Weekly Writing Challenge; DPCHALLENGE


#DP Challenge

This week, weave a story about yourself told through the lens of your past December 23rds.

When I think back to past Christmas years on the 23, I get mixed memories. Smiles, sadness can appear and then fade a way as I go year to year.

Christmas as a kid was always the same. Wonderful, magical, excitement! Those were the days.

Christmas as a married adult meant working over-time, need of more money, lots of presents under the tree for our children. Giggles and screams of delight as wanted gifts were opened.

A divorce and remarriage on the rebound means sadness to me. A husband who made life hard to exist. Him hiding when people came to our house. Embarrassment, replaced delight of seeing people. Wanting to get the day over with. No money, very few gifts. It was always a sad time for me and an angry time as well. I saved my little bit of money I earned each week and finally was freed from this relationship.

The loss of parents that you love leaves the biggest gap in your heart. Christmas joy is ripped a way. Tears and sorrow replace all other feelings. Robotic movements kick in as you try so hard to carry on in a normal way that Christmas is supposed to be. Always glad when it is over, but sad when my kids leave to go back to their homes.

Christmas this year I dreaded with all that I have. Excitement over my kids being here. Sadness over wondering if Al would make it to the holiday. Thankful he was here, sad he slept through it. Not as many gifts but gifts that were wanted and enjoyed. Plenty of food and good conversation took the sting out of what was happening in my brother’s bedroom.

I am glad Christmas is over. My tree is down and the house looks more back to normal. Al is still here having bad days, and some better days mixed in. I treasured each moment with my entire family, knowing in my heart that there will never be a Christmas like this again.

Christmas will come once again. The 23rd will arrive without delay. People will come and some will never be seen again, but hopefully the future will open new doors. New memories and I will once again smile, remembering the pasts and looking forward to the future.


Can You See Me Dancing?



Every time I hear this song, no matter what I am doing or what kind of mood I am in, I get happy. I just want to dance and get happy. Do you have a song that does this to you?



Now this song…

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Can You See Me Dancing?

Every time I hear this song, no matter what I am doing or what kind of mood I am in, I get happy. I just want to dance and get happy. Do you have a song that does this to you?


Now this song is my ultimate favorite Christmas song. When I used to buy CD’s at Christmas time I would not even budge buying unless it had this song on it.

What Christmas songs do you enjoy?


Christmas Cards

44Alastair gave me an idea. He wants Al‘s address so he can send a Christmas card to him.

Isn’t that a great idea? I remember I did this for his birthday, but why not Christmas too?

If anyone would like to wish my brother a Merry Christmas, please email me at


for his address.

Thanks everyone. Don’t feel obligated, I know stamps are expensive and time is valuable.

You See That Mountain?

My Mountain

You beat me

When I was down

You whipped

Me to the ground

But now I

Am a man


On two feet

On solid ground

I ain’t gonna take

It anymore

You’ll never

Whip me again

For you see

That mountain over there?

It has my name on it

And I am going to

Climb it to the top

Open my lungs

And yell


This is all mine

And I’m gonna

Place a stake

On it right now.

Written by,

Terry Shepherd





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Daily Prompt; As Seen on TV

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/10/23/daily-prompt-late/, DP, Daily Post

Write a script for a late-night infomercial — where the product is your blog. How do you market yourself? What qualities do you embody that other “products” don’t? What are the benefits of reading your blog?

Photographers, artists, poets: show us LATE.

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Do you know someone who suffers a chronic illness? Here you will see my daily walk caring for a family member.

What about poetry? Do you like poetry in simple form? Do you want to experience reading without digging out the dictionary? You can find that here. In my blog there are many followers that are caring and loving.

You will never feel alone. So the next time you are sitting up in bed, in the late of the night, feeling all alone and crying, come visit me. You can’t go wrong.Eyes Wide Open_0