Thursday, March 24, 2011

Create Your Best Life

Create the best

Calm your thoughts and be peaceful. Know that all is well, all the time.
This moment is already the best it can be, and is everything it can be.Accept it and move forward.

Do not fear the worst, for your thoughts of fear give great power to whatever it is you fear. Instead, sincerely expect the best and you create the best.

Know that the positive possibilities are always present, and your eyes will be opened to them. Everything that is, can be put to good use in moving toward your highest vision for life.

As life unfolds in each moment, new opportunities are being born.No matter what has already happened, choose to create the very best you can imagine.

This is the day that you have to work with. Live with peaceful purpose, and use it to create a magnificent world.

-- Ralph Marston
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I love Ralph's words. It is so true and there is value in what he is saying. It is one of the things that I love so much about listening to Joel Osteen every Sunday morning. It is that positive vibe and knowing that you have the ability to create the peaceful life that you want to have. Just like Ralph says, "No matter what has already happened, choose to create the very best you can imagine. Know that positive possibilities are always present."

If you are surrounded by chaos, you have the ability to create a calm peaceful environment around you. Some people doubt that because they like to blame everyone else around them for their own circumstances. Maybe your kids are always fighting and your spouse is always in a bad mood and yells a lot. Maybe your life is not what you desire it to be. Do you add to the problem or do you become a part of the solution by leading the way? In other words do you yell and scream back that you want peace and quiet and if so, did that ever work for you? No. Of course it didn't. How would you ever expect to gain peace and quiet if you are not being peaceful and quiet yourself? The thing is...that you can't control how other people react nor can you make somebody do something that they don't want to do. You can only control you. You can only change your own actions and behaviors and thought processes.

People like to use excuses saying you don't know what I have to put up with or so and so makes me so mad I have to get loud and angry in order for others to hear me. No you don't. It is a choice. If you do not have a peaceful calm life, it is because you are not choosing to have a peaceful calm life. It doesn't matter what happened yesterday. It doesn't matter who did what to who. You do not have to get back at them or nor should you expect them to change just because you want them to. You can only change you.

Sometimes I feel surrounded by noise and it gets to me. I love peace and quiet because it brings me serenity and that feeling of peacefulness makes me feel good inside. However, I work in a very busy office and there is constant noise all around me all day long. Phones ringing, keyboards clicking away as people work, people talking and conversing all around me in a hundred different conversations all going on at once. Sometimes it is so loud it is hard to even hear myself think. It's those days that it really tends to get to me. Sometimes it is hard to block it out and I start to feel unfocused and scattered and I have the need to just have sweet peace and quiet. I can feel myself getting agitated at all the constant noise & chatter. When I go home at the end of the day, Lovie has the TV blaring because she likes to have it on at all times so the noise level around me may still be bothersome to me because all I want is to just be quiet and listen to the silence. I don't expect Lovie to sit quietly catering to my desires nor do I think she should have to change her routine. I could politely ask her to turn off the TV but why should I expect her to change her behavior just because I want her to? I don't, because I have the ability to go into another room where it is quiet to calm my world. I take myself out of the situation by retreating into the bedroom with the door closed or I have the option of going downstairs in the family room to fulfill my desire for peace and quiet. See how that works? I have the ability to change my own actions to create the result I am seeking.

Let me give you another example. Let's say you get into a heated conversation with somebody and you feel you aren't getting any where near a resolution and in fact the more you talk to the other person, the situation is escalating and getting worse. What can you do? You feel yourself getting angry and you want to make sure your point of view is understood by the other person. What can you do? Well the thing about it is that if you are having conflicting viewpoints, you most likely are just going to continue to butt heads. Because you want the other person to see and understand your viewpoint and basically agree with you and guess what? The other person is going to stand just as strong in their convictions and arguments because they are wanting the exact same thing. They want you to understand their viewpoint and to agree with their belief systems, unfortunately their belief system is not always going to jive with your belief system and that is okay.

Maybe the best solution would be to both agree to take a step back and say okay I think we need to take a break from this conversation because we are not coming to a resolution and we need to discuss this rationally when our feelings are not escalated. Agree to continue the conversation at another time in order to come to a mutual agreement for all parties involved. Sometimes you need to step back for a bit of time to be able to see a resolution.

