Our writer’s group is excited to be able to move over to WordPress, offer help to other writers and hopefully spread around some joy and a few good stories.
We have some exciting things planned for the upcoming year including more fiction, some writing advice and opportunities to hear from other writers. We want this to be a true (and yet virtual) community where we can share ideas, resources and friendship with other writers.
With that in mind, I have an invitation…
Natalie and I experienced that at the Holi Festival at the Sri Sri Radah Krishna Temple in Spanish Fork, Utah last year. The Holi Festival is a Hindu celebration of spring.
We arrived at the ornate temple after parking our car at a local high school. Where we were herded onto a school bus and taken to the temple amongst a throng of people, most of them dressed in white to make the colors stand out on their clothing.
As we entered the temple grounds, a sweet scent became evident on the breeze. Something soft hit me in the chest. I looked down to see a streak of orange across my shirt. A young woman stood smiling at me. Before I could say anything she ran off to join her friends in laughter.
We made our way to the top of a small hill and were met with a crowd of multicolored humans some of them on the outskirts of the celebration, some right in the middle of it.
Natalie and I were soon covered in colorful powder as the celebrators noticed the “fresh blood” entering the festivities. The revelry was contagious and we soon joined the mass in covering our fellow humans in bright pinks, oranges, blues, yellows and greens.
Out of breath and smiling, I climbed the temple stairs to view the mass of humanity from a different perspective. The air was thick with powder around the crowd. Music from a rock band pounded its way through the mass while people danced. Laughter could be heard everywhere. Then I noticed something else – a spirit of connectedness. There were so many people and unlike any other celebration I’ve ever been to, everyone was a part of everything. It didn’t matter who was there, simply by existing, they were a part of that huge celebration of spring.
I was amazed at the number and variety of people. There were families, couples, lovers, the young and the old, hippies, yuppies, every race, every creed…you name it, there was a member from every facet of society. The Holi Festival brought us all together and made us all equal. All of us were covered in sweet smelling powder and all of us smiling. For a moment all pretense was removed and we were a human family. Spring and the Holi Festival brought us all together for a weekend.
That is what we want to have with our blog this month. Once again it is spring and the Holi Festival is upon us in Spanish Fork. So in the spirit of the celebration, we want to invite our friends, followers and family to provide a guest post on our blog this month. Anything goes. Our goal is to have a post every Monday through Thursday for the month of March. If you are a writer or a dreamer or you just feel the inklings of spring moving you, email your submission to firstname.lastname@example.org. Every one is welcome, including children, (sometimes they’re the best) and all posts will be considered. The only thing we ask is that you keep your post clean and polite.
So welcome to the new blog and may spring find you at peace, happy, healthy and surrounded by people you love.
Natalie, Cindy and Lori
Photos of Holi Festival were provided by Samantha Chapman.
Samantha Chapman is an aspiring photographer from the beautiful state of Maine. She currently resides in Clearfield, Utah where she spends her time cooking amazing food for and scheming shenanigans with her two super awesome kids, her BFFF and other members of her Security Council, a very handsome and hilarious Scotsman, and some amazing friends and family. She is happy to sell any of the photos she takes while out and about on one of her adventures, or photograph your friends and family on an adventure of your own!