Dawn's Awakening

July 28, 2010

GodLovedMe – a new website community for Christian women

I would like to talk about a fledgling website for Christian women that I am currently affiliated with. At this website, there is talk about any topic relating to women-from the fun stuff to the serious. There is a Friday night chat where members kick back and explore different topics. A Shout Out box is located on the home page where anyone can post observations or encouragement throughout the day. Finally, there are several blogs covering every possible topic (and more on the way).

There are blogs that answer questions about the bible. Members read previous posts, or ask a question for the staff to respond to. Blogs also cover daily Christian life, and for those times when a little extra help is needed like during an illness, a death, or a divorce. Anyone can come and fellowship with members who have been through similar situations.

They are members of all ages, occupations, and experiences. A vast wealth of knowledge is being created at this new website. Please stop by. The website address is: www.godlovedme.com

July 3, 2010

Freedom (4th of July)

Freedom

(4th of July)

 

 

The sun has walked below the horizon,

And the plants sigh, as the ground cools

From the heat of the day.

 

Car doors slam,

And motors rev –

Eager to be off.

 

Tires touch pavement,

And wander down the road

To find the perfect viewing location.

 

The sky slowly fades from blue to black,

As inky silhouettes stretch and chatter

About the fun they have had during the day.

 

At the appointed proper darkness,

Sparkles of light appear

Over the town.

 

Each flower of breathtaking light

Chases the other,

As they go higher and higher.

 

Freedom tickles their heels,

As they race across the sky,

Glowing with delight.

 

The sky soon fills with fireworks,

And the oohs and ahs from the crowd

Applaud their performance.

 

When the curtain of darkness at last returns,

The silhouettes sigh and smile.

Then, they load up and head back home to bed.

 

2009 © Dawn L. Huffaker

From the book: Flights of Fancy (SE)-Volume 1

All rights reserved.


 

June 19, 2010

Texas Tea Tsunami

Texas Tea Tsunami

 

Rig on the ocean

Drilling a new oil well.

Almost done-

Need to finish it off.

 

In the dark of an April night,

Powerful explosion

Wounds the mighty beast-

Chaos ensues everywhere.

 

Workers scared.

Workers scattering.

Workers wounded.

Workers dead.

 

Deepwater Horizon rig

Has suffered

A mortal wound.

Oil gushes everywhere.

 

Fires devour rig.

Workers in lifeboats.

Workers in water.

Rig below waves.

 

Texas Tea (oil)

Is all that is left.

From one mile down,

It rises to the top.

 

Waves and wind

Steer it towards the coast

All along the Gulf-

Another disaster brews.

 

Well can’t be capped.

Oil rushes out and up.

Sixty days and counting,

When will it stop?

 

Ocean being poisoned.

Sea animals being killed.

Plant life being suffocated.

Ecosystem being destroyed.

 

Black ooze now on shore-

Texas Tea Tsunami strikes!

Animals and birds poisoned.

Trees and plants dying.

 

Beaches tainted-

God knows for how long.

Clean up almost impossible-

Oil keeps returning.

 

People harmed

Businesses closed.

Livelihoods gone.

God help them.

 

Day by day,

Gallon by gallon,

This tsunami disaster unfolds

With lessons for all.

 

2010 © Dawn L. Huffaker

All rights reserved.


May 22, 2010

Internet Radio Interview with The1Essence

Filed under: Acrostic verse,Free verse,Interviews,Poetry,Writing — Dawn Huffaker @ 5:52 pm

 

On May 27, 2010 at 9:00 PM eastern time, I will be interviewed by the lovely The1Essence. We will be discussing my book Flights of Fancy.

This book is a collection of poetry that I compiled from letters and notes to friends and family over the past 25 years or so. Topics include nature, God, life, and emotions. There is something for everyone.

To listen to the interview live, click on the following link:

yhttp://www.blogtalkradio.com/the1essence/2010/05/28/lets-talk-book-with-the1essence

A free e-book is available online for you to follow along with. Simply, click on this link:

http://www.dawnhuffaker.com/promotions/FlightsofFancySE.pdf 

Please join us if you can. If you are unable to listen live, there will be an archive of my interview at the above link at Blog Talk Radio.

 

 

Here are a couple poems from Flights of Fancy:

January 30, 2010

Night Made Day

Night Made Day

 

Night made day

By moon on snow.

Sleeping trees whisper

In their dreams.

Biting air keeps the animals

In their burrows.

Branch shadows glide across snow

With ease.

 

I look out with wonder

At the scene before me.

Magical it has become

After the mighty storm.

Nothing is as it was, and

The world is weighted down.

Only the wind can come and go

As it pleases.

 

What a blessing it is

To live in my mountain home!

God’s handiwork is so close

I can touch it with my own hands.

Indeed, I am made rich with the bounty

That is set right before me.

Nothing manmade can compare

With His Masterpiece.

 

2010 © Dawn L. Huffaker

All rights reserved.

