Personal reflections

Observations about a Cicada’s Song

cicadas sitting on a leaf Photo by Chris F on

Today I sat outside to think. As I sat in my swing, the cicadas were singing loud and quite close to my house and the trees. At first, I found the sounds to be obnoxious, and I had trouble concentrating on one particular thought. My Amazing Grace chime tinkled out a gentle tune. The longer I sat there thinking the cicadas were loud and obnoxious, the more I felt distracted by the sound. However, when I sat and listened to the cicadas, I sensed a difference in the sound quality. Let me explain in the next paragraph.

One Cicada in particular sounded as if it were singing from a tree off to my right. His song was staccato, like two objects being rubbed together in rapid succession. To be honest, there were two such cicadas, one off to my right, and one a little further away from the first. A third cicada had a high pitched song with an interesting, inexplicable vibration,.

As these insects sang, the breeze blew gently across my body. At times the temperature was cooler than normal on a warm humid day, like today, with a hint of moisture in the air. As the clouds moved away, the wind shifted back into it’s warm, humid state, with the sun feeling as though it were playing hide and seek with the clouds. As the clouds moved away, the cicadas seemed to move further away from the house, their songs growing quieter in volume.

Last Thursday morning, the same thing happened as I sat outside. However, the cicadas were loud enough to muffle the tinkle of the wind chimes in the breeze. Not long after I went back inside to either work on something, simply check my email, or tend to one of many such tasts, the rain started pounding my roof.

The question I asked myself as I listened to the cicadas outside today, “Is this a sign of the coming rain?” There are slight rain chances today, but not until the late afternoon. What were the cicadas, the slight shift in the temperature of the breeze and the gentle tinkle of wind chimes trying to tell me.

Here’s my call to action for you today: Whenever you’re sitting out on your front porch, close your eyes and listen to the world around you. What are your surroundings trying to tell you? Write down your reflections in either a journal, or post them on your blog, and link back to this post, so I can share your post on social media. Have fun with you observations and happy writing.



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Personal reflections

#SongOfTheDay: Wood by Dan Seals

A blank page for a writer is like a block of wood that a carpenter uses to create his/her masterpiece. As a carpenter measures the wood and envisions the project, he/she will create, so does a writer envision and creates the first draft of his/her story. Let’s call this draft a writer’s blueprint.

In the same way the carpenter carves one piece of wood and uses the tools of the trade to connect it the carving to other pieces to create a work of art, a writer adds and cuts word, sentences, and sometimes even whole scenes and chapters to mold and shape his/her work into a piece of writing that readers will treasure for a lifetime.

As you listen to the song linked below, I challenge you to think about how the lyrics relate to your creative work. Write your reflections in your journal and open your heart and mind to receive inspiration as you write. Feel free to share your reflections on your blog and pingback to this post, so I can read your post and share it in my social circles.



Wood by Dan Seals

(7) WOOD – Dan Seals (with lyrics) – YouTube

Personal reflections

My Top Five Christmas Carols of All Time

I’m sitting here at my desk, listening to Christmas music as I write this. The music fills me with precious Christmas memories from my childhood. Here are my top five favorite carols.

Number 1: “Away in A Manger”. My reasons for picking this Carol as one of my all-time favorites are as follows: It tells the story of the birth of Jesus. I have fond memories of singing this carol in church and in school Christmas programs during my childhood. I also love this carol, because many of the children’s Christmas books and toys have a recording of it. For example, Mama bought a book for the kids that had a recording of a kid singing Away in a Manger that played when you pressed the button on the upper right-hand corner. Another place I heard this was on a stuffed bear that had an ink pen sized scanner in one hand and a board book in the other. As you slid the scanner across each page, the Christmas story was read in a British child’s voice. On the last page, after the story was read, the voice invited you to sing along as she sang Away in a Manger.

