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Ahhhhhh…..winter.

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Winter would not feel so cold if our yards could look like this….

even with the snow all around..

.this sure would be nice to see in the morning.

Here are some other beautiful flowers to cheer you up during this long cold winter some of us have been going through.

Look very carefully at them and you will find they are made up f painted bodies.  How cool is that???

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Stay warm.

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Before I tell you my story, I thought it would be good to first….talk about ..Freedom…..what exactly is freedom???

For the purposes of my story….the following aptly applies….

The ability to act freely: a state in which somebody is able to act and live as he or she chooses, without being subject to any undue restraints or restrictions…

To be released from captivity or slavery: release or rescue from being physically bound, or from being confined, enslaved, captured, or imprisoned…

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         It occurred on Monday morning…I was enjoying a solo paddle on the lake…and…..as I looked ahead I could see a  rock jutting out of the water…So as not to hit it I touched it with my paddle.  To my surprise….it was not a rock but instead….a turtle…floating.  It was not moving…was he dead?…or was he just hurt…. and so with my paddle, I lifted him onto the front of my kayak.   I immediately  noticed the fishing line…. coming from it’s mouth….and it turned out the other end of the line was attached to the shore of the lake..   Poor little turtle …I’ll call him Mike…all I could think was that  he got caught on the line/hook…. and had been floating out there with no food days…so I did the only thing I could…..SET HIM FREE !!!   I know the turtle Mike,  was dead… but at least now… he could float freely into the reeds along the shore  . I was a bit sad for the little creature…but it felt good that morning to give him his freedom.

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“I’m drawn to places that beguile and inspire, sedate and stir, places where, for a few blissful moments I loosen my death grip on life, and can breathe again. It turns out these destinations have a name:

thin places.”

 Eric Weiner

It was not until a few years ago , when my sister told me about her thin place,…that  I first heard this term.

 She shared with me…a favorite beach she likes to spend time at….where wild horses can be seen running on  the sand… a location she called her thin place.

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I immediately  wondered….what is it that makes a place… thin….how does a person know if they have  ever been ….to a thin place??

Is it a place where the… spiritual…the physical ….the mental….and the natural….have  a fine line between them?..

when they are indistinguishable from one another???

Is a thin place….an actual physical location???…or is it a state of mind???

Some have said that a Thin Place… cannot be described with words.

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So that got me to wondering….have I ever found myself in a thin place?

…the first thing that came to mind was…

my kayak… paddling all alone…. on the lake or down the creek in my kayak…

Yes…I do believe that is MY thin place.

A place where I can be alone but never feel  alone….where my mind can breath and my body relax… where life as it is ….seems to disappear.

Perhaps that is why I look so forward to the end of a long cold Canadian winter… a chance to once again….return to that place…my Thin Place.

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Have you ever been there?

Have you found your….

Thin Place???

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Hope is the state which promotes the belief

in a good outcome related to

events and circumstances in one’s life..

Think about it for a minute….unconciously we are all… hoping…hoping everyday…all the time without even thinking….. hoping that it will be sunny…hoping that we get to work on time…hoping the traffic  light does not turn red….hoping  you will  receive an email from a friend….and the list could go on and on.  We hope all the time.

        There are of course… times when hoping is what helps us to get through a tough day or a difficult time and is more conscious thought.

   It is at those moments  when having hope is what gets us through the day.

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Hope, like the gleaming taper’s light,

adorns and cheers our way;

and still, as darker grows the night,

Emits a brighter ray. 

   [Oliver Goldsmith]

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Now… I am the first to say that, by just hoping ,we cannot  make sure a good outcome to occur…however…it can sure make you feel better…more positive about the possible future…

So if all of this is true…why would we ever,ever want to…TAKE AWAY ANOTHER PERSON’S HOPE?

Oh no..!!!!!  Makes me wonder.. have I ever taken away someone’s hope??

Expectations

looking forward to…anticipation a looking for as due,proper, or necessary thing looked forward to…a reason or warrant for looking forward to something;…prospect for the future, as of advancement or prosperity…the probability of the occurrence, duration, etc. of something

We all have expectations….of life….of our friends and family….of events….and ourselves……..we have expectations of zillions of things.

