Before Age 55by Angela K. BerentAs List Your Life was percolating in my mind, I heard a very important piece of advice: Everyone should write their stories before age 55. It was a tremendous jolt to my thinking. Ralph Fletcher had long been influential on my teaching practice with his straightforward approach to writing with students – he is all about making it accessible and fun. This particular sentiment was a key to motivating me to write. With his words, the project began to take shape.I thought about my grandmother who had recently passed away, and I wished I knew more of her memories – I immediately knew that I’d missed an opportunity. I thought of my grandparents who’d been gone a long time, and I thought of how much I would have liked to have known about when they were kids, travels, their proudest moments, stories about my parents – any old thing from their lives.Age 55. Of course, I thought of my parents. At that time, they were 68 and 63, and I realized that I knew so much about them, but there were so many things still to learn. Through the lens as their little girl, the daughter they raised, I wondered about them beyond their position as parents. What of their life aside from me, my brother, our children? I distinctly remember dwelling on that side of things for a long while and growing more curious about their most important memories.But then I was really struck: What about ME? I have a hard time realizing my age sometimes. I get stuck in the daughter phase, that role of my life, and I forget I’m in my 40’s! Age 55 is surprisingly close. That thought launched me forward into this writing project. A sense of responsibility fell over me as I thought of my own sons – I wanted to share my memories.Fifty-five years old is a good point in life. Memories are fresh, health is probably pretty good, kids are likely grown (or getting there), and you have enough wisdom to know what’s behind you along with a sense of what’s to come. That other side of 55 is a bit intimidating, and getting the words on the page while life is relatively smooth makes sense.I knew that I couldn’t ask anyone to share their stories if I didn’t have the nerve to tell my own. This advice, to write before 55, propelled me forward to develop a format that would work for others to collect and share their stories. Thus, a journal of lists to make memory-collecting a little easier.
List Your Life: A Modern-Day Memoir is a new book that is a beautiful blend of journal and memoir written by Angela Berent, a Michigan author/teacher/mom, and designed by Lisa Michele Carpenter, a Michigan graphic designer.Always want to write but never have time? This is the journal for you!
In short, quick lists of three, the reader can respond to various topics and create their own modern-day memoir! List Your Life: A Modern-Day Memoir is written in journal format under the premise that no one has time to write, but everyone has a story to tell. Together with lists that the author has written, readers will find inspirational quotes and lots of space to write – beautifully arranged among the watercolor graphics. Unconventional, for sure, but it’s just the thing for today’s fast-paced life.
Many people don’t view themselves as writers. They think it’s a special skill that only others hold – yet we all have stories, and those memories are worth recording and sharing. Angela absolutely recognizes how difficult writing memories can be for someone who doesn’t view their self as a writer. That brought forth the entire focus of the project: making writing accessible, easy and pain free. Writing down all the details of all the memories would be wonderful, but it’s just not practical for a modern-day life. Instead, take a look at a topic and jot a few lines. Some days you may elaborate and lengthen your response, but many times, you’ll only have time for a list of three. And that’s enough. The List Your Life: A Modern-Day Memoir Journal will help you capture your memories and achievements.
This List Your Life: A Modern-Day Memoir Journal goes beyond intimidating blank lines with topics that range from fun and light to deep and compelling – all created to invite readers to interact and record their own lists, leading them to recognize the beauty of their memories and realize their achievements.
What makes this gourmet popcorn product unique?
- Locally made
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This gourmet popcorn is fresh air-popped organic mushroom kernel popcorn coated with delicious homemade caramel. Other flavors include caramel corn drizzled with different flavored chocolate such as white, dark and milk Ghirardelli chocolate. The cheese popcorn with real cheese melted and poured over the popcorn is evenly mixed to perfection. The taste is incredible! The popcorn is packaged in a resealable high barrier pouch bag with a see through window and yields 8-9 cups of popcorn.
Great Lakes Gourmet Popcorn flavors include:
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- Cherry Vinaigrette has all natural tart cherry juice. Cherries are great for inflammation and arthritis.
- Blueberry Vinaigrette is made with a super blueberry concentrate. Blueberries are great for lowering cholesterol and the risk of heart disease.
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Natural Vinaigrette on Strawberry Salad
Natural Vinaigrette on Salad
Natural Vinaigrette on Pork
Sweet Madness Plate to Break® in Judy’s kitchen in the fall of 2004.Break a plate! These pretty plates are made of candy, not glass! Many years ago, Judy Cerano had fantasies of throwing one of her nice china plates, because she was mad about an event in her life. That fantasy, many years later, turned into a business for her and her daughter, Jennifer Pricco. Judy and Jennifer created the
The Sweet Madness Plate is designed to help the madness of such events as:
- Another birthday
- Getting a divorce
- Losing your job
- Your boss is a jerk
- Your test score
- Any other reason to express your madness!
