Laura Benedict's Blog

November 20, 2017

So much mystery goodness…

 

Happy Monday!

First, an update: Last Monday, I wrote a longer than usual blog about working on my productivity skills and goals. I planned to start with getting more sleep to up my energy. My plan was to make a hard and fast bedtime. Well, that was in major conflict with my deadline schedule, and my deeply-ingrained habit of writing late at night. Sooooo, I’ve settled for getting 7-8 hours sleep a night. It’s worked out great. Between the happy light and a bit more...

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Published on November 20, 2017 00:32

November 18, 2017

 

Let peace, descending from her native heaven, bid her olives spring amidst the joyful nations; and plenty, in league with commerce, scatter blessings from her copious hand! –Daniel Boone

When I think of the concept of plenty, my mind immediately goes to food. (No surprise.) We are surrounded by agriculture where we live, and I found this crate in front of our natural foods store in town. Grammar Orchards was the name of our local orchards before the owners retired and sold up to the Amish....

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Published on November 18, 2017 23:34

 

Every Saturday, Rain or Shine

Serendipity makes a life worth living.

 

Greetings, my dears! I’ve been in the editing lair with my head down, second jammies on (yoga pants, hoodie, Uggs), and faithful pups at my feet. My apologies for not being in touch. Links are tardy today, but I hope you find something fun.

(If you’re in the States, how are your Thanksgiving plans coming? We’re having 15 at our house. Smoked turkey breasts arrived yesterday, but I’m (grocery store) hunting for a fresh one today.)

 

Bits and Bobs

Craz...

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Published on November 18, 2017 11:20 • 1 view

November 14, 2017

One of my favorite posts from back in 2010. It was a thrill to write this short story to accompany this Emily Benedict Coleman painting for the Lewisburg Literary Festival.

 

DAUGHTER

 

Daughter

Painting by Emily Benedict Coleman

 

Run, daughter, run.

I cast no blame, my darling girl. The blood that stains our rough-hewn floor will bear no witness: my own deceit has brought me thus. Your hand your tender hand was just its agent.

Run, daughter, run.

While you slept in another’s womb, I spun the golden...

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Published on November 14, 2017 23:31 • 2 views

November 13, 2017

 

 

 

burning bush 1

I suppose I could be more delighted with this Burning Bush, but I’m not sure how.

 

scattered burning bush leaves

Beautiful chaos

 

Berries

 

In the bush

 

In the shade

 

My favorite

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Published on November 13, 2017 23:44

November 12, 2017

 

Union Terminal Time

Union Terminal, Cincinnati, Ohio

 

The time has come to brush up on my scheduling. I’m an inconsistent scheduler–resistant and yes, a bit lazy. I’ll set goals and forget what they were the next day. Two weeks in a row I’ll neatly and colorfully lay out my bullet journal, only to forget to consult it. Or I’ll consult it faithfully for a week and then…forget. I do have years’ and years’ worth of family calendars. They were critical when I had two children at home who had very different schedu...

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Published on November 12, 2017 23:39

November 11, 2017

 

Endure and persist; this pain will turn to good by and by. –Ovid

November roses are symbols of persistence and resilience. The frosts have begun, and sometimes half the blossoms on a bush will die, their petals curling and turning brown. But some flowers stay bright through several frosts. Eventually they’ll all be gone, browning and drying and falling to the ground to prepare it for growth come spring. Good will come again by and by.

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Published on November 11, 2017 23:13

November 10, 2017

Every Saturday, Rain or Shine

Serendipity makes a life worth living.

 

Bits and Bobs

(It’s all archeology, critters, and politics–talk about strange bedfellows)

Rewriting evolution: 300,000 year-old skulls that look a lot like us.

2,000-yr old sundial gives us a new perspective on ancient Rome .

Rare political link! A quiz that uses an unusual metric to determine whether you might be a Republican or Democrat.

A Van Gogh painting shares its fame with a grasshopper.

Apparently a zillion stingrays is called “a fever.” So coo...

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Published on November 10, 2017 23:21

November 9, 2017

Of Books and Music

Thursday evening was my second choir practice in about twenty years. I raised an opera singer, and have been to a blue million choir or chorus concerts, but singing in a group has never been high on my list. Right now there are six women in the group, and one director. When the priest asked me if I wanted to join, I said I could only make a joyful noise, but that I’d be willing to try.

There’s something so peaceful about singing in a dimly lighted church in the evening. Eve...

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Published on November 09, 2017 23:54 • 1 view

When fall arrives, there’s something in the air besides woodsmoke and the gorgeous color of the surrounding landscape– gloom. Oh, it can be a delicious gloom: the kind of gloom that’s the perfect setting for cuddling up to a pile of big, fat books with a pot of tea and a bowl of…popcorn? Okay, make that shortbread cookies–popcorn isn’t really cuddly. Gloom is also great for cuddling with your sweetie, or reading to little ones. Gloom is perfect for such moments. Gloom is the lifeblood of the...

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Published on November 09, 2017 00:18