The Value Of Lions

Here is a poem about lions living out their lives in cages. I’ve often spent time thinking about the plight of elephants in captivity, but any animal spending its life in a cage is beyond sad. This poem reminded me of the Lion of Lucerne, though it was not exactly the same topic, it is about loss.  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~(Here are links to a couple of elephant sanctuaries I follow: https://www.elephants.com and https://www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org/.     ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Also, here is info on the Lion of Lucerne monument: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lion_Monument)

Questions Old & New

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The local library offers Ed2Go and Learn4Life classes free to its patrons. There are a wide range of courses to interest just about anyone, but I haven’t paid a lot of attention to them.  When I finished my masters at the end of 2006, I swore off anything formal-education-like.

Then in November I gave in to a long-time desire to return to writing and participated in NaNoWriMo. I’ve forgotten my final word count, but it was around 35,000. Printed out, it’s about 80 pages and is half a story. It needs a lot of work, but I love my characters, so I want to give them their HEA.

Enter:  free 6-week writing course. Day 1 was 2/19.  So far, it’s fairly general. The instructor had a couple of suggested text books and I have them ordered.  There is also a class discussion forum which I have’t tried, yet. It’s a nice low-pressure get-out-of-it-what-you-put-into-it kind of class. I’m hoping for motivation, direction and some specific instruction for proceeding with my work.

Interestingly enough, one of the texts is called “Goal, Motivation and Conflict.”

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Motivation is probably the most critical of the qualities I am hoping for – for me more than my characters. I have been struggling to stay present…to be a participant in life. Depression has been dogging me hard the past year. No idea why. I have literally been living in books.  And I’d love that to change.

But I ask myself, is writing books better than reading them?  Can changing role from receiver to creator change the fact of living in a fabricated world?  Will it open a door beyond angst? Will it provide a passage from anxiety to serenity?  Can constructing happy endings play a part in generating real life counterparts? Or will it be a mode of passing time until life or brain chemicals or circumstances bring about an easier state of being?

Perhaps I will emerge at the end of six weeks with some answers, lighter insides, or at the least a HEA ending for my characters.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Selfie | Family Tree

Weekly Photo Challenge: Selfie

My mother has this beautiful little Family Tree table and I wanted a picture of it. With surprise, I looked up to see myself reflected back in the mirror hanging above it. Whether intentional or just a bit of synchronicity in Mom’s decor, the effect was subtle, yet profound. It said, “Here you are, right where you belong.” It was a silent sentinel waiting with open arms to gather in any who passed before it. I shifted my focus so that I was included…a selfie, but surrounded by all my family.

How to Forget – The Irony!

I want to remember this and read it again and again, so I am adopting it.

I loved a poem about how to forget and linked to it and reblogged it, but then (I assume), the original blogger removed it.  So, it will, indeed be forgotten.

What I can remember about it (ha!) is that it takes a lot of remembering to know what to forget. I thought it was quite insightful. I’m sorry the words were removed, but I am glad to have read them.

How to Forget – The Irony – Part 2

How to Forget.

I want to remember this and read it again and again, so I am adopting it. You may click the link immediately above to view the poem at The Mirror Obscura.

I just learned how to reblog, so you will see the actual poem in a subsequent posting.  🙂

I loved a poem about how to forget and linked to it and reblogged it, but then (I assume), the original blogger removed it.  So, it will, indeed be forgotten.

What I can remember about it (ha!) is that it takes a lot of remembering to know what to forget. I thought it was quite insightful. I’m sorry the words were removed, but I am glad to have read them.