2012 in review


Happy New Year to all WordPress Bloggers. I want to thank all my followers and I hope to continue to attract your attention to my poems and photographs. I have enjoyed my experience with WordPress and look forward to the New Year. I want to send a shout out to my family and wish them all a very Happy New Year! Overall I hope that Peace reigns during 2013. We had many instances to be sad and overwhelmed during 2012. But we also came together and helped others cope with grief and devastation. We can only hope and pray that we can continue to help those affected to heal. I support movements like the 26 Random Acts of Kindness. This is something I will urge my followers to move forward. I plan to include more audios and videos. I will appreciate your continued support and feedback.  Once again please have a very Happy and Healthy New Year.                                                                                      – Melba Christie    

“The unreal is more powerful than the real, because nothing is as perfect as you can imagine it. because it’s only intangible ideas, concepts, beliefs, fantasies that last. stone crumbles. wood rots. people, well, they die. but things as fragile as a thought, a dream, a legend, they can go on and on.”
                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                      – Chuck Palahniuk
 

 Please check out my Annual Report issued from WordPress.com.  

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

 

 

Here’s an excerpt:

 

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 4,700 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 8 years to get that many views.

 

Click here to see the complete report.

 

Relaxation


a fluffy feather flying with no real destination

a field of lavender touched by a summer breeze

a tree swaying to a blues song by B.B. King

a bowl of bright red jello topped with whipped cream

a lonely gold-fish making air bubbles in a crystal clear tank

a tender hug from my grandson

a handful of sand slowly escaping through your fingers

a snowy afternoon by the bay window

a beautiful peaceful  landscape depicted in a painting

a bunch of leaves of grass waving goodbye

a baby’s soft coo as she gently kicks the air

when I need relaxation I picture these things

you will be amazed at the peaceful feeling they bring

 

 

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photo by Melba Christie

 

 

 

Daisy


*My dear sister Daisy passed away 14 years ago on the day after Christmas which was her favorite holiday. Although there are so many things that make me happy on this day, I cannot forget her spirit and deep love for her family. For me Christmas is really not the same anymore.

 

many memories of you visited me today

and in a dream I asked you to stay

 

Christmas was your favorite time of year

and your made sure to spread the cheer

 

on your watch no one was allowed to go without

love and giving to others was what you were about

 

and like the flower you were named after

you made our days all the brighter

 

Every time I see a Daisy

I see you smiling in my mind

 

there will be many daisies

but you my dear sister were only one of a kind.

 

Daisy on my front porch

 

 

 

 

Christmas Song Medley Poem


Peace on Earth

Note: This poem is made up of lines from my favorite Christmas songs. 

 

I wanna wish you a Merry Christmas

this Christmas most especially

Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Each moment in peace eternally

 

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Do you hear what I hear?

Yuletide carols being sung by a choir

Telling us Our Jesus Christ is Born

 

Please come home for Christmas

Cause you’re all I want for Christmas

There is nothing like

Having you home for the holidays

 

When you get here

This Christmas

We will all sing

our favorite  Christmas songs

During the Silent Night

we will Praise His Name forever

and listen to the angels sing

and keep our troubles

out of sight

 

And though it’s been said many times

many ways

Merry Christmas to you

Especially this Christmas

will be a Christmas to Remember

 

 

 

26 Acts of Kindness


Poemattic believes deeply in the concepts of Acts of Kindness or Passing it Forward. We are proposing that WordPress bloggers and their followers join us in the 26 Acts of kindness movement by writing poems about kindness, fostering kindness, illustrating kindness or demonstrating kindness simply by writing a 26 word poem and sending it to Poemattic to publicize. Poemattic will post all types of formats and hints for you to follow.

Follow us on twitter and post your poems there as well. These are some of the Acts if Kindness that I have heard about so far.

  • Collecting Money for Newtown Families.
  • Paying for prescriptions for Seniors at a local Pharmacy
  • Paying tolls for total strangers

NBC and Anne Curry have posted many others. Get your inspiration for writing poems from the descriptions of the acts of kindness.

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-205_162-57560308/ann-curry-proposes-26acts-of-kindness-goes-viral/

Some of my favorite quotes about kindness:

Like kindness, a smile from the heart not only purifies the human mind but also illumines the human heart. – Sri Chinmoy

Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly
endless. – Mother Theresa

My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness. – The Dalai Lama

Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair but manifestations of strength and resolution. – Khalil Gibran

No act of kindness, no matter how small is ever wasted. – Aesop

Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you. – Princess Diana

The words of the tongue should have three gatekeepers:  Is it true?  Is it kind? Is it necessary? – Arabian proverb
You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never
know how soon it will be too late.   –Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

Happy Holidays Medley


These past few days have been difficult for many people who are coping with loss and tragedy. I can only hope that we are able to find solace and joy. Let us all be supportive and help to bring someone a little joy. I saw so many signs of encourage and hope. Let your hearts connect to someone in need. Hug a teacher. Mentor a child. Figure out 26 ways to say I love to someone. I invite you to send this Prezi to others and add something to it or make up your own. My sincere best wishes to all.

