Let’s Talk with Maggie Toussaint

Top Ten Things to Self-Entertain
By Maggie Toussaint

ART. Make an art project out of random items – a collage of magazine photos, natural materials outside, whatever’s in your junk pile or craft closet.

LEARN. Check out a topic you’ve always wanted to explore. Maybe you’re interested in beekeeping, stargazing, or solar farms. Whatever the topic, you can become better informed with subject research.

MOVIES. Watch movies on TV, online, or in your personal library. Movies can make you laugh, cry, or think. The brilliant ones hit all those notes.

NEW SKILL. Have you ever wanted to whittle? What about identifying bird calls? Maybe you’ve always wanted to cane a chair or play an instrument. You can find “how-to” articles, videos, and libraries on most any topic online.

STROLL. Take a hike. Literally, open your door and walk around your yard or neighborhood. Wave at your neighbors if you see them but be careful not to approach too closely for now.

COOK. Create a new dish from food ingredients on hand. You may have plenty of cookbooks but most likely cook something from this one or that and have gotten lazy about trying new things. If you have cans of water chestnuts and artichoke hearts on your shelf, you can search online for a recipe with those ingredients. I found that these two were interchangeable in some dishes.

FAME. Always wanted to have your own YouTube channel? The only tools you’ll need are a laptop computer with internet access and a camera and a YouTube account. You can broadcast your thoughts, your music, your rants, you name it. Your imagination will be your only limitation.

WRITE. Your ideas are your own intellectual property. It can be very stimulating to put your thoughts on paper, to explore different sides of an argument. There’s something about manually shaping the letters, either by printing them or using cursive handwriting. You could always take the time to learn calligraphy and practice fancy fonts and doodles. This may be the time to get started on that family history you keep putting off.

NETWORK. Though we’re isolated to prevent catastrophic spread of the covid-19 virus, we can communicate with family and friends via calls, texts, and video calls. There’s a difference between being alone and being lonely.

READ. There are no commercials in books. You can set sail on an adventure to just about anywhere at any time in the pages of a book. Reading is a deep passion of mine, and I not only read books, I often reread certain ones. So even if you feel you’ve read everything in your house, you can reread anything on your shelves for free, or there are always digital books to download to your electronic devices -computers, tablets, kindles, and phones. You could even invite your friends to read the same book and have a book discussion group online using an app such as Zoom.

Leave a comment below on your favorite (PG_13) self-entertainment, and I’ll send one commenter a digital ARC of SEAS THE DAY, my April 21 release, the first in my new culinary cozy series.

Also, our April 2020 Booklover’s Bench contest is underway from April 1-18. Click over to enter now for a chance to win one of the six books in the vault. Winner will be announced April 19 on the contest page. (Print copies to US addresses only.) CLICK HERE