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I Have Been Productive Today

Of course I stayed up all night, but I took a nap between 7:00AM and noon. During the dark hours of the morning I had a burst of creativity. I hope you will enjoy the following offerings…

Deserted

Wondering where you
Might be hiding on this night
When all the stars shine
With such brilliant clarity
Above this earthly coldness.

I have no chance to
See your face among the others
Lingering so near
Because you are now absent,
Doing whatever you do.

I wanted to reach
Beyond these four lonely walls
So I could somehow
Share in the wonderful life
You are so richly living.

I am totally
Lost among those few ignored
By your provision,
You are moving far away
Into tomorrow’s distance.

Your greatest treasure
Alludes my outstretched fingers,
No effort of mind
Can make your goodness return
At this moment to grace me.

Wondering where you
Might be hiding on this night
When all the stars shine
With such brilliant clarity
Above this earthly coldness.

© Jo Ann J. A. Jordan 
Monday, October 28, 2013

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I found these weeds attractive. I sometimes think God’s greatest creations grow wild.

 

Otherwise Entertained (6)

She lettered in chorus during her freshman, sophomore, and junior years. Before she completed high school in the first quarter of her senior year, she took a trip to Washington, D.C. with the chorus. There was a competition held there for groups from all over the country. Tony insisted Morgan go, even though she was hesitant to leave him.

The trip was memorable because she visited some of the highlights of the city. She wished the time spent in the Smithsonian Museum had not been very limited. There was so much to see. The Washington and Lincoln monuments were inspiring. When she sang in the National Cathedral, she found its glory overwhelming. The Capitol was gorgeous, as was the White House, but she was disappointed in the great mall. The litter everywhere detracted from the beauty of the area. 

She did not call home to talk to her husband often because long distance was so expensive. There was a dance, but she sat to the side in her royal blue dress, only watching the others. She was often left alone when her roommates decided to do something interesting. She shopped for things to take home to Tony and her parents. She found a tee shirt for Tony, a necklace for her mother, and a carved pocketknife for her father. She also bought commemorative postcards. Traveling by bus was not very pleasant, reminding her of the harrowing times she had spent on school buses through the years.

When she returned home, she and Tony celebrated by going out for steaks and drinks. Morgan loved feeling her husband’s arms around her again. She had felt uneasy while so far away. She belonged back where love surrounded her.

She thought of this trip when they were planning their vacation. She hoped to go back and take time to see everything Washington contained, but Tony wanted to go to Panama City as they had on their honeymoon. Morgan could not argue. She had enjoyed the first trip tremendously, except the motorcycle accident. She had scraped herself up quite a bit and chipped a front tooth. He did not seem to realize his recklessness had caused her harm. She hoped the vacation would be more relaxing.

They checked in to the Fontainebleau in the early evening after driving most of the day. She and Tony showered together, taking their time, before getting ready for supper. They ate seafood in the restaurant and then went swimming in the indoor pool. The full moon hung huge in the sky as they walked the sugar white beach. She gathered shells, even finding a starfish and a sand dollar. They only had three days and those hurried by like the seagulls flying over the ocean. She managed to avoid sunburn on her pale skin because Tony kept her slathered in Coppertone. She did the same for him because he also had a light complexion.

On the drive home, they narrowly avoided an accident because Tony fell asleep at the wheel. Morgan’s scream probably kept Katie from sustaining significant damage and might have saved them from injury as well.

She hoped this time she would be pregnant, but it did not happen. After all their lovemaking, it seemed a baby should result. She began to think something was wrong with her, even imagining she might be cursed.

© Jo Ann J. A. Jordan
Monday, October 28, 2013

 

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I am grateful:

1)   Alex arrived in California safely.
2)   Laying out the Sweetwater Camera Club pages for the Chapel Hill News & Views has become considerably easier.
3)   I am enjoying writing Otherwise Entertained and believe it may develop into something significant.
4)   Window 8.1 works better than I expected.
5)   I am getting some use from my Adobe Creative Cloud membership.

You are highly creative, gifted with the ability to fulfill your dreams. All it takes is consistent effort. Make sure you take the time today to share your talent with the world. You never know what blessings you may bestow on others through your work. So many people are looking for something to allow them a few moments of escape, you can provide this gift.

As a prompt, write about someone who left you alone and how it helped you grow. You might write a poem, a story, a journal entry, or even a note for future use. This should be simple because everyone has suffered abandonment.

Thank you for visiting my blog. I hope it entertained you. If you enjoyed your time here, you might want to enter your email address above and subscribe to Chronicles. As I indicated, the snippet from Otherwise Entertained above is the sixth part. The whole story is on the blog, so you might want to catch up by reading the earlier pieces if you are new here. The archives contain a great deal of material you might enjoy, so feel free to explore.

I hope you have a totally awesome day and return here often in the future.

Always,
Jo Ann

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Creativity Project Year Two-Day 4

Journal entry:

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Destined

Purpose
Is not always
Easily discerned, but
Each of us is given tasks to
Accomplish in our lives if we will but
Concentrate upon our efforts
And realize God has
Requirements He
Gives us

Jo Ann J. A. Jordan
Saturday, January 12, 2013

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I am grateful:

1.   I had energy to make it through this day.
2.   I left early enough.
3.   I was dressed appropriately.
4.   I won the free ticket to Nikon School.
5.   Mom decided to buy a GPS and I now feel confident to go to new places.
6.   The fraudulent charge on my bank account did not go through.
7.   I will have enough money to pay my phone bills.
8.   I took the remote for my camera and learned how to use it.
9.   I had a safe trip to the Waverly and back.
10. Mom got upset with me, but we worked it out.

