Wednesday, September 30, 2015

demise

there is a haunting in the breeze,
an orchestrating of the leaves into failing, falling, 
and fluttering in the wind rattling at the door of winter, 
demise

PJFARR
9/30/2015


PJFARR
10/5/2010

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Hidden Stream


I have found the hidden stream on the eastern side of the mountain. 
Running with pure glacier water, it quenches the thirst of both man and beast.

Taking a sip of the clear water, finding refreshment at last on the journey.
 Resting in the knowledge that this adventure is nearly over. 

I will walk beside the stream until I am home.
PJFARR
2015
Inspired by Jeremiah 17: 7 & 8 

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Meandering In The Woods

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Meandering through the woods, a lovely way to spend a fall day.

Monday, September 21, 2015

'Tis a Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood

The weather is sublime! Cool temperatures and light zephyr breezes. Leaves dancing on gusts of wind. Fall is my favorite time of the year and this year it has arrived early. Winter will not be far behind and is throwing hints of an early arrival as well.

But today, today is a lovely day to be out and about in the woods.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Dreaming The Impossible Dream

In the early morning she writes. Hoping that this time it might be worth something. Penniless and hoping to change her circumstance. Dare she dream to write like J.K. Rowling?

Poised and at the ready. Where are the muses? Alas, they are gone, on vacation it would seem. Just when she has the time to write they make a get away. Otherwise they torment her when she has no time to write. They whisper and shout scenes and characters from the sidelines like a coach during a football game, but she has no time to write!

Frustrated and tormented but hopeful tomorrow is another day to dream, to write, and to dare the impossible dream to be published and read.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Listening, Hearing, Heard

What does it mean to listen? 

The dictionary.com defines the word listen as follows:
lis·ten [lis–uhn] verb
1.  To give attention with the ear; attend closely for the purpose of hearing
2.  To pay attention; heed

Listening is the ability to accurately receive and interpret messages in the communication process.  Yes, it means to hear; but it also means to pay attention—with our ears, our eyes, and our hearts.

Listening to others a key life skill, it can also have a tremendous impact on building trust in a relationship. When we take the time to listen, we show the other person that we care—that we are interested in understanding their perspective. That can go a long way toward building, or rebuilding, a relationship.

Fred Rogers once said, “The purpose of life is to listen to God – to yourself, to your neighbor, to your world and, when the time comes, to respond in as helpful a way as you can find …  from within and without.”

Listening is key to all effective communication, without the ability to listen effectively messages are easily misunderstood – communication breaks down and the sender of the message can easily become frustrated or irritated.

If there is one communication, skill you should aim to master then listening is it.  I ask this question of myself, “Am I really listening to others?” “Do I communicate clearly?” The following is a link to a life skill website that will aide you in becoming a better listener. http://www.skillsyouneed.com/ips/listening-skills.html.

Are you a good listener? On the other hand, are you reactionary to everything you perceive you are hearing?

I think we all need to START listening more! 

Maybe it is not too late for change.

Be the change you want in the world...be a better LISTENER.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Sophisticated Narration

“In some ways, subtext—the workshop term for the unspoken aspects of fiction—is the craft element that separates immature writing from more sophisticated narration.”   JACOB M.APPEL


This quote comes from and essay written by Jacob Appel about Dan Chaon: Master of the Sinister Subtext in Fiction Writers Review.  It is an excellent article about a writer, whose writing is multi-layered and rich, and who shares with aspiring writers the art of accessible archetype for mastering subtext. A must read for any writer looking to advance in his/her writing skills. Master analyst and writer extraordinaire Jacob Appel shares Dan Chaon gems of nuance and subtle undercurrents, subtext writing techniques. Any aspiring writer looking for information about writing sophisticated narration must need to read this essay.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Flash Fiction

I enjoy reading “Flash Fiction.”

flash fic·tion
(noun)
 1. fiction that is extremely brief, typically only a few hundred words or fewer in its entirety. 

It is great for those moments you dislike, like waiting for the doctor or dentist, or stuck in traffic that has not moved for fifteen minutes. A few hundred entertaining words that can make you laugh, cry, or be terrified, with flash fiction you do not know what you are going to get.

The following link is to a fantastic literary site called http://www.wordriot.org.  Check it out and enjoy the musings.   No One Here Knows a Damn Thing About Birds by Chuck Strangward.

If you have a favorite flash fiction site, please share it in the comment section and I'll share the information.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Dead Man Walking

Dead man walking doesn’t even know it.
Blinded by his own arrogance and pride, he does not see it coming.
He is a whitewashed sepulcher.

Man makes plans for the future.
Relying on mediums and futurist.
His development halted, building on dead man’s corpus.

Thinking God does not see, nor pay heed to his deeds.
The fa├žade will collapse.
Hollow graves sink beneath the weight of bones.

The second death is inescapable for the damned.

     PJFARR
September 2015