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Higher Road

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Quote of the Day:

“It isn’t a question of doing more work. It’s more of your own internal critic that goes, “You could do better than that. Take the higher road, not the easy route.”

— Robin Williams

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Two things before I write about the topic up for tonight.

  1. Today is my baby sister’s birthday. I did call and spent quality time on the phone with her since she lives in Lawrence, Kansas. So, everyone think good thoughts and happy birthdays for my sister. She is very special to me.
  2. I did not mention anything of the last two days about the death of Senator Ted Kennedy. I am greatly moved because this is the end of an era. I can remember the election of John F. Kennedy as president and the day he died. I was living in Florida and going to school. The teachers and students were weeping. The TVs in the classrooms were turned on to watch the events. Then there was Bobby. Another tragedy in our lives and to his family. When John Jr. died with his wife and sister-in-law. How much more could the Kennedy family take? Now the Senator has lived a good long life. He has lived with the tragedies that have occurred in his life. In watching life play out on the television, in the papers and on the Internet, I am very close to tears. A very important person to our lives has passed on to a better place and I send my condolences to his family and friends.

Now, is it better to take the easy way out or take the higher road?

I’ve gone both routes and both have worked.

However, I found I needed to look at every angle and the end results.

Would anyone, including me, be adversely affected by my actions?

Would the end results benefit me in the way I foresee them?

Have I looked at my situation from different perspectives which would change my actions?

I feel when I have answered these questions to the best of my ability and I’ve made my choice; I can rest easy in the actions I take to reach the end of my journey.

The one thing to remember in all of this is the journey. Have I enjoyed my journey whether easy or hard?

I have found in life experiences, the journey was always the best and made the destination more enjoyable.

mz. em

P.S. I am going to take Saturday and Sunday off from writing so that I may catch up on e-mail. I do wish everyone to have a wonderful weekend.

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Currently Reading:

“The NEW diary” by Tristine Rainer

Walking on Alligators” by Susan Shaughnessy

New American Standard Bible” – The Book of Psalms

Hope for Today” by Al-Anon

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Quote of the Day:

“I have at last come to a momentous decision. I am going to give up my press-clipping agency. I find that even a favorable notice makes me feel sick nowadays, while an unfavorable one, even from a small provincial paper, puts me off my work for days.”

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Good afternoon. I thought I would have been writing before now but I overslept.

I have not made a momentous decision other than to attempt to write at least five days during the week. I did pretty well.

I don’t have a press-clipping agency but I do have the comments my readers leave when an entry resonates with them. I suppose I could stop reading the comments. Only it is fun to check in with my friends, to know how they and their families are doing. So far I’ve not had a nasty comment. I believe I had one once over on D-land and I left it. I felt everyone is entitled to their opinion and who am I to deny that?

Okay, I’m back now. I needed to take out our trash since tomorrow is trash day. The cats came next: clean litter boxes, area around the boxes, food and water bowls cleaned and added to, brush the kitties, Bailey has his medication and Max has his chin washed. I’m not sure what I washing off but I have a feeling it was ice cream with his licking out the remnants from our bowl.

My other aha with the kitties was the hairball treatment in a tube. Bailey liked it immediately but Max put up a fight. This week I put a dab in the palm of my hand and Bailey licked away. The surprise was Max, normally I would have to chase him through the house and when caught, rub the remedy onto his paw. He would have to lick it off and he ran around the house. Well, I put another dollop in my palm and he began licking it just like he takes his treats. I hope it is always this easy.

Okay, back to what keeps me from writing:

  1. I don’t have a topic
  2. I don’t feel I have anything interesting to write about
  3. My inner critic telling me I have nothing to give my readers
  4. I wait too late in the day and then I’m tired with no energy
  5. Not making time to write; this includes my hard cover journal too

I fine what brings me back to writing is when I read other’s blogs and I’m inspired to jot down a few words and then the rest of the words seem to fall in line.

