Archive for March, 2009

30
Mar

What’s Your Calgon?

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Depending on how old you are, you may or may not remember the Calgon commercial…the one whose slogan said, “Calgon, take me away,” along with the visual of a woman relaxing in a bathtub.

I found myself thinking about that slogan today because I’m getting ready to send the manuscript for my second sewing circle mystery to my editor at Berkley Prime Crime. And after months of working on this book, I’m in dire need of a little self-pampering.

Unfortunately, I’m not always very good at slowing down long enough to pamper.  I want to…and I try to…but the moment I do, I see all the other stuff I should be doing–laundry, cleaning, writing a new proposal, getting caught up on my freelance business, etc.

And as sad as it is to admit, that stuff always wins. It just does.

Today, though, I’d like to find and savor my very own Calgon. I’ve earned it and, quite frankly, I need it.

So I come to you for suggestions…

When you accomplish something that’s taken the bulk of your physical and mental energy for weeks, how do you recharge your battery?

~Elizabeth Lynn

19
Mar

True Friends

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I was thirty before I discovered what friendship really meant.

No, not the kind of friendship where you play Barbies from sunup to sundown…or do each other’s hair…or talk until the wee hours of the morning about everything and anything. I had lots of friends like that along the way.

But I was thirty before I really got it. I mean, really, truly, got it.

Maybe some of that was simply an older/wiser kind of thing. Maybe some of that was because life wasn’t so light and easy anymore. Maybe it’s because I was simply meant to wait that long. Whatever the reason, though, I can honestly say it was worth the wait…

Was there an occasional movie with this friend? Sure.

Has she done my hair on occasion? More times than I can count.

Have we talked for hours on end? Many, many times. Sometimes even without popcorn!

What’s different this time around, though, is all the other stuff–the unwavering support, the constant hand, the listening ear, the encouraging words, the swift kick when it’s needed most…

Friends like those are rare. Friends like those are to be cherished and celebrated.

So that’s what I want to do this week. I want to talk about those friends who have changed our lives for the better. I want to share the kinds of things they’ve done that have impacted our lives and given us hope when it’s needed most…

C’mon, join in. Then be sure to stop by again throughout the week to see how the conversation has grown.

Here’s to true friendship. If you have it, you know it.

~Elizabeth Lynn