A to Z Challenge- People, Qualities or Things that inspired me – K

For Letter K, my choice is Hellen Keller

Helen Keller

A Brief Biographical Timeline

1880: On June 27, Helen Keller is born in Tuscumbia, Alabama.

1882:  Following a bout of illness, Helen loses her sight and hearing.

1887: Helen’s parents hire Anne Sullivan, a graduate of the Perkins School for the Blind, to be Helen’s tutor.  Anne begins by teaching Helen that objects have names and that she can use her fingers to spell them. Over time, Helen learns to communicate via sign language, to read and write in Braille, to touch-lip read, and to speak.

1900: After attending schools in Boston and New York, Helen matriculates at Radcliffe College.

1903: Helen’s first book, an autobiography called The Story of My Life, is published.

1904: Helen graduates cum laude from Radcliffe, becoming the first deafblind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree.

1915: Helen, already a vocal advocate for people with disabilities, co-founds the American Foundation for Overseas Blind to support World War I veterans blinded in combat. This organization later becomes Helen Keller International and expands its mission to address the causes and consequences of blindness, malnutrition, and poor health.

1920: Helen helps found the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

1924: Helen joins the American Foundation for the Blind. She serves as a spokesperson and ambassador for the foundation until her death.

1946: Helen begins touring internationally on behalf of the American Foundation for Overseas Blind (see 1915 above), expanding her advocacy for people with vision impairment.  In 11 years, she will visit 35 countries on five continents.

1956: Helen wins an Academy Award for a documentary film about her life.

1961: Helen suffers a stroke and retires from public life.

1964: Helen is awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Lyndon Johnson.

1968: On June 1, Helen dies peacefully at her home in Connecticut.  Her ashes are interred at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC.

(Source; hki.org)

Hellen Keller was an inspiring woman who has set a new standard in courage. She developed her own skills and showed by example that it can be done to millions of people around the world. She encouraged people with disabilities to live fuller lives. Her compassion and intelligence combined with her ambition set her apart from the rest.



Sunday Writing Prompt- Freedom

Sara is the host of Sunday Writing Prompt

Freedom from an abusive relationship? Ten-minutes alone in the bathroom, away from your children? Moving out of your parent’s house? Freedom to vote? Freedom to choose? Freedom to accept and embrace your sexuality? Freedom to love or learn in an obtuse way? Freedom could be a pig let out of a pen, or a rescued dog. Perhaps a leaf, riding the back of a breeze…

This week’s challenge is the word: FREEDOM

Image from pixabay.com



I was finally free

But it came at a cost

Now I had plenty of time on my hands

But it also made me feel as if I no longer had value

No one clamoring for my attention, no one needing help

My kids have all grown up and have flown the nest

As an empty nester, I thought I would enjoy the freedom

But I forgot that feeling wanted also carried its own high


It all changed with the arrival of grandkids

Their parents need help and turn towards us, grandparents

Now I don’t have free time anymore

Little hand tug at mine and tiny voices call for my attention

I love being wanted once more

And am willing to give up my freedom!




A to Z Challenge- People, Qualities or Things that inspired me – J

My choice for Letter J is Katherine G Johnson

Katherine Johnson, née Katherine Coleman, also known as  Katherine Goble, (born August 26, 1918, White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, U.S.—died February 24, 2020, 

Catherine‘s intelligence and skill with numbers became apparent when she was a child; by the time she was 10 years old, she had started attending high school. In 1937, at age 18, Coleman graduated with the highest honors from West Virginia State College (now West Virginia State University), earning bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and French. She subsequently moved to Virginia to take a teaching job. In 1939, however, she was selected to be one of the first three African American students to enroll in a graduate program at West Virginia University. 

In 1953 she began working at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA)’s West Area Computing unit, a group of African American women who manually performed complex mathematical calculations for the program’s engineers. The women, known as the West Computers, analyzed test data and provided mathematical computations that were essential to the success of the early U.S. space program

At NASA Johnson was a member of the Space Task Group. In 1960 she coauthored a paper with one of the group’s engineers about calculations for placing a spacecraft into orbit. It was the first time a woman in her division received credit as an author of a research report. Johnson authored or coauthored 26 research reports during her career.

Johnson was also part of the team that calculated where and when to launch the rocket for the Apollo 11 mission of 1969, which sent the first three men to the Moon. Johnson later worked on the space shuttle program. She retired from NASA in 1986.

Johnson received numerous awards and honors for her work, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom (2015). In 2016 NASA named a building, the Katherine G. Johnson Computational Research Facility, after her. That year Margot Lee Shetterly published Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race, about the West Computers, including Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson. A film based on the book was also released in 2016.

Katherine Johnson after receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom

(Source; Brittanica.com)

I became aware of Johnson when I watched the movie, Hidden Figures. After watching the movie I bought the book as well. These were inspiring women who were acknowledged for their contributions rather late in life. But still, it’s wonderful that now a lot of people are aware of her and her colleagues. A definite source of inspiration.




