Monday, March 27, 2017

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Saturday, January 26, 2013


A long time ago, 60 years ago to be exact, Norman Vincent Peale wrote his now famous book, "The Power of Positive Thinking."

His premise, having a strong faith and keeping a positive approach to life, was controversial at the time it was first published in 1952.

But the book struck a chord in people, watering their thirst for meaning and self-direction.

The book went on to sell millions of copies, and, 60 years later, it is still selling well.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

There are some things we seem to know intuitively. Then we feel good when some expert comes along and reaffirms what we already know.

For years, one of my main beliefs has been that we find our happiness in little things, not in life's big moments. My thought is if we can learn to find joy in small, everyday things, we will lead a happy life.

Yahoo Online featured a health related article this week that quoted experts on ways to find happiness. The article quoted from the December issue of Prevention, certainly a credible source.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Having children gives us many pleasures, pains, laughs, anxiety, pride, disappointments, comfort, burdens and blessings.

Kids give us all that and much more.

Ask any parent.

Parenthood is like a diamond with so many facets. Most times it shines with such beauty you are awed and supremely grateful it is yours. And sometimes everyday living dulls the stone a bit.

I am ever so grateful for the warm relationship I have always maintained with my daughters. Even if they weren't related to me, I would think they are special.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Wherever I go, I hear people saying they can't believe how fast 2012 flew by.

So true.

It seems as if I just got use to writing 2012 on my checks. Now, it's time to change the date again.

I wish I could slow the march of time.

I wish I could make days last longer.

I wish that a year felt like a long time instead of a brief interlude.

While we can't slow the sands of time, we can make the best use of the time we have. The older I get, the more I resolve to do exactly that.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

In this, the season of gift giving, you probably received at least one gift.

Maybe you were given a lot of gifts.

But were you the recipient of the gift of peace?

The two words most synonymous with the Christmas season are joy and peace.

Perhaps you had tinges of joy. Did you find peace?

While life might always have seemed to be a bit stressful, the last few years have been the most stressful of all for many.

Saturday, December 22, 2012


With Christmas approaching, I was in the mood for some of my favorite carols as I drove to an appointment in the next town.

During that trip, which lasted two hours, do you know how many Christmas carols I heard?

Only two. And I'm not sure they count because they were instrumentals without words.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

For the birthdays of my friends Jeanne and Linda, I decided to take them to see the play, "Our Town."

Of all the plays I've ever seen, it's the one that sticks in my mind decade after decade.

Before the play, I told Jeanne and Linda at first the play might seem simplistic. But I assured them it had the most profound message.

As they watched the play, I'm sure my dear friends were wondering why the heck I took them to see something so depressing.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Help. I'm falling into the trap again – the yearly trap that turns a sensible person into someone who abandons reason and buys superfluous things.

It's called Christmas shopping.

At first, my husband and I laughed at the gadgets vying for our attention in department stores. The colorful stand-up hot dog maker, for instance, looks like a toaster but was specifically designed only to hold two hot dogs and buns.

"One would have to make a lot of hot dogs to make that worthwhile," we commented.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Everyone wants to have the kind of family holiday that lingers as a warm memory long after the gathering is over.

I just came away from a Thanksgiving celebration that will long remain in my heart as a special family time.

Thanksgiving was always "my holiday." It was my time to host my extended family and I reveled in every bit of the holiday. I loved making the biggest turkey I could find and cooking for a crowd.

Most of all, I loved the feeling of love and warmth I felt as we all gathered around our Thanksgiving table.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

It is often said happiness springs from being satisfied with the choices we've made and the paths we've chosen in life.

I'm now reading an interesting book that claims the roads we take in life are vitally important but are not the only factor that influences how happy we are in life.

The road not taken also influences happiness, experts claim.

In a way, it's the same thing but I think I know what the author is trying to say.

Experts believe the most important decision we make in life is our choice of a spouse. I agree.