Saturday, April 26, 2014

Grateful for Books . . .

"Many people, myself among them, 
feel better at the mere sight of a book."
-Jane Smiley

At the present time I am enjoying two excellent books. Both are very well written but they are of totally different genres. The Wallace Stegner book is a novel, meant to be read for fun (?), though I do wish I could learn a thing or two about writing from this man. This particular book carries you into the realm of mother/daughter relationships. And once you have read a Stegner book or three you begin to see how he weaves his tale around his pet causes.

And the second book is much more serious in nature. My brother, Morian Perepelitza, recommended this book back in November on our way south. I read part way into it but got very distracted with life on the desert. Now I am delighted to be back wending my way through. For anyone interested in the subject of God/Bible/religion/philosophy this is an excellent read.

Both books are very absorbing and I am going to be sorry to see the end of either one. Tell me, what books are on your bedside table now? What type of book interests you the most? Have a good read!

And one little tiny piece of advice that will be/could be life changing...

"So please, oh please, 
we beg, we pray, 
go throw your TV set away, 
and in its place you can install, 
a lovely bookcase on the wall."
- Roald Dahl

Have a lovely day of rest.
Be well.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

He is Alive! Our Lord has Risen!

My Easter wish for you...

"May our dear Lord Jesus Christ show you His hands and His side, 
and with His love put joy into your hearts,
any may you behold and hear only Him
until you find your joy in Him."

-Martin Luther

Saturday, April 19, 2014

A Perfect Day of Rest . . .

On the Sabbath between Good Friday and Easter Sunday when Christ rose, there was great silence. Imagine, the disciples and their broken hearts, the women followers and their tortured grief.
Where do they turn? What can they say?
There is only silence.

Much has been written about Good Friday and Easter Sunday, both prose and poetry. Little has been said about that day between, that day of rest for our Lord.

A day to reflect...
A day to pause and remember what He did for me...
A day to be thankful for it all.

Be well.

I wish for you a blessed Easter weekend.

Friday, April 18, 2014

O Sacred Head...

O sacred Head, now wounded,
With grief and shame weighed down,
Now scornfully surrounded
With thorns Thy only crown;
How pale Thou art with anguish,
With sore abuse and scorn!
How does that visage languish
Which once was bright as morn!

What language shall I borrow
To thank Thee, dearest Friend,
For this Thy dying sorrow,
Thy pity without end?
O make me Thine forever;
And should I fainting be,
Lord, let me never, never
Outlive my love to Thee.
                                       -J. S. Bach wrote music
                                    -Authorship uncertain

God bless and be well.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Beginning of The End of the Beginning... and Onto the New Beginning

What seemed like the beginning of a terrible, horrible weekend for the disciples of Jesus Christ...

                                                                                                                           by Jacopo Bassano

ended being the beginning of a whole new world for them.

For some believers today is called Maundy Thursday, the day of the Last Supper.

God be with you and be well.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Somewhere... Dare to Dream

Somewhere over the rainbow,
Skies are blue,
And the dreams that you dare to dream
Really do come true.

-Yip Harburg

This morning I was reminded of that song. When Sherilee was a wee girl her room was covered in wallpaper that had rainbows, clouds, trees and houses repeated over and over, all done in fun shades of pink and yellow and blue and green and purple... I suppose we never even took a photo of that room but it was very pleasant. Very 70's but pleasant...

Do you think that the wallpaper or paint or books or artwork chosen for a child's room helps to influence their person?

If so, could the same to true for those of us of a 'certain age'? Could we change our outlook on life by what we surround ourselves with?

My personal theory, held for 40+ years is that we are made up of what we gather around us. When I read a book about India I want to get out the travel gear and go there. When I look at fine watercolour paintings I want to understand more how that is accomplished. If I read a book that is uplifting and talks of courage and faith... then I find those things are in my mind all day. Our thoughts do shape our dreams and lives.

For you, today, I wish pleasant surroundings that will warm your heart and inspire you to great things.

I threw in this photo because it evokes warm memories and the colours are outstanding. A trip to Italy may not happen for me again but I always can look at the photos I took and remember with fondness.

Happy trails to you all.
God be with you and be well.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

To Our Son, Happy Birthday!!

Dear Shelby...

Every time April 2  comes around I reflect and remember those years ago when you were born. Hard to imagine you were a wee one, just the other day!

But now as I see you as a grown man it is so good that I can count you as one of my dearest friends besides my darling son. When I say you are beautiful it is not to detract from the fact that you are one handsome dude... you are a beautiful man in your heart.

My wish for you, in this new year:

Be glad.

Be good.

Be brave.

I love the way you move through the world, comfortable in your own skin and knowing you are making a contribution to a better place. You have a voice, a presence and a good influence.

Thank you for being you.

Love, Mama and Pa