Visual Writing Prompts: What do they really think?

It is hard to write and stay focused when there is so much noise around us. News of war, fights, and disasters are pretty overwhelming, taking our attention away from our writing activities. Sometimes, we just don’t know what to write, or we are experiencing a slowdown in our writing process.

Many of us are constantly improving our craft, and the only way to improve our writing is to write regularly. If we don’t know what to write, or if it feels like we are stuck in the writing process, good writing prompts can unlock some new ideas and stimulate all kinds of writing.

Have you tried visual writing prompts? I personally like looking at drawings or pictures to stir my imagination. So, if you love animals, let’s start with them. Do you have any idea what goes inside their heads?

The Bookworm

“So, where are the worms? I’ve already checked all the pages.”

Write something funny about this picture.

Small but Smart

“Are we there yet? If my day gets worse than this, I’m going home.”

This guinea pig is getting bored. Continue this story.

Speed Reading

“So, how much faster do you want me to read? I don’t even know what I’m reading.”

Continue this dialogue.

Hide and Seek

‘Hello. Where’s everybody? Are we still playing?”

Continue this story. What happened?

Follow the Leader

“This is a classic example of a blind spot.”

Explain what is going on in this picture.

Have fun writing. Till next time.

Ninagracia

Artwork and Photograph by: Nathan May

Some Women are…

Some people say women are difficult to understand. But I say women are strong and confident. There are women who are complex and mysterious, but sophisticated and independent. Some women are strong-willed and compassionate, and some are sweet and quite brilliant. Some are mothers, daughters, or sisters, but some are leaders or protectors. But women, most of all, are fascinating and inspirational.

The world celebrates International Women’s Day every year on March 8. It is a global movement for women and girls celebrating women’s lives and achievements. The day reflects on the courage and determination of ordinary women to raise international awareness and encourage other members of society to advocate gender equality.

To mark the celebration of International Women’s Day, I have collected quotes from famous and inspirational women in our world today and women in the past who made a difference. There are some funny quotes from some prominent women and men that will make us smile. 


Famous and Inspirational Women Who Made a Difference

  • Generally speaking, men are held in great esteem in all parts of the world, so why shouldn’t women have their share? Soldiers and war heroes are honored and commemorated, explorers are granted immortal fame, martyrs are revered, but how many people look upon women too as soldiers?
  • Human greatness does not lie in wealth or power, but in character and goodness. People are just people, and all people have faults and shortcomings, but all of us are born with a basic goodness.
  • I see the world being slowly transformed into a wilderness; I hear the approaching thunder that, one day, will destroy us too. I feel the suffering of millions. And yet, when I look up at the sky, I somehow feel that everything will change for the better, that this cruelty too shall end, that peace and tranquillity will return once more.
  • Whoever doesn’t know it must learn and find by experience that ‘a quiet conscience makes one strong!’
  • Writing in a diary is a really strange experience for someone like me. Not only because I’ve never written anything before, but also because it seems to me that later on neither I nor anyone else will be interested in the musings of a thirteen-year-old schoolgirl.

­––Anne Frank (1929-45)
(The Diary of Anne Frank)
A young Jewish girl who
kept a diary of her experiences
of the Holocaust.

  • A woman is like a tea bag – you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.
  • It is not fair to ask of others what you are not willing to do yourself.
  • No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
  • Remember always that you not only have the right to be an individual, you have an obligation to be one.
  • You can never really live anyone else’s life, not even your child’s. The influence you exert is through your own life, and what you’ve become yourself.

––Eleonor Roosevelt (1884–1962)
First Lady of the United States (1933-1945)
Delegate to the UN General Assembly
and advocate for human and civil rights

  • If we do not lift up women and families, everyone will fall short.
  • I do not believe that government should be in the business of telling women what they should do with their bodies.
  • We don’t want to promote any system that treats the fact that an individual is LGBT as a personality disorder. And anything that perpetuates that perception is harmful – not only to that member of the community but the entire community.
  • What’s important for my daughter to know is that… if you are fortunate to have opportunity, it is your duty to make sure other people have those opportunities as well.
  • You have to see and smell and feel the circumstances of people to really understand them.

