A Short Post

The Community of Christ Seal of my childhood

“It’s those difficult times that inform the next wonderful time, and it’s a series of trade-offs, of events, of wins and losses.” ~ Brad Pitt

“Difficult times disrupt your conventional ways of thinking and push you to forge better habits of thought, performance and being.” ~ Robin S. Sharma


 I could use some peace right about now. How about you?

We’ve had some issues revamping my site, as you can see. My husband is helping me but he’s got to do some research before we can fix all the glitches. And, of course, life gets in the way. I hope we’ll have all the issues worked out by the end of August. We’ll see.

I’ve enjoyed my Story~Power chats and am looking forward to the next round which will be posted in the new year. I hope you are getting the notifications and enjoying the two which have aired so far. I’ve had many amazing conversations with my guests.

At the moment, I’m getting ready for a new semester of teaching at the college. It was touch and go as to whether I’d be teaching at all, but it looks like my very small classes will be offered. I’ll be teaching both classes using Zoom. Dave and I did teach acting that way at the end of last semester, but to do it for an entire semester is going to be really interesting. The other class dramatic structure won’t be affected that much.

But back to my opening statement, I don’t know about you, but I’ve been very emotional lately with everything that’s going on and then there was the explosion in Lebanon. That sent me into a tizzy. I’ve cranked up my spiritual practice of meditation, sending Reiki, journaling and the like just to maintain some balance. It takes me longer every day to finish this important work. At first I was feeling quite anxious about it, but then I remembered that if I’m going to make it through this time of upheaval, I must go within. That’s just as, if not more important, than any of my other creative work.

I hope you are all are keeping safe and sane. In my daily meditations, I send out love and light to all of you, and everyone on the planet. We must support each other in order to make it through these extremely difficult times. Here’s hoping we catch a break soon.

I hope to have a longer post next week.

Love and blessings to you all.

Lucinda Sage-Midgorden © 2020

Lucinda is the author of The Space Between Time, an award finalist in the “Fiction: Fantasy” category of the 2017 Best Book Awards.

Have you ever experienced life shattering events? Yeah, 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.

Taking a Break

Ashley Pond Park in Los Alamos, NM

For the next few weeks, I’ll be working on launching my podcast, Story~Power, and hopefully finishing the audio version of The Space Between Time. I will be back when I’ve finished those projects. In the meantime, here are a few quotes I came across this week that seemed so truthful to me. Let me know what you think.

“Hate, in the long run, is about as nourishing as cyanide.” ~ Kurt Vonnegut

“Years ago my mother used to say to me, she’d say, ‘In this world, Elwood, you must be’–she always called me Elwood–‘In this world, Elwood, you must be oh so smart or oh so pleasant.’ Well, for years I was smart, I recommend pleasant. You may quote me.” ~ Elwood P. Dowd in the movie Harvey

Maverick ‘Mav’ Carter: (In response to finding out his daughter Starr has a white boyfriend.) “I ain’t set a good example of a black man for you.”
Starr Carter: “No, you didn’t. You set a good example of what a man should be.” ~ from the movie The Hate U Give

“When the brain gets involved, it starts a spreadsheet.” ~ Pete Holmes

“The only obstacle is believing there’s an obstacle.” ~ Rupert Spira

“I’ve wasted so much time being beautiful.” ~ Lady Caroline in Enchanted April

“You are enough. You are so enough, it is unbelievable now enough you are.” ~ Sierra Boggess

That’s probably enough to keep you busy for a while, but don’t make a spreadsheet. Let the words sink into your heart. How do they make you feel?

Blessings until I return. Stay safe and healthy.

Lucinda Sage-Midgorden © 2020

Lucinda is the author of The Space Between Time, an award finalist in the “Fiction: Fantasy” category of the 2017 Best Book Awards.

Have you ever experienced life shattering events? Yeah, 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.

When We Know Better, We do Better!

Tattered but Salvageable

“While I know myself as a creation of God, I am also obligated to realize and remember that everyone else and everything else are also God’s Creation.” ~ Maya Angelou

I’m feeling very emotional as I write this post today. It will be published on American Independence Day and that brings mixed feelings for me almost every year, but particularly this year with all the demonstrations and influx of Covid-19 cases. The demonstrations against racism and declaring that Black Lives Matter are necessary to help bring about real change. It’s just another step in our evolution as a country. The influx of Covid cases is, in my opinion, a lack of strong leadership coupled with people claiming their First World Privileges that put us all in danger.

But I want to take you through my thought process that led to this post.

A few days ago I was chatting with a college friend for an episode of Story~Power. We were talking about musicals since she loves them. And she was pointing out something I had never thought about before, that there is always a dark side to almost every musical. Since we were recording close to July 4th, I mentioned the musical 1776, which she had never seen. That surprised me. It’s one of my favorites. It’s not one of my favorites because it glorifies the unprecedented, at that time, declaration of intent to separate from the mother country. It’s because the musical has scenes and two songs that acknowledge the imperfection of the process of trying to form a new country.

