Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Fanny's "Outing"

Many thanks to Rob Velella of The American Literary Blog for re-running my guest post about the "outing" of Fanny Fern by her ex-editor William Moulton.

If you are tired of reading about the Kardashians, but still want to feed your craving for a bit of juicy scandal, click on the link below to read about Fanny's horrible almost-New-Year's-Eve in 1854.  I wish you a much better New Year than Fanny faced 159 years ago!


Monday, December 23, 2013

Tee hee

Special thanks to Glenn McCoy (and www.papyrusonline.com) for his take on "Christmas Group Therapy."



Monday, December 16, 2013

A Word from the Wise

Jiddu Krishnamurti
“No expectation, no judgment.” ~ Jiddu Krishnamurti 

This is one of my favorite quotes and one I try to remember when faced with life’s “grand” events.  (Now, whether I’m actually successful in remembering this sage advice is sometimes another story.) 

Do you have a favorite tidbit of wisdom to share this holiday season?  Well, don’t just keep it all to yourself – do tell, do tell!


Thursday, December 12, 2013

Must Listen

Pentatonix is an American a cappella group of five vocalists – Scott Hoying, Kirstie Maldonado, Mitch Grassi, Avi Kaplan and Kevin Olusola – originating from Arlington, Texas.  Pentatonix is also amazing.  Check out this infectious rendition of “Little Drummer Boy.”  It’ll make your day!
Click on this song title (link) to view/listen to Pentatonix's "Little Drummer Boy."
Now, smile.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013


Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, and I know I'm not the only one who feels that way.  We spend a lovely day feasting and holding our dear ones close and then . . . we dash full steam ahead into holiday mode.  Keep that Thanksgiving feeling alive a little longer by taking a peek at these famous/infamous gratitude quotes.  Today, I like the Proust one the best. What about you?  
1.  " Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others."  ~ Marcus Tullius Cicero
2.  “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” ~ John F. Kennedy
3.  “Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.” ~ Aesop
4.  “Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul.” ~ Henry Ward Beecher
5.  “Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” ~ Melody Beattie
6.  "Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom." ~ Marcel Proust
7.  “At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” ~ Albert Schweitzer
8.  “Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.”  ~ A.A. Milne  (Winnie-the-Pooh)
9.  “When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.” ~ Maya Angelou
10.  “We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.” ~ Thornton Wilder