A sneak peek at the artwork for the 2019 edition of The Nice List — now available for Pre-Order. And all about the new section of the website: Planning and Planners.Read More
Pre-orders for The Nice List 2019 open this weekend! Plus: get 20% off any order in my shop this weekend as part of the Mega Planner Addicts Sale. And be sure to check out all of the other MPA participating shops, too!Read More
This month I am launching two big projects: The 100 Day Project and the One Room Challenge. I’m excited to share both with you!Read More
I hope you each had a Merry Christmas! I am recovering from strep throat — super-fun! But I am taking a little down time today to make sure my thank you note lists are up to date. Did you keep lists of gifts as they were opened at your house? .
Making these lists is part of my practice of gratitude. I used to think of thank you notes as a chore, but I have turned them into on of my habits of gratitude in the last few years. After all, they aren’t just good manners; thank you notes are a means of expressing your Thanks after receiving a gift.
So before you put away all of the gifts you received, take a few minutes to write them down and give thanks for such thoughtful blessings from your family and friends! .
I have lots more about gratitude and thank you notes today in a new section on MidModernMama: Gratitude.
I am launching this new Gratitude section with a piece on How to Write Fabulous Thank You Notes and a list of suggestions for Host & Hostess Gifts. I also have a review of AJ Jacob’s new book, Thanks a Thousand where he sets off to thank everyone who makes his morning cup of coffee possible.
And just for fun I have a new list of Bubbles for New Years — champagne and sparkling wine to ring in the new year.
I hope you will stop by and check it out! And thank you! Thank you for being my loyal readers and for setting off with me on this new venture!
Armistice Day • 100 Years
I spent a few hours today meditating on the music and poetry of The War to End War. In some ways WWI seems so long ago, and yet 100 years is fleeting — a mere blink in time. And the deaths of 8.5 million soldiers (and an estimated 13 million civilians) can not be forgotten. Nearly 22 million people died in four years of brutal warfare.
So I spent time today listening to music of and about WWI, and I made poppies. The poppies are printed with the text of Britten’s War Requiem — poems woven together with the words of the mass for the dead. The poem written across the page is John McCrae’s brilliant “In Flanders Fields.” And this is all layered upon the pages of the gospel of Luke 2: 29-32, “Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace.”
But it is the MaCrae’s call which keeps running through my head...
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high!
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
To read the entirety of “In Flanders Fields,” visit Poets.org.
Art Journaling is part of my creative process, and I am currently keeping two art journals. Get a sneak peek into both of them!Read More