Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Positively - what?

by Mauverneen

If you're reading this... Congratulations, you're alive.  If that's not something to smile about, then I don't know what is.”  Chad Sugg, Monsters Under Your Head
Sometimes inspiration in in your face. Other days, it's nowhere.
      I spent yesterday wandering around the house, looking for inspiration; alternately putting things away from Sunday's Easter dinner, doing laundry, snacking, adding a word or two to my work in progress for The Dashboard which is quickly creeping past deadline, snacking, and staring at my computer wondering what in the world to write - both for my magazine articles and for my blog. None of which was getting it done. Maybe I should just be thankful I got the kitchen cleared and some clothes washed. But what I really wanted to find was some inspiration - some days it's worse than looking for those Easter eggs. 
      There are plenty of fun projects on my list, but I'm trying to be good and not think about them until my deadlines are met. A difficult task! It's always oh so tempting to jump ahead to the fun stuff.
      Today I know I won't get anything done at all. I will be spending some hours sitting in the hospital waiting for my mother who is having a procedure done as an outpatient. Which is probably why I was a little more anxious to get something done yesterday. I needed to see a little progress. So I stuck with it - on and off - more or less.
      At the end of the day, I actually could claim a little progress. And I did get some laundry done. 
       
   
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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Positively Encouraged

by Mauverneen

“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien

     No offense, but that is easier said than done, Mr. Tolkien! In my last blog I admitted to being overwhelmed lately with what life has thrown at me. I am trying very hard to organize my time but it's never been my strong suit so I am at a disadvantage. I've always worked better under a looming deadline. But honestly, I'm tired of that. I desperately want to be organized. To get things done, to live calm.
     I had a good weekend. I took some photos, found an Eagle's nest, had a private tour of a creepy old building, and went to a party.
     My middle daughter's birthday is on St. Patrick's day. And NO - her name is NOT Patricia. I always enjoy parties, especially my kids parties. They all invite me to come hang out with their friends. For that I am not only grateful, but proud. It does my heart good to know that they think I will fit in, enjoy their company, not be too 'mom-ish' for a few hours.
     And at this party someone asked my about my blog. My blog that I've been neglecting. And that felt good. Good to know there are people who actually read it, and look forward to it, and want me to keep at it. People I'm not related to.
     A word of encouragement, unexpected, can do wonders. It's Positively Tuesday, be that voice of encouragement for someone, that voice of kindness, that voice of friendliness. You may never know how much it means, but it just might make a difference.
     So to Kirsten and Deanna - Thank you. A toast:    
     “Head up, heart open. To better days! T.F. Hodge
   
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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Positively Not

by Mauverneen
                  At the end of a storm is a golden sky  -Richard Rogers

I have not published a blog in several weeks. I apologize. I have been dealing with some issues with a parent.
As a caregiver, living in the same house, my life really isn't always my own. Add to that the fact that she had to go to the hospital for an emergency procedure - well, it's been a little hectic. Seems I haven't had time to be positive.
I try not to complain, but my life being what it is, any narrative sounds like complaining. It is what it is. Wise words.
So, for today, I will concentrate on some projects I am working on. A photo book, a children's book, a novel, and putting together the next edition of a classic car magazine I publish. A lot to keep me busy and looking to the future!
I take a deep breath and think of the words to a song by Richard Rogers. I'm sure you know it.

When you walk through a storm
Hold your head up high
And don't be afraid of the dark
At the end of a storm is a golden sky
And the sweet silver song of a lark
Walk on through the wind
Walk on through the rain
Tho' your dreams
Be tossed and blown
Walk on
Walk on
With hope in your heart
And you'll never walk alone
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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Positively Lenten Eve

by Mauverneen

     An American has not seen the United States until he has seen Mardi-Gras in New Orleans. -Mark Twain                                                                                

       Mardi Gras. Fat Tuesday. Shrove Tuesday. Carnival.      Hurricanes, Paczki, pancakes or crawfish. Same tradition, different foods. Of course the idea is to eat, drink, and party because tomorrow is the day we have to give it all up. No more fun until Easter. It has merit, even if you're not religious. 
     It never hurts to put over-indulgence on hold. Give up smoking, give up drinking, give up swearing... maybe by Easter Sunday we will have kicked at least one bad habit. Like I said, even if you're not religious, the idea of fasting, or being temperate, has merit. 

