Tag Archives: Love

Book: The Happiness Project

Gretchen Rubin had an epiphany one rainy afternoon:  “The days are long, but the years are short,” she realized.  “Time is passing, and I’m not focusing enough on the things that really matter.”  So she decided to do something about it – to research and apply happiness to her life.

With humor and insight, she chronicled her adventures during the 12 months she spent test-driving the wisdom of the ages, current scientific research, and lessons from popular culture about how to be happier.  Since Rubin is a mom and loves her city, she didn’t uproot herself;  instead, she focused on improving her life as it was.

Her conclusions:  money CAN buy happiness when spent wisely, novelty and challenge are powerful sources of happiness, over ‘treating’ yourself can make you feel worse, and Continue reading

Traveling the world with compassion

Sue Warner-BeanFrom Dictionary.com the definition for Compassion:  (noun) a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering.  Compassion:  A word that sums up the heart of Sue Warner-Bean.  Sue has been a listening ear for survivors and families who’ve lost loved ones in aviation disasters and other accidents. But Sue isn’t a counselor – she develops emergency response plans and training for companies big and small world-wide. Sue helps them prepare so Continue reading

Your heart can impact the world

Interesting short scientific facebook video about how the human heart can literally impact the world.  Gregg Braden, former Senior Designer for Martin Marietta and Technical Operations Manager for Cisco Systems, has been featured in PBS, History and Discovery TV programming, film, and radio interviews.

Friendship Has No Boundaries Photo credit permission given by artist Aubrey Frimoth.

Nurturing yourself by taking time to heal

Many times it’s those people who don’t think they are heros who teach us the most about bravery, kindness, and life.  A good friend of mine, Laurie Larsen-Caesar, is in the midst of radiation (after going through chemo, then surgery…yup, she’s had the whole 9 yards).  Often we see cancer as a battle, a fight.  We want our friends with cancer to Win.  We want them not to be in pain, so we send our love, prayers, cards, food, and wonder if it’s enough.  Wanting to do more but not knowing what.

Recently my friend posted this blog entry:  “I’ve been resting, Continue reading

Why do our celebrations encourage a race to the bottom?

The other day a friend posted on facebook that he cooked up potato skins with cheese and bacon for Thanksgiving.  When his friends reminded him that turkey would be better for him (he’s had heart surgery and his health has been touch-and-go) he responded he doesn’t like food that’s better for him.

A young mom  described her drinking binge, and how ill she was today.  Her partying friends retorted,  “I’ll drink for you!”  Another has a family history of alcoholism and “needs to drink to feel sociable”.  Her addiction is placated by her friends.

A middle-aged woman trying to lose weight confided in her friends that cheese is her downfall  Continue reading

Build-A-Building: The all-in-one doghouse, chicken coop, playhouse, shed

Imagine a backyard building system that was so easy to put together and take apart that a 5th grader could do it.  Imagine instructions you could download free online that were as accurate and easy to follow as IKEA or Lego kits.  Imagine not having to get rid of the dog house, the shed, the chicken coop, the play house when you were done with it…. but instead be able to re-form the components from the old building you no longer use, into a new building you CAN use?

Wouldn’t it be great if you had re-usable, interchangeable building pieces that you could reconfigure as your needs changed?  Let’s say Continue reading

Book: 50 is the new Fifty

“50 is the new Fifty: Ten Life Lessons for Women in Second Adulthood” by Suzanne Braun Levine. Ms. Levine is over 50, is one of the founders of the Women’s Movement, and has a delightful writing style.

She says we are not just older versions of our younger self…we are becoming NEW people all together, and Continue reading

Nice guys finish first

I like nice guys.  The #1 thing I like about my husband is his kindness (followed closely by his humor, and also we can’t forget his dashing good looks).  I’ve noticed some of my younger friends have their eyes on the nice guys too.

One young lady asked me ‘is it weird that I like the teacher-looking type?  I mean, the nice slacks, dress shirt, slender, glasses, serious kind of guy who is employed in a regular job?’  Not all women are after Indiana Jones or Magic Mike.  In fact often that kind of devil-may-care or I’m-to-sexy-for-myself behavior is a turn-off. Continue reading

Book Review: The Hidden Messages In Water

If you’re looking for a short and fascinating read, check out The Hidden Messages in Water, by Masaru Emoto.

The Hidden Messages in Water introduces the revolutionary work of internationally renowned Japanese scientist Masaru Emoto, who has discovered that molecules of water are affected by our thoughts, words, and feelings.

The photos in the book are incredible.  Emoto took samples of waters from around the world, and in a lab the only thing different he did was to expose them to the vibrations of various music styles, or to the vibration of certain Continue reading