Being The Change

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This is one of my favorite quotes. I keep a plaque on my desk at work to remind me of my personal and societal responsibility.

If you want the world to be a kinder place, be kind. If you want to see more environmental responsibility, then be environmentally responsible. Hold yourself to the task of making the changes you want to see around you.

I am reminded of this the most during the time of an election. It is the time when I feel I have a larger voice. Voting is a responsibility I take seriously. I research candidates and issues. I never strictly vote “the party line”.

Elections are the time I am also most reminded of the fact that I do not suffer fools lightly. I just cannot understand being willfully ignorant or blindly stubborn. I also do not understand why anyone takes the right to vote for granted by just not doing it.

The battles fought by individuals to have the freedom of voice and the freedom of choice, to have a say by whom and how we are governed…it’s important. It’s the foundation this country was built on and while I cannot fathom the things these individuals went through … it’s awe inspiring. Women were imprisoned, beaten and tortured because they stood up and demanded the right to vote. People of color were beaten, imprisoned and died for the right to vote. Knowing this, how can people so casually ignore the importance and beauty of it? It is the constitutional right, a privilege and responsibility of every individual in our society to take part in this process. VOTE!

 

 

ALL HALLOWS READ

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The first day of fall FINALLY came and Seattle got rain…oh how I’ve missed the rain!!! Anyway…one of the events I get most excited about during the fall is Halloween. I love Halloween!!! One of my favorite authors got behind a little campaign called All Hallows Read. The idea of it is that you send a “scary” book to people in your life and encourage them to start a tradition of reading on Halloween or the week of Halloween or JUST TO READ. What is not to like about this??? I love books, I love scary books, and I love the idea of getting people in my life reading scary books! I especially love the idea of encouraging children to read.

The first year this was started I sent books to my nephews. It can be difficult to find books for children that are scary without being TOO scary but Amazon will break out books based on the reader’s age so it makes things much easier. This year I might include a few other people on my “All Hallows Read” list. I just ordered Frankenstein and Dracula for my toddler niece. The BabyLit board books are SO GREAT!!!! If you are interested in doing this you can get more information from http://www.allhallowsread.com

For the Love of Books – A letter to my niece

I recently wrote a letter to my niece. She’s not yet 2 years old but my sister-in-law set up an email address for her and sends her emails that she will share with her once she’s older and I thought it was an amazing idea so I too have begun sending her email. Below is a short little letter I sent to her because I was up early reading and thinking about her.

…It’s very quiet here in Seattle right now. It’s early morning, grey and overcast and all of the animals are sleeping. Its my favorite time & kind of day. I like to sit surrounded by the silence, it’s so peaceful. This is when I normally open a book and read. I can literally spend hours reading a good book. I’ve always loved books…for longer than I can remember. My mom told me my favorite things from the earliest of age were music, the ocean, and books.

When I was very little, about your age right now, I would grab several books and get my mom or dad to read them all to me. I began memorizing them long before I could actually read them and, as i got older, I would recite them out loud as I turned the pages.

Reading books with you, on my most recent visit, was one of my favorite things to do. You run scampering through the house and return with a book and give it to someone and then you want to sit on their lap to read. You seem to have some favorites. You have already memorized parts of one and love to participate in the reading of your favorite line in Chu’s Day Out, “AAAaaahhhhhh”. It truly makes my heart sing with delight!

I hope you always have a love for books! Books are so amazing! In my mind they are still unmatched in the exploration of the imagination. I think words, both spoken and written, have a bit of magic in them.
Books do not share the confines of visual media. The written word will put your mind to the task of imagining and building the worlds you’ll read about. I find there to be a bit of magic in that.

Books…I’ve spent my life reading them, gaining knowledge from them, finding adventure, finding escape, finding strength, finding friends in them and because of them.

A truly good book can change the way you see things, make you view the world through a new set of eyes, provide you with a perspective you might not have ever had before. Books / words really can change your life!

I hope you always love books! There are so many worlds and wonders for you to uncover! I can’t wait to share some of them with you!

I love you, Sweet Girl!

Doctor’s Orders

I had to step away from regular posting as I am drastically limited in my computer time and typing capabilities at the moment. I have a severe case of tendonitis as well as a radial compression in my right arm and I am wearing a brace to try and avoid surgery. So I have been following my doctor & physical therapist’s orders and not using a computer unless I absolutely need to. This translates to using a computer at work only. I’ve been forbidden to play golf, baseball, raquetball, wring out laundry, use a screwdriver or hammer, garden, sweep, play video or computer games, lift anything heavier than 2 pounds, open jars, or doing anything that requires wrist movement or full arm extension.

It’s amazing & a bit sad how much we take our daily routines and mobility for granted until you lose a little bit of it.  

 

 

Memorial Day

Memorial Day….A day of Thanks!!!
I want to take a moment to thank all of the service men and women who sacrifice time with their own families so that I have time with mine. I would like to thank all of the veterans who have fought to keep this country safe for all of us for so long. I would like to honor the ultimate sacrifice made by far too many fallen soldiers by continuing to support their children & families, and encouraging others to do the same. It’s not nearly enough, you are all owed so much more. 

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