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It is liberating to find peace in the chaos of a crowd.  Not allowing the muffled noise of other people’s lives to impede our personal melodies, and allowing the breath of our own world to be perfect and safe can be a struggle.  Moving through the public space of life we must remind ourselves that our rhythm and pace are personal.  We can use the footprints of those ahead of us as a guide to prepare ourselves for the surprise around the bend, or to compare the size of our shoes.

The choice among the crowd is ours.

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True {Mabeth Inspired}

Lisa Jo Baker’s got a blog with your name on it every Friday. Hop on over and see what you can do with five minutes. Today’s word prompt is: True


Here’s the deal
so let’s be real
because the world is a stage
for all of us players
who like Shakespeare “strut and fret”
posing for smile-filled pictures
filling our hours

Wont you adore my life while I
chase shadows and hide dirty secrets
ground into sisal carpets
and the fibres of my being
you’ll hear no more

The truth is hard and gritty
and not magazine worthy
people won’t buy messy
when glossy hair
and big fat zeros matter

If it’s not the truth
will it signify nothing?…
Let us make life meaningful
and show me your fury-filled world

Tell me your tales and
give me the directions to salvation
I’ll take them …
just let them be true




Wow, another week gone by. Luckily it’s Friday, so head on over to Lisa Jo Baker’s blog and write a little something about today’s word prompt: She


I am a mother of three boys. Raising them to be good men hasn’t always been easy. I can’t tell you how many times I have counted to ten and then asked Mother Mary for guidance and strength.

“Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed are thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.” Such a small prayer, such big reward.

She has never failed me. So, thank you Mother Mary for listening all these years, and for providing grace when I needed it the most.




Today is Five Minute Friday over at Lisa Jo Baker’s blog. I haven’t been there for a few weeks. Feels good to be back. Go on over and take a look. Today’s word is “mercy”. Write for five minutes unedited, unscripted. See what happens.

What do you see
in a sinner like me
that you so freely
bless me with your mercy

When I want to give up
it is you that fills my cup
with a strength you provide me
you grace me with your mercy

How when I’m in pain
and I use your name in vain
you whisper quietly to me
to come and receive your mercy

Why should I think
I could be worthy of your love
O Lord I pray to thee
grant me your unending mercy



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