As I woke up this morning collecting my thoughts and waiting for the coffee to finish brewing, I went outside walking through the backyard and into the pasture directly behind the house. The full moon shone brightly in the distance, hanging upon the horizon. There I discovered a horse and and pony.
We both were hesitant, approaching one another with an heir of caution. I reached out slowly and the grey steed sniffed my hand; as if to be sure I was friendly but also taking notice of any food that I might have to offer. The pony remained at a distance, never approaching the fence, as though he was not entirely intrigued or impressed by my presence. Horses take me back to when I was a child on my grandfathers ranch.
Such beautiful and majestic animals but sleep was still heavy in my mind like a think fog. We parted ways heading back to the house. As I opened the door a strong smell of coffee wafted into my nostrils. I quickly poured a cup, adding cream and savoring that first sip. Nirvana had been found.
Wings lift us to higher heights, bringing a new and broad perspective that allow us to see the bigger picture. I’ve been struggling recently with my cancer diagnosis. Moments of terror at the very real possibility my life could be over, followed by an overwhelming flood of emotions ranging from anger that this is what life has handed me, powerless that I had no control in this decision and how cruel and unfair all of this is, and the very humbling realization that a part of my life is in the hands of others. Several of my hopes writing this blog are that it reaches anyone with cancer or those who know someone with cancer; and that within these posts you find encouragement when you think you can’t, inspiration when everything seems bleak, and most importantly, to know that you are not alone in your journey.
“Make art during the good times. Make art during the bad times.”
– Neil Gaiman
Since when I began my blogging journey I have been quite surprised at how much I have learned about page designs, layouts, and how the information is indexed and even tracked. Some of my fondest memories as a kid during the summer break were trips to the local library
When I would go I remember being SO excited to discover the new books that had arrived and to revisit some of my old favorites. The subjects that initially piqued my interest were short stories. These tales eventually lead into the realms of fantasy & science fiction.
The books I checked out from the library the most ( I still do every once in awhile as an adult) are the Elfquest series of graphic novels by Richard and Wendy Pini. Now days I would imagine with a fair amount of certainty that, as far as comic books are concerned, everyone is familar with Marvel and DC Comics. Both publishers have entered into the film industry further expanding their audiences.
I began writing poems and short stories as a hobby, something to work on to pass the time and also because it’s challenging. Below is a PDF from the Library of Congress about rewarding literacy awareness. You can download it or follow the link.