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Leo The Lion (just for fun)

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Leo the Lion so bold
fierce and brave,
had his mane braided
because it's all the rave.

They pulled, yanked and tugged
crisscrosses were made,
he thought he'd look so cool
on his next hunting raid.

He ventured down
to his friends at the lake,
hoping they'd approve and
nice comments they'd make.

His fellow lions roared , they
surely did laugh,
As did the monkey, tiger and
yes, even the giraffe.

Home he did go,
all heavy and sad,
his wife, Leona liked
it, "It isn't so bad."

"You shouldn't take heed
in what others think.
It's how you feel."
She said with a wink.

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THINBUCKEYE 7/12/2011 9:45PM

    Love it! Thanks for sharing.

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ROCKYCPA 7/10/2011 1:04PM

    Great poem - great story! Thanks

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NIMAWEYGH 7/9/2011 2:09PM

    giggle snort chuckle I like his wife's thinking alreay......roar

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ANGORA4 7/7/2011 10:38PM

    Sure am enjoying your writing!

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MACKANDME 7/6/2011 11:49AM

    So Lions are so different from us after all.

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Maggie's New Bundle

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

“Maggie.” Mrs. Barnes called to her four-year-old daughter. “Maggie, where are you?”

Maggie Barnes was hiding in the downstairs hall closet. She didn’t want her mom to find her. She had been sitting there for a long time, thinking about her family.

Just then the door opened slowly. Maggie cringed back into the closet behind the long raincoat.

“Well, well, well. What have we here?” asked fourteen-year-old Sam. “Mom’s been looking all over for you.”

“I know; shut the door,” Maggie said with a pout.

“What’s wrong?” asked Katie, a year younger than Sam.

“Looks like someone is in a bad mood,” Sam smirked.

“Sam, you know what’s wrong with her; don’t you?” Katie asked.

“Yeah, she’s being a brat.”

No, silly. She’s afraid that when Mom has the new baby, Maggie won’t be the baby of the family any more.”

“Ohhh,” Sam said finally understanding.

“Come on, Maggie. You can’t hide away forever.” Katie reached in and pulled Maggie out. “Mom, here she is.”

Maggie, I’ve been looking everywhere for you.”’

“”She’s upset because of the new baby,” Sam explained all knowingly. Katie gave him a jab.

“Maggie, Maggie, Maggie. There isn’t anything to worry about. You’ll love the new baby. Come on, let’s go clean your room.”

“Clean my room,” Maggie mumbled to herself as she followed her mom upstairs.

In Maggie’s room, her mom started to pick up clothes from the chair, while Maggie picked up her toys and placed them in the toy box.

“You know, Honey, when the baby’s born, you can help me keep her room clean. Also, I’ll need your help a lot when Sam, Katie and Benji go back to school. You’ll be my little helper. Okay?”

“Okay,” Maggie said with a slight smile.

Mom gave Maggie a big hug and went downstairs.

But, Maggie didn’t want to help keep the new baby’s room clean. She liked the idea of being ‘Mom’s little helper’, but she still didn’t want to have anything to do with the baby.

Later that afternoon, Maggie goat the idea that there were enough kids in the family. She decided to run away.

With the family in the back of the house, Maggie pulled her small suitcase out from her closet and packed her coloring book, some socks and her favorite doll. She then wheeled it quietly down the hall, bumped down the steps and out of the house.

On her way down the walk, she ran into her seven-year-old brother, Benji.

“Don’t try to stop me. I’m running away.”

“Why do ya wanna run away?

“Because no one will miss me. Everyone will be too busy with the new baby.”

“But I can’t watch cartoons with the new baby.” Benji said. “Don’t you like watchin’ TV with me?”

“Yeah, but I won’t be the baby any more.”

“Sure, but who wants to stay a baby. You’re four-years-old. Look at what all you can do.” Benji remembered when Maggie was a baby.

“A new baby can’t play ball or play games or color eggs at Easter time. All babies do is cry, eat, and sleep. They’re boring. They always need their diapers changed too. Yuck!”

