Memories and emotions can be potent things. One can trigger the other…in both directions. Sometimes, when something occurs that you weren’t expecting you can be taken off guard and those ugly emotions (the ones that make you not look “camera-ready”) can rear their heads.
It’s easy to ask “why” when things are not going the way we would have choreographed them, but how many of us ask that very same question when the blessings are showering down?
It would be easy to understand the wounded warrior asking “why” when he goes home with a purple heart, yet without a limb(or four). However, do we often hear the couple with fertility issues ask “why” us when blessed with a healthy baby?
Sometimes when we’re in the throes of a “crisis” it’s easy to get impatient with God as to why a loved one or dear friend is suffering, but often times the answer is clear and present. The response is often, “wait”. Granted, at that moment it’s not the most satisfying answer ever, but on occasion, the reason for this particular answer becomes more clear.
Then again, sometimes you just feel guilty for whatever you pray for. And that’s okay, too.
Call me baffled, but as I sit here listening to the recording of Taps that is played nightly, I wonder why it is that the messages about the sacrifices our military men and women (and even their families) make daily are typically targeted to the…wait for it….military.
I am reminded of the terribly cloying song that used to play while shopping in my parents’ local grocery store that would solicit shoppers. I was already shopping inside the store while receiving this sales pitch. Now if that’s not preaching to the converted I’m not sure what is.
I just wish that the 99% of the population not affiliated with the military would be targeted by the Madison Avenue advertising moguls about the 1% which is.
I have always found grammar rules interesting because…Yes, I am one of those people who corrects grammar on hotel and store signs while on vacation. Visits to foreign countries can be a real…well, trip. Even reading a novel is interrupted when I stumble onto a typo. It’s like a Stephen King novel. Everything gets all warm and creepy and the only word I see on the page is the wrong one.
So, when the 13 Trickiest Grammar Hang-ups email appeared in my inbox I couldn’t help but open it. It discusses do’s and dont’s for those of us living here on earth.
Are you a geek? What are some of your punctuation pet peeves? Grammar gone-wrongs? Please share!
I’ve been trying to find the Mecca of revision advice for the past several days/weeks/months/years/millenia and have come up empty. That is, until now.
I stumbled onto a plethora of information via Susan Dennard and her writing posse. She was even kind enough to hold a Revision Workshop of sorts in May 2011. She has worksheets, practical, applicable advice which may work for some of us. It begins with the overview of what she’s going to cover and continues with the lessons.
I’ve been printing out her pdf and worksheets this morning and can’t wait to get my colored markers on my MS!
How do you tackle revision? Do you have a guru whose advice you follow? Have you come up with some of your own ideas? Please feel free to share in the comments section.
Just read this entry and wholeheartedly agree with number 5. The torment one can “suffer” while examining each and every insect/blade of grass/crevice in a 2 square foot radius is mind-numbing. But, as the author observes, perhaps THAT is exactly Anne Lamott’s point.
I found a fabulous article that addresses the ever popular topic of writer’s block. However, I can’t seem to find where I stashed the link. I’ve done some digging and here’s a post that makes some sense about it.
If I find the original I’ll add it in, but I’ve got another gem that features Ferris Bueller!