Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Favorites of the Week - Better Late...?

Favorites of the Week(FOTW):  Each Monday (or if life happens, it might be Tuesday or Wednesday) I feature a number of items on my FOTW page. I might choose 8 favorites or it could be 28. A portion of those items will be featured on the Home page on Mondays. The favorites for each week will remain on my FOTW page until the following Monday.  I'm sure these shopkeepers would love for you to visit their stores and see their other great items!

Okay, I know it is Wednesday and I missed another deadline. Seriously, lots of "life things" going on that just pushed blogging right out of the way. So sorry! Whew! Hopefully, we are back on schedule now.

This week I have taken a slightly different approach and have picked out two of my favorite Etsy shops and am showcasing four items from each. Then, I picked out my favorite ArtFire shop and four items from her shop too. This is the first time I have featured an ArtFire shop but since I am now on ArtFire too, I thought it would be good to feature someone who sells there and maybe learn more about ArtFire at the same time.

Satin and Birch is a wonderful shop of fabulous soaps! A friend of mine, suggested that I visit this shop. She was amazed, as I am, at the intricate details of these lovely gift soaps.  They are so beautiful that I probably wouldn't want to use them. Each one is a lovely work of art...well, see for yourself...
Ginger Orange Gift Soap
Ginger Orange Gift Soap 2 for $10.00

Apple Cider Cottage Hearts
Apple Cider Cottage Hearts 6 for $14.00
Soap Wedding Favors
Soap Wedding Favors - Lily of the Valley Scent 2 for $4.00

Champagne Scented  Fleur di Lis Gift Soap
Champagne Scented Fleur di Lis Gift Soap 5 for $10.00

The second Etsy shop that I am featuring is Sweet Heart Studios. Not only are there gorgeous gifts to be found at Sweet Heart, the proprietor is a complete sweetheart too!  She is very meticulous with all of her beautifully handmade items. She packages them beautifully too, so that they are ready for gift giving...if you can bring yourself to part with them!  You will find a vast selection of pendants, magnets, photo frames and  uniquely beautiful hair pins in this lovely shop. You can also find this shop on ArtFire: here. The hair pins are a new addition to Catherine's shop and I think you will agree that they are truly lovely. Here's a tiny sampling of lovelies:

Jeweled Hair pins Bobbi pins Butterfly-crystals -The TRESS TREASURES COLLECTION- by SweetHeartStudio on ETSY
Jeweled Hair Pins Butterfly Crystals $13.00
1 inch domed glass pendant-ROYAL BLUE WINTER-by SweetHeartStudio on ETSY
One Inch Domed Glass Pendant -Royal Blue Winter $18.00
Jeweled Hair pins Bobbi pins Silver hearts Swarovski crystal flowers -The TRESS TREASURES COLLECTION- by SweetHeartStudio on ETSY
Jeweled Hair Pins - Silver Hearts & Swarovski Crystals - $14.00

Jeweled Hair pins Bobbi pins Dragonfly teal blue crystals -The TRESS TREASURES COLLECTION- by SweetHeartStudio on ETSY
Jeweled Hair Pins - Dragonfly with Teal Blue Crystals $13.00
ArtFire is new territory for me but I have just opened two new shops there so I'm trying to learn my way around.   A lovely friend of mine has had a shop on ArtFire for quite a while now and she really loves it. She is a former Etsian who crochets beautiful, original designs and does custom orders too. Her shop is Matt's Crafty Wife  and she has many wonderful items from cup cozies to Christmas ornaments to fashion accessories. Today I want to showcase some of her gorgeous, higher end and elegant fashion accessories:
Luscious Tan Merino Cashmere Scarf for Men or Women
Luscious Tan Merino and Cashmere Scarf $44.00 
Heavenly Shawl in Tan
Heavenly Shawl in Tan $40.00

Chocolate Brown Shawl with Pineapple Scallop Edging
Chocolate Brown Shawl with Pineapple Scalloped Edges $ 45.00

Lush Black and White Wrap Shawl
Lush Black and White Wrap Shawl $40.00

Well, that about wraps it up...get it, "wraps" it up. I know, I know it's pretty lame!  Remember, you can visit my Favorites of the Week (FOTW) Page any day of the week to see my latest favorites!  Please stop back later for Wednesday Worship!  Until then....


Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Wednesday Worship and Sweet Sweet Mary!

