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SoCS: More of the Good Stuff

Today’s prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “more.” We are to start our post with the word “more.” (And) Enjoy!

More listening with an open mind will lead to more understanding.

More singing will lead to more music.

More gratitude will lead to more contentment.

More days will lead to more nights.

More nights will lead to more days.

More work will require more play.

More work will also require more rest.

More rest will lead to more rejuvenation.

More and more rest will lead to atrophy.

More exercise will lead to strength.

More moderation will lead to balance.

More balance will lead to peace.

More peace will lead to prosperity.

More prosperity and more love

with balance and peace…

What a wonderful world it would be.

Here’s a pretty song with pretty pictures: Enjoy!

I’m not in denial. I just need something nice. More good stuff.

Okay, maybe just a little denial. Episodic denial. It’s called taking a break.

What more do you need?

Stream of Consciousness Saturday is brought to us by Linda G. Hill.

For MORE streams, visit:

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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Mayors Call for “Peace, Not Patience” (2020.May.31)

One of my favorite Gandhi quotes from Doggedly Yours:

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A nation braces for another night of unrest.

Demonstrations Resume as Mayors Call for ‘Peace, Not Patience’ (New York Times 20/05/31)

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Some will draft letters to the government, others will create signs for protest demonstrations, I may do so tomorrow though today on this day of pain …

….I elect to write a post to this blog.

“When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it–always.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

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One-Liner Wednesday: Calling for Peace, Not Quiet

 

“There’s a difference between those calling for peace and those calling for quiet.”

___The Rev. Al Sharpton in a Eulogy for George Floyd

 

When brutal racism has taken black lives, we cannot be quiet, and peace may be hard to find. But we can be non-violent.

 

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One-Liner Wednesday is brought to us by Linda G. Hill. for more one liners, visit:

https://lindaghill.com/2020/06/10/one-liner-wednesday-june-10th-2020-moooommm/


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What Flames are You Fanning?

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Today’s SoCS prompt is: “fan.” Use it by itself or find a word that starts or ends with it. Use it any way you’d like. Enjoy!

 

Fan the flames of peace.

Sing out to bring the dove.

The road might not be straight.

Let me start with my own heart.

 

Fan the flames of justice.

Not with violence, but with strength.

Be persistent.

We can’t always wait for Karma.

 

Fan the flames of love.

Speak your heart’s desire.

Love your neighbor as yourself.

Remember we all belong.

 

What do we want to speak into existence? Our thoughts and our words are powerful! Focusing on what we want, not what we don’t want, brings our heart’s desire. Yet, there are times when we must vent to release and make room for something better. Just don’t linger in the darkness. Don’t let the negativity become toxic.

Imagine the best. 

That’s the fifth step in my new book, From Loneliness to Love, Five Steps for Finding a Healthy Relationship. The e-book will be available on Amazon tomorrow! (June 7) I’m still trying to get the cover right for the paperback. It looks good digitally, but the printed proofs….. Oh well.

I will imagine that this book will help people. The principles work not just for finding a healthy relationship, but for many other goals.  Here are the steps:

  1. Clarify Your Heart’s Desire
  2. Request Help from the Divine
  3. Love Yourself Well
  4. Focus on Friendship
  5. Imagine the Best

 

On another note:

Fan blades remind me of flower petals. So I’ve recycled ? upcycled a couple.

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Painted with alcohol ink and soon to be a sunflower

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This one spins in the wind.

 

For more Streams of Consciousness, visit our host, Linda G. Hill at

https://lindaghill.com/2020/06/05/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-june-6-2020/

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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Spay, Splay, or Spray Your Way to the Peace Train

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Today’s prompt for  Stream of Consciousness Saturday:

“…spay/splay/spray.” Use one, use two, use ’em all, it’s up to you. Have fun!

There’s so much I could write about, but I’ll start with the prompt.

Spay or neuter your pet. There are so many homeless dogs and cats, so many killed because they were abandoned….   I’m feeling tense right now and sad because of the news in the US, and now, thinking of abandoned pets being killed in shelters…. I don’t want this to be a downer post, but that’s where the stream of consciousness is going for me right now. Consciousness sometimes means being sad or angry or afraid because of what’s happening….

