Project Spirit Journal: Now

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Emily Dickinson is at it again with another beautiful line about seizing the moment.

Give me now, give me forever.

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Instead of a question, how about a challenge?  Create a quote of your own about seizing the moment.

Here’s mine:

Humbled by the passing of time, my soul keeps pace with spirit of now.

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c.b.w. 2012

Poetry Poll Update

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Going on vacation is always fun, but so is coming home. As I get unpacked and adjusted to a three-hour time difference, I thought this would be a good time to do a quick update on the first three rounds of the Poetry Poll series.

Here are the current standings for all three polls:

Poll #1

Force of Nature – 10

Peaceful Respite – 4

The Guardians – 6

Moments of Light – 4

Poll #2

Gather Resilience – 3

Where Peace Resides – 12

Shattered – 4

Changing Hands -1

Poll #3

Lifewalk – 5

Secret Passage – 5

Kaleidoscope – 5

Where Dreams Wait – 2

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It’s all about the numbers, so the poems with the most votes overall across all polls will make it to the final four.  At this point these are the top three:

Where Peace Resides – 12

Force of Nature – 10

The Guardians – 6

Guess what?  All polls are still open and remain so until Poll #5 is posted with the finalists.  One vote can change everything! Thanks so much to everyone who has taken the time to participate! As I’ve said many times before, my readers are amazing.

Poll #4 will posted on Friday with the last batch of poems up for voting. Before it goes up, you can catch up on the first three rounds by following these links:

Poetry Poll #1

Poetry Poll #2

Poetry Poll #3

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c.b.w. 2012

Sunday on Fleet Street

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After a stroll on Fleet Street nothing ever looks the same . . . .

Fleet Street, London, June 2011, c.b.w.

Interesting facts about Fleet Street:

  • It was named after River Fleet, London’s largest underground river.
  • British newspapers originated on Fleet Street and called the street home until the 1980s.
  • The length of Fleet Street marks London expansion in the 14th century.  The East end of the street marks the spot where the River Fleet ran against the medieval walls of London.
  • At the west end is the Temple Bar, which marks the current City of London/City of Westminster boundary, (extended in 1329).  In addition, the west part of the street was destroyed by the Great Fire of London in 1666.
  • The barber Sweeney Todd is traditionally said to have lived and worked in Fleet Street.
  • Aside from journalism, Fleet Street is also known for coffee houses and taverns (some of which have been there for centuries).
  • Fleet Street is now more associated with the law and its Inns of Court and barristers’ chambers, because the Royal Courts of Justice and the Central Criminal Court on Old Bailey are nearby.

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Sorry there’s no poem this week.  My muse and I are still on vacation!  I hope a pretty photograph and a little history lesson makes up for the lack of lines.

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c.b.w. 2012

Photography Challenge: Story

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When visiting a small town in the Midwest, its inevitable that history will come creeping out of every corner.  A walk through an old cemetery may be considered morbid by some, but for a historian/writer it becomes the perfect place to explore a story that began centuries ago and continues today.

For this week’s photography challenge I took advantage of a prompt that fosters curiosity in those who lived before us and the stories they have to tell.

Prompt: Let a picture tell a story

One small chapter in the story in the story of a new nation . . .

Photo by: c.b.w., July 2012

The story of a small town in Indiana . . .

Photo by: c.b.w., July 2012

One family’s tragedy . . .

Photo by: c.b.w., July 2012

One family’s loner . . .

Photo by: c.b.w., July 2012

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To see all the details of the photography challenge, go here.

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c.b.w. 2012

Images From An Evening Stroll

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Rain threatens in the distance, but is still too far away. Grass crunches under my feet and creek beds run dry. An evening stroll in small town Indiana is full of stillness and silent adventure . . .

Photo by: c.b.w., July 2012

Photo by: c.b.w. July 2012

Photo by: c.b.w. July 2012

Photo by: c.b.w. July 2012

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c.b.w. 2012