I am so pleased to feature author Sally Cronin during this Holiday Season. Sally’s generosity in promoting fellow authors on her blog, Smorgasbord Invitation, is well-known, and I am delighted to reciprocate.
Sally recently released the double-volume of her book, What’s in a Name? available in paper on Amazon UK.
The e-Book and Volumes 1 & 2 can be purchased separately on Amazon US HERE
Sally is sharing with us today a lovely Christmas story fromWhat’s in a Name? Volume 1.This story exemplifies the true spirit of the season: love, compassion, and gratitude.
It was Grace’s fifth birthday and the staff at the council run orphanage had made sure that there was an iced cake for tea and some small wrapped presents beside the plastic yellow plate. The children sat at tables for ten boys and ten girls…
I started blogging despite the fact that I had no idea what I was doing. I created Living a Beautiful Life when I left the hospital emergency and was waiting to learn whether I’d need eye surgery or would simply lose my eyesight. Living a Beautiful Life is my first blog and I hope to continue for a long time.
I’m glad you didn’t lose your eyesight: What caused the doctors so much concern?
I’m not sure I want to go into more detail…the medical stuff kind of creeps me out. It was the result of injury though, not a condition or degenerative issue.
Would it be fair to say that the crisis over the potential loss of your eyesight precipitated a crisis of identity?
Interesting question. I love reading – and have since I learned how to read. When I was a kid a big treat for me meant going to the bookstore and picking a book to bring home. I’ve always felt that one of the best gifts I’ve ever received is exposure to books, and how fortunate I am to be literate. When I was at risk of losing my eyesight, I thought, “Oh no! Why can’t it be a limb or something else?” It would be fair to say my identity is wrapped up in reading, ideas and learning. Writing was always on the horizon for me and the possibility of leaving that unexpressed was devastating.
“No matter what, nobody can take away the dances you’ve already had.”
~ Gabriel García Márquez
When was the first time you felt an urge to write?
I’ve wanted to write for most of my life. I only started taking that vague notion off the back burner and putting it into action with my blog.
How did you decide on the name, ‘Living a Beautiful Life?
When I started my blog I didn’t know what I’d write about or even what my general theme would be. I thought about having a tiny speck of a space on the internet – what that would mean and what I wanted to contribute. On a fundamental level, I believe there is always room for more beauty in the world and it wouldn’t hurt to focus on that.
You say you knew nothing the day you started your blog, what have you learned about blogging and bloggers since that day.
I’ve learned the importance of what I call “blogging your love”. The closer to my heart a blog post is, the more rewarding it is for me to write and publish. It’s also more risky too; it just matters more. I still expect to hear crickets when I post something. Reader response is amazing. The fact that one other human reads something I wrote and takes time to comment just tickles me. I also enjoy reading other blogs and getting to know other bloggers. The blogging community is amazing and I’m so lucky to be a part of it.~ Danica – (Living a Beautiful Life blog)
The calming sound of nature was only interrupted by the noise of my steps hitting the ground walking up the hills following an unknown trail. Suddenly the thoughts in my mind were freed and unlocked while breathing wilderness in the wind. Let go was the insistent inner voice I was hearing.