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August 18, 2021 at 3:21pm
August 18, 2021 at 3:21pm
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Day 3200: August 18, 2021
Prompt: Write about contentment.


         For me, if the word "contentment" was a color, it would be green. Not a bright neon green, but a relaxing green like the color of grass, or the leaves on a tree in the middle of summer.

Contentment is not something one goes looking for. If they do, they likely will never find it unless they look within themselves. Contentment is personal, unique to each individual based on what will make their soul sing. Happiness is part of contentment but it isn't the sum of it.

Personally, contentment is having my loved ones close at heart, prayer, Faith, the little moments in each day, being able to appreciate the sunrise and sunset. The smells that trigger cherished memories. Working for the things I need. My furred and scaled babies. Plants and trees. Sharing a laugh or a journey with someone I love. Singing in the shower. Singing loudly as I drive down the road. A waltz or other slow, coupled dance. A rainbow, a rainstorm, the thunder, the lightning. Experiencing nature up close and personal.

Contentment is being able to recognize and appreciate the little things each moment that make life worth living.


LeJenD'Poet - Just ME

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August 17, 2021 at 10:59am
August 17, 2021 at 10:59am
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Getting back into the swing of things after a vacation is a bit difficult for me. I have to change my mindset from existing in the moment back to contemplation and making sure I get things done. Now, back to getting things done...

"Blogging Circle of Friends Prompt Forum Day 3199: August 17, 2021
Prompt: I do not at all understand the mystery of grace - only that it meets us where we are but does not leave us where it found us. Anne Lamot
Write about grace.


Let's tackle the first hill. Defining grace and deciding which definition to write about.
Merriam-Webster defines Grace as such:

Grace as a noun
1a: unmerited divine assistance given to humans for their regeneration or sanctification
b: a virtue coming from God
c: a state of sanctification enjoyed through divine assistance

2a: APPROVAL, FAVOR
b (archaic): MERCY, PARDON
c: a special favor, PRIVILEGE
d: disposition to or an act or instance of kindness, courtesy, or clemency
e: a temporary exemption : REPRIEVE

3a: a charming or attractive trait or characteristic
b: a pleasing appearance or effect : CHARM
c: ease and suppleness

4: used as a title of address or reference for a duke, a duchess, or an archbishop

5: a short prayer at a meal asking a blessing or giving thanks

6(Graces plural): three sister goddesses in Greek mythology who are the givers of charm and beauty

7: a musical trill, turn, or appoggiatura

8a: sense of propriety or right
b: the quality or state of being considerate or thoughtful
grace verb
graced; gracing

Grace as a verb

1: to confer dignity or honor on
2: ADORN, EMBELLISH



WOW! There are a lot of possible definitions there! Judging by the context of the quote in question, I believe "grace" would be a combination defined in the first and second set of the noun section:

1b: a virtue coming from God

2a: APPROVAL, FAVOR
b (archaic): MERCY, PARDON
c: a special favor, PRIVILEGE
d: disposition to or an act or instance of kindness, courtesy, or clemency
e: a temporary exemption : REPRIEVE


So, how can it "meets us where we are but does not leave us where it found us"? If we look at grace as a gift from God, it will never leave us where it found us because grace coming into our lives will better our lives, grace being in our lives betters our lives. Grace meeting us where we are means that no matter how far we fall, God's favor is such that we can always be lifted back up, regardless of whether or not we actually deserve it. This is the grace God has for us and the same that He encourages us to have for one another. Grace and kindness are intertwined. One shows grace to another being by their kindness, love, and care (and even faith someone can be a better person) - even when that other might not deserve it at the time.

It is by God's grace alone that I wake up each day. It was by my parents' grace that I didn't get my butt busted daily as a kid (because that's what I deserved, honestly).

SO, I guess, grace takes where you are, believes you can do/be better, pardons poor choices, shows lovingkindness, and gives chances for improvement. That's how it meets us where we are but leaves us in a different place than it found us in.

But that's just my take on it. What's yours?




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August 13, 2021 at 10:39am
August 13, 2021 at 10:39am
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Written for "Blogging Circle of Friends Prompt Forum 8/13/21
Prompt: Since it's Friday the 13th... what's your favorite Friday the 13th movie? Do you ever binge watch them on Friday the 13th or wait until Halloween rolls around? - Or if you're not a movie buff discuss superstitions.


