Day 336 of my 365 Days of Thankfulness

Another month in 2022 is in my rearview mirror on my road to express thankfulness. This adventure sometimes becomes challenging, but I’m discovering many things to be thankful for daily. Focusing on the positive despite all the tragedies in the world makes me happy. It motivates me to work toward positive change. Being grateful drives away fear. I can see so many potholes in the road, but I start my day searching for the blessings in my life. These events or things might seem small and insignificant, but they add up to a giant pile of happiness at the end of the road. I am inviting you to come along for the ride. Why don’t we all travel the road of gratefulness in June? This post covers day 336 of my 365 days of thankfulness.  

Day 336 of my 365 Days of Thankfulness

On day 336 of my 365 days of thankfulness, I am grateful Rooster and I spent the day binge-watching every version of the holiday Charles Dickens classic A Chrismas Carol. Okay, I will admit that we fast-forwarded to the end of most of the versions. The redemption of Scrooge is our favorite part of the movie. You can only take so much grumpy old man before it becomes redundant. The three ghost parts of the story can only go so far. It is the ending that makes this story worth watching. I am grateful we spent the day watching these versions of Dickens’s story.

This old lady can relate to Scrooge.

I have learned thanksgiving is a matter of choice. Don’t let anyone tell you differently. Even in dark places, it is good to seek the light. My blessings may not be the same as yours because I’m old. I bet if you dig deep, you can come up with something to be thankful for today. Don’t neglect to see the good things before your face because you hear the world is falling apart. Let me tell you a secret. The world always falls apart when you focus on the doom and gloom. You won’t always find thankfulness an easy road, but it’s an adventure we can all take together. What are you thankful for today? Leave a comment, and bless my heart. I  am not being sarcastic when I say that. I could use the encouragement as much as the next person.

Who is Molly Shea?

Molly Shea is an accomplished fictional short story writer from Indiana who writes short stories and novels about a fictional town called Tecumseh.  To read more of her short stories and adventures, click here.

Be sure to follow Molly on Twitter!

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Just Become

I have a confession to make. The Black Out Poem has captured my imagination. I find it interesting to take a page filled with writing and turn it into something often contrary to the original meaning. It’s like playing with someone else’s words and making them become my own. Free verse is the best way to write this form of poetry. I ran out of pages in Rebecca Hunt’s Mr. Chartwell. I decided to step things up in my adventure with black-out poetry.

Before I retired, I worked in a small university police office. Part of my duties centered around processing the lost and found. At the end of each semester, students often left books on table tops they couldn’t sell back to the bookstore. We kept them for a long time before placing them in the trash. I brought Carol S. Dweck’s Mindset home because it caught my attention. This poem I created from my rescued book is titled Just Become.

About the Black Out Poem and Just Become

Poet takes a black marker and redacts words until a poem is formed. It is important to note the text and redacted words form a visual poem.

Method to use

1. Identify source text. The source can be a newspaper, a book page, or written text.

2. Draw a box around keywords or phrases.

3. Make Connections between boxes. (This is optional.)

4. Color the rest in with a marker. You can use any color. The most common color used is black.

I found this style of creating a poem unique from anything I’ve ever tried before. The words are already provided, and the challenge is to make something poetic out of the text. I’m excited to see how the different textbook writing style found in Carol S. Dweck’s Mindset translates into poetic form.

Just Become

Stop harping.
Yet it’s almost as if
People prize
Our culture
Deep down
We revere the naturals
Idols
Superheroes
Born different
Extraordinary
More amazing
This really hit me
Just become
Incredible
Why are we?
Why are they?
That question
Never stopped asking why
Probing deeper
Unsatiable curiosity
As a gift
Flawlessly
Innate
Intelligence

Who is Molly Shea?

Molly Shea is an accomplished fictional short story writer from Indiana who writes short stories and novels about a fictional town called Tecumseh.  To read more of her short stories and adventures, click here.

Be sure to follow Molly on Twitter!

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Day 335 of my 365 Days of Thankfulness

Another month in 2022 is in my rearview mirror on my road to express thankfulness. This adventure sometimes becomes challenging, but I’m discovering many things to be thankful for each day. Focusing on the positive despite all the tragedies in the world makes me happy. It motivates me to work toward positive change. Being grateful drives away fear. I can see so many potholes in the road, but I start my day searching for the blessings in my life. These events or things might seem small and insignificant, but they add up to a giant pile of happiness at the end of the road. I am inviting you to come along for the ride. Why don’t we all travel the road of gratefulness in June? This post covers day 335 of my 365 days of thankfulness.  

