bicycles camping culture daily prompt environment happiness hiking inspiration intentional living life lifestyles Mississippi nature poetry preservation spiritual story telling summer

Gallivant: Journey on a Sunny Day

tin bicycle man clinton march 28 2017

Gallivanting around town

enjoying the day

he tilts his hat

as he makes his way


So many things to see

there is a parade in town

floats and bands

the grand mistress has a crown


Riding farther now

into the park

ducks walking on a path

dogs are starting to bark


Down the street

is the woman of his dreams

he stops to court her

his presence makes her eyes gleam


Returning home

neighbors give him a shout

content in is journey

time for lights out


copyright 2018 Debbie Pierce


bicycles camping culture daily prompt environment forest happiness hiking humor inspiration intentional living life lifestyles Mississippi nature poetry preservation spiritual story telling

Assay: Alligator and Turtle

alligator bike ride 3

Sitting on a log

staring into each other’s eye

assaying their fate

deciding to either flee or die


Happening upon each other

on a late winter’s day

a perfect moment

where each can have his say


Bikers and walkers are stopped

spectators to this contest

wondering if they will fight

or just continue to rest


All eyes are upon them

they are like still life

living in the moment

amid some steep strife


A meaningful conversation

just between the two

coming to an understanding

only they have a clue


Slipping into the water

 each goes his way

having entertained the spectators

on this beautiful day


copyright 2018 Debbie Pierce


<a href=””>Assay</a&gt;

via Daily Prompt: Assay

bicycling camping culture daily prompt environment happiness hiking humor inspiration intentional living life lifestyles Mississippi nature poetry preservation spiritual story telling

Conveyor: Spring Day

flamingo bicycle clinton

The flamingo rides down the street

conveying messages of joy

on his yellow bicycle

the envy of every girl and boy


Spring is coming

everything will be alive again

the sun will be shining

outdoor fun to begin


Riding along

cool with sunglasses

a conveyor of fashion

nothing clashes


Stopping at cafe

he has a cool drink

speaking with others

causing them to think


How cool it must be

to be comfortable in one’s skin

wandering and spreading joy

to all who come in contact with him


He continues on

riding the yellow bike

spring is coming

the world is alright


copyright 2018 Debbie Pierce


<a href=””>Conveyor</a&gt;

via Daily Prompt: Conveyor

art bicycles camping culture daily prompt environment happiness hiking inspiration intentional living life lifestyles Mississippi nature poetry preservation spiritual story telling suburbs summer

A Prickle Bicycle

lawn guy blue bicycle clinton


A bicycle filled with flowers

a beautiful work of art

basket with a bird house

and a metal tag from the start


Parked against a tree

slowly becoming part of the land

prickly bushes surrounding it

creating a stand


A striking blue frame

filled with colorful flowers to see

a small town decoration

wonderful for me


There is much love

shown in this landscape

art is created

a scene to partake


Art reflects the culture

of this small town

an expression of joy

from the people around


A lovely place to visit

a prickle of love

expressed in bicycle art

something to be proud of 


copyright 2017 Debbie Pierce


<a href=””>Prickle</a&gt;

via Daily Prompt: Prickle

art bicycles culture daily prompt environment happiness hiking inspiration intentional living life lifestyles Mississippi mississippi travel nature preservation story telling summer

A Tour of Old Town Clinton Mississippi

Mississippi has many small cities that surround the capital city of Jackson. One of these small towns is Clinton, Mississippi. Clinton has grown through the years to a thriving city that sports businesses and a local college. The old part of Clinton is near a local college and has been revitalized with small shops, art galleries, and restaurants.

William and I spent the day in the old Clinton downtown area. We parked our truck and began walking the streets taking photographs along the way. This part of Clinton has an art project that contains bicycles. These bicycles were transformed into art and placed on the corners of most of the streets. Different artists contributed to this project and each bicycle has a different message and inspiration.

tin bicycle man clinton march 28 2017

We first encounter a tin man riding his bicycle on a side street filled with trees. The man is bright and has a happy smile as he appears to ride the street. I take several photographs of him as we paused for a moment. Imagining the life that he would lead here makes me smile. It is a quiet street filled with old houses with vibrant plants and trees. There are several people walking and a few people sitting on their porches. It is reminiscent of an earlier era. William and I speak to a few people about this beautiful day.

flamingo bicycle clinton

As we continue to stroll down the next street there is a pink flamingo riding a bicycle in front of a coffee shop. The flamingo has bright colors and looks like he would fit in well in a beach town. He is surrounded by a flower garden that is blooming. I smile, savor the moment, and take a photograph before we move on to the next street.

snoopy bicycle clinton

The streets continue with a display of transformed bicycles that are fun and interesting. My favorite bicycle is a representation of Snoopy looking as if he is flying. Snoopy is one of those characters that radiates happiness. This is a wonderful transformation of a bicycle into art. He sits in front of an old house that looks empty but well-kept.

