The gold is hidden in plain sight
If you’ve been following a rainbow path searching for the pot of gold, maybe you’re looking in the wrong direction. True, we live in a society that encourages dropping what we hold in our hands for the “next best thing.” But it can be hard to find value in a culture that thinks the solution is somewhere else. New and improved frequently trumps tried and true.
That applies to what we’re reading. Some people scour best seller lists to find their next read. I personally like reading books I’ve read already. And if I find an author whose work I like, I’ll often go the backlist and read more from this person—sometimes everything the author has published.
I hope you feel that way about me. I’m not suggesting you read everything I’ve written (unless you want to), but there’s a pretty good collection of my work right here on this blog in the Archive.
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Since it’s a fairly long list, I’m going to take the liberty of sharing some of my favorites, which often also happen to be the ones that got the most favorable feedback. No, they’re not my favorites because of positive response, but rather it seems what resonates with me also moves my readers.
Many of my subscribers are personally known to me, but since I’ve started Shelley Writes, many others have joined the community. Some of you don’t know me at all, some came through recommendations, and some signed up after a Tarot reading. So it’s possible that you could find a pot of rainbow gold in a post from the past.
Feel free to search the Archive on your own, but if you’re someone who likes recommendations, here are a few suggestions.
You may want to start with this one:
Time Is On My Side. Yes, It Is was called “…one of the best articles that I have ever read. So beautifully written, so authentic, such a terrific message, so relatable. Your words moved me to tears.” —Art Bram, Editor, Boomerangs, on Medium.com.
If you’re a photo-essay fan, the series on Spring in Seattle starts here. Or you might enjoy the ones on Pacific Northwest in Winter. Each of these series has several posts. Another big favorite: Photo Essay: Portland, Oregon
And if you’re a fan of The Wizard of Oz, you may like You’ve Always Had the Power. I had a lot of fun writing that one—it brought me back to writing book reports in grade school. (Yes, I’m that book nerd who loved reading and writing assignments.)
Of course, if you’re like me and
stubbornly refuse other people’s recommendations value your independent thinking, just browse the Archive for what suits your fancy.
Regardless of your style or preference, I love hearing from you, so please comment here or on the post you read.
Until next time…All my best, Shelley