Shawn L. Bird

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poem-new December 30, 2015

Filed under: Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 5:28 pm
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It’s time:

sublime possibilities await.

Face the gate of the new year

coming near,

without fear.

Can’t wait!

It’s here.


poem- new to you December 31, 2014

Whatever is tied up in this gift

unwrap it joyfully.

Pull out difficulty, challenge, and struggle;

laugh at the lessons you’re learning.

Celebrate what has been and what will be

Celebrate what is now and what will be

Celebrate you.

Celebrate me.





Each day is a gift

New for you to



and that’s a wrap! December 31, 2012

Filed under: Pondering,Writing — Shawn L. Bird @ 3:16 pm
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So! In a few hours 2012 will be history.  The hysteria of the end of the Mayan calendar passed, and now our calendar is finished, too.

My hubby was given two calendars this year, and I received one.

One of his is an inspirational one, about challenge.  He’s going to put it up in his office to inspire young clients who need all the help they can get.

The second was is Scottish scenery.  I’m hoping that one inspires him to wear his kilt more often, and perhaps take a trip to Scotland some time.

My calendar arrived in the mail today from Finland.  The photos are stunning and it makes me ‘kotiikava.’ Koti is ‘home’ and ikava is ‘melancholy’ or ‘longing.’  The term is more a propos to the circumstance than our English homesick , don’t you think?  I also received a card from the wife of my Rotary exchange counselor, asking when I’d be coming back to Finland.

I’m making plans for 2013.  I will be applying for Master programs in the next month or two.  One could see me in Finland, studying educational theory and practice.  One won’t.   I have a novel project floating in my brain that involves Finnish mythology, but I think I’d better get Grace Beguiling dealt with first.  Finland is floating in my future, but so are a lot of other things.

So the old year is wrapped, and we lead into the next.

Teaching, writing, studying, growing, reading, learning, laughing…  Those are my plans for 2013.  What are yours?


going through the gate January 1, 2011

Filed under: Commentary,Grace Awakening,Mythology — Shawn L. Bird @ 7:17 am
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Janus is the god of beginnings, endings, doorways, gateways, and time.  Here we are in January- the month that belongs to Janus, travelling through the gateway of a new year.

Janus is a two faced God.  One head faces forward to the future and one faces back to the past.  At this time of year many of us are prone to doing the same as we consider the events of the past year and consider improvements desired in the coming one.

2010 was a wonderful year for me, as personally we celebrated a quarter century of marriage with a wonderful trip to Italy and professionally we were thrilled with  the acceptance of Grace Awakening for publication next fall.  In 2011 I hope to see completion of another manuscript that has been in the works for awhile, and hopefully it will be picked up for publication this year.  As well, we are planning a research trip to France to work on a prequel to Grace Awakening (tentatively called Grace Beguiling).  It is a project that I think Janus would find amusing, Grace moving back in time.  I also look forward to improving health by remembering to take my vitamins and getting out for more walks.  The poodles will appreciate that effort.

How about you?  What are you planning in 2011?  What awaits you on the other side of the gate?


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