Friendly Fill-ins: Week 95

We are happy you are here for another week of friendly sharing! As always, you can find the fill-ins here and at each Thursday. On Fridays, we post the link for sharing. Please link your post as directed. You can answer in the comments, if you need to. Remember to visit other blogs. You will be glad that you did!

Well, we made it to March! Spring will begin very soon. I noticed daylight lingers, even though it will be another month before we gain another hour on the official clock. Winter is starting to lose its grip on us. Spring knows its time is near. The Pelicans will soon be here, passing through on their way to Summer. I could swear I heard a lone Sandhill Crane this week. I saw a baby skunk, too. Nature is waking up, slowly but surely.

Lent is coming along, too. I am a work in progress, as we all are. Lent always gives me pause to reflect on the work I need to do within my spirit. Sometimes, people present a situation that gives us the chance to actually do that work. This was one of those weeks. Okay, God, I’m listening.

I would like to take a moment to celebrate the wonderful Dr. Seuss! He will forever be a measure of imagination and a conductor of creativity. I am thankful.

Have a wonderful weekend. Stay safe, warm, and healthy. I will see you soon!

1. My favorite Dr. Seuss book is The Lorax. Without question, this is my very favourite. The plight of the environment and all who rely upon it is real. Dr. Seuss brought that message to all ages in a simple, heartfelt story. Though essentially timeless, this book is even more important today than when it was written in 1972. The original animated TV-movie from 1972 was more authentic to the book than the 2012 movie, I believe.


2. The most interesting person I have ever met is Sister Mary Juliana. She was a nun at the Catholic retirement home where I worked when I was a teen. She was instrumental in my conversion to Catholicism but passed before I finished my Catechism. A beautiful soul, Sister Juliana was a rare human being. She had spent over sixty years in the convent. Before that, she worked to pay for her brother’s education for the priesthood. In all of her time on earth, according to all who knew her for all of those years, no one ever said a bad word about her. Not one bad word. Yes, there are others who are cut from the same cloth as Mother Teresa. I was blessed to be close to Sister Juliana, even for a short time. 

STJULIANASt. Juliana Falconieri, St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican

3. Besides books by Dr. Seuss, my favourite book as a child was A Child’s Garden of Verse, by Robert Louis Stevenson. It was blue, hardcover, and very worn and tattered, even then. I carried it with me everywhere and even slept with that book. I memorized parts of it, and I loved all of it. I later passed it along to someone, and have always regretted that. I wish I still had that old book.


4. Lately, I have been working on my writing. I am seriously sorting, editing, and reworking pieces into other pieces. I have been heartily encouraged by some of you. I cannot thank you enough for your support and friendship. You know who you are. HUGS.


In honour of The Great Dr. Seuss and his wise Lorax, I give you this… 

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41 thoughts on “Friendly Fill-ins: Week 95

  1. My Mom says she loved the Lorax story but there were SO MANY – in fact everything he wrote – that were outstanding; the messages within the lines was certainly a “specialty” of Dr. Seuss’. Sister Juliana is no doubt still guiding you along your path….people who come into our lives like that stay with us always I think. Glad to hear you’re working on organizing your writing – you are MASTERFUL and should work on some collections, etc. Have a wonderful Friday and weekend……!

    Love, Pam and Teddy too

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  2. Wonderful, thoughtful answers. Mine weren’t so good this week. I can’t remember reading Dr. Seuss, but I’m sure I did. Hope you have a great weekend.

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  3. How wonderful that you got to know Sister Mary Juliana. She sounds like such a special person. Yes, it’s too bad that you didn’t hang on to your favorite book; perhaps it made its way to someone else who also treasured it. Hope you have a great weekend! 🙂

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  4. You’re a good writer and always put a lot of thoughts into your writing. I love the Lorax too but I find it hard to pick just one book. Dr. Seuss was one of a kind and ahead of his time. Thanks for the video clip.

    How lucky for you to have had Sister Juliana in your life. She sounds like a saint.
    take care, hugs, Julia

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  5. I really enjoyed this and learning more about Dr. Seuss. I don’t ever remember reading him as a child and still haven’t read much of his. But what I’ve seen, I have enjoyed. Thanks for sharing this. And I think it’s wonderful that you’re writing. I definitely enjoy your posts, so, you go girl! 😀 ❤

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  6. Beautiful words. I wish you all the best, my dear. I adore pelicans, always a favorite when we visit the Outer Banks. They remind me of my paternal grandfather. At their winter Florida home he hung out with a pelican who had a bad leg (just like Grandpa, who fell off a barn roof!). He called the bird Pete. Okay, he wasn’t the most imaginative man. ~grin~ But he was a quiet, easygoing soul who fostered introspection.

