Archive for April, 2011

Little One book cover

This was an earlier suggested topic and decided it was time to write about it.
Have you ever considered writing a book? If so what would it be about? Make a list of the ideas you want to cover, or the themes it might have. If you’ve never considered writing a book, what other major work have you thought about (a movie? a symphony?). Write a paragraph or two about what you imagine it would be like.

When I lived in Ireland some years ago I thought about writing my memoirs. I started working on it, but it became too painful.

I found a fabulous book…an amazing story and very creative character and scene descriptions. I read it 5 times within three months, which I have never done with any book, before or after. Each time I read “The Neverending Story” by Michael Ende, I noticed something new; usually another underlying positive moral message. Ende had written the book initially as a children’s story. However, it became so popular among adults as well the children that it has been published many times in many different languages. I thought “what an amazing legacy to leave behind.”
Yet, I never thought about myself writing such a story.

One morning, probably a year or so after I had read that book, I woke with a vision of a story gliding through streets of my mind. With a clean, new pad of paper and a pen I sat down and began writing, and writing, and writing….all day.
It was an amazing experience and the first of its kind in my life.

At one point in the writing of the story, another part of my brain was imagining other ways the story could be told besides a published book. I really didn’t think I would ever have a book published!

After that day I would frequently find myself writing more bits and pieces of the story.

Eventually I returned to live in the U.S. and had to spend much time finding a place to live and a new job. In my spare time I would take walks along a river and inspiration would take hold of my mind and fill it with more ideas for the story.
I found a place to rent for a while and a job. Along the path of this new life I made time to write in order to finish the story.

I began to let a few people read a small portion of it, which is a short story by itself. The responses blew me away, and they wanted to read all of it. Then people began to tell me it was wrong of me to not get it published, that it should be shared with the world.

In 2003 “Little One ~ End of Journey Alone” by Ann Marquette was published. That experience was an amazing ride. Holding the book with my story printed in it and my picture on the back was surreal. A huge benefit was finally finding my voice. The best gift of all has been the responses from the readers.


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Easter Dinner Roasts photo by Ann Marquette

Dinner with friends yesterday and they made two roasts ON THE GRILL!  Absolutely DELICIOUS.
Anyone hungry 🙂

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I wrote this last year on Good Friday and thought I would share it with you. I did tweak it slightly and added the last two lines.

It is Good Friday and I think about the death of Christ. And at times I think of my own death to self, and have done so many times in my life to find a new life within.

It is springtime, April 2010. April always makes me feel joyful of new beginnings…Easter, blossoming trees and flowers, and renewal within myself.

All my life I have been on a journey…searching, ever searching for a new and better me, for peace and joy, for love and friendship, for my own paradise. Someone recently gave me a little piece of artwork with a quote by Marcel Proust “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” This spoke to me so profoundly.

I had been living in Georgia for over 15 years, with the last few of them wanting desperately to get out, for various reasons. I decided to move to Napa, CA and did so early September 2005.
Napa is a beautiful place, and the people there are very nice. Yet, for some reason during the months I lived there something in my gut did not feel right. I went through a very tough time, personally, and yet came out better for having done so. I learned more about myself, my family and friends. And I made some new friends while there.

I decided that I needed to return to Georgia, where thank God, my house had not sold. I moved back into my home in Alpharetta. I know this is not where I need to be for the rest of my life, but I have the above quote to remember when needed.

I thank God for the blessings in my life, including those of lessons learned through not so easy times. I am especially grateful for my friends here, in California, the new friends in Greenville, SC and other areas of the United States; and those in other countries.

I am excited in anticipation of the special blessings in store for me, just around the corner.
Bless you all this Easter, and each day of the year.

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It is Saturday, April 23rd. I would like to write something profound, interesting, inspirational, or funny. But nothing comes to mind. I have been resting in quiet peacefulness the last couple days.

Tonight, as I walk the pathways of my brain, looking for something…I find only a quiet mind.
In the quiet spaces I do think about all those I love and care for; and I wish all love and peace.

May you all have a happy, peaceful, and loving Easter tomorrow.

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The Cook's Station downtown Greenville, SC photo by Ann Marquette

A cool shop in downtown Greenville near West End.

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Thoughtful portrait of physicist Albert Einstein

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A couple of you asked about what I learned from the Strengths Finders survey, for me personally.
So here goes with my top 5 strengths, according to this survey. Please not that what is included in the description of each theme/strength comes from the survey report. I am not including the whole description of each, only snippets.

CONNECTEDNESS people have faith in links between all things; and believe there are few coincidences, that almost every event has a reason.

FUTURISTIC individuals are inspired by the future and what could be. They inspire others with their visions of the future.

INTELLECTION this theme is characterized by intellectual activity. People with this are introspective and appreciate intellectual discussions.

INPUT themed individuals have a craving to know more and often like to collect and archive all kinds of information.

BELIEF talented people have certain core values that are unchanging. Out of these values emerges a defined purpose for their life.

The report includes personalized strengths insights “what makes you stand out?” for each strength. Interesting stuff.

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Statue of Shoeless Joe Jackson, Greenville, SC photo by Ann Marquette

This is downtown Greenville, SC on Augusta St. and Main Street in the courtyard of Smoke On The Water Restaurant.

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As I step outside tonight
I look up to the night sky
A perfect half-moon shines bright
The other half hiding in shadow

I think of loves not yet met
Each shines bright, and yet
Each in shadow hidden from the other
Two halves of one whole

How wonderful to know
To eagerly anticipate
The time when both halves
Shine together
Oh so brilliantly

Copyright October 21, 2007

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Rainbow around the sun - photo by Ann Marquette

A friend asked me to take her to Greenville as she had never been there.  So Thursday for the day.  While downtown she had looked up and said “look at that.”  There is was, a rainbow around the sun.

