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Wire-Wrapped Polished Rock Pendants

Recently, I have tried my hand a wire-wrapping polished stones! Before I tried it, I looked up several ways to do it on Pinterest and various other pages on the internet. They haven’t yet turned out like I had hoped they would, but I can continue to work on them! Below are my first tries:

So, as I said, they still have a long way to come. I had some challenges and some of my first attempts are not even worthy of being posted on here–I’ve only shown you the slightly more successful products here. I am still working on figuring out some things about this craft, but I’m not sure that I will continue it right away. I feel like I have many other crafts to attempt which I will like better! But these didn’t turn out so badly, so I’ll see if I feel like making more. Stay tuned!

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Qingle

Today, we Play Lexicographer for the Daily Prompt! My new word is:

Qingle

[cheen-gul]

N. a wave of good feeling across the spirit; inner good feeling

Mr. Roderick’s speech gave me qingles today!

Etymology

This word is a blend of two words: “tingle” and “qi” (which is another form of the word “chi”). I think we need a succinct word to describe the quick shivers of good feeling that overcome our spirits sometimes. I and I also think that we need more Q-words to play Scrabble with.

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Dear Discoverer of My Hard Drive

A Daily Post Prompt:

Buyers, Beware?: The year is 2214, and your computer’s dusty hard drive has just resurfaced at an antique store. Write a note to the curious buyer explaining what he or she will find there.

My Response:

Dear Discoverer of This Hard Drive,

You have found my device for containing the inordinate amount of excess digital media that I couldn’t keep stored on my computer. You must know already that the things in this item will mean nothing to you outside of the interest you might have in what people “used to be like.” You may be disappointed if you don’t start out right when you try to go through my hard drive. There are old academic papers on here (the ones I’m proud of, if you care to know), and music that was not popular (and often not even in my own language). The pictures, however, will be what I think would be the most interesting for you. If you’re interested in knowing who I was, you’ll find me there. You’ll find my flowers, my skies, my living spaces, my achievements, my journeys, my projects, my celebrations, my people, my whole life. If you’re curious. And if I were you, I’d look there first. Have fun! Don’t abuse my stuff, though. If you have this, it probably means that I am dead. Please respect me (may I rest in peace) and my wishes as the creator of these memories by not destroying them, defacing them, or using them to ruin the reputation of me or my family. That’s all. Reasonable, right? You’re probably a decent person, too. I wish we could have met–but you’ll just have to get to know me through my files. I will unfortunately not have the pleasure at all of meeting you. Be safe. Be kind. Be awesome. Have a good life, Discoverer. Enjoy.

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How could I tell you that?

The Prompt:

Trick or Trick: It’s Halloween, and you just ran out of candy. If the neighborhood kids (or anyone else, really) were to truly scare you, what trick would they have to subject you to?

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My Response:

To scare me, I guess you’d come up to my door and tell me that I’ve missed tons of deadlines that I never knew about…but really, how could I ever disclose a fear to you? Not just something that would startle me, but something that would “truly scare” me? Nope, nope, nope. Enough scares me, so I think I’ll just chill over here in the fright-free zone, where Halloween is for fun costumes and copious amounts of candy. Thank you.

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Horoscope for the Overworked

I’m trying another prompt today! But I didn’t do yesterday’s (which was to create a new astrological sign (based solely on me) to replace the one that I am currently under. Instead, I’ll just use the one that already exists for my time of birth, which is Aquarius. These horoscopes are usually hokey…so I’ll make a better (more accurate) one!

