After forty-four years of breathing in and out, twenty-seven of them spent working, parenting, volunteering, and some of them serving my country, I finally decided to lean into the learning curve and use technology to help bring some clarity to the experience I have earned the right to share.
Now that 2011 is coming to an end, I am realizing how many life changing events have occurred in the span of just the last twelve months. Traveling, with all of its challenges, to prepare for and to celebrate the wedding of our daughter who has grown into an amazing person and our best son-in-law ever was only the beginning. Witnessing our son mature into his brilliant, thoughtful self, has sometimes been comical and sometimes not. Expressing my love and devotion to my dear friend who brought so much meaning to my life was my privilege, and grieving in the embrace of her family after her death was my solace. The year was filled with laughter and tears. I found myself swimming in, floating on, and sometimes barely treading the waves of emotions I experienced from the great joy and deep sorrow of this year.
My mistake, you ask? There were actually two mistakes. First, I misplaced my mundane minutia widget. I needed to find it so I could face the excruciatingly boring, very random thoughts and mindless activities of daily life. It did not occur to me to look for it in an oxygen-deprived cyber-existence where gratuitous sarcasm and ego-mania reign supreme. Second, I didn’t consider the possibility that I could share the excitement of completing and publishing my own book and toast nineteen years of training my wonderful husband without it. I should have resisted the temptation to scale the walls into that soul sucking, time-wasting place because as it turns out, I don’t need that widget after all. My mistake, it won’t happen again. I have living and learning to do.
Now back to the regularly scheduled blogging about the books I’ve loved (or some of them at least). The list is long. Someday I will face the task and compile a more comprehensive, um, menu. Here are a few of my favorites in no particular order. I am grateful to these writers who chose to share words that cause us to be contemplative as well as action oriented. People can make real connections through actual books. Who knew?
The Story My Life, by Helen Keller
Love Is a Wild Assault, by Elithe Hamilton Kirkland
Flower Confidential, by Amy Stewart
Religions of the World, by Lewis M. Hopfe and Mark R. Woodward
The Diary of a Young Girl, by Anne Frank
The Flower Farmer, by Lynn Byczynski
Conversations with God, by Neale Donald Walsch
Corrie Ten Boom’s story, The Hiding Place
ANYTHING WRITTEN BY, Rudyard Kipling, Louisa May Alcott, Jane Austin, Fanny Flag, Mark Twain, E.B. White, C.S. Lewis, Lewis Grizzard, and Bazooka Joe.