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5 Minute Friday: Gift


I'm always grateful for the gift of grace. Grace greater than all our sin. Grace from my Lord when I mess up. Grace from my family for my mistakes. Grace from my students when it takes me twice as long to grade something. Grace from my own heart to myself is so hard to give...still learning.

I'm grateful for the gift of love. Love when I don't deserve it. Love of my husband and daughters. Love from friends both near and far. The love of God, how rich and pure...if the oceans were ink, they wouldn't be enough to write God's love across the sky (you know the song).

I'm grateful for the gift of music. Music that is the song of my heart, that I can no longer sing prettily because I can't hear it all. But that I can hear it AT all is a gift and a grace, and a gentle reminder that this disability is only temporary for me--it's permanent for so many others.

And finally, I'm grateful for the gift of literacy. Truly, truly grateful for the B…

My Passions

In response to Day 12: Finding My Voice

I was going to write about my family, but then I realized this is about me. So, here we go.

1. Learning more about God.
2. Reading. I read a lot.
3. Journaling. It's my therapy. I also encourage others to journal.
4. Encouraging others, at least until I'm about empty, then I'm pretty much done.
5. Teaching. I have rediscovered this passion.
6. Drinking coffee. Really good.
7. Talking to my friends on the phone (a bit more difficult now that I've only got one good ear).
8. Singing (also more difficult with one good ear).
9. 18th-19th century American literature.
10. Jane Austen.
11. Shakespeare.

Encouraging others: I'm great at encouraging everyone else except myself. Why is that? I do okay in the spotlight in a classroom or speaking to a group, but when it comes to praise, I deflect it all. I am not sure why except it was what I was taught to do.

So I encourage others until I'm drained dry and wrung out. Because I love it…

5 Minute Friday

The topic: Brave

It's so funny that this is the topic for today. A few years ago "Brave" was my theme. I worked very hard to step out of my comfort zone and do things differently than I had before. Try things. Put myself out there more.

You see, I'd been hurt and betrayed by someone I'd thought was close to me. (She was close, and I allowed her to stay close even though her mental illness influenced her to damage me at the core of who I am. In retrospect I should have done more to protect myself. I know better now.) I believed the lies that were told to me, and I was not the person I had been before those awful weeks of phone calls ending in hang-ups and venomous emails and instant messages.

Thankfully, her mental illness was soon curtailed by pharmaceuticals. My heart, however, was not so easily repaired. It is still scarred in places from the experience. I will always be wary of people wanting to be close to me, a sad by-product of the damage inflicted.

The f…

a bird's eye view

Taken with my phone, 7 March 2012, Alaska
Another shift and practice in perspective--this one is difficult for me.

Not only am I short in stature, I'm a keep-busy kind of girl, usually with my nose in a book. As a child I ran watching my feet, afraid to fall down. I don't often look up from the work I'm doing--I keep plugging along, working hard and doing what I've been asked to do.

Looking at the big picture overwhelms me.

One time in a faculty meeting in our small-town high school, we were led through some questions. At the end of the list, we were told what we "were" based on our score on the little quiz. Several people were eagles. Others were beavers. Me? I was a mouse.

At first, I was offended. A mouse? Really? But it wasn't much later that I realized the assessment tool was absolutely spot on. When I'm working on a project, or in a group, I go down the list, one thing at a time, checking things off and getting things done. I do what's in fr…

all about perspective

What is my perspective?

Good question.

I started this blog in 2005 (I thought it was sooner, but I may have deleted some posts at some point) as a writing blog. My "personal" blog was on xanga at the time, and this was an "extra" place for me to experiment with writing and book reviewing. At the time I had left teaching and was thinking of pursuing writing.

In 2006, my husband went active duty, and off we went on our military great adventure. I continued writing and reviewing books, as I had been doing since 1995. I was blessed to see some publishing credits, as well as a return to the classroom last year.

I've generally thought of myself as a woman of many trades who masters none! I am not an absolute expert on anything. I know a little bit about a lot of stuff. I'm great with a search engine and I can find info for people usually pretty quickly. I can speak in front of a crowd. I know what it's like to mother daughters. I know what it's like to e…

Three Gifts of a Thousand

March 12, 2012: A gift in wind, in water, in white: The breezes blowing the pine branches outside my office window, upon which the tiny little grey and white birds perch (are they sparrows or chickadees?)The tea from my Keurig, which uses water...without very hot water, we never get the flavor of the tea.The feet and feet of snow that stretch through the yard. Beautiful in the sunshine, sparkling and white.

