Sunday, May 7, 2017

On Wilder Seas Daily Design Challenge || #owsdailydesign

So as you see (by reading the caption above), I started a fun creative challenge the beginning of April to push myself beyond my creative comfort zone. It has been a challenge (which was kind of the point of the whole thing), but also a boatload of fun. 

Below are a few more of my favorite pieces from my challenge thus far:

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Tag along on my challenge by following @OnWilderSeas or by clicking the hashtag #OWSdailydesign.

If you are so interested, I'd love if you'd join me on this challenge. There is a little less than a month left!

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Friday, May 5, 2017

books and books and books || PART III

This list covers only a few of my favorite books. There are more, and still more that I will add to as I read more. Check out LiterateAdventurer for book inspiration or to check out some of the books I am reading and like to read.

just a few of MY FAVORITE BOOKS
and because I still really like lists, I've organized my favorite books into genre categories, and then alphabetically by title

Destination Unknown (Agatha Christie)
Half Moon: Investigations (Eoin Colfer)
Lord Arthur Savile's Crime (Oscar Wilde)
Murder Must Advertise - Lord Peter Wimsey (Dorothy L. Sayers)
The Man Who Was Thursday (G.K Chesterton)
The Man Who Knew Too Much (G.K. Chesterton)
The Pale Horse (Agatha Christie)

Assignment Churchill (Walter Henry Thompson)
John Adams (David McCullough)
The Art of Intelligence (Henry A. Crumpton)
The Federalist Papers (Madison, Hamilton, and Jay)
The Heart and the Fist (Eric Greitens)

Johnny Tremain (Esther Forbes)
The Daughter of Time (Josephine Tey)
The Scarlet Pimpernel (Baroness Orczy)

Around the World in 80 Days (Jules Verne)
Phantases (George MacDonald)
The Hobbit (J.R.R Tolkien)
The Wind in the Willows (Kenneth Grahame)

Crazy Busy: A (Mercifully) Short Book About a (Really) Big Problem (Kevin DeYoung)
Mere Christianity (C.S. Lewis)
Pilgrim's Progress (John Bunyan, edited by C.J. Lovik)
Resilience (Eric Greitens)
The Lost Tools of Learning (Dorothy L. Sayers)
The Screwtape Letters (C.S. Lewis)

Let me know what other book-related things you'd like to see! More posts on books coming soon.

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

books and books and books || PART II

There are so many good quotes about books out there. And while I tried to pick some of the best ones, I may have missed a few. So if you have a favorite quote (or even book), let me know and I'll add the quote (or book) to my list.

This post covers QUOTES ABOUT BOOKS

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"I had always the same certainty of finding a book that was new to me as a man who walks into a field has of finding a new blade of grass."
C. S. Lewis

"There are two perfumes to a book. If a book is new, it smells great. If a book is old, it smells even better."
Ray Bradbury

"I want to be the girl that always has a book under her arm."
C.S. Lyon, She Saw the World

"You can’t hold a computer in your hand like you can a book. A computer does not smell. There are two perfumes to a book. If a book is new, it smells great. If a book is old, it smells even better. It smells like ancient Egypt. A book has got to smell. You have to hold it in your hands and pray to it. You put it in your pocket and you walk with it. And it stays with you forever. But the computer doesn't do that for you. I’m sorry."
Ray Bradbury

"Fill your house with stacks of books, in all the crannies and all the nooks."
Dr. Seuss

The things I want to know are in books; my best friend is the man who'll get me a book I ain't read. 
Abraham Lincoln

“The man who does not read good books, has no advantage over the man who cannot read them.”  
Mark Twain

“There is more treasure in books than in all the pirates’ loot on Treasure Island…and best of all you can enjoy these riches every day of your life.”  
Walt Disney

“Master those books you have. Read them thoroughly. Bathe in them until they saturate you. Read and re-read them…digest them…a student will find that his mental constitution is more affected by one book thoroughly mastered than by 20 books he has merely skimmed.” 
Charles Spurgeon

