The Return of Tell Me a Story Tuesday!


After a bit of a break it’s time to bring back Tell Me a Story Tuesday! For my ones of new readers, Tell Me a Story Tuesday is when I share my love of storytelling with all of you by trying to get you tell me a story. I’ll admit that to less than stellar success in the past, but this is a new beginning!

It’s simple really, I throw out an idea and invite you to write a few lines. I’m not looking for perfection. I’m not looking for something to change the world. I’m try to give us all the opportunity to flex that little creative muscle that most of us don’t get to use as often as we should. No pressure. No judgement. Just a chance to share and have a little fun.

The Challenge: It’s the last official week of summer, so tell me a story about what you did on your summer vacation. It doesn’t necessarily have to be this summer. It can be your favorite summer vacation. Or the worst. Feel free to embellish if you’d like, but try to keep it plausible (I think we’ll all call shenanigans on you if you tell us you went to Mars in June). Use the comment section below to share your comments below to make sure everyone can see it (if it’s posted somewhere else or if it’s long you can share a link instead).

The Rules: Yep, there are a few rules, but there aren’t many. It’s more to keep things nice and friendly like. You can read the Ground Rules here or just visit the link at the top of the page.

The Prize: Our undying love and devotion. Alright, that’s kind of lame I admit. But, if people start to share stories than we’ll see what we can do about getting some sort of prize. In the mean time you are more than welcome to say you participated in the weekly storytelling event.

So, tell me a story! And who knows…you tell me yours and I may just tell you mine!

Take a Little Time to Recharge


I was on vacation last week. It was the first time I had gone away with the family for something other than a family function/holiday in over two years. It was heaven.

Sunny morning at the beach

Sun, sand and the Atlantic Ocean.

Yes, April at the beach can leave something to be desired (it was rainy and cold for a large part of our trip). True, someone did break into our car (our early 2000s Ford Focus with standard stereo? Didn’t they see the nicer vehicles with dash mounted GPS a little further down? For their effort they got a resort parking pass and an outdated digital photo album with pictures of my kids as babies and one of my Dad – good luck pawning that 5-year-old-and-outdated-technology you don’t have the special cable for buddy!). And OK, about 10 minutes from home the car broke down…But we got to spend time together and recharge our batteries.

That’s something that’s important for equipment and people. Sometimes we get so focused on our daily existence we don’t take time to relax, unwind and give our creative juices a chance to start flowing again. I, for one, have a hard time remembering that a change of location and a few moments to myself can work wonders for one’s outlook (and sanity).

So I charge you with taking time to recharge your batteries today. Maybe you can’t run off to the beach for a few days, but maybe you can find time to take a walk outside, or sit in a silent room and let your mind drift, or put on your favorite guilty pleasure song to dance and sing along to. Take a few moments to relax and reconnect with yourself and you may find that the world is a better place!