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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 boy crying because he is sad his hot dog fell

Sadness as Motivation

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You cannot prevent the birds of sadness from passing over your head, but you can prevent their making a nest in your hair.

— Chinese Proverb

We’ve finally gotten everyone in this great big mess around my father’s house to agree that it really is our house.  As they say in Fiddler on the Roof, “Wonder of wonder, miracle of miracles.”  Our next step, once the title is insurable, is to list it.  Because it’s been listed before, there are pictures online of how it looks now.  It is simply GORGEOUS!

It makes me so sad.  This is the house my mother would have loved.  For her entire married life, she never had a Continue reading » Sadness as Motivation

Working chihuahua

Working Like a Dog

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Your work is to discover your world and then with all your heart give yourself to it.

— Buddha

Do you work like a dog?  When we use that phrase, we often mean that we’re working really, really hard… and not necessarily feeling good about it.

Have you ever watched a dog work?  It truly is a sight to behold.  Dogs work with such dedication and focus that they often put us to shame.  Watch any service dog.  Their focus is on the person that they are serving.  They don’t get bored.  There’s never a thought that the person isn’t good enough for them.  They serve with their whole hearts.

Some dogs even volunteer.  They go to Continue reading » Working Like a Dog

Phillip the smiling dog

Joy to the World

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This post is part of the Pet Writer’s Blog Carnival.

Joy is not in things; it is in us.

— Richard Wagner

Today, Wonder Dog (WD) and I walked to the local grocery store.  We were going there because I have recently discovered Redbox (  If you’re not familiar with Redbox, it’s the magic machine in most local grocery stores that lets you rent a relatively recent movie for just $1.00.  What a deal, when you go out to the website you can watch trailers and reserve a movie at a particular location.  Then you go pick it up and it’s due by 9:00 the next evening or, horror of horrors, you owe them… another dollar.  This I can afford.

But Redbox isn’t why I’m writing this post.  I’m writing because I have discovered the secret of creation.  I know this sounds a bit Continue reading » Joy to the World

Mindy, our dog, who ate anything...

What’s Guilt Got to Do With It?

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You can’t teach people to be lazy –  either they have it, or they don’t.

— Dagwood Bumstead

I’m Catholic, so for me, guilt is a major part of my life.  And since winter is here, it’s a good thing too.  Guilt may be the only thing that saves me from staying indoors until it warms up.

Winter may not officially start until the winter solstice, but we are definitely into the cold part of the year.  Here in Southern California where we don’t really have four seasons, it has been a strange fall.  We’ve had more rain than usual, which is great for this desert we live in, and we’ve had hot dry 80+ degree days mixed in.  Now we’re getting cold and blowy days followed by colder nights – closer to freezing.

When it’s cold or rainy or gloomy, I tend to want to be a Continue reading » What’s Guilt Got to Do With It?