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“The Chip in the Tea Cup” ~ a poem about memories

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“The Chip in the Tea Cup”

Washing up in a bit of a rush,

‘Chink’, I hear that sound…

I look on the drainer, the chip

Says it all; slow down, slow down, slow down.

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“It’s only a mug,” I tell myself,

Just a bit of pottery,

But still it holds memories from long

Ago and my heart goes into my mouth.

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My stomach lurches, I begin

To feel sad.  That mug was a part of me,

It was used all the time, I hadn’t realised til now

The warm fuzzy feeling inside.

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So, why use it at all?

Why not save it ‘for show’

In a cupboard to gather dust?

I won’t keep it for ‘best’ for a day far away

Because that just isn’t me.

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Memories should be nurtured day after day,

Remembered, relived, re-told.

Bring the memories to life, don’t hide them away

Lest they be forgot and fade away.

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I’ll hold onto my memories with all

My might; I look at the chip again.

The water drains off, swirls down the plug

But my memories still pump through my heart.

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By Carol Cameleon

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The Theme Game linky with Redpeffer

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How I improved my blogging experience and how you can too!

 how I improved my blogging experience and how you can too

When the theme for this week’s The Theme Game linky was revealed, I instantly thought of an old post that I wrote “Doorway ~ Why a blog is like a house” for this very same linky.  I do like to challenge myself to write new content though and began to consider how my blogging has improved over the months and how I have improved my blogging experience…

 

There’s no doubt about it, from reading other blogs I’ve gained so much insight into what works well and what perhaps doesn’t.

I believe I’ve found my personal style and have stuck to it.  I haven’t tried to fit a round peg into a square hole, no matter how much I enjoy reading and respect the bloggers that I follow.

 

But you know what has really improved my blogging experience, aside from liking, commenting and of course following?

 

Sharing!

Yep, when I’ve read a post I’ve really enjoyed, for whatever reason, I really want to share it.  I want to shout it out to the virtual world.  Whether that be by pinning, tweeting or g+’ing (I think I just made up an ‘ing’ there!), I love to share!  It’s so easy too.  I know from personal experience the joy it gives other bloggers to discover that their content has been pinged out virtually, beyond their blog, into the world wide web.

However…  and it is a big however.  There are times when I haven’t been able to find the share icons on a blog post.  A few times this has made me sad and frustrated because I haven’t been able to share in a couple of clicks.

So, if you choose to take one bit of advice from reading this, please remember to include the share icons with your post!

Recently, I’ve found that the fun in blogging really, truly doesn’t just come from posting and promoting.  The fun really does comes from sharing… And that is how I’ve improved my blogging experience!

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‘Love’ aka simply ‘L’

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What do you do when

They’re there all the time?

Waking. Breathing.

Eating. Breathing.

Sleeping. Breathing.

Working. Breathing.

Dreaming.

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You can dream.

But you know it has been.

Not a has been,

But it has been.

Could it be again?  You like to

Think so.

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Mixed are those signals.

Am I no good at decoding

Those signals?  Reading

Too much into them.

Both good and bad.

Hanging like a floating bubble,

Changing colour and waiting to

Burst.

Building up to a big bang.

Good or bad.

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Could be good.  Can’t help thinking

It will turn out bad.

Why hope for good?

Loneliness could be the key.

It’s a key that doesn’t fit the lock.

Something is around the corner

Waiting to unlock it properly.

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The world is full of  ‘L’.

Everywhere you look there’s ‘L’.

All you need is ‘L’.

But a different kind for me.

Mine has to be perfect,

Otherwise that big bubble could burst before time.

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Too many ‘been there and done that’

Scenarios.

Want to,

Need to get somewhere with that

‘L’ thing.

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Wherever, whatever, however, whenever

The bubble bursts,

I know that way into the far

Distant future…

I know that they will be there

All the time.

Breathing. Dreaming… dreaming.

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By Carol Cameleon

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This is my take on the theme of ‘love’ with The Reading Residence and Redpeffer.  I wrote it back in January 1999 and, apart from my college tutor, this is the first time it’s been seen and ‘published’… It’s been archived in my college writing portfolio all this time.  I knew it was in there, so when this week’s theme was announced, I knew I had to dig it out!  I’m so glad I have because I’m very proud of my writing portfolio.  Maybe I should air the other pieces too…

Why not share the love of The Theme Game and join in?

