Thursday, June 7, 2018

Wisdom from a Spider (Charlotte's Web)

What a precious spider you are sweet Charlotte.......for you befriended a pig who didn't want to die and weaved such lovely words on your web to let that pig named Wilbur live.
Your short time on earth didn't stop you from being a true friend  and your example of selfless love towards another being has won the hearts of adults and children throughout the world.
Thank You Charlotte 

Mother Earth and Father Time (Lyrics from the animated film)

How very special are we
For just a moment to be
Part of life's eternal rhyme
How very special are we
To have on our family tree
Mother Earth and Father Time

After all, what's a life anyway? We're born, we live a little while, we die.

There's so much to learn in E.B. White's classic story "Charlotte's Web" about life and wisdom.
Let's appreciate those moments of life and do our best to make the world a better place.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Moments of "Charlottes Web"

"After all, what's a life anyway? We're born, we live a little while, we die." Charlotte (the spider)

"You have been my friend. That in itself is a tremendous thing." Charlotte (the spider)

Charlottes Web by E.B. White
Do you have a favorite film or story that touches your heart in a special way?
If so what is it? 

For me it's Charlotte's Web. I had seen the animated film with my mother when I was a young girl and loved it dearly. Life got busy and I forgot all about it until a few days ago when the words"Charlotte's Web" kept ringing in my ears. I think there was a message I needed to hear loud and clear and so I got onto my laptop and watched "Charlotte's Web" on You Tube. I was
 fascinated by the story and watched it several times in one sitting. There's so much wisdom in this story brilliantly written by the legendary E.B. White.

Charlotte's Web is a story about animals, friendship, and life. It takes place on a farm, in a barn full of talking animals. The main character a pig named Wilbur is born a runt. The farmer wants to kill the small pig but his daughter Fern begs her father to let the pig live. Fern promises to raise Wilbur. She gives him lots of attention and love and the adorable pig grows into a strong pig. Eventually Wilbur moves to Zuckerman's farm and that's when Wilbur meets the beautiful spider named Charlotte who devotes her life to saving Wilbur from being slaughtered by weaving encouraging words about Wilbur in her web.

I know now why the words "Charlotte's Web" rang in my ears. I needed to gain wisdom from this simple story that has so many life lessons. All life is important whether it's the life of an animal or a human being. Everyone needs a friend, everyone needs love, and the world is a much better place when we have true and genuine friends. Wilbur had a true friend in Charlotte and when she died he looked after her children and grandchildren. Wilbur never forget Charlotte because she was in a class of her own. She was kind and liked helping others.

And so Charlotte's Web has encouraged me to live moments of life being kind, being a friend, and serving others. After all what's life anyway? "we're born, we live a little, we die."

Friday, June 1, 2018

Hello June (Summer at Last)

JUNE has finally arrived which means summer is just around the corner. For those of you who dwell in a warm climate, the clear blue skies and sunny days are commonplace but for those that live way up north, half the year is filled with gray skies and cold weather. It's been only about twelve days since everything came into full bloom in northern Michigan.  Now the atmosphere is filled with verdant trees, fragrant lilacs, turquoise waters and baby ducks quacking. Oh, how wonderful it is.

Although the winter months bring a beauty of their own, there's something special about the month of June in North America when days become long and the sunny weather puts people in a happy spirit.It's half past seven in the evening and I'm about to get on my bicycle and ride along the sparkling shores of a fresh water lake. It's moments like this that are sheer bliss. JUNE is here and it's time to take moments to be a little carefree.

HAPPY JUNE.....have some strawberry shortcake!

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Stranded without Boredom

Synchronicity seems to appear in my life over and over again. Yesterday after weathering a snow storm I had a long day at work and was anxious to get back home BUT I was stranded. A co-worker promised me a ride home if I didn't mind waiting for her while she was being fit for contact lenses at the optometrist. Thankful that she would give me a ride I waited patiently for her an entire hour only to have her tell me when she finished her appointment "Sorry, I can't give you a ride. I have a conflict." With no phone or wallet on hand I was appreciative that my co-worker at least let me use her phone so that I could call my boyfriend who was working 50 miles away to pick me up. He was suppose to work late and told me to hang tight because he would do his best to pick me up as soon as he could.

Frustrated with my co-worker I politely smiled and thanked her for letting me use her phone and dashed off as fast as I could out of the building I worked in. Where was I to go for one hour? I was stranded. The last place people want to be stranded at is the airport but that's exactly where I headed; to the airport. It was only a ten minute walk and unlike most airports the Traverse City Airport is small and cozy. As soon as I walked through the doors I saw a crackling fireplace and went to sit down next to it and de-stress.Above the fireplace was a plaque and in big letters was written:


Boredom, no I wasn't going to be bored while I waited for my boyfriend. In that one hour I walked around the building, did squats, wrote poetry and daydreamed of a warm place to escape from the bitter cold of northwest Michigan. Before I knew it my boyfriend appeared and I was no longed stranded. Synchronicity was right in front of me as I glared into the fireplace. I had been stranded but without boredom.

