NEW YEARS 2016 IS BRIEF AND TO THE POINT; UNLIKE ME.


ON NEW YEARS  I TRAVEL TO THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PLACE I KNOW, THOUGH IT IS ONLY IN MY MIND. THE GAYLORD OPRYLAND HOTEL, NASHVILLE.

ON NEW YEARS I TRAVEL TO THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PLACE I KNOW, THOUGH IT IS ONLY IN MY MIND. THE GAYLORD OPRYLAND HOTEL, NASHVILLE.

Please do not doubt that I have plenty to say, but these are some pertinent observations.

The  “writer inside me” compels me to  record the following:. 

  • “We live in deeds, not years; in thoughts, not breaths; in feelings, not in figures on a dial.”    Philip James Bailey, Festus 
  •  Somehow, that translation of Time speaks to me when I review my life. It encourages me to realize I am not in a battle with Time, but rather I am living in an accumulation of deeds, thoughts and feelings that are not dictated by the years I have left. I believe each of us might be more satisfied with life were we to look at our life in review using that criteria.
  • “Indifferent to the affairs of men, time runs out, precise, heedless, exact and immutable in rhythm.”     Erwin Sylvanus, Dr. Korczak and the Children.
  • Truly, that quote sums up my thoughts of this milestone: Indifferent to the affairs of men (or women), Time runs out. I consider that I am not the thumb on the stopwatch; I am the runner in pursuit of another step. Yet I do believe, with all my heart that when the Time runs out, it is over. No bargaining, no purchasing of another day; simply the knowledge that Time runs out.  This is probably the one function of Time that I do understand.  I am however comforted by a belief system which includes the unwavering “knowledge” that there is life after death which is a whole new and different discussion of  Time”.
  •  I would not be a credible writer if I did not summarize my thoughts of Time, the end of Time and compare it with the ‘written word’ concerning Time.
  • The life of every man is a diary in which he means to write one story, and writes another, and his humblest hour is when he compares the volume as it is, with what he vowed to make it.  J. M. Barrie, The Little Minister.
  • “Having lived long, I have experienced many instances of being obligated by better information, or fuller consideration, to change opinions even on important subjects, which I once thought right, but found to be otherwise.”  Benjamin Franklin. 
  • I do not make New Year’s Resolutions, but rather choose to adopt an “attitude of mindset” for the New Year. So in 2016,  as I did in 2012, I begin with this quote in mind, I chose: “Open to change in the Time I have left” and do it while humming, “Blessed Assurance.”

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About joycegodwingrubbs2

Some call me retired: I am RE-FIRED. I have written 15 books, plus 3 were written as a "ghost writer". I no longer offer them as printed books having them only available as Kindle Ebooks since my retirement as a novelist. Twelve books are on Amazon.com Kindle eBooks: collectively they are known as The Greyhound Lady Walking suspense series.They are real cases fictionalized into suspense stories to protect identities..( no victim/survivor names were compromised, and workers and locations were protected.) I also co-authored a non-fiction book: Footsteps Out of Darkness: The Annabelle Kindig Story . It is available on Amazon under the name of Annabelle Kindig. I have traveled, written from the heart, and found an audience that appreciates my "platform". The catalyst to writing the novels was the realization that if I died, I would take all my amazing experiences in these real cases with me; and believe me few have lived 5 lives in one. It would "silence the voices" of the victim/survivors whose triumphs are written into these novels. The suspense series was written in part with the collaboration of police woman and sex crime expert Trula Ann Godwin. In addition to the novels, I have written as a ghost writer for a World War II veteran who fought in the South Pacific aboard the USS Maryland in all the major battles. I have also written a non-fiction book recording oral history stories of my family members beginning with the 1930's to present. There are sixty-six "legacy" stories with pictures. It was recently published as a private printing for family and close associates only. I am a published photo journalist having won the 2009 Editor's Choice Award for internet freelance news articles and pictures of the Cedar Rapid's Iowa flood victim accounts and their personal struggles.. My husband and I are in our 52nd year together (only one blip on the marital radar together), and we have adopted three greyhounds; Dex, Big Buddy and Baby Doll. These were the inspirations in the Greyhound Lady Walking suspense series We have eleven grandchildren, 7 grandsons and 4 granddaughters. My three children live in Iowa, Wisconsin and Ohio.
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2 Responses to NEW YEARS 2016 IS BRIEF AND TO THE POINT; UNLIKE ME.

  1. Oh… I could ponder this all day! yet, Time to write…… Great insight! Loved this quote, “The life of every man is a diary in which he means to write one story, and writes another, and his humblest hour is when he compares the volume as it is, with what he vowed to make it. J. M. Barrie, The Little Minister.” First time I ever saw that. Thank you!

    • Ginger thank you so much; you know I value your opinion and am excited to be ready to write the review on your great entry in “Asylum”. Trust me, mine will be just as enthusiastic for yours as yours was for mine. And I too love that Barrie quote and have seen it played out in my life all too often. Happy 2016 and now get off the computer, and write, write, write.

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