Friday, December 25, 2015

Full Moon for Christmas 2015

Christmas Eve has been a pleasure. I spent the early evening in and about the house with my dog Valentino, my roommate, and my net friends.

Valentino took me for a walk shortly after the sun hid itself from our view. I glanced up at the darkening sky displaying a full moon on the rise, my cell phone camera capturing it nestled in the midst of bare branches of a nearby treetop.


Click image for a larger view of Full Moon Christmas 2015

Returning from our dog walk, I checked online to confirm ... Yes! A full moon for Christmas!

From my research I learned that it has been nearly forty years since we have been graced by a full moon on Christmas and that the next will be in the year 2034. I am sure glad I caught this one, in case I miss that one!

I read that this gift from nature is called a Full Cold Moon and is also referred to as the Full Long Nights Moon. But of course, my view of the moon and its names gave rise to a poem in Haiku form.

MERRY CHRISTMAS MOON
© Ruth Cox
Full, Cold, Long Nights Moon
Christmas Twenty-Fifteen; far
away from low sun.


Have yourself a warm and merry Christmas!

My sources of information? The Farmers' Almanac and NASA, of course!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Seasonal Sigh of Golden Leaves

An Autumn display of leaves covering the ground reminds us Spring and Summer are long gone and Winter is on its way.

On a recent walk in the neighborhood with my dog I enjoyed a golden sea of fallen leaves. I was absolutely amazed at how far-reaching the leaves of this tall maple tree were, covering the ground of two properties and the alley in between. And, the tree still had quite a few leaves remaining that would fall later in the season.

While this colorful display of nature was a gift to be taken in by the senses, its beauty also gave way to thoughts of many seasons of my life gone by. I admit to reminiscing a sorrowful moment or two of time gone by. Still, I embraced the fact that the season of youthful greenery would spring forth once again in the coming year.

I felt this the perfect picture of the golden leaves of life to turn into a greeting card for noteworthy thoughts to share with friends or family. Inside top of the note card is Haiku © Ruth Cox.

Fallen leaves of trees
Sigh shivery shades of green
Sprung in days of yore


Friday, July 17, 2015

Moving Sound The Trumpet Flowers

Moving! Sound the Trumpets!
Toxic Trumpet Flowers
Whether Brugmansia or Datura — Angel's Trumpets or Devil's Trumpets — make no mistake, these flowers are highly toxic to mankind and to pets and animals.

Why? you might ask, use my picture of the white trumpet flower to announce that I am moving. My answer, quite simply, is that finding these flowers while walking with my dog Valentino this week seemed appropriate as I find myself teetering on the fence of mixed emotions in reaction to this inevitable move.

Sound The Triumphant Trumpets


Feeling trumpet-like and quite triumphant, we are leaving Florida, leaving behind our living in a toxic environment. (Enough said!)

Taken aback by many tepid reactions to our move, I have remained tenacious in my efforts to make a new and improved life for me and my dog Valentino. I have dodged many a thwarted plan to realize a pathway to a non-toxic life for us. Neither the naysayers nor those who choose not to encourage me in this move shall thwart this plan.

Moving From Florida To Ohio


I now have a job waiting for me and I have rented a home for me and my dog. Sound the Trumpets!

Yes, this triumphant feeling has me looking forward to a move back to Ohio, the land of my birth. This move is made possible by many who are supporting me emotionally and financially. For these friends and strangers I will forever feel thankful.

I shall forgive those who chose to add to the toxicity in my life, for it is my nature to love even those who have a funny way of showing it in return. I shall never forget those who are encouraging me across every mile. These are the ones who are the light of my way home.

To hell with the devils among us! I hear the Angel's Trumpets ringing loud and clear, singing their trumpet-like song for me and Valentino — Triumphant, together.

I share my moving emotions beginning with the letter "T" this week in the ABC Challenge, my feelings being TRUMPET-LIKE and TRIUMPHANT.

NOTE: This will be my last submission until I am back up and writing from my new home. I will continue the ABC Challenge of Emotions upon my return. This link-up will remain open for you to share the links to your emotional articles in my absence.

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Friday, July 10, 2015

Plant It and They Will Come

If You Plant It, They Will Come
However big or small your field of dreams, it must first be planted before it may grow to fruition. Plant it and they will come true.

The same is true with friendship. To have a friend we must first become one, then nurture the bond over time and circumstance to watch it grow.



