Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Give Me by L.K. Rigel is on Sale!


This is one of my all-time favorite books! Check out the review I wrote back in April when I first read it.

The Powerful Magic of Stories

MONDAY, APRIL 30, 2012

Just finished reading Give Me by LK Rigel last week. Wonderful story, well-weaved, but what I wanted to share with you was how this story found me at just the right time on just the right day. If you've been following my blog, you know that I recently lost my beloved grandmother and I have been heartbroken. Suffice it to say, I have my good days and I have my bad days. Last Monday was one of those bad days where I was lost and befuddled. In retrospect, I can see how all the variables added up to it. The day was dank and dreary and I was wallowing in self-doubt about my own writing abilities. I was feeling lonesome and afraid, aware of the growing distance between myself a couple close friends.

 As usual, I was determined to fight my way through it and be productive. I stood in the laundry room, Tide detergent in one hand, coffee mug in the other, staring at the washing machine. I just couldn't do it, so I put the Tide down and backed away slowly. I brewed a cup of earl grey and retreated to my bedroom. With guilt riding my shoulder, I fussed with the bed clothes and pillows 'til I had a suitable nest. Kindle in hand, I flicked the guilt-bird off my shoulder and cuddled up with Give Me.

From the moment I opened the book, I was exactly where I most love to be: in a magic-filled world of witches - wyrding women, in this case - and mythos. Even when the ancient, wind-swept beach cliff turned into sunny California, 21st century, I willingly, hopefully followed. I trailed after Lilith, scared for her, angry for her, sad for her. Lourdes and Elyse lured me into their world of woes, while Bausiney and Marion brought modern-day Dumnos to life. The drippy, grey world outside my window surfaced just long enough for me to meet my kids at the bus stop, and I vaguely remember preparing dinner for my family. Meatloaf, I think...

Then, I was back, immersed in tragic decisions and lost love, wondering at how well-meaning intentions often lead us astray. Finally, relieved when. . .well, you'll have to read the book, yourself.  Well past bedtime, I was still book-dazed as I brushed my teeth, awash in that familiar fog of fragmented feelings from another world - sadness, relief, anger, regret, hope. And, dare I say, even a little left over lust? That night, I dreamed.

I dreamed I was with my Nan Baer, the where and what fors have disappeared, but I remember sitting with her, holding her hand and telling her how much I love her. The specific words are mostly gone, but I do remember saying, "I wish we could go somewhere peaceful and just talk over tea like we used to." I woke up crying in the dark, feeling adrift, as if I could have been anywhere, anytime. In my mind's eye I was standing under the protective cover of Igdrasil (read the book), watching the bank of clouds roil across the western sea towards me. And in that ethereal moment, I truly believed I had just been with my grandmother.

 If you doubt the powerful magic of stories, my heart is heavy for you.

Friday, July 20, 2012

I've been nominated for the Liebster Blog Award

A heart-full thank you to @JLenniDorner at http://jlennidornerblog.what-are-they.com/ for the wonderful Liebster Blog nomination.

The rules are:
 1. Thank and link back to the person who presented you with the award. Add the award logo to your blog.
 2. Answer the eleven questions posted for the nominees.
 3. Share eleven random facts about yourself.
 4. Write eleven questions for your nominees and then...
 5. Nominate eleven worthy blogs and contact those bloggers so they know about it! (No tag backs.)

The Liebster Blog Award is given bloggers who have less than 200 followers. Liebster is a German word meaning: sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing and welcome.

As a new blogger, it feels good to know that someone out there that follows me loves my blog and my posts, therefore they love my mind." - Lil

The eleven questions I was given and my answers to them:

1- What is the most inspiring blog prompt you have encountered?  What are you doing to make your dreams your reality?  You have to take action, not just wish for things.

2- What is the biggest step you have taken toward achieving your dreams? Setting goals, taking action, listening to all the well-meaning advice, and then doing what I think is right, anyway.

3- Who is your favorite fictional character of all time and why? Easy - Roland of Gilead.  Hands down, he is the best combination of gunslinger and unwilling philosopher. There are no easy answers or convenient definitions of right and wrong - sometimes you have to wing it.

4- What could someone say about a newly published book that would cause you to go get it immediately? That it's layered:  kick-ass, action adventure in a fantasy world with gritty romance, magic and deep thinking - but the deep thinking is optional. ;-)

5- What is the most fun activity you have ever engaged in with others online? Writing challenges - my favorite writing group gets together and kicks each other in the ass and we get each other writing - over the humps, through the tough stuff, and even the fun stuff

6- Do you care enough to change something in the world; and if so, what is it and how do you try to change it, and if not, why not? I care about the suffering in the world, but I know that suffering is an illusion, too and that we each have to change ourselves first before we can do anything to help anyone else. So, yes, I care, and I'm working on changing myself. When I get that down, I'll get back to you ;-)

7- What makes it all worth it? The real moments, when I'm wide awake and very aware of the smell of grass baked in warm sunshine, my man's hand on my leg while we drive, my kids' laughter echoing through the house, a sip of ice cold, fresh water, that moment of complete peace when I am right where I am.

