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Saturday, April 5, 2014


I'm glad you are here to celebrate! Share a link to your blog post below and/or use #celebratelu to share celebrations on Twitter.

This week, I decided to share a round up of some of my long time blogger friends and their recent posts that have impacted me. Enjoy!
My friend Becca is remarkable. (In fact, most days I wonder how I get to one of the few dear souls she calls a friend.) Becca is genuine and beautiful. Last week I told her I missed her writing. I felt a little guilty about giving her a nudge because she's too busy right now. But then she posted this story, the story of the way she was pulled out of the darkness of depression and turned toward the Light. When you read her story, you'll understand why I use the word remarkable to describe my sweet friend, because you will be forever changed just by knowing this bit of her story. (Plus you'll understand why I want her to write more.)

Tam's Poem, "Her Quiet" -- 13 small lines make a big hole in your heart.

Franki and Mary Lee continue to give more by recognizing bloggers each month of this 8th birthday year of their blog. This month, they celebrate Pernille Ripp, and we should too!

Carol's beautiful writing about her mom, "The Laundry Goddess" -- small, specific details always speak louder than general statements. This is show don't tell writing at its perfection.

Juliann chases stories with the post "I wish" -- it gives me pause.

Deb faces the page (probably with Chloe beside her), and writes "Totally Unacceptable" with an abundance of grace and vulnerability. She inspires me to be a brave writer.

Amelia haunts me in "Because the Stars Do Not Talk" -- the way her beautiful words give hope in spite of nightmares.

Linda makes me smile with kind words about Celebrating Writers -- I'm humbled thinking about my book being reread by TeacherDance.

Ramona honors her dad with a dozen memories, inspired by Kate DiCamillo's list in Because of Winn Dixie -- I'm reminded, once again, of the power of specificity.

Alyson stretches out of her Kid Lit Frenzy comfort zone and shares her thinking around tiny faith. Alyson has encouraged me throughout Lent by giving me feedback and sharing links on Twitter. I admire her resilience and raw writing.

Elsie takes me back to happy memories of All-Write. You should come too! The first thing Elsie said to me was, "You're so small!" (Rumor on the street is there's going to be a small writer delivering an opening keynote with a big message about celebration!)

I want to selfishly believe that Terje posted this quote just for me. Plan to linger a bit at her blog and take in some of her stories.

Michelle celebrates her birthday by finding joy in the ordinary -- perhaps I'll make an ordinary joy list soon too.

I like this sweet celebration of Robin's family -- I'm inspired!

Betsy's lyrical take on letting kids go and be writers, even if they aren't "right" makes me wish her words could be an opening poem in Celebrating Writers.


  1. Ruth,
    So many great reads to ponder. Looking forward to returning when time is longer, if you're sharing they are worth revisiting and lingering!

  2. What a compliment to your many friends. I am looking forward to reading many of these posts over the weekend. Thanks!

  3. Thanks for the public thank you, Ruth. You are dear, and so is that book! I thought I'd publicly say I'm going to All Write, to see who else is going? I know Elsie & Kim are going to drive in together, anyone else? Thanks as always for this celebration day!

  4. Wow - I am so excited to look through all of these links this weekend. In fact, I think I know what I will be reading over my morning coffee. This is the most delightful of memes - I hope you know what an important community and opportunity to share you have created. Thank you Ruth.

  5. Thank you, Ruth. The other day I was thinking out loud (on a blog post) about dreams. When I finished, I felt that your words had been shaping and inspiring my thoughts and words. You have influenced my thinking quite a lot, and part of you is with me every time I write.

  6. Aww, Ruth. Thanks for sharing my post. It was a hard one to write. No one likes to share when they screw up! I want to thank you.... you have given me the courage to write and share. If not for you, my writing would still be hidden in journals and would never see the light of the world.

  7. I can't wait to get back to All Write and hang out with my pals. Thanks for putting me in such great company. I am truly honored and humbled. You continue to inspire so many.

  8. Ruth- Honored to be on this list. I have not been a good "celebrator" recently. At all. Sorry!

  9. At airport early
    Meandering friends' blog posts
    Saturday delight!

    Planned to grade some papers, but time spent with writing pals won out! Thanks for including me

  10. All I can say is, I wish All Write was a bit later in June - sounds like a wonderful reunion!

  11. Ruth - Thank you for this post in celebrating others and also in supporting my writing as well.

    I am posting a bit late today, but did manage to get a post in.

  12. Blogging has definitely introduced me to awesome people. It's like I know them through their posts even though we haven't really met! Continued celebrations to you! -Earl!

  13. Thanks so much for this whole meme, Ruth! I love celebrating the week. I often have so much to celebrate that it's hard to focus on one thing or narrow it down enough and, like you, I feel like I'm going to leave something or someone out. Thanks again!

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