First, I apologize for skipping Monday's Favorites of the Week. But my disclaimer does say that a girl has the right to change her mind now and then...so, let's just say that's what I did!  I might do it tomorrow or maybe wait until next week...but I can tell you this,  I did pick favorites and they will be worth the waiting.

Now, I am interrupting our regularly scheduled programming (for the second time this week) to bring you a special announcement: A dear friend and eternal family member of mine is having a birthday today!  She is a very special person and I just wanted to take the time to let her know it!  So, I wrote her a little poem (I use that term loosely) for her birthday..and I am apologizing in advance for it's amateurish quality but it was the best I could do in fifteen minutes which is all the time that I had!  So Mary, this is for you!
(Our regularly scheduled broadcast will  follow in its entirety.)

Sweet, Sweet Mary

Sweet, sweet Mary, is NOT contrary,
No matter what SOME may say. 
Her heart  is gold and  I wish for her
To have a MOST chillaxin day!

She works so hard for God and man,
Doing anything and all.
Nothing slows her down or makes her stop, 
Unless she takes a fall.  8 : (

Now, Mary dear, today is YOUR day
And I for one, would really LOVE to see,
You take this day and do what YOU want...
Sleep late, eat cake or watch old movies on TV!

For on this very special date,
Not all THAT many years past,
Was born a Princess of the great, high King
With a servants heart, steadfast.

She volunteers for everything,
We often hear her say, 
"I'll do that!" or "I have one!" or
“Barry will bring it to you today.” 8 : )

She cleans the church, scrubs the loo
Serves food and cooks it too!
There is no thing great, big or small
That Mary will NOT do.

But, on this one day, take time to rest.
To play, or see what you want to see
Take the day, do what YOU want to do.
You could even try being CON-TRA-REE!

Just one thing more, that I need to say.
Along with these wishes for mirth and fun:
Over you dear Mary, God's blessings I pray
Until you are two hundred and one!

Love you so much! Happy Birthday! 


Now we continue with our regularly scheduled Wednesday Worship!


Sunday, September 19, 2010

Silent Sunday - Proverbs 30:8-9

SILENT  SUNDAY:  None of my own words will appear on Silent Sunday, a Bible verse or an interesting quote and one or more photographs will be all you will find here on Silent Sunday.  Every girl needs to keep her mouth shut sometime and we all need to be still and know that He is God. 



Friday, September 17, 2010

Fingerprint Friday - Butterfly

Fingerprint Friday was started by Beki, at The Rusted Chain. It was inspired by the song by Steven Curtis Chapman that contains the line..."when I look at you, I can see the fingerprints of God." To participate and/or visit all of the blogs that do, go to the Fingerprint Friday Post on Beki's blog and follow the instructions.


Butterfly...again?...really?  Yes! Why?  Because 


they are everywhere and they are beautiful.


Flutter by...butterfly! 





"Happiness is like a butterfly which, when pursued, is always just beyond our grasp, but, if you sit down quietly may alight upon you." Nathaniel Hawthorne

Like most fingerprints of God, butterflies are better best enjoyed when one is sitting, quietly observing, instead of chasing them down with a camera like a crazy person.  That's why I try to do a bit of both...sitting quietly for immediate gratification and chasing down for later enjoyment.  This one did not like the chasing down bit, so I finally gave up after two shots  and simply enjoyed the fluttering by!  


Now, go look around you for your own Fingerprints of God and have a lovely Friday!



Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Wednesday Worship - Psalm 121



 I will lift up my eyes to the hills—
         From whence comes my help?
 My help comes from the LORD,
         Who made heaven and earth.
      
 He will not allow your foot to be moved;
         He who keeps you will not slumber.
 Behold, He who keeps Israel
         Shall neither slumber nor sleep.
      
 The LORD is your keeper;
         The LORD is your shade at your right hand.
 The sun shall not strike you by day,
         Nor the moon by night.
      
 The LORD shall preserve you from all evil;
         He shall preserve your soul.
 The LORD shall preserve your going out and your coming in
         From this time forth, and even forevermore.
                                  
                                                Psalm 121 nkj




Helpful Hint for Bible Study:
When studying the Bible it is helpful to read a verse aloud several times, putting the emphasis on a different word in the verse each time.  It can sometimes change what you believed to be the meaning of the verse and help you understand the verse better. Sometimes it simply makes you realize how beautiful some of the verses of the Bible really are. This is particularly true of the Psalms.

