The Daily Blend

Writing to make connections

Sisters and the Hostess Gift

Once again I’m dipping into the Sisters project.

Three bars of goatsmilk soap for a hostess gift

Since we’re coming up to the holiday season, here’s something one sister learned about choosing a hostess gift.

When you’re going to someone’s home and want to offer a gift, buying or doing something he or she loves that you wouldn’t ordinarily buy or do is a good way to show your thanks.

Instead of just grabbing a bottle of wine, here are some suggestions to get you thinking about the perfect hostess gift for your holiday hosts.

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Sisters and Whether to Have Children

In our culture, it’s assumed that each of us will find a partner and have children.

It starts among friends and family. You know, the questions from friends like “Now that you’re married, when are you going to start a family?” or the jolly “So, when am I going to get some grandchildren?” from parents.

The questions themselves are mostly innocent but indicate that having children is expected. There is really no choice in the matter. For most people, the answer “We’re (or I’m) planning not to have children” is inconceivable.

The same goes for mass media. Advertising, television shows, movies and popular books all make the assumption that

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Charlotte Church Slams the Music Industry

There’s a breath of fresh air in the furor over the hyper-sexualized behaviour of Miley Cyrus and other young women performers. Here’s a former British teen star’s response to the industry that required her to behave that way. Heard the audio clip from Charlotte Church in her BBC John Peel Lecture on CBC Radio’s As It Happens the other night.

Former British teen star Charlotte Church

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Sisters and Gratitude

The Sisters project covers a lot of life territory. The scope of the project has grown enormously from my first attempts to record my own experiences. One of the ways it has grown is through the experiences of other contributors. Reading their contributions continues to spark memories and revelations for me.

Gratitude in many languages.

graphic by shambumusic

Some contributors have told about childhood sisters of all ages who made lasting positive impressions. These experiences were so important that they are among the person’s most vivid memories. One of the things that surprised me was how this kind of story planted a seed of longing in me to thank people who helped me as a child.

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Sisters and Colleagues

The Sisters project has contributions that pertain to all aspects of life. Aspects from home to office and everywhere in between. Several of my very successful colleagues who were “sisters” taught me, by example, the value of this important lesson.

Colleagues standing in a circle

photo by Master isolated images/

So many people ignore those in their company whom they assume are unimportant to business success. Now, you probably don’t ignore anyone where you work. You probably know everyone in the building by name and all about their families and hobbies. But many front line workers seem

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Sisters and Housekeeping

Here’s one from the Sisters project, as I like to call it, that almost everyone could benefit by learning.

We tend to think that every speck of dust and window streak blares out “Housekeeping Failure” but most people don’t notice such things. There are times in life when other things are so much more important than housekeeping that a few dust bunnies and wall smudges don’t matter a bit.

When I came home with my first baby, I learned this from one of my sisters who learned it from a sister of hers when she came home with her first baby.

Sparkling clean kitchen sink is essential for good housekeeping

photo courtesy of Kohl

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