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sisters are gifts!

sisters are gifts!

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

* Lovingly dedicated to you-know-who

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A Time to Publish, and a Time to Re-organize…

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:


Hope to see you soon!

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March Issue of Stanton Sunshine now out!

Top of the midday to you all!  I am glad to finally announce that the new issue for my magazine,, 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, 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 or read the Submission Guidelines over at Stanton Sunshine.

Happy March!




Try, Try Again

Hello folks,

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




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Stanton Sunshine is Waiting…

Hello again,

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


Debb (and Claire)


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Are you Irish?  Do you enjoy Irish food?  If you answered “yes” to either or both questions, then is looking for you!  6990534505_be6f4c015c_o

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  Thanks!



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Friday Night and This Weekend

Hi folks!

As the February issue of 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.   🙂

Thank you,



A Word From the Magazine

Stanton Sunshine Magazine

Stanton Sunshine Magazine


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.

SEE http://www.stantonsunshine/submissionguidelines for ideas.  And, my email box is always glad to fill up.  ( 🙂

In the community spirit,



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Art Gallery in the Magazine

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

Thank you for reading both my blog and my magazine, er, OUR magazine.   🙂


Stanton Sunshine Magazine

Stanton Sunshine Magazine


And…We’re Back!

StantonSunshineGraphicAs 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.

Again ~

Happy New Year!


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.  🙂


We’re in a brand new year, and with it brings the anticipation of new things to come! Sunshine Factor is about to experience growth and renewal in an exciting way!  In a couple of hours I’m closing the curtain here for a few days, and Sunshine Factor will be reborn on January 4th with the launch of Stanton Sunshine Magazine. 
Don’t worry! You won’t miss a thing! Head over to Stanton Sunshine’s Facebook page and click “like” to keep up with the latest launch news, and I’ll see you again January 4th!
Happy New Year!

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New Quotes

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!

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The Courteous Curator

A poem by Debbie Loesel Stanton:




A curator I am —

No, not a curator in a museum

but in my heart, that of an editor


I am launching a new magazine

(an online one, to be exact)

I will draw from near and far

from my community of friends


What exactly will I be drawing, gathering?

What will I curate and edit?

What will bring this writer’s heart joy?


What YOU like, whether

poems, stories, letters to the editor

recipes, questions for my advice columnist

photos, prayers, devotionals

humor, kindness, love

camaraderie, fellowship, community

book reviews, health tips

positivity and not morbidity


And why will this curator be courteous?

I won’t be laughing at the submissions that come my way

I am an “equal opportunity editor”

We need to stick together

and I am searching for things that will bring you joy


I don’t put people down

and I like to build them up

That is why I will be

the courteous curator



Stanton Sunshine

Howdy!  There are many things I could write about Stanton Sunshine – why I’m launching it on January 4th; what it is; my Stanton Sunshine page on Facebook; and what you can look forward to.  I will discuss the last three options today.

Stanton Sunshine is an online magazine that posts new material monthly, focusing on a positive, joy-filled lifestyle with the help of an online community (you).  I will be publishing art from both children and adults, writing pieces from both children and adults, and many other features.

Thanks to those of you who have already “liked” the Stanton Sunshine Facebook page.  I would love to have all of you get over to that page: (Debb Stanton) and click on   Perhaps you could click on “Share” and help me get the word out.  🙂

So what can you look forward to?  A family-friendly community of friends who build each other up, a place of encouragement and caring, and sometimes even a place of laughter.  If you are interested in sharing your writing (or artwork or photography) in a medium other than your own blog, we at Stanton Sunshine think this magazine is your ticket!  Stay tuned to The Sunshine Factor and Stanton Sunshine page for updates later on.  (If you are a person who likes visuals, I have a countdown going on in the right sidebar relating to the launch date, January 4.)

Keep on soaking up that sunshine!  🙂





Pen Pals

A rose engine was used to produce the complex ...

A rose engine was used to produce the complex background and border patterns of early British postage stamps (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Postage stamp, Coasta Rica, 1937, 2c,...

English: Postage stamp, Coasta Rica, 1937, 2c, brown, diamond shape stamp (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A French 1-centime postage due stamp from 1882.

A French 1-centime postage due stamp from 1882. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Does anyone out there remember what pen pals were?  If you had a pen pal, you and they would write back and forth to each other.  Actual pens were used, and not computers or texts.   Oftentimes you didn’t know this person but would get to know them through corresponding.  When I was a girl, at one point I had seven pen pals.    One day my family took a little day trip to visit my favorite pen pal, Ann, about two hours away.  My dad had rigged up this first meeting for me, as he knew Ann and I were great buddies but had never met.  What a sweet day that was!  And how nice of my dad to get us together.  Maybe my dad understood…he liked to write letters like I did.  He got it!  🙂

Yesterday I went to the post office to mail a card to my friend Lyn in Australia.  I found out I could buy postage stamps (called “global stamps” — who knew?!)  and mail letters to her often.  Great!  Now I just need to get disciplined to write “snail mail” letters again.  But with such a good friend, how can I not?  🙂  For years now I have preached about bringing back the fine art of handwritten letters.  Though my handwriting is not a very nice specimen, I do intend to actually WRITE more letters.  I will keep you posted!  Perhaps you can respond to this post and let me know of your experiences?


