So, here we are…me and you…you and me…I cannot even tell you how excited I am that you have found your way here! WELCOME..come in, sit down and stay a while.
I know we don’t really know each other yet but my hope is that this space will be the next best thing to you dropping by my house for a cup of coffee. If you could do that, we’d probably snuggle into my office – I would let you pick whichever chair you wanted – and we could spend some time together. One of my favorite things to do with a friend is just sit and wander through the interior spaces of our minds and hearts. There’s a whole lot that goes in there, don’t you agree?
My plan for the blog is to share many thoughts and ideas and even have conversations about fun and frivolous topics. I will be writing about a broad range of subjects near and dear to me (and you too). Some of them will be more serious such as what God is whispering into my heart and questions I’m asking and others will be lighthearted discussions of how to keep our mid life faces looking their best or how to pull together a great outfit. Then sometimes we’ll tackle more practical subjects such as what’s for dinner or how to manage a throng of children who are rapidly becoming their own people.
There is something so deeply meaningful about connecting this way and the paragraph below speaks to that. It’s taken from the book Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott. Near the end of the book, Lamott is relaying to us the fact that students in her writing class often ask her why their writing matters. She responds this way:
Because of the spirit, I say. Because of the heart. Writing and reading decrease our sense of isolation. They deepen and widen and expand our sense of life: they feed the soul. When writers make us shake our heads with the exactness of their prose and their truths, and even make us laugh about ourselves or life, our buoyancy is restored. We are given a shot at dancing with, or at least clapping along with, the absurdity of life, instead of being squashed by it over and over again. It’s like singing on a boat during a terrible storm at sea. You can’t stop the raging storm, but singing can change the hearts and spirits of the people who are together on that ship.
I sure hope you’ll join me in this ship so we can clap, sing and dance together. Whatever the topic or truth, whether lighthearted or challenging, I invite you to share your thoughts and join the conversation. And speaking of joining the conversation…here’s how you can do that. You can add your comments to a blog post or you can click on over to my contact page. I will promptly answer any emails. Feel free to ask me questions or suggest topics for discussion.