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Expression Quotes

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“Every word, facial expression, gesture, or action on the part of a parent gives the child some message about self-worth. It is sad that so many parents don’t realize what messages they are sending.”

Virginia Satir

 

“Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion; it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things.”

T. S. Eliot Read

 

This post is in an answer to 3-2-1 Quote Me Challenge which was started at  TeleportingWeena. I was then tagged by Suze to take part in this challenge.

So here’s how it works:

Thank the selector: “Thanks, Susi, this was a fun challenge to do.”

Post 2 quotes for the challenge of the day, which is Expression.

Select 3 bloggers to take part in this challenge.

My 3 choices are as follows:

Your mission if you choose to play along is listed above.

Crispina Kemp

Hélène Vaillant

Kate

I found this fun and I hope that you gals do too.

 

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That’s It No More

Story of Joe and Mary

Image by prettysleepy1 from Pixabay 

 

Why was he always yelling at her? Mary, a gentle-spoken woman knew the neighbors could hear his stentorian bark as they’d called the police more than once since they moved here from across the country a year ago.

Joe thought Mary was easily influenced and his mission was to get complete control over her. What Joe didn’t realize was that Mary had plans of her own and they didn’t include Joe.

Joe’s behavior was fine before they married six months ago and soon after he turned into someone Mary didn’t know. He was like a Jekale and Hyde. She wished she’d listened to her father after the first time he’d met Joe. He had taken her aside and in a very low, soft voice said I don’t like this guy. There’s something about him that’s not quite right, but I can’t put my finger on it just yet.

Each day it got worse. It started out at first with Joe yelling at Mary for the most nonsensical little things. Then after a few weeks, he tried to control her every move.  When she was out of the house, he demanded that she call him every thirty minutes. Lately, he would put her down and try to make her feel stupid, incompetent, insignificant, and pretty much unloved. Mary wouldn’t be broken down; she was too strong-willed.

Finally, the last straw was when Joe raised his hand with his fist clenched threating to hit her for not having his dinner ready when he arrived home early. Enough was enough and Mary was not going to live like this for any longer.

Week after week Mary would stash away as much money as she could until she had enough for a taxi and a plane home.  She broke free.

 

This story is totally fictional. I only wish that more people would and could stand up for themselves like Mary and get out of bad situations.

©Susan Zutautas 2019

This short story was written for Opposites Attract Challenge over at The Haunted Wordsmith.

 

The Riverbed

CCC#22

What once was a flowing river

now no water is delivered

Rocks remain, all the same

some would say this is a shame

Weeds have gown

between the  stones

Now a walking path for bears

They’ve taken it over

and made it theirs

Maybe soon let’s presume

The rains will flood

and new fish will bud

© Susan Zutautas 2019

 

This was written for Crimson’s Creative Challenge #22.

 

 

 

Childhood Memories

Wordle 128

This is written for Wordle #128

Use all the words in the picture creatively.

1. 1960s

2. Insert

3. Rush

4. Tag

5. Unknown

6. Svelte

7. Temporize

verb (used without object), tem·po·rized, tem·po·riz·ing.

to be indecisive or evasive to gain time or delay acting.
to comply with the time or occasion; yield temporarily or ostensibly to prevailing
opinion or circumstances.
to treat or parley so as to gain time (usually followed by with).
to come to terms (usually followed by with ).
to effect compromise (usually followed by between ).

 

8. Complex

9. Curls

10. Heiligenschein (German for “halo” or “aureola”, pronounced [ˈhaɪlɪɡənˌʃaɪn]) is an optical phenomenon in which a bright spot appears around the shadow of the viewer’s head in the presence of dew. In photogrammetry and remote sensing, it is more commonly known as the hotspot.)

11. Bounce

12. Speech

This is also written for Six Sentence Story using the word “CONTEST”.

Back in the 1960s life was not as complex as it is right now, people were not in a rush all the time, speech no matter who was talking, man, woman, or child was a lot easier to understand compared to the unknown language that teens use today.

Back then we played tag, now we tag photo’s, stories, articles, use it quite a bit on social media and so forth.

I’ve many good memories of the ’60s as I lived with my grandparents.

As I look back today my grandmother must have had a heiligenschein around her head as she was the kindest, gentlest, most loving person I’ve ever met. She was a svelte woman with beautiful curls and I’m sure one that could win a beauty contest, hands down.

She was always trying to get me to temporize the death of my mother and she would insert stories of her every chance she got bouncing them off me in many of the conversations we had.

Gathering of the Angels

What do you see April 11

What do you See? A photo challenge over at Willow Poetry.

 

Gathering of the angels took place one day

On earth, is what some people say

Each culture had its angel representative there

Overseen by the eldest, which was rare

None of the angels knew what this meeting was about

They all knew though that they couldn’t bow out

You’ve all been called, here today

On Earth, there’s trouble, she said with dismay

There’s too much racism going on in the world

Before we know it, it will be unfurled

So today I ask you angels

To do what you can, to make some changes

I want to see, peace on earth

As it was, before your birth

All the angels did agree

They promised to answer, her plea

 

© Susan Zutautas 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

In My Book

new in town 10This is a novella that I wrote back in 2013. I would call it a suspense mystery, and it’s available on Amazon.

Morag enthusiastically begins her new life in Toronto. Shortly after getting settled she meets Ian. Is their meeting by chance, or is it fate? Suspense builds after a break-in occurs and Morag finds her life in turmoil.

This post is for 2019 Photography Challenge. #2019picoftheweek. I chose In My Book as a prompt.

About the picture: My husband and I created and photographed the cover of the book.

 

 

 

Cloud Gazing

Air Endless

Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay

 

Endless clouds way up high

I lose myself as they pass by

 

Mesmerizing and amazing

Always love to be gazing

As they float by

 

Animal shapes are fun to find

Beautiful clouds when aligned

 

Warm air rises and expands

Forming clouds across the lands

© Susan Zutautas 2019

Written for Elemental Writing Challenge April 6th.

Emotional Mess

Feeling emotional

Is almost impossible

Depression sets in

Cool darkness within

Dispassionate feelings towards all

Now impassive such a downfall

Emotionless and cold

Wanting to die grows old

Unemotional, sad, suicidal

Longing for revival

 

© Susan Zutautas 2019

 

This was written for Opposites Attract Challenge by The Haunted Wordsmith.

Finding the Motherload

One day last week I was in a shop called The Birdhouse. I often go there to browse and see what’s new. Looking around I noticed a few walls that were saturated with signs. I felt as if I’d hit the motherload. I’ve been in there hundreds of times before but the signs never drew me in like they did that day.

Signs

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This post is for Friday Follies Season 3 Episode 1. 

The Pond – Haiku

CCC#21

Serene place of choice

Nature always at its best

Troubles slip away

 

© Susan Zutautas 2019

This is in response to Crimson’s Creative Challenge #21.