I was having a bad day and walking the dog. It was about 7:00pm on a cool and cloudy Monday a couple years back. Oblivious to the world around me and in a deep state of musing (as I am wont to do), something made me look up.
As most of you know, since my mother-in-law’s death I’ve been on a mission to find ways to keep the memory of Sue alive for my baby girl. That desire, in turn, sparked a passion to help other families in the same situation. Unfortunately, I have many close friends mourning the loss of a parent, right … More Arroz Con Pollo
If you ever want to feel really REALLY shitty about yourself: Leave important people out of the obituary. Yes, I’ve done that. Me, the editor. The supposedly thoughtful, sentimental one. And let me tell you, add that feeling to the general crumminess of grief, and you have the perfect recipe for a clammy pit of … More How to Apologize
Last month I offer several fun ideas for Poetry Month. But words can be much more than a carefully crafted phrase, poem, script, or story. They can be visual art as well. Here are 3 easy “Word Art” projects for execs, parents, bloggers, teachers, kids, crafters, photographers, and anyone else I’m forgetting. 1. The “Wordle” I discovered http://www.Wordle.net the … More Word Art
As I venture forward into a future without Sue or Shirley, I’m comforted by these words of wisdom from Shirley herself. They are from a speech she wrote for our wedding, and I read them at her service. Take advantage of the insight that only a century of living and loving can truly bring. I think you’ll find … More Words of Wisdom
Whether you realize it or not, poetry is an everyday part of your life: the lyrics of a song, the prose in a childen’s story, the cadence of the evening news, and even the order and choice of the words you say are all types of poetry. “And why should I care?” you might ask. … More Poetry
What can I say? It’s a classic. There are a million different play dough recipes out there. (There’s even a whole site dedicated to that fact.) But don’t let that dissuade you from giving any old recipe a try. Otherwise, if you’re like me, you’ll spend so much time researching “the best” that you’ll get bored … More Play Dough!