Thursday, June 19, 2008

Reflections ~ Magic Smoke Style

(as written in Magic Smoke)


"And the day came  when the risk [it took]  to remain tight in the bud 

Was more painful than the risk it took to blossom."     Anais Nin    



Greetings, fellow journalists ~ And a warm welcome to all those passing through


Please allow me to introduce myself.  My name is Michelle, and I've been sharing my thoughts, feelings and fateful journey in the pages of my journal, Reflections, for over three years now.  What began as simple documentary of my daily activities turned into something I never would have imagined ~ a beautiful, fulfilling and delightful way of reaching out and searching within.  Reflections has been and continues to be so many things to me:  A place to vent.  A quiet retreat.  A connection to the world.  A place where friends always know they are welcome to visit and share a smile ~ or offer a shoulder.  It has become a celebration of the moments I have captured through my camera's lens.  There are times when I reflect quietly ~ even silently, as a picture paints a thousand words, or a poem finds my heart when my own words elude me. 


More importantly, I've been incredibly fortunate to have stumbled upon some wonderful journals that have brought some very special people into my life.  Many of them have been mentioned on these pages before, and I would gladly add them (and countless others) to my personal list of "must read's".  What I would like to do today however, is highlight a few journals that are relatively new additions to that list. And if you haven't yet already, I'd like to suggest you pay them a visit sometime as well.  You won't be disappointed.



VagabondJourneys "Ambling through a forest of ideas, influences, events, art and people I have known, trying to define in some positive way a difficult and troubled life, with honesty, humility and humor. No rituals, no rules, no summations."   A thoughtful man with clever with words and inspiring thoughts and ideas, DB has become someone I am honored to call "friend". 

Porchswingpoet  "my journey through time......"    Rarely do I find a journal that reaches deep inside and touches me as instantly as this one.  Your heart needs a little understanding?  Go here. 


Rosarium  "Mindscapes, rants, deep philosophical reflections...Well, okay, let's just say rants and leave it at that.  Man, you're fussy!"    Honestly, you won't want to fuss after reading some of these stories.  I have been deeply moved here as well.  Especially by the "Thankfulness" entries.

ChosenWords  "... mostly about poetry, sometimes art."   This is a brand new one for me, too...  But with each new visit, I am always left looking forward to the next one.


Iwasthinking...  ~ "Each new day is a blank page in the diary of your life. The secret of success is in turning that diary into the best story you possibly can." ~ Douglas Pagels   Memories, thoughts and personal reflection ~ a journey ~ honestly and thoughtfully shared with the world.  You'll find yourself wanting to ride along. 


Thank you for allowing me the opportunity and honor of being this week's Guest Editor!  Happy reading ~ and writing!






pamal3 said...

Congratulations Chelle for being chosen as Guest Editor. I will stop by and congratulate them all just shortly. Love Pam xx

mleighin21st said...

Aw Chelle,  Thanks so much!  I'll go check out these journals.  I only recognized one of them, so new reads for me!
                                                              Smiles,  Leigh


mariebm56 said...

Awwwwwww so happy for you, Chelle!!!!
Lovely close up!

rbrown6172 said...

congrats on being chosen as the guest editor!  you did a wonderful write up here.  i'm checking out the journals you've listed above....i plan on checking out the journals you've suggested, but got caught up with rosarium....wonderful!!!  i'll have to come back later to have a look see at the others.  :)

nhd106 said...

Congrats my dear friend!   Of course, you chose a quote that is one of my very favorites.    That "poet" is incredible...

I love that you picked some unknown folks as your picks.  I'm looking forward to checking them out!    

Love you,

rdautumnsage said...

As beautiful and eloquent as the author herself. I love Anais Nin's quotes. I'm determined to find a collection of her words somewhere. Wonderful picks and choices. Some I'm familiar with and those I'm not I'll have to pay a visit to on your recommend alone. Congratulations and a wonderfully well done. (Hugs)Indigo

sassydee50 said...

Chelle~Love the quote and how you descrbe what your journal means/does for you. I will be checking out the new ones. Please come visit me; I'm adding you to my list! Enjoy your weekend. Hope your spirit has some joyous reflection moments! Deborah ;-)

siennastarr said...

Love that above quote, the one you headed your entry with.  Very thought provoking.

I will take a look at the journals you recommended, Chelle!

Love you

chat2missie said...


radar446 said...

Hey congratulations on being the guest editor Chelle!!!  I didn't even know that they did that anymore.  What an honor, and well deserved at that.  I'll have to come back and check out the new journals when I have some time.


fasttrack58 said...

Congratulations on being guest editor...
and some new journals for me to check out here....
Have a great weekend!
Linda :)

buckoclown said...

Congrats on being guest editor.  Just a note that you forgot to link your own journal, but I found your link on Rasorium :o)

stupidsheetguy said...

As much as I enjoyed your picks (congratulations, by the way) I really took a liking to the way you introduced yourself and your Journal. You seem to be in a good place :)

thinkinglizard said...

Good morning,

Am pleased you chose Rosarium,
and I will visit the others you chose.

By the way, I found and listened to
a video of George Winston
playing his "Thanksgiving".