I took this photo during a brutal winter, last year I think in my friends back yard. A frozen pipe broke and spewed onto the garden furniture and created this..that is a regular bench.

hard as hell
but it can still be
a beauty

“Life is never what you expect, it’s how you deal with what comes that makes a man or a woman out of you”

It’s a realization that dawns
After you managed to live through
That punch in the gut
You were sure you would
never get over
First, it’s “why me!”
But, why not you!! What makes you so darn special?
This is life, and everybody’s got to go through it. If you’re lucky.
Afterall, what is the alternative?

Pat R


Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge ( #WQWWC)

That quote is something I came up with. I’m sure I’m not the first to come up with this group of words.

Writers Quote Wednesday

I am participating in Writer’s Quote Wednesday over at with Colleen. This is in conjuction with All are invited, pop on over for a read of the entries or to join in:)

“I hold a beast, an angel and a madman in me an enquiry as to their working and my problem is their subjugation and victory, down throw and upheaval and my efforts their self – expression.”

Dylan Thomas

Sounds like he’s been on my insides.


Be yourself. Above all, let who you are, what you are, what you believe shine through every sentence you write, every piece you finish.

John Jakes

I need to listen to this one myself. I am forever editing what comes out of fit what – I don’t know


How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.

Henry David Thoreau

For some reason the person that came to mind when I read this was Hemingway.

These are my contributions for this week.

Pat R

Writer’s Quote Wednesday

These is my entry this week to Writer’s Quote Wednesday over at SilverThreading hosted by Colleen and by Ron over at Ronovan Writes
So feel free to pop over, participate and have a read…all are welcome.

“Don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly”.

Franz Kafka


When I came across this quote more than anything, the name of the author rang a bell. I never read anything by him. I just think he was on one of my ‘to read’ lists.  He had some pretty interesting influences (all the writers I should have read but haven’t yet):

Influenced by: Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Friedrich Nietzsche, More

“…Born on July 3, 1883, in Prague, capital of what is now the Czech Republic, writer Franz Kafka grew up in a middle-class Jewish family. After studying law at the University of Prague, he worked in insurance and wrote in the evenings. In 1923, he moved to Berlin to focus on writing, but died of tuberculosis shortly after. His friend Max Brod published most of his work posthumously, such as Amerika and The Castle…”

Writer’s Quote Wednesday

These are my entry this week to Writer’s Quote Wednesday over at hosted by Colleen and by Ron over at
So feel free to pop over, participate and have a read…all are welcome

“Whenever my environment had failed to support or nourish me, I had clutched at books…”

“Reading was like a drug, a dope. The novels created moods in which I lived for days.”

“The more closely the author thinks of why he wrote, the more he comes to regard his imagination as a kind of self-generating cement which glued his facts together, and his emotions as a kind of dark and obscure designer of those facts. Reluctantly, he comes to the conclusion that to account for his book is to account for his life.”

All of the above quotes by Richard Wright.


Writer’s Quote Wednesday

This week I am participating in Writer’s Quote Wednesday hosted by Colleen over at in cooperation with

Here are my quotes:

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”

“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear”

“Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend”

“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends”

“We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools”

All quotes by Dr Martin Luther King, Jr.

Pat R


Writer’s Quote Wednesday

Today I am sharing on Writers Quote Wednesday over at It’s in collaboration with where writers share quotes by writers that are inspiratoonal..or not. Anyway, it’s a fun event. All are welcome to join in. I am a little late this week, but here is mine:

Great is the art of beginning, but greater is the art of ending.
– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

A poet can survive everything but a misprint.
– Oscar Wilde

“If I had not existed, someone else would have written me, Hemingway, Dostoyevsky, all of us.”
—William Faulkner

Wow! I am still thinking about the meaning of this last one:)

Pat R


Writer’s Quote Wednesday

“When it’s in a book I don’t think it’ll hurt any more …exist any more. One of the things writing does is wipe things out. Replace them”.

Marguerite Duras

“Marguerite Donnadieu, known as Marguerite Duras (French: [maʁ.ɡə.ʁit dy.ʁas]; 4 April 1914 – 3 March 1996), was a French novelist, playwright, scriptwriter, essayist and experimental filmmaker. She is best known for writing the 1959 film Hiroshima mon amour, which earned her a nomination for Best Original Screenplay at the Academy Awards.” (wiki)


This one doesn’t have to do with writing but a keen observation nonetheless. And it made me laugh :). That was probably a weird reaction, but that’s what happened 🙂

“Live your life
so that the pastor
won’t have to lie at
your funeral!!”

– Anonymous

(Anonymous in that I don’t know who wrote this, I saw this sign posted on a garage door today during my travels)

Pat R



Writer’s Quote Wednesday

Writer’s Quote Wednesday

Most of the basic material a writer works with is acquired before the age of fifteen.
Willa Sibert Cather
(1873 -1947) was an American author who achieved recognition for her novels of frontier life on the Great Plains, including O Pioneers! (1913), The Song of the Lark (1915), and My Ántonia (1918).

I am participating in Writer’s Quote Wednesday over at Silver the above is my quote for this week.

This one had me thinking. I have written many essays which made for decent reading, I hope. Whenever I would read them aloud to family members there would be such laughter. I felt like a stand up comic. In the writing of it though, that was not my intention. I got the feeling that the absurdity of the situations mixed with innate sadness unfelt then, but evident now was at play.

Makes for colorful writing right?

So thinking back, this time line fits. These events all took place before the age of fifteen. Willa Cather had a point. I do remember that around the teen years everthing was a matter of life and breath.

Before that, life was in technicolor, so graphic, everything and everyone was huge and larger than life. Until I grew up and went back home, where of course, everything had shrunk.

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Taken tonight, Christmas Eve

here in the north east
it’s the night before Christmas
not a snow flake in sight

full moon in dance with the clouds
only show I’ve seen tonight

Pat R


Merry Christmas to all. And to all who stopped by, said hello, left an impression and graced my writing with words of appreciation – I thank you!