Liz Andra Shaw

Journey into the Creative Mind of a Writing Reader

This is Real Life #19

May 23rd, 2015
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On the Menu

I saw my doctor on Monday and he discharged me. My last PT session was Friday, and I got my finalized home program. I may go back, on my own, for monthly check-ins just to keep me honest and moving along to the next stage. That’s completely up to me. I’m excited to be working in the pool at home now. That is going to really help me step up to the next level.

I gave my first speech post-fracture at Toastmasters this week. First, I had to get there. It was my first time driving on a freeway since the fracture. I was scared, but my range is so good now that it was no problem. I asked my speech evaluator to pay special attention to my right arm movements. She said that if she hadn’t know I had fractured my arm, she wouldn’t have known there was anything wrong. That’s awesome!

My Instagram Post of the Week

Instagram post of the week
As long as I was in Tempe for Toastmasters, I just had to stop by Jerry’s Art-a-Rama. It’s a small haul, but I’m going to have some fun this weekend!

Reading

This week at work I started reading Seer’s Blood by Doranna Durgin. It was a little hard to get started in this one, but it quickly grabbed me. It takes place in a world that seems very like the Appalachians, but there is magic and some ghoulish characters. I really like the protagonist of the story, Blaine. I got this book at StoryBundle.com.

At home, I’m still reading (R)Evolution by PJ Manney. This started out as hard sci-fi with a nanotech terrorist attack. It quickly changed into a political thriller with a secret society that is more diabolical than anything that Dan Brown has ever envisioned. A bit more hard sci-fi thrown in, and then back to the secret society. It’s a heady mix. I’m enjoying the story.

In the car, I’m reading Marley and Me by John Grogan. I’ve barely cracked it this week, but already I know that Marley is related to my Chinle and that I’mm going to love this book.

The Song of the Week



Watching


Round and About

You Thought Sally Ride Was the First Woman in Space? Meet Valentina Tereshkova
Living Life On My Own Terms

More links at The Writing Reader Carnival of Creativity for 5/17/15.

My favorite prompt of the week at The Writing Reader: Prompt #1372 Americans and Music.

Inspiration for the Week

Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet. – Thich Nhat Hanh

Monthly Practice toward Inner Peace

Gratitude for the week! First day in the pool and the shoulder did great! My garage door opener now works thanks to Chris. I have 2 Sallys in my life, and they are both wonderful. I love being back at Toastmasters. Such wonderful people! I’m grateful for a cool May, even if swimming isn’t quite as comfortable as it would normally be this time of year. The weather is truly gorgeous. I’m grateful for Paul, Mike, Gail, Emi, Mike, Eve, Dennis, Shaila, Belinda, and Zack.

My Favorites on Flickr this Week

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20/52 - #ThingsMoneyCannotBuy
20/52 – #ThingsMoneyCannotBuy by carla kurt

DSC0576
DSC0576 by marc-andré tragé

The Day's End
The Day’s End by Matt Granz

Fringe benefit of desert walkabout. Arizona wild flowers.
Fringe benefit of desert walkabout. Arizona wild flowers. by Catherine Mommsen Scott

outside, inside
outside, inside by Ines Seidel

Japanese Maple Leaves
Japanese Maple Leaves by danm

BUG?
BUG? by marc-andré tragé

Sunset Shaping
Sunset Shaping by Sandra Strait

New Wallpapers

Baobab Forest from National Geographic

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This is Real Life #18

May 16th, 2015
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Status Report

Tomorrow will be 10 weeks post shoulder fracture. My PT says that I am “flying” through rehab. That’s a piece of encouragement I needed. The biggest struggle right now is maintaining perspective. Small improvements matter and need to be given just as much importance in my thoughts as how very far there still is to go. The thing that I did this week that I feel most surprised and proud of is that I lifted a 15 pound commercial baking pan filled with vegetables into a warmer onto a shelf above my eye level. I wouldn’t have even tried that if I had stopped to think about it, but I was in the middle of laughing at something and just did it. I still have a lot of work to do in reaching across my body and behind my back. These are functional movements that are commonly used. So far the PTs have been more focused on pure planes of movement, but I’ve moved on my own to doing functional plane strengthening/endurance exercise as part of my home program.

