Monday, February 29, 2016

"Words" by Virginia Woolf




"Words belong to each other...Of course, you can catch them and sort them and place them in alphabetical order in dictionaries. But words do not live in dictionaries; they live in the mind. If you want proof of this, consider how often in moments of emotion when we most need words we find none. Yet there is the dictionary; there at our disposal are some half-a-million words all in alphabetical order. But can we use them? No, because words do not live in dictionaries, they live in the mind."

I agree, words live inside the mind.  What is written is of direct correlation between mind and heart.  If I could not feel or remember the feeling, I could not properly demonstrate the rhetoric of my own poetics.  Nor could I comprehend it from that of others.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

26 Ways to be More Imaginative

In almost every workshop I've ever attended (poetry & creative writing, especially) the first complaint (and the most heard complaint) is the lack of creativity and original ideas.

Creativity and the ability to generate new ideas really works a lot like the old saying 'if you do what you always did, you'll get what you always got.'  This is the truth.  It's impossible to think of new ideas, draw new parallels, write good descriptions if you're doing the same old thing over and over. 

A creative life means a life of variety.  Don't eat the same thing everyday.  Don't loiter the same cafe day after day.  Don't keep reading the same books and listening to the same music and thinking the same thoughts over and over again.

Here is a list of 26 ways to jump-start your imagination.  They have worked well for me, and I hope you'll benefit from them as much as I have:

1.  Be more spontaneous.

Craving cake at 2am?  Go to the store and purchase it.  You never know what interesting things (people, situations) you'll run into when you least expect it.

2.  Throw logic out the window.

Why, yes, animals can talk.  The moon is really a man's face.  Pigs do, indeed, fly when no one's looking.  Take the stance of 'anything is possible.'

3.  Don't concern yourself with what's 'normal.'

Stop copying current fads.  Or worrying about being accepted.  Some of the most creative and successful artists/authors/poets were way out there for their times.

4.  Be genuine to yourself and your ideas.

No idea is silly.  Where creativity is concerned, anything can be utilized.  Don't censor yourself for fear of ridicule.  Better to be totally ridiculous than totally boring!

5.  Always be aware.

Pay attention to your surroundings.  Remember bits and pieces of conversation between the strangers at the next table.  Remember sights, colors, smells, settings.  You never know when you can dip into your reservoir of remembered things and have one spark an idea.

6.  Allow your inner child to play.

Children are so creative.  Our innate tendency, as human beings, is to play and enjoy ourselves.  Allow yourself some time just to doodle.  If you have kids of your own, get in the floor and play make-believe with them.  You'll enjoy yourself, I promise!

7.  Expose yourself to the arts.

Visit museums.  Go to live music events.  Look at digital art online.  I've actually seen websites to virtual art museums before.  Listen to good music, read good literature.

8.  Ask questions.

The more you ask, the more you know.  And there's no such thing as a silly question.

9.  Try new things often.

It's scientifically proven that new experiments and habits open new neuro-pathways in the brain!  And the more you get out of your comfort zone, the easier to string abstract thoughts together and to piece things together that don't 'normally' belong together.

10.  Keep a dream journal.

Dreams are creative things!  I've written many a poem from something I've dreamed of.  Many famous painters have used details and images from dreams when creating their masterpieces.

11.  Spend 10 minutes daydreaming.

Not only does this allow you to let your imagination run wild, but also relaxes the mind and gives the brain a 'thinking' break.

12.  Keep a notebook of 'ideas' and 'thoughts.'

Dip into your list of ideas and thoughts when you're feeling uninspired.  Try to expand upon one or two of them.  Turn them into stories or ideas for your creative work.

13.  Get out of your comfort zone.

Again...the more you live, the more things you try and places you go and things you see means a large reserve of remembered experiences to draw upon when creating poems, stories, characters, and settings.

14.  Listen to new music.

When I was pregnant I read many articles stating that mothers should hold headphones to their bellies to allow their unborn babies to hear classical music because this stimulates the fetus, Studies have shown that children who have heard classical music as babies had higher IQ's than those who didn't.  Besides, I've oftentimes been inspired by a song, or song lyrics, to write my own poetry.

15.  Read a book or magazine you wouldn't normally purchase.

Again...new learning experiences and information that might allow you to tap into an idea you might not have otherwise.

