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She Must Be in the Stream of Consciousness

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Let me see if I’ve got this straight. It’s an interesting prompt.

….“the first 3 words of the first full sentence.” Okay, follow me here. This is what I want you to do: 1. Grab the closest book to you when you sit down to write your post. 2. Open it to a random page. 3. Locate the first complete sentence on that page. 4. Use the first three words of that sentence to start your post, then take it from there–write whatever comes to mind. That’s it! Have fun!”   (That’s from our host, Linda G. Hill.

When I first saw this prompt and then picked up the book I’m reading, I thought it was the first sentence, so I’ll start with that.

“She must be here with you right now.”

The sentence comes from Under the Tamarind Tree a novel by a blogger you might know,  Rosaliene Bacchus, of Three Worlds One Vision.  Yes, Rosaliene, I’m still reading your book. I’m a slow reader and have a habit of reading multiple books at the same time. But I’m really enjoying your book. Maybe enjoying isn’t the best word, because it’s about hard times, but I’m really …. saying really too much…. getting to care about the characters and appreciate the realism of their struggles.

The main character, Richard, says to his friend, “She must be here with you right now,” about his friend’s mother who is deceased and a dream Richard had about her. She must be here refers to his friend’s wedding. This reminded me of my feeling that my mother was there in spirit at my wedding even though she is an angel in heaven.

If I go back to the prompt and do it correctly, I would use the first three words:

She must be

She must be crazy. That’s what that other driver must’ve been thinking yesterday when I was not being mindful of my driving. I was looking for a place in an unfamiliar neighborhood and could have caused an accident. Thankfully the intersection was not busy and the other driver WAS being mindful. I’m still embarrassed. But also thankful that I wasn’t driving fast, and God was watching out for me. Maybe my mom was too. And Dad. Thank you!

So here’s the deal. I have to be mindful when I’m driving. I have to put up another sticky note in my car where I will see it every time.

MUST BE MINDFUL!

That must mean no free flowing stream of consciousness while driving. Only what I see on the road, signs, and traffic lights.  Maybe I can make it like flipping a switch when I get in the car to drive. A prayer would help. God, help me be mindful when I’m driving.

But when I’m not driving, let the stream flow!

And while we’re on flowing streams, God, please let the rains flow down and put out the fires in Australia.

Amen.

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That’s my stream for this Saturday.  Great prompt, Linda!

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For more info on Saturday’s Stream of Consciousness, visit Linda Hill at:

https://lindaghill.com/2020/01/10/the-friday-reminder-for-socs-jusjojan-2020-daily-prompt-jan-11th/

The good SoCS rules which I mostly follow are:

1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing, (typos can be fixed) and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.

3. There will be a prompt every week. I will post the prompt here on my blog on Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” “Begin with the word ‘The’,” or simply a single word to get your started.

4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours. Your link will show up in my comments for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top. NOTE: Pingbacks only work from WordPress sites. If you’re self-hosted or are participating from another host, such as Blogger, please leave a link to your post in the comments below.

5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read everyone’s! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later, or go to the previous week, by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find right below the “Like” button on my post.

6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!

7. As a suggestion, tag your post “SoCS” and/or “#SoCS” for more exposure and more views.

8. Have fun!


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#SoCS: Key Largo and Mysterious Keys

socs-badge-2019-2020Today’s stream of consciousness prompt is, “key.” We can use it any way we want and have fun!

My first thought went to Key Largo where we had our honeymoon seven years ago on 12/1/12. We were thinking about getting married on 12/12/12 which would’ve been my birthday, but it was a Wednesday. The number 12……. I hope we go back to Key Largo some day and the Hilton resort there was very natural with lots of trees and a beach. Maybe I have a picture….

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On the 4th floor overlooking the tree tops

 

While I was in the honeymoon folder I saw some other photos I like from The Wharf at Summerland Key:

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That’s not me in the photo. The posters below are on the right.

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And here’s another one from the place we stayed.

Hilton beach buddy

The water was a little cold in December, so when we go back, it will be in the spring. I’m going to Florida again for my reunion with my high school girlfriends in April. That will be exciting!

The other thing I thought about when I read the word, “key,” was that I have all these keys that go to who knows what. But I don’t want to throw them away, because keys are important, right?  My father was the same way. I have inherited his big ring of about 30 keys, plus some on key chains….. There are a few skeleton keys. I’m sure there’s an art project in there one day. One of his keys which he will never use, nor will I, because he has passed on through the pearly gates where he did not need a key, cause he and Jesus were pretty close….

Where was I?  Oh, there’s a key that belonged to my dad that has a plastic typed strip on a nursing home key chain that says, “explosives.” The other side says, “ammo.”  Dad was a marine and didn’t throw much away including a few boxes of ammo which I have but they are not locked, so what does this ammo key go to? I’ve inherited ammo boxes, but they aren’t locked. Good strong storage boxes…

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My dad’s keys

Oh, if keys could talk, the stories they would tell.

I don’t think my dad ever went to Key Largo, but he’d like this song. He could be pretty romantic when it came to my mom.  I guess I’m missing them.

