Daily Archives: July 26, 2019

Friday #fotoflash July 26, 2019


DB McNicol’s #fotoflash

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Parade Fun

By Teresa Smeigh 2019

I was costumed in a long beautiful gown made by my mom, and I was wearing a sash that said “Miss Missouri.” My perch was on a long truck bed filled with other girls also wearing different sashes from other states. My hair was long and flowing and dark chestnut. Even though the other girls all had their hair up, I kept mine down. I didn’t like those styles where your hair is all on the top of your head.

The truck went down Main street, and the buildings were filled with those workers who only had a little time to catch a quick view during their lunch. Being a holiday, you would think more people would be off, but they changed the date this year to give the workers a long weekend, so some people had to work still.

“With that long dark hair braided and those high cheekbones you would make a wonderful Native American Indian girl,” my troop leader said beside me while we waited to go on. Maybe we will plan our next float to be about the Native American Indian, and you will be our single head of the float, and all dressed up as an Indian. The other girls can portray other parts of the Indian lifestyle.

Sadly that never came about as it wouldn’t fit the theme of the next year’s parade and I then moved on to another troop.

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DB McNicol’s Rules:

Welcome to my Friday Foto Flash Fiction challenge! Each Friday I will post a new picture to be used as inspiration for your flash fiction written in 500 words or less. Be sure to include the photo, the source credit, and a link to this post with your storyEntries will close on Thursday at midnight Eastern Time.

Once your post is live, add your link to the list below. I hope you will visit the other entries (and check back often for new stories). Remember to leave them a comment in appreciation. Thank you and enjoy! Here’s your photo prompt.

Tessa – 

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses, also a devout Christian

Author – http://www.finallyawriter.com (this blog contains my old work mostly although occasionally I do add something new here), new work is mainly on this blog http://www.tessacandoit.com

Author of a book, a work in progress on the blog, https://tessacandoit.com/government-property-a-memoir-as-a-military-wife/

Highlighted chapters are done and ready to be read.

 

Fandango’s Provocative Question #33 #FPQ


Fandango’s Provocative Question #33

So the question this week is this:

Do you believe that one can be moral without believing in God or being religious, or do you believe that you must believe in God in order to have a moral compass and to live a moral life?

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I do believe that you can be moral without believing in God. There are plenty of moral people who do not believe in God and for 40 years I didn’t either, but I am a moral person. I do believe in God now, but it doesn’t change who I am.

Tessa – 

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses, also a devout Christian

Author – http://www.finallyawriter.com (this blog contains my old work mostly although occasionally I do add something new here), new work is mainly on this blog http://www.tessacandoit.com

Author of a book, a work in progress on the blog, https://tessacandoit.com/government-property-a-memoir-as-a-military-wife/

Highlighted chapters are done and ready to be read.

Rochelle Wisoff-Fields-Addicted to Purple – Weekly Prompt – 100 words


Rochelle Wisoff-Fields-Addicted to Purple – Weekly Prompt – 100 words

PHOTO PROMPT © Sandra Crook

Train Trip

By Teresa Smeigh 2019

Staring at the train sitting there, frightened me. I was alone and not sure what to do, and I was told my trip would also take 2 other train changes along the way up north of the state.

I slowly entered the train and took a seat. Other passengers joining me until the train was full.

The first train change was to a train with large, open windows, more for sightseeing.

The last change was to an old-fashioned style train with a conductor and multiple train tracks, so you had to be careful not to get on the wrong train.

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Tessa – 

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses, also a devout Christian

Author – http://www.finallyawriter.com (this blog contains my old work mostly although occasionally I do add something new here), new work is mainly on this blog http://www.tessacandoit.com

Author of a book, a work in progress on the blog, https://tessacandoit.com/government-property-a-memoir-as-a-military-wife/

Highlighted chapters are done and ready to be read.

SoCS for Saturday July 27, 2019


The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS July 27/19

Here’s your prompt:

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “clean/dirty.” Use one, use both, use ’em any way you like. Enjoy!

