Finding Strength In Death: The Mohamed Bzeek Story

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The day after Mohamed Bzeek turned 62 years old, doctors diagnosed him with colon cancer. This time in his life could not have been lonelier, as his wife had recently passed away, and his son was unable to provide support due to his disability. Mohamed found himself without a soul to lean on and in the hospital scared. Unsure if he would even survive, fear consumed him and so did the thought that perhaps he would die completely alone. Read the rest of this entry »

The Role of Daddy

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I caught sight of the boy at a distance, watching us with wide eyes. We were with our daughter, playing on the swings, like any typical day at the park. Read the rest of this entry »

Why 15 Minutes Is All It Takes To Be Kind

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Having gratitude essentially enables us to not take things for granted. There are times when seeing the silver lining is a challenge, and I do not want to undermine real struggle and hardship. However, obstacles in life can lead to great rewards because we cannot come out of struggle without being inherently changed by it. Nevertheless, it’s up to us to make sure that change is good rather than bad. Read the rest of this entry »

Overcoming Fear: Resurrecting You Without Limits

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Fearless is climbing El Capitan in Yosemite. Overwhelming and epic is ascending the famous rock with only 10 fingers and 10 toes and a bag of chalk—in about 3.5 hours, no less. Talk about someone who has personal motivation removed of insecurities or what? Read the rest of this entry »

Let Nature Provide The Answers

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I love sunflowers because they have such a radiant and happy spirit to them. There’s such an energy in nature that you can’t get in the concrete jungle. Read the rest of this entry »

Why Struggle is Good For Us

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Struggle allows us to ponder the direction of our lives. If we never reflect, we forget to challenge ourselves to be better. I hadn’t realized what struggle does to our character until I was listening to a podcast about the subject. It was Joe Rogan who pointed out something profound, something I hadn’t thought of before on the subject of struggle. Read the rest of this entry »

The Tragic Death of Chris Cornell: Depression’s Toxic Bedfellow…Suicide

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Chris Cornell’s death will stand to be one of the saddest moments in rock history as yet another infinitely talented artists is no longer of this world. It is one of the most profound recent tragedies next to the loss of Prince, at least for me.

He was gifted with one of the better rock voices in the modern era of grunge and alternative rock. Cornell was blessed with raw talent that made him a Rock God, one that aspiring as well as successful musicians idolized. And to pair up his throttled, husky voice, Chris had the perfect looks to be the front man for Soundgarden and Audioslave. The man with a 4-octave vocal range was also lead songwriter, guitarist, and drummer. Read the rest of this entry »

My Humble Thanks 4 The Versatile Blogger Award Nominee!

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I received the Versatile Blogger nominee from Tired Mind Typing Fingers who is an awesome blogger. I am really humbled by this award, I’d like to think that I’m versatile or at least I try to be. There are so many amazing bloggers out there, so hard to get through all of the posts. But, I do try to read as much as I can and comment. Read the rest of this entry »

Mother’s Day: The Humble Responsibility of Mother

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You don’t have to give birth to a child to be a mother. Plenty of women who cannot have kids are excellent mothers. They exude love and kindness and that motherly charm for friends, family, coworkers and even complete strangers. If one of these women adopt, they provide a warm, secure home. Read the rest of this entry »

Where Does The Time GO?

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Dissipating time

Traces of itself dissolves

Leaving me behind


Note: I’m working full-time now, so my time is slim. I didn’t include an audio today for my Haiku. I will try my best to comment and read your blogs. ❤

Some days I feel like time just evaporates right before my eyes. So, I try and find gratitude with the time I do have for myself. Some days we don’t have a lot of “me” time. It’s not the quantity that truly matters, but the quality. Quality time is better than an exorbitant amount of wasted time. Read the rest of this entry »

What or Who is the GPS of Your Life?

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I wonder what I would do without GPS in my Prius? How would I get groceries? Hell, how would I get home? I’m admitting to the blogging world that I have a terrible sense of direction. Yes, I have gotten lost in parking lots. Hey, some of them are very big, like one huge maze. Read the rest of this entry »

Communication: Why You Shouldn’t Defend Yourself

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If you don’t want to get roped into an argument, then the easiest solution is to not defend yourself. I know it sounds crazy and counter to what we might initially feel, but it’s true. What happens when someone backs you into a corner and you don’t feel like arguing? Read the rest of this entry »

The Drive (A Short Story)

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The day was plain. The dull blues of the sky were devoid of clouds, wind, and any hint of impending thunderstorms. In truth, the earth felt plain. Read the rest of this entry »

Masterpiece (Flash Fiction)

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My inquisitive nature has led me to foreign places. I’ve understood the nature of exploring the odyssey of unique beauty, obvious and tranquilly available at my grasp. Spain had been at my selection, rich in the lather of cultural heartiness. Old dust, buildings erected from history, and life living in the spirit of the people recovered from old traditions. Read the rest of this entry »

Your Creativity & Art Will Not Go Away If You Take A Little Break

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Creative souls desperately yearn to create as often as possible. We are sensitive and often in touch with more emotions that others choose to bury. Some creative people are naturally prone to a little melancholy, as I touched upon in a previous post Pursing The Art: Depression & Creative Minds. Read the rest of this entry »