Day 335 of my 365 Days of Thankfulness

On day 335 of my 365 days of thankfulness, I am grateful to watch a UTub video of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade from the comfort of my living room instead of a New York City street corner. The grandkids were over, and we decided to watch the parade. I know Thanksgiving is behind us, but it’s always fun to watch a parade. Rooster and I used to visit our son in New York City before COVID made it hazardous to go. We’d land Thanksgiving morning and rush to the parade. It was always a cold and crowded experience. I am grateful to watch the activity in a warm living room this year.

This old lady is happy to watch the parade from the comfort of my home.

I have learned thanksgiving is a matter of choice. Don’t let anyone tell you differently. Even in dark places, it is good to seek the light. My blessings may not be the same as yours because I’m old. I bet if you dig deep, you can come up with something to be thankful for today. Don’t neglect to see the good things before your face because you hear the world is falling apart. Let me tell you a secret. The world always falls apart when you focus on the doom and gloom. You won’t always find thankfulness an easy road, but it’s an adventure we can all take together. What are you thankful for today? Leave a comment, and bless my heart. I  am not being sarcastic when I say that. I could use the encouragement as much as the next person.

Who is Molly Shea?

Molly Shea is an accomplished fictional short story writer from Indiana who writes short stories and novels about a fictional town called Tecumseh.  To read more of her short stories and adventures, click here.

Be sure to follow Molly on Twitter!

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Little Hope

I have a confession to make. The Black Out Poem has captured my imagination. I find it interesting to take a page filled with writing and turn it into something often contrary to the original meaning. It’s like playing with someone else’s words and making them become my own. Free verse is the best way to write this form of poetry. I ran out of pages in Rebecca Hunt’s Mr. Chartwell. I decided to step things up in my adventure with black-out poetry.

Before I retired, I worked in a small university police office. Part of my duties centered around processing the lost and found. At the end of each semester, students often left books on table tops they couldn’t sell back to the bookstore. We kept them for a long time before placing them in the trash. I brought Carol S. Dweck’s Mindset home because it caught my attention. This poem I created from my rescued book is titled Little Hope.

 About the Black Out Poem and  Little Hope

Poet takes a black marker and redacts words until a poem is formed. It is important to note the text and redacted words form a visual poem.

Method to use

1. Identify source text. The source can be a newspaper, a book page, or written text.

2. Draw a box around keywords or phrases.

3. Make Connections between boxes. (This is optional.)

4. Color the rest in with a marker. You can use any color. The most common color used is black.

I found this style of creating a poem unique from anything I’ve ever tried before. The words are already provided, and the challenge is to make something poetic out of the text. I’m excited to see how the different textbook writing style found in Carol S. Dweck’s Mindset translates into poetic form.

Little Hope

Pies for dessert
Wash up
Really committed
The finest display
Rose like a rocket
Resented or wanted
Practice everyday
Rookie pitcher
Banned from a game
That really hurt
No one cares
It didn’t matter
How to control
Hunks of meat
The fastest women
Long struggle
Gave her little hope

Who is Molly Shea?

Molly Shea is an accomplished fictional short story writer from Indiana who writes short stories and novels about a fictional town called Tecumseh.  To read more of her short stories and adventures, click here.

Be sure to follow Molly on Twitter!

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Day 334 of my 365 Days of Thankfulness

Another month in 2022 is in my rearview mirror on my road to express thankfulness. This adventure sometimes becomes challenging, but I’m discovering many things to be thankful for each day. Focusing on the positive despite all the tragedies in the world makes me happy. It motivates me to work toward positive change. Being grateful drives away fear. I can see so many potholes in the road, but I start my day searching for the blessings in my life. These events or things might seem small and insignificant, but they add up to a giant pile of happiness at the end of the road. I am inviting you to come along for the ride. Why don’t we all travel the road of gratefulness in June? This post covers day 334 of my 365 days of thankfulness.  