Number 2: “What Child is This”. This carol is another beautiful song about the birth of Jesus. On a side note, I’ll be singing this as a solo in our church Christmas program next Sunday morning. One of my favorite childhood memories of this carol is of me rocking one of my many dolls or stuffed animals while singing along with the Christmas tape I nearly wore out, before I received my first transistor radio. I also used to listen to a couple of Christmas records my mother had and rocked my dolls to many of the carols. If I remember correctly, “What Child is This” was on that record also.

Number 3: “Sleigh Ride” is another carol with fun memories, like the unforgettable time I went with my roommate and a lady who taught her Sunday School to a performance of the Living Christmas Tree at the church near my school. We were seated in the pews listening to the beautiful music, when the orchestra started playing “Sleigh Ride”. I felt as though I were on a sleigh riding through the snow. This was my first experience of being able to feel music. When I hear that song on the radio, I sit back and close my eyes, to try to capture that feeling again.

Number 4: “White Christmas”. I live in an area where we don’t see much snow, so the song makes me always dream of having a white Christmas of my own, even if I have to use my imagination to see it for myself. The song also takes me back to times when my family went into town to see the Christmas lights around the stores.

Number 5: This is not a traditional Christmas song that I’ve ever sung in church or school, but there’s a song on a cassette tape my parents got me years ago, which is more of a winter song, but I’ve heard it played at Christmas time, throughout my life. The song is called “Suzie Snowflake”. I loved this song as a kid, because it made me imagine going out in the snow, playing and having fun with a magical snowflake. I was actually inspired to write a Christmas fantasy story based on this carol. I think this song is the perfect inspiration for a Children’s Christmas picture book.

Now it’s your turn. What are your top five favorite Christmas carols and why do you love them so much? Feel free to let me know in the comments below, or share them in your own blog post. If you use this post is inspiration for one of your own, please be sure to tag me, so I can hear the stories behind your favorite Christmas songs. I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy, safe and prosperous New Year.



Personal reflections, poetry

Original Poetry: Words Like Raindrops

The following poem is my personal reflection of how writing and rainy weather are often interconnected in my author life. Please sign up for my newsletter to receive a free short story and get updates about new releases and a behind the scenes look at my writing journey.

Words like raindrops
Float through the air
Words like raindrops
fall everywhere.
Where will they land
On this rainy day?
Write them all down,
Before they float away!

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Ann Harrison’s first book of poems delve into her creative journey, given to her by the Holy Spirit. The first section, entitled A Writers Life, covers her journey from writer to creative dreamer, until she blooms into a published author.
The second section, entitled Seaside Poems, will take you on a walk along the seashore, where the Holy Spirit and your muse awaits to fill your heart and mind with inspiration, pulling you out of your creative slump. Allow the Holy Spirit to help you fill page after page with words, pictures or fill your hands with whatever creative task you strive to undertake, as you read these verses, which come straight from the author’s heart.
The third and final section entitled Poems from the Heart, describes the journey of a lost soul as he gives his heart to Jesus and finds a new beginning. Others describe a narrator’s sorrowful tears melting into joyful music and singing. Some of these verses touch on the author’s spiritual walk with the Lord and the music God has placed within her soul. Open your heart and let your mind wander as the Holy Spirit speaks to you through each verse within these pages.

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Hummingbird Haiku

Sitting on my steps
A hummingbird comes to me
Close enough to touch

This haiku was inspired by two visits I received by hummingbirds this week. Both of these visits happened while sitting on my steps. The first time a hummingbird flew close to me, was on Wednesday. It didn’t come near enough to touch, but it flew mere inches from me, buzzing and calling out as it passed in front of me twice, before disappearing in the morning air.
The second visit happened this morning. This time, the hummingbird came so close, it almost touched my face. I didn’t dare move, for fear of scaring it away, yet at first I was a bit scared that it would hurt me. However, I found a video of hummingbirds buzzing and calling out in someone’s yard. One thing I noticed about the person who’d shot the video was that he or she had wind chimes, which accentuated the beauty in his or her yard.
These hummingbird visits taught me not to take for granted the little things in life and to find things that bring me joy. My challenge to you today is as follows: Spend some time outside in your front yard, on your porch, or simply take a walk out in the countryside and surround yourself with God’s beautiful creations.

