Embracing Epiphanies

Rita Bourland

Rita Bourland
Columbus, Ohio,
August 04
I have three sons in their twenties and have been married for 35 years. Life is good. I embrace life's epiphanies as they come to me and pass them along in my writing.


MARCH 12, 2010 10:47PM

Catholics and Random Acts of Kindness

I was talking to one of my sons this week, and we were discussing reparations.  My boys were raised Catholic, but have mostly moved away from religion in the more classic sense.  When they were young, they went to confession with their class at school.  They went into a closed/… Read full post »

MARCH 11, 2010 10:35PM

True Grit

 True grit:  firmness of character; indomitable spirit; pluck

To have true grit, an individual must display these characteristics in difficult times  We are all tested, some by health, some by circumstance and some by our own doing.  The challenge is to call upon our grit when nec/…

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MARCH 9, 2010 9:14PM

Poem - A Big Red Balloon

A Big Red Balloon

The strangest thing happened last Friday at noon;
It began with a boy and his big red balloon.

I watched as he walked down the street with great care,
Protecting his prize from the sun’s red hot glare.

Just as the bells of the church started pealing,
He floated straight up past theRead full post »
MARCH 7, 2010 6:58PM

Poem - Shining Promise

The sun came out today,
casting rays
like child's play,
sending sparkling light
into corners
filled with dust,
out across the lane,
darting over the meadow,
and through the park;
shining warmth, health,
peace and beauty
into our tired winter bodies
with the promise of
better and brighter things
My last couple of posts have been about actions and intentions.  My basic belief is that both are important - both have value.  To add a little levity to the discussion, I am posting a reprint of a short newspaper clipping that my father-in-law saved from many years ago.  I have…

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MARCH 5, 2010 10:44PM

Thoughts and Souls

"Unselfish and noble actions are the most radiant 
pages in the biography of souls." 
David Thomas (1776-1859)

"The actions of men are the best interpreters of their thoughts." 
John Locke  (1632-1704)

To continue with my discussion of intentions from the other day, I have run across… Read full post »
MARCH 3, 2010 8:43PM

The Value of Intentions

"The smallest act of kindness is worth 
more than the grandest intention."  
Oscar Wilde

I am a firm believer in small acts of kindness whether they be random or purposeful, but I also feel that intentions hold great value.  Just because someone doesn't act on their intentions, it do… Read full post »

Flames of Desire


The cabin was warm,

the night cloaked in silence;

far in the distance,

the light of a fire burned


illuminating the landscape


far and near.


The sizzle and spit of flamesRead full post »

MARCH 1, 2010 11:56PM

Poem - Tolerance


If I tolerate the worst,
if I turn my head toward evil,
how can I avow tolerance
as a way to live?

Tolerance implies understanding,
compassion, and unbiased acceptance
of others and other ways
of being.

If I tolerate
something other
than what is fair and just
then I cannot
state a message of tolerance.
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FEBRUARY 27, 2010 6:22PM

Poem - Contemplation

I wrote this poem after contemplating how we sometimes can feel so saddened by the stories on the news, but not feel an equal pain for the outstretched hand of a man on the street.


Give me peace, give me pain,
Give me penance for a life so vain.

With one hand fullRead full post »
FEBRUARY 26, 2010 11:12PM

Triumph of Nations

Triumph of Nations
We have been conditioned
to cheer for our American heroes,
the ones who ski fast, skate fast,
and do everything with grace and speed.

But what of the other nations?
There are several nations making their 
Winter Olympics debut in 2010:
Cayman Islands, Ghana, PakistanRead full post »
FEBRUARY 25, 2010 10:51PM

An Old Soul

An Old Soul
Preamble:  This is a true story.
The first draft was written at the end of February in 2008

My Monday morning started with a cup of coffee, a call from my sister and a strange dog on the porch.  When I first noticed him, he was serenely napping, but he startled/…

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FEBRUARY 24, 2010 11:08PM

A Cat who likes Rhymes

A Cat who likes Rhymes

 My cat is quite lazy,
she sleeps all the time, 
she only wakes up 
when I pen a good rhyme.

She likes a short poem 
about birds or gray mice; 
a poem about dogs 
might even suffice.

