Sketch a Constellation

It's time to draw in your journal. All you need are dots!

Remember how the ancients saw figures in the heavens and named the constellations? It's time for you to draw your own starry sky. If you want to make big, small, medium-sized, and pinprick stars, go ahead. If you want to stick to dots, that's good, too. All you need to do is to make a starry night of your life - and you need to label the constellations.

If your life were a sky, what would its constellations be? Use a page to show the constellations (you an connect the dots, too, if you like) and another page to describe them. You can go super duper technical and even name individual stars, or you can stay simple and tell the world about your constellations and why they're important to you.

There is only one rule: you can have EIGHT constellations, NO MORE, NO LESS. You need only 8 things that are important to squish (or spread) into your starry sky. This means you need to pick 8 things, whether they are people, events, words, names, or objects. What are the 8 things that are most important to you, the 8 things that you hold most dear in life - the 8 things that just pop up wherever you look simply because you keep on thinking of them?

If you don't want to use your notebook, put your journal entry on a sheet of paper, or use a graphics design program and print it out.

Keep this journal entry handy. It will remind you of what's important to you. These important things might be shallow, and you may want to keep on reminding yourself to look at the less shallow things in life - or they may be extremely important and deep, and you'll need them to remind you of what you are working for.


Recommended for Ages 3 and Up...

The "Up" in that recommendation means that anyone from 3 years to 103 years can put that Spongebob Squarepants Puzzle together, even if it's just 12 pieces of wooden blocks that lock together and make babies go, "Ooh!"

It's your turn to go "Ooh!" and it's your turn to put your own puzzles together.

Get yourself a box of puzzles. Buy one. Dust off the box of a thousand pieces in your attic or on the top shelf of your closet. Borrow. Don't steal.

Now, get your friends together on a Saturday night and have a puzzle party. Have some beer, wine, pop, soda, water, or whatever you'd like to drink. The bigger and more intricate the puzzle, the better.

Better yet, have a puzzle day at your office! Clean out a room (broom closet, unused conference room, someone's work cubicle) and leave the puzzle pieces there. Assign co-workers to come in every half an hour or quarter of an hour and add ONE PIECE to the puzzle. Now, isn't that a great team building exercise?

Do puzzles on your own and keep your brain running. Do puzzles with your kids for some bonding time. Jigsaw puzzles can help keep you sane, no matter where you are on the "3 and up" continuum.

* thanks to for the photo


Your Own Dip!

Take some cilantro. Now, take some white onion. Get a big tomato or two.

Throw everything into a blender. Blend to your heart's content.

You have fresh dip for your chips! It's green, spiced up, and filled with lycopene, too! No need to run to the grocery store. This dip is great for tortilla chips, and for those long nights you need to spend studying writing your papers, finishing your reports, studying, or simply staring off into space.