Monday, October 23, 2017

     It's always nice to go away on vacation isn't it?  Travel to new places, see exciting and new things.  Sometimes getting there can be overwhelming.  This past week I traveled to #Baltimore for #Women #of #Impact Gala event.  I had everything planned out.  Except for one thing.  Road construction as soon as I entered Emporia, Virginia.  I missed my exit to bypass D.C. and spent two hours circling D.C. before I was able to get in the correct lane to exit onto the road to Baltimore.  On the positive side?  Sitting at a standstill I was able to see the Washington monument from my car!  It's not everyday you get to drive by something so spectacular.  Seeing that was well worth it. 

     Here are a few superstitions I grew up about traveling.  

~ If the bottom of your feet itch you will walk on strange land. 
~ Don't drink the water from a place you have never visited before, it will make you sick. 

Some other superstitions I grew up with: 

~ Right hand itch, you will shake a strangers hand. 
~ Left hand itch, you will get some money.
~Right eye twitch, you will receive good news. 
~ Left eye twitch, you will get upset/angry. 

Thursday, October 12, 2017

     I have often wondered how and were #superstitions originated.  Were they developed from stories told around campfires from early settlers as entertainment?  Were they a mix of superstitions brought over from the Ol' World mixed in with the new in the New World?  We may never know.  
     Superstitions about #weather has always fascinated me.  I was eager to see it was true or if something would happen.  

~ If #lightening strikes twice in the same place gold is buried there.  Sometimes I think this is true on the property were I live.  Next to my house we have tried to plant countless fruit trees and even dogwood trees.  No sooner than the trees got to be the size of my thumb, lightening would strike and kill them.  Last summer I was complaining to my dad how lightening had struck several nights earlier and killed my plum trees.  My dad replied, 'gal don't you remember if lightening strikes twice in the same place gold is buried there.'  I've have not planted any more trees in that area and lightening hasn't struck nearby since.  

~ If there is lightening during the winter it will snow in 7-10 days.  I have experienced this several times living in southern North Carolina.  

~ Red Skies in the morning; sailors take warning - meaning it will  rain or storm by afternoon or evening.    
~ Red skies at night; sailors delight - meaning beautiful weather ahead.  

~ If the sun is shining while it's raining - the devil is beating his wife

~ If it rains at a funereal the person who past is going to heaven.  

~ In the fall of the year if you see a woolly worn (fuzzy worm) and his coat is more black than a brown/rust color - it will have a hard winter

~ If squirrels are raiding the pecan trees before the fruit has had a change to open from the hull and fall to the ground - it will be a hard winter.  One year we had squirrels to eaten a hole in a 55 gallon garbage can we kept chicken feed in.  The entire winter we had a combination of icy rain, snow flurries, sleet and finally a combined ice and snow storm.    

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

#Superstitions involving dreams

    #Dreams are images, ideas, #emotions and #sensations that occur involuntarily during stages of sleep. (Wikipeda)
     We all dream.  Some are good, some are bad.  Some we remember, some we forget as soon as we wake and some leave us puzzled.  
     For instance, two nights ago I dreamed that I was down on my knees crawling.  I could see my goal in the distance.  There were others around me crawling just as I was.  Some were laughing.  Some were complaining.  One stopped and sat down refusing to move any further until someone told them why they had to crawl to get where they wanted to go.  And some were horse-playing.  I ignored them and kept my eyes on my goal.  The further and harder I crawled the slower my goal came into view. 
     Did my dream have any significant meaning?  To me it did.  My greatest ambition is to traditionally publish.  I #believe my dream was a sign to not give up, to stay focused and to keep working not only hard but smart towards my goal.  

     Here are some superstition about dreams: 

    If you tell someone about a dream you had it will come true.   

    If you dream the same dream three times it will come true. 

