a to z · Photography · Poetry

The Bottom of the A to Z rung #poetry #photography #atozchallenge

A2Z-2013-BADGE-001Small_zps669396f9 (1)

So many people

from different worlds

all in the same place

A to Z was a whirl

**

stories and history

and puzzles and string

pictures and fantasy

they all had a ring

**

so many choices

you just have to know

if it weren’t for Arlee

it wouldn’t have been a “go”

**

when you think of  challenge

will you think A to Z???

most writers will surely

especially when stuck at Q or Z

Thank you to Arlee Bird who conceived this idea of a challenge that not only includes the letters A to Z but genres A to Z. There are so many talented writers out there with amazing ideas. Spin off challenges could be endless – could they not??

Hats off to the crew who kept things running smoothly.

Personally this year was more of a challenge than last. Though I had all my posts pre-posted (I started in late Jan), I didn’t achieve my goal which was to read and comment on each entrant. I guess for me it’s more realistic to visit/comment on a few and get to know those writers. I am grateful to each person who visited my site and hope to get to know some of you better between now and next April.

For more reflections on a to z

 

atozsurvivor_[2013] (2)

 

Photograph: “Empty Museum” L. Moon copyright 2012

a to z

The A to Z Challenge is Coming!!!!

APRIL-2013-CALENDAR-001

Do you know what you are doing in the month of April? What will you be writing about??

I don’t always have a day to day plan with my blog site . It is after all where I blow off steam and relax.

I know what I am doing in April; I am joining about 1400 other writers of all types and genres in the A to Z challenge. Each day we write on the letter of the day. Simple? Yes! Challenging? Indeed! I joined the challenge last year and learned some important things about writing and met some great people.

Come along and join us for a great time.

I’m excited because I am autoposted and ready to go.

See you on Monday for some great reading and writing.

Happy Easter to y’all!!!

P.S. If you are interested in joining in you are just a click away.

a to z · Children's Stories

Running Friends #parable #running #AtoZchallenge #children

There were two friends. They were similar in many ways. They were both very good runners.

They would get up at 5 each morning and spend time together running.

Running was so wonderful; they both decided  to run in a race.

The two friends entered and they tied which was no surprise to any who had known them.

The newspaper wrote about the two friends as they were the fastest runners.

They ran more races.

They always tied.

One friend was happy to run for the fun and friendship.

The other friend secretly cut out each picture and article from the newspaper.

One friend  wanted to be better than the other.

she had friends do mean things before meets to her friend.

once – something was put in her water that made her sick

one person tripped the friend. she ran with bruises and a headache.

Her attitude never changed.

She was happy when her friend started winning.

The other friend was bitter and resentful of her friend

The mantra “Winning is everything” filled her heart

The friend loved racing and met others who she could run with for the joy of running

the other friend in time lost most of her races

She came to realize her friend had made her look good

without her she was a loser

Parables are valuable ways to learn lessons without directly informing another of a personal “failing.” Parables are tools to train children; Jesus told parables to teach adults who were unable to look at themselves honestly. This parable is in part true as it reflects two friends of mine who were brothers. One brother was a talelnted singer the other younger brother became a state champion (runner). He never cared that the papers wrote about him week after week. The older brother could not stand the fact that his brother was better known publically than himself.
I am a published children’s author. In my writings, I have written booklets for children with lessons or parables written in short story form.