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Sunlight’s Lullaby

Her bent silhoutte forms shadows, tears stream from sapphire eyes.
Heavy heart seeped in grief,
laden with burdens of life, invisible to human eyes.
Golden rays twinkle, specks of fairy dust fill the air,  
a blanket woven of sunlight, encircles her frame.
Comforting touch, protecting one in need during moments of weakness,
driving away emotional vultures perched hungrily, waiting to swoop down.
They will have to quench their hunger elsewhere,
sun’s radiance has forced them into hiding.
Emulating a comforting mother’s hand,
brilliant trajectories bathe the wounded soul in brightness.
Seeking to assuage reason for this melancholy,
cradling its earth child in powerful arms of magnitude, rocking her slowly, into peaceful sleep.
As quiet sighs of contentment escape her lips,
Rays recede into the horizon, watchful for signs that they are needed below.

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My BFF For Life!

I am a firm believe that we don’t just encounter people in our life randomly, they are sent to us for a purpose. This is truly the case for my best friend Jaime and myself. We met on the first day of kindergarten when we were five years old, and have been inseparable ever since! (I won’t say how long we’ve been BFF’s to protect our ageless beauty ;), but trust me its been awhile!) She is the most generous, loving, giving, person I have ever met! She doesn’t think twice about helping out another person and would give you the shirt off her back if you needed it! Over the years, our friendship has grown and blossomed making her feel more like the sister I never had, as opposed to just a friend. We have been there for each other for the good times and bad. Weddings, funerals, birthdays, holidays, you name it! The support she has shown me over the years only continues to grow. Even though we live in different states, whenever we get together, we pick up right where we left off! I feel she epitomizes the qualities of a true friend, someone who isn’t there only for the good moments in life, but for the not so good ones too! We have seen each other at our worst times and she always knows just what to say to make me feel better. I hope I do the same for her as well! She has a heart of gold, and this can be seen in how she treats her students and her pets, as well as in her treatment of other individuals. Though we have been friends for many many years, we have never once been in a fight! Honestly! We just have fun together and are there cheering each other on through life’s little and big achievements! I love her like a sister and she is truly the best friend a girl could ask for! She’s a lover of rainbows, dragonflies, and butterflies just like me. She is a dreamer, creative (you should see her paint Tweety Bird on her own nails!), and I don’t think I could ever say enough to describe the truly magnificent individual that she embodies! If you have a friend that you can always count on, that supports you, and accepts you for the person you are no matter what happens in life, treasure that person and that friendship. This is a unique, wonderful gift to find in life. If you are able to have one true, honest to goodness friend in life, never take that or them for granted! I was given a great gift the day I met my BFF, my sister for life, and I am so thankful to have her in my life!

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     Juxtaposition is the depiction of two objects that seem completely out of place when placed side by side.  Here I chose this photograph of a freely growing amongst the weeds and dead leaves of late fall.  It offers a spot of hope of brightness in an otherwise muted landscape devoid of color.  A special symbol of inspiration for a world in need of something to cling to as a sign that things will get better. That’s the interpretation I get from this photograph.  What do you think the buttercup depicts here?

 

The first flakes of snow always bring to mind a sense of hope, happiness, and anticipation for what’s to come.  Will those crystallized flakes amount to anything?  Will they be the sole members of a requited blanket of white,  making not enough of an impact to affect your daily routine? Or maybe they are the beginning of what will be a magnificent winterscape! Below details the rapid accumulation of snowflakes experienced today in my neck of the woods.

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A few sparse flakes are visible.

A few sparse flakes float through the sky.

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The amount of snowflakes greatly increases within seconds!

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The ground starts to become blanketed with a light dusting.

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Continuous snowfall quickly accumulates, covering the ground with several inches.

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Several inches of snow have gathered blanketing the ground in white beauty!

