Happy New Year! Well, Almost….

Hi friends!

As we go into this New Year, how do you think your year went and why? What was the best part? What was the worst? (Yes, more than one of both is acceptable to write here, for those wondering.) Also, what are your resolutions for 2017? Mine are as follows, as I have the feeling some may ask:

1) Get closer to God by reading Scripture, journaling, and sharing in community with fellow believers every day.

2) Make more time for family and friends however that may be, including my furbabies.

3) Save more of my money. I have a set amount going into my savings account with every paycheck and resolve not to touch it save for emergencies or other unexpected expenses.

4) Exercise daily, even if that is just some light stretching or a one-hour walk with my mom, my sister, the pups, or some combination of the specified groupings.

5) Be more efficient at work and have no fear about seeking feedback especially.

6) If I can, do a random act of kindness for someone daily. If not, do so as much as possible this coming year.

7) Write more poetry and songs, also taking the time to repair my guitar and violin in between all of the writing!

Finally, above all, how may I pray for you and yours as we enter the New Year? God Bless!

God Bless,

Michelle

It’s Been A While

Hi everyone,

 

It’s been a while and I am sorry I have not been blogging at all recently. Work has been really busy, among other things, but getting all of said tasks within and without the context of work for now helps! I resolve, thus, to blog more regularly and hope everyone is having a Merry Christmas! So long as we don’t forget the Reason for the Season, all should be well. Truthfully, the month or so that I ended up taking off from blogging and such has changed much, but I am back now and a more mature person for it, I think.

That said, how were your Christmas Days and how will you celebrate the remaining eleven days of the season? Let me know! Thanks!

God Bless, like always, everyone,

Michelle

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The Spirit of Baltimore, or Reflections on My Native Region (English Version)/ L’Esprit de la Baltimore, ou des Refléxions de Ma Ville Natale (Version Anglaise)

Note: This post is in English only presently, since I am not sure when I will have the presence of mind or time to sit down and write out this full post in French. Saturday evening, perhaps. Thank you!

Note: Cet article de blog est en anglais seulement, au moment, comme je ne suis pas sure quand j’aurai la tranquillité de l’esprit ou le temps ‘a écrire le meme texte en francais. Le soir du samedi, peut-être. Merci!

Hi everyone,

Having lived in the Baltimore-DC area all my life and having had a long familial history here, I find this crisis, frankly, devestating and confusing. Basically, to give you an idea of how long we’ve been here, it’s been since the time of Edgar Allan Poe, truly; his adoptive father is my 4x-great-grandfather since he had his delegitimized son Charles Allen with an unknown mistress. Thereby, Mr. Poe is my 3x-great-uncle via adoption/legal guardianship.) Yes, so we are established here. In fact, my entire maternal family grew up in or around the area and some of us still live within the region.

That said, I can vouch for it 100% that what you are seeing now is not, nor has ever been, what Charm City is; at least, that was never the case for me. Has Baltimore had a violent reputation? Yes. However, from what I understand from others who grew up in the area, Baltimore was a peaceful, diverse, and friendly community until after the assassination of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Junior, in 1968. What my loved one described like Baltimore was as I remembered growing up. The violence I’m seeing today, I can promise, is nothing like what I ever experienced as a child. In fact, I remember frequenting the city with my family and even went to a famed restaurant in Little Italy for Easter dinner with my extended family this year, in keeping with our tradition for many years.

Therefore, I promise what you see here is not what the majority wants. We want peace, reconciliation, healing- not violence. Many have lost loved ones, lost homes,their livelihoods, access to basic needs such as food, water, and clothing….the list goes on. We’re already sick of this crisis and want nothing more than healing and to see the Baltimore many call home, regardless of what living here was like for any one of us,

All things considered, please pray for Baltimore and, if you live in the area, do what you are able to help bring peace and reconciliation to the area. That’s all I believe most of us would ask. I do. Thanks.

God Bless,

Michelle

A Creative Breakthough- Really, A Boost of Self-Confidence/ Une Épiphanie Créative, ou, Une Augmentation de la Confiance en moi-même

Note: I will include the French tomorrow, since I’m not thinking in French at all right now save for a few words!

