photography, poetry, Uncategorized

The End of the Line

Old train

I’ve reached the end of the line

Say goodbye to space and time

Ran out of gas, broken down

I’m off to meet the renown

I was invited by Elizabeth from Tea and Paper to join the Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge: “Post a photo each day for five consecutive days and attach a story to the photo. It can be fiction or non-fiction, a poem or a short paragraph and each day nominate another blogger for the challenge”. Elizabeth posts photos, poems, artsy stuff and other things on her lovely blog. Please drop by and check it out.

The above photo was taken close to my house. I thought it was a bit odd for an old non-working locomotive to be hiding away in the trees. The poem is another Tanaga.

I would like to nominate Audrey, from Oldest Daughter Red Headed Sister to participate in this challenge. Audrey finds inspiration in anything and everything.

Culture, Poem

Time, Stress and a Cry (Etheree)

Time, stress and a cry.jpg

Relentless foe
Never on my side
Greatest causer of stress
Draining tranquil life from me
Causing emotional turmoil
Laughing at my swift raising heartbeat
Relishing in my scurrying around
Doesn’t stop, won’t care, just keeps going
He won’t wait for anybody
No matter how much you plead
Nor how much you appeal
Implore all you want
He won’t listen
He likes stress
I cry

Have you ever felt overwhelmed by the pressures that time puts on you? Do you often feel like, “If I just had more time?” Do you find that the lack of it in your life causes you stress.  I do.

This poem was inspired today as I was driving home from dropping my husband off at the airport.  The time has finally come for the pre-release of our newest feature-length film, “Internal Mazes”.  Life has been crazy busy, to say the least.  It has caused exhaustion, stress, bad attitudes and yucky emotions. It’s at times like these that kindness, sensitivity and affection take a back seat.

I found myself sitting in the car, just before pulling out, breathing for a second – and then it came – the cry.  Even now, in just writing this, I cry. When stress gets too much for me – when I’m overwhelmed with all that needs to be done – my reaction is to cry (that is after all of the freaking out and running around like a chicken with its head cut off).

How do you react to stress? How do you handle having too much to do in so little time? Do you make a list? Do you compose yourself and think things through calmly? Or do you freak out, like me?

Culture, Poem

Time and Space


Time & Space.jpg

The clock, tick tock
Time keeps on ticking
A commitment here
Penciled in
Scheduled in my agenda
A slave I am
To time and space
The expectations of the human race
Show up
Fulfill the slot
Give face
Speak your case
Then hope for acceptance
Because in the end…
…You were on time

Do you ever feel like you are fighting with the clock? Too many commitments? Imagine what it would be like in the absence of time and space.  Can you?



Spiritual, The Peaceful Warrior"-4

When, in time, are you living?


I absolutely love the movie, “Peaceful Warrior”.  It has inspired me to do a blog series called, “Who, What, Where, When and Why?” This post is the fourth of this five part series.

We live in a world of time and space.  Life is constantly in motion and never stops.  So how do you deal with this reality?  When, in time, are you living your life?

Are you living for the future?

I confess, I used to live for the future.  I was always looking forward to the next thing or event that was going to happen in my life.  And when I was doing that, my heart, thoughts and desires were there.  There in the future.  In a place that still wasn’t real. I wasn’t just looking forward though, but also worrying about what “could” happen.  Or to potential problems that “could” arise.

Worrying about the future “coulds” however, are not things that are on today’s ‘to do’ list. Because right here – right now – at this very moment – is where God is waiting for me. It’s where He’s waiting for you. Waiting for us to come and be refreshed and renewed so that we can face whatever is ahead of us ‘today’.  Tomorrow will worry about itself. We have no idea if we will even be alive. Or what circumstances may be waiting for us. Humans are so unique and different from every other created being, because only humans are able to anticipate what is to come. If we are in a living and active relationship with God though, He reveals our future to us moment by moment.

Are you living in the past?

Life is constantly moving.  What happened a minute ago has already passed.  You can’t get that point in time back.  It’s impossible.  Maybe someone hurt you, or maybe you had a tough upbringing. Maybe you’re stuck thinking about how you’ve been wronged, or having a difficult time letting go of hurt and pain. Unfortunately though, we live in a fallen world. Pain and suffering are prevalent everywhere. We have to make countless decisions everyday, including what we choose to think on or about.  The Bible says to think on that which is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and praiseworthy (Philippians 4:8).  I’m not saying that it’s easy to change a mindset, or way of thinking. It wasn’t for me. But, we can choose to want to change.

On the other hand, maybe your circumstances right now are not as desirable as you would like.  To ponder on what ‘was’ is a waste of time, energy and emotion. The good old days.  Ok, maybe the past was a ‘better’ time in your life.  Maybe right now you are going through a tough time.    Yes, it is nice to think upon happy memories.  But if you are only wishing to go back to how it was, then you are missing out on all of the beautiful experiences that you could be having right now. Don’t lose out on your life right now by continuing to live in what has already come and gone.

Are you living in the now?

Everything has a purpose.  Every experience you have has meaning.  There are no ordinary moments.  We can learn from every single one of them.  We can appreciate every single one of them.  We can take our experiences and look at them either positively or negatively.  It is a choice.  It is your choice.

And don’t fall into the trap of thinking, “when I get what I want I’ll be happy”.  I used to think that way a long time ago.  When I get enough money, or when I acquire certain material possessions.  I learned that once I did acquire something I really wanted, it soon lost its appeal

I need to trust in God. He is all knowing. he in all powerful. and he is in control of each and every situation.  Come back to today and leave the past in the yesterday.  Focus only on what is in your reach.  And let God lead you into the future.

Are you living your life right now?

I’d love to hear what you have to say.  Please leave a comment and let me know ok.