Many of those we are not even conscious of…take for example….a voice on the radio….. I can listen to that voice for a long time without much thought about the person ….until one day … I  when I saw  a photo of that …VOICE/person… I was surprised with what I saw…I don/t know what I had expected… however…what I saw did not seem to fit… I actually was impressed with what I saw..

So that goes to show that our expectations can not only disappoint us….but in some cases…far excede our expectations….What made me think about this subject was this …my blog.  Upon developing it my thoughts were….hmm…not exactly sure what to write….and if I do…who will even want to read it?

To my surprise….it now has over 31,000 hits…and I have to say…I am quite amazed about that….and on top of that….people actually took the time to comment….I did take a break from writing….but with the winter months rushing in…and the snow on it’s way….and seeing how many hits I have gotten….I am motivated….I am in a writing mood once again.

How about you….have you experienced any….”GREAT EXPECTATIONS ” lately???

The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.
Michelangelo

You have probably heard the phrase..Seize the day….however…Can you think of a moment of happiness …that took you by surprise???….A  moment of surprise that you can actually say…seized you???

Tonight I had exactly a moment like that…I was surprised…over come….seized by the moment!!!  Our book club meeting was at my home this evening…The Happiness Project was the book we talked about…and in that chat I had mentioned that…something I would love to do is… to fly a kite!…The evening carried on…good wine…great food..and a few hours later…once the evening was just about over… and everyone began  packing up…one friend said she had a little something for me…Hmm…this was strange…and very interesting…why only for me I wondered…what ever could it be???

She ran out to her car….and…a few minutes later she returned to the  house with a bag in hand….She told us said she had done some house cleaning…and…had a few items in her car to bring to the thrift shop…however…she decided  this one item would be best if  given to me…We were all still wondering…what might it be…and then she told us…

A kite….It was a kite…she was giving me a KITE!!!

Now…is that synchronicity…serendipity…coincidence…karma…or what????…

I think we all were in awe of the event for a moment…and  I…I was so thrilled that …without even thinking …I gave her a big hug…and then we all laughed…Yes I was seized by that moment…how could I not have been????…Here we were …talking about happiness…and my evening ended with me surprised and thoroughly taken/seized by an unexpected  moment of happiness!!

So what about you???…any such moments of late??…Have you ever been the person to give  such a moment to someone else???… …Have you been the receiver of such a moment of surprise???

That has me wondering if…Is it possible for each and every one of us ….to make such moments occur…or…are such moments completely out of our hands???…Do we each have the capacity to be able to make happy moments for others???

Once the weather cooperates…you will find me out in a field….flying my newly acquired, gently used, kite!!!

Thanks to (V)…for providing us all with a moment of happiness.

We have all entertained  others  in lots of different ways…which usually involves a bit of effort on  our part…like making a dinner…or…having a party…or…telling a joke…or relating a story….but…entertain by just listening???

Think about it…there are people who like to entertain sometimes…and there are people who enjoy being entertained…sometimes…and we have all met the people who seem to entertain …all the time???…I am not talking about paid entertainers…but rather…family members…or…friends…or acquaintances who talk…talk…talk…Those people who talk all the time and never stop.

I wonder…could it be that they have so much bottled up… that when in the company of others…they just have to share???….Could it be that they dread those moments of silence that might occur if they stop talking???….or…Maybe they enjoy having a constant audience …maybe they get some kind of positive reinforcement from it….Hmmm…one might say that they seem very self absorbed…but…could it be that they have no idea what they are doing?????..If someone were to tell them….you monopolize conversations… you never let anyone else talk…do you think they would be horrified??

