“BE STILL!”

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“Lord child would you sit still!” Those the words ring in my head from several people, but one who made an impact on me was my first grade teacher Mrs. Bolin.

Back in the day, there was no such thing as ADD/ADHD. I can only imagine what my life in school would have been like had there been such a diagnosis back in the 60s or 70s or even the early 80s. I struggled through school and learned, on my own, to put some tools in place that really helped me over the years…..still do, like making lists. But I didn’t do as well as I could have if I had known what was “wrong” with me instead of being told all my life I couldn’t sit still! Or worse, that I was lazy and hyper.

But getting back to Mrs. Bolin, apparently I frustrated that poor woman to the end of her last nerve. I was always done with my work first and instead of sitting in my seat quietly or finding something to amuse myself until everyone else was done, I got up and walked around the room and talked to my friends. This was first grade after all, not college. I was not a bad kid. I did mind (mostly) and I would go sit back down when she told me to. I never talked back and I was not mean or disruptive, I was just “busy” ALL THE TIME! So, (almost) every day…not even exaggerating… she sent me to the principal’s office. Not because I was in trouble but because it was the only thing she could think to do with me. Sitting me out in the hall was not going to work either. I just got up and walked up and down the hall.

Mrs Powell (the principal who was as old as Methuselah and chain smoked) would shake her head and tell me to go sit in “my chair”. Yep! I had my own personal chair. And I would sit there. Sometimes she would give me a book to look at or we would talk. But mostly I just sat there and swung my legs until Mrs Bolin would come fetch me and take me back to class; apologizing the entire time for sending me to see the principal. She would tell me she loved me but just didn’t know what else to do with me. It was the only way she could get anything done in class. I also loved Mrs Bolin. My second grade teacher was not near as patient, but I was also more scared of her and did as I was told (mostly) 😉

I have had a problem being “still” my entire life. I can’t even sit on the couch for any length of time without changing positions 17 times. I can’t watch TV without doing something with my hands. I am crocheting, playing solitaire on my phone or fidgeting with my nails. I always take something to do while I have to wait somewhere. There is no telling how many games of Solitaire, Tetris or Bejewled I have played on my cell. But I can sit for hours and put a jigsaw puzzle together or play one on my computer… go figure. Something mindless I think. It keeps my brain from whirling about.

My friends who know me very well will tell you I am always busy. The busier I am, the more I get done. If I have too much time on my hands, I get bored and depressed and I get nothing accomplished. I know… I am an enigma. But they say if you want to get something done, give it to a busy person. That’s me!

But we should always take time to be “still”. It is when God can talk to us. I do make much more effort these days and I have quiet time and really try to listen. There is so much noise in my head though.

Is there noise in your head? Maybe you should take time to be “still” also….

Love my friend Michelle for prompting me to write about this one! ❤

2019 ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE

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How did 2018 go by so quickly? I’m joining Dawn Landau’s positive affirmation challenge via Rochelle Wisofff. You can find the directions here on Dawn’s post. Do set your timer. I did and was surprised that in 15 minutes I exceeded 50 things I was thankful for and when the timer went off I really wasn’t finished. I could have written so many more. The number order has nothing to do with importance. This is totally stream of consciousness. 

I dare you to join the fun. I double dare you!!! 

CLICK HERE TO LINK 

Thank you, Dawn for doing this again. 😀 

  1. God
  2. My kids
  3. My husband
  4. My family (especially nieces and nephews)
  5. Clean air
  6. Clean water
  7. Warm bed
  8. Good food to eat and fruit!
  9. School/all education
  10. Ability to pay bills
  11. My love of reading
  12. Both parents still alive
  13. My health
  14. My husband’s health
  15. My computer
  16. Ability to read and write
  17. My blog
  18. My blog friends
  19. ALL my friends
  20. My toaster (inside joke)
  21. My waffle maker
  22. Warm sox
  23. My awesome dogs Pookie and Grace
  24. My heart for animals
  25. My neighborhood
  26. My Church
  27. My pastor
  28. My church family and small group
  29. Brita water pitcher 
  30. COFFEE
  31. Stove and all appliances
  32. Ability to cook
  33. A husband who cooks, cleans and picks up his dirty clothes! 
  34. My car
  35. Phones/ability to communicate
  36. Technology in general
  37. Internet! Wow what did we do before Google?
  38. Freedom in the US
  39. Places I have traveled
  40. Stationary 
  41. Clean house
  42. Safe town
  43. Morning newspaper
  44. Good restaurants
  45. Movies
  46. Good TV-especially “This is Us”
  47. My beautiful china
  48. Warm weather in Dec
  49. Ability to drive
  50. Grocery stores
  51. My glasses
  52. Art museums and art on my wall
  53. My quilts
  54. Ability to analyze and think critically
  55. Teachers I have had
  56. WINE!!!! Oh and uhm.. Chocolate!! Because it goes with WINE!! ❤
  57. Theater
  58. Bookclubs
  59. MUSIC! All music! Opera, jazz, rock-n-roll, symphony
  60. Dancing! ALL Dancing!!
  61. Having a published poem in a real book
  62. Living near (NOT IN) a large city
  63. Green grass in December
  64. Flowers on trees in December
  65. The Great state of Texas!!
  66. Vacations with family
  67. Calendars
  68. Calculators
  69. Hairdressers and color!!
  70. Nail salon
  71. Popcorn
  72. Sunsets, sunrise and the moon! 
  73. Birds!
  74. Shoes and clothes to wear
  75. Jigsaw and word find puzzles ………………………

Soooooo… I am now a published author! Yep! I am surprised too!

