The Art of the Handwritten Letter Part 2

The Art of the Handwritten Letter: Part Two

Letter writing, like poetry, is an art. In fact, etiquette expert Emily Post even suggested that, “the letter you write…is always a mirror which reflects your appearance, taste, and character.”

Remembering Maya

Remembering Maya

On the back of the fierce wind The free bird dares to fly high. Above the chains of history She dares to claim the sky. They put the free bird in a cage But unfettered, the caged bird sings, The song of her ancestors Of hope, of fear, and of beautiful things. Of men remembering their dignity Touching raw earth, …

The Art of the Handwritten Letter

The Art of the Handwritten Letter: Part One

From time to time I open up this wooden box of “treasures” that I have stored. These treasures are letters and cards that I have wanted to save—letters from my grandparents and parents, notes from friends (including a few cute ones from my elementary school days), and letters from my husband. There is something timeless about these notes, they bring …

A Friend by Maryann Beckman

A Friend

In a forest far, far away unseen by you or I, where trees grow tall and earth reaches for the sky– An elf was walking on his way; unaware his life would change  that  day. He had a tragic fall. On the ground against a wall. and when he stood he could not recall Not a thing, not a thing at all. He found a …

The Art of Staycation

The Art of the Staycation

  There are times when I need a vacation. Staying at home can be boring, but only boring people are bored right? So why not make the most of your time, money, and surroundings with a staycation. I’ve found taking a vacation in my home city is a great way to keep my travel instincts sharp.  I figure if I …

How To Host A Book Swap

How to Host A Book Swap

Who doesn’t want to save a little money? How about doing that while spending time with friends?   A book swap is a great way to do both. You can gather a group of your friends, enjoy some snacks and find some great new reads. The good part is, you can also get book recommendations at the same time. Not …

Top 20 Lifestyle Blogs To Follow

Top 20 Lifestyle Blogs to Follow

  What do you do when you need a dose of inspiration? I’m always look to my favorite blogs for early morning pick-me-ups, creative ideas, and sparks of inspiration. There are so many great blogs out there, but this is a list of my go-to favorites. If you need some proof that the world is a beautiful place, these blogs …

Make The Perfect Cake Pop

Make the Perfect Cake Pop

Cake pops are essentially small delicious bites of happiness at the end of a stick. They are very simple to prepare: Bake a cake, mush it up with frosting, roll it into balls, insert a stick, and dip it in chocolate! These things really are a hit with kids because they are so fun, but adults seem to enjoy the …

The Two by Maryann Beckman

The Two

In the garden of destiny many flowers bloomed. The Rose of wonder, the Lilly of Hope, the Orchid of Dreams, the flowers of Passion, Exuberance, and Joy. And there they bloomed fighting the weeds of discontent, envy, lust and pride And they battled in this garden held by Zeus.