Riding Wild Horses

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The past few weeks have been a wild ride! I’m having a great time writing, and I’m so grateful that you are with me on this journey.

My wings are extended like razors cutting through the frozen air, and my spirit is free! Every day I have some inspiration. Second to writing, I love photography. And the winter has not yet fully surrendered her beauty.

I do feel like I’m riding a fast horse, with the wind in my hair. I can’t thank you enough – so thank you!

     

Poetry © Copyright 2018, ancient skies

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My Goals for 2018

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My most important goal for this coming year in the blogosphere, is to continue being a good blogging friend. I will only leave encouraging, kind comments. I have received many of these types of comments myself, and doing so for others simply makes good sense.

I will write of hope and healing, in the framework of nature, spirituality, and faith. A sense of peace is where I seek to dwell.

There is so much negativity in our world, I want my blog to be a javelin, thrown into the heart of darkness.

I will write of love. We all love love, don’t we? But I will not write work that is too risqué! I seek to honor God and my beautiful wife. Entangled arms and kisses on her neck, are about as far as my writing will take me.

And yes I do write a lot, simply from a love of writing. But I strive to make my posts of a high quality (to the best of my ability).

I will always place my faith, family, and even work above my blog.

Thank you for being here!!! Are you ready for 2018?

Let’s rock!

     

 Writing and Image © Copyright 2018, ancient skies

A Slow Fade

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You probably haven’t noticed but many of my readers have done a slow fade. A slow fade is when a reader, is very much involved, but then gradually fades away, never to be seen again. 

Part of this is certainly natural, as our world changes, blogs change, people change. But many have migrated to social media, leaving WordPress far behind.

And unfortunately, I believe my blog is being manipulated in horrible ways. Because of that I’m losing interest. 

The weirdest thing is when someone comes to my site, and then I follow them – many disappear in a flash. What???

Being a very positive person, I have ignored it, and pushed through it for a long time.

I really enjoy writing, and I love where my poems are now, and where they are heading.

Lately though, blogging has not been as much fun. Perhaps I’ve even been depressed, and that’s unusual for me.

My latest poem published, “In the Dakota Winds” is certainly the darkest poem I have ever written. This bothers me a great deal. I don’t want negativity in my spirit.

I write all of this because I am considering doing a slow fade, or retiring altogether.

I ask for your prayers and positive thoughts.

    

Writing and Image © Copyright 2017, ancient skies

I Wish You Peace and Blessings

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You may have noticed that when someone leaves a comment, I thank them and wish them peace and blessings. But do you know why?

Well to be honest, it’s because this world is so filled with hate, and chaos. And there is so much damage done daily to our spirits.

I do honestly offer peace as a small gift, perhaps as a way of repairing some of the damage we all face.

I think it’s important for readers to have a positive experience here. And I do offer blessings sincerely. It’s like a prayer really.

So even though it may be repetitive, I honestly want to make a positive difference, and bring a small amount of beauty into our world.

So I leave you with – peace and blessings! Amen.

Writing and Image © Copyright 2017, ancient skies

Celebrating You!

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Well I’ve been blogging for 3 years now and I wanted to say thank you, to all of you!

Every one of you is an amazing artist/photographer/writer! I wish I could follow each one.

And I am so happy with the diversity here. My readers include, Jews, Christians, Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists and those with no particular faith! Yes!

That is the way I have designed it. I want many groups of people to feel welcomed here.

I’m having a wonderful time, in spite of a number of obstacles. So I will keep writing poetry, and viewing your work.

Peace to you, and thank you so much!

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 Let’s rock!

Writing and Images © Copyright 2017, ancient skies

A Deeper Sense of Who I Am

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When things happen in our lives, including horrible things, we can spend our time in turmoil wondering why, or we can seek a new direction. I’m going to be honest here, the last 10 years or so have been the most difficult of my life. I say that only as an explanation, not as a request for sympathy, that I have cut back on blogging.

I love writing, that’s no secret, so I will push forward, in an effort to be positive. One of the hardest things for us to do, when times are difficult, is to feel loved. I know what that is like, and for men we are vulnerable in any number of ways, when life throws stones at us. That’s one of the reasons my wife and I are so close. We talk a lot.

I’m not interested in folding inward so I can protect myself, but I am going deeper in my spiritual life. I’m reading a lot more now. I have a stack of books just waiting for me, even more on my list! I am praying more, and searching for a much deeper spiritual life.

And I still enjoy photography. And yes I promise to share my photos here with you!

I will post here once a day, on most days, but I have a peace about maybe even skipping a day if it happens. And you know what? I have this new idea for Ancient Skies, perhaps, once in a while, posting a poem with no photograph, just the words. What??? No photo?

Thank you for your understanding! And thank you for being on this journey with me.

I wish you peace.

       

Poetry and Image © Copyright 2017, ancient skies

Blue Skies in the Morning

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Even in times when we cry out, hoping for, yearning for

searching for, those blue skies in the morning,

He will hear us, even in our darkest nights,

as our prayers are answered

with the sun

breaking through

with rays,

of light.

Introducing the new name for my fiction blog – Blue Skies in the Morning!

It’s still a work in progress, but I’m very excited about it. It still has the same web address, for now.

You can find it here:

www.themysticalforest.wordpress.com

There is always hope.

     

Poetry, Writing, and Image © Copyright 2017, ancient skies