Cee’s Share Your World

We all mean something to someone.

Participating in Cee’s invitation to share breaks my social anxiety shell.  I really am shy.

Have you ever participated in a distance walking, swimming, running, or biking event? Tell your story.

I ran track in school and was really good in the relays, being the caboose and winning every race.  I also raced my brother in high school and by then he had matured and was stronger and faster than I would ever be.  In 2014 I participated in a Suicide Overnight walk in Seattle Washington, in honor of my brother.  I trained for the walk for a year and finished the 18 miles, only needing to stop once.  I was super proud of myself for walking alone, through some really dark alleys, never minding the men who scared the hell out of me.  The precept, mind over matter and you can do anything, rang true that night.  Towards the end of the 18 miles someone had taken the directional signs down and I ended up getting lost.  Thank goodness for cell phones.  My husband found me and we hailed a taxi back to the start.  We found out we were less than a 1/4 mile away.  It was a great experience and a necessary moment in my healing process.

Name one thing not many people know about you.
I am extremely shy.  I am amazed how I am stretching myself and sharing not only in Cee’s challenge but also posting my poetry and random thoughts.  Someday I will attend a poetry reading to read my poems, albeit miles away from home.  The fact I can barely read to or let my family read my poems attests to the monumental achievement that reading will be.  In the end, I am not sure I will ever be comfortable sharing but I’ll do it anyway.  Thanks for reading.

What is your favorite flower?  I struggle with this question.  I seriously do not have a favorite.  Every flower I love is for a different reason.  Spring wildflowers are hopeful, sunflowers and butterfly weed are encouraging, forget-me-nots signify my love and fall wildflowers are the last hurrah before I cocoon over the winter.

Oh, how could I forget, the vibrant Oriental Poppy!!  This just may be my favorite flower!! The papery petals whisk me away.  They will bloom in my garden soon and the anticipation is taking up my thoughts.  🙂

Things I want to have in my home (paintings, hot tubs, book cases, big screen tv etc)

Funny this question is asked because I was sharing this very dream house with my daughter last week. When I was young, in my teenage years, I drew my dream home over and over.  It was a one room beach bungalow, with a bed, expansive windows looking out on the ocean, a kitchen and a fireplace.  I think this dream is coming alive again.  I hope someday I can say I live in my dream house.

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? 

I made it to the dunes on Saturday 4/8/2017.  This Saturday, 4/15/2017, my son will be honored by the chemistry department at Indiana University for his four year involvement mentoring students and doing summer research with numerous scholarships.  In the fall he heads to Ohio State and begins working on his PhD research and dissertation.  So proud of him!! If you are reading Luke, way to go!!

10 thoughts on “Cee’s Share Your World

  1. Haven’t looked at the book properly – Manuel Puig – but at first glance – Argentinian writer – he might be using the same sort of theory that I’m interested in – Derrida – the philosophers I’ve already mentioned – Barthes – ‘Death of the Author’. Puig – it might be magical realism – which – in some authors, I used to like it – but not now – too much of what I’ve read in magical realism is sexist. This is a very general comment.

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    1. That is all very interesting as i am unaware of any of that. I tend not to think too much when i write poetry but will approach other endeavors in a more studious way, to think and consider. I will certainly keep this in mind as i read the book. I am liking the story. Not sure if my Goodreads critique will be 4 or 5 stars. It is psychological, which I love in a book, so it is headed toward 5 unless something occurs in the 3/4 i have to read.


      1. No – I don’t consider when I’m writing, either, but I think all that theory is so ingrained in me now, it’s second nature – part of me now.


  2. Shyness – I used to be so shy, but not so much now. I think it is a case of doing what you are – reaching out where you can, but – oh, people talk about ‘getting out of your comfort zone’ as though forcing things is going to work. That is excruciating. Be aware of your comfort zone, I’d say, but don’t get too uncomfortable – I think that is counter-productive.

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    1. Great advice Joan. Life is a balancing act. I use to cringe at that comfort zone scenario but sometimes it takes force to get me moving. What becomes the kicker is when you do move and end up wounded. People are not so nice as we wish they would/could be. Our experiences are unique and so we learn what we need and in the end the balancing act works far better for me. J


      1. I said something over at my blog about me having a group of characters who I know are me – one of them is a balancing person – she is a trapeze artist, in her own way – I fall naturally into being this balancing person a lot of the time – it’s a very helpful way to be at times.
        ‘Comfort zone’ thing – talking in seminars for me – very difficult, but I can do that easily now – some tough times doing that, though – and being put absolutely on the spot by some tutors (my university experience was a defining one for me) – in an unfair way – so I was babbling on about anything at all that came into my head – I didn’t even understand the question, never mind how to answer it – but this tutor assumed that I could and would.
        I wonder if that was the balancing me who answered there? Might have been. Anyway, I got through it with no further embarrassment. (And no one seemed to notice I was talking a whole load of rubbish!)

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      2. I found a book at a second-hand store a couple days ago and it reminds me of your writing…so far. Kiss of the Spider Woman by Manuel Puig. It may not be the same theme but the voice is similar.

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  3. I know how you feel about picking just one flower. I like so many of them, too. I appreciate how difficult it is for you to want to share your words and thoughts. I keep a blog just so I have to put myself out there every week. It’s not my nature, but I’ve concluded that it’s good for me to do so because it keeps my brain clicking and my heart open.

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