January 27th, 2006

Song for the day

‘I’ll spread my wings and I’ll learn how to fly
I’ll do what it takes till I touch the sky

~sung by Kelly Clarkson~Breakaway~

© Sandy L Jones

Once upon a time…

in a not so far away land, a beautiful princess lived. She and her parents were good and kind and loved by all. The castle flourished and prospered making everyone in the kingdom happy.

Except for the princess.

She had but one dream. She wanted to fly. To soar like a bird in the sapphire sky that reached out and over her beloved land. To feel the warm sun on her face as she skimmed over the country flowers in the spring or the feel the bite of the cold winter wind as it rushed out with snow on its breath.

The King and Queen were horrified. My dear, they both exclaimed, we have given you everything you could possibly want or need. Everyone is happy here and you should be also. Besides, no one can really fly.

She loved her parents and didn’t want to upset them. Her heart heavy, the princess spent many days staring out her ivory tower and watching the cotton candy clouds drift by. She imagined touching them, their softness caressing her and tickling her nose. But she kept these thoughts to herself.

Years passed and one day a knight in shining armor came to visit and took her to his kingdom to live. On the way, he promised that he would give her anything she could ever want. Shyly, she told him of her heart’s desire. She wanted to fly.

The prince was sad. My dear, I can give you jewels and children and all my love. But I can’t make you fly, he replied. No one can really fly.

Over time, the princess became so busy that she didn’t have time to think about her wish. She loved her prince and was happy with her children, but each night, in her dreams, she would take wing and fly beyond the castle towers to the forest that surrounded the stronghold. With a smile, she loved to look down upon the treetops and smell the sweet air billowing up from their branches. But when the sun rose each morning, she told no one.

After all, they said, no one can really fly.

On her 86th birthday, she awoke and felt a difference in the castle. She rushed downstairs to find her family gathered together, their faces brimming with excitement yet only feigned innocence and secret smiles answered her questions. Her prince took her hand and together they made their way out the door and down the path to the sea that touched the coastline. Followed by their children and grandchildren and great grandchildren and, eventually, half the kingdom, they stopped at the shore where a boat was waiting.

With a gentle touch, her strongest grandson picked her up and set her in one of the cushioned seats and held her hand while they headed out to sea. A little way out, they stopped. A few adjustments later and her grandson secured behind her, their feet left the safety of the boat. Together, they rose, higher and higher, until the air vibrated with the wind rushing past.

She was flying!

Joy filled her heart as they rose to a greater height. Below, she could see her family, small specks on the ground waving gaily to her. White ripples in the turquoise water glistened in the sun as they passed up and down close to the beach. A clear view of the snow-capped cliffs in the distance showcased their magnificence and her breath caught in her throat. The horizon stretched forever and she marveled at how the world could be so small and yet so big.

All too soon, their feet touched the boat again and the trip ended. But for the princess, she lived happily ever after because she finally got to fly.

This fairy tale is a true one. Even though it took modern technology of parasailing with her grandson to fulfill it, she realized her dream.

I heard the story of this woman the same day someone told me I would never see publication. But I believe that if, like the princess, I hold the dream close to my heart, with perseverance and hard work I, too, will someday fly.

And more importantly…so will you!

~Sandy

© Sandy L Jones

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January 25th, 2006

Pilfered this from Dennie:

Check out Daisy Dexter Dobbs’ blog. She is hysterical and I am mentioned by her and graced with a unique, original and wonderful psueudonym specially chosen from the Queen of Comedy herself! Thanks, Daisy! And I have now added you to my links of ‘blogs to read’ to thank you!

Your Monster Profile

Cursed Terror

You Feast On: Jack and Coke

You Lurk Around In: The Hearts of Men

You Especially Like to Torment: Emo Kids

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January 25th, 2006

This one is freaky also. I AM in Medicine!

