Lu, just Lu

Women’s History Month Blog Series

Dear Readers,

As a teacher, I see the young women in my classes struggling with what it means to be a woman.  They don’t understand Women’s history or what it means to be a feminist, today.  They need answers as well as question.  As a result next month I will be dedicating the majority of my posts to topics and themes important to women, women’s history and rights.

So far, there are some guest posts in the works as well. But, I would love your voices to be present as well. Who is the most influential woman in your life? What woman inspired you?  What do you think that the young women of today need to know before they head out into the world?

If you are interested in participating either by submitting a guest post, poem or photo, just email me at Lucinda.T.rose@gmail.com – please put Women’s History Month in the subject line.

Everyone is welcome to participate.

Love,

Lu Lu, just Lu

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Getting Back in the Saddle

Clip art licensed from the Clip Art Gallery on DiscoverySchool.com
Clip art licensed from the Clip Art Gallery on DiscoverySchool.com

The past couple of months, I have continued to read with a passion, but haven’t produced a book review.  My brain just wasn’t in the game.  Not sure where it was, but writing reviews or keeping up with this site wasn’t apart of its plans. Then I won two books in a Thanksgiving Contest which I devoured shortly after receiving but it failed to bring me back to the keyboard. 

Slowly, but surely over the holiday break I have been sitting down and working on posts for this blog.  The first new review will be published this Friday.   Poetry will return next week if not sooner. 

Everything happens for a reason and I have faith that things will not only get back on track, but they will get better.  My New Year’s resolution is to be active in pursuing my dreams and bettering my life.  Less talk of plans and more time and effort implementing them.

Some plans like my trip to Peru have had to be place on hold as a result of purchasing a new to me car, but they haven’t been abandoned. I have been continuing on the path to a healthier me and look forward to the next year biking around town with my friend, Sonia, and taking Luke for walks. Hope all is well with you and yours.

Love, Hugs and Moos,

Lu

All By Myself

Home Sweet Home
Home Sweet Home

Sitting alone in my house for the first time in months with no roommate expected back and I don’t know what do with myself.

My roomie is moving out by the first of the month.   It seems strange being alone in the house knowing that in a few short days my home will be all mine  again. I am happy and a little melancholy since I had just gotten used to sharing my space.  So, I am on my own again. It isn’t a bad thing, it is just a thing to adjust to and move with; not against.

Life is full changes. Some are handled better than others.

The time between Halloween (Samhain or the Celtic New Year) and New Year’s Day has become the time when I test drive my resolutions.  One of the resolutions is become a more discipline writer.  Another one is to become a better money manager.  The latter takes on a greater importance now that I will once again be the person solely responsible for the paying household bills. ( The kitty boys refuse to get jobs and Luke is still just a puppy, albeit a fifty pound one; still he isn’t capable of really holding down steady employment.)

Unemployed Puppy
Unemployed Puppy

Resolutions are goals that need to be planned for in order to achieve success.  Today’s events present an opportunity for such planning.

Blessings come in all forms.

Baby Lu

Project Birthday Blog

Baby Lu
Baby Lu

Many moons ago, a young rosebud was born. And she grew and she blossomed.

One day someone read her a book and then another and another.

Eventually, she learned to read on her own and write. When she was in elementary school, she wrote her first poem. In high school, she started writing short stories.  Shortly before she turned thirty-five, she created this blog.

On October 23, I will be turning thirty-six.  This year I am going to celebrating more than I have in the past couple of years.  As a part of that celebration, I plan on posting everyday until my birthday.  Stretch my writing muscles so that I can finish other projects that I have been working on and really do something about accomplishing my lifelong dream of being a published author.

Hope you enjoy this month’s journey with me.

One of my first poems…. P.S. Poem

Happy Birthday to …

first-birthday-cupcake
first-birthday-cupcake

Time  is always speeding past us.  Always moving forward and going on whether we like it or not. Anniversaries and birthdays come… And often we come up with elaborate ways to celebrate them. In my case, I love to plan and then life does it thing and the plans go to waste because there is no time to make them happen.  Today is different…

Today marks the one year anniversary of this blog going live.  I really didn’t know what I was doing. This site hasn’t been a smash success, but it has been holding its own. Our rankings have been improving by leaps and bounds daily.

As a writer this site has been a conduit for me to develop a regular writing schedule as well as meet some wonderful new cyber peeps.  In a few days, I will be sending a short story off for possible publication in an anthology. It is the first time that will be letting my work go off to be accepted or rejected by strangers. A big step that I am nervous about taking, but even if I am rejected which most likely I will be, a necessary one.

I haven’t finished my novel, but started another project which with any luck and time will be completed before my birthday. Progress on the novel is slow but steady.

Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to read and follow this site.  You fuel my writing on the days when my own motivation waivers.  It means the world to me that my work is being enjoyed.

Blank Page

The page went blank a couple of moments ago; all my precious thoughts disappeared.  The words that I was trying to craft were lost. They could have been retrieved.  When they blinked out of existence I could have clicked undo and restored them.

I didn’t. I stopped myself.  I just stared into the blankness and realized that I didn’t want them back. I wanted to start anew.

Each morning when your eyes blink open, there is an opportunity to start fresh.  It goes by so fast that we often don’t even realize that a door has been opened.  It is normally shut by the rush of daily thoughts or the desperate need for coffee.

A good, no a great, friend of mine was hurt by something I wrote.  It doesn’t matter that it wasn’t my intention, the damage was still done.  He went through hell a couple of years back and has clawed his way back from Hades. He has the scars to prove it.

What I wrote made him feel like I didn’t believe that he had changed. Like I didn’t believe in him.  Nothing could be farther from the truth.

If I hadn’t believed in him, then I won’t have opened the door to him to come back into my life.  Actually, I opened it and asked him to step through it.

Then I walked into my own version of Hades.  This blog and my friend’s advice and steadfast presence have helped me see the light.  I still have to do my own crawling.  Knowing that I hurt him even inadvertently crushed a part of my heart.

Tomorrow morning when I wake up there is going to be a note on my alarm, a message to myself to take the opportunity to start my life anew. To be more aware of what I say and do.  To try and avoid hurting someone I love and who means the world to me. To be a better me.