POSITIVE PEBBLE CHALLENGE! ! !

In a world of negativity, let’s see if we can think of something positive to share. Please feel free to comment here and/or on Patty’s blog. Let’s stop thinking negative, even if only for a moment.

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POSITIVE PEBBLE CHALLENGE!
The world is filled with a lot of negativity.
A lot of people deal with depression, anger, and rejection.
I do too.
But.
I have decided that for the next 24 hours I am going to try to spread some positivity.
I challenge each one reading this to comment and share one positive thing no matter what it is if it makes you feel good share it.
I also challenge each one of you to share this and invite and encourage your friends to do the same.
Remember, one pebble tossed into a pond makes a ripple.
If enough people toss enough positive pebbles we can make a wave.
Social media spreads a lot of struggle and strife.
Help me stop the madness one positive pebble at a time.

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Saturday Song: Eifel 64–Blue


I ran across this video by accident, but it reminded me of a time when I was in high school and assigned to read Stephen Crane’s The Blue Hotel.” Blue is my favorite color, and before reading the story, I couldn’t think why Stephen Crane would give it this title. I imagined a hotel where everything was blue: blue carpeting, blue bedspreads, blue desks, blue nightstands, blue telephones, blue towels, blue bathtubs, etc. You get the picture. It was pretty odd, and so is this song. Enjoy, and have a great Saturday.

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What’s your favorite color? Do you have an object you cherish of that color, or did you have such an object as a child? I look forward to reading about it, either in the comments field or on your own blog with a link here.

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Abbie Johnson Taylor
We Shall Overcome
How to Build a Better Mousetrap: Recollections and Reflections of a Family Caregiver

That’s Life: New and Selected Poems
My Ideal Partner: How I Met, Married, and Cared for the Man I Loved Despite Debilitating Odds
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Friday Favorites #2

Today, it got up to 88 degrees, so snow is the farthest thing from my mind, but I thought you would like this post from fellow author Lynda Lambert. You may be interested in purchasing her latest chapbook. Enjoy!

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Friday Favorites Series, #2

 IS SNOW on your MIND today?

After a long winter  

I’d say, Probably not!   

HOWEVER…

My FRIDAY FAVORITE REFLECTION

for this week is

SNOW

SNOW is in my  personal weather forecast for

3 reasons:

#1   My new CHAPBOOK is now completed and I am sending it out to potential publishers & editors.  The title of my chapbook is “first snow,” a collection of wintry-themed poems.

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My new

Voice Recorder is a SNOWBALL, BLUE iCE.  Now I can record my own voice reading my poems and post those recordings on my Author’s blog.  What fun!   Visit Walking by Inner Vision Blog – click here!

#3      I am getting a new hand-held CCTV that is CALLED … the SNOW.  I visited the LOW VISION SPECIALIST yesterday. This piece of equipment will be coming to me  soon.    I have profound…

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Tradition and Nostalgia Also Take the Checkered Flag at the Indy 500

I’m doing something a little different today instead of a book feature. If you’re a fan of car racing, or if you’re from Indiana, I’m sure you’ll enjoy this post in which Alice discusses the Indianapolis 500 and provides links to several renditions of “Back Home Again in Indiana.” I’ll definitely be back next Thursday with a review of a collection of essays that provide audio insight, so stay tuned.

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Tradition and Nostalgia Also Take the Checkered Flag at the Indy 500

by Alice Jane-Marie Massa

NOTE:  At the end of this post, you will find a link for the song “Back Home Again in Indiana.”

Listening to the pre-race ceremonies of the Indianapolis 500 each May on the Indy Car Radio Network and on the television broadcast does bring forth a few nostalgic tears and does “make me long for my Indiana home,” as the lyrics of “Back Home Again in Indiana” conclude.  Over 101 years ago, James Frederick Hanley (born in Rensselaer, Indiana, in 1892)composed the music while Ballard MacDonald (born in Portland, Oregon, in 1882) wrote the lyrics for the 1918 hit song “Back Home Again in Indiana,” which was first published in January of 1917.

Although this 1918 hit was first performed at the Indianapolis 500 by a trackside brass band in 1919, the first time…

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Graduate and Climb Every Mountain


It’s that time again, and this year, I have two cousins in Colorado who are graduating from high school, so here’s a poem I wrote and a song I’ll sing for this occasion. You can click below for audio. Congratulations to Christina, Mitchell, and anyone else graduating this year.

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Graduate


Go out into the world–never look back.
Reach for the top–always look forward.
Aim as high as you can.
Dream as big as possible.
Use your mind, heart, hands,
and know you can do anything.
Trust your instincts.
Energize your life.

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Abbie Johnson Taylor
We Shall Overcome
How to Build a Better Mousetrap: Recollections and Reflections of a Family Caregiver

That’s Life: New and Selected Poems
My Ideal Partner: How I Met, Married, and Cared for the Man I Loved Despite Debilitating Odds
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Saturday Song: Take Me Out to the Ball Game

As mentioned in My Ideal Partner,before I met and married my late husband Bill, I worked as a registered music therapist in a nursing home. Nowadays, I play my guitar and sing at senior facilities strictly for entertainment. Recently, a friend suggested I share a recording of such a gig to show how I interact with my audience. So today, instead of a video, you get to hear me sing one song live in concert. Enjoy, and have a great Saturday.

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Abbie Johnson Taylor
We Shall Overcome
How to Build a Better Mousetrap: Recollections and Reflections of a Family Caregiver

That’s Life: New and Selected Poems
My Ideal Partner: How I Met, Married, and Cared for the Man I Loved Despite Debilitating Odds
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Memoir Offers Insights on Death

First of all, let me apologize for the premateur release of this week’s Saturday song feature. I’ve had a week of technological bloopers. Actually, I think this was my brain getting dates mixed up when scheduling that post. Oh well, onward and upward.

Since I haven’t had time to read any books lately, here’s a re-run of an oldie but a goody. Enjoy!

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Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: and Other Lessons from the Crematory

By Caitlin Doughty

Copyright 2014.

This author, with a degree in medieval history, a star of the online video series, Ask a Mortician, shares the first few years of her experiences working in the death industry. She starts with her first job as a crematory operator in San Francisco, explaining in detail the cremation process and how she was the one to do the actual cremating. She also describes going with another employee to collect bodies and observing the embalming process.

She then talks about how she eventually moved to Los Angeles where she attended a mortician school and became certified. After another job collecting bodies, she gained employment as a funeral director. She also shares her disillusionment with embalming and other techniques used to make a corpse look natural before a viewing. She suggests taking responsibility for…

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