Wednesday, December 3, 2014

The Beauty in the Struggles We Face-Positive Wednesdays

The Story of the Caterpillar


Once a little boy was playing outdoors and found a fascinating caterpillar. He carefully picked it up and took it home to show his mother. He asked his mother if he could keep it, and she said he could if he would take good care of it.

The little boy got a large jar from his mother and put plants to eat, and a stick to climb on, in the jar. Every day he watched the caterpillar and brought it new plants to eat.

One day the caterpillar climbed up the stick and started acting strangely. The boy worriedly called his mother who came and understood that the caterpillar was creating a cocoon. The mother explained to the boy how the caterpillar was going to go through a metamorphosis and become a butterfly.

The little boy was thrilled to hear about the changes his caterpillar would go through. He watched every day, waiting for the butterfly to emerge. One day it happened, a small hole appeared in the cocoon and the butterfly started to struggle to come out.

At first the boy was excited, but soon he became concerned. The butterfly was struggling so hard to get out! It looked like it couldn’t break free! It looked desperate! It looked like it was making no progress!

The boy was so concerned he decided to help. He ran to get scissors, and then walked back (because he had learned not to run with scissors…). He snipped the cocoon to make the hole bigger and the butterfly quickly emerged!

As the butterfly came out the boy was surprised. It had a swollen body and small, shriveled wings. He continued to watch the butterfly expecting that, at any moment, the wings would dry out, enlarge and expand to support the swollen body. He knew that in time the body would shrink and the butterfly’s wings would expand.

            But neither happened!

The butterfly spent the rest of its life crawling around with a swollen body and shriveled wings.

It never was able to fly…

As the boy tried to figure out what had gone wrong his mother took him to talk to a scientist from a local college. He learned that the butterfly was SUPPOSED to struggle. In fact, the butterfly’s struggle to push its way through the tiny opening of the cocoon pushes the fluid out of its body and into its wings. Without the struggle, the butterfly would never, ever fly. The boy’s good intentions hurt the butterfly.


As you go through life, keep in mind that struggling is an important part of any growth experience. In fact, it is the struggle that causes you to develop your ability to fly.






Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Out and About.........Port Royal Jamaica









“The beauty of the natural world lies in the details.”— Natalie Angier



Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Big Wide Calm Book Review

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First Impressions
The Big Wide Calm first reads like a ‘rags to riches’ story when the reclusive rich multimillionaire John decides to help the talented starving artiste Paige Plant with an arrangement that would see him helping her to record her first album. With this deal, finally Paige would be able to write and create a multigenerational album that will help carve her place in stardom. It seemed overnight Paige would achieve her dream of being famous and rich. The deal John offers Paige almost seems too good to be true and the reader is left wondering when the other shoe might fall.

Peeling Back the Layers
The book progresses and the layers start to peel away. It becomes clear that the story isn't just about a girl (Paige Plant) wanting to become a rich or famous star or a man (John) whose past decisions had made him into a broken shell. In truth, the story is about unconditional love. No, The Big Wide Calm is not your typical love story that you see in a cheap copy of Mills & Boons. It is much deeper than that. It explores love that blooms after pain, rejection and brokenness.  The Big Wide Calm offers no clichés just raw human experiences in the stark reality of the need for human connection.

Writer’s Craft
I admire the writing style of the author Rich Marcello. He craftily creates a world in the novel which is surreal yet believable. This technique is also seen in the presentation of John. John is quite unlike any other character I have met before. He is childlike and complicated at the same time. The character of John leaves you wondering what events in his life might be real or is every event craftily created by his delightfully demented mind. Marcello’s development of John’s character leaves you wondering if a number of events in the novel are carefully orchestrated by John to test Paige.

 I am normally able to size up the flow of a plot within the first four chapters. This was not the case with this novel. In short, Marcello leaves you guessing with each page. In The Big Wide Calm each page, each chapter is an adventure. The novel will leave you wanting more. This is definitely a good buy. You won’t regret your purchase.  
 
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