Monday, November 11, 2013

Let Freedom Ring

My country tis of thee,
Sweet land of liberty,
Of thee I sing.
Land where my fathers died!
Land of the Pilgrim's pride!
From every mountain side,
Let freedom ring!

Note: Written by Samuel Francis Smith

Freedom.. a tough swallow.

Today I thank the men and women in every armed service. Today I’m singing ‘let freedom ring’ because my blog, as you can see, has gone through a metamorphosis. It has changed to fit me. It stands as a symbol of MY freedom to write and say what I want on my blog in thoughts or poems.

The blog started off as One Voice ~ Write Right, but ringing in my ears were so many voices pointing out to me over the years that I not only couldn’t write right, my voice was losing it’s steam. An errant apostrophe here and there, a typo or misspelled word, it all got to me in a big way; big enough to scrap the whole idea of Write Right and sing what my heart truly plays and that is the melody of words that a poem lends me.

Poetry has carried me through many hardships, weathered many raging seas in my life and has comforted my spirit on too numerous occasions. I read poetry, write poetry, dissect poetry, learn new things about poetry and will let poetry cradle me on my deathbed.

I have checked all the ‘What Writers need’ links, and they seem to be working fine. I will keep them in place for the writer seeking tools to learn the craft and as soon as my gadget allows me to add sites again, I will. I will be learning right along side you, since my weakness has been pointed out and I seek to remedy the situation.

When I look back over my blog archives, the posts with the most hits are my poetry and life tidbits I throw in. The ‘how-to’ of writing posts seem to be the least posts that people come in here and read. That’s another reason for the change.

This was my very intention when I began this blog, thus the reason for the URL jonismuse, but the name Write Right was a phase that I was going through while mentoring. I am no longer a mentor, I no longer do NaNo because I can write every day without boasting WHAT or HOW MANY WORDS I wrote, and feel the FREEDOM ringing in my ears!

The service men like my father, uncles, and brothers whom all served in an armed service to allow me the freedom to write, speak and say what I want. I thank them all.
While I sit here today knowing that travel to other countries that are not as FREE as our country, might hold a darkened path, I am safe in the comfort of my home. While our government often lets the soldiers down, it is we the people, who lift them up in praise for their selfless service.

I am not at ease with the world and where it is heading but one thing that stands erect and tall is every soldier whether in life or death, they deserve to be honored!

If you served, I thank you! If you’re reading this, I thank you, for allowing me to change and grow. Peace be with you all!

Let freedom ring.


Debbie Seko said...

Amen! Very nicely said. Love the new look. :) ♥

joni said...

Thanks Deb!
I need the encouragement because I was a little unsure. I like the new look too and it just feels like me, now.
I'm FREE! :)

Thanks again!


Tiggs said...

Joni, I love the new site! I am looking forward to reading what you write. I, for one, also like your "writing" posts, also. Writing, just to write, is still new to me and I am learning, too.

Your posts always either teach me something new or inspire me--Keep going!

benning said...

It does look nice! And the post is nice, too. :D

*HUGS!* Congrats on your 'New Look'!

joni said...

Well Tigs, maybe I can teach you how to write some poetry. :D

Whatever I do write will be well thought out and hopefully not only inspire you, it will inspire many. :D

I have to thank Steven for the look. I don't know a template from and apostrophe in this digital designing world. lol

Thanks Ben, I knew you'd like it, it reminds me of coffee with cream in it. lol (the color?)

Perfect! :D

Yes, life CAN be perfect without m&m's!!!

*hugs* back atcha!