Travelling always upsets my rhythm of writing. I attended a Sweet Adeline’s Convention in Spokane and spent a lot of time indoors, listening to music. It was beautiful, but I was beginning to miss being out of doors and soaking in the glories of nature. Then I thought how the music and harmony of four-part a capella singing does so much to bring harmony to the world. Music affects us all and inspires awe within, as does a beautiful sunrise or a mountain top experience. The varieties of voices combine to make melodies in the same way the beauties of nature sing praise. I am learning to give thanks for all the vibrations in nature. And I am trying to hold a positive mind towards all instruments and voices. Maybe what I call “out of tune” or “ugly” –whether in nature or carefully arranged music—is simply music that my ear has not yet learned to hear and love.
Since retiring from Northwest Airlines and moving to the Pacific Northwest, I have more time to devote to writing. My first novel, "Tales of Two Sisters" was published over a year ago. I have been writing poetry for a long time and am attempting to collate my poetry into a short book, with pictures. A sequel to "Tales of Two Sisters" should be getting closer to completion soon.
Gardening and tending the vineyard take a lot of time in the summer. Even though I love the outdoors, these activities do cut down on my writing. So I appreciate that wintertime allows me time to write. Writing, for me, is what brings things into focus and helps me to make sense of the things that life brings. It is a gift to me and I hope that it will be to you also.
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