Friday, December 30, 2016

Writing Our Lives

THE KNOWING BOOK is a wonderful story about life and living. This book lends comfort to the usual, the constant. The sky has always been above you, is above you now, and will always be above you. And then it encourages opening your door, stepping outside and experiencing the world. Don’t be too busy to slosh in a puddle, or fly a kite, or too important to pick up a lost coin or the common shell. The end of the story wraps you in the warmth of looking up at the stars which have always been above you, and always will be. 
With the new year approaching, I wanted to share this book to remind us all that each day can be a new adventure, one step at a time.

Perhaps your adventures will include the library where books, movies, music, and events are all just waiting to transport and transform. Or wandering around a park or neighborhood, making new discoveries around each bend. Possibly parachuting out of a plane, zip-lining, white water rafting, or traveling to other countries. Maybe making new friendships which start with a simple hello, and take us on a journey filled with shared laughter, tears, and memories.

Every day, every choice, we write our own lives.

For 2017, I’ll be writing in more friendships, love, stories, adventures, and continued health. What will you write for your life?

Cheers to exploring our worlds, and discovering more about ourselves.

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Thursday, December 8, 2016

The Twelve Daves of December

Susanna Leonard Hill’s The Twelve Days of Christmas! Contest lured me in. How hard could it be? The challenge turned out to be a laborious climb up a steep and snowy mountain. But I managed to ponder, push forward, and play my way through, and came up with The Twelve Daves of December. I hope you enjoy my story, and long to be a Dave . . . having fun with friends, truly living life. 

Live life. Be a Dave.

The Contest:  Write a children’s holiday story using the basic format/concept of The Twelve Days Of Christmas!  Your story may be poetry or prose, silly or serious or sweet, religious or not, based on Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or whatever you celebrate, but is not to exceed 300 words. 

191 Words

Twelve little Daves gather for fun on the twelfth day of the twelfth month.
12 little Daves clip clop about, catching snowflakes on the end of their snouts.
11 little Daves squeal peal downhill, sledding hog wild for a wintry thrill.
10 little Daves swish sway a slope, skiing over bumps like antelope.
9 little Daves pack stack the snow, forming mighty forts, tough as buffalo.
8 little Daves duck chuck snowballs, whizzing frozen spheres up and over fort walls.
7 little Daves knick knock on doors, singing off key about snowflakes galore.
6 little Daves pit pat snowpigs, adding coal eyes and multi-colored wigs.  
5 little Daves hip hop along, hoofing nature’s trail full of beauty and song.
4 little Daves sip slurp cocoa, warming up from inside out, and head to toe.
3 little Daves splish splash the scene, scooping up, and munching on snow cone cuisine.
2 little Daves stride glide a pond, skating and falling right into a yawn.
1 little Dave chill frills alone, strutting back home with a secret all his own.
I enjoy being a Dave . . .
but I’m really a Jerome!