RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #219 CHARGE&Reason

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Haiku Poetry Prompt Writing Challenge Useful Links.
Thesaurus: Charge, Reason.
HowManySyllables.com
Thesaurus.com

 

Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge Image 2016

The Guidelines are simple.

  1. Take the two words and write a Haiku. I use Haiku in English as my style, which is 5 syllables for the first line, 7 for the second, and 5 for the third, but you can use what you like. The link above has links within it to articles about how to write Haibun, Tanka, and even a new form I created called Freku. You can also do the 3/5/3 form if you likeinstead of the 5/7/5 that I usually use. Write, share, and have fun. For syllable help visit HowManySyllables.com. (You would be surprised at how many syllables some words actually have.)
  2. The two words can be used as you like. Words have different definitions and you can use the definitions you like. You can even use a synonym word as long as it does not change the meaning. Go to Thesaurus.com for Synonym help.
  3. Use the Tag of Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge. This will help me find you in case you forget to ping back or leave your URL in the comments.
  4. Copy the link of your finished haiku URL  in a comment so we can all go and visit your site to see what you have done. You can do a ping back. What’s a ping back? Put the URL link in the address bar of this post, if you like, within your post. Your inclusion of the link encourages others to try the challenges out, be creative, and join a community to find friends and more followers (hopefully). I honestly gain nothing by more people visiting the post. I don’t have ads running I get paid for by your visit. Click HERE for a detailed article on Ping Backs.
  5. You may copy one of the badges/images appearing in this post below or above and place it on your site if you wish, most normally use it within their post. I am not saying you need to, but if you would like to do so then go ahead. It is simply my way of saying thank you for participating. I sometimes make custom images for the week, if time and health permits.
  6. The Challenge currently BEGINS at 8 AM EST (New York City time) on Mondays. And a DEADLINE is Noon EST (New York City time) on the Sunday following the Challenge Post release.


The Challenge Words!

Charge&Reason

Not sure how to write a Haiku? Click HERE for a quick How to write Haiku Poem in English Form with links to articles for other forms of Haiku.

Much Respect-Much Love

Ronovan


 


 

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7 Positive News Websites.

With the end of the world being predicted almost daily, it’s important we recognize there are good things happening in spit of it all. I truly can’t stand how the media thrives on negativity, and not just in regards to politics. Therefore, what I’ve done is searched out sites that share positive news. You might think all you would have to do is google for these sites, but you would be surprised at how many sites either no longer exist or or basically abandoned for years. I even clicked on an article dated this year for a list of sites and some of those listed were inactive.

What better site to begin our journey to good news than with;

https://www.GoodNewsNetwork.org/  From the USA.

What is it?

Although based in the USA, the Good News Network brings us stories from around the world ranging in topics from energy solutions to environmental issues, and from mental health recommendations to just plain feel good news, because sometimes all you need is a smile. It appears to be updated on a daily basis.

https://www.Positive.News/  From the UK.

What is it?

A UK based site that pulls news from around the globe, Positive.News lists as their categories; Society, Economics, Science, Environment, Lifestyle, and Perspective. As you can see, you have plenty to choose from. There are definitely some inspirational articles on this site and it’s updated daily.

https://www.SunnySkyz.com/

What is it?

I’m not certain where this site is based out of, but it brings news from around the world. The site is updated daily and has much of what you would expect but also has Funny Clean Jokes, Videos, and Pictures. A great visit.

http://www.YesMagazine.org/  From the USA.

What is it?

Updated every day, Yes! Magazine has articles with a bit of depth to them that will make you want to do something about the world. I’m looking forward to getting in to this one myself.

https://www.Goodnet.org/  From the USA.

What is it?

Not really updated every day but what it does give are good articles, depending on what you are looking for. It has everything from the planet to individual good work and inspiration. I found it interesting that it was founded by the daughter of the American-Israeli businessman and founder of Carnival Cruise Line, Ted Arison, Shari Arison, who heads the family’s philanthropic organization.

https://GoodBlackNews.org/  From the USA.

What is it?

Good Black News was founded by Harvard Graduate Lori Lakin Hutcherson who is not only the Editor-in-Chief of GBN but also a TV writer and producer along with other writing ventures around the world of print. There are 19 categories along with subsections for ease of navigation, with recent articles being on the landing page. The site is updated daily and it really looks like a professional site. I already subscribed to receive updates in my email.

https://www.OurBetterWorld.org/en  From Singapore.

What is it?

Our Better World is a site dedicated to the Asian community and is well represented by people from various backgrounds. You really need to check the site out for the categories they have, ranging from Diversity & Inclusion to Friendship & Family, and from Migrants & Refugees to Wonder Women. The site seems to be updated frequently, if not daily. There definitely appears to be great content.

If your cultural group isn’t represented like a the Black and Asian communities, it wasn’t for the lack of trying. Of course going through all theses sites it’s a good chance I missed a lot. If you know of good ones, and I mean POSITIVE news, leave a link in the comments and I can add it to the list here for all to see.

Catch y’all later.

 

@janineshepherd – Build A Better You.

A great inspirational story.

 

My Space Got Hijacked.

When I decided to take a little break that turned into an over one-year break from active blogging, I intended to reenergize mentally and emotionally. I’m a blogger that started this adventure without boundaries in place. What that means is I was open to everyone who seemed to need help. And I got plenty of people showing up.

Of course, I kind of asked for it because I seriously put myself out there with my personal struggles. I shared history and current factors that led me to where I am now, or rather where I was then. But I made a mistake by shutting down entirely during my break and distanced myself from my blogging friends.

Amazingly I don’t think that I forever pushed some very important people away. Since my post last week, I’ve received comments and messages welcoming me back and some ‘you were missed’ sentiments. That was a big relief. Now I just need to become active visiting around the neighborhood without becoming addicted again.

One of the things that made this blog be anything that it might be is poetry. I never wrote poetry with maybe the exception of a handful years ago and then I started a blog. As I roamed around followers’ blogs I found poetry. It was then I decide I would give it a try and it became the biggest outlet for a lot of things going on inside of me. Shortly after learning what a haiku was I started a monthly haiku challenge. It’s been going ever week without fail since with week 200 coming up shortly. I even kept it going through a hospital stay and a tornado where I ended up evacuating my home to travel to a hotel for safety. That last one happened twice.

I’m an amateur at best when it comes to the rhymes and all of that, but I do think I ended up a nice level before I stopped cold turkey. Why do I bring this up?

Now I am finding it a struggle to do what was once my favorite thing to do on my blog. It’s as great lesson in even if you have a talent for something that if you don’t keep practicing you can lose it. I also stopped writing fiction and for an author with a book available on Amazon that hurts so deep I can’t even describe it.

I get an idea to write a piece of poetry or a story and before I can even pick up a pen or get my laptop going something clicks inside of me and the engine shuts down. Now as I attempt to get back into those good habits I once have I’m going to need to break with the old ones I’ve developed and that is the biggest piece of advice I can give anyone that is a creative.

You need to pick a creative space that is dedicated to your art, no matter what that art may be. Don’t allow any sedentary activity into that space. Why? You get an idea and then you go to that spot or you head to hop on your bed with your laptop and what happens? What happens is your body and mind slip into the habit that takes place most often in that space. You won’t even realize that is what’s happening.

For the longest time my bed was my writing space because it was the only place in the house that I could use, but I did an excellent job of writing and filling my days and evenings with creativity. Then during the break my little space in the house, I called my own, became a place for watching movies, reading books, taking naps, and simply resting while Fibro Flares did their thing.

Now I am rewiring my mind and body to be back to the olden days of blogging and writing books. Writing these posts each week are what you might call baby steps. I don’t advise forcing yourself into a creative space all at once. If you do you will end up so frustrated, you might just give up entirely.

So, if you are suffering from a decrease in blog output or other creative endeavors, see if you’ve hijacked your creative space for other things … then hijack it back, but in a nice and easy way.

See y’all next week.

The Power of Positivity.

The power of positivity. In order for it to change your life you have to understand a few things and apply it across the board.

Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters. That was the verse I was given to study upon. Not a lot to go on there and of course I did as I always do and went to the book itself and read the verses leading up to and following it.

“12 Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.

13 When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; 14 but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. 15 Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.

16 Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters. 17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. 18 He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created.” James 1:12-18

That’s a lot to throw at you but I liked it. It’s something I’ve reminded people from time to time when things have looked bad and they’ve looked weary at church. This always leads into questioning about what good is happening in life. The bad things can be powerful because they can loom large. One reason problems can be large is because we give so much power to things. It’s like when you have that one favorite TV show and you MUST see it every week. Then it gets cancelled. You feel it’s the end of the world. But then what happens? You find a new favorite.

But sometimes big things are big things. You still can’t let them control your entire life. The worry about them affects the other areas. Eventually that one thing ends up destroying everything else.

You know, some people like to use that old idea of a grain of sand turning into a pearl when they talk about how an irritant can bring about something wonderful. Well, that irritant is in one spot, it doesn’t move around to all areas of the oyster. The oyster lives a fine and happy life with a pearl.

It’s a struggle to work against the negative. Or it can be. Put with practice, focusing on the positive, you end up having the positive weed its way into the negative areas. It’s always better to go into a job interview with a good and positive attitude than a negative one.

Ronovan

Romans 1:16

Change your mind…change your life.

