Writing is like being able to put life into a snow globe. It takes the things that are too big and scary and reduces them into a form that I can put away when I want and look at from a distance. It also takes all that’s good in life and captures it into something I can take out when I want and look at close up and keep forever. It makes the bad things into something I can hold…and the good things into something I can hold onto. Both help so much that I need that little souvenir of life.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

It Keeps on Giving

In honor of Valentine’s Day month, I was going to write about some of the greatest loves of my life. But a blog post inspired by my long-ago friend Marcus turned into a writing frenzy that’s lasted for days…and what I ended up with is not a blog post, but something that feels necessary and complete and much too dear to my heart to send into the world just now. Not sure what I’ll do with it yet, but right now I can honestly say I’ve enjoyed being snowed in for the past few days! Okay, except for the shoveling and pushing my daughter’s car out of a snow bank (thanks to the help of a kind stranger), that is....

Why is it that with some people we’re left feeling bleak and drained, and with others, even their memory is forever uplifting and inspiring? And what is it that inspires you?

May you find yourself surrounded by warmth—warm people, warm surroundings, warm memories, warm hearts.

Friendship is a sheltering tree. ~Samuel Taylor Coleridge


  1. Tammy, I'm so happy you've been in such a writing zone! If you're like me, they don't show up that often or stay very long. I love this entire post, but especially this:"Why is it that with some people we’re left feeling bleak and drained, and with others, even their memory is forever uplifting and inspiring?"...Beautiful, powerful words. I think I just discovered something to write about! Thanks! ;)

  2. Hi Tammy - I agree with Becky, glad you were in "The Zone." Always a great place to be!

    What inspires me? Hmmm...it really varies depending on the day. I'm pretty much wide open, like a radio set to receive. It could be a memory, a dream, a person or even a cartoon. Some days, m'dear, it is your blog. :)

  3. Inspiration that has lasted for days? Congratulations!

    Maybe what you wrote is not appropriate for your blog but instead, should be included in your book...(nudge, nudge)

  4. People like you inspire me, constantly reminding us of the true humanity left in the world. Thanks for the comments on my blog and I don't know what is going on there but feel free to lean on my should. 2 negatives do make a positive or so they told me in math class :)
    Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

  5. Hi Tammy,
    A writing frenzy is a wonderful place to be.
    Donna V.

  6. Nice post Tammy! I love being in the zone.

  7. I appreciate your comments so much! You guys brought tears to my eyes!

  8. Your post is making me very curious about what you've written. Once you're ready, I know you'll figure out the perfect place for it to go.


  9. I have been sitting here trying to think about the people whom I remember warmly, and I think that the one thing they all have in common is "selflessness." They never do the right thing to make themselves look better--they do it for the love of their fellow man.

  10. Tammy, thanks for your comment on my post. Frankly, Sci Fi has never been a genre I thought I could work with, but I've surprised myself. It does take a little more research than I am comfortable with, but since I am being pushed by a few writer friends, I suppose I can rise to the challenge. How far I rise is another issue altogether!! Hah!


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