“He who does not understand your silence will probably not understand your words.” ~ Elbert Hubbard
“Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom.” ~ Francis Bacon
I just finished reading Sitting on Top of the Worldby Cheryl King. You can get an autographed copy of her book on her website.
Cheryl is an upcoming guest on Story-Power, upcoming in 2023 that is, so I want to do a little bit of promotion for her book here. I “read” it on Audible. Though I’m not an audio book enthusiast, I felt like the narrator, Whitney Dykhouse, added so much to the book. I’m not sure I would have enjoyed it as much had I read it on my iPad.
Sitting on Top of the World takes place during the early years of the Great Depression. The first thing that I felt as I was listening the book, was the similarities between then and now. Without all the media noise, that is. Work, food and other essentials are hard to come by. June, the protagonist is just turning 12 at the beginning of the story and she, her parents and her brother work hard to keep the family farm. They are fairly successful in the beginning until they are unable to get their money from the bank when it closes. However, they have food to share. But as time goes along and the Depression worsens, their lives begin to fall apart, just like everyone else’s around them. But June is resilient. She feels the same pain and sorrow of her neighbors, but somehow she always finds the will to go on. I found June’s character inspiring.
The entire world is affected by this pandemic. We’re all shell shocked not only by the effects of the disease, but by world events as well. Where do we turn to find comfort and help? For me, it’s turning to those I love. It’s knowing that nothing, not even the bad events happening now, will last forever. At some point there will be relief. I just need to do the best I can to find the good in every day and be grateful for the blessings I have.
I’m luckier than most. For the most part I work from home, and thanks to the internet, I’m able to get my creative work out into the world. I know others aren’t as lucky and I try to find ways to support those closest to me as best I can. I love that whatever good I can do ripples outward and may help others far away.
Something Sitting on Top of the World taught me was to shut down as much media noise as possible. I don’t need to be watching 24 hour news and the fear they spread. I can get the gist of the main events and see if there is anything I can do to help those situations. If not, I look for someone close by who might need my help.
That’s all I have to say for today. My posts will be intermittent for the next few weeks. I’ll reveal why in my next blog post.
I hope you will check out Sitting on Top of the World. It might just be the balm you need to soothe your frayed nerves.
Lucinda Sage-Midgorden © 2022
The Space Between Time
Have you ever experienced life shattering events? Yeah, after the last few years, most of us have. In The Space Between Time, Jenna Holden gets slammed by her fiancé walking out, her mother’s untimely death, and losing her job all in one week. But she receives unexpected help when she finds her three-times great-grandmother’s journals and begins the adventure of a lifetime.
The Space Between Time is available in all ebook formats at Smashwords and for Kindle at Amazon, or you can find the ebook at iBooks or Barnes and Noble. If you prefer a physical copy, you can find a print-on-demand version at Amazon. Stay tuned for news when the audiobook version is published
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