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Creativity Project Year Two-Day 4

Journal entry:

Journal 1-12-20130001



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


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.


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.

Jo Ann


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365 Creativity Project-Day 270

Journal entry:

Journal 10-5-20120001

Without Warning

How things happen
Outside expectation
Beyond my regular planning
Without any regard for preference
But I have finally become
Accustomed to such things

Jo Ann J. A. Jordan
Friday, October 5, 2012



This is the page I have been working on…



I am grateful:

1.   I spent a few hours talking to Alex during the night hours of the morning.
2.   I woke up without a problem when my alarm went off at 11:00am.
3.   I was able to complete my training with Norma and Richard.
4.   Mom did not hurt herself badly when she fell a few moments ago.
5.   I did not have to cook tonight.

It has been a very busy and challenging Friday for me. I hope your day was highly productive and that you are ready for an enjoyable weekend. Creating something will finish your day well, so I urge you to do it now.

As a prompt, write about a project you have recently completed. This is your opportunity to share something others may not realize you have done. If you use this prompt, please leave a link to your work in the comments below.

I am grateful you choose to visit my blog. If you would like, please subscribe to Chronicles so you receive future updates. I love reader input and would enjoy reading your comment.

Jo Ann

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365 Creativity Project-Day 262

Journal entry:

Journal 9-27-20120001

Making An Effort

You entice me to
Do things I normally would
Never try to do
And it gives me a chance to
Savor new experience.

I am more challenged
Than I have been in some time,
But I cannot help
Being afraid that I may
Ultimately disappoint.

I attempt my best
Hoping I do not come up
Lacking in your eyes,
I have not done things like this
In such a very long time.

Please do not give up
On me while I am trying
To accomplish all
The things you have set before
Me as well as I may do.

Jo Ann J. A. Jordan
Thursday, September 27, 2012



My new Cabbage Patch Kid, Katherine Rose…


Mom’s new Cabbage Patch Kid, Jennifer Nicole…


All four of our Cabbage Patch Kids…

I am grateful:

1.   I ate lunch before going to Norma and Richard’s house.
2.   I learned a lot today (I think).
3.   I found the misplaced keys at Subway.
4.   The sandwich from Subway was delicious.
5.   I am going to finish this entry before midnight despite a very late start.

I hope your Thursday exceeded your expectations. If you have not already completed something creative during your day, I urge you to do it now. There is no time like the present to express your individuality.

As a prompt, write about a time when you were learning something new. A poem, a story, or a journal entry will do. If you use this prompt, please leave a link to your work in the comments below.

I am so happy you took the time to visit my blog. If you liked what you read, please consider following Chronicles. I know you may have thoughts, suggestions, or criticism to share, so please leave a comment.

Jo Ann

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365 Creativity Project-Day 258

Journal entry:

Journal 9-23-20120001

Emily Dickinson’s poem and my essay:

I taste a liquor never brewed —
From Tankards scooped in Pearl —
Not all the Vats upon the Rhine
Yield such an Alcohol!

Inebriate of Air — am I —
And Debauchee of Dew —
Reeling — thro endless summer days —
From inns of Molten Blue —

When “Landlords” turn the drunken Bee
Out of the Foxglove’s door–
When Butterflies — renounce their “drams” —
I shall but drink the more!

Till Seraphs swing their snowy Hats —
And Saints — to windows run —
To see the little Tippler
Leaning against the — Sun —

Emily Dickinson

The Poem As Liquor

In the first stanza I believe Emily is writing about language in the poem. How it tastes new, is precious, and is uncommon. The poem is contained in a form which is not of baser materials. It cannot come from other minds, but is a distillation of the self. No one else could make such a potent use of language.

In the second stanza she relates her intoxication with the elements and how she breathes in endless warmth from the environment. This gives her the ability to write authoritatively from her own experience. She shares her self with we readers who visit from the wider world.

In the third stanza she scoffs at those who would place restrictions on her freedom to express herself. She states she will all the more enjoy herself because of those who wish to govern her use of language and form. She is breaking the rules with abandon.

In the fourth stanza she seems to be saying the heavenly hosts will rejoice with her in exuberance. Everyone will see her as outstanding in her presentations, which are shining with originality. She believes her work is life affirming and nurturing. She leans on beneficial elements supporting her and those who read her work.

The poem is so rare and fine readers can enjoy it on its surface or in a deeper reading. The language is rich and inviting. The images stand out convincingly.

Jo Ann J. A. Jordan
Sunday, September 23, 2012

My poem was prompted by the wordle at The Sunday Whirl. The words in italics come from that site. If you are in need of inspiration you may find it there.

Preventive Measures

I remain trapped by
Bundles of words in corners
I climbed to avoid
Damp storm winds and thunder
Which shook me like a corn husk.

You bring sweet relief
Through your reading what might have
Only become ash
Scattered upon the flooring
Of this lonely shut off room.

I break away from
My own limitations to
Grasp your hand across
The gulf of space and moments
Separating each of us.

You return to me
Over and again making
Some sense of my words
Bequeathed to your fine estate
Without any condition.

I know without you
I would be resigned to such
Bleak obscurity
I could never escape this
Hugely restrictive sentence.

Jo Ann J. A. Jordan
Sunday, September 23, 2012





I am grateful:

1.   I have a home.
2.   I have comfortable clothing.
3.   I have food to eat.
4.   I am well educated.
5.   I have a good computer with internet access.

I hope you have had a wonderful Sunday. Now you should take some time and exercise your creativity. I do this every day and I know absolutely that you can write something with meaning. You are so creatively gifted.

As a prompt, write about a poem you enjoy. You could pick any poem you have ever read and do a close reading, or you could simply tell what the poem means to you. If you use this prompt, please leave a link to your work in the comments below.

I hope you have enjoyed your visit here. If so, please consider following Chronicles. I am very interested in your thoughts, suggestions, or criticism, so please leave a comment.

Jo Ann



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365 Creativity Project-Day 245

Journal entry:

Journal 9-10-20120001


I rise from slumber
Blooming into these bright hours,
Like a daylily,
Facing sunshine with courage
Enough to abandon rest.

Opens itself before me
Offering reward
If I will only embrace
This great opportunity.

I am quite convinced
My efforts will now prosper
Although I am not
Fully prepared for this dawn
Because I lack deep repose.

I write ample words,
Explain away confusion,
Give voice to my soul,
Yet I am still enslaved by
Rigors of ebony night.

If I can find peace
I will gladly share blessings
With the denizens
Of these fiercely lit moments,
I must first resurrect dreams.

Jo Ann J. A. Jordan
Monday, September 10, 2012

Photographs of flowers for sale at Wal-Mart:




I am grateful:

1.   I started the day early.
2.   I finally found a groomer I feel will be good.
3.   The Modern and Contemporary American Poetry class began.
4.   I have managed get this done earlier in the day.
5.   Mom is feeling good.

Monday is, as are all days, a new beginning. I hope your day has been pleasant. If you would like to, I encourage you to create something. It need not be perfect, just your honest interpretation of your imaginative gifts. Sometimes we are so wedded to the idea of perfection that we do not make an effort. This is a loss to society. What you create, the work you do, could change someone’s life. Do not be held back by fear. Use your creativity.

My prompt for you today is the word: awakening. This led me to a multifaceted poem. Let it lead you into creation. 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 thoughts, suggestions, or criticism, please leave a comment. I look forward to reading your input. If you enjoyed this entry consider following Chronicles.

Jo Ann

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