Friday, July 15, 2016


    What we create reflects back what we believe

   Family reunion time is coming. This year I am gifting my brother a hardback version of my mother's life story, written by her, thirty years ago. Scouring my hard drive for pictures to go into the digital version was both delightful and painful. Delightful to peruse the pictures of her life in Germany and immigration to the United States, but painful to remember my father's death from cancer and her death at 92 years old. 

   I did some commenting, from time to time, on her story and used a different color text for those paragraphs. My favorite comment was a selection I came to of why she might have had such a long life.

    Watching you I have come to recognize the secrets to your long life; fresh air, a walk every day, fruits and vegetables in your diet, and a nap every afternoon. And, always have something creative to do.

The needlework above is just one example of her creative work. The evenness of her stitches remind me of the regularity and eveness of her daily life. This work hangs in my bedroom and each day I think of the work I plan to do that day and pray that I do it with grace and kindness.

I have been writing with the Five Minute Friday Group for two years and I really enjoy the talented writers who share their work. Would you like to join? 


  1. The needlework is beautiful, and the book is a lovely idea for a gift for your brother. I agree that having something creative to do is important for a full life.

  2. Thank-you, Carly, you inspire me with your creative work.

  3. This is so special! I love it on every level. I am so devoted to the importance of including creativity in our lives. Your brother is going to be so touched by your gift, and it will be something for you to treasure as well.


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