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Friday Recap–Play it again, Sam!

Finally Friday, folks! In the states, Daylight Savings has packed her bags (ruby-red slippers and all) and it will be that beautiful full moon providing light at the end of this Autumn day.

I’m busy working on my manuscript (NaNoWriMo y’all) so I will spend November replaying some old posts while I grind out 50,000 words by midnight on November 30.


I even tricked Ned Hickson into throwing me a bone! You’ll see his hilarious Freshly Pressed post right before Thanksgiving.

I’ve read a lot of great posts from blogger friends this week and I’m so thrilled to be part of such a talented and supportive community.

If you are a parent who is also a childhood abuse survivor or know someone who is, please take a moment to head over to The Sisterwives page and read this brave post from Dawn:  Parenting–An Unexpected Trigger. If you have your own story, consider joining these brave souls and contributing your words to their anthology. You can also find the project on this Facebook page.

And, since I’ve completely spent my writing brain on the 14,000 words produced elsewhere, I’m resurrecting a short post from last year. Even though it’s a little more light-hearted, it still reminds us that we aren’t in any of our battles alone. Whether you are fighting injustice or tackling a bad hair day, consider this a group hug and a big ole’ resounding TGIF!

Have a great weekend, friends!




So often we see our bruises as markers for bad memories, mistakes or poor decisions. Wouldn’t it be great if instead we saw them as reminders of grand adventures, unraveling laughter and lessons not learned otherwise.

My best stories are often inspired from the black, blue and yellow marks on my knees or head (and my heart).

These bruises make for better conversation
Loses the vibe that separates
It’s good to let you in again
You’re not alone in how you’ve been
Everybody loses, we all got bruises
We all got bruises

~Lyrics by Pat Monahan

How often do we get buried in the struggle?  How many times have we hidden our emotional battle scars and bandaged the wounds with futile attempts and masks?

Why do we cover up our bruises?

We all got bruises–it’s okay to let them show.

You don’t believe me? Play the song and try to tell me that it didn’t lighten your heart just a little. xo

47 thoughts on “Friday Recap–Play it again, Sam!

  1. Aww well done with NaNoWriMo! Keep going girlie… I considered it but have decided I have too much on my proverbial plate at present. We shall enjoy your replays! πŸ™‚ Since I’m kind of new, it’s all news to me anyhow… and as for the song? How did you know Train is one of my favourite groups? After anything John Mayer, of course. Pretty much all other music comes after JM. πŸ™‚ But I loved this – the song, the sound, and especially the message! Yes, we all got them. Some of us more than others, true, but there’s little point in pretending otherwise. xx Have a great month, and happy writing, Michelle! Mother Hen


    1. Hey friend!
      I always love to see your smiling face come across my page. My sweet daughter just texted me from school and asked about my book, too…I have such great people in my life.
      I’m so glad you enjoyed the song. I like anything that’s light and fun and still conveys a message. I’ve been hooked on Train ever since they released Drops of Jupiter. Speaking of JM…have you heard his cover for Free Falling? I’ll see if I can find the video…suddenly, I’m in the mood for some iTunes.
      Be sure to take some time away from the proverbial plate of yours…I’ll try to promise to do the same.
      Thank you for stopping by today. xo


      1. Oh, yes! Freefalling… his cover is the best! Actually, that was literally the only Tom Petty song I could stomach (sorry, TP fans – just can’t hack him. Ditto for Bob Dylan… ) I’ve seen JM in concert three times now and can’t wait for the next one. Absolutely the best guitarist ever. (Just ignore that elephant in the room that is his very public and messy love life…haha!). We used to do Drops of Jupiter in our band (I played piano/keyboards) – even more fun to play than to listen to! Also love Maroon 5… I know, Adam Levine. So big-headed. But the best pipes in the business. Love it!
        I feel some Pandora in my future… xx MH

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      2. I bet if you stuck your playlist next to mine, it would look like a mirror πŸ™‚
        Except…I have a LOT of country on there, too. Oh and 80s music. And you play???? So cool. Is there anything you’re not good at?


  2. So…I watched the video, then another one, then another one, then another… lol! Well you get the idea. Love Train! I just don’t listen to them much because I don’t listen to a lot of pop music. Radio has a tendency to take a great song and Wear. It. Out! “Soul Sister” is good example. Hope you have an awesome Friday! and weekend! πŸ™‚

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    1. LOL! I know, right?
      I keep getting distracted and pulled away from other things because YOUTUBE! Oh well, at least I’m logged out of Facebook πŸ˜‰
      Have a fantastic Friday, Courtney!!


      1. I’m not on FB (anymore) it was way too much of a distraction and I just couldn’t get away from drama! Ugh… I would much rather read blogs and talk to “adults” who have things to say I actually want to read about. My daughter has an account and I get on her page sometimes to look at pictures and stuff, but no one knows I am there. I do not miss it at all! Are you on twitter?

