Quickie Quotes: Choosing to SMILE! : )

Sometimes smiling may not seem like a big deal, but other times it’s a huge deal. Smiling in the face of adversity is a choice.

Here’s a favorite “smile” quote from one of Virginia’s biggest heroes:

“Peace begins with a smile.” St. Teresa of Calcutta

grace, peace & powerful smiles

Virginia : )

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Quickie Quote: Beauty Within…

Here’s a favorite quote that also poses a challenge: how are we filling the cups of our lives? Are we letting beauty in?

“We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out.” Ray Bradbury

grace, peace & beautiful stuff

Virginia : )

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Quickie Quote: Ideas (the discussion of)

Here’s a Friday thought to contemplate: are we a little too small-minded sometimes?

“Small minds discuss people. Average minds discuss events. Great minds discuss ideas.” Eleanor Roosevelt

grace, peace & ideas

Virginia : )

p.s. Background photo taken @ The Library of Congress (Washington, D.C.) All those BOOKs (lots of ideas contained within…)

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Quickie Quote: getting & giving

Sometimes the shortest quotes pack the most powerful punch…

“When you learn, teach; when you get, give.” Maya Angelou

grace, peace & attitude adjustments

Virginia : )

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Quickie Quote: Being Alive (PERSPECTIVE!)

It’s Wednesday! Since midweek misery is all too often something that must be overcome, here’s a reminder from one of my favorite authors about Perspective.

“I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing.” Agatha Christie

grace, peace & perspective

Virginia : )

Life is a Gift!

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Quickie Quote: AUTUMN!

On this first day of Autumn (after imbibing large quantities of appropriate pumpkin spice beverages) here’s a quickie quote to get fall vibes going:

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” Albert Camus

grace, peace & fall ‘flowers’

Virginia : )

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ImageQuote: PEACE! PEACE! PEACE!

This week Virginia will share post-a-day quickie quotes using her iPhone “ImageQuote” app. Learning about the ImageQuote app at a sci-fy convention awhile back, it’s been an easy way to post a pic with a quote on Instagram – and now, here!

Without further ado (and since today is the International Day of Peace ) here’s a quote from Eleanor Roosevelt to get the week started.

“It isn’t enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it.” Eleanor Roosevelt

grace, peace & effort(!)

Virginia : )

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Transformative (#writing) Grooves in Kentucky!!

Last month Virginia (the person) zoomed from Virginia (the state) to the rolling hills of Kentucky for the Wedgwood Circle GoodLit2020 Writers Retreat.

“Heaven must be a Kentucky kind of place.” Daniel Boone

Twelve writer participants from around the country came (all wearing our masks) for a transformative week of inspirational interactions and strategic opportunities to hone our craft. Hosted in the beautiful small town of Stanford (KY) by Angela and Jess Correll (a bottomless well of gratitude to them!) we stayed at the Wilderness Road Inn guesthouses clustered around Main Street.

I enjoyed my stay at St. Asaph’s, a renovated inn with comfortable nooks and crannies to hang out and be inspired (along with a fully stocked kitchenette on our floor.) In the context of COVID-19, the Wilderness Inn took extra precautions throughout our stay. Workshop sessions took place in a huge ballroom with everyone wearing masks, while many events occurred outside on a large terrace.

Several magical evenings occurred on this terrace

Oh, and the food was incredibly DELISH. The Wilderness Inn organized an amazing caterer, the chef of the Bluebird Cafe, who whipped up fabulous breakfasts, luncheons and dinners for our group.

The Bluebird Cafe, Stanford (Kentucky)

As faithful readers know, my precious mama loved bluebirds: sightings were always occasions of joy. Looking out my window across from the Bluebird Cafe (+ enjoying multiple delectable meals there +) ’twas like a Heavenly Hello.

If you’re ever near Stanford (KY) check out the Bluebird Cafe!

Some of you may be asking, “Virginia, what were you doing at a writers retreat? Are you, like, writing a book?” To date Virginia has not shared here at Roses in the Rubble what she’s been working on. (Ahem.) More on that later!

Suffice to say, I’ve been working on a manuscript the past two years.

“Creativity takes courage.” Henri Matisse

The gift of Wedgwood Circle GoodLit2020 to me?

Before the retreat my unwieldy manuscript and I were floundering, but now with new strategic tools and GoodLit inspirational interactions, “eureka” moments, affirmation (and so much more) Virginia the Writer is rejuvenated to keep on going.

“What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?”  Vincent Van Gogh

grace, peace & transformative opportunities

Virginia : )

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(a little quickie) Pumpkin Spice Humor

Yesterday I popped into Trader Joe’s for a few necessary items (don’t know how all that chocolate ended up in my cart!)

Everything was pumpkin spice this, pumpkin spice that (pumpkin spice tea, pumpkin spice salsa, pumpkin pasta sauce, even pasta shaped like pumpkins?) Pumpkin displays lurked all over the store! Since things here are still summery, all that pumpkin-ness took me aback. Then last night I saw the most hilarious meme a friend posted on Facebook.

Here’s my rendition of it:

“Summer isn’t over until September 22, so sit your pumpkin spice asses down! I’m not finished with my margarita yet!”

I’m still laughing — hope you are now, too!

grace, peace & margaritas*

: )  Virginia : )

*Or your favorite summer drinkie of choice

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YOU JUST GO ON (Virginia’s thoughts about it…)

When whacked out stuff hits our lives (an all-to frequent occurrence these days) what does it mean to go on?

Going on is kinda hard with a coyote on the road

Going on is not always an easy endeavor…

Going on in the face of adversity.

Going on in the face of death.

Going on bearing shame. Going on bearing guilt.

Going on when you can’t see a reason to keep going.

Going on when tears unexpectedly erupt, not gently but from your gut. Deep tears from deep hurts.

Going on when fear throttles your forward momentum.

Going on when you feel small. Ignored. A nonentity.

Going on when your dreams disappear into dust.

Going on when you feel crushed by the weight of it all – “it” growing bigger and more ominous with each passing moment.

Going on in sickness. Going on through pain.

Going on, just going on.

Doesn’t seem like such a hard thing to do, until you try to do it.

You just gotta’ keep going on.

“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases…” Lamentations 3:22

grace, peace & never-ending Love

Virginia : )

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