Haiku Challenge Friday: PASSION

Haiku Challenge Friday!  

A Haiku is a three line poem with 5 syllables the first line, 7 syllables the second line and 5 again for the last line. 

My Dad is a BIG Haiku guy, he loves them and has compiled his into two books.  I do it randomly and rarely but always enjoy the process. It usually starts with an idea or a moment in life I want to capture.

Haiku Challenge participants...just write your haiku in the comments below!

Please email me a Haiku Challenge if you would like to be a Guest Challenger. Include the challenge word and your starting Haiku poem.

Here is this week's challenge Haiku:

A Passion Planner;
dirty or most useful tool?
Consider the source!

Your challenge word to use in your haiku is : PASSION

Let's hear your haiku!






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How is Your Bucket? How to Win Friends and Influence Other Kids (NPR Michigan Chronicles WVPE 88.1 FM)


I’ve been struggling to find joy lately. I took the Facebook app off of my phone so I could control my exposure to…All The Things. I am staying engaged, I am in the resistance, but I need to keep myself balanced and encouraged.  I look for big ways to make an impact.  I am in groups and I am writing letters and I am making calls.  I marched in a local women’s march.  I am doing what I can to be positive but it is hard and I am often afraid.

Recently on the walk through our neighborhood to school, I was humbled and inspired by my seven year old daughter Portia.  She might pretend she is a ninja instead of unloading the dishwasher the fourth time I ask, but Man! She can deliver a sermon without preaching.

One of her friends, Isabel, was having a crummy day and it was affecting the mood of our little “walking school bus” enough that I just started walking way ahead with a few kids to avoid it all.  I saw that Portia lingered back with Isabel and her father, Lucas, who is one of my favorite people.  I kept going, not wanting to deal with the fray.  I was annoyed and dismissive.  Lucas came up to me and said “Portia is talking about Bucket filling?” I stopped still on the sidewalk.  Tears filled my eyes and I began to explain.

Not too long ago my family was in town to visit my Dad and we attended the Unitarian Church I grew up in.  The children’s moment there consisted of a dear lady named Cathy Duncan reading the book “Have You Filled a Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids” By Carol McCloud.  The author talks about how everyone had a desire to be loved and appreciated and we carry around a ‘bucket’ of feelings.  When we make someone else feel good, we fill their “bucket”.  If we are unkind to someone we are dipping into their bucket and taking away their good feelings.  The book said some people try to fill their own bucket by taking from others, but it never, ever works well.  I find that many messages like this given to children are often even better aimed at adults. We need it more!


My daughters talked about being “bucketfillers” for weeks after they heard the story.  They looked for ways to help others, to apply the message.  I talked about it with my mentor and she gave me her copy of the book since her kids had outgrown it.  We thrilled together at the power of this positive concept.  I shared the book with my friend Karyn who leads our church’s Childrens’ Ministry and they liked the message so much they used the entire “Be a Bucketfiller” curriculum for weeks!  Many of us got our buckets filled by the kind words and actions of the kids learning to look for ways to fill other people’s buckets.

So back to the sidewalk.  There I was, supposedly every inch an adult, dismissing a little kid having a hard day.  I wanted to avoid the tantrum, their sad feelings, their littleness. I was guarding myself from it (and besides there was a parent there to deal with her).  My daughter did better.  My daughter engaged her friend with love, distracted her, told her about bucket filling.  As Portia’s kind and patient words lifted Isabel’s heart, I saw at once how effective this is.  We all started telling Isabel nice things about herself.  We told her what we admired.  We told her what we were proud of her for.  We all begin smiling.  We walked together and started telling the other kids in our group how they mattered, how they made us smile, how glad we were to know them. 

We were all lifted up, smiling, energized and full of joy.  Filling each other’s buckets filled our own lumpy and battered buckets.  A little child had to lead us, but she changed the course of our morning.  Instead of dismissing someone’s pain, she worked around it to fill a bucket and changed the world.  Her corner of it, anyway. 