This quotable quote "from seed of the sun friendship will come" is planted and penned in epigram poetry form by Ruth Cox.




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Sunny Side Up

I awoke to the beauty of a sunny day, glanced at the still sleeping hound at the foot of my bed, and somehow just knew ours was to be a sunny-side-up kind of day, come what may.

I immediately began to make it so. I fried up a pair of eggs for myself, adding an extra for my dog Valentino, of course. As I topped his breakfast bowl with warm egg yolk drizzling into his kibble, Valentino tap danced on the kitchen tile floor. When I knew he could wait no more, I sounded the Good boy, go! command.

While eating my pair of sunny-side up eggs on pita bread toast, the telephone rang. I smiled at the picture of an old friend in Ohio popping onto the cell phone screen. Ah! It really is the start of a grand day!

Valentino soon danced in front of me, begging for his morning walk. "No more time to talk," said I to my friend. "I need to walk my dog."

Then I grabbed my dog's harness and leash and out into the sunshine we went. We walked and jogged the neighborhood loop, took care of dog business, then walked the loop again.

We both drank our fill of cool water along our way and again upon our return home nearly an hour later. Temperatures were rising. It was going to be another hot and humid day under the Florida sunshine.

Enjoy my poetic creation, a visual display of the promise of a sweltry day, written in Cinquain poetry form.

Sunny-side Up Cinquain Picture Poem by Ruth Cox


And know this ... I plan to hold on to this sunny-side-up feeling all day long and then some!


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Friday, July 3, 2015

Fear Not Living Dangerously

Shall we run and hide or shall we forge ahead to seek and find the truth hidden behind our lying eyes?

Sure. We can take an imaginary walk on a pathway of life and see that danger signs are visible. We can then take refugee in the known, thereby avoiding that bright red blaring sign and what may lie beyond it.

Or... We can choose to face our imagined fears head on. By choosing to be daring enough to go forward, perhaps living dangerously, we may find the true nature of our imagined danger.


Life choices are filled with complexities, real and imagined. At the ripe old age of sixty, I should have learned the difference by now. At the least, I should forge ahead to seek and find the truth of the matter.

I plan to do just that, by Daring and Doing!

Quotes to Live By


I often search for great quotes to live by and have even penned a few of my own to picture poem format on photo prints.




I submit my quotable quote articles to Michele Bergh in her weekly Quotography Link Up for others who create and share quotes on graphics. Come join us every Friday!


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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Ruth I Am

There came a time in my life when I began to appreciate my given name — Ruth. Yet, still, I must wonder about the gift of such a namesake.

In the beginning was a baby girl — ruthful — having a full life stretched out before her. In the end is an old woman — ruthless — having become less than she once was.

Then and Now - Ruth I Am


I am Ruth - Amazon Books
Through the passages of a life of strife, just like the biblical Ruth from whence my name came, there have been blessings for my ruth-full-ness of which I am grateful. Nonetheless, there are those times when my emotions get the better of me and I pen a poem from the tenderheartedness of Ruth.


Ruth I Am
©Ruth Cox

Ruth I am
Feeling ruthful.

Then I age
Growing fruitless
With no more
Living youthful
Still I do
Wander rootless
As of now
Speaking truthful

Ruth I am
Feeling ruthless.



RUTHFUL and RUTHLESS are my chosen words for the ABC Challenge of Emotions.

This week we are writing about our emotions beginning with the letter "R" and hope that you will share your feelings with us by linking up with an article of your own.

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Friday, June 26, 2015

US Supreme Court Says #LoveWins

In light of today's United States Supreme Court decision in the case of Obergefell versus Hodges and in support of marriage equality for everyone, everywhere, my poetic creation for this historical occasion is a simple statement of "Love is..."

Love is pure with the one you adore.

This quotable quote by Ruth Cox has been added to the Quotography Link-Up. Add your favorite quotes to the party!

Quixotic Certainty

Recently, an impromptu discussion on a social site has me questioning the pathways I have traveled along my life journey. As we talked of growing where planted I wondered if I had moved on from a place before reaching the growing season.

My Vision in the Sky of Quixotic Certainty

I wonder if it is possible to return to that place from whence I came. Had I been planted there for a reason, perhaps to live through and to reap the full potential of rewards held within that season of growth? Would it be possible to meld the old, the bad, and the dark gray with the new, the good, and the brilliant blue?

Don Quixote by Cervantes
I daresay, I am feeling quite quixotic! I am about to embark on a road of life which may or may not have a positive outcome on my future, as well as that of others.