Lovie and I have done this several times. We may get into a heated discussion because both of us believe passionately in our belief systems and we want the other person to see our side and agree with us. It really doesn't matter who is perceived as right or wrong, because the real issue is, is that we want the other person to understand us and our feelings and to agree with us. Sometimes the other person is not ready to give up the conversation and they want to continue to try to get their point across. It is okay to say- "We are not getting anywhere with this conversation right now so I am going to not continue it at this moment. We will come back to it later to find a solution." and then walk away ending the conversation. Make sure you follow up though and go back to the discussion at a later time to mutually agree upon a solution. You will both be able to take the time to gather your thoughts and to find a better result. Sometimes you are not going to always agree with one another but you can both come to a mutual agreement of what is acceptable to both parties. Sometimes this requires give and take and that is okay and you can work together for the best solution for a win win resolution.

Too many times people feel like they cannot do anything about their situation so they just accept it feeling overwhelmed and defeated. Peeps, it doesn't have to be that way because you always have choices. I cannot say that enough. In every single situation or circumstance there are choices. You may not like all the choices but you can make the best decision that will help you to get closer to the outcome or goal you are looking for. So many times I listen to people and their words and hear how they feel trapped and hopeless in situations that they wish would get better but yet they take no action to make it better for themselves. Maybe it is out of fear, but as Ralph says when you give into your fears you are giving more power to what it is that you fear verses overcoming them, and triumphing over them.

Listen to Ralph's words and let them sink in....

"As life unfolds in each moment, new opportunities are being born. No matter what has already happened, choose to create the very best you can imagine."

"This is the day that you have to work with. Live with peaceful purpose, and use it to create a magnificent world."

It is possible and I wish for you the very best.



Blessings & Bear Hugs,

PolarB ;)

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Our World....

Have you ever wondered what this world would be like if there were no hunger, poverty, hatred, war, violence, crime, weapons, greed, drugs, abuse, or disease? Would that a world of Utopia? Maybe not, but I think our world would be a much better place to live. Some days I just long for a place like that verses the one we currently live in.

Can you imagine living in a world where love and peace abound? Where neighbors cared about and helped one another in times of need? Where you grew your own foods and livestock, sharing in the abundance and there was no end to the plentiful bounty? Where no child would not be loved and cared for, where no one hurt one another intentionally. Where elders would be honored and taken care of, where disease would not thrive and take those we love. Where you walked down the road and greeted others with a warm hello genuinely caring about how they are doing and what is going on their lives, celebrating the triumphs and joys of new births or good news shared?

Times used to be a lot better than what we are experiencing today and I am wondering where we went so wrong as a society and a nation? Today's world even compared to the 60's is vastly different. The 60's were vastly different than the 30's and so on and so on... So why do we seem to keep further and further apart from that connectedness to each other? How did we get so off track in separateness that it is now a dog eat dog world filled with selfishness and greed and violence?

What is the root cause of the changes that we see today? Is it that we have lost the values and morales of the earlier years? Is it because of technology and the drive to be the most advanced has driven people to these measures? Where did the need for speed occur? Everything has to be bigger and better and faster and more powerful. Why?

It's not bad enough that everything we own has to be the most advanced fastest technology, but people are even dissatisfied with their own bodies and want them to operate faster too. They drive their hearts and bodies to perform at a faster rate with these super shots of caffeine and energy drinks. Do you know what that is doing to your body? Does anyone know what the long term effects are to your muscles, your organs and your heart? People are going to blow out their organs with this stuff. It already makes your heart rate increase beater fast and faster giving you that adrenalin rush. That can't be good for your body or your system.

How have we gotten to this place? The bigger question is how much further are we going to go before this world just implodes on itself?
We are seeing the effects and still not changing this cycle. We are destroying our world slowly but surely. Wars are breaking out all over the world, nations rising up against their leaders. Thousands of innocent people are dying every single day. Children becoming killers in our schools and in their own homes, rising up against their parents slaughtering them. People killing and murdering their own children. Gangs of youth killing people just for the fun and sport of it. How did we get to this place of such desensitized violence? Do we blame it on video games? Do we blame the media and entertainment industry for making films that showcase violence so much that it has numbed us all to the realities that such acts bring?

