Six Word Friday: LOVE


“Nothing worth doing is completed in
our lifetime; therefore, we must be
saved by  H O P E.  Nothing true or
beautiful or good makes complete sense
in any immediate context in history;
therefore, we must be saved by
F A I T H.  Nothing we do, however virtuous,
can be accomplished alone; therefore, we
are saved by  L O V E.”  ~Reinhold Niebuhr

This is the final Six Word Friday. It has been hosted for the past five years by Adrienne Scanlon at My Memory Art.

I sent her an email the other week thanking her for her time and effort at the helm. I said, that the challenge of using a prompt word in sentences of no more than six words opened up something inside me that had been closed since childhood. I also said the challenge of a really juicy word called me back to blogging when I may have quit after suffering a traumatic brain injury last February.

Viewed in the light of Niebuhr’s words, I guess you could say Six Word Friday has been an exercise in faith, hope, and love for me. It has been a good and fun thing.

And, in case you do not know, Reinhold Niebuhr is the author of what has come to be known as the Serenity Prayer, which was eventually boiled down to:

“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”

Amen, my friends, amen.

Six Word Friday: HOPE


“Most of the important things in
the world have been accomplished by
people who have kept on trying
when there seemed to be no
H O P E  at all,” said Dale Carnegie

If the people at Small Miracles Cat Rescue hadn’t had  HOPE  that their work could make a difference, they would not have rescued a little, feral, tortoiseshell kitten from the Kill List of an overcrowded shelter back in March of 2013. She was deemed “un-adoptable” because of her injuries and feral, withdrawn ways. But, H O P E  wades right in, I guess. They had hope someone would want her. And, we did. Our darling Josephine.

Six Word Friday: FAITH


Rest on the Flight into Egypt by Luc-Oliver Merson, 1879. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

“Not much is known of  J O S E P H.
He was a husband, father, provider
everyday, and he had dreams. What
more can be said?” Author Unknown
j u s t    t h i s
Rest on the Flight into Egypt;
F A I T H  he was reading G_d correctly.

Explanatory Ramblings

The “portion in quotes” in the poem (above) is not original to me. The words are from a painting I saw August 21, 2002 hung in the library at Saint Joseph’s College, Standish, Maine. I tried, but could not find out the name of the artist.

I first encountered the painting, Rest on the Flight into Egypt, in the Signals catalog. Signals was selling the part with Mary resting on the the Sphinx as a print. I didn’t buy the print, but I clipped out the advertisement from the catalog and kept it in my wallet for years. I guess that’s a sign that the painting moved me. Many years later, when I saw the entire painting, I was moved even more. Joseph has always been one of my favorite biblical peeps, being willing, as he was, to be dragged all over creation for the sake of his wife and son.

The Six Word Friday meme has been going on for five years hosted by Adrienne Scanlon at My Memory Art. Her time at the reins is coming to a close. (Thank you, Adrienne, for all your hard work and encouragement of the rest of us.) This is the second to last week.

I thought the poem, the painting, and this week’s word, FAITH, went together quite well in six sentences of six words each.

Hope you like it.

Six Word Friday: ROCK

The Billy Goat Trail, Great Falls National Park, Great Falls, Maryland

The Billy Goat Trail, Great Falls, Maryland (Just outside of Washington, DC)   Photo found on Pinterest

 Meditation on The Rock of Ages

Life on the rocks?  Oh, don’t
I know it well?  I sit
in hard places.  Afraid to look
down, afraid to go on.  But,
oh!  Don’t life’s rock climbers have
the most gorgeous, sinewed muscles from
holding on as they move along?

( I found myself on the Billy Goat Trail five years ago this coming Halloween. I knew nothing of hiking or climbing. And I did get stuck in fear two-thirds of the way up. Then a kind voice said, “Let go of where you are, cross over to the other side, and come on up.” I was pretty sure death was imminent, but it was that or stay stuck where I was. So! )

Linking up with Adrienne over at My Memory Art for Six Word Fridays. So you like a little challenge? Do you like to write with a prompt? This is such fun! Do give it a try!

Six Word Friday: FEAST


Make  Each Line Have Six Words
How the Grinch Added Three Hyphens

“Then the Whos, young and old,
would sit down to a feast.
And they’d feast! And they’d feast!
They would start on Who-pudding, and
rare Who-roast-beast, Which was something the
Grinch couldn’t stand in the least.” *

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*From “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” by Dr. Seuss

Roast Beast was? is? a sandwich shop in Boston.

Six Word Friday: CROSS


The Spellings and Stitching of Crosses

When a Cross stitches a cross
It is now a Cross’s cross.
If two Crosses stitch one cross
It is now The Crosses’ cross.
When two Crosses stitch more crosses
Now they are The Crosses’ crosses.
If two Crosses have a spat…
Cross Crosses! And that is that.

No worries as they make up
And stitch happily Cross forever.

(“Highwood” 1791 Vintage Cross Stitch Sampler at )

Six Word Friday: GLASS


A Good Recipe for Glass Surprise

Take silica, fuse with boric oxide
by heating to molten ball stage.
Form as desired. Let cool till
hard, brittle, transparent or translucent, but
do not allow crystals to form.
The surprise is that glass is
considered to be a supercooled liquid
and not a true solid -despite
what our senses may tell us!

Huh. Who knew, right? Super cool!

breaking glass gif found at

Six Word Friday: TRICK


 A Trick is a nautical term:

“a full watch at the helm.”

An excerpt from the beautiful poem

“Sea Fever” by John Masefield follows.

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“I must go down to the

seas again, to the vagrant gypsy

life, To the gull’s way and 

the whale’s way where the wind’s

like a whetted knife; And all

I ask is a merry yarn

from a laughing fellow-rover, And quiet

sleep and a sweet dream when

the long trick’s over.”   ~ Fourth Stanza

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