BlogOff: Grandma’s Sage Advice

Each month the blogosphere hosts a “Let’s Blog Off” event where bloggers across the world write about the same topic on the same day. This month’s topic is “Grandma Always Said…

Advice - The MinimalistLook both ways before crossing the street“, “Share with your sister!” “Put on a coat or you’ll catch a cold!” Those are a few choice phrases my parents murmured, repeated and shouted over the years. I’ve repeated a few myself so there’s something timeless about advice. One person who always shares sagely advice is my grandma who celebrated her 92nd birthday this week. When I called her to wish her Happy Birthday, we reminisced about our childhoods and our respective growth. No matter how often we talk, she always teaches me something and always makes me laugh. Because grandma encourages me to share, I’m sharing her sagely thoughts with you. Continue reading

BlogOff: Soul Food for Generations

Each month the blogosphere hosts a “Let’s Blog Off” event where bloggers across the world write about the same topic on the same day. This month’s topic is “It’s Thanksgiving, let’s blog about food”

turkey_ballMy 92-year young grandma reminds me, “There’s food for the stomach and food for the soul.”, to which she adds, “Make sure you get plenty of both.”

When you grow up in the South, your life revolves around body and soul comfort food which means Thanksgiving abounds with roasted turkey, REAL stuffing, green bean casserole, cranberry salad, sweet potato pie and football. Did I just say football? Yes, because football is more than a game in our family, it’s a spiritual gathering. Continue reading

BlogOff: When I Grow Up, I Want to Be the Big Guy!

Each month the blogosphere hosts a “Let’s Blog Off” event where bloggers across the world write about the same topic on the same day. This month’s topic is “What do you want to be when you grow up?”

santaDo you know what I like about kids? They always know exactly what they want. Ask any child what they want to be when they grow up and they will remind you they are already grown up and are eager to share their visions of being a fireman…a policeman…a football player…ballerina…president…indian chief and can act out their dream with enviable clarity. I wasn’t a dreamer when I was young. I was already living the dream just being a kid, playing with friends, eating hot dogs, going to school, playing sports. I liked just being, but there was one thing I wanted to be when I grew up…Santa Claus. Continue reading

BlogOff: Safe At Home

Each month the blogosphere hosts a “Let’s Blog Off” event where bloggers across the world write about the same topic on the same day. This month’s topic is “What is home?”

plateDuring my pre-teen to teenage years, sports was my life. My social circle revolved around sports. Whatever sports season it was, we played because sports were simple. No matter which game we played, if we played by the rules and played well, we won. I remember when we played baseball we were obsessed with home plate. We established home plate first. Many different objects represented home plate. It might be a board, a spare glove a painted stripe or a fabric scrap, but we had to establish home plate first because “home” provided a frame of reference. When you’re at bat, home is the place where you are. When you hit the ball, home is the place you were. When you’re on base, home is the place you want to be. What’s true in sports is also true in life — everything depends on home. Continue reading