Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Such a NICE telephone call last night from our favorite lawyer at Ice Legal...one of the PREMIER legal firms in foreclosure defense in FL.
As you who follow my blogs know...I LOVE to write!
Why I can't get my act together and do it for a living I'll never know. I guess I'm a little self esteem challenged...if I ever finished a book...would it be GOOD enough...do I know enough about writing and subject matter to have people actually WANT to read it...ALL the way through?
What if it fell flat on it's face? THEN what would I do...I may never write again and THAT would absolutely KILL me...after all...writers write.
It sometimes seems easier just to converse with you...sharing my life on the day to day and my hopes, my fears, my wishes my dreams. Spark to me...is MUCH beyond just weight loss and good health for the body...it's jam packed with food for the MIND and the psyche and the friendship that it includes...yes, even if it comes through the cosmos...we STILL connect...and I think sometimes ..better than face to face.
I've gotten so close to so many of you since 2009 and I must say I totally LOVE a huge majority my friends here! I think I've only met a few stinkers in all that time!
I always think that somewhere out there in SparkLand something I say to you or something you say to me will really make a difference...really SPARK ... that spark lightbulb to brighten with an "A~HA" moment and we'll BOTH be better for the insight.
And...yes it's true...I am always editing...sometimes I'll go back and edit a blog that is weeks old just to make it read more clearly...the most important thing is the connection of the thoughts...word by word by word.
I'm a deeply spiritual humanoid...not particularly religious...having grown up Southern Baptist I got indoctrinated in religion a LOT from very early childhood. My mother was absolutely resolute that we go to church as much as possible. Monday night prayer meetings, Tuesday night, candle services, Wednesday night bible study, then of course Sunday 2 times...once for the morning service and then again for the evening service.
My best friends grandparents were the pastor and pastoress of our little church 'Central Bible' and they adopted me in the best Christian way as their little grandchild since both of my grandparents on both sides of my family had passed on before I ever got to enjoy them.
I definitely believe in church and religion and I definitely believe that the weekly meetings of reverence and community and the doing of good deeds brings a comfort and a familiarity to what our mission should be here on earth.
BUT...I've also seen many 'good Christians' that are hiding behind the role and use their station to smoke screen the whole' holier than thou' attitude they REALLY have and that's why I pulled back from the dogma and phoniness of it all when I could make my own choices a long time ago.
I believe you can DEFINITELY be a good Christian without having to make a show of it. Many people don't go to church just because they want to gather and receive the blessings...they go for the 'look at me' aspect of it too. I'm only addressing those that go for less than charitable reasons...and you yourself...I know have born witness to this I'm sure.
My grandparents were not in the picture because my mother married very late in life...at least for the 50's.... she was a die hard career woman (photo-journalist) and most likely never planned on marriage in the first place, her go go career was her focus. (she didn't marry until age 36)-definitely considered an 'old maid' during that era and I doubt she ever planned on motherhood (age 38). But when she met my daddy...all bets were off. He was a 'charmer' and beyond that had been married before..something my mother would have never considered with her prim and proper religious background. Don't even ask me why..there's NO good explanation to explain this way of thinking.
So I was an over indulged spoiled rotten to the core little kid that was VERY appreciated...maybe even OVER appreciated and actually suffocated... brought up to think I could do ANYTHING. I had a mother who pushed me to the hilt on literary achievements believing that knowledge and education were the true riches in the world.
She took me to the library when I was still a toddler and later the Library of Congress where she worked after her photo-jounalist career was put on the back burner for motherhood. My mother was a complicated and multi faceted woman...try as hard as she did...I'm not sure she ever really adjusted to life at home instead of out in the field covering new breaking news.
Maybe those field trips to the library and our Library of Congress excursions helped her satisfy that need of hers to be in the know...regardless....I'm SO happy that she did this and honestly...it's the VERY best thing you can do for YOUR kids!
Teach them at an early age that knowledge IS power...and the appreciation for words and books and stories and adventures you read about can only benefit little lives and imaginations too! I traveled all over the world as a child...even if only in book form. I used to check out encyclopedias and carry the BLASTED heavy things home from school with me for the sheer wonder of learning something new each night!
When we went to the library I was shown how to wash my hands and to turn the pages of a book at the top and NEVER EVER EVER dog~ear a page or heaven FORBID highlight or underline in a book because that would spoil it for someone else in the future.
Books were meant to be shared and passed around to as many people as possible on this earth because they are truly a gift...much as music is!
