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
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!
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! 🙂
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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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 email@example.com 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! 🙂
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! 🙂
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 …
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!
Hello, dear friends!
I wish you the best of a new year, all the joy and safety and health one can hold. 🙂
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)
Ha ha — I am not referring to the Peeps marshmallow candies, although I am in the “love them” camp. Rather, I am talking about having people in your life that have your back.
The magazine I have created takes a lot of work, but I am not complaining…it’s time dedicated to something I love very much — writing! I have an editor for this project, and she is the best! She gently reigns me in when I forget to expound on something, so that the reader can fully understand me. She tactfully urges me to refrain from taking on too much, which is very easy for me to do. In fact, dear editor, please raise your Starbucks and take a bow. Love you lots! 🙂
In every life there is a person or people giving support, understanding, and love. (If you think you don’t have someone like that, then know that I am on your side!) Without them we would be scared to chase our dreams or try something new. Without them we wouldn’t realize that we have value. I could go on and on….and on and on….you know me — unless I have writer’s block, I tend to be wordy! 🙂
I have a little assignment for each of you.
1. Thank your peeps today for being there for you, and let them know of your appreciation.
2. Report back to this blog — fill us in how your person or people make a difference in your life!
Ahhh. The Great Launch. It’s coming soon on January 4th! I’m still keeping The Sunshine Factor blog, but it will published within an online magazine, called Stanton Sunshine. This is where my writing trail has brought me, and it feels like a very nice place!
How will this be different than a blog, you might be asking. This one will be a community effort of like-minded individuals willing to share their particular kind of sunshine to make up one big place where everyone can participate. But why participate? To give and receive emotional support in a world that seems to be getting darker by the day. You can be published here if you want to be! You can submit artwork, or that of your children or grandchildren. Like a great recipe? Please share with the author of the magazine, me, and I will look into getting it out to the community. Prefer to just read and enjoy? That’s great, too, but hopefully we can each get the word out to our friends about Stanton Sunshine.
I’ve always believed that to be a museum curator would be an awesome job. I could decide what would be displayed and what wouldn’t. I could gather friends together for a good time while enjoying art (and in this case — art AND literature). I would be hot on the trail, and new finds would pepper my museum. So actually, I can be a curator after all – just in magazine format. And in a community format, where all people are loved and welcome and can find a positive spin on their lives.
Together we can be strong — that is my motto. This is how we will begin the new year. (Start now by signing up for my new Facebook page: www.facebook.com/stantonsunshine. I will keep you abreast of the latest developments and trailmarkers on this Facebook page as well as on this blog.)
My sentiments exactly.
When I was a kid, the next best thing to Christmas day was the day the Sears Wish Book was delivered.
For those too young to remember, or even know what I’m talking about, the wish book was massive catalog from what was then perhaps the biggest retailer in the known universe.
If my memory is to be trusted, the Wish Book was a good 3 to 4 inches thick, and full of dazzling color photos of every imaginable type of clothing, tool, appliance, musical instrument and, most importantly, toy.
The day the Wish Book appeared in the mail was always a glorious one. My parents would hand me the catalog and tell me to circle the things I wanted Santa to bring me. I’d dive in, in a complete reverie, and, not being shy about it, circle almost anything that caught my fancy just in case Santa had some…
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My friend Jahan had written this about my blog http://storysquared.wordpress.com. I’m reposting this today so you will know how to reach my blog Story Squared. Thanks, Jahan! 🙂
An internet friend of mine, Debbie Loesel Stanton is starting a new and exciting way of blogging. As far as we both know the way she and her blogging colleague Eric will do this is a first on the internet and as we all know you can pretty much find anything on the internet so for this to be something unique really is quite something.
Debbie calls her new method “flexibility”.
What flexibility means is this in Debbie’s words:
This is very definitely an interesting approach to creative literary writing online and I am definitely looking forward to it. If Debbie and Eric are indeed the first people…
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I am pleased to report that I have a new job starting Monday the 2nd (a slight promotion). I am in the same department but will be in a different unit. I will still be able to see my old friends and meet the new. 🙂 Yikes! Twenty-four years I have been with this company, and seven years in my current-and-soon-to-be-old-position.
