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Celebrate Every Day

Posted by lindamartinandersen on January 8, 2016

A Writer's Playground Fotosearch_u17996074  “Celebrate Every Day” by Linda Martin Andersen

Each month at “A Writer’s Playground,” I post information about monthly calendar days to observe.

This post is a reminder to celebrate every day of the month!  Not with a party and cake, but by living life to the fullest!

Yesterday, I read an article in “The Fayetteville Observer” by Alicia Rancilio of the Associated Press about customizing your own decorative planning tools.  This reminded me of scrapbooking days.

Just like coloring books are now something for all ages, so are decorative planning creations.  One 14-year-old interviewed in the article, creates a planner page to help her “conquer the week.”  That sounds more than decorative.  That sounds empowering.

Erin Condren, a customized planner business owner, suggests combining  planning with “truly celebrating every day.” http://www.erincondren.com/ 

And for those who say they don’t have a creative bone in their bodies… the best line of the article:  “The great thing is, there are no rules.”

Read Alicia Rancilio’s article below:


Look for other lovely tools that encourage creativity.  At our local farmer’s market, I purchased a hand-made sketch book for my niece that was covered  in a fabric that looked like batik.   What is batik?  Learn more here:   http://www.batikguild.org.uk/whatisbatik.asp 

Suggested Writing Prompts: 

  1. What is a red letter day?  When did you have one?  Describe it.
  2. Have you had a sick day lately?  What did friends and family do to cheer you up and help you to feel better?
  3. List the steps for creating a decorated planner page others can try.



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Room At The Inn

Posted by lindamartinandersen on December 22, 2015

A Writer's Playground Fotosearch_u17996074 “A Writer’s Playground”–A place to find wordplay, writing, and monthly calendar activities for kids and those young at heart.”

“Room At The Inn” by Linda Martin Andersen

“Poverty’s Price,” is an outstanding recent series of articles by Greg Barnes of “The Fayetteville Observer.”  http://www.fayobserver.com/special/poverty/

This is a season of generosity.  Yesterday, I had the pleasure of visiting Operation Inasmuch in Fayetteville, NC where homeless are family.  This newsletter celebrates the organization’s plan to expand services.  A shelter will be built.



Operation Inasmuch in Fayetteville, NC. Copyright 2015. Linda Martin Andersen

Operation Inasmuch in Fayetteville, NC. Copyright 2015. Linda Martin Andersen

As this calendar year ends, let’s celebrate our blessings and extend a hand to others.  May this season of generosity be lived and celebrated every day.

Will your calendar reflect participation in projects that touch your heart?  Have a family meeting and discuss how you can make a difference for others.

Writing Prompt:  Consider writing about “Room at the Inn” or about a time you helped someone or someone helped you.

Happy Holidays!  Thanks for visiting.  Come again soon and bring a friend.  Please leave a comment.  If you are 13 or under, please ask an adult to comment for you.   For more fun, sign up to follow my blog.  Thank you!

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