Five Minute Friday – Story

5minutefridayHi and Happy Friday!  TGIF!!

The word for Today’s Five Minute Friday is Story.

Here are the rules:

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community…

Now GO …

First thing I think of is the old spiritual, “I love to tell the story.  ’twill be my theme in glory to tell the old story of Jesus and his love.”

This is especially comforting this week as we found out a classmate of my sister’s died this week.  So young and he will be missed.

SRP.28_Patti.Dick.and.Artha.1986I also think of stories and the ones that I grew up listening to from my grandfather.  Here is an old picture of me with my favorite story-teller and his lovely bride, my grandma.

Currently, I am reading a book that a friend of mine wrote.  It is a great story and one that I am truly enjoying — and finding a hard time putting down!  She did a great job and I am so impressed that she published it.

I also like to tell my own stories and hope to work on a new one very soon.  This week I found out that I am a direct descendant of a passenger on the Mayflower.   I was beyond excited to find this out.  This person was a young woman and sounds absolutely fascinating.

Can you imagine how different her life must have been from a young woman today?  It boggles the mind to think of the changes since then.

In addition to this story, I have a children’s book in mind.  Hopefully I can work on both of these items very soon.  I do so love to write and like a variety of ways to do so.  One of my favorites is on this blog when I write about whatever is on my mind.

I can’t imagine my life without being able to tell stories.  And, my son already has a gift of telling stories.  He has drawn a few that I will have to share sometime.  He also has told me some great stories before bedtime.

Now…. STOP!

I think both of us received this ability from my grandpa.  He told fantastic stories orally to us, and also did a great job writing a variety of items and slices of his life.  He is truly my inspiration.

I wonder what stories I will find to inspire me today.  I so look forward to the discovery and the process of writing them!

To read other postings on Story, please see http://lisajobaker.com/2013/08/five-minute-friday-story/

I Do Still Wonder

Hello and Happy Tuesday!

Over the weekend, my dad asked me if I was still ending my blogs with “I Still Wonder.”  I realized that I am not doing that as regularly as I used to.

When I started this Blog in 2011, I would end each blog with a phrase that started, “I Still Wonder.”  For the past 6 months, I have moved away from that — instead asking how you my readers are doing and your thoughts on the postings.

Grandpa.Barbour_PattiAs you have probably read, my title was inspired by Willie, the elf that my grandfather created and told us about in stories growing up.  Here I am with my grandpa many, many years ago.

Willie was on a quest to figure out where rainbows come from.  He traveled all over the world in search of them.  And, at the end of each story, he would scratch his head and say, “I Still Wonder Where Rainbows Come From.”

The story is under the page called “I Still Wonder” at the top of the page, just under the photo.

That inspired me to write and question and ponder a variety of topics.  I just have forgotten to include the phrase.  Thanks Dad for reminding me of that.

This week there are a few things that I have been wondering about.  Some are fun and some are more serious:

  • I wonder why we need to have daylight saving time.  There are places in the USA that don’t follow it — but instead keep the same time all year.  It is nice to have light until nearly 10 p.m. in the summer, but is a challenge with a 5-year-old who is convinced you don’t go to bed when it’s light outside.
  • I wonder why some people are so positive despite hearing the worst possible news.  How do they do it?  Like, Valerie Harper.  She was told she has months to live with an incurable brain tumor.  Yet, she is on the news encouraging people to make the most of their lives and savor each and every day.  She is very strong and truly is an inspiration.
  • I wonder why the conclave will announce that the vote has been cast for the new Pope via white smoke.  Why not by Facebook or Twitter like the rest of the world?  Last time there was some confusion whether or not the smoke was white or black.  I mean no disrespect but am just curious.  Hopefully this time around it will be clearly white smoke.
  • I wonder why a court had to rule on the size of soda that can be sold in a city.  What has our judicial system come to when we have to legislate the size of a drink?  I know that the Mayor of New York means well, but isn’t there a better way to encourage people to be healthy?
  • I wonder why television has so much junk on it but then airs several great shows — all at the same time.  When I was younger, there wasn’t as much to choose from as now.  I still have certain shows that I follow and don’t even bother with other items.   Some I have to record since they are aired at the same time.
  • I wonder if the best show of all time could be produced today.  Over the weekend, ABC aired a special about the best television shows.  You know what the best of all time was?  Spoiler alert — The show was “I Love Lucy,” which aired in the 1950s.  This was written and filmed during a very different time in history, and yet it lives on in syndication.  It truly is one of the funniest shows ever on the air.   I think we like it since it reminds us of our innocence and simpler times.  What do you think?

I will continue to wonder and ponder things.  And, I plan to share them with you.  I hope that you will wonder with me.