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Ramblings Of A Sleepless Mind

You are not required to stay up all night to reap the benefits of my activity. Please just follow along…

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I want to start up my business again, but I don’t have any capital to begin… I guess dreaming is the best I can do. I wish I could win the lottery, but somehow I think that is unlikely since I do not buy tickets… If wishes were horses, beggars would ride…

My dog, Hope, has expensive tastes, she likes pistachios. I can hardly afford them for myself, what am I supposed to do now that the dog begs for them whenever I get the bag out?

What’s on your mind? Funny you should ask, because I have been thinking about trying to start my magazine up online. It would be a literary and art magazine showcasing a wide variety of talent as it was when I published it in print form. I do not know if I have a wide enough network to gather submissions, and I am not sure I have the discretionary time to afford all the effort required, but I am considering it. I have the prerequisite software for it and I think I might be able to secure web hosting… Am I ready to take the reins as editor and publisher again? It is not an easy job, for writers are sometimes troublesome, but I like a challenge… I wonder if I am too old to begin doing it again. It is a huge task and requires diligence… So that is what is on my mind…

Have you ever noticed that as a usual thing every other version Microsoft releases is great? Take Windows 98, great; Windows Millennium, not so good; Windows XP, great; Windows Vista, not so good; Windows 7, great; Windows 8, not so good; Windows 8.1, decent… Why do we beta test for them on every other release? Seems like their software engineers would get it together every time. Maybe they need to quit rushing out versions and wait until they have a solid release…

I just realized it was after 2:00AM… I am wide awake and feeling creative. Why is it that nighttime seems to be the time of ideas for me? I want to be a morning person, but it just does not work for me. I am a hopeless night owl. The daytime world just does not have the appeal of after dark… Is something wrong with me? I wake up when the sun goes down… not the greatest attribute.

I should have known coffee in the afternoon was a mistake, but did that stop me? Not in the least did it dissuade me… Sometimes I disregard the better part of my judgment. So I am up and feeling full of energy halfway through the night…

Why am I still in this place when I really want to move forward? Maybe fear is stopping me, but what is that about? I fear failure, because it is very hard for creatives to succeed. I fear success, because it would overturn all sorts of things in my life. I want to perfect things before I bring them out before others, and that keeps me in a stalled state, because really I can do nothing perfectly.
I am determined to get past these barriers to achieving the life I want, but it is hard… One step I can take is being positive, another step is to gather the material for what I want to accomplish. These are easy things and I should be able to do them, one small step at a time.
I am capable and I believe that my dreams can become a reality, so as I advise others, I must make the effort and continue going forward…

Going With The Flow

Rolling, that is what happens
When you allow time to wash
Over you without resistance,
You roll forward creeping into
Places you never realized you
Were really meant to go.
Time overtakes you and takes
You over the rough spaces
Where intention would not
Allow you to succeed without
A great deal of extra effort
You might unwillingly expend.
Your perfectionism cannot
Hinder you because the momentum
Comes from beyond yourself,
You drift on currents that lift
Your fragile spirits up higher
Than you ever imagined going.
You roll, a creative force,
Unstoppable, moving through
Both time and space with only
One idea to carry you onward,
A positive declaration that you
Will finally accomplish your dreams.

© Jo Ann J. A. Jordan
Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Adjusted the settings on my mouse… Now this clunky mouse works like the best I have ever had. Who knew tweaking the software could make such improvements? Now I think I love the Logitech M705. It is like having a whole new mouse.

Just fixed a cup of coffee because I have decided I want to stay up all day… Should be no problem, the night is nearly over and daylight will soon arrive. Now if only the coffee cup cools down enough that I can drink from it…

Mom gave me some pens she has not used. Ink pens! Gel pens! I love free pens… My Mom is the greatest! Happy, happy, happy!

If you wish to achieve, you must first believe! You can exceed any goal you have decreed! Just continue forward and your effort will manifest what you are working toward!

Coffee! In a seasonal cup, coffee, what more can you ask for?


Fulfilling A Need

What do we want?
Where do we get them?
We make them!
How do we do that?
We engage our creativity!
Who benefits?
The people of the world!
Why does it matter?
It wakes people to happiness!
When can we do it?
Now, because time is slipping by!
What do we want?

© Jo Ann J. A. Jordan
Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Invitation Only

Come! Whispered on the air,
Inviting you to join
Others already there…
Come! Such gentle care
Exhibited for all,
Do you want to share?
Come! Do you dare
Accept the invitation,
So very fair?
Come! Do not delay
Make your choice right away
While you have the chance today!
Come! Christ beckons,
The Spirit encourages,
Come as your heart reckons!
Come! While time makes way
Because the moments flee quickly
Hearken now for seconds slip away.
Come! Your choice cannot wait,
Be fast to answer the quiet call
For it urgently decides your fate.
Come! Whispered on the air,
Inviting you to join
Others already there…

© Jo Ann J. A. Jordan
Tuesday, October 22, 2013

These are the nighttime, early morning, ramblings of a restless mind. You should join me at Jo Ann J. A. Jordan on Facebook if you would like to follow my adventures there… Lots of things make it there that never see the blog. I only put it all here today because I thought you might like to experience the process.


