Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Show, Don't Tell

That, my friends, is a writer's mantra, since writing is a form of meditating. So, when I tell you that I like this . . .

I have to tell you why. Here are several reasons why I like these images. Like? Hmm. Okay, first, let us examine the word "like." 

like 2 |līk|find agreeable, enjoyable, or satisfactory: I like all Angela Carter's stories | people who don't like reading books | I like to be the center of attentionverb [ with obj. ]
The definition does not aptly describe how I feel when I look at this. I need a better word. I "appreciate" the images. Immensely. Now I shall tell you why.

I immensely appreciate the images, colors, and the feelings they evoke, because they remind me of Ancient Egypt. I have a thing for the ancient place. 

I am especially drawn to the simple lines of the drawings on the left. Simplicity was a major draw to graphic design when I pondered what I wanted to be when deciding a major. I wanted to be a graphic designer. Breaking things down to their simplest form had/has major appeal. So why am I so long winded? I'm a Texan. See how simple and easy that was. Graphic. Direct and to the point.I can do that.

Now, the simple image of the Sphinx's head is easily recognizable, as are the pyramids in the background. The lotuses at the bottom remind me of the lotus in so much of ancient Egyptian art. The colors? They're okay. They remind me of rug patterns more than anything else.

I especially like the gift because of the giver. Not many people know or could have known of my affinity for Ancient Egypt. Her knowing or not, but sending it just the same, makes it beyond special. That's not saying I don't love every single word, envelope, letter, card, postcard, how d' you do, or even thoughts, that are sent my way. Because I do. Mail makes me feel like you found me, among millions of others the way Google Earth manages to find the unexpected, and you wrote to me, or you answered a letter from me. I appreciate that. For real. 

I have spent most of this lifetime trying to remain anonymous and unnoticed. So how did I get the courage to send a write-out to the world, hoping someone would respond? I dunno. Beats me. Who knows?
I do my best to show it with every letter I write though. I hope it tells, too. I hope my letters show AND tell you how important you are to me. 

I hope you know that I cannot/will not ever write empty words just for the sake of saying I sent out mail. I want my words to count, and matter, and have meaning. Because you do. So, I cannot write back unless I have something to write about. You never know when you'll read, "Hey, from Texas!" or "Dear You, how are you?" And, "Sincerely sincere, This Limner."

Coming soon to a mailbox near you? MAil!

Love & hugs,

P.S. Hey, Misty! I'm in bed with my box. Thanks for a gift that just keeps on giving.

Dear Patty, I need to know that you are okay. I need to know how all of you are who were affected by the quake. Be safe!



  1. What a lovely piece of mail! You're lucky to be the recipient, Limner.
    I hope all is well with you. Take care.

    Gentle hugs!

  2. Limner , Patti is fine she got a hold of me this am and she is just fine . Im worried now about my friend who lives on the coast of north carolina and she said her mother is telling her to leave . Her mother never says that so I hope that when all this hurricane mess is gone that they are okay and that they have a home to come home too . Im glad all are okay after the quake yesterday .

  3. Hi there. I've already been in touch, but just in case anyone else is reading, we are all okay here in the mountains. Not too much shakin' goin' on here in Crockett. I was at school and we hardly noticed the quake. Cement trucks and backhoes have been working outside my classroom since school began. Some teachers and students in quieter parts of the building thought the construction equipment had crashed into the wall of the school. Two of the schools in our county evacuated and all the county schools were inspected for damage. We got the all clear message last night with everything on schedule today.

  4. It's from the Misty Box Motherkitty. :) Hope you are well. At least one letter is coming your way. I feel very good, thanks. We just had a storm! It was beyond awesome. Drove home in it just minutes ago. Went to pick up nephew, and the elements had a party. :D We are grateful.

  5. Patty! Hey, girl. So happy that all is well with you guys. Thanks for checking in.

    Your letter made its way to my box this afternoon. Reply to follow.

    Here's to hoping everyone is safe and happy: Write on!

  6. Thanks Cathy. :) We had an amazing storm blow through here less than an hour ago. Nephew and I were able to see it from beginning to end. I've never seen such a sky. We are so grateful for the rain. I remember the warnings when we were in the Carolinas.

    The ground was so hard here that flooding was a given. Driving home was chancy. We could barely see inches in front of us; naturally there are power outages around us. For once, Katy was spared. 38,000 people are without power.

    Hoping your friends are safe. Thanks.

  7. What a dear you are Limner, to be concerned for those of us near the quake on Tuesday. A weird and helpless feeling indeed when your whole house is moving and things begin to fall to the floor. Thankfully, no one was injured and no structural damage. Now we are preparing for Irene and it doesn't look good for us living in the Chesapeake Bay area :< Your prayers are greatly appreciated. And thanks for your postcards! Waving bye ~~~ Linda

  8. Hey again, Linda. I hope Irene fizzles down to a thunderstorm. Keep us updated if you can, and let us know if you need anything. Are you guys going to evacuate? I found it hard to imagine NY's coastal folks having to leave. Then I saw footage from the L I Express from '38 (?) and I totally get it.

    Be safe.