The Value of Peeps

English: Two rows of yellow and pink Easter Pe...

English: Two rows of yellow and pink Easter Peeps, made by Just Born. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: A starbucks in South Korea, unique in...

English: A starbucks in South Korea, unique in that the sign is not in english (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Pink Marshmallow Peeps

Pink Marshmallow Peeps (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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!  🙂

Dear friends:

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!





The Conclusion of the series, “The Adventures of Debb’s Blog…”

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:  I will keep you abreast of the latest developments and trailmarkers on this Facebook page as well as on this blog.)

More soon!


The Adventure of Debb’s Blog and Her New Trail: Part Five

In taking a hard look at my blog, I enjoyed having a mixture of posts – recipes, poems, stories, articles…but I wanted more.  I wanted artwork from children and adults filling up the blog, along with guest poems and articles.  I wanted to have (and give my readers) it all!  So the next question was:  so where can I get all this additional writing?  The answer came to me when I defined what my blog is.

I call this blog and its readership a community of people with the same goal and focus:  finding the sunshine in your life in spite of sometimes negative circumstances.  Hmmm….a community thrives on its citizens all contributing in their own special way.  Oh!  Oh!  Oh!  Our Sunshine community could do that – offer up their own kinds of sunshine to the community.  We could be enriching each other’s lives!  The extra photos, art, book reviews, stories, poems, articles would fit into that niche in a grand fashion!

If I could write for my blog two weeks out of the month, and write my various projects in the other two weeks, how fantastic would that be?!  I had been having a conflict within myself about writing the blog so much I was neglecting the other part of my writing life.  Here, my friends, was my answer.  If I created a new website with a lot to read, enough to keep people busy for a month, I could do all my writing!  AND get my friends involved in a great project, too!  🙂

Next up:  Where Debb’s trail ends up and announcement of The Great Launch – coming soon to a computer near you!



The Adventure of Debb’s Blog and Her New Trail: Part Four

Line art representation of a Quill

Line art representation of a Quill (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As writers, we all have ups and downs, flow and no flow, and metaphoric high tides and low tides.  At the beginning of my blogging days, I couldn’t imagine ever having writer’s block.  After all, I thought, I have been instructed how NOT to have writer’s block.  And, I go for a walk and usually get three to four ideas for more posts.  How hard can it be to keep the writing going?   But, as it turned out, I was not immune to writer’s block — the time when creativity seems to have gone on vacation, the muse up and leaves, and you’re the opposite of a prolific genius.

Granted, I haven’t had a lot of writer’s block.  I did quick cover-ups — anything to keep to my internal deadline of posting once each day.  You probably have read the cover-ups:  the story that was filled with references to popular songs; alphabet games; anything unusual.  At least I came up with something, I thought to myself.

You might have noticed that I don’t post on a daily schedule anymore.  It was like pulling teeth when I first left the daily goal unmet.  Then I began to admire the many writers who stated they had writer’s block; by golly, they admitted it!  When things started to change in my personal life (lots of overtime at work, combining two households into one, creating a new vehicle for my writing), I finally waved the surrender flag.  I knew God would understand.  Perhaps the idea of writing every single day had been the way to get me back into writing, period. Now the new vehicle for my writing was giving me impetus to continue being a writer, albeit one for a different kind of blog.

Next up:  What was the reason behind the new website?



Let’s Give Them Our Support!

I again realized the importance of writing book reviews the other day, when I was talking with a new friend.  I see book reviews on Amazon all the time.  Why are they helpful, and what purpose do they serve?

  • They are helpful tools for Independent authors — those who publish their own books, who don’t have a publishing house getting the word out about them.
  • We advertise for these authors when we help our friends and family to find good books.
  • Writing book reviews is the new “word of mouth” vehicle.
  • These authors thrive on a broad audience base — and what better way to find them a good audience?
  • Book reviews are not hard to write, and they don’t have to be lengthy.  As long as you read the whole book and comment on it truthfully, it is a good review.
  • If you wrote a book and wanted your name out there, wouldn’t you want people to help you?  If I self-publish my books some day, I know I will be hoping for lots of book reviews written by you.  🙂
  • Writing a book is a time-consuming, sometimes very difficult but courageous adventure.  Wouldn’t it be nice to give authors an “atta boy!” or “atta girl!” affirmation?
  • A book review gives life to a book:   instead of seeing just the picture of it on Amazon, a reader can get a much better understanding of it and, if they are like me, would be more likely to pick it up than something with no review.
  • WordPress is a community of writers, and many of them publish their own books.   Let’s support them as best we can!