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Me in a Nutshell

Always prepared with a smile to share,
inspiring others to forget their troubles.
Positive straight to the core, radiating brightness from deep within,
spreading joy, encircling others nearby in an invisible hug of gladness.
Optimistic reputation, initiated at birth,
exuberant, enthusiastic, primed to take on the world!
Believer in following ones heart’s desires,
chasing dreams until they’re realities!
Seeing life as moments to be treasured,
each friendship, creating a chapter to be unfolded.
Unknown future, slowly taking form,  blossoming under the sun’s radiance.
Sea of positivity, rolling carelessly,
ebbing, flowing with the universe’s natural revolutions.
Admiring nature’s artwork, displayed in the everyday,
happily sighing, thankful to be alive!

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Dawning of New Social Media Networking Circles!!

¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Once there was¬†a time when you turned on your computer and the words, “you’ve got mail!” were a source of excitement, breaking the monotony of the daily grind.¬† Then with the advent of¬†Facebook the new message that set your pulse racing was “you have a friend request.”¬† Didn’t it make¬†you feel good when you received the message on your Facebook profile page,¬†“(insert a friend’s name here) has accepted your friend request?”¬† Be honest, you were one of those social media types that kept track of how many friends you accumulated!¬† We all did it!¬† It made us feel good that others wanted to know what we were thinking, view our pictures, and our posts.¬† Then along comes Twitter hot on Facebook’s heels, and now you could tweet your thoughts in less than 140 characters! Amazing!¬† You were also able to be¬†Twitter buddies with celebrities, famous authors, anyone in the Twittersphere!¬† Your¬†were filled¬†with pride, when you received tweets from famous celebrities¬†and television personalities, and you were able to view their personal photos giving you a more intimate glimpse into the world of the rich and famous!¬† Blogs were next to gain popularity among the public with people writing opinions, promotions, posting pictures of their children and pets doing cute and crazy things.¬† The advent of¬†YouTube only further enhanced the blogging experience since bloggers were able to upload and reshare¬†videos to their sites.¬† Now enter Google+ which is rapidly overtaking the social media world! ¬†Now the message you receive is no longer for friend requests, but states “____has added you to their circles!”¬† Yes Google+ has cornered the market when it comes to categorizing your followers into neat groups called circles!¬† You have the¬†option¬†to share information with specific¬† circles, for instance if you have a writing piece you wish to share you might only reshare¬†it with your circles that include writers, authors, publishers, and freelancers.¬† Since the start of 2014 the increase in¬†creating and sharing circles filled with followers numbering in the hundreds, has started taking the G+ community by storm!¬† I must admit, I’m right in the mix, sharing circles, creating my own circles, and¬†enjoying the opportunity to ¬†meet people from all over the world! ¬†Google+ members seem to¬†have a very¬†positive, mind-set among them. ¬†The members¬†found all over the world refer to each other as friends and¬†exhibit a sense of comradre¬†with fellow members who they may never in their lives get to meet face to face!¬† It’s a wonderful thing to see!¬†These friendly attitudes are refreshing¬† and inspiring, helping to¬†create positive bonds between individuals on this social media platform.¬† I’m not saying there aren’t wonderful people and relationships to be¬†created on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Tumblr, WordPress blogs, and various other sites, this would be untrue. However, ¬†I’m simply noting that with the creation of¬†the many circles shared¬†among Google+ users, no one seems to be¬†alienated, or¬†judged based on their appearance or job status.¬† Social media overall is a wonderful way to make connections with magnificent, interesting people throughout the world.¬† It allows those who wouldn’t otherwise have access, to network with those higher up individuals in their respective fields.¬† Right now G+¬†appears to be leading the pack when it comes to networking¬†due to the large number of individuals sharing circles consisting of 500+ members or more!¬† ¬†What will be the next¬†way to ¬†connect people via social media?¬† I can hardly wait to find out what the future has in store for us all!

