Who inspires you to keep moving on through the daily grind and sometimes murk life flings up? Eden looks forward to hearing from you and your story.
We Come From Inspiration by Eden Mabee
|Eden's Nanny holding baby Marcus|
Women in every generation have had a lot to overcome, and often it seems as if obstacles arrive daily. Twenty years ago, diagnosed with breast cancer Nanny called up the hospital on the day of her radical mastectomy to demand they reschedule. The extra hours of intake and anesthesia testing conflicted with her fund-raising luncheon to build “an elevator for the old people” (her words, not mine) at her church, and she still had another ten pies to bake (out of 300) before 11am. “In no way” she told them could she make it to the hospital before 2:30. She went in for surgery at 3pm and has been breast cancer-free since.
Just last December, she finished her book, an in-depth study of the Keck windows (Mr. Keck apprenticed with Tiffany) of her church and the history of Cicero, NY. She's spoken with the Syracuse University Press (where she also set up a scholarship for two students who participate in their Environmental Studies program), and hopefully it will be released within the year.
Or my son, who at five-years-old already creates his own roller coasters, writes his own stories? [Marcus's story -- Tale of Two Tickles: http://edenmabee.wordpress.com/about/a-story-of-two-tickles%E2%80%A6/]
Yesterday he came down from designing a pinball game on his computer to ask me how to spell Einstein. And he's known for years now more about our solar system and space exploration than me.
|Marcus designing & creating|
Having them in my life reminds me of the song Harry Belafonte made famous:Turn the World Around.For truly we come from the fire. (And coincidentally this was Marcus's favorite song for a long time, especially this version done with Jim Henson's Muppets).[The Harry Belafonte w/Muppets Video -- Turn the World Around 3rd Season Episode 14 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLqb64Pb9So]
"We come from the fire Livin' in the fire Go back to the fire Turn the world around
We come from the water Livin' in the water Go back to the water Turn the world around
We come from the mountain Livin' on the mountain Go back to the mountain Turn the world around"
I see a continuity to life where our part is a small one, a moment of time. Many are probably familiar with the poem by Linda Ellis called The Dash where she compares our lives to that "dash" between the dates of our birth and death on a tombstone.[http://www.bhsclassof1967.org/jjspoem2.pdf]
It's true.But there is another, in my opinion, greater point that this poem doesn't address. When you put a lot of dashes together, you make a line. Actually, you get a multitude of lines, because there is not a one of us who does not touch many others in our time. And with a multitude of lines, you beget tapestries and art and panoramas. You beget worlds. And such is the way of print, as writers and storytellers. We beget worlds from a multitude of dashes all connected to each other.
We come from inspiration; we go back to inspiration. We turn the world around.
While still learning daily about life, Eden Mabee writes science fantasy stories, teaches herself photography and enjoys the wonderful company of her husband and son. She collects feral cats, odd do-dads, and historical trivia, all of which find homes in prose eventually. In her blog, A Gardne of Delights (http://edenmabee.wordpress.com), she explores those things that inspire creativity. While Many Worlds From Many Minds (http://manyworldsmanyminds.wordpress.com) follows her writing journey with all its twists and turns. You can find her pictures on Imgur (http://kymele.imgur.com/) and Flickr (http://www.flickr.com/photos/64327763@N03/) or under her Twitter name Kymele (http://twitter.com/Kymele). She spends far too much time in front of her computer screen).