People are starving to death every single day. Families not being able to provide for their needs, children going without food. Homeless people living on the streets in filth. With all the resources and abundance we have in this vast world, why are people starving to death and living on the streets? We have abandoned buildings sitting in despair rotting away while people sleep under bridges and in the cold. Why? I ask why is this continuing to worsen?

More than ever there are diseases killing people. Where is the technology and advancement for those things? We are killing and poisoning ourselves by the things we are doing to our foods to make them grow faster to last longer to be bigger, to mass produce them. Why can't people see that? Have you ever looked at ingredients in our foods? Why are we not eating natural foods grown the way they were intended to grow? We lace everything with insecticides and douse them in chemicals to make them last longer. We shouldn't be eating these things but our government tells us they are okay so we eat it anyway.... and then we wonder why there are so many new diseases cropping up killing people! Look at the connections. We are slowly killing ourselves by the ways we are doing things today. When are people going to wake up?

Addictions and drug use is at an all time high, literally. Murders, theft, rapes, abuse, violence, greed, scams, and so much more is rampant in today's world. We are battering our world and seeing the results of it every single day on the news. Is it any wonder we are witnessing so many world disasters? Earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, tornados, volcanos erupting, nuclear threats, airplane crashes, buildings crumbling, bombs killing multitudes of people...and the list goes on and on. Where does it end?

I don't know that any one thing is to blame. We have evolved over time to arrive to this place because of all the things we have done or not done. Blaming doesn't solve anything. Pointing the finger doesn't create solutions. Are you willing to be part of the solution? When will things start turning around and when we will begin healing all the damages we have done to our own land, to our communities, and to each other? There are people who want to change this cycle and reverse it...but is it enough or is it too late?

Sometimes people get so involved in their own little safe bubble of a world around them... however that little bubble of yours is part of this great big world we live in. Is it helpful to dig in and bury your head in the sand and ignore it or do you want to change your world for the better? There was a quote I posted last week that said, "If you think you are too small to make a difference, then you've never been in bed with a mosquito."

Be the change you want to see in this world.


PolarB :)

Sunday, March 20, 2011

10 minute Relaxation

Are you feeling stressed and your mind is constantly busy with chatter and thoughts of all you have to do in your day? Why not take just 10 minutes to sit and relax to calm your mind, body and spirit. You can do it. It is okay to take care of yourself and your spirit.It's okay to stop all the mind chatter for a few moments and you will find if you do, you will be able to handle those unexpected moments and the stress and the worry a bit better.

Let's start by taking a nice relaxing breath in and hold... and then exhale letting all the stress seep out of your body. Feel it releasing from your muscles and your mind. It's okay to just let it go and to just be for a few minutes. Again, let's take another nice deep breath and hold for a moment and then exhale. Feel the tension moving out of your body as you exhale and let go.

Sit for a few moments with your eyes closed while you listen to a soothing soft melody. Can you imagine the sitting right on a beach, the warm sun shining down on you, relaxing you. It's not too hot, not too cool, but just right the way you want it to be perfectly warming your body making you feel comforted and secure and peaceful. Focus on your breathing and let your breath follow the pattern of the ocean waves inhaling slowly and as the waves flow back into the ocean, you exhale with it letting the waves carry your stress and worries away with the healing waters.

Just listen to the soft music for ten minutes and allow yourself to just BE.... If your mind starts to chatter once again just redirect your focus back to your breath and to the soft music with the ocean waves.




When this video ends you will open your eyes and your spirit will feel refreshed and you will be ready to take on your day whatever it may bring. If you start to feel stressed and anxious throughout the day know that you can always close your eyes and come back to this very moment where you felt relaxed and calm. Feel free to come back here as many times as you like to calm your spirit. It is like taking a nice breath of fresh air.

I send you peace and blessings,PolarB ;)

Thursday, March 17, 2011

My Love of Camping...

Good morning Peeps!

