Because…

September 20, 2010

 

By C. J. Stegall-Evans

I recently perused some fine art on the internet; needless to say it was lovely; as I study all the lines and intricate details for just a few minutes wish I had that talent. Then I remember to be grateful for the ability to paint pictures with my words.  

 

Because

 

Because my words can paint pictures I can see, touch, taste and smell.

Because my words can paint pictures I can ring or un-ring any bell.

Because my words can pint pictures the world belongs to me and me alone.

 

Because my words can paint pictures I’m a sailor without a clear home.     

Because my words can paint pictures I am sometimes lost at sea.

Because my words can paint pictures all roads lead to me.

 

Because my words can paint pictures sometimes the paint fades and becomes a dull gray.

Because my words can paint pictures they lure me to come out to play.

Because my words can paint pictures I have unlimited sight.

 

Because my words can paint pictures there is no wrong or right.

Because my words can paint pictures art is words and words are songs.

Because my words can paint pictures I can create a world where I belong.

 

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Categories: Life, Writing.

Lovely Words Vol. 20

September 13, 2010

Welcome to the September 13, 2010 edition of Lovely Words. Dear Readers, thank you so very much for making Writing as a Sacred Art and Lovely Words a part of your reading schedule. WAASA has reached its one year milestone and is growing by more than a thousand new readers a month. Thank you so very much for spreading the word; we feel like the little engine that could, slowly making its way up the hill. Once again thank you so very much for making this journey so enlightening now it’s time for you to light your fireplace, sit back, relax and enjoy this very cozy edition of Lovely Words. (BTW, please excuse our dust a document design transition is in progress.)

Inspiration

Peter presents How to Change Your Life posted at The Change Blog.

Poetry

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

Who Inspires you.

Surendra Singh presents A Second in Heaven… posted at Sury’s Stories, saying, “An abstract dream i once had…”

Writing Resource

shawnwade presents The best ways to write web content » Blog Archive » How To Create An Impact With A Business Letter posted at The best ways to write web content, saying, “We should understand that business letter writing is different than writing other letters.”
 

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The Other Side of August

September 6, 2010

 

By C. J. Stegall-Evans

I am always grateful for the Labor Day weekend because it seems like the other side of August. This past August represents mild chaos; I did little harm but I must admit I owe at least one apology. I am able to let go of the harm that was done to me, and chalk it up to August madness. To ensure I  avoided August madness and always reacted with kindness in the classroom I posted one of my favorite prayers:

 

Fathers Mychal’s Prayer

 Lord, take me where
you want me to go;
Let me meet who
you want me to meet;
Tell me what
you want me to say, and
Keep me out of your way.
 

Fr. Mychal Judge, O.F.M.
Chaplain, New York Fire Department
Copyright ©2001 Holy Name Province
Permission to reprint requested

 

 

This prayer is certainly a life saver for me in that it reminds me to set my ego aside and pay attention to what is really important. I pray that we all have a blessed and peace fall season.

 

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Categories: Life.

Lovely Words Vol. 19

August 30, 2010

 

Welcome to the August 30, 2010 edition of Lovely Words. Summers gone far too soon; stretch it out a bit longer reading our author’s lovely words.

Inspiration

Safa Samiezade’-Yazd presents Note to Self « Naked Lady in a White (Silk) Dress posted at Naked Lady in a White (Silk) Dress, saying, “A to-do list I wrote to myself for my wedding day.”
 
Juan Santiago presents Feria posted at LensVerse.

Poetry

writersmelon presents Not myself anymore posted at www.writersmelon.com.
 
Madeleine Begun Kane presents High-Tech Limerick posted at Mad Kane’s Humor Blog.

Writing

Missy Frye presents Sculpting a Poem posted at Incurable Disease of Writing, saying, “Poet Anne McCrady compares the creative process of sculpting and writing and shares ideas for sculpting a new poem.”
 
Tarahlynn presents ?Home? posted at Tarah Wolff, saying, “This blog post is taking me another step toward finding peace throughout this hard spell in my life. As always, my book and my writing is what pulls me through.”

Writer’s Resource

Tod presents Criteria for Writing a Great Blog Article posted at Tod.FM, saying, “Keep this list in mind if you want to create the best articles you possibly can.”
 
 
shawnwade presents Online Article Writing  and How Easy Can be Press Release Copy Writing  posted at The best ways to write web content, saying, “The latest avenue of income generation as a writer is online article writing. Countless websites offer advice to aspiring writers of online content, giving them tips on everything from creating websites to signing contracts.”
 
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Categories: Blogging.

Georgia on my Mind

August 23, 2010

 

By C. J. Stegall-Evans

“Just an old sweet song keeps Georgia on my mind.” Although Florida is my adopted home, Georgia is my comfort food. It’s mid August and I would imagine the leaves will soon consider turning in Georgia. Don’t’ get me wrong I love the tropical Florida sunshine, but there is something so artistically interesting about the fall season.

The trees begin a symphony of unending colors. The Georgia leaves start out young and green only to turn a bright yellow, burnt orange, then toasty brown and slowly fall from the trees as they play their final swan song. Looking out in the back yard was always a feast for the eyes.  

When I was a child my father would drive my brothers and I from Georgia to Tennessee just to take in all the colors of the autumn leaves. Sometime we would listen to music, sometimes talk, and other times we were so completely in awe of nature’s beauty no words or sounds were needed.  

We would drive along thinking our private thoughts unaware that we were making memories. I count my leaf memories as a wonderful part of my childhood.  I guess after a leaf has lived its leaf-ful purpose it deserves to have people take notice as it takes its final bow. I imagine one can learn a lot about life just studying the life cycle of a leaf.    

 

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Lovely Words Vol. 18

August 16, 2010

 

Welcome to the August 16, 2010 edition of Lovely Words.The oven hot days of summer will soon give way to autumn’s song. Students will soon be back in class as most of us teachers in the south are back already. This edition of Lovely Words feels like a mild stretch after a long, lazy summer. Please enjoy.

Poetry

salientknight presents Philosophy? posted at My Inner Blog.
 
Madeleine Begun Kane presents Dotty Men posted at Mad Kane’s Humor Blog.
 
C. J. Stegall-Evans presents Quiet Spaces posted at Writing as a Sacred Art.

Inspiration

Laura Grace Weldon presents I Know You Are But What Am I? posted at Laura Grace Weldon, saying, “Sages, poets and mystics have told us all along that what we perceive is who we are. Research indicates they were right. Our perceptions of others actually say much more about us.”

Writing

Christiana Mbakwe presents The Burden of Expectation posted at Christiana Rants!.

Writing Resource

Hester Whitley presents Wor“KING” With Words – Importance Of Web content Writing, Editing And Research posted at The best ways to write web content, saying, “Web content writing editing and research, has come of age. Today, the Internet presents boundless opportunities for marketing. All companies are looking for a presence on the web.”
 
 
Sharon Hurley Hall presents On The Value Of Being A Specialist Writer posted at Get Paid to Write Online, saying, “There are very real advantages to being a specialist writer. Here are three reasons why it’s good to specialize.”

Books

Mark Davies presents 100 Best Books on War posted at Online Masters Degree, saying, “From the Civil War to the current war in Iraq, there’s a plethora of literature out there to help you better understand the art (or madness) of war.”
 

 

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Writing as a Silent Scream!!!

August 9, 2010

 

By C. J. Stegall-Evans

On Friday, I was driving my car happy as a clam (that is if clams are really happy), on my way to the University of North Florida Writers Conference. I have been waiting for this conference for months; looking forward to all the speakers and the wine and cheese reception.

Although it is a three day conference I could only get a ticket for day one because day two and three are sold out; that’s how I know this will be a totally amazing conference. I am so excited just ridding along and my car makes a noise like gravel hitting the undercarriage.

Nothing going to stop me from having a great day so I keep going. Pretty soon the noise is just too loud to ignore. I exit the expressway and make my way to a plaza parking lot. I pop the hood and notice the drive belt seems to have been almost completely eaten away by rabid squirrels. 

