You are loved. You are special.
I appreciate you.
by Debb Stanton
There are many types of sisters out there
the kind you are blood sisters with
the ones you choose to consider to be your sisters
and the Sisters in the Catholic Church
(I am not Catholic, but I appreciate the Benedectine order)
The nuns are the lucky ones:
they get to devote their whole lives, their whole beings to God
It’s nice to have a sister in your blood family:
she shares your beginnings
The ones you find along life’s way
to brighten your life and brighten your day —
now THOSE are the major finds of a life!
This is to my sister
(the find along the way kind):
I love how you:
make me smile
make me laugh
make me think
make me feel
bring hope alive
dole out courage
are always there
won’t give up on me
are the ideal friend, too
Know that I love you
I pray for you
I am inspired by you
I am proud to know you
I am blessed to know you
and I am healed
THE SNOW FAIRIES
The calendar said early spring
although the snow fairies said winter.
They danced and whirled and swirled
across the pavement
sashaying until all of a sudden,
they looked like they forgot their steps;
they scattered every which way
and the wind just laughed
I figure the snow fairies live with the wind
he pushes them: sometimes angrily
but most of the time, gently.
He is partially responsible for ….
The brilliant little diamonds on their tiny crowns
these diamonds end up lying at the side of the road,
crashed and clunked and run over by unsuspecting motorists
Now it’s April Fool’s Day
and the weather joke continues
Spring is scared to come back
and take her rightful place
We pray she won’t be scared much longer
I will borrow the phrasing from the writer of Ecclesiastes…it is now time to mark my blog AND my magazine settings as “Private”, so that I may make some pretty big changes. I am sure everything will be ready before the April issue, so I hope you will stay tuned!
In the meantime, you and I can stay connected if you visit my Facebook Stanton Sunshine page: http://facebook.com/stantonsunshine
|Hope to see you soon!|
It looks like I have some work to do! 🙂
The first day of Spring is just around the corner, and with it comes the annual ritual of airing, dusting, and decluttering our homes. While you’re in cleaning mode, why not devote a few minutes to streamlining your blog, too? (Note: if you live south of the Equator, these tips are still valid!)
This isn’t just about appearances (though those matter), but also about traffic — a clean, attractive, easy-to-navigate site is one readers are more likely to visit again. Here are five things you can do in the next ten minutes to see immediate results.
Theproblem: Widgets are a great tool for organizing your content and customizing your blog’s look. Overstuffing your sidebar (or other widget areas), though, can make your blog look busy, disorganized, and less professional.
What you can do: Look at your sidebar as if you were…
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This sounds fun; I’m planning on doing it. How ’bout you?
Alright friends. Huddle up! As you probably noticed, last week’s Writer Wednesday Blog Hop Photo Reveal (WWBH) was blank and silent. I apologize! We were in the throes of change… Our two blog hop founders/co-hostesses, Nicole Pyles and Carrie Sorensen, have resigned from the blog hop. Sometimes life and passion and goals take a turn for a brand new direction, and that’s what happened for our dear sister-bloggers.
While Carrie is taking some time off from blogging, Nicole’s blog (World of My Imagination) has experienced a snazzy new makeover, and she’s trying out some new inspirational content. I encourage you to keep her on your blogroll and stay in touch!
As for the WWBH? Tena and I are taking the torch and carrying the the Blog Hop forward! I am not ready for the Blog Hop to go away… in fact I’d love to see this community grow…
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I am so thrilled! Katie Bortell, of katiebortell.wordpress.com, just published her Irish story on her blog. It is also in the March edition of stantonsunshine.net. Please enjoy her good read!
May the blessings o’ the Irish be with ye today.
I am happy to report, I am not experiencing computer issues this year! 🙂
My computer is having issues
but you needn’t bring me any tissues
It’x a brand new day
and Debb will find a way
to enjoy this day regardless
St. Patrick’s Day is coming up
please don’t my joy disrupt
Irish or not, we all have reasons to celebrate
We have all been loved and cherished to this date.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, today’s poetry style is in limerick form – the type of poem that originated in Ireland. 🙂
There’s something to be said for the wearing o’ the green
With pride, the wearer seems to have a certain sheen
The colorful St. Patrick’s Day parades can’t be beat
Last year St. Paul, MN had for its parade an outside temperature of high heat
All kinds of clothing types, including shorts, were seen.
But hey, aren’t limericks supposed to be funny?
Well yes, so our model can’t be a humble bunny.
