Spreading Good News (Part 142)

Hello, Blog Readers!

I look for information that is useful, inspirational, informative, motivational, awe-inspiring, educational—anything that is good “brain food,” and I blog it here for all who are interested.  Occasionally, I blog about something from my own knowledge or experience.

It is my hope that you will enjoy and be able to use most of what is here.

If you’d like, post a comment and let me know what you think.

~ Joyce Fields


Many of my experiences and lessons learned have been captured in the books that I have written.  Read the previews and reviews and order at www.GoodShortBooks.com.




~ Joyce Fields



More of “The Calm”

by Joyce Fields

Yesterday, I blogged about how what I remember most about growing up in our home was “the calm.”

How did Mama and Daddy create this calm?

Well, neither of them ever said a word about how they did it.  It was simply their philosophy for the way they lived.  I guess it was like breathing for them–you don’t think about the fact that you’re constantly inhaling and exhaling.  You just do.

I don’t remember either of them yelling or screaming.  Imagine that.  Seven kids and no yelling or screaming!  We kids knew what we were supposed to do and what we were not supposed to do, and we did it or didn’t do it.

Maybe it was our desire not to get a “whippin’.”

Mama and Daddy both believed in using the belt on our butts!  But it was always the last resort and not in an abusive manner.

From birth to 18 years of age, I received no more than five “whippin’s.”  And, to be honest, I only remember getting one.  I was about six or seven years old, and my oldest brother and I were going at it.  I don’t recall if we were fighting or arguing.  Anyway, I deliberately stuck him with a pencil.  He told on me, and I “got it.”  Never did THAT again!

For the most part, we wanted Mama and Daddy to be proud of us, and we acted accordingly.  They set the pattern for calmness for us, and we followed.

In my book, Line of Serenity, I detail how we were raised.  It covers the years 1944 through 1977.  (Good food has always been, and continues to be, a big part of our family tradition, so Line of Serenity includes 21 of my recipes.  And people tell me that I am an excellent cook!)  Go to www.goodshortbooks.com.

About Line of Serenity (Joyce Fields)

As a thought leader for today's generation, I choose to be part of the solution and am doing things that positively impact people's lives. In addition to being a happy, married (since 1967!) woman, sister, aunt, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, I have over 40 years' experience in "Corporate America": Stenographer, Secretary, Supervisor, Analyst, Office Manager, Executive Assistant. I am also a professional proofreader and the author of 10 books (mostly non-fiction)--http://www.GoodShortBooks.com).
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