Melanie LeMay - writer.editor.designer

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Moved to Atlanta!
Why people like cats
When God allows pain
From dumpster to divahood! Bookshelf repurposed!
The repurposed bookcase: A metaphor


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Moved to Atlanta!

As you'll see from the contact information on my CONTACT tab, I've taken seriously that saying that "every Southerner lives in Atlanta some time or other."
Since my writing and Spellbinding Arts projects are mostly done long-distance via e-mail or messaging, my Birmingham clients can continue to work with me. After all, I'm only two hours away from Birmingham, so I can zip over there if you need me. 

I'm all settled in a beautiful community called Walton Reserve. It's right off I-20.

Why people like cats

Why People Like Cats
An essay by Melanie LeMay

After having lived with two cats that have taken a liking to me, I think I have finally discovered why it is that people love their cats. This whole concept has always been a mystery to me, since my loyalties lie with our canine population. I suspect many of you are like me in your preference for dogs,, so the responsibility falls upon me to share my insights.

First of all, let's consider the average house cat. Who could love a creature that turns his back when you get home, refuses to walk on a leash, turns his nose up at dried food, stares daggers at you if you ask him to come to you, and regularly regurgitates disgusting hair balls on your new bedroom carpet?

When God allows pain

I was struck by this quote from The Joy Dare program's blog, A Holy Experience: "God doesn't allow pain unless He's allowing something new to be born."
What wise words! Newness so often carries pain in the beginning. Whether it's birthing a child, writing a book, moving to a new place, or beginning a new life, the machinations of bringing forth something unique can be very painful. Yet, if what we bring forth is worthwhile, we almost always end up concluding that yes, the pain was worth it.

From dumpster to divahood! Bookshelf repurposed!

With a fresh coat of white paint, here's the repurposed bookshelf, rescued from certain boring oblivion, and repurposed into a much-needed, incredibly strong, all-wood bookcase. It's so big that I can finally unpack the rest of my book boxes to fill it up! 

The only people who think older things should be discarded just don't have enough imagination!

The repurposed bookcase: A metaphor

Thinking about repurposing, I realize my project of the last couple of days is the ideal metaphor. Here's the story.

I noticed an odd, but well-built piece of furniture sitting behind a dumpster near my apartment. Perhaps it was part of a dresser at one time, or the hutch for a desk. It was solid wood and in good condition except for a few small traces of wear. Someone had shoved it back out of sight -- not all the way in the dumpster, but headed for demolition when the garbage truck would arrive the next day.

Our lives in groceries

In getting ready to go grocery shopping this morning, I'm reminded of how much our food choices and cooking habits reflect the stages of our lives. As a new bride, I planned every meal in advance, posting a week's worth of menus on the refrigerator door and carefully purchasing only the items I needed to support my plans. Young OCDer that I was, there was no room for deviation, even if we didn't feel like chicken casserole on a Thursday night!

When pregnant, I craved only two foods -- chocolate glazed donuts from Krispy Kreme and green olives.

Welcome to my Spellbinding Blog!

Come along with me as I share my efforts to reinvent myself, a task faced by many of my Boomer friends. Although I've been a professional writer and editor for many years, I've always longed to create physical works of art as well. 

I've just started an Etsy shop, called Spellbinding Arts, and have held my first showcase of my creations. The response was great, but now that it's over, I've been wondering about my next step. 

I decided to add a Spellbinding Arts page to my website and start a blog. Let's see how it works out!