Your light still shines

Reblog- First in response to WDYS # 77, a beautiful poem from Chris Hall. Enjoy

luna's on line

In the calm of the evening
walking on wet sand
the soft scratch of silica
caresses my naked feet

I lift my face skywards
tasting the salt-laden breeze
sharpened by thyme-scented air
filtering from hushed hillsides

As the sun slips into the ocean
bronze and crimson flares flash
across the rolling cobalt waves
soon swallowed into darkness

Resting on a sea-smoothed rock
my feet wetted with cool water
I flare a sulphurous match
touching it to the lantern’s wick

A pool of golden light
fills the darkness of my heart
as I remember the evenings
when you were still here.

Written in response to Sadje‘s What do You See #77 photo prompt.

Image credit: Andrew Morris @ Unsplash
The image shows a lantern sitting on the wet sand of a beach. There are fairy lights inside the lantern. 

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What do you see # 77 – April 12, 2021

Today is Monday. Welcome back to another prompt.


You can write a post on your blog and create a pingback to link to the original post.

Write an original story, poem or a caption.

There is no limit to words or format but keep it family-friendly.

If you post a response before next Sunday, I will be able to add it to my roundup post.

I will do a round-up next Sunday before the next Prompt is posted.

It is always helpful if you can give your post/story/poem a title.

Please tag your responses with #Whatdoyousee



Does this picture inspire you to write something?

Image credit; Andrew Morris @ Unsplash

( For the visually challenged reader, the image shows a lantern sitting on the wet sand of a beach. There are fairy lights inside the lantern)

Waiting eagerly for your responses.

Thanking you all for joining this prompt.




What do you see # 76- A Roundup

It sits on the shelf as a reminder

A reminder to me to be real good

Good like an angel, even if I can’t be perfect

Perfection is beyond human nature, but not kindness

Kindness to oneself and those around me, is easy

Easy to give joy, easy to share and care

It sits there with a serious look on its face

Reminding me to be good, as good as I can be


This week these wonderful bloggers participated in WDYS # 76. You can read their contributions by clicking on their links.

Chris Hall; Little wickedness

Reena; The burden of innocence

Ivor; Blossoms over Jerusalem ( in comments)

Kristian; The angel’s kiss

Di; What do you see # 76

Susi; The light inside

Jules; Fostering luck

Carol Anne; What do you see # 76

Books and Bonsai; What Do You see # 76

Happy Soul; Angels

Eugenia; Yet another day

Michnavs; New colors

Jeff; Tanka # 10

Lisa; In comments

Suzette; Anointed Angel

I will be posting next week’s challenge on Monday at 12:00 pm PKT.

My sincerest thanks to all those who wrote for this prompt, commented on these posts, and shared them.




Weekend Writing Prompt

Sammi Cox is the host of Weekend Writing Prompt

Word Prompt




Winter is approaching fast and they have to forage for food

In organized manner, they hunt for it high’n low

Nuts from trees, Fruit waste from the dumpster, all precious

Those living in urban areas are brave, fearless

They would boldly grab food right in front of your face

Older and young ones all have been assigned their tasks

Sometimes they will stop and take a little break

To satisfy their immediate hunger and rest a while

Afterward, it’s back to work.

(82 Words)



Crimson Creative Challenge # 126

Crispina is the host of Crimson Creative Challenge


Welcome to my weekly challenge—open to all—just for FUN, FUN, FUN


Sally looked around but there was no sign of it anywhere.

Where could she have dropped it? She wondered. Feeling her earlobes again in hope of discovering the earring, but her hand came back empty.

She thought back to her movements. She came into the garden and went near the flower beds. Then she took a look at the newly planted tulip bulbs and it was at this point that she touched her ear to feel the new diamond studs her daughter had given her as a birthday present. One was missing and from that point, she had been retracing her step and trying to find it.

It was almost dark and she reluctantly turned to go in when in the fading light, something glinted among the delicate primroses. Hopefully, she bent down and there it was, nestled among the flowers. Twinkling at her, as if giving her a wink.




Lynn’s Tuesday Picture Prompt # 43

Glen is the host of LTPP

Art(including pictures and images) should evoke an emotional response in those who are viewing them. That’s why art can leave such a long-lasting and poignant imprint within the depths of our psyche

Your challenge or writing prompt is this:

  • what emotions or feelings get evoked or aroused in you when you look at this photograph taken by Lynn

Remember, the goal isn’t necessarily to tell me and others exactly what the picture is.

The creative goal for all of us is “what does the picture evoke in you; what emotion; feeling; memory or whatever it may be – what does it arouse in you and to share it that with others.

Our Week 43 picture is a grouping of stone landmarks know as “inukshuks” or singular an “inukshuk”. They are stone landmarks or cairns built by First Nations)FN) people of the northern Canada and used originally as navigation elements that would stand out on a frozen landscape. They are also to mark sacred locations of FN peoples.


What is this? Scott said as he was looking through the pictures his friend had taken on his trip to Canada.

What do you think it is? Asked Phil

“I don’t know buddy, to me, it looks like a get-together of people, who turned into stone!”

“Look the big guy in the middle looks like he is their boss and the little ones all around him are the minions. No disrespect intended!”

Scott was amused by Phil’s flight of fantasy.

“These are stone structures made by the native people as landmarks. We were amazed by them as many are very very old”

“That’s great then, you got a lot of cultural education on this trip of your to Canada and its historic locations!” Said Phil.