At Impromptu Promptlings, Lady Calan poses the question, “What is it that keeps you from being still”?

To start with:

CRAZY ALL MY LIFE – Daniel Powter

And music in general:

I’m Alive – Michael Franti


Truckin’ – The Grateful Dead


You Keep On Movin’ – Deep Purple


Wild Summer Nights – John Cafferty & the Beaver Brown Band


Dance to the music

That pretty much sums it up.



Words and Music

Over at Impromptu Promptlings Lady Calen brings BALANCE to The Sandbox,

The Sandbox Writing Challenge — Exercise 2

“It’s all about Balance. Do you consider yourself a balanced person? What are some of the things you do on a daily, weekly, etc. basis to keep yourself balanced? If you don’t feel you are, what can you do to help you find some of that needed balance?”


Mashup Radiohead and Dave Brubeck quartet <<CLICK LINK

Harmony = Balance


Rainbow Addendum

In my previous post, for The Sandbox Challenge Loosening Up Exercise, one of the lists was:
“If you were asked to choose seven colors that have meaning for you, what colors would you choose?”

I left out the why or what about each color draws me in. Giving it thought, here is what tumbled out of my mind:

Red, orange and yellow are the colors of Autumn, which is probably what I love most about that season. I’m lucky to live in the Northeast where the changing of the leaves is quite spectacular.  Green is the color of spring and summer, which are my favorite seasons, and there’s nothing like looking out at a lush green garden. Blue, indigo and violet are the colors of some of the beautiful flowers which grace the warm months of the year.  I have noticed when I close my eyes, in meditation, the richness of all of these colors blossoming like flowers before my eyes.  If I’m thinking correctly these are also the colors of the chakras. And who doesn’t love rainbows?

Hope this answers the question of why these colors?

Loose as a Goose

I think I’m right on time being fashionably late… for me at least. *cringes @ the word exercise*

So, let’s see what this loosening up is all about, Alfie.

So here we go! Here’s a “loosening up” exercise from Allen’s book just to get your creative juices flowing. How do you see yourself? Has your perspective of yourself changed over the last year? Have you EVER come into a new understanding of yourself? If so, what precipitated it?

Hmmmm… How do I see myself. With my eyes and through my eyes, this time without rose colored glasses. At the moment, being serious, I see myself as a mess. It happens. There’s good times, and there’s bad times. Wasn’t that the beginning of a book? Oh, wait, that’s “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,” TALE OF TWO CITIES. And believe me, that wasn’t pulled out of my head… I turned to the librarian, and he was Hubby on the spot, with a prompt answer.

And isn’t it true… it IS the best of times, after all I made it to now, and that’s pretty fucking good. It also is the worst of times, being as I’m two years more neurotic, in the middle of this blasted cold, which, I may add, was one of those things the weather people got wrong, once again. I’m crotchity, whiny, pissed off, and pouting; and those are the good times. The bad times feel like The Walking Dead, truth be told.

“Has my perspective of myself changed over the last year?” No. Seriously, this has been my perspective for the last 3 score; (See “The Gettysburg Address”). I’ve actually never thought of myself in terms of scores, but it’s new and I can actually use it and maybe confuse some of the young whipper snappers…

Lastly: Have I EVER come into a new understanding of myself?

Over the years, I’ve come to realize new things, through my own evolution. I think that is a natural process. What precipitated these new understandings was experiencing life with all it’s nuances.


If you were asked to choose seven words to describe yourself, what would they be?








If you were asked to choose seven objects that have meaning for you, what objects would you choose?

Old Photographs

My collection of music

My Tarot cards

My mani wheel

My crystals and rocks

My electronic devices and all the accoutrements

My personal toys


If you were asked to choose seven colors that have meaning for you, what colors would you choose?


If you were asked to choose seven places that have meaning for you, what places would you choose?

Serenity = my home


The forest

FOREST Sounds image resize

Oceans/Rivers/ponds/streams – you get what I mean

Machu Picchu







Rowe Sign


Many thanks to Lady Calen over at Impromptu Promptlings for this opportunity

Playing in the Sandbox once again

 AHHHH yes, I remember this! We had fun, even when going through painful times, but we kept on keeping on… thanks to Lady Calen here at Impromptu Promplings : as we step back into The Sandbox (crayons in hand) for revisiting The Writing Challenge.

Exercise 1

“You find yourself in a quiet room looking at your reflection in this beautiful old mirror. What do you see? Is there anything in particular you like about yourself? Is there anything you don’t like? Tell us about it.”

So what are the odds that I’d decide to come over and take a look at the challenge Lady Calen mentioned in a phone chat, and find the first exercise mirrored (pardon the pun) a thought I’d had not even 15 minutes ago? Standing in front of a looking glass not framed, but rather larger,  spanning the wall of the bathroom. I stood and looked at myself just before washing my hands. From further back, be it my eyes going over more presbiopic, or perhaps the shadows which standing under the lights take away, I couldn’t say, but I recall scowling at myself. Something had changed in my visage – or memory there of – from 2015 to now. But then I stepped up to the sink and I saw a difference. The light made the difference. And I’m lacking light currently, dwelling in this artic land of winter. I found myself smiling as the ‘joy seeker’ I was once upon a time. And it occurred to me that the light was key. It seemed to lessen the dark circles upon which the shadows put emphasis. Hmmmmm SO, is there anything I like? (shrugs). Is there anything I don’t like; don’t ask, and I won’t tell. BUT I have been working on that part. The don’t liking is easy. The liking is… an acquired taste? Meh.

I’d been thinking a lot about covering the mirrors in the house with pictures I’d prefer to see. How’s that for the ‘Art of Self Loathing?’

Oh, wait, I believe I hear a voice…. “you know, there are things you do like about yourself, so quit focusing on the negatory already.” *rolls my eyes* It’s her again.

Alright, let’s wrap it up, as was said to Daniel in “Defending Your Life”… And what an apt reference THAT is.

Later dudes!