Dear Friend, Having some time away from the computer last week gave me a lot of time to think and just rest my mind for a while. Normally I wouldn't


Dear Friend,

Having some time away from the computer last week gave me a lot of time to think and just rest my mind for a while. Normally I wouldn't think of a conference as being a chance to rest but surprisingly it was. There's a saying:

Sometimes a change is as good as a rest.

This change of scenery last week took me on an adventure to see the Salt Lake Temple. I found the history of the Mormon church fascinating. I was in awe of the artifacts in the church museum. I think curiosity should be a daily habit. And wandering. The two of those together are my own personal form of rest.

My friend sent me a poem by Patricia Monaghan on resting a few months back. I love this part:

She may say she is resting, but she is more than resting.

She is creating a new universe within herself. Examining and breaking old patterns, destroying what should not be revived, feeding in secret what needs to thrive.

I recharge when I have a chance to see new things, devour books....and listen. And mostly write random stuff in my journal. I love recording things I overhear from strangers. The world is a generous place for a journal. I could fill up an entire composition book each week if I was able to set aside the time. The best word I overheard today? Bellwether. I had to look it up:

noun \ˈbel-ˈwe-thər, -ˌwe-
: someone or something that leads others or shows what will happen in the future

Yes, sometimes a change is as good as a rest. We can recalibrate. Reorient. Level. We can zig-zag when we are used to linear. Visit nearby yet seemingly faraway places.

"I don't want to trudge up insane mountains or through war-torn lands.
Just a nice stroll through hill and dale.
But now I walk everywhere in the city. Any city.
You see everything you need to see for a lifetime.
Every emotion. Every condition.
Every fashion. Every glory.
I could go on about the magnificent chairs I've seen....
or the excellent united pickle tag lying on the sidewalk....
or the candy striped water tower...."
-from Maira Kalman's The Principles of Uncertainty

Have a great weekend.



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Where You Look is Where You Go

A recap of my trip last week and my epiphany about blogging....

"....I want to allow myself to be swept up in the turbulent and hopeful life of the Spirit. And let my soul just take picture after picture.Today is the first day of the rest of my life...."


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Projects from the LBB DIY Vault

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How to Carve Rocks with a Dremel

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Organizing and Recycling Your Junk Drawer

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How to Make a Glow Stick Lantern

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