Here are the rules from Linda Hill:

 

SoCS badge by Pamela, at https://achronicalofhope.com/

Still recovering from my breathing issue and trip to ER and so today I did a little cleaning and washed the dirty laundry. I had to stop frequently to slow down my breathing from the exertion and get able to move around again. Doctors still trying to diagnose and come up with a sound treatment plan. Talk of COPD rather than asthma coming up right now. 

Tessa

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses, also a devout Christian

Author – http://www.finallyawriter.com (this blog contains my old work mostly although occasionally I do add something new here), new work is mainly on this blog http://www.tessacandoit.com

One-Liner Wednesday – (7/24/19) – Another Trip to the ER


One-Liner Wednesday – (7/24/19) – Another Trip to the ER

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Besides winning NANOWRIMO I made another trip to the hospital ER as I couldn’t breathe, just now starting to come around.

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Rules from Linda G Hill:

Unlike SoCS, this is not a prompt so there’s no need to stick to the same “theme.”

The rules that I’ve made for myself (but don’t always follow) for “One-Liner Wednesday” are:

1. Make it one sentence.

2. Try to make it either funny or inspirational.

3. Use our unique tag #1linerWeds.

4. Add our lovely badge to your post for extra exposure!

5. Have fun!

Tessa – 

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses, also a devout Christian

Author – http://www.finallyawriter.com (this blog contains my old work mostly although occasionally I do add something new here), new work is mainly on this blog http://www.tessacandoit.com

Author of a book, a work in progress on the blog, https://tessacandoit.com/government-property-a-memoir-as-a-military-wife/

Highlighted chapters are done and ready to be read.

Reena’s Exploration Challenge #97


Looking for a prompt that is the usual, check out Reena Saxena.

Reena Saxena

Welcome back to the Exploration Challenge!

PROMPT

This week, we will play around with

quotes – preferablY around writing, creativity OR writer’s block

If you have a brilliant thought about something else, you are most welcome to share it in the form of a quote.

The choice of format is yours – text, jpeg, video or anything else.

I share two of mine as a sample.

Write a post on your blog, and link it up here with a pingback, or copy-paste the blog link in Comments. Tag it Reena’s Exploration Challenge for easy access in the Blog Roll.

I eagerly await your responses.

LAST WEEK’S ROUND UP

Susi Bocks at

A multitude of Musings at

https://astridetal.wordpress.com/2019/07/18/losing-myself-and-finding-myself-reenas-exploration-challenge-96/

hecblogger at

Teresa Smeigh at

Eugenia at

Yonnieinhiscare at

http://yonnieinhiscare.blog/2019/07/19/in-search-of-answers/

Jim Adams at

https://jimadamsauthordotcom.wordpress.com/2019/07/19/what-to-do/

Richa at

Jade Li at

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July 24, 2019 “Working on Us” This Weeks Mental Health Prompts for Blogging Community: Week #8 Narrative and Photo Prompt – Topic: Overcoming Anxiety/Panic Attacks/Manic Episodes


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Hello, All! Welcome back to “Working on Us” – A series that represents people with mental health illnesses/disorders. 

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Before I begin Week #8, I’d like to share with you all the participants that had responded to Week #7 – Topic: Suicide/Suicidal Ideation.  I’m so proud of all of them because it takes courage to share a sensitive topic and personal accounts of what they, themselves have gone through.  So, if you haven’t read them throughout this past week… You can read them here.  Thank you!

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Suicide attempt survivor                         – Radical Buttons

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Barb of “Bipolar Barb”

Working on us, Week 7

Candace of “Revenge of Eve”

https://beckiesmentalmess.wordpress.com/2019/07/19/working-on-us-3/

Tessa of “Tessa Can Do it Positivity is Catching”

https://tessacandoit.com/2019/07/20/rebeccas-of-beckies-mental-mess-prompt-july-17-2019/

Ashley of “Mental Health @ Home”

https://beckiesmentalmess.wordpress.com/2019/07/17/working-on-us-week-7/

Carol Anne of “Therapy Bits”

https://beckiesmentalmess.wordpress.com/2019/07/18/working-on-us-prompt-week-7-suicide-and-suicidal-ideation/