It's Friday the 13th!

I never really saw the appeal of the Friday 13th movie franchise. I like scary movies, I just never found them that scary. Or maybe they just weren't my type of scary. However, as this is the case, I will write my blog today based on the second portion of the prompt and discuss superstitions...

First, let's take a look at superstition defined.
Merriam-Webster defines superstition as:
1. a: a belief or practice resulting from ignorance, fear of the unknown, trust in magic or chance, or a false conception of causation
b: an irrational abject attitude of mind toward the supernatural, nature, or God resulting from superstition
2. a notion maintained despite evidence to the contrary

And The Wikipedia goes into a little more detail with:
A superstition is a belief or practice typically resulting from ignorance, a misunderstanding of science or causality, a belief in fate or magic, perceived supernatural influence, or fear of that which is unknown. It is commonly applied to beliefs and practices surrounding luck, prophecy, and certain spiritual beings, particularly the belief that future events can be foretold by specific unrelated prior events.

Take whichever one better suits your current mental definition. I'm not sure either one really fits mine, as I by nature am superstitious.

Superstitions can take many forms. There are those which purport to cause bad luck: black cats crossing your path, walking under ladders, stepping on cracks, the dreaded Friday 13th (which somehow is always GOOD luck for me). But there are also those which are believed to bring good luck: kissing the Blarney Stone, lucky charms, and that sort of thing.

I'm from Texas. In the south, we have an annual superstition that eating black-eyed peas on New Year's Day will bring luck to your upcoming year. I do it every year and have since I was little. But there is a basis for this superstition. At one point in history, toward the end of the Civil War, black-eyed peas helped those living in the south to live after the Union soldiers raided the food stores of the southerners. Black-eyed peas grow naturally in many places and the Union soldiers did not think that people could/would eat what they considered not even fit for fodder. But those peas kept the people alive.

While that particular superstition has roots to help substantiate it, many others are baffling - but if you believe they still seem hold some merit. When I was little, my mom was adamant that I move spots whenever she had to sweep in the area near me. This is because "sweeping under a person will bring him bad luck" and if that person is a young woman, "sweeping under her feet will cause her to be unable to bear children." Crazy as that sounds, many people believe in such things. I've never personally found black cats, ladders, or Fri 13 to be unlucky. They've always been lucky for me. But, I never step on cracks. I think that's just part of my OCD kicking in though, just like I have to do many things in sets of three. Some people might be of the opinion that the wearing of crosses is superstitious, believing in something that is unseen. But in the end, no matter what we believe, we have to believe in something - even if all you believe in is yourself or what you can use your senses to perceive. Even then, some people have extra-sensory abilities, if you believe in such things - or are those just superstition as well? I'll let you all make those decisions for yourselves.

Superstitions have been around forever. They're in every country and every culture around the world. Who's to say if any of them have more merit than just being mere superstition. Perhaps they are backed by real life experiences or perhaps they were all just invented to make humans feel better about the things they didn't know... A way of explaining the strange coincidences they couldn't otherwise explain. I do know that superstitions have their power for those who believe and have been ingrained in us through the generations. And good or bad, they'll be around until we go extinct.



LeJenD'Poet - Just ME

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August 12, 2021 at 10:33am
August 12, 2021 at 10:33am
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"Blogging Circle of Friends Prompt Forum DAY 3194 August 12, 2021
Prompt: “TOO OFTEN WE UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF A TOUCH, A SMILE, A KIND WORD, A LISTENING EAR, AN HONEST COMPLIMENT, OR THE SMALLEST ACT OF CARING, ALL OF WHICH HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO TURN A LIFE AROUND.” - Leo Buscaglia

Discuss how you make a difference in someone's life as Mr. Buscaglia suggests.



