Bring on the Rain

I posted this about three years ago, but since it’s been raining here for the last 4 days, I thought it was appropriate to repost. I’m not complaining about the rain at all. This city needs rain, desperately. It’s been over 100 degrees every day since the middle of May.

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I love rain.  I grew up in an area of the United States where it rains almost daily.  Now that I’m in Texas, rain is a rare treat.  We’ve received more rain this year than we have in many years, so much rain that many cities have been devastated by floods. Despite this, I don’t think I’ve ever seen Texas so green. It’s beautiful.

It happens to be raining again today.  I love the sound of rain.  The sound of rain not only relaxes the mind, but it can inspire creativity as well.  Art, photography, music, poetry, theatre, literature — rain has provided inspiration for many artists.

Today I’d like to share some rain-inspired works that I love.

 

A painting by Belorussian painter Leonid Afremov.

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This awesome photography shot is called Rain Again.

 

A poem entitled “The Rain to the Wind” by my favorite poet, Robert Frost

The rain to the wind said,
‘You push and I’ll pelt.’
They so smote the garden bed
That the flowers actually knelt,
And lay lodged–though not dead.
I know how the flowers felt.

—Robert Frost from his poem “The Rain to the Wind”

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One of my favorite musicals is Singin’ in Rain, starring Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor, and Debbie Reynolds.

See Gene Kelly Perform the song “Singin’ in the Rain” here.

Rain has a purpose.  It brings life by providing water for flowers and plants. Rain fills reservoirs, which provides clean drinking water.  It keeps lakes and rivers at capacity, which not only benefits fish, but also gives us a place to go waterskiing, swimming, or enjoy other recreational water activities.  Rain supplies puddles for kids to splash in and a water source for animals to drink from.  Rain cleanses the Earth, relaxes the mind, and cools the air.  I love rain.

13 Ways of Water

The lake ripples as boats float by.

The clouds pour raindrops from the sky.

Puddles are fun to splash in and play,

Cleanse in holy water before you pray.

Making spaghetti, it boils and churns,

But frozen as ice, it cools down burns.

Putting out fires and cleansing thirst,

And on a hot day from a sprinkler it bursts.

Delicate snowflakes fall from the sky.

In summer the water balloons sail by.

It combines with soap for washing my socks,

Then helps me relax on sauna rocks.

Vapor or liquid or solid as ice,

Water is life, and water is nice.

-L.M. Nelson

Author Spotlight – Sarah Klaiber

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Author Spotlight

Welcome to another edition of Author Spotlight, featuring Sarah Klaiber.

sarahWriting was Sarah’s first love. Her creations started at a very young age with poetry and short stories. As time went on, her passion evolved into songwriting. Sarah enjoyed composing so much that she made plans to pursue it as a career after high school. She was offered a recording contract, but there was a different path in her future.

Creativity took a back seat as Sarah worked towards being the best wife and mother she could be. The music scene made a brief re appearance, but the experience was disappointing to say the least. After that, the pen stood still for quite some time.

From a very young age, Sarah also fought the silent battle of depression. It worsened in time and began to rob her and her family of the happy memories they deserved. Finally, she had enough. That was the day she began her journey to fight instead of give in. The result has been better days.

Sarah taught herself that, among other changes, taking time to find appreciation provides a better outlook and bring light to some darkness. The concept began with “Treasures,” the resurrection of her passion for writing. Today, she is proud to be the voice of someone who gets it, someone who still struggles but not ashamed to admit imperfections while trying to help others.

Her children’s book, Treasures, was born as a result of a personal journey towards natural mental wellness. It has since evolved into a mission to share the connection between appreciation and happiness. Treasures are not always in the form of gold and gems. Treasures are not always buried or difficult to find. Treasures are sometimes felt and not seen. Treasures are around us every day.

Let’s take a look at her new children’s book, Treasures.

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Klaiber’s new book teaches kids and adults how good it feels to love and appreciate the treasures all around us.

There are millions of children’s books available today, and thousands of books on the value of positive thinking.  Award winning author Sarah Klaiber has managed to take a completely unique approach to both genres with this new release.

Nearly all of these kinds of books extol the virtues of positive thinking. Nothing new there. However, to find the reason WHY we should be positive, we must look beyond our perceptions of everyday events. This goes beyond positive thinking to the realization that every happening – good, bad, ugly, sad – offers us the opportunity to find a hidden treasure. What is a treasure? A treasure is anything that has value. And every one of those treasures holds massive power. How do we do that? There are three simple steps – Stop. Look. Appreciate.

“I wrote this book to remind kids and adults to appreciate the small things, the things around them that mean more than they realize,” Klaiber stated. “If more children grow up with this message, the world could someday be a happier place. The same result could come from more adults being reminded of it as well.”

A child’s mental health is all important. Our children face issues we have never faced. The mental health issue is particularly challenging, as today’s kids must interact in a world in which social media (and the resulting cyberbullying) take center stage. This does not only affect children. Adults face many of the same issues. Thankfully, Sarah did not stop with publishing a book. She also created a blog where she presents all kinds of ideas in regards to learning how to stop, look and appreciate.

When asked about the mission of her blog, Sarah stated “It is important to think positively more often than most of us do. The opportunity is always with us, not just when the book is open. My blog gives this message value. It gives the opportunity to connect, comfort and allow gentle reminders into our unprioritized minds.”

Treasures has received high praise from readers and reviewers. The book received a five star review from Readers Favorite. In that review, Barbara Fanson stated, “Treasures will remind children that they have a lot more valuable items in their life than they realize.” Red City Review said, “The lesson offered is a crucial one, and parents will be sure to support the message that the book is trying to make.” Another Amazon reviewer said, “Perfect book for keeping little ones grounded in this high tech, materialistic world.” Great word choices tell what children (and everyone) value most. Excellent for grandparents’ (and parents’) snuggle time . . .”

Treasures is available on Amazon or by private purchase.

Sarah is available for author visits and can be reached using the information below or through her website. You can also connect with her through Facebook.

Contact information: sarah@treasuresaroundus.com

(716) 628-4770