Observe life at its best, listen to life’s songs, embrace life’s bounties, breathe the breath of life and savor life to its fullest!

Touch of Catnip: Cats LOVE Vacuum Cleaners

Any day is a wonderful day for a good laugh! Who brings on laughter more than a child or a cat (or dog, of course)! ENJOY! Hope your sides hurt!

Sidenote: Click HERE for the original video of the first cat in the compilation.

Maybe not all cats…

No cuter sound all around than the clicking claws of kitty paws!


Free Write Friday #37: Trust

Kellie Elmore has done it again…presented another great prompt!

Kellie sure has a wWriting_Banditay of hitting the mark, getting adrenaline pumping and the mighty pen (or pencil) sharpened. If you have not participated in Kellie’s Free Write Friday, she has extended an open invitation. Read the intro. Would love to ‘see’ what you have to say! You may write in any form you choose for the prompt as she will never discourage your pen, but she encourages you to try your hand at free verse for the exercise.

Trust me. How many times has that phrase been whispered in your ear? When you have been lied to, cheated on, pushed around, talked down, doubted and abused, it is sometimes…no, a better word, often…difficult to regain that feeling of trust. It’s hard. Worse than hard, it is all too frequently impossible. Why? What is so important about trust?


Love is binding
built on trust
a necessity
the Elmer’s glue

Without that bond
cocophony reigns
hope abandoned
shadows in the hue

Faith dissolves
leaving emptiness
soulless music
within a void

Melodies rewind
unleashing memories
not in harmony
only discord

Eternally yours?
Heaven forbid
all seems lost
belief forsaken

Life without trust
seeks a way out
feeding on fear
the tie broken

Why is trust so important?

It is the glue that bonds, hope within the shadows,
faith to carry on, harmony within the soul,
belief in tomorrow and the tie that binds.

It is The Ribs of the Umbrella Staying Together even on the windiest day!


Now I am off to visit other contributions. Please come back for I will post links to some great writings! Be right back…


Just Little Things

It’s the little things… The moments… The sighs… The smiles… The cries.

The times unforgotten… Laughing at yourself… A lover’s sigh… Smiles from a stranger…A baby’s first cry…


Kitty Kallen (born May 25, 1922) is an American popular singer who performed with a number of big bands in the 1940s, and scored her biggest success, a number #1 hit in 1954, with the song “Little Things Mean a Lot“.


Mystic Songs

My heartfelt thanks to Maxima and all visitors to his site. I greatly appreciate the comments and look forward to new visitors @ catnipoflife and/or Awakenings! Blessings to all with smiles and laughter following you throughout your life’s journey! [One correction to my location – should be Donalsonville, GA.]


Sharla Shults

Beacon Educator Consultant/Facilitator at Beacon Educator
Location:Dothan, Alabama

Written: Maxima

My guest today, poet Sharla Shults has a very impressive, rich, and unique poetic background.  Her verses are composed with beauty and harmony, rising into the beauty of the night sky with universal harmony and stellar qualities. Her poems are as lovely as a bride in white, a lovely spiritual tone , pure and joyful. bringing new life to the meaning of poetry
Let’s listen to what she tell us here…My name is Sharla Shults. I am extremely pleased today to be a  guest of  Maxima. His soulfulwriting is an inspiration of mine so when he extended the invitation,I felt  deeply honored.Thank you, Maxima!

Welcome to my world…You can find me on any given day at my computer with coffee cup, pen and notepad.The coffee gives me that much needed boost of energy plus I just l ove   the taste of coffee. Of course, it all starts in the morning when the aroma of that dark,     rich liquid infiltrates my nostrils even before getting out of bed. (Thank you, Honey!) The pen and pad? Well, even though most of my drafting is on the computer, there are always occasions when a random thought must be written down right then and there within a moment’s notice before it becomes nothing more than a mere fleeting moment.

From mathematician to writer…

Through the years leading up to the publication of my first book in 2004, I never envisioned myself as a writer. I was a loving wife and mother devoted to family (still that today!), mathematician and educator, content on teaching and working in various arenas with youth in middle and high school.I enjoyed writing little poetic notes and wrote my first poemto my husband (Jim) on his birthday in 2004.

That was the beginning! From there, I began to challenge my students: creating curriculum that went outside the basic equation into the realm of creativity. Have you ever been given a poetic math challenge? My students were given just that: a challenge where imagination  reigned and creativity soared. As a result of that unusual beginning, I am now on the   verge of publishing my third book..WOW! Number three! As I look back to my writing’s inspection .                                                                 …

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Awakenings: Stuck in the Mud

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This Day in History: January 20, 1863

With today being celebrated as Robert E. Lee Day along with Martin Luther King Day, it seems most fitting to include a little story about mud and an event of the American Civil War. This, in turn, leads to a personal childhood mud story.

Sharla Shults‘s insight:

What is history without a story from childhood? Each of us has a fond memory that perhaps either directly or indirectly connects our lives in some way to past historical events.

Mine is a story of mud. . .@awakenings

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The Chair

The visual inspiration (photography) for this writing comes by way of Vate @Consonancias y Disonancias o el Eco del Murciélago de Abril Estados de Alma y Espíritu frente a la época actual de nuestra Humanidad

With the help of our friend, Google, translation at its best is Consonance & Dissonance States of Soul and Spirit against the current era of our Humanity. Unfortunately, there were some parts that did not translate sensibly and my Spanish is low, very low, on the totem pole. That, by no means, takes anything away from Vate’s site. I encourage you to visit and read more HERE!