This blog has a page of book reviews I wrote about my WordPress friends’ books.  I haven’t written a book review lately — but next year I hope to once again spend time in some delicious reading.  🙂  Speaking of which:  my new website will offer a space for book reviews that you have  written.  Let’s build up our community!


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The Adventure of Debb’s Blog and Her New Trail: Part Three

Awarded by on 9/1/13

Awarded by on 9/1/13

When I said to God, “Okay, Lord, I will post something on the blog every day!” I hadn’t planned on what type of writing I would do.  Flying by the seat of my pants, I just sat down to write each day.  (I was and still am very thankful for my computer because my writing hand cramps up and my handwriting is very small unless I take time to write neatly.)  As mentioned before, I’d take a morning walk and come back with three or four ideas at a time.  Perfect, I said to myself, I will schedule the extra posts for the days ahead and I’ll still be posting every day.

From in my heart and down through my fingertips, I wrote in different styles.  A recipe here, a poem here and there, a commentary about the goops in traffic, a bedtime story…once in awhile a questionnaire or poll…and then a story consisting of song titles throughout (THAT was a lot of fun!)…whatever came to me.

This is great!  This is fun!  Who knew?!  I often said, accompanied by excited and happy hand and arm movements (to be exact, my hubby named one of these expressions as The Debbie).

I’m sure you’ve heard of artists and writers who experienced problems while doing their craft.  I was not exempt from this stellar group.

Next week:  Debb shares the not-so-smiley valleys in her writing.



How To Make Time Stand Still


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!

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The Adventure of Debb’s Blog and Her New Trail: Part Two

nature often inspired Debb to write

nature often inspired Debb to write

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!


The Adventure of Debb’s Blog and Her New Trail: Part One

Being a breast cancer survivor was the first reason Debb started to blog

Being a breast cancer survivor was the first reason Debb started to blog

Have you ever wondered why I started this blog and why I gave it the name I did?  Today you shall find the answers.

Debb Stanton was used to “silent retreats” at her friend’s Catholic church.  Contemplative was another way of describing them, and Debb was hooked.   “Still waters run deep” had been said of her to describe her quiet curiosity and introversion.  She liked the silent retreats because she could be alone with her thoughts and her Lord except for a couple of worship services and meals with the other retreatants (meals which were also silent, a woman needing to smile and point at the salt shaker in order for it to be passed to her).  She could nap all afternoon in her tiny guest room, or she could pray, or journal, or whatever.  At this point in Debb’s life, she was very much a perfectionist who said to herself, “I’ve got to journal every day.  I must journal every day.  What kind of writer can I be if I don’t write every day?  I’d better journal every day…”  and with white-knuckled determination she would come home from a retreat and force herself to write — for a grand total of two, maybe three days and then -poof!- she’d ease up on herself and no more writing would be done for awhile.
In August of 2012, Debb was two weeks away from her third cancer survivorship anniversary, and she went on a women’s retreat with her church friends.  This retreat was not a silent retreat (in fact, anything but).  Debb brought her Kindle along, and she discovered a poet who had a blog on WordPress.  By the end of the retreat, Debb was convinced that her “assignment” was to start a blog, and to write on it every day.  She was very thankful for her cancer recovery, and she was in a hurry to let as many people as possible know that getting a cancer diagnosis was not necessarily a death sentence — she was living proof.
WordPress was the blogging platform Debb chose, and when it came time to name the blog, she decided on “Sunshine Factor”.   Sunshine because this described her personality and was the nickname she was called by many people.  The ‘factor’ part came because “inner sunshine” was a big part of her life, and it was one of the factors that helped her through her cancer and beyond.
When Debb found out that Sunshine Factor is also the name of a pet and bird food and medicine company, she added a disclaimer to her blog, stating that she and they were not the same.  In the last couple months she bought her own domain name; now the blog is “The Sunshine Factor”.  Even though she loves animals and birds, Debb was now her own entity, not part of a company about animals, and she had her own blog.
Next up:  Part Two, which discusses how the blog became something of a melting pot of ideas, encouragement and creative writing.   See you next week!


New Series: The Adventure of Debb’s Blog and Her New Trail

Hello friends!  I want to tell you about a series of blog posts I will be doing starting tomorrow, November 4th.

It’s high time I take a look at the beginnings of The Sunshine Factor blog:  the purpose and pleasures of it, what I’ve learned and surprises I’ve received from writing a blog.  Like the saying goes, “How do you know where you’re going if you don’t know where you’ve been?”

I hope you’ll walk along the path with me as I take a hard look at my writing and prepare for my next writing adventure — my new path and trail.

In writing solidarity,



Happy November!

Some children looking at a selection of Christ...

Some children looking at a selection of Christmas Cards during the 1910 holiday season. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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.


