Smiling at Death

Jennifer's Journal:

I’m too tired from novel writing to come up with anything of my own this week, so I’m sharing a post from Journey Into Poetry. Christine is one of my favorite bloggers for the poems she writes.
Here is one I found especially moving. Love and miss you, Dad. x

Originally posted on journeyintopoetry:

Your whole life was wrapped around you
on that day,
propped up on a pillowy white cloud,
a few extra ones, cool, crisp
arranged in a special way,
a privilege for the dying.

How could your tiny fragile frame
have carried so much,
braved storms at sea,
ministered prayers from pulpit.
The swimming lessons you gave me;
you had the patience of Job.
And the turnip faces you carved
for Halloween, they were perfect;
(you would have cringed at pumpkins.)
But then you could do everything in my eyes;
you knew everything too.
I remember you trying to
show me how to use a slide rule;
I still haven’t a clue.

And there,
on a warm day, early May
in a special bed for the dying,
lay all of that,
your whole life in a cradle of time,
and it weighed next to nothing –

except for your smile.
Your…

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Imagine (and a Birthday)

This is the last in the series of my best loved Peace Songs.

It’s also my beautiful sister’s birthday. Happy Birthday, Lynn. Love you lots! <3

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Imagine there’s no heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky

Imagine all the people
Living for today

Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion, too

Imagine all the people
Living life in peace

You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you will join us
And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man

Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world

You, you may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you will join us
And the world will live as one

written by John Lennon

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(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love & Understanding

Carry Me

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Mmm-mmm Mmm-mmm

Carry me
Home to Birmingham
To my Sarah-Ann
To where I grew a man

Mmm-mmm carry me

Away from this old war
I don’t wanna fight no more
I just wish it would end
Mmm-mmm

[Chorus:]
Here I’m tied down and homesick
And that old wind just blows so freely
Why can’t it take me along

Mmm-mmm carry me
With you ramblin’ wind
It’s the place you’ve been
I wish I was home again

Mmm-mmm Mmm-mmm

[Break:] (humming on top)

[Chorus:]
Here I’m tied down and homesick
And that old wind just blows so freely
Why can’t it take me along

Mmm-mmm carry me
Home to Alabam
To Sarah’s homemade jam
To old red mountain land

Mmm-mmm carry me
With you ramblin’ wind
It’s the place you’ve been
I wish I was home again

Mmm-mmm Mmm-mmm

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written by Rich Dodson of the Stampeders

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If There’s A God In Heaven (What’s He Waiting For?)

Torn from their families
Mothers go hungry
To feed their children
But children go hungry

There’s so many big men
They’re out making millions
When poverty’s profits
Just blame the children

If there’s a God in heaven
What’s he waiting for?
If he can’t hear the children
Then he must see the war

But it seems to me
That he leads his lambs
To the slaughter house
And not the promised land

Dying for causes
They don’t understand
We’ve been taking their futures
Right out of their hands

They need the handouts
To hold back the tears
There’s so many crying
But so few that hear

If there’s a God in heaven
What’s he waiting for?
If he can’t hear the children
Then he must see the war

But it seems to me
That he leads his lambs
To the slaughter house
And not the promised land

If there’s a God in heaven
What’s he waiting for?
If he can’t hear the children
Then he must see the war

But it seems to me
That he leads his lambs
To the slaughter house
And not the promised land

If there’s a God in heaven
Well, what’s he waiting for?
If there’s a God in heaven
What’s he waiting for?

Repeat

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Written by Elton John, Bernie Taupin, and Davey Johnstone

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Peace, Love & Understanding

Jennifer's Journal:

Reblogging due to some visibility issues – my apologies :)

Originally posted on Jennifer's Journal:

Before I got busy with NaNoWriMo, I took a departure from my usual blogging to compile a small selection of music videos. They will be used to cover posts for part of the month, and to give another side to Remembrance Day, which is observed in Canada on November 11th.

I mean no disrespect to the memories of all the brave soldiers who fought, stood on guard, and died for us. I honour them just as you do. My only intention here is to highlight several songs that mean something to me and convey my abiding wish for peaceful, nonviolent alternatives to the costs and devastation of war and strife worldwide.

The words of a dreamer? Perhaps.

I hope you enjoy this post and the next four, and have a listen. :)

As I walk through
This wicked world
Searchin’ for light in the darkness of insanity.

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Peace, Love & Understanding

Before I got busy with NaNoWriMo, I took a departure from my usual blogging to compile a small selection of music videos. They will be used to cover posts for part of the month, and to give another side to Remembrance Day, which is observed in Canada on November 11th.

I mean no disrespect to the memories of all the brave soldiers who fought, stood on guard, and died for us. I honour them just as you do. My only intention here is to highlight several songs that mean something to me and convey my abiding wish for peaceful, nonviolent alternatives to the costs and devastation of war and strife worldwide.

The words of a dreamer? Perhaps.

I hope you enjoy this post and the next four, and have a listen. :)

As I walk through
This wicked world
Searchin’ for light in the darkness of insanity.
I ask myself
Is all hope lost?
Is there only pain and hatred, and misery?

And each time I feel like this inside,
There’s one thing I wanna know:
What’s so funny ’bout peace love and understanding? Ohhhh
What’s so funny ’bout peace love and understanding?