I love to write limericks because I love to laugh
So I try to picture something funny, like a giraffe
Or a pair of costume-wearing, dancing walruses, now that’s a honey!
I hope you have a wonderful day
where your inner child can come out to play
Of a favorite beverage, take a sip
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A year later, I must correct myself. I baked my sister some soda bread, not scones. 🙂
My deceased sister LOVED Ireland, its customs, ways, and writings. She was 100% German but tried to “live Irish”…even going so far as to beg me to bake her scones (which I did). I wish I could tell her that now I love to read and write limericks. 🙂
Now, after reading the Irish prayers and blessings I found and have printed below, I too am truly in awe of Ireland and her people. Happy St. Patrick’s Day to one and all!
[From the website “Island Ireland”]
AN OLD IRISH BLESSING
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.
A WISH FOR A FRIEND
Wishing you a rainbow
For sunlight after showers—
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Hi! I just finished writing a friend a letter, and I closed it by telling her what my new catch phrase is.
I present to you this new phrase for your reading enjoyment:
“I’m all over the place, but my heart is always in the right place.”
— Debb Stanton
Have a great Monday!
Yesterday was quite remarkable for me.
It wasn’t the first day the Twin Cities ever got to 44 degrees on a March day. However, since we’ve had a very long, brutally cold, and snowiest winter, 44 degrees seems wonderfully remarkable! :) And, we had a sunny day to boot!
The other first had to do with my culinary skills. Except for a very few dishes, I always follow a recipe. Yesterday, however, I threw all caution to the wind! I made Sarah’s Tuscan Soup (in the March issue of Stanton Sunshine magazine – see http://stantonsunshine.net/2014/03/02/sarahs-tuscan-soup/) and followed the directions exactly – which was to use your own discretion for the amounts of each ingredient. So how did my experiment turn out?
First, I should give you a little background on my husband’s tastes. He adds spices and more pepper to almost everything I make — right at the table. You should know that in this experiment, he did not. And it was spicy enough for him! Which means, since I got a little carried away with the red pepper flakes and fresh garlic I threw in, I needed to drink lots of milk to calm down the fire in my mouth. So….the recipe done Mrs. Stanton’s way, received thumbs up AND thumbs down.
I must say that I think this soup is a nice balance of protein, starch, and lots of healthy vegetables. Try it! 🙂
Excellent advice! I loved the picture and caption, too! 🙂
Motivation is helpful in two fronts. Motivation:
a) defines characters, and
b) pushes the story along
Think about it. In order for the beautiful harmonizing of a solid story and lovable characters to occur, several things must happen, but the main thing is motivation.
Think Lord of the Rings. Not only is the story itself driven by the motivation to destroy the ring, but the characters are defined so clearly because of that motivation.
Think Finding Nemo. The title itself is the motivation behind the entire story and the characters.
Motivation is nearly everything in a story. Why am I writing this? Why is the bad guy bad? Why did my protagonist just do that?
But the catch is, the motivation must be believable. Now, this is where it…
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Top of the midday to you all! I am glad to finally announce that the new issue for my magazine, http://stantonsunshine.net, has been published.
This month I am introducing a new category, Humor. Let me know if you like it, and perhaps maybe you could consider contributing your own humor piece to the cause? :) I also put a new spin on the picture gallery in the bottom right corner of every page except the home page: I am asking for comments on which pics really tickle your fancy.
You will have to excuse both the tardiness and the possible inefficacies of the latest issue. Things were slow moving around my home office, kind of like how the frigid weather around here is taking its good old sweet time in leaving Minnesota. As far as mistakes, that is something I will blame on the gremlins in my computer, who are in cahoots with the leprechauns on my desk (they are nice leprechauns, but apparently they still need to have their fun!). 🙂
The good news is, for those of you who read a recent post http://thesunshinefactor.net/Try-try-again, I am still on my new challenge, that of doing my tasks and chores before work, when I am the freshest. In that is a time for writing, and I am enjoying the freedom of getting my writing needs met everyday! 🙂
As always, I will try to write more on this blog during the month, and I also look forward to you sending me your latest artwork or writings – I will consider them for future issues of the magazine. Just write me at firstname.lastname@example.org or read the Submission Guidelines over at Stanton Sunshine.
you who give me positive strokes!
Have you ever made plans
that were excellent but then didn’t turn out
like having lots of pots and pans
but being lousy at making kraut?
Methinks I need to reformulate in my life
stress causes personal strife
Take advantage of when your body and mind work best
Put good principles to the test
What does all this have to do with Debbie Dear?
