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I have been so moved by all that those dealing with the hurricanes, and also of course the recent earthquakes, I just wrote an expression of what I’m feeling in the form of a poem.  My poems are random, meaning that they do not have a proper form or even rhythm necessarily, but it’s one way that I choose to write my thoughts…..


The sun was shining bright

The clouds appearing white

Rain could not be seen

It was, as it had always been.

And then the news came

Life would never be the same

The hurricanes would be

The wrath of wind and sea.

They must seek shelter from the storm

And people needed to be informed,

Saving lives would be the test

Homes, belongings, all the rest,

Brave souls worked day and night

To save all who were in sight.

So many huddled inside

Any place where they could to hide.

The fury finally passed

They could go outside at last.

What was seen when they emerged

Was that their lives had been purged

From all that they had known

All that they had owned .

Where will these people go

Can we help some way to show

Can those able give some aid

So their trauma might somehow fade….

To help rebuild their lives

And for them to just survive

To return to all they cherish…..

Because without this hope to cling to

Instead the ‘people simply perish”


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Thankfulness Mondays – “In Spite Of”

Week 50 (of 52).  I’ve been blogging with Bernadette of Haddon Musings, and several others of things in our lives or of things around us, that we are thankful for, and that perhaps offset negative situations around us and in the world.

Before I go any further, my thoughts and many others go out to Bernadette, who has of late had a great sadness and while she is I know and has been very grateful and thankful in abundance, is now experiencing one of those times that we most likely all will or have faced in our lifetime; a time of grieving. Her son is and has been not well for many years, but the family now faces the fact that they will likely lose him very soon. She has therefore taken a hiatus from blogging for a time. My heart goes out to her, but I so appreciate even the fact that she has over this past ‘almost year’ given me pause to appreciate the blessings in my life. May she find the peace, healing and strength that she needs in the days ahead.

Like Bernadette, there are many who are struggling with one area or another.  The people who of late, are being terrorized in U.K; Afghanistan, France, Syria and so many other places; one would think have very little to be thankful for.

When one sees and hears of their strength of perseverance, the heroism of many, and their determination to not give into fear and hate, in spite of’ the atrocities that are happening to them.  I am so thankful when I hear that their spirits, while very wounded, their physical well-beings are challenged, and the sanctity of life is being so disrespected; the vast majority of people do not want to give up; do not want this violence to control or consume their lives.

One doesn’t just have to look at the present but the past also. How it might be the easier route to just throw up your hands, and in fact just give up on the human race.

But we don’t and we can’t, just as in our personal lives we must persevere with what we face in life. Sometimes, we do need a time of quietness of mind and spirit, or in the case of a personal loss to grieve and to heal.

But as nations and people, we must try not to let the trying and even tumultuous events that befall us ‘defeat us or define us’, and when I look around the world today, the spirit of ‘man/woman’ wages on and we are not defeated!



Thankfulness Mondays – ‘Hope’

Again participating with Bernadette of Haddon Musings for week 21 of a year, taking Mondays to post about something that we are thankful for, offsetting negative thoughts  and actions in our lives and in the world in general.

Today, I’m so thankful for all that’s implied in the word ‘hope’.

There really is much in our lives and in the world we live in, that can rob us of joy and peace. I know I’ve had many obstacles in my life, and when you suffer through depression ‘hope’ fades….. but it never totally abandoned me! There was always a flicker of hope, even during my most difficult times. That’s what kept me going; kept me believing that I could get better; and I could overcome.

I was confused and troubled and cried out to God for help, but there was always that ‘flicker of  “hope’ within me. This scripture verse I believe is apropos.

Romans 5:3-4 “We rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope.”

Now I don’t believe that we exactly rejoice when we’re going through difficult time, but in retrospect everything I went through made me stronger and made me who I am today.

So I can say that in a sense, I cannot be unhappy with that time and what I learned as I persevered, and hope grew within my very soul.

p.s. I just found out this is my 5th year anniversary for blogging.


A Little ‘Discombobulated’

Things seem to be more than a bit ‘busy’ right now with Christmas visiting, shopping, doctor’s appointments and the general everyday activities. I’m just a wee bit more than normal, ‘discombobulated’.

I’m sure many of you find yourselves in similar circumstances. I love this time of year for the various traditions and busyness that happens, but maybe it’s just that it takes more concentration and energy to do it all, the older we get.

I still am not sleeping very well, as the one issue that needs addressing now won’t be done until the middle of January. It’s amazing what the body can be pushed into doing, even though for all intent and purposes it shouldn’t be able to.

There are of course many that deal with much more than I need to, so that is always uppermost in my mind whenever I start to feel overwhelmed.  My hope and prayer is that many who find themselves in stressful situations within their lives right now, have some respite and peace, during this season and in the new year.

