Posted by: Cindy Lamb Sterling | June 11, 2011

“I simply remember my favorite things . . .”

“and then I don’t FEEEEEL so BA AA AA AA AAAD!”  sang Maria and the Von Trapp children collapsed in a happy heap on her downy bed.

Yes, I adore The Sound of Music.  And the movie was released in 1965.   The year my life changed forever.

Whenever I discover these little connections it makes me smile.   I’m not quite ready to write about  “my 1965” with more clarity, but for today?  I’ll sing of  “girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes”.   And yes, Fraulein Maria, I DO feel better!

Here are a few of my favorite things . . .  (expect this list to grow over time, so please check back often!)


Stephanie is a friend, but that is not the reason I recommend her writing.  If you enjoy sharp satire (without the mean bite) and inspirational ideas (with no added sugar) you will be delighted to discover Stephanie’s insightful, funny, and thought-provoking voice.

Karla is a long-time friend who is also a rare talent.  Rare because she makes everything she does – from cooking to parenting to writing  – seem effortless.  It’s not.  Karla studies and prays and ponders and writes and re-writes and edits and . . . you get it.  She works hard.  And the results are worth your time.


Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White is my favorite novel written for children.  As someone who truly loves and knows “kiddie lit”, that’s saying something.  I am hardly alone in my regard for Mr. White’s elegant style, pitch-perfect characters and deceptively simple plot.   But the reason I love this book is simple:  Charlotte and Wilbur showed me what lifelong friendship should be.  Ages 8 – 12

Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems is a flawless read-aloud picture book for kids.   You want to experience true joy?  Share this book with a wiggly bunch of 6 year olds and wait for the magic.  Count on belly laughs when Trixie says “Aggle Flaggle Klabble!” .  Watch for very real concern over Knuffle Bunny’s fate at the laundromat.  The discovery of the inside joke is a powerful moment for a young child.  You won’t want to miss it.  Ages 4-8.

We haven’t even covered music, movies, books for adults, television, poets, painters, musicals, singers, colors, shoes, flavors of Blue Bell Ice Cream . . .endless possibilities!

What are a few of YOUR favorite things?  I would really love to know . . . even if you can’t stand The Sound of Music.


  1. I’m a person of simpler taste..My favourite things – payday and sundae…And I’m sorted 🙂

    • payday and sundae . . . I like that! Good title for a song or a movie or a post?;-) Thanks for reading and commenting . . . Cindy

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  3. Teachers. Not all teachers, not even good teachers but GREAT teachers. These are people you meet everyday and not all are educated and some don’t even have to speak. These are the people in your life that make you feel something and make you want to improve something about yourself. HulaGirl65 you are a perfect example. Thanks for taking a chance with this blog. Makes me think about taking chances.

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