I Feel at Home Here--Now
Ekphrastic Poetry
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Location: Las Cruces, NM USA
Gender: Female
Born: June 7, 1938
Member: Premier Author
Joined: August 2014

Through the many years of my life
I have learned many skills and love to share those things God has given me.

I love to write poetry, do computer art, knit and reading.
I live in a beautiful part of the country with mountains to the east of my home and I love to watch the sunrises.
After being on Fanstory now for almost two years I have learned some valuable lessons.
Am trying new poetry formats. I recently have written a cinquain, acrostics, non-fiction essays about wildlife, limericks and even created what I call a word acrostic. Word acrostics are where the first word of each line become a special message to the poem. I also created a format called spaceship, which is syllable based. the line are 1,3,6,8,12,9,6,3,1 centered and the words look like spaceships.

I'm not on this site to become a published author or poet. I am here to write and hopefully write things that will encourage others to do their best and not feel alone in this crazy world.
To learn all the poetic rules at this point in my life is not something I am wanting to do. So please consider that when you review my work. I do enjoy trying new forms of poetry and if what I write is only worthy of a C grade, then you can know I at least tried something new, and challenging.
My life story is the subject of a radio drama, below is a story of how it all came about.

I live in America, the radio drama was produced in America at the Pacific Garden Mission located in Chicago IL. Pacific Garden Mission is the largest and oldest mission for the homeless and down trodden in the world, it has been running since 1887 or there about. The way my story came about is I sent about 100 pages of stories about my life to the Mission, they in turn passed the stories to a script writer, who took the facts of my story and made it into a drama. There were actors and actresses who played the roles of the various people in my story.

To access my story google Patricia Lawrence unshackled
Go to listen then to the archives for OCT 2014
Name Patricia Lawrence
My program #'s are 3325 and 3326
Here is a message I got from the producer of the Unshackled program where my testimony has been produced as a radio drama.

Hello Patricia,

Thanks for the enormous time that you have given to this amazing
endeavor. All that you have shared will be used by the Lord
to assist our script writer with His story in your life.

Have a great day.
Flossie McNeil

Each time I have listened to it, at points it brings me to tears even though I know the story.
For folks who know me, they may or may not hear me as I sound, but I don't know if we really know how we sound to others. The story is true and the events were painful in spots, for me to tell. But I am so glad I did it and pray there will be hearts and minds changed when they hear my story.

Here is a message I received from the director of the unshackled programs about how my story is touching people around the world.

Thanks Patricia!

Your story greatly impacted many listeners around the world.

Blessings, Flossie

When I was 19 years old I was the victim of a date rape and became pregnant as a result. When I went home to my family, I was told that I was to have an abortion. I didn't know what that word meant. I asked my family to explain it to me. When they told me what the word meant, I said, "If there is a God I will not have an abortion, as I do not want to answer for taking the life of my child."
Therefore it was my decision to have my child and to relinquish him for adoption. This was without a doubt the hardest thing I have ever done in my life.

Here is a link to a blog that features a part of my life story.
My motto would be: If you want to try something, go for it, you will either learn or you will achieve the desired.
Photo is of my newest great grandson born 10-9-17
and his big sister.
Jesus said, I am the way, the truth and the life.
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patcelaw: Poets see the truths that lie unnoticed by many of us.
October 17 at 11:38AM

patcelaw: My newest great grandson has arrive and his pic will be on my profile soon.
October 10 at 11:40AM
    Irish Rain: Congratulations!!
    October 10 at 12:40PM
    mrsmajor: Congratulations!
    October 10 at 2:21PM

patcelaw: This is a message from my dear friend about the poetry I write. Her words actually brought me to tears, just know how I have touched her life, when it was her touching my life in the way she has over the almost four years we have know each other that bring me to tears.

