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Terri Guillemets
Archives — 2005

This is the archive of my publicly published writing from 2005 — the good, the bad, the active and the retired.  It includes content written for The Quote Garden as well as personal journals and writings.  Some entries were originally untitled with a title added later, and some were first published under other pen names.  —tg, 2023

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Always remember lost, so that you don't take for granted found.

      TITLE:  Ever finding
      DATE:  2005 Oct 19

Courage is tiny pieces of fear all glued together.

      TITLE:  Nerve us!
      DATE:  2005 Jan 11

Follow your passion and success will follow you.

      DATE:  2005 Jan 11

The past can't see you, but the future is listening.

      TITLE:  History & destiny
      DATE:  2005 Feb 28

Experience is the thorn-lined road to success.

      TITLE:  Prickly & proverbial
      DATE:  2005 Feb 11

Every once in a while, turn life over to see what it looks like from the other side.

      DATE:  2005 Feb 25

Life. — Enjoy whatever flowers come with the manure.

      TITLE:  Stop to smell the goodness
      DATE:  2005 Feb 26

If life is good, don't just sit there — dance!
If life's not so good — dance even more.

      DATE:  2005 Dec 10

the universe isn't big
it fits inside each of us

      DATE:  2005 Jul 2

Frustration is anger caged in impatience.

      DATE:  2005 Oct 10

A school library is the brightest beacon of youthful hope.
A public library is the brightest beacon of community hope.
A local library is the brightest beacon of global hope.

      TITLE:  Well lit
      DATE:  2005 Aug 1

Regrets —
      those ghosts
      of action
      that haunt
      our thoughts

      DATE:  2005 Nov 5

Mothers are the vital warmth of sun — and they are the comforting coolness of shade.

      DATE:  2005 Oct 22

Clutter smothers. Simplicity breathes.

      DATE:  2005 Oct 8

I need to get over the hard times of my past. They've left scars, but scars are just memories.

      TITLE:  Stitches & seams
      DATE:  2005 Jan 13

The clouds danced an orange-pink waltz with the sunrise.

      TITLE:  Dawn-waltz
      DATE:  2005 Oct 9

I waltzed with the dawn,
she waltzed with me—
a pinkish-orange o'er
the clouds draped we.

      TITLE:  Dancing with Dawn
      DATE:  2005 Oct 9

Even though your broken heart may never heal, bless those who help hold together the pieces.

      DATE:  2005 Oct 9
      NOTES:  revised

Once tea has passed from hot to lukewarm, it's just limp water.

      TITLE:  Interruptions
      DATE:  2005 Mar 3

Cell phones are the latest invention in rudeness.

      DATE:  2005 Feb 6

The unknown is not a smothering blanket but an open field of wildflowers and rattlesnakes.

      DATE:  2005 Aug 15

Once the lighthouse is seen, the rest of the sea is ignored.

      DATE:  2005 Oct 12

Adversity enhances this tale we call life.

      TITLE:  Pain is a story
      DATE:  2005 Dec 10

Other than actually putting pen to paper, I can't think of another more important duty of the writer than to stare wistfully out a window.

      TITLE:  A'musing
      DATE:  2005 Nov 7

Some of the best conversations take place in silence, when only the heart speaks.

      DATE:  2005 Oct 10
      NOTES:  revised

Don't cast a shadow on anyone unless you're providing shade.

      DATE:  2005 Aug 10

If purring could be encapsulated, it would be the most powerful antidepressant on the market.

      DATE:  2005 Oct 11
      NOTES:  revised

Life leaves its bootprints all over us — we just have to keep getting back up.

      DATE:  2005 Oct 15

This year's book, at midnight
turns to footnote in the next.

      DATE:  2005 Dec 31

Old books are leather-bound ghosts.

      DATE:  2005 Aug 10

Book ink is blood-drops of author-heart.

      DATE:  2005 Aug 10

It's like the craziest patient at the insane asylum running the place because he's the most "qualified."

      DATE:  2005 Sep 19

Dawn is the glow of opportunity, the light of a fresh start, the aurora of hope breaking open a new day.

      TITLE:  Every dawn
      DATE:  2005 Oct 1
      NOTES:  revised

Those humble, quiet, behind-the-scenes people are the reason anything ever gets done.

      DATE:  2005 Oct 9

When everything doesn't go perfectly as hoped, it isn't tragedy — it's life.

      TITLE:  Perspective
      DATE:  2005 Nov 18

Each good deed strengthens our angel wings.

      DATE:  2005 Dec 10

Icicles:  fossilized raindrops.

      DATE:  2005 Nov 27

Ideas that escape are fast and slippery and not likely to be hunted down.

      DATE:  2005 Jul 2

Say what! You mean
That's not why they call it an
Em dash? — those Dickinson
Hyphens between?

      TITLE:  Emily's dash
      DATE:  2005 Aug 12

Poets yawn at business,
balk at politics, and believe
words the only currency.

      TITLE:  Sir Real Life
      DATE:  2005 Sep 11

Having too many things is a burden to the mind, an insult to the earth, and an obstacle to our spiritual well-being.

      TITLE:  At home
      DATE:  2005 Dec 5

Wine, she serenades me
with her first fragrant glass
purring plush purple poetry
      Tra la la la la, tra lee!

She dances in vinous metre
in a second fermented flute
trilling tipsy-turvy tunes
      Tra la la la la, tra leee!

Sip slosh, now she mumbles
bottle buzzing on pour three
a faint intoxicated harmony
      Tra la la la la, tra leeee!

      DATE:  2005 Dec 3

When it comes to eating right and exercising, there is no "I'll start tomorrow." Tomorrow is disease.

      TITLE:  Get on it
      DATE:  2005 Oct 16

Freedom is hiding under the clutter.

