Archive for August, 2012

365 Creativity Project-Day 235

When you try to think of something about which to write and some lines occur to you out of the blue, there is nothing to do, but write the song that has come to you.

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The first poem I wrote today was a bit harder to create:

Historic Legacy

Even you may think
I am like a dinosaur
Because I hang on
To the social niceties
Of the many storied past.

There is, however,
A reason I cling to these
Simplistic actions;
They tend to make my days go
Smoother than without their use.

Being kind may be
Out of fashion, but I find
It helps me deal with
The problems that do arise
With less troubled contention.

I respect others
Because I was raised that way,
And I want respect;
This may seem an obsolete
Attitude, but it serves me.

I do not really
Mind being a dinosaur;
There are many parts
Of the past which are well worth
Emulating in our time.

Jo Ann J. A. Jordan
Friday, August 31, 2012

I went on an excursion around the property to find photographs:

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I am grateful:

1.   I woke up fairly early.
2.   I did not have to go to town.
3.   I have a scanner and can use my handwritten entries on this blog.
4.   I have completed five months of writing a poem each day.
5.   This creativity project has enriched my life in ways I never imagined.

I hope your Friday has been rewarding. I want you to devote some time to your creativity. You can definitely write, draw, or photograph something wonderful if you will only make an effort. I am convinced that you are gifted in ways you may not even realize. You must dedicate yourself to creating and you will accomplish great things.

For a prompt, write about something that is present, but may be hidden. Let your imagination guide you. If you use this prompt, please leave a link to your work in the comments below.

I am so glad you took the time to visit my blog. I know your time is precious. If you have thoughts, suggestions, or criticism to share, please leave a comment. I value your input.

Always,
Jo Ann

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365 Creativity Project-Day 234

I did something a little different today, instead of a normal journal entry, I used the prompt from Poets United. I think you might find some inspiration there as well, so visit the site.

Journal 8-30-20120001

The following poem uses the words: affair, expectation, and free, which I found at Three Word Wednesday. I occasionally visit that site when I need a creative spark. You might find it useful too.

Stirrings Of The Heart

I am totally
Free of expectation for
The ongoing days,
But I would be quite happy
To engage in an affair.

I would love being
Part of a joyous couple
Exploring limits
Of our creativity
In nourishing each other.

We could devise new
Methods of bringing pleasure
Through a simple touch
And share delightful kisses
Making us reel like drunkards.

I open myself
To the possibility
That you will arrive
Enlivening my moments
With your gentle caresses.

Yes, I am quite free
Of any expectation
For the coming days,
But I would so happily
Engage in a love affair.

Jo Ann J. A. Jordan
Thursday, August 30, 2012

Photographs:

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I am grateful:

1.   I slept peacefully and woke feeling rested.
2.   Alex was able to get new glasses.
3.   There are colors to brighten our lives.
4.   I am able to share my thoughts and talents through this blog.
5.   I chose to do this creativity project and it has helped me develop my skills.

Thursday again, how the time flies. I hope your day has been productive and filled with pleasurable moments. Take a little time now to create a poem, story, journal entry, picture, or whatever pleases you. If I can do this, surely you have the ability to accomplish much.

As a prompt, write about what you believe it takes to obtain happiness. I am sure our thoughts will differ, but I would love to see your ideas, so if you use this prompt leave a link to your work in the comments below.

I am so glad you chose to spend some time with me. I hope you enjoyed your stay. If you have thoughts or suggestions, please leave a comment. Your input is greatly appreciated.

Always,
Jo Ann

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365 Creativity Project-Day 233

Journal entry:

Journal 8-29-20120001

Today’s poem is in answer to the prompt at Poetic Asides. You might want to visit the site for inspiration.

Special Meeting

My appointment is
Overdue to meet with you,
But I wait patient
Knowing a perfect moment
Will bring you into my life.

I occupy hours
With many worthwhile pursuits,
Keeping so busy
I do not much resent your
Absence from my every day.

Love must never be
Rushed, it must come in its own
Perfect season to
Catch me unaware and bring
Brightness to each part of life.

My days are often
Spent in dreaming, but love will
Surprise and excite
With its sudden appearance,
Clearing all my doubts away.

Our appointment is
Set at precisely the time
To most astonish
And delight both you and I
With the love we have to share.

Jo Ann J. A. Jordan
Wednesday, August 29, 2012

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I am grateful:

1.   No phone calls disturbed my sleep.
2.   I am content in my life.
3.   God has blessed me with a comfortable home.
4.   I can write.
5.   I can see.

Today was a peaceful day for me. I hope your Wednesday went well. If you have not already created today, you should take time to do so now. It will make your day more memorable and calm your nerves.

As a prompt, write about one of your strong beliefs. If you are a visual artist make an image that represents belief. If you use this prompt, please leave a link to your work in the comments below.

Hope and I went out to walk and startled several deer who were out in front of the house. I only caught a glimpse of them, but their beauty was inspiring. I hope you have been inspired by something here. If you have thoughts to share, please leave a comment.

Always,
Jo Ann

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365 Creativity Project-Day 232

Journal entry:

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My poem today was prompted by Carry On Tuesday and my conversation with Linda. If you need some inspiration you should visit that site.

Midway In Life’s Journey

I have concluded
That I cannot please others
In all things I do;
My opinions, my beliefs,
Are only mine to decide.

