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Which Path

The Happy Path

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I am still determined to be cheerful and happy, in whatever situation I may be; for I have also learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions, and not upon our circumstances.

— Martha Washington

Most of us say that we want to be happy, and to some extent we do.  Getting to happy requires that we consciously choose the “happy path.”  To do that, we have to figure out what happy looks like to us.  Then, when we come to a fork in the road, we need to consciously choose the path that heads toward our version of happy.

I believe that we all have the potential to be happy.  For some of us, our view of happy looks like our family life when we were kids.

One of the things that we absorbed when we lived at home was Continue reading » The Happy Path

Grandma Julie, Paul and Me

Thanks for the Memories

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Originally published on December 7, 2010.

The existence of forgetting has never been proved: We only know that some things don’t come to mind when we want them.

— Friedrich Nietzsche

While December is a joyous holiday season, for Catholics, November is the month of remembrance. It starts with All Saints Day on the 1st and All Souls’ Day on the 2nd. All Saints Day is when we remember all those who the Catholic Church has recognized as being holy. All Souls Day is for remembering everyone else who has died.

In a previous post I described how I use the Jewish tradition of Yahrzeit to remember my family and friends who have died. I learned about this tradition from Continue reading » Thanks for the Memories

A few hours too early

Put the Sparkle Back in Your Holidays!

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Take some time to enjoy the sparkle of the holidays!

It is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas when its mighty Founder was a child Himself.

— Charles Dickens

As we get closer to Christmas some of us – me included – are beginning to feel the pressure of the impending date and everything that must be done by the 25th.  And, before we morph into Star Trek “grumps”, I say it’s time to Continue reading » Put the Sparkle Back in Your Holidays!

wrapped gifts under tree

Have a Real Merry Christmas

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Friends are God’s apology for relations.

— Hugh Kingsmill

This is the time of year that is supposed to be about getting together with family and friends.  I don’t know how it is for other families, but in my family, Christmas is like a fairy tale.  Good children get everything they want.  There are no bad children.  There are unlimited funds.  Everyone loves everyone.  And we all live happily ever after – just as soon as we Continue reading » Have a Real Merry Christmas

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Dang, It’s the Holidays!

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This December,
That love weighs more than gold!

— Josephine Dodge Daskam Bacon

And we’re off… on the rush to get from Thanksgiving to Christmas and get everything done that needs to be done.  Somehow, we need to shove 8 weeks of shopping, cooking, entertaining, partying and traveling all into the four weeks between the two holidays.

I suppose that there is some comfort in the hurley-burley of racing around and getting things done.  It helps us to not notice that our nest is empty or our parents have gone.  If we’re busy focused on the tasks, maybe we won’t Continue reading » Dang, It’s the Holidays!