Included as Dear To My Heart on my bookshelves you will see: Write Articles From The Heart by Marjorie Holmes, The Right To Write by Julia Cameron, and Wildflowers of Texas by Geyata Ajilvsgi. With so many books in sight, you may be wondering why I chose only those three titles and why I didn't mention The Bible.
Yes, God’s Word is
Dear To My Heart: however, the only Bibles on my bookshelves are
versions used on occasion that are kept there for convenient storage. My
daily use Bibles are on my iPad and/or kept where I can easily pick them up
when I sit down.
The book, Write
Articles From The Heart by Marjorie Holmes, holds special meaning to my
heart based on one sentence of encouragement it contains. The message I
brought away is that a person with talent has a duty to use it. At the
beginning of her book, Ms. Holmes describes uplifting words regarding her early
writing. Though I am no Marjorie Holmes, I too, have had such and if
I stay away from my writing too long, I am reminded of "my duty".
Though as anyone who writes knows, I cannot stop writing; it's just that there
are times that I have to have a hiatus.
Another favorite inspiration has been The Right To Write by Julia Cameron. I have been so thankful
for the day I first found it at our local library! Once I opened the
book, I had difficulty putting it down except to put into practice the writing
recommendations of Ms. Cameron. It was here I learned of "Morning
Pages", the daily practice of three 8.5 x 11.5" pages of
handwriting whatever first morning thoughts come into your mind and off the tip
of your pen or pencil.
A few weeks after our almost 17-year-old Yorkie had to
be put to sleep, I questioned whether I'd really made the right decision.
Because I practiced writing "Morning Pages" I had a well-documented
journal of Tray's last days. In my grief, I'd been remembering what
I wanted to...her healthier days. As I read those pages, I was
reminded of the things I'd been willing to overlook in my loss. A
comforting truth was in those handwritten words from fifteen years ago that
remain Dear To My Heart.
Not to be overlooked is Wildflowers
of Texas by Geyata Ajilvsgi, a most valuable resource for answers to my
never-ending, "What is the name of this flower?" frequently following
many of my photo finds. In recent years, I have found a new love in life,
that of photos and flowers. Therefore, having this book at my fingertips
has become Dear To My Heart in helping me learn new flower names not
just for myself but that I will be able to share the information with others on
My Living Lens blog. (http://mylivinglens.blogspot.com/)
Because of my interest in expressing myself well, most of
the book titles that appear in this photo have to do with writing. It's a
small amount in comparison to what I had on my bookshelves about a year
ago. Hopefully the missing ones have found happy homes in the hands of
other would-be writers who found them at the local library book sale to which
they were donated. Maybe this number will also dwindle but some will
likely be there when I am no longer here. They have been promised to
a granddaughter who showed writing promise from her first lessons of learning
to write sentences. I believe some will be Dear To Her Heart.