I spent years being afraid to write — afraid of rejection; afraid I wasn’t good enough.  Then in 1995 I fell and broke my ankle and spent 8 weeks recovering from surgery while lying on my sister’s couch.  Trying to deal with the pain and fear caused me to start writing to cope.  Flash forward to 2010 and I now feel I’m brave enough to say “What the hell” and write.  Come along as we ponder life, fear, death, spirituality and whatever else “moves me”.

Wow, it’s hard to believe I’ve been blogging over a year!  What a year this has been — full of fear, sorrow, contemplation, happiness…   Now on to 2012!

Well here we are almost 4 months into 2012.  What a year this has already been.  I’m on my 2nd retinologist ’cause the 1st one hurt me and I just couldn’t bear the thought of him touching me after that.  This new doctor only comes to Dothan on Thursdays and gives his shots in the afternoon.  I hate that because the Novocaine wears off just about bedtime, but he’s wonderful.  Such is the price for “good” eyesight and a caring doctor.

Well here I am for the umpeeth time trying to update my “About” information.  Will I succeed this time?  Good question… I thought about just deleting this, but this information is me:  summing up my life, dreams, fears; you name it.  Chapter 3 began when I moved to Ozark, AL this past December.  Now it’s 2013 and I say:  “Bring it on!  Happy New Year to us all!

Branum Date 10/8/2014
Another year’s past with more tales to tell of travel(Me? Alone? Yes!) aggravation with a little touch of woe, but then don’t we all have that from time to time? And so my fellow travelers, onward…

33 Responses to About

  1. Bongo would like you to check out his latest post. He’s given you a special award.

  2. Sandra,

    I can relate to your “about” note…I think turning 50 was key for me and the fact that my kids are older now..this is my creative outlet and it’s been fun, rewarding and a great learning experience! Keep it up! I love your writing! On a silly note, I’d like to subscribe to your blog, but am not familiar with the RSS part…I’m used to the email widget that I’m using. I’m still learning to navigate wordpress. Anyway, please let me know, so I can follow… 🙂

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  4. I have nominated you for The Versatile Blogger Award because your poems are truly beautiful.
    Specifics are on my blog and have a merry christmas!!

  5. Hi Sandra,

    I’ve nominated you for the ONE LOVELY BLOG AWARD, so please visit me for more info:
    Lauren xx

  6. Hi Sandra,

    It’s me again! I’ve nominated you for the ABC Blogger Award, so please visit me for more info.


  7. Dear Sandra,

    I’ve nominated you for the Hope Unites Globally (HUG) Award. If you choose to accept this award, here are the guidelines: http://ahopefortoday.com/2012/01/14/hope-unites-globally-hug-award-guidelines/ Thank you for making the world a better place with your writing. 🙂

  8. sandrabranum says:

    Gosh Lauren, thank you so much for the HUG (Hope Unites Globally) Award. Sometimes I get discouraged by what Life throws my way and then I read yours and all the other wonderful blogs and realize we’re all in this together. So… Onward Fellow Bloggers. Ever Onward!

    • Yes, onward is right! We all have our “trials” but keeping hope alive is the only option, so hang in there and I’m happy to cheer you up. Now, you can cheer me up and tell me how to read 180 emails and accept one more award! Between work, family and life, and catching up on the awards, I’m behind again. I want to read everyone’s post, but I don’t know to make it work…help! 🙂

      p.s. this award brought tears to my eyes, for what it represents and for being a recipient, so enjoy and spread the love!

  9. Chris says:

    Hi Sandra just to let you know I’ve nominated you for the following awards as I think your blog is great. http://chronicpainandme.wordpress.com/2012/05/27/awards/

    • sandrabranum says:

      Thank you so much Chris. Sometimes when I feel like I can’t cope I think of you and get inspired. Let us all continue to “fight the good fight!” ): ):


      • Chris says:

        That is so nice of you to say so, thank you Sandra and yes, keep fighting the good fight.

        Best wishes to you.

  10. I’ve just discovered your blog 🙂 I have Retinitis Pigmentosa and I’m a writer 🙂

    Whispering Shadows @ http://whisperingshadow71.wordpress.com/ is my blog I used to sort through my thoughts and emotions in regards to my disability.


  11. Hi Sandra, I’m stopping by to say hello and apologize for my long absence…I’m so behind on reading, but will come back here later today, after work and running errands with my son! I hope you’re doing well! See you later! Hugs! Lauren 🙂

  12. verasilver says:

    Best of luck with your writing!

  13. fela2fela says:

    I really enjoyed poking through your blog today! I haven’t been pressing the like button repeatedly because I don’t wish to inundate you, but I really like your haiku’s!

    • sandrabranum says:

      Thanks Fela. I like writing haikus. I recently learned about nonets, and just began writing them. Sometimes the simplest poems are the most difficult. Regards, Sandra

      • fela2fela says:

        Creativity loves a box though, I find it’s easier to write when I have to fit a form, otherwise there’s just too much to consider 🙂

      • sandrabranum says:

        I seem to write better when I just sit and do it. Sometimes it winds up fitting a form; other times it’s just words flowing into each other that miraculously mean and evoke something. But as I’m sre you know by now, sometimes it’s more difficult than other times. 🙂

  14. Thank you so much for the visit to my blog and taking the time to read and comment on some posts! Wow, you’ve been blogging for a while! Kudos to you! I only started earlier this year and always wonder how long I can keep it up.

  15. Sandra, you always make me happy when you pop by my blog and ‘like’ something that you find there. You’re a beautiful person inside and out. You make the world a better place — I’m sure of that. Keep writing and continue on your spiritual path. You’re inspiring and your words fill me with awe. Thank you. Michele

    • sandrabranum says:

      Michele, you’re so sweet! So, how’s the scripts/movie making going? Nothing fantastic to report here on my scripts, but I’m hopeful as always. 😉 Sandra

      • Sandra, you are adorable. I’m working on a short film with Michelle Coltrane (only daughter of Alice & John Coltrane). Michelle has written a peace song called ‘ARMS FREE’ and I’m very excited to be working with her as she uses her music and her activism to continue on the family legacy. I will keep you posted on my progress. All best wishes with your scriptwriting… keep me posted too 🙂 Peace and blessings, Michele

      • sandrabranum says:

        Gosh Michelle, that’s so cool! Let me know when your short comes out because I sure want to see it. Thanks for the good luck best wishes. I just know they’ll bring me all sorts of creative luck. 🙂

  16. mwitasblog says:

    Hi Sandra, thanks for your like on my comment. I am truly sorry to hear about what you are going through; may God grant you relief.
    And the Whys in that post about suicide are endless.

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