I am grateful:

1)   I have equipment that helps me reach my creative potential.
2)   I am old enough to choose my bedtime, most of the time anyway.
3)   People still visit my blog, even though I am no longer doing the Creativity Project.
4)   Life is a gift we can enjoy in the moment.
5)   People are a precious blessing when they touch my life.

As a prompt, write a how, what, when, where, who, why poem. If you need an example, reread the one I did above. If you are a visual artist, instead of poet, picture something that explore at least one of the aspects. I know you can do this, and I bet you will enjoy it. Your creativity is at least as bountiful as mine.

Thank you so much for visiting Chronicles and reading this post. You might find it enjoyable to browse the archives. There is much material contained there. If you like what you found here you can subscribe for email updates by entering your address in the space provided.

I hope your day meets your expectations. Generally you get out of the hours in direct proportion to what you invest, so make each moment special.

Jo Ann

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A Review I Think You Should Read

If you are buying electronics, such as computers, I highly recommend you buy from Sam’s Club. I have used HP products bought in their stores for years now and have gotten good service from all of them. One advantage of buying there is their Electronic Help Desk or Tech Experts. For the life of your product you receive free technical support from them. I have found them very knowledgeable and able to assist with a variety of problems. Another advantage of buying at Sam’s Club is their excellent and affordable warranty plans that cover your products after the manufacturer’s warranty has expired. I have used these services and been very pleased. These two advantageous services have saved me a great deal of trouble and expense. Any electronics you buy at Sam’s Club are eligible for these programs. Check them out next time you are going to make a purchase. Their prices are also very competitive.

When I speak of their Electronic Help Desk or Tech Experts being helpful, I am not just complimenting them unreasonably. Within the last week they have helped me solve computer problems with both my Windows 7 and Windows Vista machines. The finger print scanner on my Windows 7 machine had quit working a few weeks ago and I finally called Sam’s Help Desk. The technician helped me uninstall the old software, download a newer version from HP, download drivers, and get the scanner working properly again. My Mom’s Windows Vista machine would not start Windows and I called them. They advised me to power cycle the laptop by removing the battery, unplugging it, and holding down the power button. Then we ran a system utility that I had already run without power cycling the machine. It found disk errors this second time and repaired the computer. Now it works properly again. They are very helpful and courteous. A plus is that they are based here and speak English well. This is a free program offered to anyone who buys any electronics from Sam’s Club. Maybe you would know these things without assistance, but I find it great to have an ally in keeping my equipment running properly.

Earlier this year I had a power supply fail on a machine that was beyond manufacturer’s warranty. I called it in to Sam’s Club technicians and because I had their extended warranty they free overnight shipped me a brand new one without charge. This is another example of how good their service programs are.

No company is perfect, but I have been buying equipment from Sam’s Club since the early nineties. Their products and services have always exceeded my expectations in quality and reliability. I give them my highest recommendation.

Jo Ann

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Creativity Project Year Two-Day 74

Journal entry:

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Stormy Weather

Rolling over
Us like they are bowling
In Heaven and my poor puppy
Dog, Hope, is frantic with apprehension.
She wants me to make room for her
In my lap, but I am
Busy just now,

Jo Ann J. A. Jordan
Saturday, March 23, 2013


I am grateful:

1.   Penny seems a little better.
2.   My computer is not broken.
3.   Best Buy had a workable power adapter.
4.   Mom rode to town with me.
5.   I am able to post tonight.


This Saturday has been a bit taxing, as always happens when my technology does not work as it should. I hope your day was relaxing and filled with happiness. Get yourself in gear and create something. You have unlimited resources of imagination at your disposal. Do not waste time in self doubt. I believe you have the talent to do marvelous things if you only apply yourself.

As a prompt, write about the weather where you are. You know we often converse about the weather in small talk, so just create a poem, story, or journal entry that explores the subject. If you use this prompt, please leave a link to your work in the comments below.

Thank you for taking time to read my blog. I hope you will return often, but I also suggest you enter your email above and subscribe to Chronicles. I cannot stress enough how much your feedback means to me. If you have thoughts, suggestions, or criticism to share, please leave a comment.

