Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Slice of Life: Slowing Down the Train!

Today I join my fellow bloggers in "serving up a slice" 
to the Tuesday Slice of Life (SOL) community.
Thanks to Stacey, Betsy, Beth, Kathleen, Deb, Melanie, and Lanny
 for hosting this meeting place each Tuesday and nurturing our writing lives.

Do you ever find yourself deliberately slowing down as you come to the end of a book?  There's something about having to say goodbye to characters I've grown to love that is bittersweet.  Sunday morning was one of those times.  I had enough time to finish Train I Ride by Paul Mosier before church, but I wanted to prolong this train ride.  I also wanted to capture some of the things I love about the book before reaching an ending that I might or might not like.  

So I tucked the book and my writer's notebook into my church bag. Here are my quickly scribbled thoughts about why I love this book (penned before church started).  
I must give credit for being inspired by one of Michelle Haseltine's students.  Michelle shared a page from a student's notebook about reasons she loved their recent read aloud, Come With Me.  Her list inspired me to create a similar list for Train I Ride.  And I quickly showed the book to two friends before church started.  I adore spreading book love!  

And then after church, I curled up in bed and luxuriated in the final pages of Train I Ride.  I like to think that the leisurely pace was matched by the slow pace of the train as it neared Chicago.  And I was not disappointed as I reached the final page! 

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Celebrate This Week: Boys, Trees, Leaves, and Routines!

Join us each weekend for Celebrate This Week with Ruth Ayres.

When we pause to celebrate, we find the joy.
Discover. Play. Build. 

   A week filled with moments to celebrate and remember.

I usually end my post with  grandboy  pics, but today I'm mixing things up by starting with them.  Teddy is almost sixteen months old.  I love that Stefi keeps us connected with plenty of pics.  
 
Jack got his first taste of Beecher's Mac & Cheese this week.  We're raising this NW boy right!  Those two footstools are positioned to keep baby boy away from the two steps and the coffee table is draped with a blanket until this boy gets a bit more stable.  He's on the move so these fixes are temporary at best.
I love fall!  And I'm in awe of the color that surrounds us.  
 
Finally, I'm celebrating my favorite Saturday routine - posting from Starbucks with my favorite drink, raspberry hot chocolate, to fuel my writing.  It's so much easier to write away from home without all the distractions of things I should be doing.
Have a joyful, colorful weekend!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Slice of Life: Charmed by an eight month old!

Today I join my fellow bloggers in "serving up a slice" 
to the Tuesday Slice of Life (SOL) community.
Thanks to Stacey, Betsy, Beth, Kathleen, Deb, Melanie, and Lanny
 for hosting this meeting place each Tuesday and nurturing our writing lives.

Each time I watch my eight month old grandson, Jack, he's added something new to his bag of tricks.  Today it was his fake cough.  He loves coughing because it's a sound he's recently learned to make.  He demonstrated this new skill before his mom left for work.  

On Sunday I received a blurry shot from the baby monitor during church.  I could just make out that Jack was standing in his crib.  My daughter mentioned today that they had moved the crib to its lowest setting and that he hadn't pulled himself up since that change.  Well, when I went in to pick him up after his morning nap, guess who was standing in his crib?  He can't quite reach the top of the crib, but there he was clinging to the top on his tippy toes and trying valiantly not to bump his head.  

But it was Jack's third trick of the day that totally charmed me! 



I could watch this boy read books all day long!

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Celebrate This Week - Powell's Bookstore!

Join us each weekend for Celebrate This Week with Ruth Ayres.

When we pause to celebrate, we find the joy.
Discover. Play. Build. 

   A week filled with moments to celebrate and remember.


I was in Portland this past week with my daughter and baby Jack while she attended a medical conference.  You can't go to Portland without a stop at Powell's bookstore.  We stopped by twice and both stops were too short, but I still managed to buy...

something old
I was so excited to spot this used copy
of a poetry book that I love!

something new
This delightful tale of journeys and roads
charmed me from the first page.

something whimsical
This new-to-me animal alphabet book
was actually my daughter's purchase, 
but I love it too.

something just for fun!
I'm not a coffee drinker, but I do love a 
mug o' milk with my cookies
and hot chocolate with a good book!

And every celebrate post has to include
pics of my adorable grandboys, Teddy and Jack!
 Teddy snuggled in Mom's arms
with Pup Pup on one side 
and his lovey on the other.
Jack tries out the hotel swimming 
pool with Mom and Dad.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Poetry Friday: Mapping Seattle Poem by Poem

Head over to Violet's blog, 
Violet Nesdoly/poemsfor her Pumpkin Edition, 
and this week's round-up of poetic goodness.  
Thanks, Violet, for hosting this week!

I've waited all week to share a segment that I saw last week on the NPR NewsHour.  It's a creation of Seattle's first civic poet, Claudia Castro Luna.  You can watch the segment that explains her project to connect poetry and place here.  You can look at the Poetic Grid of Seattle which links poems with specific places in the city.  Here's Claudia's poem which is read by her in the segment.  

A Corner to Love

Maps of this city
number in the thousands
each unique and folded
neatly inside each citizen’s
heart. We live in the city
and the city lives in us.

-Claudia Castro Luna

Think of the possibilities for a project like this linked to the places where we live!

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Spiritual Journey First Thursday:

Welcome to Spiritual Journey First Thursday, a group of friends who blog together each month about our spiritual journeys.  Hugs and gratitude to Irene Latham for gathering us to learn and share together each month.  Maya selected our topic for this month - how small steps lead to big change.  

I looked at quotes about small steps, a post by Leo Babuta, and a post I wrote a couple of years ago about my OLW, stretch.  I collected my thoughts and the ones I've borrowed into these powerful four word sentences. 

Small steps every day.
Pick one tiny action.
Rejoice in baby steps.
Celebrate every tiny victory. 
Improve little by little.
It can change everything.

I think I need to print them out and post them as a constant reminder that big change happens when I remember to focus on small steps and tiny actions.  And when I ask for help from the Savior who knows me in all my weaknesses and still loves me and yearns for my growth.  I want to trust His word which assures me:  "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."  (Philippians 4:13)

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Slice of Life: Savor Autumn!

Today I join my fellow bloggers in "serving up a slice" 
to the Tuesday Slice of Life (SOL) community.
Thanks to Stacey, Betsy, Beth, Kathleen, Deb, Melanie, and Lanny
 for hosting this meeting place each Tuesday and nurturing our writing lives.

When fall bursts into bloom, I find myself snapping pictures and begging the wind and rain to stay away so we can enjoy the splendor for a few more days.  And when I'm nudged to take a picture, I know that I must respond because things can change quickly this time of year.  

Yellow's fleeting bloom,
framed against blue sky, reminds
us - treasure today.