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.



Share Your World ~ 28 May 2018

If you were to pack a basket for picnic lunch, what would be in your basket? Broccoli with cranberries and red onion salad, some peaches for dessert. Some cold herb tea, Cloth table cloth and some paper napkins, maybe some flat pretzels for snacking.

On a vacation what you would require in any place that you sleep? A neck pillow, a book in case I can’t sleep or my phone plug in so I could scan Pinterest till sleep hit me.

If you were to buy a new house/apartment what is the top three items on your wish list? Well we recently did that, but I didn’t stick to the list.Hubby wanted 2 bathrooms,  to live near his granddaughter and close to an  LDS Temple. So instead we have one bathroom, near a train so we can visit granddaughter and an hour and 20 minutes away from LDS Temple.

What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week? I have a very thoughtful husband, he recently bought me 2 non stick pans and they clean up so easily. I made some multigrain pancakes and there wasn’t terrible mess to clean up. 

Share Your World ~ 14 May 2018

Complete this sentence: This sandwich could really use some… horseradish mustard. I grew up on  Oscar Meyer Liverworts and horseradish mustard with bit of sliced raw onion on sandwich. I used to take this for lunch in high school. Don’t eat this anymore but I did at one time.

What is your least favorite candy? I have never acquired a taste for malted balls. But now I don’t eat candy for three reason 1) my heart 2) my eyes and 3) my teeth.

What sign are you? Do you believe in astrology? I am a Sagittarius. According to a google definition I am suppose to be: Wild, feisty, independent and exciting, Sagittarius women are arguably the wild child of the zodiac. Adventurous, fun loving, sociable and friendly, they are typically determined to live life to the fullest. I can also say I am on the right side of the brain, not left (Logic). Enough said if you can’t figure it out its not my fault.


What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week?  Well we are slowly moving into house that we will move into when we retire completely. I have been excited about painting inside. My husband had bed that he paid .25 for when he was kid. His mother antique it to make it look like wood. I never cared for the color and asked if he minded if i painted it dark blue.

The house we moved into had previously been a bachelor pad. So most of the walls are pearl gray color. Not my first color I would live with.

After painting the bed frame. I decided it would look really cool in red /white and blue.

I will take picture and put it up later so you can see it. I didn’t or hadn’t plan this until I was painting and the idea came into my head.

So I am going keep the colors of walls in this room and let the accessories dress up the room . I am really excited about this. I am also going to make curtains out of tea stained ticking. I have country red pillows, blue and white plaid bed cover and I want to add some fabric that has stars in it. Will have to make trip to Joann to see if I can find something to tie this all together.   So that is why I am happy and excited to decorate our new home. I showed my girl friend and she said that she loved the curtain choice and it would be on the  primitive side. Which I do like. So I am excited and hope my quest enjoy their new room when they come to visit. 

Share Your World ~ 23 April 2018


If you could have an endless supply of any food, what would you get? If I didn’t have to worry about my teeth I would probably pick out something sweet like Philadelphia Sticky Buns with butter. But these are not really healthy and would definitely make you over weight. But if I picked something practical I would pick sweet naval oranges.

List at least five movies or books that cheer you up. 

Directed by Marc Webb. With Chris Evans, Jenny Slate, Mckenna Grace, Octavia Spencer. Frank, a single man raising his child prodigy niece Mary, is drawn into a custody battle with his mother.  This movie is such a lesson tht true love is for everyone and maybe who we see is not really the one but faith will take us there Christmas Angel - Christian Movie/Film on DVD. Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005) starring William Moseley, Anna Popplewell, Skandar Keynes, Georgie Henley, Tilda Swinson, Liam Neeson, James McAvoy, Jim Broadbent and Ray WinstoneSecond Chances (1998) loved this movie when I was little! Classic horsey movies

If you were a mouse in your house in the evening, what would you see your family doing? Watching TV and snacking on popcorn.

What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week?  I appreciated the warm spring weather we are having and the wind going thru my hair. I am thankful I can leave the building to go eat my lunch. It was wonderful.  I am thankful that we got to attend Stake Conference this weekend. For knowing my mother even thou she has dimentia and knowing those that have past on are alive and not dead. They are up in heaven. I look forward to meeting my ancestors someday. 

Share Your World ~ 9 April 2018

Been anywhere recently for the first time? I can’t think of anyplace I have been lately. Been trying not to spend money on things I don’t need. Been downsizing. Read a book on how to tidy your house and she starts you out touching your clothes and if it brings you joy keep it and if it does not then part with it. So that is my main objective lately.