Clinton is also home to a local college located in the midst of the old part of town. We gained permission to take photographs on the campus. It is the afternoon and the college students are enjoying the outdoors. The students are friendly and give us water on this warm afternoon.

ms college bell tower march

The college has been here for over one hundred years and many old trees and buildings. I take photographs of the bell tower, trees, study areas, and clock tower. There are many old trees that have seen this college grow and change. They stand regal with their beautiful wood. Many of the trees have moss hanging from them.

ms college study area march

The study area is quiet and serene with a bench surrounded by trees. There is a student enjoying the sun and studying this afternoon. There is a group of young men tossing a football nearby. This college is a wonderful place.

We make our way around the quad and leave the college continuing on our tour of old town Clinton. There are more bicycle transformations that we observe on our way back to the truck. One of the bicycles has been transformed into a terra-cotta planter. There are several plants living on this work of art.

Our final stop is a small shop that has a bicycle hanging with a bottle tree beneath it. It is pretty and I stop to take a photograph. This has been a fun adventure into the art scene in this small part of Clinton.

blue bicycle clinton

We find the truck and leave to our next destination. The Clinton Visitor Center is on our way home. We stop and admire the landscape around the center. There are spring flowers in bloom. Next is a field with some trees and a small bridge covering a creek bed. We glance over to see some squirrels enjoying the afternoon. On the path are some brightly painted bird houses. There are no residents in these houses but they are pretty.

The Clinton Visitor Center has a wooden box with books that is marked free library. This is a wonderful concept to encourage literacy. A person can pick out a book and read it. The book then is returned to the library.

free library clinton visitor

William and I return to the truck and make our way home. This has been a wonderful day filled with adventure. We take the Natchez Trace and reflect on the beauty of our  state. Truly Mississippi is a wonderful place to live.

Copyright 2017 Debbie Pierce


<a href=””>Savor</a&gt;

via Daily Prompt: Savor




bicycling culture daily prompt environment happiness hiking humor inspiration intentional living life lifestyles Mississippi nature poetry preservation spiritual story telling summer

A Tailored Day

tin bicycle man clinton march 28 2017

The tin man on a bicycle

on this sunny day

riding along the streets

tipping his tailored hat along the way


He greets everyone

with a wonderful smile

enjoying the scenery

while riding each mile


He stops at a house

his love on the porch

pretty flowers in hand

his heart is a torch


Their love is true

enjoying this day

hoping she will marry him

journey in life’s way


He leaves on his bike

his tin  heart shines through

she said yes

life is wonderful anew


The day has come

she is his bride

his heart is happy

beaming with pride


copyright 2017 Debbie Pierce


<a href=””>Tailor</a&gt;

via Daily Prompt: Tailor

bicycling camping celebrations culture daily prompt environment Fourth of July happiness humor inspiration intentional living life lifestyles Mississippi nature preservation story telling summer

An Independence Day Celebration

american flag may 5

I decorated my bicycle with red, white, and blue streamers and gathered the candy bag. There was great excitement in the air as I sailed to the beginning of the neighborhood. All the houses had American flags displayed in the front yards. It was a humid morning and it was time to line up for the Independence Day parade.

There were about twenty people already in line for the parade. Each person had decorated a bicycle or wagon in red, white, and blue streamers. There was an older man who had decorated his lawnmower with balloons. There were so many of them it appeared that he would fly away.

The parade began and the people were waving American flags on both sides of the street as the parade progressed down the street. I threw candy while riding by on my bicycle. It was a site to see especially when my bike hit a bump in the road and I almost hit the ground. It was a grand time for everyone involved the event.

Afternoon came and my family began preparing for the main event of the day. There were several relatives coming over to enjoy our new house for the holiday. We had moved into the new house in May.

The house was larger than our last one and my father had just finished building the swimming pool. He loved gas grills and swimming pools. Each morning the swimming pool water would be tested and cleaned. This afternoon the water in the pool was blue and sparkling in the sun. It looked inviting in the midafternoon heat.

The grill was hot and my father brought the meat out to be cooked. In our house it was common to marinate all types of meat to be cooked on the grill overnight. The tender meat consisted of chicken and small beef chunks. There was enough to feed a large number of people.

The aroma of the meat while on the grill cooking was a pleasure for the senses. The smell of spicy and sweet marinade acted as a magnet to the grill. It seemed like an eternity passed before the meat was done.

