TUESDAY TRUTHS- IS YOUR GREATEST WEAKNESS YOUR GREATEST STRENGTH?

IS YOUR GREATEST WEAKNESS YOUR GREATEST STRENGTH??  I had a dream that jolted me up last night. This dream had a moral to it. You know how some dreams don’t make much sense overall but you get a different feeling or vibe when you wake up in the morning?  You sense this  moral that comes out of the story of your dream which changes your whole mood for the day? Well, today I feel a shift.  I feel a whole new vibe about life. Funny but this shift in attitude happened in conjunction  with the recent ‘Strawberry Moon’.  You know that Solar eclipse/summer solstice  thing which happened last weekend?  I read about the summer solstice online. I will paraphrase:  This Strawberry moon, summer solstice, this coming together hasn’t occurred since 1960’s and won’t happen again till 2062′.  I just realized that something has also ‘come together’ in my brain.  In conjunction with…

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THURSDAY THOUGHTS-ON WRITING MY FIRST BOOK

THOUGHTS ON WRITING & PUBLISHING MY POETRY BOOK Hi everyone! I have been very busy editing and formatting my first ever book.  It is a poetry book called ‘CATCH A POEM BY THE TALE”. Thank you to my friend  Val for thinking up this brilliant title! I thought I would share a bit of my process with you and let you know how its been going. ‘I didn’t choose writing. Writing chose me’. This quote pretty much sums up how I feel about my new found obsession with writing. It started in January of this year after my cat BigBoy died. My pen just would not stop moving. I started with my Memoir. I wrote about 40,000 words towards it but then hit a bit of a block with it. It was advised to me by Memoir writing friends to put it on the back burner for awhile to let it simmer.…

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THURSDAY THOUGHTS- OPTIMIST FOR A DAY?

OPTIMIST FOR A DAY? I was talking to a friend of mine Olga the other day. She is 64 years old and just had a diagnosis of very serious stage 4 cancer but she was glowing. Two of her beloved cats also  died in the course of a two week period. ‘So much shit on her plate!’ I thought and she is still SUCH an optimist! How do some people even in the face of awful experiences seem to have that optimistic (It’ll all be fine) glow about them?. I was interested in how she got to be that way so I asked her. She said ‘I just feel deep down  that everything will work out in the end and I have a lot of faith in a Higher Presence”. Another friend of mine Barb is  a complete optimist too. She says that no matter what shit life hands her, and there will be a…

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THURSDAY THOUGHTS- Do we need to know WHY?

 DO WE NEED TO KNOW WHY?   “Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.”― Rainer Maria Rilke   Yesterday I was on the phone with a great artist friend of mine Amy. She asked me:  ‘WHY is my life so messed up?’ Her mom died  about two years ago and she has been in a weird depressed creatively stuck space since then. She hadn’t been able to create her art for a long time. I met her in…

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UPDATE on my blog.

HI everyone. This week I am making art and preparing for a festival—The Rossini Festival in Knoxville so I am taking time off from my blog. I will be writing a blog about selling my art at art fairs while Im at this show. (Stay tuned!) Hope to resume here next week. Also, I wrote so much towards my Memoir that I needed time to let it all simmer before I move forward. Have a good week everyone!   This is me with some of my art at an indoor festival.. The Rossini festival on Saturday is outside. Hoping for no wind, rain, tornados, thunderstorms, locusts or other plagues this time..LOL.   www.michellemonet.com

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TUESDAY TRUTHS- ‘LOOK BACK OR DON’T LOOK BACK?’

  ‘DONT LOOK BACK. YOURE NOT GOING THAT WAY!’ I have been doing a lot of looking back while writing my Memoir, which is why I’m bringing this topic up today. WHY LOOK  back?  Since starting to write my memoir I’ve been asked by a few well meaning people—— why bother to look back?  Whats the point in it? Isn’t it painful? Whats the purpose of putting yourself through pain and rehashing the past? Good questions. Why not just live in the now and not bother with the past? I do appreciate that point of view. TO MOVE AHEAD YOU MUST PUT THE PAST BEHIND YOU!  Yep. I hear that too. BUT then there is the opposite argument. ‘THOSE WHO DO NOT REMEMBER THE PAST ARE CONDEMNED TO REPEAT IT’. After the Holocaust  the Spanish philosopher, essayist, poet, novelist Geroge Santayana made that popular statement which became somewhat of a mantra for the…

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POETRY vs SONG LYRICS

POETRY VS SONG LYRICS Thought Id share this conversation I had with a friend yesterday about poetry.    He said “I dont care for poetry. I had to learn it in college English class and I hated it back then . YUCK! I had to study Shakespeare all the time too!’ he said with a look of disdain. That statement seemed interesting to me. I said ‘WOW, but you love SONG LYRICS!” He pondered that. “Yes I do’. ‘So whats the difference? A poem or song lyrics? They are both just word combinations!’ I asked honestly. Hmmm. He then said ‘Well you know football stadiums fill up with hundreds of thousands of people to hear musicians and bands but not to hear a poetry reading! There might be ten lonely outcasts sitting in a coffee house listening to a poem but that’s IT!’  Interesting point, I thought. SOooOoo,  does that mean we should let the art form of poetry…

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FRIDAY FREE FLOW POETRY

POETRY DEFINED A poem slides down the mouth like a smooth liqueur that goes down to the soul when you sip it. like sand in your sandals and skipping through  waves.. catch the poem  QUICK. You might miss it!   Breathe in a great poem like the breath of a lover soft silk or the warmth of the fire a poem can leave you with breathless delight like a heightened and  luscious desire.   A poems a lazy Sunday on a hammock in June when the breeze blows soft on your shoulder the poem, breathe it down deep into your lungs it can make you feel young when you’re older.   A poems a spring day, steaming coffee in  morning.. an umbrella dipped PinaColada a poems a surprise like the child who swings at the colorful  hanging pinata.   Translucent and pure yes a poem is rich it can change you with…

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TUESDAY TRUTH- Embracing Uncertainty

‘EMBRACING UNCERTAINTY’ ‘Some stories dont have a clear beginning, middle and end. Life is about not knowing, taking the moment, and making the best of it, without knowing whats going to happen next. Delicous ambiguity.– Gilda Radner As I sat down to write more content for my upcoming Memoir (or Memoirs), which I do every morning   it dawned on me how uncertain this whole process of writing is. BUT then again life itself is very uncertain right? These days it seems almost everything in the world has an undercurrent of uncertainty. From politics to job security , terrorism, technology to… relationships; they all seem to have the thread of uncertainty in them. I cant really think of anything that is totally CERTAIN anymore. Ok, there’s life, death and taxes. yea! So how do we  live with and be at peace with ‘not knowing’ things? Living most of my life as an artist…

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