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Jane relaxing along Winner Creek

Why Wait? Be Wonder-Full Today!

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Yes, you can fill yourself with wonder…

There’s a part of you always standing by,
Mapping out the sky…
Finishing a hat…
Well there never was a hat…

— Stephen Sondheim
Finishing the Hat
from Sunday in the Park with George

This mid-August Saturday evening finds me once again “finishing the hat” – working-working-working on various and sundry projects from my always full and never done, to-do list.

The definition of an optimist: Continue reading » Why Wait? Be Wonder-Full Today!

out to lunch.....

Random Celebrations of the Not Quite Mundane

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Some things in life just make me want to celebrate. Take the photo above – I LOVE the glowing colors and the clarity of the glass – nice catch photographer, Jenny Downing!

Tell the story that’s been growing in your heart, the characters you can’t keep out of your head, the tale story that speaks to you, that pops into your head during your daily commute, that wakes you up in the morning.

— Jennifer Weiner

That’s how this post got started – during my commute this morning a billboard  caught my eye with the words “Better Life Mobility.” Such appealing words!  Don’t we all want a better life? Isn’t mobility great?  But it was the graphic embedded in the logo that made my Continue reading » Random Celebrations of the Not Quite Mundane

a perfectly crappy photograph...

Perfectly Crappy…

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Are you letting the crappy parts of life darken an otherwise perfectly crappy day?

If some area of your life sucks – do something else. Life is too short – and too long – to spend it being miserable. Life may indeed be short but it is for a fact wide. It is high time we started settling for more.

— Jill Conner Browne
author of Fat is the New 30: The Sweet Potato Queen’s Guide to Coping with (the crappy parts) of Life

Kudos to photographer, Diana F. who managed to see past the “crappiness” of her photo which is shown above; she boldly published it to Flicker®, tagging it “a perfectly crappy photograph… taken with a perfectly crappy camera.” Sounds pretty negative doesn’t it. But please note: she didn’t delete this sweet but flawed photo of a mountain meadow scene. Instead she Continue reading » Perfectly Crappy…

Smiling Dogs

It’s a Wonderful Dog’s Life!

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In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn’t merely try to train him to be semihuman. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming partly a dog.

— Edward Hoagland

Every morning for the last nine years I’ve done the same thing – I go into the kitchen and let the dog out of her crate.  She spends the night in her crate so that the cats don’t bother her and she doesn’t bother them.

This morning, I actually noticed something I do.  I say, “Good morning.  How ya doing?”  And BAM, it hit me.  She’s always doing Continue reading » It’s a Wonderful Dog’s Life!

Crayons

Launch the Crayola Bomb!

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Originally published on December 21, 2010.


May you enjoy all the colors of Christmas!

PattiAnn and I wish you the best of Christmases! Eat, pray, love… Yeah I know I stole that line but it seems to fit the season. So I say it again… as you gather with loved ones (or ones who need your loving presence) to eat, pray, love – may your celebration of Christmas paint your world with the colors of joy and good will.

Maybe we should develop a Crayola bomb as our next secret weapon. A happiness weapon. A beauty bomb. And every time a crisis developed, we would Continue reading » Launch the Crayola Bomb!

Cup o’ Inspiration

cup with steam swirl

Take a short break and consider the following:

“First you’re young then you’re middle aged, then you’re wonderful.”

Stephen Sondheim
Birthday Concert

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