“Miss Teen USA? Hmm. Sure. What does one cite in a recommendation letter for a Miss Teen USA candidate?”
“It is a pageant however it’s also about academic aptitude. That’s why I need recommendations from my high school teachers. The pageant administrator told me that I scored higher on the academic testing than any candidate ever had,” I replied to Mr. Cohan, my Spanish teacher.
“Why don’t you meet me on the corner after dark, near the pizzeria, and we can discuss it. Let’s say around 6pm,” he said looking down at the Spanish exams on his desk.
“Hand that bottle of Tait red to me, the one with the cool name,“ my husband said, without so much of a please. “I’m going to chill it for dinner.”
“Here’s your Tait ‘Ball Buster’. Of course you’d think that’s a cool name,” I said as I handed the cheap red to him.
Hubert always sits at the head of the table while I always sit to his left, near a small table where at least a dozen of bottles of wine line the tabletop. On each dining room surface, Hubert keeps a dozen bottles of wine—more or less. I know where to come if I need a drink, guests and even the building’s superintendent would remark when looking at the bounty on display in our dining room.
Refusing to purchase a wine refrigerator, Hubert keeps his younger wines in sight and his older ones in the hall closet. The only exceptions are two extraordinary bottles, which sit on top of our home bar, at the heart of our apartment. “Come back when we’re celebrating big and I’ll open these beauties,” he’d say to guests time and again.
My eyes moved towards one of those bottles, “Our twenty-fifth wedding anniversary is coming up. How about we open that Screaming Eagle cab to celebrate?” “I’ll think about it,” Hubert replied.
Most unlikely as a boyfriend candidate, Gray Wexler is the object of my desire.
"Is the water cold?" I ask, as I sit down next to him.
"Are you going to the dance tonight?" I ask.
His hat brim shades his gray-colored eyes. Oh, those eyes.
The Dream Box helps solve a real life, common dilemma—what to do when a child has a bad dream. Disguised as a picture book, this story will delight child and parent alike, especially those trying to get rid of nightmares.
The Dream Box tells the story of Alex, a bird who is determined "to stay awake forever" after he is troubled by a series of bad dreams. When his mother's and grandmother's advice to think of "nice things" and have "happy thoughts" fails to do the trick, Alex can barely keep his eyes open in school or at home. Just in time, on his bed he finds a Dream Box—designed to get rid of nightmares.
By following the directions that come with the box, Alex is finally able to get a good night's sleep!
The book also includes a template and suggestions for young readers who want to make their own Dream Box.
Modern Dog Design Co. illustrated The Dream Box.
"Every child who's ever had nightmares (and every parent who's tried to help) should have this book and use its technique." —Dr. Jill Bellinson, Clinical Psychologist