Ride The Wild Horse

Passionately Writing

Month: September, 2014

Built To Last

0000000.The Himalayan Mountains

Once upon a time there was a young woman; fragile and delicately manufactured by a sheltered life. Unfortunately an unexpected blast broke through and got to her.  The exposure was surreal and daunting.

Of course there were sitcoms, movies and cartoons – her favorite channel- for escape and exposure to life.  She was in a real bad way; withdrawn, cautious and a recluse until the storm came. Her environment had completely changed.

She gave up on her dreams, goals and did almost nothing to celebrate her life. She believed that the weather would always remain dreary and unpleasant. Fortunately the weather never stays the same.  She eventually became accustomed to its fickleness; no longer afraid.

Lulls came and left; awareness restored and complacency departing.  Her purpose began to form as time passed.  She surveys her environment now; disturbance has been her greatest teacher.

Today she is braver; a warrior.  Of course the elements granted her grit, persistence, resilience and a robust heart.  Filled with insight, confidence and optimism; grateful appreciation; faith in God and mankind isn’t extinguished.

“He has a right to criticize, who has a heart to help.”
Abraham Lincoln

Children’s book author Mac Barnett

A good book is a secret door; we all need to walk through these secret doors 52 times a year or much more.  I’ve probably  done so already because of my daughter.  Whether it’s homework assignments or just reading for pleasure these doors are magical and fun. Thank you Mac Barnett for your insight and wonderful books.

Take What You Need

“Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense.”

— Gertrude Stein

 

Sometimes I feel that this is true, but honestly no two people respond in exactly the same way.  Therefore this statement is false.

Imagine a day at the library.  We go to the library for information that we need.  If we focus we will eventually find it within a required time. How can you lose?

The internet makes information much easier to find at any time.  Therefore a whole day is not required to find it.  How can you lose?

Social networking on the other hand might just take all day. We follow people allowing their influence.  What happens? We react to whatever is said and done.  It takes restraint and discipline to not succumb to any one thing. However, most people don’t practice common sense.  What do they have to lose?

Did I give you too much information?  Let’s just use whatever common sense we possess.

“Don’t leave hold of your common sense. Think about what you’re doing and how the technology can enhance it. Don’t think about technology first. “


– Esther Dyson

 

 

 

Marcia Loves Writing

Photo by: O.L.M

Night Swimming

 There I am. My name is Marcia and I’ve just recently discovered that blogging is a way to keep writing.  I have attempted to blog without training.  In the end, I’ve gone for days, weeks and months without writing anything.  Don’t get me wrong, I still have billions of thoughts and ideas.  If only I can just communicate them to anyone willing to read them.

I am ambitious: opening three blogs, but then my reservoir is running on empty.  I’ve lost my confidence.  If only I can remember and remain focused on why I got started in the first place.  This course might just be what I need to enhance all of my blogs:

  • Chasing A Dream (Public)
  • Extraordinary Living (now private)
  • Make Your Own Path (now private)

I love my photography and others work of art.  I share many of them on my Facebook page: Extraordinary Living but I would also like to produce more blogs.  Blogging 101 would certainly inspire me as it includes photography.

I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve swerved off course.  My new goal is to find the right tracks with some help from WordPress.  Blogging benefits my daily life and my critical thinking has improved tremendously.  It’s been a long time since I’ve been organized.  Disciple will lead me to productivity and greater success.  Word Press has convinced me that blogging isn’t ranting nor a waste of precious time.  I hope that you benefit from whatever my labors produce as well as achieve your dreams as I seek to fulfill mine.

 

 

Twenty Minutes

 

Day 1 of 20. Writing 101: Building a Blogging Habit

 

Free Writing

Free Writing

 

 

And off I go.   The second hand is ticking on the wall clock as my timer begins.  I am free writing for my assignment.  It would be horrible if I can think of nothing, but all morning my mind has rested on something.  I need to write down my goals for today.  I’ve already highlighted the most important ones.  I hate getting to the end of each day with the feeling that I haven’t done my best.  I love the rewards too much.

This morning I couldn’t make myself get out of bed.  I just wanted to stay there and meditate just a bit more.  It’s good to have an internal alarm, then I can’t press snooze.  I sometimes press snooze for one hour a total of 6 times and lose a whole hour of preparation for the day.  To add, my cat “Duchess” has also walked up and down the bed stepping on my chest to get me up.  She is quite heavy.

Briefly my mind went over what happened yesterday. Don’t hold it against me but I am holding a grudge.  Why do we expect so much from another person, then give so little back to them in return?  This is my problem with the other person.  I don’t like to fight so I am now in my passive mode.  Stepping back allows me the opportunity to calm down and let go of the problem for as long as I most possibly can.  If this doesn’t work then I will still have to face the problem.  When I do, I am usually ready and in a much better frame of mind.