    Dream about eating fish and someone is pregnant.  A person who is dreaming about eating fish could be the one pregnant.  This happened to me.  I remember my husband waking me up asking me what was I doing.  He said I had been licking my fingers in my sleep.  A couple weeks later I discovered I was pregnant.     

     Dream about a snake and you have an enemy.  

     Would love to hear from you if you know of any other superstitions about dreams. 

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Fall is in the air

     Hello everyone and Happy October.  #October has been designated to observe many things from National #Arts and #Humanities month to Nation #Pizza month and finally #Halloween on October 31st.  
     I wanted to do something different so for the entire month of October I will be discussing #superstitions I grew up with.  Not only are they from my #southern roots but they are beliefs I grew up hearing from my #Grandmother.  Looking back, I wished I would have kept a #diary when my Grandmother talked and told me tales.  Most I remember but there are so many more I have forgotten over the years.  
     So to start off, I'm going to talk about #New #Years #Day superstitions.  
     New Years Eve, we always cleaned our homes thoroughly including doing all the laundry and putting it away.  The belief was a clean house on New Years day; a clean house all year long.  It was bad luck to wash laundry or have clothes hanging on a clothesline on New Years day.  If you did so, the belief was you were washing someone out of your life; someone in the family would die.  My co-worker, Jessica's mother was seriously ill many years ago and on New Years Day they had to laundry the sheets on her mom's bed.  Her mom passed two months later.  Was it a coincidence or did the superstition come true?  Jessica believes it was the superstition.  
     Spend a little bit of money on New Years day and you will have money to spend all year long.  I do this every year.  I take my mom shopping and we use the gift cards we received at Christmas.
     Wear a new piece of clothing on New Years Day and you will have new clothes to wear all year long.  
     The meal on New Years Day is collards and black-eyed peas.  The collards represents money and the black-eyed peas are for good luck.  As a child this was the one holiday tradition I disliked.  I can't stand black-eyed peas.  I still cook collards but instead of black-eyed peas I cook Lima beans.  
     Never sit your purse on the floor.  Doing so means you will always be broke.  

I would love to hear from you if you have any New Years Day superstitions you observer or grew up with.   



Monday, September 11, 2017

9/11 ~ A Day I Will Not Ever Forget

     #Sixteen years ago today, terror struck our nation.  That day will forever be known as #9/11.  I will never forget where I was and what I was doing as the secretary rushed into the meeting yelling, 'terrorist just flew a plane into the Twins towers!'
     That day, my life changed forever as did so many others. The life I had known ceased to exist.  Let us not forget those who lost their life sixteen years ago today but also remember those who continue to put their life on the line everyday to help keep our nation safe.  

Saturday, July 8, 2017

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#Adversaries are not exclusively limited to people but more than often the non-tangible that are imaginary walls.

In the last ten #years in my journey to become an #author, I have weathered personal challenges such as: lack of money, difficult co-workers, family who still do not understand my desire to write nor understand the importance for me to attend writing workshops that required traveling, illness (hospitalization - the second time resulted in emergency surgery.  One month after recovery I developed adult-on-set asthma along with a food allergy), car trouble, regret, several summers of battling an over abundance population of mosquitoes, lack of time, the necessary skills and resources to accomplish my dream, uncertainty of the publishing industry, fear of social media - including blogging, fear of failure, and home damage caused by Hurricane Matthew that damaged my office.

Why am I blogging about this you might ask?  Because someone, somewhere else is also struggling with personal battles.  Perhaps, they will stumble upon my blog and receive the necessary encouragement to continue to strive for their goal, reassurance that they are not alone and that YES!, they too shall overcome.

Every time I came upon a brick wall, I wanted to lie down and give up.  Many times I have cried out to God, 'Why?  Why is this happening?  God, if You are trying to tell me to quite, please just say it!  I don't think I can take anymore.'

