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The Courteous Curator

A poem by Debbie Loesel Stanton:

 

THE COURTEOUS CURATOR

 

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

 


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Reactive

Another feature of the new magazine is this:  a “reactive” theme.  This means that no matter how you view it, whether on your iPhone,iPad or computer, the layout will look the same.  No longer will items be distorted and hard to read.

How many of you will “react” to this good news?!  🙂


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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:  http://www.facebook.com/thankfulgirl (Debb Stanton) and click on http://www.facebook.com/stantonsunshine.   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!  🙂

 

Debb

 


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Pen Pals

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

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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?


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The Value of Peeps

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

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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!

 

Love,

Debb


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Happy Anniversary to my Love!

I have a husband sweet

he makes me feel complete

It was just a year ago today

we joined together on life’s way

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This year went by so fast

No question that we will last

I love you, David, with all my heart and soul

and the wonder of a newborn foal

never losing one another again is our goal

On us, nothing will take its toll

I’ll be loving you forever

our strong bond of marriage, nothing will sever

Happy Anniversary, Honey!

~~ Debb


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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:  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.)

More soon!


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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!

 


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

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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?

 


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Christmas Shopping Then and Now

My sentiments exactly.

Chasing the Horizon

Sears Wish Book

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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“Flexibility” a new way of blogging

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! 🙂

Jewellery Blog

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”.

Flexibility

What flexibility means is this in Debbie’s words:

“Story Squared is a story blog: one continuing story with two writers who will add a little bit to it daily or almost every day. Even the authors will be in suspense, because we won’t know what the other person will write.”

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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She Loves Me Just For Me!

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Nepeta cataria L. ;Original Description: Katzenminze, Nepeta cataria (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Catnip is one of those things that cats either love or hate.  In the Stanton camp, Micah adores it.  Rachel is critical of it.  I was trying to coax Rachel over to me so she could try catnip this morning.   She made a beeline for me while skirting the hated object.  Imagine that – a cat who loves me for me and not the catnip that I can offer!  🙂

Oh – and not to worry – Micah later snarfed up Rachel’s portion too.  Now everyone is happy!  🙂


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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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What I Am Thankful For

let us give thanks for all our blessings

let us give thanks for all our blessings

Trees

Happiness

Angels (human ones)

Neighbors — both far and near

Kindness

Sunshine and my Savior

Geese

Ideas

Victories

Icicles

Nature

Gifts in all sizes

 

~ And of course, I am thankful for all my friends and family.  I wish everyone out there a fantastic holiday!

Debb


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New Job

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.


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How to Repurpose a Sled

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English: A pair of “Lovikkavantar”, a common Swedish glove. Svenska: Ett par Lovikkavantar. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

These ideas are from me; hope they are useful to someone.  🙂

1.  Repaint and attach shelves.  When you lean it against a wall, the sled will hold flower pots or books.

~or~

2.  If there is enough room in your entry way, attach hooks to the sled, and it can hold numerous hats, caps, gloves, mittens and scarves.

 


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

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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.

 


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How To Make Time Stand Still

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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!


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Recycle, Reuse, Repurpose – a Piano? Part II

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English: Range of a piano (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I haven’t really mentioned whatever became of the piano my parents gave me and that ended up with me in Minnesota…

I gave it to a family at church. Their two little girls played their violins along with mom and dad who played the piano. The only cost to the family was paying the piano mover man.

I am glad that my piano was loved and reused and recycled. I bet it still sounds lovely with violins and other instruments. 🙂


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Birthdays In All Months!

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Sretan rođendan – Happy Birthday (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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:

stantonsunshine@gmail.com.

Thanks!

Debb

 


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Yoooo-Hooo! All January Birthday People: Please Check In

who has a January birthday?  Let Sunshine Factor know

who has a January birthday? Let Sunshine Factor know

Howdy doody,

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.

Thank you,
Debb


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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!


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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.
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In writing solidarity,

Debb


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Happy November!

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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.

Debb


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Stereotypes suck

Leanne says this much better than my last post did. 🙂 Hope you will take time to read this powerful piece. Debb

Writings and Ruminations

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I had an interesting conversation with someone very close to me who said, “The thing about stereotypes is they exist because more often than not, they’re true.”

It’s hard to argue with that.

The problem is, where does that leave the people who don’t fit the stereotypes? The people in the minority. Or even those in the minority of the majority? What is the prognosis for the people who bear a life attached to stigmas and real truths yet don’t fit the stereotypes that society deems unacceptable to support?

Remember  the other day when I said I had something really exciting cooking? I do!

I have a friend named Tony Roberts. He has bipolar disorder. The truth is, bipolar disorder is a dark, painful and destructive mental illness. It has harsh consequences that affect his relationships and life with his kids…

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…and Another Prayer Request

I’ve just been informed of a pastor battling mental illness and his book discussing it, the stigma that pastors and ministers have (“gee, you’re a pastor, how can you be mentally ill?”) about it, and the incredible story and experience he has had.  Look it up at:  http://igg.me/at/delightindisorder/x/5050970  I plan to help him out.  I know a lot of us out there are under financial pressures, but this is a worthy cause — just sayin’…

The related article listed below tells all about this pastor.