It is so wonderful to have no thoughts in my head.  I can actually understand the statement “Just be”.  This allows me to feel the energy that others bring.  Oh how clearly we can see what they think or how they deal with us.  It is sometimes a rude awakening.  What power it presents.  I can get use to this quite quickly.  If only I will practice this all of the time.

The minute hand hasn’t reached twenty minutes yet.  I am sorry but I’ve got to make sense.  I will not hit publish until I’ve corrected my sentences.  Of course I must do so within this twenty minutes.  This was not as hard as I thought.  If only I had written 500 words or more, oh well.

World Pictures of the Week: Sept. 5 – Sept. 12

Time Magazine’s “Pictures of the Week: Sept. 5 – Sept. 12” are astonishing to me.  I seldom make time to view them.  When I was younger I would grab as many of my father’s Time Magazines to savor every image.  I hardly make time now, but I find that it’s still good for my heart and mind to see them.  It astonishes me how small my world has been without them.  It’s good to pay attention to world events for we all benefit from an astute awareness to everything that’s happening.

DANIEL BEREHULAK—The New York Times Sept. 8, 2014. Medical staff carry James Dorbor, 8, suspected of having Ebola, into a treatment facility in Monrovia, Liberia. The reality and hysteria over Ebola is having a serious economic impact on Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, three nations already at the bottom of global economic and social indicators.

DANIEL BEREHULAK—The New York Times
Sept. 8, 2014. “Medical staff carry James Dorbor, 8, suspected of having Ebola, into a treatment facility in Monrovia, Liberia. The reality and hysteria over Ebola is having a serious economic impact on Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, three nations already at the bottom of global economic and social indicators.”

 

 

 

ULADZ HRYDZIN—AFP/Getty Images Sept. 6, 2014. People dance and throw straw during a traditional festival in village Ozerco, some 10 km from Minsk.

ULADZ HRYDZIN—AFP/Getty Images
Sept. 6, 2014. “People dance and throw straw during a traditional festival in village Ozerco, some 10 km from Minsk.”

 

 

Kevin Frayer—Getty Images Sept. 10, 2014. A Chinese man holds himself upside down as he exercises on bars at a park in Beijing, China.

Kevin Frayer—Getty Images
Sept. 10, 2014. “A Chinese man holds himself upside down as he exercises on bars at a park in Beijing, China.”

 

 

 

TODD KOROL—REUTERS Sept. 8, 2014. A jogger runs through the snow at Nose Hill Park during an early year snow fall in Calgary, Alberta. The snow and unseasonably cold weather are supposed to last for two days, according to local media reports.

TODD KOROL—REUTERS
Sept. 8, 2014. “A jogger runs through the snow at Nose Hill Park during an early year snow fall in Calgary, Alberta. The snow and unseasonably cold weather are supposed to last for two days, according to local media reports.”

 

 

SANJAY KANOJIA—AFP/Getty Images Sept. 5, 2014. Indian schoolchildren crowd around a radio as they listen to a broadcast by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivering his Teachers' Day speech at a primary municipal school at Bakshi Kala Daraganj in Allahabad.

SANJAY KANOJIA—AFP/Getty Images
Sept. 5, 2014. “Indian schoolchildren crowd around a radio as they listen to a broadcast by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivering his Teachers’ Day speech at a primary municipal school at Bakshi Kala Daraganj in Allahabad.”

 

STRINGER/MEXICO—REUTERS Sept. 9, 2014. A supermoon rises over Ciudad Juarez. The September full moon, also known as the Harvest Moon, is the last of this summer's three supermoons, and the final one of the year.

STRINGER/MEXICO—REUTERS
Sept. 9, 2014.” A supermoon rises over Ciudad Juarez. The September full moon, also known as the Harvest Moon, is the last of this summer’s three supermoons, and the final one of the year.”

 

 

 

Rahmat Gul—AP Sept. 8, 2014. An Afghan internally displaced 5-month old girl rests in a makeshift cradle inside a tent on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan. The war-torn country faces the challenges of poverty, unemployment, and a lack of infrastructure.

Rahmat Gul—AP
Sept. 8, 2014. “An Afghan internally displaced 5-month old girl rests in a makeshift cradle inside a tent on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan. The war-torn country faces the challenges of poverty, unemployment, and a lack of infrastructure.”

 

 

A twelve-year-old boy sits outside a window of his eleventh-floor apartment as his relatives try to ask him to come back back inside, in Yibin

REUTERS Sept. 8, 2014. “A twelve-year-old boy sits outside a window of his eleventh-floor apartment as his relatives try to ask him to come back back inside, in Yibin, Sichuan province. The boy was afraid of being punished by his mother for not finishing his homework on time. After two hours’ standoff, he was persuaded by police and family members to come inside.”

 

 

PUNIT PARANJPE—AFP/Getty Images Sept. 9, 2014. An Indian Kashmiri man crosses over flood waters with the use of a rope in Srinagar. Bewildered families, nursing children and clutching meagre belongings, packed into makeshift relief centres after fleeing floods in India and Pakistan that have now claimed more than 400 lives.

