A Circle of Quiet was born out of a desire for reflection on things that can be missed in the midst of the demands of life. Madeleine L'Engle describes this in her book that inspired my blog's title:
"If I sit for a while, then my impatience, crossness, frustration, are indeed annihilated, and my sense of humor returns." A Circle of Quiet
I am wife to a handsome middle school teacher, mother to five great children (some grown and gone, some still at home), and mother-in-law to one dear young woman. We live in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, on a piece of property neglected over the last seven years for speech and debate tournaments, basketball games, and every episode of 24 and Psych. There are faithful bulbs that still bloom, and herbs that qualify for "hardy", and somehow it is still beautiful. When I look across the valley, life makes sense and I remember my place. I love our humble home on this earth.
My circle of quiet includes family life, which is anything but quiet. Whether it is remembering the eight years my mother lived here before her death, or the life and times of my husband and children, the daily rhythms of family life are my inspiration.
I am also committed to the circle that is made around a dinner party table. We dim the lights and the food is served, we forget our phones and watches, we eat and talk the night away, savoring our own little Babette's Feast. I love to see our friends relax and to hear their exclamations of appreciation, for both food and friendship.
Life is filled with hardship, grief and disappointment. My life has had its fair share. I long to be honest, not sugar coating the hardships, but to view them in light of God's love and purpose for my life. When we are working behind the scenes, at home with children or elderly parents, our choices make a mark on eternity. Our stories are worth writing and worth reading.
Our family worships at our local Episcopal Church, where we find strength for our life of faith through God's word, confession, the creeds, and the Eucharist. The community is robust, and we are deeply grateful for what we call our "Membership" of friends.
If I am ever required to give up French roast coffee or red wine, I will grieve their loss in my life. I am on a year-long fast from buying books, which has been uncomfortable enough to throw around the word "addiction." I cook with butter and am embarking on the Couch to 5K plan.
My inspiration comes from favorite authors (C.S. Lewis, Madeleine L'Engle, Wendell Berry, P.G. Wodehouse, Ellis Peters, Rumer Godden and many more), favorite music (Vivaldi, Sara Groves, Yo Yo Ma, Dave Matthews Band, Fernando Ortega, Mumford and Sons, and many more), and favorite movies (Master and Commander, North and South, Bleak House, Chocolat, You've Got Mail, Lord of the Rings, Henry V, Our Family and Other Animals, Much Ado About Nothing, and many more.)