When the Light Goes Out…

When the light goes out…where do your turn?  Are you flailing about tripping over things looking for the light?  Where does your spark of inspiration come from?  If you’ve ever noticed…when one candle lights another, the first does not lose its light.  You may feel that you have lost yours, but take hope… there’s still a flicker glimmering low.  You just have to find a way to reignite the flame.

I’ve noticed for me my spark comes from friends, from words, from art and music.  Today it came from this quote, a Bible verse, and a lovely video my friend sent me to watch about art.  (Thank you, Friend.)

“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled  by a spark from another person.  Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.”    -Albert Schweitzer

That’s why it’s so great to look for the sparks around you.  Those creative things from others that inspire and rejuvenate.  That jolt that inspires you to take action and free the words, the music, or the art within.

Just like a spark that gives you a zap when you touch someone’s hand when the air is dry, those things that inspire you will bring hope and joy that will possibly spark a new creation. Whether it’s music, art or poetry…  use it.  Use whatever you can to make your art or work come alive.  I find hope in Bible verses.

“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.”  -Proverbs 27:17

Collaborations and masterminds are a great way to open the mind to new opportunities and to spark new ideas.  Though you don’t want to steal another’s work, you can model the techniques and make them your own.


“The artist must create a spark before he can make a fire and before art is born, the artist must be ready to be consumed by the fire of his own creation.” 

-Auguste Rodin


Today, I’m suggesting you look around you and discover that spark that will rekindle your light… and then let the fireworks begin.

Have a great day!

Sincerely, BG

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Using Doodle Art for Writing Inspiration

Using doodle art for writing inspiration was something that I had to try today. Some days you want a little extra “oomph” to get the words flowing, so I decided to explore doodle art.  Now, let me confess to you that I am not an artist.  I’m telling the truth, as you will soon see.

Since about age ten I knew that I wanted to write, and I have written off and on for many years.  Art however, that’s another matter.  Being the kid in Art class whose friends would look at me and say, “Nice try; just keep at it,” was not always fun.  And no matter how hard it was, my attempts to transfer what was in front of me to paper, did not work.

My friend, Cathy, is so into her art passion that it’s great to see how she can take those abstract thoughts, and ideas, and create magic on paper.   Studies show that art, music, and exercise can clear your head and get the endorphin pumping, and inspiration flowing.

“We need our Arts to teach us how to breathe” -Ray Bradbury

This quote from Ray Bradbury is a great way to feel when reading poetry, listening to music, or looking at art.  You can see or hear something so beautiful that it takes your breath away.

That’s what I want…breath-taking work, and to give a little humor and insight.  (This is the humor part.)

It’s always worth it to work at art, listen to music, or even exercise, to get to that place where you want to go.

After watching a couple of videos on Doodle art and other art projects, I decided I would give it a try.  I own up to the fact that I still can’t draw, or doodle, a lick… but I’m not giving up.  These practices are now in my arsenal to inspire more words and more creativity.    You can try it to do the same.

Now that you see, how sad my ability is, I will confirm again, that I am not giving up.  Art, music, and exercise are inspirations that we don’t want to miss out on.

Click here on this Doodle art link  and explore 5 different ways to help you with your art.

Why don’t you give it a try, and let me know how you’ve done.

Have a wonderful day!

Sincerely, BG

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Authors Ready? Let’s Roll…

My childhood friend, Cathy, sent me this amazing article this week warning of floating fire ant colonies in Alabama after the flooding from Tropical Storm Cindy.  Fire ants interlock their bodies with each other to create balls, rafts, and bridges to rise above storm devastation.

We never knew much about fire ants until we moved to the South. They can infiltrate an area like no other, leaving nasty stings, and white blisters, behind in their wake, and when waters rise they gather, band together, float, and roll, until the water recedes.  We first learned of the dangers of them when my daughter, in her late twenties at that time, had her first fire ant attack, and discovered she was allergic. Fire Ants are powerful creatures and go to great lengths to protect their colonies.

You may wonder what this has to do with writing.  I was thinking of this article which Cathy sent, and another article which another friend, Monna Ellithorpe, has written on her new venture of “Authors Supporting Authors,”  and decided I liked the analogy of ants, and authors, interlocking on ideas and resources for making bridges, learning, and supporting each other.  (Unfortunately, as per some issues with one website… this program was taken down, but Monna is glad to help support you with your publishing needs. )

***Here’s the idea I have about it… and places that I collect thoughts and resources from.  All of these authors are not in the group.   


For more information on how to become an author … go to MonnaEllithorpe-Author.com


Sincerely, BG


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Imagination and Inspiration

I don’t know about you, but I love quotes.  They speak to me and saturate my soul like color saturation on a painting.  Full saturation of a color gives it vividness, the same as vibrant words spark inspiration for brilliant ideas and concepts.


Quotes to me are a great, and yet simple way, to keep profound ideas before me to spark creativity.  Our vast imagination, spurred on through words, music, art, dance, exercise, or hobbies, may find inspiration knocking at our doors.  Just like the quote above states…

“The World is but a canvas to our imagination.”

                             -Henry David Thoreau


I have yet to read one of Thoreau’s famous books about “Walden Pond,” but I will do so soon.  Though I don’t agree with all of his philosophies, I can appreciate some of  his quotes.   Thoreau has quotes that really touch me.  Here’s another that I love:


“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”

                           -Henry David Thoreau


I want to live fully, and make the most of my time, essentially.  I’m now in my 6th decade of living, and it’s time to put the rocket boosters on.  I can no longer dilly-dally.  I have to find where imagination and inspiration reside.   For me, I like words and concepts which are meaningful, and uplifting.  I find many of those qualities in Thoreau’s quotes.