Day 334 of my 365 Days of Thankfulness

On day 334 of my 365 days of thankfulness, I am grateful I have a few ideas about the challenge I will take on for 2023. My 365 days of thankfulness will end in January. Over the past year, my blog post allowed the person reading a glimpse into my life. I am not a big fan of sharing. I tend to try to keep things light and airy. I let the characters in my books walk through the dirt while I keep my feet clean. My mind is currently wrapped around creating an online writer’s journal. We all know that a writer’s mind is a dark place to enter willingly. Plus, I tend to get wordy when tackling subjects like this. I must put my big girl panties on and follow through on the idea. I am grateful for the idea.

This Old lady is thankful for ideas.

have learned thanksgiving is a matter of choice. Don’t let anyone tell you differently. Even in dark places, it is good to seek the light. My blessings may not be the same as yours because I’m old. I bet if you dig deep, you can come up with something to be thankful for today. Don’t neglect to see the good things before your face because you hear the world is falling apart. Let me tell you a secret. The world always falls apart when you focus on the doom and gloom. You won’t always find thankfulness an easy road, but it’s an adventure we can all take together. What are you thankful for today? Leave a comment, and bless my heart. I  am not being sarcastic when I say that. I could use the encouragement as much as the next person.

Who is Molly Shea?

Molly Shea is an accomplished fictional short story writer from Indiana who writes short stories and novels about a fictional town called Tecumseh.  To read more of her short stories and adventures, click here.

Be sure to follow Molly on Twitter!

Day 336 of my 365 Days of Thankfulness
Come along for the ride. Why don't we all travel the road …
Just Become
I brought Carol S. Dweck's Mindset home because it caught my attention. …
Day 335 of my 365 Days of Thankfulness
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Little Hope
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  1. I’m thankful that I’m sitting in my house right now and mildly stable enough to function and privileged enough to have my space and comfort.

    I’m also thankful that I have the ability to draw and think because if I didn’t, the tasks that I do would become 300% harder.

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Wrong Position

I have a confession to make. The Black Out Poem has captured my imagination. I find it interesting to take a page filled with writing and turn it into something often contrary to the original meaning. It’s like playing with someone else’s words and making them become my own. Free verse is the best way to write this form of poetry. I ran out of pages in Rebecca Hunt’s Mr. Chartwell. I decided to step things up in my adventure with black-out poetry.

Before I retired, I worked in a small university police office. Part of my duties centered around processing the lost and found. At the end of each semester, students often left books on table tops they couldn’t sell back to the bookstore. We kept them for a long time before placing them in the trash. I brought Carol S. Dweck’s Mindset home because it caught my attention. The poem I created from my rescued book is titled Wrong Position.

 About the Black Out Poem and Wrong Position

Poet takes a black marker and redacts words until a poem is formed. It is important to note the text and redacted words form a visual poem.

Method to use

1. Identify source text. The source can be a newspaper, a book page, or written text.

2. Draw a box around keywords or phrases.

3. Make Connections between boxes. (This is optional.)

4. Color the rest in with a marker. You can use any color. The most common color used is black.

I found this style of creating a poem unique from anything I’ve ever tried before. The words are already provided, and the challenge is to make something poetic out of the text. I’m excited to see how the different textbook writing style found in Carol S. Dweck’s Mindset translates into poetic form.

Wrong Position

Triumph equally
Through the lens of
The power of effort
The big risk
People with deficiencies
Nothing to lose
Effort can reduce
A repertoire
Of awful habits
Awkward
Wrong position
A crisis of confidence
Afraid of trying
Boiled down to fear
Not really prepared
You didn’t win
It wasn’t good
Leaving yourself without an excuse
Haunted and paralyzed


Who is Molly Shea?

Molly Shea is an accomplished fictional short story writer from Indiana who writes short stories and novels about a fictional town called Tecumseh.  To read more of her short stories and adventures, click here.

Be sure to follow Molly on Twitter!

Day 336 of my 365 Days of Thankfulness
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Just Become
I brought Carol S. Dweck's Mindset home because it caught my attention. …
Day 335 of my 365 Days of Thankfulness
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Little Hope
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Day 333 of my 365 Days of Thankfulness

Another month in 2022 is in my rearview mirror on my road to express thankfulness. This adventure sometimes becomes challenging, but I’m discovering many things to be thankful for each day. Focusing on the positive despite all the tragedies in the world makes me happy. It motivates me to work toward positive change. Being grateful drives away fear. I can see so many potholes in the road, but I start my day searching for the blessings in my life. These events or things might seem small and insignificant, but they add up to a giant pile of happiness at the end of the road. I am inviting you to come along for the ride. Why don’t we all travel the road of gratefulness in June? This post covers day 333 of my 365 days of thankfulness.  

