One Word Photo Challenge – Tsunami

Jennifer Nichole Wells shares her challenge with us each week. We do not have to share an image of the actual weather event, instead we can share something that conjures the image of what a tsunami represents to us.

This is a photo from April 29, 2014 when we received approximately 20+ inches of rain in a 24-hour period. This was just the start of the storm. It was estimated that we were receiving 5 inches an hour for the most intense part of the storm. Many of the streets in Pensacola were flooded and untold damage occurred from the excessive rain. I know it was not a hurricane or even a tsunami, but it sure felt like one!

This was the most intense storm I have ever experienced. The wind drove hard pellets of rain at our windows, and the lightning was non-stop for hours. It was impossible to sleep as the thunder created enough noise for multiple storms.

This is a photo that my daughter took of the road she traveled to work when she lived in Pensacola. Many of the roads were washed out and travel was difficult for a week after the heavy rainfall.

It took just about a full year for the damage to be repaired in various parts of town. We are high up on our street and had minimal damage, and then, only to our backyard.

Thanks for stopping by. I am always happy to see you all!

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Do you need help with Twitter? Try #Tweet-Jukebox. And come and share some Tweets!

Have you tried Tweet-Jukebox for Twitter? Read all about it here from my friend, Olga! ❤

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Hi all:

I know we’ve all been told we should use social media to promote ourselves, our businesses, blogs, books, painting, whatever we do. And I know we all have our preferences, or sites that we understand better, or we find more useful, or that don’t give us a headache.

I must confess I quite liked Twitter to begin with, when I joined a few months before I published my first book. I would follow people I found interesting, read their Tweets, and be excited if somebody decided to follow me. I read about the subject, I tweeted quotations, ideas, suggestions, retweeted interesting things…

I’ve met many interesting people through Twitter, especially many authors, and we tend to share content and RT. Then I had problems with hackers, suspensions and got tired of it.

I’ve tried a variety of things to manage Twitter. I still use Hootsuite, as it…

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Mindful Monday – Do Less to Achieve More

Love blooms into mindfulness

Welcome to Mindful Monday! Each week I try to self-discover new or sometimes old things about myself. I have found that being mindful encompasses the act of being watchful, aware, wary, heedful, alert, careful, or attentive, in whatever area in my life I feel it applies to, as I attempt to live in the present.

Do you realize that you achieve more by doing less? How many times have you heard about someone famous who seems to have the ability to do it all? These people wear many hats in the living of their life. They are an actress, a director, a writer, a mother, a father, etc. the list goes on and on. Bottom line, the message is that the busier you are, the more important you are perceived to be by our modern society.

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In reality, this person lives a life filled with stress. They are actually hindered by all of this hyper brain activity. When we stretch ourselves too thin we do not make the best decisions. Our ability to solve problems becomes impaired. We lose the ability to learn new things, or remember important information. We forget how to control our emotions. We slow down and become tired.

Under stress, our brains reach overload. They really are not computers even though we tend to think of them as such. This is the critical point where mindfulness comes into play. When we become mindful of all the hats we wear in our lives we stop being multitaskers. We do one thing at a time and accomplish more because we have slowed down and lived in the moment of the task we are trying to complete.

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We have conditioned ourselves to live in a “MORE” world. We always want more. More likes on our blogs, on Twitter, and on our Facebook pages. We always want more so we can have more things. “More” has become a way of life.

I am seriously considering removing the “like button” from my blog. Do I really need to know if you like my writing that much? That is, of course, if you actually read what I write. We are conditioned to just click on the like button and move on because we are always so busy and stressed out. I am not sure that the like button is an accurate gauge of whether or not my readers really like what I write about.

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What if I just had the comment button on my blog? That would require the reader to slow down and read my thoughts. I get a fairly large amount of comments anyway. Just think of all those emails and like acknowledgments from the side menu that I have to click on to clear away. Those could be gone!

Removing the ‘like button’ from my blog would save time for me and the reader who has to click on the button to begin with. Removing the ‘like button’ would save time for all of us. Don’t be surprised if the ‘like button’ on this blog disappears in the next few days. More is not always better.

What am I going to do with all that free time I will have after I remove the like button from my blog? I am going to spend more time with my husband and dogs. I am going to spend time daydreaming, thinking up new plot lines for my novel, and writing poetry. I am going to spend more time learning how to meditate and how to live in the moment. I am going to spend more time commenting on what others write. I am going to live in that moment and experience the wonder of being alive.

So, please tell me what your mindful goals are for this week.

