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Happiness, That Elusive Butterfly

What does it take for someone to recognize their own gift and accept it? How does a person overcome their feeling of ineptitude and pursue their talent?

For Laverne, in Three Sisters Exclusive, it was when she saw herself becoming a ‘robot’ and conforming to the demands of those around her. Not being happy and free to pursue her talent and passion, but only doing what pleased others.

Kelly, on the other hand, believed she was happy and content, only to have everything she was familiar with stripped away. She found what she believed to be true, was false, and what she was content with before, no longer provided any measure of happiness or security. How did she go from believing she had no gift or talent, to nurturing them and living the life she was meant to live?

The youngest of the three sisters, Vivian, grew up rebellious and independent. She was determined to be her own boss and forge her own path in life. And when the time came for her to make the decision of whether to follow her duty, or her desire, she made the choice that was right for her, which is only what each one of us can do.

Three Sisters Exclusive is their story. It is the story of people who believe they have no choice; people in seemingly hopeless situations; people who defeat the odds and rise above the turmoil and chaos, to find happiness and satisfaction.

Are you happy?

Care to share your thoughts?  Click on ‘comment’ below and jot them down. I’d love to hear from you.

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Scattered by the remains

I’m back. I’ve granted myself the permission.

The universe will continue its course whether my intentions become manifest or not. But my little personal universe was shifted again, and my carefully laid out plans and expectations were thrown into arrears again. I am left to make sense of the scattered shreds.

I become a gatherer searching for my sustenance. Finding a new plant with a strange looking leaf, and taking it home with me not knowing what it is good for, but determined to find a use for it.

I guess that sounds rather drastic, but I’m trying to explain why my blog has been silent for so long. The expected 4 years in Australia were suddenly cut in half. So I am writing this at a friend’s table in San Antonio, my new local community, arriving here a few days ago.

Is this where I will be putting down roots and calling home for the rest of my life? I cannot be that bold. I thought I would grow old in Barbados and that certainly wasn’t to be. Then I thought it would be in Kerrville, Texas, but I wasn’t able to make that happen either.  I knew I wouldn’t be in Dallas or Alice Springs permanently, so I didn’t ‘settle’ in either place. But now, I am ready to put down a tap root and anchor myself somewhere. Time will show if San Antonio will be the place for that. But I’ve landed here with my awareness and my mind wide open.

Thank you for your patience and your belief in me.

While working on the About page of my new company’s website I started thinking about the different ‘hats’ I’ve worn. How many different hats have you worn? Not just the hats related to your careers, or work, but those you’ve donned in your personal lives, as well. Thinking about it, I came up with 25-30 different hats I’ve worn. I realized the hats we wear in our working lives are generally our choices, while our personal hats we assume automatically. For example, our daughter, sister, wife, mother, auntie, and grandma hats we wear compulsorily, albeit gladly (generally). I’m using the feminine, but it is equally applicable to the masculine.

My most recent personal addition to my family of hats is the Grandma Hat. For me, this is a wide-brimmed sun-hat. It portrays relaxed, sunny days, walks in the park, swimming expeditions, playgrounds, and picnics. All things I’ve enjoyed with my grandchildren. Before this there was my Mom Hat. This one is a very versatile, but fully functional, beanie or scarf. It covered more than just a bad hair day. It could change shape and direction at a moment’s notice. View full article »

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I will start by saying I had no idea what I was going to write about this week. Then… Bing! Bang! Boom! There were three words on my page. I listed them. I looked at them. I said them out loud. Then realized I could and would use all three.

Short, but to the point.

Censored copywriting inhibits creativity.  If I tell the truth, I’ll make a lot of people unhappy. I can’t shock my customers too much or they’ll take their business somewhere else. This article expands on censorship in social media.

Creativity in copywriting may be propelled by censorHow can I take ordinary words and catch your attention, while being morally and politically correct? Instead of, “I really like sitting on the beach and getting drunk”, how about, “Do you like pina colada and getting caught in the rain?”

Copywriting insists on creativity, but is usually censored.  It appears the words “endless pleasure sticks” has been censored out by the anime industry for being too suggestive. Now, I don’t know what you thought of when you read those words. I thought of a tuning fork.

It’s amazing to sit down to write with not a single idea in your head, and then read the results.

Can you share your censored (or uncensored), creative “copy” with us?  Or just let us know what you think.

B – Brethren

Who are the brethren? Where do they come from? What do they believe?

The brethren history began in the early 1800’s among radical evangelicals, who broke from the Church of England. They were generally dissatisfied with the church officials and were looking for a pure spiritual renewal.  The Brethren have continued to be a ‘movement’, because although there are several assemblies with similar tendencies and beliefs, they have generally resisted taking an official name or denominational headquarters, and do not have to do with each other. You can read more about it here.

