now THIS is my kind of exercise!

Most people think they have to feel good first in order to laugh. But you can start from nothing, you can even start feeling unhappy and just laugh as a form of exercise, and happy feelings follow.

— Jeffrey Briar, Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher
(seriously?!?! sign me up)

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flaughter of course

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re{ top 20 ways to come up w/ stellar blogging ideas {the vegetarian version}

well…seeing that blogging has been more of an afterthought of mine…after thinking about work, food, and of course, chocolate. I’m reposting these “you’re-cool-b/c-you-wear-your-hat-backward” ideas from days gone by to offer that good ol’ kick in the pants…or skirt for the lady in the audience…

[p.s…you should go to the comments from the original post…you guys are hillll-arous]

Do you find that even though throughout the day you say, “wow, I should really blog about THAT”, you actually get blank-page-phobia once you begin to write a post? Or you skip a few days b/c you feel there is nothing of which to write? Well, one of my favorite blogging resources, skelliewag.orgprovides an infinite array of how to’s, tips, ideas and inspiration for every type of blogger: the novice, the average and up through the veteran [to me, anyone who began blogging before 2004 is considered a veteran].
One of my most viewed skellywag posts endows its readers with the top 20 ways to come up w/ amazing blogging ideas. It embellishes each proposal, so if you want more meat than I’m providing in this vegetarian version of the post…go here. Otherwise, here they are…top 20 ways to come up w/ amazing blogging ideas:

  1. Carry a notebook.
  2. Keep a list.
  3. Exercise.
  4. Driving.
  5. Read a lot.
  6. Find inspiration.
  7. Listen.
  8. Find twists.
  9. Examine your life.
  10. Question everything.
  11. Trawls through fresh resources.
  12. Bounce stuff off others.
  13. Reader emails.
  14. Forums.
  15. Ask.
  16. Magazine rack.
  17. Look deep inside yourself.
  18. Learn from your mistakes.
  19. Be inspired by nature.
  20. Music.

As wonderful as these are, I’m sure there are others.
Time to outshine the stars, people!

a parenthetical place called “home” (of course)

A home either welcomes you or keeps the unwelcome away (however, my speculative cooking does the same thing).

It has its own smell, recognizable only by the first inhale and hides in the corners of the brain for later days of nostalgia (some credit febreeze, i credit the fairies that come to my house when we’re asleep & sprinkle it w/ fragrances – that idea is much prettier.).

It has its own sounds and shadows (some creepy and some creepier. Again, i like to blame the fairies. it’s late.).

It offers peace in storms and lies awake to offer company during sleepless nights (let’s just call the fairies Lottie, Dottie and Moe).

So this, my friend, is home (friend. *sigh*).

And although we don’t have all of our things (they’re lost somewhere between ohio and oregon).

and although we have only one finished room (the guest bath below. b/c we’re good to our guests like that. everyone likes a nice bathroom.).

We’re home (come over, use the bathroom, and meet the fairies. Ok, maybe just two of the three work just as well as the others.).

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