With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. 10 Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. (James 3:9-10)

One way to change your life is to change your mind. One sign of a changing mind is a changing tongue. Years ago I was a swearer. I wasn’t a major profanity person but I used some language. And yes, I was a Christian then too. Then I found out I was going to be a father so I made the decision to change. If I was going to tell my child to be a certain way, shouldn’t I be the living example of that way?

To do this I made certain to not fill my life with things that were filled with what I didn’t want. I changed my music listening, reading, TV viewing. No, I didn’t become a fanatic about it, but I did make deliberate decisions. An example would be TV. If a show happened to have a bad word in it as part of a scene because the scene was emotional or something, okay, I got it. If the whole show was laced with it, and had scenes that sensationalized things it shouldn’t, I stayed away.

The same thing went for music. Although for that I mostly went to Contemporary Christian music. I like it. I still listen to my old 80s music for fun. And there are some music acts I like even now. But I still heed my initial parameters. And let me tell you, it is sad when you hear a song with a good beat and then they start in with the language or sexist or derogatory content.

You can’t be two minds on a matter or it comes out in your language. If you give lip service to a subject you will get found out. People like to think you are what you are. No, you are what you turn yourself into. It’s been over a decade since I made myself a promise to watch my language. I continue to fulfill that promise. I’m still cautious of my viewing and listening indulgences. I figure if I’m not participating, that’s one less vote, so to speak, for that type of content.

Do you think you can change your life by changing your mind? Can you change your views of the world by changing your mind? Pick something this week that you know you shouldn’t be doing or saying and work at altering your life by finding out why you say that and then stop. For me, I found that by not having all those music and TV influences I was able to easily stop using language, even when people around me at work were using it. See what you can do this week.

Much Respect

Ronovan

Boast in your weaknesses.

That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Corinthians 12:10)

Sometimes you need to go to the book itself when you’re given a verse to read for the day. So I did, and read what led up to this statement by Paul to the Corinthians.

I like Paul because he’s not afraid to talk about his own failings, although he keeps his main failing, the ‘thorn’ in his flesh a secret, he still admits he has one. So what does the verse mean?

I look at myself as an example. I have Fibromyalgia which is also known as Chronic Pain. I have Chronic Fatigue, migraines that are always present, with variance in intensity, light and sound sensitivity, a sleep disorder, as well as spinal problems and other health issues. Why do I even look at those weaknesses in delight? Or perhaps the insults I’ve received at times?

Because with the help of God, those weaknesses, insults, and persecutions didn’t stop me from doing something I’ve dreamed of for decades. In fact, because of those weaknesses I may  have accomplished my goal of becoming a published author.

I took what life gave me and worked with it. I didn’t say that because my life isn’t the norm, that I couldn’t accomplish something. Even today I don’t know when I will sleep, when I will be awake. Sometimes I sleep three hours out of 48 and I will turn that into something useful in writing. What better way to describe sleep deprivation than being in it?

Anyone can brag about something they’ve done. But boasting about a weakness is something else. Overcoming hardships to be normal or even being extraordinary is something to talk about, but it’s mainly something to look to and realize help was given along the way. God directed me to write a book, or a few really. Within three months of an accident that changed my life forever, I’d written a book that I am about to shop to agents. I shouldn’t have been writing anything, but I had this need inside of me to challenge myself to accomplish something I’d never done before, write a romance novel. So it turned out to be a coming of age novel more than a romance. I still did it.

Having that helping hand to guide me, to support me, to lift me up when I fall backwards, is something that I know I can rely on and makes me more fearless in what I do. I am not afraid of weaknesses or failures. I use them.

Much Respect

Ronovan

Ronovan Writes’ Week #101 Haiku Review with Links.

Click the underlined, blue links to visit the haiku of each poet. All poets, please remember to visit the prompt throughout the week so you can visit those who enter later than you do. We all need each others support. You are missing some great haiku.

Ronovan Writes Haiku Review

Annette of Annette Rochelle Aben with a message many need to hear these days, and the days to come, titled Winds of Change.

Sandra “The Wild One” Daffodil with Native, do a twist on the prompt and winding up with a unique idea.

Ruth of Image & Word came up with Deadlock about a alternative to the present to get to the future.

FLOrida Borne of Two On A Rant. Okay so it’s really Floridaborne but I like calling her Flo and pronounce Borne as Bornay yes, I like being weird. She gives us How a Writing Frenzy Feels, with an original photograph that taken during extreme winds.

Jane of Jane Dougherty Writes, yes the author, gives us the Trifecta this week.

Xenia of Whippet Wisdom, yay another dog with blog who lets its owner post sometimes! Fresh Winds Whisper Peace and I believe it with a photo of dogs on a beach. Can’t beat that. Pulling out the puppy card always gets attention.

Srivi, The Piscean me, has Messy Hair! this week. And I do mean messy.

Nato of Chasing Life and Finding Dreams ended up being Always with me this week. I love how she keeps me in her thoughts long after I’m gone. (Sigh.)

Alice the Boomerang Zone queen speaks straight from the headlines of the week with Orlando Massacre. Need I say more?

Judy, the published poetess of Edwina’s Episodes pipes in with Flying Forth. Yes, it’s a weird title for it but I made it up. That happens if  you don’t name ’em. 😛

Bill gives us Renewal. Not sure if I like the haiku or the description of what he was doing at the time of thinking of it better.

Ken from RIVRVLOGR came up with Fresh Wind. OOOoOOOooO all deep and romantical.

Mira who sometimes can be found To Wear A Rainbow wrote for us this week my lover… Another romantical one.

Ritu over at But I Smile Anyway apparently is sending a message that Wind seems to be Awakening her Hayfever. Don’t wonder about it, just click and read.

Willow of Willowdot21 says too much to be said in one title. Three haiku with some nice images to match.

Leara of LearaWrites enters the fray with Dragonfly At Dawn. Wouldn’t that make a great book title?

Clarence speaking through his PrairieChat gives us his Summer Dreams.

Marie from The Syllabub Sea and Fresh wind. And more romantics going on.

Colleen the Silver Threading Fairy Whisperer wrote Summer Awaits. Considering where she lives, the weather can’t make up its mind what it wants to do.

Mira on her They, You and Me blog with first rain going all nature on us.

TJParis gives us Prayers in the Wind on his la vie est trop courte  boire du mauvais vin blog. Um, you need to go and read the photo description for this one.

Jacqueline of A Cooking Pot and TwistedTales wrote Wind of life this week. Three tales with the same twisted theme.

Debra on her author blog D.B. Mauldin came up with a fantasy of fiction I wish were true. Oh the agony a Windward Dreams.

Shida the 876LoveR likes to frolic in the Summertime.

Janice, nature’s best friend over on Ontheland, wrote four haiku with the title of Fresh Winds.

Oneta of Sweet Aroma wrote Evening’s Peace. Man, I need this to happen. The big boy is dragging as he writes this. Been on the go the last couple of days. Summertime for me means less rest, more fatigue, and being cook and entertainment coordinator for my 11/12 year old son, B. Okay, so he entertains himself mostly but I hate him sitting alone so I stay with him and we do stuff.

OBA of The king’soracle gives us I broke the old cycle!

Maria at Doodles and Scribbles wrote Ildio, a haiku of inspiration and peace.

Melissa The Aran Artisan gives a cultural lesson with Native sean nós singing on Inise  Mor.

Lizi of Quilted Poetry and Springtime Songs, a nice take on the word wind.

Tolulope from Ruby’s Polaroid wrote Ocean Dreams. Just the name is good enough to be great and I haven’t even read the haiku at this point.

Denis visits from Haiku Hound. Charlie appeared to be enjoying the day more than Denis in this photo of their Windy Memory.

Khor from Project Prose wrote New beginnings, an inspiration for those needing a lift to their lives.

Clarence visits one more time from PrairieChat with Bellicose Boasts. So that’s why we get all those storms in the South that time of year. Hmm.

Scott writes Scents over on TheHouseOfBailey. Yeah, she let him out again. I like the two sentences here. One of somewhat peace if you think of it that way, and the other one instilling a bit of fear.

Tricia of A Creative State of Mind gives us Summer Song. Now, I have to say, some of these things in the image can drive me insane, but those made by a true musical ear can be very nice.

Sri of Naa Prapancham,My World… wrote Afresh. I like how so many people went with fresh outlooks on life. A very positive week.

Dependable R. Todd from A Flash of Fiction showed up with The Promise, with something that should bring some memories of you to many of us. It even gave me a little flash. Which if you know me, you know a flash of memory is a good thing to have. Thanks, dude.

Greg of Nagrij Writes the Hits You Never Knew Existed (Yes, that is the name of his blog.) gives us Oil Spill. So there went the positive outlook on life. 😀 Very descriptive in so few words. Worth the visit and read.

Vashti and The Writer Next Door. The writer that lives next me doesn’t look anything like Vashti. Thank goodness, or I would never end up writing. Anyway, this author writes What If Mother Nature Wanted A Fresh Start?

Florence from Meanings and Musings writes Climax. She has a refreshed view of life after a trip of destiny.

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Rebirth of a Man. #WQWWC

The difference two years can make in a persons life is beyond imagining. Blogging can end up being many things in your life. For me, it was a way to begin having something to do, something to wake up and ‘work’ at. For a man who’d worked his whole adult life, it was unusual to find himself in the land of nothingness, although in truth, I didn’t really know what that meant at the time. Amnesia can do that to you. It’s odd to think about what you do and do not remember.

I never had expectations from blogging. Maybe I wanted people to read my work. Originally this was to be a Christian site. With the first post it became a writer’s site. I still try to keep it along the lines of Christianity in tone and demeanor, but as goes a Christian life astray at times, so goes a blog post as well.

