Friday, December 20, 2019

A Quiet & Peaceful Sharing

In this season of waiting, I find myself rushing, stressing, and fussing. In an attempt to find quiet and peace, I share the following words and music with you, wishing you all a wonderful, joyful and peaceful season of celebration.

In the bleak midwinter
In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan,
Earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone;
Snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow,
In the bleak midwinter, long ago.

Our God, Heaven cannot hold Him, nor earth sustain;
Heaven and earth shall flee away when He comes to reign.
In the bleak midwinter a stable place sufficed
The Lord God Almighty, Jesus Christ.

Enough for Him, whom cherubim, worship night and day,
Breastful of milk, and a mangerful of hay;
Enough for Him, whom angels fall before,
The ox and ass and camel which adore.

Angels and archangels may have gathered there,
Cherubim and seraphim thronged the air;
But His mother only, in her maiden bliss,
Worshipped the beloved with a kiss.

What can I give Him, poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb;
If I were a Wise Man, I would do my part;
Yet what I can I give Him: give my heart.

This one is so lovely and relaxing:

Best wishes to all...

Friday, December 6, 2019

A crazy thing just before Christmas

Our basement had become a dungeon. It desperately needed work. So our Christmas present to each other is to have it refurbished. 

Yesterday we had our washer, dryer, basement refrigerator and some other heavy equipment moved to other spaces in our house to make ready for the workers on Monday.  It isn't exactly decorating for Christmas... but... it must be done. No more putting it off. We will face the dungeon dragon and overcome it!

So when I came across this poem by Ogden Nash, it seemed perfect for the occasion. I hope you will enjoy this as my Poetry Friday offering.

Kind of an Ode to Duty

O Duty,
Why hast thou not the visage of a sweetie or a cutie?
Why glitter thy spectacles so ominously?
Why art thou clad so abominously?
Why art thou so different from Venus
And why do thou and I have so few interests mutually in common between us?
Why art thou fifty per cent martyr
And fifty-one per cent Tartar?

Why is it thy unfortunate wont
To try to attract people by calling on them either to leave undone the deeds they like, or to do the deeds they don’t?
Why are thou so like an April post-mortem
On something that died in the ortumn?
Above all, why dost thou continue to hound me?
Why art thou always albatrossly hanging around me?

Thou so ubiquitous,
And I so iniquitous.
I seem to be the one person in the world thou art perpetually preaching at who or to who;
Whatever looks like fun, there art thou standing between me and it, calling yoo-hoo.
O Duty, Duty!
How noble a man should I be hadst thou the visage of a sweetie or a cutie!
Wert thou but houri instead of a hag
Then would my halo indeed be in the bag!
But as it is thou art so much forbiddinger than a Wodehouse hero’s forbiddingest aunt
That in the words of the poet, When Duty whispers low, Thou must, this erstwhile youth replies, I just can’t.

-- Ogden Nash

I don't know about you, but this makes me laugh even in the middle of a house project.  And unlike Mr. Nash, we have hired people with appropriate skills to help us, so "we can!"

This Poetry Friday is hosted by Tanita at (fiction instead of lies) Head on over to see everyone and have some more poetic fun.

Cheers to all!

Thursday, December 5, 2019

An Alphabet of 2019

My word for the year was “Alphabet.”  Why did I choose it? Was it just a cheap stunt to pick a word that left me wide open?  Was I really listening to God’s words for me? Was I discerning? If so, what did I learn?

Below is my attempt to make the alphabet speak for my year.  These are the lessons I’ve tried to learn from 2019.

Amen and Alleluia!  Rejoice in the Lord always. 
(Also... another anthology with one of my poems in it!)

Balancing one step at a time.
Blessed Is the Lord by Dan Forrest 

Courage is a constant challenge.

Deliberate and discern.

Earth’s beauty is endless.  

Find words to express truth.


Hard work

Inspiration and insight

Be Joyful... but use good
judgment.   A line dance with a jump and a swivel was not a good choice.  😊

Kindness is for everyone. 

Limits are changing. I must listen to my body, and laugh long and hard.

Music moves me.

Never give up.

Opposition pops up in unexpected places. Do not be overcome.

Practice patience.  Pray without ceasing.

Questions are good.

Remember with reverence.

Sing your own song.  
And another thing: 
Second-guessing is for the birds. Are you a bird?  Are you???

Take time … be still and know…

Urge unity.

Vowels are absent in the alphabet of grace: delve for meaning. In choir we learn: the meaning is in the consonants, but the beauty is in the vowels.

Wishy-washy doesn’t cut it. Welcome opportunity with an open heart.

eXciting new year ahead


Like Zechariah, I stand in awe... praising God...

My best to you in this season of celebration.