Could it be …the only way to entertain such folk …is to listen to them…or…at least seem to listen???…Have you ever spent time with someone like that…only to come home and realize…they never asked you one question???…That although they have told you tons about themselves…they have learned nothing about you…

Many years ago I had a good friend…we used to sit for hours chatting…till one day I actually listened…What I realized is that we were having two very separate conversations ..we were each just waiting for the other to stop talking…to then get our words in…neither of us really ever heard the other… yet to an outsider it would have looked like a normal conversation taking place…It was then I had to say something to her….and I told her what I just realized…we were not having a conversation at all…we were having two!!!…Interesting how after that…our chats totally changed…We had no idea we had gotten into such a habit and it never happened again.

Oh no…what about me???….I don’t think I monopolize conversations…do I???….Although  I will admit …I do like to talk??…Yes..and  I do occasionally interrupt others when talking…but I am working on that…Could it be that listening is the only way to entertain me????…Hmmm…I suppose knowing that to be a possibility…is the first step to improvement.

Have you ever considered ..is your entertainment …others listening to you????

If the human brain were so simple that we could understand…we would be so simple that we couldn’t.

Emerson M. Pugh

Some days I think about how nice it would be ….if our lives could be simpler…not our minds…but our lives….however…Could it be that…we would need to have a simpler brain…to live a simpler life???….Could it be that… our lives are so busy and complex …because our brains are so complex??…Maybe it’s not the brain…but instead…how full it is …Can it be…the more filled  our brains …the more complex our  lives???…Can it be that simple???

When I first developed this site….I thought I would keep it simple…..mostly ..because I didn’t have much knowledge about sites…blogs …etc….My brain was not so full of such info …and so my site…was simple as well…however….it has been over a year now…and in the process of it all…I have learned so much about site building….and with all that information embedded in my little brain….life here…writing on my site…what was… a simple little site..is beginning to be….more complex…You see…..I feel the need to change up the header photo on a regular basis….and ….changing the content ….I now know how to add widgets…other sites and more…which is just the tip of the …blog  iceberg…I wonder how much more info there is …. to learn….how much more complex can one little blog/site get?…. My life…writing on line …has become …less and less simple!

And so… simple or complex…is one better than the other?…

OH NO !!

I think I must have accidentally hit a wrong key….I can`t get a question mark/””$/$!!!!

Like it or not…it is time to learn more…till next time.

 

“No matter where you go..there you are”

Confucius

No matter …where you go…you aren’t far

Cause …wherever you might be…well…there you are

And if you think about it ..you will see

Wherever  you now are… is where you ought to be

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My thought for the day.

The true test of character is not how much we know how to do,but how we behave when we don’t know what to do.
John Holt

Character…let’s first be clear on what character …in this sense …really is….The combination of qualities or features that distinguishes one person, group, or thing from another…..A distinguishing feature or attribute, as of an individual, group, or category. …Moral or ethical strength….A description of a person’s attributes, traits, or abilities reputation.

How much do you … really…know how to do…and how  much do you not???…When  moments occur…the moments when you don’t know what to do…the moments that are difficult/new/stressful/emotional….how do you behave???…When all that knowledge and ability you have learned…is of no help …how do you handle yourself ???….Are these the moments we are given..the small opportunities that appear when we can...rise to the occasion…to step up to the plate…to do the right thing…and is it at those moments that…. we  show our  true character???…Do you know how much  character/moral and ethical strength you display????..

There are always moments in everyone’s life when…we find ourselves in “new territory”…in a place we have never been before…and although we may have years of experience and oodles of wisdom…we find ourselves lost!!…Sometimes we muddle through…other  times… we discover something new in ourselves…or…at still other times….we find that  we fail miserably….How about the times when you can’t think of the right thing to say at that moment…but…realizing after the fact…what you should have said????…How often have you fumbled??

Take for example …….pregnancy…death…sickness…divorce…of  someone we know…How do we handle those MOMENTS???…What do we do and say when we next see that person????…and…do we go and see them…or do our best to avoid it all????….I remember after being diagnosed with Breast Cancer…I was very fortunate ….to have the opportunity to observe…how family/friends/acquaintances…and even strangers… handled the news and how they behaved …It all made  me wonder …what have I done to others in the past…how have I behaved???…have I risen to the occasions???…or…Have I failed miserably …in their eyes???…What kind of character have I displayed in my life???

