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Vicious Life Cycles ~ Letters from the Heart #atozchallenge

Dear Barbarinie:

It sucks that you picked vicious life cycles as today’s topic. Sometimes you have to face it. Life is not all skittles and beer or rainbows and butterflies. Sometimes life wants to push you down and fuck ya stick it you where the sun don’t shine. Not so much life, really, but people in your life or situations that come about that involve people in your life. You know like the ebb and flow of the Atlantic tide.

Vicious life cycles are something like generational sin. It goes on and on until someone decides to stop it. Not that they can because you have tried to right the wrongs. Just because you speak it true, won’t make it real. You cannot control how others will react to your desires. You are not the Christ (coming up in a future post).

Vicious are the things in life that you want to change, you try to change, but you don’t have the power to change them. So what can you do?

1. Don’t sweat the small stuff. In a day/week/month/year it won’t matter anyways.
2. Realize all people are messy. They deal with the same things you do.
3. Show grace. Everyone needs to be shown a little clemency.
4. Know when to just shut up. Remember what Thumper said in Bambi.

Practice these few things and that will be the beginning of stopping the vicious life cycles you find yourself in with people. Just know life is not always going to be smooth as velvet 🧶

Go have a good day now.
Your constant and faithful,

Can you believe we are on our last week of the challenge?  How’s everyone doing?  Having a good time?  I am going to be bummed to see it end.  How about you guys?  Are you going to keep at it and continue blogging on a daily/weekly/monthly basis?  How do you fit it all in? Just curious.

People ~ Letters from the Heart #atozchallenge

Dear Barbie:

People are part of your life. They come and go in your life all the time. Some people are part of your life forever and some for a short period of time. People are funny human beings with different characteristics that make you love them or not like them so much at all. Sometimes you can chose to have people in your life and other times you don’t get that option.

In you’re opinion you are lucky to get the opportunity to work from home and not have to meet people face to face on a daily basis. Others might disagree, but you have a tendency to tell people exactly what you think (you are working on this and doing a good job, but still have a long ways to go).  You think a lot of people are a few cans short of a six pack.

This challenge has brought many new people into your life and it’s a blessing to be able to learn about so many new things and the opportunity to visit new cultures, fresh ideas and different opinions. You would like to mention some people (old pals and some new faces too).

Our smiling Janet is taking us on a round trip through San Francisco.
Curious Cathy is sketching us pictures and sharing Looney Tunes cart☺☺ns.
John single-handedly is counting down the top 40.
Tamara always has a fresh new perspective to ponder.

How could I forget Karen where I can always go home to Maine?
Iain shares the background of characters from his State Trilogy.
Pradeep is taking us through Bengaluru, formerly known as Bangalore.
Arlee (founder of A-Z) taking us for a river ride.

There are so many more people to mention and should but then it wouldn’t be short and sweet. Make sure you visit the master list and pick a category you wouldn’t normally look at. Go see what they are up to. Make a nice comment! You have more people to meet, so what are you waiting for.


Well folks we only have two weeks to go.  How is everyone doing?  Are you planning to keep at it after the challenge is over?  I for one definitely want to keep writing.  It brings me such joy.  We still have the After Survey, Reflections and then the Road Trip…that will be fun.


Helping Those in Need ~Letters From the Heart #A2ZChallenge2021

Hello, Hello, Howdy and Hey-hey whaddaya say?

Your letter today is going to be short and sweet because Tall Cool ☺ne decided since it was Thirsty Thursday you guys would pretend you were back in high school and instead of him going home after Rockford Files he stayed, and you guys played… into the wee hours of the night (or morning). You are getting a little too old for that on a “school” night and it’s gonna be a long day on three hours of sleep.

Today’s offering is about helping those in need. You might interpret that to mean helping homeless helpless people. Not today my friend. Help is support for anyone who needs it. Just because you work at home don’t think there are not opportunities to help. It comes in various ways.

It can be as simple as a smile 🙂 over the phone ☎️ and if you try really hard people can hear that smile 🙂 in your voice. A gesture 🤙, a peace sign ✌️, a tip of the hat 👒, a nod of the head 🙃, even a like 👍on a social media site or other places you interact with people virtually.

Helping is a gift. Not everyone has the personality to be a helper…some are antagonists. Avoid them at all costs…just kidding, those are the ones who need the help the most. Remember that the next time someone comes along that you would rather avoid. Be the one person in their day that shines.

Until next time,

your constant and faithful,

What is A2ZBlogging? Using this premise, you would start beginning April First with a topic themed on something with the letter A, then on April second another topic with the letter B as the theme, and so on until you finish on April thirtieth with the theme based on the letter Z.  It doesn’t even have to be a word–it can be a proper noun, the letter used as a symbol, or the letter itself.  The theme of the day is the letter scheduled for that day.

