Hello from Anaheim! Bees, And What Matters, and Why.

CKU Anaheim officially begins tomorrow. My time zones are all messed up. My body thinks it’s 10:30, but it’s still light outside here at 7:30 p.m. .. it’ll be very interesting to wake up BAM at 4 a.m. tomorrow morning, since my body will think it’s 7. :P

I spent a lovely 3 hours delayed in the Cincinnati airport. Not all bad, since I was able to pick up a new book AND finish it in one day. Doesn’t happen for me very often.

I chose The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd.

Wow. What a voice.

I love actually owning books, rather than borrowing, because I like to write in them. Mark passages I like, dog-ear pages I want to come back to. I’m glad I own this one, because I marked about 20 passages, I think.

Here’s one I flipped to randomly:

August (a wise Southern African American beekeeper)  lives with her two sisters in a Pepto-Bismol colored house. The house is that color because August’s sister May chose it (since it made her happy), and rather than fight the choice, August says to Lily (the book’s main character):

“You know, some things don’t matter that much, Lily. Like the color of a house. How big is that in the overall scheme of life? But lifting a person’s heart - now that matters. The whole problem with people is … they know what matters, but they don’t choose it… . The hardest thing on earth is choosing what matters.”

I wonder how much more balanced my life would be if I just thought about this every time I had choices to make about what to do with my time. If I always chose what matters over everything else.

My head is filled with the warm and lucid writing of Sue Monk Kidd. She has a gift for characterization, and the ladies in the Pepto Bismol house in are lingering here with me tonight. That is when I know a story is good.  August, and May, and June, Rosaleen, the Daughters.  Beautiful.

I also love that August says “lifting a person’s heart - now that matters.” This is one of the major reasons I’m here in Anaheim. That might sound a little crazy, since I’m teaching Photoshop classes, but hey, scrapbooking is ALWAYS a good cause, a way to make our determined celebrations of our life. I think it’s part of the experience of being here that I get to see the look on someone’s face when they “get it” for the first time. If that’s not an uplifting thing, I don’t know what is. Same thing when you send me an email with a layout attached to it, that YOU made. YOUR creation. It’s wonderful.

I really hope we have power in the classroom. I originally thought “electrical”, and now I’m thinking I’ll take any kind of Power, too. :D This is important stuff, not because it’s software, but because it’s knowledge, and overcoming fear, and experimenting, and telling the precious stories of our lives. That’s why it matters, to me, anyway.

Stay tuned for Photoshop Friday, there’s a coupon this week! Yippee! :D

I’d love to know why you started experimenting with your computer and scrapbooking. What brought you on this digital/hybrid journey? Tell me your story here in the comments, if you like.