      TITLE:  At home
      DATE:  2005 Dec 5

Replace clutter with freedom.

      TITLE:  At home
      DATE:  2005 Dec 5

When a cat speaks it's because it has something to say, unlike humans who are the great refuse containers of speech.

      DATE:  2005 Dec 5

My morning cutoff for coffee is when my hands turn earthquake and my eyes go double-exposure.

      TITLE:  Coffee at the office is only 25¢!
      DATE:  2005 Feb 25

Monday — Meh-day.

      TITLE:  But, Ralph!
      DATE:  2005 Feb 25

I translate stars into daydreams
I make rain and rainbows into
      freshly squeezed joy
I breathe the air of possibility
I swim deep in rivers of passion
I use my loneliness as
      stepping stones to love
I am on the march to freedom
I tend to my blossoming soul

      TITLE:  Transforming
      DATE:  2005 May 15

Mamas everywhere — don't worry so much about being a hot mom. A child needs a role model, not a supermodel. You will always shine by simply being your best, doing your best, and radiating the magical love that only a mama can.

      DATE:  2005 May 14
      NOTES:  revised

Cats are sleeping art.

      TITLE:  Silent morning perfectly unarranged
      DATE:  2005 Oct 30

breathe dreams
exhaling rings of reverie
wisps of fantasied smoke

      TITLE:  Infj oxygen
      DATE:  2005 May 12
      NOTES:  revised

Glitter needs light to shine. We all do.

      DATE:  2005 Aug 26

So much light,
along with the darkness,
it's life —
just scary and
joyous life!

      DATE:  2005 Oct 29

Did you ever stop to think that maybe the weed killers and the pest killers and the germ killers are also killing  you?

      TITLE:  Omnicide
      DATE:  2005 Dec 10
      NOTES:  revised

...a beating heart and an angel's soul, covered in fur...

      DATE:  2005 Oct 9

It's so hot even my fake plants are wilting.

      DATE:  2005 Jul 17

I try to stop drinking coffee each morning before the earth starts quaking beneath my feet — or, before my body starts quaking on my feet. Before I become a human coffeequake. Mmm, coffee cake!

      TITLE:  Perhaps an extra cup too much
      DATE:  2005 Feb 25

Life:  that narrow space between a rock and a hard place.

      DATE:  2005 Feb 25

Nature befriends those who befriend her.

      DATE:  2005 Oct 4

If wine were a lecturer
I would attend her classes
And duly roll-call "here"
With a couple of full glasses.

      TITLE:  Present at supper
      DATE:  2005 Nov 7
      NOTES:  Whoa. Someone had a little.

Books are the watering cans of our minds.

      DATE:  2005 Aug 10

Autumn may lose her colours,
      But memory is a rainbow.
Spring a distant grandchild, reborn—
      Greens, yellow, pinks, we sow.
Winter, in her belly white and gray
      Nurtures many-coloured seeds,
For if Summer was her lover
      He planted his future deeds.

Earth's seasons are a family,
      A wheel and spinning prism,
      Rotating by subtle degree—
Sometimes we think about only
      The bland colours we can see,
      Forgetting—rather sadly—
      About the vibrant ones to be.

      TITLE:  Autumn's Sister, Winter
      DATE:  2005 Aug 19

when i tell myself bedtime stories
you're always my happily ever after

      DATE:  2005 Dec 30

Let the credit card companies market as they will, the only thing that's priceless is Now.

      DATE:  2005 Oct 1

An uncontrollable love for cats is like a hairball in the heart.

      DATE:  2005 Oct 5

Cockroaches really put my "all creatures great and small" creed to the test.

      DATE:  2005 Oct 2

Dreams go past surreal right back into reason.

      DATE:  2005 Nov 14

Nature inspires my everything — my being, my solitude, my writing and art, my whole life. She lifts me upon her wings and soars me through the sky of possibilities. She colors my day, brightens my soul, and calms my nights. She is fierce and beautiful, strong and delicate — an untiring queen so generous of advice and never weary of new beginnings. In spring a colorful maiden, in winter a wise old lady, in autumn a looking-glass to my falling-leaf self, and in summer a warm-blossomed benefactor, comrade of the sun. She is indifferent and sometimes harsh but often nuzzles me with genial breezes, sharing a vast serenity, or lavishing vital gifts. To close my windows and shut her out would be error and melancholy.

      DATE:  2005 Dec 9
      NOTES:  revised

Even as an adult I find it difficult to sleep on Christmas Eve. Yuletide excitement is a potent caffeine, no matter your age.

      TITLE:  G-ma & candy canes
      DATE:  2005 Dec 24

There are those who try to bottle the old year for safekeeping but at midnight the cork always pops.

      TITLE:  Memories old & new
      DATE:  2005 Dec 31

Taxes —
wealth and waste
laws and loopholes
dollars and deficits
rights and wrongs
security and wars
ceilings and floors

      DATE:  2005 Dec 10

The jeweler allows me to wear the sapphire blue lake on my finger, emerald green leaves around my neck, and take the citrine sunset with me wherever I go. Jewelry has become my daytime link to nature in an office with no windows. And if I have to work late, there's nothing like diamond stars and a pearl full moon against an onyx night sky.

      DATE:  2005 May 18

sapphire lake
emerald leaves
ruby blossoms
amethyst hummingbird
citrine sunset
diamond stars
pearl moon
onyx sky

      DATE:  2005 May 18

When you use a manual push reel mower, you're "cutting" down on pollution and the only thing in danger of running out of gas is you!

      TITLE:  Today's labor
      DATE:  2005 May 3
      NOTES:  revised
      COMMENT:  Better yet, plant a vegetable garden instead of a lawn! —tg, 2014

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Terri Guillemets
Archives — 2005

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