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An alphabet adventure ~ A to Z Challenge Survivor!

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Welcome to my adventure that was the ‘A to Z Challenge’ in April… and what a challenge it was! It was a post every day except Sundays.  So pick a post or 2 from below (or 26 if you like!!) and let me know which was your favourite!

A is for ‘alpha’

B is for ‘badge’

C is for ‘clueless’

D is for ‘do’

E is for ‘early days’

F is for ‘focus’

G is for ‘graft’

H is for ‘herbal tea’

I is for ‘indescribable’

J is for ‘jewellery’

K is for ‘kred’

L is for ‘letters’

M is for Mummy Bear’s Blog

N is for ‘nifty’

O is for ‘occasion’

P is for ‘paper’

Q is for ‘quill’

R is for ‘rhyme’

S is for ‘share’

T is for ‘The’

U is for ‘Under and Over’

V is for Virtually All Sorts

W is for ‘weekly round-up’

X is for ‘excited’

Y is for ‘yin and yan’

Z is for ‘zen’

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Where is the beginning? A poem on chakra meditation

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Where is the beginning?

What’s at the beginning?

It all starts at the root,

When we’re not grounded,

Branches can’t develop their shoots.

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Our branches need feeding

With healthy, wholesome foods,

If not they imbalance

And affect our moods.

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When we work from the bottom

And end up at the top,

We have spinning wheels, or

‘chakras’ which never stop…

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Want to feel peaceful and calm?

Meditate daily, don’t be shy,

And your friends they may comment,

Share the love, tell them why…

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…Why you’re feeling grounded

And rooted, like a tree to the earth.

Why those positive thoughts and good food

Give a sense of self-worth.

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…Why you’re feeling creative

Bursting with thoughts and ideas,

As they ebb and flow like the water,

Eroding your fears.

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…Why your ego’s not ‘pumped up’,

You’re calm and ‘together’,

You don’t listen to the bad things,

You don’t need ‘lucky heather’.

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…Why your breathing’s steady and easy

While your heart pumps fresh air,

Pure and cleansed through your body,

To keep you alert and ‘all there’.

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…Why you’re feeling expressive

And you’re speaking your mind,

Being open and clear,

It’s the best way, you will find.

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…Why your sixth sense is open,

It’s your third eye, you see.

Is your perception of reality

With them or with ‘me’?

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…Why your crown’s like a flower,

Its stem’s like your spine,

A petal for each chakra

Now you’re upright and ‘aligned’.

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Now you’re beginning to see

What your thoughts can do,

Breathe slowly, be mindful

That it all starts with you.

By Carol Cameleon

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I’m linking up with #TheThemeGame of ‘beginnings’ at The Reading Residence and Redpeffer with this post.

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Prose for Thought

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A personal rhyme from you to them,
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Get in touch today, waste no more time,
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“Bespoke Rhymes

…for those personal times”

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Consider if you were in Anne Frank’s shoes…

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The bookcase door inside Anne Frank Huis, Amsterdam

 Picture source: free-city-guides.com

When I was younger I read ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’ and the story of Miep Gies who helped to hide the Frank family et al.  I was in awe of this young girl who yearned and ached to go outside; yearned and ached to be free.

 

A few years ago I had the opportunity to visit The Anne Frank House and Museum in Amsterdam.  From the minute I stepped through that concealed entrance and walked up the steps into ‘The Annex’, I was walking in her proverbial shoes (and of the other people she hid with).

 

I saw where she had lived, saw where she had slept, felt the atmosphere still lingering, looked out of the high window and saw the same bell tower that Anne Frank had seen.

 

I was humbled.  I was intrigued.  I was sad.  I was claustrophobic.  I was privileged to experience ‘The Annex’ (though not in the same way, thankfully).  I unashamedly shed a tear.     And as our tour came to an end, I walked back down the stairs, back through the concealed entrance, back out of the museum.  I walked back outside.  I was free.

 

I was free to take in a  lungful of fresh air.  I will try to never take the outdoors for granted again.

 

I’m linking up with #TheThemeGame theme of ‘outdoors’

at The Reading Residence and Redpeffer for this post.