Thank you, Patricia. Your poetry has been a balm to my soul this summer as I've gone through a period of self-examination and condemnation. This new Bible study I'm in is also helping.
October 9 at 12:54PM
    Irish Rain: Your words are ALWAYS a blessing Miss Patricia.
    October 9 at 3:11PM
    Mustangpatty1029: Your poems are always uplifting and a reminder of what He does for us every day
    October 9 at 3:28PM
    pipersfancy: How nice, Patricia! It is a rare gift when someone shares with us how our poetry has touched them.
    October 9 at 6:51PM

patcelaw: Today, I had the opportunity to speak on a national program about abortion . This is the link if you would care to listen. I am Celeste and I am on at the 35 minute spot.
October 2 at 8:23PM

patcelaw: I saw a neat headline:
Why is it that people who predict the end, not sell all their possessions?
September 20 at 8:37AM
    damommy: Very good question!
    September 21 at 2:16PM
    pipersfancy: Ah - but they usually do expect their followers to give up their creature comforts... (maybe a touch hypocritical?)
    September 21 at 9:21PM

patcelaw: Borrowed from a friend.

"The worst time to have a heart attack is during a game of charades"!
September 7 at 9:03PM
    Irish Rain: Ha ha....really!!
    September 7 at 9:34PM
    Dean Kuch: Oh my goodness! That would be a terrible situation, lol.
    September 7 at 9:43PM

patcelaw: I got this from a friend and it is so funny I have to share.

This is lovely. This made me laugh because only women understand this ! 😊 If my body was a car, I would be trading it in for a newer model. I've got bumps, dents, scratches & my headlights are out of focus. My gearbox is seizing up & it takes me hours to reach maximum speed. I overheat for no reason and every time I sneeze, cough or laugh either my radiator leaks or my exhaust backfires!
August 31 at 10:10PM
    damommy: Thanks for giving me a laugh today. This is so funny. (and true. lol)
    September 1 at 12:23PM
    Mustangpatty1029: LOL! (oops - there goes another leak!)
    September 1 at 5:01PM

patcelaw: A city slicker went to a cattle ranch and as he stepped out of his car, he sniffed the air and said to the rancher, "this smells awful!"
To which the rancher sniffed the air and said, "sure smells like money to me my city friend."
August 10 at 5:12PM

patcelaw: anecdoche, means a conversation when everyone is talking and no one is listening.
How many of us have been in this situation?
May 3 at 11:05AM
    damommy: I didn't know there was a word for it. I'm going to remember it. Yes, I've been "there" many times. LOL.
    May 3 at 1:11PM
    Kerry Robinson: OOwww. I love new words, Thanks Patricia for sharing that :))
    May 4 at 2:02AM
    kiwisteveh: Interesting that this word and its definition are spreading on the internet and Twitter while it doesn't yet appear in any 'real' dictionaries.

    It does appear is something called 'The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows' which sounds interesting in itself. Turns out that dictionary is a compendium of invented words... Here are a couple of other inventions from that source:
    n. the temptation to step off your career track and become a shepherd in the mountains, following
    your flock between pastures with a sheepdog and a rifle, watching storms at dusk from the doorway of
    a small cabin, just the kind of hypnotic diversion that allows your thoughts to make a break for it and
    wander back to their cubicles in the city.

    n. the practice of smiling and nodding when you have absolutely no idea what someone just said, a
    method of smoothing over built-in glitches in conversation, an archaic medium that marries the
    bandwidth of a planetarium with the fidelity of a tin can telephone, for which we compensate by
    wrapping the Earth with fiberoptic cables until it looks like a gigantic ball of twine.
    May 5 at 4:22AM

