Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Tonight I Chased the Moon

Only 3 more days until the daily Slice of Life challenge begins.  I'm getting warmed up....


tonight i chased the moon
hanging in the dark sky
its full face shining
where land meets sky

tonight i chased the moon
trying to capture its beauty
one picture to prove
the wonder i had witnessed

tonight i chased the moon 
as it rested on treetops
hid behind houses
taunting - daring me to try

tonight i chased the moon
as it laughed
come play with me
knowing i would never win

© Cathy L. Mere

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Coming Soon: Slice of Life

The countdown to Slice of Life begins.  Friday, March 1st, is the official start of the Slice of Life Event.    Last year was my first year to participate.  I felt like I was training for a marathon.  It took much work to keep up the pace, but the rewards were plentiful.  There was some satisfaction in a story, poem, or quick piece crafted and published.  Of course, keeping up with reading the posts of others was as much a challenge as writing.

This year I've wrestled a bit with whether to commit or not as I feel my schedule is tighter than last year at this time.  I've been back and forth with myself quite a bit over the last few weeks.  Today this post at Two Writing Teachers caught my attention as if to remind me that I do indeed have the time for the challenge:  YOU HAVE THE TIME TO WRITE.  As Ruth wrote, "Writing is one of those things that gives much more than it takes."  So I'm in.

How 'bout you?

Tuesday, February 19, 2013


Today I am joining the Slice of Life community with this poem.  

It takes a certain amount of quiet
to think
to dream
to plan

It takes moments of silence
Where there isn't the sound of
Bright lights
Where electricity's hum cannot be heard
Where the sound of voices
And laughter take us far from our thoughts

Where is your quiet?
In a library's far corners?
In the peaceful flow
of a stream?
In the night stars
twinkling brightly?

If you hope
to think
to dream
to plan
It takes a certain amount of quiet.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

10 Reasons I'm Thankful I Was a Child of the 70s

Playing Don't Break the Ice with
my great grandfather.
This morning I awoke to snow covering the ground.  I sat down with my cup of coffee to start my morning of writing, reading ---- ok, and procrastinating on the internet.  As I glanced through Pinterest, I found this pin on Laurie's page.

Jim Hunt Illustration:  Facebook.com/huntcartoons
It made me smile to think back to getting up early on Saturday mornings with a box of cereal --- and three channels --- to watch cartoons with my brother.  It made me think of how thankful I am to be a child of the 70s (and a bit of the 80s).  Here's why:

10 Reasons I'm Thankful I Was a Child of the 70s
     10.  Of course, Saturday morning cartoons and cereal.  
       9.  You could sleep on the window ledge of your car 
            while driving down the highway. 
       8.  No bicycle helmets.  
       7.  Everyone played outside --- even at night.
       6.  No cell phone cameras. 
       5.  Parents chose play over organized activities.
       4.  You could ride your bike anywhere.
       3.  Family TV:  The Waltons, Little House on the Prairie, 
            and The Brady Bunch.
       2.  Pop came in bottles.  
       1.  No standardized testing.  

Children of the 70s (and other decades), what do you remember?  I hope you'll comment.

Enjoying this trip down memory lane?  Check these out:
My Pinterest Board:  Those Were the Days
You Might be a Child of the 70s
How to Tell If You Were a Kid of the 70s
Child of the 70s

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