Hmmmm... what shall I write about today? We have a camping trip coming up soon and I always look forward to that for many reasons. One is because we are outdoors most of the time and enjoying nature and all it has to offer. I love to hike so when we go to the mountains, I can hike until my legs fall off and that is just fine with me. The mountains can be so beautiful and being in the woods was always a great love of mine since I was a kid. Of course when we go hiking in the mountains now, we have to always beware of the dangers such as bears and snakes. We've had experiences with both. Now I have a bear bell that hangs on my backpack gear to give warning that we are approaching in case there is one in the area. Always be on the alert to stay safe and keep your head up while taking in all the magnificent scenery.

I just adore the sound of a mountain stream trickling and we always take plenty of time to explore and play and climb a bit on the rocks. We taken a swim in an ice cold mountain stream too and it is refreshing and exhilarating to say the least! The mountains and streams are so soothing and it feeds my spirit. Sometimes I think it would be very cool to be a pioneer and live off the land whenever we go to the mountains. I could totally survive in a little cabin in the woods, with a garden full of wholesome vegetables and herbs, a few chickens and livestock and you could enjoy the good peaceful life. I know it would not be all fun and games and living off the land would require a lot of hard work. But hard work can be satisfying if you are bearing the fruits of your labor. Just like all the hard work we put into our gardens and when the flowers bloom and give us the beauty it beholds, we sit back and smile and are proud of our accomplishment from all the hard work we put into it. There is great satisfaction in that.

Another reason I love to go camping is it is my down time to focus on writing. I have a Neo writer that I take with me and the reason I like that so much is it only requires batteries and they last a really long time. I can go sit in the middle of the woods somewhere or on a rock by a stream and write to my little heart's desire. It holds up to 8 different projects and when I get home all I have to do is download it into my computer. So I really look forward to working on some of my projects while we are camping. It's great for rainy days too because I can still sit outside on the cabin porch and write and write and write to the soothing sound of rain.

I've always loved camping since I was a young kid. I have a very fond memory of my first camping experience and it probably is what started my love of the great outdoors. When I was 7 years old, there was a family that wanted to adopt me. They had a son who was a couple years older than me so I would go over and play at their house every time my father did work for their neighbor. Over time they got to know me and they asked if they could take me on their family camping trip. It was the first time I had ever been camping and I fell in love with it right away. We got to grill outside and have campfires, Robbie and I went hiking and went rock climbing and I had so much fun I didn't want to ever leave. At night I got to sleep in the top bunk and it rained one night and the sound of the gentle rain on the roof of the camper was so soothing and I believe started another great love of mine, hearing the gentle rain falling softly. Every time I hear rain like that it takes me back to that fond memory and good experience in my life.

I camped with friends when I was a teenager, rowing out to a little island somewhere and pitching our tents, getting soaked in the rains and frozen to the bone, but still all in all it is always fun. Lovie and I have camped since the very beginning of our relationship. Many times we would take off and sleep in the truck before we bought a tent. Our camping arrangements have changed over the years as we get older from trucks to tents to camping cabins but still we love camping. One day I am going to buy one of those nice RV camping rigs and we will go camping in style. But for now we love our cabins.

Well I suppose that's about it for today.... ta ta and Happy St Patricks day!

Bear Hugs!
PolarB ;)

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

I'm Not Invincible...

Hey Peeps, PolarB here...

Today was one of those days that shows me I am not invincible as I might hope I am and that I do have to watch my health concerns. Typical morning doing my regular routine at work and then whammo! Out of the blue, something happens and I am thrown into a full blown asthma attack and can't get a breath for the life of me. It's one of those times that you feel it coming on and you try to do things that will help like turning on the fan, and trying to focus and stay calm, try to take nice deep steady breaths, but nothing works and you know you are going to be in trouble in a matter of seconds. I grabbed my emergency inhaler and headed to the bathroom. Alot of times if I can just clear my lungs as they are filling up with the sticky goo that coats them that closes off my airway, I can at least begin to get some air into my lungs. But it was already too late and I knew it. I've been down this road many times before and know what to expect. What I didnt want to do was to go to the hospital and spend the day getting breathing treatments in the ER unless I absolutely had to.

The inhaler started working and opening up the airway after I was wheezing and gasping for air, I was able to get some of that stuff out of my lungs. The thing about using the abuterol inhaler is it is an immediate head rush that makes me very dizzy and light headed but it does what it needs to do on my lungs to open up the bronchial tubes so I can get air into my lungs and start to breathe like normal again. The downside of that and the asthma attack is it completely knocks me for a loop. I couldn't stand up and walk without help because I felt like I was going to topple over on my face. A friend had to drive me home and I spent the day in bed just totally wiped out.

