Friday, October 24, 2014

Fill In Fun #186

The "Follow Friday Four Fill-In" is hosted by Hilary at Feeling Beachie. Each week, she posts statement with blanks. Our mission, should we choose to accept, is to copy the statement and fill in the blanks on our blogs. Then link up to her blog for sharing. Hilary is always looking for co-hosts and more statements for us to fill in. Please visit her, and let her know your suggestions!

The statements & My Answers: #186:

1. Tomorrow I am going for a long walk with Stella. We like to take walks in the nice, cool Autumn air. Stella is a great friend to everyone. People and critters have gotten to know her and love her.

2. Does anyone live in safety, anymore? If so, where and how? The world has gotten to be such a scary place. People aren’t safe in public places that were once considered “secured”, but they aren’t even safe in their own space, their homes. 

3. People sometimes judge others unfairly. While we really should never judge others, human nature tends to do that. It is worse though, when based upon misunderstandings rather than facts. We need to be more sensitive of other people’s life situations, as well as their feelings.

4. It is okay to put yourself first, sometimes. We each have our own way of coping with what life throws at us, and taking a break to take care of ourselves is a healthy way to cope. Some people like to pamper themselves with a massage, others may just need time alone. We cannot honestly give to others if we are not in a good place within ourselves. We need to remember and respect that.  

Remember to take care of yourself
and each other!

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

A Simple Fence

Near Sulphur Springs, Texas

A fence doesn't have to be fancy to be good.
I love this simplicity of this natural scene. 

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Harvest Time

Indiana Pumpkin Patch

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Curious as a Cathy

What's in a Name?

In her weekly Coffee Chat, Rory Bore of Time Out for Mom has asked, “What does your name mean? If you go by an alias, why did you choose that particular moniker?”

Having an unusual name, I am often asked about it. It is: McGuffy Ann, in that order. McGuffy is my first name. Ann is my middle name, and I usually am known as Annie. It is easier and it suits me.

McGuffy comes from the original spelling of McGuffey. The McGuffey Clan originally came from the western coastal mountains of Scotland. “McGuffey” was a nickname meaning “dark peaceful one”. Some of the McGuffey Clan migrated to Ireland, bringing about variations of the name.

Though fair complected, I can identify with the meaning of my first name in a different way. I am sensitive to the dark side of life, having had a difficult life myself. Consequently, I lean towards that in much of my writing. However, being conscious of the dark makes me strive for peace. Faith guides me.

The origin of the name Ann is Hebrew. It is a derivative of the name Hannah. Other variations are Anna and Anne. The meaning is “full of grace or mercy”.  I feel grace and mercy are essential. I strive for these, too. I seek grace and mercy, but I seek to be gracious and merciful, as well.

I like my name, and am not offended when asked about it. I find it interesting that so many people use aliases. This makes me wonder about their names, especially names they choose to go by. If I am asked about my name, I will usually then ask about theirs. I try to call people by their chosen name or nickname. It is part of being comfortable with who you are. I respect that.

Names are fascinating, and I think they are important. We carry our name with us throughout our entire life. Our identity and sense of self is linked to our name. That’s what’s in a name.

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