16.  Watch TED talks.

They will encourage and inspire you.  They will teach you and inform you.  I promise you that!

17.  Write lists.

Of favorite colors, textures, songs, lyrics, movies.  Then investigate why these things are your 'favorite.'  Why do they appeal to you.  Work it out in your journal.  Allow the colorful things in your world to inspire new creative work.

18.  Learn some basic astrology.

There's nothing more inspiring and moving that laying in the grass (or on the couch beside the window) and looking into the stars.  Back in the days of the Vikings (and other eras, even modern-day society) people inspected to stars as guidance (think in terms or weather or your own horoscope!).

19.  Dabble in the oracle...runes, tarot cards, karma cards, fortune telling...etc.

The art on some of these cards is astounding.  Lots of people also use tarot and card-reading as a basis for personal journal writing.  If for no other reason, do it because it's fun!

20.  Switch up your routine...have coffee in the evening, meditate in the bath.

Remember those neuro-pathways in the brain?  Changing your routine can do that too.  Besides, who knows what kind of ideas will be born when you're doing something new that you don't usually do.

21.  Create a ritual.

Perhaps a prayer, blessing, or candles for energy before you write.  These things set the mood and allow you to more easily open your mind.

22.  Try your hand at mind mapping.

Mind-mapping makes it easy to relate one idea to another.  A lot like brain-storming for a story, mind-mapping will allow you to carry one thought from another...and keep branching until there's no room left on the paper!

23.  Try thinking in terms of metaphors.

Waking up feels a lot like _____.    My favorite coffee is like _____  to my _____.  Really, this is fun and innovative...and really gets you to thinking!

24.  Have more intellectual conversations with worldly people.

Smart, worldly (sometimes other-worldly), open-minded, cultured people are the BEST people to converse with.  You will learn from them.  You will be enlightened, motivated, inspired by them.    They will force you to think outside the box.  Go find them and make them be your friend.  NOW!

25.  Browse libraries, bookstores, the Amazon Kindle store.  Look at titles and description of books.  Check out all the different cover art.

I love looking at titles of books.  Writing down a list of the most interesting ones and stringing them together to make a unique poem.  I also love cover art (any art at all, really) and oftentimes will take an inspiring piece of art and write to it. 

26.  Be more open minded.

STOP thinking in terms of concrete, facts, truths.  So much of life and the earth and the galaxy still remain a mystery.  Life is an amazing mystery to be unsolved, live it as such and this frame of mind will bless your creative projects in bounds.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Personal Journal Writing: Why Journal at All?

The first time I ever began a journal was probably around the 5th grade.  Back then (in the early nineties) this tiny black journal with dated pages (and matching lock/key) served as the place where I could freely write my inner-most thoughts.  Of course, being about 11 years old, this was limited to silly school-girl crushes and cat fights in the bathroom with the school bully (amongst other things which were top-secret).  If memory serves me well, I vividly recall tearing the journal to bits after my sister was able to break into it.  I vowed I’d quit writing in a journal, but of course I didn’t.  I picked the habit back up during high school so I could record more important things, like grades, the books I’d read, future plans, and yes, more about those inevitable crushes.

I’m thirty-four now, and I still write in my journal on a daily basis.  All those aforementioned journals lie in a box on the top of one of my much-filled bookcases, but they aren’t forgotten!  These books, and pages, are filled with pieces of my life.  Reflections I’ve gathered, things I’ve figured out.  Accounts of dialogue and memories I cherish as well as those I’d rather forget, yet learned so much from.  I plan one day, very soon, to display these journals on nice shelf somewhere, as they truly are the words of my life.

There are many benefits to daily personal journal writing.  For me, what I love most is the freedom.  My journal serves as my tiny world, cover to cover.  The place where  I ask and answer questions (and prompts found in other places).  This save cove, away from the storming ocean of the world, is where I can be totally authentic in my voice and in what I choose to say, remember, reflect, analyze, record, remember, and say.  With this freedom comes a deeper sense of authenticity in which I better find myself.  In actuality, one of my main reasons for journaling is so I can find myself.  Through journaling daily and answering prompts, I have been able to discern the things I do and why I do them.  So not only do you get to freely be creative, but also gain insight and a wealth of wisdom for better living!

