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Say But Little

Gaelic proverb

On the wall of the Scottish Parliament at Holyrood, Edinburgh. Photo by Beth

Making Words Count

I came across a photograph of this sign in a book I own and I was thinking it’s a fitting sentiment for lawmakers and politicians. I’m sure it’s the upcoming election that made me realize that. But as is so often the case with things I hear, I tend to think they are for someone else. I remember a minister who used to complain about folks who would come up to him after services and say they wished their son, or uncle, or wife, or husband should have been there to hear that sermon. It drove him nuts because he believed the people who needed to hear it were the ones sitting in the pews and they didn’t even realize it. So, I’m sure this proverb is for me too. Especially since I write. I need to make sure I use the right number of words to “say it well.”

Cindy Thomson's books

Books I’ve written or contributed to.

Consider Your Words Carefully

It’s so easy to say the first thing that comes to mind. I try not to do that. In a moment of high anxiety I often do and regret it later. But mostly I wait before I speak, or before I act, because…you can’t take it back, can you? You can apologize for your words but they remain suspended in that conversation. (Or forever on the Internet!) 😉

Words Have Power

Thomson Family BookI strongly believe that. As a Christian, I believe the words in the Bible are living and filled with power and meaning. But other words, in other kinds of books and publications, have power as well. For instance, think about how the public was persuaded to fight for independence from England. There were many people who did not feel compelled to wage war. They were convinced. With words. Sometimes with words that were exaggerated and emotionally charged, such as how an altercation in Boston became a massacre. Not that the colonies shouldn’t have revolted. I’m glad we won independence. I’m just saying words, more than anything else, got that war started.

Words have power to soothe as well. That’s why we send cards when someone dies or is sick or sad. The words “I love you” and “I’m sorry” are extremely important words in our relationships.

And who doesn’t feel moved by beautifully written words such as these:

“Through the opening of the mouth, we bring out sounds from the mountain beneath our soul. These sounds are words. The world is full of words. There are so many talking all the time, loudly, quietly, in rooms, on streets, on television, on radio, in the paper, in books. The noise of words keeps what we call the world there for us…Yet the uttering of the word reveals how each of us relentlessly creates. Everyone is an artist. Each person brings sound out of silence and coaxes the invisible to become visible.”~From Anam Cara, A Book of Celtic Wisdom by John O’Donohue

A Couple of Notes About My Words

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And finally I wanted to alert you that if you have an ereader or know someone who does, or would like to read on your computer via the free Kindle ap, Annie’s Stories is only $2.99 through tomorrow, November 1. Here is the link.Annie's Stories by Cindy Thomson

I hope you enjoy some good words this weekend. Are you listening to something or reading something you’d like to share? Please leave a comment. I will be listening to a Yellow Ribbon event held for the families of my son’s National Guard unit, and hopefully reading the books I’ve started. (It’s leaf-racking season too, but I’ll do my best to get a few words in–writing a few too, hopefully!) If you’d like to see what I’m reading on Goodreads, go here.

Bookish Decor

Pinterest Inspiration

I admit one of my favorite pastimes is exploring how people decorate their spaces with some kind of book theme. I was recently visiting a publishing house and the editor had a lampshade decoupaged with dictionary pages. Oh, I have one too!

I have a book pillow my mother-in-law made for me. (I gave her the material!) I have several reading garden statues.

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I even have some words on my wall. Lots of people do. Do you?

Mine are in the stairwell on the way to my office:

Author Cindy Thomson's words on the wall

Pinterest Book Inspiration

I even created a Pinterest board with 140 pins (at last count.) I’ve been lots of book decor, but also some book accessories you can wear. There are fountains and storefronts made to look like books. Plenty of life-sized statues. Inspirational quotes and words for your walls.

5391b-ireadpastcopyI’m not the only one with this obsession, however. You can find a ton of Pinterest boards called “Book Inspiration.” If you’d like to follow my board, you can find it here.

I even made a reading t-shirt. Some of you have one!

I do have limits, however. I try not to take this obsession to the ridiculous or annoying. Know what I mean? Like this headboard. I mean if these are fixed in this position, and I think they’d have to be, wouldn’t it drive you crazy that you couldn’t turn the page? 🙂

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Photo: Wicker Paradise

 

Or this? How can you possibly do what it says?

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Books ARE the Best Decor

I shouldn’t even have to say it. Just having books in a room is enough, really. I especially love old books. Not musty books, but ones in good condition with gold lettering on the spine. But a bookcase full of any books just makes a room feel rich with the potential of tales and adventures and fascinating information. In my house, especially in my office, I have a bookcase or two. 😉

Author Cindy Thomson's bookcasesWhat about you? What kind of book decor do you have? Or would you like to have?