Archive for October, 2012

365 Creativity Project-Day 296

Journal entry:

Journal 10-31-20120001

Coercion

When looking around
The corner what did I see,
But a scary man
Staring straight into my eyes
Without any fear of me.

I am not fearsome,
So easily overcome
By any other
Who stands up against me with
A firm presence, unafraid.

I only know how
To fade into the distance
Disappearing out
Of sight of those who are strong
And full of raging anger.

I fight my battles
With simple syllables that
Flow ever freely
From my trembling lips into
The awaiting empty space.

A frightening thing
Is a man who attempts to
Intimidate me
By taking away my voice
To reach out unto the world.

Jo Ann J. A. Jordan
Wednesday, October 31, 2012

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I am grateful:

1.   Jeremy, Christy, and Jayden allowed me to take photos of their jack-o-lanterns and cat last night.
2.   I caught us up on our Bible reading.
3.   Hope is almost well.
4.   Mom felt better today.
5.   We had a quiet day at home.

I hope you had a very Happy Halloween. Take time to create something before the day is over. I know there is plenty of inspiration on a day such as this one. You have the talent, just apply yourself and share your magnificent gifts with the world.

As a prompt, write about something that scares you. This could be a person, a challenge, or a circumstance. Anything that makes you uncomfortable could qualify. If you use this prompt, please leave a link to your work in the comments below.

Thank you for visiting my blog. If you have thoughts, suggestions, or criticism, please leave me a comment. I want to remind you that it is easy to follow Chronicles, in case you would like daily updates.

Always,
Jo Ann

 

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365 Creativity Project-Day 295

Journal entry:

Journal 10-30-20120001

Today’s poem was prompted by Carry On Tuesday. If you are in need of inspiration, you might like to visit that site.

Beneath The Surface

There is a child in
Every one of us hidden
Beneath the surface
Of our adult bodies and
Very grown up attitudes.

The petulant child
Shows up in temper tantrums,
Childish behavior,
And the unreasonable
Demands we make on others.

The playful child lives
Within forever wistful
Hearts urging us to
Enjoy every moment we
Have to spend upon the Earth.

We do well to pay
Attention to impulses
Of our inner child
For their creativity
And joy brighten up our days.

There is a child in
Every one of us gifted
With the very best
Parts of us, innocence and
Lively imagination,

Jo Ann J. A. Jordan
Tuesday, October 30, 2012

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My great niece, Jayden…

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I am grateful:

1.   Alex called this morning.
2.   When I dropped my iPod Touch it did not break.
3.   Mom began to feel better before the day was over.
4.   Mom reminded me to wear a coat when I went out.
5.   Jeremy and Christy were kind enough to let me photograph their jack-o-lanterns.

I had a good Tuesday and hope you did as well. If you have not engaged your creativity during the day, please do so now. There is so much you have to share with the rest of the world.

As a prompt, write about a jack-o-lantern. You might write a poem, story, or journal entry. Even if you are not a fan of Halloween surely you have an opinion about the carved pumpkins. If you use this prompt, please leave a link to your work in the comments below.

Thank you for taking time out of your busy life to visit my blog. I would love to read your comments. If you enjoyed your time here, please consider subscribing to Chronicles.

Always,
Jo Ann

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365 Creativity Project-Day 294

Journal entry:

Journal 10-29-20120001

Purpose

I am
A poet who
Tries to expound upon
The beauty and goodness of life,
An artist who attempts to capture all
The intricacies of the Lord’s
Design in photographs
Of nature which
I shoot

Jo Ann J. A. Jordan
Monday, October 29, 2012

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I am grateful:

1.   I caught up on some sleep today.
2.   Hope’s voice is almost back to normal.
3.   Doctor Gallagher called and gave me some advice on caring for Hope.
4.   We have a Sam’s Club membership.
5.   We had Papa John’s pizza for supper.

I had a wonderful Monday. I hope your day was also pleasant. Before you leave this day behind take time to exercise your creativity. Do whatever you can to make something of lasting significance.

As a prompt, write about a technology that is new to you. Maybe you could write something like a science fiction story or poem. Whatever lights your imagination, just write. If you use this prompt, please leave a link to your work in the comments below.

Thank you for visiting my blog. If you have thoughts, suggestions, or criticism, please leave a comment. You might want to follow Chronicles if you are interested in daily updates.

Always,
Jo Ann

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365 Creativity Project-Day 293

Journal entry:

Journal 10-28-20120001

The following poem was prompted by The Sunday Whirl. The words in italics were provided there. If you need a challenge visit that site.

Magnificently Blessed

A single thread winds
Between men and women bound
By the Lord’s power
Within tender loving bonds
Which can never be damaged.

Every single one
Is greater than realized
Better than we wish
More awesome than we may think
Held in Christ’s perfect esteem.

Each child of God makes
Their way through life guided by
The Holy Spirit,
Totally surrounded by
Jesus’ unending care.

