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This weekly writing challenge runs from Wednesday through Tuesday. The only rule is to use a quote.

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“A quotation in a speech, article or book is like a rifle in the hands of an infantryman. It speaks with authority.”

Brendan Behan


What do you think when you hear the word “mountain” or “mountains?” Does the word inspire you or wear you out? There are many ways to go with the word for this week’s topic, or you can veer off in another direction and choose a topic of your own.

Define your word or topic

When you have an essay or a blog post to write, a good place to start is to define the word or concept. Here’s a definition of mountains to get you started.

“They are steeper than hills. A mountain or mountain range usually has a peak, which is a pointed top. Mountains have different climates than land at sea level and nearby flat land.”

National Geographic

Think of your topic as a metaphor

Mountains are metaphors for anything huge. They are the highest places on earth. For some people they represent something insurmountable. The only way the average person can see the top is from an airplane.

San Bernardino Mountains

Others take mountains as a challenge, an adventure.

Climb every mountain 
Search high and low
Follow every byway
Every path you know

Rogers and Hammerstein The Sound of Music

“Don’t make a mountain out of a molehill, Marsha.”

Mom and Dad

Maybe you have a “mountain of work” like a pile of laundry to do, or maybe you’re after “peak performance.”

A counselor might advise their patient to go to their high place when angry or “caught between a rock and a hard place.”

When you hit “rock bottom,” there’s nowhere else to go but up.

A car advertisement will picture people chasing adventure or peace and quiet in the mountains- roasting marshmallows, taking time to admire the mountain wild flowers.

Submitted for Cee’s Flower of the Day Challenge

“If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

Matthew 17:20

Picture Your Topic – Write a Poem

Sierra Nevada Mountains
sharp and rugged
moves me

Marsha Ingrao
Granite Dells and San Francisco Peak
Mountain peaks
in the distance
call me.

Marsha Ingrao
Kaweah Lake near the Sequoia National Park in the Sierra Nevada Mountains Painting by Linda Hengst Click to see more of Linda’s art.
lodged deep
in my brain
mountains to climb 
escape dull routines 
let my soul drift away

Marsha Ingrao

Poems submitted for Tanka Tuesday – Poet’s Choice.

I hope I’ve given you something to ponder, to fill your mind with lofty thoughts and get you out of the doldrums and hum drum of life with this topic. Take it and run or walk or climb. Or go a different direction entirely.

Now It’s Your Turn

Thanks for playing along with me today for Writer’s Quotes Wednesdays Writing Challenge. If you love challenges and are short on time, you have mountains to do before tomorrow — combine. As Cee Neuner says, “Just have fun with it.”

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          • Oh Marsha! And also hard to be laid up (or slowed down) during the summer – did you know that I got 24 stitches in my calf in early July? Sliced it on a bed frame (we were putting up a guest bed) anyhow – after a week down and out the other weeks were not bad (thank god) and so I hope you have a speedy recovery !!

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          • Oh that sounds super painful, Yvette. I’m so sorry. Twenty-four stitches is a lot of stitches. You poor baby! I had a friend who dislocated her nose making up her guest bed for her in-law’s visit. She slipped on the hardwood floor. Who knew making a bed could be so difficult. She was laid up for months. Even a year later she had to avoid getting sun on her face and carried an umbrella everywhere. I can’t remember what the reasoning was, but it was torture for her. So I’m glad you are healing up so well.

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          • Hi – oh that story about your friend and the nose dislocation is a great example of how the smallest of accidents can set us back – yikes – and I once heard about a guy who broke his wrist by walking down a hall – swimming his arm and the wrist slammed the door and bam! had an injury
            and on a side note- there are a few times I have almost slipped and caught myself – and I sometimes stop and thanks God – sounds cheesy – but like one the carrying a tray downstairs I slipped and caught the railing – bent a little but was able to not fall and not drop the tray –
            – anyhow, – my recent calf stitches was not too painful (thank goodness) more inconvenient but on the mend

            and hope you are recovering more this weekend 🙂 and feeling strong !!


  1. I love your interpretations of mountains, Marsha. Really enjoyed your photos too. I so agree that mountains are metaphors for anything huge. I also think they tell us a story about time, and standing tall amidst the test of time and as another year passes. In other words, I see mountains as inspiring. As you mentioned, when you are ‘rock bottom’ you can only go up.

    Lovely poems too. Sometimes when I see mountains in the distance, I also feel they call to me. There is just something so majestic about mountains especially those that touch the clouds.

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    • Thank you Mabel. Your response is almost poetic, my friend. I hadn’t thought about the test of time. They definitely hold the story of our earth in side them. Some forming by lava, some by moving rocks together and squeezing them upwards. Some carved by water. They are beautiful and world-wide. What a view they give us. 🙂 Thanks again for your comment, Mabel.


      • You are very kind, Marsha. Thank you. That is very well said, that mountains hold the story of our earth in side other. Building on what you said, rock and sone formations within mountains can be something to be admired – carved by nature and sometimes sought after. Enjoy your weekend 🙂

        p/s: not sure if I ever told you before, but Marsha is such a lovely name. Don’t hear that too often over here 🙂

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        • Thank you Mabel. It is a little unusual here. Though about forty years ago it took a surge because of the sitcom, The Brady Bunch. It means brave or warlike after the war god Mars. The masculine versing of the name is Mark. It can also mean little Martha, which was my mom’s name.

          Your comment about mountains is insightful. Do you have some rock formations you could share? We live in a state of rock formations. Thanks for you lovely comment.


          • Now that you mention The Brady Bunch, I do remember the character Marsha 😄 That is so interesting to learn the meaning and associations behind your name. Love it.

            I actually don’t have too many photos of rock formations out in nature. Where I live I am surrounded more so by rivers and waters. Equally as beautiful 🙂

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          • Nothing is more soothing than rivers and water. You have a lot of beauty where you are, flowers, trees. Melbourne is one of the most beautiful cities, I think. Feel free to link any post you have that pertain to flowers to Cee’s posts. If you want you can link them to mine, too, and I’ll visit. Your posts are always so inspiring. 🙂


  2. Well, you know I love mountains, Marsha! This week, my Sunday Stills theme is images for song lyrics. My draft includes the exact verse from Climb Every Mountain, which happens to be the song (instrumental version) I walked down the aisle to when Hans and I got married in 2013. 🙂 Great post to get everyone’s creative wheels turning!

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Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. In November 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes, and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

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