My Painting and a Quote by Shakespeare


Lately, all I wish for is peace and quiet. I have been watching too many shows that focus on politics and the state of the union if you will. I am just exhausted. I needed to get back into a zen place and focus on writing again and painting.

The painting above is imagined but suits me fine  for the time being. I also started sketching and drawing portraits from old photographs. It has been therapeutic.

There is nothing more calming than painting and writing. I recommend it highly.  I would like to hear about other remedies for reducing stress. Please send me your thoughts.

HAIKU #150


One less card this year

not late or belated

simply forgotten

 

It seems that greeting for special holidays, birthdays, even Mother’s Day  posted on social media should suffice these days. No phone calls either sometimes. A quick text with a cute emoji or some ridiculous Gif will substitute a sentiment.

Oh well, I suppose it is what it is. Luckily I have kept all the very special greeting cards, some hand made, in a box. It will probably end up being a time capsule someday. Just saying! Hallmark must be going broke. What do you think?

Haiku Moments


As I devoted the week to reading more Haiku by the great poets, I started writing my own poems again. I hope to publish another collection of poems by the end of the year. So stay tuned. For those of you who have supported me by purchasing Haiku Moments and The Secret Life of Mandalas, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Melba Christie at Poemattic

Dear Followers and fellow bloggers,

I am very proud to announce the release of my first Haiku Poetry book – Haiku Moments available through Barnes & Noble. I appreciate your continued support. Thanks to all who bought The Secret Life of Mandalas.

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Quotes That Matter


“If you have build castles in the air,

your work need not be lost;

That is where they should be.

Now put the foundations under them.”

– Henry D. Thoreau

 

“”If it can be verified, we don’t need faith….

Faith is for that which lies on the other side of reason.

Faith is what makes life bearable, with all its tragedies

and ambiguities and sudden, startling joys.”

Madeleine L’Engle

“The soul itself, the soul of each one of us, is to

each one of us a mystery. It hides in the dark and broods,

and consciousness cannot tell us of its workings.”

Oscar Wilde

“We all want to make the most of our lives….to become

the highest expressions of ourselves. It begins with

our own awakening. There’s no better way to find that aha!

-Oprah Winfrey

 

 

 

Food For Thought


“Wonder and knowledge are both to be cherished. Shall we appreciate any less the beauty of nature because its harmony is unplanned? And shall the potential of mind stop to inspire our awe and fear because several billion neurons live in our skulls?”

– Stephen Jay Gould

I have often asked myself if knowledge should be cherished a bit more than wonder. Knowledge of nature and how we can keep the planet is very important. But doesn’t wonder entice and leads us to more knowledge?

What do you think?

 

Question Mark ?


*I often sit watching the clouds change into different shapes. I wrote this poem this morning after a few minutes of meditation.

 

I looked up at the sky this morning

mindful of its enormity

yet so serene

Breathed in and out

so gratefully.

 

Then  a white-grayish cloud framed in lavender

morphed into a question mark

so proudly

it spread across the sky

and asked me,

“When is it that all of you will learn to love each other?”

The cloud stretched

and stretched

until it became an endless line,

Now we need to fill in the blank.

Will we?

 

Here Lives a Teacher


In honor of all teachers

Melba Christie at Poemattic

“A teacher is an answer in search of a question.” – Anonymous

“Here lives a teacher”

is the message

on a small souvenir

I purchased last year.

I immediately put it on a small stand by my computer;

I guess to remind me

that I am a teacher first,

and to empower

is the goal.

My dedication to teaching

does not matter

to many folks:

to some becoming a teacher these days

is almost a joke.

Everyone will poke

you on the arm

and ask

what were you thinking

when you made such a

terrible decision

to change the lives of every youngster

who has been entrusted to you?

My respond is this:

if you know me well,

you will know,

that teaching makes me younger

it fills me with joy and wonder.

It motivates me to learn more

each day in order

to prepare

to make children think and…

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Happy Teacher’s Recognition Day!


The test of a good teacher is not how many questions he can ask his pupils that they will answer readily, but how many questions he inspires them to ask him which he finds it hard to answer.

-Alice Wellington Rollins

Thanks to all teachers who inspired me to think and question.  As an educator I tried to help students know the importance of asking questions. No question was ever diminished to be silly or dumb.

It is more important now than ever that youngsters know how to read and question. Skills like differentiating between fact and opinion are pivotal to gaining knowledge. Proposing the right question can lead to good research and to the development of ideas and concepts.

If you had a teacher who made you think and helped you be an active learner then please send her a note of thanks. They were the teachers who set you up for life.

 

What Will I Flaunt Today?


What Will I Flaunt Today?

I think I’ll flaunt my old 1929 Royal standard typewriter

I wanted to type this post on my beautiful black upright

but then, I would have to scan the page

and upload it on to my computer

and post it as media or picture to insert.

But then you may not be able to read the post.

Because sometimes the type is a little light.

However, I cannot describe the joy I feel

when I plunk down my fingers

on the keys

that make that unique snapping sound.

 

and the bell rings when the carriage returns

to let me know

There is something to flaunt about .

 

Daily Word Prompt: Flaunt