The Writer Zen Garden – Tools From A to Zen: Reflections on the A-Z Challenge

2016-05-09 A-to-Z Reflection [2016]
Wow.  It's hard to believe it's already well into the second week of May already.  It feels like it should still be April.  Or, if I'm being honest, January. Of 2010. But I digress. We all know that time seems to whizz by.  No sooner do we put away the holiday decorations and it's time to take them out again.  So, too, for writing groups.  I've noticed small groups tend to wax and wan...
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Gratituesday in the Zen Garden for July of 2015

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It seems bad news is around every corner. Twenty-four hour television news channels were just the beginning. Now it's a struggle to escape scare mongering for even a day.That's why we at the Zen Garden opted to begin sharing blessings once a month. I hope you'll join us. -
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Writers’ Reflections on the A to Z Blog Challenge

We at the Retreat consider ourselves sharing here for readers' ease and enjoyment, enlightenment and entertainment. If you wish to check out some additional reading opportunities as a result, so much the better! That philosophy seems to fit the A to Z Blog Challenge in that it's all about making new acquaintances and sharing interesting information.Our April contributors offered unique experiences...
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Dreaming of Luna

I recently remembered an elusive dream.  It’s premise?  I learned that someone invented a type of loom through which raw fiber could be instantly converted into a fine, diaphanous cloth.  While somehow offering the results of an overly large circular loom, the fantastical tool lacked every real-life component, including yarn.With this wonder, a mysterious woman showed me how to tra...
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Memorial to a Writer’s Cat

I lost my best feline pal early this afternoon.  Her little body just couldn't battle cancer any longer, so we released Luna to peace with the assistance of a very compassionate vet.  Those folks and a local oncology team are forever in my debt for all their tender care.  Today our vets' office even wrote off the cost of a physical examination after we decided to let her go.  C...
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Herding Turtles

An Australian Turtle Dog?The other day I snapped this photo of Zipp, the Australian Shepherd at my local arboretum.  He's there to keep Canada geese from overwhelming the area but, having done his job too well, resorted to this showdown with a local red-eared slider.  While perhaps he was simply bored without his fowl nemesis, the analogy of his predicament struck me nonetheless. Fo...
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Writer Wednesday – The Importance of Hope

I am considering changing my career and have gone back to the basics, which for me, is What Color Is Your Parachute by Richard Nelson Bolles (which, if you haven't read it or it's been awhile, go pick up the new version, it's awesome).  In the very first chapter, he writes about Hope and how to find it.I think he's right-on.  You can read his book for his four keys to finding hope b...
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Darla’s Day Out

The local arboretum called to me recently for a much needed walk in the fresh air.  To my delight, a mother mallard watched over her newly hatched brood in one of the ponds.  Not wishing to disturb them, my companion took this picture.  If you look closely, you can spot a couple of the ducklings in the direction the cautious mother faces.I decided that an excuse was in order to shar...
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Can You Spare Some Change?

I'm writing this post two days late because I forgot when it was due.  Unfortunately, the online calendar I relied upon to keep track has been dismantled, the domain name now up for grabs.  It's just a modern example of the inevitability of change.Change and I have never been friends.  I tend to stick in ruts rather than forging a new path.  My life would probably be very diffe...
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