Monday, April 26, 2010

Dear Friends


Dear Friends,

A wise sage once said, "To everything there is a season".

And it's true.

I haven't been doing as much blogging these days;
it's not that I don't still love it, I do!
But, it seems that I am in the midst of 'clearing the deck'
of various activities
that have had their right and good place in my life.

I am making room for the new.
Part of finding that new place is to bring my writing into another dimension.
A quote that Henry Nouwen said in his book "The Inner Voice of Love"
really resonated with me when I first read it:

"Your vocation is to speak from the place in you where God dwells."

At this point, I don't think I've been doing that to the fullest potential.

My blogging experience has been wonderful!
I started blogging so that I could practice the craft of writing,
and learn the discipline of writing and posting regularly,
as well as share my love of living a beautiful life.

The reward of this experience has been the privilege
of meeting so many beautiful people like YOU!

I'm NOT saying goodbye -- I'll still be around.
I will come and visit, otherwise we'll get too homesick.

And, I'll still post but not as often --
until I know what this new season brings forth.

Maybe it's about letting new fruit develop and grow
into something worth sharing.

So until next time,
here's wishing you glimpses of heaven
in unexpected places!

Hugs and blisses,
Brenda
xox





Saturday, April 24, 2010

Who's On First -- 2010 Style

Photo: Encyclopedia Britannica


I have always loved that old Abbot and Costello comedy routine Who's On First. Turns out there's a funny 21st century version of the sketch -- my mom just e-mailed it to me. You need to be old enough not to really understand computers and the Internet, and you need to remember the original 'Who's on First' skit to fully appreciate this. For those of us who sometimes get flustered by our computers, please read on...

Till next time,
Brenda




If Bud Abbott and Lou Costello were alive today, their infamous sketch, 'Who's on First?' might have turned out something like this:

COSTELLO CALLS TO BUY A COMPUTER FROM ABBOTT 

ABBOTT: Super Duper computer store. Can I help you?

COSTELLO: Thanks I'm setting up an office in my den and I'm thinking about buying a computer.

ABBOTT: Mac?

COSTELLO: No, the name's Lou.

ABBOTT: Your computer?

COSTELLO: I don't own a computer. I want to buy one.

ABBOTT: Mac?

COSTELLO: I told you, my name's Lou.

ABBOTT: What about Windows?

COSTELLO: Why? Will it get stuffy in here?

ABBOTT: Do you want a computer with Windows?

COSTELLO: I don't know. What will I see when I look at the windows?

ABBOTT: Wallpaper.

COSTELLO: Never mind the windows. I need a computer and software.

ABBOTT: Software for Windows?

COSTELLO: No. On the computer! I need something I can use to write proposals, track expenses and run my business. What do you have?

ABBOTT: Office.

COSTELLO: Yeah, for my office. Can you recommend anything?

ABBOTT: I just did.

COSTELLO: You just did what?

ABBOTT: Recommend something.

COSTELLO: You recommended something?

ABBOTT: Yes.

COSTELLO: For my office?

ABBOTT: Yes.

COSTELLO: OK, what did you recommend for my office?

ABBOTT: Office.

COSTELLO: Yes, for my office!

ABBOTT: I recommend Office with Windows.

COSTELLO: I already have an office with windows! OK, let's just say I'm sitting at my computer and I want to type a proposal. What do I need? 

ABBOTT: Word.

COSTELLO: What word?

ABBOTT: Word in Office.

COSTELLO: The only word in office is office.....

ABBOTT: The Word in Office for Windows.

COSTELLO: Which word in office for windows?

ABBOTT: The Word you get when you click the blue 'W'.

COSTELLO: I'm going to click your blue 'w' if you don't start with some straight answers. What about financial bookkeeping? You have anything I can track my money with?

ABBOTT: Money.

COSTELLO: That's right. What do you have?

ABBOTT: Money.

COSTELLO: I need money to track my money?

ABBOTT: It comes bundled with your computer.

COSTELLO: What's bundled with my computer?

ABBOTT: Money.

COSTELLO: Money comes with my computer?

ABBOTT: Yes. No extra charge.

COSTELLO: I get a bundle of money with my computer? How much?

ABBOTT: One copy.

COSTELLO: Isn't it illegal to copy money?

ABBOTT: Microsoft gave us a license to copy Money.

COSTELLO: They can give you a license to copy money?

ABBOTT: Why not? THEY OWN IT!


(A few days later)



ABBOTT: Super Duper computer store. Can I help you?

COSTELLO: How do I turn my computer off?

ABBOTT: Click on 'START'..............


- The End -








Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Until We're Set Free



Recently I was thinking about Michelangelo, that great Renaissance painter and sculptor. You know the fellow... the one who painted the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel and sculpted such well-known masterpieces as the David statute.

Apparently the artist was once asked how he knew what to carve away when he started a new block of marble and the subject was to be an angel. His reply? "I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free."

Michelangelo's response got me pondering, and as it was my turn to post on my writers' group blog today, I've posted a short meditation which you are invited to check out here.