List three favorite book characters. Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego refuse the food and wine of King Nebuchadnezzar. . And when the 10 days are up, Daniel and his three friends look healthier than all the other young men. Are you wondering why I picked these fellows? I started eating less meat/dairy and sugar. I was thinking about the example in the scriptures and decided to see if I would feel better. I can say I do. I have back trouble, and had put some weight on that contribute to the pain. Since I have lost about 25 lbs. I don’t have near the pain I use to have in my back and knees. I feel the things we eat effect our bodies. If we listened to our bodies we could or can figure out more on what is good for us and what is not. I have more energy since I cut out the things above. I dont’ count calories and have replace starch for the meat. I eat more veg and fruits now. .

What is your favorite non alcoholic drink: hot or cold? I can’t say I have a favorite. But in the winter time I love hot chocolate and in the fall I love Bengal Tea and in Summer Time I live lemonade. This Spring I am still in the hot chocolate mode as it is still snowing and sometimes below freezing and other times doesn’t get any higher that 42 degrees during the day making it still a chilly day.

What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week? I can’t think of anything spectacular that happened to me. But I am thankful that I live in country that has freedoms. This coming week I am attending a Spiritual Retreat for Women and looking forward to that. 

Share Your World ~ 29 Jan 2018


If you had an unlimited shopping spree at only one store, which one would you choose? Why?  I would pick IKEA up in Chicago area. They have such neat furniture for every room in the house.  I would love to rejuvenated my home furnishing in bathroom, kitchen, living room, gardening etc.

What is the worst thing you ate recently?  I am vegetarian now. Hubby isn’t happy cause he likes to eat out at steak houses, fast food etc. So we went to Culver’s the other night so he could have roast beef but ended up with something else. Anyhow I ordered a salad with out cheese. My salads are so much better than there was even with the salad dressing. Fast foods just don’t cut it anymore.

Name five things you like watching…

  1. I just love trees in fall and winding roads. The next bend is usually an ah or oh so beautiful.
  2. Covered Bridges
  3. Old Cemeteries
  4. Children building sand castles
  5. Old Cars on highway

What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week?  I decide right after Christmas I was going to make valentine aprons for my granddaughter. I had little girl at church that I used as model and decided I would make her one, then I forgot about my husband granddaughter so now I am making one for her too. I found this neat pocket on pinterest and made my own pattern and two toning the apron. The first pocket turned out smaller than I expected, so making the next set of pockets larger. I am excited that I could figure out how to do this pocket with out a pattern.  

Share Your World ~ 8th January 2018


Do you prefer a bath or shower? I definitely like a shower, I don’t like soaking in tub that is not my cup of tea.

What do you do to make a living or during the day? I am unfortunately still working full-time, but hoping to retire at the end or beginning of next year. I sometimes feel like just kicking the bucket and quitting now, but I am trying to wait until it is really my turn to quit on account of my birth year.

So what do I do for a living?  I have been a public librarian for the past 20 years.  I am reference clerk and wear many hats. I download the local newspaper on daily basis, I help people in the computer lab with assorted request, I find books that people want to read, I help people with their genealogy request which is my favorite thing to do. But lately many of our newspapers have gone digitally, so they can look them up themselves online and we aren’t called on to look them up for them as much.   I have been an Art show coordinator for the past 8 years.I also taught variety of classes at the library such as jewelry class, genealogy classes, computer classes, software classes, card making classes. I have also gone out in the community to give programing about the library and the services we provide.

If you are retired what mostly occupies your day? Or if you are a student what are you studying? I am not a student but we have free Gale Online Courses we can take through our library website. I just recently signed up for two classes. I have been wanting to learn how to talk to people that are deaf that come into the library. I know a little sign language that my grandfather taught me when I was younger and I know how to say thank you as one of my deaf patron showed me how to sign for that.. The other class I am going to take is in March, it is called Mindfulness. I can’t remember what it is about presently. Just looked interesting.

Is there a stuffed animal in your bedroom? No stuff animals in my bedroom. Don’t like a lot of little stuff taking up room when I am ready to get into bed.

What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week?  Over the Christmas holiday we went to visit my daughter. I decided to make cookies for her and her family. While trying to spread the icing on my cut out  cookies I actually used a paint brush. Then I had this desire to look further into how to decorate cookies. So I recently checked a book out at the library which I would now like to obtain for future use. It is called ” The Complete Photo Guide to Cookie Decorating 

I never realized that decorating cookies is a specialty art too. Just recently I was watching someone using fondant to decorate baby blocks made from cake and all the measurements and care that was going into this project that someone had ordered for their baby shower.. It was a WOW experience for me.