Going back to spaying and neutering, there aren’t enough homes for them all, so I don’t understand why people would find it acceptable to breed more dogs and cats when you can adopt from a shelter and save a life. If we get another dog, when we get another dog, I’ll be looking for a shepherd mix from a shelter. But who knows who will find me.

Doodle, our Treeing Walker Coonhound, may she rest in peace, was adopted from a shelter or rescue by my husband before we got married. Her big walker feet would splay out when she got excited. It was involuntary. I wish I had a picture of her feet splaying. Here she is sleeping on our bed with her big feet.

Doodle hiding on bed

 

Spray. The first thing I thought about with that was pepper spray. I’ve been watching news on the protests in Minneapolis over the murder of George Floyd. When I watched the video of the police officer kneeling on George’s neck for several minutes even after he became unresponsive, I was yelling, “get off him! Just put him in the car!” (He was already handcuffed!) But when I was watching the video George was already dead. Bystanders were yelling for the policeman to, “check his pulse!” and “He’s unresponsive!” Afterward, I cried. I don’t wish I hadn’t watched the video. It was important to see it. So many black men (and women) have been killed by police officers or “vigilantes.” This one was the worst I’ve seen. But they’re all horrible.

I’m usually optimistic, and I still have hope that we can do better. Sometimes things have a way of getting worse before they get better. I believe this is enough. My heart is heavy.

I know there are plenty of (?) some good cops in the world and in the US. I know at least one personally. There must be more. Police suicide in the US is very high. Some big changes need to happen. Police officers and cadets need a lot more training in de-escalation and community relations.  That’s an understatement. They need routine screening and supportive counseling.

Here’s my hope and vision for the future of my country where violence and injustice are concerned:

The US stays involved in the United Nations. We have a Department of Peace that gets just as much funding and status as the military. We have offices of peace and peace workers in every city and town that get just as much funding as law enforcement agencies. We organize for peace. We seek it diligently. We nurture peace and each other. It will not be easy. But it is possible.

I haven’t been smiling lately, but here’s some medicine:

Oh, yeah, my husband David just made a peace chair protoype. I’m going to paint some color on it. Painting is my medicine, too.

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Peace Chair from Reclaimed Wood

For more on SoCS visit Linda’s blog:

https://lindaghill.com/2020/05/29/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-may-30-2020/

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 for March 3, 2020: Peace Agreement, Blue Whales, Rescues in Delhi, and Inspirational Grace

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Seeking Balance One Tuesday at a Time

US Signs Peace Agreement with the Taliban

To say that this is complex is an understatement,  but a peace agreement after 19 years if war in Afghanistan is good news.

“U.S. officials insist the troop withdrawal timeline will depend primarily on one condition: the degree to which the Taliban fulfills its commitment in the peace deal not to allow Afghanistan to be used as a base of operations by insurgencies such as al-Qaida and the Islamic State.” NPR

The agreement also includes release of prisoners.

Here are some details from NPR.

Blue Whale Numbers Rising

The BBC reports an astonishing increase in blue whales, the largest animal on the planet. These intelligent being are still endangered however, and the 1986 IWC ban on commercial whaling needs to remain firmly in place.  Here’s more from BBC

Father and Son Sikhs Rescue Muslims in Delhi

Sikh Mohinder Singh and his son used a motorcycle and a “scooty” to rescue 60 to 80 Muslims from escalating riots in Delhi on February 24.

“I did not see Hindu or Muslim,” said Singh, who runs an electronics store and is a father to two children…. I just saw people. I saw little children. I felt like they were my children and that nothing should happen to them. We did this because we all should act humanely and help those in need….” Mohinder Singh (Tribune)

Read more of this story from the Tribune here. 

 

Ballerina Returns to Inspire Possibilities

While this story isn’t recent news, it is uplifting. Aesha Ash grew up in the inner city of Rochester, New York. Though she didn’t see any black ballerinas as a child, she loved ballet and worked to pursue her dream. She joined the New York City Ballet at age 18. Since her retirement, she has visited and inspired inner city children in Rochester and Oakland as part of her Swan Dreams project. Enjoy!

Got good news?

Please share in the comments!


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Dr. Martin Luther King on Peace & an Old Song

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On Monday in the US, we honor the life and teachings of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This quote about peace is one of many gems he gave us. You can find more MLK quotes here.

I strongly believe that we in the US need a well-funded Department of Peace to focus on building communication and understand and to seek compromise rather than violence.