––Kamala Harris
49th Vice President of the United States

First female Vice-President and first African-American
and first Asian-American Vice-President of the United States

  • I don’t cover my face because I want to show my identity.
  • Once I had asked God for one or two extra inches in height, but instead, he made me as tall as the sky, so high that I could not measure myself… By giving me this height to reach people, he has also given me great responsibilities.
  • There are so many figures in our history that did not believe they could make a change, and they did.
  • We women are going to bring change. We are speaking up for girls’ rights, but we must not behave like men, like they have done in the past.
  • When God created man and woman, he was thinking, ‘Who shall I give the power to, to give birth to the next human being?’ And God chose woman. And this is the big evidence that women are powerful.

––Malala Yousafzai (1997- )
Advocate for women’s rights
especially the right to education
.

  • Any woman who understands the problems of running a home will be nearer to understanding the problems of running a country.
  • Disciplining yourself to do what you know is right and important, although difficult, is the highroad to pride, self-esteem, and personal satisfaction.
  • If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.
  • Standing in the middle of the road is very dangerous; you get knocked down by the traffic from both sides.
  • To wear your heart on your sleeve isn’t a very good plan; you should wear it inside, where it functions best.

––Margaret Thatcher (1925–2013)
First Female Prime Minister of Great Britai
n

  • If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.
  • It’s good to remember that in crises, natural crises, human beings forget for a while their ignorances, their biases, their prejudices. For a little while, neighbors help neighbors and strangers help strangers.
  • Love is like a virus. It can happen to anybody at any time.
  • Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.
  • We write for the same reason that we walk, talk, climb mountains or swim the oceans – because we can. We have some impulse within us that makes us want to explain ourselves to other human beings. That’s why we paint, that’s why we dare to love someone – because we have the impulse to explain who we are.

––Maya Angelou (1928 – 2014)
An African-American woman
Poet, singer, memoirist, and civil rights activis
t

  • I am an example of what is possible when girls from the very beginning of their lives are loved and nurtured by people around them. I was surrounded by extraordinary women in my life who taught me about quiet strength and dignity.
  • Success is only meaningful and enjoyable if it feels like your own.
  • You don’t have to be somebody different to be important. You’re important in your own right.
  • You see, at the end of the day, my most important title is still ‘mom-in-chief.’ My daughters are still the heart of my heart and the center of my world.
  • You should never view your challenges as a disadvantage. Instead, it’s important for you to understand that your experience facing and overcoming adversity is actually one of your biggest advantages.

––Michelle Obama
American First Lady (2009–17)
First African American First Lady
.

Funny Quotes for Women

  • People are more violently opposed to fur than leather because it’s safer to harass rich women than motorcycle gangs.

––Alexei Sayle
British Comedian

  • If women didn’t exist, all the money in the world would have no meaning.

––Aristotle Onassis (1906-1975)
Greek Shipping Magnate

  • You can tell the strength of a nation by the women behind its men.

––Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881)
Prime Minister of United Kingdom (1874-1880
)

  • Behind every great man is a woman rolling her eyes.

––Jim Carrey
Canadian Comedian

  • I think women have a unique talent for being able to see the forest and the trees at the same time.

––Bozoma Saint John
American Businesswoman
Marketing Executive at Netfl
ix

  • There are only three things women need in life: food, water, and compliments.

––Chris Rock
American Comedian

  • In politics women type the letters, lick the stamps, distribute the pamphlets and get out the vote. Men get elected.

––Clare Boothe Luce (1903-1987)
American author, politician, U.S. Ambassado
r

  • When women are depressed, they eat or go shopping. Men invade another country. It’s a whole different way of thinking.

