It's time, everyone! Join the BlogHer.com NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month) blog roll and commit to write (photograph, draw, craft poetry, whatever) every single day this month!
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Every time. Every single time. Perhaps because they're beautiful, meaningful, perfect. Or because they speak to my heart. Maybe because they draw out a deliciously aching, perfectly wistful, sweetly nostalgic feeling of longing. Or because they explode with joy and triumph and make me want to dance. Because of this, and this, and this, it's impossible for me to listen just once... I am greedy, I want more, and so I must go back for seconds.
Blogging daily is not just a test of endurance; it's also an opportunity to learn a lot about yourself: How you write, what your blog means to you, and where you should focus. We're celebrating the close of National Blog Posting Month with some inspiring quotes by bloggers who took the challenge -- you might be surprised by what they learned.
A friend of mine and I took my older two to see "Frozen" this afternoon. How refreshing, exciting, adventurous, exquisite the movie is! The animation was superb (on a side note, I absolutely loved the Mickey Mouse/Minnie Mouse short film that previewed right beforehand, with Mickey and Minnie popping on and off the movie screen) and amazing. Seeing two princesses who were strong, not merely waiting for someone to rescue them, was refreshing. The music was delightful. Loved the adventure....more
As a new blogger, I remember being overwhelmed with all the obstacles placed between me and my desire to write. While I thought it was as simple as creating a blog, someone somewhere said I'd be a failure if I didn't lure every soul on the internet to my domain.And, it wasn't enough that I had to trick them into coming, I also had to have shiny things for them to play with so they'd stay longer....more
Every now and then I receive a nudge from a fellow blogger letting me know that they have included me on a list of blogs they've nominated to receive a blogger award. It's always a thrill to receive one of these nudges, and to know that my little blog has meant something to someone.
But I have a confession to make.
When I was in my early twenties, I went through a bad spell financially, occupationally, and spiritually. I had a college degree in the humanities (English literature, with a 4.0 GPA) and a frenzied determination to be a writer. At 22, despite that 4.0 GPA, “starving artist” had an appealing, adventurous ring to it.
I was feeling pretty smug about a year ago. I had managed to pass on my love of reading to my daughter. All those years of reading aloud to her every night, sometimes for an hour at a time, had paid off. Even my ridiculous attempts at putting on different voices for each character (where I would invariably forget which one was which) had not put her off. As she got older, I tried to read ahead of her reading level, so that she would learn. I would still read her a bedtime story when she was 8 years old, even though she could read independently....more
My Advent wreath is unusual this year because it is a not actually a wreath at all but simply a pile of cedar branches, encircling four Advent candles with a simple carving of Mary praying, carved by a dear friend. A bit unusual but fitting because Advent is a time of waiting in the dark, in silence, in simplicity for the coming of Christ, the Light of the World....more
First let me start today with an apology. I am so so sorry that you had to subjected to the rambling I tried to pass off as a blog posting yesterday. I seriously ran into the stupidest writer's block I have ever experienced. I tried my hardest to find something to write about. I first started to write about Athena our pit bull and the dream she has set into my family's heart. But at the 10 minute mark I felt unfinished and pushed it aside for another day....more