13 July 2010

Introducing: The Bean

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

Original Artwork by Kathleen M. Daniels 
Favorite Poem: Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost (Children's version with artwork by Susan Jeffers)

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 MovieShawshank Redemption 1994 drama film written and directed by Frank Darabont. It is an adaptation of the Stephen King novella, “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)

My Favorite BFW's Challenge so farHaiku Challenge

Please add anything you would like the world of BFW's readers to know about YOU:

Haiku Myself!
Agape surrounds
Essence: good fail reach higher
Breathe hope eternal

Be sure to come back tomorrow, or sign up for Weekly Challenge delivery, 
because The Bean is offering this week's Challenge --it's a good one!!


  1. THIS Bean's not the musical fruit, but she sure is good for your heart!

  2. Dear The Bean,

    I thank you for raising such a wonderful family. The agape, which surrounds all of who you are & inspire regularly gushes out of the people who you love and taught to love and love back and forth and in between & side to side & then some. I am blessed to know you all. Thank you for the wise guidance.

  3. When I read that one of your favorite past times is Nana-time, I lit up like a light bulb --really I did.

    And I think you look extra pretty in that picture!

    Love Nadia :)

  4. Anonymous1:31 PM

    When I heard your favorite thing to do I lit up like a FIRE FLY and I stayed that way!!!!!! And I am still lit up like a FIRE FLY!

    sonja ;)

  5. Anonymous9:09 PM

    Ah yes Momma, words fail me. I have a picture though that I took of a tree that well, spoke to me. A friend told me that the title for the photo should be "argument for reincarnation." I think that after reading your Q&A here that you are very much like the picture of this tree growing in many facinating, beautiful directions but managing to be grounded with one heck of a strong foundation. (And a great man beside ya.)

    The Mom, I will send you the photo next. Will you help me to post it here somewhere?