Thursday, February 28, 2013

Kudos, Tara! You Deserve It!

by M. J. Joachim

It’s one of those things capable of brightening your day, before you have your very first sip of coffee. There I was starting my daily routine – checking out Blog Land, when I saw it in the Reading List. One of my friends, Tara Tyler, received a Very Inspiring Blogging Award.

The coffee was still sputtering away. I was happily distracted and excited for my friend, so I bopped on over there to tip my hat, raise my glass and spread my cheers of congratulations to her. (Did I mention the coffee hadn’t finished brewing yet?)

I’m reading Tara’s intriguing and inspirational post, slowly scrolling down the page – blame it on my lack of coffee. In the midst of my scrolling, I recognize it…rub my sleepy eyes, look again – confirming what I think I just saw. It’s true. My name was on the list of bloggers Tara is inspired by…what a lovely way to start a Wednesday!

Thank you, Tara!

I’ll use a future post to share and pass on the award.

In the meantime, please check out Tara’s post and say “Hi” to all the other cool blogger’s she’s mentioned therein!

I am a little bit curious, however…

What’s one of your favorite memories of being the recipient of a blogger award? Don’t hold back now. My comment section is primed and ready for your answers.

Best of the day to all!

Thank you for visiting Writing Tips,

M. J.

Photo credit:  Inspiration Point, Jenny Lake, Public Domain

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Book Review: Words to Love By by Mother Teresa

by M. J. Joachim
Updated 11/18/15

Words to Love By is one of those books you read to inspire your soul, fill your senses and reconnect with the world again. It’s a book that reminds you we’re all in this together, and touches your sense of humanity, providing refreshed incentive, through the essence of providing new and unique perspectives of the suffering in our midst.

I haven’t read it in years – it’s one of my all-time favorites; somehow I knew it was time to pick it up again. I knew the words and their meanings would inspire, comfort and delight my soul. How could they not? The book was written by Mother Teresa.

More than that, this little book reminds us to look outside of ourselves, to be quiet and take action, as opposed to talking about what needs to be done all the time. Just do it already! If you see someone hurting, help them. Don’t analyze their situation, give them worthless words of advice, judge them and leave them to their own devices. Quit discussing everything to death already. Do something! This little book is a huge call to action.

Applied to writing and blogging, I would have to say that means, sit down and write, post, write some more, post some more…apply your skills in such a way that you make a difference with the gift of words that are your talent. It is painfully direct how Mother Teresa feels about words, btw. “Too many words,” she says. “Let them just see what we do.” Not much consolation for the writers in this crowd; none-the-less, we can apply them to our world, and use our words to educate, raise awareness, inspire and call people to action, just the same.

And so dear friends and followers, I offer you a classic – a book all people need to read, to be more in tune with real people in our world. This book will challenge you to become a better human being. It will make you bow your head in shame, for all those times you were way too superficial (and only you knew it). It will inspire you to get back in touch with humanity and reality, striving to be a better person, the person you were truly born to be. I strongly recommend you pick up a copy of Words to Love By today!

That’s all for now, good people. I’m so glad you visited my blog. I hope you’ll share this post, if you believe it might be useful to anyone you know. Thank you for continuing to encourage and support me in my efforts here.

M. J.

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Generating New Writing Topics

by M. J. Joachim

There are a few different things you can do to minimize the hassle of choosing writing topics. Work from a broad base, narrowing down your subject matter into categories. In other words, take things one step at a time.

For example, take the ordinary subject matter of laundry. It’s a large topic that can be sorted into several different areas. Within the subject of laundry, you can write about all sorts of topics including, but not limited to clothing, products, utilities and environment.

Clothing can be further broken down into sorting, cleaning and mending. Products can be broken down into chemicals, stain removers, softening agents etc. Utilities include washing machines and dryers, antique wash boards, buying and selling machines, warranties, reviews and abilities. The environment can cover everything from cultural differences to going green, or cultural similarities and toxins emitted into the air and water supply, from standard laundry procedures.

Each of these ideas can be isolated into more precise topics, each deserving of its very own article, blog post or chapter in a book.

The approach employed when writing to your subject matter also lends itself to choosing topics. Debating the pros and cons of a particular subject matter requires diligent research. Stating facts based on personal experience of well-established knowledge is less strenuous, and will require a different approach, thereby lending itself to a different type of topic.

