A V-formation flock of geese seems to have one member of the group as the leader, but each member takes its turn at the point of the V, leading the way as the others in the formation honk in encouragement. The geese stay together, even when one becomes sick or injured; the group stays with it until it is well enough to continue the journey at its regular pace.
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
THE REST OF THE STORY
This time last year I was recovering from my second knee
replacement surgery.Naturally I didn't
get much yard work done.The summer
before my knees were so bad I could barely walk and working in my flower beds
just didn't happen.Today I finished
weeding my flower beds, all of them, and though I'm stiff and achy, I think
they look pretty good. Naturally I'll be finding weeds and grass I missed all
summer, but it feels pretty darn good to finally have them looking more like
flower beds than weed patches.
For the past three and a half months my cousin and her
husband have lived with us while he was undergoing cancer treatment.Last week they were able to return to their
home in Alaska.We miss them, but are
glad he's well enough for them to pick up their life in their own home and
community.Right after they left here, a
son-in-law came to stay for a few days following radiation treatment.He's doing really well, but a person stays
radioactive for awhile following this treatment and can't be around pets or children.We loved having him here, but his wife and
kids are happy to have him back home.After nearly four months of having our guest room occupied, our house
feels kind of quiet now.I'm stronger
and feeling much better and the house is quiet, do you suppose I'll get more
writing done?I don't know; I've really
enjoyed working outside in the yard the past few days.
I blogged last about conferences and conventions.For those who haven't heard the results of LDStorymakers
Whitney Awards, here is my Meridian column in which I listed all of the
Blaine Yorgason was the recipient of the
Whitney Lifetime Achievement Award Saturday night at the award ceremony
concluding the LDStorymakers convention held in Layton, Utah. Rachel Ann Nunes
received the Outstanding Achievement Award.
Blaine Yorgason- Lifetime
Yorgason wrote his first book, Charlie's Monument, in 1980. It
has since been made into a popular film. He is the author of 83 books which
total over four million copies. He has been a teacher and has held a wide
variety of positions in the Church. Currently he is a temple worker at the St.
George Temple. He and his wife are the parents of seven children.
Nunes - Outstanding Achievement Award
Nunes has been a popular LDS author since the mid nineties. Her 37 books
have been published with several LDS publishers and she has also
self-published. She was instrumental in beginning LDStorymakers, the guild for
LDS authors. She and her husband are the parents of seven children and live in
Top writing awards went to Julianne
Donaldson for Blackmoore (Best Novel of
2013) , Brandon Sanderson for Steelheart (Best Youth
Novel of 2013), and Kasie West for Pivot Point (Best Novel by
a New Author).
Adult category winners this year are Sarah
Dunster for Mile 21 (Best General
Fiction), H.B. Moore for Esther the
Queen (Best Historical Fiction), Julianne
Donaldson for Blackmoore (Best
Romance), Traci Hunter Abramson for Deep Cover (Best
Mystery/Suspense), and Jeffrey S. Savage for Dark Memories (Best
Youth category winners are Julie Berry for
All the Truth That's in Me (Best General
Youth Fiction), Brandon Sanderson for Steelheart (Best
Speculative Youth Fiction, and Jennifer A. Nielsen for The Runaway King (Best Middle
I was a finalist in the Historical category, but not the top
winner.I'll include a picture taken by Heather
Zahn Gardner (Heather Gardner Photography), showing a group of finalists posing
for the loser's cheesecake consolation prize.