The breaking of the plate tradition crosses many cultures. It signifies good luck and an expression of joy. Party guests will enjoy participating in this unique expression of happiness.
The Let’s Celebrate Plate offers a unique gift that can be used to express happiness and celebration for shower, graduations, birthdays, and other joyous events. The card has an area for a short personal note.
The Sweet Madness and Let’s Celebrate Candy Plates come with a card and are enclosed in a crystal clear cellophane bag with a unique burgundy bow with gold trim.
The Wedding Candy Plate comes with a card explaining the wedding tradition and enclosed in a crystal clear cellophane bag tied with a unique white bow with silver trim. Breaking of the Wedding Plate signifies good luck, joyful union between two people and couples commitment to each other. Wedding reception or shower guests will enjoy the candy plates as their favor or participating in the unique breaking of the plate tradition. The bride may elect to create her own personalized card.
Novelty Lollipops are also available in a variety of colors and flavors in Angel, Butterfly, Daisy, Heart, Shamrock, Dinosaur, Football or Baseball designs. Each lollipop is individually wrapped in clear cellophane.
Candy Plates Plate to Break
Mi Cookie Dough is edible cookie dough that is egg free and made with heated flour which zaps any bacteria, making the raw dough safe for kids and grown-ups to eat as is. It’s a tasty, nostalgic treat for kids of ALL ages! Mi Cookie Dough comes in a variety of flavors, including gluten free. Just grab a spoon and enjoy, or get creative:Did you love cookie dough as a kid? Still do? Now you can eat it without getting your hand swatted hearing “get your hand out of the cookie dough, its not good for you”.
- Roll it into balls and stash in the fridge for quick individual treats.
- Press a scoop of softened ice cream between two flattened disks of cookie dough and freeze for an unexpected twist on an ice cream sandwich.
- Add a spoonful to a milkshake or smoothie.
- Crumble it onto a sundae.
- Or keep it easy and old-school: stick a spoon in the jar of cookie dough and let the kids of all ages go to town.
Edible Cookie Dough is available in Chocolate Chip, Cookies & Cream, Chocolate Chip Mint, Naked, Oatmeal, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, Smores, Salted Caramel, and Unicorn flavors. All cookie dough flavors are available in gluten free.
For best results, the Cookie Dough should be refrigerated and can be kept for 10 weeks. If frozen, the Cookie Dough can be kept for 12 months (but lets be real, it won’t last that long).
Most people don’t realize that when you apply shaving cream or gel the traditional way – with your hands – you’re actually matting your hair follicles down prior to shaving with your razor, which leads to skin irritations and razor bumps and burns. With its patented design and unique Brush Lathering Technology, the Evolution Shaving Brush provides the cleanest, closest shave possible by stimulating and lifting the hair follicles while exfoliating skin and reducing razor bumps and burns.
Women love the Evolution Brush too! Let’s face it, men and women are basically shaving everything these days. Any and all body parts that need shaving will result in a much better shaving experience thanks to the Evolution Shaving Brush stimulating and lifting hair follicles for a cleaner, closer shave with fewer razor bumps and burns. The Evolution Brush can save women an absurd amount of time shaving their legs. Whether you shave daily or every so often, you’re going to appreciate the ease and time-savings that this shaving brush provides.
Let’s just say the name of this Michigan-based company is exactly what it means to Dave and his brother. It involves what is closest to their hearts and that is family and legacy. With that, they want to introduce you to their company Legacy Shave and The Evolution Brush: The Next Evolution in Shaving!
JUST ADD TOMATOES Pizza Sauce Seasoning Mix is a signature blend of spices that you’ll simply have to try in order to taste just how good a pizza sauce can be! Just Add Tomatoes is a signature blend of spices that makes the prefect pizza sauce and enhances many food recipes simply by mixing with a can of crushed tomatoes. Only the highest quality ingredients and spices are used. This unique spice blend was created as part of a quick recipe to make homemade pizza. With great results from the balanced blend of spices, this Seasoning Mix can be used in many recipes, including pizza, spaghetti, calzones, chicken parmesan, chicken tenders, stuffed peppers, salads, sprinkle on popcorn and more! Delicious and natural – no preservatives, no MSG, and gluten free.
