Archive for April, 2012

365 Creativity Project-Day 112

Journal entry:

Journal 4-30-20120001

April Poem A Day Challenge, poem thirty:

Common Plight

Our days slip softly
By, making little lasting
Mark upon the world.
We are not mighty, famous,
Our steps leave no impression.

Our voices whisper
On the passing wind currents
Pushed toward silence.
Few hear our exclamations
Or heed our well-meant advice.

Our lives are vapor
Rising up from the soil for
Only a short while.
We go into the darkness
Of oblivion far too fast.

Our hope is in God
For He redeems existence
Making it worthwhile;
Without His enormous help
We quietly fade away.

Jo Ann J. A. Jordan
Monday, April 30, 2012

Photographs:

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Next Word, Better Word…

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The Dead Path… an extremely entertaining horror novel. I recommend this one.

I am grateful:

1.   I did not have to go out today.
2.   I completed the PAD Challenge and have thirty new poems.
3.   Mom is coughing very little.
4.   I am considering starting a page on Facebook for my writing and artwork.
5.   My blog has gained a few followers.

Monday, Monday, not my favorite day, but I hope yours has been productive. I know I say it every day, and yet the message should not get old. You need to do something creative to feed your soul.

Please leave a comment and let me know what you think of today’s entry. Your feedback helps me immensely.

Always,
Jo Ann

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365 Creativity Project-Day 111

Journal entry:

Journal 4-29-20120001

April Poem A Day Challenge, poem twenty-nine:

But There Is No Guarantee

Life is a bargain
Made with all of creation
Fulfilling promise
Of our benign conception
Within a limited time.

We each begin with
The same opportunities,
But variables change
The way our pathways unfold,
Our destiny is not set.

We live totally
Free to make our own choices
Determining fate;
It may all work out quite well
Or it could disappoint us.

We can scale heights of
Perfect possibility,
But we may obtain
Something other than that which
We so zealously desire.

Life proceeds smoothly,
But there is no guarantee
It will finally
Turn out according to plan
Meeting our expectations.

Jo Ann J. A. Jordan
Sunday, April 29, 2012

Photographs:

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Weed…

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Imperfect Rose…

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Rosebuds…

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Weed…

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Weed…

I am grateful:

1.   I have rested some today.
2.   I have almost completed my April challenges.
3.   Weeds can be unusual and beautiful.
4.   Mom has coughed less during the day.
5.   I have made some new friends in April.

I hope you have had a relaxing Sunday. You should be able to do something creative without too much effort, so get busy.

I would love to have your comments on this blog entry.

Always,
Jo Ann

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365 Creativity Project-Day 110

Journal entry:

Journal 4-28-20120001

April Poem A Day Challenge, poem twenty-eight:

Perishing Vision

The American Dream
Is constantly assaulted
And under duress
Because of great economic
Schisms between rich and poor.

The realization
Of the common person’s hopes,
Near impossible,
Because wages keep decreasing
And costs continually rise.

Many without work
Do not have adequate funds
To maintain their homes
Because the jobs disappear
And few new are created.

The politicians
Bicker in their high places,
Electorate drowns,
Because no solutions come
In time to launch a rescue.

Representation
Must be restored to people,
With equality,
Because the American Dream
Is nigh unachievable.

Jo Ann J. A. Jordan
Saturday, April 28, 2012

Photographs:

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Ceramic decorative container…

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Unicorn paperweight…

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Mug…

I am grateful:

1.   I slept in today.
2.   Wendell visited Mom.
3.   My niece, Carrie Leigh, visited.
4.   My daughter-in-law, Laura, came to get Alex’s iPod Touch and visited a while.
5.   My best friend, Reba, called.

I hope your Saturday has brought you many smiles. The PAD Challenge was to write a problem poem. I know you can think of a problem to write about, because no matter how good your life, there are problems. If that does not appeal by all means do something that showcases your talents creatively.

Let me know what you thought of this blog post by leaving a comment, and please visit again.

Always,
Jo Ann

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365 Creativity Project-Day 109

Journal entry:

Journal 4-27-20120001

April Poem A Day Challenge, poem twenty-seven:

The Trouble Is Me

I could easily
Fall prey to blaming others
For my own problems,
But that is not my manner
Of dealing with existence.

My choices have cost
Many opportunities
To further my life,
Consequences developed
Because of headstrong actions.

The life I now live
Is not always everything
I would desire it
Should be, but the trouble is
Undoubtedly found in me.

I have the power
To change the circumstances,
Building destiny
That fulfills my fondest dreams
Relying on my talents.

The trouble is me,
But the solution also
Depends on actions
That I can easily take
Creating much better days.

