Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Dancing to my own tune

“You can sing only what you are. You can paint only what you are. 
You must be what your experiences, your environment, and your heredity have made you. For better or for worse, 
you must play your own instrument in the orchestra of life.” 
~Dale Carnegie

Grandpa Finney's violin / Cindy La Ferle

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Cultivating friendship

“A friendship can weather most things, and it can thrive in thin soil. But it needs a little mulch of notes and phone calls and small, silly presents every so often, just to save it from drying out completely." 
~Pamela Brown


Indoor gardening / Cindy La Ferle

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Monday, January 29, 2018

Integrity

“Who you are in public is a test of your conviction; 
who you are in private is a test of your integrity.” 
~Criss Jami 


At LeBear on Lake Michigan / Cindy La Ferle

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Saturday, January 27, 2018

Celebrating creativity

"What if imagination and art are not frosting at all, 
but the fountainhead of human experience?"
 ~Rollo May


Dessert at Lily's Seafood in Royal Oak / Cindy La Ferle

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Friday, January 26, 2018

Suit yourself

"We wouldn't worry so much about what other people think of us if we realized how seldom they do." 
~attributed to Eleanor Roosevelt

At SoftSurroundings in Rochester Hills / Cindy La Ferle

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Thursday, January 25, 2018

Kicking anxiety out the door

"Fear is the cheapest room in the house. 
I'd like to see you in better living conditions."
 ~Hafez, Persian poet

Unrestored room at The Village in Grand Traverse Commons / Cindy La Ferle

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Healing and mending

"Those of us who've been broken become experts at mending." 
~Steve Maraboli


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Monday, January 22, 2018

Small treats every day

"It would add very much to the pleasure of life and to its sanctity if we cultivated the habit of seeing what is beautiful and divine in ordinary things. This is not easy, because our natural tendency is to think 
and talk most about what is extraordinary." 
~Alfred Rowland

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Sunday, January 21, 2018

Family fun

"Even when you're grown up, 
you should never stop having fun." 
~Nina Dobrev

At the North American International Auto Show 2018



Getting fancy is a rare opportunity. On Friday night, our family attended the black-tie Charity Preview for the North American International Auto Show. Our car-loving son and his wife thought it would be fun for all of us to get dressed up for an evening at one of the Motor City's biggest events. (In this photo, from left: Doug, me, Nate, Andrea, and Andrea's mom, Matilda.) We all had a wonderful time, starting with champagne and appetizers at Matilda's house, then admiring scores of new cars and trucks at Cobo Center. 

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Slowing down for the weekend

"Stressful energy arises when you think some future moment is more important than the present, and the doing becomes only a means to an end." 
~Eckhart Tolle

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Friday, January 19, 2018

Meaningful conversation

“We need people in our lives with whom we can be as open as possible. To have real conversations with people may seem like such a simple, obvious suggestion, but it involves courage and risk.” 
~Thomas Moore, Care of the Soul: 
A Guide for Cultivating Depth and Sacredness in Everyday Life

"Let's skip the small talk" / Cindy La Ferle

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Being imperfect

"You don’t have to be perfect to impress people.  
Let them be impressed by how you deal with your imperfections." 
~Angel Chernoff, Marc & Angel Hack Life

Cindy La Ferle

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Introspection

“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. 
Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.”  
~Rumi

Keeping an eye on things / Cindy La Ferle

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The company of great authors

"The key to success is keeping company with people who uplift you, 
whose presence calls forth your best." 
~Epictetus


Old friends / Cindy La Ferle

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Monday, January 15, 2018

Domestic bliss

"There's nothing like staying at home for real comfort."
~Jane Austen

When Izzie helps change the sheets / Cindy La Ferle

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Saturday, January 13, 2018

Fresh flowers on a wintery day

“Like all magnificent things, it's very simple.” 
~Natalie BabbittTuck Everlasting


Tulips from Karen / Cindy La Ferle

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Friday, January 12, 2018

Quiet moments

"The best moments of my life don't make it to social media."
 ~Patience Pennington

Swans on Lake Michigan / Cindy La Ferle

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

An early spring break

"Life is made up of small pleasures. 
Happiness is made up of those tiny successes." 
~Norman Lear

Cindy La Ferle

It doesn't happen as often as I'd like, but once in a while my work gets published in a magazine without much effort on my part. Late last year, for instance, I received an unexpected letter and a contract from an editor at Ideals magazine, requesting my permission to reprint a piece from my book, Writing Home.

