#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Various and Sundry Things

First, for those of you who wanted to check out Art42, the correct web address is www.artfortytwo.org.

I mean well but I can be spacey.  :)

I finished The Great Courses lecture series I mentione yesterday–the one about heroes of myth and legend.  You will be happy to know that a number of the lecture subjects were women–Guinivere (one of my favorites even though I can’t say I approve of the Lancelot affair), is among them, along with Elisabeth Bennet from PRIDE AND PREJUDICE and Mina from DRACULA.  The idea of the course was more about what makes a character live on in the minds and hearts of readers for years, or decades, or centuries.  I’m debating on the next set of lectures–will it be MONEY AND BANKING (things I know all too little about) or THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR, a keen interest of mine?  It remains to be seen.  (Heard?)

The new book is underway and I’m enjoying the process, as usual.  It helps that I feel a LOT better than I have in recent weeks.  Tomorrow, after Weight Watchers, I’m heading over to see Cousin Debra for an acupuncture treatment, long overdue and badly needed.  Debra and I always have lots to talk about, and I’m eager to tell her all about my lingering fascination with gemstones and crystals.  Since we’re both interested in alternative medicine (obviously), it will probably be a lively discussion. 

I received packages in the mail today, as I do most every day.  (Yikes.)  More stones, of course–among them, Dalmation Jasper, which is supposedly good for Geminis, like moi, who need a little help keeping their feet on the ground :), blue lace agate, ametrine, and shunghite, also a beautiful blue topaz (comparatively inexpensive) I will probably set in a pendant at some point.  I bought an abalone shell bowl, too, and some incense wood, called Palo Santo.  I’d never heard of it until I read one of Echo Bodine’s books–it allegedly helps clear away negative energy.  I haven’t burned any yet, but it smells a lot like licorice.  As long as I stay clear of the smoke detectors, I should be fine.  :)  (Believe it or not, I usually set them off when I make popcorn in the microwave.  Go figure.)

I don’t watch that much TV, actually, but it bugs me when I can’t.  I definitely like to keep all my options open.

Well, it’s time for lunch, and Bernice the Super-Yorkie is staring at me intently, which means she wants me to go downstairs for whatever reason.

Her wish is my command. 


24 comments to “Various and Sundry Things”

  1. Lois Rotella
      · March 18th, 2014 at 3:11 pm · Link

    Your courses sound interesting. I love biography and mysteries. I am so looking forward to your new book in May. Have fun with your gems and Bernice.

  2. Terri Shortell
      · March 18th, 2014 at 3:11 pm · Link

    Your course you’re taking sound fascinating. I need to try the gemstones for energy. Lol. Hope you have a great day and your pup enjoys lunch.

  3. Linda (Lindy) Park
      · March 18th, 2014 at 3:13 pm · Link

    Our pets do demand a lot from us, don’t they? hehe

  4. Virginia Horton
      · March 18th, 2014 at 3:26 pm · Link

    Your course sounds interesting. I wish I new more about stones. My husband use to tumble them but his tumbler quit working and he quit messing with them. Tumbled stone are so nice and shiny. I need to do some research on line for stones.

  5. Gloria
      · March 18th, 2014 at 3:31 pm · Link

    I’m really glad you’re feeling so much better. I am so energy-less. (Is that a word?) I can’t get in the energy-mode to do anything, and you just keep going and going and going. WOW!!!

    My cousin, Carol s, had a great grandson born at 1:50 PM just a while ago. She is so happy and excited. The mother is happy to have it over with as she has been in labor since the wee hours of Monday morning. And, both are doing well. Ain’t God good????

    You be careful out there tomorrow, on your way to WW’s and AP.

    Now, I’m curious…just what did Bernice want downstairs?

  6. Renae Kinsey
      · March 18th, 2014 at 3:31 pm · Link

    I thought you said fascination with gentlemen and crystals! Then I realized I ended my readers and you said gemstones!
    Hahaha made for a good laugh. Hope you
    Know I’m still reading every blog even though I hane not commented lately!

  7. marilyn hurst
      · March 18th, 2014 at 3:55 pm · Link

    Your pup sounds like mine, I’ll be reading and he’ll sit and stare at me until I ask what he wants and then he looks at the hallway toward the kitchen! Of course that’s the single to go feed him. Hope you have a great week.