Sometimes things happen. I did the best with the circumstance that arouse and found that even when you're stranded "BOREDOM IS A MATTER OF CHOICE NOT CIRCUMSTANCE"and one can be productive if they allow themselves to be.

Have you ever been stranded? This morning as I sip on some warm tea I look back at this experience and say "Wow it could have been a lot worse, being stranded at a friendly resort airport actually was kinda fun." 

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Bermuda & Banana Bread Moments

A few days ago I was writing my travel blog and the post was about Bermuda; a British territory island with pink sandy beaches. Years back my sweet mother and I took a trip to Bermuda in March during the off season. We got a wonderful deal on our trip and the icing on the cake was that on the day of our departure from Bermuda the airplane was overbooked and because we gave up our seats my mother and I got to spend an entire extra day and night in Bermuda with all expenses paid by the airline. Moments like that are precious.

March is not the most pleasant month for weather in Bermuda. It's not swimming weather but you can still walk along the pink colored sandy beaches and breathe in the air of the Atlantic Ocean breezes. There are plenty of attractions to see and good food to eat too. My mother and I like keeping things simple so we stayed at a small bed and breakfast in a Bermudian local neighborhood and walked a lot or took the bus.

One afternoon while exploring the city of Hamilton we came across a quaint cafe run by a Bermudian woman. We ordered the famous Bermuda fish chowder and it came with a loaf of just baked banana bread. Although the Bermuda fish chowder warmed our chilly bodies the Bermuda banana bread warmed our hearts.

Looking back I'm glad we went to Bermuda off season. In the summer it would have been packed with tourists and the prices would have been out of sight so March really was a good month to be in Bermuda.Today in honor of it being the first day of March I'm thinking of Bermuda and eating homemade banana bread with a cup of heavenly cream tea. I might not be in Bermuda but I feel Bermuda in every bite of my banana bread. Now that's what I call "sweet moments."


3 ripe bananas
2 large eggs
4 ounces of butter
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
2 cups unbleached all purpose flour

Mash the bananas and set aside. Beat butter, eggs, and sugar until fluffy. Add the mashed bananas and chopped walnuts, then slowly pour flour into the mixture with the cinnamon powder and baking powder.

Pour into a buttered loaf pan and bake for about one hour until the top of the loaf is browned. Place a toothpick in the batter to make certain it's completed baked. Let cool for about ten minutes.
Serve warm or room temperature.


Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Moments of Love (Valentine's Day)


On February 14th, you can celebrate "Moments of Love" with those you love most whether it be your romantic partner, parents, siblings, friends or mentors. To love somebody and be loved in return is a beautiful thing. It's nice to have people to share your life journey with.

I myself have had days of being completely alone and days of being surrounded by family and friends. Of all things on this earth the most heartwarming is to have "MOMENTS OF LOVE" because it feels good to care for others and to be cared for.

Be grateful for your "MOMENTS OF LOVE" not just on Valentine's Day but throughout the year.


Thursday, February 1, 2018

Moving Moments!'s something that a lot of people do, including me. Moving can be exciting and exhausting, adventurous and dull, expensive and stressful. Sooner or later most of us have to move to another place.

After years of wanderlust and moving from place to place I ended up in a small resort city on a lake that was suppose to only be a temporary place while I looked after my Mother who has Alzheimers. But those fews months turned into a year and another year......

Four years later, I'm still here because somehow I ended up living in the perfect cozy apartment close to the beach, close to the food market, close to the optometrist, close to the bicycle trail into town, close to my job, and close to my Mother. I got attached to my apartment and my comfortable life even though the wanderlust side of me was still questioning where to go next.  Argentina? Belgium? India? Madagascar? Switzerland? Vietnam? Turkey?

Today is February 1st, 2018 and it's the day I bid farewell to my apartment that I've been so attached to. This afternoon I walked down those all to familiar stairs for the very last time, closed the door behind me and said "Time to move on."

Regrets? not at all. A well traveled British man is renting me his furnished flat on the beach for three months only nine miles away from where I lived. I moved in today and have already accomplished more than I thought I could.  I started a new blog called Kitchen Talk, I'm almost finished with a screenplay, and a career change is now in order. I'm inspired to travel and work abroad, It's time to be adventurous again and get out of my comfort zone.

Yes..MOVING can be emotional and difficult but once the move is made, a new beginning evolves and things begin to fall into place. Eventually the fear of the unknown fizzles and you move on to another place and to a new beginning.

                    I've moved out of my beloved apartment today and into new beginnings!

February 1, 2018