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Time Out


I’ve been a busy writer

up until now usually posting each day

Now a big deadline is looming

and lo and behold —

I can’t do it all


The conversation I had with myself:

“But people expect you to write every day”.

Not to worry, they can catch up with the Archives

“You might lose viewers and followers.”

Maybe they’d rather see good posts less often

than every day lukewarm posts

“But isn’t this like acknowledging defeat?”

No, it’s called taking care of myself

It’s acknowledging that I’m not Superwoman

If I don’t care of me and my Muse

then there isn’t much I can give others

“Oh, I see, maybe this is okay?”

Forget the maybes

this is a bonafide fact

there are some blogging rules better left for the perfectionists

and yes, it’s okay

“But won’t people forget you?”

No.  They know that they’re always number one in my heart

and they can write to me any time

and we can still be in touch

“But when will you start posting regularly again?”

You are still worrying, I see

I will let them know  that *maybe*

the second full week in November is the target date

“Oh, okay, but what should the readers do in the meantime?”

Consider reading and responding to the post

“Exciting New Project!” from October 15


With love,

Later, my dear readers ~~





Exciting New Project!

I’ve been bursting at the seams for quite awhile now, wanting to tell you about a new project I am developing. I can wait no longer – today is when I introduce you to my new “baby”.

In the new year, The Sunshine Factor blog will join a new website.  The blog will still be around but be just one part of something much larger and better!  Look for a countdown next month…

The new website will be written by me and contributed to by writers, photographers and storytellers.   It will have some of your old favorites like humanizing stories, poems, and recipes.  Bursting in on the scene will be new regular features and columns, sure to become new favorites.

Here is where you, my reader, comes into the picture.  I am looking for writers who can contribute specified works to the project, writers and photographers who are interested in seeing a great new site become FABULOUS!  Unfortunately, I cannot pay you literal cash for your contributions, but our reward will be seeing another strong community be built in the name of inner sunshine, wonderful works of art, and a real sense of accomplishment.  It will be something that you will tell your friends and family about.  Nothing will be able to stop us!  🙂

I’m forming a group of interested parties who I will  contact as a group via email.  I will set forth the writing guidelines needed and describe the various columns and features of which you may want to take a part.  Please consider this valuable opportunity…

I’m also looking for members to form an advisory panel that I will consult with.  I would like the staff of my new site to include more than just me.!  Together we can be strong!  United!  Solid!  Enjoying our literary world!

Please fill out the form below, which will take two, maybe three seconds.   It is a lightning-quick way to invest your time into something great.  Thank you for your consideration!


Debb Stanton


P.S. The full credit for the beautiful photo above is: © T for


My Muse Was/Is On Vacation

I, yes even I,

suffered from writer’s block lately.

Never thought I would see the day

or have to use the skills I learned

to get over it.


So just where did my Muse go?

I think she went somewhere where it is warm and sunny;

she went off to play tennis

and then visit the ocean.


Meanwhile I have cooked up

a marvelous new project,

and I am writing an exciting post for tomorrow.

so Muse will have to come back

and not worry about competing with the new project.

Little does she know ~~

she is going to be a big part of it.

My readers will have parts to play, too,

if they desire.


Stay tuned, dear friends!

Come back, dear Muse!



Debbie Dearest!   🙂





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The ‘L’ Word

English: Israel's Escape from Egypt, illustrat...

English: Israel’s Escape from Egypt, illustration from a Bible card published 1907 by the Providence Lithograph Company (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A page from a 14th century German Haggadah

A page from a 14th century German Haggadah (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When we hear of the ‘L’ word, we usually think of love.  Like when someone loves someone but isn’t ready to say it out loud yet.  As you probably already know, I believe in speaking out your feelings, especially if they could benefit the hearer of your words.

My maiden name was “Loesel” (in the old country it was Lo[umlaut]sl.   Today I would like to write about ‘L” words.

Make sure to write a list of the blessings that have been lavished upon you.  It doesn’t take a leap of faith to realize you are truly blessed.  Some people, however, think it is their lot in life to grumble, not appreciate, and not laugh.  Leaping lizards, maybe these grumblers are the ones who earn early laugh lines on their faces.

Luxury exists for those who can appreciate what they are given.  However,  luxury is in the eye of the beholder.    A street person used to living in a big cardboard box would think a small cabin very luxurious indeed.   And not everyone who appreciates things winds up living in luxury.   Climb the ladder of success and see what luxury comes your way.   For the feast of Passover, leave out the leavening from the bread you bake.

Get your lariat ready and rope in your dreams, even if just the seeds of them appear.  Run by the lake and then sit upon the shore to drink in all the peace and beauty.  Laugh when you feel like crying, accept when you lose something or someone valuable, and make lemonade when life hands you lemons.

Protect leopards and other wildlife.   Do not languish or your life will pass by too swiftly.   Do not take long to apologize should the matter call for it.