PUNIT PARANJPE—AFP/Getty Images
Sept. 9, 2014. “An Indian Kashmiri man crosses over flood waters with the use of a rope in Srinagar. Bewildered families, nursing children and clutching meagre belongings, packed into makeshift relief centres after fleeing floods in India and Pakistan that have now claimed more than 400 lives.”

 

NARENDRA SHRESTHA—EPA Sept. 7, 2014. "Nepalese children fly a kite from a hill in the fields surrounding the Khokana village near Kathmandu, Nepal. According to Hindu mythology, Nepalese start flying kites after rains have stopped and finishing the summer season with the message to spread that 'monsoon is over'."

NARENDRA SHRESTHA—EPA
Sept. 7, 2014. “Nepalese children fly a kite from a hill in the fields surrounding the Khokana village near Kathmandu, Nepal. According to Hindu mythology, Nepalese start flying kites after rains have stopped and finishing the summer season with the message to spread that ‘monsoon is over’.”

 

 

 

BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI—AFP/Getty Images Sept. 11, 2014. A general view taken from an airplane on shows cultured farms in northern Saudi Arabia."

BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI—AFP/Getty Images
Sept. 11, 2014. “A general view taken from an airplane on shows cultured farms in northern Saudi Arabia.”

 

 

PHILL MAGAKOE—AFP/Getty Images Sept. 11, 2014. An emotional Oscar Pistorius is seen in the dock as judgment is handed down in his murder trial at the High Court in Pretoria. Pistorius has been acquitted of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

PHILL MAGAKOE—AFP/Getty Images
Sept. 11, 2014. “An emotional Oscar Pistorius is seen in the dock as judgment is handed down in his murder trial at the High Court in Pretoria. Pistorius has been acquitted of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.”

 

 

ABD DOUAMANY—AFP/Getty Images Sept. 11, 2014. A wounded Syrian child cries looking on at another wounded girl, as they wait for treatment, at a makeshift hospital in the rebel-held town of Douma near Damascus after reported airstrikes by Syrian government forces."

ABD DOUAMANY—AFP/Getty Images
Sept. 11, 2014. “A wounded Syrian child cries looking on at another wounded girl, as they wait for treatment, at a makeshift hospital in the rebel-held town of Douma near Damascus after reported airstrikes by Syrian government forces.”

 

 

 

Conversational Exchange to Audio Book

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On the Rocks

Left in the Lurch

Left in the Lurch

Photos of the same subject from different perspectives.

If my blog is ever recorded in an audio book I would be surprised and appreciative all at once.  My daughter Olivia is who I’d chose as the narrator (if Robert Downey Jr. is not available).  I consider my daughter to be exceptionally gifted (as I do Robert Downey Jr.).

I ask a great deal from my Daughter as I give her my very best.  I just know that she would give me the same. (Even Robert Downey Jr. warms me with his choice of words and his ability to enjoy his work.)

Maybe I should tell you that my daughter is present while I type tonight. (She said, “Hi”.)

Summer Breeze

 

 

Summer 2014

 

The usual grind fades quickly.  My mind forgot the previous path.  Of course the sunny days, warm sea, light commutes and extra hour of sleep remind me of how happier I’ve become.  Yippee, something good is happening to me.

Everyone is moving at a reasonable pace.  I barely know what to do with my time.  It is all mine.  Fate is kinder to me because I now have much more peace than I ever did in the summers before this one.  I must have done something good.  It is quality time.

As a kid this very long span of time changed everything.  Traveling to my grandparents meant that I could get away with almost anything.  Casualness: bare feet, yard clothing for climbing and romping around in mischief replaced school shoes and uniforms.  I hated when summer ended for it meant responsibility and facing my insecurities.

Much older now, summer is a short and sweet blink.  My daughter’s joy is propelling me.  She is the kid now.  She is barefoot and romping around. This reward was hard earned.

Summer is ending magnificently, we welcome school and work.  It’s not as bad as it once seemed.  Everything is more appealing.    Rejuvenated, contentment , confidence and delight now replace my once catatonic state of mind.

“Make Good Art”

“Make glorious, amazing mistakes.”

Neil Gaiman’s 2012 speech inspires me. It is wonderful to know that he exists. Of course no one is perfect, but most times we must prove that we have something great. His speech gives me encouragement and I will continue to revisit it from time to time. Thank you Word Press and Krista!

The Daily Post

In Neil Gaiman’s now famous 2012 commencement speech at the University of the Arts, he offers some excellent advice to free us from perfectionism, imploring us to simply create — to make art — no matter what. What’s wonderful about this advice is that it applies to any creative endeavour, regardless of whether your art form is writing, drawing, painting, sculpting, or découpage:

I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.

Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.

So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good…

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