Thursday, January 28, 2010

Barn Owl

Swooping down and across the road flew a beautiful barn owl.  Birding is a wonderful hobby and so much more. The appreciation of birds, animals, and nature in general is 'a good thing.'  Enjoy the picture.  I enjoyed the flight and hope to catch more of these amazing moments.
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Sunday, January 24, 2010

So Many Books And So Little Time

I love reading.  Most of my family loves to read.  And the majority of my friends love to read as well. The hard  thing to figure out as one gets older is how to read everything on one's reading list before one's time expires.  Hence, "So Many Books, So Little Time" is a gem of a book I found at a library book sale yesterday and devoured in one night of reading.  It was published in 2003 in paperback and can be found on Amazon and at Barnes and Noble.  The reviews are mixed.  I thought it was a fun fast read.  Check it out yourself.  I have a link to the review pages at "Amazon Reviews:So Many Book, So Little Time."

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Monday, January 18, 2010

One of Nine Treasures

Last Monday I went to the library to get a book.  I found nine books instead! From fiction to informational I have been feasting on words.  One of the treasures I found, The artist Guide:  How to Make a Living Doing What You Love, by Jackie Battenfield.  It is full of excellent advice how to take charge of your small business of being an artist.  If you are an artist, writer, or even a creative small business person, you can benefit from this book.  Check it out.  You will be glad you did.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

The Good Old Days

"The Good Old Days...
when one could tell a friend from an enemy...
when one could tell the difference between a 'Christian' and a 'Pagan'...
when people didn't shock the pants off you...
when there were 'good paying' jobs...
when there were morals, scruples, and ethical standards...
when food was locally grown...
when community was a local group of people...
when truth mattered and justice was served...
and some say the best days are still to come...
go figure!"

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Friday, January 8, 2010

When Bitter Winds Blow

When bitter winds blow and the snow flies it is best to head indoors for the duration of the squall.  A squall does not last forever.  Although it may feel like it at times, weather does change minute by minute, hourly, daily, and over an expanse of years.  The important thing is to know what to do in all types of weather.

We get use to a certain weather pattern and when it changes we are not always prepared, and that is a problem.  'Mother Nature' and 'Old Man Winter' are a fickle couple.  The best thing to do when caught off guard is take measures to ensure safety.

In snowy bitter conditions, it is best to stay indoors.  Make sure you have a good heat source, plenty of food, water, and other essentials to get you through the duration.

We are hunkering down, enjoying each other’s company, and catching up on the books that have been piling up.  I shoveled the walk four times today, the driveway once, and enjoyed the quiet afternoon watching the snowfall.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

A Time For Stillness

One of the few opportunities we have in areas where it snows is the occasion to appreciate stillness.  When it snows a lot and people cannot get out and about or even attempt to travel, there is a beauty in the snow covered ground and the quietness.  I know it maybe odd, but I enjoy quietude.
There is a beauty in the fresh fallen snow covering everything in a clean blanket of white.  The crisp air, no sound of traffic noise invading the soul, and the only sound is that of nature.  My soul breathes in deeply.  Moments like this are refreshing.

Winter is a time for stillness.  Relish it.  The moment will pass.  The hectic pass of life will crouch in and demand our attention.

A time for stillness, appreciating the quietude.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Finding the Time To Write

I was hoping to find more time to write this year. It seems that every time I carve out a space of time just to write someone needs something or some event interrupts the time I set aside. I am determined, however, that I will get several pieces polished for publishing. I have bits and pieces written in long hand, some typed on yellowed paper left over from college days, and of course current stories sitting in a document file somewhere.

Today, I set some time aside to rummage through some of the children's stories I wrote years ago. They are charming stories of cats, mice, and rabbits. However, charming stories are not in vogue currently.

I have two stories I have worked on in the past year. They will need a bit more work before I take them to a writer's group for critique.

Motto for The Month: Write, Damn it! Write!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Writing Magazines

Today, as I catch up on some of my reading that has been stacking up, I picked up The Writer Magazine for January.  I had purchased it in early December, but have only gotten to it presently.  The Writer Magazine may only have 60 pages, but it is full of superb information and excellent concise articles that one can apply to one's writing and see change immediately.  I am wearing out the pages of this edition as I use it for reference.  From the lead story on how to 'Create Memorable Characters,' a list of 'Great Web Sites for Writers,' and how to' Make Money Writing about Money,' every page has useful information.  The February edition is already on the market.

As a writer, I read many writer magazines and websites.  The Writer Magazine by far is the most bang for the buck.  I still purchase it from a local bookstore every month for the low cost of $6.95.  I could subscribe, but that would take all the fun out of going to the bookstore searching for gems.

Look out for The Writer Magazine next time you pop into your local bookstore.