––Elayne Boosler
American Comedian

  • There are two kinds of women, those who want power in the world and those who want power in bed.

––Jackie Kennedy (1929-1994)
First Lady of the United States (1961-1963)

  • Always be a first-rate version of yourself instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.

––Judy Garland (1922-1969
American Actress

  • The reason women don’t play football is because 11 of them would never wear the same outfit in public.

––Phyllis Diller (1917-2012)
American Comedian

  • There’s something so special about a woman who dominates in a man’s world. It takes a certain grace, strength, intelligence, fearlessness and the nerve to never take no for an answer.

––Rihanna
American Musician

  • You can be whatever size you are, and you can be beautiful both inside and out. We’re always told what’s beautiful and what’s not, and that’s not right.

––Serena Williams
American Professional Tennis Player

  • Women don’t like advice. They don’t want you to fix their problems, they just want you to listen.

––Shawn Wayans
American Actor

  • Women lie about their age; men lie about their income.

William Feather (1889-1981)
American Publisher and Author

Ninagracia


References:

Barrientos, S., & Avendano, K. (2022, February 15). 28 Incredible and empowering International Women’s Day quotes. https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/. Retrieved March 1, 2022, from https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/life/g26326977/international-womens-day-quotes/

Biography Online. (n.d.). 70 famous women who changed the world. https://www.biographyonline.net/. Retrieved March 1, 2022, from https://www.biographyonline.net/people/women-who-changed-world.html

Brainy Quote. (n.d.). Women Quotes. https://www.brainyquote.com/. https://www.brainyquote.com/topics/women-quotes

Haddrick, M. (2021, March 23). 12 of the most famous women in history. https://www.marieclaire.com.au/. Retrieved March 1, 2022, from https://www.marieclaire.com.au/famous-women-in-history

Tiwari, A. (2021, December 8). Meet the world’s 10 most powerful women 2021, Roshni Nadar & Falguni Nayar also feature on this list. https://www.indiatimes.com/. Retrieved March 1, 2022, from https://www.indiatimes.com/trending/social-relevance/forbes-100-most-powerful-women-list-2021-556249.html

Images by:

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Rhythm and Rhymes: The Earth on its Knees

The Earth on its Knees

I hear so much anger all about me
  When a scarlet glow burns me to a crisp
A strong cyclone crushes my glorious land
              Then a severe drought shed leaves in stress.

When a fierce earthquake shakes my restless core
The avenging floods purge out the debris
To the half-conscious, guilt is deep-seated
But to a hungry child, nothing matters.

It’s hard to imagine when hope is lost
When the justice system is colour-blind
Your abstract knowledge could destroy my home
Like a roaring landslide of earth and stones.

A once green meadow now dried and barren
I ask the nimbus clouds to block the sun
Then the mighty ocean yells in despair
Those toxic wastes are poison to my gut!

My quest for love, peace, and equality
It is like a river, sluggish and stagnant
I call the storms to clean the air and skies
But the wild tsunami engulfs the land.

The breadth of the sea under the ocean
Is a paradise with a velvet view
Don’t use me as a weapon for your gain
My home is Xanadu, where dreams are real.

It is your home yearning for unity
To reach its zenith is a distant dream.

Ninagracia

Till next time. Stay safe and take care of each other.

Ninagracia

Prompts and Cues: Whose Pair of Jeans is this?

A few, many days at home and no place to go. Regardless of whether our mood to write has been pretty good or not, let us rev up our writing activities to lift our spirits once more.

These pictures may bring about stories in our minds or stir up memories of an event or emotion. The drawings are cheery, sweet, and somewhat silly, but funny. Along with this is a poem that may help us energise our writing activities. The quirky humour in the poetry may tickle our funny bones and spark our creative writing. You know, it’s like that sudden flash of light.

So here we go. Let’s all get started.

Caroline lives in a beautiful house

in a lovely street close to the doghouse.

