About Virginia

About Virginia (the person, not the state) — a former globetrotting relief & development worker who returned home to look after a busy bed-fast quadriplegic Papa & wheelchair-riding Mama (no small task.)

I returned from working in Africa years ago plotting a bit of rest & a Ph.D. but instead continued coursework in that ever elusive Masters degree of LOVE:  there’s always more to learn.  Keeping up with the Savvy Saints (my parents) required many hats as the Go-To-Care-Person, but wearing the Entertainment Officer was often challenging.  Given that my Papa was in pain 24/7, distraction was a major strategy employed especially during the evening high-peak-pain hours.  It required quite a bit of effort to find inspirational movies & programs for evening viewings.

Books, books, and MORE BOOKS!!! My sister invited me to Celebrate Recovery at her church for my ‘book thing’ – (I’m still not sure if she was joking) – as I love to read & have books stacked up everywhere (in tall shelves, under the bed, next to the bed, around each corner in my room, on all the shelves in Papa’s study.)  As children my younger brother & I begged Mama to take us to the Library. We’d come out happily with stacks of books to read – then beg her to take us back again the next Saturday. Now he’s a librarian & I’ve kept up my love for many kinds of books (toting them in every suitcase corner & carry-on bag for overseas postings.)

And there’s music, art, and more….because so many things we see & read or people we’ve met have the potential to INSPIRE us…

I got to thinking (this happens occasionally), why not share some of these good movies, books, music & more with you?? Of course, what comprises a ‘good’ movie, book or music is relative to the viewer-reader-listener’s tastes, but what about the Inspiration Factor?? 

How do they inspire us to to BE roses in the rubble?  to see beauty? to be courageous – To DO SOMETHING to remove the rubble around us, or raise awareness of global rubble issues: conflicts, disease, poverty, injustice?

Roses in the rubble also need laughter (in large doses) to develop healthier blooms for courageous creativity…

so, let’s be about it (in the words of Capt. Honor Harrington!) – let’s find some inspiring Roses of all varieties…

13 Responses to About Virginia

  1. mymary0913 says:

    🙂 Looking for healthier blooms myself at this stage of life…. I guess we always will until we meet our beloved Maker.


    Virginia you are inspiring.I like the idea of roses in the rubble and thanks for inspiring me Stay blessed

  3. gwensbullock says:

    Thinking of rubble and how your dad taught about making crooked paths straight and filling in pot-holes and leveling hills to make straight the way for the Lord. Perhaps we pick up and throw away one stone at a time and make a little plot of land that’s fit for a rose.

  4. Thanks for stopping by adventuresinthanksliving, Virginia. I really like your writing and choice of images. I look forward to reading more. Pax et lux.

    • Virginia says:

      Thank you Sharron(!) – i really enjoyed your blog – especially the idea of ‘thanksliving’ each & every day of the year. Looking forward to reading your new posts! : )

  5. jaygresh says:

    I am humbled to know that you take the time to read my blog, much more that you like my work. I hope one day you will journey to York River State Park. I would be honored to meet you.

  6. Linda Kane says:

    Love the read….

  7. Virginia von Hahn says:

    Hello Virginia. I was meditating this morning and this metaphor came to my mind about my dear Dad — a rose in the rubble. So I googled it, and stumbled across your website. I was so pleased to find it and learn a bit about you. I was especially pleased to see we share the same first name.
    Love and blessings,

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