Half Full or Half Empty?

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I saw this morning that we have consumed 2/3 of 2015 as we come to the end of August.  That means what?  That we only have a third of the year left?  Or, that WE STILL HAVE A THIRD OF THIS YEAR AHEAD OF US!  I choose the optimistic statement.  A lot of good things have happened this year.  Among them has been the publishing of Sharon’s and my book about her recovery from the effects of a severe neurological condition:  NPH Journey into Dementia and Out Again (Tate Publishing).  Another milestone has been the publication of my third novel in the Dinkel Island Series:  Secrets at Lighthouse Point (also Tate Publishing).  Yet to happen is the release of the 2nd Edition of my first novel, A Change of Heart.

Another achievement has been the release of Pat Parson’s book,  Portrait of a Town:  Cape Charles…

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Half Full or Half Empty?

I saw this morning that we have consumed 2/3 of 2015 as we come to the end of August.  That means what?  That we only have a third of the year left?  Or, that WE STILL HAVE A THIRD OF THIS YEAR AHEAD OF US!  I choose the optimistic statement.  A lot of good things have happened this year.  Among them has been the publishing of Sharon’s and my book about her recovery from the effects of a severe neurological condition:  NPH Journey into Dementia and Out Again (Tate Publishing).  Another milestone has been the publication of my third novel in the Dinkel Island Series:  Secrets at Lighthouse Point (also Tate Publishing).  Yet to happen is the release of the 2nd Edition of my first novel, A Change of Heart.

Another achievement has been the release of Pat Parson’s book,  Portrait of a Town:  Cape Charles 1950-1960.  It was my privilege to do the graphite illustrations for that wonderful book about a unique community on Virginia’s Eastern Shore.

So, what’s left for the last third of the year?  What will top all of that?  Oh, yeah, MARKETING!  What is published has to become visible in order for others to benefit from doing the books.  Today I’m headed to William & Mary Bookstore in Williamsburg to do a signing.  The calendar is filling up with more opportunities.  But that’s not the main focus.

The main focus in making the best of the 1/3 of 2015 that remains is to grow in my own faith, my trust in God, my discipleship as a follower of Christ.  There will be lots of challenges over the next four months, and I pray for enough faith to take them on victoriously.  I wish the same for you!

Today is a fresh piece in life’s puzzle.  What will you do with it?

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Reflections from Settled Street

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I walked today on a street called “Settled.”  The early sun cast long shadows across the road.  Houses were tidy with manicured lawns and decorative flags.  Birds tweeted busily among the bushes and trees.  A light breeze brushed my cheek.  It felt good to be on Settled Street today.

IMG_2492Sometimes I walk on other streets–like a street called “Anxious.”  That street has many alleys where you can get lost:  alleys like worry, hurry, fear, frustration, fatigue.  I try to avoid Anxious Street as often as possible, but sometimes find myself there anyway.  I wonder if I’ll wander onto it today?

Another street is called “Hurtle.”  That street can be downright dangerous.  It’s pace is frantic.  People and objects zoom around, sometimes colliding.  There’s no room for distracted thoughts or activities if you want to safely traverse this street.  Hit the gas–oops, stand on the brake, swerve, beat the light, push…

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Reflections from Settled Street

I walked today on a street called “Settled.”  The early sun cast long shadows across the road.  Houses were tidy with manicured lawns and decorative flags.  Birds tweeted busily among the bushes and trees.  A light breeze brushed my cheek.  It felt good to be on Settled Street today.

IMG_2492Sometimes I walk on other streets–like a street called “Anxious.”  That street has many alleys where you can get lost:  alleys like worry, hurry, fear, frustration, fatigue.  I try to avoid Anxious Street as often as possible, but sometimes find myself there anyway.  I wonder if I’ll wander onto it today?

Another street is called “Hurtle.”  That street can be downright dangerous.  It’s pace is frantic.  People and objects zoom around, sometimes colliding.  There’s no room for distracted thoughts or activities if you want to safely traverse this street.  Hit the gas–oops, stand on the brake, swerve, beat the light, push the turn signal, avoid stacking lanes.  Get there first, never relax, push the envelope.  “Gotcha!  Catch me if you can!”  That’s how things are on Hurtle Street.

Sometimes I find myself on “Cautious” Street.  Stop the world, I want to get off.  Beware of what’s over the next hill, around that curve ahead.  Don’t take chances.  Heed the warnings.  Read the labels.  Cautious Street is well-paved, no apparent pot holes to impede progress.  This street is sometimes a necessary detour to keep life in balance.  I just don’t want to stay on it so long that I grow roots in my parking space.

Then there’s a street called “Faith.”  I like this street.  I want it to be my main route.  Faith Street roots me in my Creator, teaches me to value and respect myself and others, keeps me focused, an empowered.  I find my spiritual fuel stations on Faith Street.  It’s the street where love, hope, grace, peace, kindness, generosity, justice, certainty and goodwill reside.  Faith Street will take me safely through many dangerous intersections.  God is my companion and guide on Faith Street.

What streets will you travel on today?

Hello world!

Welcome to Dinkel Island Small Talk’s debut.

Wait a minute, what’s this Dinkel Island stuff?  Is that a real place?  Where is it?  Why should I care, anyway?

Hey, great questions.  Dinkel Island is a fictional coastal Virginia town on the Chesapeake Bay.  You can get there in the pages of my Dinkel  Island Series of novels by Tate Publishing.  If you enjoy a good read with some fascinating characters and sometimes-mysterious goings-on, then you’ll enjoy Dinkel Island.

One group of folks who have emerged in town over the last few years are the Old Geezers:  Doc Patcher, Bob Drew, Jimmy Charles, and Darrell Tellerson.  These are older guys who get together for coffee and comments about everything a couple of mornings a week.  Hence the name for my blog:  Dinkel Island Small Talk.

From time to time, I’d like to talk about life through the Dinkel Island lens.  You’re invited to join in.  If you want to know more about me and my books, here’s a link:  www.coldcoffeecafe.com/profile/HughTownsendHarris.

Oh!  Look at the time!  Gotta go now–be back soon.  How about you?

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