Lovely Words Vol. 33

May 16, 2011

Welcome to the May 16, 2011 edition of Lovely Words. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate spring than to find a cozy spot and read a few lovely words. Please, enjoy!

Inspiration

Byteful Travel presents How a Nightmare Changed How I Look at “Productivity” & My Most Precious Gift posted at Byteful Travel, saying, “I died this morning. And yet… I didn’t. The last thing I remember was looking up in the sky and seeing three missiles coming through the clouds. And then? A blinding FLASH.”
 

Lovely Words

Shannon Bovey presents With Every “Goodbye”, You Learn posted at There Is No Forest, saying, “Sometimes, keeping old journals can really give you perspective…”
 
Jessica S presents Speaking of… Shakespeare posted at Literary Journey of a Freelance Writer, saying, “For many people, the first taste of Shakespeare’s use of language can be bittersweet. On the one hand, almost everyone has a sense of how uniquely beautiful his words flow. There is almost an aura that supersedes common communication. However, that same unique wordplay can also be rather frustrating at first. The way he almost uses the words as puppets to be played with, rather than tools to communicate with others, has been known to give people headaches now and then.”

What Inspires You

 
Laura Grace Weldon presents How To Access Your Body’s Unique “Knowing” posted at Laura Grace Weldon, saying, “Bodily “knowing” and ways to get in touch with this capacity bring greater wholeness, happiness, and calm attention to our lives.”

Poetry

 

Tranquility

 
Laura Grace Weldon presents Imaginary Motherhood posted at Laura Grace Weldon, saying, “The vision of togetherness keeps the imaginary mother in me quite happy. She is able to hold on to every moment of the kids’ earliest years. She builds precise memories of each squabble and laugh and each child’s way of drifting slowly toward his or her larger self.”

Writing

 
elissa peterson presents seeking joy… posted at don’t let life pass you by, saying, “in search of the crazy magical kind of joy that fills your soul and keeps a smile on your face when life gets tough”
 
Eldon Sarte presents Do Your Book One Hill at a Time posted at Braintropolis.com.
 
Erin Pavlina presents Believe It and Achieve It posted at Erin Pavlina – Spiritual Wisdom for Conscious People, saying, “My twin sister and I started playing basketball when we were 10 years old. My father was elated as basketball was his favorite sport. He taught us all the basic skills and worked with us every weekend at the gym to improve our game, then he signed us up for a local community basketball league…”
 
 Erin Pavlina presents How To Handle Public Criticism posted at Erin Pavlina – Spiritual Wisdom for Conscious People, saying, “When I began working as a professional intuitive I thought I was doing a great thing. Helping people navigate the maze of their lives, offering insight and wisdom, helping the police solve crimes, and even bringing people back from the brink of suicide. And so it was that I was surprised and shocked when I…”

Writer’s Resource

 
Andrea McDougal presents Word Nerds Rejoice: Top 25 Blogs For Editing Geeks posted at Masters in Project Management, saying, “From crossword enthusiasts to journalists, editing geeks can be found everywhere. Often known to correct others in a “who versus whom” situation while looking through a pair of horn-rimmed glasses, they can even be found in our own homes and workplaces.”
 
 
Laura Grace Weldon presents 16 Ways To Spark Creativity posted at Laura Grace Weldon, saying, “Let your creative self more fully emerge. Try dreamwork, a metaphor challenge, an aggravation list, sensory awareness, and much more.”
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Lovely Word Vol. 32

April 19, 2011

Welcome to the April 19, 2011 edition of Lovely Words. Hopefully, we may all breath a collective sigh of relief now that tax season is but a memory. Now we can absorb this interesting array of articles to feed our minds and nourish our souls. Please enjoy!

Inspiration

 
Socratez presents This Is Why Life Is Simple posted at Socratez Online.
 
Byteful Travel presents Top 10 Sublime Sights at the International Rose Test Garden in Portland (The City of Roses) posted at Byteful Travel, saying, “What would you do if you saw a rose that looked exactly like a Hawaiian tie-dye shirt? You might gasp or gaze at it for a while, right? What if I said you could see not one, but thousands of roses like this, completely free of charge? Amazingly, all of this is a reality at the International Rose Test Garden. That’s right, within Portland’s Washington Park, this world-famous rose breeding facility produces some of the most incredible roses you could ever imagine. The colors alone will blow you away. (Tons of high-rez photos included.)
 