I know what triggered the attack and it is something people don't even think twice about. Most times I can tolerate it and it doesn't bother me at all, but other times it affects me immediately or if my asthma is compromised anyway by changes in the weather or dust or anything like that, it is more immediate. Today it was triggered by a coworker who was wearing perfume. It's not the first time I have been triggered by scents and perfume but it is something that most people don't think anything about or dont realize the dangers unless they actually have asthma.

People die from asthma attacks yet there is a lack of education about the lung disease. There is no cure for asthma, which is a lung disease. Here are some facts about asthma.

Every day in America:

40,000 people miss school or work due to asthma.
30,000 people have an asthma attack.
5,000 people visit the emergency room due to asthma.
1,000 people are admitted to the hospital due to asthma.
11 people die from asthma.

That means every single day, 11 people die from asthma, which is 4015 people a year.

The last time I had a bad asthma attack at work because of perfume, I did not have an inhaler with me so an ambulance had to take me to the ER. There was a coworker who wore extremely heavy perfumes everyday and she triggered my asthma attack. I ask if I could possibly move to another desk and our occupational health department said, how long are we going to have to accomodate you for this issue? I said my asthma is permanent- it is a lung disease. They told me they could not move me or give me any special treatment because it would not be fair to other associates. I wasn't asking for special treatment, I just asked if I could move away from the trigger source. I asked if there was a possibility if they could ask associates to not wear perfumes and heavy scents to work in an office setting because of health issues. They outright refused and had no desire to do anything about it. Luckily for me, the woman was transfered to the field and soon left the office, but I was amazed at the lack of willingness to address a health concern issue.

For me, breathing is essential. I mean it is kind of important, you know? It can mean life or death to me if I cannot get any air into my lungs. So it blows me away when I see a lack of concern for something so essential as being able to breathe air.

I hate to have to ask somebody to not wear perfume or cologne because it is affecting me, because ultimately people have the right to do whatever they want to do, and sometimes people can really take offense to it and have a lack of understanding because they aren't educated to the dangers it poses to others. I know it sounds silly that perfume and scents can be dangerous, but for me they are. So do I say something or not... it's always a very tricky situation, yet it is also important for my own well being and health that I am able to breathe okay.

One thing I know is I am not invincible, no matter how much we would all like to believe that we are, we simply aren't.

That's all for today... PolarB out.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes!

Hello Peeps!

Once again Spring is rolling around and I have to admit it is my favorite season of the year. Why you ask? Because I absolutely love everything coming to life and bursting through with new growth! The sun shines a little bit brighter and the temps are just perfect. The grass starts to really green up and the flower blossoms start to open and bloom! Fragrance fills the air and it pleases and delights my senses! I guess you could say that Spring really activates all my senses and gets them excited! There is nothing better than the scent of freshly mowed grass or the sweet nector or flowers and honeysuckle in the air. I love it! The smells of the outdoors make me feel alive and vibrant and really it makes me want to get outside and get moving! I really love the fact that everything is growing and Spring brings forth new life as there is a flutter of activity as the animals find their perfect mates and soon you see signs of new life being born everywhere.

Changes and growth are so essential to living. There is a constant ebb of motion to this whole wide world and the Earth is constantly rotating moving forward just as we are propelled forward in life by constant changes. Life sure would be boring without the possibility of change and growth don't you think? A lot of people resist change and dig their heels in to resist it, however life still moves forward even if you aren't on board. Whenever there is motion it causes a ripple effect that affects everyone and everything in it's path. Try throwing a stone into a pond and watch how the change to the water effects it and extends outward in a ripple effect. That is just like the changes we face in life. I am all for change and growth and pretty much have been all my life because my life was constantly changing. I've come to appreciate and value change because they are essential to moving forward and growing. Who wants to stay stuck in a rut and become stagnate? Certainly not me.

