• She’s A Doll

    This doll, that has never been named and probably deserves one, is from my childhood. I feel as if she’s always been around. I could never let go of her. My grandmother, whom I called “Nanny,” won her for me playing a game on the boardwalk in Seaside Heights, New Jersey. She’s pink and totally sentimental to me. Nanny has been gone for years, but the memory of her lives on in not only the doll, but the Christmas decorations, the jewelry (I’m wearing her ring now), and the countless other “items” and gifts she bestowed to me, both materialistic and non-materialistic. When I was growing up and we lived…

  • A Stroke of “Ladybug” Luck

    Ever since I watched “Under the Tuscan Sun” several years ago, I’ve believed that ladybugs bring good luck. Before, I never much thought about it. The ladybug has many ideologies attached to it. According to Ask.com, “A ladybug historically symbolizes good fortune. In the middle ages, aphids attacked crops and the farmers prayed to the Virgin Mary for help. A short time later, ladybugs arrived and killed all the bugs. The Swiss used to tell their children that ladybugs, not storks, bring babies. Some people, even today, believe that if a ladybug lands on you, you’re in for some good luck.” Additionally, it is thought that ladybugs are a good…