Zaza’s Continuing Saga
December 3, 2018
With trumpets blast, Zaza rejoices that her ten fingers can touch again – no more casts, moving towards 4 weeks of physical therapy and the doctor’s urging not to overdo things. Her mind immediately recalls how she loves to prepare her garden for winter. Say what? O, just gathering holly, twigs, pine branches, putting them in an old barrel, adding pine cones with Christmas ornaments and ribbons, placing candles with angels here and there to welcome Mr. Winter to her wonderland…a new patience to exercise lingering by the fireplace for the “Pere Noel” to surprise her on Christmas Day.
WISHING YOU A BRIGHT AND CHEERFUL END OF YEAR CELEBRATION
Her progress to be continued in January 2019! Woo-hoo!
THE SHE-ASS LEADING
THROUGH THE DARK HOARFROST VALLEY
WITH HARDLY ANY REST
“The Blessed Virgin Mary suffered from the cold and said to Joseph: we must rest, I can go no farther. Joseph spread the coverings under a terebinth tree, hung a lighted lantern on the lower branches of the tree and they refreshed themselves with fruit and little loaves of bread. Mary prayed earnestly to God that Joseph would not suffer from the cold, at once she was filled with so great a warmth that she held out her hand to Joseph to warm his.”
Excerpt from ‘The Visions of Venerable Anne Catherine Emmerich’.
…such was the Holy Family’s grueling journey to Bethlehem for the Messiah’s birth…
Writing with Confidence
BE CONFIDENT RED
One great aspect of writing expresses personal thoughts with confidence in one’s history, letting aside any rules of writing thus exploring unique dormant gifts of storytelling. Everyone has something meaningful to tell and share.
My favorite motto is “writing from the heart pleases God and gives joy to the soul.”
Let yourself be surprised by art and writing.
Let your heart “Write Your Way Home.”
CONFIDENCE SO RED
WITH SO MANY BEINGS INSIDE YOU
READY TO RELEASE THEM?
…do tell your story…
“My heart overflows with noble words.
To the King I must speak the song I have made;
my tongue as nimble as the pen of a scribe.”
French Almond Cookies
This vintage poster reminds me of the French almond cookies that my grandmother would serve guests with a chilled Rose’ de Provence wine. These buttery cookies would melt in the mouth especially if dipped into the glass…surging a double dose of sugary adrenaline. When the tin was empty, Mame Jeanne would store loose buttons in it. The tin now contains my husband’s paint brushes.
COOKIES SO DELICIOUS TO SAVOR
ONE WAS NOT ENOUGH
Bridge of God, Lexington, Virginia
This impressive natural wonder is a 215 feet limestone gorge once belonging to Thomas Jefferson. God’s creation never ceases to amaze.
WHAT IS AROUND IS SUFFICIENT
FOR NATURE HEALS…BEAUTIFULLY
QUOTE from Vincent van Gogh
“If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.”
China’s Fountain of Youth
A 4000-year-old legend describes Shen Nong as the Chinese nobleman who discovered making tea that only emperors enjoyed. Asian countries produce 90% of the world’s tea consumption making it a medicine chest for good health. Tea is a symbol of respect and gives contentment to the body and soul.
SIP ME GREEN, BLACK OR SCENTED TEA
FOR A LONGER LIFE
“Better to be without food for three days
than without tea for one.”
Shan Shui Xian in Fujian Province, China
Linda Spencer, precious to me still, taught nursing to Chinese students in this province famous for rock oolong tea. The steep rocky mountains, trees and rain are said to produce this famous tea from dark leaves to an amber sweet peat smoke aroma.
For two years Linda shared with me her daily Chinese living which was rough and unhealthy yet rewarding in her work. Within one year of her return home, she fell in love, married and then suddenly died of throat cancer. My noble friend has fulfilled her secular Carmelite vocation – savings lives from Haiti to China. Now when I sip on oolong tea, I cherish our friendship along with her exotic adventures.
REMOTE WERE YOUR TRAVELS
TEACHING OTHERS TO SAVE LIVES
YOUR LIFE SPENT FOR THE CAUSE