Got Me A New Blog

I am doing it again. I have a blog here for quotes and journaling prompts. I have one on Blogger for Scrapbooking Freebies. And another one on Blogger for digital scrapbooking.  Now I’ve got a new one here at WordPress for an actual Diary and Writers Journal.

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Dream Journals

I believe dream journals would be pretty therapeutic for most people. Whether you believe your subconscious mind is sending you messages or it is more divine than that, try writing them down. Stephen King credits some of his story ideas to nightmares.

I never dream. I suffer from insomnia and I don’t believe I hit REM sleep long enough to dream. When I do dream, it is to have psychic visions. Sometimes it is something stupid like seeing my husband putting stuff on the conveyor at the grocery store in a particular order. Sometimes, most times actually I have foresight of something bad.

I don’t know about you, but I’m not writing that stuff down!

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When I read this quote, it so very beutifully echoed what my intent as a parent has always been. Ask them, and they will tell you different. But I know in my heart what I wanted for them.

To believe in a child is to believe in the future. Through their
aspirations they will save the world. With their combined knowledge
the turbulent seas of hate and injustice will be calmed. They will
champion the causes of life’s underdogs, forging a society without
class discrimination. They will supply humanity with music and beauty
as it has never known. They will endure. Towards these ends I pledge
my life’s work. I will supply the children with tools and knowledge
to overcome the obstacles. I will pass on the wisdom of my years
and temper it with patience. I shall impact in each child the desire
to fulfill his or her dream. I shall teach.
– – – Henry James

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Son of man, keep not silent, forget not deeds of tyranny. Cry out
at the disaster of a people, recount it unto your children and they
unto theirs. From generation to generation the hordes swept in,
ran wild and savage and there was no deliverance, valiance, and
revolt. How the mighty are fallen, the great in spirit and stout
of heart, walking to their death with a halo of eternity.
– – – Yehuda L. Bialer (reference to the Holocaust)

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The Proper Word When You Need It

If you are serious about any type of writing, you will come upon a time where a cli’che is just right for what you need. Or you may need the proper grammar, or punctuation.  I found a page with almost every conceivable reference you can think of. Go take a look.

I have to admit, that most of my writing has glaring improprieties in it. I had to learn to speak Hill Billy, when I got married. I actually had very good Englsh grades. People around here kept asking what I just said, so I had to learn to think one thing(the proper thing to say) and then mentally dumb it down before I said it out loud. The schools here literally don’t have dictionaries.
I had to buy one for my kids and teach them how to use it.

I digress. If you know proper English or not, these references are a good way to correct your writing.

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Mark Twain and Testicles

Mark Twain once said, “Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been.” 

In general, this is true. But, what if you are like me and were born with a natural frown? In case you don’t know what that is: I have a frown between my eyes almost 24-7. I was born that way. I inherited it from my Father, who inherited it from his Mother.  I passed it on to my son.

It is a real handicap.  People think you are mad, when you are just staring off into space.  I can literally smile and frown at the same time.  Then people aren’t sure which one is the one to go with.  They figure that you could either be smiling to try and hide your anger or that you are just confused yourself.

My advice is to take a second look at how you respond to other peoples facial expressions.  I also have a personality quirk, probably passed down from my Native American ancestors.  The key to being an effective warrior is not letting the other guy know what you are thinking.  In my case this translates into the ability to smile at you very nicely and then knock your head off.  I’ve done it before and my adversaries did not know what just happened.  I once walked up to a man and grabbed him by the testicles before he realized I was mad.  That’s a handy trick to be able to do. A smile can be good camouflage.

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