Stuffed Peppers enhanced with JUST ADD TOMATOES Pizza Sauce Seasoning Mix
Chicken Parmesan enhanced with JUST ADD TOMATOES Pizza Sauce Seasoning Mix
Salad enhanced with JUST ADD TOMATOES Pizza Sauce Seasoning Mix
Popcorn enhanced with JUST ADD TOMATOES Pizza Sauce Seasoning Mix
D & B Rustic Design Rustic Decor products are made from what Mother Nature abundantly bestows – pine cones, acorns or wood from hearty Michigan trees. Everything is responsibly sourced so you can feel good about your purchase.
All of the Rustic Decor items are authentic and inspired by the state we call “home”. Each piece is a perfect addition to any log cabin, cottage or perhaps an urban nook that you’re looking to transform to a rustic retreat when you can’t leave the city.
The Wood Slice Rustic Mirror is made of all natural maple, black walnut, oak, willow and lilac wood slices that overlap each other to create a multi-dimensional appearance.
The Rustic Wood Slice Wreaths are made from maple wood slices adorned with silk wildflowers and greenery, and accented with a lovely bow.
The Wood Slice Rustic Wall Decor makes a warm addition to any wall. The wood slices are from Michigan trees including Oak, Maple, Black Walnut, Peach, and Lilac. The molding is from Michigan grapevine!
Wood Slice Rustic Mirror
Wood Slice Rustic Wall Decor
Wood Slice Wreaths
Fine Art for Small Spaces, invites you to share in her love of the natural world and recapture moments lost to the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The natural world is our prevailing common experience. Creating images of nature, vast or intimate, stirs memories of places and people fondly remembered. The elements of the natural world connect us globally. Flowers represent the temporal existence of all living things. Each blossom, shaped by the environment in a unique way, is symbolic of how life shapes all of us.Helena Kuttner-Giasson, the artist of
As a child, Giasson found her voice through art. The daughter of Soviet Block refugees, she found her drawings of horses, birds, and flowers an effective cultural bridge while she grappled with learning the English Language. Throughout her early childhood years, she was encouraged to continue drawing by various teachers, and her parents enrolled her in private oil painting lessons. This preparation enabled her to enter the University of Michigan School of Art. Over these last few years, her childhood influences have become a strong presence in her work. “I cannot feel a piece is truly finished unless it has the graphic lines incorporated into it.” she says of her florals.
After she spends hours observing and interacting with the natural world, a spontaneous series always takes place, revolving around the inspiring theme. “I don’t know when I shall paint birds again, but after watching a migratory airport in my yard the fall of 2016, I simply sat down and created watercolors of them from my initial impressions and emotions.” Giasson works in two styles, abstracted landscapes primarily in acrylic, and tightly rendered and composed florals in both acrylic and watercolor. She feels that both are necessary to maintain a sense of creative balance and artistic challenge. “A stint of creating tightly compose florals is relieved by letting the muse guide my palette and my hand with the landscapes that reside deep within my mind.”
Many of Giasson’s private commissions are noted by anecdotes of how healing and inspiring the work is to her clients, reminding them of people and places fondly remembered.
“Gorgeous, festive cards made by a true artist! Received very quickly, packaged securely. I can’t wait to send these to family and friends!” KS from Wisconsin
“I love this artist’s designs and colors, and artwork! The quality is very good and professionally produced.” Joyce from Florida
Cardinal Pair Greeting Card
Lady Cardinal Greeting Card
Purple Iris Greeting Card
Summer Hibiscus Greeting Card
Victorian Red Roses Greeting Card
Purple Iris Greeting Card
Mushroom Cap Copper LED Landscape Lights.Kathy and her husband Paul love the natural outdoors and everything it has to offer. That is one of the reasons they, as a family, decided to create Browersmith Copperworks making hand forged
Paul works as a Prototype Engineer and has a degree in Manufacturing Engineering. He presented his wife with two beautifully handcrafted copper landscape lights as a wedding gift in 2003. These sculpted art pieces have graced their koi pond and have aged so elegantly throughout the years, they decided to craft a version of those lights for others to enjoy.
They now have a son and daughter who help where they can in their family business. Whether it is cutting out the copper circles or washing the finished product, they are a huge help while learning a valuable lesson in how to run a small business.
The Mushroom Cap Copper LED Landscape Lights are individually hand forged and crafted. These beautiful solid copper sculpted art pieces will grace your landscape for years to come. Each hand sculpted light emits it’s own color variations and nuances. The patina will gradually age to a gorgeous natural copper-brown with hints of green over the years. Like a fingerprint each one is unique and naturally one of a kind. They are available in one cap, two cap, and three cap mushrooms in bare copper or natural forged.
Mushroom Cap Copper LED Landscape Light
2 Mushroom Caps Copper LED Landscape Light
3 Mushroom Caps Copper LED Landscape Light