The Prompt:
In Retrospect:Yesterday you invented a new astrological sign. Today, write your own horoscope — for the past month (in other words, as if you’d written it October 1st).
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My Response:
This month will be dizzying, Aquarius. You’ll break down, and you’ll look at all you’ve taken on and decide for the first time that you’ve finally done it. You’ve finally tried to do too many things at once. Previously, that was never in your vocabulary! The first week of October will be grueling, sorry to say, and the second week will feel even worse. You are going to feel like you’re being pulled in more directions than you care to be pulled in. Don’t get jaded yet, Aquarius. You have so much more to do…and we can all agree that it was your fault in the first place, honey. But once you’ve tested your limits, you’ll know how to be strong. You’ll create a plan to help yourself next time, so next time you will excel (running like a well-oiled machine, as usual). Included in your plan will be a new set of priorities, ordered according to what you feel more urgently needs your attention. You’ve got this, Aquarius. The third week will be a little better, but you’ll feel like you’re starting to barely coast by because you’re only doing the bare minimum, which is less than you usually strive to do. The fourth week will confirm it that hunch. You’ll wonder (to your horror), Am I getting…LAZY? But the truth is that you do need to take care of yourself at some point and something somewhere has got to give. You can understand that. Pump yourself up and get down to business, Aquarius. Good luck!

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A Poem About the Quotidian, Drugs, and Great People

I Think Constantly of Those Who Were Truly Great

and, to be perfectly honest, it bums me out.
So many great ones! —libidinal heroes,
idealists, warrior-chieftains, revolutionaries,
fabulists of all sorts, even the great Irish pig farmers
and Armenian raisin growers —and who,
I ask myself, am I by comparison? Calmed
by Valium, urged on by Viagra, uplifted
by Prozac, I go about my daily rounds,
a quotidian member of the quotidian hierarchy,
a Perseus with neither a war nor a best friend,
and sink to the depths of despair
on the broken wings of my own mundanity.

If only some god had given me greatness,
I surely would have made something of it—
perhaps a loftier, more humble poem than this,
or some übermenschliche gesture that would reveal
my superiority to the ordinary beings and things
of this world. But here I am now, one of
the earth’s mere Sancho Panzas, leading
those heroic others through the world on their
magnificent horses, merely turning the page, dreaming
my own small deeds into their magnificent arms.


“I Think Constantly of Those Who Were Truly Great” by Michael Blumenthal, from No Hurry: Poems 2000-2012. © Etruscan Press, 2012. Reprinted with permission. 

via I Think Constantly of Those Who Were Truly Great by Michael Blumenthal | The Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor.

This quote brings to mind the saying, “Even Martin Luther King Jr. and Mother Theresa had only twenty-four hours for each of their days.” You can be great! It is within the realm of possibility for you. That’s always an encouraging thing to remember.

In the first stanza, he names all of the drugs that pull him through his life. I feel that way about only one thing: caffeine. Coffee, mostly. How do humans function magnificently without it? I think that another encouraging saying might be something like, “Even Theodore Roosevelt and Margaret Atwood were addicted to coffee.”

We can all make a change in the world, and it’s ok if we need coffee to do it.

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October 21, 2014 · 1:16 pm

One of the Things I Pray for Most Often

peace

noun
1. the normal, nonwarring condition of a nation,group of nations, or the world.
2. (often initial capital letter) an agreement or treaty between warring or antagonistic nations, groups, etc., to end hostilities and abstain from further fighting or antagonism:
the Peace of Ryswick.
3. a state of mutual harmony between people or groups, especially in personal relations:
Try to live in peace with your neighbors.
4. the normal freedom from civil commotion and violence of a community; public order and security: He was arrested for being drunk and disturbing the peace.
5. cessation of or freedom from any strife or dissension.
6. freedom of the mind from annoyance,distraction, anxiety, an obsession, etc.;tranquillity; serenity.

7. a state of tranquillity or serenity: May he rest in peace.

interjection
11. (used to express greeting or farewell or torequest quietness or silence).
verb (used without object), peaced,peacing.
12. Obsolete. to be or become silent.
Idioms

13. at peace,

  1. in a state or relationship of nonbelligerenceor concord; not at war.
  2. untroubled; tranquil; content.
  3. deceased.

14.hold /keep one’s peace, to refrain from or cease speaking; keep silent: He told her to hold her peace until he had finished.

15. keep the peace, to maintain order; cause to refrain from creating a disturbance: Several officers of the law were on hand to keep the peace.

16. make one’s peace with, to become reconciled with: He repaired the fence he had broken and made his peace with the neighbor on whose property it stood.

17.make peace, to ask for or arrange cessation of hostilities or antagonism.
***Or, according to one of my English professors: “all that is good.”

Peace.

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October 20, 2014 · 6:10 am