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A Life of Ruts, Poetry, and Music to Soothe the Soul

Sometimes I feel like my mind is gone.
I do a task; it helps a bit.
Then, I realize there’s more to do.
Oh, geez…overwhelming thoughts.
Games amuse me, if only slightly.
Reading comforts, for it’s another good escape.
But, can’t escape forever, tasks beckon again.
How can I get it all done? Sighs deeply.
Yet, I hope:
…for improvement
…for wealth
…for something
…for whatever need of the moment.
Is it silly? Perhaps. Selfish? Probably.
There’s an old religious saying: God only gives us as much as we can handle.
But, sometimes I wonder why the burden has to be so great.
Here my pensive thoughts lead to sadness again… we can’t have that for long.

[flips record]

A quote I from a book I recently read revolves in my head:
Maybe life is nothing but ruts. Comfortable ruts–when things are going well. Jarring ruts–when things go wrong. I don’t know. We sort of settle in and feel content with the familiar–even when the familiar is not what we want in life. Are we really fearful of change?” ~The Matchmakers by Janette Oke

Time to shake things up…I’m going to shake it out.

What rut are you in at the moment? And, how can we use it for something good?

what–more books?!?!

Once again, it’s the subject of books that brings me back to my blog. I’d declare this blog a book zone, but no…it’s too much like Seinfeld and I like it that way. He-he Anyway, there are major book events happening at the moment that have called to me.

First, April 8-12 is National Library Week. Anyone reading my Read list can see I’m a fan of the library, and a regular patron to my own local library. I’ve even worked in one and dreamed of doing so again one day. Thus, I’ve to give a shout out or three to the library: Woohoo! Yippee! Rah-Rah-Rah!!  To add to the excitement, The American Library Association (ALA) has just released the state of the libraries report, including the new list of banned books (boo, hiss to the banning – hooray for the notice of the books!).

OIF‘s Top Ten List of Frequently Challenged Books in 2011:
ttyl; ttfn; l8r, g8r (series), by Lauren Myracle
*The Color of Earth (series), by Kim Dong Hwa
The Hunger Games trilogy, by Suzanne Collins
*My Mom’s Having A Baby! A Kid’s Month-by-Month Guide to Pregnancy, by Dori
Hillestad Butler
*The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
*Alice (series), by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
*What My Mother Doesn’t Know, by Sonya Sones
*Gossip Girl (series), by Cecily Von Ziegesar
To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee

and the Texas Challenged books

So, my TBR is going a bit higher this week to accommodate the new additions [starred] and inside the .pdf file. I’ve read four on the list to date and enjoyed all but one (ttyl series…I understand it, but been there, done that.)

Another happening is at GoodReads: the Indie Blogger Awards!
At the time of writing this entry, the list is over 800 entrants and counting. It’s a daunting task to go through the list, but some blogs have caught my eye enough to click through, scan and sometimes bookmark for more reading later. But, will they get my vote? Hmm, let’s discuss a few and see, shall we….

Filed Under “That’s Cute”
–what a neat title…cute background on title though title font distracts me; missing a link-back button (I’d love to get their business to make one)

The Midnight Bookworm
Cute layout…would be cuter if the title had the same style as the buttons, she still needs to work a bit on the font colors on the sides, too; She has a cute writing style

One Good Book Deserves Another
Oh, this blog looks nice and professional; not too busy with links, etc. to detract from the reviews; enjoyable and worth a bookmark

So Much To Read
This blog is pretty ordinary, but I like the title and the books banner and felt compelled to show that part *g*

Bookworm meets bookworm
I’m not crazy about the layout (sort of meh), but the review posts are interesting

Bookish Habits
It has a cute little layout and style….leaves me saying, oh that’s nice

Filed Under “Showing Love to the Locals”
Read it in Houston
Cute and simple; I like the title byline and some of the content; a bit boring – perhaps distracted by white space? where the heck is that link-back button? Thank goodness I know how to text link. He-he

What’s Kester Reading?
A guy in Austin blogging; I like his style of writing; simple and to-the-point; no button but worth a bookmark for later reading

Indie Reader Houston
Whoa, this one looks totally professional; also looks like THE place to be for reading in my area so bookmarking for further perusal (they’ve links to area bookstores, etc.); Fairy impressive for a new blog

Filed Under “A Nod to Nostalgic Things”
Addicted to Harlequin Romance
Harlequin has been around for ages as the go-to romance stop for books; Sometimes, it’s like soft-core porn that makes one’s mouth agape; The more I look this site,  the more I like for it’s nostalgic sweetness (although, half annoyed at that purple background – reminds me of My Little Pony or something. He-he)

Filed Under “Got Snark?”
Kiss My Lit
The name alone is worth a grin and a look; slightly irritated at the password-protected entries; the rest are at usually worth a grin; As Arnold would say: “I’ll be back”.