Would you like to share your mindfulness journey with others? If you are interested in sharing your goals or aspirations, I want to highlight your journey here on Silver Threading. Send me an email at silverthreading@gmail.com and I will be happy to feature you on a guest post. This is our journey into mindfulness. The more we share and learn from each other, the better our journey becomes.

Remember, this is not a challenge.  This is an offering of support.  If you would like to join in with your own Mindful Monday goals you can do so in the comments, or on a separate post of your own making.  If you want to link back to my post, please feel free to do so, however, it is not necessary.  My main aim here is to give and get support to become more mindful of the things I take for granted in my life.

Namaste! I wish you much joy and peace this week.

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Photo 101 Rehab: The Clinic – The Approaching Storm

This week, my contribution to Lucile Godoy’s fabulous photo rehab clinic are the following three images of storm clouds:

It was about 4:00 PM in the afternoon when I took these photos with my Samsung Galaxy 5 phone-camera. The sky was dark and ominous. I was pleasantly surprised at how detailed the images of the clouds appeared. These were not taken as black and white photos.

We received about an inch of rain in an hour from these clouds. No tornadoes – that was a good thing!

Thanks for stopping by to see what I have been up to. I will see you again.

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Mindful Monday – My Top 5 Things to Do Every Day

Welcome to Mindful Monday! Each week I try to self-discover new or sometimes old things about myself. I have found that being mindful encompasses the act of being watchful, aware, wary, heedful, alert, careful, or attentive, in whatever area in my life I feel it applies to, as I attempt to live in the present.

Each morning when I rise, the first thing I do is to make my bed. I know that sounds old-fashioned. I started this ritual years ago as a child (of course I had to back then) and continued it into my adult life. I still do it because it brings me peace. If I do nothing else that day, I figure I have at least made my bed! It has become part of my morning ritual and is a part of starting each day. You see I have a plan…

I decided back in January this would be my year of mindfulness. Every morning I want to look at each day mindfully. My goal was to be more productive and happy. Looking at myself mindfully requires I acknowledge to myself that I want to feel good. My choices are all my own. I am my own master.

Here are my five top things to do each morning that help me reach my daily goals. I think they will work for you too!

1.  Concentrate on your breathing and continue practicing meditation.

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When I do deep breathing in the morning (after I have made my bed) I have made the conscious choice to begin my day with a sense of tranquility. I try to just listen to the quietness of the house and enjoy the solitude. The breathing grounds me for whatever the day brings.

2.  Contemplate your appreciation for life.

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Find the courage to reflect on what you are the most thankful for in your life. I have found that when I think about gratitude I am able to cope with the things that life throws my way with a better attitude because I realize what I already have. Those little things that pop up as irritations never get a chance to become anything larger than what they are – little things.

3.  Decide what you want to carry out today.

While you are experiencing the solitude of the morning think about a few things that you want to accomplish that day. Choose to make those items a priority. Whenever I set goals for myself, I find that I am more productive because I decided those things needed to be dealt with firsthand. I get a real sense of accomplishment when I can cross those items off my daily to-do list.

4.  Hydrate and stretch your body.

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Drink some water after you have awakened each day. Hydrate your parched body after a long night of fasting. You will feel better during the day with fewer headaches as the water cleanses your body of the accumulation of toxins. An added benefit from drinking water throughout your day is you will not feel as hungry. That helps with weight loss.

Stretch your body in whatever way works the best for you. I like to walk first thing each morning with my two dogs, Sugar and Spice. Once their walk is complete I start out on my two-mile walk. This has been the best remedy for me. I feel energized and my mood improves with the change of scenery.

5.  Don’t forget to S M I L E.

I literally look at myself in the mirror as I am brushing my hair and SMILE a big old cheesy grin! I feel more positive and able to face the day after I have taken the time to laugh at myself. Guess what? Once I have that smile on my face each morning it becomes easy for me to share it with everyone I meet.

Happy Monday everyone! Have a great week!

Would you like to share your mindfulness journey with others? If you are interested in sharing your goals or aspirations, I want to highlight your journey here on Silver Threading. Send me an email at silverthreading@gmail.com and I will be happy to feature you on a guest post. This is our journey into mindfulness. The more we share and learn from each other, the better our journey becomes.

Remember, this is not a challenge.  This is an offering of support.  If you would like to join in with your own Mindful Monday goals you can do so in the comments, or on a separate post of your own making.  If you want to link back to my post, please feel free to do so, however, it is not necessary.  My main aim here is to give and get support to become more mindful of the things I take for granted in my life.

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Silver’s Book Reviews – Author, Sarah Mallery

One of the most fulfilling gifts of being a book reviewer is getting introduced to authors you would not have known about if you were just looking for books on an Amazon search. I met Sarah Mallery by chance on Twitter and have forever been glad of our encounter. Sarah is an amazing author and has entertained me for countless hours with her writing.

