Feb 132014
Children's Valentine, 1940–1950

Children’s Valentine, 1940–1950 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Of course I love being able to search for anything at any time…. but I’ll confess to being a big fan of the doodles, too!  Enjoy!

12 Google Doodles for Valentine’s Day.

Feb 022013
German Shepherd Dogs

German Shepherd Dogs (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

…for family, friends, health and happiness of course. I’m grateful for people who read my work or listen to my talks and tell me what they think! I’m grateful for the people that this job allows me to meet…. and the ones who stay in touch.

Here are some updates about a few of those people….

Tim Vandehey, editor and friend, has a new blog for writers.

Tom Tuohy and Dreams for Kids continue to grow and flourish.

Tina Binheimer rescues German Shepherd dogs and retrains them for a life of service.

Want to share about someone or something that makes YOU feel grateful?  Please comment — I’d love to hear about them.  (And will probably add a few of my own when I get out of the car a bit later!)

Happy Thanksgiving.

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Feb 012013
violin scroll

violin scroll (Photo credit: mitch98000)


Watching and listening to people drive themselves to the brink of… something…. in order to “create a perfect holiday”  or a “perfect dinner” reminds me of this story.

A man played his violin in the subway. He played for 45 minutes while more than a thousand people passed through on the way to work. Fewer than ten of those people stopped. About 30 put money in his case, netting him a little over $32.

The musician was the world-famous Joshua Bell, playing the same music he plays in concert halls where tickets sell for $100 each. The instrument he used is valued at more than $3 million. Washington Post writer Gene Weingarten was the mastermind behind the experiment. The Post received a Pulitzer for the story.

Weingarten’s questions had to do with perception of quality, choices and priorities. People familiar with the story have also asked ‘If we are too busy to notice a world class musician, what else are we missing?’

My point?

In our quest for ‘creating the perfect holiday memories’ do we get so tired/grumpy/overwhelmed that we miss what’s going on right under our noses? Are we mired in the past or slave to the future?

What’s that silly expression? “It’s called ‘the present’ because it’s a gift.”

My wish for you is that you enjoy all of your ‘presents.’ Starting right now. (And enjoy the video if you have a chance.)


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