You will turn over many a futile new leaf till you learn we must all write on scratched-out pages. – Mignon McLaughlin (1913-1983), American writer
Well here I am. I apologize for my lack of attention for nearly 4 months. In addition to the lame excuse that I’ve been busy, I have another reason for avoiding you. I have been trying to make decisions on what I want to write about, and rather than bravely blogging my thoughts and ideas, I have chosen to simply clam up. Actually, maybe it’s a good thing I’ve saved you from my ramblings. If I’m going to drive you away I guess I’d rather it be due to my silence than because of what I write.
I won’t attempt to bore you by cramming 4 months of self-indulged scrap-blogging just to make myself feel better. I will attempt to give you a brief view of where my heart and mind are these days.
New blog? I have been tempted to start one. I’ve been saving a list of clever names and tag lines, just in case I go through with it. In the meantime, I’ve decided to “write on scratched-out pages” here on My Green Velvet Life.
Twitter. You may have noticed I hang out there a lot. It is a great place to become skilled in The Poetry of Concision and quickly share endless articles and helpful resources. But I must admit it leaves me feeling impatient with traditional writing. Did I mention it is fun and addicting?
Pinterest. Pinners, I know you understand. Non-Pinners, just imagine having the entire world as your wish book. As you giddily pin your life away you realize your one true wish is to simply have time to pin all of your wishes . . .
State of the world. If you know me or if you read my tweets, you know that I am a Christian, pro-life conservative who is deeply worried about the United States and the entire world. We are not protecting life and freedom. Why are we allowing leaders to trash the U.S. Constitution? This perfect human rights document should be an example for the entire world. Not because Americans are better than anybody else. Because free people are the only people capable of making our world a better place. Weren’t we all made to live free? Whether or not you believe in God, can you deny your innate free will? Would you deny it in others? Have you ever read James Otteson’s Moral Case for Capitalism?
The story of God & us. Have you been watching The Bible on The History Channel? An interesting comment I’ve been hearing is how people don’t like the violence in the stories. There seems to be a growing need for more understanding of God and the stories in the bible, yet a shrinking ability to find time for church, discussion, or even debate with people who don’t believe in God. Going forward, I will try to share more of my deeper thoughts.
For now, I’ll leave you with a few tidbits:
Deeply Messy Topics (doesn’t mean they can’t still be fun)
God: The picture that makes me smile.
Bible for the Clueless: Stupid = not to. Practical = how to. Miracles = do too! Jesus = listen to.
Free Will & Evolution: Why God made them perfectly messy.
Religion: Trying to put God’s love into a box.
Free Speech & Humility: Why social media is a spiritual tool.
Sin: It’s anything that _____. (My pre-school Sunday Schoolers could get this.)
Technology: Discover what it really is.
Revelations: It’s about seeing not waiting.
Perfectly Fun Topics
Recycling: More cards and art projects of course. Plus, Granny’s Never Ending Art Project . . . if I can find time to actually start it.
Brilliant Advice: You’ll be an all-star if you take this handy item to your next spectator sport.
Recipes: I’ll probably never top my fabulous Ode to Jergens Lotion Bagel Spread. But I’ll try!
Thank you for visiting,
There is still time before November 2 for every single one of us USA citizens to become better informed on our freedom-protecting constitution, the performance of our current public servants, the views and plans of new candidates, and the many stressful issues facing our country and the entire world.
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. — Margaret Mead (1901-1978), US anthropologist
Be informed. Be an American. Vote.
We had fun making a banner for Independence Day. All you need are colored paper, pencils, glue, scissors and glitter and yarn, string or ribbon. Just let everybody make their own glitter stars (paper can be any size or shape you want), and once dry, attach them all together on the yarn. This can be adapted to any theme. We even made a pink and purple one for my new granddaughter. At our house we keep things simple. When you have a dozen or so complicated characters running in and out you need to focus on EASY. I learned this at an early age. My parents had 9 kids. My mom was the oldest of 15 kids and dad’s family had 11 kids. When big families get together, it’s all about eating peanut butter & jelly sandwiches and sitting in any nook or cranny you can find. Yay crazy fun! And there’s always room for one more, so go out and join a big family if you don’t have one of your own.