I do not believe in luck, but rather the state of being blessed.   And love?      Of course, I love you.


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Terrifically Tuesday!

Publicity photo of Marilyn Maxwell, Tuesday We...

Publicity photo of Marilyn Maxwell, Tuesday Weld and Gary Lockwood from the television program Bus Stop. The episode is “Cherie” and is taken from William Inge’s play of the same name which also inspired the movie with Marilyn Monroe. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Wednesday Island (center) and Tuesday...

English: Wednesday Island (center) and Tuesday Islets (bottom, right), Torres Strait Islands, Queensland, Australia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hi y’all,

Why is this Tuesday terrific?  I’d say not just this Tuesday, but every Tuesday is a humdinger of a day (in a good way).  You’re still fairly relaxed from the weekend, and the week is new enough that you haven’t given up yet on your plans and dreams for this week.  If the days of the week were people and ages, I would say that Tuesday would be a rambunctious and hopeful teenager.  Look at that energy!  See all the hope!

Like the title of this post, I will try to make every word in this sentence start with a ‘t’.:

Take time to tease terror toward triumph, thereby telling tormentors that trembling tears tell tales to tyranny that talk tonelessly terrific thoughts toward thanksgiving.   Huh?  🙂   At least I did use all ‘t’s.   🙂

Have a good Tuesday!



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Don’t Let Your Dream Die

In my walk today I was thinking about how my writing projects are like children.  Do you feel that way about your writing or other things you are pursuing?  Our dreams are like children because you feed and clothe them (figuratively), nurture them and watch them grow (literally).  Would a good parent lock a child out of the house in sub-zero temperatures?  I don’t think so.  Does a good parent ever stop thinking about their child or planning for them?  No.  So it is with our dreams, or at least mine.   I always take the words of the song “Climb Every Mountain” from the Sound of Music seriously,  Very seriously.

Put another way, I say it is important to not give up on your dreams.  Ever.  They are with you for a reason.  Don’t let yourself  (and others  who would benefit from your dream/gift) down.

Oh, one more thing.   Hang your “I’m my own worst critic” hat on the closest wall.   You have a lovely dream and aspirations.  Don’t let them die!

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Response to Daily Prompt

English: William de Brailes (active c. 1230 — ...

English: William de Brailes (active c. 1230 — c. 1260) was an English 13th century scribe and Early Gothic manuscript illuminator, presumably born in Brailes, Warwickshire. He and Matthew Paris are the only two English 13th century manuscript illuminators about whom we have much personal information, since he signed two manuscripts, and his life is otherwise documented. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Daily Prompt: Ebb and Flow

by michelle w. on September 28, 2013

Our blogs morph over time, as interests shift and life happens. Write a post for your blog — but three years in the future.

Photographers, artists, poets: show us LIFE.


Hi folks!

When I look back three years

and reminisce

about what life was like then —

I smile


Back then I was very hopeful

and I really applied myself

A lot of my pursuits

have yielded success

Other things have worked out as well


Dave and I finally have our two households merged

and there is actually a place for everything

*downsizing feels great!*


My eating disorder has left the premises

and I am leading a full,  recovered life now


I am now a published author of a book —

Some manuscripts for other books I wrote

have been turned down

but there are still a few more on my list to tackle

Of course, who is to say I can’t try polishing my rejected manuscripts?


I now own and write for my own magazine

thankfully it’s online, so I can work it remotely

I am still editing and proofreading others’ manuscripts

(also remotely)

and I like reading and writing book reviews


I still have my day job

that I’ve had for 27 years

I like the benefits I get there

but at times I wish I could write full-time

I won’t be retiring for awhile

so it’s best I keep using time wisely

so I can write as much as possible


Best of all:

I am a seven-year cancer survivor

still as feisty and funny as before

although maybe a little bit stronger


I am playing tennis and swimming again

life is wonderful ~ ~


What has changed in the last three years of YOUR life?

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Poetry Saturday: The Dream Trail

The Dream

The Dream (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

~ This is a metaphorical look at chasing our dreams and goals ~

When we are young

everything looks possible

and only a few

know what their special vocation is


In our teens and twenties

we start to zero in

on what we really like and enjoy

and yes – what we are talented for


Maybe people as young as that

find their niche right away

but most of us

are busy soaking up all of life

and putting off until later

focusing on our true dream


My dream was like that

but then I started chasing the rainbow

of my hopes and dreams:



The thunderclouds rolled in

(very difficult writing assignments

in my writing course)

but the storm itself did not arrive


Then my dream

looked very much like a summer’s day

by the lake:

water bringing inspiration

nice warm sand of ideas

trickling through my fingers

seagulls crying out

with more and more ideas

bright beach ball colors

giving me hope

children nearby playing

with giggles that lighten my heart


Now my writer’s mind and soul

are like the Fourth of July

colorful explosions of ideas

and a throbbing like a sore toe


Come follow me on my trail

as I continue realizing my dream

I can promise we won’t get bored






Daily Prompt: The Cat Says Meow

Write a story about yourself from the perspective of an object, thing, animal, or another person. Write a story about yourself from the perspective of an object, thing, animal, or another person.

