The truth behind what’s in your Teflon non-stick cookware is terrifying. Besides harming the environment, both the chemicals inside Teflon and the chemicals used to manufacture Teflon are proven carcinogens. Look what DuPont and 3M have been hiding for decades.
When I was younger, I didn’t feel pretty. I had a soft, round tummy that I delighted in when I was little, then despised by the time I reached double digits. My hair was albino white and my skin was equally as white—and that was just the cold months. In the summer, my hair turned even whiter and my skin developed into a whitish, rosy sand colour, which only made my thick white eyebrows look even more like Santa. I had braces for three years and a perm for two. All of that changed with an amethyst.
I skied on New Year’s Eve—the first time in 21 years. During my ski sabbatical, skis shrank by a foot and got fatter by a few inches. Helmets became the norm instead of something only old people wore (and the young, cool crowd sneered at). I saw the same, familiar snow bunnies in Chamonix, France that I saw in Vail, CO 21 years ago, completely kitted in Bogner with Lacroix skis and designer goggles, but that’s where familiarity ended.
Would learning to write a character sketch help the students in my writing workshop be better storytellers? Personality traits and behaviour was easy to grasp, but they struggled with understanding motivation. What I realised is their struggle isn't much different than if I had been teaching a class full of marketing professionals. How can we sell anything if we don't understand the motivation of buying?
Take a group of eight children, add a writer/mum eager to help, then write a book, together, that makes sense, that stretches eager minds, that makes better writers, that keeps the writer/mum sane. Lessons learned by teaching.
25 writing prompts to inspire even the biggest procrastinator and shift even the deepest void of a creative block. I give #7 to my writing class (just kids in year 3) and their ideas are hilarious. #25 is always my go-to when the words won't flow.
By today, most people have already given up their New Year's resolution. I over-indulged for five weeks feeling like it was my Christmas duty to eat, drink and spend with reckless abandon. When I returned to the gym 4 January (along with herds of others stampeding toward the treadmill at Virgin Active), my much rounder, softer self protested loudly. Why didn't I follow Cathy's example?
Mix 7 inch stilettos with a Julia Roberts smile and an Angelina Jolie fierceness; wrap it with a former size 24 body; now take a detour through Fabio, Buns of Steel, Weight Watchers and Atkins. After this long journey, you'll barely come close to understanding the beauty and wonder that is Cathy and why Cathy is running for her life.
We wiped every snotty nose, managed 105⁰ fevers and vomiting on planes with grace, and have an arsenal of embarrassing pictures and videos waiting for graduation. Kids are nutty. Embrace it. Celebrate it. All too soon, they grow up, become censored, talk back and move out.
A writer knows no other way to experience the world than to share it through stories.