Six Sentence Monday: Entry #14

Four days until holiday season 2013 commences. But, most have already succumbed to the frenzy. Even my children are begging for a Christmas motif. Honestly, Thanksgiving is by far my favorite. The traditions it encourages are simple. Be thankful, spend time with family — close and extended — eat, drink, and watch the Detroit Lions play football.

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Six Sentence Monday: Entry #13

Two life-long friends from my days at Western Michigan University spent Sunday afternoon with me. One I have not seen for years despite my sister being married to her cousin. The distance of our homes and personal routines ceased to exist. Conversation flowed; as did the wine . It was as if no time had passed between previous meetings. That’s how it is with such amazing, loving, wonderful good friends.

Six Sentence Monday: Entry #12

Today, I start with a clean slate. All that happened yesterday is history. That’s what I love about mornings. Each one provides a chance to live better than the day before. Today, anything can happen. Possibilities are infinite.

Six Sentence Monday: Entry #11

What is beauty? I cannot answer that. Everyone looks at the world with their own eyes. Each views people, places, and things from a perspective of personal experiences, history and media influences. What is beauty to me? A Beautiful Me®, a 501c3 charitable organization that fosters girls’ self-esteem, is at the top of my list.

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People Helping People: Empowering Self-Esteem in Girls

A local friend, business-owner turned founder and director of A Beautiful Me®, is on a mission. Since January 2009, Karen Palka and her group, A Beautiful Me, have offered self-esteem-building workshops to empower youth and strengthen communities. A Beautiful Me is a 501c3 charitable organization that fosters girls’ self-esteem in  3rd-12th grade through uniquely developed, interactive workshops.

On Sunday, November 10, A Beautiful Me presents its 3rd Annual Avant Garde Hair Show Event and Fundraiser. This family-friendly fundraising event showcases Michigan hair stylists and avant-garde hair created on everyday women.  This unique fundraiser supports the mission of A Beautiful Me, which is to empower youth in knowing they are beautiful — inside & out…confident, respected and loved!  Last year the event tripled in size from the first year with participants and attendees from SEVEN COUNTIES in Michigan (Lapeer, Macomb, Oakland, Sanilac, St. Clair, Wayne & Washtenaw).

The Hair Show Event and Fundraiser takes place at Zuccaro’s Banquet Hall, on Gratiot N. of M59, Chesterfield, MI. Doors open 3:00 pm, Dinner 3:30 pm, Hair Show 4:30 pm.

Tickets are $55 per person. To learn more, visit the Avante Garde Hair Detroit Facebook Page.

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Writing: Live to Write

Are you like me? I struggle with two inner voices. Well, I have more than two. But, this post is about the battle I fight for creative writing time.

One voice urges me to sit; take some time in my writer’s chair. Write a blog post, rework a scene from that 50k I wrote a couple of years back during NaNoWriMo, or read. It tells me, I won’t write unless I make the time. True.

A second — often louder — voice says other tasks have priority. There is much to do; and the clock only gives me 24 hours. Parenting, family, professional pursuits, volunteer commitments, errands, socializing, exercise, household responsibilities and style hunting all pull rank. Something has to change.

I try to quiet the two voices. Compromise is necessary. Balance is in order. I must live in order to have content. Life calls. Experiences give writing authenticity and encourage connections with readers. Therefore, I must not feel too badly when my writer’s chair remains empty for stretches of time. The voice that compels me to create will be victorious… eventually.

Six Sentence Monday: Forgotten Entry #9

Entry #9 was waiting in the queue. It was shaking with anticipation. Within moments it would be introduced and have the acknowledgement it deserved. But, then, dreams of celebrity shattered. All hope disappeared as Entry #9 was forgotten; passed up for Entry #10. Entry #9 will have its day… tomorrow.

Six Sentence Monday: Entry 10

I cringe in when one of my children is sick. Both count on me to make whatever ails them better. It’s up to me to keep my composure; and to not completely unravel. Those expressions of ill content on their sweet little faces is almost too much. I remember how my mother used to care. She was the best — and still is — at getting me through the worst life can deal.

Six Sentence Monday: Entry #8

There are so many thoughts duking it out for acknowledgement in my head. It’s almost overwhelming. I am thinking about how to maximize the education my children receive, and how to make sure I am spending enough quality time with my aging parents. Also, I am considering my options as I look to re-enter the workforce, prepare to sell an old car, and schedule time with friends. Then, there is the upcoming weekend schedule. As we near Halloween there is much to ponder: costumes, decorations, candy, class parties, pre-holiday fun, and the best route for trick-o-treating this year.

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Crimson, gold and orange blur against clear blue skies. I ride the Macomb-Clinton trail; reveling in fall glory as I speed along. Cool breezes chase the warm sunshine. It’s my favorite time of year. Nothing compares. Too bad it is so brief.