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Into the Light

13 Oct

After 69 days in the darkness, the operation to save 33 miners began last night.  Though it takes nearly one hour to retrieve each miner with the rescue capsule, as I watched coverage this morning, there was an electricity in the air.  A renewed hope.  A new freedom.
I can't imagine the thoughts going through the minds of these miners, as they individually climb into the small capsule.  Once inside, as the capsule is being pulled up slowly, imagine the fear, the hope.  The sense of being on the edge of light.
Mario Sepulveda, the second miner to be pulled from the darkness, is quoted as saying, "I have been with God and with the devil. I fought between the two. I seized the hand of God, it was the best hand. I always knew God would get us out of there."
In all things, light overcomes the darkness.
We have hope.  We have freedom.
Image of Mario Sepulveda appears courtesy of the New York Daily News

Multitude Monday: Cliffs Notes Version

11 Oct

What I’m thankful for today:

61. That God has a plan when I don’t.

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Book Review: Bending Toward the Sun

11 Oct

I recently had the pleasure of reading Bending Toward the Sun, a powerful memoir composed by former NBC executive Leslie Gilbert-Lurie and her mother, Rita Lurie.

The story begins with the voice of Rita Lurie, who reveals that she was forced to leave her home in Poland to hide from the Nazis.  From 1942 to 1944, her family hid in the dark attic of a sympathetic neighbor.  Barely surviving on scraps of food, Rita endured the loss of her loving mother and younger brother, as they died before her very eyes within the confines of the cramped attic.  Miraculously, Rita, her father, and her sister survived the horror of World War II, and began to look for a country that would accept them within their borders.

Years later, Rita is married to a man who gives her the security she’s always longed for, and never found with her father, his new wife Clara, and her sister Sandra.  Now a mother herself to daughters Leslie and Gwyn, and son David, Rita sees that her feelings of fear and guilt have been passed down to her children.  When the book turns to Leslie’s point of view, we find a daughter who desperately wanted to take care of her mother, for fear that any pain would remind Rita of her horrible childhood and the suffering she endured.  And while Leslie makes a name for herself as a lawyer, executive and philanthropist, she finds that her mother’s past still influences her outlook on life, as well as that of her own daughter, Mikaela.

This memoir serves as a powerful reminder of the devastation caused by the Holocaust, and similar tragedies that have a lasting impact.  By conducting interviews with those who knew young Rita best, Leslie and Rita begin to understand how those tragic two years (and the years of recovery that followed) affected Rita, and the generations to follow.   

A copy of this book was provided to me by FSB Associates.  I received no compensation in exchange for this review.  All opinions expressed here are my own.

Friday Finds

8 Oct

This few things have caught my eye this week…

A Relevant 10 ticket is up for grabs.  Check it out here.

I’m loving this necklace

and this camera strap

can’t wait to read this book

and go here

Happy Friday everyone!

Thinking about it…

7 Oct

I'm thinking about transitioning to WordPress.  Anyone out there have any pros and cons that they'd mind sharing?
My one con is that I'd probably have to change my web address (which I've been thinking about anyway), but that's really the only thing holding me back.

22 Ways To Organize Your Bookcases

20 Jul

As we all have seen from my previous post, I am pretty stoked about my new subscription to Real Simple. Since I have not received my first magazine yet, I decided to check out their website to get a good preview. I found some great photo galleries, but one that really caught my eye was “22 Ways to Organize Your Bookcases.”

Ever since I have moved into an apartment with my husband, and I have the opportunity to organize and decorate my own space, I am really enthralled with things like this. Not only can you use a bookcase to shelve (duh!) books, but you also use it as a great stage to showcase decor, photos, scrapbooks, the works.

The idea of painting the interior of your bookcase is great, as it makes everything really pop!

I like the idea of mixing things up, placing books, boxes, knick-knacks, and the like on the shelves.

Check it out, and let me know which ideas you like!

New blog

20 Jul

This blog has moved (at least for now).  Find me here!  Please update your links and bookmarks!