I've come to realize when people resist change it is because of one thing... can you guess what that is? Yes... it's that ugly four letter word. F-E-A-R

Fear will stop people in their tracks and it can paralyze you from moving forward and growing. It is the fear of the unknown because it is something new or unfamiliar to you. It's so easy to think the worst is going to happen when it comes to the unknown. We play that what if game in our minds, but all that does is make you crazy, so it's best to overcome the fear and do it anyway. I've seen people who would rather stay stuck in a bad situation because they had too much fear to move forward and make changes to their life. Once people overcome that fear, they often wonder why they resisted in the first place.

Not all changes turn out to be good, however guess what? You have the power to change it to something better! The choice is always yours. Whether it is a change to want to make to your personal life, your relationships, your job or move to a new home or anything you are looking to change, however small or large, you can do it, even if you are afraid of change, you can overcome those fears and move forward and you might just find you are much happier for it! Spring forward towards growth and you will find joy and blessings in the experience of change.

Bear Hugs!
PolarB ;)

Monday, March 14, 2011

My Love of Books!!!

Good morning Peeps!

I thought I would write a little this fine morning. I have to return my library books this week and I was thinking about how much I have always loved to read. From as far back as I can remember as a child, I've always loved books and had a library card. My love of books came at an early age as I remember sitting in school at a little round table reading Dr Suess books in the school's tiny one room library. I probably would have only been about 6 years old, give or take. I don't remember having any of my own books as a child, however it may have been because I was moved around so much and lost a lot of my stuff in the shuffle.

It was always a wonderful experience going to the library. I remember the first time I went to a public library all by myself and how much I loved it. I was about 8 years old and was allowed to ride my bike to the library by myself. Back then you didn't have to lock up your bike under chain and key because it was safe to just park it outside the library and it would still be there when you came out. I rode my bike to the big building, it looked humongous to me at that age anyway, parked my bike in the back of the library and walked through those big imposing doors. You had to be very quiet and whisper inside those sacred walls or the librarian would shoot you a look with daggers over her cat eyed glasses that you knew it was a clear warning sign to obey the rules or be kicked out. I was too much in awe to even dare being kicked out.

I remember walking along the rows and rows of books that lined the shelves from floor to ceiling. It was massive and glorious to be surrounded by all those books. I read each of the signs and saw the library was divided into sections. I lingered in the adult section for a few moments and wondered if I was breaking any rules or if I would be escorted out for being where I wasn't supposed to be. Soon I found the juvenile section and I was in heaven! I relished in being able to pull each book from the shelf and read the front and back cover to see what the story was about. To say I was enthralled is an understatement. I still remember the very first book I checked out with my own library card. It was called Jenny and the Mystery House. I have no idea who the author was but I do remember that I loved reading the story. So began my history of using the public library system and I've been doing it ever since. I've often wanted to find that book and buy it as a piece of my history because it has such a fond memory for me. As an adult I have slowly over time collected various children's books, maybe because I didn't have any when I was a child.

Books have always been a source of comfort to me, an escape you could say, where I could read a book and be propelled into the story and forget about what was going on around me in my life. Many times as a teenager I would go to the library and check out as many books as I could. My grandmother had a storage locker in the apartment building she lived in and I would sneak the key while she wasn't looking and go hide away with my books. I made a nice little private reading room in there with blankets and a light. I would stay there for hours in my cocoon nest where it was quite and safe, reading to my heart's delight undisturbed.

There were benefits to reading too that I was unaware of as a kid. Reading helped advance my vocabulary and I learned all kinds of new things I had never heard of before by reading. It also gave me a love and appreciation for the written word so much so that I found I also loved to write my own stories and poetry. I was a kid who loved my English classes because it connected me more towards my passion of reading and writing. It also made me more proficient and well rounded because I was furthering my education just by reading without even knowing how much I was learning in the process. Books have the ability to take you to far away lands and to learn about different cultures that are different from your own world.

Take for instance, Dickens classics, Great Expectations and A Tale of Two Cities... those were marvelous books that I became absorbed in through the written word however if I had to sit through a history class to learn about the historical value of these classic tales, I would have found that boring beyond belief and not absorbed any of it into my brain cells. Shakespear was a bit harder to understand yet I still got into the plots of the stories by opening the book and reading.

