Laughter builds resilience. Not that there is much to laugh about these days if you watch the news, but I think it’s important to try. Watch funny movies, read cartoons, joke with your friends on FaceTime or Zoom. Or have a belly laugh all by yourself. You will have to fake it at first, but chances are you can create one.
In the meantime, I hope this cartoon gives you a chuckle.
Stay well, sweet readers!
Do you ever get a song stuck in your head? I keep hearing Alison Krauss singing Down to the River to Pray (from the movie, O Brother, Where Art Thou?). No matter what our spiritual beliefs, if any, if you’re like me this song will grab you by the heart.
The song also makes me think of Lily McAllister, a character I created for Lily’s Song, book 2 of the Wildflower Trilogy. For those of you who don’t know that Trilogy, Book 1 is The Secret Sense of Wildflower, Book 2 is Lily’s Song, and Book 3 is Daisy’s Fortune.
If you are familiar with this character, can’t you just hear Lily singing this? Maybe on the front porch with her family joining in?
Speaking of praying by a river, now is the time to send prayers or healing thoughts to your family, friends, neighbors, communities and the world. We have never needed those good thoughts more than we do right now.
You can see yesterday’s post here.
Why do you read books? What would life be like if you didn’t? For some of us it seems the perfect time to get to that stack of books we haven’t read yet, and how fortunate we are to even have such an abundance of books!
Gary Paulsen, award-winning American writer of coming-of-age stories, has created a list of why he reads books. Which ones can you relate to?
- I just can’t help myself.
- I read to learn and to grow, to laugh and to be motivated.
- I read to understand things I’ve never been exposed to.
- I read when I’m crabby, when I’ve just said monumentally dumb things to the people I love.
- I read for strength to help me when I feel broken, discouraged, and afraid.
- I read when I’m angry at the whole world.
- I read when everything is going right.
- I read to find hope.
- I read because I’m made up not just of skin and bones, of sights, feelings, and a deep need for chocolate, but I’m also made up of words.
- Words describe my thoughts and what’s hidden in my heart.
- Words are alive–when I’ve found a story that I love, I read it again and again, like playing a favorite song over and over.
- Reading isn’t passive–I enter the story with the characters, breathe their air, feel their frustrations, scream at them to stop when they’re about to do something stupid, cry with them, laugh with them.
- Reading for me is spending time with a friend.
- A book is a friend. You can never have too many.
–Gary Paulsen, from Shelf Life: Stories by the Book
For me, reading books revitalizes me. Reading supports my habit as a lifelong learner, and inspires me to keep writing novels. Nothing ignites my imagination more than reading a good story.
Why do you read books?
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In the New York Times this morning, I found this lovely cartoon that captures what many of us are going through. As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. Alas, sometimes I wish I could draw like illustrator, Gracey Zhang. If you’re in the mood to comment, let me know what you think.
Stay resilient, sweet readers, and stay well!
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Like you, I didn’t see this coming. I thought my life would go along as planned. I would write my next book, go out with friends, socialize in groups, spend time in my beloved local coffee shop, etc.
It didn’t occur to me that a Coronavirus would appear and make all that go away for a while.
Now it seems our task is to calm our fears and make peace with what is happening. Perhaps our biggest challenge is to reach for any positivity and joy that may be hidden in the situation.
Are you finding anything good that is coming out of this crisis? If so, please consider commenting.
Take good care of yourself, sweet readers.
(Thanks to Helen Voris for posting the quote in a comment on my blog.)
Note to newcomers: I love my reader community here, so I am posting something uplifting on this page every day at 4 pm (Eastern) until we get through the Covid-19 crisis. See this post from March 19 for more info: https://www.facebook.com/454264521278316/posts/2923144251056985/?d=n
If you missed yesterday’s post, you can read it here.
What would we do without our pets, especially during a time when we are asked to stay inside and not be around other humans? They help us be resilient.
Meet Jack and Charlie, my author assistants. This photo was taken in my office; you can see the arm of my writing chair. Jack (the bigger one) is 14 years old, kind of lumpy and half deaf, and one of the sweetest dogs I have ever known. Charlie is almost three years old and also sweet, but a little more attentive to every squirrel and deer in the yard. I wouldn’t know what to do if I didn’t have them with me every morning while I write.
Today, I invite you to tell us about your pets. (If you don’t have pets, I understand that, too. I have gone through periods of my life where pets didn’t make sense because of small apartments, allergies, total busyness, etc.)
Feel free to share a photograph of your pets if you want.
Take good care of yourself, sweet readers.
Resilience Dispatch – March 22 – Day 4
To get through tough times, I often read poems. Not the hard-to-understand ones, but the ones that talk about ordinary things in a fresh way. See what you think of this one:
and no one ever knew.
Ways to respond:
- Share your thoughts about the poem (or comment on my facebook page.)
- Share what kitchen utensil you would be.
- Sit in your favorite chair and write a poem about a kitchen implement.
(You can see yesterday’s post here.)
Dear Ones. We are all in new territory. If you have read any of my novels, you know that I create resilient and courageous characters (Old Sally, Wildflower, Ida Trueluck, etc) who go through rough situations and ultimately persevere with insight and hope. We have built a community here, and I care about each of you.
With that in mind, it is my intention to post something uplifting here and on my facebook author page every day at 4 pm (Eastern) until we get through this crisis. It might be a quote. A photograph. A blog post. A question about your life. Or I may tell you more about mine. I may also answer questions from readers or share what I am writing. I invite you to participate and comment here or on facebook.
Let’s be here for one another as we explore this new territory. How does that sound to you? Do you have other ideas of what I might post? What would be helpful to you? Let me know in the comments section! ♥️xo
Today I’d love for you to share with us where on this beautiful planet you are located, and perhaps what your situation is, e.g. a teacher home from school, a health care or essential services provider, working from home, retired, taking care of kids or grandkids, etc.
Here’s mine: I live outside of Asheville in the Blue Ridge mountains of western North Carolina, and I continue to work full-time from home writing novels for my sweet readers. xo ❤️