“You’re Irish! I love you!”

My grandmother died on Monday.  She was the last living grandparent I had. She was born in 1926, married young, and raised a large family.  Oh, no.  Not large.  I mean, LARGE.  As of today, my grandmother had 11 children, 46 grandchildren, 119 great-grandchildren with 2 more on the way, and 10 great-great-grandchildren.  Of those…

Choosing My Happy

"Happiness is a choice." That's what the sign says on my sister's kitchen counter.  My eyes are drawn to it every time I climb up on one of her tall kitchen bar stools when I visit.  It's placement is perfect.  It's right next to the coffee pot, just seemingly taunting me and asking me if…

The Little Things

He wakes me gently to let me know he's leaving for work, because he knows that I have a little panic attack when I wake up and he's not there.  He covers me up with the crocheted afghan, because he knows that I get cold even though I insist on sleeping with one foot poking…

I’m a Genius

Deep inside my head must look like one of those synapses images of the neurotransmitters.  You know the ones.  With the pale outline of the head on a black background with exploding white and blue lights all over where the brain is located.  At least in my mind, it looks like that.  (Probably a single…

2017…Weirdly Wonderful; Sadly Joyful

This is the time that most writers (and you know, us wannabe-writers) sit back and reflect on the year as it winds down. So, in an effort to continue my aspiring writer efforts, I'll do that today.  No, you don't need to go get another coffee, sandwich or bottle of booze.  My life is pretty…

A Starry Night Setback

I was saddened just now to read on our Starry Night Prom fundraiser page the following message from #GivingTuesday: " #GivingTuesday Match Report On Nov 28, we raised $45 million for causes around the world. Unfortunately, your fundraiser didn't receive a match this year, but from all of us at Facebook, thank you for being…

Set Your Alarms for 8 O’Clock Tuesday Morning, Y’all

We are so excited! Tomorrow is #GivingTuesday.  We are so stoked to be participating in the fundraising again this year.  You know what is so cool about giving on the 28th of November, though?  Facebook AND the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will be matching all nonprofits donations after 8 a.m. on Tuesday, 28 November…

Starry Night Prom 2018 Fundraiser Kickoff!

Starry Night Prom is about to kick off its 2018 Fundraising efforts by participating in the #GivingTuesday fundraiser.  We have updated our own fundraiser on the YouCaring website and we've set up our #GivingTuesday fundraiser on Facebook. And guess what!  Once again, Facebook is waiving their usual fees for all donations made from 12:00am EST…