Thank You!

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This is just a thank you note to everyone who reads, comments, and follows McGuffy’s Reader. We appreciate each of you, your kindness, and your prayers. The A-Z Challenge, sick furkids, my own health, have all made for a complicated schedule. We are human, so we get behind, get overwhelmed, but we never quit trying to get things right. I plan to visit everyone this week. Please know that I truly appreciate you all. Thanks…and hugs!

A-Z: Final Departure

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Riding the rails for almost seven decades, Frank had seen far more than he could ever recall. He loved the freedom of going where and when the rails took him. But, times had changed and so had old Frank.

With a worn out sigh, he struggled to board the rusted out freight car. Deep in his aching bones, Frank knew this was his final departure.

~McGuffy Ann Morris

Riding the rails has been a colourful part of American history, especially during The Great Depression. Frank is a composite of some “Bindlestiffs” that I came to know through family lore, while I was growing up. My characters are all very near and dear to my heart, including Frank.

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“My Writeful Heart”:
A= Acknowledgments
B= Believe
C= Camouflage
D= The Drought
E= Exist

A-Z: The Drought

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No one could remember when the last rain came. It doesn’t matter anymore.

First, the crops withered. The corn never developed. Then, the stalks shriveled and dried up, standing right there in the field.

Once the crops were gone, there was no feed, either. No one would buy the cattle. After they died, the horses did, too. The dogs all ran off, probably to find water, since the creeks all dried up.

That’s when the well went dry. Ma and Pa both passed away then. I think they just lost their will. I don’t know why I am still here.

~McGuffy Ann Morris

I wrote this 100-word story as an exercise. I drew on my personal experience of stories told to me by elders who farmed. I come from a strong lineage of farming. Consequently, I have tremendous respect for those who farm. They live their job. It affects their very existence. And, it does ours, too. This story is for them.

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“My Writeful Heart”:
A= Acknowledgments
B= Believe
C= Camouflage

A-Z: Acknowledgments…

… those who love me,
and those who don’t—
…those who support me,
and those who never did—
…those who reached out to me,
and those who pushed me away—
…those who accept me,
and those who judge me—
…those who know the inner me,
and those who never tried to.
You have all inspired me
in different ways,
at different times,
whether you knew it
or even cared…
and still, I am here.

~McGuffy Ann Morris

April is National Poetry Month. It is also the month of the annual Blogging from A-Z Challenge. My 2018 Theme Reveal explained my plans to share my own writing this year: “My Writeful Heart”. I will be sharing musings, poetry, and stories. Some have been shared here; others may have been shared in past literary magazines. Some of the pieces I will share this month have only been read by me and God.

Acknowledgments is the first poem in my book of poetry, Weeds. Many of my poems are based on observations, as well as experience. This one is more personal. I believe this is a good way to begin.

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Friendly Fill-ins: Week 99

We are happy you are here for another week of friendly sharing! As always, you can find the fill-ins here and at 15andmeowing.com each Thursday. On Fridays, we post the link for sharing. Please link your post as directed. You can answer in the comments if you need to. Try to visit other blogs, if possible.

The last couple of weeks have been pretty rough. Chloe Jo is struggling with this latest set of issues. She lost a considerable amount of weight because she did not want to eat. We seem to have finally got her going on some foods that the vet has recommended. Chloe Jo has always been a good eater. So, for her not to eat, that is a serious red flag. She has a follow-up appointment in a few days. Thank you for all of your prayers for her, and those for me, too.

Whether you are participating in the A-Z Blogging Challenge or just reading it in your Feed, may you enjoy it! Those who do it put a lot of work into it. It is fun to see what others share each day. You can always learn something new, be inspired, and find out more about each blogger.

Happy Easter to those who celebrate. Alleluia. This is the most important Christian holiday, fulfilling Biblical prophecies. We also wish a Pesach Sameach (Happy Passover) to those who observe this very important Jewish holiday.

Have a wonderful weekend. Stay safe, happy, and healthy.

Here are my completed fill-ins:

1. For Easter, I like to go to the very earliest Mass. I love the story of Mary finding the tomb empty. I can only imagine how she felt to witness that miracle. It is still very exciting. This painting is a favourite of mine. It looks like Chloe Jo; waiting.

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2. My favorite Easter treat is watching Godspell. This is my favourite musical and has been since it first played in 1970. Based on the Gospel of Matthew, the original musical was produced to bring the Message of Christ to contemporary society. To make it relevant, they presented the story of Christ in a way that youth could relate to. For those reasons, I think God approved. Later versions are not as pure or as true as the original.

