More reasons to write/create for others

An update sharing a link to the request so far.

Here is the current list of requests
–updated daily.

Confession…I’m falling behind! Luckily, I have till the 22nd to get them in the mail.

If you do participate, why not create a quick word cloud highlighting that person’s special traits? Then print it out on the paper you’ll use for your letter.

Finally! You’re doing something with your life!

Here’s a link to my post’s 1-minute look at the More Love Letters project’s first request:

Geeez, do something with your life, would’ya? Part II

tiger lying on his side
Image by Gerhard G. from Pixabay

My first response to the story linked below: Admiration.

Then: “And you think it’s a big deal when you roll a neighbor’s trash barrels in every Tuesday morning.”

Yep, seems I could be doing more in my spare time.

So, once I get past the shame and embarrassment [I’ll need coffee and a scone to help me along], I’m going to let these impressive kids inspire me to simply get more done.

AND…super citizen that I am, I’ll STILL roll in those trash barrels!

Time Magazine’s Kid of the Year


Image by Jill Wellington from Pixabay 

Why this photo? The phone is put aside. Ditto with the remote. But the steaming drink [sniff, sniff…is that a hint of brandy?] is begging for your attention.

Need more affirmation of your downshift? Let’s consult a six-year-old boy [and his tiger].

Want more suggestions?

Check out’s The Art of Doing Nothing in Retirement . Warning: While the suggestions are solid, the sensory assault of the ads might be annoying and send you back to the ever-wise Calvin.

To spare you of the onslaught, here are the first three points:

  • Let go of the guilt.
  • There will be a period of adjustment.
  • Welcome the lower stress levels

Retirement eCard…

People in swimming pool wanting to get out

Continuing work on my Incomplete Book of Retirement Wisdom, which also doubles as a collection of eCards. I’ve added it to Etsy . Target dates for the rewrite for Draft2Digital [and bookstore availability] is June 7.

Save/download the image above and send it to a retired/soon-to-retire friend or family member.
Better yet…

  • call it up in an image editing program [even a presentation program like PowerPoint will work]

  • slap an even better caption on top of mine or add a personal comment

  • export it as a JPG or PNG, and email/text message it to that person.

Willie Nelson on being creative

“I think I need to keep being creative, not to prove anything but because it makes me happy just to do it,..I think trying to be creative, keeping busy, has a lot to do with keeping you alive.”

–Willie Nelson


Reflect today on how it feels when you add a new ingredient to your recipe, try a snapshot from an unexpected angle, or experiment with a new form/character/plot point in your writing.

Sometimes, a shrug with an accompanying ‘Hey, why the hell not?’ can make your day.

How to Be Idle: A Loafer’s Manifesto

book cover of book How to Be Idle
Image from Amazon and linked to Amazon

The latest book I’m camping out with…

“Where do our ideas come from? When do we dream? When are we happy?…It is in our leisure time, our own time, when we are doing what we want to do.”

I’m already hooked!
More later…


Thought for the Day from The Art of Innovation

A link to an excerpt from the book The Art of Innovation

Other thoughts on breaking rules…

Breaking the Rules: An Innovation Tool

The Rules to Breaking the Rules [Fast Company]