Clean and Sober


IdealisticRebel:

Congratulations and best wishes. Hugs, Barbara

Originally posted on trying to make things right:

20140727_121243Hey everybody,
I am so Happy today, because on this day three years ago i drank my last beer, woot woot so awesome.I cant believe it has been three years, I never thought i could go longer than 9 months for a pregnancy.
On this day 3 years ago Darrell was considering not marrying me, because he came home and i was drunk and our kids were with me. Everyone told him to leave me alone, they said she will never change, and our wedding was supposed to be in three days. Thank God he didnt listen to everyone else cause i did change, BAMM WHAT Lol.
I wish i could get the word out to every addict and alcoholic in the world, that life is so much better when you’re clean. It has been 3 years since i drank any alcohol, and it has been more than 3 years…

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Flame Skimmer Dragonfly


Originally posted on Friendly Fairy Tales:

Male Red-Veined Darter, Nomad, Dragonfly

A wandering dragonfly pauses to mock:
“Catch me if you can,” he seems to say.
“I’m a loner, the cardinal of dragonflies,
“You won’t spot me again, if I have my way!”

Copyright 2014 Brenda Davis Harsham

Note: This dragonfly was spotted in the Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco, California. Best I can tell, he is a mature male Flame Skimmer dragonfly. He looks a lot like the European Red-Veined Darter or Nomad dragonfly. I have a Scarlet Cardinal living in my yard, and his black eyes often find me in my garden. This dragonfly reminded me of him, even when I was 3,000 miles from home.

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Patriot Day – September 11


Originally posted on Soup to Nuts:

Patriot Day marks one of the most tragic events to ever occur on American soil. These educational resources memorialize that event and the victims lost on that day. The resources are in alphabetical order according to the resource titles. If you find a broken link or have a resource to share with other parents please use the contact tab.

Cheap is good, free is better! It is my endeavor to locate no-cost resources for parents but occasionally some websites will charge some type of membership fees or subscription. Ultimately, it is the parent’s responsibility to monitor their child’s online activities.

To view more information, hover your cursor over each link.

Visitors enjoyed the observation deck view of New York, New Jersey and surrounding areas prior to the terrorist attacks.

9/11 Commemorations and Memorials – Honoring Victims

9/11 Memorial – Visit the 9/11 Memorial Museum

9-11 Tenth Year Commemoration – In…

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Broken~Completed

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Originally posted on Expressions of my life - An evolution of art.:

Some of you know where this piece comes from some may not but I can guarantee that I wish I didn’t. Many of you know this last April I separated from my wife and was forced to leave my home and children. During this process I gave my my trust away when I shouldn’t have and got burned. I have to take some responsibility but as in all scenarios it takes two to tango.
I’m left now feeling more broken and rejected than I have in any time in my 44 years on this planet. I will not go into details out of respect for myself and all involved. Please enjoy the next images as a part of my healing process.
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Above the close ups.

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This piece was intentionally painted as one piece with the knowledge that I would break it in half at the seem.

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BROKEN
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A Million Miles….(My Story)


IdealisticRebel:

Wonderful. The poetry of pain. Hugs, Barbara

Originally posted on MsTranquility:

I’ve walked a million miles in her shoes

Birthed by a woman

Who blessed her with her first black eye

Bullied in school

Horse face, fish eyes were their favorite names

Introverted she became

Her thoughts an escape

Of the hell of her reality

Surrounded by alcoholics

Never touched it herself

Married young

Pregnant even younger

A husband with a gun

Knives to her head

A broken tailbone

Trying to protect her babies

A divorce, self-esteem crushed

Never quite learned how to be a mom

Though the love she felt

Was so strong

Happiness found her

A strong hand supported her

She saw in herself some worthiness

But it was tied to him

And when she left

So did the rest

Struggling for years

In search of love

Unwillingly to recognize

Love was inside

All along

To one she fell hard

Hopelessly lost in his eyes

He was an angel…

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Every 3 Minutes – Every 5 Minutes