She was wondering why evenings are very low productivity for her
(if any can be measured!)
Why is it so easy to write and clean house before work?
Why does a pretty pumpkin arrive at her house every night
content to sit and smile but that’s about all?
Aha, thought she,
I will work with my inclinations and their time table
and not act when I am expected to
Do my have-tos and want-tos
(cleaning and writing, respectively)
in the morning when I am at my best
This is not a “do what the Joneses do” type of thing
I never wanted to follow the Joneses anyway
and I was always kind of off in my own little world
Here is where my different-ness can be a plus
I don’t have to try to come alive at night
Let me be a morning songbird
who writes and cleans and smiles and sings
before work ~~
Let the night owls guard the night
and use their energy when they want to
When a plan or plans don’t work
it doesn’t mean they were bad
they are just something to give credence to the tried and true ~
“Try, try again”.
What would have happened if all the inventors
had given up?
They found their way
and so will I.
So, my friends….this is my latest attempt at “getting myself together”. Do you know what, though? It is great this time because I could write a poem about it so it’s more firmly in my mind. :) How do you think I will do? Do you have anything like this going on for you — trying to have the parts of your life fit together better? I am sure my readers would like to hear, too. Until then….
your friend Debb
While I have loved my journey of blogging and writing so far, the one aspect of it that I wasn’t prepared for was how socially isolating it is! It can be weighty for your average social butterfly like me.
I love social media and corresponding and working with fellow artists through my blog. I email with so many people, Skype chat, we comment on each others blogs, Tweet and facebook and I have developed a great fondness for many of my readers and people that I collaborate with but it can still feel ‘impersonal’.
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Dave and I are having a wonderful day off work together today! It’s about 8 degrees but the sun, finally out, is delicious! We went out for coffee this morning at Caribou, went shopping, then I treated him to lunch at the Mexican restaurant where we had our wedding reception…while he relaxes this afternoon I have some projects to work on (hopefully). Tonight we will finish his big day with supper out and a slice of his miniature cake from Maid of Scandinavia.
It’s so wonderful to spend a day with my husband, whom I love so much! Like an unexpected treat, to be with him on a Monday! 🙂
It’s been awhile since I’ve talked about my two cats.
Rachael, the little one, our “princess”, now shares her cat bed (complete with soft pink baby blanket that Mama gave her) with Micah, our rather big male tabby. I have her bed right next to a giant red heart pillow on the large table next to the entertainment center in the family room. It’s really cute to see them napping right next to each other. Rachael actually likes the heart pillow, now that she wants to share her bed with Micah. However, I would like to see the cats try being in their bed at the same time! Dave figures they probably already know it would be a tight fit for the two cats at once…
Rachael has been known to ask her “brother” for her face to be washed. He lovingly obliges — until, of course, he is batted by her and she runs off. I think she needs to learn some manners here. :) Why can’t she simply walk away when she is done with the face washing – why must she strike out at Micah? Seems like her boundaries could be loosened a little more…
Since Rachael came from a shelter that gave her moist cat food once a day and dry food throughout the day, I follow the same practice. Micah has really hit his jackpot — oh boy! Tasty food once Mama comes home from work at the end of the day! He has a cute way of giving me direct eye contact, meowing and tossing his head to accent some of the meows. He only talks to me this way, of course, when he’s hungry. On weekends he will start to beg for his supper a few hours ahead of schedule. His eagerness to devour his food has led me to feed Rachael on an extra chair. That way he doesn’t push her away from her dish when he is done with his. Smart mama, you say? I think it’s more a case of cat mom indulgence!
Oh, and one more thing. You know how people say “Now what?” when things keep happening to them? Well, at the Stanton household, the new catch phrase is “Meowww what”. (You might have to be there, I don’t know!)
Meoww for now!
1. Charles Littleleaf on the Native American Flute
2. Csetkwe Fortier Okanagan Song
3. The First Nations Wars – The American Indian (Must See)
4. 500 Nations The Story of Indian Americans Part 1
5. 500 Nations The Story of Native Americans 2
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http://dailypost.wordpress.com, DP, Daily Prompt
Today is your lucky day. You get three wishes, granted to you by The Daily Post. What are your three wishes and why?
Photographers, artists, poets: show us WISHES.
Ever since I became a mom I wanted to be able to leave my three children something to remember me by. So my first wish is: To have my first book, Dahlia, finally land in my hands, published, along with three copies for my kids.
