Too Much Tuesday: Too Much Stuff

To the tune of “Three Blind Mice”


Too much stuff, too much stuff,

More than enough, more than enough.

It’s out of the closets and filling our space;

It’s growing and spilling all over the place;

We’re tripping all over, a terrible case

of too much stuff.


Too much stuff, too much stuff,

More than enough, more than enough.

The piles are staring us in the face;

They multiply at an alarming pace;

And soon we’ll be buried without a trace

in too much stuff.


Too much stuff, too much stuff,

More than enough, more than enough.

It isn’t easy to run the race,

With all this stuff slowing down the pace;

I think I need some additional grace

for too much stuff.


Marjorie Morrison shared via Elisabeth Elliot on “Gateway to Joy” over a decade ago.




Do not be afraid

An excellent summary and reminder for all of us from my favorite blogger: we are imperfect but are loved by a perfect and awesome God.

Aquinas, Etc.

It happened that he was standing by the lake of Genesareth, at a time when the multitude was pressing close about him to hear the word of God; and he saw two boats moored at the edge of the lake; the fishermen had gone ashore, and were washing their nets. And he went on board one of the boats, which belonged to Simon, and asked him to stand off a little from the land; and so, sitting down, he began to teach the multitudes from the boat. When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, Stand out into the deep water, and let down your nets for a catch. Simon answered him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and caught nothing; but at thy word I will let down the net. And when they had done this, they took a great quantity of fish, so that the net…

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This is simply a great post, no pun intended.




Just Be

All that is necessary is to just be. That’s all that is truly necessary. So simple. So not easy. So, a few more breaths. A few more sentences. And then life must go on. Moment by blessed moment.  Sacred heartbeat by Sacred Heart beating within mine.  So full of love, so full of grace, so full of mercy for all of us in desperate need of it. For all around us who experience our “mess” landing on them, God help them! And He is, He most certainly is; thanks be to God! Yes, thanks be to God for His indescribable gift (2 Cor. 9:15).

Reading in any amount is good therapy

“And when I read, and really I do not read so much, only a few authors, – a few men that I discovered by accident – I do this because they look at things in a broader, milder and more affectionate way than I do, and because they know life better, so that I can learn from them.”
― Vincent van Gogh

Who of us couldn’t use more of this perspective? Well said, Vincent; well said. Rest in peace, brother.

Monday Musings

Today I return to blogging after having one of the many versions of late winter illnesses that are going around. Mine wasn’t particularly horrible–just a cold that quickly went into my chest and kept me feverish and not sleeping nights for longer than I wanted. But in the end–although I’m still hacking–it was just a simple cold and once the fever subsided I had to keep marching on with life again. This reminds me of an old post that I’d like to share again, as it was good for me to reread today for multiple reasons, not the least of which is that we’re marching on toward Easter Sunday as we continue in our Lenten journey. I hope it will be encouraging to you as well.


Writers’ Wednesday

Welcome to another roundup of tools to help you in your writing pursuits. This week we have had a lot going on here so I’ll be posting another short and sweet list of favorite tools. At least that’s better than yesterday when I was so busy I never even had time to write “Too Much Tuesday,” the irony of which I can assure you did not escape me. So today’s focus is on getting support to come to you when you can’t get to a support group, class, editor, agent, or whatever it is you need help with in furthering your work with words.

Today we’ll talk about magazines. Here are the top three, in my opinion. You can check them out at a local bookstore/newstand or visit their websites or take out a subscription by the issue digitally, or, in some cases, start a subscription and if you don’t like it you can cancel it and won’t be charged for unreceived issues.

Poets & Writers

The Writer

Writer’s Digest

NB—If you sign up for the free Writer’s Digest email newsletter they will send you a PDF—”101 Best Websites For Writers”—that, in my opinion, is well worth signing up for. And of course you can always unsubscribe if you don’t care for the newsletter.

Of the three, The Writer is my personal favorite but each has its own unique flavor and will suit certain readers better than others. Or some people like two out of the three and then there are those cover-all-the-bases types who get all three. Don’t forget to check your local library for copies as well. Sometimes, serendipitously, they even show up on the book sale table. I’d love to hear which publications you appreciate or share any I haven’t featured here.

Happy reading for the sake of writing!

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