#MidnightMadness – 6/13/2017

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“It’s not what a man has but what a man is that’s important. As long as a man knows what he is and who he is, he’ll do all right.”

~Catch Me If You Can: The True Story of a Real Fake” by Frank W. Abagnale, Stan Redding


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Angel wings

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Fluttering softly

To the ground

Wings of angels

Make no sound

But carefree laughter

Of her child

Carries a thought

She hasn’t had in awhile

For the memories of joy

Suddenly enrapture

Bringing a genuine smile

One she’s been after

And pleasantly the day

Now drifts along

With the music in her heart

Of a long lost song

 

Written by, Michelle Cook


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Featured Writer – Ayodele-Oja Temidayo Olayide

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Let’s Talk

Let’s talk about things we don’t usually talk about.

Let’s talk about the pain people hide beneath the cuts.  

Let’s talk about the secrets students bury because they are afraid to talk.

Let’s talk about the dust that old hunchback cleaners with warm smiles sweep out of classrooms, creating sandstorms.

Let’s talk about the whispers flown miles away from circles of teenagers.

Let’s talk about the books we are dying to read but won’t discuss.

Let’s talk about the corrupt we motivate.

Let’s talk about the things we hate, that boil our blood underneath the skins we dread.

Let’s talk about the sky. 

Let’s talk about death and how the unknown prevents us from sleeping.

Let’s talk about the spirits within us that are begging, begging to take over.

Let’s talk about the words we said, didn’t mean to say, wanted to say, couldn’t say, wished to say, lived to say, and died trying to say.

Let’s talk about the future we hope to see in a crystal ball.

Let’s talk about those dodging bullets and bracing violent waves.

Let’s talk about the dreams that have shattered and have yet to be reborn.

Let’s talk about those without a place to call home.

Let’s talk about love and how we all secretly wish for it.

Let’s talk about how selfish and greedy we all are.

Let’s talk about how cruel we’ve made the world and how we are going to make all of it stop.

 

Written by, Ayodele-Oja Temidayo Olayide

To read more of Temidayo’s wonderfully inspiring words, please visit; poetryandproze.


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#MidnightMadness – 6/11/2017

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There’s hope…

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There’s hope now

A peace settling in

I’m pulling it out

From somewhere deep within

Ideas are trickling

I’m feeling more assured

Silly old thoughts

Now seem so absurd

 

Written by, Michelle Cook


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#MidnightMadness – 6/10/2017

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Me – Am I the wave of your future?

Him – No, you’re my density.

Me – Huh? You mean your destiny?

Him – No, watch Back to the Future.

Me – Ok… George McFly.


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Faith and Trust

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I really wanted

To give up today

And for a moment I believed

It was the only way

I couldn’t see past

The end of my own nose

When suddenly a problem

Abruptly arose

And since then

It’s been eating me alive

I just don’t know how

I will ever survive

Yet days like these

Are the ones which make us stronger

So I will try my best

Not to dwell on this any longer

I must hold fast to my faith

For it’s where my heart resides

And trust that the good Lord

Will stay close by my side

 

Written by, Michelle Cook


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The Narrow Way

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She climbed to the precipice

Of neither here nor there

The path was narrow and steep

Seeming to lead to nowhere

Yet as she mounted that hill

Finding her way to the very top

She eventually saw the end of it all

Which simply made her jaw drop

For what she ultimately discovered

Was a new world laid out at her feet

Filled with so much wonder and awe

That she could hardly even speak

And had she never taken a chance

To venture along that narrow way

She never would have found

All she’d been missing up to that day

 

Written by, Michelle Cook


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Making a memory

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I made a lasting memory

Of your face today

As you sat on the bed

You happened to glance my way

 

Your eyes then stared back

Gazing into mine

Capturing that fleeting moment

Almost lost in a second of time

 

Never will I forget

The look upon you face

The meaning behind your smile

Will never be erased

 

Entangled thoughts lingered

In the space in-between

And you stole my longing heart

In a moment I hadn’t foreseen

 

Written by, Michelle Cook


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If you were gone…

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If you were suddenly taken away

My heart would rupture into a thousand pieces

So I pray with the last bit of strength and energy that I have

From this old suffering soul of my own

That love will cradle you in the palm of his hand

And keep you ever safe and free from harm

I’d be even more lost than I already am

Without your sweet face in my life

And time would miss you to infinity and back

And the world would cease to be a welcoming home

 

Written by, Michelle Cook


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Restless thoughts

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Cuddly cozy in my bed

Throw the covers over my head

Drifting off to sleep once more

Praying that he doesn’t snore

 

Written by, Michelle Cook


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Featured Writer – Charlie Hasler

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The Prison I Create

There are no bars keeping me in, there is no door without a key in.

All the lights are on without a flicker or dim, my soul free to wonder out or in.

And yet I stay frozen to one spot, unable to get past the lock that is not.

I sit and stare at my loves fading smile, trapped in the memory of when I could hold her for a while.

I curse myself and my internal latch, that I cannot get loose from this imaginary catch.

My hands are sore, my eyes are weak, my internal light ever growing darker and bleak.

The man I once was becoming a ghost in time, locked behind this illusion of mine.

Gone of days when life was a dream to catch, why can I not get past this imaginary latch.

There are no bars, there is no steel, why does my mind command me to kneel.

