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Weekend Edition – Imagine A World of Writers Plus Good Reads and Writing Tips

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Imagine a World of Writers

"Dear Earth" by Katie Daisy via etsy “Dear, Earth” by Katie Daisy via etsy

More people should write. They should write about their days and their dreams, about their hopes and their fears, about their families and their histories and their possible futures. They should write lists and poems and wild ramblings that sound like the intoxicated rantings of a idiot savant. They should tell stories, wonderful, improbable, made-up stories. They should sink or dig or dive or fall or claw their way into that place inside where the stories live, and pull them out like blunt-edged gems from deep within the living, breathing earth. They should write lies that are true and truths that uncover lies. They should weave secrets into the spaces between the words, and then give those secrets gladly to the world. For those of us bitten by the writing bug, it is near impossible (and quite terrifying)…

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You Just Never Know

My youngest son who is 15 has a function to go to, a Sweet 16. We headed across the river to the Palisades Mall to go shopping for a nice suit for him that was age appropriate and stylish. We shopped, had a snack, spontaneously took in a movie and shopped some more. We were there for hours and only accomplished a few pieces of the outfit before finally finding the “it” suit. Of course, it was on a manikin and no one was around to help me find out what the name brand was.

I was starving, my son was starving and he was ready to call it a day not caring too much that the rest of my week had no more time allowed for shopping, so I lifted up the manikin searching for tags to describe the suit and then to search through the racks and racks of clothing to find the right label that matched. However, after only a minute of searching I came upon the dream pair of pants. Score! “Let’s go!” I said. We walked over to the cashier who was not there, but another man who was helping someone else and he said someone would be with us shortly. I was not going to make eye contact with my son. a few more minutes went by and the man repeated himself and I smiled and nodded again not making eye contact with my son.

Finally, a man in his late 20’s came to the register and apologized as he went around the counter. He was punching numbers into the register and then as he took the pants from me when a siren went off out in the mall and then there was a loud voice. The cashier was looking out to the mall, my son was looking out into the mall. I was waiting patiently for him to finish ringing me out. I’m a logical person so I’m thinking it could be any number of things. The cashier seemed to look panicky to me so I calmly asked him how much the pants were, not that it mattered since I would pay whatever was necessary at this point just to have a happy teenager.

He looked at me with a blank look. He reached for something around his neck, I realized it was MIC when he whispered into it that the mall warning system was going off. I wanted to tell him I think all of Nyack knows the alarm is going off. He then had a look as though he completely forgot what he was doing and almost as if he was contemplating bolting. I leaned over the counter and said, “Could you quickly finish the transaction?” I tried to sound humorous as I added, “I am not leaving here without those pants. Do you know what’s it’s like shopping with a 15-year-old boy?”

He told me how much, I paid, grabbed the bag and my son and headed out to the mall. As we were walking we were both listening intently to exactly what was being said in between the sirens that were blairing. The repetitive voice was saying, “Attention! Attention! For your safety, please proceed to the nearest emergency exit.” We were on the 3d level and I could see that down on the 2d level security officers were running as they were talking into to their radios. I could see mother’s running with their strollers. I was walking but at a fast pace, being calm for my son. If I panic, he will panic. If I am calm, he will be calm. As we were walking I listened for sounds, maybe gun shots, screams or glass breaking, anything that didn’t sound normal but I heard nothing.

We made our way very quickly down to the 1st level and out to the parking lot to the car without looking back. I was focused now on getting out of the parking lot as everyone else was trying to do the same thing.

I eventually got onto the Palisades Parkway and then I started to replay everything that just happened and remembered a few wks ago on the news there was a warning that terrorist groups were going to target major malls in this country. The Palisades Mall is one of the largest in the States with an average of 20,000 shoppers a day. I thought about all the crazy people in this world that have no regard for human life and actually enjoy going to malls and movie theaters to shoot innocent people. I thought about the shooting at the other mall not too far from this one recently.

Then it hit me like a ton of bricks that I actually put my son in danger. I took him into an open area to be a moving target.  I failed as a parent because in today’s world you just never know.  You hear about these things in other places, to other people. We all sadly have to be more aware of our surroundings than ever before. Looking back, I know the store we were in had their own escalator and I should have taken it to the 1st floor and exited through a fire exit out to the parking lot. I suppose there really is no right or wrong answer of what to do in a situation that can pose harm. And I am so very thankful that nothing happened to us or anyone else there. This was a huge learning experience for both my son and myself and we had a good conversation about it. We were enlightened into thinking what could possibly have happened and what we should do if something tragic should occur.

I still am unaware of why exactly the warning system was going off and in today’s world, you just never know.

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Bye Bye Winter

Winter doesn’t seem to be letting go. I am longing for warmer, sunny days. To be able to sit outside and just have my morning coffee listening to birds chirp while I plan the day in my mind. I so enjoy that moment before the day starts. That little piece of tranquility, that little piece of alone time that really would put anyone in a wonderful place mentally.

I used to love the winter season as a child and even as a young adult, however, I don’t like it too much anymore. The more the colder days linger, the more I crave the idea of moving someplace more tropical where every day I could enjoy having my coffee on a patio as the morning sun would drench my skin in Vitamin D and my Doctor wouldn’t have to prescribe me supplements for lack of..

As I sit at the kitchen table sipping my coffee with my warm, fluffy robe on looking out the front windows to the bare, bud-less trees, I tell myself it can only be a few more weeks before winter leaves for good. Right?

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Live. Enjoy. Breathe. Repeat.

Life is a true gift that should be embraced each day that is given to us. I know it can be difficult, especially when we are faced with dead lines at work, school schedules for those of us with kids, a home to run, maybe older parents that need taken care of and taking the dog for their 2 X’s a day walk, among the various other things that we are faced with on a daily basis.

I always say, “I need another hour in my day and another day in my week.” If that were the case, it would still not be enough because then I would take on even more –most likely. I never stop to think how much I do, I just do it. I am used to doing it and when there is nothing to do, I will find something, because, there is always something to do.

As well as running my own business in the hair industry, working on my 2nd book, and managing my teen age son’s life, I’ve recently taken on another job working for a French skin care company, that I absolutely love! So I am the definition of busy. I thrive on busy.

I thrive on life, and so I also need to live it, enjoy it, breathe it and repeat it. That’s what this blog will be about. We all endure our not so pleasant moments in life, but they pass. As individuals we need to up lift, encourage and remind each other that it is okay to take a step back to escape your everyday reality whether it’s to go to a good restaurant with wonderful friends and drink delicious wine, hop on a train with your kid – either into the city or up to the country, cook a great meal – something not so ordinary. Take a vacation in your back yard or on the other side of the world or just go to a used book store by yourself for half an hour and find a good book for .50 that you can enjoy in some alone time.

The important thing is remembering to welcome all the wonderful things in your life, both big and small, be thankful for each and every one and your world will start to feel that is has achieved a beautiful balance… most days.

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