Monday, April 8, 2013

G is for...


On my B post, I had a contest to see who could figure out the writer I was going to see that night. Sarah Holmes, a fellow A to Z blogger, guessed Anne Lamott and she was correct.  As the winner, she got to pick my "G" topic.  She said "guides."  So, here ya go...

First of all, I feel kind of silly winging the old A to Z without a theme.  I am supposedly the "death writer" and  here I am writing about baseball and books and writing conferences.  Yes, I have a life beyond death, but I doubt anyone is popping in here with the intention of finding out what I ate at the Ranger's game.  But now that I've gone and brought it up, you're probably mildly curious, aren't you?  It was a bacon wrapped hot dog, which may or may not be the official hot dog of Los Angeles.  

There are many guides I could talk about here, but I decided to just wing it and write the death writer's guide to life.

1.  Talk to people you love about death, specifically your death and what your wishes are.  Do you want your cremains made into fireworks?  Now is probably a good time to let people know that.

2.  Be grateful every day for at least one thing.  I guarantee you that even if you think your life is crappy, someone else thinks it's awesome.  (Oh, and if you think your life is crappy, it is.)

3.  Do one thing a day that scares you.  

4.  Hang out with animals.  Even if every person you encounter thinks you're a jerk, the dog at the animal shelter thinks you're a rock star, especially if you take it home, feed it and rub its belly.

5.  If you want to be loved, act loving.

6.  Water.  Lots and lots of water.

7.  Walk outside.

8.  Wear sunscreen.

9.  Laugh, especially at yourself.

10.  Read a book a week.  Discuss that book with someone.

So, what guides you?  


  1. I love it! Fantastic advice :0) Now I'm investigating how to get my remains made into fireworks! I love reading your posts.

  2. Nice post, Pamela - Three things are guiding me right now: adventure, beauty (as in nature, art, people), and curiosity. Curiosity is probably THE guiding force.

    1. Yeah, me too. I am so grateful for my curiosity. I think I will be a learner till the day I die.

  3. Great post and advice!
    Dani @ Entertaining Interests

  4. I did not know you could turn ashes into fireworks. That's... that's just about the coolest thing I've ever heard. I remember reading about a company that'll mix ashes into concrete molds used for helping to form coral reefs. I'm kind of digging that idea.

    Awesome advice here. I think the only thing I'd add to that list is: if you're not happy with your life, find a way to make yourself happy. Life is too short to waste it being miserable.

    1. There is a ton of stuff that you can do with someone's cremains.

      And I agree with you about being happy. Gotta find what makes you happy. Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Well it's spring so my lawn mower and garden implements are guiding me at the

    Love the advice...

    1. Ha! That's another thing I need to be guided by. I now have a giant lawn and a garden that is growing like crazy. I should probably learn how to plant stuff so that I can cut down on my ever growing grocery bill. I swear, teenage people eat a lot!

  6. I love your list!! Excellent advice all! :)

  7. Great advice! I believe in the being grateful. Some days can be harder than other to remain positive.

    Not much of a baseball fan (used to be when growing up - Twins), but I so want to try one of those hotdogs lol

    Jak at The Cryton Chronicles & Dreams in the Shade of Ink


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