With No Immediate Cause

by Ntozake Shange

 

every 3 minutes a woman is beaten

every five minutes a

woman is raped/every ten minutes

a lil girl is molested

yet i rode the subway today

i sat next to an old man who

may have beaten his old wife

3 minutes ago or 3 days ago/30 years ago

he might have sodomized his

daughter  but i sat there

cuz the young man on the train

might beat some young women

later in the day or tomorrow

i might not shut my door fast

enuf/push hard enuf

every 3 minutes it happens

some woman’s innocence

rushes to her checks/pours from her mouth

like the betsy wetsy dolls have been torn

apart/their mouths

menses red & split/every

three minutes a shoulder

is jammed through plaster and the oven door/

chairs push through the rib cage/hot water or

boiling sperm decorate her body

i rode the subway today

& bought a paper from a

man who might

have held his old lady onto

a hot pressing iron/i dont know

maybe he catches lil girls in the

park & rips open their behinds

with steel rods/i can’t decide

what he might have done i only

know every 3 minutes

every 5 minutes every 10 minutes/so

i bought the paper

looking for the announcement

the discovery/of that dismembered

woman’s body/the

victims have not all been

identified/today they are

naked and dead/refuse to

testify/one girl out of 10’s not

coherent/i took the coffee

& spit it up/i found an

announcement/not the woman’s

bloated body in the river/floating

not the child bleeding in the

59th street corridor/not the baby

broken on the floor/

“there is some concern

that alleged battered women

might start to murder their

husbands and lovers with no

immediate cause”

I spit up i vomit i am screaming

we all have immediate cause

every 3 minutes

every 5 minutes

every 10 minutes

every day

women’s bodies are found

in alleys & bedrooms/at the top of the stairs

before i ride the subway/buy a paper/drink

coffee/i must know/

have you hurt a woman today

did you beat a woman today

throw a child across a room

are the lil girl’s panties

in yr pocket

did you hurt a woman today

 

i have to ask these obscene questions

the authorities require me to

establish

immediate cause

 

every three minutes

every five minutes

every ten minutes

every day.

 

 

Born Paulette Williams in Trenton, New Jersey, Ntozake Shange took her pseudonym as an expression of her anger at the dilemma of being a black woman. In Zulu the name means “she who comes with her own things.” / “she who walks like a lion.” She was educated at Barnard College and the University of Southern California.

 

 

 

Black and White photo of Pacific coast.

Pacific Ocean

Weekly Photo Challenge: Summer Lovin’


IdealisticRebel:

Very lovely. A wonderful post. Hugs, Barbara

Originally posted on Light Words:

Images From A Mid Summer Wedding <3 <3 <3

the kiss

A  Kiss

I Captured A  Kiss as the bride and groom serenaded each other at the reception

Bridesmaid and friends

Bridesmaid and friends

A walk through Summer grasses Before the Wedding

A walk through Summer grasses Before the Wedding

The Bride is ostensibly hiding behind a Tardis so the groom won’t see her. Note the grass is brown this summer…

Weekly Photo Challenge Summer Lovin’  The assignment is to show something I love about Summer What’s not to love about a  Mid-Summer Wedding?

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Caring for living things


Originally posted on The Liberated Way:

People forget that their activities impact living things.

This cat had an unhappy start to her life from uncaring people until she was rescued.  I captured a photo of Pebbles this week sleeping in happy contentment near me, a cat that is now cared for.

This cat had an unhappy start to her life from uncaring people until she was rescued. I captured a photo of Pebbles this week sleeping in happy contentment near me, a cat that is now cared for.

It seems to me every aspect of human society has forgotten something important – caring.  I felt enraged at the aftermath of the Malaysian plane crash in the Ukraine when everyone was too busy with propaganda, the victims and their families forgotten.  In another media report an US-based internet company Comcast treated a customer badly who wanted to leave them, the “retention specialist” treated the customer to a 20-minute harassing interrogation.  Then there was Southwest Airlines that ordered a customer off their aircraft unless they deleted a tweet about poor customer service.

All actions we take impacts a living thing.  If I discard a broken bottle…

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