Inspiration Drawn

I am saddened to hear of the passing of Queen Elizabeth II. She served her country faithfully and bravely for her entire life. She is now reunited with her Savior Jesus Christ and her loving husband Prince Philip. Here are a few quotes and photographs I have been moved by this afternoon.

“We know, every one of us, that in the end, all will be well.” – Princess Elizabeth, 1940 Children’s Hour radio the start of WWII

Age 11
1953,, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip
Age 94, still riding

“I declare before you all that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong.”- on her 21st birthday

Queen Elizabeth inspired me. She lived the life she was born to live, and she lived it well.

Love, Lisa

My Tribute to a Great Writer

Maeve Binchy, born 1940 and passed from this world two days ago in 2012, was my favorite Irish writer.  She wrote fiction set in rural Irish villages, and filled that fiction to the brim with characters of all types, realistic daily happenings that somehow never seemed boring, and some of the best dialogue writing I have ever read.  When you read her books, you felt as if you were transported to that Irish town, and had suddenly become close personal friends with the characters by the intimate writing voice she used.

I didn’t always like her characters or the choices they made…sometimes they made bad decisions that I didn’t agree with.  But they were always real.  Binchy’s characters weren’t flimsy, stereotypical fabrications; they seemed like people you run into everyday.  People making good and bad decisions, people making decisions that affect the rest of their lives one way or the other.

So thank you, Maeve Binchy, for giving me so many wonderful reading hours beside your stories.  I enjoyed every one of them, and will enjoy many more when I re-read them.  Slainte, Lisa