I am not sure if Daily Post can give me my second wish because it is a biggie. My second wish is to have my children stripped of all sad, bad, painful memories. I would have my children all on the same page and they would stay in touch with me, their mom, at least once a week.
My third wish is a greedy wish. I wish for something I know…
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It’s that time of month where Debb is putting finishing touches on the next magazine issue. Currently we are waiting for submission in all categories (March birthdays, fiction or poetry, recipes, to name a few). Claire also is waiting for letters to answer for her column. 🙂
I think you get the idea now. :) Please contact me soon at email@example.com.
Debb (and Claire)
http://stantonsunshine.net is looking for birthdays in this month, whether yours or your family’s, or a historical figure. Please drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org if you know of a March birthday(s). Thanks!
Editor, Stanton Sunshine Magazine
Hi! I just ordered my mother-in-love Valentine flowers from 1-800-flowers. I saved money by ordering them for a delivery date other than right on Valentine’s Day. Go to my shopping mall at http://sunshinesonlinemall.com for a fun shopping experience! 🙂
Are you Irish? Do you enjoy Irish food? If you answered “yes” to either or both questions, then www.stantonsunshine.net is looking for you!
The Recipes section of the magazine is going to have a special Irish recipe section for the month of March. Whether you have a blog or not, whether you cook a favorite Irish recipe yourself or have one that’s excellent that’s been passed down through the ages in your family, Debb is hoping you will send it to her. Please state where your recipe came from (your Aunt Eileen, your mother, your Uncle Sean?).
I’m hoping to get SWAMPED with your replies. Let’s make this recipe section B I G ! In fact, it’s not too early to send me a recipe today. (Use the submission form in the magazine or write to email@example.com.) Thanks!
As the February issue of http://stantonsunshine.net goes to press this weekend, it may be unavailable to you for a short time. I hope this time of updating will be short-lived. I appreciate your patience and look forward to hearing from you, whether it’s here on the blog or later in the magazine. 🙂
Hi – this is the blog post I wasn’t expecting from my wonderful friend and editor, Leanne. I love how Leanne writes, so I’m reblogging this so you can enjoy it, too. Let’s raise a glass or cup to community! 🙂
I was thinking about community today and how it is one of my favorite parts of life. There is so much rich inspiration and healing and learning and teaching and love and support and peace and perspective found when we engage and connect in community. I came across this quote today that I love:
“One of the marvelous things about community is that it enables us to welcome and help people in a way we couldn’t as individuals. When we pool our strength and share the work and responsibility, we can welcome many people, even those in deep distress, and perhaps help them find self-confidence and inner healing.” ~Jean Vanier
I recently met Debb Stanton who both embodies and oozes the meaning of this quote. While she is one person, she exudes this magnetic personality that invites and entices you to become part of not her community, but a community
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My business, http://www.sunshinesonlinemall.com, has added a new feature to its original line. Now, in addition to helping you order anything under the sun from wherever you are, my mall offers an Amazon link. I used this the other day to order my 2014 Writer’s Guide. So easy! So fun! 🙂
As I’ve been recovering from the flu (and what-not) lately, I was browsing through all the different shops (some major retailers like Macy’s and Walmart) and specialty stores. I was amazed to find that at every shop that I hadn’t browsed in before, they offered between 10% and 30% off for new customers.
Last year I ordered flowers for my mother-in-love from a florist in my online shopping mall. She told me that what she received was far better than the orders we had placed long distance for her from a local florist. I am very pleased…and pleased to know that most, if not all, shops offer the opportunity to use the currency you use in your country. How do I know this? I was browsing in the perfume stores, trying to find a perfume that I had loved in my teens. I found it but said to myself, why is it in pounds? Ah-hah, I said, I have the British flag icon at the top. Once I changed that to U.S. dollars, everything made sense! 🙂
Last but not least – a portion of the proceeds from my site will be directed to various charities. 🙂
See you at my mall! 🙂
I’m feeling better now and getting excited about February’s issue. But I need you…I’m throwing out an “SOS” here: looking for photos, artwork, stories, poems, or recipes. In fact, Claire (the Ask Claire lady) is wondering why her mailbox hasn’t seen much action…do you have a general question she could answer for you? 🙂
I’m sure you’ve heard me say this before, but it’s worth repeating: don’t be shy. Do not be so critical of your work or talent that you keep it to yourself. I’ve been told that it’s worth it to publish a post, even if it would help just one person who needs to see or feel the message you are conveying. Just think… if the reaching just one person happens from a lot of contributors, the more people we can reach…and love…and help…and bring sunshine to.
