Tag Archives: fun idea

Souvenirs

27 Jun

Souvenir ShoppingNow that vacation season is in full swing, what kind of souvenirs do you buy on a trip? Do you wander the trinket shops, aimlessly looking for something that strikes your fancy (grumbling husband in tow)?

What if souvenirs could be part of the adventure of your vacation, like a quest for a specific piece of treasure?

Wouldn’t that make the object that much more special when you see it in your home? Because that’s the point of souvenirs, right? To see them in your home and bring you back a memory of a certain time and place. Do you really want that memory to be your agitated husband in a chintzy trinket shop?

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Character Development

3 Jun
Source: Janel Piersma

Source: Janel Piersma

Carl Jung’s (and later Joseph Campbell’s) monomyth theory holds that all human stories—across all ages and cultures—experience the same basic journey.

And over the course of that life story, the “hero” (or main character) encounters this cast of characters:

  • Mentor
  • Threshold Guardian
  • Herald
  • Henchmen
  • Shape Shifter
  • Hero’s Shadow (Villain)
  • Trickster
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum George M. Hill Company, 1900

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum George M. Hill Company, 1900

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National Poetry Month

1 Apr

NationalPoetryMonth

Love poetry? Hate it? Don’t get it? Now’s the perfect time to give it fresh look. It’s National Poetry Month!

Here are a few quick ideas for anyone: readers, teachers, parents, kids, writers, and even the “I’m not really a writer” word dabblers (you know who you are).

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Want to join my “poetry club”? Browse or add to the My Castle Heart Poem Share on Poets.org. To add to it, log in as MyCastle, password: myheart. Then browse or search for poems. When you find one that you like, click the “Add to Notebook” link at the top to add it to our shared list.

More ideas for bookworms:

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Dinner Party Ideas

28 Feb

FuMin Dinner Party

Dinner parties don’t have to be fancy pull-your-hair-out affairs. They can be a convenient way to fit in time with family and friends between work trips, holidays, and extracurricular chauffeuring.

The trick is to make them easy and fun.

Here are my favorite 5 dinner party ideas. I’d love to hear yours, too!

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Wear a Story

23 Jan
Skirt: Spain trip with Sue. Earrings: Visit to a Balinese silversmith's home. Shirt: Minneapolis 3-Day 2011.

Skirt: Spain trip with Sue. Earrings: Visit to a Balinese silversmith’s home. Shirt: Minneapolis 3-Day 2011.

What are you wearing?

That’s kind of an intimate question isn’t it? But clothing is rather intimate. It comforts. It covers. It projects.

It can spark conversations and memories, too.

So look again: What are you wearing?

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Guessing Game Gift Tags

19 Dec

Guessing Game Gift TagsTop off the perfect gift with the perfect gift tag — something that doesn’t just say “To” and “From,” but recognizes those things that make your recipient so gift-worthy. You can make a game out of it, too …

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Present Treasure Hunt

5 Dec

Photo by Tom Ryan, Flickr Creative Commons

Ah, the present treasure hunt. Brings back fond memories of me and my sister, scribbling notes to each other with scented gel pens, racing around the house in paper crowns.

All you need is a pen, bits of paper, a gift, and a little imagination.

(It’s particularly handy if you have a gift too big or awkward to wrap.)

What You’ll Do

  1. On scraps of paper, write clues to lead the hunter to different hiding places. For example, Continue reading