Monthly Archives: April 2022

NaPoWriMo Day 27

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Today’s prompt is to write a duplex.

Holding hands in the coffee shop
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Holding Hands in Starbucks

my mother doesn’t approve of public displays of affection
we each have one hand free to hold our lattes

holding my latte in my free hand
i take a sip, letting my eyes communicate the longing in my heart

his eyes reveal his opposition to my proposal
he is uneager to curtail his freedom

while i eagerly offer to trade my autonomy
for the new role I desire

the new role has benefits for both of us
our love will expand to encompass it

his love expands to grant my wish of maternity
my tears of joy express my gratitude

he accurately reads my tears and squeezes my hand
my mother doesn’t approve of public displays of affection

by ARHuelsenbeck

NaPoWriMo Day 26

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Today’s prompt is to write an epic simile.

Kiss
The Kiss

it flowed like a river
increasing in intensity
making my heart lurch
like a raft in the midst of rapids
momentarily suspended
airborne
only to descend to the depths
and finally to ebb
into gentle buoyancy

like a magnet
his lips drew me in
and I could not escape
his powerful attraction
pulling me away
from every distraction
centering my attention
like a telescope

time elapsed so leisurely
like the passage of a shadow
across a sundial face
yet it felt like no time at all
and ended too soon
what I’d waited for all my life
over in an instant

oh, may we repeat it
every day
every hour
every minute
like a healing habit
a holy blessing

by ARHuelsenbeck

Guest Post: V is for a Veteran’s Guide to College by Kelli Brewer

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A Veteran Graduates
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The transition from military life to civilian life is often difficult for many veterans, particularly when trying to find suitable employment. One way to tackle the issue is to go back to college and earn a degree. The following advice may help you on your journey.

Benefits of Going Back to College

Many colleges offer programs specifically for ex-military. Here, veterans are among peers who share the same experiences, which helps build a community spirit. Many veterans find that returning to college after serving in the armed forces helps ease the transition into civilian life. 

Your job opportunities vastly increase when armed with a degree. Earnings are substantially higher, too, compared to those who possess only a high school diploma. Annually, if you have a bachelor’s degree, you can earn $32,000 more than someone with a high school diploma.

At college, you have the opportunity to learn something completely new. Things you had no interest in when joining the military may now seem highly appealing. Learning new skills and using them in the professional world can help you earn a considerable annual income.

Veteran-Friendly College Degrees

Due to your unique military experiences, you may be better suited to some jobs. The following degrees can help you obtain the credentials required for your chosen career:

  • Criminal justice. This degree is for veterans who want a career in law enforcement. As an ex-serviceman or woman, you possess the physical attributes and weapon training police forces are looking for. 
  • Engineering. The need for engineers is growing. If you held a technical position in the military, you already know some of the fundamentals of engineering. 
  • Nursing. As a veteran, you may have already been trained in health care to some extent. Nursing is a sound occupation if you wish to take that training further or you have a desire to take care of others.
  • Physical therapy. You can earn significantly more than the national average as a physical therapist. Having served in the armed forces, you’re only too aware of the need for physical therapists.
  • Teaching. Leadership skills, discipline, and effective communication are just some of the many skills you can bring into the classroom. If you want to get into teaching, aim for a teaching degree rather than a bachelor’s, which means a higher starting salary.

Online Degrees

Another option open to you is an online degree. This option allows you to study while working and meeting other commitments. You can study business and finance, psychology, or computer science. Through an online course in computer science, for instance, you can learn the necessary skills to become a highly sought-after professional in the IT industry.

Veteran Education Benefits

Veteran education benefits can help open the door to a new career. Here are some of the more common ones.

  • Montgomery – Chapter 30
  • Montgomery G.I. Bill – Active Duty
  • Montgomery G.I. Bill – Selected Reserve
  • Post 9/11 G.I. Bill – Chapter 33
  • Vocational Rehabilitation – Chapter 31
  • The Yellow Ribbon Program

On the Road to a New Career

Now that your time in the military has ended, it’s time to turn the page and start a new chapter of your life. Following this advice can help you get on the road to a new career.

Kelli Brewer is proud of her military family and is passionate in supporting military families. She uses her work to offer support and resources to families experiencing the challenges of deployments. Together with her husband, they created DeployCare to offer understanding and support to our service members and their families. Their team is composed of veterans and their spouses who have experienced many of the issues that arise when there is not adequate support when needed.

