My Number One Blogging Secret


Well it’s not really a secret, but my number 1 blogging tip is simply, invest in other people, other blogger’s posts.

By investing I mean reading the posts in our readers. I do often leave comments too, simply to encourage others, the way I’ve been encouraged over the years.

That’s really what blogging is about. We share our work with each other and encourage each other. I so wish I could follow more of you!

Those that I do follow, your work is amazing! Thank you for being who you are, and for being part of my blogging experience.

Thank you for reading!

Writing and Image © Copyright 2020, ancient skies

Battle Fatigue


Well I admit it, I’ve been holding back. After all we’ve been through within the past two years with this president, I think we’re all burned out, trying to just survive our battle fatigue.

And that’s the biggest danger, that we will not care anymore. It doesn’t really matter does it, that he’s lied so much, that he hides his money, that he does seem to have obstructed justice a number of times, that he just wants to look good,

that the AG spun the report in a positive way, causing conservatives to do the happy dance, when in fact the report isn’t positive at all.

Another protector blocking attempts to find the truth simply because, he’s “conservative”.

But it does matter when people do wrong and try to get other people to do wrong too.

Did you know you don’t have to commit a crime to be impeached?

Yes eating chicken during a hearing is stupid, and inappropriate, but we need to protect our democracy,

not a politician who believes he is above the law, and that he should be able to do whatever he wants. Nah, we don’t need that.


Writing and Image © Copyright 2019, ancient skies

Eight Days a Week

Have you ever been in love with someone so much, you wished there were more hours in a day? Or maybe, there could be more days in a week? That way you could have more time with the one you love. Here’s a song about it. The old film footage is neat too. I love the early Beatles’ songs. The weekend is coming! Hang in there you can make it!

Blessings to everyone and PEACE!

“If you love nature, you will love people.”

Commentary © Copyright 2015, nicodemasplusthree

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Thoughts about Anger

rain quote

Rumi is right of course. Have you ever had a debate with someone, maybe even a family member, and you started getting angry in the middle of it? Your voice started going up, and before you knew it you were yelling. How did the conversation go after that? Was it productive? We all get angry, we’re human. Sometimes we can’t help it and we know the other person is wrong!

I think what Rumi is saying here is that the gentle response will always be the best response. Not much will be accomplished by our loud noises. In a debate or argument, the other person will tend to tune us out, if all we are doing is yelling. We can get our point across in a much more effective way, if we speak with calm authority.

I don’t think Rumi was addressing fighting against social injustice, but even then, this principle can be applied. A collective voice of people can do a lot more good than rioting and looting. I’m thinking here of the peaceful protests, like during the days of Dr. Martin Luther King. We need to fight against wrongs done to people, but in a peaceful way.

Many of us enjoy, the wonder and beauty of a gentle rain. We even write poems about it. But very few, if any of us, enjoy hearing the thunder. Where is the beauty in anger?

Blessings to everyone and PEACE!

“If you love nature, you will love people.”

Commentary © Copyright 2015, nicodemasplusthree

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Honey Bees

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Did you know that it can take bees as many as 5,000 trips to flowers, to produce 1 teaspoon of honey? Bees are fascinating creatures, and a lot has been written about them, so this is just a brief overview. There are more than 20,000 species of bees but only a small number of them are classified as true honey bees, and are under the genus of Apis. The study of honey bees is known as apiology.

honey bee 2Most know that honey bees live in colonies. There can be hundreds of thousands of bees in a single colony, with three different types of bees living there. The male bees are known as drones. They are produced from unfertilized eggs so they only have the DNA of the queen. Apparently the queen is able selectively choose which eggs to fertilize. Drones are large, with large eyes, used to locate queens during mating flights. Two interesting points about drones are that they have no stinger, and they die during the process of mating.

The worker bees are female, with two sets of chromosomes. In addition to each hive having a huge number of worker bees, the workers do different jobs according to their age! I found this fascinating. They go from cleaning their own cell, to feeding larvae, to receiving nectar and cleaning the hive, to guarding the hive, and finally they forage for pollen and nectar. Some workers have specialties such as being an undertaker! Their job is to remove dead bees from the hive. Cool! By the way the workers are the bees that sting you or I, and then they die. The reason is that their stinger is barbed, or has ridges. So it actually gets stuck in the person or animal. The injury the bee receives, honey bee 8from stinging, causes death.

Of course the queen bee’s job is to lay eggs after mating. She lays a lot of eggs, about 2,000 in a single day. Her stinger is not barbed and so she can sting multiple times. She does not mate with the drones from her own colony.

Oh, one more thing, one of the main enemies of the honey bee is the wasp. Why? Because wasps are carnivorous and they eat bees! Honey bees only eat pollen, and the honey they make. I’ll probably do another posting, sometime in the future, on how the honey is actually made.

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Blessings to everyone and PEACE!

“If you love nature, you will love people.”

Commentary © Copyright 2015, nicodemasplusthree

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Creative Free Style Writing

oak tree and field

I was recently given the challenge of creative writing free style, by Laine Anne Theodore over at Please check out her beautiful writing. I had fun doing this but I am not a speed typer so that was the challenging part.

Here is how it works: You open a blank Word document, and set a timer for 5 or 10 minutes. There is a topic given at the bottom of the post but don’t go there until you are ready to type. Fill in the Word document as much as you want, until the timer goes off. Post the results (including how many words you typed) and nominate other bloggers.