“When love awakens in your life, in the night of your heart, it is like the dawn breaking within you. Where before there was anonymity, now there is intimacy; where before there was fear, now there is courage; where before in your life there was awkwardness, now there is a rhythm of grace and gracefulness; where before you used to be jagged, now you are elegant and in rhythm with your self. When love awakens in your life, it is like a rebirth, a new beginning.” John O’Donohue

When I first began blogging I wrote some of the darkest poetry I’ve ever put pen to. I couldn’t write like that again if I were paid. It’s not in me. I’m a happy person now. I’m content with most of my life. I think friendship and having people care about me has changed me a lot.

I don’t dwell in the land of self-pity any longer. I don’t check in to depression hotel. I used to have a buy two nights get the third one free deal with the DH. Now, I don’t even get junk mail or spam for specials.

I’m so content that I have a hard time writing poetry at all. That may sound odd, the thinking being that maybe I would be able to write happy poems, but really it’s that I just do ‘think’ about things because they all go well right now. Well, maybe not all. When those things don’t go well now, they are even worse than my old bad days. Now I know what good is like so the bad moments are that much worse. However, I know there is another way of life than sadness.

My rebirth began two years ago, in June. I didn’t know it at the time, but looking back now I can tell it did. Two years later and it’s as though life has taken an even bigger leap into the good zone. By all rights I should be depressed at this moment, but I’m not. Things are good, real good. The outlook on life is good. Confirmations have happened. Affirmations. Other ‘tions’ I’m sure I can’t thing of at the moment.

Love is a wonderful thing to have. Rebirth in almost every way can be seen as the results of love, caring. If you need a new life, look for love. Love’s the best medicine you can find.


You can check out the other Rebirth entries  HERE, on SilverThreading.com, Colleen Chesebro’s site, my other half for the Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge. This was her week to come up with the theme.


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Rebirth of a Nation. #WQWWC

I generally like to do multiple quotes either as a list or to weave through a commentary on Wednesday to go with the Writer’s Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge or #WQWWC. This week, what with all that’s happened recently in Orlando, FL here in the US, I stumbled across one quote I felt pretty much sums up how America is.

“You know Americans are obsessed with life and death and rebirth, that’s the American Cycle. You know, awakening, tragic, horrible death and then Phoenix rising from the ashes. That’s the American story, again and again.” Billy Corgan

The sad thing is, the lead singer of the Smashing Pumpkins is right. But the American story needs to do away with some of those repetitive chapters, and do so soon. It may take some ugly steps to do it, some things most of us will just not like.

I’m someone who has to do things and be on the side of things and told I’m just not right a lot. It’s difficult, but I’m okay with it because I know it’s the right thing.

 


You can check out the other Rebirth entries  HERE, on SilverThreading.com, Colleen Chesebro’s site, my other half for the Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge. This was her week to come up with the theme.


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Quotes of Connection. Inspire.

Sometimes when I put together a post for some sort of challenge, I just include a list of quotes or try to link them together in some form. The form this time is simple. I’m not going to express how certain quotes are about writing or one subject.

You ever see a quote and it speaks to you? As I was putting together a group of quotes this week for my other site I ran across several that did just that, spoke to me, in different ways. All talk about Inspiration.

“Being a father has been, without a doubt, my greatest source of achievement, pride and inspiration. Fatherhood has taught me about unconditional love, reinforced the importance of giving back and taught me how to be a better person.” Naveen Jain (Founder and former CEO of InfoSpace.)

This quote is so true to me. Becoming a parent, you decide you want to set an example, and during that time you realize how bad an example you really are. If you are the right kind of parent, and yes I do believe there is a right kind of parent, then you change and do so in a sincere way. You don’t play the part only when the child is looking.
 

“Inspiration comes from within yourself. One has to be positive. When you’re positive, good things happen.” Deep Roy (Indian Actor born in Kenya)

Anyone that knows me knows this quote could have come from me. For the longest time I’ve talked about the power of being positive. When you are being negative, have you ever felt that physical drain on your body? The opposite happens when you focus on being positive. You see the positive things happening instead of focusing on the petty little things that really aren’t important at all.
“My inspiration are the woman, friendship, and loneliness.” Enrique Iglesias (Spanish singer, songwriter, and actor.)
Here is a surprise source for a quote that speaks to me. But he pretty much sums things up quite nicely when it comes to what inspires me in my writing.

“Cease trying to work everything out with your minds. It will get you nowhere. Live by intuition and inspiration and let your whole life be Revelation.” Eileen Caddy (Spiritual teacher and new age author.)

I don’t know what her intent was when she said this, but as with all things spoken, one takes from it what they wish. For me this goes along with positivity and for me, my faith. On both sides of the faith line people are all about proving something. The Christian wishes to prove the existence of God and Creation, the Atheist wishes to prove there is no God and that some other process occurred that brought everything into being in some way. Both side has scientist that study things for the advancement of the human race. For those, I say awesome, for the others who only do things to fight, I say, chill. Debates rarely if ever changes minds or hearts. Doing the work for a positive reason will be a reward.

“To what greater inspiration and counsel can we turn than to the imperishable truth to be found in this treasure house, the Bible?” Queen Elizabeth II (Queen of the United Kingdom since 1952.)

This is the quote that made me want to write this post in the first place. Notice what the Queen says here. “To what greater inspiration and counsel…” I think so many people forget what the Bible was given to us for. Yes, we are to believe what it says. But one thing above all, we are supposed to use it as a way to lead a life. Imagine if we all took the New Testament, in context, and lived that way. Wow. Live as Jesus taught. Live through his counsel. Do I care what other people believe about the Bible and God? Yep. I would be lying if I said no. Does it matter to me that some of my friends don’t believe in God as I do? Yep. Again a truth, not fighting words. Do I wish they would use the New Testament as a source of inspiration and advice? Yep. Do they have to believe it to use it? Nope.
Gotcha with that last one, didn’t I? Hey, if the Sermon on the Mount was good enough for Gandhi, then it’s good enough for anyone else. Gandhi’s interest in Jesus began early in his life. In England, sent to learn law in l888, the young Hindu was persuaded to read the Bible even before he had studied the Bhagavad Gita and other Indian classics. The Sermon on the Mount, he said, “went straight to my heart”: “When I read in the Sermon on the Mount such passages as…’whoever smiteth thee on thy cheek turn to him the other also’ I was simply overjoyed.”(a)
Gandhi is one of the greats that inspires me about Jesus, on par with Billy Graham. Do I consider Billy Graham to be as important to the world as Gandhi? I guess it all depends on the specific reason to be looking at each person. Gandhi inspires me because of who and what he was and how much stock he put into the Sermon on the Mount. I’ll be doing a post about Gandhi and his thoughts about that text. One thing about the Hindu that I like is they take from whatever and utilize the best of them. At least some do. I’m sure some take the worsts if they so wish. Just like people of every other religion will take what they want from them what they want for themselves. Gandhi took the best of the entire Bible and put it to work, and practiced it. Graham faced the modern world, all the many facets of the West and still went out on faith in God. I wonder if their names beginning with G has anything to do with it, also same number of letters. Weird.

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16 QUOTES FOR A WRITER’S OBSESSION.

Quotes can do a great many things. One is to make you think. You can think about yesterday, today, or tomorrow. The quote determines what path you take with those thoughts of yours. Which reminds me of this quote:

“I learn from thinking about the future, what hasn’t been done yet. That’s kind of my constant obsession.” John Cale

I like to focus on quotes that impress me about the life of being a writer, even if the original intent wasn’t there, and regardless of who said the words. Okay, maybe I do have a bias at times.

Take this quote as an example:

“Color is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.” Claude Monet

Obviously Monet was not talking about writing, but substitute the word “words” for “color” and you have my life. I create a new book idea at least once per week. The torment for me is captured with these words:

“I can’t read all the books I want to read, I can’t watch all the phenomena that interest me in the world. The work calls me, and sometimes I wonder whether this is an obsession and I should drop it, or it’s a necessity I’m obliged to fulfill.” James Hillman

The problem is not so much the question of whether or not I have an obsession with words or if they are a necessity. They are both. My problem is this:

“The creative habit is like a drug. The particular obsession changes, but the excitement, the thrill of your creation lasts.” Henry Moore

Some have a more negative view of obsession. I suppose even when channeled toward the arts.

“Obsession is the single most wasteful human activity, because with an obsession you keep coming back and back and back to the same question and never get an answer.” Norman Mailer

You might think Mailer is a great one to pay heed of, but no two people are the same. Perhaps with him, he just didn’t know how to channel obsession or perhaps his obsessions were not as healthy as writing. Writing isn’t only an obsession to me.

“Writing is my obsession, my passion. My relationship with it is one of the most complex and agonizing and richly vexing that I have in my life.” Julianna Baggott

But the truth is,

“The trade of authorship is a violent, and indestructible obsession.” George Sand

“Writing has to be an obsession – it’s only for those who say, ‘I’m not going to do anything else.’” Lorrie Moore

If you think about what a writer does to create a 300 page book, there must be obsession involved. Even those books that turn out not so great are the results of an obsessed mind, a fevered mind devoted to this world inside the imagination.

I can identify with the next quote:

“I’ve been called many names like perfectionist, difficult and obsessive. I think it takes obsession, takes searching for the details for any artist to be good.” Barbra Streisand

Add insane, nuts, crazy, and a few choice words to the list and you pretty much have my name calling in hand.

