French military hat made famous in the film "Casablanca." No, it's not the same hat!
Tonight my chef - just before whipping up some spicy chicken curry - drew a reader's name from the hat. And the winner of the summer reading giveaway is Kristen of Sticking to the Point! I will mail her a copy of Catherine Sanderson's book Petite Anglais.
Next month I will have another giveaway to kick off fall, my favourite season. Thank you all for your concerned comments and emails. The burned spots on my head are healing, my headache subsided and finally there is hot water! Hallelujah!
Hope all is right in your corner of the world. In any event, you might want to check out The Happiness Project. Its concepts are simple, but significant in helping lift one's mood a shade or two closer to sunshine. Also, you may enjoy watching this brief video The Years Are Short.
Food for thought: The writer Lillian Hellman believed it was "a sad day when you find out that it's not accident or time or fortune, but just yourself that kept things from you." In her best-selling book Something More, Sarah Ban Breathnach reminds us life's biggest risk is "settling for playing it safe."
So let's all do ourselves a favour and veer slightly off course this week. Even a tiny step or two outside our realm of "normal" may help realise dreams that for too long have remained dormant. Worth a try, don't you think?