“If we encounter a man of rare intellect we should ask him what books he reads.” 
Ralph Waldo Emerson

The definition of a good book: “The true question to ask respecting a book is, ‘has it help’d any human soul.” 
The 1869 Librarian of Congress

“Many times the reading of a book has made the future of a man.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.” 
Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey

There is no friend as loyal as a book.”
Ernest Hemingway

Let me know what other book-related things you'd like to see! More posts on books coming soon.

all text and all images © 2017 Footprints in the Sand

Monday, May 1, 2017

wandering and wondering - muses

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This week's compilation of images represents the very wandering and wondering thoughts that have taken residence in my mind these last months. 

I am wondering, and questioning, just about everything. I question my school options and current journey down the academic track. I question my current career and job pursuits, and wonder about what I should be doing and what I will do once I graduate. I question and wonder about people and human nature, and that ever-complicated and involving thing called relationships.

Just a whole lot o' thinking and musing going on in this head of mine. Which b'y, is not helpful when you must study and take finals... Ah well.

I shall hopefully be posting some more helpful and interesting posts in the coming months. Must survive finals, and then we shall see where I am at.

to be alive is a grand thing.

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Monday, March 6, 2017

favorites - moody vibes

Scotland countryside, (c) 2015
I go into this new week with immensely mixed feelings.

Finals have just ended, and I am not entirely sure how I feel about my efforts (results should be coming in this next week).

I am also greatly missing the wild and rich culture and land of Scotland. Been perusing photos from my trip in 2015, and ah, the wanderlust. Check out my Instagram feed or the hashtag #KlickaUKAdventure15 for more photos.

There has also been a lot of rethinking things. I've been looking for, as well as applying for, new jobs. I've been learning a lot of trust in what is currently so unsure about my future. School is getting dragged out for yet another semester and is all becoming more and more out of my control. This has caused me to cling that much more to my Savior. I am frustrated with making plans and then them not turning out, but I know He has a good plan in all this (even if it isn't "my" plan). He is faithful. But I am finding little bits of joy here and there, even in the uncertainty

enjoy a few of my current favorites:


// food: fresh fruit smoothies

// songFor You by Gavin James

// drink: pure leaf unsweetened iced tea (by the bottle)

// bookOne Bullet Away: The Making of a Marine Officer by Nathaniel Fick

// quoteNo philosophical theory which I have yet come across is a radical improvement on the words of Genesis, that ‘in the beginning God made Heaven and Earth.’”
-C.S Lewis, (Miracles, 33)

// word: leadership

// smell: clean sheets

What are some of your favorites from this last week/month?

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Friday, February 3, 2017

THE LAST LION || A Series on Winston Churchill

For one of my core classes, I was required to write an essay on political leadership. There were very few guidelines for the essay, the only requirements being that I 1) must pick a political leader, 2) must have a thesis statement, and 3) must analyze said political leader's leadership style as being, in short, good or bad. 

There were a good many candidates for said essay, but I finally narrowed it down to Winston Churchill. I have admired his leadership qualities from afar, but have not spent too much time actually sitting down and learning about what made him great.

When deciding on Churchill, I originally thought to myself, which political leader do I own at least 3 books about? I figured it would be easier to write about someone I already had at least a few books about in my personal library, that way I would not have to go scouring around the library for options or use internet sources (which I am not a particular fan of). 

I came to find out, I actually own 14 books about Churchill. FOURTEEN! When did that happen? I added a few scholarly journal sources to the mix, just to spice things up. But mainly, I stuck to using the plethora of books I owned on Churchill.

So throughout the next few weeks, I will be posting various analytical posts on Winston Churchill, as well as quotes by and about him. I'll also highlight a few of my favorite books on Churchill, should you be interested in learning more about him. And every post I write will be properly sourced and cited under the APA format.

Is there anything particularly you would like to learn more about concerning Churchill? Or perhaps something specific you would like me to discuss/talk about? Comment below and I will make sure to add it into the series!

Ah!! Okay, I'm actually really excited about this! So here goes.

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