But you know what?

“What moves those of genius, what inspires their work is not new ideas, but their obsession with the idea that what has already been said is still not enough.” Eugene Delacroix

Writing isn’t easy. To finish a sandwich is one thing. Even to finish reading a book is something. But to finish writing a book? How hard is it for you to finish reading a book sometimes, even one you love?

“I need my natural laziness to be counteracted by obsession in order to do anything.” Vikram Seth

I could sleep all day, and watch old movies all night. Yes, I live on an odd time schedule, even though mornings are my most creative times.

But laziness, uncertainty, and all those other things that get in the way just won’t stop a truly obsessed writer.

“You cannot write a book unless it is totally inhabiting your imagination and you are totally engrossed with it. Which is a kind word for obsession.” Kate Forsyth

Another way of saying it is,

“The work is a calling. It demands that type of obsession.” John Pomfret

Art is a unique profession, writing included. We are our own bosses. Some like to say we create fairy tales and make believe worlds. People don’t realize something about writing.

“When you’re working for yourself and your own obsession with finding the truth, you’re at your own mercy.” Errol Morris

You see, if a writer isn’t writing honestly, if they are putting words into the mouth of a character and they don’t ring true, everything falls apart, and they are labeled a terrible writer. Writing is a dangerous profession, a gamble.

But as the saying goes and it is so true,

“I read in order to write. I read out of obsession with writing.” Cynthia Ozick

When it all boils down, I can say this,

“I only have one obsession – not to be boring.” Michel Hazanavicius


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Renew your mind and the rest will follow.

For the “Change” theme of the Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge this week, which I chose, I wanted to share one of my favorite verses.

“2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. (Romans 12:2a)

A lot of people stop at this point in the reading. I’ve heard this partial verse preached on a number of times, but I always have my Bible out to read further. You see, I understand something many preachers don’t preach about.

The writings of the Bible were done as letters, not books, chapters, and verses. One sentence leads into the next. I like what some pastors say, if you see a “Therefore” in the Bible, it means it’s “there for” a reason. With this verse, you look at the next sentence.

Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. (Romans 12:2b)

Now that your mind is not polluted by the goings on of the world, you will be able to see for yourself the truth of God’s will. Polluted is a strong word. However, I’m not certain what other word to use when I think about what happens when the TV, movie, and music influences begin their work on an individual. Tiger Woods didn’t become a sex addict by watching Bugs Bunny or Andy Griffith. He became corrupted by everything around him that fed his ego and appetites.

In the Bible there have been headings added within the created chapters. This can break up meaning at times.

For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.” (Romans 12:3)

Here you see a continuing explanation of the Romans 12:2a. Paul is reminding us that even with the renewing of our minds, our new unpolluted selves, we are still not higher than anyone else, and are only as good as we are by the faith God has given us.

We need to be on guard to not allow the pollution in. We worry about the ozone layer, climate change, and landfills, but we care little about the one true unique resource on earth, ourselves. Each of us is unique. You could have a twin and they are not exactly like you even if they look and sound like you. Perhaps they even walk and move like you do, they are still not exactly like you.

You are thinking unique thoughts. Those thoughts can be for a good reason or not. Not every thought needs to be for the betterment of the world. Dreams and fantasies exist to help our minds cope with a world that is not like we are.

There are people out there who hear the word Christian and automatically think of stereotypes brought about by a small, but visible/vocal minority. It’s kind of like when they have that local on the ground interview about a robbery or natural disaster and for some reason the news reporter picks the most illiterate and socially inept person they could find to put in front of the camera. That’s what happens with Christianity. We end up with the vocal and media seeking individuals representing us.

Christianity is a personal thing. One on one. It’s not a group think, or a group mind thing. It’s not the exact same thing for any two people. My thoughts differ from others in my own home. I have a more understanding nature than some. I look at things below the surface and don’t pass judgement. Yes, I will say something is bad when I believe it is bad. Beating a child is bad. If you say it is good, then I think you have a problem. If you say that it might be okay for the society that person doing the beating lives in, then I say that society is bad. If that is being judgemental, call me guilty. I generally take things on a person by person basis.

Change. Do you want to change how you think, what you think, what you think is acceptable? Renew your mind, however you want to. Hit your reset button about what you think is acceptable. I’m not saying become a Christian. I’m saying reset your humanity button. Do you watch porn? Do you look at images on the internet? Do you watch or listen to things promoting degradation of women? More than likely you do and don’t even think you are. That means you support it.

The rest button is a hard thing to do. You’ll hit it several times. But eventually—eventually, the habits you develop from your intentional training of your mind will lead to a permanent change in your heart as well.


You can check out my other Change post on the prompt post HERE, as well as seeing links for other entries.


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10 Quotes of Woman.

“The sweetest of all sounds is that of the voice of the woman we love.” Jean de la Bruyere

“One is not born a woman, but becomes one.” Simone de Beauvoir

“If you cannot inspire a woman with love of you, fill her above the brim with love of herself; all that runs over will be yours.” Charles Caleb Colton

“A woman has to live her life, or live to repent not having lived it.” D.H. Lawrence

“When in a relationship, a real man doesn’t make his woman jealous of others, he makes others jealous of his woman.” Steve Maraboli,

“There is nothing more rare, nor more beautiful, than a woman being unapologetically herself; comfortable in her perfect imperfection. To me, that is the true essence of beauty.” Steve Maraboli

“After all these years, I see that I was mistaken about Eve in the beginning; it is better to live outside the Garden with her than inside it without her.” Mark Twain

“Woman is sacred; the woman one loves is holy.” Alexandre Dumas

“A living poem” had always been the words that came to mind when he tried to describe her to others.” Nichols Sparks

“If a man hasn’t what’s necessary to make a woman love him, it’s his fault, not hers.” W. Somerset Maugham

10 Quotes About Women

This has been my participation in the Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge this week with the theme of Wisdom. I’m the host over there this week, and I picked the theme. I believe searching out inspiring quotes about women is the wisest thing I could do.


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“Vitality shows in not only the ability to persist but…”

When I met him, it was by chance in a quiet bar in 1940 Hollywood. I can still remember it as clear as if I were looking him square in those energy filled blue eyes right now.

He was a bit too shiny for the place, if that was possible, but no one seemed to pay him any attention. It was as though he was part of the furniture. He belonged there.

I slid onto a stool as Eddie walked up to take my order. “What’ll you have? Bit early for you isn’t it?”

“Just a beer today, Eddie. I got a date later.”

Bushy eyebrows rose and tobacco stained teeth showed behind thick lips. “Bring her by here, I’ll set you up nice.”

I smiled but didn’t commit to anything. Figaro’s Bar was fine for a few with the boys at night, but a dame didn’t belong here. I took the mug of amber liquid and took a sip. My smile was the show appreciation Eddie had waited for. He was one of the best in the business. He remembered what people liked, and I liked my beer warm. You can’t taste an iceberg. If I wanted something cold, I’d ask for milk.

Leaning against the bar, I checked the mirror that ran above the length of bottles and glasses. I didn’t see any of the boys around to talk with. That’s the first time I saw him. Like I said, he was shiny, shiny on the outside of a worn out inside. He had sheets of paper in front of him and the glass he had wasn’t for beer.

“Guy’s a writer,” Eddie said, following my eyes. “Comes in here around this time every day. Says it helps him escapes life. I asked if it was the wife, he said she wouldn’t be caught dead in here. I get the feeling he wishes she would be caught dead somewhere.”

I didn’t like the chuckle Eddie gave. Maybe it was the amusement in his eyes. He thought he was being funny. Death wasn’t something I played around with, even in jest.

There was something about writers that intrigued me. Writers were strange people. They could make you believe things by using words and nothing else. It was like magic without the tricks. Everything was laid out in front of you but you still got fooled. No film or sound effects, just words, and you would swear you heard explosions, music, and you felt the girl in your arms and smelled the perfume as you kissed her.

He saw me coming. I guess it’s hard to miss me, being a big six footer with red hair. Hollywood wasn’t overrun with my type yet, but I wasn’t ever mistaken for Leslie Howard or Spencer Tracey.

He laid his pencil down about the time I reached his booth. “Is there something I may assist you with?”

He had class. The man was educated for sure. Better, even than the people I met though my work, and I met a lot of people up and down the money living line.

“Eddie said you were a writer and I wanted to ask you something.”

He smiled and leaned back stretching his shoulders. “Have a seat and ask away. I might even answer, if I have one. Writers don’t really know much about writing. We’re too busy being in the middle of it to think about it.”

I slipped into the booth. “So, how do you do the magic that you do with words? How do you take something so simple and turn it into something people, thousands of people, will breathe heavy over rushing to turn the page?”

“Be a whore.”

That wasn’t what I was expecting. “A what?”

He emptied his tumbler and signaled to Eddie before answering. He laughed. “It’s an old joke between me and a friend of mine, Ernest. Write your guts out and lay it all on the page. That’s art, that’s writing. If you want to eat, then you add the tits and ass, the sex and crime the public these days want to read about.”

I remained silent. The illusion I had of a writer was gone in under two minutes. I don’t think I’d ever heard anyone sound so bitter. “Then why do it at all if you hate it so much?”

Eddie set another glass down filled to the rim with something dark and dangerous for that time of day. “I don’t hate writing, I hate money. I hate having to have money. Money ruins a creation, art. All it does is create demons and evil.”