She is too stingy to buy a clothesline

she’d rather dine with wine than pay a dime.

She hangs her washing every single day

at the backyard fence for the entire day.

Come hail and storm, or a drizzle of rain,

she whined and wailed, but she never refrained.

 

One stormy day, her jeans got blown away

flying, floating, trying to get away.

A dog chased the jeans to the nearby park

up high on the tree, he aimed for his mark.

    

Caroline cried, and she screamed at the dog

“Leave my jeans alone,” she ordered the dog.

“The cops are coming; you’ll be thrown in jail

for stealing my jeans; they’ll cut your toenail.”

A good Sergeant Woof promised Caroline.

“Let me take care of this, Miss Caroline.

I will handle your case with utmost care

I’ll make the dog pay, or I’ll shave his hair.”

“Why did you put me in jail, Sergeant Woof?

I didn’t steal the jeans; it’s mine, Sergeant Woof.

I paid for it, but I lost my receipt

I bought it at the shop on Kanine Street.

It’s true, it’s true; my name is Caroline.

And once again, my name is Caroline,

That pair of jeans is mine and truly mine.

I did not steal the jeans from Calvin Klein.”

Ninagracia


Have fun writing. Till next time. Stay safe and take care of each other.

Ninagracia


Illustrations by: NF May

On Mother’s Day By: Bruce Lansky

This year, we are celebrating the 107th year of Mother’s Day to honour all mothers and motherhood worldwide. At the initiative and tireless devotion of Anna Jarvis, the modern Mother’s Day began in the United States. US President Woodrow Wilson officially proclaimed in 1914 the second Sunday in May as the day of celebration to honour the memories and the sacrifices of mothers made for their children.

Today, I would like to share with everyone a beautiful poem by Bruce Lansky for this occasion. Bruce Lansky is from Minnesota and America’s bestselling author of children’s poetry books. His poems are funny, hilarious, and something that will make you smile.

So, here it is…

On Mother's Day
By Bruce Lansky

On Mother's Day it isn't smart
To give your mom a broken heart.

So here are things you shouldn't say
To dear old mom on Mother's Day:

Don't tell her that you'll never eat
A carrot, celery, bean, or beet.

Don't tell her you think smoking's cool.
Don't tell her you've dropped out of school.

Don't tell her that you've drowned the cat.
Don't tell her that she looks too fat.

Don’t tell her when you're grown you'll be
A starving poet—just like me.

Happy Mother’s Day to all.

Ninagracia


References:

HANDWERK, B. (2014, May 10). Mother’s Day Turns 100: Its Surprisingly Dark History. National Geographichttps://www.nationalgeographic.com/culture/article/140508-mothers-day-nation-gifts-facts-culture-mom

History.com Editors. (2011, April 29). Mother’s Day 2021. HISTORY. https://www.history.com/topics/holidays/mothers-day

Lansky, B. (n.d.). On mother’s day by Bruce Lansky. Poetry Foundation. https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/58518/on-mothers-day-56d23cf7ac33d

Mother’s Day. (n.d.). NicePNG. Retrieved May 8, 2021, from https://www.nicepng.com/ourpic/u2w7i1q8w7y3q8r5_mothers-day-is-more-than-the-day-we/

Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow

As we reached the first quarter of 2021, let us acknowledge that we all have changed, in a big or small way. We have changed our ability to think, our perspectives in life, and our capacity to understand someone or something.

The year 2020 seemed to be very long, but we survived. Looking back, 2020 presented us with so many challenges beyond our grip. It tested our ability to withstand pressure and stress. It tested our strength and vitality to handle and recover from financial hardship.

We learned so many things from the past, and this is the time we could sit down, look back, and reflect. What have we learned from 2020, and what are we prepared to change in 2021?

With the past, I have nothing to do, nor with the future. I live now.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

YESTERDAY,

We learned. . .

to appreciate the little things we have

***

there are some things we can’t control

***

we can cope and adapt to a new situation

***

TODAY,

We bounce back.

