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On my mind : words.

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[ photo taken in Charlotte, North Carolina, part of an installation called The Writer's Desk : words from Rolfe Neill, publisher and writer of The Charlotte Observer October 1975-January 1998 ]


I am a reader. I always have been and most likely always will be.


At many times in my life reading has been my refuge. It has given me knowledge, comforted me, inspired me and challenged me.


As many of you know I truly believe in the positive power of words to make a difference in our lives. To make connections. To enchant. To heal wounds. To celebrate life.


Here's a look at some recent things with words that touched me in some way, making me want to share:


1. Kelly Rae's thoughts on becoming.


2. Amanda's ten things list. I think I will do one of these this week (would also make a great scrapbook page or minibook).


3. Kate's journey on sweet | salty.


4. Leo's Handbook for Life: 52 Tips for Happiness + Productivity.


5. I am planning to re-read My Antonia by Willa Cather (the words from this book still live with me even 15 years after reading it the first time). Thinking about it makes me miss my literature classes in high school and college. I miss the discussion and the dialog and the prompting. I miss sharing the story with others. I miss the level of understanding that comes from deconstruction and conversation. Sounds like I need to take a class or join a bookclub.


6. The thought provoking words and unanswered questions in the movie Lions for Lambs.


7. Time's What The World Eats. A collection of photos from around the world showing what a family eats (and their cost per week).


8. An interesting essay about blogging from The New York Times Magazine (by Emily Gould).


9. Recently I have been reading Michael Pollan's The Omnivore's Dilemma. I have actually been reading it for at least a couple months now (I can't remember the last book I took this long to read + that I stuck with even in the parts that were not as interesting to me).
In the beginning I lovingly referred to as the "corn book" because of
the in-depth information about how much corn (and corn derivatives) is
in the foods we eat. It is one of those books where some days I will
read a whole bunch and then on other nights read just a few pages before bed. I am captivated
by this book about where our food comes from. It's educational and
instructional and pretty much like a really, really long magazine
article.


10. Information on the history of Memorial Day. And Andy Rooney on Memorial Day (from 60 Minutes).



And the questions on my mind lately: What is my response to a recent call to action? What am I afraid of? How is my value alignment? Am I doing enough? What am I doing with" my one wild and precious life"?


Dottedline


[ Coming this week: Three Things, Q & A regarding album organization, and more. ]

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36 thoughts

  1. Kim Hacking says…
    05/26/2008

    What a great blog entry Ali! I'll be busy for hours linking to your cool references. Thank you for taking the time to share so many resources.

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  2. Mary says…
    05/26/2008

    I will definitely check those links. Thanks and have a good holiday!

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  3. Sidney says…
    05/26/2008

    You can always be counted on to create a world of wise blogging. I thoroughly admire your consciencious sharing of information. That you take the time to share so much information, so unselfishly, always amazes me.
    You are one of a kind, for sure.

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  4. Denise Laborde says…
    05/26/2008

    Excellent post today Ali! And yes! join a book club, it's an awesome way to share. Bises, Denise
    Side note: Just got an HP Photosmart Printer so I'm going to try out some of your words + photos prompts!

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  5. Nora says…
    05/26/2008

    Ali, I sure wish you could come to my house for about a week and help me get all my pictures together and help me use my scrap book stuff all used in all the different ways you do. I'm hoping to get a lot done today since my husband is working in the yard and the girls are at work all day. I love your post today and all you had to say about everything. I've read most of it and plan to read more later on today. Today is a very speical day in our family as my husband has 28 years in the AF and I have 4 of my 5 sons in the military. Two are in Iraq right now. Talked to them this morning and they are doing fine. They are only 18 and 20. Plus I have one son in the Marines who went they twice before he was 21, thank God he is home safe now and working with the Marines in the states. For all the men and women who service are great country we should be thankful for them....We have are freedom because of them, never forget that.

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  6. Pam says…
    05/26/2008

    Omnivore's Dilemma has changed the way my family eats, how and from where we shop and we joined an organic CSA. Absolutely profound book.
    Thanks for all your inspirations!

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  7. Jennifer says…
    05/26/2008

    Ali, you are an inspiration. Thanks so much for sharing so much of who you are and what you are passionate about.

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  8. Jenni says…
    05/26/2008

    Thanks for the weekend mind candy! I think I'll check out that Willa Cather book you mentioned (maybe we could discuss here?) Have a great Memorial Day!

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  9. Kim says…
    05/26/2008

    I love the Michael Pollan book too. He has a lot of good podcasts that are also great to watch/hear.
    Here's one about some of his new ideas:
    http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/214

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  10. Liz Ness says…
    05/26/2008

    LOVE My Antonia! Also, thanks for sharing the link to the poem (reminds me of Susan Woolridge's book, Foolsgold). One of those stay-with-you books for me is There Eyes Were Watching God ("There, but for the grace of God, go I"). Humble and a great reminder (like the poem you listed) to embrace the blessings with a full and open heart...no judgement, just joy.
    Have an awesome weekend, Ali!