Combining all points stated above, narrowing down a large subject into smaller more intense sound-bites, promotes creativity in writing, which ultimately delights the reader, causing him to view the work more profoundly.

Thank you for visiting Writing Tips.
I hope this post generates new and exciting topics for you.

M. J.

Photo credit:  Gluehlampe, KMJ alpha masking by Edokter, GNU Free Documentation License
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Friday, February 22, 2013

Targeting Audiences and Writing for the General Public

by M. J. Joachim

Writing is a delicate, balancing process. Expressing oneself in the written word effectively and accurately takes patience, time and prudence.  When you write a lot, sometimes you miss the mark. Once it is published, it’s out there.

I’ve been participating in the Celebrate the Small Things blog hop on Effectively Human for a few weeks now. Today, I’m celebrating family, no small thing at all. However, in my original post, I simply shared my celebration, without linking the idea of small, everyday (mundane) things to the overall theme.

My celebration is actually quite huge, thereby defying the title to which it is posted. Having been hopping to various blogs throughout this adventure, it doesn’t seem to be that big of a deal, because all participants have exercised their own sense of liberality with this title.

However, to the outside visitor – the one not participating in this blog hop, it may appear I’m celebrating my family as a small thing indeed. The piece does not stand alone, except to those within the specific group to which it is targeted.

While most people will automatically make the quantum leap, that family is no small thing, and that little things about family can and indeed should be celebrated in turn, some visitors will wonder why the piece is left so open-ended and feel the piece is quite unfinished.

For this purpose, it is imperative for writers to cinch up the sack, tie off the loose ends and provide an article that all can appreciate with ease. You may well know the thoughts you are expressing from your heart and your head. Your targeted audience is likely to be in tune with similar expressions and sentiments, as well. The outside world, however, the rest of cyberspace, visitors from who knows where or why – they need to have clarity, and for this purpose, you must exercise due diligence in your work, to eliminate any doubt as to what you might be saying.

Please take a look at my post (before and after). The last paragraph, written in italics, has been added in the edited version – post first publication. Read my post with and without the paragraph in italics. Clarification makes all the difference. Don’t you agree?

That’s all for now.
Thank you for visiting Writing Tips.
Until next time, I wish you every good thing.

M. J.

Photo credit:  U. S. Navy - Public Domain
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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Blank Profiles and Creating a Presence in Blog Land

by M. J. Joachim

Networking is the name of the game in Blog Land, so we need to make ourselves easy to find.

Leaving a comment on someone’s blog is a great way to start a conversation, spark an interest, make a new connection and perhaps even develop a friendship. Upon initiation, reciprocation is almost guaranteed to be automatic. 

Live a little and allow for the unexpected. Don’t worry. This is Blog Land. Most of us are pretty darn friendly here!

Blank Profiles

Please take the time to fiddle behind the scenes and make yourself visible. There’s nothing more frustrating for me than clicking on your name, only to see a blank screen. I can’t find your blog. I can’t find any blogs you follow. All I know is that you left me a comment, and I’d like to meet you out there in your part of cyberspace.

If you are on Google +, please, make some of your post public, so people can click on your links, thereby reaching your blog, thereby being able to comment on your blog – providing you make it easy enough to do so, by eliminating over-the-top security measures on them.

Follow Me Where???

Make yourself easy to follow…PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE!!! I ran into one blog this week – twice! I want to follow it in the worst way…there’s no email…there’s no followers list…it’s a blog, not a website, and the fortress is built mighty tall! I know the name of it and will type it in at random, whenever I have a mind to find out what they’re up to. (They are part of some limited blogging group I don’t want to join.) EASY – that’s the keyword here!

Perhaps you don’t want to be public. That’s okay. Send a note and leave a link privately. If you took the time to comment on someone’s blog, there’s no sense in having a one-way conversation. Whoever it is might truly appreciate your comment, have something to add to it or just want to say “Hi!”

I’m not some mad scientist, working behind the scenes, attempting to ruin anyone’s blogging experience. I’m a blogger just like you – a writer and crafter, sharing my work with the world, like most of the friendly folks you’ll meet here in Blog Land.
C’mon! Take a chance! You might be truly delighted when you discover what you’ve been missing all this time!

