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100th Blog Celebration! Share the Joy

Sue's 100 blog
Welcome to my 100th blog post! Thank you readers. If I haven’t thanked you individually yet, here it is. Ever grateful.

Since the focus of my blog is to share journal writing and inspiration, I want to highlight some of the work of my friends who offered to share in the joy. I put the call out on Facebook and am delighted to show you what came in from some of the people who make my everyday life shine. No matter what kind of mood I’m in, my angel friends are always there to help keep it real.

Below are their blogs, journal entries, poems, photos and essays in the order they were received. I’m looking forward to doing 100 more blog posts.   I’m looking forward to another year of living and breathing on this great planet of ours.

Angel blessings to you all.


Willow Tree

I am ready for more.
Lovingly I believe in me.
Chances are this beautiful
willow tree holds the key
of a history I never seen.
Watch the leaves,
Believe in more and more.
Unraveling the knots of
thought into a dreamy trust.

willow tree

A note from the poet: here is a meaning of the willow tree.

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Colorful Adventures Await!


EDIE WEINSTEIN, journalist, speaker, and social worker shares her many talents.  Once in a while there is a person who is willing to jump right in with both feet; that would be Edie! I  decided to pick one my favorite blogposts about writing that she posted.  Here’s one about finding your expressive voice and the writing muse.


Love has no boundaries
It is endless and real

Love holds friends together

It holds families together

Love grows bright within our

hearts Like a never ending fire

That ignites deep with in our soul.

Love makes life possible

There is love within our land

That radiates through the flowers and the trees

It flows through the rivers and streams

Love brings compassion and kindness to our hearts

Love is shared with just a look,

it’s deep with in our eyes

Love is shared with a smile,

Love is shared with a small act

of kindness

Love is all there is.

waterfall Grand Canyon Veronica Payan

photo credit: Veronica Payan

 GINGER BLISS  from The Writer’s Water Cooler on Facebook
I am a wind walker

sky talker.

I whisper to the breeze,

on the wings of angels

I ride with ease.

The wind sails,

on pretty tales of tomorrows dreams.

The wind blows

who knows where life will lead me?

I am a wind walker

sky talker

I whisper to the breeze
Singing sacred songs

in my heart they belong,

as the wind whispers to me.
@ Ginger Bliss

orange rainbow copy
May God and his Angels touch and embrace you with their wings of flight. Behold the wing of Pegasus in honor of the year of the horse. Let time take you on your quest of loving victories and conquests of divine love. May you truly find the wings of angels comfort and heal you every day. Just know that you are truly blessed by the wings of your guardian angel. ~ Louie



Operating as an Integrated Being

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony” (Mahatma Gandhi)

Think about the times you really wanted to get something done- perhaps you cleared your mind in an attempt to rid yourself of distractions, buckled down and got focused. And more often than not, if your preparatory efforts were well-intentioned and sincere, sometime later, tangible evidence of progress began to come into view. When your whole being is engaged in a clearly defined pursuit, on a singular path, you are rewarded with the fruits of your labor- this is a simple enough concept for most of us to understand.
What may not be immediately apparent is the energy dynamic at play beneath the surface. When we wish to create anew- be it a physical object, a state of being or a transformation of any kind, we begin with some vision of the end point in mind. This is where the creative process begins, and any eventual manifestation in a form we can interact with depends on what extent all pistons are firing, so to speak, with all the other relevant players.
For example, say you want a new car. It would be quite reasonable to visualize the vehicle in question, perhaps to think about the features you would prefer; its appearance or even to conjure up the sensation of tootling along on the freeway at top speed. Again, all plausible things to consider-however, stopping at this stage of the game would make it very unlikely that that car would ever arrive in your driveway. Thoughts must eventually morph into action, and if they do not, we can clearly see that as far as the desired goal of securing a vehicle is concerned, a key component is missing- the energy of integration that is present whenever we take an action that is in alignment with our desired objective.
When we expand our vantage point to the broader issue of how we live our lives, we can also apply this same thinking about operating from an integrated core to the success (or lack thereof) we achieve, both personally and professionally. Say you would like more synergy between your personal values and your career path. And while you may make this declaration to yourself, the you who wishes to impress friends and family is relying a bit too much on how well your current title “presents” to the world, the cynical part of you wonders whether your goal is a bit too unrealistic given the present economic climate, and the worried part of you figures it’s better to continue suffering in your present job rather than face the unknown of exploring different options. At the end of the day there is a considerable disconnect at work here, and not surprisingly as a result, the status quo will continue to limp along. Thoughts are developing into “actions” alright, but the question is whether said actions are in alignment with the results you desired to begin with.
To move beyond this kind of disconnect that is operating here additional energy must be expended and two options immediately come to mind- you can continue to spin your wheels by using your energy to find new and inventive ways to wonder why your goal of a fulfilling professional position is not any closer in sight.…OR you could shift gears and actually bring your actions into alignment with your hopes for a career path where you can really shine. With the latter option, each and every action we take moves us closer to realizing our intention and a very different energetic momentum is unfolding. An integrated approach to living is emerging. Tangible progress is much more likely when all component parts- intentions, thoughts and actions are singing from the same hymnal.