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On this morning a year ago, my mother quietly passed from this life into God’s arms. She wanted it so badly for many years.

We had our differences over the years, but although we were never close, we forgave each other the hurts we caused.

It was very sad when we found out she had Alzheimer’s. She didn’t have the best life and my heart-felt so bad for her. I have occasionally thought about writing for her “Mother~You Deserved a Better Life.”

She was the last of eight children…six girls and two boys. All are gone now, including their spouses. I wish I would have thought, many years ago when they were all alive to start asking questions about mother…the things they knew about her. Writing about her would mostly come from my own memories or things I think I remember she told me.

I did know that she gave birth to me out of wedlock, and the details were sketchy, until…

The time came when we had to put mother in assisted living. We found a very nice place which looked like a hotel. Her doctor even recommended it, and no that doctor was not assigned to that home. We, my brother and I, made all the arrangements with the home including which room she would be in and had some new furniture delivered there for her.
In conversations with the staff there, and other people we knew who had to put a relative in an Alzheimer’s assisted living facility we knew not to tell mother what was going to happen. The staff at the home said to bring her for lunch and that they would be around to help us when the time came to tell mother she would not be going back home.
God that hurts just writing it. It broke our hearts to have to put her there, but the doctor told us she should have been in about a year sooner.

So we told her we were taking her out to lunch, and since the dining room was on the first floor just like a hotel she would not think anything of it. She did mention a couple of times about all the old people there and so many in wheel chairs; but then immediately forgot about it. We had it arranged that when lunch was over and we were ready, the lady who was going to be mother’s daytime caregiver would come and offer to take us on a “tour.”
Then once we were in “mother’s room” we would tell her the news. I am not going there today.

Anyway, when we finished lunch and dessert we had some coffee and conversation. With Alzheimer’s the memories go, beginning with the most current so gradually they begin remembering older experiences. At one point mother looked at me and said something that I never knew, and my brother had never heard it either. She said “I am so glad I did not have you aborted!” Talk about shock! She told us that she had been raped (another shock) and was how she got pregnant with me. She said two of her siblings (she could not remember which ones) told her she should have an abortion. Apparently she had agreed. When they took her to have it done, as she was about to walk through the door to the room she decided she could not go through with it. So, she gave birth to me and kept me. It was not an easy life for her.  And then she ended up having to go through this horrible illness and be in assisted living for four years.

When my brother and I were told by the staff at the home that mother had passed, we actually felt relief for her because we knew she was now where she wanted to be.
“Bless you mother.”

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Two Candles

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I decided to share this one I wrote in July 2008. Hope you like it.

Years later I still remember
Standing in your kitchen
I was tired from a long drive
And visit with friend in nursing home

You took me in your arms
You held me close
A strange thing happened
I felt completely at home
There in your arms

Years later I found the place
Where I really feel at home
And then I remembered
This city is where you lived

I remembered the strangeness
Of feeling at home in your arms
Then I smiled, realizing
It was only a sign
Of something wonderful to come

I thought it was you
I never felt that with anyone
So, I thought it was you

It wasn’t you that was home
It’s the city you lived
Where I feel at home

Thank you anyway.

© July 19, 2008

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Books about survey research and survey design.

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Today’s exercise…just one of the ways to look within myself.

Recently I received a gift of the book Strengths Finder 2.0, by Tom Rath, which includes a code to take the online survey to find our strengths.  I took that survey today.  It always amazes me how the various personality and gifts surveys come out pretty much spot on.   Even when they show traits/gifts/strengths we might not have realized we have until we read the descriptions.

As soon as the survey is completed it runs the report which shows the top 5 strengths, a brief description of each (the full descriptions are in the book), and 10 ideas for action for each strength. Interesting stuff.

Have you taken this survey or any others?

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House key

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I wrote this a couple of years ago for a friend.

You have been gone so long
I have been empty without you
I have been waiting for you.

I sense you are on the way
I stand strong and eager
I await your return.

I know the moment
Your feet step onto my porch
Your hand puts the key in my door
Your hand turns the knob
And then the moment
You step inside the heart of me
I know you are home.

You are my soul
Your loving hands made me
The way I am today
Your heart loves and cares for me.

I have missed you
Missed your footsteps
As you walk my floors
I waited to hold you
Safe and warm
Within my walls.

And now
You are Home.

Signed ~
Your house, Your Home

Copyright January 8, 2009

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Kalemegdan path

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This is today’s WordPress suggested topic and a good one.

Each time a particular source of income may be coming to an end I tend to get scared.
What happened? It either did not end, or another source came into my life.
What I learned is to stop being afraid, to stop thinking about the money.

I just remember that as long as I keep doing my best, walking the path I am meant to follow…my own special road; and most of all trusting in God’s guidance and love, then all is well.

Being human I know we tend to try to be in control of our lives, but it sure is better when we allow God to take over. My energy, inspiration, and motivation all in higher gear.   Joy then just overflows.

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Dreamer ~ Writer ~ Creator

If I didn’t need money I would enjoy time with friends, meeting new friends, walking my dogs (which I don’t have yet), spending time downtown and along the river and in the park. I would do some traveling, volunteering, learning, and catch up on some reading. And, all the while my mind and spirit would be free and open to inspiration flowing through me.
I would write more poems, more stories in the Little One series, blogs, and my memoirs. I love to write and share my writings in hopes they are enjoyed by others. I also enjoy hearing when my readers tell me they are inspired and/or encouraged by something I’ve written.
I have a dream to have my first story of Little One created into a living story. It would be great fun to find artists in different mediums to create their work of art to help tell the story of Little One and her journeys; and search for a musician to create music to accompany the telling of the story.

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