Adventures of the Heart
Mary Zalmanek
Issue 12 - The Bride and the Bee


'An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered.  An inconvenience is an adventure wrongly considered.'  -- G.K. Chesterton


Some women dream of a fairy-tale wedding to start their happily-ever-after marriage.  But that only happens in story books.  In real life, there will be disappointments, rainy days and traffic jams.  It's how we handle those minor inconveniences and major obstacles that determine how happy we'll be.

Being nature lovers, Mickey and Gene decided the San Juan Islands would be the perfect location for their outdoor wedding. Events leading up to 'I do,' however, made them wonder if nature was conspiring against this union between the Catholic gal and the Jewish guy. 

June and July brought record rains to the area. To their relief, blue skies prevailed on their wedding day. 

Family and friends assembled, eagerly anticipating the beautiful bride's grand entrance.  Behind the scenes, a bee was buzzing the wedding party. Mickey's mom was after it with a fly swatter, which only succeeded in forcing the bee to take refuge under Mickey's dress. 

Members of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra struck up Pachelbel's Canon.  The wedding processional began.

As the first bridesmaid walked down the aisle, she stepped in a pile of dog droppings. Guests giggled as she tried to maintain her composure. The second bridesmaid stepped in the same pile. Each of them brought the unpleasant yet distinctive odor to the altar.  The volume of laughter increased.

Following their cues to walk down the aisle, the flower girl and ringer bearer were forced to abandon their quest to rid Mickey's dress of the bee.  The bride made that oh-so-special walk with a bee under her skirt.  She considered it a good omen that she didn't get stung.

Just as Gene opened his mouth to say 'I do,' the US Navy's Blue Angels jets roared overhead.  Mickey says she's still not sure he ever said those words. 

Dog poop: An unavoidable obstacle. 
A bee: An unwelcome nuisance.  
Jets thundering overhead: A noisy intrusion. 
Not letting these inconveniences ruin the day: Priceless. 

Twenty-three years later, they are still 'as happy as clams.' 


Wednesday, January 24, 7:00 p.m.
Colorado Mountain College
Alpine Enrichment Program
Open to the public!

Sunday, February 4, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Mile Hi Church, Community Center
Tea Talk - $5 tickets (reservations recommended)
9079 W. Alameda Ave.
Lakewood, Colorado
Register online at
Come join us for an afternoon tea, pastries and chat.
Please bring your favorite tea cup and saucer.

Saturday, February 10, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
An Open Book (independent bookstore)
4689 West 20th Street
Greeley, CO 80634
Phone: (970)330-7879

Julie Pech, author of THE CHOCOLATE THERAPIST, and Jill Murphy Long, author of PERMISSION TO PLAY, PERMISSION TO NAP and PERMISSION TO PARTY, and I will sign and discuss our books at Greeley's newest independent book store from 4:00 to 6:00.  Then from 6:00 to 7:00, the doors are locked for a private party. You're invited, of course!  An Open Book will provide the chocolate and candles.  We will take time to share, learn, and laugh.  Call 330-7879 to reserve your place. Bring your girlfriends, sisters and mom.


Epilogue Book Company, an independent bookstore in Steamboat Springs together with the national TV channel, Resort Sports News (RSN), is launching a new program, 'Good Books and Good Company.'  It's hosted by Jill Murphy Long.  I'll be a guest on this show, which will be taped on January 22 and aired closer to Valentine's Day.


Saturday, January 20, 3:20 - 3:55 p.m. MST
'Life Changes! with Laurie' Radio Show
Featured on the following Radio Colorado Network stations:
1.  KRCN AM 1060 in Denver/Boulder/Longmont
2.  KKKK(K4) AM 1580 in Colorado Springs/Pueblo
3.  KVLE AM 610 in Vail/Aspen/Eagle County
4.  KSKE AM 1450 in Buena Vista/Salida


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.


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Wishing you a life of romantic adventure,
Mary Zalmanek

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