About This Blog

This blog came about for several reasons. Primarily, I need a creative outlet and something that commits me to writing on a regular basis. My husband’s been telling me for eons I need to start a blog. But I’m not too into all the tech stuff — and I homeschool full time and work from home part-time. So, as you can imagine, online screen time is not high on the priority list. But rediscovering who I am as a writer is. Quite simply, I’m not who I was. I’m relearning what it means to be a Catholic writer, as opposed to simply a writer who is Catholic. For alot of years, it seems to me now, that I used my gift to tear down, or write away, what now is very important to me and is the true source of my gift. Hopefully, in the process of rediscovering my writing life, I’ll be able to contribute in some small way to building up what I worked to tear down.

Just as important, if not more so, one tiny violet is a way for me to find the beauty in daily ordinary things and to share that with others. Sometimes I develop such acute tunnel vision that all I can see is the frenetic cyclone of dust bunnies, cat puke, errands, laundry, grocery lists, traffic, hyper-scheduling, and general noise of life — but then I miss the beautiful things, the moments of grace, that truly come from living in the moment and being present to what is going on around me, present to God’s constant love and action in my life. The question I sincerely seek to explore, but understand I have no hope of answering, is how does one live beautifully, such that one’s life becomes a work of art itself? It seems to me there needs to be a focus on an awareness of, and gratitude for, the beauty in my life. I figured I can’t be the only person who wonders and thinks about these things, and so this is the second reason this blog is born. Hopefully it will be an avenue to connect and share with others.

It is my hope that these two aspects of the blog — creating an authentically Catholic writing life and living an authentically beautiful life — will somehow dovetail and co-exist in a sort of dialogue.

….And what about the name one tiny violet?

I owe that inspiration to my sister in faith, St. Therese of Lisieux. In her autobiography,Story of a Soul, she talks about how each person, each soul, is given unique  and special gifts by God to enable them to fulfill their purpose and to please Him. Some are given noticeably extraordinary gifts that garner a great deal of attention; to others, simple ordinary gifts that remain hidden and unnoticed. She writes:

Jesus set before me the book of nature. I understand how all the flowers God has created are beautiful, how the splendour of the rose and the whiteness of the lily do not take away from the perfume of the violet or the delightful simplicity of the daisy. I understand that if all flowers wanted to be roses, nature would lose her springtime beauty, and the fields would no longer be decked out with little wild flowers. So it is in the world of souls, Jesus’ garden. He has created smaller ones and those must be content to be daisies or violets destined to give joy to God’s glances when He looks down at His feet. Perfection consists in doing His will, in being what He wills us to be.

I am destined to be a violet — which actually happens to be fantastic because its purple! — and it is my hope that this blog, one more tiny violet, will help me to discover and appreciate more the tiny violets God scatters and strews along my path which invite me to realize my call as a writer, mother, wife, and woman of faith. Join me, won’t you?

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14 Responses to About This Blog

  1. Bridget says:

    Oh, my! These words from St. Therese brought tears to my eyes! I am the daisy, and it was so wonderful to read that the daisy is just important. Beautiful, Angela.

    • Angela says:

      You are so sweet, Bridget. Thank you. I’m glad to see you understand what I was trying to say through Therese, and that we are in this together as “tiny ones”.

  2. Cathy says:

    Angela,
    Thank you for creating this garden of beauty and inspiration on the internet. I look forward to watching this garden grow, blossom, and spread its heavenly fragrance on a weary world. With the grace of God, may all of your writing – here in the garden – produce good fruit! Hugs and Prayers!

  3. Diana Bosack says:

    I will continue on the journey with you of being a daisy and a violet….so much thanks to our beloved St. Therese for these words of simplicity, encouragement, and beauty!

  4. rosemary says:

    this beauty blog brings me pure joy and i look forward to visiting often. with God’s will

  5. Christina Sinclair says:

    You my friend are a “rose” in my eyes!

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  7. You have a pretty blog. I’ve always enjoyed William Morris designs, and your background is especially pleasing to see.

    • Angela says:

      Thank you, Sarah. 🙂 Morris, Waterhouse, and Burne-Jones are regularly featured here. They are an inspiration to me. Thanks for following and for leaving a comment. I hope to chat with you more.

  8. sueaminuit says:

    Dear Angela. I’ve just found this blog and I’m in love with it. Thanks for sharing such great and inspirational things!
    Is there a facebook page of it?

    God bless you

    • Angela says:

      Hi Sue,

      I’m so glad you like the blog! 🙂 It’s been rather inactive for quite awhile due to lack of time, but I’m hoping to overhaul the site and get back to putting up posts more regularly this summer. Let me know if there are things you’d like to see/read about. I look forward to chatting with you in the com-box, and thank you so much for stopping by and taking the time to leave a comment. I really appreciate it.

      Blessings,

      Angela

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