Ok so here is the topic I wrote about:

You are speaking to a group of young adults at a writer’s workshop. Share with them what writing means to you, and any advice you have that may encourage them to follow their own dreams as writers.

creative writing

So here it goes!

I once heard someone say that writing is life – well it isn’t. Writing is a creative form that expresses much of who you are but it does not define you as a person. It is certainly an opportunity for you to share part of who you are. Art in general is that wonderful expression, of a small piece of who you are as a person. You are an incredible force that has many parts, many beautiful elements.

Express yourself. This will include emotions, and in many ways your writing will need emotions. But there is also the intellect, your mind. Your creative self must be able to think, to dream dreams no one else has ever even thought of. An extreme example of this is science fiction, but even with romance writing you need to think, not just rely on emotions. I believe creative writing involves the intellect a great deal.

You are also a spiritual person. This is the unseen world, which can often overlap, or involve the other two areas I’ve mentioned. For instance where do dreams come from? Is only your mind involved? You can sense and see things which are under the surface, not visible to the human eye. Even if you do not have a particular religion you are still a spiritual person.

If you combine these three areas of emotions, intellect, and the spiritual, in your writing – your writing will come out beautifully.

This was 239 words.

I don’t know alot of bloggers that would do this, that haven’t already – so anyone can try it. Let me know if you do!

I do have one person in mind: Sibella over at Arts and Rymes. Sibella is an artist promoting love for other people and other cultures through her paintings. And that’s only one project she has! Sibella (and anyone else) your topic is all the way at the bottom, past the credits. So don’t scroll down until you are ready.

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 Blessings to everyone and PEACE!

“If you love nature, you will love people.”

Writing © Copyright 2015, nicodemasplusthree

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topic: Under the Oak Tree (like the picture above)

Thoughts on Overcoming Fear


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fear notI once knew of a man that was terribly afraid his wife would die. And she almost did die, in several different ways. Nobody really knew or understood what they went through. She had severe health problems over a period of years. It took him a long time to understand how this affected him. Two things happened that taught him lessons. One was that she did get better, and through this, he learned to trust in God. It wasn’t easy. Secondly, he learned how to fight. Sometimes it’s a horrible battle, but everyday he fights and everyday he wins!

Keep fighting! You can do this!

Blessings to everyone and PEACE!

“If you love nature, you will love people.”

Commentary © Copyright 2015, nicodemasplusthree

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Blowing in the Wind

Here is another wonderful song by Peter, Paul, and Mary, which was written Bob Dylan. This so beautiful and powerful! It has the call for freedom, peace, brotherhood, and compassion. Yes! This is beautiful poetry. This is also another case of hearing the song many times growing up, but not listening or not understanding the words. Now I do! I also love the way they sing this, even more than the Bob Dylan version.

Have a great rest of the week!

Blessings to everyone and PEACE!

“If you love nature, you will love people.”

Commentary © Copyright 2015, nicodemasplusthree

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A Tribute to Women

pink roses

Today, in many parts of the world, it is Mother’s Day. I’m not sure if it was invented to sell more greeting cards, but it is good and right, to recognize our mothers, to show appreciation for them, and to thank them. I’m thankful for my mother, and for my wife (My Love), for being the amazing, wonderful people they are. But many of us did not grow up in a paradise on earth, where Mom stayed home, and cooked all day, meeting everyone’s needs, and prepared a fantastic meal for Thanksgiving. In many cases that is far from reality.

In many cases family life can be a hell on earth, instead of paradise. Do you say “Happy Mother’s Day” to a woman who is married to an abusive husband, who feels trapped, unable to free herself? What about the woman unable to have children because of medical reasons? Mother’s Day can be very painful. And then there are women who experience the horrible pain of losing a child, meaning they have passed away. What about them? What do you say?

Many women living in poverty, know nothing of Mother’s Day, and no one ever says thank you. Instead, they are terrified of being abused – again. In many cases they are also terrified of not having enough food for their children to eat, and sometimes these two circumstances are tied together. I’m not saying we should do away with Mother’s Day, far from it, but let’s remember the women who have never had a Happy Mother’s Day.

To all women who are having a difficult time, facing unimaginable circumstances, thank you for your courage, your determination, your love and compassion! YOU ARE AMAZING! And God please help us to make this world a better place, where women can be free, and safe, where all women can have opportunities to reach their full potential. Help us, help them. Amen. There are superheroes all over our planet, and many of them are women.

Compassion should always result in action.

chinese mothersmom at computer

mother from asia

Blessings to everyone and PEACE!

Commentary © Copyright 2015, nicodemasplusthree

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The Black Stallion

I love the movie, The Black Stallion! This is a wonderful film from 1979. It won a lot awards, especially for the cinematography. In this beautiful short piece of the film, the stallion, also known as “The Mystery Horse”, and “The Black”, is injured before the race, and when the jockey notices this, he tries to hold the horse back. The stallion though wants to race – and he does! Even if you are not into horse racing, this is magnificent. I love the photography here. Watch the filming from the horse’s and the jockey’s point of view. Wonderful! You can also hear the horses breathe as they are running. It is even more stunning when you see who the jockey is, and that horse and rider have a close connection. One day I will do a full review of the film. Go Black! I hope you enjoy it.

 Have a great rest of the weekend!

Blessings to everyone and PEACE!

“If you love nature, you will love people.”

Commentary © Copyright 2015, nicodemasplusthree

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