So to you who have kept up with me through thick and thin of words. I thank you for keeping in touch with me.

mz. em

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Currently Reading:

“The NEW diary” by Tristine Rainer

Walking on Alligators” by Susan Shaughnessy

New American Standard Bible” – The Book of Psalms

Hope for Today” by A-Anon

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Quote of the Day:

“I’m looking for something to write about, waiting for something to happen. I’m waiting patiently like a hunter in a duck blind, waiting for the ducks to fly over.”

— Joseph Wambaugh

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I like this quote because I am waiting for something to come to me to write about.

I know that my Dad and uncles went ducking hunting. I wasn’t much for getting up early or sitting out in the cold. Sometimes they would come back with ducks and sometimes not.

Now fishing I know. I loved going out with my Dad and uncles to fish along the edge of river, end of a pier or from a boat. I was happy to catch fish but one of the guys had to put a worm on my hook and then take my fish off the hook. Reeling in the fish, now that was pure pleasure. However, I learned from the guys it was okay to sit and be at one with the surroundings. It was one of those moments to enjoy the journey as well as the end results whatever they may be.

When I was in the third and fourth grade we lived in Florida. We lived on the river about a mile from the ocean and our landlady had a pier. Every afternoon after school or anytime during the summer, you would find me out on the pier catching what I could. Being much older, I was able to bait my hook and remove my fish as well. It was fun to harass the crabs with my bait and have them chase my bait around the river bed.

When I did catch fish, the first one was always for the landlady’s cat and the rest were for me. I would slice and dice my fish and freeze what I had just in case I didn’t have any bait. Fish were not finicky about what they would bite on.

Yes, there were days the fish didn’t bite. I was happy to be sitting on the pier and watch the water, the boats going up and down the river and occasionally a shark making its way up river. I found a lot of peace on that pier.

Today has been an easy day. I got some laundry done, turned on the dishwasher so the dishes would be clean when our friend arrives home. I spoke with my Aunt Dorothy, 90 years old. She was home taking it easy as it was 90 degrees outside. She said for June and July it rained most every day.

Michael talked to our friends in Colorado to update them on our status. Michael’s back is doing much better and he organized his side of the room. It looks very nice and roomier now I just need to do my side of the headboard.

I can’t think of much else to say other than to have a good Sunday night.

mz. em

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Currently Reading:

“The NEW diary” by Tristine Rainer

Loving an Alcoholic” by Jack Mumey

Walking on Alligators” by Susan Shaughnessy

New American Standard Bible” – The Book of Psalms

Hope for Today” by Al-Anon

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Write Right

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Quote of the Day:

“When I’m not writing, I can’t make sense out of anything. I feel the need to make some sense and find some order, and writing fiction is the only way I’ve found that seems to begin to do that. Even if the story or the novel ends up saying there is no sense and there is no order, at least I’ve made that much of an attempt.”

— Alice McDermott

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One thing I’ve noticed about being a writer, it spoils reading for me. As I read, I’m critiquing the author’s style of writing. I believe this slows down my reading. However my reading makes me notice the turn of the phrase. The style the author uses.

I know when I began journaling on-line, I would write and when done, I would instantly upload to my site. Now, I do a spell check, then I read what I’ve written, check the spelling (even I know you can’t trust the spell check) and I get a second rewrite in before I upload. That is an improvement from the beginning of writing.

As I’ve written here it does make it hard to read because I am checking out style, words used and the tenses between sentences remain the same. That said I still like to read because I feel it improves my writing. But, you see, this is where Miss Perfection jumps in here! 😎

In the last two weeks I’ve done two watercolor paintings and I don’t like either one. I think this Sunday I shall find a painting to use as a guide. The Divine Ms. M has suggested it helps to copy others to learn technique. So, I may give that a try or I’ll get out my crayons and work with them. I like the fact I am being creative on Sundays and it carries through the week without pressure.

mz. em

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Currently Reading:

Loving an Alcoholic” by Jack Mumey

Desperation” by Stephen King

Walking on Alligators” by Susan Shaughnessy

New American Standard Bible” – The Book of Job

Hope for Today” by Al-Anon

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