The brethren’s beliefs is founded on the principle of Dispensationaliam. This is the belief the history of Christians and God is divided into eras, or dispensations. God offers humanity a path for eternal salvation by following his calling. Each dispensation has ended with humanity failing  View full article »

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Astrology

Blogging is known to open doors, as well as discussions. Well, today I am starting with an A to Z thematic, weekly post, which will be posted at the beginning of the week. The A to Z posts will be related to a topic beginning with a letter of the alphabet, in sequential order.  Any topic?  Yep, anything at all. How does this tie in with Three Sisters Exclusive? Well, the book is based on my family’s life. I figure anything I’m interested in is naturally part of my life. And as I am writing the story……

But you’re thinking, it is so random. Welcome to my life. Random should have been my middle name.

I’m jumping in at the deep end. I’m going to start with Astrology, the study of the influence of the stars and planets on human affairs. Actually, the Webster dictionary I looked up the definition in has, “The study of the supposed influence of the stars…..”  I smiled to myself when I read it. It is copyrighted in 1995, but I wonder if the editor was, like me, taught the conservative Christian doctrine as a child. I was taught anything related to astrology was heresy and foolish. I did not begin to question this until I was in my forties. And when a person begins searching for answers at that age, they do not accept what is written in magazines and books without first finding out the credentials of the author. This blog doesn’t allow room for all the information (facts, theories, and conjecture) I discovered. But surely the editor of my dictionary wasn’t insinuating the movement of the planets and the stars has no effect on mankind.

This is partly what I’ve learned and partly what I’ve experienced:

  1. There are lunar times that are best for planting certain types of plants. (Farmer’s Almanac)
  2. The position of the planets has an impact on a person’s health. (Napoleon Bonaparte, Hitler, & Osama Bin Laden all died between April 30th and May 5th)
  3. Whichever phase of the moon a baby is conceived under determines which phase of the moon he/she is born under. (Wish I’d known this when I was having my babies)
  4. The astrology signs impact personalities. (Do you know any passive Leo’s?)

It would be great to hear from you about this somewhat radical, but still rather common, phenomena. And we can all grow in understanding and knowledge.

Criticism

This week I’ve been thinking a lot about criticism and the effect it has on us. It has major impact on who we are and what we do, even if we are independent thinkers and doers. The words below were written by Seth Godin. Seth’s repertoire includes entrepreneur, writer, speaker, and agent for change. He has been called the father of permission-based marketing.

He says:

“One of the dumbest forms of criticism is to shout down an expert in one field who speaks up about something else. View full article »

Book Excerpt

This is a fairly short, but poignant excerpt from Chapter 10:

“Why are you trying to kill my Mommy?” The words pierced the fuzzy haze in my head.

Nothing was hurting me, but I couldn’t move. I couldn’t feel anything. I realized I was lying on my back on the floor of the drawing room, but could not remember how I got there.

The noise and commotion was bewildering. There seemed to be a lot of people milling around and a lot of confusion.

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We made Website of the Week!

It was so thrilling and exciting to read the email from Brian Klems saying Three Sisters Exclusive’s blog was selected Website of the Week by Writer’s Digest. You can click on the link in the side bar to view it. I am so pumped!

The Unexpected

A couple days ago I was upstairs in my writing zone, when Angie yelled at me. I detected a note of panic, but I was a little slow coming back down to earth.  I thought I heard her say, “Mommm, come quick! Crack is having babies.” It still wasn’t exactly registering. I thought I wasn’t hearing right. That can’t be right. Crack is a guy. But the third time she screeched, I went tearing downstairs to see what the fuss was about.

Crack is our cute, floppy-eared rabbit. And until today she was ‘Mr Crack’. The people we’d gotten her from told us she was a he. But ‘he’ has been looking rather mangy lately and I thought it strange for ‘him’ to be shedding as it’s starting to get cooler. That morning, ‘he’ had been scurrying around the yard gathering mouthfuls of grass and putting them in ‘his’ burrow.  ‘He’ has been busy digging a burrow in ‘his’ pen for a couple weeks. I hadn’t looked closely at it though, until today. I realized it was quite deep and there was fur around the edges of the opening. Why was he pulling out his fur?  The burrow was much bigger than I’d realized. I couldn’t see the end of it.

What had startled Angie and Lee was that she had bolted out of her little den and deposited a wiggling baby above ground. But sadly, mama died a few minutes later. We felt so helpless. She was obviously in pain, but there wasn’t even time to think of what to do, let alone do anything for her.  We rescued the very squirmy, very tiny baby and wrapped him in a clean rag. Lee investigated the burrow more closely and found another baby, even smaller than the first one, down inside it. While Angie searched online about how to take care of them, Lee went to the store for an eye-dropper.

The first 2 days we fed them about an eye-dropper of milk every 2 hours. Now, they’re drinking about 2 droppers every 3 hours. The smallest one is actually drinking the best. They were cleaned off and dry when we found them.

I’m just sad, and a little puzzled, about what happened to ‘Mrs Crack’. We’re going to miss her.

Baby bunnies Two Baby Bunnies

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