Filed Under “"That’s Strange but Kind of Cool”
Dr. Herumu – Health Information based loosely on true stories (…from an African Emergency Room)
Strange yet imaginative poetry and short stories; I’m not sure what to think of it all, but I think the health care side of me likes it and wants me to bookmark for later

The Canary Review
From the twist on the name (ike John Steinbeck’s novel Cannery Row), to the reviews, to the cute little birdie ratings, this one just puts a smile on my face – has a high smartness factor that makes for an enjoyable read

That’s just a handful of good fun that I’ve seen tonight. Hope you’ve seen something equally enjoyable. I’m not sure if this post has set my votes straight or confused me more. LOL If you’ve seen something else, do tell me all about it in the comments. We can always use another thrill, eh. Ta-ta for now. Open-mouthed smile

A birthday on the world wide web

My blogging friend Jenny has a birthday today
She’s hocking silly stuff in her shop, hooray
She cusses on her blog and people comment back with praise
What in Heaven is this world coming to these days?!
I’m not really upset at the sentence above,
I tease and I write purely with sisterly love. 🙂

I wake up this morning, and what do I see on my Facebook? A friend is having a birthday. For some reason I do not know, my creativity switch turned on, and this poem is the result. (Actually, I knew before fb told me, but then, along with the masses, read her blog. I’m not sure why it almost took a mean turn, just looking for words to rhyme on the fly. She’s a dear and fun woman, especially in person. Hehe I can be so silly sometimes. Gotta love me (or not..whatever). 😀

Suessified I Am

I’ve seen it all on Mulberry street
eating my green eggs and ham
counting one fish, two fish,
red fish, and blue fish
learning Mr. Brown can moo,
can you see the Cat and the Hat
going there and coming back
trying on the 500 hats of Bartholomew Cubbins
watching Horton hatch an egg
getting into a butter battle
for there’s a wocket in my pocket;
then Horton hears a Who and will
Hop on Pop with Mr. Lorax, the Sneetches,
and Yertle the Turtle, too;
If I ran the Zoo
on a Wacky Wednesday
in McElligot’s Pool I’d say
Happy Birthday to You!
If I ran the circus,
Daisy-head Maizie would shout
Hooray for Diffendoofer Day!
It’s the secret art of Dr. Seuss.
Oh say can you say?
You’re only old once,
so have some Scrambled Eggs Super
and see Gerald McBoingboing;
then seuss-isms will you say, too.
Oh the places you’ll go!
when you read a book by Dr. Seuss.

Hope you’ve enjoyed my poem tribute with Dr. Seuss titles. If not, I challenge you to do better and show me the truly seussified. 😉

If you’d like even better writing, The Minister of Silliness invites you to visit this site of poetic justic: McSweeney’s Internet Tendency
Sliced by The Pear Lady

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Taking the vow

This blog entry is dedicated to one thing: vowing for peace in this violent world of which we live (assuming you’re not a visiting alien from another planet – to those people I say, Welcome, and if you want to blow something up, go next door, thanks! *grin*). To continue, I am taking my own vow through poetry. Why? Because that’s how my brain’s thinking at the moment–like it or lump it.

I Vow…
It seems so simple
yet hard to do
a vow to be peaceful
non-violent, too
Love your neighbor
as only you can
Treat others with
kindness throughout the land
If someone should get
in your space
Think of reason instead
of a smack in the face
A much better person
you may then be
Perhaps the smile shared
could even cause glee
So, I vow to help
this cause so dear
Though human I am
I will try not to fear
Should I slip up some
time on my vow
With reason, I’ll make it
through some way, some how.
Take The Vow of NonViolence at

Okay, so that last part is a bit cheesy, I think that silly movie The Flintstones interfered with my thought processes a bit. Oh well. Click the take the vow link if you agree, or want to offer your support, too. (I’m not receiving compensation for posting that, just spreading good vibes).

Peace to y’all.
Sliced by The Pear Lady

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