- For supper, I'll keep eating a large salad, at least one additional vegetable, and small amounts of carbohydrates and desserts. This has actually been working. I still eat chocolate items, pizza, French fries, etc.; I just eat small amounts of them.
- I'm also planning on exercising more: at least 15 minutes a day when I'm super-busy and supposedly don't have that 15 minutes available. On the days when I'm just a little bit busy, I'll be exercising at least 45 minutes a day. Unbusy days very rarely happen for me, so I don't have to try to figure that one out.
I'm so happy to be thinking about the upcoming new year. My resolution is to slowly lose some more weight by eating healthy and exercising more:
I'm most thankful for knowing about and being able to feel love. I love all of the different kinds of love, including knowledge about the love from God toward His creations. I also love my friends, family members, pets, and the whole concept of love. Love helps our world and our lives to have positive energy. I'm also thankful for how people and animals often give to each other, whether they know each other or not. The two cats in this picture are two of my cats; they actually do know each other very well and have been together as brothers in my house now for a couple of years. They're helping each other in this photo by licking and grooming each other.
The poem "The Strength of Unity on Veterans Day" (on pages 65 and 66 of Holidays Amaze) is a nice narrative about a parade on Veterans Day. The idea of unity among parade marchers, watchers, and different flags is seen in this poem. The concept of different stars and stripes in one flag, in addition to different states in our country, again suggest unity despite many differences.
The photo in this blog post is on page 67 of Holiday Amaze, Karen Petit's first book of poetry.
Writing poetry and prose can be a lot of fun because I learn more about my own thoughts, views, and feelings. Writing is also like a puzzle when I'm trying to figure things out. Sometimes, though, like any task, writing can be difficult. Occasionally, I've told myself, "I can't do this." The problem is often related to not having enough time. For example, when I was writing Mayflower Dreams, I told my publisher on the day before Thanksgiving that Mayflower Dreams would be completed by the end of January. At the time, I was only a little over half-way finished with the manuscript. Thankfully, I was able to send the manuscript to the publisher on the required deadline. My years of experience coping with my busy schedule were very helpful in accomplishing this task. Especially as I get older, I love being able to still be busy and complete a lot of tasks that make me very happy.
I love to watch fireworks on the Fourth of July! Seeing the movements of the bright lights is always a lot of fun, especially since I'm normally relaxing with family members while watching a fireworks show. The lights, sounds, and activities happening on the Fourth of July also remind me about our connections to our history.
"The Lights of Freedom on Independence Day" is one of the narrative poems in Holidays Amaze. This poem is a lot of fun to read on Independence Day. There are connections between us and our history, as well as some interesting narrative content. For example, a scammer wakes up a dreamer who is sleeping. The dreamer is obviously upset. The poem ends in a very positive way. Here are the last two lines of this poem:
our collaborative efforts can enhance
our lives with the lighted rays of freedom's stance
(page 39 of Holidays Amaze).
The picture in this blog posting is on page 40 and is one of the six images included after the poem "The Lights of Freedom on Independence Day" in Holidays Amaze.
On this Memorial Day, I'm very thankful for the service men and women who have given up their lives to keep other people safe. I know there are too many wars throughout history, but sometimes these wars are fought for positive reasons, such as to support freedom and to initiate necessary actions that will help many people to live more positive lives. World War II is one of many examples that I could give. What would have happened to our whole world--not just to the United States--if no one had fought against Hitler?
My prayers are with the family and friends of service men and women who have lost their loved ones, so a large number of other people can continue to live with freedom and safety.
I love not only being a "mom" for my pets but also being a real mom for my real children. I love family events, which we always do on Mother's Day.
When my children were younger, I often used to make pancakes in different, creative shapes. My book of poetry, Holidays Amaze, has a really nice poem in it for Mother's Day: "Shaping Pancakes on Mother's Day." You can use your imagination about what the sweet pancakes are shaped like in this poem.
Easter is one of my favorite holidays, and the cover of Holidays Amaze obviously has Easter eggs as a part of its design. Holidays Amaze has a great Easter poem on pages 21 through 28: "Sticking Together on Easter." This poem has a story about an Easter egg hunt on Easter Sunday. The children in this narrative find some really nice surprises in their Easter eggs, and here is the ending of the poem, which is on pages 27 and 28 of Holidays Amaze:
"A circle of children and teachers did form
around the Jesus statue with prayers so warm
that they melted moisture within the stickers,
creating dampness falling down from the stickers
to the ground and forming a tiny pond
where Christian friends with each other could bond
to join with Jesus stickers from Easter eggs
to walk on circular ponds with stable legs."
On today's "Love Your Pet Day," I wanted to show a picture of my loving cats. The photo on the right side of this blog has two of my beautiful cats in it. I not only love my pets, but they also love each other. They kiss, groom each other, play with one another, and are usually very happy together. They also purr at me a lot. Their purrs show how happy they are and how much they love all of the love that I give to them.
The poem about Valentine's Day in Holidays Amaze is titled "Love Branches on Valentine's Day." The setting for this narrative poem is Lovers' Retreat Bridge in Roger Williams Park, Providence, Rhode Island. The setting, characters, action, metaphors, and other content are very interesting to read on Valentine's Day. Here are the last two lines of this poem:
"The strength of love branches outward to give,
so branchers can breathe, relate, love, and live" (Petit 19).
With the tree branch and other content, I had a lot of fun writing this poem. Even when I was in elementary school, I used to love drawing pictures of trees with their branches. I hope your Valentine's Day is as much fun as I have while I'm drawing poetic branches with my poetry, photos, and blog content.
Dr. Karen Petit is the author of Banking on Dreams, Mayflower Dreams, Roger Williams in an Elevator, Unhidden Pilgrims, and Holidays Amaze. She is thankful to God for the many wonderful activities that happen on holidays and celebrations with her family, friends, and colleagues.