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Be Kind. Do Good. Love is a Verb.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Weekend Reflections 9/23

Looking outside...it's sunny but cold. 34 degrees at 10:15. I am loving it. The fireplace is on. The high parts of Idaho are already receiving snow and Eastern Idaho has a winter storm warning. In September! I'm sure we will have another wave of warm weather before fall really sets in, but I am loving these cooler temps.

Listening...to The Boy and The Doctor working on the car. The fireplace is going. The Artist is asleep.

Loving...the cooler weather. Bliss. Absolute bliss. I wore long sleeves and put on a scarf yesterday. 

Thinking...that the internets are an interesting place. Sitting behind a keyboard gives people a sense of power. It's so easy to read something and assume it actually affects you. One person sharing an opinion isn't an attack on you. One person sharing a post on Facebook that might inspire them, but makes you uncomfortable, isn't an attack on you.

A book reviewer who posts an opinion about book pricing? It's not an attack on you as an author. It's simply an opinion.

Seriously people. Just because you read a post or see something that you might not agree with doesn't mean you need to comment. Sometimes it's just best to walk away.

And authors who like to argue with reviewers or criticize them for their opinions or reviews? We talk. We make note of your online behavior and your treatment of those who read or don't read your books.

In my kitchen...Crio Bru now and I'm not sure about dinner.

Wearing...fuzzy Minion jammies, black turtleneck and slippers.

Reading...what's that again? 

Today...some laundry. Some billing for the office. Fixing the heater in the Buick. Running to the store.

The Artist has lawns to mow later, but probably only for a few more weeks.

Quoting...“Nobody has the right to not be offended. That right doesn't exist in any declaration I have ever read. If you are offended it is your problem, and frankly lots of things offend lots of people. I can walk into a bookshop and point out a number of books that I find very unattractive in what they say. But it doesn't occur to me to burn the bookshop down. If you don't like a book, read another book. If you start reading a book and you decide you don't like it, nobody is telling you to finish it. To read a 600-page novel and then say that it has deeply offended you: well, you have done a lot of work to be offended.” ― Salman Rushdie

Feeling...I find it curious that kneeling in sports is so offensive. To the right, those who kneel during the national anthem is offensive. To the left, those who kneel in prayer before or after a game or touchdown is offensive.

To all of you? Everyone has the right to kneel, whether in prayer or in protest. You don't have to like it, but you should accept it. It's not personally directed at you. And if you think it's ok to kneel in protest, but not in prayer? You're wrong. And if you think it's ok to kneel in prayer, but not protest, you're wrong too.

Personally, I think everyone should take their hat off during the national anthem, when sitting at a table or in prayer. But, I'm not going to freak out if you don't. So if you want to kneel? Kneel. Just let someone else kneel the way they want to if it's different than yours.

Be kind, do good. Love is a verb.

Planning...there is always something on the horizon. There is always something to work for and look forward to.

Gratitude...for scarves and sweaters. For good friends and good conversation. For sunshine and rain because both are needed. For snuggles and hand-holding. For hugs and forehead kisses from sons who are taller than I am.

From my world... 

Best. Sign. Ever. Seen at My Father's Place in McCall, Idaho last weekend. I love it!

What about you? What are you reflecting on this week? How has your week gone?

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Cover Crush: Left to Chance

I will freely admit that I judge books by their covers. The cover is usually what first captures my attention when browsing Goodreads or Netgalley. Actually, in all honesty, it isn't just usually, it's pretty much all the time. The cover determines if I look at the synopsis and reviews.

Pretty dresses. Just hanging on a portable rack. Is it a dress shop? Is it a hotel? Perhaps someone is getting married or needs a dress for an event? I love the bright white and the soft muted blues, greens and purples. Who is the woman who will wear this dress and what is her story?

What about you? Any book covers capture your attention this week?

Cover Crush is a weekly series that originated with Erin at Flashlight Commentary. If you want to check out some other terrific bloggers and what their Cover Crush posts look like, you can do that here: The Maiden's CourtFlashlight CommentaryA Bookaholic SwedeLayered Pages, indieBRAG, A Literary Vacation, Of Quills and Vellum.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Whimsy Wednesday: Just be able to read...

How nice it would be to just sit in a field and be able to read with a light breeze in the air rustling the pages of your book.


Saturday, September 16, 2017

Weekend Reflections 9/16

Looking outside...it's sunny but cool. Blessedly cool. Currently 48 with a projected high of 67. I am in heaven.  

Listening...to The Artist and The Doctor in the office together talking. The Boy worked late and is still asleep.

Loving...the cooler weather. Bliss. Absolute bliss.

Thinking...that I'm not thinking. 

In my kitchen...We are going out to dinner with friends, which means the boys likely get pizza. 

Wearing...black skirt, tan shirt and green SWEATER!!!!!

Reading...what's that again? 

Today...some laundry. Some billing for the office. The Doctor is taking the boys to get haircuts later. I'm thinking about a nap.

This morning we went and helped clean our church building. We have the opportunity to that a couple of times a year. It's always early on a Saturday, but it's a privilege to serve and I love serving with people I know and like.

The Artist has lawns to mow later, once the morning dew has dried on the lawns.

Quoting...“I am Groot". -- Groot, Guardians of the Galaxy


I am so tired of politics. I am so tired of people looking for ways to be offended. I am tired of the media spinning news and misleading headlines. Why is it that we focus on the negative? Why is it that we always look to complain? Why is it that we look to find fault?

Look for the good in the world, in other people. Don't assume there is an angle. Don't take offense when there is likely none meant.

Be kind, do good. Love is a verb.

Planning...there is always something on the horizon. There is always something to work for and look forward to.

Gratitude...for cooler weather and sweaters. For sons who kiss my forehead and give me random hugs in the kitchen. For laughing together. For my family. They are my world. 

From my world... 

The Doctor's birthday is tomorrow. There is so much I appreciate about him. The Boy helped me change up our hanging Scrabble board to reflect him.

What about you? What are you reflecting on this week? How has your week gone?

Friday, September 15, 2017

Childhood Favorites...Tisha

Childhood favorites. Everyone has a favorite book or author from childhood. A book that touched them or changed them. A book that perhaps initiated their love of reading and put them on the path of libraries and learning.

Childhood Favorites is a monthly series focusing on beloved books from the past. 

Donald Zolan, Quiet Time.

I loved Tisha when I read it as a teenager. I wanted to be a teacher after I read it. That goal didn't last long, but my appreciation for the story did.

Anne Hobbs is a wonderful heroine. She goes to Alaska in the 1920s to teach school and as she tries to befriend the people of Chicken, Alaska (what a funky name) she finds that the white people don't like it when others of their kind mix with the Indians. Anne befriends and teaches the Indian children and falls in love with an Indian man. Her strength and character are amazing.

The children couldn't pronounce "teacher" so it came out as "tisha".

I love stories about strong women. And stories based on fact and real-life women are the best.

What about you? What is one of your childhood favorites?