Merry Christmas!


This is a voice over I made a few years ago for my grandson. I have another grandson almost a year old and so I am dedicating this to him and his big brother. I love this poem and hope you will enjoy it too.

Melba Christie presents:

The Night Before Christmas

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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WordPress Blogger’s Quotable Quotes


These are the quotes I want to share with you. There are so many bloggers out there that have such talent and write to lift the spirit. There are many more who are so creative in presenting their photography and other artistic forms of expression. Thanks for sharing your deep thoughts, life’s philosophy and personal experiences. I look forward to reading WordPress bloggers everyday. Happy Blogging

 

From: http://thosesmallmoments.wordpress.com/2012/10/23/listening-to-the-rain/
“The rain’s like this song that we never took the time to listen. A song that frees your mind. A song that makes you feel light and happy but lonely and scared at the same time. A song that touches your soul in a way that you’ll never get to explain (and probably won’t admit). A song that makes you feel at peace with yourself. A song that is made of various rhythms which are harmonized into one long melody. A song that reminds you of immortality and of endless possibilities.”

 
From: http://shoreacres.wordpress.com/2012/10/23/a-reason-to-try/
“This combination of vision and discovery, of seeing and seeking, seems to lead naturally to the essay. It is a different kind of writing, focused on drawing connections, plumbing unsuspected depths, turning the kaleidoscope of words around and around until discovered bits of life, tiny, jewel-like fragments of reality, drop into new and unexpected patterns.”

 

If you want to get a review on a book, you need to check out this blog. 

http://bundleofbooks.org/category/bookshelf/isabel-allende/

“From the moment I opened this book, I was under a spell. And remained so  until the very last page. Isabel Allende’s words are bewitching and I am thankful that I was on holiday when I started, so I could have hours of uninterrupted, beach-reading bliss!”

I love this blog. I do not sew and do not knit, crochet or anything else that involves needles but I grew up watching my mother and my aunt sewing. My daughter takes after them. It is definitely a talent and gift I do not own. My mother-in-law is an artist with needles as well. So to those of you who love to sew this is a great place to get some ideas. The photos show some of my mother-in-law’s talent.

 

 

 

http://agujasblog.com/about/

“Agujas. Needles. I grew up watching my grandmother create beautiful afghans with a single crochet hook and a twist of her hand. I would sit at her side and crochet one long chain after another with her colorful balls of yarn. Years later, I learned to knit, to tejer, but with two agujas and I became entranced by the soothing “click click” rhythm of the needles.”

 

Very true!

From: http://400daystil40.wordpress.com/

Today I was thinking about the fact that we, as people, keep many things locked up in our lives.  We keep physical things locked up and we keep emotional feelings locked up.”

 

Lovely Blog Award Nomination


 

I am happy to report that Poemattic.WordPress.com has received a nomination for the Lovely Blog Award. I was nominated by http://tersiaburger.com. I want to take this opportunity to thank her. I also ask my followers to send good energy her way for her daughter is battling serious illness. I believe in the power generated by well wishers, call it prayer or whatever else. It helps so much.

I have read many blogs and I will have some nominations to announce myself. Thanks to all my followers and readers for your support. I will soon be posting seven things about me to conform to the requirements for the Lovely Blog Award. I truly enjoy reading your comments. Happy Blogging!

 

Word Press Bloggers Quotes of the Week


 

Word Press Bloggers Quotes of the Week

“When it comes to books and their movie adaptations, I’m with the “Books are Better” team.”
From: http://zenscribbles.wordpress.com/   –  IN WHICH THE AUTHOR RANTS, RAMBLES AND SOMETIMES MAKES SENSE

This blog offers some food for thought. 

 

 

 

“If an email is entitled to Constitutional protection but an unavailable Tweet is not, what exactly is the dividing line that will allow citizens to understand when the Constitution protects their communications?”

 

 

 

 

From: http://somelaw.wordpress.com/2012/08/29/if-you-tell-140-million-people-something-is-that-private/

 

Photo by Melba Christie

“Science can definitely be humanised – whether that is in the anthropomorphic sense, or just in terms of the relevance of an abstract concept to human life. But can science be expressed in a further abstracted form – as art? Science is already abstracted from what we can perceive (as is art), so combining the two implies a double layer of abstraction.”

