Just a note – June 3, 2013

Carlyle Bridge

Hello world!

This has been a very busy week for me…and here I thought I’d just breeze through the week with nary a hitch.  It was also exciting as I met two interesting artists that live here near me and on Friday we will have a little “happening” which we hope will be an opportunity to join forces to create a spot for young artists in our zone.  The present artistic community is rather monopolized by two groups that effectively keep out original ideas, unless they follow the elders lead…I’ll try to post a couple of pieces in the future and show our progress.

My English conversation meeting are about to close for the summer…so I’ll be speaking even less English than I do now!  For alas dear friends, outside of this blog and my meetings (and o course a Skype call with the family) I rarely use my mother tongue!  I’m organizing a closing pizza dinner with my wonderful group, it’ll be an opportunity to speak English outside a classroom…it should be fun!

This week was rich with comments that I truly appreciated and a few new friends who have joined me here appreciated my reblogs and in fact said one of the reasons they decided to join was because of them.  The pointed used the word “useful”, and here we are talking about the links to blogs like We Drink Because we are Poets, The Daily Prompt,  the new “The Self Publisher” and The Community Storyboard (Where I posted one of my poems this week 😉 ).  They also appreciated those reblogs about how to blog more effectively etc.  I’m happy everyone found my tastes in reblogs useful and entertaining!

Some other’s have commented on my poems and one was very dear to me from Rosemarie it was a simple line commenting my poem Poem: Leo’s question and it went like this: “Very effective medium for the message.”  It doesn’t take much to make me happy, but I love insight.  Rosemarie picked up on something that I appreciated.  When I began blogging there were some things I wanted to say about the world, some relating to my experience some about my ideas…I look back on those posts and I see a lot of words that tend to be stilted and well, verbose, I was writing more in an Italian English way…Italians are very verbose.  I began to write power shorts and flash fiction and Haiku to whittle down and get to essentials…so Rosemarie gave me a precious confirmation that things are going in the right direction for me!

To conclude this part about me let me tell you what I did to catch up on my blogging week’s work.  My e-mails seemed to grow each day as I could not evade the traffic from my subscriptions and notifications about my blog.  The notifications were easy…as I evaded them as soon as they came in, no problem, I eliminated them…but the subscriptions were another matter.  Some I took care of through the reader daily, but others were waiting there for me until Saturday morning when I found I had about 200 to read!  I eliminated the ones I’d gone through in the reader and  then did a two day marathon of reading and commenting what I found interesting. Each night I was drunk with reading and commenting…so my loves, I do what I do when I’m in this state, I got verbose…so if you got a long-winded reply, please know that this is the reason (she blushed and shook her head).


award collage

Now for the awards! Yeah!  Lisa Elskeravid nominated me for the “Liebster Award”. Tusen Takk Lisa!

Shainbird kindly nominated me for “The Very Inspiring Blogger Award”!  I really appreciate that Shainbird, thanks!

I would like to nominate all you readers and commenters for both these awards…you lovely people are hard workers all and I wish you to know how much I appreciate you!  So, if you do awards…feel free to click the links and post the awards on you page in my name…you have been nominated!

Now, there are two awards that really impressed me this weekend.  They are not the usual awards but something very special.

One came to me through MT BLU and it was entitled:  “Who is Bastet and Sekhmet” And here it is:

Wordle from BLUI’m not good at capturing using Screen Cap yet…but the real McCoy can be found on the link to Blu’s post!  I wish to sincerely thank you Blu once again for this beautiful thought!

The other great award came to me from “Baldy” and it is a lovely poem and drawing:  Bastet’s Bridge which nearly left me without words for the happiness it brought me.  Thank you Baldy once again! 😉

Dear friends, these to my mind are awards as are your comments and feedback.  The lovely awards in the blogging world are many and all are appreciated…an award as defined by The Merrian-Webster  on-line dictionary are two…you can reach them through the link 🙂 .

Getting Help

To conclude today’s “Just a Note” I’d like to reflect for a moment on the wonderful opportunity we have to ask for help.

I did a Photographic Challenge last week on background and one of my presentations was of a photo I’d taken of an artist’s work, a sort of installation on a mirror, a failed attempt to as all I got was a lot of background… good for the challenge bad for my photograph attempt!

It occurred to me that with all the great photographers out in blog space that I might as them for assistance! So I wrote another blog entitled “Photography: Help! Need some suggestions!“.   Both Arkside of Thought and Keeping my Eye on the Sparrow answered my appeal! I was very pleased with the result and have some useful suggestions now to work with!

Then I saw a blog by King Midget Ramblings about Wordles, once you make the lovely things how can us use them in a decent size? How can you download them! I’d come up against the same problem a week before, but never thought to do the sensible thing and ask!  The result was that he got many suggestions but Blu gave us the solution to the problem!

Here is my poem Bridge recreated in Wordle (medium size here) and downloaded thanks to Blu!


Conclusion: If in doubt ask, write a blog, send out a message…there are many out there in blog cyberspace who’ve come up against a problem you might have and have already solved it or they will be willing to think about it with you.  So never hesitate to ask.

Well here we begin a new week of blogging and slogging…make it fun, enjoy yourself and have a great week!

4 thoughts on “Just a note – June 3, 2013

  1. Wow..when you go verbose..you go all the way my friend! 🙂 Loved every word of it…I sometimes forget that you are multi-lingual, I never see signs of you having difficulty with it.

    Anyway, you know you are one of my besties and you deserve all the awards and recognition that you are garnering. Consider them a group hug and go on being the great blogger you are.

    I had a problem deciding if my critiques were right about cliches…one post and the comments exploded with great advice. So, as usual, you are right on the mark with your advice.

    Have a great week, my friend. I’m not artistic, but I do appreciate your efforts to promote fellow bloggers, so e-mail me your address and I’ll send you a box of my not so famous Chocolate Chip Cookies (they come out of a box) in appreciation and thanks. Love ya! 🙂

    P.S. No hard feelings if you pass on the cookies, you might have been forewarned about my cooking abilities! 😦


    • Ha ha ha Loling on my part! Hmmm…wordy huh? I’m glad it didn’t bother you and I’m enjoying the love believe me! I’m glad that my advice helped you, I really can’t imagine not using clichès for grammar’s sake…it makes for atmosphere. I love chocolate chip cookies! And if I share that’s just ’cause that’s what I do 🙂 I’m certain they’d be really yummy! Thanks for your wonderful comment…almost a verbose as I am (giggles).


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