In BlogHer Chatter this morning, I requested a question to blog about, and I got a doozy: Darcie asked me, “What is the greatest gift you ever received?”I’ve decided to approach answering this question on a physical level. If I try to figure out the greatest intangible gift I ever received, I could conceivably either A) blow out several synapses trying to decide the greatest metaphysical gift of my life to date and/or B) spend the next several months trying to write a description of the gift....more
Give up a Gift for AfricaWhen I was little I wanted to change the world, a little Lisa Simpson in the flesh.It was all so simple to me back then, why can’t everyone just share what they have? Then no one would be poor, no children would go hungry and everyone would have a house.Simple, right? A humble solution in my infant mind.My thoughts then turned into actions.I sent my football shirts to Africa (yes, I was a tom boy for a while, who’d of thought it?) and sent shoe boxes of presents to others at Christmas time....more
I watched as my little friends opened boxes and found brightly colored necklaces and bracelets, fake diamond rings and all sorts of things that sparkled and shined. It was all inexpensive jewelry designed for a child, but to me it looked like pure gold. My friends immediately pulled the bracelets on over their hands and onto their tiny wrists. They slipped on rings and held out their hands like they'd just gotten engaged.
We gathered around a spread of figs and cheese, chips and salsa, chocolate chip cookies and candied coconut. A much-needed ladies' night for old friends and new. Later that night I quietly thanked myself for pulling it together and getting out of the house as I was reminded how endearing it is to create the space to enjoy and grow true friendship. We had planned to watch a movie, but even after three hours of laughter and conversation, no one, except the hostess, was ready to ease back into silence....more
Mother’s Day is right around the corner which is the not-so-subtle hint that if you haven’t gotten Mom something, you better get on it. Or else. This woman is either the person who birthed you (or your spouse) or who birthed your children....more
For the third year in a row, the Meals on Wheels Association of America (MOWAA) is celebrating Mother's Day with the Meals for Moms campaign, an effort to make sure no senior women go hungry on Mother's Dayor any time of year. According to MOWAA, 60 percent of seniors facing hunger are women, and that gender gap is growing each year. The Meals for Moms campaign aims to reverse that trend by providing an opportunity to honor the women who raised each of us by helping feed hungry senior women around the country....more
In case you haven't looked at a calendar recently, it's May. Can you believe it? I feel like I just put away my Christmas decorations (and I promise I did that in December...I'm not one of those people who leaves them up for months). This year has gone by so fast.
With May upon us, it's time to start thinking about Mother's Day. That is not a reminder. It's a directive. Start thinking about it. Your mom (wife, sister, daughter, friend, grandma, mentor, godmother, step mom) deserves it....more