Mary Anne Radmacher could be the Martha Stewart of inspired living -- living life to its fullest. Her previous books, Live Boldly and Lean Forward into Your Life, share stories and strategies for savoring every morsel of this life and living up to our fullest potential and beyond our wildest dreams.
In May Your Walls Know Joy, Radmacher returns to her signature style, combining a few poetic, aphoristic words with beautifully constructed fourcolor art. This book is a celebration of home and family and all that they mean -- a refuge from the world, a creative incubator, where lives are lived and friends are welcome. "Home, a party waiting to happen. Home, a story waiting to be told. Home, a memory waiting to be made." This book is a benediction and a blessing for a new home (or for a special occasion in an old home): "May your walls know joy, each room hold laughter, and every window open to great possibility. May home be the place from which you launch your dreams."
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About the Author
Mary Anne Radmacher is a writer and an artist. She conducts workshops on living a full, creative, balanced life, teaches Internet writing seminars, and works with individual clients. She has been writing since she was a child, and she uses her writing to explore symbols and find meaning. Among her special honors she counts the respect of her peers and the friendship of children. She is the author of Lean Forward into Your Life (Conari Press, 2007), and Live Boldly (Conari Press, 2008). She lives with her husband near Seattle, Washington. Visit her online at www.maryanneradmacher.com or www.maryanneradmacher.net.
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may your walls know joy ...
By Mary Anne Radmacher
Red Wheel/Weiser, LLCCopyright © 2009 Mary Anne Radmacher
All rights reserved.
Some years ago I left Ireland after weeks of traveling throughout the island. I was a visitor, a stranger each place I went. Yet I never felt the stranger. Hospitality wrapped me in welcome, encouragement, and joy. I felt so "at home." I wanted to write a blessing that captured this spirit.
I did not remain lost any place in Ireland for very long. I loved hearing the inquiry prompted by my furrowed brow and puzzled look: "You lookin' fer yur way home, lass?" My way home. It is true that home is so much more than a building with a number we list on forms or licenses. Home happens in unexpected places and at unanticipated moments. Home can be a surprise at a new address.
Many years after writing the blessing that Ireland inspired (May your walls know joy ...), I was excited to create a permanent home for myself. Discouragement set in after so many drive-arounds with my real estate agent. I wanted to see joy in the walls ... I just didn't. That is, until one afternoon when I was steps inside a place. I heard my patient realtor whisper behind me, "I have a very good feeling about this ..." "Home," I interrupted.
"Home. This is it. This is my home." It was a declaration.
My realtor understood that connecting with the intangibles of "home" is essentially like love at first sight. Who can explain that beyond a feeble, "I just knew"? An offer was delivered within an hour. Soon this blessing was a framed poster, hanging on a wall in my new home.
This book is what came of writing that blessing and my thoughts about it. This is a blessing for coming in and going out. A blessing for what happens on the inside of a home as much as the road away from and back to home. This is a blessing for the guest as well as the dweller. These wishes hold inspiration for a dorm room, a first home, a last home. They are a celebration of place, story, and joy.
Beyond structures, the blessing extends to those who travel and look through many windows. Great possibilities await us all—and those are blessed who get to travel to that promised joy from their own walls or gaze upon them out the window of their home.
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