Monday, February 26, 2018

Whew, what a week! And a book review :)


Hello! I hope you're all doing well and I hope last week was good to you. It was quite the challenge for me but I was able to find some information that - fingers crossed and prayers sent upward - may just help heal a lot of what I've been dealing with. Long story short, I found an eating plan that's geared toward healing and repairing the gut, getting rid of inflammation, and helping autoimmune disease flare-ups. I've been on it for six days now and I already have more energy and less pain that I've had in YEARS! It ain't easy: meat, veggies and fruit are fine. For one month I'm avoiding ALL grains, including rice, dairy, nuts, beans, and sugar. Yikes! Talk about learning how to meal plan all over again!  But, it's working, and I'm hoping it's something I can use periodically to help get me back to feeling like a "normal" human being - and eating the things I love in moderation.

Despite feeling crumby, I was able to finish reading a very encouraging book called, "A Year of Writing Dangerously" by Barbara Abercrombie. It's set up so that you go through it daily throughout the course of a year. I, however, checked it out from the library and didn't have a year. So I read through it in three weeks and took notes. WOW! This is one that I will be adding to my personal library.

I took so many notes, wrote down so many quotes, it just makes sense to eventually purchase it. Plus it would be a wonderful year-long companion to a writing project. Every single entry is inspired and filled with cheer-leading from a successful author and teacher. Abercrombie couples her meditations and stories with quotes from well known authors, both past and present. Each quote perfectly ties up the main entry.

The back of the book contains 52 writing prompts, designed to keep you writing throughout the year, giving you ideas to keep your pen moving and your mind thinking.

There were so many long passages that I ended up taking pictures of some pages AND I definitely snapped photos of the 52 weeks of writing prompts.


Here's just a few of the gems I gathered from this book:

No matter how fast the world zips along, no matter how much fun there is to be had, the fact remains that writing takes time. To write takes dreaming and remembering and thinking and imagining - and very often it feels like wasting time. It takes silence and solitude.

Before you can write your story, you have to own it. Know where the spotlight is and stand in that light and give up the fear of people getting mad at you. Write your story as you feel it so your book can do its work in the world.

I stood, alone, and the world swayed. I am a fugitive and a vagabond, a sojourner seeking signs.
- Annie Dillard

I won't retype the entire book here. Find yourself a copy. If your library doesn't have it, ask them to order it. It's wonderful! And, if you're like me and find yourself taking pictures of more and more pages because you've got cramps from trying to copy down all the gems, go ahead and order yourself a copy.

Your writing soul will thank you.

Dream on,

11 comments:

  1. I'll have to check out the book.
    Glad the diet is working but it does sound challenging. Do you follow Ivy - The Happy Whisk? She is the master of redesigning a diet to help her health.

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    1. It's full of wonderful insights and she's a master of helping you feel like you're a part of a big family, just trying to make sense of the world through writing.

      No, I don't! I'll look The Happy Whisk up. Thanks for the recommendation! Yes, it is challenging, but my goal is to use it as a healing program periodically throughout the year and eat the other things in moderation.

      Boy do I miss cheese...

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  2. Bread would be difficult and sugar is a real challenge. I'm glad you found a diet that will work with your body though.

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    1. Thanks, Diane. I've been Gluten Free for five years but I've so enjoyed the gluten free options available. But for a month, no grains at all :( Still, I'm feeling so much better so it's worth it!

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  3. Might have to add this book to my writing library - if I can justify it to my bank balance.

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    1. I understand! It really is a wonderful collection of inspiration and encouragement.

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  4. Making a note of the book!

    Awhile back, I looked at diets that are supposed to help with inflammation, and I came across a handful of cookbooks, etc. I don't remember the titles but they're out there if you're looking for more info, recipes, etc. Glad you're feeling good!

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    1. Thanks so much! Yes, this one is by Amy Myers and her protocol is called "The Myers Way". One week in and I'm feeling good!

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  5. I'll have to check out this book! Thanks for sharing this.


    www.ficklemillennial.com

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    1. You're very welcome! Thank you for stopping by :)

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  6. I'm glad you've found a diet that works for you! I have Crohn's so I know about gut issues. It's taken a while but I've finally found what works for me and have very pleased.

    I heard of this book. I may just have to go check it out.

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