QUOTE OF THE MONTH
"In dreams and in love there are no impossibilities."
-- Janos Arany
WORD OF THE MONTH
Uxorious - adj. greatly or excessively fond of one's wife
-- Illustrated Oxford Dictionary
For example, "Many women dream of marrying an uxorious man."
Kelly made a simple statement when she was showing me her newly remodeled house that inspired this month's newsletter. Standing in front of her bathroom's picture window overlooking a magnificent mountain golf course, she said, "When I was a little girl, I told my grandmother that someday I'd have a big window over my bathtub."
Hats off to Kelly and all the other children who've ever had a dream that grew into reality. To Tyler, the 15-year-old boy who told his dad he wanted to ride all the big rollercoasters in the US. And to Nichole, a critically ill teenage girl whose fondest wish was to live long enough to see Hawaii. This one's for all of you.
ROLLER COASTER DREAMS
Tyler was terrified on his first visit to Disneyworld at age four. He cried on all of the rides except "It's a Small World." Tyler's family continued to visit amusement parks, and by the time he was fifteen, he shared his family's passion for roller coasters. That's when he suggested that they visit the tallest and fastest roller coasters in the US. Tyler and his dad, Ras, spent a year planning the trip, anticipating the thrill of each ride.
Last summer, Tyler, Ras and nineteen-year-old brother, Zach, took a two-week road trip to visit seven amusement parks - and sixty-five roller coaster rides. Mom Tina joined them for two days. They rode the Kingda Ka in New Jersey, "the tallest and fastest roller coaster on Earth." If you happen to be on their Christmas card list, expect a picture of this family of four on their 128-miles-per-hour cheek-stretching ride. It's 456 feet straight up, followed by a straight down spiral, 50.6 seconds of exhilarating terror.
The bonus for Ras was the time he spent in the car with his two sons - special times, intimate talks. Time made even more special as they lived their dream.
A WISH WITH WINGS
Last month I was in Dallas to speak at the General Merchandise Distributors Council's 2006 Marketing Conference. I met Kim Christian, Executive Director of A Wish with Wings, a non-Profit organization making wishes come true for Texas children with life-threatening diseases. GMDC donated manufacturer's health and beauty aids samples from the conference to this organization.
This remarkable group grants wishes for Disneyland trips and laptop computers, as well as more unique dreams. Five-year-old Claire's fondest wish was to hug a baby cheetah, which she did at the Fossil Rim Wildlife Ranch. Five-year-old Caroline's wish to be a princess came true at her royal coronation, complete with her crown, gown, horse-drawn carriage and cast of 35 characters.
Some of these children survive, others don't. Nichole was one who beat the odds. She's won two battles with cancer. When she was a teenager, A Wish with Wings sent her and her family to Hawaii for the trip of a lifetime. In her respite from sickness, doctor appointments and chemo sessions, she snorkeled off a catamaran and learned to surf. Ten years later in July 2005, Nichole married Robert. They recently became parents of a precious baby girl. Her wish granted a decade earlier gave her hope in her darkest hour.
You can find out more about this inspiring organization at
THE ART OF THE SPARK has lots of ideas for adding romance to the holidays, turning dreams into reality. It's a perfect gift all those people on your list who are in love and want to stay that way. If you order books online from me, I'll personalize them to your gift recipients.
ROMANTIC RECIPES: LEMON DROP MARTINIS
Make a simple syrup by heating equal parts water and sugar until the sugar is completely dissolved. Let it cool. Refrigerate the leftovers for the next batch of martinis.
Prepare martini glasses by running a wedge of lemon along the rim. Dip the glass upside down in sugar or Lemon Drop Cocktail Froster from Williams-Sonoma. The sugary crystals in the Froster contain a hint of lemon. Embellish the rim with a small lemon slice and a strawberry.
Combine equal parts Absolut Citron, simple syrup and fresh-squeezed lemon juice. Pour over ice in martini shaker. Shake, pour and enjoy.
Thanks to Bonnie who tested several recipes of this popular drink and declared this one the best. I like it because it not as strong as other martini's I've tasted.
You can host an ART OF THE SPARK workshop in your home. If at least 5 couples attend, the cost is $25 per couple, which includes 1 copy of THE ART OF THE SPARK, a $16.95 value. The hosting couple attends at no cost and receives a free book. Scheduling is a mutually agreed upon time. Please plan for 3 hours.
Additional sessions can be scheduled at $20 per couple for 5 couples if you decide you want more time. Session One covers the basics. In the second session we plan a customized adventure. My husband often comes with me so we can break into two groups and plan surprises for our partners.
Sunday, February 4, 2:30 to 4:30
Mile Hi Church
9079 W. Alameda Ave.
Details to come
UNTIL NEXT TIME
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