Benji started toward the house, then turned back to Maggie, “Who will I play with?” With a sad look, he went into the house.

Maggie stood on the sidewalk and thought for a minute and then she wheeled her suitcase back into the house and unpacked.

That whole week Maggie thought about what Benji said. She did do a lot of things around the house that a baby couldn’t do. She helped Katie set the table; she colored in her coloring book and helped Daddy read her stories.

One day Mom came into the living room. Maggie was sitting on the couch watching a game show on tv with Katie and Sam.

“Maggie, I’d like you to go to the store with me. You can help me pick out the new wallpaper for the baby’s room.”

“I don’t want to go.” Maggie curled up and buried her face into the pillow.

“Well, I don’t think I can pick out the paper by myself. After all, you are the big sister. You would know just what she’d like.”

Sam and Katie knew that mom was trying to involve Maggie in the preparations for the new baby.

“Have you thought of any new names yet?” her mom asked.

Maggie looked up at her mom. “Yeah, ‘Nobody’, sounds like a good name.”

“Maggie, what if I had named you that?” her mom bent down and faced Maggie. “You know, honey, before you came along, I had Sam, Katie and Benji.”

“I was the only child before Katie came along.” Sam said trying to make Maggie understand that she hadn’t been the ‘only baby’ of the family.

“That’s right,” agreed Katie, “and I was the baby before Benji was born.”

“And, Benji was the baby before you wee born.” her mom finished. “Each of your brothers and sister were just as upset having a new baby coming into the family.”
Mom bent down and kissed Maggie on the forehead. “Now, scoot and get your coat so we can go to town.”

As they drove out of the driveway, her mom said, “You know, Maggie, I’m going to be really tired when I come home from the hospital. With your brothes and siter in school, you’ll be a big help to me. But for now, you can help me decorate the room and pick out new clothes before the baby is born.”

She added as they drove a little farther, “You can teach the new baby to color, to play with her dolls and when she is old enough, you can teach her to clean her room.”

Maggie scrunched up her nose at the words ‘clean your room’, but she was thoughtful for a few minutes. “It’s going to be a girl?”

“Yes, said her mom.

Maggie thought for a few more minutes, “Angelina.”

“Angelina? Is that what you want to name the baby?”

“Yeah. Angelina is my favorite cartoon, Angelina Ballerina.”

Her mom felt a big relief. Maggie was finally accepting the baby.

Maggie looked at lots and lots of wallpaper before she picked out ne with little baby animals wearing diapers.

“I’m going to teach her to tie her shoes too,” she said, and then added, “after I learn how.”

She was thinking of ways to be a big sister. She liked that idea now. She realized that the new baby would look up to her, just like she looked up to her big sister, Katie.

“You can teach her a lot of things. Just think when you start school, you can teach her everything your learn.” This made Maggie feel like a big girl.

After they picked out wallpaper, they went to the clothing store to buy bibs, diapers, sleepers and toys. Maggie picked out a cute little stuffed bear.

That week, Maggie and her Mom and Dad put up the wallpaper. They even let her decide where to put the new furniture.

“My baby will sleep here and the rocking chair will go there by the window, so she can look out.’ Maggie was happy with the idea of having a new baby around.

“I really am going to be needed, huh?” Maggie asked excitedly.

“You most surely are. You’re going to be my right hand girl,” Mom said hugging her little girl tightly.

When it came time for mom and dad to go the hospital, Grandma Barnes came to stay with the kids.

The day the new baby was due to come home, Grandma helped Maggie make a poster that said, ’Welcome Home Baby Sister’.”

On the day the baby and mom were to come home, Maggie paced around the living room watching out the window.

“Maggie, they’ll be here soon,” Grandma said.

“What if the baby doesn’t like me?” Maggie worried.

“Oh, now don’t you worry. She’s going to love you. Just look at the fine poster you made and how you’ve decorated her room and look at the great toy bear you picked out.” Grandma put her arms around Maggie and gave her a hug.

Maggie smiled.

