Why I stand for the National Anthem...
I stand because I am a proud American and would not want to live in any other country.
I stand because I am the daughter of a police officer who risked his life for 30 years to keep our community safe.
I stand because I am the wife of an active duty military member and respect his 22 years of service to our country.
I stand because I've watched two of my sons make the decision to also serve this country as active duty servicemen.
I stand because it was the symbol of why I spent months on end away from husband as he was keeping our country free from half a wold away.
I stand because I want my children to appreciate the country they live in and respect our freedom.
I stand because I get tears in my eyes every morning listening to my class say the pledge.
I stand because my students have the right to a free education in a world where that is not always a right.
I stand because I am a free woman living in a world where many women are still oppressed without those freedoms.
I stand because the sacrifices for our country do not fall within political lines.
I stand because this country we live in is far from perfect, but its citizens work to make it better every day.
I stand because I have the freedom to share how I feel even though others may not agree with me.
I stand because I want to set an example and show that this symbol of our country is greater than any one individual and represents the greatest country in the world.
I am proud to be an American! #proudamerican
THE UNIVERSE USES IRONY: At any some stages of a migraine I can close my eyes, turn down the volume and listen to books via Audible. Tonight I hit pause and back 30 seconds a few times. Why? BECAUSE OF THIS LINE: "And the tension leeches out of the air like static electricity discharging into the ground with a harmless crackle." from @ruthwarewriter The Lying Game ----------------UM, YEAH! I already high-fived her via Twitter. And yes, I do find it ironic that I am experiencing the beginnings of a migraine and listening to images of tension and electricity.
And I love writing that inspires me. But no matter how much I want to go crack open my laptop right now to write my own amazing lines...I have to respect the migraine and close my eyes, or it will get worse!
#YouKnowYouAreAWriterWhen in the middle of an axe in the brain, you still want to write.
You know you are a #booklover when your head hurts to the point of vomiting, you leave it to a story to soothe things over.
What do you all do for migraine pain?
Any go-to books to listen to that will help take thoughts off a migraine?
SEPTEMBER POETS CONTEST 2017
1)You must be following all the hosts.
2)Tag any 3 poetry accounts that might want to participate. Use #septemberpoets on the post.
There will be three winners, one from each prompt
Follow from all hosts, 24 hour shout from all hosts (story/feed,) and constructive feedback on three posts.
There will be special mentions (each picked by one host)
Make sure to follow all rules and good luck to everyone!
My nonfiction is something that might never be for anyone else's eyes, but it seems extra special today since it's inspired by the last ten years of my life.
I feel so blessed to have started my marriage earlier than many, but even more blessed that my husband and I continue to choose to commit to and support each other through thick and thin, dreams and nightmares.
Love can be fleeting, friends, and that's the truth. Thankfully, for me, that hasn't been the case. But I am always committed to my Superman, come what may.
Sappy post over.
Happy #WriterWednesday ! This is Molly Sanchez. She wants you to know what Rainbow Connection would sound like if Kermie were deeply concerned about chemtrails. See this unsettling song take the stage at Puppetry of the Lobster, next week! Tickets at link in bio.
Isn't it amazing how people come in and out of your life and then you never know why until years later if at alll? I think the playwright knew what he meant when he penned this quote. I think now in the 21st century we see the fair weather friends all too often.
I went camping this past weekend to celebrate my husband's birthday. He is 43 now and has been a blessing to my life. So thankful for God's goodness and His grace. His loving kindness is more than my eyes can see. When I think of this sketch I made earlier this year, I recall Psalm 19 verse 1: "The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork."
One of our favorite authors, @better.on.paper, holding her first published novel, Fair to Hope. The book is available on Amazon. The "Writer's Don't Make Mistakes Perspective" t-shirt is available at the link in bio. #WriterWednesday
Our eternal WCW, the iconic and acclaimed writer Lillian Ross has died. Her pieces for #TalkoftheTown and profiles of legends like Salinger, Chanel, Julie Andrews, Robin Williams, Hemingway, and more are not to be missed. Find them in REPORTING ALWAYS, a fantastic collection of her best work. (📸: @herpickings)
It is #writerwednesday once again! I am sharing another one of my poems. Written words have tremendous power to heal and uplift. For me, writing is how I release emotions. It fills me with immense purpose.
