be related to the
THEME of your post, rather than just appearing as a word somewhere in your post!

Two Shoes Tuesday #112 - Nostalgia or Next

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 jts.2000@yahoo.com if you have any questions.
 
The January 6th writing themes to choose from are nostalgia and next.
NOTE: Please remember that the prompt you choose to use should be related to the
THEME of your post, rather than just appearing as a word somewhere in your post!

Two Shoes Tuesday Prompts for Jan. 6th

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 jts.2000@yahoo.com if you have any questions.
 
The January 6th writing themes to choose from are nostalgia and next.

NOTE: Please remember that the prompt you choose to use should be related to the
THEME of your post, rather than just appearing as a word somewhere in your post!