Welcome to Following the Whispers blog
Thank you so much for taking the time to visit. Hope you enjoy your stay. I blog here whenever I feel the need. This blog was created at the time my memoir came out, in February, 2009. Its motto was: creating a life of inner peace and self-acceptance from the depths of despair. Now, my focus is sharing this journey we call life.
“Only one thing is more frightening than speaking your truth, and that is not speaking it.” Naomi Wolf
“We are called human beings, not human doings.” Wes Nisker, Buddhist teacher
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs…(And) if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.” Theodore Roosevelt
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
It was around February that I finished the drafts of my book. Or so I thought. Really, I thought I'd done everything I needed to do on it. If you read my post yesterday you already know that I most certainly had not. February is when my health started to decline. While talking to a friend recently, I remembered that when I was a kid, I used to pretend to be sick if I didn't want to go to school. I got symptoms down so I could fool my mother. Then, as I grew up, I would get sick (for real) if I didn't want to do something. The aha moment came when I realized I'd gotten sick right around the time I finished my book because deep down inside, I knew I wasn't done. And I knew that what I had to do to make this book what it needs to be is damned hard. The subject matter is intense and I have to go deeper inside myself and allow myself inside these characters and I DON'T WANT TO DO THIS.
My editor said to me, "I know how deep you've already gone so if you don't want to do this, it's okay." And I said, "I've always known that this book is my spiritual journey and my spiritual journey is this book. I can't not do it."
So, I still don't feel well, and I probably won't feel better until I begin the extensive revisions that are needed on my manuscript. I just can't face it quite yet...
How about you?
Monday, October 28, 2013
On some level, I knew this. My beta readers had said they felt unfinished. Now I have very specific suggestions for how to "infuse life, vibrancy, and a sense of place." Say some prayers for this nonfiction writer attempting her first fiction work.
How are you coming along with your projects?
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Oh, and yesterday I hired an editor for my novel. Yikes and Yippee!!!
How about you? Do you practice gratitude?
Monday, October 21, 2013
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Hope you enjoyed the pics and stories from South Africa. For those of you who are younger than me and don't believe you will ever be able to do anything like this, let me tell you, I didn't either. So don't give up hope.
On another note, Sugartime (my singing duo) performed at a retirement community here in Albuquerque on Friday. We've been there before and love it. The audience is much more with it than some of the other places we sing. One couple got up to dance a few times. Many others were singing along with us. We sing songs they know and love like Bye Bye Blackbird, Singing in the Rain, When You're Smiling. Most of you probably never heard of those songs. But the story I want to share is about one lady. She seemed elderly (probably in her 80s). Her head rested permanently on her chin. She used a walker. But while we sang, she danced with her walker, back and forth in a small space behind a row of chairs. One hand held onto the walker while the other waved and flowed in the air. I could tell she must have been a dancer, because the hand movements looked ballet like and were perfect. I noticed her while my partner was singing Over the Rainbow and tears welled up in my eyes. My partner than saw me teary and her voice began to catch in her throat while she was singing. She powered through, though.
It was so poignant to see someone still doing what they clearly love, even if they couldn't do it the way they once did. Wish I'd been able to capture photo.
Monday, October 14, 2013
|The historic Victoria Falls Bridge|
|The platform to get on the elephant|
|Me, hubby, our guide, and our hungry escort|
|The elephants really are quite hungry|
We stayed at a lodge that is quite near the Falls. These are some views of the grounds. Giraffes, zebras, and baboons just wandered about at will.
|A beautiful heron|
|Do you see the Zebras in the background - they are not statues!!|
|You certainly don't see this sign every day. It was about 10 feet from our room|
|And this is where the crocs live - again, about 10 feet from our room. We never saw them.|
|my hat becomes an issue|
|The guide who kept me safe|
I was totally enraptured with African sunsets. I kept taking pics every few minutes because it changed so spectacularly. Here are only a few.
Here we are on a cruise of the Zambezi River on the African Queen (not the one from the movie).
|You can see the spray from Victoria Falls in the distance|
|This guy stole our peanuts right in front of us|
|Do you see the elephant swimming? We watched this from the patio|
|Lobby of Royal Livingston Hotel|
|Our last supper in Africa|
|Talk about room with a view - this was shot from our room|
I'll leave you with this sunset, which is a perfect ending to my summary of a most magical trip.
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
|Isn't he magnificent?|
|two out of three brothers|
|ah, there's the third|
|Can you find the baboons?|
|a female leopard|
We followed the track of this female leopard into the bush. We were very lucky to see her just after she'd killed a recently born impala. We watched her eat dinner, bones and all.
|Here she is taking an after dinner stroll|
|another rare sight - wild dog|
|We were lucky enough to see these two cheetah cubs,,,|
|And their protective mama|
|Here she is looking out for them|
|I love these gentle giants|
|Isn't he cute?|
|Hubs and I in our safari jeep|
|these guys sleep 20 hours a day|
|I'm in love with him!|
|They were quite hungry!|
|The whole pride|
|rest stop on the way home from safari|
When we got back to the lodge we were told that baboons had gotten into our room and we had to go see to the damage. When we arrived at our room, they had surprised us with this candelight dinner, a bubble bath had been drawn and we were served a delicious three course dinner.
When this guy lifted his head and looked me straight in the eye, I have to admit I freaked a bit. We were 10 feet from him and I thought, Lunch?
|Mama and baby|
|Leopard cub, approximately one year old|
|my least favorite animal - the water Buffalo|
Tell next time...