Why do this? one might ask. I plan to make this move because it is the right thing for me to do. I must believe good will prevail over seemingly insurmountable odds, as did the character Sancho in the literary classic Don Quixote.

As a realist, I believe that no matter the consequences of this decision, I will have climbed above that mountain of odds before me. In so doing, I will reach my full potential in my own emotional growth. Perhaps the miracle of following my feelings.

Like them or not, I cannot help but question whether the paths I have trod have led me to plant myself right where I need to grow. Back to my future I travel — taking no wrong exits and no infelicitous dead-end streets.

Note of thanks to Renda and Ben for their enlightening inspiration for this article.

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My article topic for today begins with the letter "Q" for feeling QUIXOTIC.

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Friday, June 19, 2015

Sunshine Burst Quotable Quote

While a picture perfect sunrise enlivens the spirit one need not witness the rising of the sun in order to reap its spiritual rewards.

I can say that with all honesty as I do not actually witness many sunrises, even though sunshine lives deep within my very being.

I am NOT a morning person! Thus, I rely on past experiences, the sunrise views others may share, and my own imaginative mind.

Then, there are also words that will burst into being written that will bring a picture of pure sweet sunshine bursting into my day, making sure I feel alive. Sometimes they are the words of another, oftentimes they are my own.

In the case of this sunshine burst — both picture and words are mine, brought together in a visual quote. In this case the words are arrayed in the poetry form, Cinquain.

Susnshine Burst Quotable Quote


The photo was taken while sharing a Christmas Eve sunrise (2013) with my dog Tidbit. We rose early to catch it and neither she nor I were disappointed with our heavenly view.

It is my hope that when you are in need of a bit of sunshine and can not actually see the sun, that you are able to view my poetic creation for the light to renew your spirit.

This quotable quote of mine is made for your enjoyment. Feel free to use it, providing you do not change it in any way and you must link it back to this page. Be sure to let me know in the comments the link to where you used it so I can visit!

Do you prefer inspirational quotes from writers of fame or would you prefer a motivational quote that carries your name?


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Tired of Feeling Pooped

I'm feeling pooped! Why? Because... Chit happens!

In all seriousness... There is a lot going on in my life (past, present, and probably future) so I have good reason to feel pooped. A dramatic life can be exhausting!

No doubt many of you will agree with me on what to do when life seems to dish out more than we think we can handle. For what I call "emotional constipation" I have the cure!

I'm gonna grab my shovel and scoop that poop right out of my life!


Seriously, chit can that negative drama, and thinking, right out of your life, just like you would pooper-scooper up the "business" end of a dog's life.

Guess how you feel when you do... Just like the dog does when he's dumped his stuff. The dog is done and runs off full of energy, ready to have fun!

Our time for not feeling pooped has come. Our time for living life with a flair for fun has come. Let's go Scoop da Poop!

I feel better already, don't you?

My article topic for today begins with the letter "P" for feeling POOPED.

Each week we share emotions from A to Z in the ABC Challenge. Hop along with us!

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Friday, June 12, 2015

Quotable Quote On Inhumanity

Mankind's inhumane treatment of self and others as well as pets and animals is often seen as a tragic display, lacking in compassion.

As I gazed through old photos of my now deceased dog Tidbit, this thought tethered itself in my mind. However, in honor of her spirit, my thoughts were immediately untethered, just as our love for one another has always been.

INHUMANITY Quotable Quote by Ruth Cox aka abitosunshine

My girl now roams the heavens just as she did the earth — untethered by the inhumanity of man. We humans should be so lucky as this dog.

Perhaps you have a quotable quote to create and share. If so, tell its story in a blog post, then submit it to the Quotography Link Up!

Over The Moon

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When everyday life things make me feel as if I may fall (or jump) over the edge of my world, it takes but a tidbit of sunshine to leave me feeling over the moon.

Now, I am one who believes that much-needed sunshine for my spirit can always be found no matter my life circumstances, no matter the darkness — IF I but open up my senses to see its light. And you can bet that when my life seems out of balance, I am learning that when I am more mindful of the moment I can better see what needs seeing.

For instance... Today I was feeling a bit off-kilter, for no special reason. I paused my fingers on the keyboard, turned and looked through the pass-thru from my work area to the living room. There my dog Valentino was lounging on his sofa, head raised off his pillow — looking back at me!