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Childhood ~ choose your words wisely

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This was my facebook status one day last week:
“Not normally one to judge because parenting’s hard work but, “shut up before i slap you!!!!!!” Heard on school run… “
I’m not always one to update my status every day, but I felt compelled to share this. Because I was truly horrified, truly shocked, truly saddened.  We all know that parenting can be hard work and I meant it when I said that I’m not one to judge. If it works for you, then go ahead…. If the child is happy and loved.
But judge I did. I couldn’t stop myself from looking at the parent and child. Our little bear did the same. She had heard too.  So without really thinking I showered her with praise – as if in an attempt to dissolve the negativity and harsh words she had just heard.
One of my friends commented on my status that it makes you wonder what goes on at home.   Indeed it does.
Children are like sponges. As a parent, I see it every day. They copy us in actions AND words. The younger years are crucial in building confidence and self-esteem…
I love words and I’m very careful about the words I use in front of, and towards, our little bear. This poor child on the school run doesn’t stand a chance…
What are your thoughts?

Comment or tweet me.

Then hop over to The Reading Residence and Redpeffer for #TheThemeGame which is ‘childhood’ this week.

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Parenting: read all about it

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There are so many sources of information on parenting aren’t there?  In paper, ebook, websites and forums (and quite possibly many more!)

From not feeling quite right but not being able to put our finger on it and therefore googling (reputable websites only!) symptoms, it soon became clear that we were indeed pregnant.  That strange metallic taste in my mouth (how utterly bizarre!), wretching after breakfast (and beyond!), over-whelming tiredness and the lusting after chips and milkshake!  Yes, we were pregnant and we were about to embark on a tumultuous journey into parenting.   Aside from the complications, we were excited as the next parents-to-be and we bought ourselves a little book in a charity shop.  We were yet to be over the 3 month hurdle and I didn’t dare buy it ‘just in case’, such was my worry at the time.

But once over that hurdle, I couldn’t wait to get that copy home.  The book was a week by week guide to how the foetus develops in your womb.  There were so many facts and figures, it really started to sink in just how incredible, how amazing, how miraculous life really is.

I can’t actually remember what the book was called now unfortunately.  But to a mum-to-be, it was well-thumbed and excitedly digested… well except in the mornings after breakfast, just before lunch and just before bedtime.  Dam you ‘morning’ sickness!

What about you?  What did you enjoy reading about when you were a parent-to-be?  Or what do you wish you hadn’t read?  Comment or tweet me.

Then hop over to The Reading Residence and Redpeffer for #TheThemeGame which is ‘parenting’ this week.

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The Four Walls and the Fences

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The time was going quickly,

The landscape whizzing by,

No sooner had she left the platform,

Feelings were soaring high…

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The clankety-clank of the wheels,

The swaying of the train,

Had left her feeling sleepy,

And excited all the same.

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Familiar sights coming into view,

Feelings still as high,

The train grinding to a halt,

It all made her wonder why.

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Why she felt a pang of loss,

Why she felt at ease,

Why she was missing where she had left,

Why she felt so pleased.

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Then the familiar face,

Waiting at the side,

The warm welcome greeted her,

From a hug to the loving eyes.

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This weekend had come up fast,

For that was elated,

But the four days would just not last,

And for that felt deflated.

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Familiar sights, sounds, tastes, feelings, smells,

All of the five senses,

Never leave home where the proverbial heart is,

The four walls and the fences.

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I’m linking up with #TheThemeGame theme of ‘home’

at The Reading Residence and Redpeffer for this post.

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It’s Time for a Treat…

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It’s Time for a Treat…

Ever stopped to think

Of your day to day life,

As a daughter, sister, mum

And maybe a wife?

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We wear all the hats

As we juggle the balls.

We come up trumps

When the ace card falls.

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My house of cards has

The odd shuffle, it’s true.

The King and the Queen,

The Joker’s there too.

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But look through the keyhole

Any day and you’ll see

We’re full with love and laughter,

The best things are free.

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With the usual humdrum

Of day to day living,

Don’t forget about ‘you’

Cos you’re constantly ‘giving’…

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Giving time and attention,

It’s not that you mind,

But it’s time for a treat,

Leave your ‘hats’ behind…

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I’m linking up with #TheThemeGame of ‘treat’ at The Reading Residence and Redpeffer with this post.

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Is it someone’s birthday and you don’t know what to do?

Let me write a personal rhyme especially for you.

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A personal rhyme from you to them,
it’s unique, bespoke and easy.
Get in touch today, waste no more time,
It’s really easy peasy…

“Bespoke Rhymes

…for those personal times”

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