That’s all for now,
Thank you for visiting Writing Tips,

M. J.

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Captcha Free Blogging Zone – Check This Out!

by M. J. Joachim
Look what I just found while hopping around the blogosphere!

Yippee! Yay! Please excuse me while I backflip over the table!!!

Not that I could actually do a backflip, but I certainly would if I could when I found this nifty little badge!

Not only did I enjoy reading Charmaine Clancy’s latest post, I also was primed and ready to give her a huge thumb’s up on it, all because I saw this little ditty in the sidebar! 
(Thankfully, she wrote a really good post I enjoyed reading. Otherwise, I would have had to edit the previous line out of my own post.)

As if that weren’t enough, she posted right there beneath it:

I've given up trying to comment on blogs with captcha/word verification. If you'd like this badge for your blog, you're welcome to use it.

While I doubt I’ll give up commenting on blogs with captcha, I do believe displaying this badge all over the blogosphere might just send everyone a very positive ripple effect throughout all of cyberspace. You know what happens then, don’t you?

Comment Land explodes with millions of happy bloggers, all because they leave and receive so many wonderful comments!

Thank you for visiting Writing Tips.

Please don’t forget to leave a comment for me.

M. J.

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Adding Photo Credits to Blog Posts

by M. J. Joachim
Updated 11/2/15

Adding photos to blog posts enhances them and makes them more attractive for visitors. It also makes them easier to share through social networking, not only for you, but also for your audience. Some sites like Pinterest can only be shared via photos, another reason to include them in your posts. Sometimes photos can make an added statement, without having to include via text, what they convey all by themselves.

Finding free photos is relatively easy. Search for public domain or free photos. Use Wikicommons, Pixabay, Public Domain Photos and many other sites to find a plethora of free photos you can use that will complement any article you publish. Be sure to read all licensing and royalty information; when in doubt, do not use a photo or picture without contacting the owner first. The other option is to upload your own photos and pictures, because they are yours and you don’t need to worry about licensing and royalty legalities.

Crediting photos and artwork is essential and the responsible thing to do. Even if it is free, you should always credit the artist who contributes to your blog. Do this by adding the information to the caption of the photo, or including a brief statement at the bottom of your post. If limited or no information is given when your retrieve the photo or artwork, and you know it is public domain, or can determine what the license is, include that information instead. This way, your legal obligations have been met regarding the addition of content that isn’t yours in your post. The optimum scenario is to include as much information as you can. A small line at the bottom of your post, with all pertinent information, will not detract from the content you’ve provided.

Because blogging platforms vary, I like to take screen shots of my photos. This way, all the extraneous code doesn’t mess with the other coding on my blog. It also prevents malware and viruses from creeping into my work. Though I doubt there’s a lot of that going on out there, it’s always better to be safe than sorry, when it comes to sharing computer code and publishing it on your blog.

Finding a picture you want to use on your blog doesn’t require you to use that picture verbatim. Providing the licensing approves it, you can modify pictures according to your personal specifications. It’s probably still a good idea to give credit to the original artist, but this option helps the photo become more closely related to your content. If you can’t find the author of the work, it is advisable to at least provide information on the site where you found it.

Reading the fine print on pictures and artwork you’d like to use on your blog is vitally important, as it will tell you how, when, where and why you can use the work. It will also tell you if you need to contact the artist first, and how you can go about doing that. Just as you want to receive credit and links on your writing, many photographers and artists want to receive their dues too. Albeit, there are so many public domain pieces out there with limited information, that this shouldn’t be a problem at all.

Taking a snapshot in the blogging world,

M. J.
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Saturday, February 16, 2013

Unexpected Writing Lessons

by M. J. Joachim

I’m so not a techie when it comes to blogging. I’m also having so much fun that I’m not overly worried about my lack of skills. If I need something bad enough, all I have to do is search or ask. There are plenty of people around who can help me with the click of a mouse.

The other day, I had an absolute blast writing a story, connecting all my blogs together. Figuring out the links was challenging, I’ll admit. I know how to copy and paste, open in a new window, basic stuff anyone can figure out. It took time to organize and prepare this activity for publishing.