Jo Ann

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Creativity Project Year Two-Day 9

Journal entry:

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Meandering Thoughts

Wandering mind,
Wide ranging over
A variety of things
Leading in directions
That are new, different
Taking me to places never
Known, never experienced
In the totality of my life.
If I open my heart, soul,
To explore challenges
I have not faced in
Times before now
I can accomplish
Things beyond
My wildest

Jo Ann J. A. Jordan
Thursday, January 17, 2013


I am grateful:

1.   The dietitian called and I gave her some information.
2.   I decided to call Mom’s doctor’s office and ask them to fax the lab results to me.
3.   My fax machine worked.
4.   I did not have to drive to town.
5.   Mom enjoyed the supper I prepared this evening.


This was a very good Thursday for me. I hope your day was also pleasant. I opened up my imagination and created something, you can do the same thing if only you make an effort. I know you have the ability to accomplish whatever you desire. No one can stop you.

As a prompt, write about your experience with technology. You could write a poem, story, journal entry, or note that tells about your past or current relationship with the devices that permeate our world. If you use this prompt, please leave a link to your work in the comments below.

Thanks so much for coming here and reading my thoughts. Should you have something to share with me, leave a comment. If you enjoyed your visit here, please consider subscribing to Chronicles.

Jo Ann

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Creativity Project Year Two-Day 3

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I know
You have all my
Welfare as Your concern
For You assure me of Your care
In the pages of Your glorious Word
Given down through countless ages
For edification
Of my spirit,
My God

Jo Ann J. A. Jordan
Friday, January 11, 2013


I am grateful:

1.   I was able to get up early today even though I was up at 5:00am.
2.   Outlook has worked sporadically today, enough to let me do what I needed to do.
3.   I completed my tasks for the Sweetwater Camera Club webpage without any problem.
4.   I talked to my mentor, Richard, a few minutes.
5.   I got to see a video clip of Triple H this evening.


My Friday has been rewarding. I hope you accomplished all you wished today. Take time to imagine and create something that will enrich our world. You, no doubt, have the ability if you will only exercise it. The entire world awaits your work. You never know how much influence you can have until you make an effort.

As a prompt, write about something you anticipate doing this weekend. Work it into a poem, story, journal entry, or a simple note to refer to later. I am excited about my Nikon School class tomorrow and I expect you have something that brightens your days as well. Perhaps should you have nothing you are looking forward to, you should change your plans to make your weekend wonderful. If you use this prompt, please leave a link to your work in the comments below.

Thank you for visiting my blog. I hope you found enjoyment here. I make an effort to bring some positivity to each day of my Creativity Project. You might like to follow Chronicles to receive future updates. If you have thoughts, suggestions, or criticism to share, please leave a comment.

Jo Ann

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Creativity Project Year Two-Day 1

Journal entry:

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Technological Penitent Prayer

Computers can be
An intricate mystery
Serving us quite well
And with almost no complaint
Until they suddenly stop.

Our world is then thrown
Into depths of confusion
We cannot escape
Without the aid of gurus
Who guard their expert knowledge.

We mere mortals are
At mercy of specialists
Who we but seldom
Understand and only hope
Will repair our dear machines.

When programs rebel
Leaving us in quandary
We must consult those
Who can rectify all our
Diverse computer problems.

We beseech every
One of those authorities
To exhibit grace
Toward those of us who need
Their generous assistance.

Jo Ann J. A. Jordan
Wednesday, January 9, 2013


I am grateful:

1.   Richard, my mentor, called this morning and helped me get Outlook working.
2.   I was able to call the editor of the CHN&V and get the Sweetwater Camera Club meeting date for February changed before the magazine goes to press.
3.   I called the church and talked to Mary.
4.   I was able to figure out a minor problem with Outlook.
5.   Hoke Smith, the new president of the SCC, liked the page I sent out today and responded with a comment I wholeheartedly support.


Today has been troublesome for me, but I hope your Wednesday went well. Please take time to engage your creativity now and produce something that positively impacts our world. You have so many gifts to share.

As a prompt, write about your outlook for the coming year. Share your goals and aspirations. Should you use this prompt, please share a link to your work in the comments below.

Thank you for visiting my blog. I appreciate you spending time here. If you have thoughts, suggestions, or criticism to share, please leave a comment. You might like to follow Chronicles to receive future updates.

Jo Ann

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365 Creativity Project-Day 363

Journal entry:

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Two Worlds

There is a magic
To real life interaction,
Person to person,
Which cannot be captured by
Digital relationships.

There is nothing like
Looking into the eyes of
Another, seeing
The little gestures they make;
Text cannot express it all.

Technology is
Pleasing in ability
To connect us at
A distance, but it does not
Fully replace face to face.

If we are lucky
We have a life filled with both
Intimate friends and
Those we know only online;
Both worlds are very special.

Jo Ann J. A. Jordan
Sunday, January 6, 2013





I am grateful:

1.   Hope seems to be feeling okay.
2.   Hope and I walked a mile this afternoon.
3.   Penny appears to be gaining a little weight.
4.   I have warm clothes to wear when it is cold.
5.   I can see, and so can read and write.

