Category Archives: Miscellanea

Whatever doesn’t fit exactly in the other categories.

Countdown to SPRING!

I love spring. Currently it’s like pining for a sweetheart who is due home soon.

Today an early morning fog was eating away some of our snow, rotting it so it breaks up and melts more easily. After our recent very cold temperatures the snow froze solid making it harder to move. It’s looking dirty now, but we can be sure there will be a fresh topping for it before our winter weather ends.

On the happy side, look at this:

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Wooo Hooo!    * happy dance *

Even if we do get buried in snow again before March 20, I don’t care! It’s going to get warm again, soon, and I look forward to that. In the meantime, I’m not wishing today away. I’m seeing the beauty of winter and enjoying the many robins that came out of the woods yesterday to forage. That’s the first real sign of spring for me. Robins. Probably the sign I love the most is when the peepers start their night song. (Peepers — tiny little frogs.) They make my heart sing. 

Wherever you are, what is your favourite sign of spring?

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  🙂  

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Maurice Sendak interview

Maurice Sendak – 

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winner of the 1964 Caldecott Medal for Where the Wild Things Are.

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When I first read that book I wasn’t sure about it. Now I see it as an amazing story. What made the difference?

I was a very timid, sensitive child, so when I first read Where the Wild Things Are as an adult – having not known of it until then, although it was published in 1963 – I think I was concerned it would be scary for children. It really speaks to imagination, to the selfishness of childhood and the resulting escape into imagination and dreaming. That I get.

I was glad to find THIS INTERVIEW from 2004 – Bill Moyers interviewing Maurice Sendak. I hope you will take the time to listen to it. It’s in two parts, and the bonus is that the transcript is under it so you can read along while listening.

What does this stir within you?

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  🙂

 

NaNoWriMo speaks out! “Stories know no borders”

My dear friends,
I deliberately avoid political discussion here, and anywhere online. Today I have to share something that I believe is really important. 
I am not a US citizen; I am happy to be a Canadian, although, of late, it’s beginning to look as if our nation also could be entering the arena of political stupidity. It’s disheartening to witness the fear, anxiety and grief of my US friends who are greatly affected by the turn of events of their 2016 election. In the writing world there is opportunity to make things better, one word, one page, one book at a time. So to those who are worried, I say WRITE ON! Be positive, be hopeful, take the high road and DO NOT allow yourself to be pulled into the mire. Avoid hate. Be sure your words are the best they can be because somebody needs you, and that somebody could be someone you will never meet in person but who will read your words and be encouraged.
Yesterday I received an email from the National Novel Writing Month desk. I’m sharing it with you because, as I said at the start, I believe it is really important. This letter came, addressed to Polilla-Lynn – my NaNoWriMo name , because I participated in NaNoWriMo in 2010 (and won!) and in 2011-2013 (adding to my novel of 2010).
Read it and be encouraged, my friends.   Love to you, Lynn

 

What we stand for, what we stand against.

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Dear Polilla-Lynn,

As a creative writing nonprofit, we’re not a political organization. We don’t endorse candidates or support any particular party. In an ideal world, we would focus only on empowering people to write.

Yet we find ourselves in a time where people’s ability to tell their stories—and even to safely exist—is at stake.

NaNoWriMo strives to be a gateway and sanctuary for people’s voices. Our guiding belief is that every person’s story matters, and we celebrate the inclusion of all religions, races, genders, sexualities, and countries of origin. We help people find a safe space to be who they are—creators, storytellers, and world changers.

Because of this core organizational value, we join the many voices standing against the presidential executive order that bans refugees and people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States.

For over 15 years, we’ve had the privilege of writing alongside a community from over 200 countries, including Iran, Iraq, Libya, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. We don’t build walls. We strive to dissolve borders through stories, the vital human narratives that expand our worlds.

 

So while we are not a political organization, we feel moved to take action.

In response to the executive order, as well as any future government efforts that threaten people’s basic freedoms, we will:

  • Celebrate creativity over apathy, diversity over fear, and productivity over despair.
     
  • Welcome all stories and continue to make NaNoWriMo a safe space for all writers.
     
  • Advocate for the transformative power of storytelling to connect people and build a better world.
 

If you have concrete ideas for how we can work toward these goals (or if you have feedback about anything in this message), please share your thoughts.

Thank you for being part of NaNoWriMo. We are all individuals of different beliefs and backgrounds, but we come together through a shared passion. We pledge to remember that, and to look to our community as a model and inspiration, as we get to the work ahead.

With gratitude and optimism,

Grant Faulkner
Executive Director

 

Future Actions

We are also concerned about upcoming issues that may affect people’s self-expression, like the President’s desire to eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The NEA is a crucial source of support for many nonprofit writing organizations, and has provided funding for NaNoWriMo in the past. The NEH has awarded $515 million to libraries, many of which provide local writing spaces through our Come Write In program.

If these cuts are proposed, National Novel Writing Month will respond and advocate.

Your thoughts? You have two places to share this time if you wish, here and on their form. 

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  🙂  YOU CAN DO IT!

Shared article: What God says about getting older

I was going to save this for when my birthday rolls around. However, since it doesn’t come until November, I thought someone might appreciate some encouragement before then. The following was posted on DaySpring.com and offered as an article to be shared.

