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You go, Susan! How unfair and illogical to blame you for what's going on. Of course you want your books available in as many places as possible and in as many formats. This is business! I appreciate the stand you did take and will be hoping with you that these issues are solved ASAP. Firmly in your corner, sid
Toggle Commented Apr 1, 2010 on eBooks, Amazon, and Authors at Lifescapes
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Mar 15, 2010
I am not alone at all, I thought. I was never alone at all. And that, of course, is the message of Christmas. We are never alone. Not when the night is darkest, the wind coldest, the world seemingly most indifferent. For this is still the time God chooses. Taylor Caldwell I've been feeling like a combination of the Grinch and Ebenezer Scrooge all day long. Troubles at work--hours cut, people let go, mandatory time off with no pay. Came home to some unpaid bills that will stretch our already tight budget plus a dog who needs to go to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2009 at Sue's Muse
This would have been my mother’s 96th birthday. When I was younger, I would never have imagined that I would miss her so much. As I look back over all I’ve written about her, I find nearly as much about missing her as I do about the angst our relationship caused me. She was a complicated lady, one I undoubtedly didn’t appreciate nearly enough. So, this is for you, Mom. Happy Birthday! I wrote this piece some years ago in an attempt to understand my mother through “different” eyes. Some was fact, some conjecture. She and I, sadly, were never... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2009 at Sue's Muse
“We should probably all pause to confront our past from time to time, because it changes its meaning as our circumstances alter.” ~Karen Armstrong in A Spiral Staircase Some time ago, I wrote that my life was like a incomplete jigsaw puzzle with some pieces likely lost forever. I was reacting to news of my mother’s seeming deception about the fact that I had a sister I’d never known about. It was hurtful and puzzling and I was not happy about it. I felt that she’d somehow short-changed me, that she never really shared herself with me. She was gone... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2009 at Sue's Muse
This past Sunday, due to the generosity of our son-in-law Nathan, we attended the Wings Over Houston Air Show. It was a great show, super companions, and perfect weather--with amazing displays of aviation history, aviation skill and aviation capabilities. It was inspiring to see some of the planes and helicopters now used to support our troops abroad--and may all that power somehow be used to achieve peace and not prolong war. The pilots are highly skilled and ready to go at a moment's notice. Their sacrifices for country and freedom are more admirable than I can say. The Navy's Blue... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2009 at Sue's Muse
This is not a serious thought-provoking post. However, it is, I think, interesting. As Harold brought in groceries for me to put away earlier today, he set down a new bag of potatoes. Normally, I put them in their storage basket and go on. Today, though, something caught my eye--literally the largest single potato I've ever seen. Didn't even think this was possible. So I took a picture of it surrounded by its bag-mates. Then I thought to myself--self, for all anyone else knows, that could be a baking potato surrounded by baby potatoes. Something more convincing, more graphic is... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2009 at Sue's Muse
Do you use the stevia a lot? Most non-sugar sweeteners have a bitter aftertaste. What's your experience with this? Is it difficult to grow? Looking ahead to my spring garden plans. :-) sid
Toggle Commented Oct 16, 2009 on Stevia: In bloom this week at Lifescapes
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That is one gorgeous baby boy! How wonderful that he is welcomed with so much love. Hope you get to cuddle with him soon. hugs, sid
Toggle Commented Oct 1, 2009 on Welcome, Baby Jasper! at Lifescapes
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Beautiful salvias! Becca & I were wishing you were along this afternoon as we were driving near Brenham, so you could tell us what flowers we were seeing. Went to a farm market--fresh cheeses, eggs, breads, local honey--yum!
Toggle Commented Sep 21, 2009 on Salvia: In bloom this week at Lifescapes
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Having recently celebrated anniversary #41, the enduring aspect of our marriage was the topic of questions from a younger co-worker. First comment was that "no one" stays married that long these days. Next, in a puzzled tone, she asked "But wasn't it hard?" Hard? Of course it was hard. I told her so. "Why did you stay? Marriage shouldn't be hard, it shouldn't be work. It should, you know, enjoyable." How can a thinking person not know it would be "hard" to live beside another human being for over 40 years? It wouldn't have to be a spouse. It... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2009 at Sue's Muse
I am so enjoying the articles and learning about the history of Cottage Tales. The amount of research you did and the attention to detail is amazing. Thank you for putting all this together!
