The Five Minute Friday prompt this week comes compliments of my almost ten-year-old daughter. Her first suggestion was “Imagine” — but since Lisa-Jo already used that word in the past, we’re going with the second word that came to her mind:




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First, some advice from Natalie Goldberg:

Let’s do it.


I dream in color and black and white. I dream in chocolate and sand. 

I dream in still photos and motion pictures. I dream in soundtracks and scores.

I dream of long driveways guarded by trees and houses with no need for locks.

Contagious laughter and unending smiles that span from yesterday until tomorrow.

And all the tomorrows.

I dream of newspapers running out of reality because I dream of heaven.

Gold streets and swaying Xhosa songs and a mansion with plenty of rooms.

I dream of chemotherapy becoming obsolete and ammunition production ceasing altogether.

I dream of holding hands and sitting still and rocking back and forth.

Castles on the shore and handstands in the lake, and “Watch me, Mom! Watch!”

I dream of giggles and bedtime tickles and whispers that crinkle up necks.

I dream in color and black and white. I dream in chocolate and sand.

Come. Dream a little dream with me.






This week’s FMF Video Intro is with Jeanne Takenaka.

If you’ve been part of the Five Minute Friday community for any length of time, you’ve likely received a word of encouragement from Jeanne in your comment box. Jeanne is a delightful part of this FMF family. I’m so grateful for her kind and generous heart!

Visit Jeanne’s blog by clicking here and follow her on Twitter @JeanneTakenaka.

Enjoy the interview below with Jeanne and Asheritah:



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Now let’s get to it …


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