When I think of the most upbeat, most positive, most smiley person I know, I think of Maggie Creamer — a coworker, a friend, a co-adventurer, that up-for-anything person.
We met several years ago at the Sentinel. She came in to cover city government, and I was doing Lodi Living, the weekend section (yeah, we’re both still doing the same thing). While most people are quiet on their trial day, Maggie was not. She was perky, smiley and stood over my desk talking, almost as though she knew then that we’d be friends forever.
Now, she’s one of my closest friends. She’s the one who has my quote as her Gmail status, “I wonder what it’s like to work with us, and not be us?” I can leave her random existential questions like, “I’m not too sure about the mom thing, but I know for certain I want to be a grandma when I grow up” (you know, with all the stained glass windows and shawls and house that smells like banana bread is forever baking). And I like that when we go places, and I stop to take pictures, she stops with me. And she puts up with my dogs, and does things I’m too scared to do alone, like go to the gym for the first time. Sometimes she’s annoying though, like when I’m bitter about something/someone and she says, “Well, it’s not that bad.” It’s a fair trade.
And now, she is getting an awesome opportunity to share a piece of her happiness with the world.
Maggie has been asked to participate in the e-book project:
Awesome, right? I’m not surprised; she’s the perfect person for this. Here’s a little bit about the project: “This e-book pulls from the whimsical wisdom of 12 phenomenal women, as they work to apply childhood zest, zeal, wonder, and play to all aspects of life … Tentative topics include: whimsied spirituality, home design, adventures, home decor, memory-keeping, perspective shifts, workplace survival, and romance at any age.”
Finding our whimsy is such a great idea. Each of the women participating in the project sound amazing and full of whimsical insight. Check out the blog here to read about whimsy and to leave your own whimsical ideas. I think this is going to be pretty great.
Like all REAL, PUBLISHED authors — eek, so exciting — she needed a photo of herself, hence the need for this lunch hour alleyway shoot.
This is her. That’s her real smile. Those are her blue eyes. And those are her awesome yellow sunglasses.