And every time I've heard a small voice that has whispered to me: Be still and know that I am God. (Psalm 46:10)  And I do while indulging on donuts at the local bakery.  (I'm allergic to chocolate of all things, can you believe it?)  After a week or two of not opening my laptop nor pouring over my work-in-progress manuscript in an attempt to craft a perfect and/or better scene, God revealed a new scene idea to me and/or a different direction I should take my manuscript.

Oh I steal struggle some days more than others.  I still ask God why and constantly chide myself what was I thinking that I could become an author?  God has a plan, I know he does.  My Bible tells me so.
So, if your struggling with anything, remember your not alone.  The best way to forget about your troubles are to help someone else who is in need.  No matter how bad we might think things are; someone, somewhere is in a worst situation than we are.  You won't have to go far.  Right in your home community, your work family and/or your church family someone needs a kind word and an uplifting of their spirits.  The elderly, the sick and shut-in are in constant need of emotional support.  It doesn't cost much to buy a card at the Dollar Tree and take time out to make a visit.  It's the small acts of kindness that counts the most.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

#Luke 6:38 ~ #Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over will be put into your bosom.  For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.

     Giving is more than #monetary.  Giving also includes, #time, #patience, #understanding, #sympathy, #empathy, a word of #encouragement or a kind smile.   

     No matter how hard I strive to do what's right, (stop in the middle of what I'm doing when my parents or other family member's call to help them with their crisis), turn the other cheek when I'm are being mistreated, help and give to others who are in need, at some point I'm left asking when?  When will I receive my break?  When will I finally get ahead instead of always feeling like I'm behind?  Have you ever felt the same?  

     As much as it stings, I had to regroup, sake off my pity party and remind myself that in order for me to grow spiritually and as a writer that I must remove my personal emotions from the matter at hand and ask, 'Lord, if thy will be thine.'

     A soft voice reminded me; No matter how tired I get - the Lord always gives give me rest.  When I'm hungry - He gives me bread of life.  When I'm in a storm - He gives me shelter.  

     It wasn't until recently I understood why my dad (now 72) has continued to freely give to family members and others time and time again over the the last 40 years without a grumble or expectation of anything in return.  

     There have been times my dad has given the very last dollar in his wallet, loaned out his gas can's filled with gasoline purchased for his lawnmowers and in the dead of the night he has left the comfort of his warm home to pull someone's car out of a ditch with his small farm tracker.  My parents may have went without for a little while but the Lord has blessed them ten-fold financially and spiritually.  

     For a very long time, I believed it was due to generation gap my dad repeatedly gave unconditionally; especially to the those that were ungrateful and selfish.  That may still be true, but I no longer ponder on such or ask why folks continue to do the crazy things that they do. 

     Instead I look to the cross and place my burdens at Jesus feet.  An old Gospel hymn my late grandmother used to hum while cooking or doing chores comes to mind whenever I get frustrated.  The chorus goes like this:

   At the cross, at the cross where I first saw the light, 
   And the burden of my heart rolled away, 
   It was there by faith I received my sight, 
   And now I am happy all the day!
                                                                                Song: At the Cross

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Gone, But Not Ever Forgotten

 Two things you never have to chase: True Friends and True Love.  (Mandy Hale)