My dog Valentino looking back at me.


One look from Valentino sent me over the moon with warm emotion. I snapped a picture of my handsome fellow, gave him a petting and a snuggle, then back to my desktop computer I went with a smile in my spirit.

It takes but a small thing to change someone's emotional state. Your loving look, your smile, or the sound of your voice might surely be the sunshine that takes them from over the edge to over the moon.

Today, I am feeling over the moon!


My article topic for today begins with the letter "O" for feeling over the moon.

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Rainy Day Walk In Cinquain

Ah! Yes, my dog and I finally got some rain to beat the heat of our walks here in the Florida Sunshine State!

Picture a month of temperatures in the mid-eighties to low-nineties with high humidity (yet no rain!) You then understand why my dog Valentino and I were as ready as can be to walk the day away in the rain.

Enjoy our rainy day dog walk presented here as picture poems penned in Cinquain. (Click the pics for a larger view.)

A downpour of tiny bubbles made ripples of our footprints on the asphalt.

Raindrops help to beat the heat of the day while soaking my dog Valentino.

I in my Carl Edwards racing cap to keep my head dry while walking my dog.

We are linking up with Noner Says and BlogPaws for Wordless Wednesday this week. Visit them both for a full link-up of articles with pictures and be sure to add yours too!

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Sunday, June 7, 2015

Creative Inspiration for Peace

My poetry and prose, as well as my poetic creations, are often inspired by nature or by the words of another. My creative offerings for today were born of both.

Shortly after I published one of my sky view photos with commentary entitled "Slice of Balmy Palmy Sky" I received my first comment on the content of my article. I was inspired by the words of this friend and fellow writer.

I immediately opened my Corel Paint Shop graphics program and began a picture postcard creation with the same image previously used in my article. But of course, I felt the need to pen my feelings in Haiku upon the image too.

This motivational and inspirational design is available on a poster or upon a postcard. (Click image for a larger view of the poster shown.)


Where do you get your inspiration for your creative works?


We seemed to be in the same frame of mind in regards to nature's artistry, author Merry Citarella and I; so much so that I dedicated my design to her in my product description. Thank you for the comment and the creative inspiration, Merry!

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Friday, June 5, 2015

Nihilistic Nothingness

Although I label myself a reality thinker, I now find myself drowning in negative thoughts and feelings of next to nothingness. I call this "nihilistic nothingness" for my own personal emotional state of mind.

Those who know me well can attest to my belief that negative has its place in my "one can always find a bit of sunshine peeking out of the clouds" pathway to positive thinking.

What this means for me is that I am generally able to allow negativity its rightful time and place in my life. I address it (perhaps even embrace it) then I move back, or forward to, a more positive state, that of being the woman behind the "abitosunshine" label of my life, online and off.

The Fault In Our Stars

Feeling Nihilistic


Mindful of my present life circumstances, I find myself up against a seemingly insurmountable mountain of nothingness. Perhaps a character in the book "The Fault In Our Stars" by John Green said it best.

"...the problem is not suffering itself or oblivion itself but the depraved meaninglessness of these things, the absolutely inhuman nihilism of suffering.”

Do I believe in nihilism? No; rather, I do (or did) not think so. However, my present thoughts and emotions surely seem to lean ever so slightly in that direction.

Am I, as Friedrich Nietzsche might say, in a life place where I "must experience nihilism" before I redefine the values upon which I am living my life? If this be truth, my suffering is not in vain. If this be truth, I will move to something — surely far better than feeling nihilistic nothingness.

Introduction to Nihilism

Yes, I am one who needs meaning and purpose to my life, regardless the time and circumstance from birth to death. I need to feel that I am living, not just existing or merely surviving.

As I share my feelings here today, I see just cause for more reflection on my next-to-nothingness reality.

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Friday, May 29, 2015

Live For Today the Mindfulness Way

MINDFULNESS

In order for us to live for today we must set aside those thoughts and feelings of our past and future that lead us astray from the present moment.


I was reminded of this mindfulness truism today on my morning walk with my dog Valentino. My mind was a million miles away while he was dragging my body to and fro to places we need not go. As I began to focus my attention on our walk I was then able to enjoy our time together, as it should be.

Feeling Mindful Today


I find it encouraging what mine eyes can see when mind, body, and spirit are bundled together as one. Look! I did not miss the gift of this enlightening palm tree!


