In these times, I’m always searching for ways to lift my spirits (and yours!) Here’s one: I always have fresh cut flowers in the house to brighten my day (and Scott’s!) Well well well… The American Society for Horticulture Science recently performed a study to discover if plants have therapeutic influences on surgical patients. The results were shocking. Ninety patients were split into rooms either with plants or without plants, and those with flowers had lower blood pressure and heart rate, lower ratings of pain, anxiety, and fatigue, and more positive feelings than the patients without foliage. Further, a study published in Complementary Therapies In Medicine gave college-aged women a fresh vase of roses for their dorm rooms, and the subjects reported feeling more relaxed and stress-free than before. So, get yourself some flowers. Or send some to someone (or the shut-in down the street) just to say, “Thinking of you.” There’s proof it will be a net gain.
The Boston Herald asked for my best garage saling tips, including “What NOT to buy?” I avoid:
• Cribs and car seats: “Safety requirements change… You don’t want to put your child at risk in anyway.”
• Mattresses: “Mattresses are gross, and (they can have) bedbugs. Icky, icky, icky.”
• Tools with frayed electrical wires: “If it is not in working order and you are not an electrician that can fix it, I wouldn’t buy it.”
• Say no to opened lotions and potions: “I once saw someone selling a half used tube of Preparation-H for a quarter.” Here’s a Garage Sale 101 TIP: Don’t try to pawn off your used toiletries… even if it only took half a tube to cure you.
Spring wakes me up, gets me going, and tells me, “Anything is possible.” Every delicate sprout pushing its way upwards through the heavy weight of the ground above is proof that, with determination, we can all blossom. This is the month to plant seeds for summer fun. What’s the thing that makes you feel most alive? Do more of that this spring!
What a thrill it was for me to be back in South Carolina to accept the “Distinguished South Carolina Public School Graduate” award at the inaugural gala sponsored by the SC Association of School Administrators. The night was extra special for me. First, because my guest for the gala was Sarah “Miss Porter” Cloaninger, MY FIRST GRADE TEACHER! Second, the other 6 recipients included former Governor Dick Riley who had the vision to start the SC Governor’s School for the Arts, which I attended. To find out more about the awards, SCASA, and how you can contribute to a great public education, click here.
I had some fun on Good Day NY recently with Rosanna Scotto, Greg Kelly, and MSNBC’s Alison Stewart. (Check out her new book: JUNK.) We had ourselves a New York City street sale, raising money for charity. Rosanna wanted to know my #1 secret for buyers to get good deals at sales. That is, Wear your worst shoes! Why? If you’re dressed to the nines, you’re going to pay more. When you’re asking for a better price, sellers appraise what you’re wearing. The finer the stitch, the higher the price. And if you’re having a sale this year. Here’s a tip: Put up a rope line across your driveway and drop it when the sale starts. Buyers will be running to grab your stuff. Oh, and for other tips check this out and if you want to watch me find treasures. Here’s a Today show adventure I took.
Happy to say that Moving In: Tales of an Unlicensed Marriage is a WINNER of the 5th annual “Living Now” book awards, celebrating must-read books that encourage better living. Moving In won the bronze award in the relationships & marriage category. I’ll take it! The award gives me street cred as I now try to convince Scott we need an indoor pool during phase 3 of our renovation! If you’re in a relationship, you’ll get a laugh out of this book. (Check out the reviews!)
With the heaviest of hearts we want to tell you friends that heaven got a little sweeter this week. Our beloved Westminster has passed. He was a light in this world. There are many wonderful memories that fill our hearts… from the moment we found him in a rescue van outside the Westminster Dog Show to his seeing his country house for the first time to his appearances on TV to his book The Bedtime Book for Dogs to being the ONLY dog in history to have a correction in the NY Times … and to being the Best Furry Man at our wedding. Above all, we celebrate his kindness, his joy for life, and his ability to be a friend to all. He loved us. We cherished every moment with him. We were going to suggest donations to a dog rescue charity… instead, we ask that in his honor, in these crazy times, you hold those you love tighter, squeeze joy out of every moment, and to do what you can to make this a more beautiful loving world. Thank you for keeping us in your thoughts as we deal with this great loss. Much love to you and yours, Bruce & Scott