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I've added a new entry to my book, "These Are My JOTtings, Part #2:
         "Happy is a Choice

Today's poem is an homage to the song, "Happy" by Pharrell Williams,
which is the current Community Challenge.

I hope my take on this song makes you HAPPY!




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I've added a new entry to my book, "These Are My JOTtings, Part #2:
         "Joy to the World, Revisited

One of the greatest carols of Christmas has so many layers of meaning.
However, how many have ever seen the depth of love in a childlike typo.
"Joy to the world, the Lord is calm."

The tender mercies of the Lord are long-suffering, gentle, kind, and calm.
The evil in the world mixed with the Lord's apparent reticence to do anything about it
gives apparently justified room for the Lord's detractors to point to Him,
smirking, "He doesn't exist."

Sadly, the main thing, that is wrong, is the perspective of the impenitent.
Humans see time based on the years of our lives.
God sees all of existence in relationship to His eternal Personage.

All will be put right in the Lord's good time,
and in agreement with His eternal purposes.
No human will rush Him. No human can force His Hand.
He has all of Eternity on His side.

"Joy to the world, the Lord is come!"
"Joy to the world, the Lord is calm!"

Joy to the world, that the meek babe of Bethlehem
is the victorious champion of Golgotha's empty grave.

The invitation is open.
He knocks today at your heart's door
as Joseph knocked at the doors of the inns so long ago.
Does your heart have room for Him?
He comes in as a guest, and quickly becomes the host,
transforming every place He dwells into a joyful world for now and Eternity.


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I've added a new entry to my book, "These Are My JOTtings, Part #2:
         "Peaceful Celebrations

Sometimes I'm tempted to be sad
because I can't seem to decorate more during the Christmas season,
especially since anybody, who knows me for more than...say,..."Five minutes,"
knows how much I love Christmas,
talking about it to whomever will listen throughout the year.

At issue here is not the desire to decorate. (That desire goes without saying.)
At issue is space for decorating in the desired manner.

Christmas is valued in our home,
but books and crafting items are valued nearly as much.

We have books on bookshelves,
books in stacks on the floor,
books in a Kindle, in iPhones, and in the brains' vast memories.

We have a craft room, that requires a game of Marco Polo
when I can't readily see my wife.
I have my own craft nook in a corner of the living room,
where Christmas decorations are stored throughout the year
along with books, greeting cards, craft tools, and craft supplies.

Were anyone to ask, "Don't you like a clean house?"
my response would be, "Of course,..." but clean is a matter of perspective.
We are nesters, opting for cozy rather than Better Homes & Gardens.

In my heart for many years,
Christmas has started with the wonderful music of Christmas,
that is comprised of soft instrumentals, and gentle choral renderings.
Closely knit with this joy is the pleasure
of seeing the twinkling lights of white and myriad colors.
Add to that the aromas of orange, cinnamon, and pine,
putting all of the things next to a warm hearth fire,
and the moments of closed-eyed reverie
burst into rapturous JOY beyond all expression.

I hope the decorations will increase somewhat, and tastefully done, over the years,
but quiet moments of reflection,
remembering why we celebrate Christmas in the first and in every place,
will always be primary in my personal celebration of the Christmas season.

Remember, Christmas without Easter would be unimportant.
It would be just another baby boy born into an already crowded world.
More than that, Easter without Christmas would be impossible.
There would be no possibility of Hope on Earth.

Christmas in December is bold and colorful, worthy of all JOY!
Christmas in the spring (aka Easter) is in actuality Secret Christmas
because "the best gift of Christmas was opened on Resurrection Sunday Morning."
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I've added a new entry to my book, "These Are My JOTtings, Part #2:
         "Writer's Rock

Today's poem is my attempt to meet the most recent challenge from
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A place for discussion on poetry, reviews, contests, etc.
#1937709 by Dave


The reminder has been made, that the writer's greatest tool is commitment.
The writer must have a specific place and a specific time for writing every day.

Great writers are trained.
Rarely are they born completely gifted.
Writing is a gift, that becomes a great Joy born out of hard work.