 But if my brief rhymes
 begin to lose zip, 
she’ll tRead full post »
FEBRUARY 23, 2010 10:07PM

The Perfect Blend Girl

The Perfect Blend Girl
by Rita Bourland 
The first time Dan saw the poetry, he had just spilled his coffee on the sports section of the paper.  As he tried dabbing the mess, to no avail, he noticed the tiny handwriting.  Right under a photo of another accused… Read full post »
FEBRUARY 22, 2010 7:14PM

Easier said than Done

I was purchasing about four items at the grocery store this evening, so I headed for the self-checkout area.  As I waited for the next opening, I noticed a man (about 30 years old), finish his transaction, pick up his bag and walk away.  I figured it was my turn until…

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FEBRUARY 20, 2010 8:04PM

Shore to Shore

It takes guts to ride a bike
from shore to shore;
flat tires, sore legs
parched lips,
lonely nights,

give way to
unbridled adventure,
curious and kind strangers,
majestic mountains, searing deserts,
and cool ocean breezes.

America has it all
and gave it all
to one young man
who road across the land.

Read more at:… Read full post »
FEBRUARY 18, 2010 1:10AM

Sharks in the Snow

Try to conjure up the Jaws music and you will get a sense of how this snowman feels.

The sharks they are coming,
there's nowhere to hide,
I can't seem to gain any ground.

I'm frozen in fear, 
my screams you can't hear,
I feel the sharks getting… Read full post »
FEBRUARY 16, 2010 8:57PM


A book called Perfection, was recently published.  The author, Michael Hyde, teaches at Wake Forest University.  I have not read the book yet, but did hear the author interviewed on NPR.  The discussion covered a lot of territory and left me with some lingering thoughts.  As human/… Read full post »
FEBRUARY 15, 2010 7:50PM

Enchanting Embrace

I listen to NPR daily and also check their website for national news updates.  I saw this story yesterday and found it so heartwarming and mysterious that I had to pass it along.  The basic gist of the story is that Barb Smuts, a field biologist, was studying at a mountain/…

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FEBRUARY 13, 2010 5:03PM

Creativity and Love

Creativity is often spurred on by loving thoughts of others. This valentine greeting is a good example.  I started thinking about all the people I love and then did a Google search about Valentine's Day.  I saw a random picture of a Scrabble tray with the word love on it somewhere… Read full post »
FEBRUARY 11, 2010 11:57AM

Good Grief, It's Cold Out Here!

Good grief,
Why am I standing out here?
I don't have a hat
or suitable gloves
not to mention 
the lack of warm pants...
So how does a guy
who is friendly but SHY
end up on display
for all who drive by?
I guess someone thought 
I was cute, OH MY!

FEBRUARY 10, 2010 10:53PM

Receive with Simplicity

"Receive with simplicity everything that happens to you."  Rashi (1040-1105)  This is the opening line in the movie A Serious Man.  I loved the movie and could comment on how I think this quote relates to the movie, but I would rather think of it in broader terms as it relates…

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FEBRUARY 9, 2010 11:16AM

Ho Hum Limerick

A limerick to brighten your day.
Ho Hum Limerick

There once was a boy named John
who always said duh or ho-hum,
his teachers were vexed,
his parents perplexed,
why John
always acted so glum.

Then one day a new John appeared,
he smiled and spoke with great cheer,
his teachers were pleased,
his parentsRead full post »
FEBRUARY 8, 2010 7:16PM

Saved by a Sinner

I was listening to A Prairie Home Companion the other night.  In Garrison Keillor's News from Lake Wobegon, he talked about a young boy being lost, one bitterly cold night, after being separated from his camping group.  The Minnesota temperature had dipped well below freezing and the snowy…

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FEBRUARY 6, 2010 12:06PM

The Cold Wind Doth Blow

In honor of the piles of snow that have fallen today:

The Cold Wind Doth Blow

My snowman was tall,
as tall as an oak;
he looked mighty fine
for a snow-covered bloke.

He had a cool look,
 he cast on the world,
but rarely found warmth,
the wind often swirled.

His smile was frozen
in quiet delight,
as/… Read full post »