         Today's prompt is a bit difficult because I am not one to toot my own horn, but I am going to give it a try in any event. Showing kindness is how I choose to live my life in general. I actually have to work at being indifferent toward people. But it isn't just people to which I choose to show kindness. I have seen plants flourish with a gentle touch and kind words as well. As far as animals are concerned, I suppose I am a bit like Dr. Doolittle. There are really no bad animals, just misunderstood ones and people who do not know how to react to them. Just like people, animals have their reasons for striking out at someone/something. I feel most comfortable around plants and animals as they are more predictable in their behavior and have no hidden motives. However, regardless of how anxious humans make me, I still strive to treat them with kindness, the way I would like to be treated in return. Leading a gentle life has allowed my eyes to open to perspectives which would never have been considered had I chosen to live in a self-centered state. Living this has its rewards for both me and those I am in contact with. You never know what a person is going through, but one thing is certain, kindness always helps situations, whether it is seen instantly or farther down the road of life. Happy writing.

LeJenD'Poet - Just ME

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August 11, 2021 at 1:20pm
August 11, 2021 at 1:20pm
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Written for: "Blogging Circle of Friends Day 3193: August 11, 2021
Prompt: Use these words in your blog entry: turtle, frog, dragonfly, pond, lily pad, and rain.


         It was a day in late spring like any other, the weather still heavily humid from the morning rain. The grass soaked our feet on the short walk from the truck down to the water. I was there to help my husband with a sprinkler job. But honestly, I just wanted a chance to get out of the house and enjoy a bit of nature. And I can never turn down a trip to this property, hidden in the woods as it is. If I owned it, I'd live there all the time rather than keeping it as a getaway home.
         The scene was beautiful. We were working on a pump situated on an old boat dock with worn, greying boards warped from years of weathering. Overlooking the spring fed pond and acreage was an elegant old southern mansion flanked by towering pecan trees. A trellis to the side supported a massive wisteria in full bloom, dipping down to touch the flagstones below. The lawn was as well manicured as one can get when sounders of wild hogs habitually come through rooting up the grass. Surrounding the boat dock were hundreds of lily pads under which small fish darted back and forth, shimmering when the sun glinted off their sides. Dragonflies hovered over the water in the dozens, pausing every so often to have a rest on one of the lily pads. A little flat-bottomed boat was tied to the dock and my husband knew by the look on my face that I was imagining how nice it would be to go rowing around in it. I sat, daydreaming instead of helping him. Once he finished getting the system ready for the rigor of summer use, he suggested we take a ride in the boat. I was overjoyed. Getting in was not as simple as I had imagined, as I'm not as agile as I once was. However, once we were both in, he paddled the boat around the perimeter of the large pond. Frogs were croaking from the shelter of willow trees and duck weeds and there were even more dragon flies than I could count. Larger fish were jumping farther out in the water, trying to catch the pond skimmers that floated on the surface. At one point, I spied a snake silently swimming by, a black ribbon creating faint waves atop the water. Turtles sunned lazily on floating logs everywhere around us. A large clump of soft rush on the shoreline rustled as if by a larger sized animal. We were in the country and animals of every kind are common. I was thinking it was probably a pig or deer coming to the water for a drink. Instead, after a little more rustling of the shoreline vegetation, an alligator appeared in a gap amongst the rush and slid down into the water, scattering turtles back into the relative safety of the pond and quieting the frogs for a time. At that point my husband, who is not as interested in large carnivorous reptiles as I, decided this was an opportune time to head back to the dock and load the equipment back into the truck. On the way back across the water, I could see that gator, watching the world with only his eyes and nose above the water. But I also was able to see some deer come to the edge to drink. It was a lovely day in the midst of my borrowed paradise.


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August 10, 2021 at 6:46am
August 10, 2021 at 6:46am
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Written For: "Blogging Circle of Friends Prompt Forum 3192 August 10, 2021
Prompt: "We meet aliens every day who have something to give us. They come in the form of people with different opinions." - William Shatner
What do you think? Have you met any aliens in the past month or so?



Whoa man! Somethin' crazy is going on here! I've been watching UFO documentaries the last couple of days and now I'm asked to write about the critters here too. And don't get me started on Shatner. Been a fan since before I can remember. Want a giggle? Program your GPS to have Shatner's voice. Only one I find funnier is when Ozzy gives me directions. I'd love old Shatner to give my eulogy - or to read a selection of my poetry. That would be awesome.