Day 333 of my 365 Days of Thankfulness

On day 333 of my 365 days of thankfulness, I am grateful I’ve returned to a more normal schedule after NaNoWriMo. I missed being on Twitter and the blogs I read every day. A part of me felt a big disconnect because I was away from all forms of social media to get the book finished this year. I managed to write and stay in touch during my 2021 NaNo project. This year has become my most challenging NaNoWriMo experience. The story seemed repetitive and forced at times, and it lacked color. The magic happens in the editing process. Maybe when I go back to do a rewrite, something of value will swim to the surface. For now, The Red Riding Hood Murders is stored on a flash drive, waiting for me to take a second look somewhere down my writing road. I’m grateful I stepped up to the challenge and went on this writing adventure because I learn something every time I participate.

This old lady is glad to return to normal.

I have learned thanksgiving is a matter of choice. Don’t let anyone tell you differently. Even in dark places, it is good to seek the light. My blessings may not be the same as yours because I’m old. I bet if you dig deep, you can come up with something to be thankful for today. Don’t neglect to see the good things before your face because you hear the world is falling apart. Let me tell you a secret. The world always falls apart when you focus on the doom and gloom. You won’t always find thankfulness an easy road, but it’s an adventure we can all take together. What are you thankful for today? Leave a comment, and bless my heart. I  am not being sarcastic when I say that. I could use the encouragement as much as the next person.

Who is Molly Shea?

Molly Shea is an accomplished fictional short story writer from Indiana who writes short stories and novels about a fictional town called Tecumseh.  To read more of her short stories and adventures, click here.

Be sure to follow Molly on Twitter!

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Just Become
I brought Carol S. Dweck's Mindset home because it caught my attention. …
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Judgments

I have a confession to make. The Black Out Poem has captured my imagination. I find it interesting to take a page filled with writing and turn it into something often contrary to the original meaning. It’s like playing with someone else’s words and making them become my own. Free verse is the best way to write this form of poetry. I ran out of pages in Rebecca Hunt’s Mr. Chartwell. I decided to step things up in my adventure with black-out poetry.

Before I retired, I worked in a small university police office. Part of my duties centered around processing the lost and found. At the end of each semester, students often left books on table tops they couldn’t sell back to the bookstore. We kept them for a long time before placing them in the trash. I brought Carol S. Dweck’s Mindset home because it caught my attention. The poem I created from the book I rescued is titled Judgments.

 About the Black Out Poem and Judgments

Poet takes a black marker and redacts words until a poem is formed. It is important to note the text and redacted words form a visual poem.

Method to use

1. Identify source text. The source can be a newspaper, a book page, or written text.

2. Draw a box around keywords or phrases.

3. Make Connections between boxes. (This is optional.)

4. Color the rest in with a marker. You can use any color. The most common color used is black.

I found this style of creating a poem unique from anything I’ve ever tried before. The words are already provided, and the challenge is to make something poetic out of the text. I’m excited to see how the different textbook writing style found in Carol S. Dweck’s Mindset translates into poetic form.

Judgments

Think of reasons
Other than stupidity
Helps people make
More realistic judgments
Confront the basic assumptions
Constantly measure words
Framework
Changing
Internal monologue
A Big shift
Part of the top know
The aspiring writer
I recognize
Creative endeavors
Directly affected by life

Who is Molly Shea?

Molly Shea is an accomplished fictional short story writer from Indiana who writes short stories and novels about a fictional town called Tecumseh.  To read more of her short stories and adventures, click here.

Be sure to follow Molly on Twitter!

