"One of our best celebrations was an impromptu birthday party for Mozart. Rachael was eight and quite taken with the thought of someone her age composing, so on the draggy winter afternoon — January 27, to be exact — that the newspaper told us was his birthday, we played Mozart tapes and baked a sheet cake. There was some half-used cake decorating gel left over from the birthday of someone still living, so we used it to regale Wolfgang's cake in quarter notes and sharps and flats. Then we rented the film 'Amadeus'."

To Practice: Create an impromptu birthday celebration for someone you admire — living or dead.

Victoria Moran in Shelter for the Spirit: Create Your Own Haven in a Hectic World