     “Lent is a time for discipline, for confession, for honesty... ” N.T. Wright

     It is Positively Tuesday after all. Maybe I can give up complaining? For more than just Tuesdays, maybe for 40 days. I can try. 
     Today is Fat Tuesday, or to make it sound better, Mardi Gras. Almost anything sounds better en fran├žais, n'est-ce pas?

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Positively Vacay Planning

by Mauverneen

“When all else fails, take a vacation.”  Betty Williams

Today is National Plan for Vacation Day. It's an effort by the travel industry to persuade Americans to use Jan. 30 as a day to schedule their vacations for the year and take advantage of any paid time off they are entitled to from their jobs. Sounds like a plan.

Too bad it can't be done in one day though. My vacation planning takes daaaays. I research, I look at photos, I read up, I research more. When I go somewhere - anywhere - I want to squeeze in everything I can. In case I never make it back there. And in the case of an exotic, far away locale, I probably won't. 

There are four places on my so-called 'bucket list'. Places that have been there forever. Although my list is much longer and new places get added all the time, and I have been to a number of awesome destinations, these four have been constant, capturing my imagination from an early age. 

Tibet
Cuba
Pompeii
Alaska

I'm thinking it's time to check one of them off that list - I need to make room for more.

“No man needs a vacation so much as the man who has just had one.” ― Elbert Hubbard


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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Positively Contemplating Winter

by Mauverneen

“I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently?" Lewis Carroll 


There is quiet beauty in the starkness of a winter landscape
Just the basics; the bones, as it were.
Like the bareness of an open soul
In unadorned simplicity
Lacking nature’s accessories of leaves, flowers, color
And on the snow, a splash of red in a lingering leaf or a bird at the feeder  
Shades of gray fade to color once more when the sun returns, vibrant and nurturing 
Meantime stay inside, stay warm, refresh
Drink soup and tea and hot cocoa and dream your dreams


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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Positively Winter Birds

by Mauverneen

"Behold the birds of the air, for they neither sow, nor do they reap, nor gather into barns: and your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are not you of much more value than they?" 


      I hear people commenting this time of year on birds - "How do they survive in this cold?" It is a wonder, but God made them to survive. I marvel not only that they survive, but, no matter what the season, they find their way home, to their own nests, to their own territory. 
      I think at times we have all wished to be a bird for a day. To soar up into the sky, feel the wind in our face and beneath our wings. To fly where we please, to look down with a wider view to what we cannot see when we are standing still with our feet planted. To be able to sing.  






"Use what talents you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best." – Henry Van Dyke


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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Positively 2018

by Mauverneen

"The best way to succeed in this world is to act on the advice you give to others." - Unknown

     So - how are those New Year's Resolutions going? Personally I don't make many, if at all. Not because I don't need to but because there are so many to choose from. The ones I do make I usually keep to myself. Not so much that fear of failure will bring criticism for having failed but because they are so personal. Sure I want to lose a few pounds, travel extensively, win a million bucks, but who doesn't? Those are more desire than resolve.
      Resolutions are the steps to the goal. If I want to lose weight I have to commit to either eating less or exercising more. If I want to travel, I have to do my research, book those tickets, and if I want to win a fortune, well, I better start buying those lottery tickets.

"Our greatest fear should not be of failure ... but of succeeding at things in life that don't really matter." - Francis Chan
       If I want to become a published author, I need to commit to writing - regularly and earnestly. If I want to become good at watercolor painting, then I need to practice. If I want to become a better person, I need to bite my tongue more often.

      Making resolutions requires commitment. Unless of course those resolutions are merely made on the assumption that we HAVE to make them. Which we don't. But we do because we know we are not perfect. We WANT to do better.
      So, for this year I resolve to....
      Aah, if only procrastination and diversion weren't so wonderfully tempting.

     "We become what we think about most of the time, and that's the strangest secret." - Earl Nightingale
 Have a wonderful 2018 - may you reach your goals!

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