Try reading some of the verses of  Psalm 121 several times, placing the emphasis on a different word or several words each time... I think you will see what I mean. Learned this helpful studying tool from Rick Warren's book, "Bible Study Methods : 12 Ways You Can Unlock God's Word"

Hope you have a great day! 


Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Pine Log Arts and Crafts Fair and New Etsy Friend

My husband and I had a fun time this past weekend at the Pine Log Arts and Craft Fair held at the Pine Log United Methodist Church Campground .  We try to attend this juried fair each year to see the quality arts and crafts that are displayed in the historic camp meeting cabins and what they call an “open-air tabernacle.”  We are never disappointed with the variety of the arts and crafts, the food or the music and we always run into someone interesting! 

We were browsing vendor to vendor when I looked up and saw a very professional sign that read, “Visit me on Etsy.com.


Of course that stopped me in my tracks. That is how I met Etsian seller, Barbara Morgan of Aunt B’s Attic. Barbara had a lovely covered booth up on a hill with a fantastic view of the entire fair.  We introduced ourselves and then had a great time chatting about Etsy and our shops.  Barbara knits really beautiful and practical bags, scarves, caps, shawls and other items.  She does custom orders too and makes these great stocking caps in colors of your choice.  My dh is already planning to special request a Penn State cap!

Like a lot of us, Barbara started her craft as a hobby and for  gifts to family and friends.  Her family and friends loved her items so much that they encouraged her to sell them.  A relative newcomer to Etsy, Barbara is coming up on her 1 year anniversary and  has already made some sales. With the adorable items she has in her shop, I am sure many more sales will be coming very soon!
Here’s Barbara at the entrance to her booth..Isn't she cute?

It’s obvious that Barbara did her homework when it came to setting up her booth. I think she did an outstanding job with her signage, the lattice, and displaying her items…it was so professional and it looked like she had been doing this for years! She is such a lovely and energetic person and when I left her booth, I felt I had known her for years rather than the 15 minutes we spent together.  Etsy seems to have that effect on a lot of us!

Here’s the inside of her booth-- so very cozy and inviting!

 Some more of her beautifully displayed items

 Here’s one of the floppy, stocking caps from her Etsy shop.
Knit 33 inch Long Floppy Stocking Cap, Ski Cap

Adorable bear too...but that's not included. Barbara  likes custom
orders so if you want a cap or scarf of a certain length or color, she will be happy to work with you. 
I bet you have seen enough to make you want to visit Aunt B’s Attic and take a closer look at her beautifully handmade and practical items…you might find a gift for everyone on your list!
Here’s a shot of Barbara’s booth from the bottom of the hill…it looks great doesn’t it!  

Here’s a shot of a couple of the campground cabins…..you can see that the porches are used to display the artists’ wares.

Now, I have to tell you about this fabulous illustrator that I met at the fair.  His name is Jarrett Rutland and he is a very talented young man.  He writes children’s books and illustrates them, paints and has started a company called A.L.I.V.E.   His company creates art programs for places that may not be able to afford one. I think that is really cool. You can read about A.L.I.V.E., view his wonderful and whimsical portfolio, find out about his books and view his sculpture too--I know...I told you he was talented--all on his website  RutlandArt.com Now go meet him!

I will leave you with a few more photos of the fair, complete with the nearby cemetery.  







  
Tomorrow is Wednesday Worship--changed from Worshipful Wednesday because it's just easier to say and type! On Thursday I'll share some of the other photos from our Sunday drive through the country and then, of course, there's Fingerprint Friday!  Hope to see you later in the week!












Important Blog Update: This just in from a friend who knows: The wooden structures  at the P.L.U.M. campground are not cabins. They are tents. Who knew? Well, obviously, not me! LOL  Never knew tents were made of wood. Learn something new each day.  I figure that only about .1% or probably less, of the people who read my blog would know the difference but since at least one person of that .1%, mentioned that I got it wrong, I felt I should correct it.  I mean for all I know all Methodists call cabins, tents...and I am not putting down Methodists...I used to be one as a child and I love the Methodist church.  Anyway, I like to get things right...it's important... so anywhere you see "cabin" in the above post, please read it as "tent."  And just so you aren't confused, the white, canvas tents in the photos are tents, they are not cabins either.  Thanks. : )  

