1. How Time Flies! The 8-week creative writing class I was teaching through The Loft Literary Center has come to an end. It was my first time teaching online and it was a great experience. Each week at least one student pointed out something about a master work or presented a writing sample that gave me an a-ha moment.
Some of the students took the time to let me know how much they enjoyed the class, but this comment just blew me away: “Our lesson last week, applying the senses, helped me see the world from a different perspective. I now see things I normally don’t pay attention to. I hear sounds that were always there but never discovered. Applying those senses are going to help me imagine things that I’ve never imagined before, and words and ideas are going to come out freely.” Can someone get me a tissue?
I’ve signed on to teach the same class this summer. The class is called Back to Basics and it begins on June 4 for 8 weeks (with one week break for July 4th week). Each week we discuss a different creative writing technique: dialogue, characterization, setting, etc., which allows us to get in depth about each topic. The information is applicable to creative nonfiction (memoir) or fiction. If you or someone you know would like to learn more about it, visit The Loft
2. This is my all-time favorite comfort meal: grilled cheese and tomato soup. It’s quick and easy to make and tastes oh-so-good. And I always feel happy when I eat it. Sometimes I doctor the soup and add herbs or veggies, as I did here, but I also love plain Jane tomato soup. Some purists insist on only cheddar cheese in the sandwich, but I like to get fancy. Fontina, gouda, mozzarella? Bring it on. (Note: I won’t be quitting my day job to become a “food stylist” – see below.)
What is your favorite comfort food?
3. Around the world in 195 countries.
I’ll be jetting off on my much-anticipated vacation to The Netherlands in a few weeks and I’ve been reading up on the delectable delights I can stuff my face with such as stroopwafel
s and rijsttafe
l (Indonesian food with Dutch flair).
Even if you don’t have the opportunity to go far on your vacation this year, you can still get a taste of the world. I came across a wonderful project started by Sasha Martin
who now lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and missed all of the exciting travel and food adventures of her youth. So she’s traveling the world through her stovetop. Each week she goes to a new country by exploring its culinary heritage and planning meals, the ingredients of which can all be found in her local markets. She cooks for her husband (known as Mr. Picky) and her beautiful daughter, Ava. Together they are working their way around the world for 195 weeks! Up this week: Marshall Islands and the sweet macadamia nut pie below.
4. Marketing guru Seth Godin posted an interesting discussion on his blog this week about the gulf between what we say and what we do. It gave me pause because I’ve been guilty of a few of these in the past. It’s a good reminder to keep what I say in line with what I do in all facets of my life. Here’s an excerpt from his post:
We say we want a revolution…
Of course, what we say doesn’t matter so much. What we do is what matters, and we have far more influence that we’d like to confess.
We say we want local merchants to offer great service, deep selection and community values, but we cross the street to the big box store to save $3.
We say we want companies to honor their promises and act transparently, but one new product or big discount from a business that has deceived us in the past and we come right back for more.
We say we hate spam, but we send it. And sometimes buy from it.
We say we’d like people to think first and act later, but we get cut off in traffic and all bets are off.
Hypocrisy may be an epidemic, but the problem isn’t in what we say. It’s what we do.
5. Reggie builds his defense.
This tissue stuck to the bottom of my paw? This is completely circumstantial evidence. You can't find me guilty based on this little old tissue.
Oh, that? You left the bathroom like that? No? Um, a pigeon did it. That's right. A rogue pigeon flew in through the window and went straight for the garbage can. That's what I'm going with.
Have a great weekend everyone! May you not encounter any rogue pigeons.