Do you ever feel as if your life is at a standstill? That you have tried your hardest to accomplish something and it never seems to happen? You see other people gaining fame and fortune and it looks as if it just dropped into their lap? You notice that these "others" often have the good fortune of being sponsored by a wealthy friend, or a famous acquaintance, or sometimes just plain good luck of being in the right place at the right time?
We are very excited to announce that Darla's painting titled "End of Summer" along with a page about Darla's art work and her book "Diamond Bait" are on the cover of the May issue of GLO Magazine available now at your newsstand.
More about this will be added to the artnews section of Darla's website. Keep an eye out!
This week we've all been exposed to the blitz in advertising and it has come in the form of buzz about the SuperBowl (this was the 50th anniversary for the event) or you have been inundated with requests to buy flowers, send flowers, buy chocolate, go out to dinner, and send Valentine cards. Let me know if you like Valentine's Day and why. Then, let me know if you like the Superbowl--and why.
I happen to be one of those people who enjoys both. I like the sentimentality and sweetness and romance of valentine's day. I just wrote a column this week about an artist named Horsley who did an amazing painting back in the 1800s titled "The morning of St. Valentine." If you like to learn new things go to Google and type it in. You will see the painting. Or, after this Thursday you can usually pick up my art column at one of the media outlets that carry it. Inkfreenews.com usually has it on line and will have the painting along with it. The Times Union of Warsaw Indiana also carries it, as does the Tribune News of South Whitley along with the countywide weekly called "The Paper." Most of them carry the article and print the matching artwork I discuss in color.
Now you are asking, how could someone who loves all this syrupy sweetness and valentines stuff (and DeBrand Chocolate) also enjoy the roughness and sometimes coarsness of football? Well, it's a little like this: I think in life we need to be balanced. We need to stretch ourselves and our minds and our creativity. We need to be INTERESTED which makes us INTERESTING! If my spouse enjoys football, I like to find out why. What makes him tick. What about football is enjoyable for him? I started out knowing nothing about this sport. Today, I know a lot, but I am still learning. That game last night between the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers was an amazing game. I was on the edge of my seat watching and hoping for Payton Manning to go out as the champion and gentleman he has always portrayed. I wanted his team to be on top. Those Denver Defensive men protected Manning like he's never been protected and they went after the opposition like a mama bear saving her cub. I had seen the braggadocio of the Panther quarterback. Young, cocky, sure of himself, sore loser. I wanted the more gracious quarterback to win. He did and history was made. It was a very gratifying game to watch.
Go learn something new this week. You will be glad you did. How about starting by learning about the artist Horsley and his beautiful Valentine painting?
I frequently get asked this question because most people who know me know that I already am very busy, serving on at least 4 boards and 2 other committees simultaneously, including my own board for the Animal Welfare League where I am the Executive Director. I also write several columns every weekend that appear the following week in several newspapers and on line papers. In addition to this, I sing on the church praise team, So, yes, when did I have time to write my books?
I most frequently write very early in the morning for about an hour each day. I feel very fresh and alert at that time and often come up with concepts and ideas that just seem to flow. I also have a converter I can plug into my vehicle and while John drives, I can hook up my laptop and type away while we are traveling. I always write a lot while we are on vacation, and I try to squeeze in even more time on the days I have off work.
You would be surprised how much writing you can accomplish with this piecemeal approach. It works for me, but it is most fulfilling when I have several days in a row and the house is already clean and I have quiet time all to myself when I can really dedicate myself to writing. It is a great feeling of accomplishment to see those pages become complete.
Try giving yourself just an hour a day. You will be thrilled at what you can achieve in that hour if you concentrate on your goal: a completed book.
Editor David Slone of the Times Union gave us a tremendous front page review for which we are extremely grateful. The numbers spiked tremendously right after that article came out. Thank you David.
Continuing problems with left eye surgery and too much pressure on that left eye. This has required way too many trips back to the eye clinic where there is almost always an hour wait to get in to see a doctor. (A good testimony to the wonderful work they do, but for impatient patients...not so great!) They have gone overboard to help me, even showing up on Saturday when they are closed to help reduce that eye pressure. Asking everyone to keep me in your prayers and hope this pressure will drop (it did drop a little yesterday) and that it will continue to drop until it is back to the normal eye pressure most of us .Thanks everyone for listening to me whine. It is just so frustrating to have to squint or close one eye to see sufficiently! My calendar inspired by Sarah Young and her anointed book "Jesus Calling" says for today..."It's all right to be human. and it ends with "My strength and power show themselves most effective in your weakness." That is why I think her book has been anointed by God...it always touches me.