My mother had a formidable reading list for me...all and most of the classics:
'The Little Prince'
'Uncle Tom's Cabin'
'The Wind in the Willows'
'Gone with the Wind'
'To Kill A Mockingbird'
Pride and Prejudice'
'Oh the Places you'll go'
'Jonah and the Whale'
'The Great Gatsby' which I read in one marathon setting refusing food and drink throughout the entire book...it was THAT arresting to me!
Tons of Dickens
Sheves of Melville and Edna o'Brien, and Henry James. She even encouraged me to read Poe which always gave me nervous but exciting goose bumps because he was so wild and strange and weird and wonderful!
Don't you think that ALL great artists are a little crazy to the literal world...it's what makes them so VERY special!
This may well be...why many of my friends accuse me of owning my own library right within the walls of our home.
I just can't part with my books anymore than I could part with my soul. Some day I will go through them and put some of them in our consignment gallery so others can buy them and hopefully love them as much as I have! No sense sitting on something so grand when others need to enjoy the adventures between the covers.
My latest and all time FAVORITE in QUITE sometime has been 'The Goldfinch' by Donna Taart...I have serious writer envy for this author's VAST talents. She can put together paragraphs that make me set her book down and clap .
If I ever met her in person...I'd have to make a grand sweeping curtsy and bow to her skill. Her books are DELICIOUS...and maybe that's why she only puts one out roughly every 10 years.
She wants every sentence to be perfect and every bit of research to be flawless!
AND....that's all she really has to produce for the sums she garners...try 1.5 million for her first book published "The Secret History"....I'm reading it now and it's good but NOTHING like the Goldfinch...if you get the chance to snap up this book...DO!
You will read until your eyes bleed!
Anyhow...ramblings as usual...but you now know why I love to write so much and why I do it so frequently. I also LOVE to read...all great writers MUST be good readers and I love to read your blogs and share in the adventures and challenges you go through... the day to day ritual of having a life.
There are some INCREDIBLE characters out there in Sparksville...~ you know who you are... and the more complicated and the more misunderstood you might feel you are......well...that's what makes you absolutely more interesting and absolutely SPECIAL to me!
It takes a very honest and hardy person to revel your true self...especially in this world of superficiality...but...I say... if you are a phony baloney what can possibly be interesting in fake...that's the question of the day.
Why are people so very concerned with what OTHER people think...who cares...there is not one single person on the planet that is better than another...not one! Maybe a little luckier...about being in the right place at the right time...or born to a station that gives them a 'leg up'...but better...NO!
So...at last to the subject of my blog...last night I was working on our books for the gallery...what a job...and I got a telephone call from our FAVORITE lawyer at the legal firm that is representing us on our 'save our home' fight.
I had written them an e-mail about the fabulous new logo (an owl) on their website. I pay close attention to their website because I can watch videos on their newest appeals for homeowners to the higher courts for homeowners that have been treated so shabbily by the state courts.
It's good to stay in the know!
They recently upgraded their website you can see it at IceLegal.com with this AWESOME new image of an owl.
I wrote a blog about this a while back and the owl has a very particular and significant meaning to us.
Well...they loved the e-mail and asked for permission to use some of it on their website. Pretty inspiring huh? Remember they have this website put together by the TOP marketers in the nation...and that they noticed MY e-mail and want to use a little of it...is pretty sweet! They don't know what and how much they will use...they aren't even sure when it will be utilized...but they asked my permission to use certain parts and of course I was VERY flattered and said YES...use whatever you wish.
Here's what I wrote....sorry this is so bloody long...I just can't seem to shorten what I want to say! I need a very good editor! AND I need to ponder longer on just what the RIGHT word is for EVERY word..instead of just spilling things out willy nilly.
Oh gosh...it says no html...whatever THAT means...must do some technical work here! Golly gosh...good thing I'm a FAST typer...had to retype the whole darn thing...I yak TOO much!
July 4, 2014
Dear Mr. Ice:
I am so grateful that we have had your wonderful firm's counsel for about the last 3 years on our foreclosure defense! Thank you for the bottom of my dear husband's and my heart!
I often check in with your website to see your latest appeals and am SO proud of seeing our Ms. Amanda in action! She is so powerful when she presents for homeowner's rights and their future well being while fighting for their rights to stay in the homes they so dearly love. Amanda is truly our angel because she agreed to take on our case when I contacted her after reviewing the Pino case. We think our case is VERY similar to Mr. Pinos. We also adore Mr. Randy because he is so fearless and so dedicated to his clients and his cause and he truly cares like no other for his client's and their security!