I love to write with soft music in the background, and look at art with both vibrant and pastel colors.  I used to quilt, and enjoyed the different colors of fabric coming together to make a scene, or proclaim a message within the quilt.  Again, more saturation of color.  Just a sample of the working of my canvas.

Here are some other ideas:

One friend of mine makes art journals, and delves into them deeply making lovely creations.  Another friend spends time writing beautiful stories and memories in journals.  Yet, another friend paints colorfully elaborate analogies (pictures are worth a thousand words), and her sister has taken on speaking at Toastmasters’ groups to inspire people with the spoken word.   They are all very creative and are living in a way to find creativity for themselves, and sharing it with others.  And all the four, do other things as well.  They quilt, sew, crochet, knit, sing, and do many others things.

My blog tagline in the past was “Live to Inspire.”  I still feel to do that now.  Finding ways to inspire others also inspires yourself.  You know,  that “iron sharpens iron” quality.

So, when saturating the colors on your canvas, what techniques are you using to set your imagination and inspiration on fire?


Leave me a comment.  I would love to know.    We can all glean from each other.


Sincerely, BG

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Be A Trailblazer

Be a Trailblazer

As a writer, I want to leave a trail of words in your hearts; something that will bring your back to how important words and analogies are so that it will spark something new and creative in your heart.  Actually, my Facebook Fanpage is Trail Words... it’s supposed to mean words left behind which touch your heart.  I want a heart to heart connection with others and to blaze a trail with my words. Of course, that connection can’t happen with everyone, but even if there’s none, maybe something I say will resonate with you so that you find a place where you can either climb to a higher road, or take a simpler path that is perfect for you.

Your choice. Your life. Your trail.

There’s two reasons for me writing this post today. First, my friend, and writing mentor, Monna Ellithorpe, gave us a writing prompt last week which propelled me to this point. (I’ll add it later.)  For a while now, I’ve laid down in the middle of my trail rolling in the dust, and something has to change.  Sometimes when we don’t know what to do we just stop, drop and roll…(if I may borrow that phrase) and you know yourself, that puts fires out like nothing else.

Then, this morning I picked up a book to read, I came across (again) the above quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson…

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”

A quote for which I’m very fond.

A subtle connection, however this quote has been important to me for a long time.

Another poem from childhood by Robert Frost entitled “The Road Not Taken”:


I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.

   -Robert Frost (last two stanzas of the poem)


No two paths are alike. We are all different.

Everywhere I look in my life there have been subtle references to trails, paths and roads…

Or maybe that’s just the lens I’m looking through.

The whole premise of the post is to get you to travel “your road.”  The road meant for you.

Survival specialists are discovering, and teaching, new ways to find and mark trails for themselves and for others.  Isn’t this for your survival?  Finding your own trail.  Marking it.  Skipping on it.  Jumping on it.  Weeding it.  Pruning it. Remodeling it, and then peacefully living on it.

However, it’s not only for your survival… it’s also for your joy.  If you aren’t content and joyful about what you’re doing then will your really throw your whole heart into it, and do it well?

The missing (mission) element?  Do it not only for you, but for others.  Purpose, that is living on purpose, is bigger than ourselves.  We don’t give to life only for our enjoyment…but also for the enjoyment others.

Even though there are times when my children may call me a recluse ( I am at times), I do understand that life is unimportant without others.  I need people on my trail.  I want others to see lovely things that can inspire them and bring smiles and laughter.

And, on those dreary days when I am down… I think about the sometimes…

Sometimes, we have to clean our glasses. Sometimes, we have to wash our windows.  Sometimes, we have to sweep our path. Sometimes, we have to enjoy what we have until our path is clear, and the rocks are excavated, so that we can dig out that relaxing stream next to our trail to draw others in.  Who wouldn’t want to stop and rest next to your trail?  That is, until they build an even finer one of their own.

It isn’t always easy.  When you know that you know what you know, and where your trail is leading… keep knowing, and keep growing, until you know something else.  No one says that your always have to follow the same path.  We live in a complex world and sometimes your trails change.

The important thing to remember is to leave behind bread crumbs for someone else to find you.  They may only want to stop for a visit, or just look on for inspiration, because they have their own trail to blaze… and when we blaze trails next to each other, we may ignite into a bonfire for the world to see.

Here’s to your trailblazing.

My piece from Monna’s writing prompt…

“Let me tell you how it really happened”

Keep Moving On

It had occurred within a dream,
A lovely path, for me it seemed.

I traveled it- with twists and turns,
With bumps and dips, and weeds to burn.

Where was the green on nearby hills?
No beauty here- no flowered frills.

Only a road with downs and ups.
This dirty path, a bit too much.

“Relax, said God. “Keep moving on.
This dirty road will help you some.

Rough roads appear before the smooth.
There’s tests in life. Come on, just move!”

I tied my shoes, and traveled on
This dusty road from dusk till dawn.

I stopped to rest, and spied a bud,
A perfect bloom thrust forth in mud.

Now looking past the dirt and grime,
This lovely bud came forth to shine.

Just like our hearts…beyond the stains,
Beyond the dust, beauty remains.

Some days are dark. Some days are grim.
Some days we think our chances slim

To find a way, or stay on track;
To find the sun when clouds are black.

Open your eyes to what you see
Inside your heart… your destiny.

Blot out the clouds when they turn dark,
And go within for hope to spark.

That gleaming path you fell upon
Sometimes looks dark. Keep moving on.

Your dream is bright. You’ll find your bud
Come shining forth in hope and love.

Be Genuine~

Sincerely, BG