New Normal

We keep asking each other when things are going to get back to normal. Normal being the way things used to be. Baseball games, music festivals, old home days, high school graduations, rock concerts, sushi bars and drinks after work. As I’m writing this, it feels strange to think about how many normal things have been affected by this virus. Unfortunately things will never be the same again. The normal that we once knew is all new. I don’t think things will ever be the same again. We have to get used to a whole new normal.

Remember how things were six months ago? What do you think they will look like six months from now? What about six years from now? What is normal to you?

We don’t consider ourselves the social butterfly type of people. We did like to do an occasional happy hour at the grocery store that allows one to drink beer while shopping.  There were a few annual activities we liked to participate in each year, a NASCAR race, a few car shows, poultry festival, etc. All those things are now gone! It makes me sad because we looked forward to those outings.

The new normal is not like any normal I’m used to. Instead of greeting an old friend with a hug, the new normal is resorting to a six foot distance wave or a peace sign. The new normal is happy hours with friends from home, on Skype and then posting the collage on Facebook. The new normal is working remotely, at home, only a phone call away. The new normal is going to be hard to get used to.

The next generation will think it’s normal. This generation will tell their grandchildren how they used go to a building and sit at desks when they went to school. They will recall sporting events and music festivals or day trips to theme parks. Vacations were get-a-ways where people flocked to celebrate. Toilet paper could be found on shelves and there was no limit to how much one could purchase.

The new normal doesn’t sound normal at all. I don’t know about you, but I like the old way better.  No cats were harmed in creating this post, me on the other hand, yeah… I gotta bite!

Welcome to the A-Z Blogging Challenge. This year I think it will bring a lot more people together with the epidemic going on right. Being quarantined means more people will flock to the web looking for things to do. This is a great way to meet new people. Maybe you will read something new, find a new hobby, or just be entertained by some random musings. Whatever the case may be, stay safe, drink plenty of liquids and enjoy the trip.


I had the challenge all mapped out. My A-Z’s were thoroughly thought out and I knew what I was going to write about each day for each letter. Day one and the idea I was going to use wasn’t working. I scrapped it and started over. Who is the April fool?

With everything going on right now, it’s important to keep our attitudes in check. Keeping a positive attitude is the best thing we can do for each other, as well as ourselves. When something doesn’t work, don’t get all puked out about it and sit and sulk for the next twenty minutes ~ like I did. Shake it off and start over.

That’s what we do as writers. Sometimes you have to crunch up that piece of paper twenty times before the words come out right. Sometimes they still don’t come out right. But if you keep a positive attitude, you will come out on top. This is true in everything we do. Attitude is contagious. Remember that.  The next time you are around a negative person don’t let their bad attitude rub off on you. Do just the opposite (while practicing social distancing of course). Stay positive my friends.

Welcome to the A-Z Blogging Challenge. This year I think it will bring a lot more people together with the epidemic. Being quarantined means more people will flock to the web looking for things to do. This is a great way to meet new people. Maybe you will read something new, find a new hobby, or just be entertained by some random musings. Whatever the case may be, stay safe, drink plenty of liquids and enjoy the write.

Aspirations of the Asinine

Aspirations of the Asinine

Every day will be perfect, and nothing will ever go wrong,
Difficult choices are only made in a sad country song.
We’re all equal; no nepotism must we live through,
People understand us and see things as we do.

Why can’t we all just get along?
In a world we just want to belong.

Our relationships are harmonious, always pure,
Never an unkind word to cause us to feel unsure.
Marriage always comes first and daily life is perfect,
Children visit often and there is a repetitious show of respect.

Companionship never obscure
Family-life forever secure.

Those on the government dole should be  made to take a job
Something simple, anything, even Walmart greeters can hob-nob.
No cell phones,  no hair-dos , no fancy nails or vacations,
There is no more  system abuse, nor celebrations!

They don’t work for the mob
They sit around like a slob.

The business world is fair and compensation is by merit
A position is earned, it’s not something you inherit.
We can still make a living by honest hard work.
There are no dirty looks from the DMV clerk.

I just want to eat a carrot
‘Cause my boss sounds like a parrot. 

Dust bunnies are never found under the bed,
Yard work is always looking fine on the homestead.
We always have plenty of money and plenty of time,
To do the things we want with the turn on a dime.

The hungry will always be fed,
‘Everything is perfect in our head.’ 


Two Lips

two lips

You got two lips? Use ’em!

