For a while now, I have wanted to share with all the Wonderlings (what I have finally decided to call my readers) a collection of recommendations if you will. Inspired by many blogs out there, behold the Wonderland Registry!
The Wonderland Registry will contain many of my favorite things—raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens—and a few new obsessions that I simply can’t get enough of. I hope to turn this into a recurring post and welcome any and all recommendations.
Let’s get the ball rolling, shall we? (more…)
As many of my darling readers know, this is the first blog that I have ever felt gave me any kind of purpose and I have been so encouraged by the comments I have received and inspired by the blogs I follow. A writer for life, I rarely share my work with people, but through WordPress, I have found that I should have been doing this a long, long time ago. I love knowing that my words have reached dozens of countries around the world. Simply put, I can’t stop now!
Today I received some fantastic news that has me grinning like a Cheshire Cat. I have been awarded my first blogging honor by the fabulous folks at Mother Sugar.
I’m sure I’m not the only one out there who has had great expectations for something—be it a first date, a new movie, or a job interview—and has been let down when reality did not match up to our vision. It can be hard to deal with and certainly disappointing when life just doesn’t go the way you expected it to.
So how can we deal with our own disenchantment and how can we prevent it from happening again?
We must expect less.
T.S. Eliot once said, “The journey not the arrival matters.”
First thing tomorrow morning, I am getting out of town. Revving up the ol’ Hot Tamale (my darling and reliable car), and heading to the city of sin. That’s right folks, I’m heading to Las Vegas!
But before I go, I must make sure I have everything one could possibly need on such a roughly five-hour trip through the desert. (more…)
With so many forks in the road and decisions to make, how does one ever know if they are taking the right path? Making the right choice?
Unfortunately, life is not as simple as the Choose Your Own Adventure book series popular in the 80′s and 90′s. If you reached the end of the story, you could always go back and make a different decision to see where that would lead you. As a kid, I read one of the stories—I’m pretty sure it was #52 Ghost Hunter—and I got to the point where the character fell to his death. I remember being frustrated and confused. How could I have chosen the course that had resulted in such horror? Weren’t all stories supposed to have a happy ending? Since I didn’t like that particular conclusion, I decided to retrace my steps and change the story. Ironically, I didn’t like that ending either and the first one became the one that stuck with me for decades.
A month or so ago, I had a conversation with a woman in her late-50′s/early 60′s about the internet. The topics ranged from protecting one’s personal information to hours wasted on social games and networking sites. Then she said something that caused the wrinkle between my eyebrows to deepen and the corners of my smile to fall: ”And then there’s blogging… what a waste of time.”
I’ve always been a big believer in the phrase, “It’s the little things in life…” There are so many tidbits that can bring a smile to my face and I strive to relish the common pleasures that are all around. I have been known to break out in a huge grin—or just a happy dance—at the sight of a friendly animal, package on my doorstep, or laughing baby. Here are some of the little things that make me happy. (more…)