January 12, 2010

Still Life Painting

Filed under: Free verse,nature,Poetry,Writing — Dawn Huffaker @ 10:58 pm
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Still Life Painting

 

The still life painting is

Slowly surfacing

To the top of

The dappled, sparkling snow.

 

Clumps of grass

Hide themselves

Like rabbits ‘neath the

Sleeping trees.

 

Shadows shimmer

To and fro

As a breeze

Flutters softly by.

 

Birds hop atop

The crusty surface

Leaving tracks

Showing their exploring.

 

Wings open

Catching cold air

Lifting to a branch

To examine their prizes.

 

Branches bounce, as they

Crack the precious shells

Of the newly found seeds

And savor the meats within.

 

Winter blue sky

Smiles on the scene below

Knowing that

Life isn’t still at all.

 

2010 © Dawn L. Huffaker

All rights reserved.

January 3, 2010

New Year’s Wish

Welcome to the year 2010! How many thought that they would ever see this year? How many are where they want to be? How many remember that they were just in high school, and now they are grandparents?

Time marches on. It does not stop for anyone, or anything. Like a river, it flows on and on.

For most, that is a good thing. It prods us to analyze where we had been, and where we want to go. This keeps us on track, and leads us into the future.

Hmm! What is my wish for this year? My wish is to be available for my family and friends. I want to enjoy every beautiful moment with them. I want to be a blessing and a gift to them.

This time, next year, I hope to have achieved this goal. For no matter how many poems I write, or books I sell, time continues on. There are only so many chances to share the precious moments that happen with those we care about the most.

What is your wish for the new year?

December 14, 2009

On A Cold Winter’s Night

Filed under: Free verse,Poetry — Dawn Huffaker @ 9:41 pm
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On A Cold Winter’s Night

 

On a cold winter’s night

So long ago,

The Heralds proclaimed

The birth of our Savior.

 

It was

The miraculous beginning

Of a new chapter

In our history on Earth.

 

A star guided the wise men

To a humble manger

Where a mother gave birth

To her first son.

 

When the angels beckoned,

The shepherds came

To pay homage to Him

Their newborn King.

 

Jesus’ gentle smile

Touched their very souls,

And all knew that God

Had remembered them.

 

2009 © Dawn L. Huffaker

All rights reserved.

November 26, 2009

Created By God

Filed under: Free verse,Poetry — Dawn Huffaker @ 12:38 am
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Created By God

 

Created by God

To be His children.

We find our way

Home to Him.

 

Working through the problems,

Learning from the experiences,

Finding the rhythm of life, and

Seeing the progress made.

 

Realizing it’s not about us, but

Helping those in need.

Finding joy in the now, and

Growing as we go.

 

Uniting with our brothers and sisters.

Building a strong and happy family.

Bringing peace to every moment.

Letting love lead the way.

 

We are our Father’s joy.

We have our Father’s love.

Give thanks for God in our life.

Give thanks for Jesus leading the way.

 

2009 © Dawn L. Huffaker

All rights reserved.

November 21, 2009

Depression and anxiety affect treatment in hospital

Depression and anxiety cause a lot of complications for patients. They feel out of control, and worry if they will be getting better any time soon. The mind interferes with the body. If the patient feels that he is not improving, then there is the spiritual loss of hope, and depression and anxiety start to set in.

Doctors are rethinking their treatment methods. Normally, when a patient comes in to the hospital, they treat the symptoms of the problem in the body. This approach concentrates on the body above all else. Recently, they have started to incorporate healing of the mind and spirit.

By doing this, they are getting better results, and shorter hospital stays. The patients are happier, and more resilient. Everybody wins.

There are many ways to treat the mind and spirit. Most incorporate a religious or spiritual aspect. It depends on what the patient is comfortable with.

For instance, meditation and yoga bring calm to an uncomfortable situation. They allow the patient to relax, forget about their hospital room, and what is happening to them. It also asks them to slow down and get in contact with their emotions. When the emotions are worked through, this will cause the spirit to start to heal.

The mind needs to feel productive. Having access to books and computers can relieve the monotony found in the hospital stay. Any activity to stimulate the brain will allow the body to continue to heal in the background. The thoughts and fears are forgotten for a while.

When family members come to visit, it adds stability for the patient. They bring comfort and security. Offering encouragement and knowledge, family becomes vital support for the doctors, nurses and patients.

Why am I writing about this? I spent two months in a hospital and rehab center where a few of these features were grudgingly provided. It often felt like I was being warehoused instead of treated. I needed help, and they could not figure out how to cure my problems.

The doctors focused on treating my symptoms. They kept putting me through regiments that should have worked. However, they would not stop long enough to consult with my parents or me. I could write volumes about my experiences, but that is for another time. When all the standard treatments did not work, they stopped trying. It was a very miserable time for me.

If I had had a better rapport with the doctors and access to other treatments, I feel that my body would have healed quicker, and my stay would have been much shorter.

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