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  11. Liz Ness says…
    05/26/2008

    D'oh...I can't spell. "Their Eyes" not "There Eyes." Ah well, it's Monday.

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  12. Amy says…
    05/26/2008

    I love the new quote in the today section! It is so wonderful when images come back to you out of nowhere. I had seen on Oprah recently where she had someone on talking about hypnosis allowing you to remember back very far, as well into past lives. I don't know about the past life stuff, but it's an interesting thought, to go into a form of meditation and be able to remember more, details forgotten from childhood. I think we could all use some time to quiet our minds these days.

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  13. katie says…
    05/26/2008

    Too funny you are sharing emily's article. I just read that. Thanks for the other links.

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  14. Amanda says…
    05/26/2008

    Thanks for sharing these Ali :)

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  15. Susan Wilson says…
    05/26/2008

    Ali, such a beautiful, introspective essay. Here's another poem by Mary Oliver that you may enjoy. She's one of my favorites.
    Wild Geese
    You do not have to be good.
    You do not have to walk on your knees
    for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
    You only have to let the soft animal of your body
    love what it loves.
    Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
    Meanwhile the world goes on.
    Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
    are moving across the landscapes,
    over the prairies and the deep trees,
    the mountains and the rivers.
    Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
    are heading home again.
    Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
    the world offers itself to your imagination,
    calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting--
    over and over announcing your place
    in the family of things.
    Mary Oliver
    Born 1935
    American
    Winner of the Pulitzer Prize
    Winner of the National Book Award
    Susan Wilson

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  16. Alex says…
    05/26/2008

    All these yummy links! You got me busy now :P

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  17. Maureen says…
    05/26/2008

    Thank you so much Ali for the thoughtful posts you make. Even if the subject is 'just' plain scrapbooking, you add a depth that is profound.
    Your final statement has been on my mind for several years...when do I take more than a mental stand on an issue, and what fears are holding me back? "If not now, then when?" Thanks for reminding me of this appropriate message on Memorial Day. Maureen

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  18. annie says…
    05/26/2008

    My book club just read "My Antonia" in January. It's been a wonderful experience discussing themes and ideas with people who have thoughts different than my own. AWESOME to hear about other perspectives and compare to my own. I love being able to be kept on my toes.

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  19. M.D. Richardson says…
    05/26/2008

    Thank you for this wonderful post. I come to your blog specifically for the inspiration - for life art - but more for you. You - Ali - are the inspiration!!!!!
    ;)

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  20. NYchick says…
    05/26/2008

    Ooh, I'll have to read "The Omnivores Dilemna". I'm just reading Michael Pollan's "In Defense of Food" and would definitely recommend it. Along the same lines, Jane Goodall has a book "Harvest for Hope" that is a must read. I learned a lot from that book- and now I shop much more mindfully. And for some tough love, "Skinny Bitches" really makes you think about what you're putting in your mouth. I can't wait to check out your other links!

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  21. ady abreu says…
    05/26/2008

    You are an incredible, inspiring woman... Thank you for the constant knowledge you share with the rest of us.

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  22. LWalker says…
    05/26/2008

    First off, love your blog. I have been a Stampin' Up demonstrator for a few years but have yet to start scrapbooking. I just couldn't get into it and could never figure out why. Until I read your blog! I totally connect with the way you scrapbook. I have kept a journal (though only sporadic at times) since my kids were little plus I take lots of pictures. Now I have the inspiration to put the two together, simply and beautifully. Thank you!! Plan on getting your book soon.
    I'm also reading the Omnivore's Dilemma. Have prided myself for year's on being a mindful shopper/eater. Then I went back through my pantry and really checked labels. Imagine my surprise when I found HFCS in my whole wheat bread! Ugh! Glad you mentioned the book on your blog.

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  23. Terri Paulson-Sasaki says…
    05/27/2008

    Thank you for the links to the Memorial Day sites. We sometimes forget why we have this holiday. It is not just a three day weekend, but a day to remember those that have served this country and their ultimate sacrifice and their families. Thank you. And to Nora, thank you.

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  24. Sharron Heys says…
    05/27/2008

    Just made me think of one of my fave books of all time- thank you! I need to galvanise my M.I.L. to send it over to me.... thanks for the reminder! 1 of those books that, for some reason, 'changed' my outlook on life, the universe and everything!

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  25. Sarah says…
    05/27/2008

    Ali, I think we are pretty much on opposite ends of the political spectrum, but you make me think so much. I love reading your blog, how you are so respectful of everyone and ideas. I appreciate that you don't just give us scrapbooking thoughts, but thoughts on making our lives so much better. Thank you for sharing. I am inspired by you in several ways, and I appreciate it.

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