8- Would it be better to be world famous for a failure or to be considered the greatest but only known by a small group of people? Its all about who you're with, so I pick option number 2 - that's all that matters, a few good friends and a deep sense of satisfaction.

9- Do you feel that the golden rule (do unto others as you would have them do onto you) still applies in today's online world of tweeting, Facebook fanpage subscribing, and anonymous page/post commenting? absolutely - even more so.  I've read some rude and bizarre posts and I wonder what the heck that person wants to see happen in his own life.  How weird to inflict pain and suffering. There's enough of that going around - be the change, for goodness sake - spread a little love.

10- What is the kindest act that you have seen someone do in the past 30 days? My daughter give her younger brother the last of her brownie, even though she really wanted it, because he had dropped his in the dirt. Little brothers can be quite the pests.

11- What does your blog offer to the world that no one possibly could? Me and my perspective on life.  That's the beauty in each of us - our unique experience, our shared suffering and celebrations, our voice.  No one else is quite like you - yet, by sharing our life with each other, we comfort.  I know, I know, sappy, but true.


11 Random Facts About Me

 1.  I thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail
 2.  I used to teach High School English
 3.  I love thunderstorms at night
 4.  I'm a Registered Yoga Teacher with YogaAlliance
 5.  I have never left North America
 6.  I have my motorcycle license but am scared to ride my motorcycle
 7.  My favorite food is Indian
 8.  I'm learning to hoop dance
 9.  I believe there are many paths, but just one truth
10.  I was once told my yoga classes were a backdoor to Satan (seriously)
11.  Happiness is my path


11 Questions for my Nominees

 1. On your death bed, what would you regret not doing?

 2. When was the last time you tried something new? What was it?

 3. What is important enough for you to go to war over?

 4. Describe your life in a 10 word sentence.

 5. What would be your perfect meal?

 6. Exercise is ....?

 7. Would your friends say you are a glass half-full or half-empty person?

 8. How do you de-stress?

 9.  What is your favorite book genre? Why?

10.  In your dream home, what one room must you have?

11.  What's the most bad-ass thing you've ever done? (ignoring your criminal history, of course)

My 11 Nominations are:

 1.  http://www.lkrigel.com/                 @LK_Rigel
 2.  http://www.shadowstephens.com/  @shadowstephens1
 3.  http://oliviahardinwriter.com/         @OliviaH_Writer
 4.  http://bookishwhimsy.blogspot.com/    @bookishwhimsy
 5.  http://youthfulyogini.blogspot.com/   @Youthful_Yogini
 6.  http://thisopenroad.wordpress.com/   @thisopenroad
 7.  http://raebethmcgeeswriting.blogspot.com/   @raebethmcgee
 8.  http://juliesbookreview.blogspot.com/    @djjramsey
 9.  http://thisauthorslife.blogspot.com/     @jessicajgibson
10. http://www.havocandmayhem.com/     @ComfyMom
11. http://danhkind.blogspot.com/        @DanHKind

Thursday, July 12, 2012

You're No Angel and I'm no Saint

    There’s no need to lie.  Be honest.  Yet, who hasn’t told a lie at some point?  Maybe it was to protect a friend’s feelings, maybe it was to save our butt. Regardless of the reason, we have told lies. I have told lies, even to myself, at times.  Weird, huh?  Or maybe not.  I don’t know.

    These are the thoughts going through my head this morning, and I am lost in a little bit of the great conundrum of right and wrong, good and evil, yes and no, truth and lies.  Is there an ultimate truth to our existence? Is it simply that what is, is?  I keep coming back to that and my head is spinning with the complexity my mind can create.

     When I sit still in meditation, it all seems so basic, so clear. What is, is.  In the moment, light shines or darkness beckons, breath flows in, breath flows out.  My nose itches.  My butt’s sore.  My knee aches.  The world, the universe is one connected matrix of life. It’s all chaos, with no purpose or duty. It’s all an illusion. Suffering is real. Suffering is unnecessary. Suffering is illusion. Sigh.

     When I run, like I did yesterday, with all my might until my heart pounds so hard I think it might actually break, when my lungs are on fire and it hurts to draw the next breath, my mind is clear.  I have no angst. I do not worry that people I’ve admired might actually have human frailties and make huge mistakes. I don’t worry whether I’ve over-extended myself or why I resist certain things – like cleaning my house or accepting my own responsibility when I make mistakes. I just am.  I am muscle and bone and blood pumping through arteries and veins. I am 75% water and that water is running in my eyes, down my back, down my legs, soaking my socks and hair.

     I am.  That is all. That is a great place to be – a great state to be in.  I wish I knew how to keep that state of being all the time, under all circumstances.  I can’t run all day.  I can’t meditate all day, can I?  I have to engage in real life, make dinner, wash the clothes, pay the speeding ticket, discipline my children, make love to my man, cry for my Nan when I miss her so much my throat closes, put lavender and arnica gel on my son’s knee scrape, write my heart.

     I guess I’ll continue to “follow my heart and act real bold, just like Ghandi,” as MC Yogi raps. For now.

     Namaste, beautiful friends.

Tuesday, July 03, 2012


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