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Pilot und Copilot

Who’s Flying the Plane?

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There are only two emotions in a plane: boredom and terror.

— Orson Welles

Recently, one of the local radio traffic reporters was severely injured in a plane crash.  As he’s been healing, he’s been interviewed by the radio station.  Over and over, he kept saying that he’d kept flying the plane until it was on the ground.

Seems a bit obvious, doesn’t it?  Maybe, maybe not.  The interviewer would ask things like, Continue reading » Who’s Flying the Plane?

Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.

5 Ways to Keep Calm and Carry On

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How do you carry on in the face of adversity?

Keep your cool, stay calm – that would be the first order of business!  A few days ago the Huffington wrote:

There’s no escaping the ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ poster. From [amazon-product text=”coffee mugs” type=”text”]B004TN85OC[/amazon-product], to bandaids and now memes, the British slogan is simply everywhere. Perfectly, it captures the stiff upper lip culture from across the pond, which has inevitably made its way stateside. For those who’ve wondered where the devil the poster first came from, here’s a YouTube video to unravel the mystery of the iconic poster for you.

BTW, that Brit store, Barter Books (featured in the YouTube video) looks like a really neat place – I’m putting it on my “someday” list… but that’s another post… right now I need to focus on “carrying on”.

Have you been hearing lots of No, No, No’s? Continue reading » 5 Ways to Keep Calm and Carry On


When Strong Winds Blow – Hunker Down

Sometimes your best response to adversity is to hunker down and hang in there.

There is no good in arguing with the inevitable.
The only argument available with an east wind is to put on your overcoat.

— James Russell Lowell

The other day the TV weatherman announced high wind warnings and a worrisome night – one that rousted me out of bed at midnight.  As my wind-buffeted house shuddered I worried, worried, worried over things not tied down: patio furniture, awnings, umbrellas… and the bitty little hummingbird perched directly in the path of those howling winds that Continue reading » When Strong Winds Blow – Hunker Down

Happy Farmer

Happily Flourishing

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What is the meaning of life? To be happy and useful.

— Tenzin Gyatso
14th Dalai Lama

As wonderful as the holidays can be, they can also be exhausting.  By the time I get through Christmas, I’m so worn out that I have a very hard time even considering making resolutions.  I have to rest up or I feel completely unable to do anything but put my head down and just keep moving.

This year, as I head for my big X0th birthday (I’m not telling), I’ve decided to try something different.  I want to be happier with my life.  I’m getting way too old to wait for someday, so this is the year of building a healthier and happier me.

I’m inviting you to join me on this journey.  I’m not sure where it’s going to take me but I’m beginning today.  Would you like to join me?  I’d love to have you come along.  I’m starting with my whine list – by defining what works for me and what doesn’t.

What stops us from being happy?

I know that part of what stops me is that at certain times, I whine – to myself, of course – about all the things that aren’t exactly to my liking.  You probably have a “whine list” too –reasons that you are unhappy – or at least, not as happy as you want to be.  It’s probably not a huge feeling, just something that weighs you down – telling you that you’re not really happy.  So, before we go any further with this post, do me a favor and make a list of the things that are making you unhappy today. Continue reading » Happily Flourishing

Gaga Vogue

Gaga Over the Lady?

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Ever made a snap judgment about someone and then discovered (too late) that you could be waaay off base?

The second we see somebody on the street or meet someone, we make snap judgments about them, about who they are and why we wouldn’t necessarily sit with them or why we would or what’s cool or not cool.

— Max Cannon

Last week I watched the TV special, A Very Gaga Thanksgiving.  It was an entertaining, 90 minute program conceived, produced and directed by the Lady Gaga herself.  And – knock me down and call me shorty – I find I’m gaga over the Lady G.  Despite her off-putting personas and her contrived costumes, Lady Gaga’s not only an amazing performer, she’s an amazing Continue reading » Gaga Over the Lady?