Spring Reading Thing 2012

Here we go...year #6! (previous years:    20072008200920102011) 2012 <--wrap up

What it is and how to enter
Posting guidelines list:

Cooking the Books - Bonnie Calhoun (Kindle via NetGalley, for review)By the Light of the Silvery Moon - Tricia Goyer (Kindle via NetGalley, for review)Seven - Jen Hatmaker (recommended from many friends) **pushed to summer reading list**You're Already Amazing - Holley Gerth (picked up from a table at Barnes and Noble, looked good and I always need encouragement)Joy for Beginners - Erica Bauermeister (Kindle via library loan) **delightful!!!** I Love a Man in Uniform - Lily Burana (won from Homefront United Network contest)1001 Things to Love About Military Life by Crooks, Henderson, Hightower and Scherer (won from Homefront United Network contest) **will get to another time**Blue Moon Bay - Lisa Wingate (CFBA review; tour was last month) Other books read:

A Billion Reasons Why - Kristin Billerbeck. Cute story.Beyond the Gathering Storm - Jane…

Late to the party--day 3

Here is my response to the prompt here.

Photo courtesy of Mr. Think Tank.
Nestled between two other houses on the rain-wet street, the cottage seemed just one of many. Similar in style and structure as its sister homes, unassuming in nature at first glance, the house did not attract notice; at least, not like the sunset orange cottage two doors down.
This house, however, was not like the others. Purple, blue and green paints quietly blended into a visual cacophony of color. The funny thing was, though, the old man who lived in the purple, blue, and green-festooned home thought his house was grey.
Bushes, trees, fences, other houses---all in shades of grey.
He was color blind, you see.
How often are we like the old man who lived in the purple, blue, and green house? We live in a gorgeous, color-festooned world, full of beautiful things both big and small. Blessings all ours, with ten thousand beside, as the old hymn of our faith reminds us.
Yet all we see is shades of grey.
I’m just a…

The Messenger by Siri Mitchell

My review at the end. Enjoy!

This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducingThe MessengerBethany House Publishers (March 1, 2012)bySiri Mitchell


Siri Mitchell graduated from the University of Washington with a business degree and worked in various levels of government. As a military spouse, she has lived all over the world, including Paris and Tokyo. Siri enjoys observing and learning from different cultures. She is fluent in French and loves sushi.

But she is also a member of a strange breed of people called novelists. When they’re listening to a speaker and taking notes, chances are, they’ve just had a great idea for a plot or a dialogue. If they nod in response to a really profound statement, they’re probably thinking, “Yes. Right. That’s exactly what my character needs to hear.” When they edit their manuscripts, they laugh at the funny parts. And cry at the sad parts. Sometimes they even talk to their characters.

Siri wrote 4 books and accumulated 153 r…

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March Reading

Playing along with author Kaye Dacus...What am I reading now?

What is the most recent book you’ve finished reading? (Please tell us a little about it, and whether or not you enjoyed/would recommend it.) I have read 17 books thus far this year. I think my two favorites are Camy Tang's Protection for Hireand Nicole Seitz's Beyond Molasses Creek. What are you currently reading? Siri Mitchell's latest The Messenger; Tyora Moody's debut novel When Rain Falls. What’s the next book on your To Be Read stack? The Anchorage Reads 2012 selection: Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

What am I reading?

I wanted to post on this first day of March. It's funny because yesterday was Leap Year day, and I didn't have to write the date, and I still had plenty of normal life stuff to do. Nothing really special or out of the ordinary. I feel a little badly for letting the day go by without some sort of special something, but what was there to do? Just regular ole life.

In typical Pattie fashion, I started two books over the past two days: Tyora Moody's debut When Rain Falls on my Kindle (PDF ARC, because I volunteered to help Ty as an influencer for her debut), and Siri Mitchell's latest historical novel The Messenger, in paperback for CFBA.

The saddest part? I can't read either of them today until I get my lesson ready for tonight! My work schedule changes every 3 months, as I teach for a college that runs on 11-week terms (we do 18-weeks' worth of college work in an 11-week time frame). My new Thursday class is also different in that it's done as a "hybrid&…