I'm thankful for how technology has given us so much freedom. We can talk on cell phones, rather than line phones. We can send text messages, and we can even use such things as portable chargers to re-charge our cell phones, cameras, etc. The picture in this blog post shows a portable charger that I received while participating in a Professional Development Day at the Community College of Rhode Island. As the picture shows, I've been using this charging device a lot and appreciate how this college helps its students, faculty, and staff members.
Writing Roger Williams in an Elevator was so much fun. I loved to do the research about, to write about, and to think about different kinds of freedom. I still love freedom in its many forms, including:
On March 14, 2019, one of my fictional dreams became my reality. A dream chapter in Roger Williams in an Elevator is titled "Roger Williams in an Elevator." In this chapter, the protagonist meets a Roger Williams statue in her dream. When I did a presentation about Roger Williams on March 14 at the Pawtucket Public Library, I was able to visit a Roger Williams statue that was temporarily at the library. While the statue in the library was different from the Prospect Terrace Park statue met by the protagonist in Roger Williams in an Elevator, I loved being able to live a reality that was referenced in one of the dreams of one of my novels.
While cats and humans obviously talk in different languages, I love talking to my cats. They even know what a few of the words that I say mean. When I tell them "no," they often listen. When I tell them "din-din" (meaning dinner) or treats (meaning cat-food treats), they ALWAYS listen and come running. They all know their names and will usually look at me or come over to me when I say their names.
My cats also love to communicate with each other, either with their voices or with their body language. For example, this blog entry has a photo of two of my cats. They are both now in our Lord's care, but when they were alive, they were very closely bonded together and often talked with each other via body language (their paws, their facial expressions, etc.)
Bambi, whose picture is in this blog posting, is one of my three cats. When I went to an animal rescue center to adopt a pet, I had decided before entering the rescue center to choose a cat that would meet my needs (a female cat that was not aggressive and that would get along with both of my other cats, including one who was seriously ill). If there were two or more cats who were both appropriate, then I would choose the one who had been there the longest.
Two cats were appropriate, so I chose Bambi because she had been there for six months. I was actually even worried that Bambi would be put to sleep or get really sick if no one offered her a home. She was super scared of people, skinny, and definitely not eating enough. She had been in a hoarding situation, so she actually was very nice to other cats.
In my home, she was--and still is--very sweet to my other cats (licking them, not being aggressive, not demanding her own space, etc.). While she's still scared of people, she's not scared of me. She has a really nice, deep purr and is very happy to be alive in a peaceful, quiet home with lots of good cat food.
I really love to support animal rescue sites, in addition to adopting animals that are in need of a forever home.
The picture in this post shows me at my table at AutumnFest 2018. As someone who has done a lot of author events, as well as having written four novels and one book of poetry, I'm today asking myself what I really want to say. Unhidden Pilgrims does have a lot of content about free speech. Banking on Dreams shows connections between dreams and reality. Mayflower Dreams connects us to our history. Roger Williams in an Elevator has a lot of ideas about different kinds of freedom, including the freedom to worship God. Holidays Amaze connects to many of these same ideas through its use of different poems. These poems are also showing some of the many amazing aspects of life's mazes, holidays, and celebrations. With my past writing experiences, I often have found out what I'm trying to say after I have begun, have partially finished, or have completely finished writing the novel, poem, article, story, or blog post. The writing process can be highly creative because it actually helps me to figure out what I'm trying to say while I'm trying to say it. Through my writing experiences, I've learned a lot about myself, my life, my dreams, my reality, my history, my love of freedom, my thankfulness to God, and my world.
Like my cats, I love to have the freedom to talk or to relax. I love to say things in person, through my books, and on my author and book websites. Also like my cats, I find free speech sometimes to be hard work and sometimes to be very relaxing.
Unhidden Pilgrims references a lot of different methods for communication and has information about the history of free speech.
The picture of my two cats in this blog post appears on page 56 of Holidays Amaze and illustrates what a couple of pets do after a voyage in a car that takes place in the poem "Timely Road Space on World Animal Day."
I often hate to stop at a redlight. Especially while driving to work, I don't want to lose a minute of time. Even though I'm always early or on-time, I still hate redlights because I feel like my journey has been temporarily stopped.
I've recently realized that stopping at a redlight is not really that bad. Especially when one of my favorite songs is playing, I know I'll have an extra minute to sit in my car, relax, and listen to some music. I then turn up the music and enjoy the extra minute of relaxation.
Dr. Karen Petit is the author of Banking on Dreams, Mayflower Dreams, Roger Williams in an Elevator, Unhidden Pilgrims, and Holidays Amaze. She is thankful for having the freedom to worship a wonderful, caring God.