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Tales from the Imperfect Playground

Throughout her stories of misplaced toys, temper tantrums, and experiences as a physical education teacher, Christine offers observations that will ring true with all mothers. In short, this book offers a virtual high five to women for the gazillion things they manage to miraculously get done.


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Faith Restored

Happy Thursday!  I am just getting back into the swing of reality after enjoying my Christmas "stay-cation."  At this time last year, I had never heard the name Susan Boyle.  By now, unless you have been trapped under a boulder over the past year, you have probably seen an overabundance of video footage showcasing the 48 year old church singer turned Internet sensation on Britain's Got Talent.

Last April, I was sent a forwarded e-mail from a friend.  She encouraged me to view the video that captured this woman's performance.  I must admit -- I was very skeptical.  Nowadays, it is not uncommon to witness untalented people desperately seeking their five minutes of fame while demonstrating a bevy of uninteresting acts on various cable networks.  Unsure of what to expect, I began the downloading process from YouTube and sat back in my chair expecting the worst.  Once I spotted the woman and listened to her pre-taped interview with the production team, my skepticism increased.  As this woman faced the judges, they too, were a bit cynical as they began to question her intent.  While the woman kindly answered the questions, the cameras scanned the audience and revealed the frowns and giggles coming from the disbelieving crowd.  Everyone in that room expected a spoof.  Boy were we wrong!

Once the questioning had ended, it was time for her to cue the music and begin her own rendition of "I Dreamed a Dream" from the Broadway hit Les Miserables.  As soon as that little woman opened her mouth, I started to cry.  And I couldn't stop for the next five minutes.  This woman was spectacular.  The crowd went nuts. The audience jumped to their feet.  The trio of judges wore smiles stretched from ear to ear and it was a moment of complete happiness unfolding in front of my eyes.  I called my kids into the room to view the video because I wanted to share with them the "don't judge a book by its cover" life lesson.  So often, in a world that places such emphasis on youth and beauty, a woman like Susan Boyle would never be given a chance.  Yet, here she was, front and center, shining her sweet talent for all the world to see.  I could not stop crying -- joyful, happy tears.  I was thrilled for her.

Within days of receiving that e-mail, 6 million people had viewed it on YouTube.  As I type this message, that number has grown to an astonishing 85 million viewers.  At a time in history with sad stories of increased jobless rates, corporate greed, and fiscal mismanagement how great to get a sprinkle of joy.  We all need a little comfort... a bit of solace.  I loved it -- and more importantly, so did 85 million others.

Check it out:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxPZh4AnWyk


Chris to "Guest Host" The Reading with Robin Talk Radio Show

Rise and shine!  This Saturday, January 2, 2010, I will be guest hosting The Reading with Robin Talk Radio Show on 920 whjj.  The program begins at 7:00am with a general news report and then I'll begin to chit-chat at 7:10ish... You may listen to the show on the radio or stream it live on your computer at www.920whjj.com.  If you would like to call in, the number is 1-866-920-9455.  I would LOVE to hear from you.  Way too funny.

Grab your coffee mug and tune right on in for a little early morning laughter.   Thanks!  Laughing


Here is the link from the Jan. 2nd Reading with Robin Talk Radio Show.




Snowed In!

Ah, Mother Nature has dumped a foot of snow on our neighborhood and my family and I are officially snow bound.  What to do?  Peeking outside at the winter wonderland, I am reminded of how great it feels to do absolutely nothing.  Five days before Christmas, a gazillion tasks on the to-do list, and I am unable to do anything but sit on a cozy couch, sip my hot cup of coffee, and watch the snow flakes fall.  As a kid, I never realized the beauty of schedule-free days.  As I have aged, I have come to appreciate these days of rest.  While comfortably loafing on my couch, I wonder What is the perfect day when you have three kids under the age of nine?  Hmm... I could start with an early morning run with a friend.  After we finish, drive directly to a quaint coffee shop for some caffeine and chit-chat.  Then head home and enjoy an uninterrupted fifteen minute shower, nestle in for a mid morning nap, wake up and grab lunch at a nice sandwich shop, followed by two hours of shopping at some favorite stores...where, of course, in this perfect scenario everything magically fits, then dinner with a long, lost friend (beverages a must) and finish it all off with the latest tear-filled drama flick at the local movie theatre.  As I type, I laugh at the simplicity of each choice on this list but I'm also aware of the absolute impossibility as well.  With all of the daily expectations and prior commitments, I recognize that each hypothetical option can only be entertained by picking one or two things at a time.  Bummer!  Hey, it's healthy to dream though... Right?  Yes, this is the same girl that declared this time of year to be "the most wonderful."  However, I left out one key fact --- it is the busiest time as well. Although it certainly is a time of joy, I can not believe how crazy it can get.  Fa, La, La, La, La, La, La, La, La!
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