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I had an excellent Saturday although I found a letter we received troublesome. I hope your day met your expectations. If you have not already exercised your creativity, I recommend you do it now. Maybe you could make a habit of doing one or more creative things each day. Devoting yourself to the task will enrich your life and you will be surprised how much you accomplish.

As a prompt, write about purpose. You may feel you have a grand purpose or none at all. Elaborate on your thoughts in a poem, story, journal entry, or note to expand on a later date. If you use this prompt, please leave a link to your work in the comments below.

I am very grateful you chose to visit my blog. If you have thoughts, suggestions, or criticism to share with me, please leave a comment. Should you desire to, please follow Chronicles for future updates. Do come back to visit again.

Always,
Jo Ann

 

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365 Creativity Project-Day 357

Journal entry:

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2012

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

Artwork:

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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.

Always,
Jo Ann

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365 Creativity Project-Day 302

Journal entry:

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The following poem was prompted by Poetic Asides. I recommend you visit that site if you are in need of a bit of inspiration.

The Right Path

I believe I am
Right with Jesus standing on
His sure promises,
My salvation is certain
Because I trust Him by heart.

One fine day He will
Tell me to stand on His right
With the ransomed sheep
He will send the evil goats
To the left into Hades.

I am so happy
My soul has been made right with
My sweet Savior’s blood
So that eternal Heaven
Is my final destiny.

Jo Ann J. A. Jordan
Tuesday, November 6, 2012

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I am grateful:

1.   I felt rested although I had very little sleep.
2.   Today was Founder’s Day at Callaway Gardens so our admission was free.
3.   Despite the pouring rain we had a safe trip.
4.   The rain stopped when we got to the park and did not begin again until we were leaving.
5.   Callaway Gardens was not crowded today, so it was very enjoyable.

I had an awesome Tuesday, and hope you had a great day too. I voted early, but I hope you voted today if you had not already. Now it is time for you to engage your creativity. Surely with all your talent you can make something wonderful. The world becomes richer if you share your creative gifts.

As a prompt, write a poem, story, or journal entry that includes the weather conditions where you are today. The climate you experience can give you a backdrop for whatever you create. If you use this prompt, please leave a link to your work in the comments below.

I am very grateful for your visit to my blog today. I hope you will subscribe to Chronicles if you would like daily updates. I know you may have thoughts, suggestions, or criticism to share with me. If so, please leave a comment.

Always,
Jo Ann

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365 Creativity Project-Day 289

Journal entry:

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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 251

Journal entry:

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The poem today is in answer to the prompt at The Sunday Whirl. The words in italics were given there. This was not easy, but you might enjoy the challenge, so by all means visit that site.

More Than An Exterior

The lilting pattern
Of alliteration brings
The lyric to life
In rich sensuous tones of
Voice filled with artist color.

The exterior
With silent tresses flowing
Appears to peering
Eyes just slightly beautiful
When seen in deep silhouette.

The words saunter by
Leaving pleasant echoes in
Ears fully focused
On the beguiling accents
Of every delicious line.

The poet reasons
The self is not important
Only the verses
Have true meaning shining bright
To illuminate the dark.

The finely tuned words
Marching across fields of white
Capture the essence
Of imaginative thought
And great creativity.

Jo Ann J. A. Jordan
Sunday, September 16, 2012

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BabyLand General Hospital…

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Sculpture on the grounds…

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Preemies…

I am grateful:

1.   I woke up fairly early despite staying up very late.
2.   I enjoyed my Oreo cookies for breakfast.
3.   I crushed two bags of cans and will soon have enough to recycle.
4.   Leigh came to get our trash and visited a while.
5.   Penny has eaten well today.

I hope your Sunday has been relaxing and enjoyable. I have taken it easy, but I chose to create. I urge you to put your imagination to work. Use your creativity to make something beautiful.

As a prompt write about an occasion when your resourcefulness saved the day. You probably give yourself little credit for day to day rescues, but take time to think about it. If you use this prompt, please leave a link to your work in the comments below.

Thank you so much for reading my blog entry. If you have thoughts, suggestions, or criticism, please leave a comment.

Always,
Jo Ann

 

 

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365 Creativity Project-Day 250

Journal entry:

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BabyLand General Hospital

Babies
Preemie babies
Bigger toddler babies
Blue-eyes, brown-eyes, green-eyes, boys, girls
Plastic babies and soft sculptured babies
Brown, orange, yellow, black, and gold hair
Any type you imagine
They are all there
Babies

Jo Ann J. A. Jordan
Saturday, September 15, 2012

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Mountain in Gainesville with Ford dealership in foreground…

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BabyLand General Hospital, Cleveland, Georgia…

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A crib full of Cabbage Patch Kids…

I am grateful:

1.   I woke up quickly when my alarm went off at 5:00am.
2.   I packed up the truck fairly easily.
3.   June was a few minutes early.
4.   We found our way despite the directions being confused.
5.   On the way home when the truck acted up, I stopped, checked the fluids, and added coolant. The Explorer then ran fine all the way back home.

I hope you had a wonderful Saturday. Our day was very enjoyable. I urge you to do something creative now. Even if you write about your day you can make it entertaining.

As a prompt, write about a trip you have taken. This could be nearby or somewhere across the world. If you use this prompt, please leave a link to your work in the comments below.

I hope you found something you liked here on my blog. If you have thoughts, suggestions, or criticism, please leave me a comment. If you would like subscribe to Chronicles so you get continuing updates.

Always,
Jo Ann

 

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