We all like to think we make a difference in people’s lives. We want to be that person that gets the credit for what the next person did. You know what I’m talking about. We see it all the time on social media. Someone posts something and a ton of people comment on how great of an idea that is and you sit there reading through the comments, thinking to yourself, wow, they stole my idea and they’re taking the credit for it! Suck it up, cupcake! Shit happens, and there ain’t nothing new under the sun.

Every day I like to think I learn something new. New as in a lesson learned, not as in how to drive a skid steer. We take what we learn and we share with the people we care about, and the people we love. Sometimes those people we share with listen and sometimes they don’t, it’s all part of this game called life.

We have to remember none of us are perfect and we are all going to make mistakes. Mistakes are how we learn. If we aren’t making mistakes, we aren’t taking chances because without failure, no lesson is learned.

Think about what you can do to help someone today. Encourage them to take a chance. If you are reading this and thinking about doing the A-Z blogging challenge, I implore you to go for it. Take a chance. What do you have to lose? If you are reading this blog for encouragement at your walk in life, I am here to tell you to take that chance at whatever challenge lies before you. Every day we get to make a choice. It’s all in the attitude, you make that choice when you wake up in the morning. Good over bad every day. Make today count.

Until next time,




Today I’ve come to a roadblock. My creativity seems to have just shut down. The ideas feel like they are just on the other side of that barrier that’s blocking me from getting to them. Like that word that lays just on the tip of your tongue. My muse is just over the obstruction. The barrier could be just about anything. Time management, procrastination, candy crush addiction, Facebook creeping, forum chit-chat, anything that impedes the progress of writing. Some people call it writer’s block. Quite frankly I believe when people say they have writer’s block it’s just an excuse to be lazy and not write. If you put your mind to it, you can write about anything. This post is a perfect example. I’m writing about a roadblock that doesn’t have a road and the blockage is untraditional.

What can you do when you come to a roadblock in your writing?

  1. Change the point of view. Look at the situation from a different perspective.
    1. I was trying to come up with something fun for an R blog. When it didn’t come to me, I thought about what I could do to help someone else in their writing.
    2. What would happen if the shoe was on the other foot? Switch the idea of your characters around. Does that help?
    3. What would Superman do?
  2. Take a walk away from your workspace.
    1. Nothing clears the mind like fresh air. Go outside and breathe it in.
    2. Take a quick walk down to the corner store for a cup of coffee.
    3. Walk to the water cooler. You never know who you’ll run into and engage in some interesting conversation.
  3. Pay attention to that furry four-legged friend that you have.
    1. It’s amazing how much pressure from the day will slip away if you take a few minutes with your cat. (Only a few pats though — more than three is too many)
    2. Your dog would love to go for a brisk walk and it will revive you so that you feel refreshed when you come back to your keyboard.
    3. Your pets know when you are stressed, let them help you.
  4. Learn something new.
    1. Read the dictionary until you find a new word.
    2. Research something you know nothing about.
    3. Listen to some music that you don’t normally listen to.
  5. Review your goals.
    1. Why are you writing?
    2. Are you enjoying it?
    3. What is the goal?
    4. If you don’t like what you are doing you will never do well at it. Make sure you do what you do because you enjoy it.


That’s all for today. Hopefully these five tips will help you get through the roadblock you might be facing. What do you do when you find difficulty in writing? Share your thoughts in the comments. Be sure to check out some of the other R blogs in the A-Z Blogging Challenge.





I seem to be having a problem with Day #3, C. Just one C-word is not capturing my attention, so I thought I’d capitalize the characterization and/or creativity with several certain C-Words. Hopefully that will cast out any doubt that I am not up for the A-Z Blogging Challenge. So with great pleasure and care I offer my Chautauqua (so to speak) with the company of my casual cyber friends. ☺

I do not live in a castle with a charming prince. Instead I spend time in a charming cabin with two cats that believe they are cougars. They keep me company during the day while I create cosmetic characters for corporate entertainment. Chocolate and coffee are two luxuries I cherish. Candor is a characteristic I hope to be remembered for. My husband gets annoyed when I chew gum in his presence. I am a chicken-shit when it comes to the dark and creepy-crawlers. I had a dog named Charlie that was killed when he was hit by a car. Cod-Liver Oil used to be the cure-all medicine back in the old days. I used to love to use Crayola Crayons and color cool pictures in color-books when I was a child. I try to stay away from contentious people. However, I will get into a controversial conversation when instigated. Coincidently, the C-words have come consistently for the content of this challenge. Peter Cottontail comes on Sunday, but the real crowd-pleaser is acknowledging Christ was crucified on the Cross for our sins.



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