March Madness

There’s been a grand competition the past couple of weeks at the WECO building–the space our firm, Riggs Partners, shares with our friends from Truematter. It’s the 2015 WECO Bracket Challenge with predictions on this year’s college basketball championship.

Serious competition


I know nothing about college basketball and did not participate. (This didn’t stop many of my co-workers, and may I just say I applaud their aplomb.) But my favorite, by far, came from the newest member of the RP family. There’s a good chance you are already familiar as she is the brains and brawn behind the wildly popular blog Refashionista. I didn’t have to work with her for long to learn Jillian Owens has a beautiful way of looking at things that turns them upside down–and in the best way possible.

Check out her entry in the Bracket Challenge.

ice cream

It made me giggle. And for that I say thank you, Jillian!

Day 19: What’s your favorite thing about summer?

My sweetest summer friends, sisters Eva and Helen, stopped by the WECO for a little morning visit. They’re the very best artists I know, and they also know how to have fun. So since we happened to be in the Green Room—the one with the big write-on wall—I asked them to draw me a picture of their Very Favorite Thing about summer.

Eva’s Watermelon
Helen’s flower

What luck. Two of my favorite summer things,

the artists!

from two of my favorite people.

Now that was fun!

 30 Days of Fun II

Day 11: 10 Things I Learned Ringing A Salvation Army Bell at the Liquor Store

This is a repost of the most popular post ever. Joy!


Cathy and Keely, ringing in the dough

My friend, Keely Saye, is just about the most generous person I know. She is always doing something interesting—usually to help a nonprofit or a friend in need—and she does it with a zest and an ease and a joy that is motivating.

A few weeks ago, Keely asked if anyone in the WECO would be willing to take a two-hour shift ringing a Salvation Army bell. What a lovely way to do something meaningful this holiday season, I thought. And ringing with Keely in front of Green’s Liquor store? Bonus. Bonus.

Here’s what I learned:

  1. There’s a lot of drinking going on in Columbia.
  2. Much of it is by people who are at least 80 years old.
  3. Ladies who shop at liquor stores who are at least 80 years old dress very, very well.
  4. Lest we healthy people complain, there is a great need for handicapped spaces in a parking lot.
  5. Those who need handicapped spaces are not the best parkers.
  6. The most generous givers are those who appear least able to give. Although I must say, people are very generous in general, and most smile warmly while they are giving.
  7. It is very nice to hear someone say (as they stuff their dollar(s) into the red pot) thank you for doing this. It makes you feel a part of something bigger.
  8. There is a chance, when you are ringing a Salvation Army bell in front of a liquor store, that a man will exit the store with a pint of liquor, tell you he is homeless, and ask you for money. He might go on to explain to you that he believes neither in Santa Claus nor Christ, but that he does believe in people doing things to help other people.
  9. When he walks away, you might hear another person, from whom he also asked for money, suggest that we all pray for him.
  10. Keely Saye makes everything more fun.
30 Days of Joy