“People say, what is the sense of our small effort? They cannot see that we must lay one brick at a time, take one step at a time. A pebble cast into a pond causes ripples that spread in all directions. Each one of our thoughts, words and deeds is like that. No one has a right to sit down and feel hopeless. There is too much work to do.”
― Dorothy Day

The Ragtag Daily Prompt this morning was RIPPLES.

My thoughts went in two different directions: I considered writing a verse about the ripples you will see in natural settings…and then I pondered the philosophical angle, where RIPPLES symbolize the power of example. Particularly the influence that a good example can have. How many individuals have carried out a work which has blessed the whole world?

I opted for the “ripples as a symbol of influence” angle and chose the quote by Dorothy Day. Whoever she is or was, her thought is a wise one. And I’m going to add my own mini-poem on this subject. The verse I wrote about natural ripples I’ll save for another post. 🙂

This world is full of ripples
and each of us must choose
the ones we’ll be a part of,
to win at life, or lose.

Some lives have left a swelling
of blessings for us all
while some leave sad examples
how far a man can fall.

Each ring will ripple outward
toward some final end:
the eulogy of “enemy”
or accolades of “friend.”

The Path Ahead

Good morning everyone. A rainy day here on the prairie and we’re welcoming the moisture.

I wonder how many of you readers remember that Certs ad of long ago, where two young ladies are debating:
“Certs is a candy mint!”
“Certs is a breath mint!”
And the announcer says, “Stop! You’re both right. New Certs is two, two, two mints in one.”
According to Wiki, Certs was introduced in 1956 and heavily advertised this way on American television in the ’60s and ’70s.
And most of you won’t give two, two, two hoots about this. 🙂

What brought this on? I’m doing two writing challenges this morning:
The Ragtag Daily Prompt this morning is: THE PATH AHEAD
And Sammi’s Weekend Writing Challenge calls for a 23-word response including the word KALEIDOSCOPE. Here’s her logo:

And here’s my diminutive response to both:

A kaleidoscope of summer tones
on the path ahead,
the trilling of songbirds,
wraps her in its unique condolence.
He wasn’t coming back.

Leadership IMO

Hello everyone.

Our Ragtag Daily Prompt is LEADERSHIP and I’ll respond by giving you a few of my impressions, with a little help from Pixabay images.

A good leader goes ahead, leading not so much by rhetoric as by example.

A good leader has a vision of where the group needs to go, and communicates that vision with clarity

A good leader accepts that you can’t please all of the people all of the time. Somebody will always want to go the other way.

A good leader has the courage to head into deep water when necessary.

Good leaders may wait for clearer vision or better conditions, but they don’t mull around with no direction.

Images credits:
1 — Halstead 77
2 — DigitalDesigner
3 — Michael_Luenen
4 — bdabney
5 — RomanFavier

Precipice Prudence

The Ragtag Daily Prompt is PRECISE
The Discover prompt for today: HANDS
The Word of the Day challenge: BOUNCE
This verse can also be my contribution to National Poetry Month


         Sheer Folly!

When you stand
at the pinnacle of a precipice
be prudent and precise
where you put your feet
lest some slight slip
send you sliding;
down the slippery slope
you’ll bounce and tumble
like a stone
to a crunching crash below.

Hands won’t help,
Precipice storyno handrails anywhere,
no grasping at the rushing air
will stop you. Only wings
would save you then,
and those you lack
so stand well back.
Don’t risk a fall for folly.

Likewise in life,
this panorama
of time and space
through which we tread,
be prudent and precise
where you put your feet.

Oh Joy! Another New Word

The Ragtag Daily Prompt for today is SKIMPY

I suppose I could stretch this word to cover our morning snowfall. Huge fluffy snowflakes drifted down for a couple of hours, but altogether they made only a SKIMPY covering on our steps and tiles. And now the sun has come out to melt them away.

As my blog post title reveals, when I looked this word in the M-W Thesaurus I discovered among the synonyms a word I’ve never heard before. Maybe I’ll use it for a writing prompt someday. However, it wouldn’t be one you’d insert into a normal conversation unless your listener was especially erudite.

excessively scanty; inadequate
hand-to-mouth, meager, scant, scanty, skimpy, slim, spare, sparse.

As in:
The young tree clung to the hillside, sucking an exiguous life from the rocky soil in which it had sprung up.

Photo: analogicus — Pixabay


A Frisson of Joy

The Ragtag Daily Prompt this morning is AESTHETICS

I’ve always seen this word as ESTHETICS; Merriam-Webster gives both spellings. This word refers to things that are beautiful or pleasing in appearance — which in turn means that so much could be written about this subject. You’re all welcome to hop over to the Ragtag Community and see what other bloggers are saying/showing in regard to aesthetics.

We’ve had fog for the last couple of days here; by yesterday evening this had settled into hoarfrost on all branches of all the trees. This morning we have a new fall of pure white snow to add to the scenic beauty.

When I check the free images sites like Pixabay and Unsplash, I can hardly pick one “asthethic” representation from the many images that please the eye. These scenes give a little frisson of joy; I can rejoice that in this imperfect world there are things — and people — of such amazing natural beauty. Granted, a lot of this beauty is planned and photos are shot with filters to enhance the colors. We mortals are ever striving to make things even more aesthetic.


But life isn’t all about dwelling in pleasant places, seeing lovely things. There’s that old saying that “If you can’t do what you love, love what you do.” To a homemaker, a muddy floor is anything but aesthetically pleasing, so we scrub it rather than live with the constantly irritating sight of dirt. Once it’s clean, it is pleasant to behold, plus we have that frisson of joy, the pleasant satisfaction of accomplishment.

Which reminds me that I need to work on some aesthetics this morning. 😉 Have a great day — or evening — everyone.