Catching a Falling Leaf

Standing next to a tree that’s letting go of its cloak of summer,

 Seeing its branches,

Seeing its scars of battles,

And as it lets a tiny piece of clothing fall

to the floor,

You try to catch it…..

it will make you dance like a fool,

diving and twisting,

laughing like a child, unaware as you’re laughing,

forgetting all about your scars and dropping your guard….

When and if you grab one, you’re granted a wish –

You’ll smile and make the most heartfelt wish,

guilt not included.

 

Author, Chris Warren

Love Being Love

I was out early this morning, and as I often do, I observe my surroundings as I pass by things. I saw what looked like an abandoned house. It was a small house with red siding. There were overgrown bushes along the front of the house and weeds coming up by the two front steps that led to an old, dirty door, with cracked paint and a broken window pane.

What caught my eye, though, were the beautiful pink flowers tucked neatly inside an edged flower bed to the right of the door. They were perfect. So pretty and bountiful.

I thought how the flowers didn’t know where they were blooming. They were just there to do their job.

This made me think of love being love. Just like most dogs. They are love because they express love. I think that’s why so many people love their dogs. Many people will tell you they like their dogs better than people. Think about it. Who give you such unconditional love? No matter what our flaws may be, they still love us. They love us a lot.

I wonder if we could be more like the flowers and the loving pets. Can we just be love?

A Thoughtful Graduation Gift

 

Just in time! I think this is a thoughtful gift to give to high school graduates. There are so many benefits to writing in a journal. From stretching your IQ to sparking your creativity. See this article from the Huffington Post: 10 Surprising Benefits You’ll Get From Keeping a Journal.

Starting college starts a new chapter in a young person’s life. There will be all kinds of new experiences. This journal can capture thoughts, goals, dreams, achievements, hopes, etc.

What a wonderful gift that is fun to receive now and even better in the future when one can look back and read all that he or she experienced that first year of college.

You can find this journal on Amazon.

Dreams Come True

Something exciting has happened in my life. I have an author page on Amazon!!

Tomi Rues – Author Page

I have six theme based writing journals for sale on Amazon. (They are all under $10, and I write in mine every day!) If all goes well, I will have my first creative nonfiction book Being Happy Now  available this year.

I started my book project in November of 2015. It’s been life changing. I am thankful I had the courage to start it. I’m excited to see what the finish project will be once an editor gets done with it. There have been times I have felt like throwing in the towel, but then I continue knowing that writing a book has always been something I have wanted to do.

Also, since that year of writing made a huge difference in my life, perhaps someone else might learn what I learned or might just enjoy reading it.

Thanks for reading this and thank you for all the support. I really appreciate it.

 

Spring!

Spring has arrived and with it

the hopes of flowers,

gardens and warmer days ..

Bicycles find their way out of the garage

& hiding spots..

People remember why they planted pear

and red bud trees ..

you hear the laughter of kids playing..

And if you live in a two-story house

and the windows are open

the birds are sitting in the trees

making sure you don’t sleep in…

Spring, the gateway to loving

the outdoors ..

Along with the anticipation

of thunderstorms.

With only 70 days left

to  Memorial Day..

So dance to the first day of spring !!

-Chris Warren, author

Peace of Mind

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When I look at this picture I just feel a sense of peace. I wanted to share it with you in the hopes that you might feel it too.

I think there are times when we all wish we could feel at peace mentally. I think there are all kinds of ways to work toward that goal. For me, it’s through writing. Are you familiar with the saying, “How do I know what I think until I see what I say?” by E.M. Forster. I often feel this way.

Here is an article I wrote for Lifehack: Tips for Life.

Want More Peace in Your Life? Try These 5 Simple Steps.

I hope you enjoy it! And, if you decide to write it out, good luck to you.

 

Journal Writing and Why You Might Like it

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I have been writing in journals for as long as I can remember. I love a good pen and a journal or notebook to write in. Do you like to write? I know there are a lot of people who do. There is something so therapeutic about writing something down.

Here are some things I have noticed when I look back on past journals I have written in.

  1. I usually laugh out loud at some point.
  2. I reach some clarity about my life.
  3. I don’t have the best handwriting.
  4. Most of the time how I was then is how I am now.
  5. I am by nature a positive person.
  6. I often write about how much I love my family.
  7. I write down things I hope will come true.
  8. I don’t write anything too embarrassing or hurtful.
  9. I’m thankful I took the time to write.

If you currently write, keep it up. If you don’t normally write, try it. You might be surprised at how good it feels to put down your many thoughts on paper. You can reach a clarity you might not otherwise.

Often times I wonder who I am writing to, and honestly, I think I am writing to myself. To me, it’s such a worthwhile thing to do. I hope you try it and enjoy it as well.

Here are a few journals I have created and are sold on Amazon.

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5 Great Resources for Anyone Who Wants to Write

I chose this picture because it looks like something you could write about. You could make up a story, poem, or simply sit by this stream and pour out your soul through your writing.

So you would like to be a writer? Cool. Me, too. There are so many resources out there to help you. Here are a few I have enjoyed.

  1. I subscribed to Jeff Goins’ blog some time ago. I have also listened to a few of his webinars on writing. He has a blog and a podcast. He offers all kinds of information relating to writing. You can learn a lot from him.

2.   If you are thinking you might want to give blogging a try, here is a good     resource to get you started. How to Start a Blog by Amy Lynn Andrews. She  breaks the process down in easy steps to follow.