Christmas first and foremost for me, is about the birth of the child Jesus, in Bethlehem over 2000 years ago. He is the light of this world and the ‘light of my life’.

Merry Christmas, Peace, Happy Holidays, Shalom to those that have come to be an important part of my life. I will possibly write another post or two before Christmas, but just in case that doesn’t happen, I wanted to be sure and say this to you all now.

(I may be a bit haphazard in reading and commenting for a while, as sometimes I just am so fatigued I can’t seem to concentrate too well, but I will definitely be doing so when I can……)  Diane



I am Who I Am – Hope Springs Eternal

Today our daughter and family did visit from Chicago, and we had a very nice visit. It’s a beginning!

While she was here of course I was explaining all about the hacking incident. She knew the basics from receiving the hackers’ email and my soon to follow ‘alert’ that the first was a scam. She told me as did her husband that at this point just to forget the whole incident and to not try further to clear things up. I have tried relentlessly to try and get some help but to no avail. Every time I do, they refer me to a place even to follow a link to get some reply, to where I have to sign in with password. It seems they don’t get it at all.

Anyway, her husband who is in the ‘corporate’ world said that if I sent a letter, to Microsoft head office in Washington that it would just end up in trash; that today corporations really don’t care about such things and most especially about people like me and others who have such difficulties. They said that the companies know there are issues, but basically unless it involves a problem for them, that they really don’t care. I know they kind of were laughing that I didn’t just forget the whole thing, and maybe they’re right. Maybe I am totally naïve that somehow, I might get through the bureaucracy and someone will actually help and reply. I know now, looking back at an email, that I caused this to happen out of ignorance and carelessness. I will however say that the email that was sent to me, looked official and the contents were believable because my computer guy that I used to have said that MS was going to eventually get rid of Hotmail accounts under certain conditions, and that’s what the email purported to do. As most of you know I have been very tired, and when one is in that condition you don’t think as clearly as normally you would. I have beat myself up so much for being ‘stupid’ …. I can’t think of any other word other than that. But it’s done and I can’t take it back.  I do however apologize to anyone this affected ‘again’.

After all that was said to me, I had to ask myself if I would just do as was suggested and forget it and not even worry that I can’t delete the account. Here’s the thing, “I am who I am’ and with still hope that the letter and screen shots of the email sent to me and the letters that the hacker sent, and the information I saw about them realizing that most is likely false… that still perhaps they will read and ‘maybe’ … a big ‘maybe’ it will at least make a difference to someone else in the future. I told them that their security process is incomplete and lacking severely turning me ‘the victimized’ into the suspected perpetrator, all because nowhere does it allow for a place to make a statement or give an explanation. If they did I could have shown them the hacker’s letters and other screenshots I took of various things.

So, maybe all will go into the trash and they won’t care about anything I said, but I have to be who I am and in the core still of my being ‘hope springs eternal’ that maybe, just maybe it will make a difference and my letter and other contents won’t end up in the trash can!

I will surely let you know if Microsoft does respond. I know….”don’t hold my breath, right?”           Diane

Daily Prompt – Six of One-Half a Dozen of the Other

Prompt: Write a six-word story about what you think the future holds for you, and then expand on it in a post.

“There will be joy and celebration”

There has been so much drama and disconcerting issues in my life in the past few months. There has been the situation within our family unit being broken, and there has been several health concerns that have been and continue to be troublesome.

While these concerns have not been resolved, I do have hope that in the not too distant future there will be healing of relationships and of mind and body.

If I were to continue to only dwell within the problems that currently exist, I would wither away in my very soul. I need to take my eyes as much as possible off the negativity that has been pervasive, and look towards the possibility… no….the probability, that all will be well and there will be joy and celebration in the future.

I have had so much support and encouragement from friends in the blogging community and also from others close to me, and I cannot say how much that has meant to me.

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” Hebrews 11:1

Even if I don’t see at the present time, how this healing  and reconciliation will come about, I will choose to believe that it will…

Heaviness Has Lifted

Wow… I sat here last night thinking ” I don’t believe it, but I definitely don’t have the anxiety that I had the previous day”!

The situation has not altered in any way, but the terrible heaviness was not there. When I think of the …yes… despair I had been feeling, I thought what a change in one day.

Of course I am still upset at the situation and am hoping even more when we go away next week that I will gain more strength to wait on whatever the future holds, but I feel like a weight has been lifted from my shoulders and from my very soul.

I only attribute this to the good wishes, thoughts and prayers of many people that have been given to and for me.

I go away with a much more peaceful attitude than I thought I would be doing.  And hopefully I will come back even better.

A sincere and loving thank you!….. Diane