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First Ever Post and ROW80 Check-In

Thought you might like to read my first blog post ever. It was originally published on free2soar on June 27, 2010.

Free to soar . . .

Untethered.

Riding the currents high above the ground

Like a magnificent hot air balloon

Or an eagle gliding effortlessly.

While I soar . . .

Do I unwittingly send others plummeting to the ground?

Do I entangle them in ropes that hinder their flight?

Or do I simply leave them where they are?

Grounded.

As this adventure takes to the sky,

May we all fly a little higher

And help others do the same.

. . . they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint (Isaiah 40:31, ESV).
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Poem and Midweek Check-In

Illusion

With renewed interest in my confessions of a horrible housekeeper posts, I decided to re-post this poem from 2011. Enjoy!

Watch very carefully.

Don’t blink or you’ll miss it.

There.

Did you see it?

Oh, I’m sure you did.

No?

OK.

One more time.

This time focus,

Really focus.

Yes.

The dishes are clean,

The bed is made,

The laundry is caught up,

You can see the top of the table,

You can even find a chair to sit on,

The dusting is done . . . most of it.

What?

You blinked.

Silly you.

Now the illusion is gone

And things are back to normal.

Silly, silly you.
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No Excuses ROW80 Check-In

No Excuse Sign

Note to Self

Writing Goals

~ Camp NaNo (10,000 words of fiction by month’s end)

If I write 750 words per day (M-F), I can hit my goal.

~ HopeStreamRadio contributions

I’ve kind of been spinning my wheels. I do not have a stockpile of recordings uploaded as I had planned. This week . . . no excuses!

~ weekly posts for my website (some will be recycled works)

Recycling it is.

~ guest posts

I’m on track but should plan to work ahead some.
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Sunshine for Rainy Days

 

Walking in the Rain

This was first published on Kimberley Payne’s blog.

Unlike some people I find the rain peaceful and soothing. However, it can put a damper (pardon the pun) on physical activity and other essentials of life.

Here are some fun tips for the four areas Kimberley covers here and on her podcast, where she calls it “the BEEP round”:
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First Sunday Check-In of Round 3

Fountain PenWriting Goals

~ 50,000 words, including 10,000 of fiction, during Camp NaNoWriMo in July

I’ve already changed this goal. It’s too easy to cheat when I’d be writing 40,000 of those 50,00 words anyway. I’ve cut back to 10,000 and they all have to be fiction for the win.

~ HopeStreamRadio contributions

I’m on track, but I’d like to get several uploaded in advance so I don’t have to be concerned when I’m out of the office.

~ weekly posts for my website (some will be recycled works)

Recycling it is.

~ guest posts

I’m on track with this as well.
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Book Review of “My Life A.S. Is”

MLAI CoverA definite five-star read!

Have you ever wondered about the thought life of someone on the autism spectrum? Benjamin Collier describes it like this in his book My Life A.S. Is: An Inside Look at Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome: “It’s like the human brain is the garage for a delivery service, and every package is a thought, and each part of the brain is a different terrain vehicle. My brain has to deliver a thought across a desert wilderness, only my desert jeep won’t start, so I’m stuck with a snowmobile. Not only that but the snowmobile already has packages of its own to deliver, so it has to work double-time. The package still gets there, but it’s slower, and because it’s a different vehicle it can’t take the same routes, resulting in a different journey. So whenever someone asks me a question, my thought takes longer to process, and often provides a different perspective because it had to take a different path.”

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Exciting News and ROW80 Check-In

PHOTO CREDIT: STEPHEN WOO

As most of you know, I had the incredible honour of coauthoring Deb Willows’ memoir, Living Beyond My Circumstances.

Well, we were thrilled when it won first place in the Life Stories category of The Word Awards. The award was presented at the gala on June 13, 2015, after the wind-up of the Write Canada conference in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Deb’s declaration that if it wasn’t for Jesus Christ nothing else would matter brought the crowd to its feet … and tears to my eyes.

You can read the entire list of winners on The Word Guild website. Congratulations to all those who were shortlisted (that in itself was surreal) and all those who won in their category.

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