— By one of my favorite writers —
I’m doing here what I should have done long ago, but am only getting around to now, due to a wide array of things that — looked at from afar — resemble little more than a bunch of cheesy excuses, so I won’t delve into it.
The owner, and I believe chief writer and editor of this blog, is Tricia. She has a refreshing, down-to-earth, fluent and folksy way of expressing herself that leads one very quickly to identify with her.
Yet, she’s willing to tackle all subjects, from the very personal and day-to-day, to the momentous and historic.
On her first page today, for example is a post (here) detailing one of those days we’ve all had that just seem to go from bad to worse. The final conclusion: Be grateful. It’s a perspective that Tricia frequently expresses in her work, and I find it uplifting.
One over-riding characteristic of her writing that I find particularly appealing: She’s a sunny, upbeat, optimistic writer. Her writing is infused with warmth and a gentle optimism that make for a great read if you’re down. Or if you’re riding high. Or someplace in-between.
Personal confession: I find that her writing is a bit like mine — if a lot less cynical and snarky! — so my appreciation of it is quite natural. For example, in this post here, she concludes of the Hillary Clinton e-mail scandal, “I enjoy shopping at Banana Republic, not so much living in one.”
Yep. That’s exactly how I would have liked to express it.
This post of Tricia’s made me smile too. Sometimes we forget the little triumphs of any given day, in favor of dwelling on, and complaining about, the pain, the suffering, the slights, the injuries and the hurts. Not Tricia! And I appreciate that enormously.
Tricia seems to be perfectly aware of the momentous blessing that living in America represents. There are so many out and about in America who view this country as a blighted land, filled with barely concealed hatreds, and snarling, rude, inconsiderate clodpoles. Not Tricia. Her writing is a tonic for those of us who, occasionally, can find ourselves a bit lost in cynicism.
Don’t get me wrong, Tricia writes about problems, suffering, injustices and the like — her blog is called “Freedom Through Empowerment” — after all. Her blog’s very name indicates that some of her posts will deal with deep topics.
This one, for example — A Brexiting We Go… — neatly predicted exactly what did happen after the Brexit vote in June of this year. Here’s a passage:
Oh there will be cries of economic doom, of racism and xenophobia by elites who once again completely misread the very people they are supposed to represent; lots of tsk, tsking I’m sure going on throughout the Halls of Parliament. Here in the U.S. we will no doubt soon be lectured by Our own Condescender in Chief on how very small minded the Brexiters are and those that support them.
A letter perfect summation of the après-vote hysteria, both here and in Europe.
This post of Tricia’s is particularly on-target, and insightful. Here’s the spot-on conclusion: “Freedom is like the air that surrounds us; lifesaving but not noticeable until it’s taken away. Pay attention America, before it’s too late.”
And in this post, Tricia movingly pays tribute to her dad, who had recently passed away. I realized that, as the father of two, I would wish for this very same kind of tribute from my kids on my own passing from this scene. She entitled it “A Good Man.” Which daddy among us doesn’t want to be remembered as a “a good man” by his children? He must have done a good job to have received this tribute.
This post tells, I think, one of the main reasons, if not the main reason, for which Tricia is as refreshing as she is. She’s a real, no-foolin’, Christian woman, and she finds strength, courage and comfort in the words:
“Fear not, for I am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”
All Christians, myself included, do.
Tricia’s a lot like another favorite of mine — insanitybytes — who has a similar writing style, and is also, like Tricia, deeply insightful, intelligent, clever and … wonderful.
It’s just fun, educational, enlightening, entertaining and delightful to visit Tricia’s blog from time to time, and to read someone who’s not as cynical as I, and whose perspective frequently cuts through all the fog to get to simple, transcendent truths. Tricia often makes me say to myself, “Wish I’d said that!“
You can do yourself a favor and visit Tricia’s blog — Freedom Through Empowerment — and take it in. Good stuff! Really good.