But seriously. Aliens. If we look at common definitions of alien, used as an adjective meaning "belonging to a foreign country or place" or as a noun meaning, "foreigner, especially one who is not a naturalized citizen of the country where they are living", then well, I live with one of those and have for the last twenty-odd years. My husband is Canadian, so he's an alien in his own right.

People with different opinions... If defining aliens were that simple then I'd have to say I see them every day. Heck, I have one of those for a brother. And he is a bit, well, his own breed. But, in the common definition of alien, we see that thoughts that differ from our own could be considered alien to us. We aren't used to them, they aren't from our own heads, so they could be considered alien ways of thinking. I think that just because it is not familiar to us does not make it alien. Does it really matter what I think though? We all have different opinions about everything. My children seem alien to me half the time.

Do aliens really exist? I don't know. And I'm perfectly fine not knowing. I don't see that knowledge changing my life, unless they have cures for all the conditions that our Earth doctors still haven't figured out how to cure. If that's the case, well then, bring them on!

LeJenD'Poet - Just ME

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August 7, 2021 at 10:09am
August 7, 2021 at 10:09am
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Written For: "Blogging Circle of Friends Prompt Forum DAY 3189 August 7, 2021
Prompt: Write about your favorite movie or book for 2021.


This is going to be a short one.

Movies: I'm not big on going to the movies. All the ones I do watch are on Netflix so none of them are really "new". As far as my favorite? Well, I generally only put something on to watch as background noise at night as I am settling down to sleep, so I really can't say I've enjoyed any of the movies in full as I tend to fall asleep about thirty minutes into a show.

Books: My current book readings consist of the Bible and a book titled Signature in the Cell written by Stephen Meyer and released in 2009. Signature is a book which states that there has to be intelligent design and purports that there is DNA evidence to prove it. It is definitely not what you would call light reading, as the book is heavy with scientific jargon and charts, and it reads like a long scientific article. However, it has been quite interesting so far, as he attempts to integrate two opposing views on how life came to be using both modern science (genetics) and the theory of intelligent design as taught in the Bible. Is there something there? He certainly seems to think so. He even has a second book that goes into even more scientific detail on the two topics. Is it worth the read? That's difficult to say, as it has taken me seven months to get one-third of the way through the book. It certainly isn't one of those books that is so good you can't put it down. But, I am not a quitter and will finish what I started before I begin my journey into another book. Next time it will probably be something a lot more entertaining.

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August 6, 2021 at 3:01pm
August 6, 2021 at 3:01pm
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Written For "Blogging Circle of Friends Day 3188 Aug. 6, 2021

Prompt: "Remember to be gentle with yourself and others. We are all children of chance, and none can say why some fields will blossom while others lay brown beneath the August sun." - Kent Nerburn. Write something this quote makes you feel.


          I like the reminder to be kind, not just to others, but to ourselves. The second line explains that we never know what is going on in the lives of others to cause them to be where they are or how they are. But we still affect people by our words and actions whether we realize it or not.

Back when I was still teaching, I assigned my life science and biology students to perform an experiment to see how words and attention, or lack thereof, can affect the growth of plants. We had a control group, which only received basic attention: watering, lighting, etc. but the plants did not get spoken to in any way or touched by the students. The second group was placed into a different room where it received the basic attention however, the plants were spoken to negatively and I allowed students to place mean notes (such as I hate you) under those pots. Our positive group, placed in yet another room, were given the same general care but were also spoken to gently and lovingly and the students were instructed to caress the leaves and stems of the flowers. Positive and encouraging notes were placed underneath those flower pots as well. All plants received the same amount of water daily, the same lighting, and were in the same potting soil. How did it end? After the month-long experiment, all plants were brought into the classroom and examined next to each other. Those receiving the positive care (and words) were larger and had more blooms than those of the other groups. Those that received only basic care were average in height and had fewer blooms than those that were spoken to positively but they were more healthy than those that received negative attention. The final group, those that were spoken to negatively, were stunted, beginning to wilt, and had very few flowers. After studying the plants for a while, I asked my students what they learned from the experiment. One girl in my biology class spoke up saying, "Words really can hurt but they can also help. It depends on what we say." Another student said he didn't realize the damage that could be done by bullying people. They all thought the experiment would be a joke and wouldn't show us anything. Life proved them wrong. I drove home the point I was trying to make that if our words can do that to plants, imagine what it is doing to everyone we interact with.