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Haiku Challenge Friday: COFFEE

Haiku Challenge Friday!  

A Haiku is a three line poem with 5 syllables the first line, 7 syllables the second line and 5 again for the last line. 

My Dad is a BIG Haiku guy, he loves them and has compiled his into two books.  I do it randomly and rarely but always enjoy the process. It usually starts with an idea or a moment in life I want to capture.

Haiku Challenge participants...just write your haiku in the comments below!

Please email me a Haiku Challenge if you would like to be a Guest Challenger. Include the challenge word and your starting Haiku poem.

Here is this week's challenge Haiku:

The daily adventure
My coffee in microwave
Mom's scavenger hunt

Your challenge word to use in your haiku is : COFFEE

Let's hear your haiku!






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Red Long Lasting Lipstick and Dentist Appointment Tangle: Who Wins? News at 11


Can your long-lasting lipstick make it through a dentist appointment? I'm a reasonable woman, I just want everything.  Especially my RED LIPS!  I've tried something new in long lasting lipstick this past week, and I figured if it could last through a dentist appointment at Dental Arts Group here in Valparaiso Indiana, it would be RAVE WORTHY! My two daughters and I all had appointments today for tooth cleaning and X-rays.  Portia crazily can tell you exactly which two teeth she got cavities in (J & K on their mouth map, if you wondered) and I already talked about my awesome Dentist at Dental Arts Group. 
And there was that other time I road tested long lasting lipstick and told the tale about the staying power of  a certain red Lipstain at a dentist appointment...  I forgot my phone today and really wanted to get evidence. Luckily, my dental hygienst Kathy took some quick snaps (AND A SELFIE) to document my (supposedly?) long lasting lipstick during our appointment.  Here is the beginning!


And of course here is a picture with my Heroine who sent the pictures to me!  Kathy....THANK YOU SO MUCH!  She was impressed with my long lasting lipstick and I think she'll be checking Christa out on Facebook!




So I would assume you have been to the dentist: X-rays, scraping, brushing, flossing... lost of rubber gloved fingers rubbing all over my red long lasting lipstick lips.  For 20 minutes or so.  Plus water, spitting, and a paper towel wipe because: Gross.


THIS is my long lasting lipstick AFTER all of that.  AFTER I tell you. 
Go ahead and start talking to my new best friend Christa Plew RIGHT THIS MINUTE. Please tell her about the Dentist Visit Blog Post on long lasting lipstick...she'll know. She isn't pushy, she shared lots of information and I feel good about my long lasting lipstick choice.  The Lipsense lip color is made in the USA and is gluten free which I thought was a dumb claim but someone said folks who cannot have ANY gluten value that.  They don't do animal testing, it's vegan and there is no whale blubber in the stuff. I'm against animal testing so this was a plus.


If you squint you can see one tiny fleck missing.  I threw gloss over the top of my fabulous long lasting lipstick and when on my merry...my VERY MERRY way.  I'm wearing Blu-Red color, if you are curious.  I use Glossy gloss over it but really think I'll prefer the matte. You can combine the colors to make your own custom color too...crazy eh?  But it makes sense...LIPSENSE!  Bwahahaha I am hilarious.



Below are pictures from the past week of wearing this new magical lip color.  I only have the red.  I do use the OOPs remover to get it off, tho I believe my Norwex makeup cloth would do it too.  (Another CRAZY thing that works so well...and I'd been a cynic.)








I want you to see it did  rub off on my waterline, this will happen with deep colors after eating oily food...or in the afternoon at least.  I just reapply to the blank space.  No biggie.  

The magic I have discovered is LIPSENSE long lasting lipstick.   (Well they call it lip color since it isn't a lip stain or lipstick).  Never mind about the selling points....trying it, wearing it to the dentist....proves for me I have at long last found what I want in lip color.  I have my red.  It doesn't smear or rub off.  Even at THE DENTIST!!!!!!!  I got all of my pesky questions answered by Christa Williams Plew who sells it.  

