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SoCS: The Days are Long, But the Years are Short, So Believe in Your Dreams and Find the Joy.

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Today’s prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “year.”

A year is 365 days. Remember how when we were kids a year seemed like such a long time. My granddaughter talks about a thirty minute drive taking forever.

Now a year zooms by like a flock of pelicans. Though pelicans glide more than zoom.

Line of Pelicans by JoAnne

They’re beautiful in flight, but they don’t stay long.

I was thinking about writing about what popped into my head when I read the prompt: The Year of Living Dangerously was a movie I believe I saw in the 80s. It was a about a journalist played by Mel Gibson and a diplomat played by Sigourney Weaver who’s one of my favorite actors. It was political, yet romantic in an exotic part of the world.

I’ve often thought of the first rebound after my divorce as a year of living dangerously.  That relationship lasted a year and was 365 days too long. But I learned not to settle.

Then, there’s “The Year of the Cat”which is a song I love the sound of. Mellow and maybe a little exotic though I don’t know all the words. But here are some.

“She comes out of the sun in a silk dress runnin’ like a water color in the rain.”

Who cares what it’s about? But I bet some one knows. It’s the sound that I love. Okay, I like the lyrics, too. Always have, even if I couldn’t sing them all from memory.

2019 was a strange year. We spent 7 months at the house that was my parents’ immersed in their history while sorting out their stuff during renovations on our home. Then we sold the house I grew up in and bought a house in the mountains. Never would’ve imagined that as more than a fantasy, but dreams do come true, even if they take a while. Anything  is possible!

Believe in your dreams

So here we are coming up on a brand new year. The word, JOY, has been coming to me lately. That must be my word for the year.  A year of living joyfully!

Not every minute will be joyful. But I bet I can find some joy in every day. How’s that for a goal? I think there may be some dancing.

Here’s to 2020! With all its mess and magic. There’s going to be joy in the sunshine and moonlight, birdsongs, and buttercups.  I know I’m getting corny now, so that’s all folks.

Just one question:

What brings you joy?

 

For details on SoCS, or to join in the fun, visit Linda Hill by clicking this link:

https://lindaghill.com/2019/12/27/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-dec-28-19/

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: Special Santa, Green Light for Migraines, Nurse Ingenuity, One Love, and Rain in Australia

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Seeking Balance One Tuesday at a Time

Sensory-Friendly Santa for Kids with Special Needs

A mall in Lexington, Kentucky open early to create a safe and comfortable environment for kids with special needs. Dimmed lights, less noise, engaging activities, and wheel chair accessibility make it easier to include more kids in the Santa experience.  Here’s the story with a video.

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Green Light Could Relieve Migraine Pain

There’s something about green. The following article explores research using green light for migraine and other kinds of pain. The main study has people sit in a dark room with a green light for an hour a day with reduction in symptoms over time. Of course quiet time in a dark room might also be a factor. I can’t help but wonder if being in a room full of green plants would also help.  Here’s the article from the Good News Network

 

Nurses Turn Surgical Wrap into Sleeping Bags for the Homeless

2000 large sterile wraps were being thrown away every day. But nurses at Tampa General Hospital had a different idea.  Imagine if every hospital did this?

One Love

This is not new,  but it came across my bow wanting to be shared again. In 2018, a thousand strangers, Christians, Jews, and Muslims, got together and sang Bob Marley’s “One Love.” Here’s how it turned out.

 

Rain Dance

It’s been raining in Australia! Some fires might still be burning, but we celebrate the joy of rain where it falls.  This video shows a group of firefighters with one breaking out in dance. If you can’t see it, go to the YouTube link.  There’s one more below.

Got good news?

Please share in the comments!

Wishing you comfort, peace, and joy through the holidays.

Merry Christmas!


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Three French Hens, Two “ingle” words, and an Old Dog in the Stream of Consciousness

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Linda wrote above our prompt that she is needs inspiration and she’s not even close to being ready (fore Christmas.) Here’s our prompt for this week:

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “ingle.” Find a word that contains “ingle” and use it any way you’d like in your post. Have fun!

