Despite my plea last week for a personal assistant, I got bupkis. Though many of you commiserated and admitted you could use one, too. Yet, no one came forward and offered to take on the job. Sigh. Which leaves me back at the drawing board.
As such, I am spinning myself into a tizzy, barely keeping up with the impending holidays. Mind you, I used to be extremely organized and efficient, running my little ship like Captain Von Trapp ran his household. In fact the only difference between us that I can see is that I am nowhere near as handsome as Christopher Plummer (aka, the Captain), and I don’t own a whistle.
I used to always be on top of the holidays, starting my planning early. I’d have my Christmas and Chanukah cards sent out by the Sunday after Thanksgiving, thank you very much. Fast forward to this year, and my holiday cards are still sitting on the kitchen table, waiting to be addressed, etc.
Sunrise, Sunset: Here in Southern California, we’ve been having the most spectacular sunsets of late. Here’s a photo of one that I took with my cell phone. I don’t do it justice, but you get the idea. Trust me, it was breathtaking.
On Writing: When I write, I love the feeling of words pouring out of me, and sometimes I can’t type fast enough because the words spring forth so quickly. To me, writing is crafting words together in order to turn them into a story. Like working with clay to mold a sculpture. I knead the clay, pinching some off here, making an indentation there. I stretch it on this side and nip it on the other. And finally, I’m done. Through my fingers, I feel that clay turning into my finished product. And then, I post.
For me, the passion for writing sometimes is greater than the passion for eating, breathing and sleeping.
And I Quote: And because I love the written word so much, I delight when I find sentences that knock my socks off. Which is why I’m giving a shout-out to these fabulous bloggers, for they have strung together words worth sharing:
“I’ve been so tired and as we speak, I’m suffering a cough that’d make you kick your mama and sock your daddy in the right eye. Should you actually go off and do a fool-crazy thing as that, send me a video, folks. I do have rare occasions to watch foolishness.” – Totsymae’s blog
“We could have Pop-Tarts and cupcakes every day. We’d eat so many that our little babies would have sprinkles for dimples and icing for hair.” – Thoughtsy’s blog, Thoughts Appear
Here’s some insightful words from Kim of My Inner Chick. She started her blog to honor her sister, Kay, who was brutally taken from her family:
“Sometimes voids cannot possibly be filled.
Sometimes emptiness needs to remain empty.
Sometimes we must simply live and love and cherish what is left behind.”
More Food For Thought: Attending my daughter’s graduation in June, here’s the takeaway I got from the keynote, Mikail Baryshnikov:
“Am I doing something today that will make me a better person tomorrow?”
I fret about aging and freak at every new wrinkle I discover on my face. But here’s a reminder from Valerie Harper, who earlier this year was diagnosed with terminal cancer and given three months to live. She’s still very much with us, and for that we are all blessed. Harper, who played Rhoda, one of my favorite characters on The Mary Tyler Moore show back in the 70s, offers this heartfelt message:
“Don’t go to the funeral until the day of the funeral. Don’t miss your life.”
She also said this about the women that starred in the beloved, award-winning series. I think it’s spot on:
“Mary is who you wish you were, Rhoda is who you probably are and Phyllis is who you’re afraid you’ll become.”
By the way, did you ever watch 30 Rock? I loved the camaraderie between Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin. The show was filled with tons of pithy quotes, but here’s one of my favorite lines that Baldwin said early on in the series:
“The Italians have a saying, Lemon: ‘Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.’ And although they’ve never won a war or mass-produced a decent car, in this area they are correct.”
And finally, for a little inspiration, I turn to Brittany Dankwa, a high school student who wants to make it on Broadway and won a spot, not too long ago, in the National High School Musical Theater Awards. She says nothing will stop her:
“You can tell me ‘No,’ as many times as you want. You can tell me to shut up as many times as you want. But I’m going to keep going.”
Well said, Brittany.
Final thought of the day: Another year of writing my heart out. Another year of molding words together, and I know I couldn’t have done it without you. It means the world to me when you stop by. So, thank you very much!