Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Don’t Forget to Celebrate

“I just wanted to wish you a happy … what’s that you celebrate June 30th or is it July 1st?” my mom said over the phone.
“Happy Half New Year!” I exclaimed.
The second half of the year is here, and its arrival almost went unnoticed. Thanks for the reminder, Mom!

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Monday, June 29, 2009

Deeply Loved

“Our weaknesses are there by design.”
This is what a priest told my friend, and I rather like it.

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Sunday, June 28, 2009

Hiding from the Heat

Go to church. Go to lunch. Go to Costco. Hang out in the usually too-cold produce refrigerator at Costco. Go to the mall. Go to the movies. Go to dinner. Go to adoration. Do not go back home until long after the sun has set.

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Hot Off The Presses

Today is the day to pick up a copy of the San Jose Mercury News.
I haven’t been this excited to read the news since I was writing it.

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Friday, June 26, 2009

A Little Laffy Taffy Humor

Q. Why was the policeman in bed?
A. Because he was an undercover cop.
~Courtesy Emillie D., Turlock, CA

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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Changes Ahead

My best friend’s secret for tackling goals is to take them one day at a time. Keep the big picture in mind, but focus on the present 24-hour time slot. When that doesn’t work, focus on the next 60 minutes.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Call in the Drill Sergeant

I don’t like the word discipline, but I need more of it in my life.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Family

“There is no cure for laziness but a large family helps.”
~Herbert Prochnov

My relatives amaze me. And the fact we share DNA reminds me to keep going, that I haven’t reached my potential yet.

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Monday, June 22, 2009

Let the Worm Live

I’m a night owl in an early bird’s world.

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Sunday, June 21, 2009

Strawberry Shortcake

This was a big hit with my family for Father’s Day.
I love the detailed instructions (exactly what I need) and the tips (I’ll be freezing and grating butter the rest of my life).
My sister and I could eat the biscuits for breakfast.

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Saturday, June 20, 2009

Bird’s Nest

The final course of the traditional Chinese wedding banquet was Bird’s Nest Pudding. Everyone at my table hesitated except me.
“I’m never afraid to try dessert,” I said.
And really, what was there to be afraid of? After three hours of exotic dishes (shark’s fin, abalone, squab, whole fish), this was clearly pudding.
I assumed the delicate decoration on top of the mango custard was sugar crystals even though it looked like caviar.
“What is bird’s nest,” I asked the groom’s aunt as we were leaving.
“It’s bird’s nest,” she said.
“But what is it,” I asked again, pressing for a list of ingredients.
She smiled. “It’s the saliva of the bird used to make the nest. It’s very difficult to obtain and it’s very expensive.”
That explains those sugar crystals.

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Celebrate Now

For his birthday, my grandfather wanted to have a party. So my parents arranged a big family dinner at one of our favorite restaurants in San Francisco – Caesar’s.
“Grandpa, are you enjoying your party?” I asked during the seven-course meal.
“Yes. I like it so much I think we should do it more often. We shouldn’t wait so long.”
“I agree,” I said. “We shouldn’t wait for someone to turn 90.”
Hearing this, my dad, who has never needed an excuse to throw a party, made reservations at the restaurant for next year.
Because if you’re going to celebrate 90, you really should celebrate 91.

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Thursday, June 18, 2009

What Not To Wear

I should never give fashion advice.
But the sun seems to be causing clouded judgment.
So let me say this: Very few people should ever wear short shorts.
And the older you are the less likely you are one of the lucky few.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Message to Mark Harmon:

In all my life, my mom has only had eyes for my father and Tom Selleck. You, who skillfully play Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs on NCIS, have recently made her exclusive list of Hollywood hunks. Congratulations!

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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Sometimes I Wonder

If I ever did want to write more than a sentence a day,
what would I say?

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Monday, June 15, 2009

Frosties for Foster Kids

I’m not a fan of fast food.
But if you’re going to celebrate Father’s Day weekend with a sweet treat, consider making it a Frosty from Wendy’s.
Wendy’s will donate 50 cents to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption for every Frosty product sold Saturday, June 20, and Sunday, June 21.
On a diet? Allergic to dairy? Can’t stand Frosties?
Or just want to do more?
Wendy’s will donate 25 cents for every free e-card created here.
Or you can donate a dollar at any Wendy’s restaurant.

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Sunday, June 14, 2009

90

I wish us all to be as lucky as my grandfather no matter what our age. “I have a beautiful family and so much to live for,” says the Italian man on his 90th birthday.
His life has not been without struggle, but he remembers his blessings and forgets his disappointments.

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Saturday, June 13, 2009

The Backstroke

You can’t see where you’re going.
You get tired and caught up on the rope.
Listen for the cheers from the bleachers.
And you will always, always keep going.

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Friday, June 12, 2009

To the Trader Joe’s Copy Writers:

It might be a stretch to call your Summer Guide 2009 a work of art. But I appreciate every ounce of creativity you poured into your newsletter-style advertisement.
Thank you for taking me around the world with your brief descriptions of food from Asia, France, Australia, the Mediterranean and the County Fair.

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Thursday, June 11, 2009

Out of Nowhere

My husband asks, “So when do the Spice Girls officially become Old Spice?”

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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Editing

If you give me many words, I’ll give you few in return.

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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Be Both

I couldn’t think of the opposite of artist.
So I looked it up. Scientist, says the world wide web.
As if logic and creativity cannot coexist.

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Monday, June 8, 2009

Dictionary Poetry

“Genuine: really being what it is said to be; sincere and frank; honest and forthright”
~Webster’s New World College Dictionary, Fourth Edition

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Sunday, June 7, 2009

A More Accurate Description

“The sugar truck! The sugar truck!” our 5-year-old friend exclaimed as the ice cream truck drove through the park.

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Saturday, June 6, 2009

Cicero Says ...

"Life is nothing without friendship."
I couldn't agree more.

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Friday, June 5, 2009

Freckles, Beauty Marks and Moles

I felt like a kid showing off boo-boos.
“Show me another one,” the doctor said.
I pointed to my hand, my elbow, my face.
He said all my new friends can stay.

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Thursday, June 4, 2009

Today Was …

A million little blessings. Each one shouting God is good.

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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

My Version of a Magic Trick:

I’ll go to bed 31 and wake up 32.

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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Dreams Coming True

Your crossed fingers, good wishes, positive energy and prayers along with one tiny vote on top of another made Stubler Photography the Best Wedding Photographer in Silicon Valley, says the San Jose Mercury News!
John and I are so excited and grateful we can hardly stand it.
The Best of Silicon Valley special section will run in the paper Sunday, June 28.
Be sure to pick up a copy! And a million, trillion thanks!

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Monday, June 1, 2009

Sleuthing 101

“When confused, sit back and try to arrange the facts into some kind of order.”
~ The Ghost of Blackwood Hall

“Never sleuth on an empty stomach.”
~ The Hidden Staircase

“Train your friends in the art of investigation. You could save their lives if they remember your teachings.”
~ The Clue of the Black Keys

Jennifer Worick’s “Nancy Drew’s Guide to Life” is a tiny treasure.
It should be read daily.

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