Life is quite interesting in that…we remember how others have behaved toward us…at those difficult moments…but…do we have any idea of how we behaved toward others???…Will we ever know what effect our behavior has had on others????….What kind of character have we displayed through the years???…

I wonder…if  we had the ability to get feedback …at times  when… we don’t know what to do…how would we fare???…How about you…how would you fare???….Maybe we do get feedback….but just choose not to see it….Could it be that ‘those moments” are so very difficult…very emotional…very stressful…that we are not able to read the other person…and the  feedback they are giving ….the feedback that although we don’t hear them say it in words…if we look…we can see it in their eyes??

Do you think it is true…. that a person’s heart is in the right place…most of the time…and…that everyone’s aim it to develop a strong …good character???…Is it possible that when a person appears to have a flaw in their character…they just …Don’t know what to do???…and fumbling…they truly do the very best that they know how…at that moment in time???

So…what do you do when you don’t know what to do???

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Another most expensive item…a gold plated coffin…now…who said “You can’t take it with you???”

Today I was thinking about my blog…about writing…and about writing about writing….If I remember correctly…I began this site because I was in the midst of having a book published….and…with all that I had researched…I felt obligated to have a site and blog…I will admit…I was a bit lost in the beginning…but after a few weeks…I realized I wanted to share my publishing experiences with you…and I did….but somewhere along the line I got lost…maybe it was once I had the book in my hands…or could it have been once the decision-making had stopped..Doesn’t really matter…but what does matter is I lost my direction.

I now wonder….Did anyone really notice???…Did it really matter….as you keep coming back…for whatever the reason…and so now I am in a dilema…Do I get back on my original road???…or do I keep following the one I am now on???…I once wrote about having a personal Legend…and at that time…I seemed to be a bit more clear than I am now….So…I ask myself…Self???…where do you want  to go???…What will be …. your Personal Legend????

And so …to find out…you will start reading  a bit more…writing about writing for a while …so I can see where it takes me…And speaking of that…I have just received a final layout for Sam’s Weird Afternoon T-shirts…That’s right…T-shirts…My publisher is supplying me…with a few… along with the book order I just made a few weeks ago !!!…Just one more little item for me to use to market my book….and now I have to decide how and where I will use them….For 2011…I have another idea up my sleeve…ahhh…but one thing at a time…it is so easy to get ahead of myself.

The snow is falling ever so gently as the sun is going down..Oh…who am I kidding…I can’t even see the sun for all the clouds in the sky!!!…I just thought it was a nice sentence to end on….

Yes…a break..I am not exactly sure why…as this year… it took me way too long to get in the spirit…and..do I want to loose it yet????…..however…before the new year rolls in I will take a break.

I just put another order in for more copies of …Sam’s Weird Afternoon…I am in no rush to get them as I still have a bunch…however…this time I am getting a few free t-shirts along with the order…a little holiday spirit from my publisher possibly????…They will be fun to see…and that made me realize that I needed to wake up Sam!!!

Yes…Along with holidays…Sam has been on the back burner…and I wasn’t sure exactly how to pull him forward…until yesterday….Ever have something like that…something you procrastonated about…something you really DID want to get busy with??…but for some reason…the procrastonating…and all the stress that comes with it..seems to be exactly where you wanted it to be ….for a while anyway…like me and Sam…???

Have you ever had something occur that for some weird reason…made you want to pull that procrastinated thing out…to bring it to the front burner…to get active with it again???…Well…for me that event occurred yesterday…Any author will tell you…book writing is fun…but book marketing is a long..lonely journey….and when that journey seems ever so long…and oh so tireing…it may take an outside influence to get you happily back on track …back on that journey once again….That event for me was a phone call…just one phone call…to my sister…my writer sister…After chatting about holidays, health, family…we got into discussing our book adventures…I cannot put my finger on exactly …what caused me to be re-energized to get back on my jouney…to wake up Sam…and to wake up ME.

