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Wishing you a good year ahead!This was my New Year's Eve FB status at the end of last year:...more

Last Post of 2013! What I would like to do more of...

Another @BlogHer prompt - what would you like to do more of in 2014?I love the way this is phrased; usually, New Year Resolutions begin with doing less of, or stopping altogether (usually eating, drinking or smoking related). This is a negative approach with which to begin the year, and as anyone who has tried it will know, it rarely works. You are much more likely to stick to a Stopping Resolution if you replace the thing you are Stopping with something else - preferably something you enjoy....more

Less Busting Out in 2014


A call from the past...

This year I entered the land of the living and bought a phone that was smarter than me. Similar to how I use my brain and my gym membership, I use my smartphone to about 10 percent of its capacity. Maybe.I text, I check email, I "like" friends' statuses on Facebook, I monitor my blog posts, I drive by the voice of my GPS, and, occasionally, I make a phone call. Smartphones are the latest in a line of changes in communication I have seen in my short life....more


The words prayer and contemplation intimidate many people but the reality is that prayer is simple, so simple that it eludes many adults. Relax. Be Quiet. Breathe in deeply. Enjoy the silence. Connect and listen. Sometimes we need to simply cease our activity, live in the moment and breathe....more

Disney's "Frozen," Second to None

That I am going to see Disney's "Frozen" for the third time is a pretty huge deal, especially considering the fact that it has been about four years since I last paid (full-price) to see a newly released movie in the theater. Though I have taken advantage of discounts or promotions to see "Frozen," that I would venture to the theater, when I am living frugally, is a pretty huge deal. ...more

Dec 30 - Dead Cat Hiding...


Advice on Maintaining Copyright over Blog Content

Though I am not one of the first to embrace the loads of overwhelming unsolicited advice that gets thrown my way, such as: if the twins are waking up at 4 am, try making their bedtime later; or, if you're having trouble getting a job in what you were trained to do, think outside the box. It isn't that I am too proud for advice or that I already know everything. I will be one of the first to admit that I know very little; I am a little like Socrates in that way - I know that I do not know and I will not make many more knowledge claims than that....more

Should We Really Avoid Pain At All Costs?

Here in America, the trend seems to be avoiding pain at all costs....more
Not sure about being a hero ... LOL... I just wanted to be there. The second one... The whole ...more