Mental, Physical, Spiritual: A Balanced & Fit Life Is A Happy One

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If you’re feeling sluggish, there’s not enough coffee that can get you going. Trust me on this. As a matter of fact, too much caffeine can send you crashing later. Read the rest of this entry »

Responding to Hate with Love

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To clarify, love isn’t a magic wand that prevents misunderstandings, ceases all wars and dissolves emotional roadblocks. Personal baggage is a part of the process of living in an unfair world, one in which we are the results of toxic parenting styles we didn’t choose, that unite us in blood to personalities often challenging our own. Read the rest of this entry »

San Bernardino School Shooting: How Do You Explain Murder to a Child?

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My daughter is brave, smart, and, I’ve been, told advanced. But could her little body manage a bullet fired by a gunman who bursts into her classroom with revenge on his mind, fueled by psychotic anger blinding him from all rationality? Parents in San Bernardino are asking themselves a similar question, as their city suffered yet another tragic shooting. This time at an elementary school, no less. Read the rest of this entry »

When is a Novel Truly Finished? Seriously, I’d Like to Know!

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“They” say that writers are never quite done editing their novel, that there can always be some bit of tweaking or full on rewriting to perform. But at some point you need to know when it’s time to end the rewrite process. I’m not even sure I know when that moment is exactly, after rewriting a few chapters, deleting stuff, and having a professional editor go over it. Read the rest of this entry »

Find Time To Read: Reading A Good Book Is Never A Waste Of Time!

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Reading is necessary for anyone who aspires to become a better writer. But, reading allows us to digest another perspective, build our vocabulary, and broaden our imaginations. Read the rest of this entry »

Look Up (A Haiku/Acrostic Poem)

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Whatever happens

In the next phase of our lives

Need only look up





 

Life: Slow and Steady Wins The Race

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There’s an avenue in Redondo Beach that dips twice with depressions in the asphalt deep enough that, unless you are driving a big truck or an SUV, you’re liable to experience a horrible sound. The awful scraping is that of your car’s front end getting mangled where the hill bottoms out. Read the rest of this entry »

Colors Of Unity

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We are faced with a melting blue sunset, the traces of light drift to sleep and we’re okay with being in this moment. When nature shows its painted face, the mixtures of reflection wash over us with dignity and grace. Read the rest of this entry »

Energy Vampires: What or Who is Depleting Your Energy?

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Did you know that our brain uses more energy than any other organ in our body? It takes approximately 20% of the body’s energy to keep our brain’s powered. Everyone is different, but most of us can feel emotionally or physically drained from time to time. I know that having children can deplete our energy, because we’re giving and giving and giving of ourselves on a continuous basis. Read the rest of this entry »

Saying Goodbye To A Dear Old Friend: My MacBook 2011

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I’m writing this on my cellphone, because the toddler poured coffee all over my laptop. I have a 2011 MacBook Pro. I have replaced the hard drive for a solid state, increased its RAM to max memory. The screen, keyboard, motherboard, and graphics card have been replaced (free because the issues weren’t my doing.)  Read the rest of this entry »

I’m A ‘One Lovely Blog Award’ Nominee: Appreciation Feels Good!

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So, I received a nomination for One Lovely Blog Award, thanks to Sharon at leadership2mommyship. In all honesty, recognition does feel good. 🙂 I thank Sharon for reading my blog and thinking I was worthy of this nomination. Sharon also nominated Ipuna Black, my sister. I guess she’s got good taste! LOL

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Why It’s Important To Do One Thing At A Time

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Most of us multitask, but how effective are we when we do so? Yesterday, I decided to try to do something I haven’t recently. I tried doing just one thing at a time. What an original idea, right? I mean, if you actually try to do one thing at a time, you’ll find that it’s harder to do than you realize. When mastered however, it can save you a lot of time making you more efficient. Read the rest of this entry »

Camouflaged

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We are not always able to see reality

Because our focus is everywhere else

And our answer is hidden, but simple

Camouflaged with all the distractions

But you can find the resolve you need

Look closer, it’s right before your eyes


Trying vs. Doing: Choose Your Verb

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I heard the titled phrase from an acquaintance who happens to also be a teacher. It struck me as an easy “go to” phrase to keep tucked away and ready to pull out when you need a little motivation. Read the rest of this entry »

A Father’s Love (A Haiku)

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Your encouragement

Is the air under my wings

Love that makes me fly


Until You Bloom

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Closed off from the world, wrapped in nature’s Freedom Read the rest of this entry »

Finding Happiness: A Lesson From ‘Trolls’

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I just finished watching Trolls the animated movie, as I rented it via Redbox for my daughter thinking she’d enjoy it. I didn’t expect to be shocked by how much I loved it and, yes, I actually cried during the movie. I loved the message. Read the rest of this entry »

21st Century Breakups & Divorces Are Harder With Social Media

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The Internet not only has changed the landscape of marketing and content distribution but also, obviously, our personal lives. Breakups and divorces will never be the same now that social media plays such a huge role in our lives. Read the rest of this entry »

One True Love (A Haiku)

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Your smile is the sun

Your joy is the sky and earth

You’re my one true love


 

The Light Of Inspiration

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Losing inspiration is like being trapped beneath an old abandoned shed in the middle of no place, where not a soul can rescue you. Read the rest of this entry »

WordPress Meet and Greet – All Bloggers Welcome

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As I said in a previous post I’m trying to network with more bloggers, so I’m reblogging this thanks to Jason AKA “Opinionated Man” @ Harsh Reality. Hoping more people will like, follow, comment and grow our network! I always follow back and have been doing my best to comment more on other blogs that I read.

