Reena’s Exploration Challenge – Week 73 2-7-2018


 

“Time,” he said, “really isn’t time.”

“You see, there is no such thing as time. Time is a notion that man, in all his infinite wisdom, invented to keep track of his world. Have to be at the office by 7:00. Dinner by 12:00. Home by 5:00. How else is man going to know what to do and where to go without time?”

“But time means nothing to the universe. The universe doesn’t need to get to the office or dinner or home. The universe is present and past and future all at once.”

“It is man’s time that distinguishes between present, past and future. How are we to know when our flight arrives in Hong Kong if we don’t have time? How do we tick each minute off waiting for a loved one to call?”

“Time is elastic. Going to Grandmother’s house takes forever. Going home seems to take no time at all. The distance is the same. The only difference is our perception of time, something that doesn’t really exist except as space-time, a single point in the universe that is past and present and future all at once.”

 

Reena’s Exploration Challenge – Week 2-7-2018

 

Reena’s Exploration Challenge – Week 72 2-5-2018

I found this illustration rather quaint and curious. It is an illustration done for Grimm’s Fairy Tales. I don’t know the story, but why is the tree male and the human female? Is the mobility or immobility an illusion? Is it a scene of love, magic or revenge? What do the projections denote?

I invite you to ponder over it, and write whatever it generates within you.

On with the quill, and the thinking cap ….

PROMPT

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She heard him coming, but didn’t slow, running swiftly down the forest pathway, slippered feet barely making a sound.  She wasn’t afraid of the forest, but she was afraid of him. How grotesque he looked, gnarled with branches sprouting from his back. His face so smooth and young, but his limbs like branches grown wrong way round.

In the depths of the forest, she heard the cries of the animals and they seemed to be urging her on, warning her as he thumped closer and closer and closer. His voice wind through the leaves, carried in ripples tree to tree.

Papa was waiting on the edge of the forest, catching her in his arms as he had so many times before; carrying her, exhausted and trembling, into the house and to her bed.

Once she slept, he grabbed up a bucket and set out through the forest. It took him hours to find the tree, but he did.  The funny looking tree that looked like a running man.

She’d been afraid of this tree since she was a baby though he’d never understood why. Still, it was enough. He was done.

Pouring kerosene around the tree, he stepped back; tossed in a match. Walked away.

No one heard the screams.

 

Reena’s Exploration Challenge – Week 2-4-2018

I found this illustration rather quaint and curious. It is an illustration done for Grimm’s Fairy Tales. I don’t know the story, but why is the tree male and the human female? Is the mobility or immobility an illusion? Is it a scene of love, magic or revenge? What do the projections denote?

I invite you to ponder over it, and write whatever it generates within you.

On with the quill, and the thinking cap ….

PROMPT

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FOR THE NEW ENTRANTS

There is no restriction on the format or the length of the piece. It just has to be your reflection on the prompt from the core.

Write a post on your blog, and link it up with here with a pingback, or copy-pasting the blog link in Comments.

I eagerly await your responses.

 

LAST WEEK’S ROUNDUP

Eugenia at

http://amanpan.com/2019/01/24/altogether/

Lady Nimue (Prat’s Corner) at

https://ladynimue.wordpress.com/2019/01/25/light-of-poetry/

Lady Lee Manila at

https://ladyleemanilablog.wordpress.com/2019/01/25/reenas-exploration-challenge-71/

Michael at

http://summerstommy.com/2019/01/25/reenas-exploration-challenge-71-getting-it-right/

Amit Agrawal (hecblogger) at

http://playingwithwords.blog/2019/01/25/%e0%a4%b2%e0%a4%be%e0%a5%9b%e0%a4%ae%e0%a5%80-%e0%a4%a4%e0%a5%8b-%e0%a4%a8%e0%a4%b9%e0%a5%80%e0%a4%82/

Bladud Fleas at

https://moonisrising.wordpress.com/2019/01/25/a-little-right-entertainment/

Helene Vaillant (Willow Poetry) at

http://helenevaillant.com/2019/01/27/getting-it-right/

Reena Saxena at

https://reinventionsreena.wordpress.com/2019/01/28/personal-truth/

Indira (Sharing Thoughts) at

https://amaltaas.wordpress.com/2019/01/30/reenas-exploration-challenge-71/

 

 

Response – Reena’s Exploration Challenge – Week 70 1-22-2018

Writing takes me to nooks and corners I’ve never been before, and yet, I am unable to escape myself. The characters I paint are as I see them. I wonder if I will be forgiven to change their reality to suit me perspective.

Cutting it short, here’s the prompt for this week.

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Nobody remembers yesterday. They say they do, every word, every look, every hurt and pain and betrayal, but they don’t. By tomorrow, the words and looks and hurts are fairy tales in the created life of every man, woman and child who has, or will, ever live.

But, in truth, these aren’t their tales. Thing change and evolve, words and memories and actions, until the who we are in life is the who we become in our stories.

But no, that’s not right. In a perfect world, yes, we would be one and the same, but not now, not today or tomorrow or yesterday in the real world we call Modern.

No matter how many tales you tell, how many fantasies you weave, in the end the only person you can see is yourself. ‘Heaven or hell, love or Hate.’ You only find yourself.

 

Reena’s Exploration Challenge – Week 70 1-22-2018

Writing takes me to nooks and corners I’ve never been before, and yet, I am unable to escape myself. The characters I paint are as I see them. I wonder if I will be forgiven to change their reality to suit me perspective.

Cutting it short, here’s the prompt for this week.

challenge 70

FOR THE NEW ENTRANTS

There is no restriction on the format or the length of the piece. It just has to be your reflection on the prompt from the core.