Could it have been just chatting with her over the holidays???…or…Maybe it was how we shared our book marketing experiences???…or…Could it have been… just one little thing… that she might have said???…She…my sister Sharon…the one who encouraged me to first write and submit a story…Sharon…13 months older….whom I shared a childhood with…or…could it be the supportive words she gave…that got me wanting to get back on track with Sam..

I suppose I will never know…but one thing I do know…next time I get lost…tired…procrastinate about Sam…I will call her…just to chat for a few minutes….Do you think it is possible …to give energy over the phone…can  energy  pass through the phone wires…could it be that she passed some of  hers on to me???…

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This all …Makes me wonder … these days…we use the phone less ….and…. email more….it makes me wonder about…how hearing a voice can give so much more than the written word…and so…hmmm…should I start making more phone calls ???…If a person’s voice…even over the phone can energize another….am I  losing an energy source???…is that why my lights become dim every once in a while????

Well…here we are…this is it…the day before Christmas…as everyone hustles around to do those final preparations for tomorrow…and then have a good sleep before “Santa” arrives!!

Do you believe???….Do you believe in the spirit of Christmas???…what ever that may mean to you???

Here is hoping you have a wonderful day tomorrow with friends and family.

May you find the spirit of the season in whatever way you can.

I wish you …peace…good health…and like the song says….comfort…and…joy!

Sally


 

13 days left till Christmas morning….time to start wrapping….

Have you ever said something and been misunderstood???…Have you ever done so …and not taken steps ….to correct that misunderstanding… only to wonder about it …or the other person…for the rest of the day???

A funny thing happened last night …we went out for dinner…during which…odd misunderstandings occurred…and it went something like this…..

The  setting….My husband and I … sitting in a beautiful restaurant…him with his soup and me with my salad… in front of us…I drinking coffee…he  drinking wine…

  • The waiter came to the table with a large pepper grinder… asked my husband ….”Would you like some pepper??”  he said “Yes”…and pepper was put on his soup….
  • Then the waiter looked at me…I was expecting him to ask if I wanted any pepper…but instead I heard him say…”Would you like more coffee??” to which I replied…maybe later…which confused me a bit …as he was holding the pepper grinder…and…never offered me pepper.
  • Next… my husband asked the waiter… for another glass of wine… the waiter… put more pepper on his soup…which confused me even more…as my husband did not seem concerned about all that pepper on his soup…which was looking quite black.
  • The waiter said nothing more…and…left the table
  • I then said to my husband..”did you realize… that when you asked the waiter for more wine…he gave you more pepper ???..I don’t think he heard you say wine”…to which he replied…”You’re right… I didn’t really think anything of it”
  • Then…my husband said to me…”did you realize the waiter asked you about pepper…but… you said something about your coffee instead????”…to which I replied…”No way…he asked if I wanted more coffee…I am sure of it!!”

Those few minutes with the waiter …were all  very polite moment…but now …moments after…we were both a bit confused…so..Once we realized the  confusion…we had a chat with the waiter…to find out…and …yes…the waiter misunderstood my husband….and…yes…I misunderstood the waiter!!!…now how weird is that…and we all laughed once it was cleared up.

It is a good thing we clarified it…. with the waiter …or …

  • my husband and I …most likely would have …“discussed” the events of the night….over and over and over again…with no way of knowing…what really occurred….
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  • the waiter…might  have thought we were a very weird couple…the hard of hearing wife…with  the man who can’t seem to get enough pepper!!!

Have you been misunderstood lately???...Would you even know???

 

 

I was reading a book today and got to thinking about words…words in the English language…words that don’t make any sense…and…I kept coming up with more  and more examples…and I thought…Imagine being a newcomer to the English language and trying to make sense of it… our language is often used… in such contradictory ways….for example…

“Civil War”-I don’t remember ever reading about… any war being …CIVIL …..”Greenland”-why call a land that is white… most of the time…GREEN???….”Death Valley”-strange name for a place …having…  a LIVING population….”Eggplant”-it may be a plant…but not the size or color or texture of any egg I’ve ever seen…”catgut”–actually comes from a sheep….and …an “underdog”- has nothing to do with a dog.

