Now all I need is waterproof ink …

Funny, I was recently having a conversation with a former colleague about this very subject, and what do you know — it turns up as a Daily Prompt:  shower“When and where do you do your best thinking?  In the bathroom?  While running?  Just before bed, or first thing in the morning?  On the bus?  Why do you think that is?”

For me, it’s in the shower.  There I am, steaming hot water pounding down on me, drenching my hair, cascading down my face, releasing all the tension in my neck and shoulders.  I turn this way and that, making sure every inch of me gets wet.  Making sure every inch of me gets massaged.  Pummelled.  Relaxed.  Rejuvenated.

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Harder to decide than you might think …

I was just trolling through my file of WordPress Daily Prompts looking for some inspiration and this one seemed to call out to me:  “A classic desertedquestion, revisited:  What are the five items you must have on a deserted island?”

Not easy, is it?

At least I don’t think so.  It takes some thought.

  1. Right off the top I know I’d need sunscreen.  Lots of it, too.  Last thing I’d want to worry about is sunburn.  Or even worse, skin cancer.  I can live without make-up and hair dye, but I insist on protecting my skin from the elements.  If that doesn’t prove I’m a glass-half-full type of woman nothing will.  I know some of you out there are saying to yourselves, “You’re never going to survive.  So why bother with sun screen?”  Well, I plan on surviving.  Worst case, if I run out, I will have to forage for aloe and other plants with good healing properties.  Which Continue reading

‘Covet’ doesn’t begin to describe it …

I’m almost ashamed to write this post. To admit I am capable of being so … so … so superficial. Such a victim of fashion. But I was a kid at the time. beggingWhat did I know? At least that’s how I’ve decided to look at it.

If it wasn’t for today’s WordPress Daily Prompt I would probably never have mentioned it. Hell, I would never have thought of it. Period. “Was there a toy or thing you always wanted as a child, during the holidays or on your birthday, but never received? Tell us about it.”

In my case it wasn’t a toy. Nor did I always want “it”. It wasn’t a holiday or my birthday either. It was just an ordinary Saturday. I was about 11 or twelve years old. No more than 13 to be sure.

As was the custom then, my mother had her hair done every Saturday. Women still used rollers in their hair. Pre Vidal Sassoon cuts. Pre blow dryers. Men still went to barbers. Women went to hairdressers.

Anyway, I often went with my mother. It was our girls’ day out. She and her twin sister went to the same salon, so the three of us would always have lunch when they were done; and then we’d go shopping. We

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What really tests my resolve …

Today’s WordPress Daily Prompt made me smile.  Well, actually, it made me laugh:  “Tell us about the favourite dish or food that you simply cannot willpowerturn down.”  

I’m somewhat of a foodie, so I can think of several.  But there’s only one that’s really almost impossible for me to resist.  Only one that’s a real hardship for me to give up.  Only one that’s been known to make me cranky if I can’t have it.


Warm bread, just out of the oven.

Warm bread, just out of the oven, slathered with butter.

Warm bread, just out of the oven with butter and jam, or marmalade. Continue reading

There’s a first time for everything …

All the ‘firsts’ in our lives are significant.  At least mine have always been.  So I simply couldn’t resist this WordPress Daily Prompt:  “Tell us about your MovingDayfirst day at something — your first day of school, first day of work, first day living on your own, first day blogging, first day as a parent, whatever.”

There are dozens and dozens of ‘firsts’ I could write about, and I reserve the right to share them with you at another time, but today’s blog post is going to be all about my first apartment.

To start, you have to understand it was unusual for single girls to move out of their parents’ homes when I decided I wanted an apartment of my own.  It was acceptable if you were going to university out of town or if you were getting married.  Period.

You also have to understand I got along very well with my parents.  This was not an attempt, on my Continue reading

In case you’ve been wondering about me …

Who can honestly say you’re not even a little bit curious about what makes some of your favourite actors tick?  Come on, not even a little bit?  Well I Spotlight2am.  That’s one of the reasons why I’ve always enjoyed the one-hour talk show, Inside The Actors’ Studio.

Hosted by James Lipton (writer, composer, actor and dean emeritus of the Actors’ Studio Drama School at Pace University in New York), it’s actually a seminar for students that’s also filmed for broadcast.  The format is very simple.  Lipton and his guest having a leisurely conversation in front of a live audience.  What I love most about it is, Lipton doesn’t ask the usual questions.  And the actors or directors he’s talking with, really open up.

So when I read today’s WordPress Daily Prompt, I simply had to play along and turn the spotlight on myself:  “On the interview show Inside the Actors’ Studio, host James Lipton asks each of his guests the same last question.  What are your responses?”

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Last supper …

Talk about “food for thought”.  Last Friday’s WordPress Daily Prompt sure got my imagination going:  “Eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow we die.  The world islastsupper ending tomorrow!  Tell us about your last dinner — the food, your dining companions, the setting, the conversation.”  

Lots and lots of possibilities.  I’m overwhelmed with choices.  Where to start, where to start.

Hmmmm …

I think, first, I have to decide where this dinner should take place.  I know one thing.  Wherever it is, we have to be comfortable.  I love dinners that are slow and leisurely.  So comfy chairs are an absolute must.  Big enough to have room to move around in.  Good support for your back.  And soft enough to cushion Continue reading

What the world needs now …

A recent WordPress Daily Prompt’s headline was “Seven Wonders“.  Am I the only one who immediately thought of the Seven Wonders of the World?  It is sevenobvious, no?  But of course, that wasn’t the point of the prompt.

It was much more intriguing:  “Khalil Gibran once said that people will never understand one another unless language is reduced to seven words.  What would your seven words be?”

I’ve gotta tell you, dozens and dozens of alternatives popped into my head right away.  But the more I thought about it, the more this one just seemed to stand out:

Try looking for the good in people.

Never in my life can I remember a time when there was as much hatred, intolerance, animosity, prejudice, Continue reading

Don’t take it personally …

I’ve been surrounded by creative people all my life, and I am one, myself.  And I’ve never known one, including me, who isn’t sensitive and easily hurt.  Guess it comes with slapthe territory.  We do lay our souls bare for everyone to see, after all.  And stomp all over.  Who wouldn’t be insecure?  So needless to say, today’s Daily Post resonated with me:

“Tell us about the harshest, most difficult to hear — but accurate — criticism you’ve ever gotten.  Does it still apply?”

Of course this could be taken any one of a number of ways.  The way you dress, the colour of your hair, your weight, your cooking skills, your breath, your driving, whatever.  But seeing as how we’re all here to share our creativity — be it writing or photography or art or baking or crafting — I thought I’d talk about how it feels when people criticize our work.

Having worked in the advertising industry as a writer/creative director for more years than I care to think about, I am VERY familiar with criticism.  While it sometimes feels like you’ve been slapped in the face, I have Continue reading

Why’d I stop?

I have a confession to make.  unplugged

The Daily Posts have been piling up in my inbox.  It’s also been a couple of weeks since my last blog post so I decided to read through them.  This one certainly struck a chord:  “Sometimes, we all need a break from these little glowing boxes.  How do you know when it’s time to unplug?  What do you do to make it happen?”

Well …

As most of you know, I’ve been blogging every day for 365 days.  My goal was one year.  I reached it on August 6; and since then my blogging has been very sporadic.  Unintentionally. Continue reading