3.   I subscribe to Eleanor Brown’s site called The Writers’ Table. She offers  workshops and classes and some of them are free. If you subscribe to her blog you will receive 11 Ways to Quiet Your Inner Critic (….so you can write!).

4. Buy a journal or notebook and just start writing. Put no expectations on yourself. Just write because you want to. Tell a story, make a wish list, write a poem, etc. It doesn’t matter. It’s just for you. If you feel the desire to write, then just do it. I love journals so much that I have started creating them. You can find them at May Designs and on Amazon.

5. Check out WritersWeekly.com. It’s a great resource that I have been following for several years now. They have writing contests, articles about self-publishing, and they also offer a section called Paying Markets for Writers.

I hope this helps you start your journey to become a writer. You have nothing to lose, and everything to gain. Have fun!

 

Attention All Creatives: This is for you

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I have the perfect journal for you or a loved one. I have bought journals and written in them for as long as I can remember.

I created a journal that I would buy myself. It’s attractive, the right price, and you can write, draw, sketch, doodle, make lists….whatever you wish.

It’s for sale on Amazon. Be sure to check out the back cover. I am really pleased with how it turned out.

Thanks!!

Tomi

P.S. If you buy one, please leave a review on Amazon. That would be fantastic and much appreciated!

In Honor of Grandparents Day!

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I loved spending time with my kids when they were little. I still enjoy my time with them and try not to feel sad about how fast time goes by. Soon they will all be out of the house, and I don’t always know what to think about that. I am grateful for their growth and independence, and I am aware a whole new chapter will start when they move away.

One day I realized that the day will come when I get to be a grandma! How exciting. It’s kind of like I get to do it all over again. I think it will be wonderful.

I have a terrific mom who had a terrific mom. I am very thankful for this. I was going through some things the other day and I saw a card my grandma had sent. I loved looking at her handwriting, which was always cursive, and never changed through the years. Her message was so her. It was sweet, heartfelt, humorous, and loving. I was lucky to  have her in my life. I’d like to share a piece I wrote about her.gfbsdf

Questions I’ll Never Get Answered

I’ve been hungry for peanut butter cookies lately. Preferably the ones that have a chocolate kiss in the center, on top. We usually only make these around Christmas time, but there’s no rule that says you can’t have them in September or any other time, for that matter.

So, I decided to look for a good peanut butter cookie recipe, and I found one of my grandma’s. I was very close to my grandma. She was everything good bundled into a sweet little package. She was 4’11 with loving eyes and a very sweet laugh. All of the sudden I felt a rush of emotions, really like when waves come rolling forward, and you just stand there and watch with amazement and wonder. To say I miss her every day would just be stating a simple truth. First, I felt elated that the recipe in the cookbook I was looking at had her name on it as one of the creators. My little grandma, an author. I felt a connection to her at that moment. Then deeper emotions and thoughts came.

What was her life really like? Was she really happy being a farmer’s wife? That’s what she became when she got remarried after my grandpa passed away.

I long to live in the country, and I love animals, but did she?  When she lived in town during her first marriage I don’t believe they ever had pets.

I have an old, large, red scrapbook of hers. It’s rather fancy and formal looking, the opposite of the grandma I know. It’s full of newspaper clippings, recipes, and handwritten recipes. It was a scrapbook she made when she was married to her first husband.

I was surprised at some of the clippings: articles about entertaining, and tips for the homemaker; recipes for holidays and different seasons; fancy, formal recipes such as Oven Braised Stuffed Veal Hearts, Jellied Shrimp Bouillon, Lamb Shanks with Tomato Gravy, Lyonnaise carrots, Petits Fours, and strawberry chiffon rosettes, just to name a few.

She also had recipes in her own handwriting: Ice Box Cookies, pie crust, popcorn balls, and fudge, even one for homemade soap.

Did she entertain? Make any of those high brow recipes? Did she dream of more? Or aspire for more culture in her life?

She is the one who taught me that it does no good to complain. I honestly don’t remember her ever complaining. Her life wasn’t easy. She lost her mom when she was young and she lived through the depression. She lost her husband and became a widow. She remarried and had to go through loss again. Did she know this truth because life had taught her this?

She was wise and kind and had common sense. What made her happy? I know babies did. She loved rocking babies, as do I.  She also love flowers and people. But, what else really made her happy? Did she wish for more? She just seemed happy. I think because she was so grateful. What did she love? Hate? I can not imagine her hating anything or anyone – it just didn’t seem to be part of her nature.

My mom told me once that her mom never yelled or got mad. I am sure she got aggravated, but she didn’t seem to have a temper. I simply marvel at this. Perhaps she was wise enough to know that losing your temper or getting mad does about as much good as complaining.

Did she keep a journal? Did she have any desire to? If she had, would she have been honest in her writing? In how she truly felt at the time she was writing?

I can ask my mom next time I talk to her if my grandma ever wrote things down. I am guessing that she did not. She was probably too busy living life to take the time to write about her life. Probably her old red scrapbook is as close as she got to keeping a journal.

I have always kept a journal, and though somewhat guarded, I do write about my life, about myself. I may not write down every detail or every thought and emotion, but I am honest; and someday I may have a granddaughter who adores me and wants to know me better and maybe she’ll pick up my old journals and get to know the real me.

Wherever you are and whatever you are doing this Sunday, I hope you have a wonderful Grandparents Day!