The subtitle of this post could be “Or, How To Not Notice Time Going By”.
When writers are flowing with ideas and they are living in a dream-like world, this is called “flowing” or “in the flow”. When I have been there, I literally did not stop for a meal or notice that I was hungry. I was enjoying myself too much. 🙂
I don’t know what it’s called for painters, but I can imagine it’s something very similar. I imagine that their brush strokes cannot be put on the canvas fast enough, and in their mind’s eye they can already see the finished product.
Sculptors and potters, working with their hands to create lovely objects, perhaps cannot notice anything in their world except their ever-changing, new creation.
I believe that everyone can make time stand still. How? They can live in and enjoy the moment, and nothing else matters. 🙂
Have a great day!
Want to know how Debb decided what posts would be in her blog? She explains it below.
I promised God that I would post something every day, since He had inspired me to write a blog. Amazingly, I was able to accomplish this. (I try not to make promises lightly, since I am a woman of my word; but this promise to God – well, I thought that maybe I was promising in the heat of excitement and realization, and maybe I wouldn’t carry it out.)
In September I noticed that my early morning walks often yielded an idea for a post (or many posts). I drafted the post or posts in my head while walking and enjoying nature. (Oftentimes, the posts did talk about the nature I’d seen.) I’d come home from work and rush to the computer so I could capture my thoughts.
The more I wrote, the more lively my imagination became. I no longer cared what my audience would think. Whatever grabbed my attention is what would show up in my blog. I laughed at myself within posts (for instance, when I had bragged to my boss I was a good cook, and when he came to dinner, the dinner bombed – haha) and put myself out there as someone who makes mistakes – plenty of them at times!
Next up: what forms of writing did Debb employ? See you next week!
Okay, now this birthday thing is filling my heart and mind! Whenever your birthday is, or if you want some famous people listed, I hope you will write to me and let me know the info. I can then start a personal database and write future birthday columns even before the new website is revealed. Please do not worry, the database will be for myself only, and I will use it just for keeping track of our community’s birthdays. I will not embarrass you at all.
I hope you will contact me before the next Happy Birthday to You song is sung to you. 🙂
I’ve noted on the contact page and it goes for this too, that my email address has now changed. Please write to:
The new website that The Sunshine Factor will be a part of in January, has space for me to have a birthday column. If you or anyone you know (or know of, such as a figure in history) has a birthday in January, please consider letting me know. When you are letting me know, you can use either their last name or last initial. If it’s someone else’s birthday, you can mention, if you would like, your relationship to them. (My dad’s birthday is January 13, and I still celebrate it even though he lives in heaven now — so I would say, “my father, Richard (or Richard L), January 13th.”)
I have a habit of praying for people who I know are celebrating birthdays, even if I knew them as a child. It helps me feel close to them. I would love to also celebrate you or someone in your life.
Have you ever wondered why I started this blog and why I gave it the name I did? Today you shall find the answers.
Ahh, now the snow can come freely; it will be more seasonable now than if it comes in October. It is a month where on the last Thursday, Americans celebrate their freedoms and their blessings. Some gather with friends and family for a scrumptious feast.
For others, November marks the start of a flurry of holiday shopping, baking, and parties. Or the approach of the end of the term or semester at school.
For Ms. Stanton this November, it marks the glorious time of our two households merging together, and we’re loving the changes already. 🙂
It also marks a very creative and exciting time in this writer’s life, as she is getting the Sunshine Factor ready to join another website. It’s exciting because I will be offering my readers many new features in addition to the ones you’ve come to know and love. What’s also exciting is the possibility of this new website being a clearinghouse for great ideas and letting our community contribute – male and female, children, teens and adults – contribute their drawings or poems or stories or recipes or ideas… The deadline for the January issue is December 10, 2013. More details coming soon!
Here’s to another awesome month…take good care.