Thanks,

Debb


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The Joke Is On Me! :)

Hello out there from Vikings Land.  Maybe I should admit to you now, to those that may not have already guessed — I do not like football.  And because of this, if I don’t ask Dave what’s going on with the Vikings or Packers (rivals but neighbors, geography-wise), I do not keep up on things.

On Sunday nights, NBC broadcasts “National Football Night in America.”   Well, my latest faux pas:   I had heard an ad for tonight’s game on the TV while in another room — and I said to Dave later, “Are you kidding me?  Do they really have a show called “National Nightmare in America” that features a football game?!”   It seems my hearing was a little bit off, but Dave still gets a big kick out of this when he thinks of my misunderstanding the commercial.   🙂  Can’t say I blame him!

By the way, NBC Sports, I meant nothing bad about you.  I’m glad you sponsor professional football.  It’s just that I need to brush up on my hearing skills.   🙂


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Jenn’s Cancer is Back – Please Pray!

Howdy folks,

I may have mentioned Jennifer D to you before.  She is my pastor’s wife who played guitar, along with her husband, for our wedding (and sang for us too), and she is an extremely lovely person with a very talented voice.  Today in church she sang “At the Cross”, and there probably wasn’t a dry eye in the place.

I bring Jenn up now to you now if you are so inclined to pray for her — this request is actually from her.   After successfully beating colon cancer a couple years ago, she has had numerous surgeries for possible lung cancer.   That’s the real kicker – she’s not a smoker.  Now, as it turns out, they did find a tumor in between her two lungs — AND the cancer has now affected her lymph nodes.

Jenn and her husband see the oncologist on Tuesday, October 29th.   Please surround her with your prayers.   I so appreciate the prayers for her, as she will feel better as she feels your prayers.    She has a tremendously strong faith, but even she could use a boost right about now.   Jenn is a wonderful person, and I want her to be around for her brand new grandson (first grandchild) who lives way out in Montana.  I want her to be around, period.

Sincerely,

Debb


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Time Out

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 ~~

Debb

 

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Poetry Saturday: Aware

AWARE

Micah watches Rachael constantly

Rachael comes to Micah’s aid whenever he cries

They have a sturdy communication system going on

 

Even when sleeping

they are totally aware

of the other’s presence

 

Like siblings do,

they want equal attention

and more of Mom’s time

 

Who are Micah and Rachael?

They are my fur babies:

totally aware cats


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Friday – Don’t Wish It Away

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English: The corporate brand and logo for great fridays ltd (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Tgi-fridays-map (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Once again it’s finally Friday!

Once we’re to this point, though,

we often wish the clock would speed up

so it could be at the official end of the work week.

 

Why rush it?

It’s fun to watch people on Fridays.

Many of them smile more than usual

or get so animated, telling others about their plans

 

It’s a good time to be thankful, too ~

you did make it through the week

and are still alive to tell about it.

 

Savor each moment

since you will never have it again

Take a deep breath

and say “Ahhh, Friday!”


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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!

Sincerely,

Debb Stanton

 

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


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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!

 

Signed,

Debbie Dearest!   🙂

 

 

 

 


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The ‘L’ Word

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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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Saturday Poetry:

 

George has taken leave of his senses

He ought to be out mending fences

But no, he is just outside strolling along

They label him “strong”

 

Mabel is outside, too

checking which of her flowers grew

She is content to stay here

She is fine, thank you, never fear

 

George appears outside Mabel’s garden gate

Ooh, is this going to be their fate?

That the two “misfits” fit well together

as beautiful as Scottish heather?

 

We shall have to see

what fate awaits them

whether they’ll find each other at last

or just let another chance go by

 

Wildflowers


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Orange Leaves

There is a tree outside my window that I just love.   In spring its leaves are a pinkish hue, and now in fall they are peach-and-orange colored.  It’s not a maple tree – I wish my dad was still around, I would ask him and he would be able to tell me immediately what kind of tree I have.

Seeing that tree every time I come into my office makes me smile.  It is like a rainbow in that I see beautiful parts of nature as telling us, “life goes on, and some things don’t change.  There is promise.”

May you have a beautiful day today, too.   Smile and know that you, too, hold promise in your heart and in your life.


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Humanizing Wednesday: The Cat Who Could Cook

Cat food for sale at an Istanbul animal market

Cat food for sale at an Istanbul animal market (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Micah the cat

not generally a brat

put on a cook’s hat

and cooked for his sister.

He thought he was smart enough

because he watched his human mama

open cans of moist cat food

that smelled delish.

 

But he wanted to actually cook..

The delicacies his mama made for people

sent him scurrying to his favorite cat cookbook:

The Cat of Cooking.

 

Mama didn’t see all the proceedings

but a rare sight greeted her when she came home.

Micah had gotten into the refrigerator

and somehow got some pancake syrup in his hair.

When he made homemade pasta,

the flour went up his triangle nose

and some unused, cooked pasta

hung around his tail.

 

The smell of beef came from his mouth

but his sister rejected him, saying,

“I told you to cook fish for dinner!”

Micah, I guess, was not a winner.

 

Then Micah became content again

to wait patiently for his cat supper.

Only the best for this interesting cat

and his darling, princess-like sister!


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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!

Debb