This is okay I am at peace with the world.  I wait two hours for a tow truck, knowing I can at least make a half day of the writer’s conference. I make it to the car dealership and by noon I give up hope and call the conference to cancel; the receptionist giggles and I hear the faint sound of music. Soon after, the customer service person tells me the cost to fix my car. I just burst into tears because this feels like an August conspiracy.

To make a long story short, I am sitting in the waiting room with an urgent need to scream or writing. Since writing is more appropriate I write. I begin to think about the conference and how much fun they are having within me, which makes me want to cry.

I know this year at the wine and cheese reception this year they break out the loud music and strobe lights and everyone just lets their hair down.  Usually these functions are a series of lectures, seeing old friends, getting to know new people, a great networking tool; but this year since I am not there I’m sure it’s more like Bookworms Gone Wild.

The thing that really gets me is at the next conference everyone will pretend it never happened. I assure you this is not my writer’s imagination taking hold. I look around the car dealership and I am so disappointed, I just want to scream. The writer in me knows writing will make feel better and it does but I will be looking for tell-tell signs of the wild party at the next conference.  

 

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Categories: Life, Writing.

Cathartic Writing

August 5, 2010

 

By C. J. Stegall-Evans

I meditate on a daily basis in order to feel grounded. I either sit low to the ground, on the floor, or with my feet touching the ground. When I feel grounded I am as much a part of nature as the birds in the trees.

Writing makes me feel grounded too. When I am writing I am able to lose me, and just be. The ability to be at one with nature is a gift, one that I hope all writers possess. It’s a very freeing aspect of being a creative person.

It allows us to put everyday life on hold, for the time we are writing we can get in the zone, and become a pure creative instructive instrument. Sometimes writing inspiration calls to us at times when it’s not always convenient but it is always worthwhile. 

Answering this writing call helps writers to feel more stable in our everyday lives. Writing can sometimes be all consuming but finding balance and writing about our joys and pains allows us to keep our lives in proper perspective.  

Writers have to work hard on being grounded which is sometimes difficult when your profession requires that you keep your head in the clouds. Daily writing and meditation may not be the cure all but it may make finding your place in a world in which you don’t fit in a bit easier.

 

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Lovely Words Vol. 17

August 2, 2010

Welcome to the August 2, 2010 edition of Lovely Words.

Poetry

 
Madeleine Begun Kane presents Refudiating Sarah posted at Mad Kane’s Political Madness.

Inspiration

 

Tranquility

Storm presents Connect with Nature posted at Be Zen, My Friend.

Laura Grace Weldon presents To Be, Or To Multitask posted at Laura Grace Weldon, saying, “We’ve tuned ourselves to distraction. That seems to make us uncomfortable with distraction’s opposite—-the powerfully real time spent in contemplation or conversation.”
 

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The Advent of August

July 27, 2010

 

By C. J. Stegall-Evans

It’s almost August and I’m feeling that old familiar ache. The tears well up, sometimes they come and sometimes they don’t. August seems to always break my heart. This is the month I was married and also the month I became widowed.

One life’s cruel jokes, if anything is going to go wrong in my life you better believe it’s going to happen in August.  In fact in the not too distant past I would go to bed pull the covers up over my head and wait until September. All was well until August of 2008 which was so horrid in terms of my personal, professional, and fiscal life I knew something would have to change so that I could redefine it. In November I began setting goals to ensure a better 2009.  

In August of 2009 I started this blog to encourage writers to write. In August I either start new projects or send out finished projects. I am always working on an invention in August. I pray and meditate a bit more. I try to be a bit kinder to myself and others. Rather than dwelling on the bad thing that have happened in this month I embrace the lessons learned.

 August reminds me to be grateful for my life and not take anything for granted. Rather than dreading August I now look forward to starting new projects reflecting and on what’s really important. I can’t say that I am happy every day in August but I am grateful, everyday. My renewed appreciation for the month of August means I am open to my feelings on any given day and I own it. I own it, I feel it, and I get through it.  

I hope at some point in my life August will be like any other month, but maybe it has been much far too tragic for that. Anyway, I have made my peace with the month of August and incorporated into my life as a natural part of my existence. In advent of August I extend to the world as much prayer, love, and compassion as I can muster.        

   

 

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