As you know, I'm not much of a baker, so right off the bat, I have to give points to anyone who attempts to make a shaped or decorated cake. Should I ever be tempted to try, I have only to click over to Cake Wrecks, a blog that posts photos (with hilarious commentary) of cakes gone wrong. These are real professional cakes, the kind you might order from the grocery store or local bakery, made by real people, and you will really laugh. A lot. (I'm showing you a family-friendly cake wreck here, but trust me, there's much more to see on the blog. And yes, folks, this is supposed to be Mickey Mouse.)
Ten years ago, I believed that sports teams chose you. Where you were born, who your father supported, your college teams, where you live ... your fan allegiances were pretermined. My destiny as a sports fan should have been the Yankees (my dad's team), the Montreal Canadiens (my husband's team), Rutgers football (my college team) and the New England Revolution (the hometown soccer team). Instead, the team I chose all by myself is Manchester United, in the English premier football (soccer) league. I have my husband Ted to thank, because he introduced me to the premier league when our cable system began showing matches on the weekends. Man U is in a rebuilding year, with a new coach and a handful of exciting new players from all around the world who can return the team to its winning ways. I'll be watching.
Most Facebook memes I totally ignore, but when my friends Kalyn and Kelly challenged me to list 10 memorable books, ones that have stuck with me or made an impression on me, I couldn't resist. And, of course, I couldn't choose just 10, but ended up with a dozen. Here's my list:
The Goldfinch The Stone Cutter Time and Again Bird by Bird The Iliad The Phantom Tollbooth A Wrinkle in Time (trilogy) The Line and the Dot Under the Tuscan Sun The Well-Tempered Sentence Maus Lord of the Rings (trilogy)
On any given day, the list might be different, but these are books that have stayed with me or made an impression on me at various times in my life. I've discovered lots of new-to-me books from other people's lists, too. So, now I'd love to know what's on your list of 10 memorable books. Please share!
Pharrell Williams is a rare commodity: articulate, compassionate, charismatic, and a darned talented musician. His hit HAPPY, from the film Despicable Me 2, has sold millions. No wonder -- it's uplifting, aspirational, easy to dance to, and, well, it makes me happy just to have it floating around in my head. I promise this short video will make you smile, or dance, or clap, or all three. And we should do more of all of those, every day. Be happy, and share the happiness.
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