Monday, September 13, 2010

Favorites of the Week - Fall is Finally in the Air

Favorites of the Week(FOTW):  Each Monday I feature a number of items on my FOTW page. I might choose 8 favorites or it could be 28. A portion of those items will be featured on the Home page on Mondays. The favorites for each week will remain on my FOTW page until the following Monday. Hope you enjoy. I'm sure these shopkeepers would love for you to visit their stores and see their other great items! ♥

Fall is finally in the air here in NW Georgia...at least from sunset to sunrise, then it shoots up into the 90's! But we've learned to take what we can get! Anyway, the cool evenings and mornings are enough to put me in the mood for all the wonderful things that are Autumn:

County fairs...with livestock blue ribbons, farm fresh yummies, rides and cotton candy;
Arts and crafts festivals ....went to my first of the season yesterday and will tell you all about it tomorrow;
All things apple...harvests, cider, pies, candles, jelly and don't forget candied;
Pumpkins...pie, visits to the pumpkin patch, picking just the right one for the jack-o-lantern;
Hayrides and campfires and toasted marshmallows;
Raking leaves (okay...how did that get in here...that is NOT a favorite of mine;
Photographing fallen leaves and watching kids play in the piles that someone else raked...(okay, that's much better;)
And for me there is always a bit of nostalgia and a slight aching for loved ones gone, friends unseen but not forgotten, youthful carefree days, all of which lead me right to some of my favorite autumn things-- primitive and folk art lovelies that speak of yesteryear and simpler times, when people seemed to realize there was something greater than themselves and that a thing of value was worth the effort it took to make it well, and that freedom isn't free and all those other things that seem to be disappearing before our very eyes...okay ignore all that...this isn't that kind of post...

So here are my somewhat nostalgic favorites of the week. I hope you will take a moment to visit the shops represented and if you should happen to buy something that you first saw here or in a shop that you first discovered here, please, please let the seller know that you saw it here on my F.O.T.W. page!  Thanks!

Oscar the County Fair Pig
Meet Oscar...I love him...he definitely earned that 1st Place Ribbon!
How do these artists come up with these wonderful ideas for
these delightful characters? Wish I knew!
Oscar the County Fair Pig $21.95 Wandering Whimsies

Always Be Thankful - hand stitched simple saying
A beautiful reminder to count our blessings. Perfectly simple, perfectly beautiful!
And yes, the lovely, rustic frame is included with this one!
Always be Thankful $14.95 Wood Stitches by Jodie Leavitt


Country Toile Reusable Shopping Bag
This lovely bag looks just the right size to fill with all those goodies from the county
fair or the trip to the apple orchard!  Oh, you know you'll get carried
away, don' you?...So at this price, you should buy two!
Country Toile Reusable Shopping Bag $11.75 Prairie Wind Designs



8x10 Photo Print - County Fair Midway
The photographer's desire was to evoke memories of  county fairs in this fine art
photograph and I would say she nailed it, wouldn't you?   Be sure to click on the photo to
 see the detail in the larger version. Stacy has many beautiful photographs in her shop . Some
are printed on metallic paper. This fairly new choice for photographic prints produces incredibly
beautiful results for the right photographs.  I recently experimented with some of my own
photographs and love  the results so far. If you visit Stacy's shop be sure to check out her
profile page to find out more about this talented photographer and the quality of her work.
County Fair Midway $20.00  Stacy M. Smith Fine Art Photographs
Little Red Oak Leaf is an original nature print.
I love the simplicity of this lovely print, compliments of the leaf itself!
That's right! Robert Fagg takes the things of nature and lets them
speak for themselves...he orchestrates the whole process by applying
ink in all the right places and knows exactly how to get that beautiful impression
for you to enjoy in your home! He also does paintings and lino cut prints ...
don't be lazy...go see for yourself...they're great!
Little Red Oak Leaf $9.00 Reddog Roads Art


The road less traveled
Robert Frost, one of my favorite poets! I believe he would agree that this
photograph is appropriately titled! Wouldn't you like to take a walk over
that hill to see what's waiting there?  Of course, you would! Many of  Bee's photographs
have this same romantic feel...so, if you like this one, you MUST visit her shop.
You will not be sorry. I promise!
The Road Less Traveled $20.00 PhotograBee




Flap Jacks (Maple Syrup) 8 oz Western Cowboy Candle
Okay, at first, I too thought this was some delectable thing to spread on
my pancakes. No, it's not but I bet it will make you wish you had some!
Maple Syrup scented candle...how yummy is that?
Flap Jacks Maple Syrup Cowboy Candle $7.25 True Texas Scents Candles


