(Umbrella –  by Existrance/deviant art)

 This is where I come to talk to myself by dredging up an old photograph or a memory and beating it to death with my keyboard.  One day all this blather will be treasured by my progeny.   Deluded as that notion might be, it’s what keeps me here.  Just to clarify things a little, no part of my past or present life was ever spent actually living on a sidewalk.  Life in the fast lane would have been a big fat lie;  life on a skinny railing high above the railroad tracks with an umbrella at dawn – damn.  Didn’t think of that one fast enough.  But it’s sometimes how life feels.  Precariously tense,  but insanely fun.

“I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing.” (Agatha Christie)

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  1. I am so enjoying reading your blog and, although I’m sure you already have one of these, I’ve nominated you for The Versatile Blogger Award. Please see my post ‘Thank You! The Versatile Blogger Award’ for more details.


  2. Well well well… clearly people dig you and I’m not the first to nominate you for an award. The Very Inspiring Blogger Award. you’re established and i love your style and i want more people i know to know about you so i’m awarding you the “Versatile Blogger” award. participate if you wish; it’s a little creepy-chain-maily, so don’t if you’re busy with a real life … like i was before i had the awards bestowed upon me. i’d not participate but i’m actually having a good time with the award today – i’m visiting some great blogs again now that summer’s over; soon this post will be over and i will be able to write other things. i hope you are well. -molly


      • Well, re: “I think mostly because it’s from you!” i am deeply touched. I am flattered and humbled. Thank you. I loved what you said about Kristen Stewart’s expression on the DVD cover. Does she ever smile? Really, ever smile? I read a cover story about her in Vanity Fair over the summer and she’s sorta sullen all the time. Some people… maybe she’ll figure it out one day. xoxo


  3. Just discovered you today, through Molly/Grass Oil – love what I’ve read so far, and look forward to exploring more. I’m very curious about your former (?) blog about you and your sister, too. I’m afraid I don’t have any grandchildren material to contribute, being single and childless, but if that Agatha Christie quote is any sign, I think I’ll do just fine hanging around here! Nice to “meet” you! And thanks, Molly!


      • There’s never enough time, is there? I’m trying now to settle into a more productive schedule of writing and blogging, and it’s not easy! Gravatar – I’m sure I need to update that, too – I get so confused with all these different ways of interacting on blogs! I have 3 or 4 “identities” now, and it drives me crazy!!

        Be well!


  4. how fun your blog! alive and humming……thanks for the visit…..will keep checking back in…..each moment riding the wave of unknowing, who knows what the surf will churn up! in peace….kai


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  6. I am nominating you for the Reality Blog Award. If you are not keen on participating, that’s fine, because I know that not everyone is keen on these awards. However, I wanted to show my appreciation for your blog and share you with others.


  7. yes…life is so full…with joys, sorrows, tragedies, hope, faith and love…I think it is wonderful that you sharing your notes on life with all of us…and I do believe your progeny will appreciate it one day…if not already!


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  9. Dear Grandma Lin~
    I have nominated you for the SUNSHINE AWARD.
    Please accept the nomination…the rules are below…
    Have fun!
    Thank you for the LIGHT you brought into my life this evening!

    I am so blessed to be part of this family on WordPress.com I am honored to have received the SUNSHINE AWARD from the following two bloggers on WordPress:

    Shaun shaungibson1@sky.com and/or http://prayingforoneday.wordpress.com/2013/04/27/sunshine-award-2/ Thank you, Shaun, for your very kind award! When I visited your blog, I found myself entranced by your courage and strength to accept all that is so very difficult, and yet, you continue to share and to blog and to live life as fully as you can! You are amazing! Your children are blessed to have so gentle a father as you!

    and from…

    HikariYori@rocketmail.com and/or http://daylighttune.wordpress.com/2013/04/24/sunshine-award/

    Thank you, Hikari Yori, for the Sunshine Award. I feel as though I have not earned this…I accept it with gratitude, nevertheless. Your blog strives to bring light into this world, and I hope I do also…even in the sad things that I write. I hope that through the darkness of some of my poems, strength and light are found in their conclusion. Thank you so much! ありがとう Arigatō

    Rules for receiving the SUNSHINE AWARD:

    Include the award’s logo in a post or on your Blog.
    Answer 10 questions about yourself.
    Nominate 10 Bloggers.
    Link your nominees to the post and comment on their Blogs, letting them know they have been nominated.
    Link the person who nominated you.