“Then write what you want to and live different.”

A smile spread across the handsome face. “Too many responsibilities for that. I knew what I was getting into when I became a writer. Writing a novel . . . you become famous after you are dead. To make a living you write for the magazines or film. You copy yourself and repeat the process over and over again. What works once will work again. I still write for myself, for after my death’s success.” He tapped the pages in front of him.

I shook my head. I couldn’t understand why stay in such a business. “Looks to me like this job would wear you down, instead you still look like you’re enjoying it. Why not try something else? How do you find the ability to keep going?”

The man stared at the glass on the table, cupped between his hands. “You need to find the energy to keep going in any business. Where do you get the will power to keep going? Some think I find it in this.” He picked up the glass and took a sip.

“Do you?”

He set the glass back down and looked at me. “No. I find numbing escape from certain parts of my life. I will say that much. To the subject of energy when faced by time after time of compromising your work to make a living, I have one thought that comes to mind. Vitality shows in not only the ability to persist but the ability to start over.”

“Hey, Scott, telephone.” Eddie’s voice echoed in the quite bar.

“Excuse me a moment,” Scott said as he slipped from the booth.

As he went to the phone at the bar, I glanced over at the first page he’d been working on. Across the top was scribbled The Love of the Last Tycoon. Maybe it was going to be a movie or something.

Scott rushed back to the table. “Sorry, I have to rush out.” He gathered the pages into a stack. “I completely forgot about a movie premiere I’m to attend tonight.”

“Oh, which one?”

“Something with Rosalind Russell and Melvyn Douglas. I think it’s called This Thing Called Love or some such.”

He reached out one hand and I stood taking it. “Nice to have met you,” Scott said.

“You to, hope you keep that vitality going. Oh, and have a Merry Christmas.”

“You to.” He smiled, turned, and headed for the front door.

Vitality shows in not only the ability to persist but the ability to start over.

I guess that goes for people like me. I take hit but I keep coming back to be hit again or maybe dodge the punch next time.

Sitting my empty mug on the bar, I fished into my pocket. “Scott took care of you,” Eddie said.

“You’re kidding?”

“No, he’s a good guy, especially when he’s not around those society types. He likes being a normal guy. I don’t treat him like nothing special except keeping people out of his business when it gets crowded in here.”

“He was working on a book. I can see how this would be a good place to do that.”

“He’s good too.” Eddie stepped away to the cash register and came back. “Here, you can borrow this. And I mean I want it back. He signed it for me and everything. Got it?”

I did. I looked at the cover. The Great Gatsby

F. Scott Fitzgerald Vitality Quote

 

“Vitality shows in not only the ability to persist but the ability to start over.” F. Scott Fitzgerald (September 24, 1896 – December 21, 1940)
Fitzgerald was living in Hollywood with gossip columnist Sheilah Graham, when he died the morning after attending a movie premiere with her.

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10 #Quotes of #Respect for #BeWoW Positivity.

Quote about Respect by Ronovan Hester

Combining events across two blogs can bring inspiration. I’ve always been a quote person in my writings. Quotes naturally lead to positive thoughts, and positivity is what #BeWoW is all about. If we write positive words to share across the blog community, instead of rants, hatred, and veiled animosity that fools no one (check politics these days), we then promote a positive atmosphere.

Too many people get their kicks writing about junk. Too many people get their kicks reading about junk. I avoid junk as often as possible. One friend recently asked me to read a satire about Donald Trump in regards to his accepted role in the Republican Party in the United States. I refused. I waste no time with reading about Donald Trump, or any other candidates all that much.

“There exist only three beings worthy of respect: the priest, the soldier, the poet. To know, to kill, to create.” Charles Baudelaire

French Poet and essayist, Baudelaire named the three beings correctly, but these days each takes on a different guise. Those committed to revealing the world, bettering the world, and saving the world are encompassed in those descriptions above. If you are or know someone with those characteristics . . .  respect them.

“One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say.” Bryant H. McGill

It is difficult to discover what a person is without listening. We have conversations buy how often do we listen? You my have several exchanges but points are completely missed. Each side is colored by their own opinion and thus interpret the other side of the conversation with that opinion. We are often so wrong.

I never make the mistake of arguing with people for whose opinions I have no respect. Edward Gibbon

By listening you discover a great deal. One is when not to waste time. If someone won’t listen to you, then move on. There is a give in take in the world. There are no time limits or deadlines to the understanding of opinions as long as each are actively attempting to understand.

“It is so important to get respect for what you do and at the same time give it.”  Estelle Parsons

People are so concerned with obtaining respect for their own opinions or accomplishments they forget there are two sides of the situation in many cases. In order to obtain respect, you must give respect in return. I know that can be difficult when you perceive others as not giving you respect, that’s where listening comes into play . . . true listening.

“Respect for ourselves guides our morals, respect for others guides our manners.” Laurence Stern

For me, when I am well centered and focused on what is important in my life, I have a set of beliefs that allow me to respect myself and when I respect myself, I’m able to respect others  more easily. When you can’t respect yourself it’s almost impossible to find how to respect others.

“As all human beings are, in my view, creatures of God’s design, we must respect all other human beings. That does not mean I have to agree with their choices or agree with their opinions, but indeed I respect them as human beings.” Stockwell Day

It can be tough at times to keep respect in mind. Sometimes you feel disrespected or ignored. Then when you are respecting you must push through those times when other people continue to ignore you, don’t listen to you, and disrespect you.

“I firmly believe that respect is a lot more important, and a lot greater, than popularity.” Julius Erving

One thing to keep in mind is, no one has to like you. You don’t need like in this world. Society has because a click away from acceptance and popularity or depression and suicide. If we share something with people we look for a response. Since there is less and less face to face interaction, we now look at clicks for ‘likes’ on updates and posts.

“That you may retain your self-respect, it is better to displease the people by doing what you know is right, than to temporarily please them by doing what you know is wrong.” William J. H. Boetcker

People are going to disagree with you. The important thing is to stick to your beliefs. If you do that, stick to what you believe, you can always hold your head high. We all slip at times, but the important part is getting back up and moving forward and beyond whatever we allowed to influence our slipping in the first place.

“This world of ours… must avoid becoming a community of dreadful fear and hate, and be, instead, a proud confederation of mutual trust and respect.” Dwight D. Eisenhower

Looking around you can see divisions everywhere. People demanding respect by not giving respect. You respect us, we’ll respect you. That’s not how it works. You want something, you be something. Communication is one of the most important tools we have as humans, and one of the least utilized ones.

“When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everybody will respect you.” Lao Tzu


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RonovanWrites 84th #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry #Links

 

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AUTHOR CENTRAL

To view an author’s books on Amazon, click either the word Author in red, or the book image beside their name.

If an author does not have a comment, as do the entries, that means they did not have an entry this week, but I left their place here. Is it for the benefit of advertising their work? No, it is for the ease of my formatting their next entry in the challenge. It’s a bear to do those. (And maybe there is a little heart felt type thing I have for authors.)

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New Offenders!

Darkfire Pheonix:  White Flow | Pheonix Feathers and Dragon Eyes.  One of my favorite themes running this week. “This blog is my attempt to get myself back into the writing. I used write alot when I was younger but as life got more hectic and busy I stopped doing it however the ideas never stopped coming. In fact, they still are. I have set myself the challenge of writing at least one piece a week, be it a short story, drabble, poem or whatever and post here…[Click to Read More].”

Emma Major: Yum! | MS Calling (Thanks brain; I don’t think you’re funny!). Okay, the title I gave it should at least begin to give y’all some ideas of the subject. Best I can tell is she is a “Brit”, a Mum, and an MS Blogger, AND appears to be very involved and connected. AND has a cool name.

Elsie Hagley: Smooth Milk | Ramblings of a Writer. A smart message delivered. You have to think that how we got to exist in the first place. My name is Elsie Hagley, I have been on the internet for some time now and enjoy writing. Was writing lens at Squidoo for nearly four years until their closure September 2014. [Click for a lot of interesting stuff on her about page.] @KiwiNana

Srivi: Icing on the Cake | The Piscean Me. Nice first entry. Tasty! Love the image of the Haiku itself. Very well done. Ola! Hello! A very warm welcome to my blog 🙂 Why I am here: I am here mainly to express my thoughts and my views about any topic which I really feel needs to be shared. Something about me: To be honest mine is a very boring story. And it goes something like this: A workaholic software engineer from a decent engineering college whose … [Click and Read the Rest]!” @ThePisceanMe

Sri Sudha K: Venus ilk | Naa Prapancham, My World. The prompts she did rhyme, in order to be sublime. Also entered last week but on a participantes blog, Haiku title-Pretty gal. Please don’t mind to find these words in an alien language,they are of my mother tounge Telugu., I just love to write and converse in it.. What i said is…
I have been penning down for years now..
But, I just found a new way to store it all..
My blog is the way that entices all in this digital world..
this is me and my world…. [click to see a great family photo]”
Gotta love that sense of humor.



First to Offend this Week!

A Haiku Perspective 2015 by Annette Rochelle AbenAnnette Rochelle Aben (Best Selling Author, Radio Show Host): Dude . . . Really? | Annette Rochelle Aben. She used a word you never thought you would see in a Haiku.  Check out Annette’s books at the Author link above and her Radio Show at the Host link. @YouAreTheExpert




Must Reads

MUST READ Mira: Eden | To Wear a Rainbow. Nice. Sensual. @BediMona

MUST READ Ken G.: Brew Debate | RIVRVLOGR. Purest may take issue with this one.

