Poetry: I am.

Poetry: I am.

In this poem, Linda J. Wolff clarifies why I feel so comfortable being by myself and perhaps what it means to be an introvert. Yet I don’t want to be alone ALL the time. I wish I could feel more free to be myself when I’m with others. I want to be kind, but I don’t want to worry so much what other people think. This seems to have been been my dilemma for most of my life. I think I’m getting better at being myself around other people. No, I know I’m getting better at being myself. But I will always love to be home with just my dogs, especially when I’ve been around a lot of people like this past weekend.

Raqi Raccoon

…Being comfortable in your own skin is exhilarating, it shines from within the very core of who you are. A free verse poetry about accepting the person who you are. A digital art piece that’s easy on the eyes.

image of a rose

I exist.
Not because of anyone else,
and when I am with no one but myself.
There’s magic in just being.
Magic in just knowing,
I can be what I want to be.
It’ not about being something
for someone else or
what you want to see in me.
I am me; it is who I am.

It was never about you.

©Linda J. Wolff 2017


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Or, will I like them?

Of course we want people to like us. We are designed for community. But everyone is not going to like us. And everyone is not going to be good for us.

I’m thankful for my friends, for their love and support, for being able to share tears and laughter. But I know I can be okay alone, because we are never really alone. There’s always God, or whatever you want to call that divine power who loves us no matter what. And there are dogs, those divinely created experts in unconditional love.

Then there are cats. Cats have their own special kind of confidence. Some of them are experts.


One-liner Wednesday is brought to us by Linda G. Hill. Check out more great one-liner’s over at her blog: https://lindaghill.com/2017/04/19/one-liner-wednesday-danger/

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1. Make it one sentence.

2. Try to make it either funny or inspirational.

3. Use our unique tag #1linerWeds.

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5. Have fun!

Love Me, Love My Dog


Mary Moo

Today’s Just Jot It January prompt is, “mongrel,” provided by Geoff of TanGental.

I like the word “mutt” better than mongrel. It just sounds cuter. But I appreciate the prompt, because it gives me an excuse to write about one of my favorite things: dogs.

“Love me, love my dog,” mom used to say. She was not especially fond of dogs, but she respected that I was crazy about them. I looked up that saying to find and found out it’s an idiom meaning, if you’re going to have a relationship with me, you have to accept what I love. I would add that while you might not love dogs as much as I do, you gotta accept my love for them and how important they are to me. “Must love dogs” was always at the top of my list of characteristics I wanted in a partner. Thankfully my sweetheart fits the bill.

Mutts and mongrels are as lovable as any purebred. They are just as capable as giving the unconditional love that makes me love dogs so much. Most of the dogs loved have been mutts.

Mary Moo, in the picture above, was rescued from the pound about 15 years ago. She appears to be a cross between a beagle and a terrier. She sleeps a lot these days, but there was a time when she was pretty feisty. She did not know how to back down from other dogs and as a result, got into some skirmishes when the step dogs came along a few years ago. It helped that we walked them together as a pack and Mary learned to become submissive to keep the peace.

Here’s a sweet song I found while exploring, “Love Me, Love My Dog.” I might not have found it if Geoff hadn’t come up with the mongrel prompt. So thanks again, Goeff!


And thanks Dan Antion for hosting!



Here are the rules for Just Jot It January:

1. It’s never too late to join in! Here, we run on the honour system; the “jot it” part of JusJoJan means that anything you jot down, anywhere (it doesn’t have to be a post, it can even be a grocery list) counts as a “Jot.” If it makes it to your blog that day, great! If it waits a week to get from a sticky note to your screen, no problem!

2. The prompts will be posted every day at 2am my time (GMT -5). You don’t have to follow the prompt word, but this will be where you leave your link for others to see. Make sure you link your post to the correct day’s prompt. There will be a post like this every day except Wednesday, when the prompt is simply my One-Liner Wednesday, and Saturday, when you’ll find the prompt on my usual Friday Reminder post for Stream of Consciousness Saturday (SoCS).

3. As long as your blog is on WordPress, you’ll be able to link via pingback. To execute a pingback, just copy the URL from the daily prompt post, and paste it anywhere in your post. Check to make sure your link shows up where you want it to, and go back occasionally to see other bloggers’ entries – the more you visit others, the more they’ll visit you! If you’re participating from another blogging host, just drop a link into the comment section. Note: The newest pingbacks and comments will be at the top.

4. Tag your post JusJoJan and/or #JusJoJan.

5. Write anything! Any length will do! It can even be a photo or a drawing – you’re going to title it, right? There’s your jot!

6. The prompts are here both to remind you and to inspire you to write. However, you don’t have to use the prompt word of the day. You can link any kind of jot back here. Even your shopping list. Note: If it’s 18+ content, please say so in a comment with your link.

7. If you’d like to, use the JusJoJan badge (above) in your post so that others can find your post more easily.

8. Have fun!

If you’d like to look ahead to see the upcoming prompt words, click this link: https://lindaghill.com/2016/12/31/just-jot-it-january-2017-rules/ You can always write your post ahead of time and schedule it to come out on the appropriate day.

The Long and Winding Road of Becoming Me

She thew away her masks and put on her soul

First, I wanted to be a veterinarian

and save the whales

Or maybe a biologist

and save the world.

But way before that,

I was an artist.

I could draw dogs and horses

All day long.

No one taught me this.

I just did it.

And people said I was a good.

I loved to write,

And make up stories in my head.

But I didn’t value those stories much.

I didn’t value my drawings and paintings

As much as I wanted to save the planet

But trigonometry hurt my brain.

So I ended up in the mind field.

Fixing me more than anyone else.

While God helped me

Help people

Save themselves.

And taught me things

I needed to learn

About saving time for me.

Along the way,

I’ve saved dogs,

I’ve saved cats,

I’ve saved trees,

And  God saved me some time.

Because the long and winding road

Never disappears.

It always lead me back to my roots

Back to the work of my soul.



I love how this song can be about anything we want to come back home to.

One-Liner Wednesday: Dog Hair

 I felt right at home with the dog hair and the abundance of unconditional love.


I tend to avoid letting people come to my messy house with the dog hair that’s hard to keep up with, but it helps to know other people have mess in their homes, too. A couple weeks ago, I had a wonderful six day reunion with three high school girlfriends at the home of one of the girlfriends who has two sweet dogs. After a few days, patches of dog hair had collected on her beautiful floor, and I felt right at home with the dog hair and the abundance of unconditional love.

One-liner Wednesday is graciously hosted by Linda Hill at:

One-Liner Wednesday – I Thought We Were Roommates!

The rules/guidelines for “One-Liner Wednesday” are:

1. Make it one sentence.

2. Try to make it either funny or inspirational.

3. Use our unique tag #1linerWeds.

4. Add our very cool badge to your post for extra exposure!

5. Have fun!


“Love me, love my dog.” The mother loves us all.


i'm sleepy...so please do not bother me !



This post is a collaboration:

fabulous picture by Paul Militaru

and peaceful poem by Gigi 

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