Jo Ann J. A. Jordan
Sunday, October 28, 2012

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I am grateful:

1.   My alarm went off this morning.
2.   I made it to the Cultural Arts Center a few minutes early.
3.   Janet, Mandy, and I had a safe trip downtown.
4.   I had the opportunity to enter the Georgia Aquarium before the public was admitted.
5.   We were able to go behind the scenes at the aquarium.

I had an exceptional Sunday and I hope you had a delightful day as well. I urge you to spend some time creating before you retire. You have all you need to do something awesome.

As a prompt, write about your personal beliefs. You can approach this from so many angles, just pick one and explore it in writing. If you use this prompt, please leave a link to your work in the comments below.

Thank you for visiting my blog. If you have thoughts, suggestions, or criticism to share with me, please leave a comment. Follow Chronicles if you would like daily updates.

Always,
Jo Ann

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365 Creativity Project-Day 292

Journal entry:

Journal 10-27-20120001

Why Write?

I write…
To explain things
To enlighten others
To explore imagination
To develop my creativity
To glorify the Lord Jesus
To make sense of my life
To understand
I write…

Jo Ann J. A. Jordan
Saturday, October 27, 2012

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I am grateful:

1.   I slept a little late this morning.
2.   Hope seems a bit better.
3.   The temperature in the house is comfortable.
4.   We ate at Hudson’s and it was delicious.
5.   I picked up Mom’s medicine and a gallon of milk.

I hope you had an enjoyable Saturday. Mine was pleasant. Take time to create something before this day becomes history. Whatever you make will enrich the lives of others if you share it with the world.

As a prompt, write about character development. This could be about reality or fiction, whatever makes your imagination productive.
If you use this prompt, please leave a link to your work in the comments below.

Thank you for visiting my blog. If you have thoughts, suggestions, or criticism to share with me, please leave a comment. I am doing this creativity project daily, if you would like updates, follow Chronicles.

Always,
Jo Ann

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365 Creativity Project-Day 291

Journal entry:

Journal 10-26-20120001

The following poem is in answer to the prompt at Free Write Friday. I hope you will check out that site for inspiration.

Fully Bound

Abandoned, not me,
I am intimately loved
By the Creator
Of the entire universe,
God forever cares for me.

Every day God gives
Me much more than I deserve,
He watches over
Me and keeps me completely
In the circle of His love.

It is opposite
Of abandoned that I am,
Lavishly, truly,
Totally held in God’s sweet
Affection is my living.

Jo Ann J. A. Jordan
Friday, October 26, 2012

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I am grateful:

1.   I took Hope to the vet.
2.   We caught Hope’s infection before it developed into pneumonia.
3.   I was able to get Hope’s prescriptions at Sam’s Pharmacy and saved about twenty-five dollars.
4.   I picked up a few copies of the CHN&V today.
5.   I visited with my sister-in-law, Linda, a few minutes.

It has been a good Friday for me. I hope you enjoyed your day. Before you go to bed tonight, I urge you to do something creative. You have great abilities if you will apply yourself.

As a prompt, write about something you are expecting. It may be an event, a purchase, a gift, a promotion, or anything you are anticipating. If you use this prompt, please leave a link to your work in the comments below.

I am very grateful you took time to read my blog. Please explore further. This blog has been on the web since 2005. I know you may have thoughts, suggestions, or criticism to share with me, so please leave a comment. If you are interested on daily updates sent to you, please consider subscribing to Chronicles.

Always,
Jo Ann

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365 Creativity Project-Day 290

Journal entry:

Journal 10-25-20120001

The following poem is a farcical comment on our times…

Utter Disbelief

Are you serious?
Did you mean to say those words?
I think you might be
Mistaken, thinking wrongly,
Surely this cannot be true.

I have been counting
On our lasting forever
I made many plans
For our future, not knowing
You would ever change your mind.

Love is our bedrock
We have built our lives around
Each other with no
Intention of letting go
Of one another today.

It is not certain,
I can scarcely believe it,
You cannot mean it,
There is too much going for
Us for it to be over.

Tell me why you have
Suddenly changed your status,
All our friends will know.
Facebook is so important,
Why say you are single now?

Jo Ann J. A. Jordan
Thursday, October 25, 2012

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I am grateful:

1.   I slept well last night.
2.   The doctor said Mom looked well today.
3.   I found the calendar I wanted for next year.
4.   The dog toys were marked down at Sam’s Club.
5.   I was able to get an appointment for Hope since she is sick.

It has been a good Thursday for me. I hope your day was pleasant. Take time to exercise your creativity now. You have time to do it, if you will only devote yourself to it. You have the talent to excel, so use it.

I challenge you to write a sarcastic poem. Maybe it could be a comment on society, a situation you have faced, a celebrity, a public figure, or whatever lights your imagination. If you use this prompt, please leave a link to your work in the comments below.

