My Haikus with the words Terrific & Marvelous

This is my first entry for Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge. The two words for this week are marvelous and terrific. Here’s a link to Ronovan’s blog


The Guidelines are simple.

  1. Take the two words and write a Haiku. I use Haiku in English as my style, which is 5 syllables for the first line, 7 for the second, and 5 for the third, but you can use what you like. The link above has links within it to articles about how to write Haibun, Tanka, and even a new form I created called Freku. You can also do the 3/5/3 form if you likeinstead of the 5/7/5 that I usually use. Write, share, and have fun. For syllable help visit (You would be surprised at how many syllables some words actually have.)
  2. The two words can be used as you like. Words have different definitions and you can use the definitions you like. You can even use a synonym word as long as it does not change the meaning. Go to for Synonym help.
  3. Use the Tag of Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge. This will help me find you in case you forget to ping back or leave your URL in the comments.
  4. Copy the link of your finished haiku URL  in a comment so we can all go and visit your site to see what you have done. You can do a ping back. What’s a ping back? Put the URL link in the address bar of this post, if you like, within your post. Your inclusion of the link encourages others to try the challenges out, be creative, and join a community to find friends and more followers (hopefully). I honestly gain nothing by more people visiting the post. I don’t have ads running I get paid for by your visit. Click HERE for a detailed article on Ping Backs.
  5. You may copy one of the badges/images appearing in this post below or above and place it on your site if you wish, most normally use it within their post. I am not saying you need to, but if you would like to do so then go ahead. It is simply my way of saying thank you for participating. I sometimes make custom images for the week, if time and health permits.
  6. The Challenge currently BEGINS at 8 AM EST (New York City time) on Mondays. And a DEADLINE is Noon EST (New York City time) on the Sunday following the Challenge Post release.

These are four of the haikus that I have written using the two words for this week: terrific and marvelous.

Haiku #1

marvelous shaadi

a terrific day of blessings,

divorced in two years.

Haiku #2

a beautiful girl

a marvelous volunteer,

a terrific person.

Haiku #3

a terrific wish

of marvelous wedded bliss,

but only a dream.

Haiku #4

my terrific parents

have been married fifty years,

this marvelous year.

Song Lyric Sunday

Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time and author Jim Adams from A Unique Title For Me is our current guest host. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

This week’s theme is  Songs that reference another group.

SOS” is a song by Barbadian singer Rihanna from her second song album A Girl like Me (2006). It was written by J.R. Rotem, E. Kidd Bogart and Ed Cobb. It was produced by Rotem, Carl Sturken and Evan Rogers. It was released on 14 February 2006, as the lead single from the album.
SOS” became a commercial success. In the United States, it topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart for three consecutive weeks, becoming Rihanna’s first number one single on the chart. “SOS” peaked at number one on the US Hot Dance Club Songs chart and Mainstream Top 40 chart. “SOS” was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for shipments of over 1,000,000 copies. The song was also successful in Europe as well as Australia, where it spent eight consecutive weeks at number one.
Disclaimer: I have no copyrights to the song and/or video and/or hyperlinks to songs and/or videos and/or gifs above. No copyright infringement intended.
S.O.S by Rihanna
La-la-la, la-la-la, la-la-la-la-la, oh
(You know, I’ve never felt like this before) Oh, oh
La-la-la, la-la-la, la-la-la-la-la, oh
(This feeling’s like… so real) Oh, oh
You know I’ve never felt like this before
Feels like so real
[Verse 1]
I’m obsessive when just one thought of you comes up
And I’m aggressive just one thought of close enough
You got me stressing,
Incessantly pressing
The issue
‘Cause every moment gone you know I miss you

I’m the question
And you’re of course the answer
Just hold me close, boy,
‘Cause I’m your tiny dancer
You make me shaken up,
Never mistaken,
But I can’t control myself,
Got me calling out for help

S.O.S.! Please, someone, help me.
It’s not healthy
For me to feel this way
Y.O.U. are making this hard?
I can’t take it.
See, it don’t feel right

S.O.S.! Please, someone, help me
It’s not healthy
For me to feel this way
Y.O.U. are making this hard
You got me tossin’ and turnin’.
Can’t sleep at night

This time, please, someone, come and rescue me
‘Cause you’re on my mind. It’s got me losing it
I’m lost. You got me lookin’ for the rest of me
Love is testing me,
But still I’m losing it

This time, please, someone, come and rescue me
‘Cause you’re on my mind. It’s got me losing it
I’m lost. You got me looking for the rest of me,
Got the best of me,
So, now I’m losing it.