My name is Micah.  I am a 10 year old male brown tabby cat.   I have a sister cat, Rachael, age 3.  But alas, I am not telling you about us — or not much, anyway.  I would like to talk to you about our mother lady.   Her name is Debb, but when she talks to us, she calls herself “Mama”.

Mama rescued both of us from shelters – she found me at one of the Humane Societies in her area, and I jumped on her lap in the visiting room right away.  She is so sweet, and she was trying to help her friend pick out a cat for himself.  Instead, I ignored him, and gravitated to her immediately.  Her smile and face and voice were full of sunshine.  I knew she wouldn’t leave me outside to fend for myself.  She is a truly mother type, although she doesn’t have human children.  However, Rachael and I are known to be her fur babies, and we are real proud of our mom.  She gives us so much love and good will.  Peace reigns in our house, the one she has named “Safe Haven”.   She spoils us rotten and believe it or not, she does get frustrated with my sister.

My sister Rachael was at a local shelter for a year before Mama brought her home.   She knew that Rachael’s wish was to find someone she could trust.  Well, it wasn’t long, and Rachael trusted Mama.  Mama has loved Rachael’s fear right out of her.  The only problem is,   Rachael and I jump onto Mama’s desk at home.  I tend to sleep right in front of the keyboard, but Rachael walks ON the keyboard.  To keep her away, Mama has to pet her with one hand and type with the other hand.  Even then, she never treats Rachael badly.  But, I admit, I don’t like it when her office door is closed.  That means that Mama absolutely cannot be disturbed by anyone or anything – not even by her two furry angels.  It’s at those times, when the door is shut, that Mama is working on something she calls her blog.   Is a blog a frog, only the beginning of the word uses a different letter?  You will have to let me know.    Just go to Mama’s contact page (she’s got to have one) and email her and put my name in the subject line.  Then she will read me your letter.  Thank you!  Meoowww and a hundred times Mmmeeeeeoooooooooowwww!

Mama is a real lovely person.  She likes to make noises at me – kind of uses a high-pitched eeeekkkkk!  I think she thinks I think she’s a mouse, but I will let her think what she wants.  I want to please her in return for her providing us a nice house.   I really felt bad for her when my brother Tiger died in February.  She wept so loud, I was scared and had to run to a different part of the house!

Oh yeah, one more thing.  Mama is peace loving, so she treats me and my sister the same.  When one of us wants a scratch behind the ears, the other cat gets one too at the same time.   She gives each of us our own dry kibble, water, and moist food dishes so we don’t have to share.

I love my Mama, and so does Rachael.  I think  if you met her, you would love her too.  We are glad that our daddy loves her much and treats her very well.   She deserves the very best.   Thank you, Mama dear!


Micah Pants

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Humanizing Wednesday: Perilous Punctuation

[Note from Debb:  If this looks familiar, it is because it was posted last month, albeit in a different format]


I had a beautiful dream this morning where i was on a highway riding a bike, yet it was a bike that had a steering wheel.  As i steered all i could see was the beautiful sky during my favorite part of the morning:   early dawn with pinks and blues and teals.  I couldn’t see the road and hoped to God that I  would not crash.  Then I wondered what would sentences do if they did not have punctuation.  Would life be an aimless adventure like in my dream?  The punctuation marks all came to my mind and stood like a small army.  They took on human characteristics, and I got to know them more fully.

The period was a travel agent.  He said you have to get done seeing one country before you pass into another.

The question mark raised her eyebrows, indicating her questioning nature.

The semi colon was a pair of twins.  The period and the comma wondered why they could not be one mark or another.

The quotation marks were the opera singer’s arms as she stuck them out wide with a flourish to announce a coming high note felt from the heart and voiced with the lips.

The commas looked like they might be rubber duckies on a conveyer belt.  The series of words or list of words they surrounded just kept coming and coming and coming.

The colon was a football coach who announced the coming plays.  When he did this, you knew you should pay attention.

The asterisk was a detective.  First he had you read one clue and then find him at the end where he would give you the explanation or meaning of what went down.

The parentheses were a comedian who explained things so you could get the jokes.

That, my friend, is what i saw some punctuation marks as.

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Letters from Home: The Post

Two Sisters

Two Sisters (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Love Letter

English: Love Letter (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: A painting of the three Brontë sister...

English: A painting of the three Brontë sisters; from left to right, Anne, Emily, and Charlotte. In the center of portrait is the shadow of Branwell Brontë, the artist, who painted himself out. Français : Une peinture de les trois soeurs Brontë: de gauche à droit, Anne, Emily, et Charlotte. Dans le centre du portrait est l’ombre de Branwell Brontë, l’artiste, qui a peint au-dessus de lui-même. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Portrait of Lady Cockburn and her three oldest...