What God Says About Getting Older  —    

Imagine celebrating your birthday like you’re 10 years old again. Full of joy, excited for the year ahead, doing something you love with the ones who make you smile.

Why do so many of us stop celebrating as the years pass? Birthdays come and go – maybe there’s a dinner involved, a few cards, some well wishes online. We move up one number, and it’s business as usual.

What would it look like to really celebrate our years again – to begin shifting our focus from the fear of aging, to the rich, full lives God is calling us into as the years pass?

This is not an easy task in a culture that fears growing old. Every day we’re bombarded with anti-aging messages. Remember this popular skincare commercial from the 80’s?

“Why grow old gracefully?” Says a beautiful, wrinkle-free woman, ”I intend to fight it every step of the way!”

But what does God say about it all? If we listen to the One Who created us, we will hear all about grace and goodness; not fear and resistance.

He reminds us more than once in His Word that growing older is an honor. “Gray hair is a crown of splendor…” (Proverbs 16:31 NIV). The more years we live, the more experiences we’re given to learn from, and the more wisdom and perspective we gain to see life in new and beautiful ways. When we see someone in their later years (or when we look in the mirror and it’s us!) lets remember what a gift that is.

And while the media leads us to believe that youth somehow has more value, the truth is, we are treasured by God at every age. Not only that, but He gives us specific gifts to share with the world in every season of our lives. In Titus 2:3-5, Paul reminds the older women of their great purpose – that by living reverent lives of love, self-control, purity and kindness, they will bless and nurture the hearts of the younger women and their families. The generations to come depend on our willingness to share what God has given us.

Some of us also fear growing older for physical reasons. Aging is often seen as a loss of control. Maybe our bodies aren’t able to do what they once could; our memories aren’t as sharp; we begin to need more help than we used to. As the years pass, our fear of the unknown may grow stronger.

But the truth is, we’ve never been in control anyway! From the moment we were created – whether we’ve realized it or not – we’ve relied on our Creator for every breath. Growing older helps us to shed that illusion of control more and more, and to rest in the promises of our loving God. Whether we’re 9 or 90, He vows to be with us every step of the way:

Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you. (Isaiah 46:4 NIV)

How can we lean into God as we age, trusting that every day matters, from our first to our last?

Claim His Promises – Sit with a journal and your Bible, and interview yourself about growing older.  Am I afraid of aging? And if so, why? Once you’ve recorded your thoughts, find specific promises in God’s Word that will help bring you peace and assurance.

Make Healthy Choices – While the human body is not intended to live forever, we can still honor our Creator by making choices that bring us health and strength each day.  We are here at this time for a reason – let’s not miss the opportunities to help guide and encourage those around us!

Celebrate Life Every Day – Whether you’re celebrating your birthday or that of someone you love, remember that every day in every life matters. Don’t wait for a milestone to make it extra special.  Look in the mirror and cherish your laugh lines; remember how they are created. Smile at the grays; God says they are splendid. Laugh at the future; remember Who’s holding it all.

Does this make you feel any better about getting older? What is your attitude – and do you have any tips – about aging?

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  🙂

Really?? More spam

I really appreciate how WordPress keeps out most of the spam mail that would constantly bombard our blogs if it weren’t for Akismet. There are a few that get put into my spam folder – for me to verify, I suppose. Occasionally, I find a funny one. 

In April of 2014 I shared one that was especially amusing. Today I am sharing one with you that came in last week. If I were … someone who is thin-skinned, for example, I would pop onto Twitter or even write a nasty post here in reply or try to write directly to them – as if it would actually get there. And what a mistake that would be if it did! Why bother stooping so low, though, right?

I often wonder what in the world do they think this is going to prove? Such a waste of one’s time and life. Some of these spam comments are so poorly written it’s hilarious.

Take a look at this one:

The the next occasion I read a weblog, I really hope so it doesnt disappoint me around brussels. Come on, man, Yes, it was my option to read, but I just thought youd have some thing intriguing to state. All I hear can be a lot of whining about something that you could fix should you werent too busy searching for attention.

Yes, I’m too busy searching for attention to spend any more time on this post. 

Have you received any particularly interesting ones lately?

Thanks for reading, and … Creative a-Musings!  😉

 

Wedding crashers

This is just a short post for today.

Have you ever been to a wedding or other special occasion and someone crashed it? I’m sure many of you have seen THIS VIDEO.  I’m sharing it because I love it. If you’ve been with me any length of time you know I’m such a sap. Well, this video makes me cry every time I watch it. 

Go HERE  to enjoy it for yourself.

How would you react if this were your wedding?

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  🙂

We have a winner of The Man Who Was Thursday!

To thank you all for the support of my blog I am giving away a copy of G.K. Chesterton’s book The Man Who Was Thursday.  Comments were left by four of you and Random.org name picker selected one name.

The winner of the book is …

Darlene! 

She said in her comment: Congratulations on your 7th year of blogging!! I love blogging because of meeting wonderful folks like you. I found you through Laura Best’s blog. Wishing you a wonderful 8th year of blogging!!

Thanks, Darlene.  I will get this book mailed out to you before the end of the week, if possible.

Thank you to everyone for leaving a comment. I appreciate the communication with my blog followers and friends. ♥  🙂

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  🙂