Reflecting on my little adventure, however, gives me an entirely new appreciation for it. This particular activity wasn’t about connecting my blogs, promoting the A – Z Challenge and playing a game with my blogging friends. (I did all those things too, but these weren’t the things it taught me.)

This activity was about writing a consistent story, from blog post to blog post – beginning to end, with mini-chapters that flowed from one blog post to another. It was also about making each blog post stand alone, for those who didn’t want to play the game.

Come to think of it, I loved dot-to-dot puzzles when I was a kid, especially extremely hard ones. You simply couldn’t make the right picture, if things didn’t connect a certain way, so you always had to pay attention to every detail, then step back a bit to get a good look at what you were making. And you never wanted to use pen, the first time around.

My writing tip for you today is to take a few random things that seemingly have no connection to each other, and connect the dots. See what sort of picture you come up with in your writing. Develop mini-chapters that flow together and share a story with a common thread. This is a challenge of sorts – one that will improve your writing skills.

Thank you for visiting Writing Tips.

Until next time, I wish you every good thing,

M. J.

Photo credit:  Christopher Columbus's Egg Puzzle, Sam Loyd, PD-US
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Friday, February 15, 2013

Time Management Tip for Writers

by M. J. Joachim

Time management, that’s the big one on my list right now. Blogging, social networking and getting to know other bloggers takes time. Preparing for huge blog events like the A – Z Challenge also takes time. How does one go about managing time and expectations, without going crazy?

One of the things I’m doing is writing when the inspiration happens. I’m not always publishing right away, like I used to. Instead, I’m looking at my work and determining its placement. Consequently, I have a few drafts, ready to post when the time comes. Since these posts are completed, I can work on other things.

Writing when the inspiration happens is huge, because your words flow freely, which makes the work happen much faster. It’s like a jolt of adrenalin to your writing, instead of a blank mind forcing words that won’t come naturally.

Time management comes into play when you’re a writer. This little tip saves time, energy and frustration. It minimizes the work of writing, while encouraging the creative process.

That’s all for now, kind followers.
Thank you for visiting Writing Tips.
Until next time, I wish you every good thing.

M. J.

Photo credit:  Android 4, Android Open Space Project Jellybeans, GNU Free Documentation License
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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Using Your Own Blog Posts to Learn HTML

by M. J. Joachim

Learning is a process. Input >>> absorption >>> internalize >>> output. It doesn’t matter how you do the process, as long as you get the desired (correct) result!

So if you want to learn a foreign language, you can visit a foreign country, where all the visual cues are right there in front of you. Or, you can turn on your t.v. and watch foreign movies with subtitles. You can read foreign books, listen to foreign music, frequent foreign restaurants and study foreign menus.

If you want to learn to cook, you need to be in touch with food, not ingredients. If you want to learn to garden, you’ll probably get your hands dirty.

And if you want to learn HTML Code, you can use your very own blog posts to do so. Yes, you read that right.

Simply take a few of your blog posts and print them out in composition mode. Now, go into edit mode and click the HTML button. Print out the code. Put them side by side and solve the puzzle. Decipher how the symbols are used, what they mean and how they affect format and layout.

Okay, so this isn’t what they’ll teach you in technical school. My bet is they didn’t teach you how to blog either!

Exposure is a priority. Then it’s all about practice!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

M. J.

P. S. Have you visited Google (.com) today? There’s a rather cute graphic there today – Valentine’s Day and the anniversary of the Ferris wheel. Who knew? Also, if you have teenagers, you might want to check out the Google Science Fair opportunity.

Photo credit:  Html Source Code, Public Domain
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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Dialog – Writing What’s in Your Head + NFWAW

by M. J. Joachim

Woke up this morning and got my hugs…

You might be saying, “So what? Don’t you get your hugs every morning?”

“Yea, but not like this, not FOR this…”
“What’s THIS and why are you writing dialog about it?”

“This? Oh nothing, not too much at all, really. You shouldn’t worry your pretty little head about it.”

“Okay, what’s going on already? And why are you insisting on writing dialog, instead of posting a regular article this morning?”

“Well, okay. If you insist, I’ll tell you.”

[Pauses, taps and erases a few things on the computer.]

“It National Freelance Writer’s Appreciation Week! Cheers!”

