What is the Best White Elephant Gift?

Do you know what a white elephant is?

A white elephant is something you’d like to get rid of, its not useful and usually too expensive to use or keep. People sometimes have white elephant gift exchanges, like re-gifting, presents they have been given and would like to get rid of, graciously. The idea is to try finding someone who will love, or at least like, the extravagant, and not useful to most people, gift.… Read the rest

How to Have a Happy Birthday When You’re Alone

justaflowerYour birthday comes around once a year—every year—whether you like it or not. Don’t be in denial; be proud! Celebrate yourself. Age really is just a number; it’s all about how you feel! Choose to feel good, and if you’re celebrating alone, make it special. It’s your day, so do what you want!

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Dolls in Cakes: Restore and Repurpose Dolls

dollincakeI never thought about not liking the doll in a cake. I asked my Mom to make one when I was a kid but it didn’t happen. She made cakes from scratch and we would usually wrap up coins and buttons and cook them in the batter as a birthday game. But we never did do the doll in a cake.… Read the rest

Selling Stories

Originally posted to SuiteU, part of Suite101. SuiteU is being removed from the site. I wanted to save the ecourses so this resource would not disappear.

Selling Stories

By Diane Goldberg


Welcome to “Selling Chicken Soup Stories!” Get a nice cup of tea or coffee and get comfortable while we explore how you can turn your cherished memories, personal triumphs, and funniest stories into the sort of essays featured in the best-selling Chicken Soup for the Soul series.

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Happy Birthday to Me

I just got a birthday card from my Mom.


You are the author of your own life.

It’s up to you to dream it, imagine it, sketch it, shape it, build it, go after it, and make it happen.

And then colour it in with bright, shining shades of joy and deep, lasting shades of meaning that are yours and yours alone.

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Dragging a Corpse Around for Fun

I give the impression of a living person quite well. But I’m actually brain dead. I picked up something not very nice from my little nieces when babysitting and helping with the birthday for the 4 year old on the weekend. Now the back of my head is sliding down my neck, or I wish it would so I could get rid of this dragging head ache.… Read the rest

Refrigerator Cookie Recipe

Honey – Lemon Refrigerator Cookies
10 tbsp. unsalted butter
2/3 cup mild-flavoured honey
2 tsp vanilla
1 large egg
pinch of salt
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
2 tbsp grated lemon zest
1 cup whole-wheat pastry flour
1 1/2 cups unbleached white flour
1/4 to 1/2 tsp ground cloves, to taste

In a food processor or electric mixer, cream the butter and honey.

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On the Road

It’s not a great day to be traveling. I had planned to just stay here, watching the snowflakes, not being out there among them.

But, my sister phoned and I’m about to embark on an outdoor excursion. I don’t really want to go. But, Zack was happy to hear I was coming.

I can’t remember how much gas I had in the tank after the trip out to Barrie the other day.… Read the rest