Sunday Dinners

Sunday dinners can provide for lasting memories–especially when enjoyed with family. For tonight’s  dinner, we prepared an Italian style meal of braised beef short ribs, creamy polenta, and fresh crab salads. Each dish was a labor of love. As we chopped, cracked, poured, simmered, and braised the food, we shared fantastic tales of childhood drama and intrigue. I felt so blessed to enjoy such a special meal.

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This is the the last post for the challenge to post daily during National Blog Posting Month, otherwise known as NaBloPoMo.

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Look Up

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Look up. Breathe. Release.
Put down the device and go
Outside. Breathe. Simple.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014. Inspired by the long weekend, I created what the sky might look like with eyes strained from squinting for too long at a mobile device. I then wrote the haiku. It’s late, and I am really tired. Goodnight and peace be with you. (I doodled using Sketchbook Mobile on my Kindle Fire HD.)

Monday Moon

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She waxes crescent
To capture your gaze tonight
A silver sliver

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Monday, November 24, 2014. So exhausted after a busy start to the work week, let me wax poetic tonight. This is my nod to the end of Monday. I’m so glad to see it pass. I created this image using OmniSketch on my iPad. This moon pase will see a full moon some call a “Frosty Moon”. See Stardate

Engaging Stories and Authors to Binge On

If you have seen my work, then you know that I am easily entertained. I create doodles, write short stories, or share personal thoughts via haiku. I tend to indulge in popular literature and culture be it written, spoken, filmed, or painted.

When I read, I love the thrilling stories of political intrigue by Vince Flynn or dramas of crime and legal theory by John Lescroart. But I also love reading tragedies in verse by Euripides and Shakespeare.

Whoever the author, I prefer a good yarn that evokes my imagination. Sure it can be filled with eccentric characters and plot twists. But it also has to be passionate and thought provoking

If I find myself truly engaged, then I tend to binge. I might try to consume all of their works. (I can honestly recommend the curated tome, “The Complete Works of Oscar Wilde: Stories, Plays, Poems & Essays.”)

Typically, my binging does not start with their bestseller but with their first story. I like to travel with the author and his characters. And it may take me a while before I move on to another storyteller. (I felt that a season had passed while following Jack Reacher travel with a moral dignity on his shoulder.)

Whatever the story, and outside of the authors listed above, I prefer a story not to be too long with every bit elucidated. I do not want to hear the author justify his voice.  I prefer a storyteller to evoke imagery and engage the consumer as a participant.

One of my favorite storytellers is the poet Robert Frost. He did not write with any continuity of characters, nor did he seem to build or address a community. But I still love to jump into his well of work. Here are just a few of his stories to consider:

  • A popular piece about an alternative reality in “The a Road Not Taken
  • A nod at the end through “Fire and Ice
  • A story of an armchair traveler listening to “The Sound of Trees
  • A tale of the growth of communications via the telegraph in “The Line-Gang
  • Or (one of my favorites) the struggle with morality and reason in the “Quandary

Do you have a favorite storyteller? If so, then who is it?

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Sunday, November 23, 2014. My post today was inspired by the prompt “Spinning Yarns” from the folks at Daily Prompt.

 

Imagine Doodling

20141122-215843.jpgI love to doodle. Doodling provides me with an easy escape from a stressful daily routine. After a day filled with writing business communications, my mind relaxes to find creative ways to communicate visually. I am grateful for touch screens and graphic design and artistic software applications.

Today, I found inspiration from Daily Prompts http://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_prompt/grateful-and-guilty/

Duck Heart Day

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Fowl stilled from claws meow

Pond  made quackless

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Friday, November 21, 2014. Inspired by a prompt from Writing.com, “A gift is left on the back porch,” The haiku and the image commemorate the day when our cat presented us with a morsel from his prey. It was only the heart from a duck and a few feathers. Since we could find no carcass, we figured he must have devoured his meal elsewhere. Our cat was a good hunter, and he loved us. I created the image using ArtRage 3 and Photo Wizard on my iPad.

Gaze Into My Crystal Ball!

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Simple sphere reflected

Shadows cut around glass eye

Fooled gazes sold

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Thursday, November 20, 2014. Yes, that is my crystal ball pictured here. I do not practice divination. It is simply a prop I used years ago for a magazine cover image. I wrote the haiku “Gaze Into My Crystal Ball!” inspired by a prompt from Writing.com: “As they peered into the crystal ball, the foggy glass cleared and an image shimmered into view…” I created the image using Photo Wizard and ArtRage 3 on my iPad.