The secret to being and staying happy

“All seasons are beautiful for the person who carries happiness within.” — Horace FriessHappiness is not an out-come based on outside triggers. Quite the contrary. Happiness is an in-come based on our inner state of being. Literally - it is a priceless income given to ourselves by ourselves once we make a choice to live our life to the fullest....more

Techno Overload

The day before my husband, Marc, and I were to leave for vacation, unexpectedly we lost the internet at our house. He tried everything he could to restore it, but unfortunately, he was not successful. With everything else that we needed to do before our trip, we decide to not worry about it, and instead deal with it when we returned home.As Marc and I rode to the airport, both carrying our BlackBerrys and laptops, I said to him, "In a way, yesterday was so nice. It felt so good to be forced to disconnect for a little bit.""I know," he replied....more

More on cancer grief: letting go, being in the "flow"

I can't begin to describe how amazing my life has become in such a short time. The death of my brother, while hard, has lead to incredible things manifesting in my life. Truth be told, I forgot to mention in my last post that I felt a lot of loneliness this last week. It was that familiar old "woe is me" despair from the last two years. I'd often feel it after returning from a visit with my mom or my brother.  It was me trying to fill a "god-sized hole" with another person, to take the emptiness & loss away. ...more

So glad it helped you, Katy! Thanks for the Tripping site, too. It looks really great. Another ...more

The Death of My Aunt and Finding My Middle Place

In the last few weeks, my 68 year old Aunt passed away unexpectedly and a friend’s 64 year old mother has had two strokes. Both women seemed otherwise healthy and in both cases, these turns of events came out of the blue. I feel as though overnight, I’ve traveled into a new stage of my life – one in which the people my parents’ age are becoming frail and, in some cases, passing away. It’s strange how life passes us by in phases. When I was young, the years were marked by birthday parties. After college and into my early thirties, weddings were the big events....more

alex the cat needs relationship advice

Good morning!It is me, Alex, the cat. I need advice. Let me rephrase that, I need advice big time, and my parents aren’t being any help – surprise, surprise!In case you didn’t know, I have found a perfect girl, Gracie. I met her on the internet! She is everything that a cat could want....more

Can You Take a Punch?

The highest moral in the traditional martial arts is  not to  have to fight. If you can avoid a fight, that is highly regarded. You are trained in depth to seek out many alternatives in avoidance and  redirection  before you actually  have to throw a punch or land a blow…..but you are also taught to take a punch....more

Life is Fragile: Protect What You Have

We believe we are doing our best to protect what we value most in our lives.. family first, then our homes, our jobs, and our income.  But how secure are they really? How sure are you that you have done everything to safeguard your life’s most precious possessions?Recent global events– from natural disasters to the Middle East violence– can make us realize just how fragile life really is. Catastrophic events make us feel mortal, providing a stark glimpse into an uncertain future.  So protecting what we have now is the best we can do....more

What is the most important thing in the world?

The most important thing in the world? love 21.7%money 8.0%health 56.5%beauty 1.0%there's many important things 12.7%Total Votes: 2934...more

.The most important think,was my Mom,but now it's too late..She just died yesterday, more

What is uniquely you?

We all have things we like or love such as food and movies (crawfish, Tom Hanks films), hobbies (tennis, quilting), activities we're good at (writing, cooking), or random quirks (ambidextrous). And some of us excel at certain things -- maybe we always have, or maybe we've newly grown into it....more

I'm uniquely ME because God created only one ME. There is no one like ME in the universe. I like ...more