New Beginnings for Easter

by Monica Shaughnessy
easter-egg-1-1418636-mEaster is this Sunday, Passover begins this Friday, and everywhere, flowers are blooming, signaling the start of spring. It’s a time of re-birth, of new beginnings, of fresh starts and freedoms. How will you celebrate?

Besides eating a ton of chocolate (do I really need a holiday?), I’ll be attempting a fresh start of my own. I worry. A lot. About everything. And right now, I’m in a stressful situation that I can’t control. But instead of agonizing over it, I’m going to attempt to make peace with what I’m able to achieve and let go of the rest. This doesn’t mean I’m going lay down and give up. It just means I’ll try to remain calm throughout the battle because worrying never, EVER changes anything. It just makes you sicker. (and it makes everyone else crazy) I plan on reciting the serenity prayer quite a bit this week!

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,

The courage to change the things I can,

And the wisdom to know the difference.

In January, everyone’s all aquiver over resolutions. But come March or April, many of these fall by the wayside. We need a little push to rededicate ourselves to change. Spring blesses us with natural momentum – more daylight, better weather, higher spirits. Let’s use this to our advantage.

So be bold this week! Charge ahead! If you could start all over again, what would you do?

Get a degree? Leo Plass got one at the age of 99.

Learn to play an instrument?  It’s easier as an adult.

Pick a different career? Check out this amazing graphic of how many different jobs 5 billionaires had before making it big. (note: you’ll have to enlarge it to see the detail)

Okay, okay, I’m ending with some pretty lofty stuff here. Even if you just decide to clean out your garage or exercise more, you’ll be doing yourself some good.

Happy Easter / Passover / Spring!

Celebrate World Read Aloud Day!

It’s World Read Aloud Day today! What? You haven’t heard? Well, it’s a really cool event where people across the globe get together and read stories to kids to encourage both the oral story telling tradition and literacy.

With this in mind, some of us decided to share our kid stories with you. We hope you enjoy them!


Mandy Broughton

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I love mysteries. I have three of them. I love sci-fi. I have a story or two or five. And I love overacting (hint: watch the video to the end). I’m reading chapter 1: A flying saucer lands in my backyard. It’s from my second story: The Case of the Flying Saucer (#2). This is how I present at school visits. It’s okay to laugh AT me, my kids do all the time.

I usually have an ebook or short story for free on my web-site. Check it out… Hey! I believe the first story, Cream Cape and the Case of the Missing Hamster (#1), is free right now.

Thanks for watching my video. Please tip your servers on the way out.




Artemis Greenleaf

Ghosts. Supernatural creatures. If it is likely to appear on CryptoMundo, I’ve probably written about it. I read a few pages from my ghost story, Earthbound.