In any worthy endeavor there are cornerstones, essential pieces that insure a solid foundation. If you've been with us for while you may have noticed that the Books for Walls Project has become a cyber family of sorts, we are also a family in reality. Today we introduce you to The Bean, our trusty editor, a very strong cornerstone both of our family and of the Book for Walls Project.
Out from behind her book she is known as Kathleen M. Daniels or Kathy. The Sisters refer to her as "NaNa" (and in "Na na na na, na na na na, hey hey hey, good bye" listen here if you need to!) and The Mom refers to her as "Mommy." We are all thankful to have her as part of the project, it simply would not be what it is without The Bean!
For now read, and enjoy, this Introduction to The Bean, in her words:
You may wonder, “why the Bean?”When my children were young, my husband gave me this warm and cuddly light purple bath robe with a hood.When I first arose with my robe on in the morning and shuffled to the coffee pot, our little ones thought I looked like a giant jelly bean!
Favorite Book: Hymn of the Universe by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin and The Secret Garden by Francs Hodgson Burnett
Favorite Genre: Historical Fiction and Spiritually Focused
Favorite Author: Geraldine Brooks and Joyce Rupp (current) and
C.S. Lewis (over-all)
Favorite Place: My home, especially the garden
Favorite Restaurant: Anywhere with my husband, family, or friends where the main ingredient is love (from hearth & out-of-doors, to traveling & special places)
Favorite Food: Fresh Strawberries
Favorite Color: The glorious colors of the setting sun
Favorite Tree: Trees are majestic gifts. I have given names to a number of good “friends” like the huge wizened oak with many limbs reaching and bending (…"the kind you’d see in Narnia, Sisters.") The hollow cave at the base and the raccoon family in the crotch confirmed the name I knew it by: “Home to Many”! All trees have wonder about and in them!
Musical Instrument: Music appreciation is my talent; piano music, my most loved form. I remember my father playing Kinderszenen (children’s scenes) No. 7 - "Träumerei" (reverie). Now, my husband is learning the piece! (Listen here)
Favorite Pastime: Nana-time and gardening
Hobbies: Sketching & pastels, yoga, photography, and of course, reading.
Kayaking, walking, and tandem biking with my husband.
Favorite Movie: Shawshank Redemptiona 1994drama film written and directed by Frank Darabont. It is an adaptation of the Stephen Kingnovella, “Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption”. The latter information about the novella’s author floored me, since I do not personally care for Stephen King’s work!
Favorite Time of Day: Sunset
Favorite Quote: "All shall be well.” – Julian of Norwich (14th Century, England)
What I like about the Books for Walls Project: The “Four of US Family’s” depth of creativity and clear passion for learning… hearing (feel like it is) what others say about the challenges and the enlarging red dots on the map!
Why I want to be a Regular Contributor: I believe in the Project! Through the centuries, books have had a struggle from being banned to being burned… now another twist with the internet, downloadable books, kindle… not to mention, books being in competition with video games and cable TV. Books continually need to be respected for their innate goodness and worth.
Most of all, I treasure the value of reading being engrained in our youth as well as being rekindled in my life. I also appreciate the wise use of the internet for global communication and cultural learning.
Finally, stories through books can heal and can keep a person or memory alive.
Some of my ideas/suggestions/thought/hopes for the Project:“Keep on keeping on!” (Maya Angelou)