March 2014 Viewpoint


During the month of March, I took a spring blogcation for a couple of weeks.  Spring fever hit hard this year and my daughter and I decided we needed a road trip and shopping to chase away the winter doldrums.  We spent several days in Atlanta and had a great time.

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The posts I did write this month were varied.  I shared my writing story and the struggle with not having the right picture when you need it.  I also shared my newest granddog, London.


I read more duds than treasures this month.  I would recommend these three.

The Lion in the Lei Shop by Kaye Starbird : Historical fiction.  This story is set in Oahu during the bombing of Pearl Harbor and is told through alternating viewpoints of a young woman and her daughter.  At first, I wasn’t sold on this book but I’ve found myself thinking about it.  The issues and events that the characters experienced are thought provoking and made for a wonderful book club discussion.

Bless Your Heart, Tramp by Celia Rivenbark:  I like her sassy writing style and find her stories about the South humorous.  I read this book to my daughter at night on our road trip.  We couldn’t help but laugh at this quote.

“…we understand that y’all is nature’s most perfect- and versatile- contraction.  As in “Do y’all want to keep y’alls forks for y’allses peach cobbler?”

And this one is oh so true…

“Northerners love to poke fun at how Southerners immediately start buying up all the bread at the grocery store at the first weather report mentioning the s-word.  We can’t help ourselves.  It is what our parents did and it is what their parents did, and their parents before them.  To a Southerner the threat of snow is profoundly unsettling and our minds turn only to bread and lots of it.”

Wonderstruck by Margaret Feinberg: This Bible study was about awakening to the wonders and nearness of God all around you.  For 6 weeks, we focused on the wonder of God in prayer, friendships, rest, His presence, divine expectation, and forgiveness.  Very good.



This month, I downloaded old jazz favorites from Al Jarreau, Chuck Mangione, and Bob James and David Sanborn.  I also added Sting’s album, The Dream of the Blue Turtles and a few tunes of Renaissance and to really make things interesting, I got the original Broadway cast recording of Annie.  What can I say — I like variety.

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Movies and TV:

My husband and I have enjoyed our Saturday nights watching Hallmark Channel’s When Calls the Heart and always look forward to new episodes of Elementary, Castle, and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. .   We saw Catching Fire which was awesome and Divergent was good but I was disappointed with Noah. The acting was decent, the biblical differences didn’t particularly bother me but I wanted so much more and the movie just lacked.

House and Yard:

Flowers and trees are blooming and the pine pollen is dusting everything yellow.  Projects in the house are progressing.  I’ve been busy with spray paint when the weather has permitted and I’ll be sharing some of those projects soon.

How about you?  What did you do in March?



“Blessed are those who dwell in your house; they are ever praising you.”  Psalm 84:4 NIV Bible




A Book and a Movie: Ender’s Game


Orson Scott Card won the Nebula {1985} and the Hugo {1986} which are top awards in the science fiction/fantasy genre for Ender’s Game.  He is the only author to win both these awards again the following year for the Ender’s Game sequel, Speaker of the Dead.

Ender Wiggin is a young boy living in a time on Earth during the aftermath of an alien invasion.  Children are recruited to serve as soldiers to fight the ‘buggers’.  Military command believes that children think and respond in ways that adults can not and therefore, they would be the perfect soldier in the war to save mankind.  Ender says,

““In the moment when I truly understand my enemy, understand him well enough to defeat him, then in that very moment I also love him. I think it’s impossible to really understand somebody, what they want, what they believe, and not love them the way they love themselves. And then, in that very moment when I love them…. I destroy them.”

This book was also adapted to the big screen and released as a movie this fall.  The movie version, while not following the book, word for word, does a fair job of bringing the story to life.  The action is fast paced and the special effects are stunning.

This book would be wonderful for discussion.  So many topics could be discussed ranging from bullying, child soldiers, the possibilities of space living or alien races, government imposed child restrictions, and, without giving too much away, the failure to communicate.  If you loved The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins or enjoy science fiction/fantasy, this story would be well worth your reading time.  Ender’s Game is considered a ‘classic’ in its genre.

“Remember, the enemy’s gate is down.”

What are you watching or reading this weekend?



“But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,”  Matthew 5:44 NIV Bible

Friday is Movie Night

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It’s Friday!   At our house that means movie night and ‘fun’ food.  I don’t know when the tradition started but my family gathers together, we watch a movie and have a feast.   We watch a variety of movies but I think, by far, the type all of us enjoy are action/adventure movies.

In November, a biopic about the life of James Brown will begin filming in my state.  Tate Taylor, a Mississippi native, who directed The Help will be making this film.  The entire movie will be made in Mississippi including the Paris and Vietnam scenes — that should be interesting.

Grab your popcorn, Doodlebug and I are talking about southern movies.

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What is your favorite southern movie?



“We did not follow cleverly invented stories when we told you about the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty.”  1 Peter 1:16  NIV Bible