Words…Ok now…imagine being new to our language and telling someone …When my grandfather “kicked the bucket”…there were a lot of”crocodile tears”…or…The “boob tube” put me” in hot water”…or…My mother is always “splitting hairs” and “picking holes in things”…or…He was running down the hill …when he “hit the wall”.

And …how about…have you ever received an invitation to a “political PARTY”??…or…have you ever been  “in the same boat” as  a “lucky duck”??…What kind of umbrella might  one need when it is “raining cats and dogs”??…Does a “life-preserver” really preserve….Why are “bangs” so quiet???…and…Why is the “hot seat”…never really hot to the touch??

Words, words, words….I can’t begin to imagine how confusing it would all be …if I were to be trying to learn English…I do think we must have one of the most convoluted languages there is…When I was attempting to learn French…it seemed  more “straight forward”…hmmmm….          Or is the French language ….  just the same…???

Oh no!!!  …Could it be… that I just kept understanding and taking everyone literally!!!….wow…now that’s a scary thought.

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I will be at McNally Robinson’s Bookstore on Dec. 4th…1-3 to sign books…come visit and pick up some Christmas gifts at the same time.

HO HO HO

 

Check out my new visitor counters that show countries visitors are from ….I am now curious to see what shows up ..I know I have had visitors from  places other than Canada…hmmm…I’ll just have to wait and see. Calling visitors from around the globe to check in!!!!

 

 

26 days till Christmas morning….Ho, Ho, Ho…

Have you ever had those days when …you just feel…your life is coming together??

Everyone has good days and bad ones… and for me… today is a good day…It is as if all the pieces of the puzzle…my puzzle…have come together today..Could it be that…all the planets are  lined up just right??…or maybe it is just a bit of good karma ..or could it be that beautiful walk I had out in the snow this morning????…

When you feel life is coming together…it is like…you know …the feeling of finishing one of those 1000 piece jigsaw puzzles….how…when  that last piece is put in…the picture finally …all comes together???…I suppose life can be like that…Are we just one big giant puzzle???…Is  life  made up of… the fitting of thousands of pieces together… like a puzzle??…I suppose it could be…and…like  a puzzle…there can be days when there is a missing a piece or two…and there may be days when…. you feel like the pieces are all jumbled up in the box…and couldn’t there be days when…like for me today…that last piece of the picture is finally in???

Now…just because a person’s life (puzzle) comes together one day…doesn’t mean that a piece …can’t be lost once in a while…And whose to say… that your puzzle can’t end up …all mixed up in the box again… one day!!!  I bet you are thinking…what about that puzzle glue stuff???…the  bottled stuff that keeps a puzzle together for eternity???…Wouldn’t it be wonderful…you are thinking…if we had some life glue like that???

I don’t know about you…but…I think it would be terribly boring…if we could actually…hold  our lives together with  some kind of glue. I will admit I do love the days when it all comes together…however……

Loosing a puzzle piece… every once in a while…can’t be a bad thing…now…can it????

27 days left till Christmas morning….

Ever hear a word being said and you thought to yourself…hmmm….I wonder what that means???…Have you ever been listening to speech and someone uses a word that you have never heard before… and …you get  so caught up with that word…and actually didn’t hear much of what followed???…

Well…that is exactly what happened to me last night….someone was giving a little talk and used the word…”EFFUSIVE”…which threw me right off as I had no idea what it meant…It was used in order to explain someone’s personality…and so…I figured… it had to be something good or it wouldn’t have been said with 20 people present..but…

I thought about it a bit…hmmm…should I let it go…or do I  ask for the meaning???…so …at an opportune time …I decided to dive in…I asked my friend…a past school teacher…what is the meaning of that word????….He did not answer but instead…turned to another retired teacher…and asked him if he would clarify it for me….The second person  then  admitted that …he did not really know that answer…AHA!!!….I was not alone in my ignorance…and …I would venture to think that… although many in the room …”had an idea of the word’s meaning”…they truly did not know it.