Yes, setting aside my worries and woes, I am feeling mindful today. I am ready to accept the present for what it is, to live for the moment, to enjoy the gifts each day brings.

In putting mindfulness meditation into practice I am able to focus on feelings in the present moment. I am able to address, yet dismiss, my concerns for the future of my dog and my self, acknowledging past emotions but leaving them where they lay. (Perhaps buried like a dog bone to be dug up another day.)

The Mindful Poet


While on the topic of mindfulness, I would be remiss if I did not introduce you to my author friend, Susan Budig, the Mindful Poet. I've no doubt you will enjoy her collection of poetry as much as I.

For the 26-Week ABC Challenge of emotions, my feeling begins with the letter "M" — MINDFUL.

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Justifiable Emotions

I am feeling knackered and low-spirited of late. Are these feelings justifiable? A tidbit of kvetching is on the agenda.

I am plumb worn out, emotionally and physically. And yes, I would enjoy a bit of cheese with my whine! (Perhaps a glass of wine is in order!)

Yes, I am feeling rather kvetchy these days, what with being sick for nearly a month during an already trying time. That said, yes again — I do feel justified in feeling knackered and low-spirited.

When "they" say a spring or summer cold hits one harder than a winter cold they are not kidding. This one lasted nearly a month and I am just now feeling good again — physically.

Of course, this means I now have the energy to get back to dealing with the emotional side of life things. I found myself in low spirits at the prospect of having to move, even more so when my original plan fell through. Now, I am planning to head back home to Ohio. Wherever I end up landing I will manage one way or another to keep a roof over the heads of me and my dog Valentino.

This past month or two has been truly tough with emotions running the gamut of good, bad, and ugly. However, my motivation to rise above this emotionally exhausting crisis is my love for my dog, the friends and strangers who are supporting me, and yes, my love of my family in Ohio.

I found a great quote on the World Prayers web site that pretty much says it all for me as I plan and work to make my life right in this journey. The site attributes the prayer to Confucius.

"To put the world right in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must first put the family in order; to put the family in order, we must first cultivate our personal life; we must first set our hearts right."

Though I may find myself feeling knackered along my way — I shall readily live with any regrets at the end of my life journey.


My topic today for the 26-Week ABC Challenge of emotions this week begins with letters "J, K, and L" — JUSTIFIABLE, KNACKERED, AND LOW-SPIRITED.

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Friday, May 1, 2015

Infelicitous Dead End Street

When feeling ill at ease with where we are, it is a sure sign it is time to back up, return to that intersection, and turn the other way — before that infelicitous feeling takes over.

Who wants to live on an unhappy dead-end street forever?


Failure to read the signs on the road map of life which warn of possible danger ahead often leaves us feeling infelicitous with our circumstances. Fortunately for us, opportunities will arise to change our ill-chosen direction, thereby turning our life around on a newly chosen path.

It is through redirections that we learn valuable life lessons that will help us make better choices in the future. (Hopefully a little more quickly than we did in the past.) It is these redirects that often turn us from being unhappy campers into feeling felicitous with our life choices.

I have made a few U-turns along life's way and am about to do it again. A couple of years ago I moved from Ohio to Florida, which has left me feeling infelicitous. I am currently making preparations to leave the state of Florida with my hound dog Valentino. Ohio is our tentative destination but who knows how Signs shall sing to me along the way!

SIGNS by The Five Man Electrical Band
Video by Steve Carlsen

I will definitely read the signs and/or create a happy sign or two of my own, as the song saying goes, to ensure better odds of a happy landing rather than getting in a stew due to someone else stirring my emotional pot.


My topic today for the 26-Week ABC Challenge of emotions begins with the letter "I" — feeling INFELICITOUS.

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Friday, April 24, 2015

Heavyhearted Resting Place

We often feel heavyhearted at the emotional ordeal of letting go of things we hold dear. We can let go when we know that a thing represents a fond memory that will be with us always.

Finding myself in a situation where I am having to downsize my personal belongings, I am facing letting go of many material possessions that I hold dear. However, I am fast to realize that these objects of my affection merely represent the memory of a time or place, or even a loved one's face, in my past. These are the people, places, and things I need never let go of, for they live in the mind of my heart forever.

This past week I experienced such an event that left me feeling heavyhearted. I have this wood carving of an eagle that I have carried across the country with me on various moves for nearly two decades. On the move I am about to make I have no room to tote my eagle along.

For days I contemplated whether I should try to sell my eagle at a yard sale or give it to someone I felt worthy of its presence. I chose the latter.