The first thing that popped into my head was “single.” The first Christmas after my 20 year marriage ended was hard.  I had a party to cheer myself up. I haven’t had a party in my little house in many years because of dog hair and dog smells, but my friends didn’t care back then, though I didn’t have a 17 year old dog that has accidents.

This is  Mary Moo. She’s 17 and a half and the last of the five pack. She gets lost in the back yard sometimes.

Mary Moo in the jungle

What a tangent. I didn’t want to go there. Except that I am going to have another party or drum circle or something like that again at my house one of these days.

At my long ago Christmas party we sang the “12 Days of Christmas” and broke into groups to sing our parts. I was part of the “three French hens,” with three other women. It was a lot of fun and we, Oui, French hens laughed about it for weeks.  A good memory. If and when I have another party there will be singing.

I went Christmas caroling with my church folks a little while ago which was Friday evening. It was fun but I’m tired. We went to barber shops and a wine place and other shops in the old downtownish area near my church. Some people were surprised and some clapped. We also went to houses in the neighborhood. One lady cried when we sang “Silent Night.”  I like caroling, but it can be exhausting. Maybe I’ll take it easy Saturday.

There was a another ingle word. Oh! Yes, we sang Jingle Bells. I wonder if Pentatonix sings Jingle Bells, cause I LOVE Pentatonix.  Okay, I checked and they do, but it’s REALLY fast, like chipmunks. We’re not doing that one.  I like slow Pentatonix.

I just caught myself pursuing  YouTube Christmas songs which is outside the Stream of Consciousness, but then, when I realized it, I went to the video on the top of my screen and picked it, bringing myself back to the stream.  Fortunately, I like it. Hope you do, too.

Linda, I hope you don’t stress to much about not being ready for Christmas. I hope none of us do. Because, as the Grinch learned, we can’t stop Christmas from coming, even if we’re not ready. Even if we don’t participate, it will come. I hope it’s a wonderful Christmas for all, what ever that means for each of us, whatever holy day or holiday you celebrate or hibernate, because sometime hibernating is celebrating.

For more streams and info on SoCS, visit Linda by clicking this link:

https://lindaghill.com/2019/12/20/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-dec-21-19/

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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Easy Listening

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Here’s the prompt:

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “loud.” Find any word that means “loud,” and use it any way you’d like in your post. Enjoy!

I usually don’t like loud. A word that means loud could be noisy. If I’m in a noisy room where a lot of people are talking, I have more and more trouble hearing the person right next to me. Sometimes we will walk into a restaurant, and if it’s too noisy or too bright, we walk right back out.

Thursday was my birthday and my birthday dinner at my favorite Thai restaurant where the lighting is soft and golden and perfect. They had Sinatra Christmas music playing, not too noisy, and people were not loud. And we got to sit close the angel!

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I think this not liking noisy is a physical thing. It feels physical. Like it gives me a mild cringe when the music is too loud or people are talking too loud. What is it with people who have loud conversations in restaurants? I don’t think they realize. But I don’t want to complain.  How about some Christmas music?

I like Sinatra, but I LOVE James Taylor. He changes the words a little, and that’s okay.

Ahhhh.  Now that was easy.

….

For more streams of consciousness, visit Linda G. Hill by clicking the link below:

https://lindaghill.com/2019/12/13/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-dec-14-19/

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: Green Progress, Help on the Run, and the Subway Soprano

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Seeking Balance One Tuesday at a Time

Carbon Emissions Dropping in 30 Major Cities

We have a long way to go, but this article from Good News Network shows what can happen when cities make a commitment.   The C40 analysisshows that these 30 cities have reduced greenhouse gas emissions by an average of 22%.”

Here are the cities: Athens, Austin, Barcelona, Berlin, Boston, Chicago, Copenhagen, Heidelberg, Lisbon, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Melbourne, Milan, Montréal, New Orleans, New York City, Oslo, Paris, Philadelphia, Portland, Rome, San Francisco, Stockholm, Sydney, Toronto, Vancouver, Venice, Warsaw, and Washington, D.C.

