one writer’s process…

Artist are sharp-eyed observers, spies, Eavesdroppers. We watch, listen, and absorb things that others miss. We learn a great deal about the world, people, and human nature that way. But that’s not enough.”

We have to blend that knowledge with what we know about ourselves and what we want to say through our art- our ideas, wisdom, and understand.  by Lauren Wolk

Interview by Pat Scales in magazine called Book Links page 4-7

Lauren Wok, author of the 2017 Newberry Honor Book Wolf Hollow, discussed Beyond the Bright Sea, her new novel about feeling isolated, searching for family, and experiencing the power of love

I was reading Book Link when this article above caught my eye and mind and fell in love with her quote above. I felt connected right away. So I decided to share.

 

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A Good Read

The Boy Who Knew Too Much: An Astounding True Story of a Young Boy's Past-Life Memories

This is a true story about Cathy Byrd’s 2 year old son  that had past-life memories from previous life. This is an amazing story.  I am glad she choose to share this story so we could all read it.

 

I took the plunge…

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I have dabble over the years with eating less meat ~ reading lots of diet books had the starting – stopping syndrome.

I read a book once by a not so popular author, but loved her outlook on health issues- This book is called “Is Any Sick Among You” I have so many tabs in this book that I have referred to over the years. I loved this book and promoted this by buying another one so that if someone was really interested in reading her book, I would loan that one out, so I didn’t have to part with mine. It was first published in 1974 and the eighth printing was in 1979. Is there any sick among you

I didn’t find this book on my own, but a friend of mine turned me on to this. This author was off the beaten path but I loved the way the book is laid out. But time past and I laid this aside.

One day, I was pondering and having a hard time doing things I use to do.  I was overweight and having health issues and realized I needed to do something different again, but I  put it on the back burner, just wasn’t motivated to do something about this.

Now time has pasted and  I prayed and asked that I might be healthy. I didn’t think any more about it. Then just recently I met someone in my church and she was telling me about her sister who weighed 210 lbs and had gone to the Doctor and he wanted her to loose weight and told her about this book: “End of Dieting” 

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This friend shared a 3 pages outlining what this plan consisted of. She made me copy to look over. Then I ordered this book thru my library. After reading “End of Dieting”, I realized there had been an earlier book he had written so I looked this up at the library too. Sure enough it was called Eat to LIve by Dr. Fuhrman

 

Eat to Live has menu plans for the busy person  and the not so busy person. I started this about 3 weeks ago. I have given up dairy, salt, sugar and oil. I feel so much better.

I was told as child I was allergic to milk and suggested goat milk. My mother wanted no parts of that, so I continued on regular milk and suffered from this until now. I can’t believe the results I have had in such short period of time. I haven’t had any sugar cravings that I have had on my other diets. It is truly amazing. I did fall off this diet couple of time but picked myself up and started over the next day.  I don’t have this book down pack yet. But working on it. For instance the bean think I am not much of black bean or pinto eating person. It dawned on y one day that I needed to add this into my diet as well. He gave suggestion as to how you go about adding it to your menu plans. I started out with 1/4 of cup as I didn’t want to have

Since I have been doing this new way of eating, I have had more energy. I use to have acid reflux from tomatoes and onions. I can now eat tomatoes and raw onions without the ill effects. This has been astonishing to me. I shared this new concept with a few of my girl friends. One friend who has been suffering with her  sugar levels as diabetic told me she is down to 118 ,  she hasn’t’ seen that number for sometime. She feels it due to eating more raw vegetables in her diet.

So this is my focus presently and a permanent one. Hope this helps someone along the path. till we meet again.

Recommend – Artisan Pizza Book

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I know this blog is suppose to support my jewelry business. But there is life around us. We all have our ups and downs. I don’t like seeing the same post day after day. I think variety and life situations are interesting too.

I am presently changing my life style, had some health issues but trying to resolve them naturally or another wards correcting my diet. I have been trying to eat healthier.