Feel free to check out the original post. There are over 2000 bloggers commenting and waiting to connect on the thread!

Happy Monday!!! 🙂

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Well this is the third post I have done like this so far and I have seen some great connections. I’ll keep doing these off and on and I think they provide a great way for “active bloggers” to network. This post now has over 2,000 active bloggers waiting to connect in it. I encourage anyone looking for new blogs to view or people to converse with to browse through the comment section and network.

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Focusing On The Right Details

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The details get washed by our fast paced lives until days go by in a blur and everything in them fades into long sleepless nights. Insomnia draws out my days and forces me to struggle awake after my mind has finally shut down. But, I try to stop and see the details in the smallest things, to pause and ingest sheer beauty. Read the rest of this entry »

An Ugly Caterpillar: A Butterfly’s Story

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We begin as an egg, a tiny fragment in a universe constantly expanding. Whether we ask for it or not, we grow due to forces outside of our own understanding. Read the rest of this entry »

Small Steps (A Haiku)

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One step at a time

I will make it to the top

A little each day

 

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Blog Networking: To Read & Comment More

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I’m exhausted. I don’t know if it’s that I’ve been writing a lot lately or if it’s just a combination of being a mother to a toddler with boundless energy. Last night I drank Theraflu and headed to bed early, snuggled up to a good book. Read the rest of this entry »

Valentine’s Day: Finding The Love You Already Have

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Our deep need to love and to be loved is romanticized through songs, movies, and books. We take chances, get our hearts broken, sometimes get disappointed, and in the end discover we’re all imperfect. The same goes for love. Read the rest of this entry »

You Do Not Complete Me

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You do not complete me

I accept you, you accept me

we accept each other

You do not complete me

I accent you, you accent me

we are strong and weak

You do not complete me

I am whole, you are whole

we can only complete ourselves

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Stopping Myself From Stopping Myself

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Sometimes depression speaks to me through resounding voices that ask me what the hell am I doing all this for. Then, I find myself consumed with feeling absurd, that perhaps stringing words together is nothing more than a waste of time. The writer inside yearns for continuous approval, and removing denial from the equation exposes my weakness, that I am too delicate and too easily broken. Read the rest of this entry »

To Search The Past

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We look out in search for resolve

Disguising today with yesterday

Stuck replaying stupid mistakes

Until right now is the only place

Ignore this moment will dissolve

Regret finds a day to replay again

Moving beyond cold superficiality

Finding love and joy to be internal

Piece of Me (A Long Haiku)

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Hold you against me

Closing my eyes to your breath

Small life in my arms

One half piece of me in you

Swallowed up by sleep

You are safe from the outside

Baby, be at peace

I would die to keep you safe

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Fuchsia life overcomes me

Laving in your excellence, I cradle splendor in my hand

Overwhelmed by the conviction in the air

We sit in silence holding on to hope, holding onto each other

Excising oppressive clouds, the sun showers its approval

Releasing you at last, to let you live out your beauty

 

You Were Wrong

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You’ll be a terrible mother, you said

You’ll never be wanted by anyone, you said

You’ll be another pathetic divorced wife, you said

You’ll never be a real writer, you said

You’ll amount to nothing, you said

You’ll be sorry when I leave you, you said

You’ll never be good enough, you said

You’ll always be crazy, you said

You’ll never be happy, you said

Guess what…you were wrong

Better Than Me…

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You chase my skirt

Blowing in the wind, always too diminutive to catch it Read the rest of this entry »

If You Want To Traditionally Publish Your Novel, Don’t Self-Publish

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Counter to my own beliefs on self-publishing versus traditional publishing, I found out the raw truth behind the challenges. A while back, I wrote a popular post on To Self-Publish or Not Self-Publish, as I was conflicted on the big debate. Traditional publishing is what most aspiring authors hope to achieve. I say aspiring authors because we’re all professional writers, but an author is published. I know this sounds very elementary but many writers get it wrong. Read the rest of this entry »

The Benefits of Attending A Writer’s Conference: Pitching to Agents & More

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One of the obvious benefits of attending a writer’s conference is pitching to agents face to face. An agent even commented during the recent West Coast Writers Conference in Los Angeles that attendees are already ahead of the game, as compared to blind query submissions from writer’s they never met or at least referred to them.

There’s a wealth of information at conference attendees’ disposal. Let’s investigate. Read the rest of this entry »