The next part of our contribution to the evening meal was homemade ice cream. The ice cream mixture was prepared and put into a wooden hand cranked maker. The ice and salt around the ice cream container would splash out on the concrete as the crank was turned.

The job of turning the crank fell to my brother. He would make up songs as the crank turned. These songs were funny and often the lyrics depicted what was going on around him at the time.

The time came for my relatives to arrive for the holiday. Many containers filled with food were brought through the house to the back yard. My mother had prepared a picnic table covered with a red tablecloth with a small container filled with silverware and napkins. Soon the table was filled with delicious looking side dishes and desserts.

After the meal was finished it was time to swim in the pool. The water was cool and refreshing in the late afternoon heat. Going down the slide was the best part of the swimming pool. It was about ten feet tall and had a curve in the center. Water came through the spouts on the side making it easy to slide into the water.

I climbed up the ladder and decided go down head first on my back into the water. This could be a tricky thing to do if you were not careful. Time seems to go by quickly as you go down and hit the water. Many times I had water up my nose from trying this. Still it was always fun to do.

Next was a game of water volleyball in which everyone participated. This was a fun game that had teams mixed with adults and children. There was never a clear winner but everyone had a great time.

Finally the sun set and it was time for the firework show. Our house was close enough to where the firework show was being held that we could see it clearly in the backyard. There were explosions of multicolored lights in the air. There was a different array of shapes and colors with each burst. It was a wonderful site to see.

Soon it was time for everyone to go home. The tables were cleared and everything was cleaned. There were hugs and announcements that we would meet again soon. The perfect end to another adventure. All was well within our souls.

Copyright 2017 Debbie Pierce


<a href=””>Sail</a&gt;

via Daily Prompt: Sail










bicycles bicycling culture daily prompt God happiness humor inspiration intentional living life lifestyles Mississippi poetry story telling summer

Pink Flamingo on a Summer Mission

flamingo bicycle clinton

Pink flamingo on a bike

riding along the road

sun glasses shining

chilling without a load


The day is warm

summer is here

greeting all people

who are near


God gave him a yellow bike

to enjoy the summer

spreading kindness to all

including the newcomer


He spreads joy

throughout the land

passing cafes

listening to the bands


The pink flamingo rides the streets

enjoying the view

spreading happiness and cheer

every summer day is new


copyright 2017 Debbie Pierce

<a href=””>Taper</a&gt;



bicycling culture daily prompt history inspiration life lifestyles Mississippi

Qualm: Riding the Steep Hills of a Mississippi Park

rocky spring cemetery april 28

It was a humid summer morning in the military park. All around were monuments to a war of another century. In Mississippi there are no mountains and only a few hills. In Vicksburg the military park has a lot of  hills with many twists and turns. I had decided to ride my bicycle in the park with a friend.

There is a huge difference in being twenty-five years old and forty-two years old. My friend was young and training for a marathon. Riding a bicycle on these hills was going to be easy for her. I had ridden these hills at a much younger age and now they looked daunting and frightening. I had many qualms about attempting this ride after so many years.

The road in the beginning of the park is flat and an easy ride. My friend told me she would see me at the end of the ride. The park is a circle so it would end close to this spot. So the adventure began.

Making my way around the first several twists and turns was fun and quite easy. Looking at the monuments as was scenic and fun. But soon the road began the twists and turns and the first big hill was at hand. Since it was early in the ride the hill was not as difficult as I had imagined. At the top looking down I could see a steep curve on the bottom of the hill.

I began my descent to the curve. It is amazing how fast a bicycle seems to go down a hill. It is a thrill with the wind blowing on my face. Slowing hitting my brakes the curve was made and again at the bottom of the hill. That was fun and exciting.

The next mile of the road had a few hills and again the scenery could be admired. All the monuments in the park have a story. On a cooler morning it is fun to recount the history and understand what the symbolism is in all the monuments. This morning it is a time to recoup my nerves and get ready for the next steep hill.

There is another bicycle rider in the park. He is training for a century ride in the Colorado mountains. There are several of these one hundred mile rides in this country. He speaks a greeting as he passes me and continues on the journey,

The next hill is on a circle that overlooks a valley in the park. This is an easier hill to maneuver with beautiful tall trees surrounding it. It is a beautiful morning and the sun shines through the trees. I love this part of  the ride.

Moving on to the next hill gives me great hesitation. It is steep and leads up to an old ship from the war. This ship was one of the first to be sunk by a mine in the water. Having been restored it is now a museum. It is a wonderful place to visit and relive some history.