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      2. I am on twitter and mostly use it to watch Walking Dead or baseball with my friends. It seems to be less of a time-suck than FB, too! You can find me a @mamamickerry if you want!


  3. Michelle, I just wanted to congratulate you for packing you literary bags and embarking on this writing journey. Just remember you’ll probably have a red-eye connection in Denver at some point, and they will run out of those little bottles of liquor during the flight. There may even be a flight change or two, as well as some fog delays. BUT rest assured you’ll arrive at your destination! πŸ˜‰


  4. This put such a smile on my face! Love the picture of the puppy. πŸ™‚ Write your heart out girl!!! I’m so glad you’ve included a link to Dawn and Joyelle’s anthology project. I contributed an essay and I’m going to post about what they’re doing next week. xxoo

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    1. I’m so glad you have an essay in there. If anyone can speak from the heart and reach others, it’s you. I can’t wait to see what you’ve written. And, I’m glad to put a smile on your face. I’m sure you’ve read some of the things I’ve read this week. My broken little heart was in need of levity. I’m guessing that yours was, too. xo

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      1. YAY! I hope you are having a wonderful time.
        I’ve been reading all of your beautiful writing and enjoying all of it. I may not always comment, but just know I’m always wishing you the best. xo

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  5. MamaMick…

    I’m sending lots of loving… caffeine filled thoughts your way!!!

    I’m looking forward to reading some of your older post since I just jumped on your site a month ago!!!

    Ned’s… he’s okay… I might read that post πŸ˜‰

    As for my bruises… I’ve found if I share them the Lord blesses me by using them to relate to… love on… and encourage others.

    It’s always nice…for this purposeful mama… to know her heartache will someday serve a bigger purpose!!


    1. Ah, thanks Mama!
      Yeah, Ned will do in a pinch, right? Somedays, I just wish he’d write for me.
      I love your perspective on bruises and the blessings you glean. As always, you’ve made me smile. Thanks for popping in today!


  6. Very upbeat and positive Mama. And the pictures of the puppy were adorable. Thnaks os much for the heart lightening song and pics. I am in awe of your writing journey Mama and wish you the very best.

    as an aside MAMA, i did two guest posts yestErday and I’d be honored if you could find the time to drop by for a read: one at Cordelia’s Mom and the other at Mindful Digressions

    Thanks so much. πŸ™‚


    1. AWESOME, Paul! You certainly keep busy as a guest writer!
      I always look forward to reading your words…that second title looks quite interesting πŸ˜‰
      As always, I appreciate you stopping by and commenting. I’m also glad you saw this as upbeat and positive…it’s been a heavy space this week and thought we could use a puppy and a smile πŸ™‚


    1. No NO! There is no crying in NaNo…at least, that’s what I keep telling myself.
      It’s way more difficult than I can imagine.
      It’s my first go-round, too so perhaps we can keep each other sane?
      Way to go, BellaD!


    1. I am so thrilled to know that I’m not the only mad one around here!!
      I can’t wait to read it, Mary. I have no doubt that the words will flow and it will be beautiful. In fact, all of the sudden I’m in the need for a Mary fix! Every time I see a Ferris wheel, I think of you. xo
      PS: I hit the half-way point this morning…not sure what I’m going to write next!!


  7. First off, happy writing. You are brave! Secondly, thanks for introducing me to such an awesome song. Definitely adding it to my collection. And finally, I will most definitely be hopping over to the Sisterwives page. Thank you for that link.


    1. Hey mama!
      Thanks for stopping by. I see that I have a post waiting in my e-mail from you! YAY! I love reading your words and I’m always so thrilled when you stop by and read mine.
      I hope you had a great weekend!

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  8. Oh, I came so close to signing up this year but unfortunately my life is just so busy right now and it has to come first! I wish you luck, pretty lady. I know you’ll make it.
    I hear you on the bruises. If nothing else I hope we learn from them. I have plenty of my own and I’ve learned in the last few years that yes, it is okay to let them show. Thank you for the reminder!

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    1. Hey Sandy,
      I must have bumped my head when I signed up for that. Yikes! I’m 27K in and officially ran out of content this morning. The last of the words will be a grind, I’m sure.
      Thank you so much for stopping by and reading. I’ve always been a fan of bruises–even when I was a little girl. This song is a happy reminder for me, too.
      Thank you, friend!!


  9. I feel like i may have commented on the original post and referenced that this is exactly how I feel about the scar on my leg, from when I jumped out a window during a PTSD thing. I was so embarrassed and ashamed of it before but now it’s like a badge of survival and thriving.

    Also: I love that song! I saw him at an outdoor concert, in the rain, a few years ago and he pulled a young girl out of the audience to sing with him. Awesome concert.


    1. I think you did, Aussa!
      You were one of my very first bloggy friends and I love hearing from you now just as much as I did then. Thank you so much for taking the time from your busy wedding planning and goat-tending πŸ˜‰ xo

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