Welcome to the second edition of the Carnival of Snowflaking! I’m thrilled to host this week because I’ve become a true snowflake fan. Yesterday, I sent my own little snowflakes off to the credit cards. For those of you who may not know, I’ve Paid for this Twice Already started the idea of snowflaking, built on Dave Ramsey’s debt snowball metaphor. She diligently tracks any tiny amount of money that she can throw to her debt. It’s made a huge difference in her finances. She started this carnival as a place for people to share their snowflaking success, challenges, and attitudes. I encourage all of you on the Snowflake Revolution blogroll to submit your stories next week. This is a great opportunity to reinforce your positive choices and get support when you’re feeling challenged.
Editor’s Picks: Five Hearty Snowflakers
Only five entries fit the snowflaking theme this week, so I’m naming all five as my picks. These are all great posts with exciting ideas for making snowflakes work. Since yesterday was the last day of April, National Poetry Month, I’ve sprinkled my favorite snowy poems throughout. Enjoy!
“Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”
— Robert Frost, 1923
“Whose woods these are I think I know. / His house is in the village though; / He will not see me stopping here / To watch his woods fill up with snow.”
Antishay Ventenne has written an excellent series on starting up a snowflaking business. She defines this as a small stream of extra income you use explicitly for your snowflaking goals. Here, in “Starting a Snowflake Business: (Part 4) the Notebook System,” she shows how simple your accounts can be for this kind of business!
“Driving to Town Late to Mail a Letter”
— Robert Bly, 1962
“It is a cold and snowy night. The main street is deserted. / The only things moving are swirls of snow. / As I lift the mailbox door, I feel its cold iron. / There is a privacy I love in this snowy night. / Driving around, I will waste more time.”
The founder of the Snowflake Revolution, Paidtwice, shows how Antishay’s ideas work in practice with an overview of all her snowflaking revenue streams in “Use the Snowflake Mentality in Income Generation.”
“Anyone Lived in a Pretty How Town”
— e. e. cummings, 1940
“stars, rain, sun, moon / (and only the snow can begin to explain / how children are apt to forget to remember / with up so floating many bells down)
“The Snow Man”
— Wallace Stevens, 1921
“For the listener, who listens in the snow, / And, nothing himself, beholds / Nothing that is not there and the nothing that is.”
“The Far Field”
— Theodore Roethke, 1964
“All finite things reveal infinitude. / The mountain with its singular bright shade / Like the blue shine on freshly frozen snow, / The after-light upon ice-burdened pines; / Odor of basswood on a mountain-slope, / A scent beloved of bees; / Silence of water above a sunken tree; / The pure serene of memory in one man,– / A ripple widening from a single stone / Winding around the waters of the world.”
That’s all for this week’s Carnival of Snowflaking. May all your snowflaking efforts be a “ripple widening from a single stone.” Be sure to submit your best snowflaking stories of the upcoming week by noon Wednesday. You’ll find the Carnival at Antishay Ventenne next week. I’m sure she’ll have an amazing carnival, so join in!