 
Louis Savalli presents Let’s See How Far We’ve Come posted at Sunrise, Soul.

What Inspires You

 
O.C. Heaton presents What would you rather have: a penny or £1 million? posted at A Rush of Green, saying, “If you have a goal, you may not reach it after thirty days, three months or even three years, but if you keep chipping away at it, eventually the power of compound interest will kick in and all that foundation effort will deliver tangible results. In my case this is a completed novel, which, during the writing process can seem distant. My first novel is proof of this: it took me ten years to write The Human Race, but I kept going. Word by word, sentence by sentence, paragraph by paragraph, page by page it was eventually finished – and published.”

Peace

 
Laura Grace Weldon presents The Power of Story: Augusta Speaks posted at Laura Grace Weldon, saying, “Stories can give us strength and provide peace in times of trouble. Especially when we use them on purpose.”

Poetry

 
Gary Voysey presents thinking of missing the sun posted at The Borg Poet.
 
Madeleine Begun Kane presents Two Limerick Odes To World Poetry Day posted at Mad Kane’s Humor Blog.

Tranquility

 
Laura Grace Weldon presents How To Listen & How To Be Heard posted at Laura Grace Weldon, saying, “Attuned listening—it’s what we long to receive and what others long for us to give. Find out more.”

Writing

 
Nikoya Johnson presents Writing Success In Death posted at Developmental Increase, saying, “Providing insight on the question “Why great artists and writers receive more success in death?”"
 
O.C. Heaton presents Are writers all “liars and thieves”? posted at A Rush of Green, saying, “Are we? Well, according to Nicholas Hardiment, the serial philanderer and highly successful author in the film Tamara Drewe, we are. After watching the film on Saturday night, I immediately dismissed the incendiary statement. What self-respecting writer wouldn’t? But alas, the words seem to have stuck with me and after five days I have made a U-turn.”
 
Penny Zang presents Life gets in the way posted at Miss Good on Paper.
 
e.m. cadwaladr presents Martha posted at e.m. cadwaladr, saying, “Philosophy regarding pigeons and other bipeds.”
 
Chris Brandon presents Eco Centurians posted at BreakSolid, saying, “A world view of where we are as a species, and a cry out to the masses to become the change we all desperately need.”
 
Erin Pavlina presents The Benefits of Having a Challenge Buddy posted at Erin Pavlina – Spiritual Wisdom for Conscious People, saying, “If you have trouble motivating yourself to take action on a dream, goal, or task, I encourage you to find a challenge buddy. You may be thinking that a challenge buddy is like an accountability partner, but there is a difference. With an accountability partner (or group) you indicate what goal you’re trying to achieve…”

Writer’s Resource

 
 
Oliver Wang presents 25 Best Literary Criticism Blogs posted at Master’s Degree.
 
 
Margot Adams presents One Word at a Time: Top 15 Spanish Blogs posted at Masters in International Business, saying, “Learning a new language is a heck of a lot easier with the Internet. If you’ve had a beginner course in speaking Spanish, visiting Spanish blogs can be a way to brush up your verbal and reading and writing skills.”
 
 
Dallas Burrows presents Journalism Degrees posted at The Journalism Journeyman, saying, “So you purchased an Android rather than an iPhone. Be proud of your purchase, because Android apps for writers and journalists are numerous and growing.”
 

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Lovely Words Vol. 31

March 22, 2011

Welcome to the March 22, 2011 edition of Lovely Words. There is so much going on in our world right now we could all use a few lovely words. Please, don’t forget to pray for and donate to the people in Japan. I had the amazing opportunity to spend a few weeks in Japan and I have great respect for the people and their culture. It really is a small world and the internet makes us all neighbors. Readers, thank you so very much for your support while LW was on hiatus. LW is returning as a monthly ezine and WAASA will resume regular posting May 16, 2011.

Inspiration

 

Laura Grace Weldon presents Guerrilla Encouragement Efforts posted at Laura Grace Weldon, saying, “Conspire to commit acts of encouragement.”
 
 
Byteful Travel presents The Radical Act of Kindness that Floored Me when I visited a Seattle Farmer’s Market posted at Byteful Travel, saying, “What would you do if someone you’d never met walked up to you and gave you a gift, completely unexpectedly? I had to face this amazing reality one sunny day after I’d just stumbled into the Queen Anne farmer’s market (where I discovered an amazing new fruit, a “pluot”). And the entire experience reinforced in me how magical travel can truly be.”
 