Jo Ann J. A. Jordan
Friday, April 27, 2012

Photographs:

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Rose…

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Rose…

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Rose bud…

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Rose and bud…

I am grateful:

1.   Mom is doing somewhat better.
2.   We were given free cookbooks at Sam’s Club.
3.   I did not have to read genealogies in the Bible today.
4.   There is much happiness in my life.
5.   My work here at home is appreciated.

Friday again, I hope you had a rewarding day. Try to accomplish something creative over your weekend. You could write some haiku or tanka. You could do some doodling. You have ability and talent, you only have to use them.

If you found something you liked or see something you believe I could improve, please leave me a comment.

Always,
Jo Ann

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365 Creativity Project-Day 108

Journal entry:

Journal 4-26-20120001

April Poem A Day Challenge, poem twenty-six:

Hope

I was so lonely,
My son was gone far away,
Sadness dogged my days;
Then one Sunday after church
My life was drastically changed.

Wal-Mart’s parking lot
Held the sweet surprise needed
To bring me bright smiles;
Shih Tzu puppies were on sale
And one captured my whole heart.

Mom and I went in
The store to shop, but I was
Caught in intense thought;
I decided I could not
Quite afford a puppy dog.

When we went outside
Mom suggested that I should
Get the little pup;
She convinced me it was right
So I bought the pretty girl.

On the way back home
We discussed giving her an
Appropriate name;
Mom suggested Hope because
She would need it to survive.

Hope became her name
And every day she has brought
Brightness to my life;
She is my sweet companion
Bringing me great happiness.

Jo Ann J. A. Jordan
Thursday, April 26, 2012

Photographs:

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Hope…

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Hope lounging on the table… Ah, yeah, I know dogs don’t belong on tables, but she is so cute.

I am grateful:

1.   I am taking Mom to the doctor tomorrow.
2.   I have the honor of working with one of my friends on his manuscript.
3.   My dog, Hope, is such a blessing to me.
4.   Mom enjoyed the supper I cooked.
5.   The April Platform Challenge for today is easily done.

I hope you have had a good Thursday. If you can do something creative now. Every day you should exercise your talents.

I hope you enjoy my blog. If so, please subscribe or come back often and by all means leave me a comment.

Always,
Jo Ann

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365 Creativity Project-Day 107

Journal entry:

Journal 4-25-20120001

April Poem A Day Challenge, poem twenty-five:

Motion Poem

I miss the sunshine
Reflecting off the water
As I rode above
On my Cypress Gardens skis;
Sweet poetry of my youth.

My ability
To skim over the rough waves
Was easily learned
From my patient brother who
Spent ample time teaching me.

Those bright days remain
Beautifully framed in my
Fondest memories.
The slap of wood on water
Resonates within my mind.

Jo Ann J. A. Jordan
Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Photographs:

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Weeds…

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Weed…

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Grapevine…

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Pampas Grass…

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Weed…

I am grateful:

1.   I did not have to go to town today.
2.   I caught up on some sleep.
3.   I have made some new friends through the platform challenge.
4.   My new magazine subscriptions will begin soon.
5.   The puppy dogs add lots of love to my life.

Wednesday is middle of the work week, so I hope all of you had a good day. The PAD Challenge for today was to write a poem about sport, so if you like, try your hand at that. If not do something else creative. It will help you relax and unwind.

There were some questions in my journal entry. Please share your answers with me in the comments if you feel so inclined.

Always,
Jo Ann

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365 Creativity Project-Day 106

Journal entry:

Journal 4-24-20120001

April Poem A Day Challenge, poem twenty-four:

More Wasted Words

I know I should not
Write about you once again
Because you are gone,
But when I think of loving
You always come to my mind.

I do not love you
In the way of fresh lovers,
But my heart remains
Entangled in the idea
Of you, though you are absent.

I sincerely wish
There were someone else brand new
Filling emptiness
You left in my heart and life,
But no one appears to start.

Perhaps the fault is
All mine for so vividly
Remembering us.
Maybe I need to excise
The thought of you from my mind.

So once again you
Captured my full attention
Even though I know
You will never read my lines;
Get behind me, you bastard.

Jo Ann J. A. Jordan
Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Photographs:

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Amaryllis…

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Amaryllis…

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Yucca with new shoot which will bloom…

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Clover…

I am grateful:

1.   I took a shower and it helped me wake up.
2.   I went to town and back safely.
3.   I use the BlackBerry to keep my shopping list.
4.   I like the poem I wrote today.
5.   I have a few ideas for new creations.

Tuesday has been a very full day for me. I hope you accomplished what you wanted to get done. Take some time to create something. The PAD Challenge for today was a love poem or anti-love poem. I am sure you can write one of those.

Always,
Jo Ann

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