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3. Lately, the song “Day by Day” is stuck in my head. As humans, we seek meaning and purpose in life. We find it when we seek God with a true heart of hope and faith.

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4. The A-Z Blogging Challenge starts on Sunday, April 1st. It is most definitely a challenge. I am always humbled and impressed at the creative ways others present their A-Z list. I am always pleased to be able to complete it!

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~Make time to enjoy the new Spring flowers!~
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A to Z Theme Reveal: 2018

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This is my third year to participate in the A to Z Blogging Challenge. Whether they have taken this challenge or not, most bloggers know what it is all about. Every day, with the exception of some Sundays, during the month of April, the challenge is to publish a blog post for the letter of the day. So, April 1st, I will again be taking up that challenge, too.

Today, we officially begin our frenzied mission with our “Theme Reveal”. Many bloggers choose the have no set theme, preferring to just go with the flow. However, most seem to choose a theme to keep them channeled. That is part of the beauty of blogging, doing it your own way.

Two years ago, I chose poetry as my theme. April is National Poetry Month. I shared some of my favourite poems. Some poems were well known, while others were not. I chose poetry by well-known poets, as well as by poets who were not very well known. Some of the poems were written by myself.

Last year, I shared a Soundtrack of Lifeblood Songs. These were songs that had lyrics that are meaningful to me. Some of these songs went back to my childhood, while others were newer, yet still powerful to me. As a writer, words are important to me.

May 2017, Bill answered my list of songs with his own soundtrack. He chose songs that had special musical compositions. As a guitarist, he speaks through music. After he critiqued my list, I challenged him to create his own. He did. That may have been a first for the A-Z Challenge: Non-blogger blogs A-Z Challenge Rebuttal. He had fun!

I have contemplated my theme for the past year. I knew what it would be, having decided last April. But, each post has been an ongoing evolving plan. And, it may very well continue to evolve.

My 2018 A to Z Blogging Challenge Theme Reveal is… “My Writeful Heart”. This April, I will share things that I have written. I will share musings, poetry, and stories. Some pieces will be older, some will be new. Some of these have been shared before, some have never been seen. I hope whether you have read them or not, you will still enjoy what I share. I always share my heart and soul. After all, the message and motto of my blog is: Live. Laugh. Love. Share.

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We’re Here!

Welcome to our new home!  After much soul-searching, we have bitten the proverbial bullet. As painful as it was, we had to make this long overdue move. Those who know me know that, like a cat, I do not take change well…unless it is my idea.

Blogger has become too difficult, controlling, and nonsupportive. Loyalty has no place in this at all. So, after researching, discussing with friends who are trustworthy, more researching, and many, many prayers: here I am!

Please be patient, as I get used to the terrain. It will take a while to get settled into the rhythm of this road. But, I know that with your help, I will.

This is an exciting new passage on my journey. I’m glad you are here. Come, walk with me.

"Group Therapy"

 
Well, Blogger has messed up, yet again. I am not sure that they have admitted there is a problem, even though I sent a report. I also alerted the Forum, which is essentially a group of Bloggers with issues. It is like Group Therapy for Bloggers. You can list your issues, but there is no guarantee that you will get help or be helped. The expert who comes into it acknowledges that you think you have a problem. He suggests things that you already tried. Others jump on the bandwagon, agreeing that, “Hey, yeah! I have that problem, too!” Then as the expert goes off to mull over the problem, we all sit and stew that we still have said problem. So, this is where I am. 
A week ago, this all started. It seemed that commenting on other blogs was slow to take. Then, responding on my own blog also was a problem. I can bring it up, and type comments in. But, when I click to publish the comment or response, it is slower than molasses in January. It seems to freeze, then sits there frozen, for up to thirty seconds.
Along with this, my Sparks link up disappeared. I was able to fix it, so no harm done. But, another Draft was corrupted and never posted on Sunday. I am still working on that one. However, the main issue seems to be with commenting. I know I am not alone, but misery does not love company. Misery wants solutions. Misery wants to not be miserable. Trust me on this. I want no issues!
I will keep trying to comment, but that is really time-consuming and not terribly satisfying. It takes forever. I will keep you updated on resolution of this issue. I will continue to post, but have reservations on that, having had two posts messed up. I feel very disenchanted with Blogger. It seems great for a while, then there is an issue like this.
If you have experienced this issue, please let me know how and when it was resolved. This is just so unacceptable for a Blogger, as you know. Commenting is part of the fun and camaraderie. I really am working on resolving the issue. Not that I can do anything myself, except go to Group Therapy, otherwise known as Blogger Forum. Yeah, there’s that. *Good grief*