In the community spirit,
Yesterday I was given a real treasure. I finally felt better after battling a virus January 1-10th. My friend Pat and I saw the movie “Saving Mr. Banks”, and I must give my five-star recommendation!
This movie explores the story of how Mr. Walt Disney, after 20 years of discussions with Mrs. P.L. Travers (author of the Mary Poppins books), finally talks her into letting her Mary Poppins character come alive in a movie, a movie that became a favorite of children and adults alike. “Saving Mr. Banks” was a very warm and touching movie, as it explained P.L.Travers’ life as a little girl and the events that shaped her psyche and her ability to write. The audience also got to know a little more about Walt Disney — his loving and compassionate nature that never gave up on people.
In my humble opinion, a new year of quality, high value movies has begun with this wonderful movie. Please go see it! 🙂
It turns out that St. Paul, MN has been nominated as “Best Romantic North American Getaway” — – and now it is in the lead of nominated cities. :) Begun by USA Today, the contest ends January 27th.
You can cast your vote (once per day)!
Naples Nominated as Finalist for Best Romantic North American …
Hi! Do you see the pictures below the Pinterest banner – in the right sidebar? I refer to those pictures as my Art Gallery. I plan to switch them out monthly unless there are some that are really liked by people. How would I know which ones people like, you ask?
If you click on any of the pictures to see better, you will see the picture, its entire caption, AND a chance to comment on it. My computer would not let me comment, but that’s probably because I originated the gallery. But YOU can…give it a shot and let me know how it works out.
I was disappointed to find out that my followers of this blog didn’t carry over to the new magazine. This means, to follow the magazine through WordPress or through email, you need to subscribe to the magazine itself. Fortunately, there is no cost for this and convenience for you! :) See http://www.stantonsunshine.net.
Thank you for reading both my blog and my magazine, er, OUR magazine. 🙂
This post of Tom’s really humbled and encouraged me. Thank you Tom!
Stanton Sunshine is a brand spanking new web magazine with the purpose to “give people of all ages a safe place to visit — a place where you can feel nurtured, encouraged, entertained, loved and blessed. To offset the negativity that crops up in everyday life, I like to find the positive in every situation.”
Editor Debb Stanton has been a loyal follower of my blog for some time and I was honored to be interviewed for the first issue. Thanks Debb!
As http://www.stantonsunshine.net was getting ready for takeoff, The Sunshine Factor decided it wanted a sprucing up, too. So yes…everything is changed. Take a look around and let us know what you think! I also hope you will comment in the magazine your feelings about our new “baby”.
One of the things that won’t change, however, is love. Love and compassion given to and shared with people and our community. This is the cornerstone of the blog and magazine: love shared by and through others.
Happy New Year!
Hello, dear friends!
I wish you the best of a new year, all the joy and safety and health one can hold. 🙂
Hello! Since a lot of you out there in Sunshine Factor country like quotes like I do, I have a new series for us! These will be quotes of a certain kind: directly from the pages of Stanton Sunshine.
The series will help us do the countdown till January 4th – SS Day! (Stanton Sunshine Launch Day) 🙂
Stay with me!
I’m “rallying all my troops” tonight to get them on board for Stanton Sunshine (magazine) that comes out very soon. I also posted about WordPress’ own Tom Lucas on that page. Check it out! http://www.facebook.com/stantonsunshine.
Oh! As long as we’re on the subject — would you mind going over to my page on Facebook, hitting “like” and then sharing it on your Facebook page? That will help get the word out — my top priority right now. :) Thanks ever so much!
With the new magazine set to roll out shortly (see Countdown in the right sidebar), and Debb and her editor working very hard to put out a top-notch premiere issue, I’m putting out a “last call”. No, not one to fill up on your favorite drinks before the bars close. :) I am wanting to make sure I didn’t miss out on anyone’s January birthday. If you have not contacted me yet with news of your birthday or someone else’s January birthday, please write me today: firstname.lastname@example.org.
And believe it or not, I am already laying out the February issue. If you have ANYTHING you want to share (the sky is the limit), contact me at email@example.com with your suggestions or proposals, and I will be sure to consider them. I consider this blog and my future magazine to be my community. I hope you feel comfortable to call it YOUR community as well…that is why I look forward to hearing from you. :) The more our community interacts with each other, the more interesting our community will be…
“The Courteous Curator”
(see the post so-named for an explanation)