I'm Oliver Webber, here with my research assistant, Kaydence Ribetnauer. You may not be able to see us because we're tucked in between these blades of grass, waiting for our next meal to fly in and land on one of them. To nourish our bodies and souls, we ponder leaves. We encourage contemplation... especially in regard to issues that will have to be handled when we become worm grub. We hope to motivate others to thoughtfully cultivate preferences and decisions while still vigorously leaping around. We recommend croaking... using voices to broadcast wishes before it's too late to have a voice in this matter. Other than a sumptuous supply of insects, this is assuredly the most "toad-ally" considerate gift we could leave for our life companions! Don't you agree? We invite you to get your feet wet by joining our pond of pondering pre-planners. Let's make croaking meaningful!

Friday, January 17, 2014


                                    A FULLY FORMED PRODUCT OF CONCEPTION

Nicknamed "The Big One,” a long-awaited book finally has come alive!  
Official Name:  Pondering Leaves:  Composing and Conveying Your Life Story’s Epilogue
Body Type:  Twins:  A recreational end-of-life pre-planning guide in a set of two volumes
Weight:  3.5 pounds
Length:  Body plus Appendix = 790 pages (volume I = 380 pages, volume II = 410 pages)
Conception and Gestation:  Easy
Delivery:  Difficult and Painful
Discharged from the Pond:  December 2013
Reason for Being:  Motivational and Informational
Supporting Staff:  Technical advisor
                          Research assistant and site-visitation companion
                          Frog illustrators
                          Game consultant
                          Formatting contortionist
Siblings:  e-Book in embryonic stage
Condition of Birth Mother:  Questionably Stable
Visiting Hours:  24/7
Home Address:  BOOK PAGE at www.ponderingleaves.com
Adoption Fee:  $29.99 plus tax and shipping
Arrangements:  “BUY NOW” button
Greetings can be sent to:  passages@ponderingleaves.com

This book is different.  It is a BIG and BOUNTIFUL reference guide in two volumes for anyone with the wisdom and loving kindness to make end-of-life decisions while fully alive.  Instead of a cursory overview of some aspects of funerary management, it provides details pertaining to every element a pre-planner might want to consider.  Symbolic representations are key components, prompting an exploration of one’s characteristics as determinants of personal preferences and potential arrangements.

It is designed with reverence for the painful reality of inevitable death while offering an upbeat event planning perspective.  Family needs are addressed in conjunction with the sense of satisfaction that can be derived from planning ahead and having a say in the matter.

Novel ideas and modern innovations enlivening the funeral industry pervade the content, which also encompasses detailed descriptions of conventional approaches and familiar products.       

Whimsical threads are woven through practical matters, based on a presumption that someone is more apt to broach a formidable topic if it is peppered with entertainment.

Utilitarian content is interspersed periodically with offbeat vignettes for spirit refreshment and promotion of comfort.  Such asides either exemplify main points or simply dot the domain with streaks of colorful invigoration.  Other inserts serve the same purpose, with rhyming quips, fun exercises, and the presence of multiple frog illustrations as a reminder that this resource is about croaking. That is, learning about end-of-life options will enable communication and an opportunity to make one’s voice heard before it is too late.  A planner will be endowed with a chance to bestow upon family members the ultimate gift of guidance.   

A journey through this compendium could be regarded as a recreational retreat, within a playground of figurative word structures in the form of analogies, metaphors, and idioms.  The text is suffused with double meanings, occasional fantasy images, and even some sexual inferences for added pizzazz.

Upon reaching the end of this book, a reader is apt to have discovered the joy of individuality, especially in this context of choosing relevant ways to leave life in a manner best suited to oneself.  The underlying goal of adopting personalized approaches is apt to invoke a desire to recognize and celebrate the uniqueness of one’s own life.  And reluctantly mortal “NAYsayers” will assuredly be transformed into prepared “YEAHsayers”!