Hunkered down …

… working hard. So hard that I almost forgot I have a blog. Woops.

With spring break last week I found myself quite buried Monday morning — a good kind of buried, but none-the-less buried. I’m working on getting caught up with editing of classes for Big Picture, so I can post several new classes we’ve got planned. I’m working on magazine assignments and the floors and closets in my house — so in love right now with Marmoleum. It’s now going in my guest bath, laundry and studio. So colorful, totally green [environmentally healthy] and nearly indestructable — reminds me of what my grandma had in her 1950′s kitchen — updated a bit. Off right now to pick out a Dairy Queen cake with Taft and have a little lunch date. Also working on my presentation for the CK convention in Mesa next week — my mom, sisters and aunt Shirley are coming too! Can’t wait for that.

I’ll tell ya, my life is crazy.
But I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Using a quote from Mr. Rogers on a scrapbook page just now. Had to look it up and re-read this excerpt from the book about him by Amy Hollingsworth. Thought you might enjoy it too …

"Just think. Just be quiet and think," he said softly. "It’ll make all the difference in the world." Then he turned back to me and said with quiet exasperation, "I just feel that there isn’t enough silence, you know, and I’m always asking peole if they can just give some silence. The last time I was at the White House, I said, "Would you please just have a half-minute of silence to think about somebody who has helped you become who you are? and the whole fancy meeting , you know, the whole fancy East Room of the White House, sitting silently, thinking about people who they might not have thought of for a long time that had made a big difference in their lives.
When that meeting was over, one of the guards came up to me all in white and with the gold braids and everything [he motioned with his hand, touching his shoulders], and said, Mister Rogers, do you know who I thought about during that half-minute that you gave us?"
"And I said, ‘No, who?’
"I thought of my grandfather’s brother."
"And I said, ‘How was he special to you?"
"Just before he died he took me to his basement and gave me his fishing rod … I hadn’t thought of that for a long, long time,"

The White House guard went on to explain that he was very young at the time and that the bequeathal of the fishing rod before his great-uncle died had a profound effect upon him. In fact, he wondered if that was perhaps why loved fishing so much and why he liked to teach the children in his neighborhood all about it. But it took those moments of silence — requested by Fred in the "fancy" East Room of the White House — to bring the legacy to mind.

I love it. I love wise, appreciative people. I think taking silence is one of the most important things we can do to make important, enriching connections in our scrapbooking.

Wishing you some silence soon!

Comments

  1. Blessed peace. How rare in this world.
    As much as I love music, I have been crafting in silence all day. Just the hum of the computer to keep me company.
    And that was nice.
    There’s the silence that’s about no sound, and the silence that’s about a soul at peace.
    I wish you (everyone) a true measure of each of these silences.
    (ok, having so much silence has made me a little philosophical today….)

  2. 1) YIPPEE! More BPS classes! (OK, not silent, but happy!)
    2) Silence IS so nice, and especially during Easter week…I think I’ll look for some today – thanks for the reminder.

  3. Loved the story about Mr. Rogers. Very profound and definetely got me thinking! I too crave silence. I love to sit on my back porch in the early morning with a cup of coffee and absorb the sounds of nature. That is a form of silence to me.
    I’m going to buy your Big Picture book and can’t wait to get it.

  4. you are right. silence is so key…. it’s important.

  5. Love that story from Mr. Rogers. Such a wise man.
    I’ve spent most of my day working in a silent house. The only noise is the tractor working in the field behind my home. It’s nice.
    Good luck with all the stuff coming up!

  6. Thank you so much for sharing that story! It so perfectly describes the feeling I have when I take a moment to just sit and be still. Life gets so busy and noisy. Too often I forget to just stop and think and remember. What an wonderful reminder.

  7. My two children (now young adults) have always been fascinated that I almost always work (schoolwork or scrapping) in silence. Perhaps it’s because I work with 10 year olds all day, but I really relish the silence of my study at night. After the 6:30 news, the TV is off, and I rarely turn on the CD player. It is fertile ground for good ideas–and good memories–as your story reminds us.

  8. just ran across your blog. thanks for the quote. gosh — i long for silence and peace.
    also wanted to tell you how much i’ve been enjoying BPS. savoring every page. and patting myself on the back for being one of those who never feels pressured to “get caught up.” :)

  9. Hi Stacy! I can’t tell you how much I enjoy your blog! I’ve noticed you’ve posted about people not being able to find your book…I just wanted to let u know I found it here (and they have several copies left!)…
    http://www.scrapbookheavenga.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=18&products_id=849&zenid=534e530ba102ab192691fe1544cbb0fd

  10. Hey Stacy! We just finished last year with building our dream house and I have been thinking about you lots as you mention building in your blog entries. Building a “home” is one of the hardest things I have ever done -you are an amazing woman to be building a new business and a home simultaneously. Thrilled to hear you are a marmoleum fan! We put it (in many colours) in our kitchen, playroom, laundry, powder room and lots in the Grandma Suite. You are just going to love it. Anyway, thought I’d add a nonscrapbooking comment for you. Keep up the house building efforts – before you know it you will be enjoying the fruits of your labour! From Vancouver Island, Cyndy

  11. What a wonderful story….I love that how just a “half-minute of silence” can have so much impact!
    Loving the new banner…very hip!!
    Oh…and I can’t wait for the next round of classes at BPS (and you know why! LOL) ;-)

  12. i love silence. drives my husband crazy, because he things i’m mad at him. i appreciate the calm feeling when you just spend time with yourself.

  13. love silence too except when it’s your blog!! lol missed you stacy! please, no more bps classes (unless you’re offering loan programs!!!). seriously, glad to hear from you again!
    beth

  14. Jennifer says:

    Just finished reading this entry and had to tell you the story brought tears to my eyes – for one thing I just loved watching Mr. Rogers growing up, and another following along in the story just brought such special memories back to me of watching him on TV… And of course I stopped to think about someone special who made me who I am – and I came up with so many, for so many reasons… and I am off to jot the info down, to make sure I include that in my BOM. Thank you for the memory jogger Ü

  15. Kay Gregory-Clark says:

    Ah, yes, peace and silence (silence IS peace sometimes). I crave it. I cannot live without it, and I keep simplifying my life more so I can accomodate it. I’ve just come from our women’s Bible study, where it happened to be my turn to lead the lesson (and what a week, with all that Holy Week encompasses!). I had just read this story about Mr. Rogers right before going and I shared it and added a FULL MINUTE of silence at the end of our lesson. Thanks, Stacy, for passing it along.
    BPS appears to still be available through Amazon.com.
    And….I’m thrilled to hear about W.Dyer’s book. He’s been my guru for years and I think I have every one before this. He really helped me change my life, when I was going through some very difficult periods, by helping me realize I COULD change it. Can’t wait now to get this one.

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