Saturday, July 25, 2015

Excerpt of Suppression by Susan Marie Schulhof

Friday December 31, 2134
   I look at the gray envelope with the dark red ink in my hand. It was delivered one week ago to everyone over the age of sixteen. I turn it over and over in my hand looking at the front and at the back for any marking that I might have missed, as I have done, every day since I received it.

On the front of the envelope is printed simply:

Peyton Milner
100 Year Celebration of World Unification
Do not open until January 1, 2135
when instructed

Take the good with the challenges

   Let's reframe the phrase, "Take the good with the bad." Why do we need to define events and situations in our lives as bad? Just like other people, I have definitely had my ups and downs in my life. The times that would be defined as "the good" would be my wedding, my three children, traveling, a close family, as well as my writing my books. What could I define as "the bad"? In many ways, the same exact situations would be the bad. I ended up divorced; I worry about my children; there are always problems when traveling; maintaining a close family takes work and at times sorrow, and writing surely has it's joys and despair. These "bad" situations, events and even so called "evil" people have taught me so much about life, about others as well as about myself. How can I label anything as bad or evil if it produces so much good? Instead, in the future, I choose to "Take the good with the challenges."

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Life is lived in the little things

    Recently, I was reading a letter from my pen pal who is in prison. We had been writing about our summertime past times, and he said that he is used to being in prison now, but that he misses just going out on his father's boat, fishing with him. Often people talk about that on our death bed. They say that we will never wish that we worked more or spent more time away from our families, yet it is more than that. Life is lived in the little things. My hope is that I can remember that in my life and enjoy those simple moments with my family and even in my work.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Suppression is a post-apocalyptic novel

   Suppression is a post-apocalyptic novel set in the futuristic 2135, during a period of time when humankind is making major advances in communicating with one another and possibly even being able to travel through thoughts alone. The leaders have united as one in order to survive and create a world that is more advanced than it was before the war. Peyton lives in one of the few civilizations remaining and thriving in what is left of America after the nuclear war almost destroyed everything and everyone. She just graduated from college and has a plan and purpose for her life until she and her best friend, Reese, wander into a local Art Gallery where she meets Kallen. Even though society has instructions for living that do not recommend dating at this age until a person is more secure and confident in their life and preferences, she is drawn to him and to the sunsets he paints in ways that she can’t describe. In addition to these guidelines, the leaders of the world also enforce daily medications that suppress and control people’s feelings and emotions so that society can harness the power of thought as well as reduce the likelihood that we will destroy ourselves and all that we have created because of hatred and anger.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

What is your bait?

   At Willow Creek Community Church tonight Steve Carter spoke about temptations. He asked us to think about what our bait is? What in life pulls your focus off of God? Many people have behaviors and habits that keep them from God and even prevent them from being happy. As I thought about my life, I realized that it is good times and success that lures me away from church, prayer and ultimately God. Like some people are fair-weather friends, I am a bad weather friend to God. When my life is going well, and I am happy, then I forget to pray; I am too busy for church, and I ignore God and his promptings. Then when life is heading in the wrong direction, or I am confronted with sorrow and challenges, I wonder where God is and why he has deserted me. Are you like me or are there other things that lure you away from your faith?