Be Grateful

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Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower. ~Albert Camus

Happy November,  focus on your blessings this month. What are you grateful for? I challenge to you to come up with one thing everyday that you are thankful for.

I will start. I am thankful for my family,  and a wife that always goes above and beyond what is expected.  ~M

#30DaysofThanks #JustBelieve #GraceWins #HopeLives

Gratitude – These Are Those Days

fwf1And how could we endure to live and let time simply pass if we were always crying and yearning for those days seemingly lost to the past to come back? 
If we did then how would we know that every day in a life fills the whole of life with expectation, memories and gratitude and that these are those days.
Gratitude gives.
Gratitude does.
Gratitude lives.
In our hearts and minds, yet often is so hard to find.  We stumble, we fall, we search , we crawl and then we sometimes say, “dammit all!”  For yesterday’s are gone, vanished like the mist.  Forever lost to eternity forever to be missed.  But then within our dark, today shines a light into our hearts.  Around lives and breathes, the wonders and glory of all we need.  A soul is compelled to say thank you and for beyond what we do.  A precious love from above that towards us moves and forever we should express our sincerest heartfelt gratitude.
Mark Schutter ©2013

This was written from the prompt – Gratitude from Kellie Elmore for Free Write Friday.  Free writing is a stream of consciousness, no editing, no proofing just writing!  Please check out Kellie Elmore’s official site or click on the Free Write Friday Image for more information. Post your submission with a comment and link to your blog on Kellie’s blog, post on twitter with the hashtag #FWF, Facebook and join the fun!

Freedom Reigns- Memorial Day 2013

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“Freedom Reigns”  ~M ©2009  Ink Wash and Crayons  11×14 inches

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same. ~Ronald Reagan

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On this Memorial Day, thank you to veterans past and present for your service and sacrifice!  God Bless! ~M

NaNoWriMo am I finished? Yes and No!

Well I’ve passed 50,000 words, 171 double spaced type written pages and still have more to write.  I hit the goal to write a 50,000 word novel during the month of November with 3 days to spare, not to bad considering after 15 days I had less than 14,000 words and no idea where this story was actually going.

But now here I am just over 51K and still have some ideas to put down on paper.  The last week has been a burst of writing, I love the creative fire that burns brightly at times.  There have been challenges and setbacks along the way including especially my own negative thinking.  The editing will come later and right now the novel probably doesn’t make much sense but we’ll deal with that.  For now I will rest in the knowledge that I reached my goal and can cross this one off the bucket list.  Getting it published is another item on the bucket list entirely ! 🙂

I owe a huge thanks to a lot of people for encouraging me but most especially –

  • My wife Carri who endured a lot of evenings alone giving up her time with me while I was in the other room typing frantically and counting words!
  • Also, Mikael who encouraged me in late October via cyber space to take on the challenge when I wasn’t sure there was any chance I would ever complete it.
  • My friend and buddy, Shawn, who always see’s the good in me especially when I can’t and often leads me out of my own darkness.
  • All those who encouraged me on my blog site, facebook and twitter both family and friends.
  • And finally to ‘The Office of Letters and Light Programs‘ for hosting NaNoWriMo!

Thank you! ~M