Here is my entry:
let’s wind down
with some final Lady by the River book thoughts.
Did you know….
This book idea was BIRTHED IN FLORIDA?
So here is a Florida palm tree with a quote from the book:
Did you know….
This book content was COMPILED IN VIRGINIA?
So this next photo has our Central Virginia vibe –
And it shows “construction” because isn’t this sometimes what life brings our way? Detours. Repairs. Change.
Did you know….
The scene in this next photo is the same location that was the cover art for the Lady by the River book?
BRIEF SNIPPET FROM THE AUTHORS:
Mark shared about coping through divorce, death, and other setbacks. He takes us through getting stuck in a snowstorm while his personal life was also tumultuous. He drops his guard and humbly shares how he stayed stable and kept going – and much of that was connecting with his wife, Karen. A three-day road trip to New Jersey opened his “eyes and heart” and later they called that trip, the “longest first date ever.”
Jeff shared ponderous thoughts about his mother, faith, drugs, living life in America and a lot of social psych is woven in as he notes points like, “Ironically whatever you love… you empower and give power to.”
Kristin shared about addiction and living life in an improvement mode – and how the act of showing up – and thinking about one’s thinking – is what brings self-awareness and strength. “Gratitude is a wonderful tool for reshaping perspective.”
The sensory-savvy Ana brought us into her thoughts about family disappointments and overcoming letdown. And how a bit of support can rescue us at times. “My best friend would jump on a train and come and pick me up when I was falling apart. I didn’t have to ask, he understood…”
Sherri allowed us to grow with her – she grows as a woman and cultivates roses. We get a personal feel for the powerful story connected to her father – and we also get to travel continents with her as she lived in the United States and then went back to England, all while managing a family and career. “Though we certainly are not promised a rose garden, we can make the choice to plant one, whether in pots or in the ground, and we can do it…”
Mahesh provided humanitarian glimpses, with his carefully picked words, and he gets us thinking as he shares how he matured. Mahesh gave little nuggets of wisdom. For example: “Somebody once wanted to experience job rejections, so he attended a list of interviews he knew he’d fail. And he failed. But that prepared him to negate the ugliness of rejection.”
Chad used fiction in his chapter to share about faith, trust, and companionship. He used “flight” in his story and Foster (2003) noted, “Often in literature the freeing of the spirit is seen in terms of flight.” The “soul” can take wings and become “disembodied” bringing freedom and a sense of lightness.
Mabel allowed us to join her pursuit of writing, and at times we are right there in her room with her. She reminds us that sometimes we need to NOT look to the right or left when we have a goal – we need to stay focused and by “pushing boundaries with our art on our own terms and in our own time, we learn to present it to the world in a way that we are truly comfortable.”
Yvette, the contributing editor, shared coping ideas, nutritional tips, chapter discussion questions, and poetry. All with the goal to help deliver the message that we need to never reach the point of being DONE. We can rebuild and repair. Hopefully this book will educate, empower, and encourage the reader.
Lady by the River was put together to remind us all that life is worth living.
Life is filled with ups and downs, which helps us grow.
We do not grow from staying comfortable.
Let’s find support when we need it. Let’s be supportive to others.
Lady by the River Authors
Mabel Kwong (here)
Sherri Matthews (here)
Chad Prior (here)
Kristin Rybrandt (here)
Mark Bialczak (here)
Jeffrey D. Simmons (here)
Ana Linden (here)
Mahesh Nair (here)
Yvette Prior (here)
That’s all for today – Hope the rest of your Sunday is great.
Today (April 14th, 2019) is the LAST day of the giveaway for Lady by the River at Amazon here.
Let’s “BITE THE WAX TADPOLE”, which means we need to STAY ALIVE WHILE LIVING (here)
P R I O R H O U S E