Friday, September 25, 2020

Joy in the Stepping

"Wonderous" by SoCal Photo Design

Hello, Friends!
Long time, no see, right? 
Although it's only been about three months since I last participated in Poetry Friday, it feels like much longer. The world moves so fast these days, lurching from crisis to crisis.
My personal life has been eventful as well. With new priorities, I don't have the stamina to dive back into the Ditty of the Month Club. I hope you understand. But that doesn't mean I want to disappear altogether! After taking some time to reassess, I've decided that if blogging is going to have a place in my life, I need to go back to basics—focus on the aspects of Today's Little Ditty that bring me the most joy with the least amount of effort. Joyful baby steps.

"Rainy Day" by Adam Baker
For those of you who follow TLD by email, you probably noticed two posts earlier this week—a Monday Musing quote inspired by World Peace Day and a Two Line Tuesday quote by Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Pairing quotes and images has always been a simple pleasure, so I plan to do more of that. As for Poetry Fridays, it's doubtful that I will post every week. When I do, it will be to share poems that speak to me on a personal level. These days it's more important than ever to give poetry a voice in my life. Creativity grounds me, yet it's one of the first outlets that I neglect when I'm feeling overwhelmed. Makes no sense, I know.
So over the coming weeks and months, at least until the end of the year, I expect Today's Little Ditty is going to look more like a reflective journal than a community playground. I won't lie. It's been a struggle to accept these changes, even if they are temporary. I'm afraid that I might be letting some of you down. But apparently this is what I need right now, and I can thank Ruth Bader Ginsburg and this poem by Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer for motivating me to take the first step.


Real change, enduring change, happens one step at a time.

     —Ruth Bader Ginsburg
So let me take one step right now,
one step toward respect.
And give me strength to take another
toward clarity. And though
my feet might feel like stones, let
me take another step toward justice.

          Read the rest of the poem HERE


Thanks to Jone Rush MacCulloch for hosting this week's Poetry Friday roundup.

Missing your monthly ditty challenge? This is a great time to peruse the TLD archives. You'll find an alphabetical listing of spotlight interviews HERE and links to all 50 of our ditty challenges HERE. You'll also find The Best of Today's Little Ditty (2014-2015, 2016, and 2017-2018) available in paperback and ebook versions on

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Two Line Tuesday: Ruth Bader Ginsburg



"Notorious RBG"
March 15, 1933 - September 18, 2020


Fight for the things that you care about,
but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.
– Ruth Bader Ginsburg



Monday, September 21, 2020

Monday Musing: World Peace Day

"Angel" by Roger Young

We shall find peace. We shall hear angels, 
we shall see the sky sparkling with diamonds.

                                      – Anton Chekhov

The United Nations General Assembly has declared 21 September to be the International Day of Peace—"a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, through observing 24 hours of non-violence and cease-fire." This year's theme is "Shaping Peace Together." We are invited to "celebrate the day by spreading compassion, kindness and hope in the face of the pandemic. Stand together with the UN against attempts to use the virus to promote discrimination or hatred. Join us so that we can shape peace together."