Casey Elizabeth Dennis of “This Bipolar Brat”

https://beckiesmentalmess.wordpress.com/2019/07/20/working-on-us-week-7-2/

Astrid of “A Multitude of Musings”

https://beckiesmentalmess.wordpress.com/2019/07/20/working-on-us-prompt-suicide-and-suicidal-thoughts/

Emilia of “My Inner Mish Mash”

https://beckiesmentalmess.wordpress.com/2019/07/23/working-on-us-5/

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Maybe it’s a once in while flare up, or an everyday burden, or maybe you’ve never experienced it at all. Whichever camp you fall into, I’ve compiled a few tips on how to overcome it in your day-to-day life. I hope this helps, and more importantly, I hope you know you are not alone.

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Rebecca’s of Beckie’s Mental Mess Prompt – July 24, 2019


Week #8 

Prompt #1  Write a narrative of what works for you when in the midst of a crisis, such as, anxiety/panic attack or a manic episode.  Please give an example of what happened, and how you broke free from it.

Example: Coping skills, talking to a family member or a friend, and/or therapy, mediations… (Just to name a few).

I suffer from panic attacks and I find that deep breathing and talking to myself helps. I might chant “You can do this!” While driving I would pull off the road and get myself back under control. Taking a train trip by myself and having to switch trains twice was nerve-wracking and the panic attacks started me off deep breathing and telling myself that you don’t want to lose it here, no one knows where you are and you don’t want to land in a psychiatric unit in a part of the state you aren’t familiar with.

I also suffer from manic episodes. A couple of years ago I had one that landed me in the hospital. I was having delusions which got me labeled Bipolar 1 with Psychosis. All the sounds were magnified and we lived near a train track, an airport and even the neighbors sounded overly loud. I swore people were staring in my second-floor window.

I talked to my son and dad about what I was seeing and hearing and the final consensus was that I needed to go to the hospital for that one. They didn’t even trust driving me as they weren’t sure how wild I might end up. An ambulance was called and I was transported for that one.

Prompt #2 Pick One or Both The Photos/Pictures and explain how it makes you feel?

Example: In any format you choose!  (Poetry, Short Prose, etc…)

 

Photo #1:

Aah, cleansing, refreshing rain.

Visual of the image is that of heavy rain with the sun shining and pouring on a plant up against a rock wall.

This actually makes me feel calm. I find water in many forms soothing except for thunder and lightning showers since I am terrified of them.

Photo #2

Rainbow Above The Flower Field

Visual of the image is a field of flowers in the colors of a rainbow and above it is a bright rainbow against a beautiful blue sky.

This flat out freaks me out. It is too bold, bright and down-right offends me as it is not realistic. I know you can plant seeds to grow it that way, but it shouldn’t be that way.

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I thank each and every one of you in advance for participating in the “Working on Us” series.  Remember, we share because we care. 

Take Care & God Bless,

Beckie 💚

Beckies Rules:

  • Write your own post and create a pingback to the original post here.
  • There are no right or wrong answers.  Write in any format you see fit.  (Answer’s, fiction, non-fiction, poetry, poem, short prose…anything).
  • You can do one or all prompts.
  • You have from July 3rd. through to July 9th to submit your entries.
  • Please reblog the original post in order to spread more awareness.
  • If you the blogger have a suggestion/question you want to ask in the future weeks, please submit them in the comment section of this post.
  • Let’s see if we can get some men involved in this weeks prompts, your feelings a validated here too!
  • Plus, as an added bonus, whoever responds to the following prompts will automatically be reblogged to promote your blog site!

Tessa – 

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses, also a devout Christian

Author – http://www.finallyawriter.com (this blog contains my old work mostly although occasionally I do add something new here), new work is mainly on this blog http://www.tessacandoit.com

Author of a book, a work in progress on the blog, https://tessacandoit.com/government-property-a-memoir-as-a-military-wife/

Highlighted chapters are done and ready to be read.