They heard a car pull into the driveway.

“They’re here, they’re here,” Maggie shouted and ran out to the car.

Dad got out of the car first then went around to mom’s door.

“come here little one; come meet the rest of the family.” Then turning to Maggie he said, “Say hello to Angelina.”

Maggie looked up at her parents in awe then a big smile spread across her face.

“I really named her? Wow!”

Beaming with delight, Maggie followed her parents into the house.

“Maggie, come sit on the couch,” mom said.

Dad then placed the new bundle into Maggie’s arms. She looked into her new little sister’s eyes and fell in love.

“Angelina, I’m going to teach you to color, play ball, tie your shoes….well, once I learn how.”

The End

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ANGORA4 7/7/2011 10:31PM


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ROCKYCPA 7/7/2011 9:47PM

    Loved your story - you can learn a lot from the story - so well written.

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KRISTA-GIRL 7/6/2011 9:26AM

    Courti! Thank you so much for sharing - this is wonderful! Absolutely wonderful :-) You definitely need to do more of this and pursue publishing!

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EUPHRATES 7/6/2011 6:12AM

    Oh Courti, that's awesome! I have happy sappy tears going on now.

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-COURT- 7/5/2011 10:41PM

    I wrote this a while back. This was the only one like it that I wrote. I kind of wrote some kid stories, but they're packed away. Have to find them. I have them on my old computer but made copies of some that is packed away in the garage somewhere. I miss my old sick computer, but too much trouble to fix it and it is old. I had so much stuff saved in My Favorites too. Ugh!
Thanks, glad you both like it.

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AIDELADE27 7/5/2011 10:31PM

    Oh, my goodness, this is so sweet! Did you write this? It's so lovely. I remember when my twin sisters were born and my sister despised them right up until my mom brought them home. Then they were just bundles of trouble and fun.

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    Hi! I stumbled upon your blog from The Challenge of Harry Potter--It popped up in the little side bar thingy. Anyway, this was such an adorable story!! I like the different spin on something that many families go through... Especially the fact that the name that Maggie chose was what the parents' named the baby. I also really enjoy your writing style! Keep up the good work!

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Big family living

Sunday, July 03, 2011

I wish I had been born to a big family, maybe not quite like the Dugger's 19 and Counting, but a fairly big family. I'd want to be a middle child.

I used to write short stories just for fun until my computer took sick and we had to put it down. (well, we disconnected it). I got out of the phase of writing.

I think I really enjoyed the making up the people and bios instead of actually writing the story. Doing outlines was fun too.

I made up a family with family tree and all. 13 kids with me in the middle and with a different name of course. A modern day fantasy unlike otherworld fantasies.

I came across the paperwork that I had typed up on this fake family and ..... boy, get a life! I made up the family individuals as kids and as grownups.

As kids I created their friends, likes and dislikes and as adults I created each one's families.

I created daily schedules and even a layout of what the house looked like. I even cut out pictures from a catalog to show what each family member looked like.

Writing kids stories I printed clipart of animals playing the parts of the people.

Now if I ever get in the mood to write, I'll have the ammo to use to write this type of genre.

I could write a diarylike story using a different kid for each day.

Now to study my grammar books since I ain't got no good English.

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-COURT- 7/5/2011 7:33PM

    ::stops in mid-step:: Barbara, you said you were left at the beach in a t-storm? For how long? Bet you were scared.
You should write stories.

Krista, I bet you have plenty of stories too being the youngest of 6. What are your novels about? I've never published. The publishers don't proof read stories any more. They used to at one time, so I heard. And, it cost to hire an editor. Maybe someday I'll venture to do that. I'll try to find my stories and rewrite one here.

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KRISTA-GIRL 7/5/2011 7:21PM

    Oh Courti, I am SO glad that you are going to write again! You have the perfect imagination for it!

I've written 3 novels (unpublished, of course! ;-) and have written for a few journals (VERY small ones) and I LOVE to hear about people writing.

Did you say you used to write children's literature? Is it something we can get our hands on?

