Behind the Scenes

This weekend was a wash. As you notice, there were no blog posts on Saturday and Sunday. I couldn’t pull myself together enough to finish a post. I was mentally tired. This doesn’t mean that I didn’t write anything. I took the time to plan what I would post next (including this). At least one piece will be posted over on Medium, and I’m working out the kinks on the other stories.

So, stay tuned! There is more to come! I’m not done with this blog challenge, yet!

A photo by Aaron Burden.


Way Behind

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April is always a busy time of year, for me. I seem to always have a number of other writing commitments and personal tasks that crop up during this time of year, and knowing this, I still add my unofficial participation in the A to Z Blog Challenge to my list. (Unofficial, because I know I’ll end up falling behind.) I tried people. I tried! I didn’t even make it half way through the alphabet this year. I’m glad I posted as much as I did, but I’m disappointed that I didn’t do more! ūüė¶

What this means is that I need to plan better for 2017. (Yes, I am crazy enough to try this again!) That planning process starts NOW! I’ll get a new A to Z list started, and write some poems and short stories that will be all cleaned up and ready share by this time next year. I ¬†think I might plan to participate in Camp Nano, too. (I know. I just went from “crazy” to stark raving mad!) In the meantime, I’ll continue to drop drips and drabs for the 2016 challenge into the month of May. Stay tuned! A to Z isn’t over for me!!



Sandy Taught Me

It did not take me long to see the lesson. ¬†I thought I was doing great in my preparation for Hurricane Sandy. ¬†Food was prepared, we had plenty of water, flashlights, batteries, and all of our technology was charged in case power went out. ¬†I wasn’t uncomfortable with the preparation. ¬†I’ve done this before. ¬†I called my mother to make sure she had everything she needed. ¬†She was ready but concerned about the storm. ¬†I tried to reassure her.

“We’ll be fine mom. ¬†This doesn’t seem to be any worse than Hurricane Irene, last year.”
“Yeah, but they keep saying on the news that they haven’t seen a storm like this before.”

I heard her, but put her words aside. I needed to stay positive. ¬†This was just a thunderstorm having a hissy fit! ¬†I wasn’t scared of Sandy! Pfft! ¬†She wasn’t to going to get me nervous! ¬†Then the wind started blowing, the rain started pelting the house. ¬†I watched the news and saw the flooding, downed wires, major cities shut down and such. ¬†Friends on¬†Facebook¬†were reporting outages and flooding in¬†their¬†area. ¬†Before the height of the storm, one friend posted videos he took on his way home showing traffic lights blown off of the wire.

I underestimated Miss Sandy.

When I was awakened shortly after midnight with wind blowing down the street sounding something like a wind tunnel, I decided to pack some bags just in case my family and I had to evacuate.

Then the thought hit me: I haven’t lived long enough to say, “I’ve done this before! ¬†This storm isn’t going to be so bad.” ¬†I can say it. ¬†But I can’t guarantee it.

I can hear a bunch of you shouting at your monitors “Speak to your storm, Nike! You have that authority to say ‘peace be still.'” ¬†I know. ¬†But,¬†I’m not talking about authority. ¬†I’m talking about WISDOM.

Wisdom says that every storm it different.  Every battle is different.  They may have similar characteristics, but there may be elements of the situation that one is unable to anticipate because the battle or storm involves different people, places, and things.

Sandy’s path shifted slightly and sped up. ¬†The storm did not hit my town dead on as originally predicted. ¬†Sandy taught me, that I can’t take anything for granted.

Wisdom says: Prepare as much as possible, and be aware of the differences from one situation to the next, expect the best and worst outcomes and be prepared to adjust to changes quickly.