Monday, September 26, 2016

Macey's Shopper on Aisle 3

I saw this little bird hopping up and down the cereal aisle, no doubt looking for free samples, on the busiest shopping day of the week. He didn't know it, but he brightened my day.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

The Healing Fields

 Over three thousand flags filled the fields near the Sandy City building in Sandy, Utah. Each flag was tagged with the name and story of each victim of 9/11. It was an awesome sight.

There were flags of other countries representing the many cultures who shared the same fate that day.

I love to hear about the heroic stories of sacrifice that came out. They break my heart at the same time they inspire me. Would I have had that kind of courage?

I loved the patriotic feelings expressed by all. One of the most horrific events in our history served to unify our country in a way that I hadn't felt before or since. Our people went back to church. We called upon God, as a people, of all religions.

This bronze statue is one of three sculpted by
local artist Stan Watts
 This statue is titled "Hope Rising to Lift a Nation". This symbolic act performed by these men feels to me like what Francis Scott Key must've felt when he arose aboard ship in dawn's early light to see our flag had survived--"Oh say does that star-spangled banner yet wave O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave."


originally posted on the tenth anniversary of 9/11

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

The Great Big Treasury of Beatrix Potter

Anyone else out there remember Beatrix Potter? Or am I showing my age?

This great book contains the complete works of Beatrix Potter, 19 of her very own fairy tales with her delightfully intricate illustrations.
I was familiar with Peter Rabbit, but totally unaware of all of the bunnies, mice, kittens, puppies, pigs, ducks, chipmunks, and squirrel characters in jackets and bonnets.

They learn wisdom from natural consequences like--"If you go into Mr. McGregor's garden, Mrs. McGregor may turn you into pie." Or, "If you're not patient and faithfully sit on your eggs, you're liable to lose them to the dogs," like Jemima Puddle Duck. Don't you totally love that name?

I envy authors who can illustrate their own stories. Beatrix and her brother Bertram, grew up lonely in a very wealthy family. They snuck woodland creatures into the house to study and draw them.
Beatrix Potter was born in London, 1866, and later raised on an estate in Scotland. A lot of her stories were written as gifts to family and friends.

Return to the woodland and share these classic stories from a simpler era, with your kids and grandkids.