Some Reflections – Creativity Project 2023

When I was a kid, Daddy and I used to go to the baseball games of the Atlanta Braves at the Atlanta Stadium. I won tickets by making straight As at school. We likely would never have gone otherwise because money was limited for such things. I saw Hank Aaron hitting his homers.

Myself

I watched lots of teams over those years. The Reds, the Dodgers, and the Yankees were all excellent. Sorry, I cannot name them all. You know the names better than I do, probably.

In school, I was seldom picked for teams when we did sports things like softball, even kickball, or dancing.

I played basketball with the neighborhood kids at my hoop on the tree that Dad measured to league specs, often with my ball. The boys were great with their prowess. I was short and I seldom got to shoot as a guard. We did play Horse and I shot then, like free throws. We played a variety of basketball I called Tag Basketball; it was not regulation.

The Globetrotters came to my school once and probably to another school, too, as I grew.

We, kids, played croquet with the set I got from Santa one year. My parents taught me, and they played sometimes, but it was often us kids.

The funny thing about the croquet set was I did not find it at Christmas. I am diverging from the main theme I meant to have here. I have to let you know something though. I was that kid who would not go to sleep on Christmas Eve, or ever really, early enough. My brothers were years older than me and they must have helped with how things were done. We would go on a ride on Christmas Eve to see the lights while Mom and Dad told me The Christmas Story of Jesus being born of the Virgin Mary and how He came to save the World. When we returned Santa would have visited our home. I believed in Santa, even as I believed the Christmas Story. I gave my life to Jesus as a child. I sinned a lot since then and it preys on my mind that I was not well enough surrendered. I have asked for forgiveness, but I worry.

Back to baseball, we watched it on television when it came over the airwaves. It was before you had to pay for all that was on TV. Back then, it was a right to be entertained as you relaxed after hard days of working, making money, or learning work, at school. I suppose commercials paid for it, then.

I always hated the commercials, because they were louder and I was in charge of the volume, which meant I had to turn the sound down, then back up. No remotes guys, it was a physical knob on the facing of the set. Channels had to be changed by someone walking to the set too. Commercials interfered with watching the games but gave us time to grab a drink or go potty.

 Through a fortunate circumstance this year I have MLB. I have not watched my Braves in many years, partly because of the extra cost, and partly when I pay attention, they often seem to lose. Usually, I check on sports rarely cause I want all my teams to win. It is exciting having MLB cause I want to know what the athletes do.

I was Pep Club Captain in High School. We designed and did the artwork for the teams’ signs by hand. We were at the ball games to cheer, but we were not cheerleaders with all their charisma and athleticism. What we made, like the banners the football team ran through and decorative signs in the gym. We were supposed to encourage school spirit and were not allowed to brush our hair in public places.

Again, I digress. The Braves won. I only saw the scores for Thursday because I had to sleep. But replays I saw of some players were incredible.

Go, Braves, Go! I am for all of MLB that the players stay safe from injury and do well.

Go, Braves, Go! Win it!

Copyright – Jo Ann J. A. Jordan. Friday, March 31, 2023

I May Be Crazy

I May Be Crazy

I believe miracles
Happen every day.
Music can heal
What ails us.
Poetry is magic.
Photographs hold us
Together.
Death passes.
Writing is therapy.
Reading carries us
Where we did not
Know we needed to go.
All beings are unique.
Talking to things
Sometimes makes
Things happen.
Devices are a way
To become anything
We can dream.
We are loved
Tremendously.
Creativity brings
Love anywhere
We reach out.
Memory spills
Over forever.
God is LOVE!
Normal is not
Ever normal.
Reality is strange.
Everyone is precious.
All things are
Possible.
Impossible should
Be rejected.
We can get there
Eventually.
Heaven is real!
Perfection is
A contradiction.
Books are sacred.
Who we are
Is not set in any way,
Change is destiny.
Friends = Family –
Family = Friends.
What we are
Remains flexible.
Animals are very
Like us in many ways.
Portion control
Is a secret weapon
To supervise health.
Age is an illusion.
Hearts, minds, bodies,
Spirits and souls belong
Together in love.
Mine and yours
Can be alike
If we try.
Hate is a word
That is best
Forgotten.
The journey
Is the truth
We may find
Bringing
Understanding.
If we
Never Give Up
We can better
All our best.
Life is belonging
In love
To one another.
Tolerance is
Important.
Divisions
Should not exist.
Kindness is never
Wasted, it holds
All things in peace.
I may be crazy
But
Maybe we all are –
And that may be
The best of all worlds.

© Jo Ann J. A. Jordan
Friday, March 10, 2023

A Few Reviews

Surrender by Bono is a not to be missed autobiography, especially if you are a U2 fan. Refreshingly candid and very enlightening about a star and his struggles with faith and fame. I highly recommend it to everyone.

I am not a huge film fan, being more at home in the world of words, but I am impressed with some content I have recently viewed.

Top Gun Maverick became a blockbuster and after watching it, I see why that is so. Lovely film.

The three John Wick movies are awesome if you like a good story with non-stop action. I love fast-paced videos.

We Have A Ghost is a beautiful narrative, well acted, and superbly plotted. Warning: You may need a Kleenex.

You know I have to say something about my favorite band. GRRR by the Rolling Stones is an excellent set of tracks.

I got these up a bit late for streaming this weekend, but maybe next week.

Always & Ever,

Jo Ann

Survive To Thrive

Entry Seventeen – 2023 Creativity Project

Journal © Jo Ann J. A. Jordan
Journal – © Jo Ann J. A. Jordan

I can feel the dark ready to swallow us up if we falter; give it space. No denying, it swoops in at every opportunity.

Prompt: Create something that captures your resilience against negativity.

Gratitude List

I am thankful:

1.  I have today.
2.  Reading Surrender by Bono.
3.  Pepperjack cheese.
4.  I drank the last canned soda I intend to bring into my house.
5.  I am getting used to the taste of pure water.

A Bookshelf Moved – © Jo Ann J. A. Jordan

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May many blessings find you every day. Take care and be safe.

Always & Ever,
Jo Ann

© 2023 Jo Ann J. A. Jordan

Miscellaneous Strange

Entry Thirteen – 2023 Creativity Project

© Jo Ann J. A. Jordan

I am working in different modes because my feeling of today is eerie strangeness.

Strange Trampoline – © Jo Ann J. A. Jordan
Strange Tree – © Jo Ann J. A. Jordan

Using multiple devices is weird. Phone, computer, back and forth, wtf, where did it go? Ah…

Gratitude List:

1. We are safe thus far.
2. My best friend, Reba.
3. It is no longer 2022.
4. A bit of interchangeable knowledge.
5. Support when I am LOST.

PROMPT: Find some quality of your day, apply it universally to today’s creation. Create!

Sometimes I do not know how to express what exactly it means to me for you to visit Haphazard Creative. I always hope that you enjoy your time here; that perhaps it is an oasis in your days. Comments, follows, likes, and shares are extremely valuable, so please choose one or more. These give me feedback that is crucial to the viability of this site.

It is not precise
My perception, perspective,
I am only ME…
Every one of us, unique,
Love inherently, PeRfEcT!

God Bless YOU and Yours Always!

Always & Ever,
Jo Ann