Here's wishing you a happy day!
Brenda







Monday, April 19, 2010

Scope For The Imagination


When I saw this photo from glittergraphics I could well imagine how Anne Shirley felt when she caught her first glimpse of the lane of apple trees in full bloom. Do you remember the part when Matthew Cuthbert drives Anne home from the train station to Green Gables?
 

"They had simply rounded a curve in the road and found themselves in the 'Avenue'. The Avenue, so called by the Newbridge people, was a stretch of road four or five hundred yards long, completely arched over with huge, wide-spreading apple-trees, planted years ago by an eccentric old farmer. Overhead was one long canopy of snowy fragrant bloom. Below the boughs the air was full of a purple twilight and far ahead a glimpse of painted sunset sky shone like a great rose window at the end of a cathedral aisle.

It's beauty seemed to strike the child dumb. She leaned back in the buggy, her thin hands clasped before her, her face lifted rapturously to the white splendour above.

....It's the first thing I ever saw that couldn't be improved upon by imagination. It just satisfies me here -- she put one hand on her breast -- it made a queer funny ache and yet it was a pleasant ache." ~ Anne of Green Gables, L.M. Montgomery

I've never had the pleasure passing under such a bower of beauty, but this lovely photo gives, as Anne herself would say, 'scope for the imagination'. Aren't you glad for the gift of imagination?

Wishing you glimpses of beauty in unexpected places,
Brenda
xox








Thursday, April 15, 2010

Bright and Beautiful


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Thought I'd share a little of this and a little of that today... 


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ONE PHOTO
Miss Kitty in the Queen's Chair



*******
TWO QUOTES

"...your vocation is to speak from the place
in you where God dwells."
~ Henri J.M. Nouwen
The Inner Voice of Love, p. 99

"It's important to empower people to say
that you don't have to be an expert;
you can begin with what you know
and build on that."
~ Margaret Hensel
(from a gardening magazine)


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THREE BEAUTIFUL SITES
I just visited these for the first time today.



*******
FOUR SPRING FAVOURITES

1--Finding a cozy spot in the sun and
feeling its warmth on my face.

2--Watching for the first siting
of our family of tree swallows.

3--Breathing in that earthy smell as
grass greens and tree buds swell.

4--Flinging open the windows and
letting in the first breezes of Spring.


*******
FIVE THINGS I'M READING


1--The Inner Voice of Love
A Journey Through Anguish to Freedom
by Henri J.M. Nouwen


2--Days Off
by Henry Van Dyke, 1907
"I MEAN THAT every man owes it to himself to have some days in his life when he escapes from bondage, gets away from routine, and does something which seems to have no purpose in the world, just because he wants to do it.....
There is a benefit as well as a joy in finding out that you can lay down your task for a proper while without being disloyal to your duty. Play-time is a part of school-time, not a break in it."

3--The Sunday Philosophy Club
An Isabel Dalhousie Mystery
by Alexander McCall Smith


4--French Women Don't Get Fat
The Secret of Eating For Pleasure
by Mireille Guiliano


5--Life: Beautiful Magazine
Faith For Your Journey



Opportunities abound this day to catch glimpses of heaven in unexpected places. So I'm off to explore. May your day be bright and beautiful, and may His grace lend strength and wisdom for every moment.

Hugs,
Brenda


Saturday, April 10, 2010

Dare I ? ? ?

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I went looking for a graphic yesterday to include in my upcoming newsletter. Happened upon one from glitter-graphics... which, I'll have you know, I did not use for my newsletter (heehee).

However, after having debated just a moment about whether it was unladylike and improper to post here, we decided surprises are sometimes the order of the day -- after all, who doesn't need a little comic 'relief' now and again to lighten our days.

So.... if you're curious..........





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further down...........







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And, here we used to think they just didn't want their skirts dragging in the muddy streets!

Oh what a relief!
Brenda





Monday, April 05, 2010

Spring Party


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I don't ask for the meaning of the song of a bird
or the rising of the sun on a misty morning.
There they are, and they are beautiful.
~ Pete Hamill


I heard a robin whistling from some roof top as rays of sunshine tickled corners early this morning. What a delight! That means the robins back, and for me, that means spring is truly here...  even here in northerly Alberta! Hubby's been out in the yard cleaning up and already little spring sprigs are poking green noses through warming earth.

Robin Williams says it best when he once said, "Spring is nature's way of saying, 'Let's party!'" I'm ready -- you too?

Happy Day!
Brenda
xox





Thursday, April 01, 2010

More Favourites




Bouquets of Pink Peonies

Brand new journals

Boxes of beautiful note cards

Steaming latte coffee

Kitty cats

Mediterranean blue

Velvety rose petals

Packages wrapped in tissue and tied with pretty ribbons

Magpies hiding peanuts in the fallen leaves

Rainy days, sunny days, cloudy days

Smoky autumn evenings, twilight shadows

Bird songs in spring

Pondering the life-giving words of Jesus

Chocolate truffles, fountain pens, old bookshops


...to name a few

Happy Day,
Brenda
xox