Archive | April, 2014

Tuesday Tips and Truths: Writers

30 Apr

“You see, in my view a writer is a writer not because she writes well and easily, because she has amazing talent, because everything she does is golden. In my view a writer is a writer because even when there is no hope, even when nothing you do shows any sign of promise, you keep writing anyway.”
Becoming a Writer/ The List, O Magazine, November 2009]”
― Junot Díaz
Writing this blog every day, at first, was a pleasant diversion and challenge, but now it is a necessity. Sharing thoughts, feelings, sadness and joy is all part of what writers do. It’s not optional, it’s like breathing in and out. I’ll keep writing, and the truth will be told. Yep, it will ALL be told one day. Stay tuned.

My personal tip, “The truth of the matter is, the truth always matters.”


Montage Monday: Friends, Fun and Feathers

29 Apr

“When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.”
― Ansel Adams
This week was filled with meeting friends, finding feathers and lucky coins, and taking fun photos. A week in a peek.



Sunday: Signs, Signs, Everywhere Signs

28 Apr

Beyond the edge of the world there’s a space where emptiness and substance neatly overlap, where past and future form a continuous, endless loop. And, hovering about, there are signs no one has ever read, chords no one has ever heard.
~Haruki Murakami
We were suppose to have bad weather today, storms, possible tornadoes, but it never hit us. When I scurried into church for 9o’clock Mass, it started to drizzle. Five minutes later, the congregation all looked up to the skylights when the thunder boomed and the rain pelted the roof. Uh oh! The good news is, by the time Mass was over, the rain had stopped. Good timing. A good sign.

When I got home, my friend Karen called, and invited me to join her for breakfast at Snug. Was it going to storm? It didn’t matter, we went anyway, and an hour later, the sun came out. Another good sign.

I stopped at the store after breakfast, and my friend Lynne called and asked if I wanted to go for a walk. Well, duh! I went home, put on my shoes, drove over to her house and we went for a long walk. Then, we sat and chatted on her beautiful back patio for quite a while. My friends have been calling just when I seem to need a friendly diversion. Look at these cool shadows on her back screen. Signs.

When I got home, I still had a lot of energy in reserve, so I went for another walk in my neighborhood. An adorable bunny ran past me and just stopped totally still, allowing me to take his picture.

I wonder what that sign was?

Saving the best for last, on the final leg of my walk, I looked down, and found a lucky dime in the street. Ten times better than a lucky penny! Lots of signs on a stormy turned sunny Sunday.


Sentimental Saturday: Super Special Day

27 Apr

Start living now. Stop saving the good china for that special occasion. Stop withholding your love until that special person materializes. Every day you are alive is a special occasion. Every minute, every breath is a gift from God.
Mary Manin Morrissey

Wow! What a crazy busy day with some super special friends! I started off with my writing group at 10, and lunch with Mandy and Liz at Cadillac Pizza. Then, I stopped in to visit Judy and Dana at Art on the Veranda, chatted with Miss Kathy at Sweet Spot Bakery, then drove home so I could get a walk in before the rain. While I was starting my second loop, Karen called and asked if I wanted to get some dinner. Well, why not? We met at Market Street and got our usual three veggie plate. More chatting and friend time. Back home, no rain yet, so, finished the second 1.5 mile walk. I just started taking of my shoes around 7pm when the phone rang. Miss Della asked if I wanted to meet for an iced tea and some girlfriend time. Hey…I’m there! 9pm and just ending my day and writing to share my amazing day with friends.

When I got dressed this morning, I put on this special feather bracelet that my girlfriends gave me. I have more friends than you can shake a stick at…weird saying…why would you want to shake a stick at anyone?

Yep, I’d share my last cookie with anyone of these special friends! They’d do the same for me.

Friday: Life is Short, Eat Dessert First

26 Apr

A balanced diet is a cookie in each hand. ~Author Unknown
On Friday, I’m always in a quandary as what to make and take to my senior art group. I usually get very elaborate, but the past few weeks, I’ve had a lot of things on my “plate” and on my mind, so I’ve been doing something fast and simple. I’ve been doing this every Friday for over seven years, and I tend to run out of ideas. I didn’t want to run out to the store, so I looked in the freezer, fridge and pantry for inspiration.

Aha! I had a brainstorm, or dessert-storm. I had some ice cream sandwiches in the freezer, chocolate syrup and cool whip in the fridge, and a bunch of bananas on the counter. Easy- breezy banana splits. Perfect for a warm spring day.

Just tear off the paper on the ice cream sandwich, plop it on a plate, a dollop of cool whip, some sliced bananas, and drizzle with chocolate syrup. Easy and beautiful and yummy. I even ate one.


Theme Song Thursday: Feathers and Angels

25 Apr

He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.

Psalm 91:4
I found a feather today, no longer questioning or analyzing, just knowing that it is a sign. My signs are more frequent and more assuring. All good things to come, with patience and faith, I grow stronger every day. Faith, feathers, and friendship.

My faithful feather for today. From an angel? I think so.

I find refuge under His wings.

Wednesday Words of Wisdom: Simplicity

24 Apr

“The more simple we are, the more complete we become.”
― August Rodin
I’ve been walking pretty much every day, if not in the morning, then in the afternoon, or both. I have my cell phone with me at all times, so when I see something interesting, I take a picture. What I find interesting may not be interesting to anyone else. But, that’s just me.

I find simple things amazing, a shadow or a bird perched on a skinny tree branch. If we can find beauty in the simple things, then perhaps we can become complete.

An evening shadow on the wall.

Monday, I found two lucky pennies on my walk, one in the morning, one in the evening.

The flowers climbing up the side of the house.

A lonely little bird perched on a branch.

These are the simple, beautiful, amazing things in life.