I'm the youngest of 5, btw, and you've seen my 6, so let me know if I can help ;-) It's not 13, but we wanted 13, does that count? emoticon

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-COURT- 7/5/2011 6:26PM

    I won't go into details, but I was born the 2nd of 4 but raised an only child. It is a bit lonely but you do get more attention and presents at b'days and Christmas. I know that in some families the sibs don't get along, that is sad.
I love hearing stories about living in a big family. Keep them coming.
someday I'll try my hand at writing again. Thanks all for the confidence.

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SHIITAKE 7/5/2011 1:35PM


You have such a wonderful imagination, Courti......you should write stories and
see if you can have them published !!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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--MAY-- 7/5/2011 11:19AM

    Hey, Courti I am a middle Child of 4, an older sis, older brother, me and younger sis, I have found that middle children are very grounded or not, and they never have very many pictures of when they were little ! emoticon Your stories sound amazing i would love to read them. and your Grammar is really good. but that is what publishers are for...
And they were forgotten like the time my Mom left me on the beach when I was 2 in a t-storm, or forgot to feed me a few times at dinner!! I often wondered what it would be like to be an only child, HHHMMM

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-COURT- 7/5/2011 10:18AM

    Gee guys, thanks for the positive comments. I do worry about my grammar. When I did write I had grammar books around and studied them pretty much. I'm around some people who don't speak proper English grammar so I kind of pick up on that...like the don't vs does....wasn't vs were...isn't vs ain't, oops! I know that's a no no. My dh says that all the time and it gets to his mil who used to team. lol

Anyhow, maybe I will start a diary like story for different family members but own't put it on here until I feel comfortable. I was raised an only child so I don't have experience with living in a big family. I could read up online and tweek those stories.

Really, thanks so much for all the positive vibs in this area. I was being negative and didn't realize that I did create a lot.

I guess that is why I like the role playing teams.

I so wish I had my old computer, it had all my stories and online sites on writing etc. but it's not going to be fixed to go online and don't have it hooked up to pull up my documents (stories).

I did copy some of my stories. I should find those and maybe post, but hope they don't seem to stupid for adults.

One thing I have found is people on SP are very supportive and don't critize someone's efforts.

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1MIN17SECB412PM 7/5/2011 9:34AM

    Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world.
~Walt Disney

SHAZAM!! Courtie, do you 'hear' yourself. You told yourself to *get a life* only... in a negative. Now, try that in a positive, by answering, "I ***DID*** get a life!!"

You CREATED an entire life!! Family, friends, pets... their childhood- their children... & NOT generally outlined, but SPECIFICS like, their likes & dislikes- - - HELLO!! Their daily schedules, house, facial features & appearances...

EVEN *morphing* 'em into animals!!

I wonder if J.R.R. Tolkien, J.K. Rowling, George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Jim Henson, C.H. Lewis, etc., etc., etc. EVER said *get a life* in the negative too. Bet they did, but ya' know what?!! Oh yeah, you KNOW!! They brought their character's to ***LIFE*** for us- - - THAT'S what they did & you can 'do' THAT for us too!!

Let me leave you with a few of ***Walt's (Disney, that is) words of wisdom:

***Crowded classrooms and half-day sessions are a tragic waste of our greatest national resource - the minds of our children.

***We allow no geniuses around our Studio.

***I believe in being an innovator.

***Laughter is America's most important export.

***There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate's loot on Treasure Island.

***We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.

***When you're curious, you find lots of interesting things to do.

***You're dead if you aim only for kids. Adults are only kids grown up, anyway.

Sooo... take 'it' from WALT DISNEY, Courti. You're ON the ***right*** path!! Follow your DREAMS!! ::hugs n' kisses::

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DOOBRIE 7/3/2011 5:40PM

    Wow your imagination is amazing - you should definitely write some children's stories about the characters and put them in a book!

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Spark housecleaning

Saturday, July 02, 2011

I put my mail on 100 pieces of mail per page and I have 6 pages. SIX Pages!!!
That doesn't include the mail in folders.