Many times I will become angry or hurt by an event or words, and with those emotions comes a strong sense of confusion and dissatisfaction.  Yet when I delve into my journal and analyze what made me angry, it’s almost as if I am excavating below the deepest layers of my psyche to actually pinpoint the exact reason as to why this thing made me angry and oftentimes it has more to do with a faulty way of thinking than the actual event/words.  That is just one benefit of journal writing.  Through daily writing you can figure out your preferences, passions, likes, dislikes, the memories and events that have been (and are) effecting you in negative (and positive) ways.  And if nothing else, a journal is a place where you can go for privacy, to make sense of your world.

The next best thing about journaling is, there’s no limit as to what you can put inside your journal.  Magazine articles, inspiring pictures and quotes, favorite song lyrics, pictures of those you love, ticket stubs and other memorandum…you can draw, doodle, paint, collage then combine with snippets and pieces of your own writing.  Anything goes!  Finding yourself can be so much fun, so start today!  Below are some journal-writing starters for you.  Some are questions and others are open ended statements.  Answer them any way your heart desires, so long as you’re not too careful, and you’re honest!


A Few Basic Journal Writing Prompts:

1.  It was a dark, stormy night...
2.  My morning ritual is...
3.  Poetry and Coffee
4.  Some day's last too long...
5.  Three things that make me ecstatic and happy...
6.  The old vintage diner was full of interesting patrons...
7.  The summer brings many things beneath the wind of her wings...
8.  The most secretive thing about me is...
9.  When I feel empty, I can usually fill myself with...
10.  I feel most alive when...

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Word List Wednesday #4

This week I decided to give myself a freebie.   And although I didn't use a wordlist, my own poem about home, or the longing for home, was inspired by the poem titled Leaving Tulsa by Jennifer Elise Foerster.

I meant to pull some words from her poem, but after I read it my hands just began to write.  And so I allowed them the freedom. 







The City You Left Me In

I wonder how I came to be
So far from home.
What strange-wheeled attractions
Brought me to this vast arrangement
Of crowded houses and streetlights
The villain teenagers have shot out,
Colorful billboards waving their
Lies across the slippery concrete horizon
Like a piece of paper in God’s right hand
Or a postcard from Uncle Joe, bent into
The wind, never fully read.
This city is one huge slab of
Machinery-paved graffiti, each
Unfamiliar face an unspoken word ‘no.’
I watch city-slickers and small kids
Whine and grovel in backseats of cars,
Together yet alone, and wonder again
Why my brain chose such a place
And why my legs keep making me stay
When surely somewhere, miles behind
Me beyond footsteps re-traceable,
There’s a slanted perch of rock,
It’s stone made smooth by centuries
Of rain, and its sun-warmed seat awaits me
Between a density of evergreen
And a woodland too full of life
And sounds to ever feel alone again.

I want to climb back into the history
That carved me from those hills, the
Ever-rolling horizon of clouds and treetops
That filled the backdrop of my childhood.
I want to gallivant with the deer,
Dip my fingers into the free-flowing
Wild-water of a mountain stream
And fill my mouth with the sweet song
Of it’s freedom; I want to talk to the trees,
Feel the shifting feet of unseen things
That I know continue to walk into and
Across the empty trail my feet left behind.
My body hates this city, I've grown stiff 
of it’s hard streets and the unfriendly
Faces of modern-day pedestrians caught
mid-stride against the ego of some complaint.
Hate, a word that once said, can’t be undone.
The fluorescent grit of this bent-in-upon stone
Is making me old before my time,
Ankles weighed down of what it used to mean to be me.
And somewhere in the fresh-leafed Appalachian hills
An Indian Summer is swaying new blooms into
The old breath of the Hercules beetle.
It’s a place where my feet belong,
the olive branch of my new beginning,
and so I must go back again.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Ani DiFranco: ''Coming Up''

When angry at the unjust of this world, I just listen to some Ani DiFranco.