I interviewed Sarah on Lit World Interviews and you can read that interview here. In addition, on that same site, I reviewed her book, “Sewing Can Be Dangerous and Other Small Threads.” Please click here to read that review.

Author, Sarah Mallery

Today, I would like to quickly review two more of Sarah Mallery’s books, “Tales to Count On,” and “Unexpected Gifts.” Both of these books were gifted to me by the author. My aim here is to give an authentic review of her books and to introduce you to the author and her works.

Tales to Count On

Do you ever find yourself short on time? If so, “Tales to Count On,” was written especially for you – the person on the go. In fact, the stories start out as microfiction that continues to grow in length with each story in the collection; thus explaining the play on words with the title. There is something here for everyone.

This is Sarah Mallery’s second published collection of short stories. Each tale is told with a unique twist that will draw you into the web of tales she skillfully weaves. Some of the stories will surprise you and others will easily bring you to tears. From the account of a woman working at a women’s shelter to the yarn about a room in a mansion that contains secrets from World War II, you will embark on a strange and wonderful journey throughout history.

One of my personal favorites was called, “The Kitchen.” A bit of a neat freak myself, I enjoyed the vivid descriptions of the woman cleaning the most used room in the house. Just remember, nothing is as it seems with Sarah Mallery telling the tales. Just when you think you have it figured out, Sarah will show you otherwise.

I rated “Tales to Count On,” as 4.5 out 5 stars. This is an excellent choice for late night readers who want something to read quickly. I was entertained from start to finish.

You can find this book on the following links:

Amazon

Goodreads

Unexpected Gifts

Do you believe that history repeats itself within families? If so, “Unexpected Gifts,” will lead you on a journey through the past and into the future of a bewildered college student named Sonia, who is trying to make heads or tails out of her chaotic existence. Sonia’s life spirals between her studies and her rock musician boyfriend colliding with an impact that rocks her to her core. She finally realizes that decisions need to be made in order for her to gain control of the addictions plaguing her.

Turning to her mother, Sonia is introduced to the family’s best kept secrets, journals written by her ancestors. Sonia learns that her family was prominently involved in the women’s suffrage movement, the sinking of the Titanic, the rise of the assembly line, the building of the Empire State Building and the Great Depression.

World Wars, the Korean Conflict, and Vietnam figure heavily in the stories, too. As Sonia embarks on a journey back into time learning about the people who came before her, she learns of her parent’s involvement in the Civil Rights movement, the Vietnam War, and the cultural revolution of the Sixties. These lessons from the past prove to be the medicine that helps Sonia find her way in the world today.

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Sarah Mallery weaves her magic for writing short stories with a historical flare into the plot of this novel, making it seem like a lesson in life one could live by. I was completely wrapped up in the characters who touched me deeply with the realities of their own life struggles. I also found I was emotionally connected to many of the true life events depicted in the book of which occurred during my journey into adulthood. You could say, through Sarah’s writing, I received some ‘unexpected gifts’ of realization of my own.

I rated “Unexpected Gifts,” as 5 out of 5 stars. “Unexpected Gifts,” is the rare kind of book that encourages you to look at your own family heritage to find the answers to your own problems. Long after the completion of the book, I missed the characters and the impact their stories made on me. This one really touched me deeply.

You can find this book on the following links:

Amazon

Goodreads

Sarah Mallery’s Links:

Website/Blog: www.srmallery.com

Twitter: @SarahMallery1

FB: http://facebook.com/pages/SR-Mallery-Sarah-Mallery/356495387768574

Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/107388739382996104658/posts

Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7067421.S_R_Mallery

Pinterest: (I have some good history boards that are getting a lot of attention—history, vintage clothing, older films)

http://www.pinterest.com/sarahmallery1/

Amazon Author page: http://www.amazon.com/S.-R.-Mallery/e/B00CIUW3W8/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1


Silver always enjoys a good book! How about you?

Thanks for stopping by to learn about Sarah Mallery and her books. I appreciate you all!

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#PhotoRehab – Foggy Mornings

I am excited about Lucile’s additions to our Photo 101 Rehab – The Clinic. Read all about her upcoming events here. This week, I would like to share how fog can make your images eerie and mysterious.

Here is a photo of Fairy Swamp on a foggy  summer morning. I like how the fog swirls in the tops of the trees and how the murky waters below are muted by the haze above. The image almost seems to be distorted from the fog.

This photo shows the misty qualities of the fog. I love all the different shades of green that can be found on display at Fairy Swamp.

Glad to see you pass through my area today. I’ll see you again,

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