Like a Muscle

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 Like a Muscle.

 About the Black Out Poem and Like a Muscle

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.

Many People think
A mystery
That the brain
Like a muscle
Grows and gets stronger
Describe how
New things
Tiny connections 
Multiply
Get stronger
Seem to become easy
Nobody laughs at babies
Pay attention
Learn how
Apply the lessons
Love learning
With tears
Turned off
Stop caring

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 228 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 a challenging task, but I’m discovering so 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 a positive change, and 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 228 of my 365 days of thankfulness.  

Day 228 of my 365 Days of Thankfulness

On day 228 of my 365 days of thankfulness, I am grateful we managed not to get wet. We traveled all day yesterday, and the rain seemed to vanish in front of us. We came to places on the freeway where the road was wet from the rain that fell before we arrived. The spray from passing cars felt wonderful in the heat. We traveled for four hours without encountering a single downpour. I am grateful we managed to stay dry.

This old lady is grateful we rode around the rain.

This old lady has 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!

Like a Muscle
I brought Carol S. Dweck's Mindset home because it caught my attention. …
High Flyers
I brought Carol S. Dweck's Mindset home because it caught my attention. …
Day 227 of my 365 Days of Thankfulness
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Brutal Bosses
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High Flyers

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 High Flyers.

 About the Black Out Poem and High Flyers

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.

High Flyers

His legacy
Evil 
Critical decision
Make them feel good
Blame
Cover mistakes
Crush rivals
Screw the little guy
What is fascinating
Felt invulnerable and invincible
Onslaughts
Fierce rivals
World of
Greatness and
Sense of entitlement
The company elite
They had a right
To anything
Flatters who extolled
Virtues
They felt invincible
A magic realm
Completely fulfilled
Uglier reality of warts and failure
High Flyers
Use their strength
Get criticism
There is tremendous risk

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!

Like a Muscle
I brought Carol S. Dweck's Mindset home because it caught my attention. …
Day 228 of my 365 Days of Thankfulness
Come along for the ride. Why don't we all travel the road …
Day 227 of my 365 Days of Thankfulness
Come along for the ride. Why don't we all travel the road …
Brutal Bosses
I brought Carol S. Dweck's Mindset home because it caught my attention. …

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Day 227 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 a challenging task, but I’m discovering so 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 a positive change, and 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 227 of my 365 days of thankfulness.  

Day 227 of my 365 Days of Thankfulness

On day 227 of my 365 days of thankfulness, I am grateful the gas prices hovered at $3.99 when we stopped to fill up the Indian’s gas tank. I hear it is even cheaper in Ohio, and we all know Rooster is cheap, cheap, cheap. This trip is all about the budget. We live on a fixed income now that we have retired. The other two members of the Road Dogs are in the same boat. Jerry and Punky have both retired in the past two years. We plan to travel fast and light. Prices for food, gas, and lodging are outrageous right now, so we plan to look for every deal we can find as we travel down the road. The Road Dogs are grateful for the price of gas right now.

This old lady is grateful for cheap gas.

This old lady has 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!

Like a Muscle
I brought Carol S. Dweck's Mindset home because it caught my attention. …
Day 228 of my 365 Days of Thankfulness
Come along for the ride. Why don't we all travel the road …
High Flyers
I brought Carol S. Dweck's Mindset home because it caught my attention. …
Brutal Bosses
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Brutal Bosses

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 Brutal Bosses.

 About the Black Out Poem and Brutal Bosses

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.

Brutal Bosses

Leaders feel
The lesser people
Can be ignored
Outright contemptuous
Bosses
Played painful games
Caligula
Ridicule
Desire
Enhance their own
Feelings of power
They have the power
A euphemism
Threw things at subordinates
Feed their sense
Of superiority
Pose the greater threat
His targets
Those most competent

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!

Like a Muscle
I brought Carol S. Dweck's Mindset home because it caught my attention. …
Day 228 of my 365 Days of Thankfulness
Come along for the ride. Why don't we all travel the road …
High Flyers
I brought Carol S. Dweck's Mindset home because it caught my attention. …
Day 227 of my 365 Days of Thankfulness
Come along for the ride. Why don't we all travel the road …

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Day 226 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 a challenging task, but I’m discovering so 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 a positive change, and 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 226 of my 365 days of thankfulness.  

Day 226 of my 365 Days of Thankfulness

On day 226 of my 365 days of thankfulness, I am grateful to pack up our bag and hit the road. The sky is overcast, and the forecast claims it might rain. The secret of a good motorcycle trip is to travel light and ride around the weather if you can. I don’t know a single biker that wants to spend four days riding wet and cold, but sometimes you have to take the chance and go. I am grateful to catch the spirit of adventure again.

