Category Archives: Challenge

Pull Up a Seat (2019 Week 44)

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My offering for this week’s Pull Up A Seat challenge.

OctPoWriMo Day 31

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I participated in two challenges this month, OctPoWriMo and Inktober. To make it easier on myself, I planned to write a new poem on odd-numbered days and make a drawing on even-numbered days.

I managed to write 13 poems this month, a little short of the 16 I had hoped for. One poem never got off the ground (maybe it will fly yet), and two days I just didn’t get the time. But I so appreciate the work of the volunteers who came up with the challenge prompts and encouraged all the participants. There are some great new poems out there!

Today’s prompt is peaceThe prompt post includes a video of John Lennon’s song Imagine.

I am a huge Beatles fan and I love almost everything Lennon ever wrote. Except the lyrics to Imagine. My poem is sort of a rebuttal of the song.

heaven

believe there is a heaven

this world is closer to hell than I ever want to be
full of chaos and hate, murder and destruction
a polluted ecosystem wreaking revenge
with water and fire and wind and ice

if it weren’t for heaven, why would I endure
the pain, the scorn that is my lot,
the hardship, the illness, the loneliness
death would be the logical escape

but the truth is: we have a loving God
Who created the world in perfection
Who redeemed it with His own blood
Who longs to be our Companion forever

the One who determined the laws of nature
holds me safe in His arms
His Word comforts and consoles me
and that is where I find peace

©ARHuelsenbeck

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Inktober Day 30

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I am participating in two challenges this month, OctPoWriMo and Inktober. To make it easier on myself, I’m trying to write a new poem on odd-numbered days and make a drawing on even-numbered days.

I’m following the Inktober prompts that my Facebook Zentangle group, Tangle All Around, is using. The pattern below is called Fish Face.

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This was my favorite pattern of all the ones I tried this month–eleven, instead of my goal of fifteen. (I had one day where I tried and tried, but the pattern was harder than I expected, and I just didn’t like my results. Then there were three days that I just couldn’t get around to it. . . but on the other hand, I might not have made any drawings at all if it weren’t for the challenge, so, thank you, Inktober!)

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OctPoWriMo Day 29

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I am participating in two challenges this month, OctPoWriMo and Inktober. To make it easier on myself, I’m trying to write a new poem on odd-numbered days and make a drawing on even-numbered days.

Today’s prompt is Lightness of Being:

Woman Rainy Window

Presence

when I notice my blessings—
an intricate weed blossom
a double rainbow
a check in the mail—
my burdens grow lighter
they float away altogether

I send up little prayers of gratitude
my heart is free
hurt is healed
the day brightens like a kiss

my God is close
close enough for me to sense His presence
to hear His sublime whisper
calming me with His love

©ARHuelsenbeck

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Inktober Day 26

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I am participating in two challenges this month, OctPoWriMo and Inktober. To make it easier on myself, I’m trying to write a new poem on odd-numbered days and make a drawing on even-numbered days.

I’m following the Inktober prompts that my Facebook Zentangle group, Tangle All Around, is using. The pattern below, Your Call, was designed by Alice Hendon.1E892931-98A6-4D8C-8033-A327E7AD0EB1inktober

 

OctPoWriMo Day 25

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I am participating in two challenges this month, OctPoWriMo and Inktober. To make it easier on myself, I’m trying to write a new poem on odd-numbered days and make a drawing on even-numbered days.

Today’s prompt is White. The suggested form is musette.

Things that are White

Ice cream
Pure vanilla
I scream

Snow storm
Frigid, freezing
Stay warm

Blank page
Inspiration
Engage

©ARHuelsenbeck

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Creative Juice #161

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Creative Juice #161

All kinds of good stuff.

  • Basel, Switzerland. Or Basel, France. Or Basel, Germany.
  • A watercolorist’s process. Her roses are amazing.
  • Beautiful paintings.
  • Following an obsession with Magritte.
  • You know God is capable of giving you a miracle, but it doesn’t happen. How do you respond to that?
  • How to be smarter.
  • I wish I had a cute little quilting studio like this one.
  • The power of a tree to comfort.
  • If you follow this blog, you know I’m a fan of Inktober, the drawing challenge that comes around every October. Here’s an article about another participant’s experience from three years ago (but still timely).
  • Speaking of challenges, NaNoWriMo is coming up next month. Have you ever wanted to write a novel?
  • I don’t really want to be a millionaire, but I think the suggestions in this article could help anyone have a better life.
  • I am such a fan of Fair Isle sweaters.