Great wisdom is gained by taking to heart
the story of The Wise Man and the Foolish Man
in Matthew 7:24-27.

Flashy presentation is rarely necessary for the writer's success.
Consistent Commitment is the key.


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I've added a new entry to my book, "These Are My JOTtings, Part #2:
         "Flying Home with the Snow Birds

Invariably, when we find ourselves
in the heart of Florida for Thanksgiving,
the return trip to Georgia is fraught
with congested driving, full of delays.

Our family lives between I-75 and I-95,
which are the main arteries
between Florida, and The North.

The typical trip of six to seven hours drive time
between family and home,
required well over ten hours, today, to complete.

(Of course, as Lilli is no doubt aware,
coffee shops are all over Florida,
a great beneficence to weary travelers,
with a plethora, being of the Starbucks variety.)

We started "flying" with the "snow birds" on I-75, northbound,
until they bottled-necked into another "flock"
coming up the Florida Turnpike at Wildwood.

Thank the Lord we still consider ourselves to be Florida locals.
Ergo, we took our first exit, and flew over to Hwy. 301
to continue our "flight" northward at a slower pace.
(Wisdom indicates, that 55 mph on a secondary road
is faster than 15 mph on a major highway.)

Yet, even faithful birds, as we were, must come in for a landing
upon occasion to attend to both ends of the alimentary canal.
One of our favorite roosts for such times is the Starbucks on 301 in Ocala,
which am sure Lilli has found, if she has traveled at all in central Florida.

After our refreshing pause, we made better time,
until it was necessary to join more northern flocks headed home
on the northern side of Jacksonville.

Finally, as we turned left at Savannah,
travel became less congested.

Logic doesn't apply in Florida.
I graduated from high school in West Florida.
This is probably the most "Southern" region of Florida,
though it's the most northern and the most western part of the state.

When I moved to Georgia, I was informed,
that I was "not from the South," although Florida is further south on the map.

This just goes to show you, that Florida is really an annex of The North.
As we used to say during my high school years,
"In Florida the more north you go, the more South you get,
and the more south you go the more North you get.
"

If you easily understand this saying, then you are either "from here"
or a regular Florida tourist.
If you don't easily understand this saying,
then I've just given you a wonderful opportunity to do a little research,
after which you can amaze your friends. *Wink*


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I caught a whiff of coffee and here I am! Coffee shops abound! You can find wonderful coffee almost anywhere! Donuts shops, Starbucks, etc...but never at McDonald's *Facepalm*. As it turns out, I am very familiar with the Starbucks on 301 in Ocala, lol. Not because I head there specifically, but because I have family and friends all over the state.

What you say about Florida not being 'southern' is soooo true! Broward County, where I live, is a winter migration point for many northerners. However, Dade county which is an hour south of me is neither North or South. It's more like a small South American country, regardless of the season.

Happy to hear that you and your family made it to Thanksgiving and back home safely!
Cheers! *Coffeev*
To the Anonymous Reviewer, who just reviewed one of my pieces,...

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Happy Thanksgiving!
Merry Christmas!"
I've added a new entry to my book, "These Are My JOTtings, Part #2:
         "Wondrous Christmas Cheer

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I've added a new entry to my book, "These Are My JOTtings, Part #2:
         "Cinquino: "Christmas Season"

Today's post is in honor of the opening of Christmas season.
It's Black Friday, which means my family
will not be venturing into the big chain stores today.

This poem post is in response to the most recent challenge from
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A place for discussion on poetry, reviews, contests, etc.
#1937709 by Dave

Again, this is a new poem form for me. I love learning new types of poetry.
Thanks, Dave

We love Christmas, and we love doing nice things for each other,
but we are not lemmings.
If the mass of Humanity goes some place,
then we choose some place else to be.

I have always equated Christmas with Peace,
since Christmas is the commemoration of the birth of the Prince of Peace.

I love Christmas decorations,
and am staggered at the displays
some of my friends are able to put out every year,
yet my own displays seem to be underwhelming, even to me.
(Apparently, my desires for decoration/celebration outstrip my wallet.)

