Showing posts from December, 2012

Dreams for the Morrow: A Poem

Last Poem of 2012:

Dreams for the Morrow

Another interesting year passes
with some love and some sorrow,
with life lessons learned
along the way,

Hoping this year surpasses
with dreams for the morrow,
with gratitude earned
at the end of the day.

Happy New Year! xo

Be Kind to Wait Staff: A Rant

Steve and I just returned from a local restaurant. I hope we made a difference tonight, because there are a lot of entitled, indulgent, and mean-spirited folks out there. I overheard a staff member member say that she wasn't tipped. When I called the manager to our table to express the good service and cuisine, he was thankful because he had three complaints prior to us. (Aw, did it take too long to refill their cocktails? Those poor, deprived babies. They probably didn't need them anyway.) We asked our server's name, and gave her ours. We asked her how she was doing, and she was shocked. "Thank you for asking," She said. "No one ever asks."

Does it really hurt to act like a human being to another human being? I can speak with conviction and ethos because I worked in food service. I was a biscuit maker, busgirl, dishwasher, hostess, and a server (the latter for one day. Because I couldn't put up with people's nonsense.) If you haven't had…

Happy Thursday

Losing track of time while on vacay. What day is this? Oh, yes, it's Thursday.

Enjoyed the company of family and friends over Christmas. We played board and card games, read, slept in as long as the Lady Cats would let us, viewed movies (must see Les Miserables at the theatre-amazing), and visited the library. Trying to finish 100 books by December 31 for the Goodreads Reading Challenge. (So far, 77 books down, 23 to go. Next year, the goal will be slightly pared down, especially if Victor Hugo is going to be one of the books to peruse in 2013. It's a monster.)

The weather is finally cooperating enough to plug in the iPod, pull out the ice skates, and start skating, as it is a great workout.

Here are some disgustingly adorable cat photos for your amusement.

Have a great weekend.

Wednesday Christmas

Today I spent the day shopping for gifts for our host family, which consisted of a mom and two daughters. After shopping and wrapping the gifts, Steve and I brought them over to the house. We were greeted at the door with a darling little chihuahua. The family was sweet, gave hugs, and the youngest daughter presented a coloring page and a handcrafted ornament. The youngest daughter placed the wrapped presents under a small tree.

The mom said to us, "Someday when I get on my feet, I am going to do the same thing."

It's all about paying it forward, but why do I still feel numb? I think it's because I wish we could do more. Someone at one of the stores mentioned today that there was a line around the block at the Mishawaka food pantry waiting for lunch.

I asked Steve, "Why not have something like a poetry pantry in April? Team up sponsors and writers, and for every short poem submitted, a can of food can be donated to the banks." The idea is worth pursuing…


I am taking a break in-between revising and submitting final articles for class. It has been another interesting season; I have learned a lot from teaching and taking courses. Next semester I will be taking a four-credit graduate non-fiction writing course.

Three more articles, two to finish. I hope one will be featured in the university magazine.


I am taking a momentary break from taking and teaching classes this semester. The final weeks are here. Moshi is resting beside me under my left arm. I want to share a book that I read recently. It was a book recommendation from my friend K. The book is entitled Lirael, and the story is about a young lady who becomes a librarian and who discovers monsters and magic within the chambers of the library. Lirael also discovers that she has magical powers. The book is the second in a fantasy series written by Garth Nix. The audience is for young adults, which is how I think I will market my novel. Now to peruse the other two novels by this author. Thank you, K.! for the recommendation!