Posted in New Year's, opportunity, writing

Chapter One

blogIMG_0358A new day in a new year.  The thought is a little daunting.

An entire year lies ahead of me and I must find topics worthy to write about in my blog. Three hundred sixty-five blank pages await me.  With what will I fill those pages?

Lots of people make resolutions for the New Year, I don’t.   Oh, don’t misunderstand me.  There are many, many things in my life that need improvement.  But it’s not necessary to make resolutions to do that; I only need to borrow the old Nike theme, “Just Do It.”   So on this monumental day, 1-1-11, and in the days that follow, I will not blog about resolutions.

English writer G.K. Chesterton said: “The object of a new year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul.”   Of course, I should concentrate on having a healthy mind and body during this coming year, but I’m more concerned with my soul and the souls of others.

As I write my “book” in this blog, I feel certain that my observations about life will entail a lot of soul-searching as well.  I’m hopeful that my readers will join with me as I begin yet another journey.

“We will open the book.  Its pages are blank.  We are going to put words on them ourselves.  The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.” ~Edith Lovejoy Pierce, poet

Will you join me as we begin another opportunity?  Chapter One.  Page One.  January 1, 2011



Mama of this empty nest, I’m content to live a quiet, country life with my husband of 40+ years and to view the gorgeous sunsets off my own back yard deck. Mama to three adults and Nana to adorable grandchildren, my empty nest fills up again with noise and laughter when they all return 'home'. A former English teacher, reporter/editor, education director for a non-profit organization, and stay at home mom, I retired after a season of substitute teaching at a private academy. Now I enjoy time spent with my grandchildren and family and writing words that seem to pour out of my soul or wandering around the countryside with my camera. Foremost, my faith sustains me as I meander through the empty nest stage of life. My favorite scripture is 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18: “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

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