Because of COVID-19, many fun events have been cancelled for July 4, 2020. However, I'm still very happy to see the many online events and different ways to celebrate our freedom. I also love to look at pictures of past holidays. Most often while I'm with family members, I've actually taken hundreds of pictures of fireworks, including the photos on pages 40 and 41 of Holidays Amaze. The poem "The Lights of Freedom on Independence Day" in Holidays Amaze has a dreamer who connects past, present, and future activities together. Here is the last stanza of this poem:
Whether in Bristol, Portsmouth, New York City,
Philadelphia, or Washington, D.C.,
our collaborative efforts can enhance
our lives with the lighted rays of freedom's stance.
(page 39 of Holidays Amaze)
Easter is really my favorite holiday. I love being able to think of Jesus, my Lord and Savior, as being resurrected. His life in heaven shows the reality of eternal life.
The cover design of Holidays Amaze has Easter eggs that appear partially hidden. The light from the sky, though, is making the eggs more visible. Eggs have a symbolic meaning of the empty tomb and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
The Easter poem in Holidays Amaze, "Sticking Together on Easter," is a narrative poem that's a little over seven pages long. Some children are looking for Easter eggs with their Sunday School teachers. They learn more about themselves and their faith by connecting to--and sticking to--each other.
Even though COVID-19 is impacting people this year in negative ways, there are also many positives. My family members, colleagues, friends, and pets have all been connecting to each other through cell phones, Facebook, online video-conferencing, and other methods (smiling, waving, beeping horns, helping sick people, creating and delivering essential items to each other, . . .) I'm so thankful for the technology to be able to connect to others while staying safe. My prayers for myself and for others are also helping me to feel much safer, happier, and stronger.
Siamese cats are my favorite kind of cat. They act sort of like dogs in the way they become attached to their owners. They also often talk to their owners in cat language. Siamese cats are smart enough to open up cupboard doors and jump up onto things like doors. Yes, the cat in this picture actually did jump up onto doors, windowsills, etc. I rescued him as a kitten from a close-by animal rescue center. He was listed as a “Siamese” cat, which is what I was looking for. When I met him, he was super lovable, and I adopted him.
I’ve been thinking a lot about Palm Sunday today and imagining what I would have done if I had been one of the people worshipping Jesus when he came into Jerusalem. Even though I don’t like heights and am really too old to do this, I still would have tried to climb a palm tree to break off a branch. Like many other times in my life, God would have helped me when I prayed. I also would have tried to choose the best possible branch from the palm tree. I then would have helped others who needed branches to connect to Jesus’s trip. Finally, I would have tried to bow down very low while laying my palm branch before Jesus as he marched forth on his trip to help so many people.
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.
Dr. Karen Petit is the author of Banking on Dreams, Mayflower Dreams, Roger Williams in an Elevator, Unhidden Pilgrims, Holidays Amaze, and Amazing Holiday Paws. She is thankful to God for the many wonderful activities that happen on holidays and celebrations with her family, friends, and colleagues.