Happy Anniversary to Poemattic!


It has been two years since I joined WordPress and the fascinating world of blogging. The experience has been most gratifying and I have been inspired by so many of my followers and readers. I am proud to be among such profound thinkers, peacemakers, lovers of the arts, photographers, and all others who share their day-to-day experiences and the rigors of life.

I have cried with a few of you during hard times the loss of love ones. I have laughed out loud with some of you at the wittiest comments and posts. I have been mesmerized by the creative art work and photography that transports the soul and the imagination to other realms. Thanks to my community of bloggers and to all my followers for what will be very memorable memories.

My life has changed for the better. I follow some pretty interesting bloggers who not only offer a fresh perspective on things but also open new pathways to joy and fulfillment. The blogging experience has given me a quiet refuge to speak from my heart and opportunities to help me check and reevaluate my poetry, my purpose and what really matters.

I think I am ready to reach out for some bold goals. I have submitted several manuscripts for publication. I never had the confidence to do that before. I will accept rejection if I am turned down but I am also thinking I may self publish. Time will tell. I will be still and patient in the now waiting for the moment that will be.

My baby grandson is teaching me some valuable lessons about unconditional love, patience and the simple pleasures of life. He marvels at the simplest things. He relishes every moment with just himself. He listens in attention when the birds sing and the dog barks and delights with the caress of his tender chubby cheeks. The amazing world of new wonders and discovery is heart warming. These few months with him and my six-year-old grandson inspired me to write more poetry for children.

So thanks to all of you for your support and inspiration. Happy Blogging and may poetry always be a source of happiness. Celebrate with me today by sending my blog to someone you know, Making a comment and/or by clicking like. 🙂

Melba Christie

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Poetry Challenge – Write a Holiday Tanka Poem


I have participated in several challenges offered by WordPress bloggers. This week I decided to present a challenge. The challenge is to write a tanka Poem. What is a tanka?

According to Poets.org:

“The Japanese tanka is a thirty-one-syllable poem, traditionally written in a single unbroken line. A form of waka, Japanese song or verse, tanka translates as “short song,” and is better known in its five-line, 5/7/5/7/7 syllable count form.”. – See more at: http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/5793#sthash.AXxXZdvi.dpuf

Please post your poem and write Tanka Challenge in the Title. Then, comment on my holiday tanka with your tanka’s  title and your web address so I can read your poems. I am looking forward to your participation. In the meantime, Happy Holidays to all my readers and followers.

Glimmering lights

Tis the Season

Glimmering lights

dance to celebrate

the holidays

and the joy of a new year

and everyone

is ready for all the cheer.

                                                                                                                    Melba Christie

Inspired by Robert Frost


 

 

 

 

 

 

A piece of advice
A piece of advice for my children and or grandchildren should they ever need it.  -Melba Christie (c) 2013

 

Inspired by Robert Frost

 

 

It goes on my dear

It goes on no matter what

Even if you feel cheated

Even if you are treated unfairly

It goes on

So you must go on

Today will be tomorrow

before you know it

and tomorrow

we never know how it will turn out

only thing for sure

It goes on after that.

So go on

Gone be the worries

Everything about life goes on

 

Love,

Mom

 

 

 

 

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Another Award to Cherish


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I was bestowed this award for simply following the stories of a mother who stood by her adult daughter with great courage and passion for life. Unfortunately the daughter lost her battle with the illness that debilitated her. Tersia Burger’s courage is not one to be measured but a measure to aspire. I applaud her unconditional love for her beautiful daughter. It must have been so difficult to write her pain. But I am sure she helped so many others in the process. So Tersia I am once again humbled by your award. http://tersiaburger.com/2013/07/01/the-loyal-reader-award/

She posed a question and here it is:

If you were on a deserted island, how would you survive?

I would survive simply because I can cope with solitude. However, I would suffer great grief if I would be separated from my family. Another few things that would disappoint me would be not having a Barnes and Noble close by and of course a Dunkin Donut shop.

 

Here are some of my loyal readers who read my blog and leave comments. I apologize if I left out anyone I should have acknowledged as a loyal reader.  The list is in no particular order:

 

http://en.gravatar.com/marlynsuarezexconde

http://en.gravatar.com/laikc1

http://en.gravatar.com/rheath40

http://en.gravatar.com/marlynsuarezexconde

http://en.gravatar.com/donscrooby

http://en.gravatar.com/tersiaburger

 https://iphoneographydaily.wordpress.com/

http://tooyoungtofeelold.wordpress.com/

 http://en.gravatar.com/kford2007

http://en.gravatar.com/lucywilliamspoetry

http://en.gravatar.com/lorrainemariereguly

http://en.gravatar.com/advocatemmmohan

http://en.gravatar.com/jenniferdavid6

 

Happy Birthday Poemattic!


I cannot believe that almost a whole year has passed since I wrote my  first post for Poemattic. One hundred and eighty-one posts later, I feel like I have shared so much with my faithful 101  followers thus far. I have learned so much from other WordPress bloggers . It is like I have taken a year-long course. I want to thank all my followers. Every time I receive a new comment or see that little orange star on my dashboard my spirit is lifted.

I have tried to get some of you to take part in a few challenges. I hope that I am able to create more ways to get you to interact. The purpose of Poemattic was to create a space for you to share original or very favorite poems. I am hoping to be considered for Freshly Pressed Award.

I will start posting original recording of my poems. I love reciting and during National Poetry Month this year I will launch a page with audio-recordings of my poems.

Please continue to visit Poemattic. I love the company and feel Like I am a member of a very special community.

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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.

 

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

 

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!

 

WordPress Bloggers Quotable Quotes of the Week


Here are this week’s Quotable Quotes: 

I want to thank my fellow Word Press Bloggers for being such a great source of inspiration. 

                                                                                        Melba Christie

From: http://marianne365days.wordpress.com/

“Creating your own vision board is a simple way of focusing on what is important in your life and what you hope to get out of it. It doesn’t necessarily need to be a board; it could just as well be a scrapbook.”

From: http://matrifocalpoint.com/

“We must remember we are ONE nation. We can be united. We are stronger when we are united, when we care about our society, our people, our neighbors, and when we value and celebrate our differences.”

I love this blog because I am a lover of words and language.

From:  http://eurolinguiste.wordpress.com/eurodictionary/

“Acquisitioned: English. The word acquisition, typically a noun, used in verb form. Originated with Eurolinguiste. SYN: acquired.

Crowdy: English. A variation of the word crowded. Originated with M.

Crumpy: English. Poor tempered; grumpy. Originated with M.

Interestating: English. More syllables add further emphasis in regards to how interesting something may be. Originated with M.

(It) Marches: English. It works. As in, “yes, the outlet marches.” Originated with Eurolinguiste.

Toaster: French. To toast. Pronounced toast-ay. In a sentence Est-ce que tu veux que je toaste le pain ? Do you want me to toast the bread? Originated with Eurolinguiste.”

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.”