I see the doctor on Monday. I’m fully expecting to be released from PT. I wouldn’t be averse to going once a week for some soft tissue work and manual stretching for another month, but I am excited about the opportunity to have more control over the direction of the program for active movement. I also would like to be able to get back to a more normal schedule rather than doing a couple hours of pure plane exercises every day.

I was hoping to be in the pool this weekend to see how my shoulder would handle water resistance. My doc was a swimmer, so I wanted to have some information to talk with him about on Monday. Today it’s only 73 degrees, cloudy, and windy in Phoenix. In May. Very unseasonable. I probably won’t be getting in the pool. Maybe tomorrow will heat up.

My Instagram Post of the Week

Instagram post of the week - Blessed

Reading

At work I’ve been reading Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal. It’s a fantasy in a Jane Austen setting. Not my typical read. I became aware of Kowal through the Writing Excuses podcast. When I started listening to WE, it was 3 guys giving some great advice mixed with discussions of who wasn’t wearing pants and other inexplicable guy things. Mary came on as a guest, then a frequent guest, and now she’s a regular. She brings a bit of sanity and a lot of wisdom to the podcast. I had to read one of her books. Like I said, not my normal read, but I loved it. I foresee reading more books in this series. I haven’t picked out a new book to read at work next week yet.

At home, I’ve been reading Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Every book in the series is better than the one before it. At first I don’t think so, but the endings never disappoint. My next book at home will be (R)Evolution by PJ Manney, a hard sci-fi novel I got free through Kindle First. The description of this book makes my toes tingle with excitement to get started.

In the car, I’m still reading American Gods by Neil Gaiman. I brought it in from the car with me Friday night, and I suspect I’ll be forced to finish it tonight. My next car book will be Marley and Me by John Grogan.

The Song of the Week

Watching

Round and About

THE MUSEUM OF ONLINE MUSEUMS

What’s actually happening when you crack your knuckles?

More links at The Writing Reader Carnival of Creativity for 5/10/15.

My favorite prompt of the week at The Writing Reader: Prompt #1369 First Line of the Week – Kathleen Jowitt.

Inspiration for the Week

If we think our job here on earth is to fix ourselves, we will keep looking for the broken places. If we believe our job is to be kind, we will keep lavishing love on ourselves. ~Geneen Roth

Monthly Practice toward Inner Peace

Gratitude for this week: my mother, my new pool guy, Dave, Sally, Gracie, Karen, chef Bill, washing my own armpit, great numbers for AAROM, kleenex, rubber stamps, gelli plate, Carolyn, Gumbo, arnica, youtube, Garron, Amanda.

My Favorites on Flickr this Week

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BK - Terry's Accordian "To Be A Man"

BK – Terry’s Accordian “To Be A Man” by Brian Kasstle

DSC1054
DSC1054 by marc-andré tragé

Oronubiana - Dino Olivieri / Digital Painting
Oronubiana – Dino Olivieri / Digital Painting by Dino Olivieri

# 3321 "Surprise"
# 3321 “Surprise” by Scott Bergey

... old Minsk (03)...
… old Minsk (03)… by Felice Miccadei

Utopia in Zeeland geplaatst maart 2015 Zicht Op.   Zeeland is inspirerend. Het landschap, de ritme van de zee en het unieke licht trekken veel mensen aan die ter afwisseling van hun vaak druk gevulde leven tot rust willen komen. Onthaasting ten top. Brede
Utopia in Zeeland geplaatst maart 2015 Zicht Op. Zeeland is inspirerend. Het landschap, de ritme van de zee en het unieke licht trekken veel mensen aan die ter afwisseling van hun vaak druk gevulde leven tot rust willen komen. Onthaasting ten top. Brede by Havenlust Brouwershaven Silvi

Refugees
Refugees by Lee Acaster

Bunny love - art journal page
Bunny love – art journal page by Tracy Scott

4-29 Lets eat Nana
4-29 Lets eat Nana by jprater28209

Spread 189 - Caps
Spread 189 – Caps by Brian Kasstle

IMG_4063
IMG_4063 by The Cloverly

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This is Real Life #17

May 9th, 2015
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Status Update

I am definitely making progress, and I definitely still have miles to go. I had a lot of soft tissue work done this week. Just in case the thought of massage seems relaxing to you, let me assure you that this is not your mother’s massage. I have bruises! On the other hand, exercises are getting easier, with less muscle grabbing and less pain. Still working on the contractures, but adding some strengthening with weights to the routine. I see the doc again a week from this coming Monday, and I want to be further along than I am. Lots of work to do to get there.

