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Best Present Ever

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“Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?”
-L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

My dream is to write for kids and my mom is patiently waiting for this to happen. For my birthday, she gave me the most thoughtful, inspirational gift: An adorable bird jar (pictured above) filled with quotes from children’s books. Each quote is cut out, rolled, and wrapped with a colourful ribbon. Brilliant, right?

Today, I unrolled the L.M Montgomery quote, above. Yesterday, words from Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland:  “Sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”

Best. Present. Ever.






Listening to Clever


On long drives growing up, my mom would listen to country music while my dad’s choice was usually talk radio. I strongly disliked both. Although, I will admit to a short-lived crush on Garth Brooks and knowing all of the words to Friends in Low Places.

More difficult to admit is that over time I also garnered a pretty deep appreciation of Randy Travis’ baritone.

As a kid, I always thought music would be my indicator of age – I would know I was officially old when I started to enjoy country music.  I never even bothered to entertain the idea that I would ever listen to, let alone like, talk radio.

Decades (cough-choke-sputter) have passed and country music has never become more than a nostalgic song or two I find myself humming. Talk radio? Well, that’s now a fairly constant staple on long drives. Podcasts?  Love ’em.

In the car a lot this past week, I listened to three podcasts from TED Radio Hour. They were fascinating and prompted me to want to dig deeper – learn more – especially one titled Beyond Tolerance (below).

Using my childhood age benchmarks, I’ve skipped right over old. I’ve entered a realm I don’t have a name for but pretty sure as a kid I probably just called it Boring.

So many clever people worth listening to:

TED Radio Hour: Beyond Tolerance (April 22, 2106)


TED Radio Hour:  Amateur Hour (September 23, 2016)


TED Radio Hour: Nudge (June 24, 2016)