Wednesday, February 16, 2011


I got a note today from Fiona and Kaspa -- the brains behind the "A River of Stones" project and I smiled. It read:

We are pleased to say that we would like to include one or more of your lovely small stones in our book, ‘pay attention: a river of stones’. Congratulations

I am honored and delighted. I enjoyed the project immensely as I stumbled into new territory -- grasping for a thought worthy of polish each day.

Only one of my 'stones' is to be published -- so far -- but that's fine. The lessons I learned were invaluable and being published in such good company is the reward and quite gratifying.

Many thanks to Fiona and Kaspa for this honor! And another bundle of gratitude goes to Elaine of Kalilily Time for her introducing me to this excellent endeavor.

And last but not least, thanks to all who read them at my main blog.


Tuesday, February 1, 2011

My 10 Favorite River Stones are:

Fiona asked for our 10 favorite 'small stones' so for better or worse these are mine.

1. Surprises and knotty decisions are like dandelions in Spring -- you never when where or when they're going to pop up.

2. Tangled yarn is easier to fix than a tangled life. Maybe that's why I'd rather stay home and needlepoint.

3. Reflection can be a good thing when inspiration joins the fray and prompts new vision.

4. How precious it is to end the day and feel that it was productive and a blessing rather than a burden.

5. When I read Lia's blog, Yum Yum Cafe, this morning I realized that contemplating New Year's resolutions was not what I needed. The better approach is a New Year's revolution. After an tumultuous 2010 on several levels, it's time to seriously consider some major changes and muster the courage I know I have stashed somewhere in the clutter in my poor damaged brain and move forward.

6. Starting my very own personal, life-changing revolution isn't as easy as it sounded two days ago, nor does coming up with a scintillating 'stone' each day and the list of such endeavors goes on and on . . .

7. Blame and denial by certain factions, entities and individuals will not solve the travesty that's occurred in our country. Am I angry? Damned right!

8. Every time I think that I'm making some progress in getting things organized, I find something else I need to organize.

9. There's nothing like an Alberta Clipper blowing about nine inches of snow through Ohio to remind us that it's winter. Yikes!

10. As I think of what happened in Arizona, I can't help but think that -- as I always have -- that the Reckless Right has gone too far. Prayers for all who were killed or injured just don't seem sufficient and ring hollow in the insanity of it all.