Happy Holidays Medley Prezi

 

Death Be Not Proud Today


Death be not proud today

nor any day,

when you come

disguised so unnaturally

to take from us our baby angels

who should have had more time

to see the beauties of life

 

Be not proud at all

when you come on the shoulders

of Evil and believe

you conquered

because the innocent had to fall

 

they had no choice or warning

that bright blue skied morning

as do the leaves of autumn

when they by nature drop

 

Death you conquered nothing

our hearts broken perhaps

for now

but all of us know somehow

we will watch you succumb

 

And in the spring

when the first buds appear

we will also hear

a chorus of angels singing

Hallelujah!

and when we look up

at the night sky

we will not need to ask ourselves why

 

No more darkness will disrupt

because the heavens will light up

as twenty new stars will align

to let us know

they are with their creator

and doing fine.

 

 

 

Angels in a classroom


It saddens me and breaks my heart to learn that we have to deal with this type of horrific event once again. I was physically ill by the news. Like everyone else I could only think about my loved ones and family who have children in those grade levels. My children are grown but all I wanted to do was to see them and hug them tight.

I wrote this poem as I listened to news reports on CNN. Someone said that there were probably some angels in that school because no other explanation would suffice about how many of the children did manage to escape with only the emotional wounds. May God help them to heal. My sincere condolences to all the families and the larger community of Newtown.

 

Melba Christie

 

 

Angels in a classroom

 

There were not enough angels to go around

For the children left helpless in a school in Newtown

 

The sky was bright and forever blue

But no one knew

 

The calm would be shattered

By a soul so troubled and battered

 

The children were all babies by any definition

No parent would argue with this distinction

 

For no matter what the age of a child may be

The loss of a son or daughter, we all can agree

is something too difficult to believe

 

There were not enough angels that day to go around

The reasons for all the horror may never be found

 

What we know is that 20 more angels have been recruited

To watch from the heavens

And mingle with the stars

And their brightness will outshine all the others by far

 

Let us pray for all our children

and make sure that they know

how much we love them

and how we will do all we can

to make sure that no one ever does this again.

 

Let us not forget the teachers

who protected the children

and made the ultimate sacrifice

to put their lives first

We all need to recognize

Those teachers were real life angels in disguise.

 

 

Melba Christie

 

 

 

Blog of the Year 2012 Award Nomination – WOW!


I am so thrilled that someone took time out to acknowledge my blog and nominate it for Blog of the Year 2012 Award. I read many blogs every week. I learn from them and some inspire me to keep writing but more importantly the more I read the more I understand the purpose of writing and my purpose. I love the English language and languages in general. One finds some very witty ways of expression in the WordPress blogs in particular.

I want to thank Marcia Meara for her nomination. Her blog Bookin’ It is one of my favorites. Check it out when you get a chance. Her blog has received several awards including  Blog of the Year 2012 Award. So thank you Marcia.

Please note below what you can do to nominate a blog you follow or really enjoy reading. I will be announcing my nominations in a future blog. Keep reading, Keep inspired and keep blogging. We have a unique community of bloggers.

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The ‘rules’ for this award are simple:

1 Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award

2 Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there’s no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ them with their award.

3 Please include a link back to this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award – http://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/our-awards/blog-of-the-year-2012-award/ and include these ‘rules’ in your post (please don’t alter the rules or the badges!)

4 Let the blog(s) you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the ‘rules’ with them

5 You can now also join our Facebook group – click ‘like’ on this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award Facebook group and then you can share your blog with an even wider audience

6 As a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog and sidebar … and start collecting stars…

Yes – that’s right – there are stars to collect!  Unlike other awards which you can only add to your blog once – this award is different.  When you begin you will receive the ‘1 star’ award – and every time you are given this award by another blog – you can add another star!

There are a total of 6 stars to collect.  Which means that you can check out your favorite blogs – and even if they have already been given the award by someone else – you can still bestow it on them again and help them to reach the maximum 6 stars!

Need to know more? Check out our FAQ page

And Congratulations! on being chosen for the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award.

Nominees: Here are the 6 awards for your sidebar – feel free to Right Click and save any of the images on this page:

 

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some of my favorite things


Dimples,

crumpets,

mittens,

puppets,

super size fries,

a very high high-five,

red chocolate velvet cup cakes

and all that my daughter bakes

my son’s hearty chuckle

my grandson’s smile

my hubby’s humor

being with family for a while

knock- knock jokes

all the folks that make me happy

I would continue to list some more

but I don’t want to be a bore

and best of all on my  list

I must insist should be

my entire family

who I adore.

 

 

Always on a Quest


Quixote Who

All Rights Reserved 2011

 

 

“When life itself seems lunatic, who knows where madness lies?

To surrender dreams – -this may be madness; to seek treasure where there is only trash.

Too much sanity may be madness! But maddest of all – -to see life as it is and not as it should be.”

-Miguel de Cervantes

 

 

 

 

 

Always on a Quest

 

Surrender to that Dream

the unfulfilled wish

Be always on a quest

to change yourself

and make the world

less mad and a better

place.

Be always on a quest

for life requires

dreamers

do not surrender

Dream

Love

Seek the Impossible

and make it so.

– Melba Christie ( a dreamer)

when you smile


 

when you smile

a heart is bound to leap

even when deception has kept it

sound asleep

 

when you smile

the image is for keeps

when you smile

someone might smile right back

and put you back on track

 

when you smile

you help someone ease their pain

when you smile

the world may smile with you

and keep you sane

 

when you smile

no one can lose

and no one is to blame

 

when you smile

the alternative is to choose

to be happy

and find that all in life

is still worthwhile

so as the song says

just smile.