The first song is one I find oddly relevant it’s “Cool, Cool, Considerate Men”. It’s about the conservative landed men who have become rich in their new land, and that their aim is to make sure their set stays on top of the population heap. If you watch this on TCM, the commentator will point out that this song was removed from the first theatrical release because President Nixon had previewed the film and didn’t like the song. It was too close to home. It exposed the tactics of his party and himself. He asked the producers to remove it. The link will take you to the site where you can find the lyrics for this and all the songs in 1776.

The second song, “Molasses to Rum” is even more devastating. The lyrics point out the connection between molasses, rum, and slaves and the fact that this trade triangle wouldn’t exists if not for the ships sailing out of Boston with bibles and rum heading for Africa to pick up a ship full of slaves bound for the Colonies. The music and lighting are hauntingly beautiful which belies the dark reality of the words.

The movie also shows that this country was made possible because those who wanted to end slavery had to compromise with those who promised to block separation from England if they didn’t allow it to continue.

The formation of the United States of America was a huge experiment. People like John Adams and Benjamin Franklin wanted a clean beginning for our country. But they couldn’t accomplish that at the time. They had to make a choice, to attempt to separate from Britain, or to continue to suffer under Her rule. We know the choice they made.

Like all experiments we’ve tried and failed over and over again to free people from oppression. Less than one hundred years after we became a country, we fought a war to end slavery. One hundred years later, the Civil Rights Movement made some progress for the rights of blacks. Now fifty-five years later we get a new opportunity to reset our experiment and try again.

The thing I love about The Black Lives Matter movement is that its bringing up not only inequities of how blacks have been treated, but all other populations of color as well and that’s a good thing.

The title of this post is, I believe, a quote by Maya Angelou. The Founding Fathers did the best they could at the time they declared independence from Great Britain. But of course the slaves, women, Native Americans, and many other groups of people were left out of the “We the people of the United States …” written into the Constitution. I’m hoping that from this 4th of July forward we, as a nation, will do the self-examination necessary to make those rousing words of The Declaration of Independence and our Constitution finally become reality. I’m committed to not turning away from the work. I now know better so I have to be committed to doing better.

Thank you for reading, commenting, and liking. If you like what you read here, please share it with a friend.

Lucinda Sage-Midgorden © 2020

Lucinda is the author of The Space Between Time, an award finalist in the “Fiction: Fantasy” category of the 2017 Best Book Awards.

Have you ever experienced life shattering events? Yeah, 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.

What’s Most Important?

Getting a hug from Dad

“One of the most important things one can do in life is to brutally question every single thing you are taught.” ~ Bryant H. McGill

“One of the most important things you can do in your life is to learn to pull back the curtain of fear so you can see it for what it really is – the enemy blowing a lot of smoke and pushing your buttons. ~ Victoria Osteen

I’ve been mostly at home for sixteen weeks which has given me a lot of time to think about what is most important to me. It probably comes as no surprise that human connection is my number one priority. I call or text loved ones often. And part of the reason I’m creating the podcast Story~Power is because I crave connection with people who have as much passion for stories as I do. Consuming stories connects me with the author or movie maker and gives me an opportunity to gain new insights.

My other top priority, and this might seem antithetical to my desire for human connection, is to experience mental silence. I don’t think these two concepts are mutually exclusive and here’s why.

I’ve recently discovered this amazing motivational speaker on YouTube named Simon Sinek. I’ve watched four or five of his motivational videos and the main message in all of them is that leaders, and of course regular people as well, need to be focused on creating real, caring relationships with the people they live and work with. Paying more attention to financial gain over the people who create the products and services isn’t a good business model anymore, if in fact it ever was.

This morning, as I’m writing this, I listened to a short video in which he outlines the 5 Rules That Will Change Your Future. In rule number 5, he talks about Nelson Mandela who is universally regarded as the best leader in recent times. Simon tells why. When asked what made him such a great leader, Mandela said he watched how his father, who was a tribal leader, conducted himself at tribal meetings. His father listened to what every member of the council had to say before he spoke. I imagine he even sat silently thinking, or perhaps more accurately, feeling everything that was said before he ventured to offer his opinion. That’s exactly the kind of person I want to be, someone who is silent and listens not just with my mind but with my heart to what others have to say. Then take the time to evaluate what has been said before I speak.

As I’ve been recording and editing the chats with my podcast guests, I realize, I need to listen to what my guests have to say more than talk myself, because what they have to share is extremely interesting. I’m learning important things from them and I hope my listeners do to.

