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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

IWSG DAY, August 2, 2017, A Time to Be Silent and A Time to Speak; A Time to Embrace and A Time to Refrain From

Hello Everyone,

It is the first Wednesday of the month, and IWSG Time. 

IWSG is a writer support group created and led by Alex Cavanaugh. It is a big help to many of us who do not mind sharing our insecurities, our successes or giving encouragement and help to others. 

So, if you are interested and would like to join, the link below will lead you directly to us:

My report:

Submission July 2017

Death – a poem in the Rattle Poetry Contest

Outstanding Submissions
Lascaux Review – The Woman and Her Dream
The Wigleaf - The Box in the Loft
 Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Anthology – Turn the Lights On


A Time to Be Silent and A Time to speak; A time to embrace and a Time to Refrain From

When someone wakes up in the morning talking non-stop, I am annoyed. I do not see what is so important that people must pollute the atmosphere with conversation. I wonder if people ever listen to the birds twittering or the sounds of the trees as they crack as they awaken in the dew of early morn. Or, have they ever observed as the dawn says goodbye and permit the sun its time to shine? Talking does have its place but have we forgotten the value of silence? There is a time to be silent and a time to speak.  

We humans do not notice it, but we tend to grumble and complain about ourselves, about others, and about nature. The sun is shining but. Yes, it is good that it rained, but. Sure, I have a good job, but. Yes, I write, but.  Yes, I do like my nappy hair, but. She does excellent work but sometimes. These buts annoy and warn me to move along quickly. A shadow is about to be cast upon someone or something.  There is a time to embrace and a time to refrain from.*

I treasure my morning time filled with silence like some people treasure a morning cup of tea or a cup of coffee, and I do my best to attack the negative buts in myself and kill them and to avoid the negativity others speak out.  There is a time to be silent and a time to speak.

I like to embrace people. Thus, I have to refrain from my own self-righteous thoughts of being better than those people I encounter.  Notice I said, refrain from* my own self-righteous thoughts?  Grumbling or complaining about others makes me feel like I can do it better. There is a time to embrace and a time to refrain from.*

Wishing all of you a lovely month of August and be safe.

Shalom aleichem,

Pat Garcia

*Quote from Ecc 3: parts of verses 5 and 7. From, by the word refrain, was added by the author.