This old lady is grateful to be back on the road.

This old lady has 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!

Like a Muscle
I brought Carol S. Dweck's Mindset home because it caught my attention. …
Day 228 of my 365 Days of Thankfulness
Come along for the ride. Why don't we all travel the road …
High Flyers
I brought Carol S. Dweck's Mindset home because it caught my attention. …
Day 227 of my 365 Days of Thankfulness
Come along for the ride. Why don't we all travel the road …

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Myths

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 Myths.

 About the Black Out Poem and Myths

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.

Myths

No naïve tinkers
Was a savvy entrepreneur
How to cozy up
To publicize
Available information
Experiments and mechanical things
Ordinary
The curious
Tinkering boy
Self-education and invention
Self-improvement
There are many myths
Producing Amazing results
The Origin of Species
We admire today
Patched-together chunks
Taken from
Real ingredients

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!

Like a Muscle
I brought Carol S. Dweck's Mindset home because it caught my attention. …
Day 228 of my 365 Days of Thankfulness
Come along for the ride. Why don't we all travel the road …
High Flyers
I brought Carol S. Dweck's Mindset home because it caught my attention. …
Day 227 of my 365 Days of Thankfulness
Come along for the ride. Why don't we all travel the road …

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Day 225 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 a challenging task, but I’m discovering so 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 a positive change, and 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 225 of my 365 days of thankfulness.  

Day 225 of my 365 Days of Thankfulness

On day 225 of my 365 days of thankfulness, I am grateful for the meeting at a local restaurant to plan our Road Dog motorcycle trip. Rooster and I haven’t been on one of these adventures for over four years. Before the world shut down, we used to take at least one every year. I’d almost come to believe we were too old to cut ourselves off from the rest of the world and take to the road with a packed bag and a motorcycle. It appears one of these trips will be soon. I am grateful for another road Dog adventure.

This old lady is looking forward to a road trip.

This old lady has 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!

Like a Muscle
I brought Carol S. Dweck's Mindset home because it caught my attention. …
Day 228 of my 365 Days of Thankfulness
Come along for the ride. Why don't we all travel the road …
High Flyers
I brought Carol S. Dweck's Mindset home because it caught my attention. …
Day 227 of my 365 Days of Thankfulness
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Sleeping Beauty

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 Sleeping Beauty.

 About the Black Out Poem and Sleeping Beauty

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.

Sleeping Beauty

Why people throw themselves
Into love
A battlefield
The carnage
Is staggering
Falling in love
Believing
Relationships
Inherently good or bad
Up for judgement
Capable of growth
The idea
Meant to be
Rising off into the sunset
This seems okay
If you 
Expect everything
Magically
Sleeping Beauty
Cured by her prince’s kiss
Suddenly transformed

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!

Like a Muscle
I brought Carol S. Dweck's Mindset home because it caught my attention. …
Day 228 of my 365 Days of Thankfulness
Come along for the ride. Why don't we all travel the road …
High Flyers
I brought Carol S. Dweck's Mindset home because it caught my attention. …
Day 227 of my 365 Days of Thankfulness
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Day 224 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 a challenging task, but I’m discovering so 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 a positive change, and 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 224 of my 365 days of thankfulness.  

Day 224 of my 365 Days of Thankfulness

On day 224 of my 365 days of thankfulness, I am grateful for the weirdness of the people living in my neighborhood. They are always good for a laugh. Yesterday, Rooster and I saw a kid riding his bike with a basket on his head. Today we witnessed a tattooed naked man walking down the street with a transparent piece of plastic around his middle like a giant baby diaper. He moved down the street at a fast pace, pretending to be normal. Rooster said many stories could explain the odd behavior. I can only think of three. He might have run into a mugger that needed his clothes. Maybe his lover’s husband came home, and he had to dive out the window. The most logical explanation might be that he has a meth problem. I am grateful my neighbors are good for a laugh.

This old lady loves her crazy neighbors.

This old lady has 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!

Like a Muscle
I brought Carol S. Dweck's Mindset home because it caught my attention. …
Day 228 of my 365 Days of Thankfulness
Come along for the ride. Why don't we all travel the road …
High Flyers
I brought Carol S. Dweck's Mindset home because it caught my attention. …
Day 227 of my 365 Days of Thankfulness
Come along for the ride. Why don't we all travel the road …

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