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Share Your Irish Blessings!

I think there’s a touch o’ the Irish—or at least a touch o’ the Blarney Stone—in every writer. So what more appropriate way to celebrate tomorrow’s St. Patrick’s Day than to write your own, original Irish Blessing?

Irish blessings can be:

Long or Short

May the Lord be between us and harm and protect us from the harm of the world.

Heartwarming

May the road rise to meet you,

May the wind be always at your back.

May the sun shine warm upon your face,

The rains fall soft upon your fields.

And until we meet again,

May God hold you in the palm of his hand.

or funny

May your glass be ever full.

May the roof over your head be always strong.

And may you be in heaven

half an hour before the devil knows you’re dead.

Serious or just a touch irreverent.

May those who love us love us.

And those that don’t love us,

May God turn their hearts.

And if He doesn’t turn their hearts,

May he turn their ankles,

So we’ll know them by their limping.

Rhyming…

May joy and peace surround you,

contentment latch your door,

and happiness be with you now

and bless you evermore!

 

or not. Really, it’s up to you!

For our Irish Blessing celebration today, let’s keep them on the shorter side. Here’s my Irish Blessing for all o’ ye today:

May your words be filled with God’s love and light,

Your work be a joy, your burdens be slight,

Your dreams come to life,

Your days without strife,

And peace be the cloak that surrounds you at night.

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Leap into Word Play

February 29th comes every U.S. Presidential election year. It is called Leap Year day. I pondered what we could do to celebrate this reaccuring phenomenon. Should we sing along with Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Pirates of Penzance” when Frederic discovers that he was born on February 29th and the whole story turns …

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Eyes Open, Antennae Up

I can find humor anywhere. It’s a gift…or a curse. I waver on that regularly. About 35 years ago I was in a small grocery store across from our apartment to pick up a few things we needed. We didn’t have much storage space so we went to the store …

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A 40 Day Experience with Music

Last year I tried a musical experiment during the days of Lent (I wrote about it here). This year I attempted to do something similar. My musical choice was the “Suites for Keyboard” by George Frederic Handel. We are most familiar with Handel because of his famous “Messiah” oratorio. I …

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Frankly My Dear, I Ate Some Spam

There are a number of things that cause my blood to boil. Radio or TV ads with ten seconds of legalese read at triple speed at the end Coffee mugs in church services Cell phone ringing during a meeting and the person answers it Cell phone ringing in a church …

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Pets and Personality

Do any of the characters in your novel have pets? When I read about pet ownership, the choice of animal and where they live may say a lot. The use of animals in a story can lend some wonderful texture to your character. It uses some common assumptions about various animals. A …

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Valentine’s Creativity! [Plus a Giveaway]

I love to laugh. I’m one of those people who goes into card stores and stands in the aisles, reading the funny cards and chortling. So when I saw some posts on Rejected Candy Heart sayings, I totally cracked up. You know what Candy Hearts are, yes? Those little sugar …

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In the Garden – A Creative Exercise

Some writers tell me that ideas flow so fast they don’t have time to write them all. Others say the muse can be reticent. One thing both types of writers seem to have in common is a love of the creative exercise. Through my devotional reading, I entered into a …

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And the Winner is: Words

Everyone has a preference as to the type of art and media they consume. Some people like books, others prefer movies, television programs, live theater, music, online content and many simply like a combination of all of the above. Even though our modern society is captivated by “the next big …

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Creative Outlets

Ever notice how creativity has a way of coming and going? And when it goes, it always seems to be at the worst possible moment, such as when your book is due. Or when it WAS due. Weeks ago. But I’ve discovered a sure fire way to spark creativity, even …

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