***

We move forward.

***

AND

We surround ourselves with little things like:


TOMORROW

We will celebrate what we have learned and accomplished


Till next time, enjoy the pleasures of life.

Sources:

268 Ralph Waldo Emerson quotes. (n.d.). BrainyQuote. https://www.brainyquote.com/authors/ralph-waldo-emerson-quotes

NicePNG – HD transparent PNG & cliparts images, free unlimited download! (n.d.). Retrieved March 6, 2021, from https://www.nicepng.com

Merry Christmas

The year 2020 has been tough. People around the world will celebrate Christmas filled with new hopes and dreams, and for the first time in a while, it will give us new strength to build our goals and calm us down from all the fears that have taken over our lives.

If we could only smile, just think of all the happiness it will bring into our lives.

Let us not forget too, the people who were with us on this journey.

It has been a long and challenging one year.

To all my followers, I genuinely thank you for your support.

Ninagracia.com made it through its first year.

Let’s get into the spirit of Christmas and celebrate.

Created By: https://nathanmayartist.wixsite.com/nathanmayfine-arts

A special acknowledgment to Nathan May for creating this video clip.

From all of us, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.



Take care and enjoy the pleasures of life.


Ninagracia

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Song: Michael Bublé – White Christmas 

Let’s Celebrate

25 BEAUTIFUL CHRISTMAS QUOTES

The year 2020 rolled out so many challenges beyond our grip. It put us through severe tests, and we faced a series of trials. It stripped us of our privileges to enjoy life, to earn a living, and to be with the company of our friends and families.

The year froze to a stand-still. Our mental and emotional strengths were put into the spotlight – how courageous we are and how strong we are.

There are so many of us who might find no reason to celebrate Christmas because deep in our hearts, we carry so much pain and hurt. We think there is nothing to be thankful for.

Let us not look what is in front of us but look at a greater distance farther away. It will make things visible to us and illuminate the dark year that crippled our hopes and dreams.

There is always something to be thankful for, no matter how big or small it is.

Hopefully, if we could all look back, the new year that is just on its way here would be easy to welcome.

Let us all think of the true meaning of Christmas.

These quotations I collected might bring new hope for the new year and give us heaps of reasons to celebrate with our friends loved ones.

Don’t forget too that no one should never be alone on Christmas.

“Good news from heaven the angels bring,
Glad tidings to the earth they sing:
To us this day a child is given,
To crown us with the joy of heaven.”

– Martin Luther

“I am not alone at all, I thought. I was never alone at all. And that, of course, is the message of Christmas. We are never alone. Not when the night is darkest, the wind coldest, the world seemingly most indifferent. For this is still the time God chooses.”
– Taylor Caldwell

“Christ was born in the first century, yet he belongs to all centuries. He was born a Jew, yet He belongs to all races. He was born in Bethlehem, yet He belongs to all countries.”
– George W Truett

“All the Christmas presents in the world are worth nothing without the presence of Christ.”
– David Jeremiah

Source: https://www.azquotes.com/quotes/topics/meaning-of-christmas.html

“At this Christmas when Christ comes, will He find a warm heart? Mark the season of Advent by loving and serving the others with God’s own love and concern.”
-Mother Teresa


“You can never truly enjoy Christmas until you can look up into the Father’s face and tell him you have received his Christmas gift.”
– John R. Rice


“Jesus was God and man in one person, that God and man might be happy together again.”
– George Whitefield

Source:https://www.crosswalk.com/faith/spiritual-life/inspiring-quotes/25-quotes-about-christ-for-your-christmas.html

“Christmas can be celebrated in the school room with pine trees, tinsel and reindeers, but there must be no mention of the man whose birthday is being celebrated. One wonders how a teacher would answer if a student asked why it was called Christmas.”
– Ronald Reagan

“Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.”
  – Hamilton Wright Mabie   

“I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!”

– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow   

“Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone.”                                                         

– Charles M. Schulz

Source:https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/christmas

“Bless us Lord, this Christmas, with quietness of mind; Teach us to be patient and always to be kind.”
– Helen Steiner Rice

“Christmas gift suggestions:

To your enemy, forgiveness.
To an opponent, tolerance.
To a friend, your heart.
To a customer, service.
To all, charity.
To every child, a good example.
To yourself, respect.”

– Oren Arnold

A Christmas candle is a lovely thing; It makes no noise at all, but softly gives itself away; While quite unselfish, it grows small.
– Eva K. Logue 


“The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other.”
– Burton Hillis

“There is no name so sweet on earth, no name so sweet in heaven, The name, before His wondrous birth, to Christ the Savior given.”
– George W. Bethune


“Christmas is built upon a beautiful and intentional paradox; that the birth of the homeless should be celebrated in every home.”
  – G.K. Chesterton, Brave New Family

Source: https://www.theholidayspot.com/christmas/quotations.htm

“There is no ideal Christmas; only the one Christmas you decide to make as a reflection of your values, desires, affections, traditions.”
– Bill Mckibben, Hundred Dollar Holiday

“Christmas is a necessity. There has to be at least one day of the year to remind us that we’re here for something else besides ourselves.”
– Eric Sevareid, attributed, Opening the Gifts of Christmas

“Much of the beauty of Christmas lies in its challenge to look further, deeper, until we find its secret in the heart of God. But we never find that unless we look beyond the presents under the tree.”  
– Dale Evans, A Happy Trails Christmas

“Christmas is not as much about opening our presents as opening our hearts.”
-Janice Maeditere    

Source: http://www.notable-quotes.com/c/christmas_quotes_vi.html

“One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas Day. Don’t clean it up too quickly.”
– by Andy Rooney

“At Christmas, all roads lead home.”
  – Marjorie Holmes

“Christmas is joy, religious joy, an inner joy of light and peace.”
– Pope Francis 

“Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas.”
– Peg Bracken 

Source: https://pixelsquote.net/christmas-quotes/

Till next time, Merry Christmas.

See the good in people and enjoy the pleasures of life.


Ninagracia

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The Power of Words: Shall We Sing?

Let’s admit it. When we hear dance music, it is hard to ignore the beat. So, we tap our feet, snap our fingers, tilt our heads to the left and to the right, and we sing along with it. That rush of excitement made us dance (when there’s no one watching) or if you are brave enough, grab someone to dance along with you.

Okay, that is how I imagined we would typically do it. But what about if we read song lyrics? What would you do aside from singing it to yourself?

This is your writing prompt number 5.

You can sing the song, or you can do something with it.

When we listen to music, it grabs our attention, and we momentarily get lost in the tune, beat and melody of the song. Sometimes we don’t even realise that every word or phrase on those songs convey some thoughts and emotions.

Because every song has a story behind it.

Reading song lyrics can make our minds wander around. The words in the song can inhibit new ideas, images, unlock memories and emotions.

We can create something new or write a new story, poem, or even a new song based on the song lyrics. The possibilities are endless.

Okay, let’s begin. Let’s do it one bite-size at a time.

For those who love the Blues, here are a few lines that would be great to start with.

GIVE ME ONE REASON (By Tracy Chapman)

Give me one reason to stay here
And I’ll turn right back around
Give me one reason to stay here
And I’ll turn right back around

Said I don’t wanna leave you lonely
You got to make me change my mind

MISTY BLUE (By Dorothy Moore)

Oh, it’s been such a long, long time
Look like I’d get you off of my mind
But I can’t
Just the thought of you (just the thought of you)
Turns my whole world misty blue (misty blue)

Oh honey, just the mention of your name (just your name)
Turns the flicker to a flame
Listen to me good, baby
I think of the things we used to do
And my whole world turns (misty blue) misty blue

