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Free Write Friday #33: Image Prompt

free-write-friday-kellie-elmoreWith Thanksgiving comes times spent with family. Other things are put on hold so without further ado, Free Write Friday appears on Saturday presented to all with a thankful heart. Thank you, Kellie Elmore, for a wonderful prompt.

Welcome to Free Write Friday! New here? Read the intro. Everyone else, let’s get started.

Here is your FWF prompt:

Source: We Heart It


The innocent child
Knows what’s dear
Lovingly accepts
Knows no fear

A bowed head begs
The soft gentle touch
A token of love
Not felt oft enough

A single tear’s
Soft, soft sound
Lands ohso gently
Upon the ground

“What makes you sad?
Do you hurt inside?”
The small child whispers
As the big bear cries

“I’m ugly, so burly
No one sees love
Only fearful things
Do they speak of”

The one of innocence
Reaches out, both hands
“‘Tis love from the heart
That I understand”

©2013 catnipoflife Sharla Lee Shults

©2013 catnipoflife
Sharla Lee Shults

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Eye Candy from God

There are times when something crosses your path or shows up unexpectedly in a message that screams to be shared. Here it is…ENJOY!

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“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.”

—Albert Einstein (Theoretical physicist, 1879–1955)


Awakenings: Thanksgiving Greetings

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Enrich the Future...

Thanksgiving is a day of celebration not only for the blessings of today but for blessings to be extended into tomorrow’s tomorrows. Take a moment to count your blessings but most importantly ask yourself how you can bless someone else. Perhaps something as simple as a smile could brighten someone’s day. Whatever it is, take the time to bring blessings into the world around you, one moment, one day, one person at a time. The future is in your hands!

Sharla Shults‘s insight:

Support our Troops: Support America!


May they be blessed this day, every day, and be reunited with loved ones in the days ahead.

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Awakenings: Black Friday Insanity

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Sale! Sale! Sale! Everywhere…Sale! Sale! Sale! Save! Save! Save! In the news, on TV, on the Internet, on the radio, no matter where you turn somebody somewhere has posted a sign…Sale! Sale! Sale! Come on in! Come on down! HOT deals today! Save 10%…20%…30%… MORE!

Sharla Shults‘s insight:

BUT, what makes this ‘salebration’ any different from any other sale? Are the deals any better? The savings any greater? The items offered for sale on sale of any higher quality? Is anything NOT on sale for sale?

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Happy Cat Thanksgiving!

Catnip is overjoyed to offer all her followers and visitors many Cat Thanksgiving Blessings.


So, without further ado and with special Happy Thanksgiving blessings from Foxie . . .

If anyone says don’t eat too much, tell them to just back off! After all, Thanksgiving is a feast to


FOXIE: “Turkey’s purrfect, you say?”


Awakenings: Did Pilgrims Eat Popcorn?

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With Thanksgiving comes a special time to embrace the past. The feast of which we are most familiar took place when the Pilgrims arrived and the Wampanoag Indians gathered in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1621. This was a time of autumn celebration and that’s right, it took place in the 17th century!

Within the history of Thanksgiving lies nuggets of trivia that nudge at the heart and tickle the funny bone.

Did you know…

Sharla Shults‘s insight:

Popcorn is prevalent today as one of America’s favorite snacks but the question is . . .Did Pilgrims Eat Popcorn?

Check it out @Awakenings…

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Countdown to Thanksgiving

How long until Thanksgiving? Click the Turkey . . .
Are you ready?

The Power of Monday

Here we are at the beginning of a new week. Are you ready? Did you awaken this morning looking ahead to a week of smiles or frowning as you face a week of dread?

Regardless you must face the day & there is nothing you can do about it BUT…


Every Monday do you count the days until Friday arrives?

Think about it.

If you rush the week trying to get to Friday as quickly as possible, that only pushes you closer to the NEXT Monday!

Let’s change the tune of Monday…instead of it being Manic Monday, what are some ways of…

Here are my thoughts on this day as I face Monday…

Why did I get out of bed? Because my bones were aching …

Why did I smile? Because my husband woke up beside me!


Let the power of Monday set the tone for smiles, NOT frowns!

What is making your Monday MARVELOUS?


The Door

You are sitting at your computer. Creative juices are flowing and you are excited at all you have accomplished in just a few seemingly short hours of morning. Excitement flows through your veins along with the caffeine absorbed from several cups of coffee…the mere sight of which reveals only dregs floating on the bottom with a few grounds clinging to the rim.Free-Question-Mark

The phone rings.

A brief conversation ensues at the end of which you get up from the computer, reach for your coffee mug, then head out the door for the kitchen. You are no sooner through the doorway, or perhaps you made it all the way to the kitchen, when you stop. STOP dead still. Silence engulfs your entire being as one huge question mark becomes the only life in your aching brain…

Familiar scene?

Have you ever walked out of or into a room with some purpose in mind, only to completely forget what that purpose was?


Psychologists at the University of Notre Dame have discovered that passing through a doorway triggers what’s known as an “event boundary” in the mind, separating one set of thoughts and memories from the next.

Your brain files away the thoughts you had in the previous room and prepares a blank slate for the new locale.

Sounds pretty cool, huh?

Thank goodness for studies like this.  It’s not our age, it’s that darn door!

Now, doesn’t this make you feel just peachy?


Awakenings: The music goes on…Roaring into the 1920s

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The Jazz Age (Roaring 20s) and Louis Armstrong: Nostalgia reigns when you repeat those words to just about anyone growing up in the 20s to the end of the 20th century. The 1920s roared because of the high rise in popularity of music and dance. Cultural changes abounded!

Enjoy a taste of the music and dance within an excerpt from Awakenings

Sharla Shults‘s insight:

What captures you the most about life in the Roaring Twenties?

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