Write a post on your blog, and link it up with here with a pingback, or copy-pasting the blog link in Comments.

I eagerly await your responses.

 

LAST WEEK’S ROUND UP

Len’s Diary at

http://lensdiary.blog/2019/01/10/the-great-divide-2/

hecblogger (Amit Agrawal) at

http://playingwithwords.blog/2019/01/10/%e0%a4%95%e0%a5%8d%e0%a4%af%e0%a4%be-%e0%a4%a6%e0%a5%87%e0%a4%96%e0%a4%a4%e0%a4%be-%e0%a4%b9%e0%a5%82%e0%a4%81-%e0%a4%ae%e0%a5%88%e0%a4%82/

Michael at

http://summerstommy.com/2019/01/10/reenas-exploration-challenge-69-the-hiccup/

Eugenia at

http://amanpan.com/2019/01/10/artsy-facade/

Susi Bocks at

http://iwriteher.com/2019/01/11/discovering/

Helene Vaillant at

http://helenevaillant.com/2019/01/12/messenger/

Reena Saxena at

https://reinventionsreena.wordpress.com/2019/01/14/enriched/

Lady Nimue at

https://ladynimue.wordpress.com/2019/01/15/4520/

Indira at

https://amaltaas.wordpress.com/2019/01/16/reenas-exploration-challenge-69/

 

Reena’s Exploration Challenge #69 1-14-2019

 

Reply 1-14-2019 – Reena’s Exploration Challenge – Week 68

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year!

It feels good to be back again, and the words that ring in my mind are “Back to Normal”.

Well, I give you two quotes here, related to the words. Pick one, pick both or spin your own take on ‘Back to Normal’.

Contradictory, yes …. but it all depends on how you define your normal. or choose to redefine it. The quotes are tricky, not what they appear to be on the surface. What is really normal?

But well … that’s my take. I am eager to read yours.


What does it mean to be normal?

Most of my life I believed normal was something which I was not. Normal were those people around me who seemed to be able to negate the world in a relatively (to me) sane and regular manner. The kids with circles of friends and seemed to know how to act in every social occasion. I didn’t so I was not normal.

Those people who could handle new experiences and new people with ease. I couldn’t.

Those people who seemed to know their life’s path with certainty. I didn’t.

People who weren’t always afraid of being or doing wrong. I was.

People who could speak up about their thoughts and feelings and needs. I couldn’t.

People whose kids won awards and scholarships. I didn’t. Mine didn’t.

People whose kids studied hard and seemed to have their life planned out (including winning those awards, being good at sports, getting good grades). I didn’t. Mine didn’t.

I had taken me years to realize that nothing is normal. There is no normal. Everything I was looking to find to be normal, isn’t real. Isn’t normal.

There are thousands, maybe millions, of ‘normals’ in our world.

We are all varieties of ‘normal.’

I am finally learned to live with my ‘normal,’ knowing I am not normal at all.

 


 

Reenas Exploration Challange 68

Reena’s Exploration Challenge #68 1/8/2019

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year!

It feels good to be back again, and the words that ring in my mind are “Back to Normal”.

Well, I give you two quotes here, related to the words. Pick one, pick both or spin your own take on ‘Back to Normal’.

Contradictory, yes …. but it all depends on how you define your normal. or choose to redefine it. The quotes are tricky, not what they appear to be on the surface. What is really normal?

But well … that’s my take. I am eager to read yours.

FOR THE NEW ENTRANTS

There is no restriction on the format or the length of the piece. It just has to be your reflection on the prompt from the core.

Write a post on your blog, and link it up with here with a pingback, or copy-pasting the blog link in Comments.

I eagerly await your responses.

 

ROUND-UP OF WEEK 67

Eugenia at

http://amanpan.com/2018/12/14/another-chance-to-get-it-right/

Michael at

http://summerstommy.com/2018/12/14/reenas-exploration-challenge-67-stepping-out/

Indira at

https://amaltaas.wordpress.com/2018/12/15/reenas-exploration-challenge-67

Bladud Fleas at

https://moonisrising.wordpress.com/2018/12/15/bridge-in-time/

Reena Saxena at

https://reinventionsreena.wordpress.com/2018/12/17/unsung-odes/

Deepa at

https://syncwithdeep.wordpress.com/2018/12/17/bridge-in-time/

Helene Vaillant at

Bridge in time

 

 

Reply – Reena’s Exploration Challenge – Week 67 on 1-8-2019

Welcome to the drift, as we sail into a new capsule of time!

This will be the last Challenge in 2018. The next one will appear in the first week of January, 2019.

PROMPT

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FOR THE NEW ENTRANTS

There is no restriction on the format or the length of the piece. It just has to be your reflection on the prompt from the core.

Write a post on your blog, and link it up with here with a pingback, or copy-pasting the blog link in Comments.

I eagerly await your responses.


Pretty sure I am behind, but I’ll catch up!


There are bridges and then there are bridges. Most bridges are concrete and steel, stretching across those places where Mother Nature had declared ‘There shall be barriers.’

The truth of the matter is these man-made constructions are useful in our lives. We’d be fording rivers with rafts and rope still if not for the creation of the bridge.  Bridges help us get from here to there, make our lives easier. They link to past to the present, the now to the future, home to anywhere else we might travel.

The thing about bridges, however, is not all them are visible. Some span great chasms of grief and love and heartbreak, other tunnel deep inside the human heart, allowing all those things trapped inside to rise to the light of day if only we allow the rising.

Bridges connect us to other people, places we have gone before, thing which we have lost or gained. Bridges connect the moments of our lives across the span of years,  taking us into a new year and leaving the old behind.

Bridges are the connections of our hearts.

What bridges are you building inside your heart?

 

Reenas Exploration Challange Week 67