This week, two advance copies of Ideals Springtime 2018 arrived in the mail -- a promising start for my new year. My essay in this issue is about a surprise gift (a box of ducklings) I received one Easter when I was a kid.

Ideals is a soft-bound anthology of stories and poems by a variety of nationally published authors. Owned by Guideposts and known for its wholesome family content, the magazine was launched in 1944 and has published seasonal editions ever since. (Several of my essays from Writing Home have been selected for publication in previous editions.)

The new issue will be available at Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, ChristianBooks.com, Amazon.com, and other retail stores. ~Cindy La Ferle

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Finding joy

"Keep your eyes open. Joy lives in small places." 
~Cheryl Richardson

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Monday, January 8, 2018

Freedom of the press

"I value the press more than ever before as we try to navigate these complicated times. Which brings me to this: What I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have." 
~Oprah Winfrey, at the 2018 Golden Globe Awards 


Morning coffee / Cindy La Ferle

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Saturday, January 6, 2018

Finding the right quote

“In quoting others, we cite ourselves.”
 ~Julio Cort├ízarAround the Day in Eighty Worlds


My quote journals / Cindy La Ferle

In my freshman year of college, I started copying favorite passages from books and magazines into a Gwen Frostic journal. Attempting to practice my best handwriting, I penned the quotations with a set of fine-point markers I'd purchased from the campus bookstore. While I didn't realize it at the time, the quotes I chose often reflected a personal issue I'd been trying to sort out, or validated a belief I'd hoped to strengthen. 

That was back in the early 1970s -- years before we had personal computers.

I've been collecting quotations ever since, accumulating several blank journals and scrapbooks scribbled with lines and pasted with paragraphs that still entertain or inspire me. These days, however, I usually store my new favorites in a computer file.

One of the challenges of using quotations, famous or not, is verifying their authenticity. Borrowing quotes to support or enhance our writing is now a common practice -- and it's not unusual to find misquoted or misattributed material all over the internet. Whenever you stumble on a tempting quote from Mark Twain, Winston Churchill, or Oscar Wilde, for instance, your bogus quote radar should be on high alert. These guys often get credit for saying things they never said.

I'm ashamed to admit I've been guilty of misattribution in the past, and I've tried to correct my errors whenever possible.

"Many quotes, especially famous quotes, are often misquoted by speakers, politicians, and the media, which sometimes makes it much more difficult to identify an author or a source. Some quotes are also not quotes at all, but proverbs or idioms," writes Sharon Rickson in "How to Research a Quotation," an excellent article on the New York Public Library website.

Last year, I purchased an amusing set of notecards made by an artist who's also fond of quotations. One card featured the following line, attributed to William Shakespeare: "I would challenge you to a battle of wits, but I see you are unarmed." I loved the quote so much that I wanted to know more about it. In which play did it originate? And what was the context? In college, I was required to read Shakespeare's famous plays and sonnets, but I couldn't recall running across that hilarious line. 

According to the Quote Investigator, it's unlikely that Shakespeare wrote the line; there's not an ink drop of evidence in his oeuvre. Researchers haven't been able to pinpoint its origin, but the biting insult still makes me smile.

All said and done, I believe that eloquence still matters. And if nothing else, my quote collection proves that the observations and advice of accomplished scholars, statesmen, and authors can transcend time. In a world gone completely mad -- and on days when I'm never quite sure what to believe -- their messages give me strength for the journey. ~Cindy La Ferle
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Friday, January 5, 2018

How to be an optimist

"The secret of happiness is to count your blessings while others are adding up their troubles." 
~attributed to William Penn


Granny's spoons / Cindy La Ferle

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Thursday, January 4, 2018

Knowing what's real

"I used to be pretty clear on what was real & what I made up, but with everything going on in the world, none of that seemed to matter, 
so I just decided to talk less & smile to myself more, 
so as not to add to the general confusion." 
~Brian Andreas, Story People


"The Mad Hatter" at State Street Stuff gift shop, during the Live Mannequin holiday show
in downtown St. Joseph, December 2017  / Cindy La Ferle

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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

A diet for a new year

“The elimination diet is simple: Remove anger, regret, resentment, guilt, blame, and worry. Then watch your health and life improve.” 
~Charles F. Glassman, Brain Drain: The Breakthrough That Will Change Your Life


Cindy La Ferle

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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Sparkling resolutions

"Celebrate what you want to see more of." 
~Tom Peters

Cindy La Ferle

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Monday, January 1, 2018

Starting fresh

"We must always change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves. Otherwise, we harden."
 ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Cindy La Ferle

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