your imagination

Lois – Living simply free

Lois blogs at Living Simply Free, “simple living in 300 square feet”, and these are her good things.

Good things to read.

Material World by Peter Menzel. Mr. Menzel traveled the world and photographed families in front of their homes with all their possessions around them. What opened my eyes was the happy faces of those families from what we call the third world. They had so little but were content. I began to look around my house and found I felt stifled by all the possessions I owned.

Get Satisfied. How twenty people like you found the satisfaction of enough by Carol Holst and Peter C. Whybrow I read this after my children had moved out on their own to start their adult lives. I again felt swallowed by my belongings. Reading this book I found that enough has many different meanings. For some it might be a larger house but closer to family and away from hour long commutes to work, for others (and what resonated with me) was the process of letting go of all those things holding them back to live life fuller.

Toxic Free by Debra Lynn Dadd. There are plenty of books out there about the toxins we are exposed to on a regular basis, but Ms. Dadd presented the information in a totally new way by connecting the toxins to the effects they have on the body. As a cancer survivor, this information was very helpful in reducing the chemical load, and the possibility of cancer again, in my body.

Good things to watch.

The Following. New this year on Fox, The Following is the story of a serial killer who from prison gathers a group of people (cult) who help him to break out of prison and the story of the FBI agent who first captured him who is again drawn back into the situation after his escape. I am intrigued by the concept of how cults are formed and why someone would follow another so blindly.

Dexter (while this isn’t free to watch online, my son saves this and watches it with me when I visit, so it’s become family time every couple of months). Dexter is a serial killer with a conscience. While this is yet another serial killer program, what intrigues me the most are the societal issues of good and bad and the failure of our current legal system of protecting society from those who would do us harm.

Law Abiding Citizen. I think this is one of the best movies made in recent years. I think we all complain when a criminal gets off on a technicality, but how far are we willing to go to try to fix a broken system.

Good things to use.

Your imagination. There is nothing we can’t do if we take the time to think about it from another view point.

A slow cooker (crock pot). An easy way to have a healthy meal after a busy day.

A farmer’s market. We can keep our money local, the farmers/growers will get full value for their work, and the food is fresher.

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Dale Furse – Science Fiction and Fantasy author

These are Dale Furse’s good things.

Good things to read.

The Black Magician Trilogy by Trudi Canavan. A fantasy and first time book by the author. Great writing and even better story.

First Lady by Kay Cottee was my first non-fiction book and it has stayed with me since that time. She was my inspiration to work at what I wanted to achieve in my life. Kay was the first women to circumnavigate the globe without stopping and her book made me realise, I had to believe I could make my goals reality before I could begin the journey to that end.

Your local daily paper, especially the For Sale section you never know what you might find.”

Good things to watch.

Dr Who. I have watched Dr Who since I was a child and I can just remember William Hartnell as the Dr. Ha, the special effects are funny today but they were the best back in the 60’s.

Independence Day. The one movie I have watched many, many times.

John Carter is a recent movie and not knowing anything about it and dubious about the content with such a simple title, I found I enjoyed it immensely. Mars is such a great backdrop, don’t you think?”

Good things to use.

Your eyes to see all the wonders the world shows you everyday. It’s amazing what you see when you stop to take notice of your surrounds.

Your imagination to free you from invisible constraints. Constraints bind you to the here and now but in your mind anything can happen and if you go with it you just may find what you want in real life.

Your heart for love and forgiveness. Please, life is way too short to harbor grudges and miss out on the love around you so freely offered.