I had so much fun arranging these grocery store stems last weekend. From the yard, I snipped a few cedar branches to mix in and the colors of everything on that tray just make me happy. Sometimes it doesn't take much.
My friend Nicki recently started a neighborhood blog. I've mentioned it before, but I'm still so impressed with the way she has connected her bustling neighborhood to the daily events that might go unnoticed. Music, workshops, merchant stories, goodies, skating with Santa, the secret post office, and now a wonderful opportunity to give locally. Think what a difference one small gift makes. In this case, a book for a child who might not have much to celebrate.
I don't live there anymore, but I have such dear memories of the richness of that life. I can give a book to a child in the city schools of St. Louis, support my old neighborhood bookshop and make a small difference.
It will make me happy too.
**** This is the same neighborhood where I'll be teaching this spring at Mary Engelbreit's Home Companion Workshops. If you are coming (and I so hope you are!), you can walk to the legendary bookshop, a few blocks from the event hotel, just past my old house, across the street from our favorite restaurant. Mary had her first show of original works there way back when she was starting out. And I was there!