However, even when the outward displays of Christmas joy
don't match what I feel on the inside
the gentle inward celebration of the peace of Christmas
can last throughout the year.

When I am in the presence of tender instrumental Christmas music,
I can have a Christmas moment of a peace-filled heart.
When I see the wonderful twinkling lights of even white lights
throughout the year, I can have a Christmas moment of a lightened heart.
When the Lord Jesus shows up in the unrestrained smile of a small child,
Christmas invades my day with peace, joy and unbound hope.

May the Lord Jesus share His birthday celebration with you
throughout your life in Time and Eternity.
May the greatest Blessing of Jesus be yours,
that starts in the Christmas season,
and fulfills itself in the Secret Christmas of the empty tomb.

Remember, Christmas without Easter would be unimportant.
Easter without Christmas would be impossible.

Santa Claus kneels at the feet of the Christ Child
because he was a great Christian, first,
and a superb humanitarian, second.

May our hearts be the same.
Let us be committed to the Highest Truth,
serving those, who are in greatest need.


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I've added a new entry to my book, "These Are My JOTtings, Part #2:
         "Thankfulness

Some days, life can be a heavy load,
but thank the Lord for one day a year,
that reminds us to be thankful.

The longer I live the more real it becomes,
that thankfulness is a discipline.

May your Thanksgiving Day be filled
with joy, praise, rest, and thankfulness.
May your rest be more,
than that, which is imposed as a tryptophan nap.

Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone!


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Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!
Happy Thanksgiving, Lilli! We’ve had Starbucks for traveling. Their holiday slogan? β€œWe wish you a merry coffee.” Thought you could appreciate that. πŸ˜ƒπŸπŸ¦ƒπŸπŸ¦ƒπŸπŸ¦ƒ
I've added a new entry to my book, "These Are My JOTtings, Part #2:
         "Finish Strong

Here's wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving a little early,
since I will be traveling on Thursday of this week.

I would, also, like to offer today's poem as an encouragement
to all of those hearty souls,
who are working feverishly to finish NaNoWriMo 2019.

Much success to you all, and Finish Well!


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I've added a new entry to my book, "These Are My JOTtings, Part #2:
         "The Mood Must Match

"Like one who takes away a garment in cold weather,
And like vinegar on soda, Is one who sings songs to a heavy heart."
(Proverbs 25:20, NKJV)

How many times have I changed the song
because it did not match the mood, that I was in?

I've lost count.

Throughout the years of my life so far, I've learned to walk into a room
with my emotions sensing the mood of those inside.

Sometimes rooms are filled with tension, that you could cut with a knife.
Sometimes joy is overflowing.
Sometimes the scenario is mixed.

As often as it is possible, I try to start music playing,
which matches the direction I would like to take the predominant mood
as a healthy gift to all those present.

Joy-filled rooms are easy to orchestrate. Joy is consistently welcomed.
Tension-filled rooms are more of a challenge. Peace is not present, but peace is needed.

Peaceful instrumental music is the consistent, common denominator.
Peaceful music in a tension-filled room seems to pop the unwelcome bubble.
The deep breath is palpable.
Peaceful music in a joy-filled room is in agreement, keeping the party going.

Sensitivity to where people are at, emotionally, is such a healing balm
brought by those, who have and who exercise this wondrous gift.

May you bring hope and healing to those, who populate your world this very day.


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I've added a new entry to my book, "These Are My JOTtings, Part #2:
         "My Calling

Being in agreement with all other humans is quite difficult
because no matter how many concessions we may make,
there are those, who will always demand, that more concessions be made.

Therefore, I have found the best road to walk is to be true to the person
the Lord created me to be. I stand by Truth, even if I stand alone.

However, I have learned during my lengthening years of maturity
to be loving as often as I am permitted to demonstrate love,
and to continue to pray lovingly for others
when my expressions of love are not permitted.

All humans need to be loved, especially the most frightened and hurt people,
who often hide behind a cloak of incorrigible disagreeableness.

Though it is not easy to love individuals like this,
it is consistently true, that stubborn love often wins over stubborn hatred.

May your days be filled with honest love,
that whets appetites for lasting Truth in extended relationship.


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