Menu
Home > New Beginnings: Stories from our Giant Squid Lensmasters

New Beginnings: Stories from our Giant Squid Lensmasters

sunriseOur Giant Squid lensmasters are some of the best storytellers I know and that’s why I’m really excited to bring you the very first batch of lenses from our new Giant Squid Storyteller Quest.

Since this is a brand new quest, we asked our Giants to get creative and share stories about a new beginning of some sort.  They delivered top-notch lenses that share their first-time experiences with everything from new babies to new travel destinations and more.  You’ll laugh.  You’ll cry.  Most of all, you’ll get to know some of your fellow lensmasters.

So, go  grab a cuppa something hot and start reading.

The First Time I Travelled Alone To The United Kingdom

1. The First Time I Travelled Alone To The United Kingdom

Traveling is one of my passion and since childhood, this was my great wish to go abroad by plane. I actually live in Mauritius, a small Island situated in the Indian Ocean. So, discovering new countries was my dream. My cousins had visited India many times…

Foster Care...The First Placement

2. Foster Care…The First Placement

This is about my personal experience with my first foster kiddo, the issues I had & a bit of what you can expect, well not really, my first kiddo was off the charts. Be warned I’m sarcastic, have developed a painfully odd sense of humor about all…

I Tramped Across America & My Guardian Angels Came With Me

3. I Tramped Across America & My Guardian Angels Came With Me

Not quite 17 in the spring of 1965, I was foolish enough to believe I could do something that every adult in the land already knew was impossible. Or, maybe my guardian angels had silently, invisibly, let me know they’d come along and look out for…

My First Lesson in Abstract Art

4. My First Lesson in Abstract Art

I’ve always been fascinated by art- whether it be sculptural, abstract or a simple painting. It comes down to a simple fact. Art simply fascinates me. I see art everywhere- in every book and cranny- and all around me. The beauty of a single perfect ro…

Beginning to Breath

5. Beginning to Breath

This week our family had one more ‘new beginning’ after twenty months of ‘new beginnings. ‘ That little girl there on the right took her first normal breath on Tuesday. If you look carefully you can see the hole in her throat where the…

My First Solo Horse Ride

6. My First Solo Horse Ride

We had moved into a country setting where we could locate our mobile home next to a barn which was included in the land rent. Oh, the dream of an ideal country setting was beginning to come alive. This was very exciting to a young couple. We had a mobile h…

Grab and Go Overnight Refrigerator Oatmeal

7. Grab and Go Overnight Refrigerator Oatmeal

I’m always looking for healthy recipes for my family and if you search the internet their not that hard to find. Most of the recipes that I’ve found usually need a little adjustment according to our individual tastes. Tweaking them to our desire…

Things to Remember When Traveling Abroad (That Nobody Tells You)

8. Things to Remember When Traveling Abroad (That Nobody Tells You)

When we think of travel tips we think ‘safety first. ‘ For good reason, tourists are just as likely to get as the locals to get in all sorts of trouble. At the same time there are a few things we don’t think about because it seems like secon…

A Southern Gal's Western Adventure: My First Trip to the Wild West (Part 1)

9. A Southern Gal’s Western Adventure: My First Trip to the Wild West (Part 1)

It was June of the summer of 2008. My now- husband and I had just returned from internships at Disney World. When we returned home, we, along with his family, began our preparations for a monumental trip – a road trip which would make a circuit all the way…

You know you have lived in Spain when....

10. You know you have lived in Spain when….

After having lived on the Spanish island of Mallorca / Majorca for 12 years I thought it would be fun to highlight some cultural differences between my place of birth (England) and Spain. I wrote this page intending it to be humorous, but at the same time…

Cockroach in Water Dispenser, Now What?

11. Cockroach in Water Dispenser, Now What?

It’s really terrifying! I can’t figure out how many days or maybe even weeks those cockroaches infested in my water dispenser. I noticed there are cockroaches in my water dispenser when I took a glass of water and a crushed cockroach fell from it…

60, The Year to Start Something New Again!