 
 
Laura Grace Weldon presents Ask The Most Powerful Question posted at Laura Grace Weldon, saying, “Truth-telling has the power to change our lives.”
 
 
Shannon Bovey presents Why Following Your Dreams Is Worth It posted at There Is No Forest, saying, “A Quick Bit On “Why Following Your Dreams Is Worth It”.”

What Inspires You

 
Laura Grace Weldon presents We Are One Being posted at Laura Grace Weldon, saying, “We are connected to every particle and being on Earth in ways so essential that we rarely recognize them.”
 
 
Laura Grace Weldon presents Confessions of a Subversive Cook posted at Laura Grace Weldon, saying, “Subversive cooking may sound trite, but it’s really about following time honored ways of fully using what is available and doing so creatively. It nourishes body and soul. And it’s fun.”

Poetry

 
Madeleine Begun Kane presents Vain Limerick posted at Mad Kane’s Humor Blog.

Lovely Words

Louis Savalli presents Summer is a State of Mind posted at Sunrise, Soul.
 
Louis Savalli presents Ants Marching posted at The Sea, The Sun, The Fields, The Tide, saying, “What’s really important?”
 
 
Mikaela Cowles presents The Comfort of Warmth ? Chicken, Rice, and Vegetable Soup posted at Baguette Taste – Wonder Bread Budget, saying, “I love using words and food to connect with people.”

Tranquility

 

Effortless Abundance presents Five ways to live in the present posted at Effortless Wealth and Abundance.
 
 
Laura Grace Weldon presents Mine Is The Wrong Kind Of Lust posted at Laura Grace Weldon, saying, “Wanderlust is popular, staying put is not. But there’s peace to be found in establishing a strong sense of place.”

Writing

 
O.C. Heaton presents Is the book editor an endangered species? posted at A Rush of Green, saying, “A view on book editors!”
 
 
 
Everything Finance presents 7 Reasons to Go Organic posted at Talking About Green, saying, “We have experienced a surge in the green movement over the last several years. Environmental activists have emphasized the need to protect our most precious natural resources and the food industry has begun to offer healthier options.”  
 
 
 
 
O.C. Heaton presents How to write posted at A Rush of Green, saying, “Hi C.J. This is a post about how I write. People often ask me for my tips and tactics. My answer: freestyle! Hope you enjoy.”
 
 
O.C. Heaton presents Selinlpg is ivrarlenet posted at A Rush of Green, saying, “Selinlpg is ivrarlenet. Ueaelinbvble.”  
 
 
O.C. Heaton presents Do words count? And if they do, should I be counting them? posted at A Rush of Green, saying, “Do the numbers count? Or should I just worry about making sure the words I already have meet the standards of my publisher’s beady eye?”
 
 
Samir Bharadwaj presents See Also … posted at Samir Bharadwaj dot Com, saying, “Writing for others and yourself, journals, and notebooks of ideas.”

Writing Resource

 
 
 
 
 
Andrea McDougal presents The Tales of Tale-Tellers: The Top 50 Novelist Blogs posted at Masters in Project Management, saying, “The world of the printed word may be changing, but it is by no means dead. With the invention of the internet, authors no longer need printing presses or big publishing houses to share their work with the public.”
 

 

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Lovely Words Vol. 30

January 31, 2011

Welcome to the January 31, 2011 edition of lovely words. This is the final post for Lovely Words and Writing as a Sacred Art for a while as they are both going on hiatus. I find that I am blessed with so much work that it is difficult to find balance and do everything to the best of my ability. Therefore, I choose to focus on a few projects and do them well, rather than, spread myself thin. I want to personally thank each and every reader who has supported LW and WASA; and there are not enough words to articulate my heartfelt gratitude to the writers who have contributed to LW. May you all have blessed and peaceful lives. Check back periodically for post, also WASA will be out in book form with a lot of extra material added in the not so distant future. Once again thank you so very much for your support, I hope everyone is encouraged to begin the practice of cathartic writing. Please enjoy this edition of Lovely Words.

Zen

 
Tim King presents Novelist, Heal Thyself (Why Everyone Should Write) posted at Be The Story, saying, “A personal story: Even in the midst of a social tragedy, I find I see it all differently now, differently than similar tragedies in the past. Rather than destroying, the crisis has focused me. What’s changed? I’m a character author now.”

