Friday, January 2, 2015

Steph and Nora and Silas House

Above are Steph and Nora at Golden Corral, with Nora acting just a little silly.  The hat was a Christmas gift from one of Nora's aunts.

Silas House is one of my favorite authors.  If you like good Appalachian fiction, or just good stories, give him a try.  You won't be sorry.  I hope you like these suggestions from his facebook page:

This year:
Find a creek, river, lake, or ocean, and be still beside it for a time. Sit by an open fire and watch the flames. Sit on the porch and lie on the grass. Light candles. Take a deep breath. Write a handwritten letter to someone.
Discover something new everyday. Learn. Tell stories. Listen to old people. Ask them questions.
Do something nice for others when you can and don't hesitate to be kind to yourself.
Read actual, real books and newspapers.
Spend an entire day without looking at your phone. If you feel the urge to post a selfie everyday, take a picture of some other beautiful thing instead. Remember that there is power in moderation.
Learn to cook or bake something new. Enjoy every meal. Savor your food. Drink water.
Be completely quiet. Turn your favorite song up as long as it will go.
If someone makes you feel bad all the time, get away from them. Laugh with others. Laugh while you're alone.
Spend time with animals. They make us better people.
Spray someone with the kitchen sink sprayer. Sing while washing dishes. Dance.
Don't judge. Think this: "There but for the grace of God go I" or "Everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle." Forgive others. Forgive yourself.
--Silas House, from "What I Know: a Prayer Essay"

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