Portrait of Lady Cockburn and her three oldest sons (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Birth order can affect human psychology, thoug...

Birth order can affect human psychology, though many supposedly formative effects of birth order are instead related to other factors. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I finally sat down with a banker’s box full of letters from my dad and mom.  Of course I always miss them, them having passed on several years ago, but now I miss them more!  Reading the letters was such a good thing.   I felt I was being affirmed for myself, since I was just like my father, and his words (and little drawings) made me laugh out loud.   He had such a unique way of saying things!

The letters also brought up things that I had forgotten, even though I have an excellent memory.   I realized that all these years when I was telling myself that they didn’t really care, they didn’t love me unconditionally, etc., I was ignoring the things they said once in awhile (just in letter form):  We are so proud of you.  We can’t wait till we see you again.  You are a generous person.   People want copies of your editorial that you wrote for your church newsletter.  Please send a monthly copy to our Pastor, he’s got to read them!

This shows me that even writing a letter to someone can have a profound effect on them – so if you’re saying something good – tell them often!  No detail is too small where love is concerned!  This is good advice for other relationships, too, besides parent to child (even if adult child):  sibling to sibling, sibling to grandparent, friend to friend, friend to teacher or professor, and the list goes on and on.  And, the old fashioned way of sending letters – with actual stationery and pen – is a very great way to do it.   I think our mailboxes get too full of bills and ads and not many letters anymore!  That is the sad thing about the technical age – we often lose the personal touch.

This brings me to my next point – and it is one that I have often said.  Let the people you love know that you love them.  Some people, like myself, aren’t aware of that fact.  I don’t care if you’re not the huggy-touchy-feely type, or if you’re uncomfortable with saying things like that to someone.  DO IT ANYWAY, and make their day!  🙂

Speaking of which, I love you.   I’m so glad you’re in my life.  Have a wonderful day!



Refueling Yourself

Breakfast under the big birch tree by Carl Lar...

Breakfast under the big birch tree by Carl Larsson, 1896 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’ve been finding that the more I have my blog, interact with people online, and play brain games on Lumosity, the more I’m inclined to delay my breakfast in the morning.   As you may have heard, breakfast is the most important meal of the day for your body; it needs to be refueled after a night of sleeping and no eating.  (Hence, this meal is called “break[the]fast.”)

I have been a breakfast person all my life, and a morning person for about 20 years now.  That is the first thing I used to do in the morning, is grab some nutrition and then get ready for the day.   Now, however, I get on the computer, even on days that I go to my job.  (On the days that I don’t go to work, look out – I can be at my computer literally for hours and have a very late breakfast!)  I’m so excited, I can’t wait to create (write) and read and see what’s new (and of course, play my Lumosity games.)

For those of you watching your weight, studies have shown that if you eat breakfast within half hour of rising, your body will perform for you.  But wait any longer than that, and your body starts holding onto its fat (it thinks you are in starvation mode and will not burn calories as efficiently).  In fact, any skipped meal is treated by your body as a threat to your existence.

In my recovery program, I don’t skip meals anymore.   I definitely don’t skip breakfast, and today, believe it or not, I had breakfast before getting on the computer.  I wrote this post first thing, and now I will see if my Lumosity scores are higher than usual.  I have a good feeling that they will be.


Letter to Daisy

This letter is written to my inner child.  Yes – I believe in nurturing the part of one’s self that is still innocent and searching and can still feel the pain of the past.   The better my inner child feels, the better I feel!

Dear Daisy,

I wanted to let you know how proud I am of you.  You are so creative, and you are the one that prods me to keep moving in my writing career.  My life is so exciting now, and I never feel negatively prodded by you, but encouraged.  I believe that you are one of the muses who puts the stories and poems in my heart.

Exuberant!  Funny!  Sweet! Creative!  When people say this of me, in my heart I am giving you the credit.  (Well, you and the Lord, that is.)

When I was a child, you and I were one.  Then part of me grew into an adult while you stayed behind.  I didn’t even realize you exist until a few years ago.  Now I find that when I am learning to reparent myself, it is you I am lovingly training and reaching and embracing and encouraging.  You are learning quickly that the adults in the past who abandoned me or totally rejected me (especially my 4th grade teacher who called me DUMB in front of the whole class) and the kids who called me names, were totally in the wrong.  I didn’t have to believe what they said about me, but it’s all I had to go on, and so I did believe them.

Getting over the past happens more quickly when I affirm you and let you know that you are beautiful inside and out, that I love you, and I am living to take good care of me – and you.  Never will I abandon you or fail to take care of you.  I apologizing for not treating you better.

Thank you, Daisy, for bringing your joy into my life.  I think when I am a little silly or having fun, you are right there.   And I love you for it!

