Nature’s Canvas

Nature slings her brush across her canvas, creating a pink paradise every spring.  An excerpt from  A Blog Affair- A Suspense Novel by E. Denise Billups Winter finally released its chilly claws, springing sunny blue skies, and cherry blossoms haloing trees an angelic pink much too late in April. Rapt with spring fever, I decided…

Courageously Me

Daily Prompt – Cowardice I’m not one who likes to attract attention I am the mind, the talent behind the action But I refuse to conform, and that begets attention Oh boy . . . Attention I prefer to be me, uniquely so without the praise But, in a society where so many conform Trying…

Fragile, Handle With Care

Daily Prompt – Glass I’m a glass of emotions A web, beautifully complex, weaved from a lifetime of experiences  I keep moving forth with little chinks in my armor, refusing to be broken My crystalline veneer tarnished, but I do my best to sparkle And when life’s tussles threaten to topple and shatter me I…

FALSE IDENTITY

Daily Prompt – False I see through that mask you wear. Your facade is starting to crack. Oh, how I ache for you, knowing how you suffer to accommodate reality. You hide your true self, but at what cost, what internal misery. Come on; shed that mask molded by the environment. Let me see the…

Life Is Just A Bowl Of Cherries

“Life is just a bowl of cherries, don’t take it serious. It’s mysterious. So live and laugh and laugh at love, love a laugh, laugh and love.”  Bob Fosse   Cherry Season:  May – July My favorite fruit of the summer is the cherry. I can’t get enough of them, fresh, frozen, or juice. I…

Forbid Me Not

Daily Prompt – Forbidden As women of the 21st century, we’ve come a long way, but there are still barriers to overcome.  I give thanks to the many women who have paved the way through blood, sweat, and tears. So many rights, so many dreams, so many pleasures were denied us simply because of our…

Fitness and Mental Creativity

This morning, I sat at my desk, hoping to write before my morning run. But I couldn’t find the words. Most mornings, I’m up at four—a time when lucidity is greatest. It didn’t happen today. Words failed me. So, I closed my laptop and went for a run. As I made my way around Central Park’s…

Mix It Up: Cross-Training

  I woke and strolled to the bathroom, performed my normal ritual before my morning run. I continued to dress, hardly enthusiastic as I normally am to run, but I continued anyway. I tied the laces of my running shoes, drank a glass of water, donned my baseball cap, all the while my mind is…

Island

Daily Prompt – Island I thrive on the isle of Manhattan. Amid skyscrapers and millions of people, it’s easy to forget ones on an island, surrounded by water on all sides. Four hundred years ago, pristine forestland colored the terrain. Now, sprawling forest no longer, towering skyscrapers and people of all nationalities call this island…

Two Spectacular Superfoods

There are a great number of superfoods, power foods, whole foods, whichever name you choose to use. These foods are named because of their nutrient-density and healing properties and should be a part of your daily diet. Today, I’ve chosen two of my favorite superfoods and smoothie recipes containing blueberries and kale. Blueberries: An Antioxidant…