Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Galentine’s Day

For several weeks whenever I walk into a drugstore in Queens I'm subjected to an explosion of everything pink and red, this could only mean one thing: Valentine’s Day is around the corner.
The funny thing about Valentine's Day is that most of my adult life I have recognized the holiday as romantic in nature, but in recent years with the inclusion of friendship, I’ve come to appreciate Valentine’s Day as a general day of Love. In fact, I send Valentine’s Day cards to close family and friends (yes, I do!). 
Recently I got to thinking, how many women and men go out of their way to celebrate special people on this day. A lot, it would seem from an online search. One celebration which resonated with me the most was: Galentine’s Day.
What is Galentine’s Day, you ask? This term was coined a few years back by Leslie Knope - a fictional character from the popular sitcom Parks and Recreation. Leslie declared, “Every February 13th, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home, and we come and kick it, breakfast-style. Ladies celebrating ladies.” What a great concept.
In the spirit of Galentine’s Day I’m channeling Leslie Knope and suggest ways to celebrate:

* Brunch date with gal pals – send Evite
* Eat waffles – a Leslie Knope must!
* Exchange gifts – who doesn’t want gifts?
*Consume fizzy drinks – ok, so I’m partial to Merlot, but even I’ll drink a sugar-laden frou-frou drink for my lady friends

Whether you are taken, or happily detached, I’m sure you too can appreciate a different type of celebration. In fact, how about we declare February 15th Bromance Day?

Maria Cox

Source:
www.npr.org
www.hgtv.com

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Writing Takes Center Stage

It's a brand new year...ah the possibilities!

I am thrilled to start this year with a renewed sense of purpose. Already, I started the road back to writing every day, I'm also committed to: journaling, blogging, writing articles and book reviews; all this is sure to keep the creative juices flowing.

As an author I've set daily and weekly writing goals. Below is my Done list:

  • Pulled out the Idea Board
  • Developed a writer's schedule
  • Enlisted an Accountability Partner (AP)
  • Signed up for the 2018 Goodreads Book Challenge

Whatever your goals, set a plan in motion today. Write your plan down then tell your family, your friends, even co-workers. "Why?" you ask. A month from now when life settles back into a routine and the well-intentioned resolutions fall by the wayside, you'll need the accountability factor. So when your neighbor asks "How's the writing coming along?" you'll proudly say, "It's going great!"

Happy Writing!

Maria

Monday, August 21, 2017

Total Solar Eclipse!


Hello and Happy Eclipse Day!


On Monday, August 21, 2017, North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. Anyone within the path of totality can see one of nature’s most awe-inspiring events. The path will stretch all the way from Lincoln Beach, OR to Charleston, SC.

Make sure to wear protective glasses and have fun! 

Maria