This 4th of July is one more holiday we get to celebrate in our beloved home and it's truly 'freedom' for us in the biggest sense of the word.
But...the reason I SO love your new website now is because the owl that you have chosen is SO MEANINGFUL to my husband and I. It also seems so serendipitous in our journey. I wanted to share our story with you.
We lost our son Joshua in this very home when he as only a tender 22 years of age. He had his whole life in front of him and he wanted to be a documentary filmmaker. He was planning on attending Full Sail college in Orlando that fall. Believe me, if he were still here...our foreclosure ripoff story would be documented for the world to see. As business owners with a deep history in our community I'm not sure if that would have good or bad for us...but Josh would have put the story to film no matter.
Josh did a stupid, stupid thing while we were away from the home on a cruise with friends celebrating our 28th wedding anniversary.
He had a big party at the house (which he was told DISTINCTLY not to do) and he died of an accidental overdose on Coriceden (an over the counter cold medication).
He had taken up with a kid just a few months before that we had never met even though I had repeatedly asked to meet him.
Josh knew I would immediately know this kid was no good and do everything I could to keep him out of Josh's life. But this never happened..the kid came to the party, dared Josh to take a full bottle of pills according to the story we got from other friends...and it's all just sorrowful history at this point, 8 years later.
BUT we LOVE our home so VERY much and feel that we are still close to Josh by being able to go into his room when we want to. It's weird to some, but comforting to us and that's why we have fought so hard to hang onto our homestead, it's more than a house...it's Josh's home and memories of happier times as a family together.
BUT...the thing I wanted to tell you about the significance of your new website and the owl is that when we truly felt we could not go forward in life due to the the depth of saddness and sorrow over losing Josh..the gift of two great horned owls..a pair actually..came to to us and they were SO comforting during that immediate year after we lost him. Then ..boom..here they show up again on our mighty lawyer's website..it MUST be for a reason right?
Our home backs up to 26 acres of Florida wetlands. We had never seen the great horned owls before and actually after that year they came to visit us EVERY single night at twilight settling right in a big cypress tree only about 10 feet from our back lanai..we've never seen them again.
Call me crazy..but I really think that Josh wanted us to see these exquisite and beautiful birds in a pair..as a symbol..that we still had each other to lean on even with the loss of our beautiful uber talented only child.
I'd hoot up at them and they'd hoot back down at me. Seriously, no joke...they did not fly away and my hooting is AWFUL! I do believe in Animal Spirit Guides and I feel that seeing this majestic owl on your website is once again a sign that all is going to be well for us and we shall prevail.
You couldn't have picked a BETTER representation of what your firm does. The owl is so mighty and graceful and powerful and tenacious... I thought you might enjoy the following:
My Animal Spirit Guide book says to call on owl when~ (I think this perfectly applies to us right now).
"You're facing a difficult decision, one that has considerable consequences, and you want to make the decision that will reap the best benefits for all concerned.
You want to be more discerning about someone as to what is true, and what is illusion or deception.
You're going through a rather dark period in your life and need some help navigating through it. AMEN to that one!
You've undertaken a new and challenging course of study and want to increase your confidence in your ability to learn this new material.
You want to uncover the hidden qualities, talents, and aspects in yourself and bring them into the light."
All of those radiate EXACTLY what we needed to know right now..perhaps once again those comforting owls are being brought to our attention for a good reason.
The book goes on to say..when the owl is your power animal~as it applies to you now perhaps..(now that you have chosen it for your website).
"You typically see what others don't see, and hear what others don't hear, and are able to discern the truth behind any falsehoods.
You're an old soul and have an inherent wisdom that continues to expand as you age.
You have a finely tuned awareness and sensitivity to others.
One of your greatests gives is being able to foresee the future.
I just wanted to share our little story with you and let you know how meaningful your new logo is to us and how much we truly appreciate your tireless fight for war weary homeowners like us. Without you we'd be nothing and most likely sitting on the curb!!
Thank you and Happy 4th of July!
Don & Bobbi
I'm hoping to attach some pics of the two owls we enjoyed so much. I never could catch them as a pair sitting side by side...but they often were.
and...just because I never get tired of sharing him...here's a pic of our brilliant, creative, loving son Josh who I truly think sent those owls to his dad and I as a symbol that we had each other and he is ALWAYS with us..now just in a different way. Thank you for indulging a mother's loving heart. :-))