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A Year of Kindness, Music And Gratitude

Happy New Year! I pray that your new year will be one filled with love and joy. I am bringing in a new theme to my blog emphasizing kindness, music and gratitude. There will still be poetry and articles on Mississippi as these things bring me joy. In an effort to live more intentionally, I will be adding posts about random acts of kindness.

Random acts of kindness have had a profound effect on my life. It has taught me love, empathy, and compassion. During some of the darkest times these acts have given me hope and a reason to live. I will never know the names of all the people whose acts of kindness have affected my life. Each act has created a ripple effect that has changed me and now affects everyone that I meet in so many unexpected ways. Giving without expecting anything in return is one of life’s greatest joys.

In a world filled with fear and despair one act of kindness can change the course of someone’s life. A train of random acts of kindness has the power to create hope and love. Simple things such as a smile and word of encouragement are so powerful.

Please join me in this year of kindness. I welcome ideas and stories of how each of you has changed a life through the power of giving. Together we can make a difference.

The second goal for me in this new year is to relearn to play the flute. I played it in elementary and middle school. It has numerous benefits as well as a fun instrument to play. My progress should be entertaining. Throughout the year there will be a few videos of me playing the flute.

A final goal for this year is to exercise gratitude for all blessings. Some of my poetry will reflect this goal.

Thank you for reading and commenting on Piper’s Adventures. Your support has made a difference in my life and I appreciate all of you.

Here’s to the New Year. May 2022 be a year filled with love and joy. Cheers!

copyright 2022 Debbie Pierce

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A Child’s Thanksgiving

Steve and Deb age 5 to 7 (2_) (2)

Smiling for the camera

ice cream in my hand

Grandma’s for Thanksgiving

leaves falling across the land


Smiles and laughter

a game of red rover

waiting for dinner

come on over


Sitting in the kitchen

at the children’s table

special surprises

so grateful


Running through the orchard

apples on the trees

jumping to pick them

falling in the leaves


On the porch

stories being told

of family history

by those who are old


Thankful for the memories

of a day so long ago

can still hear the laughter

the love continues to grow


Over fifty years later

I still love ice cream

visiting the people long gone

in pleasant dreams


copyright 2019 Debbie Pierce

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The garden is beautiful this time of year surrounded by vintage plants. Each piece holds a story in the life of a woman. Treasures gathered in a faded blue chair the woman’s light shines through.  A tattered bear holds secrets of joy and pain. Rememberances of a simple time when a hug and kiss healed all the strain. The others playmates on a rainy day. Jumping around a play house in a small girl’s room. Flowers often sitting beside it in full bloom.

The day has come to leave the fantasy land. Time to leave them to the grandchild who now besides them stand. The woman’s time is short and soon her worldly light will go out. However, now is a time to smile and not to pout.

The child dances as she picks up each treasure with glee. The woman smiles as she tells the child that each will be a remembrance of me. I will never be truly gone as long each treasure brings you joy. We will be playing together with each toy.

Dancing around the room while talking of things good and bad. They will bring comfort when you are sad. Always a light will shine giving you a hug each day. Now my child it is time to go away.

The woman passes into the eternal light. The child grows up treasuring each moment the light is bright. A new day has dawned and the treasures are in the chair again. The time has come for another new friend.

As generations pass the vintage toys carry joy and pain. Each time passed there is a wonderful gain.


copyright 2019 Debbie Pierce


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Autumn: Season of Color and Abundance

fall color april 22

September comes

the debut is near

trees and bushes are ready

the signs are clear


Sun rises with high temperatures

jeopardizing the debut

high humidity with no rain

provides a big clue


Will autumn come

or will an error occur

humans and animals shake their head

then with high hopes concur


The show must go on

it happens each year

autumn is coming

there is no need to fear


Bright colorful foliage

emanating from the trees

leaves begin to drop

fulfilling a spiritual need


Abundant food

in each community a feast

acorns for squirrels

for human a roasted beast


Temperatures drop

coolness in the air

celebrations of plenty

many a state fair


Seasons change

 the life cycle continues

the journey is exciting

enjoying each venue


copyright 2019 Debbie Pierce

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Sanctify: The Beauty of a New Day

colorado park river

Walking through the valley

seeking to sanctify my soul

breathing in deeply

smells from times of old


Smells of morning dew

whispers from the rain

mirror images in the river

cleansing away the pain


New life emerges

there is a new nature show

flowers surrounding me

blooms begin to glow


Sweet serenity

life begins anew

slowly cleansing my soul

now from a different point of view


Love envelopes me

stronger from the storm

stretching out to enjoy the day

the journey is full and transformed


copyright Debbie Pierce 2019


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Memorial Day 2019

american flag may 5

On this weekend

we remember those that served

fighting for an ideal

having the nerve


Coming in many forms

bravery to face the battle

beliefs that all have liberty

and are not mere chattel


Through words of love

spoken of lives lost too soon

they will not be forgotten

bugles play at noon


Love never dies

they have given us this life

sounds of laughter

peace and not strife


There are few

who proudly take our place

to defend a great land

wrapped in God’s grace


We are grateful for their service

for defending this great land

giving hugs to their spirits

reverently shaking their hands


Happy Memorial Day

to those whom are gone

your sacrifice is not forgotten

you will never walk alone


copyright 2019 Debbie Pierce





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Gratitude- Countdown to Thanksgiving 2

white flowers at ms art museum april 20


for those who came before

for their courage and hard work

opening for me a life door



for the lessons that I learned

for the experiences

for blessings unearned



for the sun and the moon

for birds singing

for the wind that swoons



for traveling through time

for the privilege of growing old

for stories told for a dime



for all who have passed through my life

for the love and the blessings

and a glimpse of the afterlife



for things that make me smile

for the journey

for each life mile



for another Thanksgiving

for everything

that makes life worth living


copyright 2018 Debbie Pierce