 

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Darkened Sunshine
By Jennifer L Roche

Once bright in appearance, now hue has diminished,
clouds dense like fog, envelope the sky.
No glimmer of light can invade these fluffy giants,
consuming all that stands in their path.
No thin ray of sunshine,
can penetrate this solid wall.
Try though it may, sun appears unable to permeate this barrier,
a dominating obstacle, overtaking the world above.
Sun refuses to concede to defeat, pushing repeatedly at its oppressor,
begrudgingly, dark clouds give way to the persistant attitude, that refuses to back down.
Emerging briefly, victorious in battle,
is the circular shaped winner, towering over the Earth.
Its glow creates a rainbow of colors,
visible through the dark void overhead.
Proof positive that insistance,
vanquishes darkness, creating victory. Constantly battling to maintain its rightful position,
this golden orb inspires within oneself, the yearning to fight for happiness in life!

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…..nothing!  No blue line was visible in the tiny result window, waiting triumphantly to make her heart soar, to fill her with euphoric happiness.  With a sinking heart, she laid her head on the cold, cool sink counter.  She had been  sure this time she would see that evasive blue line appear, but again its lack of appearance taunted her! Turning her head forlornly towards the test stick laying still beside her, she angrily picked it up to hurl it into the trashcan.  Eager to be rid of the evidence of yet another failed attempt.  As her hand  reached for the mocking, reminder of her inability to achieve a positive result, she gasped in shock!  There before her strikingly bright, clear as the blue sky itself, shown a bold, discernible, solid, blue line!  It had been only seconds since checking the test, which had caused her such heartache, yet there was the result she had yearned to see for years! An honest to goodness  positive result!
     Tears of joy sprang from her eyes catching her unaware.  Her hands shook, as she cautiously carried her miraculous outcome, gripped gingerly in her hand, to show her husband. Walking slowly, feeling with every step she took, the line might disappear at any moment.  In complete disbelief that  this was really happening.  With sweaty, quivering hands she handed the precious test stick to her husband.  Barely capable of speech, she was only able to utter four words to him;
     “I think I’m pregnant!”
     Spent with emotional exhaustion, she collapsed into his arms, engulfed by his embrace, dissolving into sobs of joy.  Her mind was a whirlwind of thoughts, shock over finally registering a positive result, planning how she’d share their news, dreaming of future holidays together, names for their baby, among various other idealistic thoughts experienced by a first-time mother. Her heart was light, she felt as if she was walking on air!
     The next 18 weeks flew by quickly.  She documented each week with photographs, she and her husband took a last vacation, a babymoon, if you will, to enjoy their last summer before the baby arrived.  She went a bit overboard in the baby shopping department, buying anything and everything for their future bundle of joy.  She experienced the joy of seeing her baby wiggling around inside of her on ultrasounds, and heard its heartbeat strong, and true for the first time.  She was in a wonderful bubble of euphoria, eventually sharing at 13 weeks, their happy news with anyone and everyone!
     Then the unthinkable happened at 18 1/2 weeks.  There was blood, and she knew what that meant.  A trip to the hospital confirmed her suspicions, her baby had stopped growing.  Her weeks of happiness, the future she had planned for her child was ended, all in a matter of seconds.  She felt robbed of her child, of her dreams for it.
     Days turned to weeks, a hollow emptiness consumed her, where her baby had once been.  Once happy and complete, she now felt lost, bereft of feeling.  Seeking comfort through her writing, she wrote her thoughts and feelings about her lost child.  This allowed her to find momentary reprieve from the sadness, her thoughts  transferred from her mind to the page.  Using writing as her security blanket to overcome this tragedy, slowly she began to heal.  She emerged a changed, person, but enduring an experience such as this changes anyone.  Through  her creative outlet of writing, she  further explored her other artistic gifts that had laid dormant through the years.  She left the world of professional workers focusing solely on her writing and photography, creating a writing company to commemorate her lost child, who through her death, helped her discover a new life!