Your Scholastic Strength Is Evaluating

You are great at looking at many details and putting them all together.
You are talented at detecting subtle trends, accuracy, and managing change.

You should major in:

Statistics
Speech
Conflict studies
Communication
Finance
Medicine

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January 24th, 2006

Sorry not to be keeping up with my blog. Knee deep in the chapter contest and will be back probably after this week!

~Sandy

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January 20th, 2006

Have you ever had that day where everything seemed to come together? The contest going well, friendships renewed, the family happy and content, the weather beautiful?

Worked all day on our Chapter Contest and we had enough entries to not have to cancel any categories, a good turnout on both the published and unpublished, and possibly enough judges to help. A great bunch of chapter members to work the contest and, so far, no snafus. We will hit it hot and heavy tomorrow and start getting those puppies ready to mail to the judges. Then we play the waiting game again until the judged entries start trickling in. Then that is a whole nuther story. Unless you have actually worked a contest, you have no clue what all goes into it.

Then it off to dinner with M & J. da bear at Shady Oaks Barbecue. Yum! Love their sauce. Decided to forgo dessert and, instead, stopped at Starbucks for my vanilla latte :heart:. One of the employees brought around samples of White Chocolate Mocha Latte and the pig in me took two samples. Can you say wired now and not wanting to go to bed? :bugeyes: Those puppies are loaded with expresso. Brenda and Michelle are not going to be happy with me not being able to stay awake tomorrow.

The weather is like my favorite October weather except we are desperately needing some rain. Why is it the Pacific Northwest is having so much rain and we are not getting any? Can’t figure that out AT ALL.

Off to read and try to get some sleep.

Life is good.

~Sandy

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January 20th, 2006

I know, I know…I am putting up useless, yet fun blogthings instead of actual journaling. But I am right in the middle of our chapter’s contest and don’t have the time.

The good news is we are doing great on the entries and no one has killed or maimed another – i.e. ME – in the process!

Your Hidden Talent

You’re super sensitive and easily able to understand situations.
You tend to solve complex problems in a flash, without needing a lot of facts.
Decision making is easy for you. You have killer intuition.
The right path is always clear, and you’re a bit of a visionary.
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January 17th, 2006

You think there is a Starbucks in heaven?

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January 16th, 2006

This is freaky…Mik’s was right also!

You Should Be A Libra

What’s good about you: A total charmer, you easily find friends and allies

What’s bad about you: You have a secret side that’s easily confused and depressed

In love: you enjoy flirting, dating, and the whole process of falling for someone

In friendship, you’re: very social … you rather be with your friends than be alone

Your ideal job: fashion designer, makeup artist, or song writer

Your sense of fashion: very feminine / masculine (depending on your gender)

You like to pig out on: sweet stuff like ice cream and french toast

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January 15th, 2006

Hubby and I played catch up today. He was out of town some last week and I worked most of the week and then had an out of town friend come and stay with me overnight (fun, fun, fun! stayed up to 2:30 in the morning talking about our lives, drinking wine, talking about writing, drinking wine, talking about writing contest, drinking wine, eating pizza, drinking wine :cheers:) and then I had to get ready for our monthly RWA meeting so I needed today to run errands, read the mail, pay the bills, clean the house, take care of a sick kid (okay, so he is 23. He still needs his mom sometimes).

It felt good to get all that done so I can work tomorrow and not have so much hanging over my head. Plus, I had promised hubby that I would spend time with him today and help him get some things done that only I could do (yeah, right! It’s getting deep in here)

The only bad thing is that I had to give up a Starbucks date today! :cry: I miss those Starbucks dates!

Have missed several Chili dates also! Is everyone as busy as I am? Or is it just me?

I have actually been able to get some writing done today. :typing: Would like to have something to put it on our critique loop this week. If not, then I will shoot for next week.

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January 15th, 2006

Wow! Love’ em!

Your Sexy Sandals Are
Roberto Cavalli L5026
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