For the lovers of Country Music”, I got these for you…

HELP ME MAKE IT THROUGH THE NIGHT
(By Kris Kristofferson, Lorrie Morgan)

Take the ribbon from your hair
Shake it loose and let it fall
Laying’ soft upon my skin
Like the shadows on the wall
Come and lay down by my side
Till the early morning’ light
All I’m takin’ is your time
Help me make it through the night

SUSPICIOUS MINDS (By Elvis Presley)

We’re caught in a trap
I can’t walk out
Because I love you too much baby
Why can’t you see
What you’re doing to me
When you don’t believe a word I say?
We can’t go on together
With suspicious minds (suspicious minds)
And we can’t build our dreams
On suspicious minds

Feel like Dancing? I got that covered too…

HAPPY (By Pharrell Williams)

It might seem crazy what I’m ’bout to say
Sunshine she’s here, you can take a break
I’m a hot air balloon that could go to space
With the air, like I don’t care baby by the way
Huh, because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you know what happiness is to you
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like that’s what you wanna do

MAN IN THE MIRROR (By Michael Jackson)

I’m gonna make a change,
For once I’m my life
It’s gonna feel real good,
Gonna make a difference
Gonna make it right
As I, turn up the collar on
My favorite winter coat
This wind is blowing my mind
I see the kids in the streets,
With not enough to eat
Who am I to be blind?
Pretending not to see their needs
A summer disregard, a broken bottle top
And a one man soul
They follow each other on the wind ya’ know
‘Cause they got nowhere to go
That’s why I want you to know
I’m starting with the man in the mirror
I’m asking him to change his ways
And no message could have been any clearer
If you want to make the world a better place
(If you want to make the world a better place)
Take a look at yourself, and then make a change
(Take a look at yourself, and then make a change)
(Na na na, na na na, na na, na nah

You don’t have to be old to like Jazz. Raise your hand if you are…

WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD (By Louis Armstrong)

I see trees of green
Red roses too
I see them bloom
For me and you
And I think to myself
What a wonderful world

I see skies of blue
And clouds of white
The bright blessed day
The dark sacred night
And I think to myself
What a wonderful world

The colors of the rainbow
So pretty in the sky
Are also on the faces
Of people going by
I see friends shaking hands
Saying, “How do you do?”
They’re really saying
“I love you”

DON’T KNOW WHY (By Nora Jones)

I waited ’til I saw the sun
I don’t know why I didn’t come
I left you by the house of fun
I don’t know why I didn’t come
I don’t know why I didn’t come
When I saw the break of day
I wished that I could fly away
Instead of kneeling in the sand
Catching teardrops in my hand
My heart is drenched in wine
But you’ll be on my mind
Forever

When we hear the name Michael Jackson, what comes to mind is Rhythm and Blues“.

ONE DAY IN YOUR LIFE (By Michael Jackson)

One day in your life
You’ll remember a place
Someone touching your face
You’ll come back and you’ll look around, you’ll

One day in your life
You’ll remember the love you found here
You’ll remember me somehow
Though you don’t need me now
I will stay in your heart
And when things fall apart
You’ll remember one day

END OF THE ROAD (By Boyz II Men)

Girl you know we belong together
I don’t have no time for you to be playing with my heart like this
You’ll be mine forever baby
You just wait

We belong together
And you know that I am right
Why do you play with my heart?
Why do you play with my mind?
Said we’d be forever
Said it’d never die

How could you love me and leave me and never
Say goodbye?