And as I walked on
Through troubled times
My spirit gets so downhearted sometimes
So where are the strong
And who are the trusted?
And where is the harmony?
Sweet harmony.

Cause each time I feel it slippin’ away, just makes me wanna cry.
What’s so funny ’bout peace love and understanding? Ohhhh
What’s so funny ’bout peace love and understanding?

So where are the strong?
And who are the trusted?
And where is the harmony?
Sweet harmony.

Cause each time I feel it slippin’ away, just makes me wanna cry.
What’s so funny ’bout peace love and understanding? Ohhhh
What’s so funny ’bout peace love and understanding? Ohhhh
What’s so funny ’bout peace love and understanding?

~ Nick Lowe

I love the Nick Lowe version for its slower tempo, and for the fact he is the song’s writer. If you prefer an upbeat, more popular rendition by Elvis Costello, I am sharing that too (cute beginning ;) ).

Which version do you like?

Song Facts : (What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace Love & Understanding

Historic Grand Bank

It seems the older I get, the more I treasure the chance to travel around this province. Even when I visit a Newfoundland community I’ve been in before, it’s as if I see it with new and more appreciative eyes.

Earlier this week, I accompanied Paul on one of his little road trips for work, this time on the Burin Peninsula Heritage Run. Our destination was the vibrant town of Grand Bank. I hadn’t been there in over a decade.

It was a rainy trip. But Good Fortune smiled down, the sun came out as soon as we got there, and so did my trusty camera.

The authentic old buildings and heritage architecture I found especially charming. I’ll let the pictures tell the story of what I loved about historic Grand Bank.

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The Inn by the Sea Bed and Breakfast

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The Thorndyke – Registered Heritage B & B

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Harris House

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…and another Widow’s Walk, a popular feature of long ago fishing communities.

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And Old meets New:

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The Provincial Seamen’s Museum

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Thank you for the lovely visit, Grand Bank.

 

 Where do you like to go for a road trip?

 

 

Writing, writing, and more writing? Write on!

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Hi, everyone. I thought I’d pass along a quick update today about my novel and what has happened lately in my life as an author.

I am encouraged by the reception Calmer Girls has gotten in the publishing world. In particular, I am now patiently waiting on those who have expressed interest in my query, synopsis and sample chapters, and who subsequently requested the full manuscript for review. (Yay!)

Of course, my optimism is tempered with caution and awareness of the reality that these are only first steps. The road to getting traditionally published is a long, slow and arduous one for many new authors, and I am no exception. I read yesterday of a successful novelist who endured TWENTY-NINE rejections before his first book was picked up. And it ultimately made it to the New York Times best-seller list!

So now while my manuscript is out of my hands, I continue on with the sequel. In that area I have made progress, but not as much as I would like due to life getting in the way (Funny how that always seems to happen!).

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For this reason, I am considering taking part in National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo as it is called. This is a yearly internet event that takes place in November, not only nationally but all over the world. The object is to write 50,000 words of a first draft in 30 days, which means participants write an average of 1667 words a day.

Awesome? Terrifying? Doable? Impossible? You tell me.

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Will this be you?

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…or this?

If I do indeed sign up, some of my activities will no doubt have to be curtailed or relegated to the back burner. My Friday Bouquet will be suspended for the time being, and my other blog posts will be brief. I won’t be able to read others’ blogs as much as I am used to. But I shall return, my lovelies!

What do you think of such a project? Are you taking part in NaNoWriMo this year? If you are, tell me all about it below. We can give each other moral support. :)

Explore Further:
One Wild Word: Get ready for NaNoWriMo by choosing your novel’s story question

Kristen Lamb’s Blog: 8 Elements to NAILING Your Plot and Owning NaNo

 

Cat Dreams

Good day, my friends and fellow felines. Vivian K. Perry here, returning as guest host on Jennifer’s Journal.

Jennifer caught me unawares one morning last week, indulging in a wonderfully delicious cat nap. These pics she took make me wonder: do humans dream the same as I do?

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Jennifer says I get twitchy at times when I sleep, where my paws seem to act out the dream-movie playing in my head. In the dream-movie, I might be chasing a shrew or a mouse, or I could be trying to catch up to Paul on a walk.

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I wonder, is it the cat version of REM sleep? Except it’s RPM sleep – short for “Rapid Paw Movement”?

 I think the camera captured me here resting up for another night of fun and frolic. While the weather is still mild, Maisie and I enjoy napping for most of the day, so we can return to our wild, nocturnal adventures as the moon rises and darkness descends…

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 …then we pad back home at the break of dawn to stir the house with urgent meows and vibrating purrs.
Time to get up and fill our bowls, humans!

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“How nice it is to think that feline dreams, like our own, are painted with creative brush strokes from time to time. Perhaps my cats and I even share the same dream…where every cat has a safe, warm place to sleep.” ~ Barbara L. Diamond

“I think we dream so we don’t have to be apart so long. If we’re in each other’s dreams, we can play together all night.” ~ Bill Watterson (Calvin & Hobbes)

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Before I sign off of course, Jennifer insists I include a sleeping Maisie in my post:

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Baby Maisie

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Grown-up Maisie

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Wishing you all – and my dear sister – the sweetest of dreams! ♥

 

Further Reading:

Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: Dreamy

I Dream - a poem by Jennifer 

Do Cats Dream When They Sleep?