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beats for a moment

For millions of years, there was no heartbeat. Then the darkness lifted. The void for a moment comforted me and just as quickly ushered me into the light of birth. Beats. Beats. Beats. Movement. For nearly 100 years my heart will beat. I…

skeleton keys

Writing Prompt: Secret Write a new post in response to today’s one-word prompt. I don’t believe in secrets. It seems pointless to me. Every experience is a lesson not just for me, but for everyone. This is not to say I will run…

my things

Writing Prompt: Five Items A classic question, revisited: what are the five items you must have on a deserted island? The Kybalion by The Three Initiates A knife A small container with various fruit and vegetable seeds A magnifying glass Sturdy, long lasting…

the imperfect number

Writing Prompt: Counting Voices A lively group discussion, an intimate tête-à-tête, an inner monologue — in your view, when it comes to a good conversation, what’s the ideal number of people? There is no exact number. The environment simply needs to allow for…

breaking up with procrastination

Writing Prompt: Shape Up or Ship Out Write a letter to the personality trait you like least, convincing it to shape up or ship out. Be as threatening, theatrical, or thoroughly charming as is necessary to get the job done. Dear Procrastination: You’re…

finding sleep

Below is a hemp bed with fluffy white hemp pillows. At least that is how I imagine it, a well made allergy free hemp bed. The woman typing this, little ole me, is wanting to sleep on that bed. I’ve spent a grueling…

they picked me

Writing Prompt: Pat on the Back Tell someone you’re proud of just how proud you are. Aviance and Kenya circa 1999 I’m proud of my two daughters, Kenya and Aviance. They are the most amazing young women I know and are determined to…

honk!

Writing Prompt: Toot Your Horn Most of us are excellent at being self-deprecating, and are not so good at the opposite. Tell us your favorite thing about yourself. My favorite thing about myself is my ability to learn quickly. I was about 13…

colored girl's comb

Just wrote this piece. I love experimenting with prose/poetry ideas. I was thinking about how I comb my hair and whether the experience has meaning. I believe with a few edits I could mold this into something interesting. Coils, curls, swirls and twists…

sleeping on the dark side of the moon

Have you ever been so tired after working in the yard that you want to take a nap on the dark side of the moon? Don’t laugh. I’m that tired. I want to crawl into a crater with an ultra warm electric blanket…

hindsight?

Writing Prompt: Thanks, Hindsight How is the year shaping up for you so far? Have your predictions come true, or did you have to face a curve ball or two? Things are shaping up well. I’ve committed to writing daily and so far…

in the soil

i spent a couple of hours outside in the soil today. i mothered the dirt to prepare her for seeds. as i turned soil and removed plants that could strangle the food i intended to grow, i observed the robins and blue jays…

the hiding synopsis

What I’m about to write makes me feel like a child who did a bad thing and I am about to be punished. Please, be gentle with me even though I deserve all the verbal lashing I might get. I’ve never written a…

reggae and jazz and ragtime, oh my!

Writing Prompt: Papa Loves Mambo What sort of music was played in your house when you were growing up? What effect, (if any) did it have on your musical tastes? I was exposed to a wide range of music. The most prominent were…

autobiography in sounds

Between last night and this morning I’ve shared on my timeline a bit of my soul through the music I listen to. It is a huge part of my soul autobiography. Please, listen and enjoy. You will now know another piece of me.…

weeping gaia

It’s never worth it—the fight we won’t let die. I think of the weeping Buddha and what it means to me as I walk through this life. I found a small wooden one over a year ago in a small “spiritual” shop. At…

retreating wrinkles

Writing Prompt: If I Could Turn Back Time If you could return to the past to relive a part of your life, either to experience the wonderful bits again, or to do something over, which part of you life would you return to?…

a mecca to the big white apple

Writing Prompt: Ripped Into the Headline Write about something that happened over the weekend as though it’s the top story on your local paper. By zaji January 14, 2016 LAUREL – Surrounded by books from every genre, zaji wondered which one she should…

unpopular life

Writing Prompt: Unpopular Tell us about a time when you had to choose between two options, and you picked the unpopular choice. My life is an endless string of unpopular choices. I don’t move with the herd. I follow what I like to…

a feng shui'ed cyber world

Feng (wind) shui (water). Most who are familiar with it immediately conjure balance, peace and positive energy flow. I am drawn to the simplicity of it and the role minimalism plays in creating the most balanced and effective spatial flow. When I think…

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