As for the dialog…I was just practicing…

Thank you for visiting Writing Tips,

M. J.

Photo credit: Jon Ashcroft, Thank You icon, Creative Commons Attribution
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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

A – Zing through My Blogs Part 1

by M. J. Joachim
Like many of us, I’m on overdrive getting ready for the A – Z Challenge this year. I’ve entered five blogs, each one extremely different from the others. Writing Tips (this blog) is all about writing.

When I first started publishing this blog, my mind was narrow, my blog posts scattered. It was cause for abandonment. Consequently, this blog sat empty numerous times, while I figured out what to do with it.

Duh! Writing is not limited to punctuation! Double Duh!! Writing is not limited to telling stories!! Triple Duh!!! Writing is a vast category and I can incorporate all things pertaining to writing here on this blog!!!

So if you have a blog
And you don’t know what to do
Leave all options available
Then you’ll be posting too!

My next blog is about my personal beliefs. What started out as a website, has turned into a website and blog called Effectively Human. While I fully support saving whales and trees, this site is all about us – you know, people.

Please take a moment to hop on over to Effectively Human, to read A – Zing through My Blogs, Part 2 of this post.

Thank you for visiting Writing Tips,

M. J.

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Monday, February 11, 2013

Comment Moderation Poem

by M. J. Joachim

I visited your blog today
Read everything through twice
Decided to leave a comment
The captcha wasn’t nice

Went ahead and posted anyway
Despite the blurry mess
Lost it to moderation
I’m pissed, I must confess!

Thank you Magical Mystical Mimi, for inspiring this post with your comment!

Thank you for visiting Writing Tips.
Until next time, I wish you commenting ease on all the blogs you visit!

M. J.

Photo credit:  Frustration, Pictofigo, Creative Commons Attribution
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Sunday, February 10, 2013

Blog Hops at Your Fingertips

by M. J. Joachim

You don’t need to join a blog hop to go hopping through the blogosphere, although I highly recommend them. Simply engage with other bloggers and you’ll find yourself hopping like Little Bunny Foo Foo in no time at all!

How to Engage

Start by making valuable and thoughtful comments on other blogger’s posts.

Follow, follow, follow them…be a true blog collector and gather as many as you can in your treasure chest. Oh, sure, you won’t be able to paste them on a board like Pinterest or anything. You can’t sort them like you do your laundry. But you can accumulate them and read them as time permits, making comments each time you do.

Reciprocation happens automatically. Bloggers are friendly people; they like it when people visit and comment on their blogs and they do the same in turn.

Revisit from past comments you’ve received. This is your unofficial blog hop! Ta dah!

Many bloggers make a point to post regularly. When you revisit from past comments, you remain current with their posts. Then you comment, and they comment and everybody gets to know each other better, keeping up with all things current.

Blog hops at your fingertips – all’s well in the wonderful world of cyberspace!
That’s all for now kind followers.

Until next time, I wish you every good thing,

M. J.

Photo credit:  Sunset Hopping, reebs, Creative Commons Attribution
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P.S. There’s a very annoying anonymous spammer out there, constantly hitting up the blog hop scene. You may want to block anonymous comments on your blogs, to prevent him from spamming you!

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Captcha Poem

by M. J. Joachim

Captcha, captcha, captcha…
Wither, won’t you wander away
Bloggers sure don’t need you
Keeping visitors at bay

Security’s a blessing
Kept in the host of site
Add personal anti-virus
To keep everything sealed tight

Still these bloggers worry
Like a mother with sick child
Fretting over visitors
Wanting to make them smile

User friendly, you are not
A pain in the arse, tis true
Pointless, needless, hard to read
It’s time you got a clue!

Thank you for visiting Writing Tips.
Best of the weekend to all,

M. J. 

Photo credit:  Public Domain, Kruglov at the Wikipedia Project
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Friday, February 8, 2013

Writing Tips for A Day in the Life of a Writer

by M. J. Joachim
These are my responses to yesterday’s post, A Day in the Life of a Writer. You’ll want to open two windows for this and place them side by side. Just click on the link above. I’ve already set it to open in another window for you.

Facebook is a complete distraction and more often than not, creativity’s enemy.

Fresh air is good, even necessary. However, it doesn’t write your words.

Eat to live. Live to eat. Write to buy the food.

