fullsizerender_1Ichiro snores. The fog horn blows. My feet are cold and the fragrance of lilies on the kitchen counter drifts into the living room where I stare at the precarious position of my teacup on the edge of the coffee table while pondering this run on sentence the here and now.


Well, maybe not so much the here (sitting on a chair, in my living room, in my house, in California, on the continent of North America, on the planet Earth), as the now: this minute, this second, this milli- micro- nanosecond that has slipped into the past faster than it took you to read to the end of this sentence. I will never experience firsthand that specific now moment again.

Now, however, in this new now moment, I am forced to contemplate those minuscule components that shape my experience of time – the intangible representations of measurement – the knot of one-time nows that burst forth billions of yesterdays ago, scattered in an endless number of infinite directions, and stopped here long enough to dump me in this moment called now.

Are you keeping up? It is mind-boggling, right? There’s probably some math equation for this, or at least a theory, but I’m not the one to ask. I never made it past the first week of Calculus.

Now, in an attempt to keep your grey matter from exploding out your ears, let’s take a deep breath, exhale, and relax in the sights surrounding Sedona, Arizona, for a moment…


Ahhhhh! I’m feeling better now. How about you?

It is fascinating how an infinity of nows, strung like fine pearls upon one single strand of time, has led to this moment, isn’t it? A moment where the keys under my fingertips tap symbols associated with sounds in a carefully selected sequence which create the words

that connect us
– you and I –

on devices that are separated by counties, countries, and continents
in this moment
this very beautiful moment


Thank you for the gift of your presence ❤

A thank you also to Susanne Fletcher for throwing down the gauntlet to a 3-day quote challenge. I urge you to visit her at Wuthering Bites for a Smörgåsbord of creative literary treats AND at Redosue for a top-chef’s menu of creative non-fiction. (It must be lunchtime-my appetite has hijacked the keyboard.)

Now (no pun intended) it’s my turn. For the first round, here are three of my favorite bloggers. They are welcome to join in or, in Susanne’s words, “just bask in the limelight of the traffic to their blogs.” If you, Jennifer, Tony, and Torrie, decide to accept the challenge, please pick three quotes for three days (not necessarily consecutive) and select three different nominees each day. Be sure to thank the person who nominated you and let the nominees know you’ve tagged them. Easy Peasy.

My nominees are:

  • Jennifer Reinherz, an inspiration when it comes to raising kids, sharing her experience with interfaith marriage, writing children’s books, and still having time for CrossFit
  • Tony Quarrington, whose love affair with San Francisco exceeds my own. Tony’s wit, insights, and charming descriptions of his travels will have you booking your next road trip right now.
  •  A.PROMPTreply, where Torrie’s Happy Monday is always a nice way to start the week.


About Donna Gwinnell Lambo-Weidner

I am an adventure seeking ponderer of the mysteries of the universe, writer of children's books (represented by Stephen Fraser of the Jennifer DeChiara Literary Agency), and lover of anything involving armor, archery, or swashbuckling.
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  1. Susanne says:

    What a creative response! I absolutely love the “words that connect us” all thanks to blogging and keyboards and blogging challenges. Your opening paragraph is a delight and your so-called run-on sentence made me want to rush out and buy a bouquet of lilies so I could experience the fragrance. And that third paragraph? A galloping, speed of light, big-bang of a sentence! So fun. Thank you for playing, my enthusiastic friend.


  2. Aww, Donna. Thank you so much for nominating and inspiring me! I don’t remember how we found each other’s blogs, but I’m so grateful we did. xo


  3. A.PROMPTreply says:

    Wow! You definitely nailed that prompt, didn’t you?! First paragraph a prime example of why you’re a published authoress! Loved it! And thanks for the shout out as well….not sure I’m up to such a challenge, but is nice to have been thought of, especially by you!


  4. Lovely photographs, especially the first


  5. We live in bountiful times. Good to see people thankful for ALL the little and not so little wonderful things we have with us on our journey. Have a beautiful day Donna


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