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She’s always been there for you since the moment you were born.¬† Growing up she was the one who kissed all your boo boos, placed special inspirational notes in your lunchbox, and made you feel like you were the world to her.¬† She attended special events throughout your life, was your biggest fan and source of encouragement as a child,¬† yet allowed you to experience all of ¬†life’s offerings, and to learn from your mistakes.¬† She was there to inspire you to dream, to achieve,¬† to reach for that brass ring in life!¬† She offered comfort to your wounded young soul, when the world didn’t realize how unique and special you were.¬† Growing up, you wanted to be just like her, trying on her high heels, and acting grown up.¬† She was your idol at five years old.

In your teenage years your mom’s role became that of an advisor for your young, careless mind.¬† She gave advice on situations ranging from false friends, to mending broken hearts.¬† She had been there before and imparted her wisdom gained from experience to you.¬† She became a confidante, for a blossoming teenager, struggling to make sense of the world.¬† She supported your choices, allowing you to find your own path in life, celebrating your accomplishments, and offering you a shoulder to lean on when life took an unexpected turn.¬† She was front and center,¬† supporting your various interests, and usually driving you to lessons and practice since you didn’t drive until you were seventeen!¬†ūüôā¬† Her faith in you was unwavering,¬†glowing with pride at the woman you were becoming.

Upon entering adulthood your mom took on yet another role, that of friend.¬† When something occurred in your life, good or bad, she was the first person you called.¬† Every joy, every¬†setback,¬†she took in never judging, only offering a kind ear to listen to your triumphs and troubles.¬† My mom, my friend, is still my hero as a grown woman because she has the ability¬†to still make a grey sky seem blue.¬† She is able to right my world, when things seem bleakest,¬†by uttering only a few worlds of encouragement.¬† While we are separated¬†by miles now, when I pick up the phone to talk to her, I am transported¬†back beside her again.¬† Distance doesn’t¬† dull the connection we have, nor does time apart change how¬†I feel about our relationship!¬† No matter what happens in my life, I know I can always count on her support, love, and guidance to see me through whatever life throws at me!¬† ¬†¬†Looking back on my life, I see how much my mother influenced the person I have become today.¬† Because of her quiet caring, and ability to let me become the person I was meant¬†to be,¬† my life has been my own.¬† The ultimate act of love between a mother and her child is to teach them enough so that they may fly off one day on their own, caring with them the love and lessons imparted to them by their mom.¬† My mom has taught me a lot about life, people, and the world, someday I hope to impart her teachings to future generations!¬† Until then I know she will be here for me when needed, which is why my mom is still my hero today!

Thank you for all your guidance and love mom!:)

 

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     When you’re five years old, he’s the man who checks for monsters under your bed, makes you smile when you skin your knee, and would give you the world if he could!  You’re his little princess, the person for whom he’d move Heaven and Earth to keep safe.  He’s your father, your hero, the first man you’ll ever love, all embodied in one.  A man who would never break your heart, but will return the love you shower upon him twofold. 

     Through the years as you grow up, he’ ll be your biggest cheerleader, attending all your sporting events, ballet recitals, and school plays.  For him, work comes second, family is his priority. He realizes life moves quickly, placing importance on enjoying the little things, those once in a lifetime moments, with the ones you love most. 
     He serves as your rock growing up, applauding your successes, comforting you during trying times. As you enter  adulthood, knowledge dawns, making you realize how much your dad sacrificed, in order to create a wonderful, memorable childhood for you and your siblings.  Your admiration for your hero deepens, and you begin to see him through a new perspective.  You start to observe the similarities between the two of you, adamantly feeling he can still do no wrong in your eyes, even as you grow up.

     With the passage of years, you treasure the bond between father and daughter more intensely. Your relationship with your childhood hero, your dad, is seen as an unbreakable connection untainted by the passage of time.  This beautiful connection is one that cannot be experienced with any other person you encounter. In your eyes he will forever be your superman, your father, the first man to ever hold you in his arms, and forever your hero!

Thank you for always being there for me dad! ūüôā

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