NaPoWriMo Day 25

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Today’s prompt is to write a poem that recounts a dream or vision, and in which a woman appears who represents or reflects the area in which you live.

Desert
Daemon of the Desert

I disobeyed the first rule of hiking in the desert 
which is turn back when your water is half gone
I hadn’t yet found the petroglyphs I wanted to photograph
and so I continued until my bottles were dry
thinking I still had one more in my backpack

I was wrong

I headed back toward the trailhead
but it was warmer now
no other hikers on the trail
no shade at high noon
my tongue dry
my lips cracked and sore
my arms red with sunburn

I sit on the ground too tired to take another step
and then I can’t remember—which way is out

and then I see her shimmering in the sunlight
dressed in white voile that flutters in the scalding breeze
an aura radiates from her
maybe she knows the way out
maybe she has water

I try to stand, but I can’t
I try to call to her, but no sound escapes my lips
and so I crawl
the rocks cut my hands and knees
she’s so far away
I try but I can’t reach her
and then 

nothing

I wake as she presses a prickly stem against my lips
a jelly-like substance squirts into my mouth
it tastes bitter but soothes my parched tongue
she breaks the stem and squirts again and again
until I can finally whisper thank you

she rubs the gel onto my face
and my skin feels cool
then she helps me to my feet

we’re standing on a hill
she points and I can see my car
not so far away
joy fills my heart
I turn back toward her—

but I am 

alone

©ARHuelsenbeck

Monday Morning Wisdom #359: U is for Peter Ustinov

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Monday Morning Wisdom #359: U is for Peter Ustinov

The sound of laughter has always seemed to me the most civilized music in the universe. ~Peter Ustinov, from Dear Me

From the Creator’s Heart #355

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Now this is the confidence we have before Him: whenever we ask anything according to His will, He hears us (1 John 5:14 HCSB).

NaPoWriMo Day 24

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Today’s prompt is to write a poem in which you describe something with a hard-boiled simile.

mosquito
Poky Pest

I must be tasty
judging by the mosquito 
penetrating my arm
like a jackhammer

leaving me itchy
as a flea-infested mongrel

buzzing past my ear
whining like 
a World War I biplane

I want to smash you to oblivion
like a wrestler in stretchy pants
piledriving an opponent

you’re fragile as gossamer
yet you purvey misery
like a miser

©ARHuelsenbeck

T is for Telemann

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Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767) was possibly the most prolific composer in history. He is considered one of the foremost German composers during the Baroque era, and is often compared to Bach and Handel, with whom he was well-acquainted.

Concerto for Traverso and Recorder in E minor:

Telemann’s father passed away when he was four. His mother disapproved of wasting time on music, but young Georg found himself a music teacher when he was 10, and by the time he was 12 had composed his first opera.

Musique de Table Quartet in G Major:

Telemann composed 33 operas in all; church music, including series of passions, cantatas, and oratorios; several orchestral suites and chamber music pieces; fantasias, overtures, and fugues for keyboard; chorales, fugues, and chorale harmonizations for organ; numerous concertos for violin, viola, horn, trumpet, chalumeau, oboe, bassoon, recorder, and flute; and sonatas for oboe and bassoon.

Adagio from Trumpet Concerto:

Telemann’s style evolved as he aged and incorporated influences from French, Italian, and Polish styles. He was a driving force during the late Baroque and early Classical periods, although his writing remained complex contrapuntally and harmonically, and he considered some of his contemporaries’ works as too simplistic.

Brecht ihr müden Augenlider:

Telemann insisted on exclusive publication rights for his works, thereby setting one of the most important early precedents for regarding music as the intellectual property of the composer. 

Burlesque de Quixotte:

NaPoWriMo Day 23

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Today’s prompt is to write a poem in the style of Kay Ryan, whose poems tend to be short and snappy.

Imaginary Garden

The day started out
with the trumpeting of 
butter-colored daffodils
overtaken by 
the fragrance released
by purple-blue lilacs 
laughing in the breeze.

The roses thorned
their way in
not to be outdone
perfuming their way
into nostrils
everywhere.

Hibiscus bloomed
their warning signals
refusing to be 
overlooked
volunteering to
be boiled.

Birds of paradise
hurled insults
attracting the attention
of bees and
hummingbirds.

Lantana grew
in concentric circles
their geometry
conquering all.

©ARHuelsenbeck

Creative Juice #291

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Creative Juice #291

Especially heavy on writing articles this week.