Listen and read.   There's no need for commentary, her words are enough!





our father who art in a penthouse
sits in his 37th floor suite
and swivels to gaze down
at the city he made me in
he allows me to stand and
solicit graffiti until
he needs the land i stand on
i in my darkened threshold
am pawing through my pockets
the receipts, the bus schedules
the matchbook phone numbers
the urgent napkin poems
all of which laundering has rendered
pulpy and strange
loose change and a key
ask me
go ahead, ask me if i care
i got the answer here
i wrote it down somewhere
i just gotta find it
i just gotta find it

somebody and their spray paint got too close
somebody came on too heavy
now look at me made ugly
by the drooling letters
i was better off alone
ain't that the way it is
they don't know the first thing
but you don't know that
until they take the first swing
my fingers are red and swollen from the cold
i'm getting bold in my old age
so go ahead, try the door
it doesn't matter anymore
i know the weakhearted are strongwilled
and we are being kept alive
until we're killed
he's up there the ice
is clinking in his glass
he sends me little pieces of paper
i don't ask
i just empty my pockets and wait
it's not fate
it's just circumstance
i don't fool myself with romance
i just live
phone number to phone number
dusting them against my thighs
in the warmth of my pockets
which whisper history incessantly
asking me
where were you

i lower my eyes
wishing i could cry more
and care less,
yes it's true, 
i was trying to love someone again,
i was caught caring,
bearing weight

but i love this city, this state
this country is too large 
and whoever's in charge up there
had better take the elevator down
and put more than change in our cup
or else we
are coming
up

Friday, February 19, 2016

6 Ways to Deal With Emotional Vampires


"What, exactly, is an emotional vampire,"  you might ask.  Well it's that person (sometimes more than one person, if you're really unlucky!) in your life who never has a positive thing to say about anything.  You know, the friend who rains on your parade.  The parent who endlessly likes to tell you all the parenting skills that you, yourself, are lacking (note the irony!).  The boss that likes to treat you like you're inept when she's the one having a bad day.

Emotional vampires are people who drain from you your core energy, the emotional reserve that is vital to your daily functioning.  Because they are damaged, themselves, in some way (low self esteem, miserable relationships, lake of personal achievement or just plain angry at the world), it makes them feel a little better to take the wind out of your sails for a little while. 

Though these people are oftentimes difficult to deal with without becoming upset, and sometimes they are downright unavoidable (think boss or parent), there are some great ways you can prevent them from taking a bite out or your happiness so you can reserve your positive energy. 

The next time you find yourself face-to-face in a demeaning conversation with an emotional vampire, try referring to some of the following six ways you can properly deal without becoming victim of those energy-suckers:

1.  Limit your time with emotional vampires.  

If it's possible and practical, sever your communication/relationship altogether.  This might be easier in terms of friendships and acquaintances but may be impractical in professional relationships and family matters.  If you cannot totally omit the individual(s) from your life, limit the time you spend communicating and do it only when you absolutely must.

2.  Realize that they are the problem, not you!  

No matter what emotional vampires may say or do to hurt you, know that they obviously have a problem with jealousy and/or their own insecurities.  Many of them inhabit miserable personal experiences and it temporarily makes them feel a little better about themselves to put another person down.

3.  Only listen with half an ear.  

Only engage in communication with emotional vampires when it is absolutely required (dealing with a boss or co-worker, especially) but do not exceed the limits of your responsibilities (don't communicate outside work, or when you don't have to).  When you do have to converse, get by with paying minimal attention to what they have to say.  If it's not pertinent (or if it's insulting) let it go through one ear and out the other, as the proverbial saying goes.  Reply with 'yeah okay,' or 'oh, is that so' as nonchalantly as you can.  Hopefully they will realize that you'd rather not partake in their demeaning comments and after a while they'll go badger a more appropriate victim.

4.  Do not waste your time and energy fighting with them or explaining your point of view.  

The less information and feedback you give them, the less ammunition they have to use against you!  Instead, try ignoring any rude comments altogether.  Pretend they are just one voice speaking in a roomful of loud conversation.  Let them know that what they have to say is of little importance to you!  You don't even have to listen!

5.  Focus on the good things in your life, your positives and your strengths.  

Emotional vampires live to bring you down to their level, to make you feel bad about yourself.  Do not allow them that kind of power!  Every time you find yourself in the unfortunate event of having to deal with one of these energy-suckers, once you get them out of your personal space take a few moments to recollect yourself.  Remind yourself of your personal accomplishments and notable achievements, the good things you have going for you in your life, the things you have to look forward to.  Compliment yourself!  This will allow you to transition back into a positive mindset rather than ruminating on your negative interaction with the vampire.