I have no words, only hate, inside this prison I do create.

I scratch a marking on the wall, to remind me I must obey or face the fall.

And fall I do, further still, into this invisible pit I created by the freedom of my own free will.

The hangman’s noose so appealing, but today is not my time, I remain for the true love of mine.

No illusionists trick, nor jailers whip, will see me lose my iron like grip.

So I will go on inside my imaginary jail and yes there will be a time that I shall prevail.

Written by, Charlie Hasler
For more thought provoking poems, please visit: www.charliesaysblog.com

Charlie can also be found on Twitter @hasler2charlie


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How many of you out there…

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How many of you out there

Feel just like me

Like you’re drowning at the bottom

Of the deep blue sea

 

How many of you out there

Can relate to feeling like you don’t belong

I keep playing the same old record

And singing the same old song

 

How many of you out there

Sometimes think you aren’t enough

Worthless is the word

Though I try to act tough

 

How many of you out there

Hate feeling so alone

This sad lonely feeling

Always seems to set the tone

 

How many of you out there

Are afraid to get hurt again

It’s hard to stay vulnerable

My protective emotions always win

 

How many of you out there

Are just like me

It’s hard to be an introvert

Wish those extroverts could see

 

Written by, Michelle Cook


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Growing…

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Growing apart

Is what we often do

As time invades

The space between two

 

Growing together

Is much more fun

But time interferes

And the magic is done

 

Growing in sync

Takes a special skill

One I’ve not mastered

Even still

 

Growing inevitably

Produces friction

Which in the end

May cause affliction

 

Growing substantially

Increases our knowledge

Which isn’t something

You can learn in college

 

Growing continuously

Is what we all do

So that God can make

The best out of you

 

Written by, Michelle Cook


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The results are in!

Well, as many of you know, I have been participating in the Whole30 program over the last month.  For those of you who don’t know what this is, it’s a diet program which mainly consists of eating fruits, vegetables, and meat for 30 days.

It worked so well for my family and I that we have decided to continue eating this way on a regular basis.  We all feel so much healthier and have a lot more energy.  My husband had been dealing with skin rashes for over a year now, and those have been completely eliminated.  And I had been suffering from lifelong digestive issues, and have found that I am free of the issues I used to have.  But just to give you a little more in-depth knowledge before you go and jump on the bandwagon, I wanted to give you some pros and cons for this diet plan.
 

Pros:

  • You can eat as much as you want and you don’t have to count calories. We ate three meals every day and usually a couple of snacks as well.  Nobody was ever left feeling hungry and it was nice not having to write down and keep track of every single thing we ate.  Most diets require this, and I feel like it begins to get too overwhelming for me and then I just give up and lose interest.
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  • You will lose weight. Without exercising, I still lost 6 lbs and 2.5 inches around my waist.  My husband exercised some, and had better results than me.  He lost a whopping 15 lbs!  So proud of him!  Our girls lost a total of 8 lbs, and have found that their clothes are starting to fit better.  Not bad for a 30 day period!
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  • You will have more energy and many of the health problems that you may already have, usually improve immensely.
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  • You don’t need to worry about vitamin supplements. If you eat according to the Whole30 plan, those expensive supplements aren’t needed.  You get enough nutrients through the foods that you eat.
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  • You’ll learn a lot about nutrition and feel accomplished when you figure out that most of what you’ve been buying at the store, you can actually make at home yourself.
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  • You’ll begin to crave sugar less, and find out just how good fresh fruits and vegetables really are.
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  • You’ll love the way your body looks and feels and have a more positive outlook because of it.
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    Cons:

  • You’ll have to spend a lot of time planning before you begin this program. We ended up completely gutting our pantry and had to give most of our food away before we even started.
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  • This program is time consuming. You have to read every label at the grocery store and cooking becomes an all-day chore at times.
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  • Your skin will break-out more in the beginning, because the toxins in your body are being expelled.
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  • There will be days in the beginning when you feel like giving up, because you may suffer headaches from caffeine withdrawals and feel tired because instead of getting your energy from sugar, your body is now having to get that same energy from fat. This process takes a few weeks, and so you’ll begin to wonder if it’s even worth continuing.
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  • You’ll find your pocket book a little lighter. Buying organic is pricey and some of the grass fed meats I found were as much as $10.00 per lb, and that was for chicken!
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  • You’ll find it’s very hard to eat this way if you are someone who has a very busy lifestyle, and needs the convenience which fast food offers. There really isn’t anything at a fast food restaurant that is allowed during the Whole30 program.  So you’ll have to pack your home cooked meals and take them with you when you’re on the go.
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  • And the biggest issue of all… you’ll feel so good by the end of it, that you’ll almost be afraid to ever eat another candy bar again or drink another caffeinated beverage. It will ruin your life in the best possible way and you will resent the Whole30 program because of it.
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    My family and I considered this an experiment with food and we’ve realized just how much junk food used to negatively impact our lives.  I truly believe that if we continue eating this way, we will all live longer healthier lives and be happier for it.  So with that said, I highly recommend the Whole30 diet program for anyone who wants to eliminate starvation diets, have more energy, and have fewer health issues.  The only way you’ll know if it’ll work for you, is to give it a try.  I hope you will, and if you do, let me know and I’ll be happy to give you some moral support along the way.

    Here’s a sampling of some of the meals we’ve been eating:

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