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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Saturday's Quotation to Inspire: Compassion for all of life

“Our task must be to free ourselves... by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.” ~Albert Einstein

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Writer Wednesday: How to be a Victorian

It's time for Writer Wednesday, when I discuss another author and his or her book. Today's feature is a step back in time with historian Ruth Goodman and her book How to be a Victorian. Every detail of Victorian life, from what various social classes ate at each meal to what medicines were used and what games were played are detailed. Anything you could want to learn about washing clothes or schooling or working hours can be found within these pages. In short, the lives of the people- men, women, and children all come alive. Differences in social classes and regions that were lived in are also shown. Full of interesting details, Victorian life surges through these pages.

My best to you all,

Monday, September 22, 2014

Autumn Unveiled

Autumn Unveiled 

Orange, like the dawn 
of the newly born day
Whispered embrace
Bright crimson display
Fringes of green
Summer's now paled
Crisp yellow crackle
Mirth now unveiled
This is the morn
of Autumn's delight
Colors emerge
Nature burns bright

--Megan Easley-Walsh
September 14, 2012

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Faith of Generations and a tribute to my aunt

In lieu of Writer Wednesday today, I'd like to talk to you about something more personal. This week my aunt, who was also my godmother, passed away suddenly. Faith and prayer is one area that my aunt and I shared as important in our lives. 

In addition to this, I have been conducting a lot of genealogy research lately. Religion has had a direct influence on my family for centuries. I had known before that the family included French Huguenots, that sought religious freedom first in England and then as some of the earliest settlers of Virginia. Another branch included Germans who moved to what was then southern Russia, and is today Ukraine, to avoid persecution in the 1800s before moving to Nebraska. I have also now learned that one of the earliest female Quaker missionaries was from another branch of my family and that she petitioned King Charles II for religious freedom for the Quakers in Massachusetts Bay Colony. Yet another branch includes the Jewish exilarchs that reigned during the Babylonian Captivity and were descendants of King David. Though diverse, religion played a central role to my ancestors and they all pursued a strong commitment to truth, to light. They were people of spirit. There is a transcendence beyond their denominations. This light can be a guiding force in living and in writing. 

Religion matters in life but also in fiction. Some fiction depicts religion as a hindrance or manipulative.
Other fiction explores in-depth particular religions- perhaps the stories of priests or persecuted Jews during WWII or champions one denomination above all else. Fiction and society can malign a group of people in one way or another, if these differences receive emphasis over the similarities. 
A question that often comes up is what religion prohibits. Religions are portrayed as drawing lines, rules and regulations. 
"Can you do this?"
"Are you allowed to eat pork?"
"Can you dance?"

Rather than focus on what religions prohibit, then, I have a new question for you... 

What does your religion allow? I propose that this is what's more important. 

Does your religion allow you to care for the world and the people within it?
Does it allow you to be compassionate?
Does it give you strength, a sense of belonging, but one that does not exclude others through poor treatment?
Does your religion allow you to live in peace?
Does your religion allow you to love?

These are the questions that matter more than denomination, nation or century in which we live. These are the questions that ought to guide faith and life. This love and compassion is the example that my godmother set for me and one of the most important parts of her, and all of the ancestors before her, that I carry with me.

My best to you all,

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Cover Reveal for The Land Uncharted by Keely Brooke Keith

Today I'm participating in a cover reveal for fellow author Keely Brooke Keith and her upcoming debut, The Land Uncharted. 

Title: The Land Uncharted
Author: Keely Brooke Keith
Release Date: October 21, 2014
Edenbrooke Press

Lydia Colburn is a young physician dedicated to serving her village in the Land. Day and night, she rushes by horseback to treat the ill and injured, establishing a heroic reputation as the village’s new doctor.
Naval Aviator Connor Bradshaw is flying over the South Atlantic Ocean on a mission to secure any remaining sources of fresh water in a 2025 world torn apart by war. A malfunction activates his aircraft’s ejection system, parachuting his unconscious body to the shore of a hidden land. 
Lydia risks her safety to help the injured outsider despite the shock of his mysterious arrival and the disastrous implications his presence could have for her peaceful society, which has gone undetected for seven generations.
Connor searches for a way to return to his squadron, but his fascination with life in the Land makes him protective of Lydia and her peaceful homeland. And while Lydia’s attraction to Connor stirs desires she never anticipated, it also pushes an unwanted admirer to stage a dangerous attempt to win her affection.
As Connor tries to keep the Land off the radar, he learns the biggest threat to Lydia lurks in her village. But when Lydia’s greatest passion and darkest fear collide, will she look to the past or the future to find the strength to survive?

Pre-order today!

Have your ebook of The Land Uncharted signed via Authorgraph!

Advance Praise for The Land Uncharted:
"Not only is Keely's writing beautiful and full of vivid detail, but the story and characters are incredible! I love the way she crosses genres and how well it all blends together.” -Christina Yother, author of Reverie

The Land Uncharted captured my interest from the opening lines. Keely Brooke Keith skillfully weaves an engaging story that explores the possibilities of a simple, peaceful existence in a society set apart from a world ravaged by conflict. Equal parts suspense and romance, this debut novel is a compelling read.” -Heidi McCahan, author of Unraveled

Author Bio:
Keely is a bass guitarist and lives on a hilltop south of Nashville. When she isn’t writing stories or playing bass, Keely enjoys dancing, having coffee with friends, and sifting through vintage books at antique stores. 

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Writer Wednesday: I am Rembrandt's Daughter


When I was in High School, I visited Rembrandt's house in Amsterdam. I remember walking up the twisting stairway, seeing the engravings and feeling the thrill of stepping into art and history.

In Lynn Cullen's novel, I am Rembrandt's Daughter, Cornelia walks and lives this life with Rembrandt daily. Told in first-person, the story alternates between teenage Cornelia and her remembrances of the past that are guided by particular paintings done by Rembrandt at the time. Cornelia's world is not only pigment and brush though. The increasingly ringing of the bells of the church to mark funerals and the prophetic P on the door signal when a family has been affected by the plague. For Cornelia, the plague is not only a potential future threat, but also a painful anchor to the past.

Explorations of what it means to be a family, talent and ambition vs. doing what is expected, and uncovering hidden secrets all contribute to making this a very interesting and enchanting read.

My best to you all,