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  8. Such a fun post. I almost did the same book, but it would have been my second favorite. It will be fun to see what everyone else has done today.

    Have a fabulous day. Big hug to you and lots of scritches to the babies. ♥

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  9. The Lorax is indeed a wonderful story, and a powerful message!

    I remember “A Child’s Garden of Verses” too! It is fascinating to think about how the books we treasured as children have impacted our lives.

    Sister Mary Juliana sounds like she was a beautiful soul, and precious gift to you.

    Organizing your writing is a big undertaking, but a great one! I hope at some point you will publish more of your work. ❤

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  10. Great fill-ins, as always. I like The Lorax too. I am sorry you don’t still have your book from childhood. Sister Juilana sounds very special. I am sorry you didn’t have more time with her. I look forward to reading your writings. Have a nice weekend! XO

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  11. Hey! I love the way you wrote about your sister, it sounds like she was a very wonderful as well as, interesting person. Plus, I think The Lorax is a great choice.

    My favorite book from Dr. Seuss is “The Cat In The Hat.” I think I loved all of the action in that story and The Cat, Thing One and Thing two were so mischievous.

    My favorite book besides Dr. Seuss, was “Charlotte’s Web.”

    Lately I’ve been working on: A children’s book which is written in rhyme, but in a different style than Dr. Seuss and it’s written for younger children. Children between the ages of two and four. When I started the manuscript, I just began to write in rhythm…because I was thinking of my audience. I didn’t plan it that way, it just got away with me, you know, you’re a writer. 🙂

    By the way, I love your photos, they’re great and the words really hit home for me.
    And thank you for subscribing to A Nice Place In The Sun. I wonder if you would mind if I added your link to my friends list on ANPITS?

    I’m going to subscribe to McGuffy’s Reader. Have a fantastic day and thanks for a great post. 🙂

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    • Please, add my link! I am honoured! I would like to mention that my children’s book, Bedtime Tail is a rhyming book for kids 4-8, or so. It came to me, writing itself, as much of my stuff does. So, yes, I think sometimes stories just pour themselves out, insisting to be told. I am hoping to revive that book, too.
      I think Clyde & Bee are Thing 1 and Thing 2! Truly! Have a great weekend! HUGS!


  12. Happy Lenten season to you and yours. It’s a season that is often overlooked…sort of like a speed bump between Christmas and Easter. But it’s an important time for Christians to pause and reflect on the sacrifice God made for us…however one chooses to observe it. I love all things Dr. Seuss. Thanks for including the clip. I’ve not seen the Lorax movie. This sounds like a fun prompt. Perhaps if I can ever get my life under control, I’ll play along! 🙂 Hope you have a lovely weekend. xo

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  13. What you told me of Sister Mary Juliana reminds me of the time when I was working in accounting for a retirement home that was formerly run by a convent. These women had worked in hospitals and retirement homes their hole life, they commited their life to helping sick and old people. They had seen so much suffering and death, but I have never met more friendly, optimistic and humble human beings. It is very sad that very few young people here listen to what they have to say.

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    • Yes. I met the nuns through the home and became very close to them, several of them. But, Sister Juliana was special. They had stories that amazed me. They were all special in many ways, as you stated. HUGS.


  14. Hi Annie,
    The linky tool isn’t working for us right now, so here are our links to today’s fill-ins:
    David: How to Manage Your Monkey
    Suzanne: PS Annie!
    I’m glad that you had a sister that you felt especially close to. I used to want to be a nun, back when I was a young teenager. I didn’t know at that time that you had to be a Catholic to be a nun. 🙂
    I like Dr. Seuss’s writing style. It is fun. I also enjoyed the stories that Mr. Cerf used to tell about Dr. Seuss and the birth of some of the books.
    Have a blessed weekend!


  15. Few authors are as fun to read as Dr. Seuss! I still enjoy reading his work – though I learned a long time ago that trying to read him out-loud would twist my tongue hopelessly and helplessly. I haven’t heard a mention of “A Child’s Garden of Verse, by Robert Louis Stevenson” in years. I almost forgot about it (not because of itself .. but because I’ve forgotten so many of the things that I loved as a child).


  16. Annie, I am not surprised that we had the same favorite book growing up. Maybe that is where we got our love for poetry and writing it. What was your favorite of Stevenson’s poems? Mine was “I Have a Little Shadow.” Sending oodles and oodles of love, hugs and prayers, Janet

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  17. Sister Juliana sounds like an amazing women and you were lucky to have her in your life – I’m not catholic but I have met quite a few nuns over the year and some of them have been incredibly remarkable women that gave off an aura of peace and calmness.
    I’m a bit fan of the Lorex too, and love the movie as they’ve done it so well.
    Hope you’re getting lots of space for your writing and that the words are flowing freely.
    Have a lovely day Annie.


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