Vintage Coal Pot
You didn't  think I would leave real vintage out of this nostalgic collection, did you?
Of course not! You know me better than that.  I love this little coal pot and I really hate
to even show it to you because I know someone is going to snatch this beauty
right up and give it a place of honor in an autumn vignette. I would do it, but DH and I
agreed, no more, no more...we have enough. NOT! But to keep the peace, I've decided to
share this lovely pot with my graceful readers instead of being sneaky and keeping it all
to myself. You deserve it...really, you do.  Oh, and don't let the name of the shop fool you...
there's much, much more there, than fibers and photos...you need to go there to see for yourself.
Vintage Coal Pot $15.00 Foot Hill Fibers N Photos


AUTUMN / FALL wooden blocks
I love blocks. I have since I was a child. Of course, now I prefer
the grown-up blocks, like these beauties. Perfectly lovely wooden
 blocks with vinyl letters that can be used inside or out! I have the perfect little
shelf for these...oh well, you probably do too...that's why I included them!
Autumn/Fall Wooden Blocks $29.95  Little Block Barn

Vintage Fair Ribbons - 8x10 Fine Art Photography print   BOGO SALE
Now who in the world would think to take a photograph of fair ribbons? Mary Vican,
that's who, and isn't she the creative one?  I love the colors...some faded...some
still bright...it is even better  framed...go see this item in her shop and check out
the last photograph...you will see what I mean! Fabulous! You know this would
be perfect right over that chair...yes, that one!  Too large, you say? Well, duh, you
can get a smaller size! Yes, I know you can, cause Mary said so!
Vintage Fair Ribbons 8x10 Photograph $15.00 Mary Vican Fine Art Photography and Photo Jewelry


WALT CURLEE-8x10 Appalachian Mountain Farm Pumpkin Patch Landscape Print Folk Art
Okay, here we go...a folk art print...well, you knew there would be at least one, now didn't you?  Of course, you did! Isn't this gorgeous? It reminds me of childhood trips to the Blue Ridge Mountains (part of the Appalachians) with my parents. We went each year to pick out pumpkins, buy some special jams and jellies, a jar of chow chow or two (it's a type of relish we love in the South) ...such precious memories! This beautiful painting brought them flooding back. Walt Curlee paints folk art scenes and Americana farm landscapes but he's really, a fine art, artist. I won't hold it against him and I know you won't either!  Appalacian Mountain Farm  $23.00 Walt Curlee

Grand Wheel - Fine Art Photograph
This photograph reminds me of every county fair, every carnival, every fun park
I've ever been too! Yes, the roller coaster is great, but give me the ferris wheel.
Up, up, up and you can see for miles...the harvested fields, the sunlight on the
tin roofs...I love it!  Carl Christensen is another one of those photographers that
knows how to take you back in time and make you love every minute of it.A simple
dandelion becomes a precious childhood memory when his eye meets the
viewfinder and his artistic talent meets paper.  His photographs are a delight  for the eyes.
And if that's not enough, he makes frames too! Yep, that's right and they are beautiful too!
 Think I'm exaggerating? Fine. Go see for yourself. Ha! I told you so!
Grand Wheel Photograph $30.00 Integrity Studio aka Buck County Frames

Frosted Apricot Glass Melon Oxidized Sterling Silver Earrings - Peaches
You just never know how you are going to discover a favorite on Etsy.  I rarely go
to the Forum on Etsy...it can get a bit weird there sometimes. But I did this morning and I met
this talented Texas mom on the forum today...well, it was really later, when she used some of my
artwork in a treasury and then told me how my work inspired it and complimented me for what I said
in the thread.  I though that was a really sweet thing for her to do. It made my morning!
I had actually already checked out her shop along with a couple of others who were in that thread
and had picked out these beauties for my FOTWs. So, I told her I had picked her earrings for a
 favorite  in my FOTWs and we had a a mutual admiration thing going on for a while. Hey,
I'm from the South, she's from Texas, we have to love each other...it's a big hair and cowboy
 boots thing, okay?  Anyway, the funny thing is, I had already picked these as a favorite
 before she picked my artwork...but I didn't want to be rude and correct her...she thought
 I did it in return for her kindness ...but I'm really not that nice (I want to be...but I'm just not. )
 I have to really love something to put it on here.  That's  just the way it is with me. I cannot
 be bribed (but you can try if you want...jk) Anyway, I think these are beautiful earrings and
I love the color  and the oxidized silver  and  I think they  look like  pumpkins instead of melons
 and those are the real reasons that I picked them. Truthfully...I mean that...all of it!
Frosted Apricot Glass Melon and Sterling Earrings $22.00 Glitz Glitter


