I followed her on Facebook - busy, busy, retreats and books and raising her family. Today she announced on Facebook that she is re-opening the blog and will be writing every day. Read why - here. Along with others who admire her I wrote a comment on her blog - "Welcome Back, Patti. I have missed you."
She talks about her first book "life is a verb" as being her favorite. It is mine too. I remember her talking about her excitement as she worked on it and as it went to press and was launched. She let people in her world-wide community share the experience with her.
Then she went one step further - she invited artists from her "community" to be a part of the project by sharing drawings made for specific subjects. I felt the excitement and was thrilled to have a chance to participate. Worked hard and submitted two drawings.
"life is a verb" was published eight years ago. I knew it was on my bookshelf. Dusty yes - but where I expected it to be. It felt familiar as I thumbed through looking for my two drawings. Ah! Ha!
Live an Irresistible Obituary
"It doesn't matter who my father was; it matters who I remember he was." Anne Sexton
Patti Digh writes:
Are we leaving behind numbers or stories?
I vote for stories.
The page is illustrated with my art work - honoring her father. I used a young picture of him with my childhood WWII picture of
me to salute him - - - with orchids as the background.
The art is followed by another quote.
All sorrows can be borne if you put them into a story or tell a story about them. Isak Dinesen
Today when I read this quote it took my breath away.
I cannot say that I actively remembered this quote or this page when my husband Jim died in 2012 -
but it is an excellent back up for explaining my creating a story for my healing - Arlington National Cemetery: My Forever Home, which I am telling still.
More - I was touched and delighted by my small piece on another page -
I used a picture of the shadows Jim and I cast on a California beach and topped it with children who danced past us .
The quote for that page is:
To watch us dance is to hear our hearts speak - Hopi saying