Plastic Bag Use Down 90% in England

“Sales of plastic bags in England’s largest supermarkets have fallen by 90% in the four years since the government introduced a 5p levy.”  Francis Ball/Economia

I don’t know if an added fee for using plastic would pass in the US, but I do like that some health food chains are giving a discount for bringing your own reusable bag. This article from Economia tells more about the UK’s progress in reducing plastic bags.

Runner Helps Exhausted “Rival.”

At the World Track and Field Championship last month in Qatar, Braima Suncar Dabo of Guinea-Bissau saw that Jonathan Busby of Aruba was near collapse. Dabo slowed down and helped Busby finish the race.

This brief story includes a moving video.

Homeless Opera Singer and Musician Gets Recording Offer

Emily Zamourka had been paying her bills by playing violin in the street. But after the violin was stolen, she became homeless. A California police officer shared a video of her singing opera which dubbed her the “Subway Soprano.” This recently led Grammy nominated record producer Joel Diamond to offer her a recording contract not to mention a successful Go Fund Me campaign.

Got good news? Please share in the comments!

It can be global, local, or personal.


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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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SoCS: Recovery Rap, Peace, and , and Pet Adoption

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Today’s prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “wrap/rap.” Linda says to “use one, use both (for bonus points), use ’em any way you’d like. Enjoy!”

I wish I could think of a clever way to write about wrap. And maybe I will before this is over. You never know. Rap is a genre of music I don’t much care for. But there are exceptions. Didn’t Eminem do something good a while back? Let me see…. Something about recovery and getting clean?

“I’m not afraid (I’m not afraid) to take a stand (to take a stand)

Everybody (Everybody) come take my hand (come take my hand)

We’ll walk this road together

Through the storm

Whatever weather

Cold or warm

Letting you know you’re not alone

Holler if you feel like you’ve been down the same road.”

                                                                                                              Eminem

I typed that listening to this YouTube video which seems to have a lot of F words in it, so I just shared the chorus which is less rappy. But it just goes to show you that there’s good stuff in any genre. Everything bad has something good in it, and everything good has some bad in it. Cept for Jesus. I don’t know, that’s just what my stream of consciousness says.

Back to rap. It’s kinda funny that my YouTube debut, and only performance on that venue so far, is where I’m doing rap.  It’s about adopting pets that are homeless instead of buying from a “puppy shop.”  We auditioned and everything, and I was chosen to be one of the rappers, but didn’t know I’d be in the role of Mom until the day I showed up and some other people didn’t show. So it’s about the family going to pick out a dog at the pound, aka, animal control, which is now part of our county sheriff’s department. Anyway, it was fun. I’ll find the video in a minute.

I’m signed up to volunteer at the Humane Society. I did that many years ago and since I only have one dog left who’s 17, I went to donate some dog food and ended up signing up to volunteer which I had been thinking about. While there, the staff person and I discussed the “no kill,” label. She said there really is no such thing since all shelters have to euthanize or transfer some animals who are very sick or not adoptable. To be “no kill” a shelter has to not euthanize more than a certain percentage of the animals they take in.

This is depressing, but sometimes we need to face reality and see how we can do something to make it a little better. Like the climate strike and not using plastic straws and writing to congress. Every little bit helps create ripples. Which reminds me that today is the International Day of Peace. I feel strongly, believe strongly, that we need to have a Department of Peace in the US. It should get just as much funding as the Department of War, or defense, or whatever it’s called.  I could look for a rap song about peace. But I don’t want to, because maybe we need some diversity in this post.

Where do we go from here? Maybe we can go on the Peace Train!

 

And if you want to see me as a rappin’ mom, it’s in this video which was made 8 years ago when I had a different last name. (My friend, Paul is wearing the goofy hat. He’s one of the nicest people I’ve ever met.)

Happy Peace Day!

Peace Day

To join in the Saturday Stream of Consciousness, or read more streams, visit:

https://lindaghill.com/2019/09/20/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-sept-21-19/

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!