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Blame Sandy for the Lack of Post

No post today. That's a weird thing to say in what is technically a post. Nonetheless, that's what I'm here to say.

We are still without power after Hurricane Sandy. I'm typing this from my cell phone. Rest assured my family is safe. But for the power outage, consequent lack of running water, and a few lost trees, our home is in tact.

There are still plenty of people here in New Jersey with bigger problems than mine. Please keep those families in your thoughts and prayers.

Live Wonderstruck will return to regular posting when my power has been restored.

Waiting for the Storm

Here in New Jersey (northeast United States for those readers in other countries), we are bracing for Hurricane Sandy. The media has tossed around terms like "a storm for the history books."

Stores were packed as early as Friday morning as people tried to load up on water, batteries, bread, and other supplies. For some reason people also seem to go for milk and eggs which doesn't make much sense to me because (at least at my house) we often lose power, so anything that requires refrigeration isn't going to survive anyway.

We moved our patio furniture to the shed and strapped our grill down. We've placed all the flashlights, candles, and lighters where we can easily find them. We have non-perishable food and water. We are as ready as we are going to be.

Waiting for the storm is a weird feeling. Last night we sat around the house looking out the window every so often. The rain was supposed to start at 4:00 p.m. yesterday, yet there wasn't a single drop of rain bef…

Interview: Alina Weldon

Each Wednesday is Wonderstruck Interview day. Hearing other people’s stories is a great way to see things from a different perspective and perhaps find something new to apply to our own lives.

Today is a treat for me because I got to interview my best friend of... ahem... well... as she told me earlier this year, "our friendship is now old enough to drink." Phew. That's a lot of years. We've been friends since high school despite living miles and states apart. Meet Alina Weldon: a defense contractor in Washington, D.C., mother to a fierce (in the awesome way) daughter, and a heck of a dancer.

Oh, and for the record, I chose this photograph because I love the pure happiness that shows all over her face when she laughs. So much joy!

What have you been wonderstruck by recently?

My Wonderstruck moment recently was during a morning walk. I had to kill about an hour before I could pick up my loaner laptop. I was given the gift of having a quiet moment to walk along and watch p…

Bobby McFerrin Shows the Beauty in Working Together

A few years ago I took my husband and stepson to see Bobby McFerrin in concert. I had a feeling it would be a fun show even if I didn't know fully what to expect. Their only familiarity with McFerrin was as the "Don't Worry, Be Happy" guy, so they knew even less about what to expect.

What transpired was a mesmerizing exhibit of vocals as McFerrin performed a one man show using only his voice, the tapping of his feet, and patting his hand on his chest to create fully developed music.

Things got really fun as he started encouraging audience participation. At one point, he slid his chair to the side of the stage and invited anyone who wanted to join him on stage and dance. One at a time, audience members and McFerrin did some improv together- them through dance, he through sound.

Later he invited audience members up to sing with him. They would sing any song they wanted and he would embellish it with his own personal style.

At other times he got the entire audience involved…

Interview: Janice Heck

Each Wednesday is Wonderstruck Interview day. Hearing other people’s stories is a great way to see things from a different perspective and perhaps find something new to apply to our own lives.

This week's interviewee is Janice Heck. Jan is a retired educator who enjoys blogging about travel, food, writing, grammar, cats, and events in her current home state, New Jersey.

What have you been wonderstruck by recently?

Over the past few months, I have been impressed by the vast numbers of committed volunteers who contribute their time, energy, and money to church events, community events, and special fundraising events for catastrophes or major illnesses. Whatever their causes, volunteers log many hours of work, and in the process, they touch many lives. It is humbling to be involved with these caring people.

What part of your day are you grateful for?

Evenings. The day has calmed down and all the distractions have fluttered away. I finally have time to think and write. I am a night owl, an…

Going For It

I applied for a job this morning. A blogging job. How cool is that?

It's nothing major - 3 posts per week (okay, that could get major) - but it intrigued me, so I went for it.

The chances of me getting this job are probably slim. While I meet the qualifications, I'm sure the competition is great, and I met none of the "preference given to..." bonus points. Wrong locale, new reader of their blog. Strike and strike.

I could have stopped reading and let it go, but something about their request resonated with me. It inspired me. It spurred a slew of writing ideas and a new perspective. I feel confident I can bring a good, and somewhat unique, perspective to their readers.

It's now in their hands to decide if we're a good match. Maybe they'll agree, maybe they won't.

Here's the thing... if they don't choose me, I'll be in exactly the same place I am now. There is nothing to lose by going for it. In fact, I may be able to use those sample posts I wro…

Wonderstruck Fall

The leaves started turning this week where I live. Greens are giving way to golds and reds in a beautiful display of nature's wonder. So, how about a little Fall inspiration as you seek wonderstruckness right where you are today...