Toggle Commented Aug 23, 2009 on You're Invited! at Lifescapes
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I've had a blog, but basically I've ignored it. Don't know if I was being lazy, or just didn't feel like talking. I suspect it was some of both. But something is changing. More than ever, I feel the need to write, to express myself, to explore areas of my life too long ignored. Now, I don't know how much of that intimate stuff I'll be sharing here, but I am sure that I'll find some things to say here. No one has ever accused me of not having anything to say. I'll tell you about new books I'm reading... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2009 at Sue's Muse
Susan, I just read an article about a woman who "found herself" only after gifting herself with two days of silence every month. That sounds like heaven to me. It seems there is so much talk these days about finding oneself or connecting with one's inner being that some might well ask if we're not overplaying its importance. My answer is that we're asking and seeking precisely because we do need that inward journey of discovery. Many of us live, I live, in a pretty superficial world where all the attention in on doing and achieving and living up to a schedule. There's little emphasis on self. In the normal workaday world, self is merged into the whole of the workplace team. Too much individuality upsets the flow of things. It's difficult to wind down from this constant subrogation of self and keep a good sense of who the inner being is. Now that's me, and perhaps it isn't that difficult for others to change gears. I desperately need time alone and don't get nearly enough of it. At times, when I'm home, I seem to be still partly away from myself, and then too is the family me with duties and pleasures of the family as a whole--still not the inner essential me. I know I am a sum of all the parts of my life, but I never seem to be able to gather all of me together in a single silent spot. Does that make sense? I feel unsettled. Blessings and good fortune on your book tour. Susan I.
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Janet, I love the way you break this down in easy to understand examples. Lately, my muse and I have not been connecting, but I haven't practiced the diligence, devotion, discipline, and deliberate planning you talk about. Personal problems are crowding out the creative impulses. I have a feeling if I could get past the gloomies and the daily-ness of the crisis and actually write, I would feel better and be more productive in all areas of my life.
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This is a favorite story of mine. Likening the feast to art is wonderful, whether taken literally or figureatively. I love to cook and I'd like to think some of what I create is art that I share with my family and friends. When we share our passions, we create art.
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What a treasure your mother handed down to you. I know next to nothing about my parents' families. They didn't talk about the past and no one wrote anything dow. My mother viewed questions about the past as prying, along with comments about "airing dirty laundry in public", Now all of the elders are gone and my questions will never be answered. I do love your prompts! I wish I had time for a retreat just so I could catch up on my journalling. The ideas generated by this blog could keep me busy for a long time. Thank you, Lee.
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Right now, going through a tough stretch, it's hard for me to even remember past achievements-- when I felt good about myself, competent and having some control over my life. I think an exercise of deliberate recall of those times might be just what I need. I don't know about the term "glories", though it does have a positive spin. I have some journalling to do! Susan A adds: But also celebrate today's glories, Sid. Your achievements with our book review team, your blogging here--just two things, and I know there's more. Please be sure to include in your journal list one of your current glories!
Toggle Commented Dec 4, 2008 on Glories at Telling Herstories: The Broad View
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Lee, you're so understanding about my "fetish." :-) I can look at books anywhere, any time. Online is great when I need a hit late at night! I'm in awe of authors, truly I am. The imagination, talent and effort is awesome. Even with some of the "cozies" I read, I think I always come away having learned at least some small fact.
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Linda H., I always have more than one book started--one for the car, one by my bed, and several just for different moods. It seems there are still many more calling my name! :-)
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Thanks for your kind words, Duffie. I am so looking forward to that "delicious" leisure time to read. I think as we age, we need to keep our minds active and learning. What better way than books?
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Oh Penny, you're right! We're bombarded on all sides with new book information. I'll try a new author that's been recommended and then want to read more from that author. Or, I'll read an SCN post and a title will catch my eye, and then, there are emails from Amazon and trips to the library. Good grief, it's a wonder I get anything else done! But then, all reading is a learning experience...
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Linda, I know it must have been difficult for you to let go of all those wonderful books too. Quite an exercise in self-control, right?
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