Saturday, September 18, 2010

I Miss You... And Other Stuff

Artist Unknown

This week was filled with lots of good things that needed my attention, but it meant little time at my computer, visiting friends, blogging or otherwise.  Hopefully I'll be back soon on a more regular basis to share news from this part of the world.

An Easy Four...

One. Frost hit the pumpkins the other night. The cosmos droops, the roses look freeze-dried, and  my  pretty purple petunias are 'toast to the max'.

Two. It feels like autumn when the chickadees return to our yard. In the summertime, there is so much other feathered activity, the chickadees tend to shy away. But one fellow was being quite cheeky with me when I was filling the feeders yesterday morning.

Three. My blogging workshop handout has been 'handed off' to the writers' conference coordinator for printing. So that means I can't fuss and make any more changes to it. I know they say 70% perfect and done is better than 100% perfect undone --- but my proofing and editing skills from workdays at the office kick in no matter what I'm reading or working on, so it gets the eagle eye until I can't find any more to 'jot and tittle' with! (The Conference is next weekend.)

Four. Stopped in at a lovely used bookstore last weekend and found an armful of books without blinking an eye. It must have been the ambience -- sunlight streaming through big front windows and music caressing the air almost like silk. It was so easy to be drawn in.

One book I found there and am currently enjoying is Our Lady of the Lost and Found by Diane Schoemperlen, a Canadian author.

I wasn't sure what to expect, and even though I am not Catholic, I was intrigued when I read the back cover, "On a Monday morning in April, a middle-aged writer goes into her living room to water the plants and finds a woman standing in front of the fig tree.  The woman is wearing a navy blue trench coat and white Nikes and carries a small black suitcase on wheels.  She is the  Virgin Mary.  Invited to stay for lunch, Mary explains that after two thousand years of petition, adoration, and travelling, she is tired and need some R&R."

The book has lots of humour, interesting historical information, as well as a story about the area of faith that unfolds around the narrator and Mary. The author says "Perhaps in literature, as well as in life, a little comic relief is always in order.  In this book, I was extremely careful to make sure that the humour was not likely to be offensive to anyone."

Here's one quote I marked for further pondering. I've felt that way sometimes...
"Having found in my own writing that thinking or talking about an idea too much or too soon can cause it to evaporate altogether, it occurs to me now that the same paradox applies to faith. Searching too hard for God can get in the way of finding him. Sometimes you just have to stop looking and let yourself be taken by surprise. Sometimes God is as plain as the nose on your face. And sometimes you just can't see the forest for the trees." 

Although the day is sunny and it would be a great day to wash windows and pull dead things from the garden, I set my face as a flint towards getting some needful work done. I wish you a grace-filled autumn-y day.

Till next time,


  1. i love the glimpse into your busy and
    full life, especially the chickadees!

    the book sounds intriguing and reminds
    me of one of the great Christian thinkers,
    whose name i can't remember, who said
    basically the same thing.

    "we shouldn't cheapen the Name by
    saying it too much" or something like

  2. Cute look to your blog Brenda. That book sounds pretty awesome!! Frost?? I'm not ready yet!!!!!!!!!!

    Have a beautiful weekend!

  3. You're busy, you're happy, you're writing, you're reading, you're entertaining chickadees...all is well. Catch you on the flip side of your project.

  4. Frost already! Oooh, fall is really here. It's raining this evening on Vancouver Island - a cozy sound in a warm, dry house.

    That book sounds like something I'd enjoy. I'll add it to my ever growing list of books to read.

  5. We like hearing about birds that come up close to you! Birds tend to shy away from us.

    We understand about life getting in the way of blogging. Our human staff keeps up with reading, but the writing part (including comments) has been getting short shrift.

  6. Just wanted to stop by from your comment left on "myletterstoemily"... I remember that episode on Carol Burnett and thought of this also! haha

    So fun coming across other bloggers in this amazing blog world!

    Blessings & Aloha!
    You are real busy! I also see that you have several different blogs too! I am doing well to get at least one post up a week and on one blog.

  7. Brenda: So, how did your workshop go? Wish I could have been there to hear it! Maybe next time...

    I loved the quote you chose from this book. Be willing to be taken by surprise. So like God to not let us call all the shots.


  8. good luck and God's help on your workshop lecture. I just returned full from a writer's workshop with new ideas and a possible book idea that was accepted by a publisher....yeah!

  9. It's still quite warm in Texas. We get fairly envious of yous guys who get to enjoy the longer fall season. Reminds me to prepare my bird feeders. Congratulations on the book!

  10. Hi Brenda! Glad you'll be back more regularly soon!

  11. Blogging workshops! Writers' conferences! Sounds incredibly enlightning and enjoyable! I'd love to learn more!


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