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And the Winner Is …

new Year's 2015 Tangle

What a year it’s been!


No, not 2014.


After all, 2014 is … so … yesterday.



Pick me!

The year is barely twelve hours long, and already I’ve received a plethora of good reads from all of you scrolling through my Reader (it’s ‘almost’ as good as opening the mailbox and having a slew of handwritten letters from worldwide penpals fall into my hands).

Even better – I have something to write about! No writer’s block here!

Can a year start on a more promising note than with reading and writing overflowing my laptop?

It all started with Laurel at Alphabet Salad who suggested we each select an inspirational word for the year.

‘Cadence’, I thought, ‘cadence’.

Remarkably, shortly thereafter, I clicked on Sarcastic Muse (thanks, Dan, for that recommendation) and read this quote:

“Art, whatever form it takes, requires hard work, craftsmanship and creativity. As a writer, I know my grammar, cadence, the music of prose, and the art of the narrative.”
F. Sionil Jose as seen at The Sarcastic Muse blogsite

My heart started beating faster, my toes began tapping, I heard music in my head and hope in my soul.

Cadence – what I want my writing to be. The word itself rings with rhythm, gravitas and, yes, even mystique. I would consider it the greatest writing accomplishment to be told I write with cadence.

Cadence – how I want to live this year. Finding the balanced flow that accompanies every moment of our awakening, our doing, our sleeping, our dreamland. If only we pay attention. I am the conductor, the symphony, the audience, the concert hall, the music itself.

Cadence derives from the root ‘cadere’ which means ‘to fall” – especially in oratory tones at the end of spoken lines. The meaning has evolved through time to “a rhythmic sequence or flow of sounds in language” and “the beat, time, measure of rhythmical motion or activity”.

Life is a dance. Everything we do from drinking a glass of water to closing our eyes at night can be done with rhythm, grace, beat, syncopation. Cadence permeates our words, gestures, sounds, thoughts, beliefs.

Curious, I clicked the Urban Dictionary link to see how its definition of cadence might differ from Wikipedia’s, and found this:

“cadence: a girl with an amazing sense of humor and personality; loves her friends and family…”

I will revisit cadence often during the year – continuously striving for measured rhythm in both my writing and my life. In the few days since I’ve adopted cadence as my inspirational word for 2015, other c’s have come creeping into my consciousness, begging to be cultivated, communicated, chronicled:

  •  Curate
  •  Curiosity
  •  Creative non-fiction
  •  Comments
  •  Cascade
  •  Community
  •  Collaboration

Would that I will write of these with cadence in my stride.

Comments on: "And the Winner Is …" (40)

  1. Sammy D, yours is the first email that I read this New Year’s Day! And I’m “dancing” in rhythm to your words! Love your inspirational post. Cadence was the perfect word! Thanks! I’ll remember it when I write. Happy Writing in 2015. Christine

  2. I know that the universe works in amazing and unpredictable ways, but I would have never imagined in a million years that the Urban Dictionary would have a) a definition of cadence and b) it would be one that would so well describes YOU!

  3. Wow. I think this is the most upbeat post I’ve read today (this year for that matter…sorry) and I can feel the excitement. The Sarcastic Muse(s) are great, I love that site. I am so looking forward to following your blog this year. Just don’t let the music in your head drown out the voices. The urban dictionary definition sounds like it was written with you in mind. Wishing you the best as you move ahead in 2015 Sammy.

    • LOL ‘this year’ 😊

      Thanks, Dan, for your continued support and enthusiasm. I think you’ve reached the top of my commenter leader board – so far this year anyway!!

      It’s going to be a great year. I’m looking forward to writing about my planned projects, and then actually following through on a couple. That’s about as ‘resolute’ as I get on New Year’s Day!

  4. Wonderful choice for a 2015 word. It can apply to everything we do. I’m not sure what my word is. I’ll have to give it some thought.

  5. You’ve started 2015 off with a bang!!

  6. Oh, Sammy, this is lovely! What an excellent, thoughtful, beautiful choice for your word of the year… I absolutely love it, and am glad you were inspired to choose one and write about it! Thank you so much for sharing.

    • Thank you, Laurel. You have turned out to be an inspiration for many things in my short blogging career. I hope I am able to pay that forward.

      • That is so very kind – thank you! I am glad to know you, and look forward to more in 2015. 🙂

        Oh, and by the way… I’m not sure if you saw my latest post, but I’ve added a linkup for Word of the Year posts, and you’re MORE than welcome to add yours to the mix!

  7. Cadence is a great word choice … rhythm and grace 🙂
    The excitement and energy is palatable in your post. Ride the wave with confidence!!

  8. cardamone5 said:

    Here’s to cadence!


  9. Great post! I love the word Cadence. Great post! Happy New Year 🙂

  10. Cadence. cadence, cadence,… just the word gets me moving…

  11. Sammy, I love this so much. Cadence. What a perfect word (and what a poignant post!)

  12. Even the word ‘cadence’ sounds lovely – soft and gentle, rhythmic like the sounds of a gentle stream flowing over pebbles, sparkling ..

    May cadence continue to creep and caution thrown to the winds, Sammy D. Thank you. Your posts always cause me to pause and make me smile!

  13. Wonderful word, wonderful post. I don’t know if you have a clue how much your writing has changed this year — confident, humorous, flowing, and I assume, more YOU.

    • Awww, Katie, thank you! You have me grinning from ear to ear. i cannot yet wrap my words around what last year, and looking forward, mean to me, but I am very aware of the role you have played in supporting me.

      Watching you tackle watercolors and move out of your comfort zone, showing your very-Katie boldness with a tinge of vulnerability and a pinch of sass … that’s what makes me want to try new things.

  14. What a beauty you are! I was squirming as I read, thinking I really needed to Google ‘cadence’ for a literal translation. I mean, it’s a lovely word but not one that I’ve ever used. You just watch- you’ll be falling over it in my posts in future, Sammy 🙂 🙂 I look forward to more of yours!

    • 😊 instead of Monday Walks, you’ll be having Monday Marches and cadence songs like the military 😉 i think I took literary liberties with what cadence means to me, but it came to me so readily that I don’t question the rightness of it for 2015. You will understand more when I post about upcoming projects!!

      Thanks, Jo, for your enthusiasm. Your thoughtful comments mean a lot to me.

  15. I love this upbeat post! And, I love your word of the year. I’ve seen a few bloggers’ word choices and am tempted to choose one for myself… but I can’t decide on just one! I share your enthusiasm for this brand new year and I look forward to following the cadence of its progression in your life.

    • Thanks, Janis!! Nothing wrong with a few inspirational words – let me know when you know what feels right for you 😊

      I already am convinced this will be much more energizing than resolutions.

  16. Funny..and I love the zentangle

  17. I love this, Sammy!!! I totally know that feeling you described, when a word or idea or image pops into your head and seems to hold some significance…and then suddenly you come across it everywhere. It’s like the universe aligns briefly to send you some kind of message. Hope 2015 brings you lots of rhythm and music, joy and dancing!
    P.S. You have inspired me to find my own “word of the year”. 🙂

    • That’s it, exactly, Jen – the universe aligns!! Cadence means so many things to me, past, present and future; i am already reaping the benefits of its presence.

      Thanks so much for being here – i love how our two universes align as well 😊

      Do remain open and encouraging to beckon your own inspirational word. I promise it’s floating out there waiting for you, and I hope you’ll post when you find it!

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