And one last thing, mental silence is restful and I don’t know about you, but I need to disconnect from all the noise that’s being generated right now. When my mind in silent, and believe me some days that’s difficult to achieve, I can truly rest. Being stressed out and combative on social media, or with acquaintances doesn’t help solve any problems at all. It only causes more stress.

That’s really all I have to convey, that I feel the need to chat with people, listen to their stories, and contemplate their points of view before I share my own thoughts. Because my mind gets caught in a loop of thinking the same thoughts over and over again. And listening to other people share their experiences and opinions interrupts all the meaningless stuff running rampant through my brain. Thinking the same thoughts over and over again is both boring and non-productive. I think that’s one of the reasons I consume books, movies and TV shows, so I have new things to think about.

I plan to launch Story~Power on July 22 and publish a new episode every two weeks. There will be a page on this site exclusively for the podcast, with show notes and a short bio for each guest. I’m getting excited to share my conversations with all of you.

Have a lovely weekend. Thanks for reading, commenting, and liking. Welcome to my new followers. I hope you stay healthy and safe.

Lucinda Sage-Midgorden © 2020

Lucinda is the author of The Space Between Time, an award finalist in the “Fiction: Fantasy” category of the 2017 Best Book Awards.

Have you ever experienced life shattering events? Yeah, 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.

Quality of Sight

Woman Listening

“The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.” ~ Helen Keller

“We’re a whole culture of people who have a really hard time seeing beyond ourselves.” ~ Jill Soloway

Have you ever looked into someone’s eyes and felt like you were seeing into their soul, as if you could see their true essence? It’s happened to me on more than one occasion. The most profound was when my husband and I realized we not only loved each other, but that we’d known each other before.

In a way, seeing into someone else’s soul is jarring, because when we use our eyes to look at other people, we are seeing external things that don’t really matter. On the other hand the experience can be liberating because you, or at least I, feel a deep connection with that other person.

The thing that prompted this line of thought was a TV series my husband and I have been watching, See on Apple +. The premise is fascinating. The story takes place five hundred years in a dystopian future where a plague has rendered the population blind. In the first episode we see a woman about to give birth. Her twins are born with vision and we learn that they were fathered by a sighted man who abandoned the woman and her children. Fortunately she had been accepted into a village where the unmarried leader marries her and vows to raise her children as his own. As the children grow the fact that they can see is kept a secret to protect them from ridicule and abuse. This sets up the question, what advantages does sight give the children? The children’s birth father left messages and a box of books so they could learn to read and write with the express purpose of building a better world. But is that a good thing? The blind people have learned to use their other senses to their benefit. They know how to navigate to travel, to read knotted twine, communicate silently by signals in each others hands. It’s obvious that sometimes they have an advantage over the children, who rely very heavily on their sight. In this story, sometimes the blind characters see more deeply into situations, and other people’s motives than the sighted children do.

True sight involves discernment of the unseen as well as evaluating what we can see with our eyes. And the show raises the question, is it possible to see people for who they really are? Is it possible to see into another person’s soul? After watching this series, I have to ask myself do I try to see a person’s soul, or just their outer appearance, or behavior?

There is a really great classic movie that raises similar questions called The Enchanted Cottage (1945) in which a homely maid working at the cottage, marries the burned and disfigured soldier who rents it. They marry out of loneliness, but living in the romantic location of the cottage, they eventually bond and then fall deeply in love. The most touching scene is when they tell the landlady the miracle that has happened to them. That they were transformed and have become beautiful. The beauty they see, of course, is in their hearts. They “see” the other as beautiful and whole because their outer appearance no longer matters because of their love for each other.

I’ve been thinking a great deal about how I see people and situations. Do I look only at the surface and not try to see deeper? I know I can’t ever fully understand what’s going on in someone else’s mind and heart, but if I try, I might get a glimpse of their true essence, and what’s really happening behind their masks.

That’s my goal, to see into the beauty of people’s souls rather than at their appearance, or their behaviors. Sometimes I forget. I judge and blame and then I remember, “Oh, yeah, I need to look under the surface.”

This is short today because I’ve been busy recording and editing episodes of my soon to be launched podcast Story~Power. It’s interesting how many of my guests have expressed similar sentiments to the ones I wrote about above; how the stories they love help them see into a characters soul. The stories they consume help them understand themselves and others better. That has been the most fun aspect of my conversations, hearing what my guests have learned from the stories they love.

I hope the summer/winter is looking bright for you. Stay safe and healthy.

Thanks for reading, liking, and commenting. I appreciate your support.

Lucinda Sage-Midgorden © 2020

Lucinda is the author of The Space Between Time, an award finalist in the “Fiction: Fantasy” category of the 2017 Best Book Awards.

Have you ever experienced life shattering events? Yeah, 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.