6.  Be vigilant to yourself.  

Know who you are and what your personal boundaries are.  Have a healthy self-respect and self esteem.  Emotional vampires usually take advantage of those who seem weak, quiet, insecure, or socially vulnerable.  Conduct yourself in such a way that you demonstrate a sense of purpose and willpower.

Once you practice these six tips, hopefully you will begin to repel those negative people who want nothing more than to suck the life right out of you and take some for themselves!

Sunday, February 14, 2016

By Candlelight!

"Midnight Study Session"

I’m awake; I am in the world-
I expect
no further assurance.
No protection, no promise.

Solace of the night sky,
the hardly moving
face of the clock.

I’m alone- all
my riches surround me.
I have a bed, a room.
I have a bed, a vase
of flowers beside it.
And a nightlight, a book.

I’m awake; I am safe.
The darkness like a shield, the dreams
put off, maybe
vanished forever.

And the day-
the unsatisfying morning that says
I am your future,
here is your cargo of sorrow:

Do you reject me? Do you mean
To send me away because I am not
full, in your word,
because you see
the black shape already implicit?

I will never be banished. I am the light,
your personal anguish and humiliation.
Do you dare
send me away as though
you were waiting for something better?

There is no better.
Only (for a short space)
the night sky like
a quarantine that sets you 
apart from your task.

Only (softly, fiercely)
the stars shining. Here,
in the room, the bedroom.
Saying I was brave, I resisted,
I set myself on fire.

--"Stars" by Louise Gluck--


Created for the 'Candlelight' theme at Cheeky Challenge.

Children Make the World Go 'Round

"Library Daze"

"I could never have dreamt that there were such goings-on
in the world between the covers of books, 
such sandstorms and ice blasts of words,,, 
such staggering peace, such enormous laughter, 
such and so many blinding bright lights,, ,
splashing all over the pages
in a million bits and pieces
all of which were words, words, words,
and each of which were alive forever
in its own delight and glory and oddity and light."

--Dylan Thomas--



Created for the challenge at Take a Word.

Friday, February 12, 2016

7 Reasons Why I Left Social Media

More and more, studies are showing that social media platforms are doing more harm than good, especially for chronic users.

For the last year or so, I have struggled with my decision to maintain my little profile in the vast space of social media (particularly Facebook).  On several occasions I deleted my account, only to reactivate it days (or weeks) later.  At my longest, I kept my profile deactivated for over a month.

I know, I've done it before so what makes this time any different?  Because this time I'm seriously driven by a need to better myself (and make better use of my time).  I truly feel that stepping away from the false platform for 'social interaction,' for which social media has become, is my driving force.

Here are my reasons for leaving social media (for good):

1.  I value true (real life) interactions.
Let's be real:  social media platforms are sort of like the virtual worlds for which people become whoever they want you to see (and usually once you see some people for who/what they really are, you wish you hadn't!).  If I wanted to continue to make friends in a 'virtual' world I'd just pop The Sims in or try my hand at Second Life.  Call me old fashioned but I value the real experience of actual telephone conversations, board games in person, movies at the theater, and a face I can look into as I speak (as opposed to, say, emoticons or those highly edited profile pictures).

2.  Everything is fake.
Hence, the virtual world aforementioned.  Everyone has the perfect life.  The ideal marriage.  Everyone has the clothing ad kids and the well-manicured lawns...and the riches...all the riches of the world!  I have always hated dishonesty and social media portrays dishonesty in it's truest form.  People speak lies like poetry and exaggerate the details of their mundane lives as if they were fulfilling the role of some reality TV starlet.  Profiles and information people post are just so...superficial and narcissistic (I don't understand how anyone could need THAT much attention, but some do).  People are so greedy for likes that they spend insane amounts of time snapping provocative (or just weird) photos, writing eloquent status updates, and 'showing off' that it's enough to make a person lose their lunch. 

3.  It's a complete time-waster.
Remember all the time I just mentioned that people waste on their profile pictures and status updates?  Still there are others who chase statuses as if missing one would be detrimental to their ability to survive.  They have to be right on top of everyone's updates.  Chronic social media users feel almost obligated to like, comment, then re-comment on every single thing that comes in contact with their wall (or their freinds' walls).  Let me be brutally honest:  anyone who does this might as well just jump into a void for a majority of their days.  If you stop to think of the vast amount of time that is wasted on social media, you'll probably start feeling really depressed about your life (or the lack of time you spend on it).  There are so many other, more beneficial and enjoyable things to do than social media (take a class, learn a hobby, spend time with your family...to name only a few).