It has been a quiet Sunday here. I hope your day was relaxing. Now I ask you to put your imagination to work and do something creative. This day will be immeasurably enriched by your contribution. I know you have the ability to make whatever you choose, because I believe anyone can produce as I do.

As a prompt, write a memory from your childhood. Any memory will do, just make a poem, story, or journal entry of it. If you use this prompt, leave a link to your work in the comments below.

Thank you so much for visiting my blog. I hope you enjoyed your time here. If you have a comment, please share it with me. You can easily subscribe to Chronicles should you wish to receive daily updates.

Jo Ann

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365 Creativity Project-Day 357

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Fortunate days, fortunate ways,
Everything falls in place
In perfect timing, comfortable space.

Blessings rain down, erasing my frown
Bringing glowing smiles
To shorten the many miles.

Jesus travels with me, within me,
Making the journey worth traveling,
Keeping my life from unraveling.

Time passes, a year, rich in good cheer,
Hours made so beautiful
By miracles always very plentiful.

Jo Ann J. A. Jordan
Monday, December 31, 2012


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I am grateful:

1.   Mom is with me to begin 2013.
2.   I was able to stay awake all day after staying up all night.
3.   I mailed my package this afternoon.
4.   I was able to get everything on my shopping list.
5.   Alex and Laura came to visit this afternoon.

I had a wonderful Monday. I hope yours was full of happiness as well. Before this year ends I encourage you to exercise your creativity. I know your imagination is filled with greatness, you must only uncover it. Unleash your creative dreams.

As a prompt, write about some of your accomplishments this year. Make it a review, and see how much positivity you can demonstrate. If you use this prompt, please leave a link to your work in the comments below.

Entering into the New Year, I hope you find energy to nurture your creativity. May inspiration richly bless each of your days. God be with every one of you.

Thank you so much for joining me here. I hope you enjoyed your visit. If so, you might want to subscribe to Chronicles. You will receive daily updates in your subscription. I value your thoughts, suggestions, and criticism, so please leave a comment.

Jo Ann

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365 Creativity Project-Day 333

Journal entry:

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So Blessed

My life
Is filled with smiles
On a daily basis.
Even on bad days there is much
For which to be grateful, I can hardly
Complain because happiness fills
Most moments and many
Corners of this
My life

Jo Ann J. A. Jordan
Friday, December 7, 2012





I am grateful:

1.   I got a haircut and it turned out well.
2.   My trip to Best Buy was productive.
3.   Mom liked what I fixed for lunch.
4.   The doctor’s office finally returned my call.
5.   Alex and Laura visited us for a little while this evening.

Things worked out quite well today. I hope your Friday was also trouble free. Make sure you take a few moments to engage your imagination creatively. You have so much within you if you only tap your resources.

As a prompt, write about a technology that has positively impacted your life. This does not have to be electronic, anything created by humans will do. I am sure you have a poem, story, or journal entry inside you. Please leave a link to your work in the comments below should you use this prompt.

Thanks so much for reading my blog. I hope you enjoyed your time here. Please leave a comment if you have thoughts, suggestions, or criticism to share. Chronicles can be delivered to you daily if you subscribe.

Jo Ann

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365 Creativity Project-Day 325

Journal entry:

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The following poem is in answer to the prompt on Poetic Asides. You might travel over to that site if you need inspiration.

Created For Greatness

Today and every
Day I rise with greater hope,
Because I believe my life
Has an intrinsic meaning.

The Lord blesses me
Far more than I imagine
With gifts beyond my
Greatest need and I am born
Into heaven’s family.

My experience
Although sometime troubled here
Is definitely
Worth celebrating with joy
Because happiness abounds.

I may have little,
But I have been given quite
Enough to fulfill
And satisfy the basic
Necessities of my life.

Born to taste glory
I live anticipating
The coming of Christ
Who will instantly change me
To fit in eternity.

Jo Ann J. A. Jordan
Thursday, November 29, 2012





I am grateful:

1.   I have not coughed quite so much today.
2.   I can see the colors of the world around me.
3.   I can read and learn new things.
4.   I can discover answers to my questions easily online and by phone.
5.   Windows Live Writer allows me to alter the look of my blog beyond what is available through the WordPress editor.

I hope you have had a wonderful Thursday. Mine has been very low key. Now I suggest you use your imagination and creativity to do something great. You can share your gifts and talents with the world if you will attempt it. There are so many who are only waiting to see what you make.

As a prompt, write about how fonts have influenced your life. Maybe you have thought little about it, but take a few moments to write about the text all around you. If you use this prompt, please leave a link to your work in the comments below.

Thanks so much for visiting my blog. I am open to your thoughts, suggestions, or criticism, so please leave a comment. If you enjoyed your visit to Chronicles, you might want to follow the blog.

Jo Ann

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