Saturday, October 17, 2009

Let The Sunshine In

Welcome to my newly remodeled blog...courtesy of my webmaster, Diahn. It was time to move some things around and let in some sunshine! And since I'm a complete dolt when it comes to computer graphics, Dino stepped in as my general contractor. I love the new the header, especially. We also gave her a new permanent home in the sidebar for her new etsy shop. Check it out...she's a genius. Send her some love and buy some art! And don't just stop there once, she's always adding new pieces to the collection and the best is yet to come. Thanks, D.


I recently read an amazing book by Donald Miller, also in the sidebar...A Million Miles in a Thousand Years. If you like to read and appreciate the form of the story, you should check it out. It's a well written, humorous, contemplative book about the stories that we are all living. And how you can change, or jumpstart, your story if it's meaningless. That sentence doesn't do it justice because it makes it sound so trite, and it's anything but trite. My favorite line is "I feel written. My emotions and desires, feel written." Beautiful.

Now, I'm thinking about my story and how I can change it. Not that I'm dissatisfied...I'm the happiest that I've ever been. But, my story can be better, more alive, more fulfilling. I'll let you know how that works out. And I'm also thinking of how other's stories are tangled up with mine...and how amazing that is. And how we learn and love and grow, together. Our stories overlap and wind around each other creating a beautiful and rich narrative.

And while I'm not completely sure how, or in what ways, the change will manifest itself, I know this book has transformed the way I view my life. How fitting that just as I finished reading it, Diahn remodeled the blog and we both came up with, through an hour long texting brainstorming session, the tagline "what your mother never told you about happily ever after." Because while this blog is titled "Lunar Epilogues", the ending is also a beginning. And that's exactly what my life feels like at the moment...a beginning.

So, I think I'm going to start putting some stories here. Not fiction, but stories that I observe and live and hear about. Stories that deserve to be written. Someone once told me that she thinks I meet a lot of interesting people and it's true...very interesting. Sometimes downright odd. Sometimes inspiring. She said to me that she thinks God puts these people in my path because I can tell their stories. That maybe, I'm supposed to tell their stories. I'm not sure about that, but I think it's a cool idea.

Here's to new beginnings and all of our stories and how they intertwine.

Stay tuned...


Diahn said...

Oh, I'm so excited to see what's going to come of all do meet interesting people. For a reason, I think. Because you write their stories so perfectly.

I'm just glad to be one of those people in your story...

Melinda said...

I love the new place...thank you, thank you, thank you! And I really like your new profile picture, too! Derek did a great job capturing your true smile and all.

Lisa said...

OOOOH. Have I ever mentioned that I love the way you tell a story ;)