Ever found yourself in a like situation???…Wanting to ask for clarification but not sure if you should???…Wondering if you are the only one present…who doesn’t understand????…Waiting and hoping that someone will speak up and ask YOUR  question????…Have you ever weighed your  need to know…as opposed to the possibility of… embarrassing yourself????…

I wonder how much we have all missed or misunderstood…just because we were afraid to ask???…As children…all we do is ask !!!!…what…when …how…why….where….over and over again…that is one way children learn…Why is it that as we get older…we hesitate to ask….Can it be that we feel we have nothing more to learn from others???….Can it be that we want to appear smarter than we really are????….Can it be that it is just not that important to know????…or….Can it be that we are afraid to ask???

Well…for those of you out who need to know..I will clarify effusive for you…

effusive [ɪˈfjuːsɪv]

 

extravagantly demonstrative of emotion; gushing, uttered with unrestrained enthusiasm, burbling, gushy,
Do you know someone who is effusive???….Are you effusive????
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Here is another interesting piece of art….made out of chocolate this time….
Who would ever have the heart to actually eat such a beautiful creation…???


It is my writing and having a book published that caused me to develop this site…and if my mind serves me right…at the start…I actually DID write about my publishing  journey…however…with time it seems I have strayed.   I suppose I didn’t want to keep boring you with it all…and how much can a person say about their getting published…a bit self involved …really !!!

But then….there  are days when I get the battery of questions….How many publishers did I have to contact???…How long did it all take???….How is the book going???…Will you be writing another???…I must admit that at first I was a bit tongue tied…but now… I have the answers down pat….Will you be having Sam dolls made???…Have you sent your book to Oprah???…Will you be traveling for book tours???…and the questions go on….

I do once in a while think about some of those things…Will I have another Sam book published???…Maybe….No I haven’t sent my book to Oprah…but I did send it to Ellen Degeneres!!!…Why Ellen you may wonder???…Well…she is such a hoot and makes me laugh all the time…so I thought Sam was more in keeping with her personality…..and so I weekly write on her website asking if the book was received…and just giving her/the show…reasons why my book and I should be considered for a spot on her show….Not a word to date…But I am not going to let that stop me…so once a week I will keep writing on her site. Here is a link to her site…just in case you want to put in a good word for me…. http://ellen.warnerbros.com/show/

This past weekend we went to …THE BODY EXHIBITION…which is presently in Winnipeg at the MTS exibition centre.

For anyone who has not heard about it…it is an exhibition of the human body…or should I say…bodies…real bodies.  No…they are not alive…but have been preserved in a polymers of some kind.. Ever wonder what the insides of YOU look like???  Ever wonder how we work ??? or what our insides are made up of????   If so…this is for you!!!  It is very educational and will allow you to see our skeletal , muscle, nerve, systems and more. You will see body parts…and body dissections…all displayed as would be a collection of art sculptures…in fact…I suppose that is what they are!!!If this exhibition comes to your town…I would encourage you to go and check it out.  If you are an athlete or medical or massage person…you don’t want to miss this.

Sam and I were invited to a special story time this weekend as well at McNally Robinson. The group was quite small but we all had a fun time…especially when Josef made balloon creations for the kids. I brought my puppets…Sniffles, Snuffles and Elliot … for the kids to have fun with. It is always amazing how even the quietest child becomes animated when a puppet is doing the talking for them.  Not a book selling day…but definitely worth the time.

A note about the jack-o-lanterns in today’s posting..  These two were sent to me by a visitor to this site…Thanks to a reader …from sunny Florida…for these wonderful creations…I think he not only did a great job cutting out…but the photography makes them come to life…don’t you agree???

Collections….I have such fun finding these things…I hope you enjoy seeing them…Butter…yes…butter has been the media used in the past few sculptures I have shared..Now..how and why would anyone choose butter of all things. I would suspect they must do their art in a large fridge/freezer or something  so as not to melt.  I get enough cold… just living here in Manitoba…maybe the artist live in hot climates and enjoy the change of temperature….I just don’t get it…but I love the creations…..

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