Catching Fireflies

finding magic along the way

Monthly Archives: April, 2012

Saying Yes

Today, I would like to talk about one of the most overused words in the English language -or probably any language.  That word is “no.” Don’t get me wrong. “No” certainly has its place.  As children, we must learn that word to protect us from dangers we are too young to understand – hot stoves, …

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National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month.   I am a little late in talking about it, but since I did not start my blog until the middle of the month, I will let it slide. 🙂 Let me begin by saying that I am not a poet.  While a lot of my teenage scribblings looked like poetry, …

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Signs and Billboards

In the movie, Fools Rush In, a sidewalk prophet warned that “there are signs everywhere.”  Now, typically I am not a superstitious person.  I do not see dire outcomes when I trip at the start of a journey, and I am more likely to try to befriend a passing black cat, than to fear what …

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Chasing Imperfection

“Embrace exuberant imperfection”  (Chris  Baty, No Plot, No Problem) For years, I have been intrigued by the Zen concept of beginner’s mind. In its simplest explanation, it is the ability to allow yourself to be a beginner at something you have done a million times. This is a skill that I think most of us have …

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Wizards, Wolves & Whangdoodles

I blame P.D. Eastman for my addiction. It all started with Go Dog Go. That was the first book that I read completely by myself. I can still remember the feeling of satisfaction as I sounded out the final words! I rushed to the kitchen where my mom was preparing dinner and read the entire …

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When good instincts go bad

                Self-preservation is a curious thing.  On the one hand it protects you. It will keep you from walking down dark alleys alone at night, giving your social security number to a stranger on the street, and in some cases, it will even keep you from dancing in public.  But, self-preservation can also hinder you.  …

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Doing the Scary Thing

Ok, I’ll admit it… I never thought that I would have a blog.  I am a writer who never thought she had anything to say, a closet writer who hid her passion in the dark back corner under some shoes where no one would ever see it.  At what point do I actually earn the …

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