Thursday, October 18, 2012

Yellow or Red, It's All the Same

I have a confession to make. I've been spending time with yellow butterflies. Don't get me wrong. I love my red cardinals. They are my #1 sign from above. Yet many people draw upon varying symbols as forms of comfort from their loved ones after death, and they are not always cardinals. These symbols might be blue jays, eagles, doves, ladybugs or butterflies. What do they all have in common? They are beautiful creatures. They are visible affirmations that loved ones are OK. They offer hope to grieving souls.

The reason I've been spending time with butterflies is because I'm editing a wonderful, spiritual book in which they are symbolic. The project I first told you about here has finally come to fruition. Cathy Taylor's Believe It's Possible is a line of merchandise celebrating the Lord. The book is the heartwarming story of Cathy's journey starting back in high school up until now. It speaks of faith, friendship and forgiveness as well as the many struggles she endured along the way. She has products available in the form of jewelry, t-shirts, artwork, and with lots more in the making. On the Believe It's Possible website, you can learn more as well as watch videos of her dear friend Myra's testimony before she passed away and God's glorious night.

This project is extra special to me because Cathy and I have so many similarities and have endured many of the same challenges. She has given me the courage to speak out about some of mine, too. I know it's no accident we were placed together for this; whenever I am on the phone with her about various things pertaining to the book, I spot a yellow butterfly.


Along with this huge project, I've been busy with the kids. Pete's last semester is upon us and come December he will have obtained his MBA. Wasn't it just yesterday I told you about it? He has also been extremely busy at work, so I've been flying solo much of the time.


I also have several announcements on recent awards and publications.

First and foremost is my inclusion in Writer's Digest for the second time. In the November/December issue, my nonet When Testosterone Starts Kicking In was published in Robert Lee Brewer's Poetic Asides column.

Second, I won runner's up in a non-contest contest The Missouri Review puts on and had my Barbie sonnet, No One's Perfect, published on their blog!

I have a story about how Pete and I first met published in a book of love stories, Falling in Love with You.

My creative art piece won recognition for New World Creative Union's (NWCU) Wednesday Wake-Up Call mystery challenge. This is an extra special honor because drawing and painting have never really been my thing, but because of the challenge I branched out. I'm very proud of this piece.

Along the same lines, I was invited to be the NWCU's first guest on the premiere of their radio show, The Creative Nexus. I really enjoyed the discussion with Roger and Natasha. In fact, I felt so comfortable that I even opened up about some things in my life.

I also have several poems that have been published. Click here to find a list and where to read them.


Oh, and when I'm not doing all this? I'm sitting out in the sun trying to get some of my blonde back (just kidding). Read this and you'll know what I'm talking about.


Susan said...

It sure helps to have you pull all of these achievements together in crisp narrative. I enjoy your work for its originality and insight and playfulness. It's wonderful to see you get the recognition that you deserve.

Daydreamertoo said...

Phew... with all that happening, where do you find time to be a wife, mother, run a home and then on top of all that... write!
Well done on all of the recognition, awards, publishing's, and everything else happening. You are a very talented writer and so deserving of the accolades. Good luck with the book. Yes, I do believe we each have a particular creature/s we feel a deeper connection to. Depending on mood mine is a white dove and, also eagle. Love your yellow butterflies.

Sheila said...

You are on fire girl!!! Way to go. Just the energy it takes to submit to so many places is impressive :). Rock on!

Sheila said...

You are on fire girl!!! Way to go. Just the energy it takes to submit to so many places is impressive :). Rock on!

Hannah said...

Oh my goodness, Laurie...I'm a slouch!! :lol: Just kidding but really WOW and a huge great to see all this good news you really are inspired and inspiring...thank you for sharing with us. Smiles!

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Wowzers! You are busy, for certain, but it sounds like all good developments. Yay! Way to go, kiddo. Keep shining! So nice to read all you've been up to.

Kim Nelson said...

What a rich, full life. Blessings abound, don't they?

Kay L. Davies said...

Wow, Laurie. I am SO impressed. You go, girl.
Luv, K

Joanne Elliott said...


It was great to get to know more about you on NWCU's Creative Nexus radio show. I enjoyed your poetry and I'm so happy for you on all your successes!

Chris Lawrence said...

Hello Laurie you certainly are busy and congratulations it is wonderful to be able to immerse yourself in your art yet retain a steady eye on everything else, wish it all continues all the best from a dull English early morning

izzy said...

Goodness this is all great! How interesting. Art is grand either writing or paint, sculpture, etc.