Chore schedule and daily maintenance – works like a charm!

Social networking is one of your business tasks. It does not meet the requirements for socializing in the real world.

Yes, read. By all means, READ. Just not when you’re supposed to be writing!

I suppose writing is hard work, but only if you’re actually doing it.

Until next time, I wish you every good thing.

Happy writing everybody,

M. J.

Photo credit:  The Faulkner Portable, Gary Bridgman, GNU Free Documentation License
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Thursday, February 7, 2013

A Day in the Life of a Writer

by M. J. Joachim
Claiming to be a writer is rarely a problem for those of us who do so. We have an ideal of what a writer’s life should be, and we live it. We spend hours at the computer, typing, deleting, typing some more.

A Day in the Life of a Writer

Wake up. Drink some coffee. Type on the computer.

“Better check in on Facebook, see what everybody’s up to over there. Wonder how many comments and messages I’ve received on my stuff.”

Type some more.

“Oh, better stretch my legs…can’t be good sitting at a computer all day.  Need to get some fresh air anyway. ”

Type some more.

“Must be time for more coffee and a snack. Hmmm. Think I’ll whip up something really good, to get those creative juices flowing.”

Sit down and type a little more.

“Laundry, I better get some laundry done, and the bathrooms are totally grossing me out!”

Sit down at the computer…

“Haven’t checked in with my blogging buddies in a while…”

Enjoy catching up on the blogging scene…a lot!

Look at computer and stare right over the top of it…

Notice family photo on the bookshelf in the distance…

“Reading. That will spur the energy and help me think of something new.”

Wander aimlessly through the house, searching for the perfect book to read.

“Man, I’ve hardly written anything all day. This writing is such hard work.”

Hours go by…

Days go by…

Weeks go by…then months and possibly even years.

This is the daily life of a writer, but only if you choose it to be.

Thank you for checking in with me today.

See you tomorrow with a few important writing tips for this little dance.

Best to all,

M. J.

Photo credit:  Portrait of Gaspar Melchor de Jovellanos at his desk, Francisco de Goya (1746 – 1828), PD - US
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Monday, February 4, 2013

Poetry Analysis: This World is Not Conclusion, by Emily Dickinson

by M. J. Joachim
This World is not Conclusion, by Emily Dickinson

This world is not Conclusion.
A Species stands beyond—
Invisible, as Music—
But positive, as Sound—
It beckons, and it baffles—
Philosophy—don’t know—
And through a Riddle, at the last—
Sagacity, must go—
To guess it, puzzles scholars—
To gain it, Men have borne
Contempt of Generations
And Crucifixion, shown—
Faith slips—and laughs, and rallies—
Blushes, if any see—
Plucks at a twig of Evidence—
And asks a Vane, the way—
Much Gesture, from the Pulpit—
Strong Hallelujahs roll—
Narcotics cannot still the Tooth
That nibbles at the soul—

Emily Dickinson speaks eloquently about the absolutes of faith in her poem This World is not Conclusion.  She speaks of angels and spirits that can’t be seen, but are clearly heard, perhaps by the heart.  This World is not Conclusion is a poem about the challenges people of faith deal with on earth.

Faith Calling

Dickinson relates that faith makes no sense as it beckons, and even baffles, the person who accepts it.  She is certain that philosophers are ignorant about faith, because they exercise too much common sense.  Scholars don’t understand faith either.  Yet, the average person will willingly suffer for it, despite the pain or embarrassment it may cause him.

The Price of Faith

Dickinson speaks of how generations have suffered ill treatment because they have faith in Christ and His saving crucifixion.  Sometimes their faith fails them, other times they laugh about it.  She also speaks of how people of faith come together and rally.  Some of them even hold their crosses as proof, or evidence of faith.

Perseverance through Faith

Dickinson refers to religious men who preach with such emotion, as they inspire us to praise God.  Then, almost too suddenly, she mentions how we try to hide from Him with drugs.  Without hesitation, Dickinson notes that we can’t escape, because faith keeps nibbling at the soul.

Thank you for visiting Writing Tips. 
Until next time, I wish you well.

M. J.  

Photo credit:  Jastrow, Triumph of Faith Over Idolatry, by Jean Baptiste Théodon (French 1646 – 1713)
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