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Oh honey, how grateful you must be that God gave you the desire of your heart at last, to meet your mom. What a precious memorial to Francine. Bless you. Love and healing prayers. ♥ ♥ ♥
Tameka, thank you so much for expressing your thoughts and feelings on this, as this case, and the Detroit bankruptcy, have been so spotlighted in the news of late. I agree with Martha’s remarks about the divisiveness, and how our nation needs to find healing. It just makes me cry to see what’s happening now. I think you’re onto something here. Something that may be perfect for inclusion in the healing project. If you agree, swing by and drop your link in the comments. Love, D
Toggle Commented Jul 27, 2013 on Detroit, Division & DL Hughley at Lyric Fire
Well done Lorie. I'll bet the thrill is gone. It should be after tonight.
Girl, this is one well-spun poem. Good imagery, apt metaphors, and powerful ending with sweeping away the dust. But every day is a new day, a new beginning. That’s what keeps us going. Keep the voice strong, keep spinning these words! Bravo!
What fantastic advice! So many of these resonate with me. Before I offer my own advice though, I’ll comment on “Fall in Love.” There is a connection between libido and creativity that isn’t commonly recognized. When smitten by Eros it’s like electricity coursing through the blood and bones, and that powerful energy has to go somewhere. Sometimes people find themselves in a situation where they must sublimate. Moving right along… ;-) I’d add that the greatest obstacle to finding one’s own style is the tendency to keep an outward focus. Too many external voices mute our own unique writing voice. I have found Rainer Maria Rilke’s advice worth following. “You are looking outward, and that above all you should not do now…There is only one single way. Go into yourself.”
The shell can’t crack ever… Culture enslaves women to their masks hiding the real person. The poem speaks of how women become objects, false images, and superficial facades, “they exist to be projected like movies on a white screen.” Unreal. Shallow. “Scripted.” They are handed the part to play from birth, all the roles that never define the genuine soul. And so they learn to be everyone’s friend. Except for those who matter most. If she can’t cry, she’s half-dead inside. How well you have portrayed the “pretty girl” mon amie! My question to writers, What walls are you facing that could be removed a handful at a time?
Joyce Carol Oates and Kurt Vonnegut. I know Kurt is gone on, but his advice and his writing still lives… Plus, I thought you might enjoy Vonnegut’s advice below. I especially like his thoughts on writing for just one person. Here’s an interview with both Oates and Vonnegut on censorship.
Hey Bill, I see you stole my comment where I said “The two ‘extremes’ almost make God seem bi-polar :) The God of judgment versus the Jesus of grace…” in a recent post. What a good blog title. This should catch some eyes. There are numerous cases in the Bible depicting bipolar personalities. Take the psalmist who says, “Smite them in the hinder parts” one minute, and then turns around and says, “Bless the Lord oh my soul.” Blessing and cursing from the same lips. You hear Jesus praying for his enemies, “Father, forgive them for their ignorance.” But you also hear David praying for his enemies, “Kick their butts…” I see the incongruent parts of the Bible as depictions of human nature more than a hand-written document by God himself – as some regard it. And I still believe it to be inspired by God at the same time. It’s a portrayal of character struggle throughout. And depicts our duel natures and the lesser and better angels of our nature.
Bill, I left you a long comment on your previous post about my efforts to reconcile the God of the OT with the Jesus of the NT. So here I’ll be brief and just say that I believe you’ve made a valid point. Could the Hebrews have created God in their image when they committed acts of violence? I’ve often pondered this myself. There are even a few things in the NT that seem legalistic, even questionable (some of Paul’s thoughts on church hierarchy and so forth). It all boils down to knowing God and His ways, of hearing His voice – and not that of another. I guess you could call me a red letter Christian.
I think everyone who has read the Bible or been involved in organized religion has a hard time reconciling the capricious God of the OT with the compassionate Christ of the NT. The two ‘extremes’ almost make God seem bi-polar :) The God of judgment versus the Jesus of grace… The Holy Yahweh who commands ethnic cleansing versus the tender-hearted Lord who heals lepers, hangs out with hookers… My friend Craig also writes about this. Brennan Manning helped me overcome my fear of the stern, unbending God by embracing the Christ who is perfect love, who accepts just me as I am, but doesn’t leave me as he found me: in a state of unrighteousness. "I want neither a terrorist spirituality that keeps me in a perpetual state of fright about being in right relationship with my heavenly Father nor a sappy spirituality that portrays God as such a benign teddy bear that there is no aberrant behavior or desire of mine that he will not condone. I want a relationship with the Abba of Jesus, who is infinitely compassionate with my brokenness and at the same time an awesome, incomprehensible, and unwieldy Mystery. “ I’m enjoying being on this journey with you Bill.
Bill, I truly appreciate these messages on labels. Who am I? I am His beloved...I am wonderfully and fearfully made...I am the apple of His are we all in Christ. Yesterday I tried to leave this lengthy comment, but it must not have been meant to be published, because I was never able :( But today I found grace :) ~ Bless you
I admit to getting a bit emotional while reading this wonderful piece. Having ‘been there, done that’ I know where you’re coming from. As a former music director in a number of churches for many years, I can attest to your sentiments. There was a time when I felt not only needed but indispensable. It’s only been for the past 2-3 years that I’ve left the system. This move came after encountering one disillusionment after another. After those years of ‘service’ I finally decided to write my own book, which I’m currently working on. So this connection with you is vital in helping me understand that I’m not alone in this world. Thank you for your meaningful words of life.
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I was Jo March, too… scornful of social convention and true to myself. Just discovered your site today, and grateful to have done so. Meet your newest member. Hope you’ll swing by and visit me too. Fellow homeschool mom here. Love and blessings, Debra
Toggle Commented Apr 11, 2011 on Closet Escape at LDB Taylor
Hi Susan, I enjoyed your lovely and inspiring writing. Hope your Christmas was as joyful as you wished it to be. And may this upcoming new year hold the richest of spiritual blessings for you and your precious family. Debra
Toggle Commented Dec 27, 2010 on My Christmas List: Joy at Prairie Lily Arts
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