Courage…a poem.

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Meredith Gibraltar writes a poem about Courage for her book Martha.  Cheers!

I stand before you.
Naked in my tears.
With all my courage I stand before you.
Not knowing your opinion.
Not knowing my fate.
Not knowing if you will judge me.
For what I have faced.
For what I have been.
I am mentally ill.
I stand before you.
Naked in my tears.

Happy Thanksgiving USA!

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Meredith Gibraltar wishes Happy Thanksgiving to all her USA friends!  Have a wonderful day and safe travels!

Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks.  Thanks for all that we have.  The food, the shelter and the love.  It could also be a time to remember indigenous people and their need for help and respect.  Share the joy of living and show respect to indigenous people.

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How do I say I love you?…a poem.

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Meredith Gibraltar writes a poem about love for her book Martha.  Cheers!

How do I say I love you?

I say it with my look.

I say it with my touch.

I say it with my trust.

I say it when I miss you!

Right now I miss you.

So much!

Please talk to me.

Show me your trust.

Please talk to me.

I’ll understand.

You can say anything.

I’ll understand.

I say I love you by understanding.

Understanding anything.

I love you.

Remembrance Day. Lest we forget!

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Meredith Gibraltar remembers our fallen heroes.  Men and women who fought bravely to protect us and our way of life.  Remember the we are free because of men and women soldiers, pilots and sailors who work in the Army, the Air Force and the Navy.  Remember that the peace that we have to go on in our daily lives comes because of soldiers, pilots and sailors who have dedicated themselves to protecting us and their country.  Remember that the simple act of going out to buy a loaf of bread in safety is due to courageous men and women in the Army, the Air Force and the Navy.  Thanks you to all soldiers, pilots and sailors, men and women alike who protect us and our freedom.  We can never repay you for your dedication and service.  Thank you!

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My writing journey…

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Meredith Gibraltar speaks of her writing journey.  A teen novel sparked some anxiety.  Slowly she heals.

I had posted before that I was about to read a teen novel.  I hesitated but thought that I too might write teen novels in the future and therefore read the book.  However the character experienced some things in her past that triggered an anxiety attack for me.  I wasn’t even going to read the book and it resonated with me so much.  I didn’t realize it’s affect on me until a couple of days later.  The book brought back memories and made me fear.  I got paranoid and anxious.  I rated my fear and belief in the negative thoughts.  Then I thought of a positive counter statement to help battle the fear.  It helped but I was affected for two days.  Finally I was courageous and faced my fear today.  Then I rewarded myself by going out for coffee.  I had a breakfast sandwich (healthier than cheese cake) and coffee at my favorite coffee shop.  All because of a book that I almost didn’t read.

I will be writing teen novels in the future.  It might be my first short story.  I hesitate to take the focus off my novel to write a short story but maybe it will do some good.  I’ll see.  I wrote about my anxiety in my novel.  It is fiction but reflects some of my life experiences with my anxiety.