    Ten Questions:

    Favorite color: Ultramarine Blue
    Favorite animal: Dog
    Favorite number: 4
    Favorite non-alcoholic drink: Water
    Prefer Facebook or Twitter? Neither..If I had to choose Facebook
    My passion(s): My family…humanity…truth
    Prefer getting or giving presents: Giving
    Favorite pattern: Eclectic…it changes daily…LOL
    Favorite days of the week: Thursday — week is drawing to a close and anticipation for the weekend! It was also the day I was born–eons ago! LOL
    Favorite flower: Daffodil

    10 blogs to nominate:

    * Kamlesh Oraon http://en.gravatar.com/kamleshoraon and/or scarycloud.wordpress.com


    I have chosen Kamlesh to receive this award because he is not only writing poetry with great VOICE, he is writing in a language that is his second lingua franca to learn! How courageous is that! I admire his fortitude and determination to write poetry and to learn English at the same time! WOW! That is true SUNSHINE ! That is the “courage of light”…and so I nominate him for the SUNSHINE AWARD!

    * Judy Berman earthriderjudyberman

    I have chosen Judy because she brings sunbeams to my thinking. Clarity always follows after I read her lines of poetry or essays.

    * Idealistic Rebel http://idealisticrebel.wordpress.com

    I have chosen Idealistic Rebel because her words have the potential to bring sunshine into the lives of so many who think that there is no way out or any other way to live. Her words offer the hope of sunshine!

    * Dennis McHale http://dlmchale.com/ The Writer Bites My Bones

    I have chosen Dennis because his poetry flows beautifully and wakens my heart to reality — which brings light to my soul!

    * Grandma Lin https://grandmalin.wordpress.com/about/#comment-2688

    I have chosen Grandma Lin for sharing the simplicity of everyday life and the little things that make our lives meaningful as she saw them in her own family’s history. How refreshing!

    * Noeleen & Daniel http://wordsfallfrommyeyes.wordpress.com

    I have chosen Noeleen for the SUNSHINE AWARD for her unfailing bravery…for her courage…for the deep love she has for her son…for the Sunshine she is bringing into his life! and for the sunshine she has brought into mine with her unrelenting valour! You are amazing, Noeleen!

    *Patty http://petitemagique.wordpress.com/awards-and-dedicated-poems/

    I have chosen Patty for the SUNSHINE AWARD for her generosity in giving affirmations to other bloggers! for her gentle expression of hope and compassion! for her teaching us how to do other things with WordPress, i.e.recent how-to print a photo with your poem! Thank you for your kind and soft spirit, Patty!

    * Carl D’Agostino http://carldagostino.wordpress.com

    I have selected Carl for the award for the sunshine his writing brings to my heart! So beautiful and romantic!

    * Seeker http://theseeker57.wordpress.com/

    I have selected Seeker for the SUNSHINE AWARD because of her deep honesty for truth and her constant seeking of the LIGHT!

    * George http://euzicasa.wordpress.com/

    I have selected George for the SUNSHINE AWARE because he strives to bring good things to the LIGHT…the wonderful art and artists of the world. He cares about goodness and in spreading GOOD!

    Please accept and give to 10 others.




  10. Hi! thank you so much for visiting my blog and following me, I am currently in the middle of my paramedic studies but I hope you will enjoy what I’ve written so far and I apologize in advance If I miss posts, It’ll be a while before I am completely back to writing 🙂


  11. “Grandmalin”? Pourquoi tu n’est pas “Grandemaline”? Whichever, you have a most interesting face: it reminds me of … I don’t know, more than one person I’ve known, I think. You are indeed “un malin” to be blogging for the next generations of your family; but it certainly look as though they aren’t the only ones to be interested. My compliments!


      • What a hoot! Yes, it means … oh, “really shrewd”, I’d say is a good translation. Someone who’s cunning in an impressive kind of way. So there you go.


  12. Hi,

    I’ve been talking to Thomas Marlowe and we are both missing the Trifecta Challenge. One thing led to another and we have decided to set up Light and Shade Challenge where there are prompts twice every week and a chance to share what inspiration strikes.

    We are not trying to be the same as Trifecta. They were awesome and I miss them. We do have some really exciting ideas of our own, though and can’t wait to see what happens. It would be great if you could come and join us and see where this journey takes us. Good writers are always welcome. If you have any questions then get in touch either on the Light and Shade Challenge Blog http://lightandshadechallenge.blogspot.co.uk/ or on the Facebook page. It would be wonderful to hear from you. Lyssa M x


  13. Dear Grandmalin,
    My goodness! I have noticed you before in the blog-o-sphere, of course, and even commented occasionally on some of your posts, but never thought I’d be so honored as to be Followed by you! Thank you so much, Grandmalin! I will try not to let you down 😀
    –O. Babe


  14. Just discovered your blog. I don’t usually press ‘follow’ quickly, but in your case, I have. 😉
    I’ll be lingering over your vast archive of pieces (written & painted), for a few hours during this cold, grey wintery time for sure.
    peace, dear one

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  15. Hi…just stopping by to say thank you for the visit and follow on my blog. Very much appreciated. I’ve returned the favor, and will enjoy browsing your blog in the days to come! Wishing you a lovely weekend! 🙂

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