I must never sit
In judgment over others,
And am myself free
To make my own decisions
Living just as I so choose.

I live aspiring
To finally reach Heaven,
Assured I will go
There because Jesus saved me
Paying all price for my sin.

I can rest secure
Because no other person
Can decree my fate;
My choices are surely mine
To make, without a question.

I traverse my way
Midway in life’s journey to
The places I want
To travel with certainty
That my life is going well.

Jo Ann J. A. Jordan
Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Photographs:

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I am grateful:

1.   I got up fairly early.
2.   I gave Mom the papers to carry with her.
3.   I found out my shots should be covered.
4.   Mom got her license without hassle.
5.   I am confident in my salvation.

I hope you had a wonderful Tuesday. Take time to create now. You may feel less than inspired, but if you apply yourself to creation you will make something worthwhile. No creative effort is ever wasted. Even if what you make is not as you wish, you may come back to it later and find something useful.

As a prompt, write about something of which you are certain, but others question. This might be a belief, a story, an experience on which you and others differ. If you use this prompt please leave a link to your work in the comments below.

Thank you so much for reading. Please leave a comment if you have something to share.

Always,
Jo Ann

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365 Creativity Project-Day 231

Journal entry:

Journal 8-27-20120001

Finding Thoughts

I cast about my
Mind, searching for words to string
Together making
Some semblance of real meaning,
But I am so uninspired.

Why have images
And phrases fled from my mind?
What fair sentences
Can I finally make to
Express worthwhile sentiments?

My ability
To spin delicate lines out
Has left me alone,
Deserted with no great hope,
But my creativity.

So I plot my way
From start to finish without
The grace of the muse,
Writing on my unwelcome
Lack of true inspiration.

Jo Ann J. A. Jordan
Monday, August 27, 2012

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I am grateful:

1.   My alarm woke me this morning.
2.   I remembered to take my BlackBerry with me when we went out.
3.   Mom’s test results were very good.
4.   The paper towels were discounted at Sam’s Club.
5.   We have flush toilets.

Mondays can be awful, but I hope yours was pleasant. Take some time to do something creative with your time. Using your imagination will improve your day.

For your prompt, write about a time you were lacking inspiration and how you overcame that situation. I just sit down and write until I make something up. I think all of us go through such times if we are devoted to creation. If you use this prompt, please leave a link to your work in the comments below.

I am so glad you took time to visit my blog. If you have suggestions or thoughts, please share them with me via comment.

Always,
Jo Ann

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365 Creativity Project-Day 230

Journal entry:

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The italicized words in the following poem come from The Sunday Whirl. If you are in need of a challenge you might find it there.

Resting In His Strength

God is the strong link
In the chain of essentials
That fence the empty
Gaps in my forgiven life;
He is my Operator.

Jesus rose from death;
The recipe for my full
Salvation leaving
A trace of Himself in me,
The awesome Holy Spirit.

I devote my life
From dawn to dusk to Jesus
Who can surely use
My pencil to bring glory
To His most wonderful name.

I am not alone,
I am fully surrounded
By His grace and love;
The Creator endows me
With all the talent I need.

I can accomplish
All the work He intends me
To do because each
Task is infused with His own
Ability done through me.

Jo Ann J. A. Jordan
Sunday, August 26, 2012

Photographs:

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Hope…

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Ko-Ko…

I am grateful:

1.   I slept comfortably through the night.
2.   Alex is safe although a typhoon hit Okinawa.
3.   I talked to Leigh for a while.
4.   Today has been a relaxing day.
5.   I am enjoying reading Worlds Together, Worlds Apart.

Sunday is a wonderful day to rest, I hope you found it relaxing. Take a few minutes and create something to share with the rest of the world. Today I was not inspired, but I managed to write, and you can do it too. Just make a concerted effort and see what you produce.

Today’s prompt is to write about how thankfulness impacts your life. There is so much for which to be grateful that it should not be difficult for you to write a poem, story, essay, or journal entry that expresses gratitude. If you use this prompt, please leave a link to your work in the comments below.

I am so glad you chose to spend a few moments here. If you have suggestions or thoughts on what you found, please leave a comment.

Always,
Jo Ann

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365 Creativity Project-Day 229

Journal entry:

Journal 8-25-20120001

Soul Weather

Sunshine and shadow
Fall across the earth each day,
Brightness and darkness
Meet us as we attempt to
Live our lives in victory.

Life is colored in
Soft pastels, bright neon, and
Many shades of gray;
Good choices, much happiness,
And uncertainty abound.

Sunshine and shadow
Fill the spirits of us all,
Leading through our lives
With sincere ability
To amuse and excite us.

Jo Ann J. A. Jordan
Saturday, August 25, 2012

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I am grateful:

1.   I was able to go back to sleep a while this morning.
2.   Mom rode into town with me.
3.   The returns at Wal-Mart went smoothly.
4.   The humidifier has helped us breathe easier.
5.   Mom enjoyed eating at Popeye’s.

I hope your Saturday has been relaxing. Reward yourself by doing something creative now. Anytime you exercise your imagination you expand your mind, enrich your life, and the lives of others.

As a prompt use the phrase “Sunshine and shadow” in your writing. I think you can build a poem, story, essay, or journal entry around it. I did… If you use this prompt, please leave a link to your work in the comments below.

Thank you for visiting my blog. If you feel inclined, please leave a comment.

Always,
Jo Ann

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