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20 ideas to put the sizzle in your Summer!

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Posted by on Jul 20, 2011 | 0 comments

Beach umbrella under blue Antiguan skies :) More than any other season, Summer makes me feel young.   Maybe it’s nostalgic camp memories, or our tradition of family vacation, or great weather allowing more time outdoors, but Summer invites the kid in all of us to come out and play.  I just feel better in the Summer.  It could be the added dose of Vitamin D from sunshine-filled longer days, but whatever is responsible, Summer months have me singing a happy tune.

Sassy or sexy, flirty or fun, pretty or practical–-here are 20 ideas to put the sizzle in your Summer, and to help you feel younger in the process–

Please keep reading over at Therapon's The Skinny, 'cause I sure had a lot of fun imagineering this list!

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New York City in 48 hours

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Posted by on Jul 19, 2011 | 16 comments

I really, truly want to hear from you

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We're taking our three teens to the Big Apple this Summer, and we'll have about 2 1/2 days in the City that Never Sleeps ('cause honestly, who can afford to take a family to New York longer than that???).  Think Beverly Hillbillies when they "loaded up the truck and moved to Beverly" except the Dances will "load up the van and visit NYC." 

I'm looking for your best tips, tricks and suggestions of what to do and see…and EAT!  Please take a minute and chime in!  If you're too shy (or haven't figured out how to comment I'm not naming names but you know who you are ;)) please email pensieve(dot)me(at)gmail.

And I would REALLY appreciate if you invited others to chime in, linking this post to Facebook, Twitter, Stumbleupon (tags: travel, NYC, New York, vacation, family), Google+, Tumbler, BlogFrog, LifeKraze–whereever anyone might have something to add!!  (Thank you!)  To make it easy, feel free to copy/paste the following:

Please share your best #NYC #travel tips w/a friend of mine!! http://bit.ly/ppjlAW {RT}

or

Please help @PensieveRobin plan a family trip to #NYC; she's looking for YOUR best #travel tips! http://bit.ly/ppjlAW {RT}

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Courageous

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Posted by on Jul 17, 2011 | 1 comment

Mark Hall is awfully diplomatic in his new song Courageous, featured in the upcoming film of the same name.  Its unspoken battle cry is more like Man!  Up!! for goodness sakes!

Clearly why I'm not a successful lyricist :).  But if you read the lyrics below, you *might* just agree with me.

I'm a long-time fan of Casting Crowns; I've bought every one of their CDs since their debut and seen them in concert a few times.  Courageous is just one of the songs on Come to the Well, their upcoming album planned for an October release. 

Take a listen.  If you likey, you can download it for free!

 

Courageous lyrics

We were made to be courageous
We were made to lead the way
We could be the generation
That finally breaks the chain
We were made to be courageous
We were made to be courageous

We were warriors on the front lines
Standing, unafraid
But now we're watchers on the sidelines
While our families slip away

Where are you, men of courage?
You were made for so much more
Let the pounding of hearts cry
We will serve the Lord

We were made to be courageous
And we're taking back the fight
We were made to be courageous
And it starts with us tonight

The only way we'll ever stand
Is on our knees we're lifting hands
Make us courageous
Lord, make us courageous

This is our resolution
Our answer to the call
We will love our wives and children
We refuse to let them fall

We will reignite the passion
That we buried deep inside
May the watchers become warriors
Let the men of God arise

We were made to be courageous
And we're taking back the fight
We were made to be courageous
And it starts with us tonight

The only way we'll ever stand
Is on our knees, we're lifting hands
Make us courageous
Lord, make us courageous

Seek justice
Love mercy
Walk on
Be with your God

In the war of the mind
I will make my stand
In the battle of the heart
And the battle of the hand

In the war of the mind
I will make my stand
In the battle of the heart
And the battle of the hand

We were made to be courageous
And we're taking back the fight
We were made to be courageous
And it starts with us tonight

The only way we'll ever stand
Is on our knees, we're lifting hands
Make us courageous
Lord, make us courageous

We were made to be courageous
Lord, make us courageous

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Love, you

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Posted by on Jul 16, 2011 | 2 comments

Even with the chicken-scratchiest scrawl, there’s something treasurable in a handwritten letter.

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Isn’t that why we box some away, impossible to relegate them to trash?

I still have letters from my Jennie Arnold Edwards Y Camp days, some likely 40 years old.  And remember those creased and folded notebook paper letters passed from friend to friend in class?  Why would I save those?

Closing my eyes I can see their writing on the page and it’s as familiar as their faces–Mandy’s handwriting was my favorite and it suited her; full and cheerful, each letter a stroke of happy.  Kimberly’s had a sophisticated, artistic flair; Lee’s slanted backwards, tell-tale mark of a left-hander; Suzanne’s, delicate and smart.

I think I tried to copy each of them, but my handwriting always looked  disappointingly like…Robin’s.  Penmanship must be an extension of thumbprint, as unique as the person to whom it’s attached.

And the boys…I still have those old love notes from boys.  Jeff–we broke up and got back together eight times in the eight grade, Dennis who spelled like a fourth grader, Bryan who didn’t mind telling me what he thought; and my college sweetheart-turned-husband.  (I liked his best.  In fact, one registers as a Favorite Gift of All Time!)

I could probably identify their penmanship quicker today than picking them out of a police line-up 25 years since I’ve seen them.

My aunt’s…my sister’s…my mother-in-law’s–their letters and cards flash before my mind’s eye and I see encouragement and love; not just in the words themselves but in their intention and deliberateness of writing.

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Don't stop now!!  Please keep reading Love, you at (in)courage today.  It ends with me bossing you around…. ;) :).

 

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