12. 60, The Year to Start Something New Again!

One thing I am sure about is that people are definitely living longer and fuller lives than ever before. And that is a good thing! But with living longer and more active lives, there are also other things that happen with aging that just can’t be help…

Fifteen things I learnt after being a mom for the first time

13. Fifteen things I learnt after being a mom for the first time

Yes! You guessed it correct. I am a mom and you should be one too, soon! Or you are already one or planning to be one soon or secretly hoping to be one someday. Well, someone once told me, being a mother is a lifetime job. I couldn’t agree with her mo…

Tap Dancing Around the Truth

14. Tap Dancing Around the Truth

I didn’t want to entitle this page, The First Time I Lied, because that may give the impression I lie all the time and that’s just not true. But before I speak further about this temporary character flaw allow me to say I was in the second grade…

Our Move Away From Home

15. Our Move Away From Home

My wife and I both grew up in Western Pennsylvania. In 1989 I was offered a job in Western New York, so we had a difficult decision to make. Knowing that this was a great opportunity, and would be a new beginning for us, we had many things to consider. Our…

How I Ruined a Friend's Day at the Drag Races

16. How I Ruined a Friend’s Day at the Drag Races

If you asked me about drag racing before this event, I couldn’t tell you anything. I knew nothing, nothing about car racing. I did know that it cultivated a devoted fan base. The appeal for me was more under the hood; the mechanics, the history of ho…

My First Google Hangout

17. My First Google Hangout

I had a vision of my ‘why’ and how I could make a difference in the world. My ‘Why’ helped me to zero in on my ‘How’ which began to flow with focused precision! I decided I wanted to see Death brought out of the closet in my l…

Three Reasons My First Funeral Was A Fail

18. Three Reasons My First Funeral Was A Fail

I don’t like funerals. I know, i don’t know anyone who does especially if it’s their own but my case is different. The real reason I do not like funerals is because I remember being at my father’s funeral. I was probably 8 years old and…

How to Remember a Loved One's Death

19. How to Remember a Loved One’s Death

‘The soul of man is the candle of God. ‘ ‘The light of God is the soul of man. ‘ ‘The spirit of man is the lamp of the LORD, searching all the innermost parts of his being. ‘ These variations of Proverbs: 20: 27 equating God…

The Wonder of My First Born Child

20. The Wonder of My First Born Child

There can be nothing as euphoric as those feelings one gets at the moment that something truly extraordinary happens in your life, sensations that flood through you at that magical, single moment in a lifetime that belongs uniquely to you alone. Singers an…

Image Source

Robin Svedi aka rms is a Community Organizer and member of the Creative Team at Squidoo.com where her daily mission is to help lensmasters build better and more successful lenses about the things they know and love.

  • cercis70

    Looks like a wonderful and imaginative crop of lenses.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/RenaissanceWoman2010 RenaissanceWoman2010

    Looking forward to reading more of these ‘firsts.’

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/Merrci Merrci

    Looks like an excellent variety. Off to check some out. Thanks for putting this together!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/tonyleather tonyleather

    Thanks for including my first born lens!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/veryirie veryirie

    Some intriguing lenses here. Thanks for this challenge!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/favored1 favored1

    So many new ideas to be gained from starting over … We all experience it at some point, looking forward see how others made it through.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/DaveStone13 DaveStone13

    Thanks, Robin, for including one of my favorite lenses, one I wrote on inspiration from this quest.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/rms rms

    Thank YOU to all who created a lens for this challenge and I’m glad everyone is enjoying reading these as much as I did.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/bdkz bdkz

    Love all these lenses!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/grammieo grammieo

    I didn’t see that I was included until now, sheesh! Thank you!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/SherwinG SherwinG

    Great collection of lenses.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/knowledgetoday knowledgetoday

    What a wonderful treat for me to have you list My First Solo Horse Ride. There is certainly a wide variety of subjects.

  • ChocolateLily

    Thanks for including my lens about the first (and so far only) time I have been “out west,” as we call it!

Official news and updates from the Squidoo Team

Loading

Loading

Contributors