Poetry

 
Madeleine Begun Kane presents A Limerick Affair  and Sporty Limerick posted at Mad Kane’s Humor Blog.

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Inspiration

 
Byteful Travel presents Why Pike’s Market is a MUST SEE place in Seattle posted at Byteful Travel, saying, “When I first arrived in Seattle, I knew I would enjoy exploring it. Seattle had a feeling of vast possibility and diversity, and it was inspiring in a way. And I was very lucky since I had an awesome Couchsurfing host to introduce me to the city. He introduced me to Pike’s Place Market in downtown Seattle. (In fact, it was his idea.) Pike’s Market is one of the most famous places in Seattle, if not *the* most famous; and it’s right on the waterfront. The market is one of the oldest continually operated public farmers’ markets in the United States. Basically, they had EVERYTHING.”
 
Effortless Abundance presents Interview with Beth McCain posted at Effortless Wealth and Abundance.

Writing

 

Writing Resource

 
Lindsay presents Indie Ebook Publishing Results and What I’ve Learned posted at The Irreverent Introvert, saying, “I decided to self-publishing a couple of my novels as ebooks and thought this post might be interesting to other writers thinking of doing the same.”
 
 

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Lovely Words Vol. 29

January 17, 2011

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The Blinking Cursor

January 10, 2011

By C. J. Stegall-Evans

Every morning I wake up to do battle with the blinking curser on my computer screen. I doesn’t say anything it just blinks as if to say “Come on already.” I’m sure its mocking me. Whoever came up with the idea that the cursor should blink is indeed a sadist.

After I pray, I lie in bed knowing its waiting for me. Although I have ideas while lying in bed I’m not quite sure how to implement them. I drag myself out of bed, write in my journal, watch the sunrise and proceed to do battle. 

I know I can do it, I do it every day, but somehow there this underlying notion that this is it; I just cannot write today. What do I do? I write anyway. I write because I cannot allow irrational fear to keep me from doing what I most love to do in this world.

I sit back, relax and have a soothing cup of tea; my passion for writing begins to flow; I embrace the cursor in all its sadistic ways. It is no longer the enemy but simply a tool with which I craft my art.    

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Happy January

January 7, 2011

By C. J. Stegall-Evans

Happy January, everyone! Well another year is upon us and I have not quite gotten over last year. I apologize for my long absence but it was necessary. As last year was nearing an end I realized I still had a lot of work to do to fulfill my 2010 goals. A couple years ago I gave up making New Year’s resolution in favor of setting goals.

 

 When you make a resolution, it’s kind of like a wish you make it and let it go. Setting goal is different. Setting goals means putting in writing what you want to accomplish and the steps you plan to take to achieve the desired outcome. When you make a resolution you usually let it go by the end of January, whereas, your goals follow you throughout the year. In fact it is difficult to set new goals for the coming year if you did not accomplish your previous goals. Not accomplishing your goals is letting yourself down; especially since all you have to do is put in the time and effort.

 

After you have put in the time and effort if you still do not succeed, that’s okay, but not even trying is never acceptable. Thank you so very much, to all my readers for being so supportive. I will begin posting on a regular basis on Monday. Please don’t forget to set goals for yourself this year. I pray all of you have a blessed, peaceful, and prosperous year.

 

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Lovely Words Vol. 28

January 3, 2011

Welcome to the January 3, 2010 edition of Lovely Words. Happy New Year; a new year is always so exciting, it’s a time set new goals and evaluate objectives from the previous year. Please,  dont’ forget to be kind to yourself and others as we embark upon a new phase of our lives. Enjoy the first Lovely Words of the New Year.

Tranquility

 
Jennifer Miner presents New York City Travel Moment posted at The Vacation Gals – Family travel, girlfriend getaways, romantic getaways, destinations, things to do, travel tips, saying, “A moment of grace in Grace Church, New York City.”

Poetry

 
Madeleine Begun Kane presents Leggy Limerick and Eclipse Haiku Septet posted at Mad Kane’s Humor Blog.
 
 

Inspiration

 
Astrid Lee presents I Ching for 2011 Insights posted at World Healing, saying, “ancient words and symbols offer hope and reflection on those unanswered questions in your life. the i ching book of changes is a marvelous book of poetry and divine insight.”

