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What Makes Us Glad?

“What can we do that makes us the gladdest, what can we do that leaves us with the strongest sense of sailing true north and of peace, which is much of what gladness is? Is it making things with our hands out of wood or stone or paint or canvas? Or is it making something we hope like truth out of words? Or is it making people laugh or weep in a way that cleanses their spirit? I believe that if it is a thing that makes us truly glad, then it is a good thing and it is our thing and it is the calling voice that we were made to answer with our lives . . . . . The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.”

– Frederick Buechner,
Quote found on WOTH Writer’s Blog

Word Art

Considering that I am dyslexic and that I had a hard time in school with both German (my mother tongue) and English (my first second language) and barely made it through school without repeating a class, my interest in languages and words might seem strange. At the same time, I love to share material (articles, etc) that I found interesting and helpful. If this material was in the “wrong” language, I would translate it even at a time when my English was not as good as today. Despite my handicap I loved language learning and found it much easier than in school once I had the chance to go to the country where it is spoken. Or maybe I just loved communicating and that motivated my language learning? Anyway, today I am amazed about myself and what God made out of my disability or despite of it. I hardly dare to say that I can speak several languages now. I love playing word games like Lexulous or Wordscaper on Facebook. I have even won a few times against English mother tongue speakers. 🙂 Who would have thought that, when I was struggling in school?

The last days I came across some fascinating blogs, that I wanted to share with you. Somewhere I felt that their common denominator is Words as art, some of them in writing, some in puzzling, some in combination with images. All of them in one way or another fascinating.

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The One-Minute Writer

How it works
Who’s got the time to journal daily? You do.

1. Read the daily writing prompt.
2. Push “Play” on the timer on the right side of the screen.
3. Spend 60 seconds or less writing a response to the daily prompt.

You may respond in the “Comments” section of each post, if your response is family-friendly. Or you can use your word processor, or an old-fashioned pen and paper. It’s up to you. Also feel free to use the “Comments” section for informal discussion about the responses that are posted.

If the daily prompt inspires you to write something on your own blog or website, please link back to this site.

Today, take a minute to write!

The One-Minute Writer: Today’s Writing Prompt: Laugh
So far I have done it only once. And I was dismayed how little I could write in 60 seconds. But I love the challenge.

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What could it mean?

What could it mean?

A new word game involving Word Verification words and what they might mean. Is anyone tired of those word verifications required for posting comments? Why not play a fun game where we you get to define the possible meaning of those words and use them in a sentence of your own creation?

This is a great idea. I want to try to post on it once in a while.

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Pictures, Poetry & Prose

This blog is for all who desire to create with words and images.
You are encouraged to participate in any way that is meaningful to you.
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All prompts beneath the photos are only suggestions.
You are free to use the photo to be inspired to write any way you desire.
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There is no deadline on posting,
you may offer your writing to any prompt anytime.
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Write and you are a writer.

For me this is a beautiful combination, as I also love photography. I have not yet finished exploring this site but I find it very inspiring.

Despite all miracles that God has done in my life, it probably takes me longer than others to formulate what I want to say. No matter which language. Sometimes I just have an image in my mind of what I want to say and can’t find the words. I am told that this is typical for dyslexia. Insofar this blog is sometimes a challenge for me, but at the same time a good practice. Thanks for reading!

How much time do you take every day to write your blog posts?