It took endless years to realize my worth, but without experiencing darkness, one cannot transmit light. I hope all my readers comprehend how worthy they are. We were all created with a grand purpose. Some never find it while others don't understand it. Please don't fall in either of those categories. Find the talent or gift within you that this world needs. ❤️ #linkinbio
New! “Rainy Day Lunch” on DearDean.com... "I was early. I was always early. I’m comfortable being alone and settling in before meeting or dining with friends, or anyone really. I need that time to set myself and my emotions at ease. And to prepare to be who I needed to be, depending on who I was to dine with..." More: https://deardean.com/2017/09/20/rainy-day-lunch/
Our mission is to strengthen literacy in students from low-income communities with programs that bring books to life. Here's a great quote from one of our students.⠀
It's Wednesday! And, while this is different from the card I would hand to you, it's the next best thing for social media. I've been publishing independently for 7 years, and Createspace has been my hub. Here are two of my better selling, and two of my personal favorite books.
"Heart of a Father" is the book I wanted to write more than anything other. I can honestly say without much self-pride that it is a good book, because all I did was transcribe 11 interviews with different dads and maintain each guy's unique voice. And they are some funny, introspective, moving stories about being and becoming fathers.
"Black Bubblegum" is my only spoken word collection, written mostly on the train between work and home, to the sounds of hip-hop and neo-soul.
"Love Letters to St. Louis" is poems and notes I wrote for my wife.
"Undividual Poet" is my longest, most diverse book of poems so far. Sort of a phoenix rising out of depression through writing. The first publication I cussed in 😅.
Find me on amazon!
BLOG WITH US!! @theodysseyonline is a social content platform that gives college students around the country a voice. Join our team of Content Creators, aka the best bloggers in the world, today! #writerwednesday
I take it as a compliment that people assume all of my characters are based on someone. But the opposite is true. And wait until you meet the characters in book 2. Bunch of nutsos! To imagination 🍸
Happy #WriterWednesday ! 🍸📝🍸
For #WriterWednesday this week it's @dianatocila! If you want to keep up with the latest trends in fashion and beauty or if you're looking for the next hot travel destination you should take a look at Diana's work! She's got her finger on the pulse of global trends and knows just how to rock any look. Click the link in our bio for more 👉✨
I've learned to be comfortable writing the things that I may even be afraid to say out loud. I've learned to confront my truths no matter how difficult. 1. Because to hold onto them is a recipe for sickness and lots more. 2. Because it's the moments when I'm most honest that my writing resonates the most. Dig deeper, open up, be vulnerable. What are you afraid of? It happened to you. You survived. Avoiding it on the page doesn't make it go away. But sharing it, sharing it can set you free. Shame cowers in the light. Even if it's not with an audience but within the confines of your personal pages, be honest.
Real. My biggest writing anxiety is worrying that no one will care about my story. But a writer's job is to *make* readers care. I'm uninterested in St. Bernards and rabies, but I love Cujo 'cause Stephen King *made* me. Anything is interesting if you're convincing enough! #mustremember#writerwednesday#amwriting 👩🏽💻
#ReadWritePlan Day 20: music to #write to. I create playlists for my books, but while I'm doing the actual drafting, I like white noise type 🎶- it helps me focus without a lot of internal editor disruptions. Then, when I'm in editing mode, the playlist comes on. #writetip#writerwednesday#authorlife
"You do not have to be a novel, you can be a book of stories."
Cheers to Wednesday. To embracing imperfection. To being a work of art in constant progress. To old haircuts and boudoir sessions. To vulnerability. To putting yourself out there even if you get nothing back. To speaking your truth in grace. To courage.
To writing whatever story you want with your life.
Old photograph of me thanks to the impeccable @minxmpls