Making changes requires adjustments. Ten years ago, I radically altered my life to write a novel. Now it’s time to prune activities that have grown like tree suckers to encourage healthy growth in other areas.
Dynamic Woman — Changing Times
Have you ever thought of writing a hymn? I was challenged in a Hymnology class to do just that. Under the guidance of our church music director, Dr. David Wilson, I adapted a poem and pianist Vitaly Serebriakov set it to music. On March 10, we introduced Dust and Ashes to the congregation at Christ Church in Goodyear, AZ. I’m sharing my notes on the process, hoping to encourage others to try their hand at hymn writing.
Clyde here. No proud feline who’s done well for himself fails to give back. My sincere desire is to inspire my feral and semi-feral brothers and sisters to lead healthier lives by using their human resources wisely. In Chapter Two of my life story, I discuss staff training.
My staff has suggested I tell my life story. Though I rarely post on my Facebook page, I’m told my fanbase is growing. (I’m too lazy to check.) So, here goes:
I was born in a barn in Chinese Camp, a Northern California Gold Rush town that once housed thousands of Chinese laborers. Historians say these immigrants worked mines that yielded a total of $1.5 million in U.S. dollars. But, that’s history. Today, Chinese Camp is Historical Landmark 423, population 126, not counting me. I don’t live there anymore.
The sweep of history makes us glad of progress in some areas (most notably, medicine and opportunities for women to use their educations) and sad for the losses growth has wrought. We might well mourn the passing of intimate family and community ties that a slower pace of life fostered.
Writers who take time to playfully consider their words twinkle like stars in a black night. Through their choice of words they offer unique perspectives on troubling issues, clear explanations of difficult concepts, and deep appreciation for life’s connective tissue.
© Sydney Avey