We had this book on the shelf at our home for sometime, but I didn’t want to deal with 7 cups of whole wheat flour that many of these recipes called for.   That meant dragging out the Kitchen Mill by BlendTec. But yesterday, I buckled down to putting this pizza dough recipe together. Got my my hubby out the door and started working on this dough recipe,,,

I must say it went together a lot easier than I thought it would. Then it needed to rest for 2 hours before placing it in the refrigerator. I was only going to be home another hour, so called hubby to see if he could stop on his lunch hour to put the pizza dough in the refrigerator.  As I would not have been home till much later in the evening. It was amazing. I now can see the reasoning that it is nice to have some dough left over so  you can use it to make pita, or more pizza for lunch time later in the week. I have tried two recipes out of this book thus far. I have not had any trouble with either one of them.

This is the recipe book I used: But now I can see the reasoning behind it. I am finding that since I left dairy, oil, sugar, and sodium behind that it seems it takes me longer to prepare. But that is another story another day .

artisian pizza

 

 

One more suggestion, I would not use the whole wheat flour on grocery shelves. Wheat Flour needs to be stored in the refrigerator or freezer. Rancid flour is not good for you. Either go to store that will freshly ground it for you or invest in the equipment and store whole wheat in #10 cans. It  will last in #10 can with oxygen packet for 30 years. Today I used a can of my wheat berries to produce the wheat flour I needed for this recipe. I used the whole can and did have left overs about 2 1/2 cups not sure as I didn’t not measure. It’s in the freezer in Ziploc bag until I need it again sometime.

This recipe did not call for kneading either. I put 3.5 cups warm water in large bowl and added 1 Tablespoon of yeast. The instructions said to add the next items in:                         1 T of kosher salt,                                                                                                       2 T of Agave Syrup but I used Agave  sweetener,                                                       1/8 cup olive oil,                                                                                                          7 cups of fresh ground whole wheat.

Then you might need to use your wet hands to get all the flour mixed in.

. Then it was time to let it sit for the next 2 hours to rise.  By the time I left for work it was already at the top of my bowl. Not sure what it was like when hubby came and put it in the refrid. I just told him not to punch it down. So it was nice coming home to the pizza crust ready just had to shape it and sprayed a pan and put my rolled out dough on it. I made two mini pizzas this way hubby could dress his the way he liked it and I could put on mine what I wanted.

It was hit, he mentioned the dough tasted better. Whole wheat has more fiber.

Hope this helps someone along the path. till we meet again.

 

Recommended – Jewelry Maker’s Design

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This is a good read, reaped some great information that was helpful. Deryn Mentock’s book “The Jewelry Maker’s Design Book: an alchemy of objects  shows how using a artist journal was useful. She shared tips on each piece she had designed and why. The use of texture, shape, size and color are all important ingredients when designing a piece of jewelry.

Mary O.

Connect with Nature at Prairie Pine Peddler on etsy

Candy Bomber

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Candy Bomber: The Story of the Berlin Airlift's

I came across this book quite by accident. I work in a library you see. Each week new books are brought down to our area. We look them over and then they are placed on carts to be shelved.

I think this one was in with the non fiction, however as I started to read this, I noticed it was more of 5th or 6th grade level reading. So I looked at the spine and noticed there was J in front of the call number – meaning it belonged up in the Youth dept.

My two cents is I was wondering if this person who was inspired and dropped all these little parachutes off was still living and the story  behind it. It is must read, will bring hope, and you’ll just know that we all have mission to fill while we are on this earth. We just need to listen to that still small voice that will guide your life.

I am thankful that I had the opportunity to read this book. I don’t know where I was when I was growing up with history as I wasn’t all that interested in and now that I am older I am more interested in it then I was before. Hope this will help someone along their path.

by Mary O.

Impression we make

ok, I am librarian by day and Jewelry designer/maker by night.

I had a customer/patron come to the desk to check some books out.

Meanwhile before he approached me,  (I am discharging ILL books and my desk is loaded with books)

He asked, Can you check books out ?,

I said yes I can do that for you

He said: – I wasn’t sure and I point to button that I was suppose to wear but decided to hang in on the back of my monitor that said, “Please Interrupt Me”

He said: I will remember that the next time I down here.

Then I preceded to check his two books out. I put the receipt in the book that was due first, as I am handing his book to him, I told him that he would need to read this book as it was due before the other one. He starts laughing with a very hardy laugh, the kind that is contagious and pretty soon I was smiling from ear to ear…He remarked to that episode was he needed that all the time, and continued to laugh. I think I struck his funny bone

We both laugh together and I am now smiling from ear to ear.

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