4.  Social media makes you feel bad about yourself and your life.
It's true!  Because people exaggerate the brilliance of their days and the never-ending happiness and excitement of their lives, you'll start to wonder if maybe your own life is lacking.  Let me just fill you in unless you didn't see it before:  they are exaggerating and lying!  People want you to see and read what they want you to think about them, which usually isn't the exact truth.  Social media is full (its brimming!) with people desperate to impress, show-boats vying for the attention of people they don't even know, and still others who just lie because they enjoy the mere act of dishonesty.  Their lives are just as common as your own.   And, yes, it's totally normal that you didn't go on a three week vacation for your lunch break!  Most of us don't.  Just as well, have you ever posted a really important piece of your life in a status no one (or very few) liked?  Made you feel pretty unimportant, didn't it?

5.  The insane amount of nonsense (and unpleasant people) that you have to put up with.
Let's speak in terms of drama.  You know, the posts full of rants.  Or the huge paragraphs where people air their dirty laundry.  Or how about the posts that people write solely for the purpose of bashing another person (probably in a desperate attempt to feel better about themselves).  Or the high school classmates that you have absolutely have nothing in common with, yet tolerate just because of the commonality of a graduating class year.  Let's not forget the political arguments (especially with the ignorant and uninformed people).  What about crazy relatives or ex friends who just get some kind of diabolical kick out of looking at your photos (shiver).  Yes...all of that (and more) that you will NEVER have to see again once you deactivate your account!

6.  The breach of privacy.
You post a silly picture that only you and your so-called friends can 'view' and next thing you know, someone has posted it somewhere else...somewhere where you cannot delete it!  I had this happen to me once with a poor soul whom decided he was in love with me and made all kinds of Facebook banners proclaiming how great of friends we were.  Really...social media can be scary that way!  And people you don't even know, know who you are!  I'm sure the attention-seekers and those desperate for validation just love this aspect of social media, but for most of us I think the idea that a stranger could pick you out in a crowd (based on your profile picture) is concerning!  Just as well, we are all becoming tools on platforms like Facebook, where our likes are being calculated and analyzed for the consumption of money.  Have you noticed the ads that pop up on the right-hand side?  They are highly based upon things and statuses you have liked in the past.  I don't know about you, but I never gave anyone permission to use my profile in a statistical analysis for monetary gain!  Not even your private stuff is really private anymore and so I can't validate a reason to stick around with a website that  I can no longer trust with my personal info.

7.  I'm not going to miss it at all!
I'm going to be happier without it.   If you would read (and think about) the broad extent of everything I mentioned previously, you'd probably be astounded by the amount of unnecessary bullshit that you deal with on social media.  It's just not worth it for me!  I want my life to belong to me again...not left to the limbo of some perceived brilliance (or boredom) of a status post that people are going to forget right after reading, anyway.  Now that the Facebook account is deactivated (that's what I used), I'm going to free up a lot of time for reading, working on my own writing, spending time with my family and making this website you're reading (my nonprofit independent press and zine) a more amazing place to visit!



Perhaps my truest, and most significant, desire to give up social media is the feeble gesture to get back to a simpler, more innocent time.  Have you ever watched sitcoms or old movies (from the 70's and  80's) where people actually spent time together instead of sitting face-to-face while simultaneously looking down at their cell phones?  I long for those times.  When saying something meant that you actually meant it.  When friends were actually friends, not little photo boxes at the front of some internet webpage.  I think the world was a whole lot more beautiful before the whole technology craze overtook common sense and the need for human contact.

What about you?  Do you use social media?  Are you convinced it's worth it to be rid of it?  I will go back eventually to rescue my photos from obscurity but I'm pretty sure I will never be dealing with social media again.  It's already drained many a good mood for me (maybe I'm too sensitive, but hey, we're all different).  But can you say, with all honesty, that social media has NEVER left you in a foul or aggravated mood?  Can you say with one hundred percent accuracy that you have ever read one status message that helped you grow personally, financially, or spiritually?  If so, I'm betting the occurrence was a rare one!

In any event, if you are user who remains to stay, I wish you happy tweeting, status posting, and profile tweaking!