It’s only a poem, but still. I am in a book that has been published with my real name (Kim Templin) and my bio. It is in a collection of poems from Z Publishing House. The name of the book is “America’s Emerging Poets 2018: Southeast Region” and you can purchase it here on Amazon.

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I am as surprised as anyone. Along with my blog posts, I write these fun 100 word Flash Fiction stories based on photographs provided by a blog friend Rochelle Wisoff-Fields . She has a weekly prompt called Friday Fictioneers. I have written many and they are usually stories but a few have been poems. The prompt I used was this photo

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Copyright – Dawn M. Miller

and it is called The Absolute Auction. You can visit that blog post here.

I have written several poems over the years and when I found out about this publication, I submitted 3 of them. Never in a million years did I expect to be chosen. But chosen I was…

If you decide to buy the book please look me up on page 145. I do not get any proceeds from this book but I do get bragging rights I suppose. Although it has taken some courage and a bit of nail biting to put this in my blog and share with you guys. There are many wonderful poems in there from people all over the Southeast region of the US and it is fun to read.

That is all… ❤

Shelter

PHOTO PROMPT © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

“You need to find a shelter tonight” John’s friend.

“Why? It feels fine to me.” said John.

“I just know and you are going to have to trust me.”

“But I hate those places! They smell!”

“You can get a hot meal and a warm bed tonight if we go now.”

“Why don’t YOU need a hot meal and a blanket?” John asked with a smile.

“You know why” his friend said softly.

“No one ever believes me” John sighed.

“That’s ok. You know I’m here.”

“Thank you.”

As his wings closed around John, he said “You’re welcome my friend.”

This is my entry for Friday Fictioneers November 16, 2018 hosted by our lovely Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. It is a wonderful challenge. Please follow the link to give it a try!! 🙂

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Where We’d Build a Tunnel to, in 6 Words

Since there is a picture of me, hubby and our BFFs on display I wanted to reblog this to feature my friend Eli!!
Let’s all build a tunnel! ❤

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stormtrooper first order castle Sometimes you get to storm a castle at the church yard sale. #truecrusaders

I’m all for being in the moment.

6 words graphicBut sometimes, you just want to tunnel your butt someplace else. Not always even to a churro factory after hours, although … well, we all have aspirations. And I’ve asked several strangers, bloggers, friends, and a few strange blogger friends this question:

If you could build a tunnel from your house directly to anywhere in the world, where would it go? And why?

That’s a lot to get into six words, but it’s possible.

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Win a Doodle! Hooray and Huzzah!

This guy Mike Allegra totally rocks!! Check him out!!! It is an honor to know a published author and have an opportunity to win a Doodle from him! ❤

Hey, Look! A Writer Fellow!

I really like hosting blog contests!

And I really, really like doodling!

And I really, really, really like the fact that some people like my doodles!

So it is time once again for my semi-annual

WIN A DOODLE CONTEST!

Who will be the lucky winner? Will it be YOU?

The grand (and only) prize will be a custom made, one-of-a-kind, Mike Allegra doodle of ANYTHING YOU WANT!

“Anything?” you ask.

Yes, anything—provided that “anything you want” isn’t perverted. I’m a children’s book author, so get your mind out of the gutter!

Otherwise, yes. ANYTHING YOU WANT!

Past contest winners have asked for all kinds of doodles. Like exotic birds…

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A caffeine gnome…

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A raven shapeshifter (whatever that is)…

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A woman doing yoga and holding a pen as the ghost of her dearly departed dog looks on…

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School: Day 1 of last year! Yeha!

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Dear Diary….

Today I start my last fall semester. I have 2 classes that will last 7 weeks and then one other 7 week class that will take me into December. I will have two sessions in the spring seven weeks long and one regular semester class. I am especially looking forward to that one because it is with the same teacher I had for my Business Law class. It is so cool when you have teachers you enjoy learning from. Then I get to walk the stage with my Bachelor’s degree in hand! WOW! 

School has been fun! I have loved in 99% of the time but there have been one or two teachers that take all the fun out of going to class. I have only dropped one class in the last several years while completing my degrees. It was a required class for a different major. Fortunately, I discovered Business was my true passion and there was no need for that particular course with my current degree plan. 

What do I want to do when I grow up? Hmm… I haven’t quite decided that but I will be looking for a job starting this fall. I will go to the career seminars and put my resume out there. We shall see what happens but I think the right door will open. God has a tendency to show me just the right place to be at the right time. I’m looking forward to see what He has in store for me.

Love,

K/C