MUST READ Mahatma Kasireddi: Smooth As Milk | MagyKars. OOOO, it heads in a direction … and then … WHAM! Just like it should be. 

MUST READ Sandra: Home | Wild Daffodil. Very interesting. I loved learning something today. Go check it out! I need one of these. You can find the list of this years photo challenges, from her and Melissa, on Daffy’s blog by clicking here. And information about the challenge in her post.

Swan Mothers by Natalia ErehnahMUST READ Natalia Erehnah (Author): Ghost Plant | Weaving Gold. Okay, great Haiku and an amazing learning lesson. Also nice to see where she took the photograph. Wow. @swanmothers

MUST READ 1000hoursleft (Mek): Within the Milky Way | Work In Progress. Love these. Story of parenting and children.

Must Read Kat: As Smooth As A Milk Maiden’s Skin | like mercury colliding. Wow, I had no idea. I won’t be using that description in a book anytime ever. @kat_myrman

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AUTHORS CENTRAL


Mankind Limited by Scott BaileyScott Bailey (AUTHOR): Milk | TheHouseOfBailey. Ode to Antecedent. As you may notice Scott is an Author, by clicking HERE or the AUTHOR link above you may visit his UK Amazon author page. Click the IMAGE for Amazon.com. 

The Dark Citadel by Jane DoughertyJane Dougherty (Author): Pearls Like Silk | Jane Dougherty Writes. Imagery filled, as we come to expect, and a great use of the words in their original prompt form. Check out Jane’s books on Amazon at the Author link above. @MJDougherty33

Like a Child to Home by Bill EnglesonBill Engleson (Author): Winter Gem. A heart felt offering inspired by terrible real life events. Click the Author Link for Like a Child to Home. 

Swan Mothers by Natalia ErehnahNatalia Erehnah (Author): Ghost Plant | Weaving Gold. Okay, great Haiku and an amazing learning lesson. Also nice to see where she took the photograph. Wow. @swanmothers

The Dragon Tempest by D.B. Mauldin and others.D.B. Mauldin (Author): Warning! | mama bear musings. Bit of storytelling in this one. All you men read and heed. Check out the Author link for offerings on Amazon and click HERE for the About page links to other online distribution such as Smashwords.

Room in Hell: Book 5 by Greg PierceNagrij or (Greg Pierce). (Author): -Volcanic- | Nagrij Writes the Hits You Never Knew Existed.  .  You can check out the list of books on Amazon by clicking the Author link above.

Christine Randall: Easter Egg Warning | Christine R (Trying to keep the brain cells alive.)  Drink fruit smoothies or/Get a dumpy derriere/Drink malted milkshakes. Also visit her Author site, CJRANDALL.COM.

Bleeding Heart by Elizabeth RawlsE. Rawls (Author): Book Nerd/Sweet Dream | Rawls E. Fantasy. Why would she not write about the two things that define her? Muahahahaha.  Check out Bleeding Hearts, a collection of short stories, poems, and riddles, at Elizabeth’s Author page on Amazon by clicking the Author link above.  @VChronicles_

The Basement by Vashti Quiroz-VegaVashti Quiroz-Vega (Author): Paradise Lost | The Writer Next Door. Vashti has a nice pair this week. Enjoyed by all her fans. Go see. Check out Vashti on Amazon at the Author link above and you can see her interview by clicking HERE. @VashtiQV

The-Mystical-Hexagram-Sue-VincentSue Vincent (Author): Morning | Daily Echo. Very nice imagery supported by some great photography. Love the scene in that top photo. I may have to save it to write about one day. Click the Author link for Sue at Amazon and her many books. @SCVincent

Resume for Love by Steven S. WalskySteven S. Walsky (Author): Chocolate Mint Day | Simplicity Lane. Now that’s a fresh idea. My mouth is kind of tingling with the idea.  Click the Author link above to go to Steven’s blog where you will find all the available places for each book. He’s varied.

Dilemma by Baheya Zeitoun. Baheya Zeitoun (Author): Waiting in the White | An Artist At Heart. A good story with this one. Excellently done. She has one nice looking blog. Love it.



Not participating this week.

Silver Lightning by Wendy Anne DarlingWendy Anne Darling (Author): See-through Eyes | Wendy Anne Darling. .  Wendy’s book Silver Lightning is on Amazon at the Author link above or the image.

After the Ruin by Harriet GoodchildH. M. Goodchild (Author): | Folksong and Fantasy. . H. M. Goodchild is found on Amazon as Harriet Goodchild, yes, we have another author joining us. Click the Author link above to go to her Amazon Author page. 

black-swanMarigold Deidre Dicer (Author): | Versus Blurb. An outlook on the New Year. Check out her book at the Author link above. One I keep trying to find the time to read. Grrrr. @MarigoldDicer

Spiritshine by Janni StylesJanni Styles (Author): Where Home Resides | JanniStyles1.  . Check her author page and books out on Smashwords by clicking the Author link above. One is a “wee collection of verse” and one is a collection of short stories and BOTH are FREE for now!
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FANTASY

Colleen Chesebro: Fairy Dance | Silver Threading. Can you imagine, Colleen wrote about fairies? Really? No way! Click HERE to check out her Author Spotlight here on RonovanWrites that came out Saturday. @ColleenChesebro

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HUMOR

Judy: Smooth Operator? | Edwina’s Episodes. Judy gives a taste of the English culture with this one, I think. (Pun intended.) @EdwinasEpisodes

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INSPIRATION

Mira: The Perfect Recipe | They, You and Me. Nice poem. Good advice as well. @BediMona

Nato: Falling in Love | Chasing Life and Finding Dreams. Nato wrote a Freku this week. Not sure what that is? It’s a Haiku Poetry form I created. Nicely done. Good rhyming and of course, Romance and Love. @MichelleLunato

Must Read Greg Wolford: The Big Reveal | Potholes in the Road of Life. Okay, the Haiku is good, but the reason behind it is even better. Go and congratulate the old geezer.  @greg_wolford

Don Massenzio: Flawed | Don Massenzio’s Blog Independent Authors Unite!   The Haiku is in the comments, and his blog is the other link.

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LIFE

MUST READ Mira: Eden | To Wear a Rainbow. Nice. Sensual. @BediMona

jazzytower (PR): Paradise: Lovers’ Style | Thoughts and Entanglements. This could have been in NATURE but I can see this one so well in  my mind and I just love the setting.

Willow: Love Along the Way | Willowdot21. Two I combined into one title. Both great and stand alone.

Ritu: Charm Offensive/Latte Angel | But I Smile Anyway. Milk it, baby! That’s what first came to my mind as a title for the first one, she already named both. Then the second one could fit the title as well. Very nice. @PhantomGiggler

Geetha: Like milk and honey. | Geetha Balvannanathan’s Blog. Did you know you can listen to the reading of her poetry on her post? @geethap2007

Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha: Perfect | A Cooking Pot and TwistedTales. Three this week. She couldn’t make up her mind which she liked best.

Janice: Even sun stars die | Ontheland. Two this week, with the second using milk as I was wondering if people would. @ontheland1

Al: Deep Milk  | A Certain Point of View. He wrote Five Haiku. I had no idea what else to call them. He’s deep in the milk. I think I just gave him a name for his new Rock Band. @AlistairLane

MUST READ Ken G.: Brew Debate | RIVRVLOGR. Purest may take issue with this one.

Mira: Milky Way| They, You and Me. Hmm, makes you think. @BediMona

MUST READ Mahatma Kasireddi: Smooth As Milk | MagyKars. OOOO, it heads in a direction … and then … WHAM! Just like it should be. 

Meredith and Martha: Milk Bath/Milky Way from Meredith and Opal/Warning from Martha | Meredith’s Reveries. Very good selections with a nice family picture shared. @MeredithLBL

Teresa Smeigh: The Milk Bath | Always A Writer. This must be a thing. Maybe she could use Meredith’s formula. @TeresaSmeigh

OBA: Smooth love milk | The king’s oracle. Another tasty treat for you to partake of. @obapathway

MUST READ Sandra: Home | Wild Daffodil. Very interesting. I loved learning something today. Go check it out! I need one of these. You can find the list of this years photo challenges, from her and Melissa, on Daffy’s blog by clicking here. And information about the challenge in her post.

Frances: Dripping Lips/Beware | imanikingblog. Two Haiku. Smooth operator advice. @imaniking

Jen (JK): Cold/Cheek| The Secret Keeper. Interesting images fitting so well with each Haiku.  @occultguardian

Must Read Kat: As Smooth As A Milk Maiden’s Skin | like mercury colliding. Wow, I had no idea. I won’t be using that description in a book anytime ever. @kat_myrman

Melissa: BINGO! | The Aran Artisan. I am so misleading you this week. It’s a game, not Bingo, but you could spell it. Melissa and one of our other Haikumily members, Sandra the Daffy one, helped compile this years list of ‘photo word of the week‘ challenge. @TheAranArtisan

Elusive: Accounts Receivable | Elusive Trope. Days of selfishness /Breed walls to creative souls/And destroy life’s hope.

Olga:  Curdled Cover-up| Stuff and what if… Speaking the truth here. Sad to say.

