Posts Tagged ‘life’


Posted: April 30, 2019 in Quotes
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© janet m. webb

I don’t know who said either of these. But that doesn’t negate the truth of them.  Sometimes life seems overwhelming. Sometimes life IS overwhelming.  Each of these thoughts helps brings things into focus and allows us to move on, not just at survival level, but at a productive level.

copyright janet m. webb 2015 (more…)


A very good year

Posted: December 31, 2014 in Miscellaneous, Personal
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Here’s to the friendships, accomplishments and memories of 2014 and to the opportunities and excitement of a blank year, ready to be written upon.

  I look forward to another year of of knowing you and sharing the blogsphere with you. May you live forward this year while looking back at the good memories and forgetting the bad
and may you and yours be richly blessed in 2015!

Happy New Year!
Bonne année et bonne santé !
Ein glückliches neues Jahr!      Feliz Ano ~Nuevo!
Onnellista uutta vuotta!   Makahiki hou!      Gott Nytt År!
Felice Anno Nuovo!     Shana Tova!
Gelukkig nieuwjaar!   Akemashite Omedetou Gozaimasu!  Mutlu Yıllar!


Just under two years ago, my Friday Fictioneers story was told in eight haiku, adding up to exactly one hundred words as well.  As I’ve learned more about haiku and written more, I’ve come to consider them the flash fiction of poetry, an attempt to tell a story in very few words a/o syllables.  I realize the generally the last line of a haiku isn’t connected to directly to the other two lines as mine are here.  But I’m still happy with what I produced.  It’s not easy to get the correct number of syllables, one hundred words and eight haiku that make sense and make a story that makes sense!   If you want to see the photo that inspired the story, you can click on the highlighted link.  Otherwise, just enjoy the journey here.

The Journey
Life in eight haiku

young and filled with hope
gentle smooth wide path beckons
birds singing in trees

walking together
joyful talk with much laughter
sturdy trees grow close

dangerous trail now
so slippery and narrow
easy to plunge off

when I trip or fall
your hands help me rise again
sun’s rays warm us both

dark verdant foliage
tempting us to turn aside
onto wayward path

weary from our walk
searching for flowered meadow
welcome refreshment

dark clouds overhead
continuing side by side
weathering the storms

long journey ending
we reach the top together
home awaits us there


Sunday sayings: Life

Posted: May 11, 2014 in Sunday sayings
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copyright janet m. webb 2014

Ten thousand flowers in Spring.
The moon in Autumn.
A cool breeze in Summer.
Snow in Winter.
If your mind isn’t clouded
by unnecessary things,
this is the best season of your life.
– Wu-Men


Friday Fictioneers

Eyes observe photo
Tumbling thoughts settle into
One hundred word story

Copyright Danny Bowman

Copyright Danny Bowman

Out of the Frying Pan

He lies
A useless hulk
A ranging mind or a vast emptiness
No one knows
Once-powerful muscles wasted from lack of exercise
He never speaks
Eyes dead and flat
Bodily functions machine- or human-aided
He lies alone
In silence

She never visits
His wife of many years, absent
No children to hold his hand
Or talk of the day’s activities

Some feel sorrow for him

Her bruises, burns, sometime broken bones
(all hidden)
Ended by the frying pan
That finally destroyed his abuse-ordering synapses

Today she signs the papers
Sending him, she hopes,
To the hell he put her through

I wrote the first verse of this one day as a response to a mathematical poem my husband wrote.  The rest is just something fun for Sunday.

Squaring my shoulders
I admit you wrecked the angle of my heart.
I hadn’t factored in how prime you were
And our lives have intersected ever since.
It may not seem rational
But we do have many common factors
So it all adds up.

Then we went forth and multiplied.
Our children were a divergent series
and often diametrically opposed
but we felt they had some of our eccentricity.
No formula to raising children;
sometime you just have a hypothesis.
But the sum of it all was positive.

The probability was that we’d still be rational
(and it seems the parent functions still are)
although that may be a product of our imagination.
Thankfully, we’re not yet a null set
and the odds are in our favor
that we got most of the answers right.
Now the focus is back on the pair of us.