This is a repeat from 7/26/2012.
It isn’t a new idea that man’s created with a God-sized hole in his heart/soul. The famous philosopher and mathematician Pascal (1623-1662) wrote in his Pensees “What else does this craving, and this helplessness, proclaim but that there was once in man a true happiness, of which all that now remains is the empty print and trace? This he tries in vain to fill with everything around him, seeking in things that are not there the help he cannot find in those that are, though none can help, since this infinite abyss can be filled only with an infinite and immutable object; in other words by God himself.” And consider the scripture: Ecclesiastes 3:11 (NIV) “He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” Throughout the ages we can read of man’s angst as he stuffs into the void the pleasures of the world, material possessions, human relationships as well as food and drink and finds he’s still empty.
The sure cure for me is daily Bible study and prayer. This habit defeats depression and sets my mind on the God-sized tasks at hand. I’m powerless over other people, politics, and weather, any and all the external factors that I face. I set my mind on Jehovah and do the work of the day. Filling of my heart/soul isn’t a onetime thing; as I nourish my body daily, so must I nourish my soul each day.
Colleen quoted William Shakespeare today on Writer’s Quote Wednesday. ” The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” The focus of her post is, “What are you looking for from your writing?”
This week I read a quote by Beatrix Potter, 1846 – 1943, a noted English artist and author of children’s picture books. She is often referred to as a genius.
Believe there is a great power silently working all things for good.., might reveal the family’s spiritual belief; they were Unitarian. Beatrix and her family were friends “with the Rev. William Gaskell, Minister of Cross Street Chapel (Unitarian) Manchester.” The family spent happy days at Gaskell’s home.
This morning I had an email about Ramona Wray’s post. She offered an opinion of criticism that writer Ryan Boudinot received because of his article, Things I Can Say About MFA Writing Programs Now That I No Longer Teach in One. Ramona’s synopsis of the points Ryan made about who is “born to write” and who isn’t would be a standard for those who suppose they are writers. As Ramona said, “Truth is painful to hear and accept, but writers should be proof against disappointment, rejection and the occasional blow to one’s pride, because the road we chose to walk is paved with all of the above.”
As Colleen recounted, she recently asked and answered herself what she wanted out of writing. We all owe it to ourselves to not only ask what we want, but more importantly, we should ask are we equipped to give our readers what they want.
Publication The 23 Tales
- The Tale of Peter Rabbit (1902)
- The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin (1903)
- The Tailor of Gloucester (1903)
- The Tale of Benjamin Bunny (1904)
- The Tale of Two Bad Mice (1904)
- The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle (1905)
- The Tale of the Pie and the Patty-Pan (1905)
- The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher (1906)
- The Story of A Fierce Bad Rabbit (1906)
- The Story of Miss Moppet (1906)
- The Tale of Tom Kitten (1907)
- The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck (1908)
- The Tale of Samuel Whiskers or, The Roly-Poly Pudding (1908)
- The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies (1909)
- The Tale of Ginger and Pickles (1909)
- The Tale of Mrs. Tittlemouse (1910)
- The Tale of Timmy Tiptoes (1911)
- The Tale of Mr. Tod (1912)
- The Tale of Pigling Bland (1913)
- Appley Dapply’s Nursery Rhymes (1917)
- The Tale of Johnny Town-Mouse (1918)
- Cecily Parsley’s Nursery Rhymes (1922)
- The Tale of Little Pig Robinson (1930)
- Peter Rabbit’s Painting Book (1911)
- Tom Kitten’s Painting Book (1917)
- Jemima Puddle-Duck’s Painting Book (1925)
- Peter Rabbit’s Almanac for 1929 (1928)
- The Fairy Caravan (1929)
- Sister Anne (illustrated by Katharine Sturges) (1932)
- Wag-by-Wall (decorations by J. J. Lankes) (1944)
- The Tale of the Faithful Dove (illustrated by Marie Angel) (1955, 1970)
- The Sly Old Cat (written 1906; first published 1971)
- The Tale of Tuppenny (illustrated by Marie Angel) (1973
Martha has been taking care of her granddaughter, McKinley, this past weekend. I received her haiku by text, three of them. She said to choose the two I liked best. I like them all! Some of you will understand the thought that edged into the corner of my mind, “We’ve always done two.” I gave it the boot, and here are all three.
You’re not my first love
That was many years ago
Your are my last love
Illusive is love
When we search the wrong places
Look for one to last
Actions show your love
I adore that about you
I am your last thought
I thought I’d lost this section that I took out of a novel I was writing in 2010. In fact I think this is the only piece I have of it. It didn’t fit with the suspense/romance. When I let the girls read it thy thought we’d never think to name ourselves, in other words we weren’t that sophisticated. They were thinking about when we were in high school, but these young ladies are adults, some married with careers. Four of us were in the picture in Lunch in Lebanon.
Second thought, probably better not to base your fiction characters on your friends.
That Tuesday she met the girls for their weekly lunch date.
“What shall we call ourselves?” Minnie Sue said. “Back in the day we thought we were so cool and wicked to be known as the Black Devils instead of the Lebanon Blue Devils. But now we are too sophisticated for that.”
“Yeah, we need a name.” Linda said.
“Hmm, a group name,” June said.
“Why?” Minne Sue said.
“’Cause we’re bored,” Linda said.
“Don’t hold back let’s get some ideas written down?” Minnie Sue said.
“Best friends.” Betsy/Meredith said. “We all have best friends in other groups, but who do we the run to when it is something important?”
“We are incredibly different and yet so alike, four short, one tall. Three brunettes, two blondes, all girl!”
Sue Joyce said. “We talk about anything and everything. And we ALWAYS have fun.”
“We don’t care what other people think. We all hate gossip, it’s stupid,” Sue Joyce said.
“We read a lot. And yeah, we’re awesome!” Linda said.
“Oh! And most importantly we’re all followers of Christ,” Betsy/Meredith said.
A cheer from them and they all set to work with napkins and pens, doodling, jotting down ideas as they came to mind.
Minnie Sue started, “I know, I know! J. A. R.s for Jesus’ Arms Reaching. We can make up gift jars to give as a ministry.”
“How about this, Proverbs 31 Wanabees?” Linda said.
June held her hand up as if any of them needed permission to talk. “I think L.E.G.S., Ladies
Empowered by God’s Spirit. personifies us.”
“S.O.S. – Sisters of Strength,” Sue Joyce add her contribution.
“Betsy you haven’t come up with one. You have to choose the right name for us,” June said.
“Well, I don’t think J.A.R.s is for us. We would never get around to making up the gift jars.” Laughter echoed around the table. “Proverbs 31 Wannabees might put too much pressure on us. I think it’s between S.O.S. and L.E.G.S. What do you think you’d rather hear called out, hey L.E.G.S. or S.O.S.? I vote for L.E.G.S., Ladies Empowered by God’s Spirit.”
I wish I had a knack for comedy, I’d flesh this out with a wickedly funny novel.
I love Ron’s haiku
He prompts us to spin and weave
With words without end
You said love would last
A ring in a lover’s knot
Turned my finger green
Martha’s two haiku will come later in the day.
Enya is an Irish singer and songwriter. She “was born on May 17, 1961 in Ireland. Enya performed with her family’s band Clannad. Her first solo success came from producing ethereal music for the BBC TV show The Celts. Her 1988 début solo album, Watermark, sold more than 8 million copies and was followed by the even more successful Shepherd Moons (1991). Other albums include Memory of Trees (1995) and Amarantine (2005).” bio.com
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