Month: August 2012

Quote 8-29-2012

“I’ve been getting rid of some clutter, anything that doesn’t serve a positive purpose in my life and making room for things that feel happy to me.  Because I get to make my life whatever I want it to be.  I get to make the room feel however I want it to feel.  I get to make the closet as full or as spacious as I want it.  And, if I have more clutter to get rid of after Christmas, I’m not going to wait a year, or two or three to do it.” – Jan Denise

Passing Judgment

Passing judgment, we all have been guilty of this at some point in our lives.  I think one time I know I was most guilty had to do with a book signing that happened with Robert Schuller back when I worked at B. Dalton Bookseller.   Mr. Schuller came in with an entourage of people who were, quite frankly, in the way and somewhat intimidating by nature.  They were dressed all in black and there was one on each side of the store.  We were told they were body guards.  We weren’t given a real reason why they were necessary, but then I guess that was a need to know thing.  We set Mr. Schuller’s books up in a big display in the center of the store and I was responsible for keeping people in line, orderly and making sure the displays continued to look sharp and full.  Mr. Schuller looked a bit tired, so I asked him if he would like a drink of water.  To my surprise he glared at me and told me he was fine, then …

Trip Back in Time

I remembered a conversation I had with my dad when I was about eight years old last night.  It was a warm summer day and daddy had been working on the car all afternoon.  He was in the backyard and scrubbing the grease off his hands using the water hose.  I had been playing on the swing set he had put up for us and it was about time to go in to eat dinner.  I remember the light being just before the sun kisses the clouds at sunset.  I had been thinking about my mom having a hard time with the ladies at the daycare.  They were talking about money and the programs they wanted to do with the kids for Christmas and mom was frustrated.  I didn’t understand all that was going on, just that it was hard on her.      “Daddy, why is life so hard?” I asked.  “Life is hard because it was designed that way,” dad said.  “Why was it designed that way?” I asked.  “Because only through the tough times do we …

Erotica!

I was reading some articles this morning saying that erotica is now the most popular type of ebook selling.  It made me pause to think about that.  Really?  Erotica?  It must be the fascination with the “50 Shades of Grey” books.  What does this mean to us as a society?  Does it mean great masses of people all want to escape into a wild, uninhibited sexual fantasy?  Perhaps this is the case.  It is interesting that action, mystery, horror, regular romance, Christian romance and science fiction are all taking a back seat.  I had to ponder why, but there are a few things that came to mind – just my personal opinion.  First, even those people who don’t like to read much, or don’t have the ability to visualize much while reading might like erotica because well, it is very visual and mixes in all types of drama and emotion as well.  Erotica doesn’t generally take a lot of concentration to read like action, mysteries, science fiction, some romances, or horror novels.  Though I love each one of …

Trials, Tribulation, and a New Perspective

I have been thinking a lot about my mom lately and the trials she went through.  Looking back I realize there are so many things I had wrong from my limited perspective.  We were so different my mom and I, but most of it was because while my mom was good at many things, divulging deep feelings wasn’t one of them.  She kept many things to herself, while voicing all the things she wanted done around the house or griping about her cats.  I had a couple of odd illnesses in July, tetanus and a long round of extremely strong antibiotics and then a broken tooth that led to more antibiotics and pain pills.  I also did a number on my system taking too much pain medicine and drinking too much caffeine.  This all led to extremely high blood pressure.  It scared me.   I didn’t understand why my blood pressure wouldn’t come down, so that freaked me out even more.  I had a reaction to the medication, plus blurred vision, chest pains, migraine headaches, mood …

Kung Fu Spider!

My daughter knows Kung Fu the instant she walks into a spider web.  Wonder what the spider thinks, “Holy crap that’s a big bug!!”   I love looking at spider webs even though the spiders do kind of creep me out.  I really like looking at them through glass, because then they can’t jump on me.  It truly is amazing though the detail and design of spider webs.  Our houses or even tents are not near as versatile as the portable web that can be folded up or reconstructed as necessary.   Webs are made in so many shapes and sizes, built to fit the terrain around the spider and according to what they wish to catch.  Webs that are frosted or graced with drops of water are beautiful to behold, but I bet it’s pretty frustrating for the spider.  Wonder if it goes out there and jumps up and down to knock the water off?  I swear my parents’ house was built on something strange because the animals in their backyard would get really big!  Grass snakes were 2 …

Hair Confusion

I am suffering from hair confusion.  For those who have never experienced this, it is when your hair naturally parts one way (for me, on the right) and the hair stylist decides to cut it to part the other way (on the left).  So now my hair doesn’t know what it wants to do.  It still WANTS to part on the right, but since it isn’t cut that way, I have to try to make it go left.  It works for about an hour, maybe, then my hair gives up and just lays there in confusion.   One day the back half of the part was on the right and the front half was on the left.  It will still part in the middle too, but it doesn’t look good that way either.  I don’t know, I think it deserves a ponytail so it doesn’t have to try to fit into a mold that it wasn’t supposed too.  I mean, I don’t want to stress my hair out, right?  One good thing about hair is that …