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CrAZy dAy!

Just giving everyone a heads up that I had a sudden change of email today. If you were previously reaching me at jaymie@jaymiethorne.com, you will want to update to my new email address jaymie@jaymiethorne.net. The change has caused some other shifts, but more about that later.

On an exciting note… I am a Guest Squeeze today over at L. K. Thayer’s Poetry Juice Bar! Please stop by and give her a shout out if you get a chance. As mentioned before, lots of art and poetry to discover at the Juice Bar – be sure to leave yourself some time to poke around.

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Unexpected Gifts

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A few weeks ago Danielle over at Calliope’s Pen gifted me with the Kreative Blogger Award. To be honest it came at a time when I was feeling really unworthy and questioning the value of my own creativity. Being surrounded by the incredible bloggers you find listed to the right can be fairly intimidating. Having one of the most talented in the list single me out is just, well, amazing encouragement. Danielle is not only a talented writer but she is creative in a way few dare. She writes in form, out of form, in a box, with a….oh wait…what I mean to say is – if you really take the time to read Danielle’s work, you will be pulled back again and again. You will want to study the nuances that always exist. You will be challenged to try new angles with your craft because she is that inspiring.

So there are rules with this award and as part of my creative license, I have decided to disregard them. I cannot bring myself to narrow down my blogroll to a handful of creative recipients. Instead I have decided that once a week I will take a moment to tell you what I enjoy most about some of the incredible bloggers to the right. Reader, please stay tuned…fellow bloggers, please consider yourselves equal recipients of my admiration and this award. Feel free to copy the award and, if so inclined, email me for the actual specifics on this award.      

Now, is anybody hungry??

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Azfree over at Beyond My Window sent me this yummy today! If I read correctly, she has also deemed today as Sexy Donut Day. Be sure to check out her blog and the extra links you will find there. She is currently working as a journalist in Las Vegas although I am trying to sell her on the merits of Colorado. Her poetry will resonate and stick with you long after you walk away from the screen. Learn about Las Vegas, learn about yourself, just don’t let her slip past you.

Like the award above, this sexy donut is for all the SWEET bloggers out there! Whether you update everyday or once a week – this is for you. I may not always comment, often because I am stunned and can’t think of adequate words, but I am stopping by with coffee in hand you can be sure.


Elizabeth Gilbert on Creativity

I have watched this video three times today and each time has led me to a smile. It is shorter than a sitcom and has far more to say. Olé!


Shattered Hearts

i hear the cries from the living tomb

the darkened pit that deems they enter

inhabitants have fallen into a million pieces

countless crimes have shattered them

beyond repair, becoming strangers

to others that have been spared

becoming strangers to even themselves

where has the dreamer gone, peaceful soul

ripped limb from limb til heart crystal falls

there is no glue to fix what shattered

madness has become the marker

for who they might have been before and

who they have been forced to become

when life was whole, anger was folly

but where can anguish be relinquished

when grief will not release a crushing grip

unknowing souls standing at the edge

of living tombs, mystified and scared

attempting to wash all away with tears

wishing they could gather pieces

making them whole once more

 

 

According to the FBI reports I was able to locate for last year –  14,180 homicides were recorded in the United States in 2008. 14,180 people were killed at the hands of another, not by war, disease, or accident. The tragedy did not end with their deaths. It is my belief that the majority, if not all, left many loved ones behind. These loved ones have had their lives altered for the remainder of their own lives. They will go on to experience accomplishments and defeats but they will do so as a changed person. Their course has been altered and they took no part in the decision. I can tell you that I have met some of these survivors. I can tell you that my soul aches for the grief they so bravely endure. What an incredible testament to the memory of their loved ones…to continue on through such pain. I don’t know what to say to them, I wish I knew how to help. I just keep offering the mundane “anything, anything at all” in hopes that they will feel at moments that they are not walking alone. One thing that can be done is to offer them contact information to groups that might be able to help. Two of the groups I found this week are Families of Homicide Victims and Missing Persons, Inc.  and The National Organization of Parents of Murdered Children, Inc. – both of the groups are available to anyone that has lost someone they care about to a homicide. Other possible options I found include contacting a local Victim Advocate (if available) or Hospice organization (for grief counseling) for the survivor’s county. Often the non-emergency phone number to the local law enforcement office is the place to contact for these numbers. I hope that you pass this information along to anyone you know that is trying to live this challenge alone.


Gorgeous Blogger Award

I have just been bestowed a wonderful honour from Doraz over at Believe In Yourself  – the Gorgeous Blogger Award. I discovered Doraz on my search for other dancing travelers through a link at Bliss Bait’s wonderous blog. If you haven’t stopped by these two blogs yet, you really should. It is easy to get caught up in the challenges daily life can bring. Many of us write to tackle current or past struggles. These incredible women are aiming to remind us that life includes joy, dance, and unlimited vibrant images for coloring our world. Remember to grab some each day, I visit their blogs for my daily dose. Now it is my turn to pass along the honour, I wish I could award more than three!  Please take time to visit these Gorgeous Blogger awardees:

 

ME, IN-COM-PLETE

 

SAM I AM (NOT)

 

SARA FRYD

 

Each of these women have brought me to laughter and to tears with their poetry and prose. They are a talented group of writers that are daring enough to bare their souls and in that process remind me that women are strong, resilient, capable, and loving. They are a gift. Please join me in reminding each of them.

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Insomnia Blessing

insomnia might be a gift

i wake and find myself wandering

lurking and dancing amongst words

words of soon to be popular writers

words of souls bearing secrets

words daring to float on tides

of anonymity, looking to be born

if one cannot rest and dream

how comforting to find

pieces of others to wrap

around my solitude

feeling the quiet

but not feeling alone


hopeful haiku

calculator keys
seem to multiply my need
find that pot of gold