[Verse 2]
Just your presence,
And I second guess my sanity.
Yes, it’s a lesson.
It’s unfair. You stole my vanity.

My tummy’s up in knots.
So when I see you I get so hot.
My common sense is out the door,
Can’t seem to find the lock.

Take on me—uh, huh—you know inside you feel it right
[CD version:] Take me on. I’m put desire up in your arms tonight
[Video version:] Take me on. I could just die up in your arms tonight.
I’m out with you. You got me head over heels
Boy, you keep me hanging on the way you make me feel

S.O.S.! Please, someone, help me.
It’s not healthy
For me to feel this way
Y.O.U. are making (Y.O.U.) this hard?
You got me tossin’ and turnin’.
Can’t sleep at night

This time, please, someone, come and rescue me
‘Cause you’re on my mind. It’s got me losing it
(‘Cause you’re on my mind)
I’m lost. You got me lookin’ for the rest of me
Love is testing me,
But still I’m losing it.

This time, please, someone, come and rescue me.
(someone, come and rescue me)
‘Cause you’re on my mind. It’s got me losing it
I’m lost. You got me looking for the rest of me,
Got the best of me,
So, now I’m losing it.

Boy, you know you got me feeling open.
And, boy, your love’s enough with words unspoken.
I said, boy, I’m telling you, you got me open.
I don’t know what to do.
It’s true.
I’m going crazy over you.
I’m begging.

S.O.S.! Please, somebody, help me.
It’s not healthy
For me to feel this way
Y.O.U. are making this hard?
(are you making this hard for me, baby?)
You got me tossin’ and turnin’.
I can’t sleep at night

This time, please, someone, come and rescue me
(someone, rescue me)
‘Cause you’re on my mind. It’s got me losing it
I’m lost. You got me lookin’ for the rest of me
Love is testing me,
But still I’m losing it

This time, please, someone, come and rescue me
‘Cause you’re on my mind. It’s got me losing it
(’cause any time)
I’m lost. You got me looking for the rest of me,
Got the best of me (best of me),
I’m losing it

La-la-la, la-la-la, la-la-la-la-la, oh
Oh, oh
La-la-la, la-la-la, la-la-la-la-la, oh
Oh, oh
She mentions several different song titles here: “Take On Me” by Aha, “(I Just) Died In Your Arms (Tonight)” by Cutting Crew, “Head Over Heels” by Tears For Fears, “You Keep Me Hanging On” by the Supremes, and “The Way You Make Me Feel” by Michael Jackson.
Compiled from Genius Lyrics, Google, Wikipedia,, and YouTube.

One Word Sunday: Cross

This is my first entry for Debbie’s Cross One Word Sunday Challenge. I hope y’all enjoy my new post. Here’s a link to Debbie’s blog


This is a picture that I took on the day that I graduated from high school before the graduation ceremony began at the First Baptist Church of Woodstock.

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This is the picture I took in India when we were traveling in the car and crossing the Rajahmundry Bridge.


The is the picture I took when we were riding in the car that was crossing the Golden Gate Bridge. We visited friends and family in California when I was 17 years old.


This is the picture of my temple that I took when I was crossing from the Shiva Temple to the Balaji Temple.





Thursday Tree Love #69

Here’s my first entry for Parul’s Thursday Tree Love #69. Hope y’all enjoy my new post.


This is a picture that I took one day last year when I was walking to Starbucks to get some coffee before walking to the store to clock in and work the closing shift of 1:30-10.


This is a picture that I took on a cloudy morning two years ago when I was walking to the Tommy Hilfiger store that I work at.


This is one of the pictures that I took of an email that I received in my email telling me about the July 4th Independence Day Sale this year.


This is a picture that I took when I was going home after working one of the mid shifts in December of 2017.

For : Thursday Tree Love – #69

Fractured Families of Mahabharata

This is my first entry for this week’s Pic and a Word Challenge by Patrick Jennings. I hope y’all enjoy my take on fractured. Here’s a link to Patrick’s blog

My First Haiku on the Mahabharata:

In the Mahabharata saga

a war between a fractured family

of Kauravas and Pandavas begins.

My Tanka on the Mahabharata

In the Mahabharata

a fractured family of

Kauravas and Pandavas

a new war starts between cousins:

good prevails over evil.

