The Power of Words

Many years ago, I was exercising on a stationery bicycle and reading Maya Angelou's


At this point in my life, I don't remember anything about the book or even what it's about, but I DO remember getting off the bike, going into the next room to tell Allen that Angelou's words had totally moved me; it was literally a religious experience.

She had a way of putting words together that just touched my soul.

And, so it is with GOOD books.

I read a lot of books - a lot.

Some are intriguing mysteries, have a humorous bent, a great mystery,  a complicated plot; some are mostly conversation with little description of the characters or events.  And, sure, I'll read some of those.  Some are written to tell a fascinating story line, but don't necessarily have good writing....there are a lot of those out there.

But the ones with staying power and that thrill me the most are the ones with powerful use of language.  I want to underline and remember the lines; the way the words are put together.  I cannot write like that, but I do know a good author when I am in the midst of a book where the power of the words reaches out and touches my soul.  Where the wisdom of the writer is beyond describing.

And, oh, how I love a good book like that.


Today I Saw:

a grandmother just laughing and laughing with her grandchild.....it was beautiful.

an 8 year old Downs Syndrome girl say to her father just before she was to be baptized...I'm so excited!

a grocery store full of people buying food....it made me realize how grateful I don't live in a war zone.

two returned missionary twins going on a hike with their father....i loved they had together time after a two year time of being gone.

a father of a severely handicapped child lovingly wheel him around and give him a sip of water...knowing he will never get any better than what he is now.

nothing spectacular, but just little slices of life that made me so grateful for what I have.

Cousins Coincidence

Dixie texted; she wanted to meet us for lunch. Dixie is Allen's 2 or 3 COUSIN; who knows, but anyway, they are related.  She is won...