When we pass to one another prejudice by thoughts, words and actions, we allow hate in our world. We choose to change our views depending on circumstances that do not accommodate our immediate needs. What pleases us for the moment lasts an eternity to the person who lives with the reality of hatred.

When we forgive and understand first ,it is only when we will be forgiven and understood. I need a daily reminder, sometimes a minute to minute reminder to focus on the good and act accordingly. Ignorance is a lack of knowledge or understanding. Its up to us to teach, by the way we live our lives, interact with others, with kindness and respect.

We have all had our share of burdens and hardships, heartaches, lets not make it any harder on ourselves. We have got to move forward and open our minds soon.


Liebster Award Shared

I was nominated by:

to answer questions so we can get to know each other better!


Post the award on your blog.
Acknowledge the blogger who nominated you.
Answer the questions assigned to you.
Give 10 random facts about yourself.
Nominate 10 deserving bloggers for the award
Ask 10 questions of your nominees.


1.If you could be a character in any tv show, what would it be?
I don’t watch much t.v., But I like Ar ya Stark from Game of Thrones. She’s a survivor and fights injustice.
2.Describe how your home smells?
My Daughters friend used to come over and say it smells like a hotel though, I’m not sure how many stars in the ratings. We have three dogs and a cat plus five humans living in this house, nightly dinners etc. When I walk in the front door of my house, Id say it smells like cinnamon Potpourri, Thanks giving dinner ,and a freshly hay laid barn. ha ha. It smells like my home and I like it.
3.Does the weather affect your mood?

Everything affects my mood, It fluctuates as the breeze blows. Which makes for unpredictable outcomes to interesting circumstances.
4.If you could live any one day over again, what day would you choose?

I would like to relive a day where I may have hurt someone, then go back and make it right. I try to make amends at the time I make a mistake, but It doesn’t always turn out the way we think it should. So I do the best I can with what I recall, sincerely apologize, then learn from it then move on. I think beginning to right our own wrongs when they happen and when we become conscious, heals all involved. Hopefully one day it would cause a large enough chain reaction to heal the world.
5.If you were a car, what car would you be?

During the week, a Subaru or Volvo something sturdy and protective, tomorrow I might want to be a Jaguar. On Sunday a Honda Crossfire.
6.Do you prefer to read books in paper form or online?

I prefer books in paper form because I like to collect them like a trophy, but I know eventually, I will read online.
7.Is graffiti art?

Yes. The expression or application of human creative skill and imagination. I’m not a fan of all graffiti, its all subjective of course.
8.Are tattoos art?

Yes. The expression or application of human creative skill and imagination.  Of course the tattoo artist tries to convey an expression of feelings moods lifestyles, likes and dislikes for the customer. My tattoos are stained glass windows to my soul,  I heard that once. I personally have six.
9.What is your most favorite word?

10.Is breakfast food an acceptable choice for dinner?

I love Breakfast for dinner, it seems to bring more happy people to the table.
11.Do you have a ticklish spot?

I have a ticklish spot, ha, but I have to be in a ticklish mood for it to work. imagessmily

I nominate these Bloggers:

Your Questions are:

1. What is a funny but embarrassing moment you had.

2.What do you most love about yourself? Why?

3.If you could choose anyone for the presidency who would you pick.

4. What do you most fear? Why?

5. What is your favorite travel destination.

6. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

7. What would your ideal job be?

8. What season do you prefer? Why?

9. What is your favorite Music Band or Performer?

10. Do you think we can each change our world for the better in some small way daily? How?



Old Type Writer

I was thrift shopping a little bit today, and this piece of history caught my eye. This 1940’s Remington Rand model 10 noiseless typewriter  weighs give or take 30lbs. I dusted it off and wiped it down a little, ordered some ribbon, as it is still in working order.

Will I write a book or short story on it? Not today, but one day, maybe. I’d like to think one day when I’m older, that I might slowly and carefully ,methodically type those keys as to put my old thoughts still on paper. If I’m lucky to have cohesive thoughts, I think I might relish quiet reading and introspection then a bit of key tapping to purge whatever topic flows through my mind.

Maybe a love letter to the love of my life. Maybe caring sympathy for a friend whose grieving.Letters from a typewriter reach the depths of a heart as the keys pound out the expressions. The time it takes to type those heavy keys on a typewriter might seem silly., but I would rather read books than watch television. As Robert Frost wrote. “I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.


Photograph by Marcie Fraser

The Struggle

I was really struggling with focus and content of what to write. I got stuck in editing and rewriting already written material  over and over again. I lacked the self confidence and courage to move forward. Today I chipped away at it.

I read some of a book and I read my work to people who listened and cared for me and then I stepped back. I couldn’t see “the forest for the trees.” Which is someone who is too involved in the details of a problem to look at the situation as a whole. It broadened my  view point.

The inspiration does not flow from the spicket unless I turn the knob. Sometimes it takes a bit of work when its stuck. Sometimes it takes a step forward and then a step back until we get the motivation right. It seems like its a struggle a lot of the time, but if we just follow through with our work the self confidence will rise and the courage to move forward will become easier and the inspiration will begin to flow.


Photograph by Marcie Fraser


Iowa 30th Summer Writing Festival

I was recently a participant at the 30th Iowa Summer Writing Festival in Iowa city, Iowa. I had an interest in writing and it was suggested by an important person in my life that I attend. I remained at the workshop for a week. Our instructor was Richard Thomas who taught Dark Fiction: Horror Writing, who is also the author of Tribulations, Disintegration, Breaker, Staring into The Abyss, Victimized, Transubstantiation, Herniated roots, and numerous works in other books such as The Soul Standard and Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories. I’m sure I’m missing others, but Wow, pretty great!

Everyday we attended lectures, and class was from two P.M. to five P.M. We had various activities in the evening. For five days we were given writing assignments and homework. I was terrified of failure and couldn’t write a word. We were to read aloud in class ,our own story in our own writing. I just couldn’t pull it together. With support from classmates and my instructor, by the third day, I took a deep breath and just concentrated reading the words. It felt great. A huge obstacle overcome.

Richard Thomas also gave us a personal Q&A session about the craft, which was very informative. My classmates further encouraged me by their actions, they read at open mic night, to me such bravery. As well as the actions of my instructor receiving his MFA, which further encourages me to seek higher education. I had a fantastic experience and to the amazing people who touched my life that week, I just want to say thank you and I hope to see you next summer.

Iowa 30th Summer Writing Festival