Reading

I finished Inheritance by Christopher Paolini overnight while I wasn’t sleeping. My friend, Emi Bauer, didn’t like the ending of this, but I did. It leaves it open for Paolini to continue the series, or if he doesn’t, it leaves it open so that I can imagine what happens next. Don’t laugh, but it reminds me of the ending of Gone with the Wind in that it is more like the beginning of a new adventure than the end of one. Next up on my reading at home is Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling.

I am still carrying American Gods by Neil Gaiman in my car, but I’m almost finished with it. It is still oddly compelling.

I finished Speed of Night by Frank Kelly at work and started Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal.

The Song of the Week

Watching


This is part of The Thing About Love mini-course at the Brave Girls Club. Free and fabulous! I highly recommend this. You don’t have to register or give any personal information to take this course.

Good Things that Happened this Week

  • I learned about Bullet Journaling and decided to give it a try
  • Very productive week at work
  • Had dinner with my folks

Round and About

“Keep Taking the Next Stitch–Without Stitches, You Just Have Rags”
Star Trek Love Boat
Brian Dettmer: Old books reborn as art
Can Traumatic Experiences Make You More Creative?

More links at The Writing Reader Carnival of Creativity for 5/3/15.

My favorite prompt of the week at The Writing Reader: Prompt #1358 The Letter.

Inspiration for the Week

Things don’t go wrong and break your heart so you can become bitter and give up. They happen to break you down and build you up so you can be all that you were intended to be. – Charlie Jones

Monthly Practice toward Inner Peace

Gratitude

  • May 3 – I’m grateful for a quiet, uneventful day; for Gumbo; for Sandee
  • May 4 – I’m grateful to have less pain than last week; for Sally; for Karen.
  • May 5 – I’m grateful for Dave; for a good work out; for my new pool guy.
  • May 6 – I’m grateful for Gracie; for Sally; for fellowship.
  • May 7 – I’m grateful for Mark; for Mike; for books.
  • May 8 – I’m grateful for Garrett; for tacos; for ice.

My Favorites on Flickr this Week

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French Vase
French Vase by Mandy

First Star to the Right
First Star to the Right by Matt Granz

Art journal - Avril -
Art journal – Avril – by Maryline.MD

Wiggle (May 3, 2015)
Wiggle (May 3, 2015) by Melissa Connolly

Let hope in
Let hope in by Vicki Bridges

Detail #artjournal page #eyes
Detail #artjournal page #eyes by Frieda Oxenham

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This is Real Life #16

May 2nd, 2015
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Status Update

Slow but steady improvement. Today I was able to get my phone out of my back jeans pocket, which requires a lot of internal rotation. It’s painful, but I can do it! I’m struggling like crazy with rotation, so this was awesome. Some of the exercises that were excruciating just a week ago are now easy breezy. I can definitely see the light at the end of the tunnel, but it still seems far, far away.

My Instagram Post of the Week

Showing off after PT

Reading

I finished Deadly Stillwater by Roger Stelljes at work. This is a pretty good police procedural and a quick, enjoyable read.

I started Inheritance by Christopher Paolini at home. It’s really long, and I’m not reading through the night anymore, so this could take a while. Enjoying it so far.

I’m carrying American Gods by Neil Gaiman in my car. It’s oddly compelling and totally engaging. Awesome concept for a novel.

At work I started Speed of Night by Frank Kelly. I was part of a writing group that Frank attended as he was writing this, so I know how it ends. It’s good to read it for myself finally!

The Song of the Week

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Good Things that Happened this Week

  • Making good progress in physical therapy. The exercises that used to be almost unbearably painful seem easy.
  • Quiet and productive week at work.
  • Going to my first Toastmaster meeting since the beginning of March tonight. Yay!
  • Completed an art journal spread this week – first one since breaking my shoulder.

