Book Escape Club

If you haven’t gotten involved yet, you still have time. You really don’t want to miss out on this!

Hello dear reader.

Books have always been an escape for me, and I love hearing others’ thoughts about them. So I’m very excited that the Book Escape Club is going to happen! 😄 I think it’s going to be a lot of fun. If you haven’t gotten involved yet, you still have time. You really don’t want to miss out on this!

I’ve been thinking about how much time we should spend reading each book. I know everyone has a lot going on and I want this to be fun, an escape, not something that causes pressure and stress. So I’m thinking flexibility. A week after we start a new book we’ll all check in to see how it’s going. We’ll do the same thing the next week. No spoilers allowed. When everyone is ready, the questions will be posted and we’ll discuss them for the next week. I think allowing a month for each book, reading and discussion, should be good. That’s about three weeks to read and one for discussion. Again, however, it’s about flexibility and fun. I’m totally open to any suggestions about what will work best.

I’ll announce our first book at the beginning of July. That choice will be made by someone different for the next book so everyone gets to choose a book. Is that okay with everyone?

I’m very excited about this. I hope it turns out to be something we all enjoy.

I’m even more excited that I’m leaving tomorrow to go visit my daughter! I miss her so much and can’t wait to spend time with her.

Until next time…

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Quotes

Good morning dear reader.

I’m having a difficult time finding something that inspires me to write this morning. I looked at several writing prompts, but none of them felt right today. I looked at famous quotes, but no, there really wasn’t much there. Then I got to thinking about quotes. The ones that are in all of the apps I have are from famous people, but do you have to be famous to say inspiring or profound things? No, those are just the ones people write down. I’ve heard the most amazing quotes from the ordinary people around me. Now that is inspiring today! Let me see, what are some of the best ones?

God’s got you.”
That’s a good one. Tim used to tell me that all the time when I felt like I couldn’t stand one more day of the pain and feeling of uselessness the Chiari gave me. It sounds so simple. It reminded me that I didn’t have to carry it all by myself. I could see this huge hand that I was sitting in the palm of. That hand carried and protected me. I could let go of the weight and let the hand hold it. That quote often kept me from giving up.

Would you talk to your friend the way you talk to yourself? You wouldn’t even talk to a stranger like that.
That one came from Ali. When I would catch myself looking in the mirror telling myself how stupid I was, or how ugly I was, or how useless I was….I would think about what Ali had said. It took a long time and a lot of practice, but I’ve become much more gentle and loving toward myself as a result. Those words literally changed my life.

One last quote…”You can learn a lot from a tree. They are strong enough to stand tall, but flexible enough not to break in the wind.” That one actually came from me. I was at a very difficult and painful point in my life. Things were changing and I was having trouble changing with them. I was sitting outside watching the wind blow in the trees when those words came into my head. I say it came from me, but I don’t think that’s quite right. I think it was given to me by a much more intelligent and loving Being. I was just the one who needed it at the time. I think it proves the first one I listed, “God’s got you.

What about you? Have you ever been told something that truly made a difference in your life? Who’s quote have you grabbed on to and not let go? I’d love to hear about it.

Until next time…