#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Greetings and salutations


It’s been a long but satisfying day, full of brainstorming sessions for the new book, etc.  I also managed to play with my new paints–the Lumiere colors I mentioned recently arrived late yesterday, and I’ve been playing with them, on and off, ever since.  Oh, how I love the rich colors and the gentle shimmer of these paints–it’s as though I’m dipping by brush into a mixture of rainbow-fragments and sunshine, and actually painting with light.  Amazing, and it somehow feeds my spirit.

I’m listening to ANNE FRANK REMEMBERED, by Miep Gies (yes, THE Miep, who so bravely hid the Franks for 25 months, with help from a few friends) and a co-writer, Allison Leslie Gold.  I found this book on Audible.com, and I am certainly enjoying it.  I’ve probably told you this before, but a few years ago, I visited the Frank house in Amsterdam, and it was a profound experience.  I actually climbed those fabled stairs, hidden behind a moveable bookcase, and explored the hideaway.  The most memorable part, for me, was seeing the tiny room where Anne slept.  The original wallpaper was still there, and so were the photos Anne had clipped from movie magazines (I used to do that, too, when I was very young) and pinned to her wall.  I’m sure we saw more–I was with my dear friend, Annie Kodak–but I really don’t remember much besides those pictures and, of course, the stairs.  It was chilling to imagine how frightened the Franks and those living with them (there were a total of 8 people, if I recall correctly) must have been when they heard the bookcase being thrust aside, followed by the pounding of boots on the steps and, no doubt, a lot of shouting.  How could such a thing happen?  I am still mystified.

The courage exhibited by Meip Gies and some 20,000 other Hollanders displayed by defying the Nazis is amazing.  (Meip herself was actually born in Austria; she was sent from Vienna to Amsterdam as a young and starving child and was informally adopted by a Dutch family who took very good care of her).  The book is well worth reading or listening to–I, for one, want very much to remember.

We are still getting plenty of flower-nourishing rain, and that’s okay with me.  Bring on the tulips!  The daffodils are already blooming, and their vibrant color delights my heart.  They surround my statue of St. Francis–patron saint of animals and birds, among other things–and have nearly hidden the colorful ‘toad-house’ I placed in the flowerbed last year.  I keep hoping a frog family will move in but, if they have, they’re keeping a very low profile.  :)  The toad-house resembles a castle, with minarets, like St. Basil’s cathedral in Moscow–the one in Russia, not the one just across the Washington state line in Idaho.  :)

My famous meditation pyramid hasn’t arrived yet, but I’ll be sure and blog about it when the time comes.  I have the perfect cushion, and I’m totally ready for a new experiment.  :)

That’s the news from the Triple L, at least for today.  (I have a secret I’m bursting to tell you, but I have to keep it under my hat for just a little while longer.)

Be kind.



25 comments to “Greetings and salutations”

  1. Terri Shortell
      · April 18th, 2014 at 12:00 am · Link

    So mean giving us a teaser about a secret. Lol. We’ve been having rain too. Starting to get plenty of flowers. Yeah!! Can’t wait to hear how the pyramid works when you get it. Enjoy your day tomorrow.

  2. Gloria
      · April 18th, 2014 at 12:00 am · Link

    Well shucks…I like secrets. Don’t make us wait too long.

    I’d like to see something painted with your new paints. Can you paint glass with it?

    Have a very good night!

  3. Sherry Wallace
      · April 18th, 2014 at 12:09 am · Link

    A secret? Oh my, you have our attention now! Why can you not share with us now? How long must we wait?
    Have a very Blessed Easter with your family

  4. Sherry Marks
      · April 18th, 2014 at 12:47 am · Link

    A secret, how fun!!! I can’t wait to hear what it is! Your paints sound amazing. I have started flower seeds to fill my many flower pots for summer. Gotta get thru those April showers to have our may flowers. Have a blessed Easter with your family. God bless.

  5. Lois Rotella
      · April 18th, 2014 at 6:55 am · Link

    Wow you are keeping a secret! Waiting to hear what it is ! Have a blessed Easter for everyone at the Triple L and your family.

  6. Diane Shea
      · April 18th, 2014 at 7:28 am · Link

    Oh I love secrets. Can’t wait for the suprise. Knowing you it will be worth the wait.

  7. Jo-Ann
      · April 18th, 2014 at 7:32 am · Link

    Have a wonderful day and enjoy the great spring weather. I am waiting for the new book at the end of the month. A secret ,when will it be told? I can’t wait!

