Langley Writes

about her rich and random life

Happy Mother’s Day and why I feel like a heel May 7, 2011

Filed under: family,general drivel,gratitude,happiness,holidays,joy,poems — Langley Writes @ 5:00 pm
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Tomorrow is Mother’s Day. Wow, it got here fast. In fact, it snuck up on me, caught me unaware and unprepared. In truth, I have loads of viable excuses but come on, we’re talking about Mother’s Day. I could have and should have done better.

My mom reads this blog and I know that she knows how much I love her, how much she means to me. She knows this because we have a mushy (and forgiving!) family. We hug and laugh and love to the extreme. Out loud. For the world to see. She knows. But still, it’s Mother’s Day.

Mom, in her interminable style and grace, has given me (another) pass. She allowed me to postpone our Mother’s Day celebration. My mother and I will not celebrate Mother’s Day tomorrow. Because we live in different states, we will celebrate in a few weeks, when we can be together. I can’t wait to see her.

Here’s an excerpt from a lighthearted Mother’s Day poem I wrote last year:

Mom finds humor every day
Her laughter fills the air
Family time was joyous
We didn’t have a care   read more…

I posted this on Facebook today and want to post it here too:

This pic is of Mom & Dad when they were in the hospital having me. Look how young they were! Mom, I'm posting this in honor of Mother's Day. I love you.

Guess what mom’s comment was. When she saw the post she wrote: Was I ever that young and that small? And just think… we brought home the prize!

What a sweetie. Happy Mother’s Day Mom!

(Mea maxima culpa. I hope my brother and/or my sister have my back tomorrow!)

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day March 17, 2011

Filed under: for fun,general drivel,happiness,holidays,writing — Langley Writes @ 11:04 am
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There are so many good Irish quotes I could post today. Some of my favorite Irish quotes are deep and meaningful, while others are just plain funny. Guess which one I’ll choose?

“May those who love us love us; and those who don’t love us, may God turn their hearts; and if He doesn’t turn their hearts, may he turn their ankles so we’ll know them by their limping.”

Over the years, I’ve written a lot of content for St. Patrick’s Day. Every year, when St. Patrick’s Day rolls around, I’m amazed at the number of page views the content gets. Most of the stuff is silly; limericks, short stories and leprechaun fantasy fun. For me, St. Patrick’s Day and Halloween are the two biggest holidays – as far as page views are concerned. Before I started writing for the internet, I would never have guessed that. So here’s a tip, if you don’t already know. Write light and breezy content for St. Patrick’s Day and people will read it.

It’s nice to be able to write fun stuff right now, there is so much horror and devastation in the world. Sometimes I feel like it’s disrespectful to write kiddie stuff when there are world issues that demand serious attention. But then I think there needs to be some happy and upbeat things to think about. A short escape, we all need a break sometimes.

Speaking of Irish quotes, I whipped this out for today: The Top Five Irish Quotes for St. Patrick’s Day.

It’s posted on List My Five, which is a fun and easy site to write for. The website is just starting out and it’s a rev share site, so I can’t offer an opinion about whether it will be profitable or not. But it’s a good place to get started – either as a first venture into web writing or as a start to your day. If you are a seasoned writer, banging out something light on LM5 gets your creative juices flowing. I use it as a warm-up for some of the more complicated things I’ll write about throughout the day. Give it a look.

And if you want a short break from the heartbreak in Japan or the failing economy, here are a few lighthearted St. Patrick’s Day ditties:

How to Catch a Leprechaun – a St. Patrick’s Day Get Rich Quick Scheme

An Old Irish Guy from Nantucket – a St. Patrick’s Day Limerick

Okay, I’m out. Off to write some serious stuff…

 

 
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