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burdened with blessings

“Polly had fully intended to be very miserable and cry herself to sleep, but when she lay down at last her pillow seemed very soft, her little room very lovely, with the fire-light flickering on all the homelike objects and her new blown roses breathing her a sweet goodnight. She no longer felt an injured, hardworking, unhappy Polly, but as if quite burdened with blessings for which she wasn’t half grateful enough.”
An Old Fashioned Girl
Louisa May Alcott

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On this dark day I write to you…

Ah, so many things to tell you! So many feelings to relate to you! So many moments gone by that these thoughts and feelings have collected dust in my files and now-alas-they shall be related to you! Now it is up to me to decide where (on Earth) to begin.
Well, today it is very, very dark at Eyrie Park. The clouds seem to persist on covering any sign of the sun, but it is nice to know that the sun is always shining, even when we can’t see it. Even when we can’t feel it’s warm rays, they are still spreading out, reaching for us, only there are clouds in between. But what a lovely day to write to you all! To be honest, the weather has been distractingly beautiful lately. Though I never feel as if I enjoy nature “enough”, I have enjoyed it some every day this week. Mostly I’ve gone and sat out in The Bower (or the Wisteria bush) and proven my faithfulness to my journal. Nothing makes me happier than sunshine and trees, I think (and what could be better than adding writing to something I already love?) And I think that this is a natural, divinely instilled pleasure. Perhaps Eve said the same thing to Adam in The Garden of Eden and perhaps my great-great-great-grandchildren will say the same thing. Perhaps.
Other things I’ve recently noted as some of my favorite things to do are to hear true stories and to communicate. Yes, you may say that I am addicted to communication. I just…love it! A letter, a phone call, a note left for me to find, a conversation at the dinner table, an email or a Facebook message. Which brings me to today’s main topic…good ol’ Facebook.
I got my Facebook in January of this year and I thought that it was high time to jot down my observations thus far for you all. Some of you may be wondering if you too should join this trend, others wondering if they should delete their accounts and still more may be reaching for the X to close out this blog, wondering why they should read some random girl’s opinion on networking sights. Well, I don’t rightly know. But if you are, for some reason or another, interested then feel free to read on.
As some of you older readers may know, I held out for a long, long time. Many of my peers got Facebook back in Junior High (even though it used to be for ages 17+, but that didn’t seem to stop them.) But I did not, nor did I get Myspace. I did not get it when my close friends did during Sophomore year and it wasn’t until mid-Junior year that I finally created my account (I was one of the last, I assure you, in my youth group.) Our friends (whom you’ve doubtless heard of) were visiting from Florida at New Years, and before they went home, they convinced me to get Facebook. I don’t regret it. If those friends were the only “friends” I had on facebook, I still wouldn’t regret it.
A long time ago, I posted this here on Clickety-Clack. Of course, at that time, I didn’t have Facebook. I was of the mentality that if someone really wanted to communicate with me, they would find some more personal way to do so, so there! I was afraid that, looking back at that article, I would feel regret or guilt. Had I given in to a temptation?
But it wasn’t so. I read dear Natalie’s words all again and still agree with them heartily. She expressed my opinion of Facebook better than I can. Miraculously, even now as a Facebook user, I still agree with everything she says. Go and read it…it’s very good.
But today, as I signed on to my “little post office in the hedge” to check for messages, I felt a bit wary of it. It wasn’t that I was repulsed by Facebook. No, Facebook is not evil or detestable to me in any way. As a matter of fact, I rather like Facebook. It has been, if not anything else, a lot of fun. As I said, I’m addicted to communication (and I don’t consider that a vice-of-an-addiction at all.) What bothered me wasn’t what I was gaining on Facebook, but what I was lacking elsewhere. This is what I thought would happen, but luckily, I have caught it early on. Clickety-Clack is neglected a little more often. Letters are being mailed, but not with as much haste as I once prided myself with. Phone calls have certainly suffered as have, perhaps, visits. I have made more connections, but fewer deep ones. I have sowed many seeds but few have taken root. I mean, the whole idea of being someones “friend” on Facebook is like a joke! Nothing could be more shallow than the idea of “befriending” a person by clicking on their online profile and adding their name to a list. I mean, Facebook definitely has some aspects that I think must be in one of those old books about the future. We all joke about how we have “friends” who we aren’t friends with. Some people are just “friend-crazy” and add people just because they have a lot of mutual friends or have similar interests. I am not this way, I don’t like to have random people on my “friends list” because it makes me feel like I must have a plethora of shallow relationships, but I am beginning to think that the “friend-crazy” people may have got it right! At least they aren’t taking Facebook friendships seriously, because they aren’t serious! If you just know somebody over Facebook or Myspace, you don’t really know that person at all. And nothing could be more against my philosophy than the idea of sending people “gifts” over Facebook or “poking” etc. That is the epitome of today’s lack of intimacy…a perfect example of how we’re getting more and more distant. I know that they’re just harmless games, but in my over-imaginative mind, I see the future as a world without true human-interaction due to things like this.
In the previously mentioned post, Natalie Nyquist wrote about becoming overwhelmed with “too much information”:
“All I wanted to do was take a pen, paper, and book written before the invention of light bulbs and disappear into the woods where there was no sign or sound of anything made by human hands.”
Well, I just wanted to let you all know that I have decided to join the Facebook trend. Not every aspect perhaps, and not as diligently as some. Not even as diligently from now on as I was from January till now. I’ll still check it every day, I love hearing from people after all, and I will still peruse photo albums and read the notes people write. Natalie said:
“I for one shall drink tea and read Plato during a cold November afternoon. I will pray and plead with the Lord to guide me in the way I should go. I will put down the cell phone and pick up pen and paper. I will invest in my relationships in ways that will have lasting value.”
As for Everly, she’ll be on Facebook (though under a different name, I must tell you) but you’ll also find her sitting on a stump in the meadow or on a railroad tie under The Bower or on her bed with her nose in a book. Occasionally you may find her kneeling over her sprouts in her garden or staring off into space (okay, very often on that last one.) Her pen pals will still get chubby envelopes in the mail. Her journal will still get constant updates. Her younger siblings won’t go un-read-to and perhaps she’ll pick up her sketch pad again. At least she will try to do all of those things!
Right now I am going to make one more post for today (perhaps that will make up for the scarceness you’ve all experienced as of late) and then type a bit in my novels, do my bible study, write in journal and maybe then, after all is said and done, I will log on and look anxiously at my little red notification flag, satisfied with my day’s accomplishments.
:) I hope you all are having an Everly-So-Pleasant-Day, rain or shine!
Love, Everly Pleasant
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“Always be a little kinder than necessary.” -J. M. Barrie

“Do It Anyway”
“People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered.
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives.
Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies.
Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you.
Be honest and sincere anyway.
What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight.
Create anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous.
Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, will often be forgotten.
Do good anyway.
Give the best you have, and it will never be enough.
Give your best anyway.
In the final analysis, it is between you and God.
It was never between you and them anyway.”
-this version is credited to Mother Teresa
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Antique Beauties

On Saint Lucia’s Day, you may recall a little adventure we had.We had planned to go to a living history inn but it was closed. Here are a few snapshots from the antique shop we visited as an alternative.

As you know, I adore antiques-especially books. I desperately wanted this ancient copy of “Anne of Green Gables,” but I couldn’t justify buying a book that I already have three copies of. :)
Here were some pretty O. Henry books. I just discovered recently that I rather like O.
This is a tragical beauty to be sure! It was a very old copy of “Little Women” which was falling apart. It was apparently in a fire at one point. I wonder who pulled it out?
Here’s another angle.
Everly Pleasant

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