  8. judy
      · March 18th, 2014 at 4:09 pm · Link

    Glad you are felling a lot better. Went into town to mail a package and the post office was close for lunch, could not beleve it. It has never be close before. Have a great day

  9. Diana E.
      · March 18th, 2014 at 5:14 pm · Link

    Good to hear from you two days in a row. You are always so busy. Hope your trip to WW tomorrow and your treatment with Debra go well. And also your having sunshine to enjoy. Blessings

  10. Dennis
      · March 18th, 2014 at 5:21 pm · Link

    I’m a gemini!! I can use all the help I can get!

  11. Rita Crofoot
      · March 18th, 2014 at 5:26 pm · Link

    I , too, love to get packages in the mail. My rural mailman doesn’t like me much, I definetly make his route harder. I am quilting up a storm, but soon will switch interest to golf.

  12. Patricia Taylor
      · March 18th, 2014 at 6:17 pm · Link

    My Yorkie stares at me when she wants to go outside. I think she’s using telepathy to tell me she wants out. It works, she stares at me and I let her out. She trained me very well.

  13. Debbie C
      · March 18th, 2014 at 7:33 pm · Link

    Another fellow Gemini. Thank you for the info on healingcrystals.com. I follow them on facebook now and have been enjoying looking around the site. I have a virtual shopping cart and hope to be making my first crystal/stone purchase soon. I love incense and candles and think that the stones and crystals will be a nice addition to a “few of my favorite things”. I’m hoping looking for things that will be a nice addition to my prayer and meditation time.

  14. Sherry Wallace
      · March 18th, 2014 at 7:49 pm · Link

    I did try Art42 & then figured out it wanted it spelled out – a neat web site

  15. Ruby Norwood
      · March 18th, 2014 at 8:05 pm · Link

    I am also guilty of getting packages in the mail, to many sometimes… I would love to be a fly on the wall tomorrow when you go to visit cousin Debra, I bet you girls can do some talking. Hope y’all have a wonderful visit.

  16. Norma Stanforth
      · March 18th, 2014 at 8:18 pm · Link

    Your courses sounds interesting,can’t forget those gem, so you got another stash of your gems today.Sure glad you are feeling better. Blessings to all.
    As always your friend,

  17. Pam Brewer
      · March 18th, 2014 at 8:28 pm · Link

    I lost both of my parents this past October, twelve days apart (my Dad unexpectedly and my Mom – although she had COPD, we truly believe she died of a broken heart). At both of their services we had a bowl filled with stones in their favorite color. My Dad’s was blue for the University of Kentucky, and my Mom’s was red, for her July birth month. I carry both stones in my pocket, and rub them whenever I am feeling stressed, or lonely, or I am missing them more than normal. It brings a sense of calm knowing they are with me, even if they are in my pocket! So I completely understand your connection to the different stones. While mine technically don’t have a purpose, they have helped me immensely. Thanks for sharing your love of gem stones!

  18. Emily
      · March 18th, 2014 at 9:44 pm · Link

    So glad you are up-n-at-m! I know you will have nothing but success with writing your new book. Always works better when one feels good!

    Have a great week! :lol:

  19. Roberta Giordano
      · March 19th, 2014 at 1:09 am · Link

    Glad your feeling better. What stones are good for energy ?

  20. Ange
      · March 19th, 2014 at 7:51 am · Link

    Hi – I have a question from someone that is NOT tech savvy. You listen to books that you’ve downloaded off ITunes? I recently got my first 1Phone and wondered how that works :) Do you wear headphones or put it on speaker?

    Have a blessed day!!


  21. Jo-Ann
      · March 19th, 2014 at 7:57 am · Link

    Glad your feeling better. Have a great day:)

  22. Ellen
      · March 19th, 2014 at 11:08 am · Link

    I really enjoy your daily blog. I also have enjoyed all your books. :-? :?:
    Do you use a special writer’s software? I have been looking at some online and wondered if you used one or not.
    I also wondered how you find enough hours in the day to do all that you do.

  23. betty mccarty
      · March 19th, 2014 at 6:55 pm · Link

    im glad your feeling better :wink: i can”t wait for your new book,ok got to go make dinner no more reading for today :roll:

  24. Joyce M.
      · March 19th, 2014 at 7:31 pm · Link

    Until I got my kindle my mailman use to hate me too.

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