Lovely Words

 
Alexis Brankel presents Some Actual Aphorisms posted at All Aphoristic, saying, “Some short pieces of wisdom to honor the title of my blog (All Aphoristic) and inspire readers to look to words in times of crisis or confusion.”

Writing

Erin Pavlina presents Cultivating Command and Leadership posted at Erin Pavlina – Spiritual Wisdom for Conscious People, saying, “Are you a leader or a follower? Are you willing to step up and take command when the chips are down? Or are you content to let someone else lead? Can you bear the responsibility that comes with command? I’m a heart-centered person who’s very compassionate, kind, gentle, and caring. That’s my dominant energy.”

Writer’s Resource

Fix The Sky presents Let’s populate websites with content posted at Fix The Sky, saying, “A fun approach to writing web content.”

 

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Lovely Words Vol. 27

December 20, 2010

Welcome to the December 20, 2010 edition of Lovely Words. Thank you so very much for taking the time to read our lovely words. This is the final edition of the year, therefore, have a blessed, peaceful and prosperous holiday season.

Inspiration

 
Erin Pavlina presents Fill Your Gas Tank and  How To Find and Ignite Your Passion  posted at Erin Pavlina – Spiritual Wisdom for Conscious People, saying, “Are you one of those people who gives so much of your energy to others that you have none left for yourself? Are you the shoulder that everyone cries on? The person all your friends come to for advice and help? Do you take care of everyone else’s needs before your own? If so, you’re…”
 
 
 
 
Joe Tichio presents Greatest Inspirational Quotes Nature posted at Inspirational Quotes Blog, saying, “A collection of inspiring quotes on nature.”

Poetry

 
Madeleine Begun Kane presents Jittery Limerick posted at Mad Kane’s Humor Blog.

Writing Resource

 

Florine Church presents 12 Amazing Authors Who Died Far Too Young posted at Bachelorsdegree.org, saying, “This article does not intend to come off as ageist by any means, but for consistency’s sake chose writers under 50 — when Americans attain eligibility to join AARP.”
 
Kate Rothwell presents 20 Essential Works of Asian-American Literature posted at mastersdegree.net, saying, “Plenty of other excellent books and authors did not make this list due to space and time constraints, but they certainly warrant attention.”
 

 

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Lovely Words Vol. 26

December 6, 2010

Welcome to the December 6, 2010 edition of Lovely Words. In this season of miracles and blessing, please, don’t forget to be a blessing to others.

Lovely Words

Patti Lecron presents READING THE MOON by P.B.Lecron posted at A French Education, saying, “Learn a charming French dictum that helps to differentiate a waxing from a waning moon.”

Poetry

Madeleine Begun Kane presents Drunken Limerick  and  Trippy Limerick   posted at Mad Kane’s Humor Blog

Inspiration

Laura Grace Weldon presents Fostering the Flip Side of Gratitude posted at Laura Grace Weldon, saying, “A practice of gratitude only goes halfway if it pays attention to light but ignores the shadow.”

 
Byteful Travel presents How I met Merlin Mann by following my Intuition posted at Byteful Travel, saying, “Have you ever put pressure on yourself to do something you feel you should do, but don’t actually want to do? Too often we hold expectations of ourselves to do something that we don’t actually want to do in the first place. The secret is to listen carefully to your intuition, to your heart. What can happen when you do this? Well, last month I took a spur of the moment trip to Madison to see Merlin Mann, productivity speaker extraordinaire, speak at UW Madison as part of their Distinguished Lecturer Series. A distinguished lecture it certainly was, but it also came with a surprise in the end…”

Writing

Erin Pavlina presents The Difference Between Being Capable and Being Ready posted at Erin Pavlina – Spiritual Wisdom for Conscious People, saying, “A while back Steve did a radio interview with a host and told her about me and what I do. She was excited to hear that I was a professional intuitive and a psychic medium. She had a colleague who hosted a radio show for Sirius Radio that was related to or owned by Oprah…”

 
Jen presents Poetic License posted at Best Family Adventures, saying, “My girls and I do a lot of writing. This is what happens when small children read books full of big ideas (and even bigger words).”
 
Mr Squarehead presents I’ll Be Back !!! posted at SQUAREHEAD DIARIES, saying, “The world inside out”

Writing Resource

Rowena Hebert presents 20 Essential African-American Writers posted at Masters Degree.

 
 
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