I have 224 pages of post on my sparkpage. Can you say cyber hoarding?

I really need to learn to let go, what is in the mail that I would need to keep them from when I started spark in 2008? Okay, maybe it is laziness. I just don't take the time to delete.

Awk! Looking around my den, I can see the spark isn't the only place that needs a little organizing.

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AIDELADE27 7/5/2011 10:29PM

    I totally hear you. But I love looking at all the emoticon I get from people here. But you're right; sometimes it's just clutter. I'm just a pack rat.

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ROCKYCPA 7/3/2011 5:49PM

    I know how you feel I have way too many emails not only on Spark but on my other email sites -- need to clean it out!

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ANGORA4 7/2/2011 11:22PM

    So true. Great reminder to clean out that inbox! Mine could use a good housecleaning!

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1MIN17SECB412PM 7/2/2011 7:30PM

    ugh!! I was just thinking about all the mail that's building up (AGAIN) here on SP. I used to write a blog a day- my Dear Prudence, Courti. That stopped after I broke my foot. Sometimes it was just a song or recipe... sometimes some random thought- a team challenge thing, or something I thought might inspire or help others, but then I started the purge, saving only the things that were a personal inspiration to me. Same with my SparkMail & even my SparkPage of comments from friends. Then... came the SparkGoodies.

Eventually, all the inspirational or thoughtful things said by others or a *ping* of inspiration by me, were SAVED, & the rest discarded. But... I see the SparkMail starting up again, so it's time for another ***Spark Housecleaning*** for me too!!

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ANYA_ONION 7/2/2011 6:12PM

    You're not the only one! I was cleaning out my feed this week too. I don't even know how many pages there were and they were mostly full of *Anya_Onion won 10 points on the spark wheel*, so pretty much unneccessary stuff.

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-COURT- 7/2/2011 4:59PM

    10 pages!! I don't feel as bad. At last I'm not the only one with that much mail.

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JOYCERN12 7/2/2011 4:52PM

    I was thinking the same way about my blogs, I was blogging everyday as kind of my journal but as I look back some are just blech- boring and I have 25 pages. So I started to delete some of the, you can only delete 1 at a time and each time it puts you back to current page. I emptied all of page 23 and it is still there, just says no entries on this page! So much for my cleaning spree. I gave up!

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--MAY-- 7/2/2011 3:24PM

    I once looked and I had 10 pages of 100!! AAACCCKK!!!

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BARBARASDIET 7/2/2011 1:58PM

    I have way too many emails but I can't hold a candle to you!!

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JLPEASE 7/2/2011 1:36PM

    I think you are in really good coompany. I don't keep the mail, but I have a three-ring notebook filled with Spark articles neatly filed in tabs with various labels... motivation, stress, goal-settting, etc. I finally had to get a second notebook to put the Spark Recipes in because I ran out of room. Of course, I spend so much time tidying up and organizing my articles that I don't actually READ them, which was the original intention.

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KRISTA-GIRL 7/2/2011 1:13PM

    You are such a nut :-) I'm a kindred spirit in that - mail is hard, isn't it?!

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The Mystery of Sam Murphy- continue the story

Thursday, June 30, 2011

It was a dark and gloomy evening. Sam Murphy , detective, was walking to his car after a hard day’s work. He had a case load: follow a wayward husband; find the missing masterpiece of a famous artist; find a lead on a missing valuable dog.

“Another day like this and I may turn to drink,” he said unlocking his door.

Sam turned on the radio and sang along, “Her name was Lola, she was a showgirl,” He sang loud and strong, “with yellow feathers in her hair and a dress cut down to there.”

It was a long drive and it always seemed longer driving home. “At the copa , Copacabana,” he continued singing.

In the middle of the road ahead he saw a dark shape, he slowed the car. The shadowy shape seemd to just float in midair…….

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-COURT- 6/30/2011 9:45PM

    I thought others could continue and see where it can go.
Just something different that we all could do.

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TEXASLYNN 6/30/2011 9:27PM

    Keep it goin'

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