Anybody here remember this song?


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The Only Real Coup d’état in US History

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The Prompt:

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “ght.” Find a word that contains the letters “ght” in that order, and use it any way you’d like. Bonus points if you use three or more different words containing those letters. Have fun!    (From Linda G. Hill)

The Stream:

Fight or flight. I’m Sooooooo glad I’m not in that mode much anymore. It can be addicting and distracting from what we really need to focus on. But sometimes, it is warranted, a matter of survival.

In 1898 in the city I live in, the only successful coup d’état in US history took place.  People had to run for their lives because of the color of their skin. Yesterday, I attended a ceremony to unveil a historical marker to to remember what took place.

1898 Memorial Marker

It was surprisingly cold yesterday at the ceremony. But there was a good crowd. Ten names were read of the people who were known to be murdered in the coup. But we will never know how many people were killed.

Why is it important that we remember this coup, sometimes called a massacre? We need to know it happened to understand the history of our city, to understand the pain passed on through generations, and work to not let it happen again.

In 1898, Wilmington was a model city of restoration. African American owned businesses flourished as did diversity in government and the press. I imagine a city, a country, a world, where we work together and cooperatively in diversity and peace.

I thought I was going to write about my own move toward peace. I guess that’s where it starts. At least we need to work toward inner peace as we work toward peace with others.  We can do both.  It’s not always smooth, in reality, it can be hard work, but peace is possible.

You can read more about yesterday’s ceremony and the history here.

There is also an excellent novel, Cape Fear Rising, including the history which I read a few years ago.

I just want to add, getting back to “fight or flight,” that the African Americans involved in the 1898 massacre did not fight, they did not riot, they mostly fled for their lives. Now, there are different ways of fighting racism and injustice so that we can move forward together in peace and diversity.

The Info:

For more on SoCS, visit our host, Linda Hill at:

https://lindaghill.com/2019/11/08/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-nov-9-19/

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: Video Games for Peace, Electricity from Sound, Homes for Canadian Veterans, and an Elephant Finds Sanctuary

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Seeking Balance One Tuesday at a Time

 

Former Refugee’s Video Game for Peace

“Peace is something that is built over time,” Mayen said. “It’s not about people coming together and signing cease-fires and so on. It’s a generation of change. It’s a change of mindset. It’s a change of attitude toward each other.”

Lual Mayen was born in war torn South Sudan. Shortly after his birth, his family treked 225 miles to a refugee camp in Northern Uganda. His two older sisters died on the journey.  While still a refugee, he developed the first version of his video game, Salaam, which means “peace” in Arabic. Mayen is now launching his company, Junub Games which includes newer versions of Salaam. The game involves surviving as a refugee in a war zone and buying food, water, and medical supplies with real money which is then donated to help real life refugees.

You can read more about Lual Mayen’s story in this article from The Washington Post

High School Students Generate Electricity from Sound

A group of 11th graders from the Philippines have invented a device that uses sound waves to generate electricity. The device would cost about $4 and currently can provide enough electricity for a small light. However, the potential exists to generate greater amounts of electricity from noisy places like airport runways.  Here’s more from the Good News Network.

Homes for Heroes

A complex of 15 tiny homes for Canadian veterans is now complete. The complex includes mental health support and family space. This news report from CTV News includes a video with perspectives from veterans.

Chile’s Last Performing Circus Elephant is at Her Sanctuary!

After 50 years in the circus and being isolated from her own kind, Ramba has been rescued and has been in a temporary space while waiting to go to the Global Sanctuary for Elephants.

These are the final steps of a journey that began over 7 years ago. In 2012, Ecopolis—a Chilean animal welfare group—contacted the Global Elephant Sanctuary (GSE) to help rescue Ramba from her abusive circus owners.  GoodNewsNetwork

 Tuesday morning update: The Global Elephant Sanctuary Facebook Page says,

“Ramba is Home!”

You can learn more about Ramba and her rescue on her GES Rescue Page. 

This video is from a couple of weeks ago when they were trying to get her used to the transport crate for the final part of her journey to sanctuary.

 

Many thanks to Ecopolis, Global Sanctuary for Elephants, and those who help rescue animals from abuse and exploitation.

Got good news?

Please share in the comments!


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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!

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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!