As an adult I have continued my love of reading and I adore the fact that books have the ability to make you feel something so deeply. When a writer has the ability to make me belly laugh out loud or feel such deep emotion as I read through blurred vision as tears stream down my face... well that is the signs of an excellent well written book and a writer who has honed their skills into their craft to be able to connect with the reader on a gut level like that.

Two such books come to mind and they are the only two that have ever had the power to make me cry as I read the stories. They are my two favorite books, out of all the books I have ever read, and I will tell you why. "The Shack" by William P. Young is the first book and the second is "Saving Cee Cee Honeycutt" by Beth Hoffman. Both were such well written books and ones that I had to buy because they were just that excellent. Plus I know I will read them several times again as the years go on.

The Shack really connected with me spirituality which is why I really adore this book so much. The story starts out introducing you to the characters as a father and his children are on a weekend camping trip, however soon we learn there is a tragedy which will impact the main character's life dramatically. The story is really about him and how he comes to term with the tragedy, and how he deals with his immense loss, shame and grief while connecting to the God source of his spirituality. I love the direction the story takes as he starts conversing with God who is nothing like he had imagined at all. It is a story of a man's brokeness and how God reaches in to his pain and pulls him out. The book made me smile and laugh out loud at times and other times just the depth of emotion and feeling had me crying with him. The booked touched me on a very deep level probably because it was a time in my life that I was searching deep within trying to find my own connection to my spirituality. As I said it was well written and I give kudos to the writer for his craft. It's not often that a book impacts me this much but this one did.

Saving Cee cee Honeycutt was a gem of a book. It made me laugh right out loud with it's southern charm and it too had me in tears more than once. Cee Cee is a young girl and the main character of the book that the story revolves around, however there are many memorable characters that came to life on the pages of the book that I came to love just as dearly in this little nugget. Eight year old Cee Cee is trying very hard to hold everything together as she deals with a mentally ill mother and an absent father. One day her world is turned completely upside down in the face of a tragedy and she is whisk away to the South to live with a Great Aunt she's never met. Slowly Cee Cee comes to terms with all the emotions and loss she's had to face in her young life and she has a wonderful cast of strong women in her life to teach her it's okay to feel and to live. This was Beth Hoffman's very first novel and I really look forward to many more of her books as she is one heck of a fantastic writer that knows how to pull her audience in for every last drop of goodness.

There are so many good books to talk about and discuss but here are a few of my favorite authors and who I read the most fiction from; Charlotte Vale Allen, Lisa Jackson, Stuart Woods, Tami Hoag, Sandra Brown, and Rita Mae Brown. Just a sampling really because there are so many great writers out there.

This doesn't even include all my non fiction books which would be an entirely different blog post. For now I shall bid you a good evening and post again another day.

Bear Hugs!
PolarB ;)

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Another Year...

Dang PolarB! You are going to have to clean out more than just cobwebs here! This place has been outright deserted! With Blogstream closing down, I guess this will be our new homebase. Tumblr just isnt as pretty as this place so let's unpack and get settled in.

I knew Blogstream was headed for the inevitable.. it was just a matter of time. This place wont be the same and I don't expect to have nearly the community that the ole stream had, yet what really mattered in my blogging and why I chose to start bloggin in the first place was so I could have a place to write whenever I felt like it. So this blog will be devoted to that pleasure. Pure and simple.

I love the connection that Facebook has where I can stay connected to all my blogging community friends yet FB does not give me a place to write. Sure there is the note feature but it isnt quite the same. Here I have the freedom and expression to write to my little hearts desire, and I shall.

So here today... we start a new chapter. Speaking of which.... this would be an awesome place for serious writing. Yes I am talking about my book. Let's get serious, I keep putting off writing the rest of it because maybe I am undecided about if it should be published and what impact that will have to my life. I want to help others by sharing my own journey but do I want to do all the things that are required to promote the book including traveling and speaking to groups of people? Speaking in front of large groups of people has never been my cup of tea... in fact it terrifies me. I hate it, which is why I try to not have to do it very often. Fear you say? Yes your damn tootin it is fear! Fear that goes wayyyy back. But I don't want to get into that right now.

Let's just say this is a new beginning to a new chapter. Now let's see what I do with it.

Bear Hugs,
PolarB ;)