  8. Dawn Roberts
      · April 18th, 2014 at 7:32 am · Link

    A few years back my daughter went thru Europe as an ambassador and was in Amsterdam, she too got to go to Anne Frank House and see those amazing sights. She has signed us up for the Anne Frank newsletter and it comes via email and is always a great read. Many things are always taking place there and the stories of people reactions to their visit are wonderful to hear.
    There is a move called Paper Clips. if you haven’t seen I recommend you do. It took place in a small town Whitwell TN. We were fortunate to be near there a few years back and stopped by.
    There is a display (I won’t ruin the surprise) and by chance we met the teacher that was the driving force behind the whole thing. If you can see the movie, and if you are in that area, stop by and see the exhibit.

  9. Joan Cox
      · April 18th, 2014 at 7:49 am · Link

    I live in Texas and our bluebonnets are in bloom. Spring flowers are truly a smile at the universe that the winter has past and new life begins.

  10. Patrice
      · April 18th, 2014 at 8:12 am · Link

    Your new paints sound wonderful! Spring is here in sunny FL, but today we are getting good soaking rains so that’s a good thing. Hope you have a wonderful Easter. :)

  11. Laura Ann Harris
      · April 18th, 2014 at 9:04 am · Link

    Ooooooh, I love secrets!!!! Can’t wait to hear yours. Have a wonderful Easter Linda!

  12. judy
      · April 18th, 2014 at 9:12 am · Link

    Good morning to you all. Enjoyed your comments this morning. I enjoy things like that. Just to see how people lived at that time.
    Went to George Washington’s place. So interesting. :lol:

  13. Linda Wilson
      · April 18th, 2014 at 9:34 am · Link

    Hope you and your family have a very Happy Easter

  14. Andrea Lammly
      · April 18th, 2014 at 9:37 am · Link

    Oh, secrets!!! That’s torture for me. I’m still like a kid at Christmas; I see a package under the tree and I have to pick it up and shake it or see if I can guess what it is by the shape and size of the package. Now my curiosity is at peak level!
    Linda, wishing you and your family Easter Blessings.

  15. Brenda
      · April 18th, 2014 at 10:26 am · Link

    It was sad about what had happened to Anne and the other families. We are making strides to live with one another but we have a long way to go.

    Have a blessed Easter!

  16. Marilyn Hurst
      · April 18th, 2014 at 11:15 am · Link

    I hope you have a wonderful weekend, when the rain comes may a toad family move into the toad house.

  17. Ida C
      · April 18th, 2014 at 11:50 am · Link

    Love to hear what you’re doing each day Linda. Be well and happy and Happy Easter and enjoy your weekend!! :wink:

  18. Carol L
      · April 18th, 2014 at 1:25 pm · Link

    I would love to go there. I can’t begin to imagine what Anne and her family went through daily. As well as Miep Gies. So heart breaking. Your paints sound wonderful Linda. Wishing you and your family a Blessed and Happy Easter.
    Carol L.

  19. Pat
      · April 18th, 2014 at 1:45 pm · Link

    Thanks for the recommendation for Anne Frank Remembered. This is something we need to be reminded of given what has happened in Donetsk, Ukraine. Pamphlets were given to Jews ordering them to “register”. If they don’t, they are threatened with loss of all their property…same song nth verse. :-[

  20. Diana E.
      · April 18th, 2014 at 1:50 pm · Link

    Oh, now you have my curosity up!!! Its hard to keep secrets, Linda.
    I also have a St. Francis statue out in my yard, its new and I’m waiting to find the perfect place to locate him when some of my flowers fill in. My rose tree has lots of beautiful blossoms and they are getting bigger everyday, can’t wait! The sweet peas are in and enjoyed the week of sunshine we had and the rain so they are growing. I love spring. It is time for Ressurection. Blessings.

  21. ,carol
      · April 18th, 2014 at 2:17 pm · Link

    Hi! Its rainy here and its been all night, my yard is flooded and I was suppose to go to see my dad but I was having trouble with my car so now I had to postpone on spending Easter with him so I’m bummed out but have to fix my car so I can get to work! Anyways, love tulips and they are blooming here! I like all kinds of spring flowers! Hope you have a wonderful Easter!

    • ,carol
        · April 18th, 2014 at 2:17 pm · Link

      Oh! Can’t wait to hear your secret!

  22. Leanna
      · April 18th, 2014 at 3:18 pm · Link

    The Anne Frank book you are listening to sounds great. I can’t wait to hear your secret.

  23. marie
      · April 18th, 2014 at 5:22 pm · Link

    I have given copies of the Diary of Anne Frank to several cousins and my niece. Actually I think it should be required reading. I made sure to tell them I hope someday they can go to Holland, and how important not only the book is but how one person can change generations..

  24. Rita Crofoot
      · April 19th, 2014 at 12:28 am · Link

    boy, I knew something but I am not telling, I hate it when people do that,LOL. My best friend always did it to me when we were kids. I love the toad house idea. We have some (toads not houses)here on Mt Spokane, but not many anymore, wonder what happened to them.

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