What beautiful sights and sounds of nature have inspired you this week? Until next time, happy writing.

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Original song: You’re Welcome Here

With the Voice of an angel
and the eyes of a child
Your song so sweet and tender
Your touch so meek and mile
Now that you’re with me,
I’ll shed no more tears
My dear sweet child
You’re welcome here!
You’re welcome here, you’re welcome here
No more sorrow, no need to fear.
Long nights are over
There’s no time for tears.
Come in, my child
You’re welcome here.

The touch of your hand
Puts a smile on my face.
Your voice so sweet and tender
Melts my fears away
I’ll keep you safe forever
In my warm embrace
God brought you home
Now you’re here to stay

You’re welcome here, you’re welcome here!
No more sorrow, no more tears
Your song of joy and love
Will last through the years
Be at peace, my child
You’re welcome here!

our voices lift in harmony,
to sing our song of praise
for Jesus saved our souls
By His amazing grace
We have been forgiven
For mistakes we’ve made
He brought you home to me,
That’s why I say!

You’re welcome here, you’re welcome here!
No more sorrow, no time for tears
We lift our voices
for everyone to hear
Our praise to the Lord,
And we trust in His word
Holy Spirit
You’re welcome here!

As I was cleaning up the kitchen after dinner, the Lord laid this song upon my heart. My advice to you, when you lift your voice to sing praises to the Lord, don’t be surprised if the Holy Spirit fills your heart with a brand new song. This song touched me deeply, and I pray that it blesses your heart to read it as it blesses mine to share it with you.

John 3:16 says “For God so loved the world, he gave His Only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” If you haven’t accepted Jesus as your Lord and savior, there’s no better time to fall to your knees, confess your sins, and ask for forgiveness, than this very moment. God will meet you wherever you are. Give your heart to Jesus, before it’s eternally too late. You, dear readers, are always in my thoughts and prayers.
God bless you,

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Personal reflections

Reflections on my #SongOfTheDay

Have you ever taken the time to think about how songs from the past effect you now, compared to their affect on you back then? Let me explain what I mean.

Last night, as I lay in bed, listening to some relaxing instrumental music on my Echo Dot, a song popped into my head from way back when I was a kid. The song was Sail On by the Commodores. I remember liking the song when I was about four or five years old. The song starts off soft and in a lower octave. However, once it reached the chorus, the song moves into a higher octave. To me, the chorus sounded louder than the verse or verses, depending on how you look at it. Now, when I listen to the song again, I realize that I still like the song, but the affect is different. Taking into consideration what I’ve learned about music theory and my sensitivity to the vibrations of music,, I find that the pitch change is soothing, though the lyrics tell another story.

I have a musical challenge for you. Take some time to listen to the songs you heard on the radio from your childhood. Reflect on how the music makes you feel today, versus the way you felt when you first heard them. What songs from your earliest memories have taken on new meaning for you later in life? Have the songs you thought you didn’t like when you first heard them, become your favorites today? Feel free to share your answers in the comments below.

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How I visualize the world around me

Want to know how I visualize the world around me as a blind person? take a look at the video below.

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#SongOfTheDay: Redeemer of the Rain by the Collingsworth family

I chose this song, because we all need a little encouragement in this time of worldwide crisis. For God is the redeemer of the rain and He is watching over us. May God bless you and keep you safe. Enjoy!

Personal reflections

Song of the Day: The Locket by Marie Osmond

Hello everyone,
Today I have a special song for you from my Songs that Resonate with me playlist on YouTube. As you listen to this song, here’s something to think about. Does it make you think of your own parents or grandparents? In Honor of grandparents everywhere, here’s a special song for you.


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