I am so glad you chose to visit my blog. If you have a comment, please leave it for me to read. Following Chronicles is easy, so do it if you like.

Always,
Jo Ann

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365 Creativity Project-Day 289

Journal entry:

Journal 10-24-20120001

Today’s poem is a chant, prompted by the challenge at Poetic Asides. If you need inspiration visit that blog.

Beautiful People, Gorgeous Country

The people further away
From the city of Atlanta
Are kinder than I am used to,
The mountains are alive with color.

I stopped for directions
A couple of times and the people
Are kinder than I am used to,
The mountains are alive with color.

Is it my imagination or is it true
That the country people
Are kinder than I am used to,
The mountains are alive with color.

I traveled far into north Georgia,
North Carolina, Tennessee and folks
Are kinder than I am used to,
The mountains are alive with color.

The people further away
From the city of Atlanta
Are kinder than I am used to,
The mountains are alive with color.

Jo Ann J. A. Jordan
Wednesday, October 24, 2012

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I am grateful:

1.   I woke up early enough to head to the mountains this morning.
2.   My Nikon D5100 takes marvelous pictures.
3.   Martha and Steve have a beautiful butterfly garden.
4.   When I stopped for directions all the people were sweet.
5.   We had a safe trip though we traveled in three states.

I had a fabulous Wednesday. I hope your day was awesome too. Even though I have been out all day, I have taken time to create, and you should as well. Engage your creativity and make something wonderful to mark the passing of the day God gave you.

As a prompt, write about a trip you have taken… This could be a road trip, long distance travel, or a trip to your local grocery store. Whatever ignites your imagination. If you use this prompt, please leave a link to your work in the comments below.

I hope you enjoyed your visit to my blog. If you have thoughts, suggestions, or criticism, please leave me a comment. I would love for you to follow Chronicles so you are updated daily, but also hope you will visit again.

Always,
Jo Ann

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365 Creativity Project-Day 288

Journal entry:

Journal 10-23-20120001

I used the prompt at Carry On Tuesday to help me develop the following poem. If you need something to spark your imagination, please visit that site.

Life’s Secret

Life is a song – sing it.
Make a joyful noise unto
The Lord who watches
Over you every moment,
Blessing you through His goodness.

Life is a game – play it.
Have fun, laugh, make the best of
Every single hour
Allowing yourself to play
Even if you should not win.

Life is a challenge – meet it.
Do your very best at all
The things given you
To accomplish in your life,
Never, ever, once give up.

Life is a dream – realize it.
You have so much talent and
So many great gifts
Your aspirations can come
True if you believe in them.

Life is a sacrifice – offer it.
There will always be problems
To be overcome
And you may have to give more
Than you ever expected.

Life is love – enjoy it.
You have opportunities
To find happiness
In each day on which the sun
Rises with you still living.

Jo Ann J. A. Jordan
Tuesday, October 23, 2012

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This is the page I finished working on late last night.

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I am grateful:

1.   I finished the Sweetwater Camera Club Winners Page overnight.
2.   I updated the website at
SweetwaterCameraClub.org.
3.   Richard and Norma were pleased with the page I did.
4.   I was able to do some chores today.
5.   I was able to catch up most of the Bible reading I had gotten behind.

I hope you had a good Tuesday. Mine was productive. Now I urge you to exercise your creativity. You can do whatever you set your mind to do.

As a prompt, write about something you have accomplished that you never thought you would do. This is a good time to do a little bragging on yourself. You probably usually denigrate your accomplishments, but I want you to take them seriously. If you use this prompt, please leave a link to your work in the comments below.

Thank you for visiting my blog. I do appreciate the time you have spent here. If you have thoughts, suggestions, or criticism, please leave me a comment. Maybe you would like to follow Chronicles so you get daily updates.

Always,
Jo Ann

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365 Creativity Project-Day 287

Journal entry:

Journal 10-22-20120001

Loving Examples

Love is…
A loyal pet
A song in the morning
A friend who never deserts you
A mother who nourishes her children
A home providing you shelter
A beautiful sunset
A risen Lord
Love is…

Jo Ann J. A. Jordan
Monday, October 22, 2012

Photographs from the Little Five Points Halloween Festival and Parade:

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I am grateful:

1.   It is getting cooler.
2.   I was able to lay out the page.
3.   Richard was willing to advise me.
4.   Mom was interested in what I did and gave me input.
5.   I enjoyed the work.

I was busy all day. I hope your Monday went well. You should take a few moments to do some creative work. This is probably a change of pace to the rest of your day, and should be enjoyable. Creation often helps calm nerves and may relax you after a long day.

As a prompt, use the phrase, “Love is” in a poem, story, or journal entry. I think this has many possibilities, just choose one… If you use this prompt, please leave a link to your work in the comments below.

Thank you so much for visiting my blog. Please leave a comment if you have thoughts, suggestions, or criticism to share with me. Maybe you would like to follow Chronicles so you get daily updates.

Always,
Jo Ann

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