Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Accidental author?

We've all seen the movies where a promising young author checks the mailbox everyday eagerly awaiting the news that his or her book is finally going to be published and shared with all the world. Well, what if you got the call that your book was being published... and you never submitted it for publication? That's the story of my friend, neighbor, and former relief society president Patty Orr.
According to sources, Patty wrote her book The Three Gifts as a special gift for her mother. It's a fictional rendering of what Mary may have done with the three gifts given to her by the wise men. Of course her mother loved it and gave it to Patty's sister to read. Every year Deseret Book has a contest in which they choose one promising manuscript among the many submitted and publish it. Patty's sister submitted the manuscript without telling her. Sure enough, The Three Gifts was chosen and was published this year bearing the author's full name: Patricia Cook Orr. I asked her in passing this week what she thought of it all. She replied, "It's been really fun!" She never imagined that little gift to her mother would snowball into the #7 best selling book in the world of LDS literature. It's currently the #2 best selling Christmas book at Deseret Book. What a wonderful Christmas gift! I have not yet been able to get my hands on a copy of the book, but I am going to the book store to purchase one today as a gift to my husband. I have heard nothing but good things about it.
A little about the Orr family: The Orr children (3 boys, 3 girls) were actually in the Nauvoo pageant red cast in 2008 with their grandparents. After learning of their participation, I said excitedly "My family was red cast in '08! You must know them! My little sister is named Hillary and...". Spencer, 19, finished the sentence for me, "And she got married there! She was always fun to hang out with. That means Cody is your little brother. Dang that kid had so much energy! I used to get tired just watching him run around working!" The Orr family is easy to spot every week in church, amongst the lava lavas and church slacks Brother Orr and the boys wear the red kilts of their family tartan. When I first met Brother Orr he asked if I was named after the Isle of Skye. He always tells me I look "very Scottish". Having just returned from a family visit to Scotland, he told me on Monday that I'd fit in well with the people back home with my blue eyes and freckles.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Discussion of Positive Personality Profiles!

Okay... So this is how I have wanted to start this discussion.
Positive Personality...............................You have one!!!!!
I know, it's dorky but it is true and I learned it reading this book. According to Dr. Rohm (and the old Greek guy) there are 4 basic personality types and every person will have a little bit of each. We have a very dominate trait which is our "High" trait and less dominate trait which is lower. You don't understand what I am saying do you? Well, If you take a circle and divide it by a + you will see what I mean. Well, maybe not, but I liked the use of the letters D.I.S.C. and circle graph to explain the personality types. To me it was so much easier to comprehend than using the ancient temperment terms of Sanguine, Phlegmatic, Choleric and Melancholic. Anyway, I like being called a "High I" personality as apposed to sanguine. I am sure Cali would like being called a "High D" as apposed to Phlegmatic. No wait... you are Choleric. See, I am confused by those terms. But I know you are a High D!
I know some of you girls were not able to get the book but, never fear. Our fearless book blog editor-in- chief has read it several times and can explain your high side, low side and what it all means.
Another aspect I liked about this book was the positive Biblical perspective we are given as examples of different personality traits. And the emphasis that every personality trait, no matter what it is, can be a positive in your life. Since the first time I read this book 2 years ago I have gained a better understanding of people in general and especially my family.
Oh.... and I know the old Greek guy who did the first personality profiling was Hippocrates (he started it as "Temperaments" with his blood, bile and phlegm thing.) And then Galen gave them the most common names of Sanguine, Phlegmatic, Melancholic and Choleric. I do hope someday you get a chance to read this wonderful little book.
You can find out your Personality type by taking a little quiz on Dr. Rohm's site.