Maybe the kids got it, who knows. While I was blessed that year with a lot of really good kids, even they didn't realize the effects their words had on people and things. So, just be kind. To others and to yourself. Every part of ourselves, mental and physical, is interconnected - and words can either hurt or heal, just like actions. Choose them carefully.


LeJenD'Poet - Just ME

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August 5, 2021 at 10:30am
August 5, 2021 at 10:30am
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Written For "Blogging Circle of Friends DAY 3187 August 5, 2021
Write about your favorite thing to do in August.


         August is jammed full of birthdays and anniversaries in my family, so there is seldom a dull moment any longer. When I was young, my favorite thing to do during the month of August was go buy school clothes and supplies. I have always gotten excited about getting new pencils, erasers, and pens. But, hey, I've been writing as long as I can remember. I also loved to walk barefoot on the road that runs in front of my parents' house, popping tar bubbles with my toes and soaking up all of the stored heat with the soles of my feet. Growing up in a rural area (mostly farms and fields), I expect certain qualities for nature in August as well. Signs that tell me that Fall is on it's way. August in my life has traditionally been dry, hot, dusty. Along with September, the scent of dryness can be experienced, the smell is of grass turning to hay and the fresh dirt smell of fields being turned for the next season's planting. I am driven by my olfactory sense, so smells play an important role in my life and memories.
         This August, along with all of the birthdays and anniversaries, my husband and I have added in some tournaments. Disc golf. It's like ball golf only you throw frisbees (discs) at baskets instead of hitting balls at holes in the ground. After last year's chaos, we decided to live our lives to their fullest and get back to the things we love to do. Camping and fishing are next on my list. Maybe I'll remember to get fishing licenses for us next year...

Do you have a favorite tradition to do in the summer/ winter depending on where you live that you look forward to every year?
         No traditions in particular to speak of any longer. When our girls were young, we would take them every year to the NARBC (North American Reptile Breeders Conference) in the fall and in the spring, we would all go to Scarborough Faire (one of Texas's Renaissance festivals). The girls and I would also watch the parades together every year on Thanksgiving until they grew up and left home. Our little family also has "holiday quirks" seeing as how my husband is Canadian. We celebrate both U.S. and Canadian holidays. Two Thanksgivings, a longer Christmas celebration (as we include Boxing Day), Memorial and Remembrance Day - you get the picture. And in July, well, instead of only celebrating the Fourth of July, we also celebrate Canada Day...and our wedding anniversary in on July fourth as well - oh! and the family reunion for my family, so we have a yearly week-long celebration. It started out as just another excuse to party, but grew in meaning after the first few years.

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June 28, 2021 at 2:47pm
June 28, 2021 at 2:47pm
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Written For: "Journalistic Intentions
Prompt: June 8 of 8 - Doorways I Haven't Opened

         Having spent my youth travelling between different planes of being, I have seen my fair share of doorways and gates, and gone through more of them than I should have. In my limited time on this earth, I have found that some doorways weren't meant to be opened. I know, you're thinking, "It's a doorway, they're made to be opened." But, "Made to be" and "meant to be" are two totally different things. Think about it. Just because a doorway was made to opened, it doesn't mean that we want that door opened; you might find something behind said doorway that you wouldn't want to encounter. While some doorways lead to great and beautiful things, some lead to absolutely nothing - an absence of being, and others to horrors beyond our imagining. I'm sure most people think I'm tripping. Maybe I was for a few of my journeys but I've been sober for decades now, and I am still encountering new doorways. I have learned that usually, if there is a gatekeeper or doorkeeper, those passages are not intended to be explored. Be careful when choosing the doorways you open, some cannot be closed once they are opened.
         I could go on and on about the metaphysical aspects of astral travel and dreams, but I will not bore you all with such things, besides, many of you will just laugh it off as part of my insanity anyway.
         Maybe we'll find the doorway leading to space travel, maybe the next doorway mankind will open will be that of time. But I will leave you with this: the best doorways one can open are one's mind and heart.

Happy Writing everyone! And whether or not I am sane, well that's in the mind's eye of the one perceiving the situation. Cheerios!



LeJenD




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