My kids and I are in quarantine. Hearing about this, a friend left a bag with flowers, soup, mac ‘n cheese, herbal tea, chocolate bars and most importantly, a project for each child on the porch. She didn’t ask what we needed because I would have said “nothing. We are fine. But receiving her offering … More Acts of Kindness
I was listening to a vigorous debate the other day about New Year Resolutions – should you do them? Is it useful and effective? And while I come down on the side of not doing resolutions, mostly because it seems like a hard starting line to do it in the middle of winter when the … More The Practice
The other day my 6-year-old daughter asked me “What is a hero?” As I stumbled through the words to describe someone who is admirable and inspires us to be better, I wondered if the idea of having heroes resonates as much in our world. Sometimes it feels like we know too much about our public … More Holding Out for a Hero
Recently I found myself in the position of carrying my 2-year-old on my shoulders while I dragged my 6-year-old along in a sled. We were hurrying back through the falling snow and the howling wind to the car after our foray into the first snow of the season turned the corner into too cold. My … More The Rest Step
Hello PO family! How are you all doing? Long time, no see! I had to take an unexpected and long break from writing but I plan to be more regular from now on. Hopefully, we will continue meeting on most Sundays. There was a lot going on in my life, hence the break. But I … More Can you slow down?
Billy Osogo I ponder endlessly on writing. As an art, there’s so much to it that even those we look up to as its masters seem to be just scratching the surface. I recently came across an excerpt by Kenyan writer Bivanyanga Wainana. In his book, One Day I Will Write About this Place he … More WRITING SPRINGS
Take this moment. Just for you. Your body. Your mind. Your purpose. Breathe it in. Then let it out. You are beautiful. . . . SnapDragon is a writer, artist, and donut enthusiast. Follow Snippets of SnapDragon for all kinds of goodness, yo.
More or less every week for the past year I’ve put 3 random thoughts together, along with a couple of quotes and other bits and pieces, in a post called 3-2-1 Mindset Mondays. Anyway, below is a highlight reel of those thoughts. I started with 150 and kept cutting it down till I got bored. … More 88 Pointless Thoughts About Life
Proposed by SnapDragon X. What is your favorite childhood memory? One of my favorite memories is going on Family Vacation each summer, to the glorious Wildwood, New Jersey. We stayed in a motel just a block from the beach, right at the beginning (end?) of the boardwalk. Flip-flop sounds on pavement. Salt Water Taffy. SPF … More Question of the Day: No. 526
Hi everyone! Let’s talk about emotions today. I want to talk about them in a pure observational way. No trying to understand, no whys. The main questions I am curious about is whether there is a dominant feeling in your life and whether there are specific emotions associated with specific times of the day. Starting … More Emotions
Inside this chest pounds a heart so steady. Inside this head lives a brain so alive. And somewhere in between rests a spirit so gentle, even the tiniest of scratches leaves a scar. . . . How would you describe your spirit, Dear Reader? What inspires you? What shakes you to your core? (Such easy … More SnapDragon Speaks: On The Gentle Spirit.
Proposed by SnapDragon X. What would you do if you were no longer afraid? Oh, the possibilities! . . . SnapDragon is a writer, artist, and sucker for M&M McFlurries. Follow her Two-Bit Musings and more on Snippets of SnapDragon.
Hello there! How are you today? Welcome to another PO Sunday postJ Today’s topic is how things fall into place at times in life. That happened to me a lot recently. I was struggling with a few points regarding my behavioral patterns. I had noticed a few things I wanted to improve about them but … More Help from Life
A Messy Reflection from Yours Truly. . . . Greetings from my warm, bird-chirping corner of the globe, Dear Reader. I’m in my bare feet, I have a tall iced coffee within reach, and approximately half an hour or so of solitude. Here I am. And, simply put, I’m a mess. Top-knot hairdo. Disheveled clothes. … More SnapDragon Speaks: On Wrinkles & Dish Soap.
Hi everyone, I thought maybe talking about human connection is a good topic for today because why not. We might at times feel like connecting with people is a waste of time. ‘Oh, if we meet, we will talk for an hour. I’d rather do this work’ or ‘I won’t call my mom. I will … More Side Benefits of Friendship
Hi all, I have been MIA for most of the recent months but I missed you all! How is everyone doing? I hope every one of you is feeling great and is enjoying this beautiful day! The reason I was absent was due to some major problems in my personal life. I probably had some … More Learning by Experience
We all honor our own innate ideals of happiness. Our conception of “the good life.” Composing and recomposing our lives around this archetype of euphoria. But that’s the thing. … More Different Definitions of Happiness: A reflection.
“When you accept yourself, the whole world accepts you.” Easier said than done, right? To love yourself at the current moment is complex enough, but what about who you used to be? What about the parts of yourself you aren’t proud of? What about the tedious pieces which still need tending to? To truly love … More How to Love the Unrecognizable Part of Yourself
Hi. SnapDragon here. It’s been awhile. And who knows why, really. I mean, I do have a toddler. I tend to the house and home. I technically work full-time, although it’s more like a part-time, online gig at the moment. (No complaints. But it still takes up minutes of my day.) And by the time … More SnapDragon Speaks: On Thought-Jelly.
By E.L. Jayne Our interconnectedness and reliance on other human beings is taken for granted lately. It seems as if people only want to surround themselves with other like-minded people. This is profoundly dangerous. … More How a Pencil Proves our Indisputable Interconnectedness