Fear is static that prevents me from hearing myself. Samuel Butler

From Kat McNally 2014 is going to be MY YEAR because…I am cutting off the crueltyIn 2014, I am going to do… what helps my family and me and stop doing what hurts us.In 2014, I am going to feel…like I am good enough and getting better.In 2014, I am …

There are many ways of going forward, but only one way of standing still. Franklin D. Roosevelt

Well I disappeared for awhile and fell off the Reverb wagon because—that time of year I think. Also family drama.  Kat McNally asks about the way forward  and Project Reverb wants to know about gratitude. Since I’m behind and back dating this. I’m going to be succinct. I am grateful …

Solitude gives birth to the original in us, to beauty unfamiliar and perilous–to poetry. ~Thomas Mann

Kat McNally’s prompt asks us to consider self-compassion: The Buddha said, “You, yourself, as much as anybody else in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” While Project Reverb asks if I was an introvert or extrovert this year. It really is interesting to me how I find connections between these …

The beginning of wisdom is the definition of terms.― Socrates

Word and Habit… What word can guide me through 2014. The word for 2013 seems to have been upheaval unfortunately. For 2014? Possibly steady. I like steady. I want to be steady in my work. Showing up, doing well. No conflict, no difficulty just turning out good product and helping …

We have all known the long loneliness, and we have found that the answer is community.Dorothy Day

My days are a bit jumbled up but I think that’s ok with Reverb. What I like about reverb is that there are guidelines but you can bend them. That helps. Too strict and it turns into a death march , too loose and you don’t continue. Or that is …

Our best successes often come after our greatest disappointments.Henry Ward Beecher

And Project Reverb asks about  Failure while Kat McNally and Rachel Maddox  wonder: Today, identify something muddy that kept recurring for you throughout 2013, and then ask yourself this: What’s the clear truth underneath this damn mud if I finally wash myself clean?   And they are of course related. I …

There are years that ask questions and years that answer.― Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God

Inspiration and Auto pilot. Two diametrically opposed forces. If you are inspired you certainly aren’t on autopilot. I find people who are strongly themselves inspiring. My friend Beth someone I’ve known for quite sometime, because her brother is one of my longest and dearest friendships…is now someone I care about quite …

Nobody who says, ‘I told you so’ has ever been, or will ever be, a hero.― Ursula K. Le Guin

I suppose if you look at things from a more optimistic point of view, they turn out to be adventures, not terrifying hurtles down the side of an icy mountain on a trashcan lid at a high rate of speed right? I hope in the years to come that this …

We have to dare to be ourselves, however frightening or strange that self may prove to be. ― May Sarton

Well then…I don’t take many selfies because I photograph quite badly. Always have. I never learned to gothgirl thing of posing for the camera. I think the back of my head might be my best side. There was a picture I liked of myself…it doesn’t just have me in it, …

How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are? Satchel Paige

And in the middle of a very hard time in my life I got an amazing present from Mr. J. I got a birthday party. I love remembering people’s birthdays—more than Christmas because to me I am saying to them “I am glad you are here on this planet, you …

We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey. – Kenji Miyazawa

So today Kat Mcnally’s prompt concerns grieving and Project Reverb asks about hindsight. Funny how these seem to be working together from the beginning—one influencing another, informing another, enhancing another. I am grieving the loss of time. Time given to dead ends. Time spent trying to mend the twisted and burned …