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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Childhood Memories: A Thrift Store Find

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Exploring thrift stores is a new pastime. I have family and friends who are pros at scoring little treasures. I’m not at “pro” status yet but it is fun! The writer in me wonders about the stories behind some of the items. Wondering how someone was able to part with china or glassware so beautiful. Gorgeous vintage purses! Yes, I bought a couple with wooden handles. Love! My latest trek was particularly wonderful! 

Walking around Goodwill, I browsed some books and old DVDs. Saw a cool magazine table, pie dishes and plenty of clothes. There were so many young people in there creating thrift store-chic looks. Quite creative! Patronage for these types of stores has definitely changed over the years. 

Trek continues… and I look towards the wall shelves and see a painting peeking out from behind another. Beautiful fall colors which always catch my eye. The closer I get the more familiar it seems. Slowly, I remove the obstruction and there it is—a picture that used to hang in my Grandmother’s house. 

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My paternal Grandmother was probably one of the first people to wake up and nurture my imagination. We would sit on the front porch in our rocking chairs surrounded by pecan groves, fields of beans, peanuts and corn, rose bushes, dogwood trees and blue hydrangea. Grandma Henry’s house was my sanctuary.  As we sat there rocking away, most of the time in silence and smiles, Grandma would say something like “I see a rabbit in the sky. Look at the clouds and tell me what you see.” Honestly, the first time, I jumped out the chair and ran to the steps to get a better look because “Grandma, I don’t see no rabbit!” LOL We lived in the country as you’ve probably guessed. So on clear nights, we would gaze at the stars too and find the constellations. 

Back to the picture. I stared at it a lot as a child.  Do you see the young lady on her horse? I believe if the horse was standing still I wouldn’t have paid attention to it. But the horse is in mid-gallop. :-) I remember Grandma asking me “where do you think she’s going?” Most likely I looked at her with childlike confusion to mask being caught staring at this pic on every visit, because I do remember NOT answering the question. However, her next words were—“Use your imagination baby.”  

Boom! My world instantly expanded! I did use my imagination. I have used it and I continue to have an open mind and spirit. It sustains me and helps me to see the beauty in all that surrounds me.  Reminds me of one of my favorite movie quotes from Under the Tuscan Sun:

“Never lose your childish innocence. It's the most important thing.” ~ Katherine

What's one of your favorite childhood memories?

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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Scripture: The Voice of God

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The best change I've ever made in my life is studying God's word on a daily basis. Hearing His voice through the scriptures is amazing! His Word tells us who we are, what we can have, and how much we are loved! The latter means the most to me! 

The Bible also tells us that "All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work. [2 Timothy 3:16-17 New Living Translation (NLT)]

Although every scripture in all 66 books will revive, renew and heal your spirit, there's usually a few you have hidden in your heart. Those two or three (or more) you say to yourself on the way to work or when you've been hurt. Those scriptures which warm your heart when the world has been cold to you yet again or when God amazes you with His timing and you're feeling overwhelming joy!  Can I get an Amen?

Here are my heart scriptures:

To remind me I can face anything because my destiny is Yes & Amen

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To remind me of all the times God has saved me...and He always will

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To remind me I've been marvelous, wonderful and a force in the kingdom of God since the beginning of time

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Which scriptures do you refer to often?

Sunday, February 15, 2015

The Permanent Bookshelf: My Five All-Time Favorite Books

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Fellow book lovers, I can see your smile as you read the quote above. You understand. You relate. When a book is truly truly good, the thought of it can conjure the emotions and excitement of reading it for the first time and the "reader's grief" which loomed as you realized the last page was near. (and yes that term just came to me. Oh how I wish a sequel had been waiting as I finished some books.) Raise your hand if you've been there. :-)

Oh my first favorite book was Where the Wild Things Are.
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An elementary school find which captured my imagination and awakened my desire for more--for something else! It gave an awkward kid hope that she was not alone. One day I would discover "Where the Wild Things Are" and feel comfortable in my own skin. I wouldn't know until the movie was made in 2009 why I connected to the underlying darkness of Mr. Sendak's book.

The library became my home away from home. The magical place where everything in the universe connected, and I could explore those connections. Go wherever I wanted to go ...as long as I was reading. Of course, many books were read, but the next to make my favorite's list is Jacob Have I Loved.
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These some 20 odd years later I remember taking this book from its shelf in our high school library. They say "Art imitates life," but for me, art helped me to understand life. I fell in love with Katherine Paterson's masterpiece. In a way, it foreshadowed that I could have the happy ending I'm living through God today!

Another on my permanent bookshelf is The Color Purple which needs no additional explanation as to why.
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Have you read The Coldest Winter Ever? I'll just say I may or may not have carried this book everywhere including work and once pulling it out to read while in a traffic jam. One of the best books ever by Sister Souljah--complex characters and vivid imagery created by her words. You live in this book. For years, we were teased with a potential movie and a sequel. The sequel came 15 years later (A Deeper Love Inside: The Porsche Santiaga Story), and I even had the honor of receiving an advanced copy from the publisher last year. No review yet but so far it hasn't been able to pull me in.
Completing my top five favorite reads of all time (so far) is Still Alice. It's one of those books which would break your heart if the recent movie fails in capturing the raw emotion of the story. You can read my review by clicking here. It's about a woman and her family coping with the onset of Alzheimer's. A tear jerker.
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To agree with Ms. Fox, these five books will forever be a part of my history--revealing a little truth about my journey through life. Now it's your turn! What are some of your all-time favorite reads?

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