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Don’t Let the Past Stop You

Sometimes we spend so much time and energy thinking about where we want to go that we don’t notice where we happen to be.

Dan Gutman, From Texas with Love

When I first moved from Oregon to Texas, all I did was mourn for the area that I left behind.  I couldn’t see the beauty that was all around me, simply because I was too busy wishing I was somewhere else.

Sometimes it’s hard to leave the past behind.  Past experiences, past loves, past places all seem to follow us and haunt us.  You don’t have to forget about the past, but don’t let it cripple you.  Be sure to see each day with new eyes.  Savor each one, because you never know when you might be experiencing your last one.

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Treasuring Poetry – Meet poet and writer Penny Wilson #poetry #poetrycommunity #treasuringpoetry

The Lovely and talented Robbie Cheadle at Writing to Be Read, runs a series of posts called Treasuring Poetry. I am honored to have been asked by her to participate in this for 2022. Below, please see the interview that Robbie did of me. Be sure to spend some time on Robbie’s blog as she is a talent that you don’t want to miss. Not only is Robbie a published author, but she also offers publishing services.

Writing to be Read

Which of your own poems is your favourite?

Trying to choose a favorite poem of my own, is like trying to choose a favorite child! Writing is an incredibly personal thing and our creations become our “babies”. Looking back through poems that I’ve written in the past, I will come across one that really strikes me as being exceptional. I’m often surprised by what I find on these journeys of reminiscing.

But to answer your question, today, right now, I think my favorite poem is called Poetry Of My Heart .

The poetry of my heart

spills onto the page

in blue ink

and fervent sighs

The poetry of my heart

is written on the wings

of dreams

and nights

of longing

The poetry of my heart

negate shadows of terrors

not voiced

The poetry of my heart

stands tall

against this world

What inspired you to write this poem?

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First Date

Tina was young and naive.  She was also a statuesque beauty that Rex fell for the first time he saw her picture.

Rex had everything in order.  He thought he had arranged the perfect first date to start off the evening’s festivities.

The restaurant was cozy and dimly lit.  Rex had a view of the front door and would be able to spot her as soon as she walked in.  He had a single rose on the table next to him ready for that moment.

After an hour and 3 bourbons, Rex knew he had been stood up.  He stepped out into a damp Houston night.

Rex turned up his collar against cold.  He had his hands stuffed deep into his pockets, trying to keep them warm.  He clinched the little bottle in his pocket even tighter.

Clouds of vapor puffed out of his mouth as he walked along the sidewalk, cursing and muttering to himself.

“Bitch coulda at least texted me.  I sit there for a freakin’ hour waiting on her!  Hell, I told her we’d go to the  game after!  I told her that I had bought the tickets for crissake!”

Rex’s feet were getting wet.  He’d stepped in a puddle as he crossed the street to his car.  This made him all the more angry.  “Flaky whore!”

As he approached his car he fished his keys out.  He clicked the little button on the remote and the trunk lid made a soft “chunk” sound and sprung open.

Cautiously looking around him, Rex reached into the trunk and pulled the gym bag out unzipping it.  He spread open the top of the bag and peered inside.  All was as it should be.  There was a good, strong nylon rope, duct tape, and a large knife.

He dug into his front pocket and pulled out the little bottle of chloroform.   He dropped it into the gym bag along with his other date night tools.

 Copyright (C) 2017 Penny Wilson

*When I came across this older piece of mine, I decided that it deserved a second outing.  I hope that you enjoyed it.

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10 Tips For a Better Blogging Experience-Revised

I’ve been blogging off and on for about 8 years. During that time, I did not take advantage of the amazing community that WordPress has become to me until the last few years. Don’t make the same mistake. I would like to share some of what I’ve learned with you. If you would like to expand your readership or enhance your WordPress experience, these points might be helpful. I do not claim to be any kind of expert. I just want to share my experience and possibly spare you some of the mistakes I’ve made.

  1. SHARE–The biggest lesson I’ve learned here is to share your knowledge. It will come back to you 10-fold. The bloggers on WordPress are incredibly generous with their knowledge. You should be just as generous.
  2. GIVE CREDIT–Be sure to give credit where credit is due. If you are copying an idea or using a photo, give credit to that person. They deserve it for their hard work!
  3. CONNECT–Step out and connect with other bloggers. As you develop relationships with these people, you will learn from them. Explore!WordPress has a worldwide selection of topics.
  4. ASK QUESTIONS–If you have questions about blogging or writing, ASK! If your recipe for bread dough is falling flat and you want help, ASK! Your fellow bloggers are more than willing to help!
  5. DO THE WORK–Your blog will flourish, depending on the amount of work you are willing to put into it. This is a mistake I made for a long time. Not only do you need to write and post here, but get around to other blogs. Read, comment, follow!
  6. SPREAD THE JOY–If you see a post that makes you laugh, or expands your knowledge, tell that person. Leave a comment! Reblog! It’s important!
  7. USE WORDPRESS–Wordpress has a ton of tutorials. There are also awesome WordPress blogs that will give you ongoing information if you follow them. Take advantage of this free information. WordPress wants to help you!
  8. BE ACTIVE–Be sure to respond to comments. Visit other’s blogs. Read, follow and comment.
  9. BE THANKFUL–Be gracious. Thank those that help you. Return the favor. Spread the love!
  10. BE ACTIVE–This was probably the biggest mistake I made. I do not post on a set-in-stone routine. I try to post a few times a week. If you do not post often enough, people will lose interest.

*I’d like to add a couple more suggestions for a Better Blogging Experience.

1. Be polite. If you don’t agree with something, that’s no reason to be rude. Move along to something that better fits your tastes.

2. Have Fun! Once you spend a little time here, you will begin to really enjoy the community and the connections that you make.

Have fun with this experience!

Copyright (C) 2022 Penny Wilson

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REBLOG: WHEN THE DREAMS END

REBLOG:  This is the post from Chuck’s blog.  Be sure to visit his Blog!!

The Reluctant Poet

By Penny Wilson And Charles Robert Lindholm

Deep asleep
and dreaming

The vision
of your face

Came to me
last night

With sweet lips smiling
and your eyes sparkling

You came to 
hold my hand                   
and walk with me
down memory lane   

I felt your touch
and saw our love  

I can’t wait until
the dreams end
and we can be 
together again

Dancing with the angels

where we have a 
never ending future
to share

Copyright © 2021 Penny Wilson And Charles Robert Lindholm
All Rights Reserved – 05-26-2021 

Many thanks to Penny for the joy and magic of writing together!!
Please visit Penny’s blog – pennywilsonwrites.com

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