When you read this, I will be in the air on my way home to Virginia.

So this will be a very short post.

I loved this interview with Maya Angelou posted by my author friend Carolyn Butts and posted on her blog several weeks ago.

Here’s how it starts:

Living In A State of Grace: A Conversation with Maya Angelou

“I pray a lot. I try to stay in a state of grace. It is very important to be centered in a state of grace so that one is open to the Creator and creativity,” says Maya, adding, “There are a lot of different ways to put yourself in a state of grace. You fall out of it all the time but you forgive yourself and come back.”

Continue reading here.

My New Beginning? To try to be aware of living in a state of grace all day long and to pray the same for you.

Log your own New Beginning here. I want to learn from you!



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  1. Marian Beaman on July 9, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    One of my favorite quotes from Maya Angelou: “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” Well, I say, that is one less agony storytellers, including memoirists, have to bear.

    Though you have had an enriching adventure, I’m sure your own bed will feel wonderful tonight.

  2. Joanne Hess Siegrist on July 9, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    New Beginning – June 24-July 14, 2013: Anneka and Abby of Elkhart IN, two of our six grandchildren, stayed with us in PA for 20 full days… 1st time ever without their parents.

    Our daily routine: a daily discovery adventure, a work project, a creative private time in separate rooms, u-tube songs with Grandpa and Grandma’s camping stories.

    Since one photo is worth 1,000 words, we’ve taken at least one photo per day and then the girls (Grades 2 and 4) journal captions for their own individual memoir books. Cheers! That goal worked super well and their lovely books go with them back to IN this coming weekend.

  3. […] However, I have dedicated this day in advance to a New Beginning. Instead of dreading a day that begins at 7:30 a.m. in the West and concludes at midnight in the East, I hope to live in the State of Grace that Maya Angelou talked about in yesterday’s post. […]

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