Florence: Smooth Transition | Meanings and Musings. Florence goes headlines with her Haiku this week. @FTThum

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LITERATURE

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MOMENTS

Kim M. Russell: Embers | Writing in North Northfolk. Ah, a different take. Good one. @kim88110

Crow: Poem 20160219b (Noisy Love Making) | Caw!.  My title may be misleading, but not for long. mmmmmm. @Crow

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NATURE

TJ Paris: Moon in the Pond | La vie est trop courte pour boire du mauvais vin. Great Haiku. Interesting photo to go with it. An odd photo in a way, not a bad way, more an interesting way. Very much an art piece. @Roccoco_a_GoGo

Pat B: Pudding River | A season and a time. An awesome title I  had to use from words in the Haiku. A real place.

Lizl : Star Treks, Anyone? | Quilted Poetry. That’s the title of the post, with the name of the Haiku, I think, being Enjoy an Extended Vacation. Very well done. Makes you smile.

Marie: Opals | The Syllabub Sea. I think someone has jewelry on the brain lately.

Clarence: The Beauty of Just Born | PrairieChat. Awww, so cute. I wish there had been a photo with this one. Anyone else enjoying the headers he’s been sharing?

Cathy: At Home on the Stage (or Take a Bow, my title) | Rambling in the Garden. Beautiful words and the photography is excellent.

Denis: 5 Milky Smooth Haiku | HaikuHound. His title this week. I have to say, I had a title in mind as I headed into the third Haiku then flush, it was gone. Great variety of photography this week.

VronLaCroix: Suckling Calf | Simply Snapshots. Sometimes you gotta wonder about calves. How many get the fool kicked out of them? Nice photography. By the way, I am the one that capitalizes her name that way. I may be wrong, but I like it.

 

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STORYTELLING

Alice: Her Experience | Boomerang Zone. Whoa. Go one of two ways with this one. One obvious and one you have to stretch for, but you can get there. @Vidocq_CC

Garima Jain: Confined! | PERFERVIDDREAMS. Very good story in this one. The bad thing is it is so real and true. @perferviddream

MUST READ 1000hoursleft (Mek): Within the Milky Way | Work In Progress. Love these. Story of parenting and children.

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THINKY

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WISDOM

R. Todd: Milk Does A Body … | A Flash of Fiction. Good advice, and if you are nosy you can see a photo of him. He has a chin like mine, one you can hang on to. Good for thinking moments. @psibrone

Neel Anil Panicker: Milking life’s joy. | NeelWritesBlog. Good advice with this one. @PanickerNeel

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Ronovan Hester is an author, with his debut historical adventure novel Amber Wake: Gabriel Falling available now on Amazon. He shares his life through his blog RonovanWrites.WordPress.com. His love of poetry, authors and community through his online world has lead to the creation of a site dedicated to book reviews, interviews and author resources known as LitWorldInterviews.com.

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Don’t Let it Go … Hold on.

Today is a day unlike any in the history of the world. We are existing at a moment that has never taken place before. In these moments we breathe, and think, and love, we exhale the past filled with the air of anxiety, doubt, and confliction.

Wouldn’t it be nice to live in a perfect world? Would we know it was perfect if there was nothing to compare? I’m thinking out loud at the moment. I’m not certain how much of this will make it to my clicking on publish, but I like to write out loud. It’s a great time to exist.

One of the first articles I ever shared was about how not to allow others to control you. People took from that, that you shouldn’t let people keep you from your dreams. That’s true on one level. Then there is the internal happiness. One emphasis I’ve had on my blog for quite some time is positivity. With life constantly bombarding us daily with negativity at every turn, especially the media, it’s nice to have a circle of the world that brings you positive influences.

I’ve been fortunate to have a great blog family and group of followers who encourage what I do, support my efforts, even when they come up short of my norm. We all need that. I think if we don’t we end up coloring our world with negativity at every turn.

Taking my deep breaths as one accomplishment has occurred and I set my eyes on the next, I let go of things.

That’s wrong. Letting go is a negative way of looking at things. It’s a form of giving up. Instead of Let It Go, think to “Hold on.”

Hold on to what is important.

Hold on to what you love.

Hold on to what gives you joy.

To what do you hold on?

Hold On by Ronovan Hester

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Moments of Challenge.

As you all know, I don’t participate in may of the various pass it on blog things. You know, as in ‘do this and then have people do the same thing.’ One I don’t mind doing is the Three Quote Challenge. I’ve done it once before and I’ve been asked to do so again.

Susan Langer has asked me to join in this time. Many of you know Susan from her blog Susan’s Personal Blog where she enjoys doing various challenges and offers services to help other bloggers and writers.

I’ll give the rules and such at the end of my run of quotes. If you want to know them right now, click HERE to visit Susan’s post and quote. Do so anyway to support her blog.

My quote today:

My flesh and my heart may fail,
    but God is the strength of my heart
    and my portion forever.”-Psalm 73:26
Asaph, Worship Leader for King David.

Lately, life seems to be throwing things my way to challenge me in my writing life.

  • Where is the time for it?
  • Do I take short cuts?
  • Do I resort to the tricks and gimmicks to make things more successful?
  • Do I devote even more time to blogging and writing than I do now?
  • Do I compromise my beliefs and character for gain?

Those moments of challenge may come at you from any direction. Asaph was talking about looking around and see people of less than respectable practices seemingly prospering while those who lived on the straight and narrow path struggled.

Eventually, he figured it out. Although we see a visage of prosperity for a time in this person, in the long run, those who follow the right path, the right decisions will be more satisfied and happier because of how they have achieved what they have, and because of where they end up. We know we have not burned bridges or broken lives along the way. Our conscious and heart are clear.

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RonovanWrites 83rd #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry #Links

Comments are bit skimpy this week. With the book launch of today for Amber Wake: Gabriel Falling now live on Kindle as well as Paperback, I may be able to get back in the swing of things. But after only links last week I felt I needed to get back to a normal review this week. Not that I ever am normal in anything I do.

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AUTHOR CENTRAL

To view an author’s books on Amazon, click either the word Author in red, or the book image beside their name.

If an author does not have a comment, as do the entries, that means they did not have an entry this week, but I left their place here. Is it for the benefit of advertising their work? No, it is for the ease of my formatting their next entry in the challenge. It’s a bear to do those. (And maybe there is a little heart felt type thing I have for authors.)

BLOGGERS ABOUNDING
Must Reads
Fantasy
Humor
Inspiration
Life
Literature
Moments
Nature
Storytelling
Thinky

New Offenders!

Don Massenzio: Flawed | Don Massenzio’s Blog Independent Authors Unite!   The Haiku is in the comments, and his blog is the other link. Like my character, Frank Rozzani, I was born in Syracuse, New York to first generation Italian American parents. I’m an avid reader. Some of my favorite authors are Harlan Coben, David Morrell, Stephen King, Jonathan Kellerman, John Grisham, and Hugh Howey. My favorite book of all time is To Kill a Mockingbird.
I started writing as a way to combat the long hours of travel and numerous hotel stays that are part of the ‘glamorous’ world of corporate life. I use writing as a therapeutic outlet to combat my homesickness...[more on his author site].”



First to Offend this Week!

The Dark Citadel by Jane DoughertyJane Dougherty (Author): Inflamed Promises | Jane Dougherty Writes. Three Haiku with comments split beween which one is favorite. Check out Jane’s books on Amazon at the Author link above. @MJDougherty33




Must Reads

Must Read TJ Paris: Hidden Gem | La vie est trop courte pour boire du mauvais vin. This is one of those ones where the story surpasses the Haiku. It’s one that gives you a perspective on life.@Roccoco_a_GoGo

Must Read Kat: Passion’s Planes | like mercury colliding. The title may or may not make sense after reading the Haiku. For me it does. If you think of the end results of what she’s saying in the poem, you’ll get my meaning. @kat_myrman

Must Read Janice: Stories of Chocolate | Ontheland. Obviously some good Haiku here, but also something we all need to know. Seriously. @ontheland1

Must Read Greg Wolford: The Big Reveal | Potholes in the Road of Life. Okay, the Haiku is good, but the reason behind it is even better. Go and congratulate the old geezer.  @greg_wolford

Must Read Melissa: Sweet Gems. | The Aran Artisan. Seriously go visit this one, not only for the Haiku but for the recipe. Melissa and one of our other Haikumily members, Sandra the Daffy one, helped compile this years list of ‘photo word of the week‘ challenge. @TheAranArtisan

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AUTHORS CENTRAL


A Haiku Perspective 2015 by Annette Rochelle AbenAnnette Rochelle Aben (Best Selling Author, Radio Show Host): Precious Process | Annette Rochelle Aben. Annette gives us how it all happens. Better than the idea of someone being so uptight if you put a piece of coal … um … never mind. I just being cheeky. Muahahahaha.  Check out Annette’s books at the Author link above and her Radio Show at the Host link. @YouAreTheExpert

Like a Child to Home by Bill EnglesonBill Engleson (Author): Winter Gem. If I said this was poetic, would it sound a bit redundant. Click the Author Link for Like a Child to Home. 

Swan Mothers by Natalia ErehnahNatalia Erehnah (Author): Black Opal | Weaving Gold. I oddly looked at the image here to try and figure it out and then did a big duh thing when I put it with the title. Yeah, it’s been one of them weeks. @swanmothers

The Dragon Tempest by D.B. Mauldin and others.D.B. Mauldin (Author): The Moment… | mama bear musings. Another process Haiku on the theme but not the same process. Check out the Author link for offerings on Amazon and click HERE for the About page links to other online distribution such as Smashwords.