There is a couple that lives nearby that have befriended me and my dog Valentino. We look forward to seeing them on our daily walks in the neighborhood. Valentino runs to greet them as they call out to him. The woman in this pairing has lovely flower gardens throughout her yard and I often take pictures of her flowers (and the butterflies they attract!) My heart told me my eagle wood carving would be a splendid addition to the gal's garden fare.

One day my dog and I stopped to chat with the fellow and I told him I had a gift for his wife's flower gardens. Later that evening I carried the eagle up the street to their home, leaving it on their doorstep.

I felt a bit sad as I walked away from my eagle. Conversely, I felt humbled the next day as I saw the prominent resting place the carving had been given. From the street I could see the eagle sitting at the bottom of the front porch stairs, nestled alongside an old tree surrounded by ferns and flowering plants. What a vision to behold!



Book: Things We Once Held Dear
It will be easier for me now, the letting go of things once held dear, and my heavyhearted feeling seems to have vanished. It is as though the eagle is directing the pathway to my destiny. This is a heartening experience for me as I prepare to grasp an opportunity to look at life things through new eyes.

I can honestly say that this eagle-eyed experience has taken me from feeling heavyhearted to feeling lighthearted. Yes, I have let go of my wood-carved eagle that I once held dear but I shall remember its significance ... forevermore.


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My topic today for the 26-Week ABC Challenge of emotions begins with the letter "H" — feeling HEAVYHEARTED about things held dear.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Floral Scented Sip and Sing-Along

Sip on the scent and sound of musical finery in this floral scented song in haiku and charmed winery by abitosunshine.



Flowers in Haiku
©Ruth Cox

Floral scented song
Glass or bottle sarong, charmed
Sip-along lyrist


Charms for Bottles and Glassware
by abitosunshine




No doubt the offerings of poet and designer shall meet with our earth mother's approval on Earth Day as we link up with Noner Says for Wordless Wednesday.

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Gladsome, Guided, and Grounded By Love

While with a canine companion by my side I have always felt well-grounded, the best-laid plans of a woman and her dog do not always come to pass on the long and winding road of life.


On a gladsome note ... Shortly after a glitch in the plans for me and my dog to move to the state of Washington occurred, I received an unexpected text message, followed by a telephone call, from my son and feel as if I have been granted a genuine chance for mother and son (and grandson!) to reunite as a real family.

I guess things really do happen for good reason. While I am feeling sadness about not going to Washington (meeting my friend Karen there and my friend Nancy along the way) I am feeling gladness about being guided to return to my home state of Ohio.

I look forward to working hard at repairing my damaged relationship with my son. And of course, I am feeling great about getting to know my grandson before he's all grown up.

I am also grateful to my previous boss (and friend) in Ohio who is giving me back my old job. I will at least have an immediate income. It's a start at a new beginning.

If not for the generous giving and support of others (via the Fundrazr set up on our behalf) this move would not be possible. I will be forever feeling gratitude for those who have made it possible for me and my dog Valentino to travel this leg of our life journey ... Together!

My plans to go west have been thwarted, at least temporarily. However, preparing to head north on the road of life, I am feeling...

Gladsome, Guided, and Grounded by Love!


We Thank You Postcard
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This week my topic for the 26-Week ABC Challenge begins with the letter "G" — feeling GLADSOME, GUIDED, and GROUNDED.


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Friday, April 10, 2015

Feeling Forgiven Not Forgotten

Forgive & Forget
A forgiving spirit toward others as well as ourselves is essential for our personal well-being. 

It is often said that we can forgive but not forget. In truth, a forgiving feeling comes into being only after forgetting.

Forgiving Spirit
©Ruth Cox

Forgivable
Worthy of being
Forgettable

Forgiveness
Born of
Forgetfulness

Forgiven
In time
Forgotten

Forgiving
Spirit of future
Forgetting


Another truth of forgive and forget is that we must remember it is the action we felt was taken against us which we need forgive and forget — not the person. This reasoning is clear to me each time I read the poem Night Mail by W. H. Auden.

You can listen to the verse written for the documentary film. (Fast forward to 19:20 or so for "Night Mail" by Auden)



The last line of Auden's verse says it all for me...

For who can bear to feel himself forgotten?



  


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This week my topic for the 26-Week ABC Challenge begins with the letter "F" — feeling FORGIVING not FORGOTTEN.

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