Round and About

A Virtual Walk Through the MoMA’s Henri Matisse “Cut-Outs” Exhibit
New Fanged Dwarf Dinosaur Found—”Would Be Nice Pet”
The FDA Is Hiding Scientific Fraud, And You Should Be Pissed

More links at The Writing Reader Carnival of Creativity for 4/26/15.

My favorite prompt of the week at The Writing Reader: Prompt #1354 Word of the Week – Slugabed.

Inspiration for the Week

The road to enlightenment is long and difficult, and you should try not to forget snacks and magazines. -Anne Lamott

Monthly Practice toward Inner Peace

Gratitude is the monthly practice for May. Here’s my daily gratitude listing so far:

  • May 1: Making progress in physical therapy and in activities of daily living. Decreased pain. Better sleep.
  • May 2: Going to Toastmasters tonight. A nice cool morning for a short walk. My new pool guy is making great progress on getting my pool swimmable.

My Favorites on Flickr this Week

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2015-04-24_10-15-31
2015-04-24_10-15-31 by lucca bella

An inspirational message from me to you! #inspirational
An inspirational message from me to you! #inspirational by Roben-Marie Smith

Seashell Practice Study
Seashell Practice Study by Sandra Strait

#artististheanswer #etsy #elephant #MixedMedia
#artististheanswer #etsy #elephant #MixedMedia by Kitti

BBQ-Time?
BBQ-Time? by marc-andré tragé

# 3318 "People In The Know"
# 3318 “People In The Know” by Scott Bergey

New Wallpapers

Yellow Jellies

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This is Real Life #15

April 24th, 2015
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Shoulder Update

I got great news this week. On Monday I saw the doc and had x-rays. The x-rays were so good that I’m out of the sling 2 weeks earlier than originally expected. And I can do anything with my arm that doesn’t cause pain at the fracture site. Yay!

OK, now that we got the good news out of the way, just let me say that my shoulder muscles are pretty peeved right now. They’ve been getting a free ride for a while, and they’ve grown fat and sassy. They are complaining. Loudly. But less loudly every day. The doc gave me different muscle relaxants, and they are helping me sleep better.

I also skipped ahead in PT and am already doing active exercises. It’s going well. My doc says just 3 more weeks of going to therapy, and then just a home program. We’ll see.

Reading

I’ve been sleeping many more hours this week, so no more finishing a book overnight like I have been. I am reading Brisingr by Christopher Paolini at home, Deadly Stillwater by Roger Stelljes at work, and I’m carrying American Gods by Neil Gaiman in the car.

The Song of the Week



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Good Things that Happened this Week

  • I’m making art again! Yay!Brayering is therapy! That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
  • I can dress myself with both hands – so much easier!
  • I can feed myself with my right hand and a fork – so nice to be able to have salads again! It’s a lot of work, and it’s not pretty, but I can do it.
  • I’m sleeping better, which is almost miraculous.
  • PT is tough, but I’m progressing well. Amazing to have jumped 2 weeks ahead of the pace!
  • My x-rays are beautiful and I’m having almost no pain at the fracture site.
  • I had a good week at work.

Round and About

‘Chemobrain': Cognitive Impairment May Be a Form Of Cancer-Related PTSD
An Eerie Collection Of Short Off-World Tales For You To Read
Why Reading is Smart — Especially if You Write
Asni’s Art Blog: Firebird

My favorite prompt of the week at The Writing Reader: #1346 Symbols.

Inspiration for the Week

If something shows back up in your life, friend..please don’t let it scare you, haunt you or bring you shame. Just know that it must be time to heal a little bit more of it…to learn a little more…to let a little bit more go. Your soul is smart…and your body knows what it can handle. It’s okay if things get worked on a little bit at a time. Just because things circle back around, it doesn’t mean you are a failure…..it just means it’s time for the next lesson. -Brave Girls Club

Monthly Practice toward Inner Peace

This week my letting go revolved around expectations. I knew it would be tough when I got out of the sling, because I’ve worked as a PT with shoulder patients. That didn’t stop me from setting some pretty high expectations for myself. I met a lot of them, and I let go of a few. Listening to my body has never been easy for me, but this week I really focused on what it was telling me about what I can and can’t do.

