Archive for April, 2010
Rebecca Wells Grows Dahlias
When I think of my Mother, I think of her doing a million things at once. But at least one day a month she declared it her“mental hygiene day.” On that day, we brought her steaming hot chicory coffee in bed, and looked at the array of books she had spread around her bed table. So it’s only natural that at Mother’s Day when I think of the best gift to give my mother, it’s books!
In these times, when we all have to watch most every dime we spend, what gift can you possibly give your mother for fifteen dollars? That’s the cost of my most recent book, “The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder,” which has just come out in paperback. It’s a book about different types of love: the love between girlfriends, the love between a young girl and her boyfriend, the love between a man and a wife—and most of all, the love that exists between a mother and her child. This last love colors all the other loves. On this day, set aside to honor mothers, I hope you’ll think about leaving your local Indie bookstore with a copy of “The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder” for your Mom.
Love and blessings,
ps: You’ll find a special Mothers Day message from me on YouTube!
It seems like the world is moving so fast these days! Here on our little island we are somewhat isolated from the hectic pace of urban life, but geography by no means keeps the stress of the world at bay. My husband and I are careful to avoid over-stimulation–an attempt to protect our minds and bodies from the damaging effects of too much negativity. We avoid the 24/7 news channels, choosing to limit ourselves to select programs on National Public Radio and a few newspapers. But even with this limited exposure to the news media, I sometimes feel overwhelmed and have to go on a “news diet” from time to time.
Still, I know that just because I’m not seeing the chaos of the world it doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. I just have to practice good self-care in order to be the effective citizen of the world I want to be.
Do you ever think about how each of us can contribute to a more loving, caring atmosphere around us? If, as the song says, “Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me,” what actions can we take to promote goodness right where we live?
Here i am, looking for THE CROWNING GLORY OF CALLA LILY PONDER paperback boat to round the point. Come on, baby, ignore those white caps, you got book clubs waiting! — Rebecca Zhivago
Don’t miss the big book club announcement on Tuesday,
April 13 at BookClubGirl.com. It’s going to be such fun!
Rebecca Wells walking Mercy in the Park
When I lived in New York City, Central Park saved my life. I lived a quarter of a block from the Park on W. 89th. Now I live 5 minutes from a sweet park surrounded by old, tall trees, but with enough open space for the sun to shine down – a big gift here in the Pacific Northwest.
Each day, Mercy, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel with whom I share my life, takes me to the park for a stroll around the pond. Not a day goes by in which Mercy does not make us new friends. We meet Beagles, Golden Retrievers, Airedales and Greyhounds that have been rescued after race tracks have thrown them away. With all this in my life how sad can I be?
Do you walk in a park? It’s old fashioned, isn’t it? And yet, just what we need in this fast, crazy world. Tell me about your walks. I’d love to hear.
I’ve said before that I try to eat a healthy diet. But who among us can resist the lure of the many tempting treats that magically appear in shops at this time of year? First it was heart-shaped chocolate boxes during Valentine’s Day, and now the Easter candy is calling to me: those Reese’s peanut butter eggs, brightly colored jelly beans and gumdrops, pretty blue “robin’s eggs” and Cadbury eggs with the ooey-gooey cream centers. I’m salivating right now just typing this!
I’m giving myself permission to indulge in just a few springtime sweet treats. A deprived woman is a cranky woman, so let’s just consider giving in to my chocolate craving a form of treatment for a medical condition. Just what the doctor ordered!
What’s your tempting treat right now?
I’m craving daffodils, hyacinth, and the sweet smell of fresh-washed air after a spring rain. Although I’ve lived in the Pacific Northwest for years, my body and brain are still on Central Louisiana time, and I’m ready for springtime long before Mother Nature flips the seasonal switch.
I want to feel the warmth of the sun on my skin, to pick wild strawberries by the side of the road, and to take a nice long ride on my bicycle, my sweet husband by my side, with a soft breeze ruffling my hair.
I’m definitely ready. How about you? What aspect of springtime are you craving most? Let’s join forces to pull springtime into being!
84,000 springtime wishes,