Thank you also for not bucking me when I started my recovery program.  You are easy to teach, and you are very willing.  Together we will see our dreams come to reality and our hope soar.





A Change of Heart

It dawned on me this morning that I can’t possibly participate in NaNoWriMo this year.  I have three big projects going on besides my job, and I wouldn’t be able to give it my full TLC that it deserves.  So — till next year, folks!  Best wishes to those people that are going to write one novel in the month of November.  I’m rooting for you!  🙂


English: Imagination (1896). Olin Warner (comp...

English: Imagination (1896). Olin Warner (completed by Herbert Adams). Bronze door at main entrance of the Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Imagination is everything.  It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.

— Albert Einstein

I agree with this one.  Without my imagination, I would not be a writer today.  My imagination fuels my dreams and aspirations, gives substance to my goals and all around is a very pleasant thing to have.

The photo I have chosen for this post is very fitting, as this person is holding a musical instrument – maybe a lyre?  It seems the Muses in Greek mythology always had music going on, too, along with their creative ideas.  🙂


Versatile Blogger Award


My good buddy Tom from has given me this award.   I am almost speechless (and for me, that says everything!  LOL)  Tom, you were my first follower ever on Sunshine, and I credit you with half the enthusiasm I have for blogging!  I hope my readers look you up.  Thank you so much for this award!

I am supposed to pass this award on to 15 other versatile people.  Tom, hope you don’t mind, but that has to wait till later…

Next, I am to list seven interesting things about myself.  Well, they’re interesting to me, and hopefully they will be to you, too.


1.  I was married last December 12, 2012 — the same day that Tom Lucas introduced his new book, Leather to the Corinthians to the world.  From Florida to Minnesota, there was just one huge happiness party!  🙂

2.  One day when I was in kindergarten, I came home from school and told my mom this fib:  “Mom!  Ya know what I learned in school today?  The colors blue and red are best friends!”  Maybe I was born with this wild imagination!  🙂

3.  I was a profound sleeptalker and sleepwalker as a child.  As an adult, a medication I took rendered me totally forgetful about what my actions were the night before, so I might have walked (or did other things) in my sleep, and occasionally I still talk in my sleep.  Fortunately for me, the chemo side effect of insomnia has finally gone, and I don’t need any sleep aids.

4.  When I was in second grade and my sister was in fifth, our class got to see her class play.  But I panicked because I couldn’t see my sister on the stage.  I didn’t recognize her with her stage makeup on!

5.  I played “Auntie Em” in my 4th grade reading class school play of “The Wizard of Oz.”

6.  As a child, I won a trip on a helicopter for a new store opening.  But alas, the helicopter never showed up!

7.  I am now back to a normal, 5 day a week schedule at work.  I changed it because my writing career is taking off.  I am blogging, reviewing books, am a professional proofreader, and hope to enter writing contests and write articles – as well as write all the books on my long list of writing projects!  And I will write them all!   🙂




Humanizing Wednesday: The Angry Sea


The Deepwater Horizon oil spill as seen from s...

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill as seen from space by NASA’s Terra satellite on May 24, 2010 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


English: Oil Slick in the Timor Sea, September...

English: Oil Slick in the Timor Sea, September 2009 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


A beach after an oil spill.

A beach after an oil spill. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Angry Sea

The ocean, so colorful and calming,

could also be a threat to swimmers and sailors and vacationers.

But unexpectedly, one of the oceans named Claire

was actually violently angry toward people –

the people that couldn’t prevent oil spills

or keep from killing thousands of sea birds and animals.

She felt so bad for the lives lost in her waters —

human beings and ocean creatures both.

She just couldn’t forget the last ocean catastrophe,

and she couldn’t forgive people with their corporations

lusting for money so much they forgot to be careful

with how they used natural resources.


Claire called upon her old friend Thunder

and his friend Lightning

to see if they held her same opinion.

“We certainly agree,” thundered her very loud friend Thunder.

Lightning, for his agreement, flashed his eyes quickly,

blinding everyone who saw him.

Since the sky was now dark,

stars, the sea’s friends,

twinkled their appearance

and joined in the discussion.

“Yes, we look small to living creatures on the earth,” they responded,

“but we are actually big,

and we are very ANGRY too.”


The outcome of this nature’s summit

was that Claire decided to do things differently.

She asked the tides to be a little more gentle

so Claire wouldn’t have to be rough in turn.

(The tides said they would try.)

Thunder and Lightning and anything else

getting Claire to act up

promised to do all they could to prevent more tragedies from happening.


So now when you see the clouds roll in but

Thunder and Lightning do not show up,

you are benefiting from the summit they had with Claire.

And one day, Thunder and Lightning hope,

they will just hang out for short little light shows but nothing harmful.

Claire is going to work on forgiveness,

and in the meantime,

she will still be a very caring agent of nature.

Long live Claire and other oceans and bodies of water like her, and their inhabitants!