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White Mum by Linnell Chang One thing always leads to another: While putting a colorful Mother’s Day bouquet in a vase of water, I decided I should snap some photos of the flowers before they passed their prime. The following morning, I got out my camera and looked at the flowers from different angles. As my camera lens zoomed closer and closer to the delicate chrysanthemum petals, I became intrigued with their spoon-shaped curves and concentric rows. Soon I found myself “Googling” chrysanthemums on my computer. I learned from Symbolic-Meanings that Dreaming of chrysanthemums indicates an unfolding of the inner self, during a tumultuous time of life. More specifically, it may represent a time of deep personal growth forged by hardship or conflict. The result leading to a stronger, more realized self. At another site, I found out that John Steinbeck wrote a short story in the 1930s titled The Chrysanthemums. After reading the story, I sought more information about Steinbeck’s use of symbolism and how they relate to the development of his characters. As the morning passed, and as one discovery lead to another, all I could think of was how the beautiful bouquet of flowers was a gift that kept on giving.

#1 – Humanity

Act of Kindness

A man giving his shoes to a homeless girl in Rio de Janeiro

Reading the newspaper or watching the news every day can be a depressing experience when story after story highlights crimes against humanity. View this series of 35 Photos That Will Restore Your Faith in Humanity and remember that acts of kindness can set a chain of positive events in motion.

#2 – A Two Minute Respite
Need to relax, unwind, take a break, de-stress, recharge, or refocus? If so, go to the Do Nothing For 2 Minutes site. Close your eyes or gaze at the photo of the sun peeking over the horizon. Relax and listen to the sound of ocean waves while the timer ticks down. Breathe in deeply and exhale slowly. The instructions state, “Just relax and listen to the waves. Don’t touch your mouse or keyboard.” If you dare ignore these instructions, a red “FAIL” appears on your screen. Give yourself a gift of 2 relaxing minutes.

#3 – One Sentence
After taking a 2 minute break and recharging your creative juices, how about trying your hand at writing a true story in only one sentence? That is the challenge of the site One Sentence. The site says, “One Sentence is an experiment in brevity.” The entertaining part of the site is to read what other people have submitted. If Ernest Hemingway could write a six word short story, you can write a story in one sentence!

#4 – One Recipe, Two Uses
The May issue of the Nutrition Action newsletter features a versatile recipe for a “Greek-inspired topping for grilled or roasted salmon or other fish — also doubles as a delightfully tangy salad dressing.” For more healthy recipes check out the “Healthy Recipes” section at Nutrition Action.

Yogurt-Dill Dressing:
Combine 6 oz. of fat-free Greek yogurt with 1 cup of fresh dill sprigs, 1 Tbs. of lemon juice, 1 Tbs. of Dijon mustard, 1 small shallot, and 1/4 tsp. of salt in a food processor. Process until smooth.

#5 – Happy to Be Grateful
In daily life we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy.
Brother David Steindl-Rast

Wishing you a weekend of grateful happiness!

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On a day when the sun failed to shine, Mourning Doves gathered on tangled branches of a weeping cherry. With feathers fluffed and appendages pulled in tight, they longed for the warmth of each other, but found the distance between them too great. As I read over these sentences, I’m thinking about how to improve them. They need to be more descriptive, yet tighter. Here’s my challenge to you – send me your best, brief description of or story about (three sentences or less) the photo above and I’ll share some of them in an upcoming post! Give it a try . . . it’ll be fun!

#1 – One Sentence Stories
Don’t underestimate the impact of a single sentence. Can a story be told in one sentence? As a matter of fact, yes. With just six words Hemingway wrote this story: “For sale: Baby shoes, never worn.”

Here are some great examples of Hemingway-style, six word stories by other well-known writers:

“It cost too much, staying human.”
– Bruce Sterling

“From torched skyscrapers, men grew wings.”
– Gregory Maguire

“The baby’s blood type? Human, mostly.”
– Orson Scott Card

“Wasted day. Wasted life. Dessert, please.”
– Steven Meretzky

“Streets full of water. Please advise.”
– Robert Benchley

“Starlet sex scandal. Giant squid involved.”
– Margaret Atwood

Feeling inspired now? Go to One Sentence and challenge yourself to submit a sentence or just enjoy reading others’ efforts.

#2 – Save Trees
You probably already save trees by carrying your own grocery bags into the market. Another way to save trees is to decline printed catalogs. It seems every time I pick up my mail, it’s loaded with catalogs that just end up in my recycled paper bin.

According to an article in Earth 911, Nineteen billion catalogs are mailed out to American homes each year. The production of these catalogs requires 53 million trees, 53 billion gallons of water and emits 5.2 million tons of carbon dioxide. While some send catalogs to the trash instead of their recycling bins, all municipal recycling programs accept catalogs.

One morning after unsubscribing to a bunch of email solicitations on my computer, I took a few minutes to make calls to companies that send me catalogs. I informed them that I shop online and requested that my name be removed from their catalog list. Get the word out!

#3 – On the Tip of Your Tongue?
Ever have moments when you’re talking to someone and there’s a word on the very tip of your tongue? Try as you may, your brain cannot conjure it up? Tip of My Tongue is a site that can help you during those frustrating moments. Type into the text boxes what aspects of the word you know and it provides a list of possible words for you!

#4 – A Breathe Deep Moment
Photographs do not need words; they inspire them. Here’s a photo you can escape into when you need a “breathe deep” moment.

#5 – Rich or Poor?
“If someone were to pay you 10 cents for every kind word you ever spoke and collect from you 5 cents for every unkind word, would you be rich or poor?”
Unknown source

Enjoy your weekend!

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