Friday, March 29, 2019

SOL 29/31: Dear Lindy

Dear Lindy, *

Almost three weeks ago, you asked me, "What do you blog about?"

I've been thinking about your question off and on ever since.

I blog quite a bit about books and book clubs and libraries and bookstores and middle grade books and picture books and the books I plan to read each year (#mustreadin2019). Can you see a theme here?

Three years ago, I shared a FB announcement of first grandchild's gender in a Celebrate This Week post, Yellow, Yellow, Blue! And that kicked off my stint as a grandma blogger. I write about the cute things my grandboys say, I share pictures, I write about sharing books with them, and I share pictures (I know I already mentioned that, but I do share a lot of pictures of my handsome grandboys!).

I write about favorite poets, favorite poems, favorite authors, favorite books, favorite words, my favorite season (autumn) and my next favorite season (spring). 

I share pictures of trees, flowers, skies, grandsons, friends, family, and trips. And sometimes, I even write about those same things.

I write about my One Little Word that I've chosen each year since 2013 - listen, savor, stretch, abide, nourish, and delight. And I write about it multiple times during the year as I try (my OLW for 2019) to remember it as a focus for my year.

I write about my shortcomings. I'm easily distracted. I'm disorganized. I'm a procrastinator. I'm often overwhelmed when it's time to make a decision.

I write about my teaching life. 

I write about my family. 

I write through tears and sadness.

I write about my spiritual journey. Our group originally wrote weekly, but now I join friends for SJFT (Spiritual Journey First Thursday) on the first Thursday of each month.  

I write about the things I love - quilts, cats, chocolate, and naps (to name just a few).  I could go on and on, but just check out the abcedarian poem I wrote about the things that delight me.

I write a bunch about daffodils. And why not? Yellow is one of my favorite colors, spring is my second favorite season, and flowers make me happy. 

I write about celebrations. Our Celebrate This Week group doesn't gather weekly any more, but I still try to round up monthly celebrations in a post at the end of each month. Sometimes I fall behind and celebrate two months at once.

I write about conferences and festivals and book sales. 

I write about gratitude and joy and small pleasures.

I have this wonderful time capsule of my life all because I responded to Two Writing Teachers and an incredible group of students who encouraged me to go public with the slices of my life. (Dear slicer friends,The links are for Lindy, but do read the slice Forever in my Heart if you can spare the time. It's one of those posts that never received a comment.)

As you can see, Lindy, I write about the things that matter to me. 

Love and hugs,

*Lindy is a young lady I've known for most of her life, from the time she was a young toddler hiding out in her mama's skirts, to the time she served as a missionary in the Netherlands, to the accomplished flutist she has become who inspires us each time she plays for our Sunday services.


  1. Such a wonderful list of things to write about! It takes courage to put yourself out there, but we learn so much about each other when we share. And that brings more understanding to the world. Thank you!

  2. What a wonderful varied list of things to write about in your blog! I share several of your writing territories too. Making a list of the things that matter and writing about those is always a good way to start and finish!

  3. Ramona, I am so glad that you led me to "Forever in my Heart" about your early days before I knew you. Sharing some of our loves is a wonderful practice so our friendship bond can grow stronger.

  4. Life. You write about life. We love sharing it all with you.

  5. I love this. My hope is that I write about things I love too or at least things I know and feel about deeply. My other hope is to get my students to do the same. I may now make a list similar to your's. Thanks for the reflection idea.

  6. This gives me so many windows into who you are! I have enjoyed learning about you through your writing!

  7. Oh my goodness, I learned so much about you in this one slice. What a lovely reflection about your journey and you!

  8. I love this Sister Behnke!! That answered my question perfectly :) it’s such a great idea to share what you love and your thoughts on what you care about