My Favorites on Flickr this Week

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IMG_2002
IMG_2002 by Deepeningblue

# 3291 "Beautiful Stranger"
# 3291 “Beautiful Stranger” by Scott Bergey

Pescadero
Pescadero by Matt Granz

Collab w/ Cleo Allan
Collab w/ Cleo Allan by Zach Collins

#painting #art #contemporaryart #artgallery #abstract // #malerei #kunst
#painting #art #contemporaryart #artgallery #abstract // #malerei #kunst by Fischer Heinz

Princess Dido
Princess Dido by marc-andré tragé

New Wallpapers

Meteor in the Milky Way from Astronomy Picture of the Day

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This is Real Life #14

April 18th, 2015
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Status Report

Tomorrow (Sunday April 19) is 6 weeks since I broke my shoulder. The pain level has decreased significantly, but not enough that I can sleep regularly or without a muscle relaxant. I have to admit, I had hoped to be further along by now. I see the doctor on Monday for more X-rays, but I already know, we won’t see full healing for at least another couple of weeks.

I’m still doing just passive motion during PT, which means that in daily living activities, I’m still doing pretty much everything one-handed. It’s tiring, frustrating, and limiting, so I can’t wait to get the OK to do more. I know it won’t be easy, but let’s go!

Reading

I finished Starlighter (Dragons of Starlight) by Bryan Davis. I enjoyed it, but not enough to buy the next book in the series. Even though there are dragons.

I finished Eldest by Christopher Paolini and started Brisingr, the next book. Can’t wait to see how this one is. Eldest was so much better than the first book, Eragon, in terms of the skill of the writing. I have to believe the third book will be even better.

I finished America’s Trust by Murray McDonald. This is quite a good political thriller. The one thing I didn’t buy was… well… spoilers sweetie!

I wasn’t excited about any of the selections for the Kindle First program this month, but I finally settled on Trail of Broken Wings by Sejal Badani. It’s not what I normally read, but it kept my attention and made me cry. This is Literature, and it addresses the issue of domestic violence and child abuse in a very effective way. I loved the characters, loved the way the story is told from differing points of view, and loved the message of empowerment it ends with.

I started Deadly Stillwater by Roger Stelljes on my old Kindle at work. I’m not far enough into it to decide whether I’m going to like it, but it’s going in a good direction.

The Song of the Week




Watching

Good Things that Happened this Week

  • I made some good gains in range of motion in PT.
  • My boss decorated my office for my birthday – so nice!
  • My folks took me out for lunch for my birthday. And mom got me 7 new shirts that are a size too big so that I have something to wear to work that are easy to put on and will fit loosely over my swollen arm.
  • I finally got my pool fixed. Hoping that I’ll be able to do some of my rehab in it soon!

Round and About

You Have No Idea What Happened
10 Things People Once Complained Would Ruin The English Language
Test how self-compassionate you are

More links at The Writing Reader Carnival of Creativity for 4/12/15.

My favorite prompt of the week at The Writing Reader: Prompt #1338 Young Caregivers.

Inspiration for the Week

“…Oh my God, what if you wake up some day, and you’re 65, or 75, and you never got your memoir or novel written; or you didn’t go swimming in warm pools and oceans all those years because your thighs were jiggly and you had a nice big comfortable tummy; or you were just so strung out on perfectionism and people-pleasing that you forgot to have a big juicy creative life, of imagination and radical silliness and staring off into space like when you were a kid? It’s going to break your heart. Don’t let this happen. Repent just means to change direction—and NOT to be said by someone who is waggling their forefinger at you. Repentance is a blessing. Pick a new direction, one you wouldn’t mind ending up at, and aim for that. Shoot for the moon.” ~ Anne Lamott

Monthly Practice toward Inner Peace

I’m at that stage of recovery where I’m impatient and think I should be further along. Awake at night, my mind starts to catalog all the various ways that fracture healing can go wrong. I’ve had lots of practice this week of letting go of those worries.

My Favorites on Flickr this Week

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# 3281 "Doubles 15 "
# 3281 “Doubles 15 ” by Scott Bergey

Only Live Once Journal Class
Only Live Once Journal Class by Vicki Bridges

# 3287 "Let's Get A Hold On It"
# 3287 “Let’s Get A Hold On It” by Scott Bergey

51zc15
51zc15 by Zach Collins

Superdog
Superdog by Przemek Szewczyk

New Wallpapers

Intelligent Travel from National Geographic. (Dolphins!)

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This is real life #13

April 10th, 2015
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I went back to work this week and started PT. Let’s just leave it at that, shall we?

Reading

I finished Fire Watch by Connie Willis. Very eclectic collection of short stories. Highly recommended.

I read Eragon by Christopher Paolini. Amzing dragon story! I started the next in the series, Eldest.

I read Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling in the middle of one long night when I couldn’t sleep. Excellent!

The Song of the Week



Watching


Good Things that Happened this Week

  • Going back to work was not as hard as I thought it would be, even though I honestly couldn’t work a full day.
  • PT was not as bad as I thought it would be, even though it was dang hard.
  • I don’t have to do anything this weekend if I don’t want to!

Round and About

The Mysterious, Murky Story Behind Soy-Sauce Packets

More links at The Writing Reader Carnival of Creativity for 4/5/15.

My favorite prompt of the week at The Writing Reader: Prompt #1331 Social Anxiety.

Inspiration for the Week

Monthly Practice toward Inner Peace

Lots of things I could have gotten upset about at work this week, but I let them go. It was just easier. This is a big step for me!

My Favorites on Flickr this Week

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Art Journal Page - Reach
Art Journal Page – Reach by Roben-Marie Smith

Peace_jenevang_web
Peace_jenevang_web by JREpics

102/365 "Time Travelling"
102/365 “Time Travelling” by Kent MacDonald

# 3232 "Line 2015"
# 3232 “Line 2015″ by Scott Bergey

Bubbly Sunflowers
Bubbly Sunflowers by wittap

New Wallpapers

Shake It Off from National Geographic
The Searcher

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This is real life #12

April 3rd, 2015
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I saw the specialist for the shoulder. I can start using my arm for small things, like typing, but boy does it hurt and tire out quickly!

Reading

I read Vestal Virgin: Suspense in Ancient Rome by Suzanne Tyrpak. Excellent read! Set in Rome in the time of Nero. Highly recommended, even if you aren’t a history nerd.

I read Shaken by J.A. Konrath. I’m fascinated by how he wove 3 timelines into one cohesive novel. Interesting that once you finish the book, there is the option to read it again, with the timelines set in a linear fashion. I preferred it the first way!

I read The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood. I love the imagination in this. Atwood is masterful! If you’ve never read anything by her, don’t wait any longer.

I read Roanoke: A Novel of Elizabethan Intrigue by Margaret Lawrence. Not just a spy thriller, but also a touching romance.

I finished The Confident Creative: Drawing to Free the Hand and Mind by Cat Bennett, although I still want to do some of the exercises once I get my arm moving again.

I also started two new books this week: Eragon by Christopher Paolini and The Complete Father Brown Stories by G. K. Chesterton.

The Song of the Week


Good Things that Happened this Week

  • I already shared my good news about the shoulder. That’s really the big thing for this week.
  • I start back to work next week. I’m excited about that because I am BORED here at home.
  • I’m hoping to get a Carnival posted over at The Writing Reader this weekend.

Round and About

Chia Seed Jams

How to Listen Between the Lines: Anna Deavere Smith on the Art of Listening in a Culture of Speaking

10 Catch Phrases You Swore You’d Never Use (And When You Used Them)

Inspiration for the Week

To let go of something is when hope begins.

-Anne Lamott

Monthly Practice toward Inner Peace

The April monthly practice is Letting Go. I am going to focus on letting go of some physical things. Spending so much time in my house has made me aware that I have too much stuff! I’m also going to let go of any shame around this. Should be an interesting month.

My Favorites on Flickr this Week

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# 3207 "Stay Away Fool"
# 3207 “Stay Away Fool” by Scott Bergey

Waterfall Zen
Waterfall Zen by Henry Brosius

in every direction of time and space
in every direction of time and space by Aimee

LBJulietteCraneweek13
LBJulietteCraneweek13 by Shel C

Collab w/ Jolene Casko
Collab w/ Jolene Casko by Zach Collins

To explore
To explore by Ralph Kloppenborg

Ode au printemps (pour le plaisir!)
Ode au printemps (pour le plaisir!) by fan de yan

Once Upon a Time...
Once Upon a Time… by Darren Moore

Flower Girls
Flower Girls by Angie Naron

# 3212 "Line 67"
# 3212 “Line 67″ by Scott Bergey

dlpweek13done
dlpweek13done by Shel C

dapper-man
dapper-man by Claudia MB

DLP weeks 2 and 3
DLP weeks 2 and 3 by Vivekananda Retreat Ridgely

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Happy Easter!

March 31st, 2015
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another digital collage made to practice using my right handed trackball with my left hand while my broken shoulder heals. i was inspired by the full moon that will happen on easter eve.

happy easter

linking up to the digital whispers bunnies challenge.

CREDITS:

bunnies: ▓▒░ TORLEY ░▒▓ on Flickr

boy: in pastel on Flickr

background textures: rebecca mcmeen and tangie baxter

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This is real life #11

March 27th, 2015
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still recuperating with the broken shoulder. as i write this, it’s been just 19 days since i fell. it seems longer. i have to constantly remind myself to be patient – healing takes time. i can’t really expect much at this stage. still, i’m going stir crazy.

Reading

i finished Firefly Island by Daniel Arenson. it’s pretty good YA fantasy.

i started Alex Hollick: Origins by Andrew Downs. the opening chapters are quite dark, but i stuck it out. pt 2, the bloodbath ritual, includes all of part 1. not sure why it’s set up this way. both could have benefited by professional proofing and better dialogue, but they are entertaining albeit dark reads. pt 1 is better than pt 2.

i finished akitada and the way of justice. i continue to believe that i’d enjoy these more if i’d read at least one of the novels first. the writing is good. i’ll definitely check out the novels.

i started Vestal Virgin: Suspense in Ancient Rome by Suzanne Tyrpak and am enjoying it so far..

The Song of the Week

Watching


Good Things that Happened this Week

  • good massage on Monday, then slept through the whole night
  • got dressed and went over to my folks’ for a home cooked dinner. so nice to eat something that didn’t come out of a box!
  • getting dressed is getting easier.

Round and About

The forgotten history of how automakers invented the crime of “jaywalking”

Inspiration for the Week

“Every day brings a choice: to practice stress or to practice peace.” ~Joan Borysenko

Monthly Practice toward Inner Peace

had a chance to practice compassion with a bag girl at safeway this week. it’s easier to be compassionate with others if i’m compassionate with myself. one thing i’ve learned is to stop telling myself scary stories and to just go with the flow. things never turn out as awful as the scenarios my imagination can create.

My Favorites on Flickr this Week

Click through on these to learn more about the artists.
Dina inspired art journal page
Dina inspired art journal page by Tracy Scott

« les villes »
« les villes » by linda vachon

#painting #acrylic on #canvas #art #contemporaryart #artgallery #abstract // #malerei #acryl auf leinwand #kunst
#painting #acrylic on #canvas #art #contemporaryart #artgallery #abstract // #malerei #acryl auf leinwand #kunst by Fischer Heinz

#dinawakleymedia #silhouette #timholtzfeather #artjournal
#dinawakleymedia #silhouette #timholtzfeather #artjournal by Maria Torralba

Tango-Bs As-15
Tango-Bs As-15 by collage atrois

# 3187 "Making It Better"
# 3187 “Making It Better” by Scott Bergey

# 3191 "Try To Understand"
# 3191 “Try To Understand” by Scott Bergey

# 3200 "Jetlagged Scotty"
# 3200 “Jetlagged Scotty” by Scott Bergey

# 3198 "Nude 2015 2"
# 3198 “Nude 2015 2″ by Scott Bergey

# 3206 "Steppin' Out"
# 3206 “Steppin’ Out” by Scott Bergey

Fictional Cornish Village
Fictional Cornish Village by Laurie McCall

Summer Beach
Summer Beach by Laurie McCall

Collab w/ Susanna Lakner
Collab w/ Susanna Lakner by Zach Collins

The Sentinel
The Sentinel by Mark Holt

We Rise...an Art Journal Page
We Rise…an Art Journal Page by Christy B

New Wallpapers

Bushfire Season

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