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MEMORIES (Elvis Presley)

Memories, pressed between the pages of my mind
Memories, sweetened through the ages just like wine
Quiet thought come floating down
And settle softly to the ground
Like golden autumn leaves around my feet
I touched them and they burst apart with sweet memories
Sweet memories

BLOWING IN THE WIND (By Bob Dylan)

How many roads must a man walk down
Before you call him a man?
How many seas must a white dove sail
Before she sleeps in the sand?
Yes, ‘n’ how many times must the cannon balls fly
Before they’re forever banned?
The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind
The answer is blowin’ in the wind

Some people say music is good for the Soul

LEAN ON ME (By Bill Withers)

Sometimes in our lives we all have pain
We all have sorrow
But if we are wise
We know that there’s always tomorrow
Lean on me, when you’re not strong
And I’ll be your friend
I’ll help you carry on
For it won’t be long
‘Til I’m gonna need
Somebody to lean on

HOW CAN YOU MEND A BROKEN HEART (By Al Green)

I can think of younger days when living for my life
Was everything a man could want to do
I could never see tomorrow, but I was never told about the sorrow
And how can you mend a broken heart?
How can you stop the rain from falling down?
How can you stop the sun from shining?
What makes the world go round?How can you mend this broken man?
How can a loser ever win?
Please help me mend my broken heart and let me live again

Had enough?

Music can lift our spirit and mood. It encourages us to seek inspiration to create something new.

Pen a story, a poem, a new song, or new characters for your story.

Use the power of words. Use those lyrics to inspire your creativity.

Till next time, remember – “Music eases the mind and puts all worries behind”.

And oh – as long as you don’t ask me to sing, we’ll be best friends forever.


See ya!



Ninagracia

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Rhythm and Rhymes: The Road Not Taken (By: Robert Frost)

The Road Not Taken

By

Robert Frost
(1874-1963)

“The Road Not Taken”  is a narrative poem published in 1916. It is one of the most famous poems that captured the fascination of so many people and often misunderstood or misinterpreted.

Some people would say that there is no single meaning or interpretation of a poem and its significance lie in the mind of the writer at the time he wrote the poem.



The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveller, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less travelled by,
And that has made all the difference. (Source)

Here’s a short recap of the poem:

The narrator in the poem encountered a problem when the road he was travelling became two separate paths. As a solo traveller, he could not take both routes. He stood for long to see where each road would lead him. Since he cannot travel on both paths, he was considering the best possible option before deciding which direction to take. However, he could not see the road very well because the forest was dense with leaves and vines.

He figured out that taking the other path was a better option because it was grassy. It looked like no one had walked there. Upon walking on that road, he realised that the grass had worn away the same as the other road because they both been travelled equally. In other words, the same number of people must have walked on that road.

Both roads have a similar condition of wear. Without uncertainty, he decided that over time he would take the other road even though he had doubts if he would ever come back there again.

At some point in the future, he would tell that he was confronted with a problem when two roads diverged in some wood. He had to make a hard choice about which route to take. His decision to take the road that was less travelled by made all the difference in his life.

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The Road Not Taken is the most well-known poem of our time. After reading it through, I was deeply immersed in thoughts for its complexities and sophistication.

Poems are presented to us to be enjoyed and interpreted. It is not something that we can argue or prove, instead, it is for us to understand the significance of every single word the writer was trying to express.

The message in this poem is about making a choice. Every day in our lives we make simple choices– what food to eat, what clothes to wear, what shows to watch on the television, or where to go for our next holiday. We make hard choices too where our lives, our friends and families, our total well-being, our future and career entirely depend on that choice.

Making a choice is more difficult if what we are hoping to achieve is not visible on the other side of the road. Making a wise decision and picking the right path is the choice that we all have to take.

If our actions resulted in the improvement of our lives, then that decision to take that path had a positive outcome.

No matter which road we take, it is a considerable risk, and all we can do is hope for the best. Our choices will always make a big difference in our lives.

This is my personal view of this poem. If you have your own, I’ll be glad to hear it from you.

Till next time, enjoy the pleasures of life.


Ninagracia

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References:

https://www.sparknotes.com/poetry/frost/section7/page/2/
https://susanbaroncini-moe.com/please-stop-misinterpreting-the-road-not-taken/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Road_Not_Taken