The reason that I described the Kuru family as a fractured family of Kauravas and Pandavas is because they were cousins who were always fighting. Duryodhana tried to kill his cousins many times throughout their lives. Duryodhana was jealous that since his eldest cousin Yudhisthira was the oldest of all the cousins he would be the future king of their kingdom. The Kauravas were the 100 sons and one daughter of the blind king Dhritrashtra and his wife Gandhari, a princess from the kingdom of Gandhar or Kandahar in what is now considered Afghanistan. The Pandavas were nominally the sons of Pandu and his two wives Kunti and Madri but were biologically born to Kunti and Madri by the Gods. Kunti’s sons: Yudhisthira was the son of the God of Death Yama, Bhima the son of the Wind God Vayu and Arjuna the son of the Kings of the Gods Indra. Madri was smart and had the twins Nakul and Sahadeva born to her from the Ashwini Twins.



The last picture is the Pandava Bhima fighting his cousin Duryodhana and fracturing his cousin’s thigh by hitting below the waist to go against the rule of war and breaking the thigh of Duryodhana’s in revenge and fulfilling his oath that he would get justice for their wife Draupadi. Duryodhana had told the Draupadi to sit on Duryodhana’s lap after his younger brother dragged her by the hair to rip off her sari while she was going through her period and wasn’t allowed to be in the hall where her husbands’ had been playing a dice game with their cousins. They lost the dice game because Duryodhana’s Uncle Shakuni had brought dice that would obey his every game play.

Movies with Six Words in Titles

Here’s my entry for Debbie’s Six Word Saturday Challenge. This post is in response to  Debbie’s at Travel With Intent blog Six Word Saturday Challenge. I hope y’all enjoy my new post.

Hollywood Movies:

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001)

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)

Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows (2011)

The Man in the Iron Mask (1998)

Princess Diaries 2: The Royal Engagement (2004)

Bring It On: All or Nothing (2006)

Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London (2004)

Dr Quinn Medicine Woman: The Movie (1999)

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn 1-2 (2011-2012)

Bollywood Movies:

Hum Aapke Dil Mein Rehte Hain (1999)

Kuch Tum Kaho Kuch Hum Kahein (2002)

Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja (1993)

Jis Desh Mein Ganga Rehta Hai (2000)

Dulhan Wahi Jo Piya Man Bhaaye (1977)

Pran Jaaye Par Shaan Na Jaaye (2003)

Aapko Pehle Bhi Kahin Dekha Hai (2003)

Yeh Teraa Ghar Yeh Mera Ghar (2001)

Love Ke Liye Kuchh Bhi Karega (2001)

Main Madhuri Dixit Banna Chahti Hoon (2003)

The Hollywood and Bollywood collaboration movie:

The Other End of the Line (2008)


Not a Feather, But a Dot (2011)

Quotes from favorite books, movies, shows:


“Short cuts make for long delays.” Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring


“Courage is found in unlikely places.” Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring



“He thought much but said little.” The Hobbit


“Loyalty, Honor, and a Willing Heart.” The Hobbit 


“One can never have enough socks.” Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone 


“Give her hell from us, Peeves.” Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 


“The Things We Do For Love.” A Game of Thrones


“Every Man Must Die, Jon Snow.” A Storm of Swords


“I Drink and I Know Things!” Game of Thrones TV Show


“A Lannister always pays his debts.” Game of Thrones TV Show


“You’re tearin’ my guts out, Claire!” Outlander


“That Amount of Time Doesn’t Exist!” Outlander

My Post for Linda’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday

This is my second entry for Linda’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday. Hope y’all enjoy my take on this challenge. Here’s a link to Linda’s blog from Linda G. Hill. Our challenge today is to “Start your post with the word that uses “co” as a prefix and write whatever comes to you. Have fun!

Communication, commitment, and compromise are the three of the instruments  that make a marriage work. As you all know that I’m getting divorced. It’s not because I didn’t communicate, make a commitment or compromise; it’s because he didn’t even try to communicate, make a commitment, or compromise.

“Co” Movies

Hollywood Movies

  • Coal Miner’s Daughter (1980)
  • Corky Romano (2001)

Bollywood Movies

  • Company (2002)
  • Cocktail (2012)

Tollywood Movies

  • Colors (2013)
  • Columbus (2015)

French Movies

  • Colonel Chabert (1994)
  • The Conquest (2011)

British Movies

  • Cousin Bette (1998)
  • Cotton Mary (1999)

Scottish Movies

  • Comfort and Joy (1984)
  • Complicity (2000)

Italian Movies

  • Coriolanus: (Hero without a Country) (1963)
  • Come Undone (2010)

German Movies

  • Cold Hell (2017)
  • Congo Express (1939)

Here are the rules:

1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing (typos can be fixed), and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry, pictures – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.

3. I will post the prompt here on my blog every Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” “Begin with the word ‘The,’” or will simply be a single word to get you started.

