Here we are Jan. 10, 2018. Can you believe it?
Number 1: Hey. Thanks so much for all those great birthday wishes. Made for a great day.
We are starting a new year with this blog. readeatlive.com
Wishing all of you well.
Next summer this blog will celebrate five years. Can’t believe it.
A post by a Florida friend and blog reader today reminded me of the owls at Fort Matanzas. Pictures from at least 5 years ago. The pair made their home there for several years. They remind us how things change and just how wide-ranging our interests are as time goes by.
My resolution this year is to see if I can’t take care of some of the technical glitches that plague our blog. This probably means I must buckle down, study and explore more, and post less. So hang in there. All suggestions are welcomed. Do tell me what problems you continue to have in reading this blog and what kind of posts you most enjoy. We will pull ahead together.
My goals for posts continue: to encourage reading and to throw in some good food ideas and info along the way.
Let’s see what happens next. Maybe we can sometimes fly with the grace of this egret.
These pictures courtesy of Jerry Lein.
Easter Blessings to all!
HAPPY NEW YEAR UPDATE – JAN. 11, 2017
Wishing all blog readers a great year in 2017. Thanks so much for reading this blog – and for your encouragement. My sister tells me sales at Indie book Stores are up this past year. Since this blog means to encourage reading that is good news. Yesterday a beautiful note from a blog reader. I had not been aware she ever read the blog. She energized me for the next year. Thank you!
Taking Stock – It’s not been a fantastic reading year but a comfortable one. That means its time to shake things up a bit!
Looking Ahead – Time to reenergize my reading. Time to listen more carefully to blog readers. Time to read more broadly. Where else do we need to go?
Action – Blog Readers – Let me know which topics you most enjoy on readeatlive.com What do you want to see featured more often? New ideas?!
Contact me: Paulette Mitchell Lein by scrolling down and commenting on this page, or by commenting on Facebook or by e-mailing you comments to me. Your comments and readership are vital to the health and well-being of readeatlive. Thank – you!!!!
QUICK UPDATE – CHOOSE TRAVEL – ANNIVERSARY
JULY 5, 2016
A marvelous travel op over the next few days may mean fewer new posts, or not….never sure of the future?!
Wish me well and celebrate three years of readeatlive/blog by checking out some old favorites or an interesting post you may have missed. Peruse the archives or a turn to a page from the menu you often neglect.
Interesting posts are ahead, I promise. 🙂
June 16, 2016
With love for all God’s children, let us resolve to treat all with kindness and to extend our hearts and prayers to all those in pain because of the Orlando killings. Not only in the aftermath of this tradgedy but in each hour and day as we go forward may we reach out to others, both those we know and love and those we do not know who are different from us in some way, a way that is always less important than we sometimes think. Loving others is our task, our only task.
December 30, 2015
The arrival of a new year is the traditional time for taking stock. This morning some wise words from Sheryl Sandberg, author of Lean In greeted me. Just eight months ago she lost her young husband suddenly to a heart incident.
I join her in resolving to find joy in living life and to strive to connect with and even inspire others….I’m no Sheryl Sandburg but…
I resolve…each day
to write the name of a good friend I contacted
to write three things I did well that day
to write three joyful moments.
Like Sheryl I choose life and meaning over death, tragedy and worry. (the worry part is me…not Sheryl.)
I thank her for her efforts and her writing.
I’m off for a week in Oklahoma with a fantastic son, his equally fantastic wife and their beautiful and determined little girl. Should be a ball! Keep the prayers going on my behalf. I certainly need them.
I’ll hope to update blog readers on how my resolutions are working out in a couple of months.
Wishing you a fabulous changeover from 2015 to 2016.
Update July 30, 2015
FRIENDS, WE PASS THE TWO YEAR MARK WITH READEATLIVE/BLOG
In June 2013 I began this blog. It is filled with mostly a more extemporaneous type of writing. It has been a hopeful and joyful experience. Often I post a short piece of writing connected to reading or eating, hence the title readeatlive.
I’m grateful to all you friendly readers. We have passed the two-year mark together. These flowers are for you.
Events of the past few months have kept me from posting as often or as well as I would like. I’m hoping I’ll keep writing. I’m hoping you readers stick with me through these thinner times. I’m hoping you comment and let all of us know what parts and pieces of this conversation you most enjoy. Hopes and dreams make life a richer experience. Thanks for supporting mine.
Reading and eating are best enjoyed in the company of friends! Thanks for being my friends!
Update: June 20, 2014
Blogging this past year has definitely been a memorable writing experience: exhilarating, risky, and just plain fun. Confession: readeatlive.com/blog has taken over my writing time and my writing mind. I’m struggling to include other writing projects, not to mention other important priorities in my life. But, if research and submissions particularly have suffered, the joy of connecting with readers keeps me going. Some comics say they love the stand-up stage and cannot live without it even when TV and film opportunities come along. I never understood that, until I became a blogger. The importance of connection is all consuming. Still, I search for more writing time in every day, and ways to better allocate the time I find.
It is not surprising, I feel overwhelmed with gratitude to you readers/viewers out there. In the same way I’m always searching more books, I’m hoping for even more readers/viewers. You are the most important part of this whole endeavor. Do keep our conversation going. I depend on you!
June, 2013: Introducing Blog and Its Writer
Always, I find joy in promoting reading and writing. Oh, and eating delicious food usually follows close behind those two on my joy list.
My name is Paulette Mitchell Lein and this blog is a new way to share my writing and the writing of others, along with the joy of living.
I write historical fiction and poetry. This means I spend time in places and times that require uncovering characters and places buried by passing years and my own lack of knowledge and understanding. There is always something new to learn whether I’m studying the Florida prairie, women in medieval times or my pioneering foremothers finding life’s pathways in the nineteenth century Midwest.
So with my heartfelt thanks to my terrific family and friends for their love and support, I hope you will follow my joy as I read, eat, research and write my way along the path that lies ahead.
Recently I have written several poems meant to illuminate what life might have been like for Katherina Von Bora the wife of Martin Luther, the reformer, in the early sixteenth century. Find one of these poems posted in the Writing section of this blog.
Come along and enjoy the fun. Let me know what you are reading and writing these days. Oh yes, and a terrific recipe or newly discovered twist on your favorite food is always welcome.