The day is hot and I am struggling to get up this hill. Panting and going slow it seems like only a few inches are accomplished with each pedal. The century rider is beside me and shouts encouraging words as he easily passes and hits the top of the hill. Finally after what seems to be forever I reach to top of this hill.

Coasting down to the bottom of the hill with the wind blowing it is easier to breathe. There is a place to sit outside the museum and take a small break. The water in the bottle is still cold having not yet melted from being frozen overnight in the freezer. Such things are a small pleasure in life when taking a break.

The remainder of the park is filled with small hills and places to reflect upon the journey through life. Since it is early summer the park is filled with wild flowers and green trees. The scenery is stunning and quite beautiful.

I have ridden over ten miles in the beautiful park and am relieved to see the end of the trail. My friend has been finished with the trail for some time now. Packing up the bicycles she stated that the ride was easy and great for her rest day of training.

Looking back upon the trail  I reflect on my experience. There are no more qualms about this ride. It was difficult and fun. I am alive and excited to ride the park on the bicycle again on another day. Another wonderful adventure in life and nurturing for my soul.

copyright 2017 Debbie Pierce

<a href=””>Qualm</a&gt;

via Daily Prompt: Qualm

food inspiration life Mississippi summer heat

How to Control Mississippi Heat: An Adventure in Keeping Cool

<a href=””>Control</a&gt;

Mississippi is beginning to get hot. The temperatures are rising the farther it gets into spring. Soon summer will arrive and it will be one hundred degrees in the shade. This is an exploration of the ways Mississippians beat the heat.

Mississippi has an abundance of water venues that are open to the public. The rivers, ponds, lakes, and reservoirs are filled most days of the spring and summer with people trying to keep cool. There are many options for entertainment while trying to keep cool on the water.

Kayaking is a fun way to beat the heat. The early humid mornings lure people into the water with their kayaks. People will begin their adventure at an inlet and paddle into the scenic routes along the river. They will be greeted by ducks, geese, and other waterfowl searching for breakfast.

red headed duck strawberry patch park april 24

As the trip progresses there is an occasional alligator that will swim under the kayak. This cooling adventure may last an hour or most of the day. There are many small sand dunes which serve as a place for a picnic lunch or a place to take a cool dip in the river.

Swimming is another option to cool off on the hot spring and summer days. There are swimming pools which are filled with children. The cool water is splashed around and there is much laughter and joy.

Many people choose to control the Mississippi heat by exercising in the outdoors in the early morning. The humidity is lower in the mornings before the temperature rises. There are paved paths along the roads for walking and bicycling.

Spring and summer weekends are filled with 5 k walk and run races. These races are used as a venue to raise money for various causes. Walkers and runners are fond of these races due to the dual purpose they serve. Often the participants are a part of a team. These teams provide a source of encouragement for the participants and a reason to exercise. The team provides a sense of pride in the money that is raised for the cause.

Bicycling has become popular in the spring and summer months. The gentle breeze that blows on the biker as he rides is refreshing. The Natchez Trace provides a beautiful venue for a morning ride. The road is smooth and even with little traffic. There is a century ride each year on the Natchez Trace. This race is fun to watch and encourage the riders as they complete the hundred mile course.

The Mississippi heat can be controlled by the use of fans. This is a popular option among the senior citizens of our state. Most housing options in Mississippi have a porch or a patio to enjoy. Ceiling fans are a popular choice for these places. Older adults spend many hours enjoying conversations sitting on the porch. Neighbors will come visit and enjoy a relaxing cold glass of lemonade or sweet ice tea. A wonderful way to control the Mississippi heat.

Another option to control the Mississippi heat are decadent desserts. Ice cream is a popular option. During family gatherings ice cream is made in a churn type maker. A fun way to make ice cream is use a churn that must be turned by hand. This is often a task for the children. It is exciting for them to watch and participate in the process of making ice cream.

Popsicles are made in the freezer and distributed to the children on hot afternoons. These are creative treats that may be made with juice or kool aid. Many people have gone a step further and added fresh fruit to the mix. A fun cool treat to beat the heat.

During the summer holidays jello molds are popular. Often decorated with various colors this dessert represents the creativity of those who are assigned to make it. Jello molds often are the centerpiece of the holiday table.

Air conditioning is the final control of the Mississippi heat. During the afternoon the heat can become stifling in the spring and summer months. It is a relief to walk into a cool indoor place after having fun in the sun. The shopping malls are popular during this time of the year.

The methods to control the Mississippi  heat are varied and many are used in the same day. The spring and summer are wonderful months to enjoy all that Mississippi has to offer. Living in Mississippi is an adventure worth living.

copyright 2017 Debbie Pierce



via Daily Prompt: Control