Jewel Tea, Autumn Leaf Pattern, Small Round Mixing Bowl
Okay, this will be quick. The reason I picked this bowl is because my
grandmother, Effie Ellington Lee, had a set of Jewel Tea, Autumn Leaves and
whenever I see a piece, it reminds me of her. I loved her and I like to be reminded
of her, so it stands to reason I would love this. I have a few pieces and think
this is a great price. If I weren't on this blasted budget, I would buy it but since I am, I'm
telling you about it instead. See, I am nice.  Of course, if you were to buy something from me,
then I could maybe sneak this into the miscellaneous category of the budget...
Okay, okay just kidding...I know this is not about me...but it is my blog, so it could be...just sayin'!
Jewel Tea Autumn Leaves Small Round Mixing Bowl $30.00 Calico Cat 34



the COUNTY FAIR GIRLS medium PRINT 8.5 x 11 from original primitive art lowbrow illustration
Yes, more folk art...primitives...I think these girls are grand! If you want to read a great
story read the profile of this shop and if you like what you read, be sure to
visit the website.  There is so much more in this painting than first meets the
eye...click it to enlarge it and enjoy the county fair!
County Fair Girls Print $35.00 Pinky and Lilly





Copper Springs Folk Art Print
Each season is a good reason for me to visit Catherine's Etsy shop. I love to daydream
about her paintings and all the delightful imaginary folk who live and work and play
in her paintings...and don't get me started on the cupcakes from the bakery...they are so very
yummy!  Autumn is my favorite time of the year in the world that is Catherine
Holman's.The first time I wrote about her beautiful art was in the autumn. She has become a
 part of  the  fall season for me.  She can stir the nostalgia like no other artist I know.
 If you want to escape for a half-hour or two or three, just browse through her shop and read
about the lives of these wonderful folk who live behind the walls of her paintings. Want to see
what Catherine is up to lately? Visit her beautiful blog and find out!
Copper Hills Folk Art Print $14.95 Catherine Holman








Well, that's all I have today. You can see them for the whole week on my Favorites page. Tell your friends to do a little shopping on Etsy and tell them to start right here.  Sorry, didn't mean to sound bossy...but do it anyway...pretty please with sugar on top?

Hope you will stop by tomorrow to hear about my visit to the Pine Log Arts and Crafts Fair...met a beautiful lady from Etsy...lots of photos! 'K. Bye.


Saturday, September 11, 2010

In Remembrance of September 11

I wanted to write something about September 11, 2001 today. 


I still remember exactly what I was doing when I heard the news and I need no camera footage to see that second plane coming from behind the towers, banking and slamming into the second tower. Standing there staring in horror at the television set, I was thinking that some friends of mine were in that building . By the time that I found that they had moved out of the twin towers, the full horror of that morning had unfolded

I still remember the shock and the disbelief with which I watched it and the immediate knowledge that we were under attack. It doesn't seem possible that it has been nine years.

Anyway, I wanted to write something about it. Something about the heroic people who saved lives. Something heartfelt and inspiring about the survivors, something comforting for all the families who lost loved ones, something patriotic about how we all came together as a nation. But I just can't find the words. They refuse to come...only the images come to mind. 


So, instead I will share a couple of songs. One song that describes the feelings of that morning...all of the emotions that tumbled one over the other and then back around again... confusion, disbelief, horror, fear, anger and heartbreak, leaving me finally with only heartbreak and anger.  Yes, my heart is still broken for all those families ripped apart, lives irretrievably shattered, for orphans and widows made that day and yes, my anger is still there too.  I cannot completely let go of the anger as long as I keep that image in my mind and that image has not faded in all of these years. That is why I cannot write any other words about this day in history...I will say things that I probably should just left unsaid.

The other song is patriotic and hopeful and those are the things with which I  replace my anger...over and over again because it only seems to work for a short while. So I will leave it at that.


I hope those who experienced 9/11 will never forget it and will make sure their children know of it and remember it and that we as a nation will quit apologizing for something that we did not cause and will stand strong and will never allow this to happen again.  Okay, enough said...just listen! 







If you want to see something really cool...visit Christie Cottage today!