I am ready for Snow!!!

By | 2018-04-07T23:19:23+00:00 September 22nd, 2016|anxiety, anxiety disorder, anxiety relief, art, artists, friends, friendship, inspiration, Life, mental health, mind/body, snow, stories, story, storytelling, stress relief, teenager, teenagers, teens|

The Snow Queen to be technical, “Stealing Snow”, to be exact. I am often humbled by the people I get to meet, and even more so when I get to hang out with them and celebrate their awesomeness!! I did that this week when author Danielle Paige, launched her new series “Stealing Snow”, at Books of Wonder in New York City!

The Totems are excited to get reading!

The Totems are excited to get reading!

I was psyched to be there to help celebrate the launch, mostly because Danielle deserves it, and a teeny bit because maybe now she’ll be able to hang out more since the writing is done! I know, I know, the writing is never done, but one of these days!!

So cute signing books for tons of fans (including me) who came out to celebrate!

So cute signing books for tons of fans (including me) who came out to celebrate!

There were plenty of writers in the room at the book launch, some published, and some hoping to be published. It was wonderful to hear their questions, and Danielle’s answers about the process, the inspiration, and the motivation to write. There is definitely some (probably a lot) anxiety that goes in to writing, and creating in general, because there’s always the concern for how it will be received. That’s likely the biggest obstacle for me! I am always in total awe of artists who can manage a work from start to finish, whether it’s a book, a painting, a song, a dance, whatever. I’m good at the starting, but the finishing somehow tends to allude me, so that Danielle is now kicking off her second series is just incredible and inspiring. Danielle’s first series, a fantastic retelling of The Wizard of Oz, solidified her as a New York Times Bestselling Author, and there’s no doubt that “Stealing Snow“, a retelling of The Snow Queen, will have her maintaining that honor.

Witches abound!

Witches abound!

Witches abound!

Witches abound!

Witches abound!

Witches abound!

Witches abound!

Witches abound!

Some gorgeous illustrations of some of the characters to be found inside “Stealing Snow”! If you’re into fairy tales with a twist, then I highly recommend all of Danielle’s books, but definitely get right in to “Stealing Snow”! I can’t wait to get into some Snow myself!! And maybe, just maybe, I can put some of the anxiety aside, and find a way to finish something. Oh wait!! I just did! The end. 😉

Congratulations Danielle!!

Stay well.

Owl and Penguin pop at the launch!

Owl and Penguin pop at the launch!

 

Winter is apparently a whiny brat!

By | 2018-04-07T23:22:42+00:00 March 23rd, 2015|apartment, childhood, children, dogs, family, forecasting, Life, mental health, mind/body, Owls, parenting, snow, stress relief, totems, weather|

We are a few days into Spring and I’m still my wearing my winter hat and coat. We even had a snowstorm on the first day of Spring! It was fun hearing people come up with their explanations as to why we were having this cold blast. One man said sweetly “it’s Winter saying hello to Spring!” Another person I overheard said “it’s Winter showing Spring who’s boss!”  It was my little one however, who I think summed up the Springtime snow blast the best. He said “Winter is acting like a little kid who doesn’t want to get off the video game and keeps saying “let meplay one more game, let me play one more game!”” My son got a fist bump for that one. 

Meanwhile, chilly outside doesn’t have to mean chilly inside and my orchids are blooming and reminding me and inspiring me to consider all the growth that is to come!



Happy Spring! (At least on the inside!)

Stay well.

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We all like to be right, but it shouldn't be about making someone wrong!

By | 2018-04-07T23:22:47+00:00 January 27th, 2015|forecasting, Life, mental health, snow, weather|

Yeah, it’s a heavy title inspired by a not so heavy occurrence, but one that actually can weigh us down in other facets of our lives. Stick with me, it will make sense eventually.  I’m in New York City, where we had battened down the hatches and cleared the shelves of bread, water, and apparently Kale (shout out to DS for this one), in preparation for a “potentially crippling and historical storm,” according to my weather app. Well “Juno”, as the storm was named, turned out to be just a regular January snow experience, as opposed to #snowmageddon2015. The movie of the same name was way more exciting, but maybe not as pretty to watch. So you can only imagine how the naysaying began, people took to Facebook, Twitter, and more, to downplay or even play up the predictions. There was bitching about the lines at the grocery stores, there were many pictures of wine and liquor followed by the comment “I have everything I need,” (should I be worried about them?), there were also plenty of people slamming the forecasters well before the storm was expected. We know weather can change with the breeze (see how I did that?), therefore we should all know, that it’s better to be prepared than not be prepared. Schools were canceled, mass transit shut down, and states of emergency put in place for New York and New Jersey. Juno, however, decided not to be such a big deal. For NYC, where there were predictions of 2-3 feet of snow, we ended up with less than a foot, several inches less. Of course, the Facebook messages and tweets were all filled with positive statements and missives of relief and relaxation, right? WRONG!!!! The status updates and 164 characters were all nasty comments about stupid weather people, and stupider Mayor, and “flizzard” of 2015, and “snow joke” (saw that one a few times.) Would it have been so difficult to offer thanks to the forecasters for making sure we were ready? The good news, is that the negativity was ultimately replaced by many people playing in the snow, making snowmen, and apparently still pleased about their liquor cabinets. So the next time you find yourself being right about something, enjoy it, but make sure it’s because you earned it and not because someone else made a mistake.

Bearrrrrrr, it's cold! (C'mon that was good!)

Bearrrrrrr, it’s cold! (C’mon that was good!)

Stay well.

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