Hi everyone,

Wow, I’m surprised. I admit I ocassionally check my stats to see what engages people on my blog and I am surprised to discover that my poetry is quite engaging. Wow! Maybe I should keep writing? My photography has also gained some notice, which, again, surprises me. Finally, I notice my reflections on Christ have gained notice (which I like the most because that keeps me humble and, more importantly, gives us all cause to look at God!) That said, of course I will keep blogging/publishing my writings here since I enjoy what was originally a return to a habit that a friend inspired since, for many reasons, I stopped practicing online years ago.

At the same time, it’s daunting because I want God to use me and yet I’m afraid of becoming, eh, puff-headed. That said, I take it that’s what y’all want to see more of from me: photography, poetry, and other digital, written, and related artwork? Given that God can use anything to glorify Himself and show us He loves us all, I’m in!!!

Specifically, would you expect people from all over the world to read your blog and look to God through that?? I sure didn’t and I am thankful I did this now because of Him and because I enjoy blogging for many other reasons. After all, the aim of my blog was really just for fun and to see what God would allow it to become. Yep, I thank God it all goes back to Him!!!

So, there’s that! I’ll be publishing more writing when the time is right, at least! Look out for writing later this week, in other words- most likely later today (Thursday, April 16, 2015, EDST). Thanks!

God Bless, as always,

Michelle

After A Busy Week: Part 2/Après Une Semaine Occupée: Part 2

Source”: http://www.stjudes.org BTW, for those who did not know, I am fairly certain the founder of St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, Danny Thomas, was Catholic.

Hi everyone,

Indeed this past week was busy, as I’d mentioned earlier!

Namely, I participated in the following activities this past week:

a) Classes,

b) Work,

c) A Special Event: Helping lead a worship night hosted by my university’s chapter of the United Christian Council,

d) Another Special Event: Attending a surprise party for a longtime friend to thank him for his many kindnesses to our friend group over the years,

and much more!!! Mom and I photographing one of the most beautiful sunsets I have ever seen anywhere capped off my Friday and relieved me of much stress! (See the previous post for the photographs.)

That said, I promise to post more regularly from now on. Hopefully y’all have been well, too!

God Bless, as always,

Michelle

Bonsoir tout le monde,

Comme j’ai mentionné, la semaine dernière était très occupée! En bref, j’étais occupée avec ces activités:

a) Mes cours universitaires

b) Mon travail

c) Un Événement Spécial: J’étais un leader d’une nuit de la prière et de l’adoration ‘a Dieu par le club United Christian Council ‘a mon université,

d) Un Autre Événement Spécial: Je suis allée ‘a une boum pour un ami de plusieurs d’ans,
et plus- beaucoup de plus! Que Maman et moi avons pris des photos du crépuscule- un des plus beaux crépuscules que j’avais vu pendant ma vie, en fait- a conclu ma semaine bien!!

Cela dit, je promettrai ‘a créer des articles de blog plus régulièrement. J’espère que vos journées ont passé bien aussi! Merci!

Dieu vous bénisse, comme toujours,

Michelle

Sometimes….

Hi everyone,

Sometimes I’m pleasantly astonished by the views I get, especialy since I haven’t been posting as much as I would like lately. University work is very important to me right now and and I thank y’all for understanding that. That said, I promise to have something up by the weekend once again. Additionally, I will try to have completed the original/English version of Anomaly and have a French version up by Sunday evening as well.  Thank you all so much!!

God Bless, as always,

Michelle

Bonjour tout le monde,

Quelquefois, je suis étonnée dans une maniéré plaisante par le nombre des vues que je reçois, spécialement comme je n’avais pas créé autant des articles de blog comme j’avais aimé ‘a créer au moment. Mes études universitaires sont très importantes au moment et je vous remercier que vous comprenez ma situation. Cela dit, je promis ‘a créer un article de blog créatif pendant le weekend encore. En plus, j’essaierai ‘a compléter les versions anglaise (la version originale) et la version française d’Anomalie sur le soir du dimanche. Merci!

Dieu vous bénisse, comme toujours,

Michelle

Change of Plans!/ Un Changement des Plans!

Hi everyone,

I hope you are well and will please pardon a brief change in plans! I will still blog as often as possible (hopefully daily). Thanks!

As always,

Michelle

Bonjour tout le monde,

J’espere que vous allez bien et que vous pardonnerez un changement bref dans mes plans! Je creerai encore les articles de blog (chaque jour, j’espère)! Merci!

Comme toujours,

Michelle