Archive for May, 2011

Thanks to Connie Harryman, CEO of  Applied Concepts Creativity, Inc. http://www.AppliedConceptsCreativity.com in Greenville for providing the links to two videos of interviews with Dr. Sidney Parnes, hosted by Gregg Farley. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yClcWcPf0HA&feature=share  this is the link to Part 1 of the interview, and then…
Part 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WgmNXz7_JA4&feature=related 

Dr. Parnes, is Professor Emeritus of Creative Studies, Buffalo State College. He is co-developer of the Osborn-Parnes Creative Problem Solving (CPS) process.

This is very interesting and exciting, After watching both parts of the interview, even though it’s only the high level explanation of the course, I decided to work on opening my mind to finding  creative ways to accomplish the goals I’ve set for my life. These are major goals and will be life changing. I am excitedly eager for it to begin.

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I had something else in mind for tonight’s post, but decided on sharing one of my favorite photos. It gives me a sense of peace after imagining I place all my cares in the river and let it take them away.

A Peaceful Place by Ann Marquette
Where is your peaceful place?

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I love water and have several photos of the Reedy River and Falls in Greenville, SC.  I took at least 8 photos on a recent trip there with a friend who had never been and wanted to experience the place for herself.  She loves it.    I selected two for this post.

Can you feel the PEACEfulness?

Peaceful Reading at Reedy River Falls

What would you be reading?


A Favorite Spot along Reedy River


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A heart being used as a symbol of love. Photo ...

Heart - Give your heart lovingly

Would you like to KNOW… that you are visible to the world around you? 

Yesterday on Oprah’s Farewell show she left us with a loving message filled with inspiration and encouragement.  She said one of the things she learned through all these years is that everyone wants to be SEEN, HEARD, and VALIDATED.  She wanted to do that for others…to really see them, hear them, and help them feel validated (my words). 

Many times in my life I have felt invisible.  The first time I ever knew I had found my voice was when my first story about Little One was published.  I sometimes still feel invisible and unheard, but I don’t feel so bad about it.  I have frequently hear that still small voice inside saying  “write, write, write.”  I would say to that voice, with a chuckle “Ok, but it doesn’t pay and I still need to have a way to support myself.”

I started my own blog last September so I would write more.  I am working at it. I enjoy writing, I love meeting new people and getting to know them.  Blogging is a great way to do both. 

I will also finish the second story of Little One.  Occasionally another poem finds its way into my soul and I put pen to paper.

Maybe I will always be an unknown writer, and that is ok.  If most of what I write helps at least a few people, whether to bring a smile to their hearts, encourage or inspire them, or helps them in some way… then it will be worth it.

Do you ever feel invisible? Do you feel that you are seen, heard, and validated?
 “What do you want me to hear?”

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The forest ranger had no idea the resident of this nest. So, my imagination goes down another path 🙂 No, I am not going to tell you where it has gone. Instead, I want to hear from you…who or what do you think has made this their home?

Who Lives Here by Ann Marquette

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As my regular readers will know, I have a resident in my tree out front…a Robin which built her nest in a branch which is hanging over the path walk up to my front porch.

Robin in her nest by Ann Marquette

This morning I saw two Robins, a male Cardinal, AND a squirrel walking around out front under the tree. All of them were together within a 5 foot radius. They were eating berries which had fallen from the Bing Cherry tree. Wish I could have gotten my camera quick enough to capture the scene.

A friend of mine has a little plot in a community garden and she had some extra sweet potato and onion plants left. She met me this morning to give them to me to plant. So, off I went to Home Depot to get some pots and potting soil so I could get them planted. Here they are…

Veg Plants by Ann Marquette

I had to wait until tonight to water them. I will try to remember to take updated photos in a week or so.

All the years I have been here I have not had any birds build a nest in the tree, nor have I planted any vegetables. Interesting Year 2011.

Have you had anything interesting happen this year, or done anything new? I would love to read your stories.

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I decided to share another of my favorites of Michael’s works of art.  It reminds me of the times when I am in a space of time by myself; and of Little One the protagonist in my book Little One~End of Journey Alone.

The Channel by Michael Cox

You can check out more of Michael’s work at his website www.michaelcox.com

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I finally got more photos of the Robin in the nest she made in the tree in front of my house. I could only get them from the window upstairs.  Wasn’t able to get any clearer.  Will try to get more as time goes on.


My Resident Nester

Can you see her head?

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Sharing a photo I took of a young lady chilling out and reading along the Reedy River, downtown Greenville, SC.

Just Chillin along the Reedy by Ann Marquette

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The Gates photo by Ann Marquette taken in Ireland 1982

These are the Gates to my Home,
and my Heart…
You are welcome to enter, both
as Family and/or Friend.
The keys to unlocking the gates
are kindness, peacefulness,
and love…within yourself.
Once you enter…let us always
be gentle with, considerate of,
and loving to each other. These
will allow us to feel at Home
in our hearts and in
God’s presence.
Upon departing, or retiring for
the night…let us always do so
in peace with each other, with
a hug, and a prayer in our
hearts that all mankind may
someday feel the same.
May God Bless and Protect all
who enter These Gates.

©September 1993

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