patcelaw: My vision is terrible right now. I do not know how to type so I use the hunt and peck method and on a black keyboard I can almost not see the keys.
This is why I am very slow in reviewing your posts. So forgive me if I do not get to your posts in a timely manner. I have an appointment tomorrow with the Commission for the Blind.
The vision problem creates a great deal of stress for me.
March 13 at 11:38AM
    Irish Rain: Sorry to hear this Miss Patricia. Hope you get some relief at your appointment. Don't stress over not reviewing, we still enjoy your inspiring words. Prayers for you....
    March 13 at 11:44AM
    Jannypan (Jan) : Patricia,
    Take care of YOU! Have you heard of the program Dragon? Anyway, don't worry about reviewing. We all know how faithful you are & would if you could. Jan
    March 13 at 1:22PM
    jules4jesus: praying for you my friend that God will bring sight to your eyes again
    March 23 at 3:16AM
    Dolly'sPoems: Sorry to hear that Patricia, have you tried stronger spectacles? Sounds like a silly suggestion, but you could try it, love Dolly x
    April 2 at 3:29PM
    charlene7190: Hope the best for you. It may be repairable (I had cataract surgery). Please keep all informed.
    April 4 at 6:57PM
    Aussie: Prayers winging their way from Australia. I'm sure He has the answer to your vision. Happy Easter my friend. Blessings, Kay.
    April 12 at 4:51AM
    Selina Stambi: Hope you find a solution soon, Pat. Happy Easter.
    April 17 at 8:39PM
    Caressa_08: I just can imagine. And thought you were doing just fine with your eyes about over a year or so ago when you had cataracs removed...This must be something else....Possibly macular related...Prayers your way, Patricia.
    April 19 at 5:58PM

patcelaw: My internet was down for over 24 hours and boy have i gotten behind on my reviewinfg and responding. I am trying to catch up.
March 9 at 10:49PM
    damommy: Oh, bless your heart. 8-)

    Take your time, and don't push yourself.
    March 10 at 12:26AM

patcelaw: On this day in 1959 I was blessed to become the wife of a wonderful man. A man who loved me and his daughters unconditionally. He was a gentle, sweet and honorable man. In my wildest dreams, I had never thought I would meet, fall in love and marry such a wonderful man as Wayne E Lawrence. One day I will join him in Heaven and that day will be a joyful day. I still love him dearly.
January 25 at 1:54PM
    Irish Rain: And he waits for you!
    January 25 at 8:23PM
    Torshie: Yes indeed. Amen. Holy is thy name.
    February 19 at 10:03AM

patcelaw: I have freedom of speech yet.
I'll not use it to be critical of others
January 10 at 6:15PM
    damommy: I'm with you. 8-)
    January 10 at 8:09PM

patcelaw: Often when we feel there is nothing more for us to write about we need to remember, life is full of subject matter for us to write about.
January 6 at 2:20PM

patcelaw: These are cute.

In honor of school starting back up, here are a few fun (math) facts that can hopefully help our student Facebookers:

1. Ratio of an igloo?s circumference to its diameter = Eskimo Pi
2. 2000 pounds of Chinese soup = Won ton
3. 1 millionth of a mouthwash = 1 microScope
4. Time between slipping on a peel and smacking the pavement = 1 bananosecond
5. Weight an evangelist carries with God = 1 billigram
6. Time it takes to sail 220 yards at 1 nautical mile per hour = Knotfurlong
7. 365.25 days of drinking low-calorie beer = 1 Lite year
8. 16.5 feet in the Twilight Zone = 1 Rod Serling
9. Half a large intestine = 1 semicolon
10. 1,000,000 aches = 1 megahurtz
11. Basic unit of laryngitis = 1 hoarsepower
12. Shortest distance between two jokes = a straight line
13. 2000 mockingbirds = two kilomockingbirds
14. 1 kilogram of falling figs = 1 Fig Newton
15. 1000 cc?s of wet socks = 1 literhosen
16. 8 nickels = 2 paradigms
August 24 at 10:59PM
    damommy: These are so cute. I love things like this. Thanks for sharing it. My favorites were Nos. 1, 2, 3, and 4. 8-)
    August 25 at 12:00AM
    nancyjam: These are very clever and fun. A great way to start my day -with a chuckle. Thanks Pat.
    August 25 at 11:29AM

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