4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours.  Your link will show up in my comments for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top. NOTE: Pingbacks only work from WordPress sites. If you’re self-hosted or are participating from another host, such as Blogger, please leave a link to your post in the comments below.

5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read all of them! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later or go to the previous week by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find below the “Like” button on my post.

6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!

7. As a suggestion, tag your post “SoCS” and/or “#SoCS” for more exposure and more views.

8. Have fun!










Nurturing Thursday – I Owe It

I hope y’all enjoy my first entry for Becca’s Nurturing Thursday Challenge. This week’s theme is I Owe It. Here’s a link to Becca’s Blog

Nurturing Thursday was started by Becca Givens to “give this planet a much needed shot of fun, support and positive energy!” I thank her for starting a challenge that will help us get through the difficulties that we all face. I thank Becca for doing something to help everyone feel better especially since this world has been so cruel lately.


“You owe it to your inner-self to never allow your past to take the place of your present or future.”

~ Edmond Mbiaka


“You owe it to yourself to be yourself.”

~ Yogi Bhajan


“You may not realize it now, but you deserve to be whole again. You owe it to yourself to be happy again!”

~ Alessandra Nicasio






A Photo A Week Challenge : Yellow

48F42A50-573A-4C66-A6D3-B9F1D86E6112This is my first post for Nancy Merrill’s A Photo A Week Challenge – Yellow. Here’s a link to Nancy’s blog


Here’s the rules for this challenge:

  1. Each week, I’ll come up with a theme and post a photo that I think fits. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!) anytime before the following Thursday, when the next photo theme will be announced.
  2. To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “A Photo a Week Challenge: (theme of the week)” and be sure to use the “postaday″ tag.
  3. Follow nancy merrill photography so that you don’t miss out on weekly challenge announcements.



Marigold (Calendula Officinalis)

Marigolds, (Calendula Officinalis) are also found throughout India, but heavily grown in the Valley of the Flowers. The marigold has important cultural and religious significance because it is used to make garlands and offered to the Hindu gods and goddesses. The marigold also has medicinal qualities which include treating ulcers, menstrual cramps, eye infections, inflammations and wounds. Marigolds are not typically used in food preparation, but their leaves can be found in salads. From Dussehra to Diwali, marigolds are everywhere. Garlands of glowing orange blooms are hung for auspicious reasons and flowers are offered in rituals. Marigolds are so deeply part of these Indian festivals that it is a real surprise to learn that the most commonly used kinds originated in Mexico and have been in India barely 350 years. Mexican marigolds are members of the Tagetes family and also had sacred status with the Aztecs. Just as we put marigold garlands on dead bodies, piles of orange flowers are used for Mexico’s Day of the Dead, an ancient festival now appropriated by the Church. One practical reason for their use in funerals might be that the flowers and leaves contain powerfully insect-repelling oils.

FOTD – August 15 2019

This is my third photo challenge post for the Flower of the Day Challenge and it’s in response to the Flower of the Day Challenge by Cee Neuner. These are four beautiful flowers that I have chosen for Cee’s Flower of the Day Challenge for August 15, 2019. All four of the flowers hold a special meaning for me. Here’s a link to Cee’s blog

FOTD – August 15, 2019 – Dahlia



Yellow Jessamine (Gelsemium Sempervirens)

Yellow Jessamine is also called Carolina Jessamine. Other names include trumpet vine, evening trumpet flower, Yellow Jasmine and Carolina Jasmine. The flower is yellow and it’s very poisonous. Yellow Jessamine was named the State Flower of South Carolina in 1924. I was born in South Carolina.



Cherokee Rose (Rosa Laevigata)

The name “Cherokee Rose” is derived from the Cherokee Native American tribe-, who widely distributed the plant. The flower is waxy white with a large golden center surrounded by vivid green leaves. The Cherokee Rose was named the State Flower of Georgia in 1916! I have lived in Georgia for  26 years.




The Indian Lotus Flower (Nelumbo Nucifera)

In honor of it being August 15 and Indian Independence Day I added this as one of my flowers for today. This flower is known as Indian lotus, sacred lotus, bean of India, Egyptian bean or simply lotus. Nelumbo nucifera is sacred to both Hindus and Buddhists. This is India’s national flower.

4D4C4D30-68D0-44BF-BC4E-1678ABA9D085Jasmine Flower (Jasminum Officinale)

Jasminum Officinale, known as the common jasmine or simply jasmine, is a species of flowering plant in the olive family Oleaceae. Jasmine is the new State Flower of Andhra Pradesh. Andhra Pradesh is the State in India where my parents and my soon to be ex husband were born.