Why Money Won't Buy You Happiness: What Really Makes Life Rich

I was talking with a friend recently about life and the many different detours and paths it seems to take. The discussion turned to money and we both realized that as we grow older the almighty dollar becomes less significant in terms of measuring contentment and happiness....more

 

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Resolutions. . . What a Waste

The myth of the New Year's Resolution goes something like this:1. Person evaluates their own flaws.2. Person vows to change said flaws.3. Person ends up not doing crap about said flaws and then feels bad for a moment and in my case ends up eating lots of chocolate to comfort said self....more

Grow up!

Two words I haven't used very often. In bed last night, fighting a cold and apparently insomnia, I thought about how recently I felt like saying Grow Up to a variety of acquaintances and complete strangers. I'm talking about fully grown "adults". The last time I used those words was in while updating my online dating profile a year ago:...more

New Year's and Breathing

January 1st just doesn’t resonate with me as “the new year”.  Perhaps it is all my years of teaching and now with school age children, but the day after Labor Day in September is the “new year” for me.  I love the Fall, sweatshirts, new shoes, crisp leaves, school supplies and the kiddos moving up to a new grade with new adventures in wait.  A much more organic time for me to reflect. ...more

Goals for 2010

I lost 9 pounds in the last two weeks of December, 2009. I'm hoping to take that accomplishment and run with it in 2010.I've had a steady weight increase since I gave birth to C. I need to put a stop to that NOW....more

2010: writing a new life

 A brand New Year with nothing written on it! Anything new is exciting, remember how when you were a child getting the new pad of paper or the new book, with nothing written on it was sooooo exciting. You couldn't wait to fill up the pages with new things, new stories newWhen I sit down to work on my book and stare at blank pages, I think of the words I m about to write that are going to bring forth new lives in the make believe, and I can make them do anything I want. Not so in the real world, of course. But writing has me excited, I always loved to write, nowit has more meaning. So now I get to write on the new year, with new adventures that I am not expecting and surprises I can't wait to see. Well, Thats fine you think, but nothing ever happens to me.. No? Hmm, well nothing ever happens to me either. Oh wait, I wrote a book. Never in a million years did I think I could do that. but I did and more excitly it is going to get published. WOW. I have my own business, I certainly didn't think I could do that, but I did. So maybe writing on the new year will not be dull as in pass years, maybe I will write something new and exciting, something I never thought would happen in amillion years. I am looking forward to 2010.  I got a new follower sometime last night, I am always excited to have a new follower because I don't have very many. So as usual, I ran and checked  to see who it was, and right from the start something was wrong. For one thing it was a man, and though that isn't unusual there are daddy bloggers, this one was a photographer. I didn't like that, I checked his other sites and they seemed to be blocked for "adult" content. I really didn't like that. So I checked his twitter and the first post he had was something from  TD. Jakes, nice cover but I go with my feelings. I blocked him and removed all pics of Tasha. It may have been harmless and lucky for me, my business blog with any personal information is not connected to my personal blog, but we have pics of Tasha on the web in several different places, I do and her mom does and uncle does, not to mention her dad. For a minute reality of the world sunk in. We keep Tasha very protected, she is never alone, and though I am sure she is safe as we can keep her, chance steps in quickly I hope  others are. If you post pictures of your children on your blog be careful of your followers. I belong to a blog MomDot Trisha the Admin has gone through a lot with cyber stalking and I remember one post she made that sent a chill don my spine, she mentioned she had  software that showed her one day her daughters picture had been uploaded. Why would someone do that,? We know why. There are ways to protect your pictures, and all of us download pictures of our families and childre, No one has the right to take this from us. Keep a eye on new followers, if you feel for any reason they don't have a legitimate reason to be following your blog or it seems strange they might, block first investigate. I'd rather apologize red faced, then suddenly find unacceptable pics of my granddaughter on the web. Now, I am not trying raise alarms I am just relaying a concern. There is nothing more in world I rather talk about then Tasha, so the whole thing made me upset. But I am a fighter, no one is going to invade my rights to be a bragging grandmother. No sireeee not me And so it goes.........more

2009: The Year in Meme.

Oh, I love a good meme. As an only child, talking about myself is one of my favorite occupations. Almost as fun as talking to myself – wait, did I just say that outloud? 1. What did you do in 2009 that you’d never done before? ...more

New Years Eve!

      Well, it is New Years Eve, I am still in the process of trying to figure out this blog.  I started two other blogs as well. I really want to get these up and really going.  What is going on in your New Years Day?  Mine is just a whatever day, the husband is watching OU play football and is all upset because they don't look to good.  We have been pretty upset with them all season, but next year will be all new and the season will be great....more

My first entry 12-30-09

 Wow, this is year is almost over, I am really looking forward to a new start in the New Year!. Our whole family is ready for that.  I am going on to doing new adventures this next year, I have always wanted to write and have had some things published when I was much, (much) younger.       I know this is not a normal post but it is my first one on here. I am just really trying to get the feel for this blog.  I like the concept of the blogher.com but now I just need to figure all the ins and outs of it. ...more

Shallow Roots - Loneliness Exposed

Over Christmas the story about Scrooge emerges, this lonely soul wondering through his world without enjoyment, meaningful friendship or companionship. There are people who at this time of year find it particularly hard; depression and loneliness can be at its peak. Interestingly, stats show that as a society depression is growing and loneliness, though subjective, is sharing the stage.How is it that in an age when people have the ability to do anything and communicate with each other twenty-four seven through technology, they still feel alone? Young people especially have been diagnosed with varying degrees of depression, anxiety and loneliness and yet we are the generations who have the most at our disposal.In our backyard we are not running for the bomb shelter daily, as my mother had to do as a child. Our food is not rationed and most illness that would have wiped out children or adults generations ago is preventable, manageable or treatable. We have (despite current financial circumstances) enjoyed a relatively disposable income and want for little.Education is available, we are not forced into unwanted working conditions and exploring career options is encouraged. Our entertainment choices are abundant and travel (though more safety orientated) is still an option. So, we come to this place in which I must ask some questions:Why is depression so prevelant?Why are we lonely?Why are we medicating ourselves and our children in order to cope?...more