What kinds of actions support us in operating in an integrated fashion in our lives?
• Being clear on our values
• Choosing relationships with supportive, like-minded people
• Eliminating aspects of our life experience that pull us away from our best selves
• Cultivating a dialogue with people who are already where we would like to be

Our effective and satisfying operation in the world flows beautifully when we come from a space of unified focus. Deciding who we wish to be and putting some quality attention into determining just what is necessary (and what needs to be “minimized”) to bring the vision of the life we desire into fruition means we have much more to offer. Cheers to making yourself a priority in this fashion and best wishes on the quest!

Idara E. Bassey is a lawyer, energy healer, spiritual counselor and author of Reflections of a Mystical Sistah: On Traveling Down the Road to Self-Definition (iUniverse). For more information about her services and upcoming programs visit her website at

She does amazing readings!

nature's filigree


We in Dis Mess

Fenced in on all sides
Hours, minutes, seconds

Nothing to do-trouble is wide..FREE ME!

I tried
all I see is cry faces
all I see is dark places
all I see is missed races

What we need is Gods’ graces.

*inspired by “The Interrupters”
Frontline documentary, re: the Chicago street gangs
Paula ~

Thank you, Paula! I always enjoy your messages and quotes.

the East River by JadiancY

photo credit: Jadianc Aidaj

I have more fun reading other people’s work and looking at blogs. What an amazing world. I promise to get more techie so that I can do a better job in sharing the work.

Journal Prompt: What do you want to write about in your own life? Don’t wait. Do it now.

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How About Them Apples or I Would Rather be Dancing

Apple of my eye

Idioms – they’re everywhere. Idioms are related to clichés because they are easy to use. Everyone does it. If you’re guilty as charged your editor will most likely slash the bad apple phrases right out of your content. Sometimes idioms get the point across, but they become annoying after a while. We all have a tendency to talk like others in our cultural groups and to copy what’s in style…like getting a tattoo, I imagine. Call me stuffy. Cool often eludes me.

Right now I despise writing prose. I’m completely stuck in the Facebook-y idioms of my own writing so I decided to make a post out of the problem.

“Best-selling” authors publish breezy, informal buzz phrase writing while my mind is deep in the catacombs and works of Carson McCullers and Florida Scott- Maxwell.

Journal prompt 1: Take a subject like apples and see how many idioms or proverbs you can think of.

  • Well how do you like them apples?
  • An apple a day keeps the doctor away.
  • One rotten apple spoils the barrel
  • You are the apple of my eye
  • It’s like comparing apples to oranges.
  • Don’t upset the apple cart.
  • As American as apple pie
  • The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree
  • Life in The Big Apple

Journal prompt 2: Take a phrase such as “He was the apple of my eye” and write a paragraph using your own words.

Example: I met Mortimer at the dance in high school. It seemed as if he was looking at the popular buxom cheerleader dancing with her quarterback boyfriend. Everyone glanced around at each other. Lisa and I tried to appear disinterested in the scene. I was horrified when Mortimer turned his attention to me, working his way over to where we were standing and asked me to dance. Since that night he stayed nestled in my psyche and I was unable to let him go. He was my main love. No one else would do.

Notice how common phrases are used in mainstream media.

True story: I took a required government class in community college back in the ‘80’s. The course content was rigorous and boring. I sat next to a lady who had the same sense of humor as me. We started reading sexual innuendos into everything the teacher said. Once we started laughing quietly we couldn’t stop. Nobody else seemed to be aware of why we were becoming less than scholarly. It was painful and embarrassing. I’d never experienced that kind of fear. Have you ever tried to control your fits of laughter in a formal setting? Now as I sit at the desk trying to write, nasty innuendos keep jolting me out of my writing voice. Maybe my memoir is supposed to be funny. Since I’m in a word slump here are some overused phrases that make me cringe, and it’s my own damn fault that I use them myself.

  • Who knew?
  • Having said that, blah, blah, blah
  • That said, blah, blah, blah
  • At the end of the day
  • How cool is that?
  • The silence was palpable
  • The rest is history
  • My heart dropped
  • He caught my eye
  • Smooth as silk
  • Huddled together
  • Frozen stiff
  • He stole my heart
  • Cold eyes
  • Cold heart
  • Baby blue eyes
  • You could cut the tension with a knife
  • They were like two peas in a pod
  • His hopes were dashed
  • Our eyes locked
  • She was the cream of the crop
  • Bite the bullet
  • Ummm…
  • I digress
  • We’re not out of the woods yet
  • You get the picture

anal words

Hopefully this deluge of pet peeves won’t last long. The other pages of examples are hidden away for right now.

Happy journaling!

Art and collage by Susan E. Rowland