Category Archives: Poems

Sunday Pause (Paws): Imagining

It’s Sunday! Time to kick back, relax, and let our imaginations run free.

Imagining is not just about make believe. It can also be about experiencing something that is yet to happen.

We can imagine while we’re driving to a restaurant a big juicy veggie burger (ha! gotcha there with the “veggie” part, didn’t I?). By imagining it we can see it, get excited about it, and even just about taste it.

If we have a speech to make we can imagine ourselves sweating in front of the group and forgetting most of the words.

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Sunday Pause (Paws): A Little Hello

It’s Sunday! Time to kick back, relax, and wish all the dads a Happy Father’s Day.

A little hello from me to you
Mom is so busy, it’s true
Looking for a new home for us
There is so much to read & discuss

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Sunday Pause (Paws): Just Be (and Thank You)

It’s Sunday! Time to kick back, relax, and just be.

In the United States people are celebrating Memorial Day this weekend. My family was going to celebrate some birthdays but now it looks like we’ll be waiting until next weekend. So instead I think we’ll hang out, go for a walk, enjoy the beautiful weather, and take time to…just be.

What are your plans?

Whatever you’re celebrating, wherever you are
Be sure to relax and set your mind free
Set the busy schedule aside on this day
And give yourself time to just be, “JUST BE”
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Animals Are Feeling Beings Too

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Sunday Pause (Paws): Trying To Fit In

It’s Sunday! Time to kick back, relax, and do some thinking.

I‘m not sure how long you have been blogging but have you ever noticed how sometimes you seem to have a lot of interaction (or Likes) on your posts and sometimes hardly at all? When it is hardly at all it makes you start to wonder why. Is it that your blogging community is busy and just not seeing your posts or maybe they just don’t like that particular post?

Some of you have been with me for a while on this blogging journey. You know that I have changed things along the way as probably many of us have. Lately it kind of seems like I am not getting a lot of interaction. It made me start wondering if it could be because I have been using cartoon images a lot more often and not writing as much. I started thinking about that and if I should try to change my posts. But I realized I really don’t want to, at least not right now, because I am finding joy in creating the cartoons.

Thinking about all of this made me also think about how we worry about our popularity or if we are fitting in. Not just with social media but with everything. But is that really what matters?

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Sunday Pause (Paws): Hello “Be Kind To Animals” Week

It’s Sunday! Time to kick back, relax, and welcome the first day of “Be Kind To Animals Week”.

I wanted to honor this recognition of animals with this Sunday’s post. But we at AAFBT think you should always be kind to animals. In fact we now have a mission statement and here is Cino as “Animal Paladin” to introduce it to you…

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I like to say to help animals it takes me, it takes you, it takes WE and that is so true. Here is a great example. A coworker of mine was dropping her son off at school and there on the edge of the sidewalk was a little duck in her words “crying.” He was laying on his side crying and shivering Continue reading

Sunday Pause (Paws): Happy Birthday To You

It’s Sunday ! Time to kick back, relax, and wish a HAPPY BIRTHDAY to those in heaven.

Losing a loved one…nothing is harder.

I just got together with a friend who lost her dog that she had for 15 1/2 years. I often hear from people that they know I will understand. It’s sad that not everyone can understand how a pet is family and losing them can be as devastating as the loss of a human.

This coming Tuesday is my sister’s birthday. It will be her second birthday in heaven. She would have been 55 years old. I still have to pinch myself and ask if she is really gone. But instead of feeling overwhelmed by sadness, I am going to celebrate her.

The image I made below is for all of us celebrating a loved ones (human and animal) birthday in heaven. 🎈

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Sunday Pause (Paws): More Important Things

It’s Sunday! Time to kick back, relax, and get off the merry-go-round.

Life can really feel like a merry-go-round sometimes. I wrote this short poem with that in mind.

MORE IMPORTANT THINGS

Why is it that we have such good intentions
But before we know it life takes over
We get lost in a culture that’s on high speed
It’s hard to live a life that is slower

In our night prayers and our brand new mornings
We feel refreshed and inspired
But the day turns into a balancing act
And at the end we are left so tired

Sometimes something breaks through the whirlwind
And we know we must jump off the merry-go-round
We are reminded that loved ones and relationships
These are the more important things that should be well-found

©LeeAnn Johnston/Animals Are Feeling Beings Too

Some of my loved ones are in the caricature below that we had done many years ago.

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