Monday, May 31, 2010

* Memorial Day - Vox Magazine - Math Skills? *

Due to the very unorganized way I've been handling things lately, I have not been able to find the photos I wanted to post today. (They weren't taken on a digital camera, and are soundly sleeping in one of my many photo boxes.) Maybe by the 4th of July, I will have located them and can share them then. Until then, I just wanted to say that every Memorial Day I honestly remember why we celebrate this day, which used to be known as Decoration Day, back in The Old Days.

"Why do we kill people who are killing people to show that killing people is wrong?" -- Holly Near

While going through my various little piles of papers, notes, doodles, etc....looking for photos.... something pretty cool did happen. I came across my note about Vox Magazine, which interviewed me by telephone a few months ago. I had written "sometime in mid June" on my note, but thought What the heck, I'll go online and see what I can find out. WELL, the interview is posted right there, dated May 27th!

Taken directly from their website: "Vox Magazine is published by the Columbia Missourian and produced by magazine students at the world's oldest (and we'd like to think best) journalism school." (that school is the University of Missouri, in Columbia, known as "Mizzou".)

The article can be found here. It will also be in the print edition, which I intend to get a "few" of!

My math skills....or lack there of. Anyone who's known me very long, knows that I joke about my math abilities. My dad was a brilliant man with "The Math Brain". I am NOT brilliant, nor do I have "The Math Brain". I have "The Literary Brain". I can do basic math, of course. (I'm reminded of Jethro Bodine from The Beverly Hillbillies. He could cipher up a storm!)

ANYWAY....I was looking over my list of birthday cards I need to make for the months of June and July. I didn't have a calculator handy, but I knew I could add up a few little numbers without the help of a machine!

Well, I added them up two times, just to make sure of the total. The first time I came up with 95 cards. The second time I came up with 74 cards. Now I ask you....HOW THE HECK DID THAT HAPPEN?!

So, I got out my trusty calculator and the correct answer is: 72 cards! Ta-Dahhhhh!

I may have to round up some helpers to get all these babies made! They have to be at the location by the 3rd Wednesday of each month, which means I have about 2 weeks to make and send 29 cards...that's how many there are for June. (Most months have been 10 or less cards.)

If you haven't been a follower very long, you are probably scratching your head, saying, "What cards? And who are they for?" Long story short: I found out about some St. Louis inner city kids that sometimes do not receive a birthday card at home, due to financial or other reasons.

I know the phrase "it is so rewarding" can be overused sometimes or seem pretentious....but that's how I truly feel.

I just do some "fancy" printing and use birthday stickers, plus some motivational sayings. I've heard the kids love receiving them, from the youngest to the oldest teens. I have a stamper for the backs of all the cards I make. On theirs, instead of saying it was made by Becky, I write: Made by Someone Who Cares.
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." -- Mark Twain


  1. Congrats on the interview! It proves that true writers just need to write, no matter what it pays.

    That is so great that you make cards for those children. I'm sure they appreciate it. I know how excited my kids get when there is a birthday card in the mail.

  2. Becky, I think it's great that you send those cards to the kids. Also, good news on the interview! Congrats! Sincerely, Susan

  3. Hi Janel and Susan! Thanks so much!

  4. Becky... I just read the interview, very interesting. You are a busy lady.. Keep up the great work.


  5. Hi Ann! Thanks, I appreciate you taking the time to stop by!!

  6. That sounds like a wonderful project. I think helping others most often helps us, too!


  7. Hi Becky,

    Wow! I enjoyed reading the VOX Magazine article. You are very encouraging to people like me, who "want to write someday."

    The card project you have started is wonderful, and so nice of you! I have thought about those kids too, the ones who don't get birthday presents or any acknowledgment. Our state has FAN advocates (Family Access Network) in most of the schools that help pinpoint who needs what kind of help. I bet your "card ministry" is an idea that they could implement.

    Keep up the great work, you busy girl!

  8. Cool news on the interview Becky! You are awesome! I love your math skills. I can totally relate to that problem. And who does steal our calculators all the time anyway! Sigh...

  9. Great interview. And love the quote!

  10. I repeat, you're a pip--and that is a compliment. I'm proud to be your blog buddy. You are not just a person who claims to care, you really do something about it. God bless you, and may He multiply your hours so you can do all the things you yearn to do.

  11. You are so sweet to make those cards, Becky. That is a very generous way to give of yourself and your time, and I'm sure it means a great deal to those kids.

    Love the piano music playing here today. :D

  12. sorry with the late post, lost track of time. you sound like we both have math"fart". have a good day. rose

  13. Hey Everyone!! Thanks again for all your wonderful comments!! The comments and YOU all mean a great deal to me!!


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