“Autumn...the year's last, loveliest smile.”
― William Cullen Bryant

“Love the trees until their leaves fall off, then encourage them to try again next year.”
― Chad Sugg

“That time of year thou mayst in me behold
When yellow leaves, or none, or few, do hang
Upon those boughs which shake against the cold,
Bare ruin'd choirs, where late the sweet birds sang.”
― William Shakespeare, excerpt from Shakespeare's Sonnets
How is Fall showing itself where you live?

Be sure to join the wonderstruck conversation on my Facebook page. Click the "like" button if you... um... like it. 

Interview: You - What About Fall Has You Wonderstruck?

There is no wonderstruck interview today. Instead, I'm breaking from routine this week to interview you.

Yes, you.

Don't worry. This will be painless. There is only one question.
What about Fall has you wonderstruck?
Is it the crisp air? Colorful leaves? Apple cider? Pumpkin picking? Something else?

Share your answer in the comments, then come back and see what others are saying. Maybe you'll find more things to be wonderstruck about.

Have you visited my Facebook page yet? If not, you’re missing out on wonderstruck inspiration throughout the week. Come check it out and click the “Like” button.

Frustrated to Wonderstruck... You Can Make the Shift

It's the third time this week he hasn't napped and yet he stayed up as late tonight as he normally would. You put him in his crib and he plays quietly until drifting to sleep. Peace is yours.

You can work on that thing- that project you've been meaning to work on. You're making progress. Finally.

Then he cries.

It's been less than an hour since you put him down. Now he's crying.

You wait because maybe he'll go back to sleep. Then you wait just one more minute to be sure.

Yes, he needs you.

You go to him slightly agitated because you can't seem to get a break today. You remind yourself he doesn't mean to mess up your day. He needs... something. Maybe to know it's okay.

So you hold him. Rock him back and forth, back and forth. Sing "lullaby and goodnight, in the sky stars are bright."

You think about this time where you could be finishing your project. You could be doing any one of the hundred things on your to do list. There are so many things …

Smiles Aplenty

Today is World Smile Day! Did you know there was such a thing? I didn't until just last week, but here it is, World Smile Day 2012.

It started in 1999 as a day to spread smiles and kind acts to one another. Certainly every day is a good day to do that, but maybe today we can pay special attention to share kindness.

The basic idea is this:
On this day we call upon people around the globe to be thoughtful of others and use the power of smile and a kind act to make a small difference in the world in which we live.
That's direct from worldsmileday.com.

What kind act will you do for someone else today? Helping with a task? Lightening a load? Listening?

How about picking up the phone to tell someone you are happy they are in your life. Channel Stevie Wonder... call to say, "I love you."

Give smiles and see how many smiles come right back to you.

Because it's World Smile Day, it also seems appropriate to let you, my fabulous wonderstruck readers, know how happy you make me. I l…

Interview: Patricia Caviglia

Each Wednesday is Wonderstruck Interview day. Hearing other people’s stories is a great way to see things from a different perspective and perhaps find something new to apply to our own lives.

This week's interviewee is author Patricia Caviglia whose novella, Masks: A Novella, is now available. She is currently working on a second novel due out early 2013.

What have you been wonderstruck by recently?

Recently, I was wonderstruck by the weather. The sky at sunset on Saturday night was awesome. Above me, there was cloud cover, but, to the west about 30 KM from me, the cloud mass ended and the sky was clear. Between the clouds and the horizon, I could see a sliver of blue and golden light. I had to sit for a while and just soak it up.

What part of your day are you grateful for?

I’m grateful for every part of my day. I wake up to live another day. I get to wake up my daughter and be amazed by how wonderful she is. I get to go to work and make the money I need to live plus a little more. I …

The Benefit of Impromptu Time Off

When I posted the “Magic at Work” photo just over a week ago, I hadn’t the slightest inkling that I’d be taking the week off from blogging. But you know what? Sometimes living wonderstruck means taking time to live.

Sometimes you need to recharge, reconnecting to the good stuff. Sometimes you simply need time to catch up. I did some of both.

It’s hard in this blogging world to come up with fresh ideas. One of my biggest frustrations is feeling like this message needs to be spread (what a grand thing if we could all live wonderstruck), yet feeling like I don’t have anything new to say.

Sometimes all these notions are churning inside and when it comes time to turn them into coherent sentences, I come up blank. Sometimes the household chores and family obligations take over.

Last week was a week to refill my inspiration bucket. I played, I visited with friends, I picked apples and made applesauce.

It was a week to progress. I completed my contribution to an amazing (and-so-secret-for-now) boo…