Grief in Happiness and Happiness in Grief

Who doesn’t want to read as much as possible about happiness?

Experience Writing

Grief in Happiness by Maria L. Berg 2022

Exploring the Big 5 abstractions is proving an interesting challenge. Turning my attention to happiness, I found some interesting websites:

Happiness Academy

World Happiness Foundation outlines 10 steps to Global Happiness:

  1. Tell everyone
  2. Do what makes you happy
  3. Give and spread happiness to others
  4. Attend a world happiness event
  5. Celebrate
  6. Share what makes you happy on social media
  7. Promote UN Resolutions 65/309 & 66/281
  8. Advance the United Nations global goals for sustainable development
  9. Enjoy nature
  10. Adopt Happytalism

They define global happiness this way:

  1. Happiness as a fundamental human right and goal for all
  2. Happiness as a universal aspiration in the lives of all
  3. Happiness as a way of living, being, and serving communities and society
  4. Happiness as a north star for individuals, communities, governments, and society.
  5. Happiness path toward achieving the sustainable development goals
  6. Happiness as a “new paradigm’…

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Elements of Magic

Raven has posted a beautiful sonnet

Jezzie G

Inspired by and written for Simply 6 Minutes – thank you, Christine

Wow, the image is hitting my chakras, it feels profound and spiritual. A sacred magic circle is a place out of time and space, a spiritual link between the worlds of physical and spiritual. Here goes…

Elements of Magic
Form: Beymorlin Sonnnet

The circle cast by three inviting peace
And spirits gather keeping demons out
Commune in whispers there’s no need to shout
The arcane words as time begins to cease

Lady Moon, Father Sun, dance wild and free
In love and light, there is nothing to fear
As spirits gather there is magic here
And their crystal orb is surrounding me

My body in robes and the altar set
I welcome them all to my sacred place
And hear their wisdom never to forget
For they grant me, love, throughout time and space

In elements of magic…

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From my desk: 09/29/2022

We are safe and we are home! Thank God we don’t have much damage, mostly just a mess. Neighbors of ours were not that lucky nor are people on the east coast of FL. Sanibel and Fort Myers got demolished, which is so sad.

I hope everyone on the east coast who are still in the path of the storm stay safe. Thank you for all of you caring words!

From my desk: update

Neighbors sent a few pictures and the Manatee River is empty (well not totally…). The storm has sucked all the water out and must be saving it for the inland residents! Stay safe! This really is a bad one!

From my desk: 09/28/2022

We are waiting for Hurricane Ian to hit land. We put the hurricane shutters on our house and left. We are staying with my Dad as this assisted living facility is hurricane ready with safe windows and doors and they have generators. It is starting to get windy now. The state just shut down the Skyway Bridge so we wouldn’t be able to get home if we wanted. Hopefully we can go home by tomorrow. I am not complaining though because David and I have beds in my dads room. The lower floors are lined with beds and unfortunately is starting to smell bad. I only go down to bring the dog out!

If anyone else is in the path of this storm (Jim), stay safe!

Simply 6 Minutes – Welcome to the Challenge: 09/27/2022

Welcome to the 6-minute challenge!

Today’s prompt is:

architecture illusion ross lovegrove alpine capsule

This picture is of someone standing on a rocky peak in front of what looks like a car’s rearview mirror

*****For any participants that do NOT like restrictions, please feel free to participate in any way you would like. It is great to read the contributions!****

  1. Set up a timer or sit near a clock so you can keep track of the six minutes you will be writing.
  2. You can either use one of the prompts (photo or written) or you can free-write.
  3. Get ready and write for 6 minutes, that is it! Can you write a complete story? Can you think of a new Sonnet? Can you write 400 words? 400? 500? There are no restrictions on what kind of writing you do, but you should try to be actively writing for six minutes.
  4. After you are done writing, include your word count and then post back to this page #Simply6Minutes or include your link in the comments section. Pingbacks are enabled.
  5. *Feel free to leave your work completely unedited. I believe it is good to see, especially for new writers, that even very seasoned writers don’t write a perfect first draft.*
  6. Have fun, challenge yourself if you’d like, read and respond to others’ posts.

Thank you for participating!


From my desk: 09/23/2022

So yesterday was a traumatic day! Brody woke me at 7:30 like every morning, to go for his morning walk. I dressed and leashed him and set out like any other morning. We got around the mailbox and the dogs next door were behind the 8 foot fence barking. We moved closer to the middle of the road and as we walked in front of the side of their house, 3 giant pit bulls came out and starting attacking Brody. I fell to the ground and the female owner was screaming trying to grab the dogs. Nothing was working, it was horrible. I was screaming at the top of my lungs. Luckily, some neighbors came and the man was able to get the dogs to respond to his voice and got them inside. At the same time, Brody was able to run away and by then David had heard me screaming and was outside too. Brody was bleeding profusely!

We went to an animal emergency room about 35 minutes away and they quickly hooked him to an IV to give him pain meds and a sedative. After a few hours they were able to put their hands on him and evaluate the injuries. He was lucky…sort of. His back left leg from the hip down was mangled pretty bad. It wasn’t until later that they were able to confirm those were the only bitten areas. He had one very bad puncture and one other bad bite then countless small bites that were too many for them to count.

Brody just got home. He is in horrible pain. He has two drains to keep from retaining fluid in the two bad areas. He has a cone on. He won’t let me leave his side, which is okay. When we got home from dropping him at the ER the neighbor came over to say they put two of the dogs down. They had been getting increasingly aggressive and she didn’t want to ever see something like that happen again. I was saddened and relieved at the same time.

I have NEVER witnessed or been involved in something so horrific. If the other neighbors hadn’t come out I believe Brody would have been killed and I would have been wounded too. We realize that all of our neighbors are good people. Brody will heal. My PTSD is now elevated again but I have my writing, my art, and my family and friends.

Poetics: Spicing it Up

Written for d’Verse Poet’s Pub:

I’ve chosen twenty-five herbs, spices, flavors, and spice combinations—A to Z. Pick at least three for your poem. Use more if you so desire. You may also choose one of the words or phrases for your title.

Aleppo Pepper
Arizona Dreaming
Fennel seed
Garam Masala
Krakow Nights
Mulling spices
Mural of flavor
Mustard Seeds
Sea salt
Sesame Seeds
Sunny Paris
Tuscan Sunset

Coriander uncle
went riding in the car
they really wanted company
but Nutmeg would go that far
They took the thyme to ask her
just where she’d like to go
Her answer was overseas
Sunny Paris made her glow
The went on their vacation
and left lemongrass so green
He didn’t want to travel
It’s stuff he’s already seen.

©2022 CBialczak Poetry

I don’t know if I should include a translation but without it and emphasis on different syllables, this may make absolutely no sense whatsoever.

Keep reading if you want to see what was in my head….

Beware, it is scary.

Cory and her Uncle
went riding in the car
they really wanted company
but not Meg would go that far
They took the time to ask her
just where she’d like to go
Her answer was overseas
Sunny Paris made her glow
The went on their vacation
and left Lem on grass so green
He didn’t want to travel
It’s stuff he’s already seen.