Among Weeds – A Tanka Poem

April 20, 2013

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Weeds can overwhelm

or so it can often seem.

But, look more closely

and you can surely find hope.

The rose . . . delicate yet strong.

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by Martha L Shaw – Words and Images Copyright 4-20-2013

Weekly Photo Challenge: Up

April 19, 2013

Here are but a few examples depicting “up”

as my heart sees it:


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framed by the trees

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Photography Copyright 4-18-2013 Martha L Shaw

Six Word Friday – Bloom

April 12, 2013
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Rain ceases – birds sing – flowers bloom!


Words and pictures

By Martha L Shaw © 4-12-2013

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Daily Prompt: Stranded

March 23, 2013

The Challenge: You’re stranded in a foreign city for a day with no money and no friends. Where do you go; what do you do?

Wow.  Here I am . . . the girl who craves intimacy of those she loves . . . here in a fabulous foreign city . . . but broke and with no friends.  Sure, we have all been broke from time to time, or thought we were.  Who among us has not, at some point, felt abandoned . . . but this time it’s the real thing, for a day anyway.  What to do?

  1. Run to the library?  Can’t read the language.
  2. Hang out at the mall?  Alone in a crowd and no money – worse.
  3. Walk around and admire the city?  The loneliness is like a chill in the air.

What to do?  Where to go?  

Hmmmm . . . the churches, cathedrals, shrines . . . amazing sacred spaces representing the presence of the divine to so many faithful over so many hundreds of years . . . I could never be alone there.  Oh, the buildings might be empty to the eyes, those orbs of the body, but not to the soul . . . not this soul anyway.  Armed with my backpack, plenty of pens and a fresh notebook, and the remains of peanuts from the plane trip here and my last bottle of water, I set off.  How can I describe my day?  The day I dreaded wasn’t long enough for all the blessings before me . . . and I can’t wait to go back again!


Weekly Photo Challenge: Lost in the Details

March 1, 2013

Love this challenge!  Getting lost in the details means, to me, an invitation to slow down a bit and appreciate God’s creation at a deeper level than I normally would in this rush and hurry world.

Hope of Spring

Copyright 3-1-2013 - Martha L Shaw

Copyright 3-1-2013 – Martha L Shaw

Hope of Spring

My heart,

Still chilled from the long hard winter,

Fluttered just a bit

At the sight of

A simple, tiny flower

Poking its pretty face

Above the cold ground

By the rocks and trees

In the woods nearby.


I realize the coldness in my heart,

Like the snow,

Has begun to melt.

By Martha L Shaw © 3-1-2013

Pizza Bagel Tease

February 3, 2013

Since I already teased you with photographs of my first ever homemade bagels, I will now tease you with my first ever homemade pizza bagels from yesterday’s adventure:

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Superbowl snacking, watching the game, writing, ah, Sunday night peace and restful fun.  Feeling blessed.

Images of Grace and Glory!

January 22, 2013

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January 15, 2013


To the heart that wants to sing, 

there will ALWAYS be a song!


Words and images by Martha L Shaw Copyright   2007-2013

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up close color



Six Word Saturday – Jesus

December 29, 2012









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angel made from shoulder pads


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Weekly Photo Challenge: Surprise

December 21, 2012

for meWhat does surprise really mean?  Thinking about it, I know that I’ve enjoyed a “surprise” from when I was very young.  Thinking about it further, I suddenly realized that in some ways the words change and surprise are not all that different.  One merely has come to receive a more  positive response and the other a more negative one, not unlike weeds versus wild flowers.  An odd bit of greenery grew in my yard not long after I moved here.  I nearly sprayed it with weed killer.  I’m glad I didn’t because this beauty surprised me one morning soon after I considered spraying:


Changes . . . surprises . . . weeds . . . wild flowers . . . when we approach life with an open heart, the surprise, the greatest surprise of all, is the joy which erupts from deep within the soul!  This is a season for the celebration of the greatest surprise of all.  The birth of a baby who was also a King.  He came to earth to suffer for our redemption.  Wow, think of being a peasant girl asked to give Him birth!  As your rip the paper and bows from packages this coming week, consider the real surprise and joy the day celebrates!

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Merry CHRISTmas!

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