Well, my dear readers, I have developed a little sideline to my day job…it is actually an offshoot of this little blog! As many of you may know, once you start a little inter-galactic blog, a curious thing happens. Beings from all over the Universe start to write to you & ask for advice! There is something about having a blog that makes you seem an expert of sorts!
It is really a little humbling, and, to be perfectly honest, most of the time I don’t know the answer to all these questions…I am actually just a little clay ball who has had just a regular amount of life’s experiences–nothing to make me an expert!
But, in response to all these letters, I have developed an Intergalactic Advice Column called “Dear Clay Ball”—I don’t know why, but the name just sounded so catchy to me!
I only answer the questions I feel best equipped to handle…the other letters, I usually just write a short note and include a bit of haiku or perhaps a limerick, & my sincerest apologies in not being able to be more helpful!
If I get stuck with a tough question that I should know the answer to, I usually look up to the blue sky for inspiration…
If that does not work, I look a bit higher still…& it usually comes to me after a bit. If not, I canvas my family, friends, & neighbors for their opinions…it is usually most interesting to get every body’s input!
To give you a little sample, here’s a letter I just received today:
I just cannot sleep at night. Do you know a cure for insomnia?
Sleepless in Gliese 581 d.
Well, this was an easy one! Here is my answer:
Dear Sleepless in Gliese 581 d,
Thank you for writing! As a matter of fact, I do happen to have a simple cure for insomnia (so you will be spared my limericks & haiku!).
Here it is: Think of the things you are grateful for! For some reason, this is a snoozer. I am not sure why, but it works every time!
This also works for children! Sometimes I get them started by saying, “Think of something that begins with A that you are thankful for, then something that begins with B, etc.” and before long, they, too, are fast asleep!
There is something about gratitude that is maybe very soothing or perhaps just a bit boring to ourselves, I am not sure which it is! (And if that doesn’t work, I just take an over-the-counter Benadryl.)
Well, good luck with that!
your friend Clay Ball
…oh, okay then, here’s just one little limerick:
There once was a clay ball from space,
Who left home in a giant disgrace.
With her babies she flew,
To a planet so blue,
And now she’s in love with this place!