I first saw the photograph last evening and immediately wrote…

Aged with Time


The chair
so empty and bare
What good are you
just sitting there?

Aged with time
paint chipped and peeling
Who would want you
discolored, unappealing?

Your back’s not straight
Resembling a sick tree
What’s with those legs?
Much too short I see

There’s a hint of beauty
beneath your scarred skin
Why were you abandoned
in the shape you’re in?

Eying you closer
I ponder and ponder
A little love and care?
I wonder, I wonder

I’ll take you home
make you mine
Where will I find
time, time, time?

Time to repair
Time to mend
Time together
When, when, when?

catniplogosm1©2014 catnipoflife
Sharla Lee Shults

What inspiration did you gather when you first saw the photograph?

How many times do you stop to ponder “Where will I find the time?” If you could recapture those moments and add them all together, you might be surprised at how much time you’d have on your hands!



Awakenings: The Decade That Changed a Nation

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We are in the midst of the three-day weekend honoring civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. This was a man with a committed life during a period of enduring highs and unforgettable lows in American history. This was the 1960s—a time of social revolution where choices led to “tune in and drop out” or lead a normal life with focus on work, family and home. This was the era where women wanted to stand up and be counted—counted for more than just wife and homemaker—in other words, they were seeking equality with men. Good education. Good job. Good pay.

Sharla Shults‘s insight:

@Awakenings scroll down to some groovy music! Which ones do you remember…songs of protest or easy listening? Let me know your favs!

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Find Serenity

Serenity Serenity.jpg photo

“I had found a kind of serenity, a new maturity… I didn’t feel better or stronger than anyone else but it seemed no longer important whether everyone loved me or not–more important now was for me to love them. Feeling that way turns your whole life around; living becomes the act of giving.”  ~Beverly Sills


Find Serenity


Serenity has not one color
One place nor one time
It’s sunrise and sunset
Blue waters of storm or calm…


Cloudy and cloudless
Tina ripples upon a lake
Silence within when tossed about
Breaking waves amid a wake…


Distant as the farthest mountain
Atop the highest peak
Closest as the sweetest kiss
Nearby a rocky creek…


Velvet touch of the crimson rose
Touchless like the thorny vine
Happily ending love story
Tingling goosebumps up the spine…


Find serenity
Within your heart, mind and soul
Easily seen on the outside
It’s the inner beauty to behold

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Sharla Lee Shults

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The nasty ‘CAPTCHA’. . .

How many times have you been annoyed by the ‘CAPTCHA’ only to be trapped in its clutches over and over again as you attempt to simply leave someone a comment? First, you may receive “the CAPTCHA code does not match.” Second attempt might reveal “the CAPTCHA solution is incorrect.” Then, yet another attempt could come back with “the CAPTCHA wasn’t entered correctly” followed by yet another that simply states “the CAPTCHA is wrong.”

Computer_KillAre you screaming yet? Pulling out your hair? Pounding on the keyboard? Spitting out a few expletives? When all else fails, you lay your head on the keyboard expecting to look back up at the monitor and see the message ‘gotcha‘ – do not pass go – do not collect $200!

On most occasions a CAPTCHA is no more than a fuzzy, jumbled-up mess of letters and numbers with no apparent meaning whatsoever other than to test if I am indeed a robot. But, one this morning really got me: 10a handhrs! Was it trying to tell me something robotically speaking. Was there a message needing to be decoded? Had I already been at the mercy of the computer for 10 hours? Nah! It was only 8 A.M.

Why the term ‘CAPTCHA’ anyway? Does sound a lot like ‘gotcha’ so maybe there is a connection. Let’s analyze it and see what wee ‘meaning’ might be lurking in its prank-fulness.

Did you know it is actually an acronym? It stands for…

Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart

Has our world become so technologically oriented that we must prove beyond any shadow of doubt that each of us is not a robot? Is life becoming so controlled that decisions must be confirmed via distorted images before moving on? Are we completely at the mercy of spambots? Heaven forbid!


This CAPTCHA of “smwm” obscures its message from computer interpretation by twisting the letters and adding a background color gradient.

Check out the CAPTCHA Madness Infographic…

How much of the Internet hates CAPTCHA?  How many are out there on the Internet anyway?

 Why do they exist?


CAPTCHA Madness Infographic: CAPTCHAs, the twisted and distorted text challenges, aka the scourge of the internet, are everywhere. And the madness is growing!

Ever heard of Assira? It has been around for awhile (since 2007) but can’t say I have encountered it like the CAPTCHA. Sounds much more interesting that the nasty ‘CAPTCHA’ anyway!


(Animal Species Image Recognition for Restricting Access)

Asirra is a human interactive proof that asks users to identify photos of cats and dogs. It’s powered by over three million photos from our unique partnership with Protect your web site with Asirra � free!

 Please select all the cat photos:

What in the world is coming next?


Awakenings: Polar Bear, Polar Bear & Winnie the Pooh

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Did you know today is Winnie the Pooh Day

Along with Teddy Bear Day, Teddy Bear Picnic Day and Have a Party with Your Bear Day, Winnie the Pooh Day has to be one of the cuddliest days of the year. Of course, we can include Valentine’s Day in the cuddling category also. But, for today, we will concentrate on one of the most famous bears of all time, Winnie the Pooh.

Sharla Shults‘s insight:

What does Winnie the Pooh have to do with a polar bear? Perhaps it is not Winnie at all but the date January 18? Check it out @ Awakenings…

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