February 6, 2017
Two things to mention right off the bat:
- Our promised guest blogger’s post has been delayed until later this week.
- To those of you who have contacted me about Sheri Hawley’s blog being down, she and her technical cohorts have been working on figuring the problem out. Sheri is such a great writer and those of us who follow her blog truly miss her voice on the Internet. (To new readers: Sheri is my daughter-in-law’s mom as well as a dear friend.)
A couple of weeks ago, a mysterious package arrived in our mailbox from blog/real life friends, Jim and Ann Martin. (You may recognize Ann’s name as a #1 blog commenter.)
Inside the package, I found a Smith family calendar that Ann had created. As I leafed through pages, it was easy to tell that she had spent a long time finding just the right photos and getting them all placed just right.
She had included all our birthdays (including the grandkids) and special occasions like our wedding anniversary and Sarah’s transplant anniversary.
Was not that not the sweetest thing? Thanks again, Jim and Ann, for being so very thoughtful.
It was accompanied by a letter.
At first glance, I thought it was just a normal coffee table book but when I looked inside, I looked into a world of words and wonder and ever-so-lovely creativity–in short, the world inhabited by my sister, Ruth Rehberg.
I have mentioned before that my sister is a prolific writer of prose and poetry; and when I say prolific, I mean that at times she has written forty poems in one month. As with most writers, she would love to have her work published but until the time when that can take place in the “normal” way, she has come up with her own fabulous, non-normal solution.
Whenever Ruth goes into a thrift store, she looks for extra lovely photo books. After getting them home, she begins the painstaking, beautiful process of transforming those books into Ruth Rehberg Poetry Collections. (For anyone wondering about copyright issues, she doesn’t sell these but just gives them as gifts.)
She starts by printing her poems onto onion skin paper and gluing them into the books.
On the pages where there are already words printed, she adds lovely photos and designs to cover them.
Here is one of her (many) poems.
I love that I get to live in a world where so much beauty exists–beauty in peoples’ hearts and beauty in what they create and share with those they love.
There are ways you can create and share and enrich the lives (and the mailboxes) of people in your family, in your neighborhood, and throughout the world. Whether you think you don’t have the money, or the time, or the opportunity, don’t take no for an answer. Find inspiration in Ruth’s example.
If it is worth creating, it is worth sharing. Our world needs more of the beauty that you (and Ann and Ruth) create.
What about you? Are you a creator?
Whether you sew, or do photography, or play the tuba, or write, or cook, or craft, or mentor . . . what is your gift?
How do you use it? How do you share it?
And even more importantly, what keeps you from sharing it?
Thrift stores, fuzzy socks
and conversing with my Yorkie
are all on the list of things I love.