First Day Of Summer

Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends,

I went to the Farmer’s Market with a friend this morning to buy some organic vegetables and salad for dinner. We were nurses together at the hospital, and she has retired, too. I was feeling guilty about all the high cholesterol food we’d had for Father’s Day and decided to pick cleansing low fat items in an attempt to bring our systems back to normal. I spied the asparagus—earth green and gorgeous. “These are perfect,” I said, and then I turned and saw the sunflowers. “Oh, I never thought I’d see these,” I said, grabbing a bunch. My friend laughed and picked up a cartoon of peaches—“These weren’t on my list either, but they look like a must,” she said. I never got the salad I wanted—walnuts and cherries took their place.

It reminded me of my writing process—how, in the beginning, I have specific ideas of what I’m going to write, and as I progress, the writing and characters take over and push me in another direction. In my writing classes, I found out that this was part of the process—that ideas and characters changed all the time and then the outline had to be modified. I wrote many chapters for my book that I took pieces from and put somewhere else or completely deleted—but all the writers in the class were doing the same thing, and we supported each other.

Thank you, my Priscilla Bennett Friends, for listening and for all your support. Please visit my website at and read this blog, make a comment, write your own story and get helpful information. Remember the Priscilla Bennett Pledge to help someone by starting a conversation, giving a kind word in the grocery store or parking lot—a touch on the shoulder. We all have SOMETHING TO BE BRAVE FOR.

Take good care of yourselves,