For the keys to the Stream of Consciousness Kingdom, visit the hill of Linda at:

https://lindaghill.com/2019/12/06/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-dec-7-19/

Here are the rules:

1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing (typos can be fixed), and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.

3. I will post the prompt here on my blog every Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” “Begin with the word ‘The,’” or will simply be a single word to get you started.

4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours. Your link will show up in my comments for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top. NOTE: Pingbacks only work from WordPress sites. If you’re self-hosted or are participating from another host, such as Blogger, please leave a link to your post in the comments below.

5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read all of them! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later or go to the previous week by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find below the “Like” button on my post.

6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!

7. As a suggestion, tag your post “SoCS” and/or “#SoCS” for more exposure and more views.

8. Have fun!


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SoCS: A Chant, A Folk Song, and Wildflowers

Today’s prompt for SoCS is:

“ground.” Use it as a noun or a verb in any tense (i.e. grind). Have fun!

Where we sit is holy

Holy is the ground.

Forest mountain river,

Listen to the sound.

Great Spirit circle,

All around us.

 

I learned that at a meditation workshop. We sang it as a chant. Then I found it in my Earth Prayers book.  I miss chanting and drumming. Maybe it will happen this weekend. If not, some day. This weekend, I’m in the mountains with my son, daughter, and granddaughter. Other grands are coming with their mom tomorrow. It’s going to be a full house full of energy.  Maybe we’ll sing. I sang with my daughter on the way here, harmonizing like we used to years ago on road trips.  We sang “I’ll Fly Away.” And she’s teaching me a ?bluegrass song? “Wildwood Flower.”  Let me see if I can find it.

My daughter wants you to know this traditional Appalachian folk song made famous by the Carter family in the late 1920s.  We give it a more Celtic Women flare. Just to give you an idea of the big picture, my daughter also likes heavy metal.

Grounding music about wildflowers while in the mountains with family – it doesn’t get much better than that.  I was going to write about grounding as a technique of dealing with overwhelming thoughts and emotions about the past or future by focusing on what’s going on in the present moment, but I guess the singing works just fine.

Here are some wildflowers.

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This one might be from pixabay.

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Queen Anne’s Lace in the mountains

Daisies and yellow flowers

It’s gonna be a busy weekend, so be patient. I have not totally forgotten your comments or posts and will catch up soon…. eventually. 🙂

For more information on the SoCS, visit Linda at

https://lindaghill.com/2019/10/11/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-oct-12-19/

Here are the rules:

1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing (typos can be fixed), and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.

3. I will post the prompt here on my blog every Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” “Begin with the word ‘The,’” or will simply be a single word to get you started.

4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours. Your link will show up in my comments for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top. NOTE: Pingbacks only work from WordPress sites. If you’re self-hosted or are participating from another host, such as Blogger, please leave a link to your post in the comments below.

5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read all of them! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later or go to the previous week by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find below the “Like” button on my post.

6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!

7. As a suggestion, tag your post “SoCS” and/or “#SoCS” for more exposure and more views.

8. Have fun!


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Star Wars, Fireworks, and Fireflies

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Our prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “chew/choo.”  Is there a train coming? But really, I thought of Chewbacca. You’d think spell check would know who that is and not think it’s a mistake.  I thought of the big hairy guy because today, I’m watching the Star Wars marathon from my mountain house. I know it’s a contrast, watching Star Wars on the TV next to my window with the trees off the balcony. (Though I could be on the forest moon of Endor.)

I’m watching the Star Wars marathon because today (I’m writing this on Friday) is my day to relax. After my son’s wedding last Saturday, I took care of my granddaughter for four days by myself. She is 7 and full of energy from the time she wakes up til the time she goes to sleep.  My son and his new bride came to stay with us on July 4th after a few days of honeymoon camping. We watched the fireworks across the lake. Fantastic show with 70s music. It was great! The sky threatened to rain all evening, but held off until immediately after the grand finale, then promptly released a downpour as we scurried to the car.

I’m going to do what I can to catch up with the world of WordPress, email, and downloading photos of the river, as long as catching up doesn’t interfere too much with relaxing. I might take a walk, and I will definitely be sitting out on the balcony watching for fireflies. Fireflies are rare in the city. I haven’t seen them in a long time except when I come to the mountains, so they are a real treat. We used to see fireflies in our urban backyard when the kids were little. Too much pesticide from the city spraying for mosquitoes is not a good thing. We still have mosquitoes in the city and other bugs in abundance, but not fireflies. I’m glad they still exist here in the mountains. Twinkling lights to take me away from the Star Wars marathon to look up at the real stars in the sky. As long as it doesn’t rain….

Here are some views from my mountain balcony. It’s still hard to believe.

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Rhododendrons Galore!

PS. It did rain, but afterward, I still got to see some fireflies. I’ll be heading back home Saturday morning, so please be patient with my catch up/responses.