My girlfriend Holly mentioned this expensive but crazy longer lasting lipstick called Lipsense a few months ago.  (Christy is her lovely sister in law!)I'm thrilled with Lipsense lip color and hope you will get a kick out of this post.  I hope to save you a few months too, since I balked at the price.  I didn't think it would work on me since EVERY OTHER LONGWEAR splits off and chunks off and is gross and still gets on my drink glass. I'm ecstatic to be wrong.   Christa posts all sorts of fun videos  showing the lip colors range of awesomeness.  

I doubt if I will get freebies from her, I am not posting expecting anything...I simply wanted to solve this problem for anyone like me who wants to kiss folks, drink things, and smile while feeling they look their best and not having to worry about their lips!  I'd love to know what you think, what works for you, and any other non spam comment you might have!

THANK YOU for reading my blog!  I'm grateful for your time.


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Dear Little Unitarian Girl Told about Burning Fiery Hell by Christians

I am so sorry.  Sweet ten year old child, I am so sorry.  I heard from your Unitarian Church Sunday School teacher that your were sad and scared and confused by some things other kids at your school told you.  They said if you didn't believe in Jesus you were going to a fiery hell.  You were sharing this during Sunday School and were not sure what to think.   Your Sunday School teacher wasn't sure what to think.  Or what to say.  I am: I know what to say.

I am so sorry.  I do not know your name and I dislike the rampant blog posts with the "Dear Random Person" titles but I needed to share with you, and anyone else who is told they are going to hell, that I am so sorry your were told about Jesus like this.  It is wrong.  I have not died, and I am not sure about Heaven or Hell, but may I please tell you what I know as a woman who is a Christian?  May I tell you some things, Sweet Girl?
Akiane's Prince of Peace Portrait of Jesus ( painted by 8 yr old child of atheists who had never seen a pic or heard of Jesus but met Him in visions and dreams)

I believe there is a God who made us and loves us.  Every. single. one of us. You may choose not to believe this and I will still think you are a wonderful person full of light and joy.  We can talk about it or not talk about it, but I will respect our difference of opinion and enjoy you just as much.  

I believe love wins.  When any person of any age acts kindly and gently towards another person, they win, even if it is hard to tell from the outcome.  Acting out of love and kindness makes you a winner every. single. time.  The opposite is also true: acting out of anger, jealousy, fear or hatred makes that person lose.   It is always a bad choice, it does not make the person a bad person, but they do lose.  Every time. Only LOVE WINS.

I believe we are all learning all the time.  No one can know all things, no matter how educated or old that person is.  The bible says lots of things and church people say lots of things and most of it will not match up at all to the truth.  Each of us needs to learn all we can about all the things we can, and then listen to that soft, small voice of God to help us discern our path and choices.  I would encourage you to read the Bible in an engaging translation like NIV or NLT or the Messsage, other religious texts, and pay attention to everything in school.  You decide your own life path.  You choose your own spiritual path.  And noone knows everything.  Someday, when our lives are over, we will know the truth. 

You are precious, and you matter, and I am sorry about the Christians.





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Haiku Challenge: WEEDS


Haiku Challenge Friday!  

A Haiku is a three line poem with 5 syllables the first line, 7 syllables the second line and 5 again for the last line. 

My Dad is a BIG Haiku guy, he loves them and has compiled his into two books.  I do it randomly and rarely but always enjoy the process. It usually starts with an idea or a moment in life I want to capture.

Haiku Challenge participants...just write your haiku in the comments below!

Please email me a Haiku Challenge if you would like to be a Guest Challenger. Include the challenge word and your starting Haiku poem.

Here is this week's challenge Haiku:

Every year I wail
Weeds have overtaken me
why can't I use Preen?

Your challenge word to use in your haiku is : WEEDS

Let's hear your haiku!






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