     #Friendship.  There’s nothing like it.  True friends will always be by your side; without prompting continue to push you towards your goals (even when you don't want to), support you when you’re down and cheer the loudest  when you succeed. 
     Friendship is like any other serious relation in our lives.  You must nurture it, savor it and not take it for granted.  Life gets busy, creating chaos that seems never ending.  It’s during these times friends are needed the most.  Laughter always makes the day brighter.   
     From the result of a Christmas card being mailed after the holidays, I received some terrible news several days ago. 
     What happened that the Christmas card got mailed late?  In the mist of recovering from Hurricane Matthew, everything in my office haphazardly were boxed up.  It took me several attempts of searching to find my address book.  (Yes, I still have one of those.)       Home from work, in the middle of dinner, I noticed a missed call displayed on my cell phone.  I dismissed it as a telemarketing call.  On the verge of hitting delete, a soft, gentle voice cautioned me to stop and look again.  Mind elsewhere, I played the message.  The male's voice of the caller, immediately caused my heart to squeeze.  No longer with an appetite, I pushed my dinner plate away from me as tears filled my eyes and I frantically pressed re-dial.  
     "Rebecca," the male voice paused no doubt to keep his composure. "I received your very nice Christmas card in the mail today.  I know your not aware," he paused again voice trembling.  The catch in his voice was unmistakable.  "Angie passed almost a year ago." 
     Shocked and teeming with disbelief I cannot recall what I said next.  Everything became a blur as reality sunk.  Denial would not allow me to accept it as true until I remembered for the past two years I did not receive a Christmas card from Angie. 
     I sat and listened intently, as my dear late friend's husband explained what took place.  It all began November 2014 he told me.  The exact same weekend Angie and I were to meet up at Seagroves Pottery festival.  She didn't make the trip that year, she was feeling a little under the weather.  She went to the doctor, had surgery, some months later still not feeling any better she went back to the doctor for some more test.  Spring 2015 she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.  When she passed, she was only 56.
    Hearing the words echo through my mind, I remember squeezing my eyes closed remembering the one's in my community, church and family whom had been diagnosed with the same disease. 
    Over the past year, Angie had been on my mind a lot.  At the oddest times I would think of her, wondering how she was doing.  I know now my conscience was urging to call her.  Letting life keep me busy I ignored it.  Has this ever happened to you? 
     I can still hear her laughter, see her radiant smile and see her straight shoulder length brown hair bouncing as she walked.  Her eyes still twinkling when she talked about her family and grandson. 
     I always thought of her while shopping and happen upon a display of the Willow Tree Angels.  Angie loved antiques, homemade quilts and Willow Tree Angels.  Angie sent me one the year I graduated from college.  (Pictured below) Sign for Love.  In remembrance of Angie I'm going to add to my collection.    
     Guilt and shame stayed with me long after the call ended.  I’m still affected by it.  Angie lived only an hour away from me, yet I should have done a better job at keeping in touch.  I should have made the time to visit her more often. 
     Has someone crossed your mind lately?  A family member?  An old friend.  If so I encourage you to reach out to them today.  You can’t get back missed opportunities.       

     My friend is gone but, she lives forever in my heart and memories. 


Saturday, January 7, 2017

#Trust in the #LORD with all thine heart, And lean not unto thine own understanding; In all the ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. #Proverbs 3:5-6

#Happy #New #Year Everyone!  

     Yes, I am posting six days after the new year begun.  But as my Grandmother used to say, 'Better to be late at the pearly gates than to arrive on time in hell.' 

     I was glad to see 2016 end due to not accomplishing my goals for the year and the last quarter of the year did not begin well.  The traumatic event of the storm indeed changed my viewpoints on a lot of things; particularly, God is still in control and His blessings bestowed on me and my family.  After developing health issues during my time of despair it were a wake-up call for me.  It were imperative I change my way of thinking and how I reacted to unpleasantries.  Basically, I removed all the unnecessary and useless crap from my life and started relaying on the one person whom has been by my side the entire time; God. 

     How did I do it?  
     I started back reading my #Bible everyday.  I went on-line and printed inspirational sayings and posted them where I could view throughout the day. For over two months, weather permitting, I sat in my car during lunch and while I ate I listened to the #K-Love radio station.  Even on during my breaks I would walk outside to my car.  The fresh air and sunshine helped keep my mind clear reinforcing the preference to stay calm.  
     Everyday I count my blessings.  Small or big, I counted them.  
     I began to count my blessings.  And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the Lord you God.  Deuteronomy 28:2

     I stopped asking why and began to relay more on my faith.  I ask everyday for God's help and guidance - knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. James 1:3 

     Be still, and know that I am God - Psalm 46:10

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