Day 336 of my 365 Days of Thankfulness
Come along for the ride. Why don't we all travel the road …
Just Become
I brought Carol S. Dweck's Mindset home because it caught my attention. …
Day 335 of my 365 Days of Thankfulness
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Little Hope
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Day 332 of my 365 Days of Thankfulness

Another month in 2022 is in my rearview mirror on my road to express thankfulness. This adventure sometimes becomes challenging, but I’m discovering many things to be thankful for each day. Focusing on the positive despite all the tragedies in the world makes me happy. It motivates me to work toward positive change. Being grateful drives away fear. I can see so many potholes in the road, but I start my day searching for the blessings in my life. These events or things might seem small and insignificant, but they add up to a giant pile of happiness at the end of the road. I am inviting you to come along for the ride. Why don’t we all travel the road of gratefulness in June? This post covers day 332 of my 365 days of thankfulness.  

Day 332 of my 365 Days of Thankfulness

On day 332 of my 365 days of thankfulness, I am grateful for the sunshine and warm days. We’ve had three of these days in a row. The weather forecast predicts the pattern will continue into the weekend. I know what we are experiencing is only the calm in the storm. Winter weather will return soon enough. We need these warm days so the remaining leaves on the trees can fall to the ground and humans can adjust to the changing seasons. I am grateful for a few warm days before winter shows up again.

This old lady likes the calm before the storm.

I have learned thanksgiving is a matter of choice. Don’t let anyone tell you differently. Even in dark places, it is good to seek the light. My blessings may not be the same as yours because I’m old. I bet if you dig deep, you can come up with something to be thankful for today. Don’t neglect to see the good things before your face because you hear the world is falling apart. Let me tell you a secret. The world always falls apart when you focus on the doom and gloom. You won’t always find thankfulness an easy road, but it’s an adventure we can all take together. What are you thankful for today? Leave a comment, and bless my heart. I  am not being sarcastic when I say that. I could use the encouragement as much as the next person.

Who is Molly Shea?

Molly Shea is an accomplished fictional short story writer from Indiana who writes short stories and novels about a fictional town called Tecumseh.  To read more of her short stories and adventures, click here.

Be sure to follow Molly on Twitter!

Day 336 of my 365 Days of Thankfulness
Come along for the ride. Why don't we all travel the road …
Just Become
I brought Carol S. Dweck's Mindset home because it caught my attention. …
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Come along for the ride. Why don't we all travel the road …
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Miserable

I have a confession to make. The Black Out Poem has captured my imagination. I find it interesting to take a page filled with writing and turn it into something often contrary to the original meaning. It’s like playing with someone else’s words and making them become my own. Free verse is the best way to write this form of poetry. I ran out of pages in Rebecca Hunt’s Mr. Chartwell. I decided to step things up in my adventure with black-out poetry.

Before I retired, I worked in a small university police office. Part of my duties centered around processing the lost and found. At the end of each semester, students often left books on table tops they couldn’t sell back to the bookstore. We kept them for a long time before placing them in the trash. I brought Carol S. Dweck’s Mindset home because it caught my attention. The poem I created from the book I rescued is titled Miserable.

 About the Black Out Poem and Miserable

Poet takes a black marker and redacts words until a poem is formed. It is important to note the text and redacted words form a visual poem.

Method to use

1. Identify source text. The source can be a newspaper, a book page, or written text.

2. Draw a box around keywords or phrases.

3. Make Connections between boxes. (This is optional.)

4. Color the rest in with a marker. You can use any color. The most common color used is black.

I found this style of creating a poem unique from anything I’ve ever tried before. The words are already provided, and the challenge is to make something poetic out of the text. I’m excited to see how the different textbook writing style found in Carol S. Dweck’s Mindset translates into poetic form.

Miserable

The scariest thought
Constant validation
Intelligent scorecard
Bask in 
Cold winter night
Everyone stayed
A strong wind
More and more miserable
Right next to me.
I lived 
From a distance

Invented devices
Confirm superiority
The pocket toilet
I LOVE ME mirror
In huge capital letters
Message to yourself
Harmless enough
An entitled person

Who is Molly Shea?

Molly Shea is an accomplished fictional short story writer from Indiana who writes short stories and novels about a fictional town called Tecumseh.  To read more of her short stories and adventures, click here.

Be sure to follow Molly on Twitter!

Day 336 of my 365 Days of Thankfulness
Come along for the ride. Why don't we all travel the road …
Just Become
I brought Carol S. Dweck's Mindset home because it caught my attention. …
Day 335 of my 365 Days of Thankfulness
Come along for the ride. Why don't we all travel the road …
Little Hope
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