Oh, and one more thing. As I was watching Return of the Jedi in the Star Wars Marathon, I found this on Facebook:

Betty White Jedi

Stream of Consciousness Saturday is brought to you by Linda G. Hill. For more info and more streams, visit Linda G. Hill at:

https://lindaghill.com/2019/07/05/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-july-6-19/

Here are the rules:

1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing (typos can be fixed), and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.

3. I will post the prompt here on my blog every Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” “Begin with the word ‘The,’” or will simply be a single word to get you started.

4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours. Your link will show up in my comments for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top. NOTE: Pingbacks only work from WordPress sites. If you’re self-hosted or are participating from another host, such as Blogger, please leave a link to your post in the comments below.

5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read all of them! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later or go to the previous week by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find below the “Like” button on my post.

6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!

7. As a suggestion, tag your post “SoCS” and/or “#SoCS” for more exposure and more views.

8. Have fun!


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Good News Tuesday: Forgiveness, Free Dad Hugs, and Rain Forests

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Seeking Balance One Tuesday at a Time

Finding the Father Who Abandoned Her Twenty Years Earlier

“I asked the Lord for strength to help me know how to talk to her.” The only thing I wanted to ask her: Forgive me. ”  Ileana’s father,  Ernesto Quintanilla

Ileana’s mother was 16 when she gave birth to her daughter. Her father left when she was a baby, and Ileana was raised by her loving maternal grandparents.  She asked them and her mother about her father, but didn’t learn much more than his name. As an adult, she had a passion for children. Ileana volunteered for the non-profit Food for the Hungry and then became a staff member traveling to rural communities in her country of Nicaragua. One day, she met a boy with the same last name as hers. She asked him his father’s first name. It was the same name as her father’s, Ernesto.

The story below brought tears to my eyes and joy to my heart. I hope you will read the article and watch the video included in this link:

https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/fathers-day-miracle-reunites-woman-and-dad/

Free Dad Hugs at the Pride Parade

This one made me cry too. Scott “Howie” Dittman shares about the responses he got to his offer of free dad hugs at the Pittsburgh Pride Parade.

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Costa Rica Has Doubled its Tropical Rain Forests

Setting an example for the rest of the world, Costa Rica had doubled its tropical rain forests in just a few decades.  In the last half of the 20th century the country’s forests were cleared indiscriminately.  But Costa Rica has reversed this destruction by focusing on tourism and creating programs to protect its rich ecosystems. You can read more about how Costa Rica takes care of its forests in this article from World Economic Forum.

Got good news? Feel free to share in the comments!

 


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Saying Goodbye to my Parents’ House

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We closed on my parents’ old house on Monday and got the last of the stuff out. Besides paperclips, I will never have to buy duct tape again, or screwdrivers, T shirts, pencils, blankets, or coffee mugs just to name a few of the things my house is now full of.

At first I thought I might not cry, being so busy with loading the car. But as we approached the end of the process, I found it hard to breathe. Crying is a good thing and healthy at times, so I did.  Intellectually, I knew the house was just a structure, a building, but somehow it felt like I was saying goodbye to my parents and the end of an era. So many important things happened in that house. I lived there through my teen years and into my early twenties. My parent’s were there during the death of my sister in the mid seventies when she was 16.  After Mom died in 2008, Dad insisted on staying there by himself until he joined her in 2017.

My husband David was a big help. As we got ready leave for the last time, he said, “We have to decommission this house!” David spent much of his life on the New England coast where old ships were decommissioned to be removed from active service. I’m sure my parent’s house will go through a lot of changes before it returns to active duty. Standing in the front threshold, David said a prayer of thanksgiving for the vessel that served my family well.

It had been drizzling off and on for most of the morning, but the sky opened some clear patches as we carried the last items to the car. Looking up, I noticed four mourning doves perched on the electrical line out front. They seemed to be watching us.

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All four members of my family of origin – my father, mother, and two sisters – have passed away. I wondered if these four doves could be spiritual representatives of my family in heaven.  As we finished loading the car, the doves flew away one at a time in the direction we would be driving home.

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The last dove to leave seemed like the biggest one. It (he?) lingered for a bit, watching, then finally flew away.

It’s hard to put into words what I felt about the four doves, but I will try. I felt comforted by their presence. I think they were there to tell me that my parents and sisters are no longer confined to that house or this realm. Their spirits are alive, well and flying free! It’s time to move on.

I will carry with me the treasured memories from my parents’ old house and the lessons they taught me into new adventures!

 


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One-Liner Wednesday: It’s a Gray Area

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My daughter just turned 26. Sometimes she’s more available by text. I texted her about my yoga class at the senior center.

Daughter: Lol why do you go the the senior center? Are you ACTUALLY considered a senior now?

Me: (My friend from high school) got me to sign up with her. The senior center is for people 55 and older. I’m 63.

Daughter: At what age are people considered seniors?

Me: It’s a gray area. Lol.

Daughter: LOL that’s a good one.

We have some good conversations via text. But I still prefer to see her in person so I can kiss her cheek.

For more info on One Liner Wednesday, (and more one-liners) visit:

https://lindaghill.com/2019/06/05/one-liner-wednesday-coffee/