Shelter from the Storm…

Some things are just too vulnerable to write about…or to write about easily…to be really candid and open…it’s easier to hold back…to stuff them back inside…and go for fluffier topics…

Now…you might think I’m talking about a relationship…and…I suppose I could be…but…honestly…I’m talking about Hurricane Ivan…living on the gulf coast when he made landfall…

And…honestly…though I’ve tried several times…to write about the emotions that I experienced before, during and after the storm…I still can’t do it…they are too raw…too vulnerable…to make it on the page…

Oh…I can laugh and tell you about spending the storm sleeping on a swim float in my friends’ closet…but…I can’t describe the feeling of going into that closet…not knowing what would be there when we came out…

So today…I’m thinking about Hurricane Sandy…and all of the people who have been affected by her…wishing them well…wishing them safety…wishing them peace of mind…wishing them shelter from the storm…

Jane

Life is Butter with Friends…

I usually cruise the net a bit before I write my blog…sometimes I’m looking for inspiration…sometimes I’m trying to catch up…sometimes I’m trying to wake up…and…sometimes I’m just plain procrastinating…

Today…was kind of a catch up day…but…lo and behold…I found some inspiration in the first Facebook post I saw…

My friend…Betty Reed Lynch…author of…Back to the Table with My Country Kitchen…had posted a recipe calling for a…stick of butter…which…for me was pretty straight forward…but…she had a friend from Australia…who asked…what is a stick of butter

The question was quickly…and expertly answered…it is a quarter of a pound…four ounces…which her friend quickly roughly converted to grams…and what portion of the block her butter came in…it would be…

Now…the post…made me smile…and…that could have been that…except with…Bertha…it never is…no…she had to relate it to life on a bigger scale…

She says…that no matter how much we have in common with our international neighbors…we will always have differences…some big…some small…and…wouldn’t it be nice…if we would put away our…guns…and our…missiles…and…broach those differences…friend to friend…one stick of butter at a time…

Jane