I was staring at it and twisting and turning my head this way and that. I was not seeing it wrong, however, the visual was secretive. A large part of a tree had broken off and was suspended in midair. It was protected by growth from another tree so the illusion was deceptive to my senses. It reminded me of the quote from Henry David Thoreau, “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see. ”
Bloggers and their words can be absorbing. What does it take to be such a great blogger? Blogger if you are serious the first step is to stay in the game. Allow yourself to be taken away in your writing to make your dreams of authorship become reality. Make your writing a part of you so it becomes a memory forever that you have.
Bloggers and their words are important. The audience should not be taken for granted. Never is it good for writing to be like nails on a chalkboard. Perhaps that means in the seclusion of your home while you are writing, a newness and a freshness must be envisioned. Do not be afraid to share your heart. Opening yourself and telling your experiences is cathartic and possibly may be exactly what your reader needs. Bloggers and their words are powerful.
For myself I enjoy original insights. I am into learning something new and unusual. I get tired of the same old thing. There is nothing so cool as the innovation of information as we discover a new book or a new way of doing something. In fact the element of surprise is always exciting as we are discovering fresh information. Perhaps that is why I gravitate to blogs. Blogging brings originality to a whole new level. Typically the blogger is alone ( in my case) pondering her information to share and then putting it out there for others to enjoy. No one is making the blogger change her words. She is writing with a hipness she can call all her own.
Blogging has brought me new friends. For that I am grateful. I usually take my Mondays to read new material from many of you and ponder your thought processes. It is cool to be in your life-like this. The computer lifts me up and takes me on a rocket ride into each and every one of your homes. Bring it on I say.
This friendship I know is different from normal ones I have. I am sad to say I do not know most of you in real life. Yet I am glad to call you my friend. Recently if you have followed my writings, you know I was sharing on the wonder of friendship ( https://alesiablogs.wordpress.com/2013/03/14/come-now-lets-settle-the-matter/ ) . I have been learning to revitalize and renew my close friendships. It is the same to a lesser degree in blogging friendships that I honor you by reading your blog. So I have thought about the steps of what it means to be a good friend to my close friends, but also our friends in cyberspace. Here are some steps to reconcile each of us to each other. These five steps to reading blogs will surely bring readers to your very own blog! I believe it. Here we go:
1. Think about ways I can reflect on my life through what I learn from you all. It may mean wrapping my mind around things I have never thought about before and even to the point of changing my point of view because I have learned something new.
2. Pay attention to what someone is saying. It is important to listen and show you are intentional. There is nothing worse than someone taking you for granted.
3. Affirm that person. This means with our friends show them grace and love. For my blogging buddies it is important as a blogger to show how important you all have been to my information intake now. I do not rely on just the news or media, but I am looking at the blogging world and saying, “We ROCK and we have good information to share with each other!”
4. Be at Peace and love what you are doing and read blogs that are good and what you want to read about. For your own writing–write what your passion is about. Life is too short to not. Take it from me. I have survived cancer and I am here to tell my story, but I am also hear to read yours. It is what drives me and motivates me to no end.
5. Last but not least is I PRAY for you guys as I PRAY for my close friends I know God has put in my life.
As part of a series of self-guided tours that I have presented in the past, today’s feature is New York City’s Bryant Park. In a trip taken to New York, I ventured out on a walk to acquaint myself with the parks throughout Manhattan. Bryant Park became one of my favorite stops. It is a pleasant urban refuge in the middle of a wildly hectic town. Located breathtakingly in the heart of some of New York City’s greatest architecture makes this park a must see. Nearby is the Beaux-Arts facade of the New York Public Library.
Bryant’s grounds are photogenic with three terraces with the west end’s Fountain Terrace perhaps being the most unique of the three. This part of the park houses a chess area, small library, food kiosks, and a fun french game called Petanque. Another area is the promenades which are reminiscent of Paris and the Jardin des Tuileries. The area has rows of shaded trees that give it a spectacular look.
The gardens in Bryant Park house over 200 plants, 100,000 daffodils, and 20,000 seasonal bulbs. This is a gardener’s paradise! For those interested in just resting on the grounds, there is the wonderful green lawn. This area is for those who coming for respite will sit, read, or just pull out a blanket and bask in the sun for hours on the lawn. What is so incredible is that every winter this lawn is taken up and turned into a skating rink. You could say there is a little something for everyone here!
In its infancy this park was a Potter’s Field for General George Washington during the Revolutionary War period that lasted until about 1823. It was soon turned into a Victorian green’s ward in 1847 and later was the site for the 1853 World’s Fair. The beginning of Bryant Park was when the park was named after a poet by the name of William Cullen Bryant. As time went on and no upkeep, the park became an eyesore, but then the citizens decided to restore it. From generous donations the park became the world’s busiest public space. This is an amazing attribute to say the least. Please enjoy my photos and by all means stop by Bryant Park next time you are in town. As a side note the park has free wireless for you bloggers out there!
In April of this year, I had the pleasure of visiting Long Beach, Long Island, NY. It was for a reunion with an old Army Buddy from my Desert Storm Days. WE had not seen each other for almost 25 years. It was a great feeling to see my friend and to her delight she could not wait for me to see her beautiful town that she resided in called Long Beach. She took such pride in showing me around and giving me the “grand tour” of the area. Neither of us thought that only 6 months later, the whole area would be devastated by Hurricane Sandy. Please enjoy these photos from my Panasonic DMC-ZR1.
May God Grant You Peace As You View My Photos Knowing God Repairs and Heals The Broken Hearted.