You and I have something in common. It is this: There are some things that I can do very well, and there are some things in which I perform terribly. Here is where I give myself high marks: baking, proofreading, creative thinking, teaching, writing, mothering, and helping people feel welcome. Plus I think I’m pretty … Continue reading Ask And You Shall Receive
Be honest. How often do you read poetry? For a while, it seemed to me that poetry was on its way out. So I was happy when the 2020 winner of America’s Got Talent was Brandon Leake whose talent was identified as “spoken word poet.” And of course with Amanda Gorman’s stirring rendition of her … Continue reading A Rhyme In Time
A signature song. That phrase captures the imagination. It’s defined as the ONE song a successful artist or band is most closely identified with. Some examples are What a Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong I Left My Heart In San Francisco – Tony Bennett YMCA – The Village People Piano Man – Billy Joel Moon … Continue reading Rainbow Music
I’m convinced there are many astounding views of life we miss seeing simply because we’re not paying enough attention. Case in point: Stop and watch this 26-second video I shot at the park last week so that the rest of this post will make sense. (But come right back or my feelings will be hurt.) … Continue reading Petals of Our Lives
Ordinary, run-of-the-mill griping. We’re all guilty of it. We complain about the cold temperatures of winter, yet when the first humid day of summer hits, we whine about how humidity sucks the life from us. Or at the least, turns our hair frizzy. We know our land needs rain, yet when the downpours arrive, we … Continue reading Grouse, Grumble, and Gripe
If you enjoy listening to soundtracks of old musicals, these singing actresses are surely on your top ten list of sopranos: Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady Debra Kerr in The King and I Natalie Wood in West Side Story I hate to burst anyone’s bubble, but there’s just one problem. Those actresses were NOT … Continue reading Is That a Ghost I Hear Singing?
It seems as if some people I don’t even know love me. Maybe it’s happened to you too. Don’t get me wrong: I do believe I’m a fairly lovable person, and I’ll take all the love I can get. But the person saying it needs to really mean the words for it to count. Otherwise, … Continue reading How Do I Love Thee?
Have you ever given much thought to how important your hands are? Last week I taught a class on the effective impact that body language has on a successful presentation. One aspect that novice speakers seem to have the most difficulty in managing is their hands. Those body parts at the ends of our arms … Continue reading Lend Me A Hand, Please
Keypoint Intelligence estimates that during 2021, humankind will take around one trillion, four hundred forty billion photos. Medium.com’s data on weddings reflect that professional wedding photographers shoot up to 100 images per hour. Another source offers that the professionals take around 2000 wedding photos, culling for “keepers” before offering a selection to the happy couple. … Continue reading Say Cheese!
This has been an unusual year in America in many ways including weather. In the mid-Atlantic states, we saw some winter days hit the low 70s, and then we endured recent spring days in the low 30s. My husband just noted that the weather channel is predicting that Denver will get five inches of snow … Continue reading Heave-Ho to Upheaval