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Sunday, January 30, 2011


Every person who crosses my path is a prompt to pen.

Every critter who scurries along presents a challenge to create.

Every nuance of nature my gentle nudge to write new poetry or prose.

Every needful thing calls out for a voice of verse in which to sing its own song.

I know only of god and ruth

One Word - Autumn - the Fall of Truth

It is the ill litter I see in Illiteracy

And love lives on in Tweedledum and Tweedledee

And so it goes with this thing called Inspiration.

The inspiration for this? My aMUSEr and his Challenge

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Do you Squidoo?

If you do Squidoo I'd like to hear from you!

You can comment here to this blog post or better yet - write up a blog post of your own and post the link here in a comment and I'll visit your blog post AND your Squidoo posts.

About a year ago I signed up at Squidoo and just never made the time to do anything with it. Recently, as I began taking earning online a bit more seriously (out of necessity) I decided to give Squidoo a try. Of course, I was unable to even figure out my previous sign-up, so I registered all over again.

For those of you who do not yet Squidoo, here's my referral link--yes, referrals aid in increasing earnings at Squidoo! Let me know when you post your first lens and I'll stop by to view and comment. (Networking works if we work at it!)

I have created three (3) lenses at Squidoo thus far:

Poetic Creations by abitosunshine! -- This was my first lens and is about my shop at CafePress, where I combine my poetry and graphic design work.

The Queen *itch of abitosunshine! -- No, not about me, it's what they call a SquidPaws lens and it's about my canine companion, Tidbit.

Ghost Words And Other Echoes -- This is my first SquidLit lens. It's a book review and author interview.

I'm pretty pleased with getting all three of these lenses created this week! I am determined to master the art of creating Squidoo lenses and making money by doing so.

If you have any Squidoo tips to share, please do!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Me Stylish?

Hahaha! I've never been accused of being stylish -- until today! I'd stopped by to say "Hi!" to my friend, blogger, and author Mary Russel. Much to my surprise, in one of her posts she passed along the "Stylish Blogger Award" to me. Thank you, Mary! I'm truly honored to now wear the label of being Stylish.

By accepting this award I agree to the following 4 rules:

1...Thank and link back to the person that awarded it to you.
2...Share 7 things about yourself.
3...Pay it forward to 15 recently discovered great Bloggers.
4...Contact those Bloggers and tell them about their blog award.

Thank You Mary!
It's a pleasure to know you and interact with you in a few networks. And I do hope all who read this award post will visit you, too! None will be disappointed in meeting you and getting to know you. And those I pass it forward to who already know you ... well, this will give them another reason to visit with you.

Seven Things About Me:
1...As if you didn't already know it--I'm a passionate poet!
2...I became a Grandmother this past year, oh dear!
3...I am a Christian and I worship Sol.
4...I lost a bit o' sunshine this past year; Scratch died in my arms.
5...Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.
6...I plan to self-publish a collection of my poetry and prose in 2011.
7...My goals for 2011: Peacefulness, Positivity, and Productivity and I wish you same.

Passing the Stylish Blogger Award forward to:
Susanne of Putting Words Down on Paper
Marsha of Marsha's Spot
Christine of Redhead Rants
Cynthia of Wytch with Wings of a Dragon
Erika of The Girl Next Door Grows Up
Ann of Ann Crabs
Kimberly of Anxiety-SIS-Order
Jennifer of
Stephanie of Beauty Brite
Julie of Knitting and Sundries
Lynn of The Vintage Nest
Brenda of Fiction With A Purpose
MG of The Globetrotting Gamine
Alison of Alison Can Read
Marilyn of Marilyn's Musings

And now I'm headed to present the Stylish Blogger Award to those on my list. I do hope you'll visit them all, too, and extend your hand in friendship!

Friday, January 7, 2011

The Toothless Wonder

The Toothless Wonder
by Ruth Cox

Rarely in my lifetime have I committed myself to resolutions for a new year; however, I have stated goals each new year which I guess amounts to about the same thing. For this writing I'd planned to share my goals for the new year and a recap of the previous year. But, first things first.

I need to share a bit of my thought process with you. When I thought of writing my recap of the year 2010 I first felt the urge to know the true definition of the word "recap". This led me to two synonyms of the word: review and recapitulation. I decided to further investigate the word "recapitulation" and ended up engrossed in reading material relative to the theory of recapitulation.

My investigative urges always take me to interesting places and newfound snippets of knowledge. I'll share what I found interesting, but also for further reading you may want to visit Recapitulation Theory at Wikipedia to learn much more. What I found applicable to me is that birds do not grow teeth although they do possess the genetics for so doing.

You may now be thinking, What in the world does this have to do with Ruthi's recap of 2010? Well, I'll come back to this a bit later! Right now I will recap my past year. Three life happenings will reign in my memory as the most important of my life-changing events in the year 2010.

On May 19th my youngest half-sibling died of cancer. This was a heart-wrenching event in more ways than one. My brother's death and my family's reactions to it (as apply to me) confirm what I've known, but ran from, for thirty-five years: I lost my brother decades ago; when our mother died in 1975 I lost my family. Period.

Had she lived, July 12th would have been my mother's seventy-fifth birthday. Now this date will also be remembered as the day my dog Scratch died. Loved ones come and go and we cannot always choose the time of which these losses will occur, nor can we always choose the tolls to be paid with each loss, and (in my opinion) we can never "get over" the loss of loved ones. Closure is but an imaginary thing.

My third life-changing event occurred on October 19th. I became a first-time grandmom! The moment I saw my son cradle his newborn son to his chest was without a doubt the most profound moment in my lifetime. I felt as though I were watching my life fly by in a flash and it had flown full-cirle. I felt as though my destiny was done.

As I sat here today reading and re-reading the biological passages relating to life stages this toothless bird snippet kept gnawing at my thoughts. My mind flew back in time to the goals I'd set for myself at the beginning of 2010. Some I reached and some I did not. However, the little birdie in my brain tells me now that although a goal was unmet it does not mean I didn't possess what it would have taken to bring the goal to fruition. And I assure you I shall chew on that toothless bird snippet throughout 2011 as I commit to bringing this year's goals into being.

My goals for 2011 are simply stated in three words: peacefulness, positivity, and productivity. No matter what life brings I am equipped to have a year filled with peace; no matter the negative in my world I am capable of remaining positive; and, no matter the pitfalls or the downfalls of my days I possess what it takes to be productive.

There is birth and then there is re-birth. And the new year springs forth as a reminder of life starting anew. And my destiny shall never be done. Like the bird who lacks teeth, but has the genes needed to grow them, I have the power within me to choose my destiny and choose it I shall. I will reach my goals in the year 2011, if only by the skin of my teeth, and proudly proclaim the toothless wonder.

Submitted January 2011: