Posts tagged ‘finding inspiration’

October 14, 2010

Thursday Thirteen

blogs I love and make a point to visit regularly
  1. habit: a collection of days
  2. SNAPSHOTS {of a good life}
  3. Yeah, Write: journaling, scrapbooking, & other -ing verbs
  4. Stony River, home of Microfiction Monday
  5. The Word Cellar (stories)
  6. thx thx thx: a thank you note a day
  7. hula seventy
  8. Ali Edwards, Memory Keeping for the Modern World
  9. The Pioneer Woman
10. Further Dispatches: actor Jorge Garcia and his post-LOST stories
11. The Bumbles Blog {clumsy thoughts for clumsy people}
12. They Told Me To Find A Rich Husband or: Insights into Modern Romance from a 20-Something Singleton
13. …and most of all, the blog of my best good friend, Cerella D. Sechrist at
     The Cerella Life
 >>>check out more lists of 13 at Thursday Thirteen
September 2, 2010

September Listography | Day Two


some of the things I find most beautiful
1. the city of Chicago
2. Sydney Opera House
3. uninhibited creativity
4. Gary Sinise
5. mutual friends
6. a shaven head
7. a man’s sensitivity to women
8. a well-written literary endeavor
9. worship services with guitar accompaniment
10. when God shows up and we recognize it
11. the girl‘s personal growth
12. the first boy‘s self-assurance
13. bonding with the the second boy through Star Wars
14. the last boy‘s constant barrage of questions about words and reasons
15. logic and order, and then the breaking through to find new inspiration
16. a man publicly devoted to his family
17. winter trees covered in ice
18. cold, clear, winter days
19. a rainbow of office supplies
20. uncontrollable laughter

this particular list was taken from List Your Self while My Listography was inspired by the site of the same name and by list-maker extraordinaire Andrea at hulaseventy


December 4, 2009

inspiration surrounds me

Christmas inspires me.    Hand-crafted artistry pours forth from magazines, television, blogs and store windows. Mothers and fathers take on projects to ensure that children receive their hearts’ desires on Christmas morn. Homeowners string together miles of cords to create that just-right display of light. And shop owners pull out all the stops to catch the eye as throngs of customers fill their aisles. There is color and sound and sparkle and somewhat controlled chaos, and every bit of it thrills my heart. I am genuinely inspired by the artistry, by the work that goes into each display. Even the smallest and most unassuming element can draw me near. On the first floor of my office building the tenants have taken up the challenge and created a welcoming suite of treasures to greet me each morning and bid me farewell each evening. But the grandest tree and most noble of Nutcracker statues can in no way overshadow the bright little urns of poinsettias that liven the corners of the foyer. This simple little silk plant winks at me daily through the dazzling rhinestones that cluster in the center of each flower. I never imagined that such a tiny gesture could fill a soul with daily inspiration.
    poinsettia   poinsettia

Documenting the days of Christmas was inspired by Ali Edwards’s December Daily project and the Holidays in Hand class by Jessica Sprague.

November 25, 2009

thankful: my best good friend

CerellaI often speak of a great friend whom I’ve yet to meet, and many people have difficulty understanding how a friendship can grow so strong when only printed words are involved. But what no one can understand is that my friend Cerella and I share a profound love for the written word. It is how we first connected and it is how we continue to build a friendship that rivals any I’ve ever had through physical contact. This year, above all others, it seems our bond has grown stronger in every aspect of relationship, and for that I am forever thankful.
Ten years ago, when the Internet was just making its way into the homes of average working folk, I took a stab at fan fiction for a defunct television series called The Magnificent Seven, and Cerella declared herself my biggest fan. This was my first foray into online communities, my first experience “meeting” people online, and I hadn’t yet begun using my real name anywhere. [Remember how scary it all seemed back then?] But Cerella was honest and encouraging in her love for my writing style and the characters I was adding to existing Mag7 canon, and we quickly began corresponding regularly via e-mail. I learned that she, too, had writing aspirations, so many of our conversations centered around this topic. There were no boundaries in our communication, no issues related to our 10-year age difference. We simply shared our hearts and our thoughts and found common interests in books and movies and celebrities. That was the foundation but it was really just a starting point for something far greater.
During the following decade, Cerella and I would reconnect from time to time and catch up on the past weeks or months that had kept us too busy to correspond regularly. Each time we found it to be as if no time had passed at all. My experience is that this is a sign of true friendship that endures. The fact that we have still not met in person has no effect on our bond. In fact, the past couple of years have strengthened our relationship beyond anything I ever imagined. We are sisters in Christ, we are encouragers of each other’s dreams, we are sounding boards for life’s messy details, and we are definitely each other’s biggest fans. In just a couple of months the world will see the fruit of Cerella’s lifelong passion when her first novel is released. I have been celebrating every moment since she shared the news with me. I simply could not be more proud. And the beauty is that I know if this were my accomplishment, my friend would lead the cheering section. We are friends because we have come to love each other dearly. And though we speak often of traveling across the states that separate us to meet for the first time, we both know that our relationship does not suffer because it has not happened yet. If anything, our friendship has mined depths that most never even broach. I thank God daily for this blessing.
Cerella, my friend, you are one of my greatest blessings, and I’m so thankful for you every day. I do look forward to our eventual meet-up, but I don’t know if even that could replicate the thrill I get whenever I see your name in my e-mail Inbox. It just makes me happy to share life and love and heartache and struggles with you. You have become my best friend, and I know that all glory goes to God for even making that a possibility in this human life. I love, most of all, that our friendship is borne of more than humanity, and that we will spend all eternity together, shoulder to shoulder, praising the One who did this good work in us. I love you, girl! And hope you don’t mind that I stole your photo to use on this post. Ha!

'Love Finds You in Hershey, Pennsylvania' by Cerella D. SechristFor details about Cerella’s forthcoming novel, Love Finds You in Hershey, Pennsylvania, be sure to visit her website at


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