Rivki Silver ~ thoughts & music

Yesterday was the first real snow of the season (yeah, I know it’s not technically winter until the 21st, but white stuff on the ground is reason enough for me to call it winter).  I was in the middle of saying the Grace After Meals when I looked up and noticed big, fluffy flakes drifting to the ground.  I got my kids’ attention and pointed to the window, and they were rightfully excited.

“Snow!  Snow!  It’s snowing!  It’s winter!  It’s December!  It’s snoooooooowing! We can have a snowball fight!  Hooray!”

That’s a fairly accurate representation of their reaction.

It was a busy day for us, what with trying to set up a Skype date with Bubby, and a new clarinet student due to start, despite the snow (yes, I may be starting to teach again, but on a very, very minimal basis.  Like one student minimal).  So getting those kids…

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Great information for writers.

Writing on the Pages of Life

Blog hopping is one activity that we should try now and then.  Discovering new blogs is like discovering new places – you experience new vistas, meet interesting people and learn something new.

Here are some blogs posts that I discovered and read over the past weeks. I hope you’ll have the time to explore these sites:

A New Writing Challenge: 31 Days of Letters   Micaela D’eigh writes about a unique writing challenge

Stealing Creative Inspiration from Austin Kleon  Marial Shea writes about some very creative ideas from Austin Kleon

6 Ways to Defend Your Blog Copyright WordCount’s Michelle Rafter tells bloggers how they can stop online plagiarism

Top 5 Reasons to Keep a Journal Victoria Musgrave has been journaling daily since she was 12.  She shares her views on why we should all keep a journal 

The Bright Side Of A 30 Day Challenge Vilma Sceusa gives advice…

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Great and thoughtful article!

Important info to know and share!

My Castle Heart Publications

Seville Alcazar Angela SueEvery woman needs to know this before your next mammogram.

It could save your life.

1. What type of breast do you have on a 1-4 scale?

  • Ask for your mammography report. It’s in there.
  • If you haven’t had a mammogram, your gynecologist can let you know if you’re in the denser camp.
  • Most women under 40 have denser breasts. That said, one third of older women do, too. In other words, don’t rule it out if you’re older, and assume you do if you’re younger.

So why do you need to know this? Because …

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Being Confident of This

Have you ever put off saying (or posting) something because you feared the repercussions, how it might be received?  If so, then this post is for you.  Even as I wrote it, and re-wrote it, I felt that same fear because being bold in my witness does not come naturally to me, rather it usually results from conviction of the Holy Spirit.  Thus, I have put off posting this message for too long now, and God has  convicted me that I’m not trusting in the Him, the God “who goes before me.” I have spent hours crafting the message so that it will hopefully ring true without causing a permanent loss of hearing. 🙂

So I hope that when you read it, you will consider my heart (even though some of you might hardly know me).  My heart beats for God’s people and for His truth, it yearns for us…

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Just a reminder… I have this account, but I blog primarily at my wordpress.org account. Hope you’ll follow me there!

No Holding Back is at http://www.katbiggie.com


This is such a serious topic that needs to be discussed more often. Please read this. And more importantly, talk about it.

Bike, Banjo & Baby

I apologize that I’m publishing such a downer of a Valentine’s Day post, but I watched the video for One Billion Rising and felt compelled to comment on it.  But I’ll back up a bit.

I’ve been volunteering for a local women’s shelter, My Friend’s House.  I serve on the Board of Directors (and several sub-committees) and even though I’m new to this work, I’m finding it very fulfilling.  For one, it’s a great way to give back to my community.  Two, it’s a cause I really believe in.  We are doing good work.  And three, it is necessary work.  Unfortunately, there is a need for this shelter.  It is never empty.

I live in a lovely community.  It is on the shores of beautiful Georgian Bay.  There are ski resorts nearby and affluent people vacation here.  Even more affluent people retire here.


A lot of people have a picture-perfect…

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