Room in Hell: Book 5 by Greg PierceNagrij or (Greg Pierce). (Author): -Volcanic- | Nagrij Writes the Hits You Never Knew Existed.  Diamonds and flames and licking. Sounds a bit, um, out there.  You can check out the list of books on Amazon by clicking the Author link above.

Christine Randall: Happy Valentine | Christine R (Trying to keep the brain cells alive.) A Haiku and the image was made especially for the Haiku Challenge. Check it out. Also visit her Author site, CJRANDALL.COM.

Bleeding Heart by Elizabeth RawlsE. Rawls (Author): Betrayal/Rule | Rawls E. Fantasy. When I saw the title of these Haiku in the link I had an idea of what the topic could be, I was wrong. Whew.  Check out Bleeding Hearts, a collection of short stories, poems, and riddles, at Elizabeth’s Author page on Amazon by clicking the Author link above.  @VChronicles_

The Basement by Vashti Quiroz-VegaVashti Quiroz-Vega (Author): Girl-Power! | The Writer Next Door. Mhmm, she done use the Haiku for gender promotion. Check out Vashti on Amazon at the Author link above and you can see her interview by clicking HERE. @VashtiQV

The-Mystical-Hexagram-Sue-VincentSue Vincent (Author): Gems | Daily Echo. A very imagery filled Haiku leading to all sorts of thoughts. Click the Author link for Sue at Amazon and her many books. @SCVincent

Dilemma by Baheya Zeitoun. Baheya Zeitoun (Author): Flaming Gem | An Artist At Heart. An interesting one with your own interpretation to go with it.



Not participating this week.

Mankind Limited by Scott BaileyScott Bailey (AUTHOR): House of Dreams | TheHouseOfBailey. . As you may notice Scott is an Author, by clicking HERE or the AUTHOR link above you may visit his UK Amazon author page. Click the IMAGE for Amazon.com. 

Silver Lightning by Wendy Anne DarlingWendy Anne Darling (Author): See-through Eyes | Wendy Anne Darling. .  Wendy’s book Silver Lightning is on Amazon at the Author link above or the image.

After the Ruin by Harriet GoodchildH. M. Goodchild (Author): | Folksong and Fantasy. . H. M. Goodchild is found on Amazon as Harriet Goodchild, yes, we have another author joining us. Click the Author link above to go to her Amazon Author page. 

black-swanMarigold Deidre Dicer (Author): | Versus Blurb. An outlook on the New Year. Check out her book at the Author link above. One I keep trying to find the time to read. Grrrr. @MarigoldDicer

Spiritshine by Janni StylesJanni Styles (Author): Where Home Resides | JanniStyles1. A story of the heart perhaps? Check her author page and books out on Smashwords by clicking the Author link above. One is a “wee collection of verse” and one is a collection of short stories and BOTH are FREE for now!

Resume for Love by Steven S. WalskySteven S. Walsky (Author): The Decades Dance. | Simplicity Lane.Click the Author link above to go to Steven’s blog where you will find all the available places for each book. He’s varied.
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FANTASY

Willow: Raven Queen | Willowdot21. Two that tell a story. Good one that could be a full story if expanded.

Elusive: Phenix | Elusive Trope. I think the title pretty much says it.

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HUMOR

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INSPIRATION

Must Read TJ Paris: Hidden Gem | La vie est trop courte pour boire du mauvais vin. This is one of those ones where the story surpasses the Haiku. It’s one that gives you a perspective on life.@Roccoco_a_GoGo

Must Read Greg Wolford: The Big Reveal | Potholes in the Road of Life. Okay, the Haiku is good, but the reason behind it is even better. Go and congratulate the old geezer.  @greg_wolford

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LIFE

Nato: Flames of Love | Chasing Life and Finding Dreams. 4 Haiku based on Nato’s favorite subject … Romance. @MichelleLunato

Alice: Lasting Love | Boomerang Zone. Some romance action here. It does take time. @Vidocq_CC

Mira: Everlasting Love | To Wear a Rainbow. She is telling it like it is in so many cases. @BediMona

ShidaTahirah: Lit | 876LoveR. The island lady returns. She is going on the theme of romance. Hmm … now who would have thought when I came up with the prompt words for the week leading up to Valentine’s Day that they would inspire romance Haiku? (I’m raising my hand.) @Rebel_Shida

Mira: Hidden Flame | They, You and Me. More romance. Mira does romance well. Sometimes it’s the end results of a romance that’s gone bad, then she does the inspiring moments of being in the good times of romance. @BediMona

Judy: Kindled Fire | Edwina’s Episodes. Even though she went all sweet and romantic, I could not help myself but do a word play with the title. I knew she had it in her. @EdwinasEpisodes

jazzytower (PR): Fireside Memories | Thoughts and Entanglements. Thoughts go where they may when caught up in where the mind leads.

Sandra: Zero | Wild Daffodil. She had to get creative with this one to fit in with her Photo challenge. You can find the list of this years photo challenges, from her and Melissa, on Daffy’s blog by clicking here. And information about the challenge in her post.

1000hoursleft (Mek): Conflict Resolution | Work In Progress. A group of Haiku with a touch of trivia. Makes you want to go check the trivia out.

Al: Under Pressure  | A Certain Point of View. Think the dude is still throwing back to Bowie for a bit of inspiration. Okay, maybe not, but you know when you see those two words together you have to think it. @AlistairLane

Ken G.: Flame Afloat | RIVRVLOGR. Love story time.

Ruby Manchada: Flaming Gems | Whispering Thoughts. Seems like a commentary on someting.

Olga:  From the Ashes | Stuff and what if. This one has two meanings if you like.

Diedre Blake: Road Map | Toward the Within … A bit of down to earth title for this one, that is down to earth but doesn’t sound like it.

Ritu: Ignited | But I Smile Anyway. I don’t think this one says what I think it says but it says what it  might means to say in a very odd sort of way. @PhantomGiggler

Geetha: Conflagration of Senses | Geetha Balvannanathan’s Blog. A whole bunch of cool Haiku. @geethap2007

Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha: Tried | A Cooking Pot and TwistedTales. Two Haiku, both giving some good advice.

Crow: Poem 20160209 (Aftermath) | Caw!.  Not exactly the word I am looking for to give the Haiku, but the one I have at the moment. @Crow

Mahitha Kasireddi: Soul Searching | MagyKars. The name is mine but not what you might think. 

Must Read Janice: Stories of Chocolate | Ontheland. Obviously some good Haiku here, but also something we all need to know. Seriously. @ontheland1

Frances: Out of the flame | imanikingblog. Two Haiku. Some good synonym usage. @imaniking

Jen (JK): Incandescent | The Secret Keeper. Definitely some signs going on here.  @occultguardian

OBA: Flaming Gems | The king’s oracle. Personal achievements? @obapathway

Florence: Chilled Desire | Meanings and Musings. Well, she did the opposite thing quite well. @FTThum

Neel Anil Panicker: Love moves and heart grooves. | NeelWritesBlog. Someone is not into the season me thinks.

Becky: A Hidden Flame | Becky G? Oh, That’s Me! She got all mushy with this one.

Clarence: A Gem of an Arm | PrairieChat. Not sure if he’s hoping for spring or thinking back to a week ago.

Must Read Melissa: Sweet Gems. | The Aran Artisan. Seriously go visit this one, not only for the Haiku but for the recipe. Melissa and one of our other Haikumily members, Sandra the Daffy one, helped compile this years list of ‘photo word of the week‘ challenge. @TheAranArtisan

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LITERATURE

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MOMENTS

Kim M. Russell: Embers | Writing in North Northfolk. Ah, a different take. Good one. @kim88110

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NATURE

Clarence: Nova | PrairieChat. I like that photo he used with this one. Fits very nicely with the Haiku.

Peter: Crocus | Wherever I lay my pen, that’s my home. Hope is near in this Haiku and photo.

Teresa Smeigh: Twinkling Bright | Always A Writer. A gem of a Haiku. I couldn’t resist it, it was there. @TeresaSmeigh

Pat B: Chandalier | A season and a time. These have always been some of my favorites.

Marie: Gem Fire | The Syllabub Sea. That’s how it happens. Did you know they grow?

Denis: Gem of a Sunset | HaikuHound. When you have a built in model, why not use it, right?

Lizl : Smoldering | Quilted Poetry. Gems and sunsets and things like that.

Janice: Cocoa gems sent from the gods. | Ontheland. A good lesson about a favorite subject. I bet most people didn’t know this is where it came from. @ontheland1

Cathy: Synonymical Liberties | Rambling in the Garden. I think this is a nature one. I’m pretty sure it is.

DrKottaway: Pressure | KO Rural Mad As Hell Blog. Interesting the different was people can describe something.

R. Todd: Over the Rhone | A Flash of Fiction. A very nice and imagery filled one. Also kind of funny when you think of what we consider as being pretty to look at. @psibrone
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STORYTELLING

Wesley Hollifield: Pure/Wicked | NearlyWes. A good story of advice to a lot of people. But advice almost never taken.

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Thinky

Must Read Kat: Passion’s Planes | like mercury colliding. The title may or may not make sense after reading the Haiku. For me it does. If you think of the end results of what she’s saying in the poem, you’ll get my meaning. @kat_myrman

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Ronovan Hester is an author, with his debut historical adventure novel Amber Wake: Gabriel Falling available now on Amazon. He shares his life through his blog RonovanWrites.WordPress.com. His love of poetry, authors and community through his online world has lead to the creation of a site dedicated to book reviews, interviews and author resources known as LitWorldInterviews.com.

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