It is amazing how art illustrates science and science is so artful. This blog has a very interesting perspective.

From: http://anatomyofstory.wordpress.com/2012/08/31/science-and-art/

 

 

From: Zen Habits Blog

“Be present. For some reason, this extremely important skill is never taught to us when
we’re kids. In truth, the younger we are, the more natural this skill is. As we get older, we
start thinking about the future and the past, and the present seems to slip away from us.
Some skills for living in the present would go a long way.”

 

 

 

 

Photo by Melba Christie

 

From: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011/nov/03/creative-writing-better-pen-longhand

“I find that writing longhand I can enter a zone of comfort I find hard to achieve when sitting in front of a screen – I find typing annoying, if I’m honest, not the mechanics of it, but the sound.”

 

 

Dear Bloggers,

I am reading many blogs these days. I have come across some fabulous writing and some very soothing poetry. I love science and enjoy finding out about the mysteries of nature. Thank you all for your gifts of thoughts and insight.  I will keep reading and quoting. 

I want to thank those of you who sent me comments and are following me.

Happy Blogging!

Melba Christie

 

 

 

 

Word Press Bloggers Quotes of the Week


 

Quotes of the week:

From: Browsery – http://browsery.tumblr.com/post/29550801505/in-one-sense-reading-is-a-great-waste-of-time-in

“Did I mention supreme joy? That is why I read: I want everything to be okay. That’s why I read when I was a lonely kid and that’s why I read now that I’m a scared adult.

Mary Ruefle (via arkoftheache)”

From: http://xenogirl.com/2012/07/27/a-letter-from-my-future-self/

A Letter from My Future Self

“There is a rare joy in reading the words of my heart in print, bled out in the blackest of ink onto each numbered page. Words that change lives. Words that inspire. Words that can even change the world. This I believe to be true.”

From: http://mahaloness.wordpress.com/

Read http://mahaloness.wordpress.com/2012/08/11/loveliness/

Make sure you love something today.

From: http://scienceknows.wordpress.com/2011/01/11/the-case-for-stargazing/

Science Knows

“There is an intimate and unique connection between the cosmos and the observer when heads are tilted back. No one would mention seeing a celebrity photographed in a magazine, but many text messages would be sent after passing someone famous in the street, or seeing them across a room. It makes them real.’

*I am having such a great time reading my fellow Word Press bloggers. For those of you reading my posts I want to thank you all. Your comments are very much appreciated.

 

WordPress Blogger Quotes of the Week


These are some quotes from blogs I read and find interesting, inspiring and curious.  I will post quotes every week. Please send me your favorite quotes from fellow bloggers on WordPress. 

Fresh and Quotable Quotes From WordPress Bloggers

From: http://thelivingnotebook.wordpress.com/2012/08/05/does-your-writing-pass-the-bechdel-test/

“Thus the “Bechdel Test” was born as a sort of litmus test to find out how much Hollywood directors really cared about their female characters.”

Check out the rest of this post. Writers beware of the “Bechdel Test”.

From: http://playamart.wordpress.com/2012/07/27/spanish-lessons-museum-openings-and-a-tuna-soup-breakfast/

“Speaking of dreams, last night was a Cinderella story for me, as my sleeping quarters were right here in the museum with priceless antiguas! My suite is almost as big as my home on the river, and I awakened this morning with a sweeping sunrise view of Rio Chone!”

As a lover of nature this blog gives me my daily dose of its beauty and diversity.  Melba Christie

From: http://philiad.wordpress.com/2012/07/20/money-can-buy-style-and-also-literary-fantasy-worlds/

“It was when I learned of these secret passages that I decided that the Morgan was not merely a repository of rare books; it is itself a giant, inhabitable novel, a work of fabulous, fictitious fantasy. A three-dimensional Poe tale. A garden of mother-forking paths.”

From: http://michaelseangallagher.org/

Explores and discusses very interesting concepts about structure and composition. Spectacular photographs.

“I also see perpetual depictions of the structure of the future as a race to imprint the future with a particular composition or even direction. I take this view because I am beginning to learn the nature of change. I used to believe that the past happened because it had to happen; that was its only path. This isn’t true; there are millions of potential realities looming in the future.”