Archive | December 2017

Haiku Horror & Nightmare

nativity

His Love Wins

To Mary’s horror,

 Jesus born in a manger was

King Herod’s nightmare.

 

Jesus, no earthly King,

Herod murdered infants, his sins

But Jesus’ Love Wins!

RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #181 Nightmare&Horror

 

 

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Christmas Blessing

Christmas Blessing

C = Cherish those closest to you.

H = Hope for the future.

R = Riches of love of love & blessings I wish for you.

I = Infinite grace to go with it.

S = Salvation given to All who ask.

T = Thankful for blessings past & present.

M = Most precious birth of Jesus.

A = Adored loved ones near and far.

S = So full is my heart.


B = Beautiful peace, fill the Earth

L = Love unconditionally.

E = Eternal Life.

S = Sharing His Love.

S = Sweet times yet to be.

I = In hard times have hope.

N = New memories yet to come.

G = Giving you my love always.

 

praying-hands

Don’t Be Afraid to Ask

The holiday season is not always a joyful time for everyone, and I have been moved to remind people that there is help. I wanted to remind those that feel terrible and feel that there is no help out there that people do care. The Suicide Prevention Hotline is 1-800-273 – 8255. It is free of charge. The number for deaf and hard of hearing is 800-799-4889.  https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/.

 

Please don’t be afraid to ask because there are times that we all need help, and there is no shame in it! Let me tell you that I have had some bad times. Years ago, a doctor told me that there was little that could be done for me – that my body was was 60 years old, while I was still in my 30’s. My Cerebral Palsy was only going to get worse, and I felt that I was only going to be a burden to my family.  However, there is hope on the other side and I am living proof because I decided to prove that doctor WRONG!! But, it took me digging through and out of a dark hole to reach that other side!

 

holding hands

Thinking of You, Mom

Mom,

As your 75th birthday draws near on New Year’s Day,

I find that dear thoughts of you come to me today,

I wish I could have planned a special day for you,

But, you hated your birthday, “just getting older,” you would say.

I work hard now, to appreciate my birthdays Mom,

It is hard I must confess, seeing that damned gray hair.

But I should not digress, and I should not give a care.

Because you had so many gifts, but you did not believe in yourself or it,

You had so many ways to help spirits lift, I wish you knew you had strength and grit.

Now that you have been at home with God for more than 5 years, I hope and pray,

That you know how special you are, God blessed you, no matter what you would say.

I hope you are the special guardian of all cats and dogs. for that was your wish.

I can imagine you surrounded by pets, frogs and polliwogs and perhaps even fish.

I love and think of you all the time, and I hope you will see my little rhyme.

Photos of Mom  – Her senior photo and below that is a photo Mom, my baby brother and myself in the background. I am falling asleep. My brother was always hungry. Lol, it is nice to know that not everything changes!

 

Mom 1961Mom Baby Glen and tired me in the background

An Update Concerning My Life’s Journey

Before I get started on this update, may I take a moment to wish everybody a Merry Christmas and a happy and blessed holiday season for those who celebrate Hanukah or have some other wonderful tradition!

Part of the reason that I started this blog is share my experiences as a woman with disabilities. For those who do not know, I graduated last year with a degree with a BA degree in Human Services with a major emphasis on Gerontology, older people, and people with disabilities.  I have Cerebral Palsy.  in my case, means that I am confined to a power chair. My thought/plan was that I would go to work as a social worker in a skilled nursing facility – a nursing home. I did not know that almost all human service jobs require both a driver’s license and the ability to perform CPR and other first aid. Although I have requested accommodation for these, it has not resulted in a long-term job.  I have had 2 very short-term jobs, one at an adult family home and another as a fingerprinting clerk. Neither job gave me much of a chance to succeed at it. I worked with the older ladies for four shifts. They were more happy watching T.V., than having me there. However, the youngest client was 87 years young; they felt as though I was bugging them. As for the fingerprinting job, the powers that be felt that I was not fast enough to keep up. These experiences caused me to re-think my plans. I am now enrolled in a Master’s program for Marriage & Family Therapy. So far, I have maintained an “A” average for my Master’s classes. In February, I will begin classes through NAMI, The National Alliance of Mental Illness for peer to peer support.

This program allows people who have successfully dealt with mental illness e.g. depression, anxiety etc. to help someone that is new to the behavioral/mental health system. I will act as mentor to them. Ten weeks of training will be required, but I am looking forward to this opportunity very much. I have always wanted a job/career that I would be able help people improve the quality of life of others. It is a great feeling to know that I made lives better in these difficult times.

As you see, there is still much work to do before people with disabilities get the employment opportunities as others. I think of it like the Olympics, we must be outstanding at the job to get the same opportunity to work. Yes, there are anti-discrimination laws in place, BUT, there is something called “At Will Employment.” Simply put, this means that a boss in 49 out of 50 states has the right to terminate anyone with or without cause, something that I have learned because of my years in school.Getting ready for graduation 2016

Haiku Flare and Stream

Original Titanic

1912

Called the ship of dreams,

New York bound, it picked up steam,

Flares lit the night sky.

 

People pray not to drown,

Unsinkable ship, going down,

Everything went wrong.

 

Large burg in the way,

Ship speeds too fast, dumb Ismay,

The grand ship was gone.

 

Below is a link to an article about Titanic’s Replica to set sail in 2018.

 

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/titanic-replica-set-sail-high-seas-2018-article-1.2527839

RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #179 Flare&Steam

by Ronovan