Love: Stamped and Delivered.

Most days, I can say go well, maybe even spectacular,   But sometimes, a day can go wrong before it ever gets going. Say, the alarm didn’t go off so the early workout was a snooze-or-ama instead of sweat-fest. Say the peacefulness of morning coffee and news was replaced by a riotous phone call. And…

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Lucky Pennies Made My Day

Finding a penny is worth a lot. The monetary value isn’t saying much but the symbolism is priceless. I like to believe each coin is packed with luck. Some might say they are packed with love, a message from angels in heaven, say a grandparent or parent. “Hey, I’m watching over you! Don’t you forget!”…

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Looking For Love

I was never the type to dot an “i” with a heart or  finish off an exclamation point with a heart instead of period.  In fact, it took me awhile to even use the emoji with the “heart kiss” face.  So it may be surprising that one of my favorite holidays is Valentine’s Day.  I…

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Positivity Challenge: 100 Posts in 2017

I’m starting a positivity campaign and I hope you’ll join me. For 100 days in 2017, I pledge to post a happy, heartwarming or humorous message on my blog. While the type of message is in keeping with my blog’s mission, the frequency is ten times higher than in 2016. It’s my way to offer…

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Happiness: Three Tips for Boosting Cheer in the New Year

“Getting to happy” is the theme of 2017. Every time I check social media or retro-media—the newspaper, another article about how to choose happiness or avoid negativity crops up in my scan for quick news bits. I’m pretty sure I’m not alone in saying good riddance to 2016. We had a lot of icky and…

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Christmas Lights Obsession: A Mom Doing A Dad’s Job.

  I did it again. I, put up the Christmas lights on the house. But this time, it was All. BY. MYSELF. Holiday 2016 was already proving insane and it was only December 1st. If I didn’t take on the task of hanging Christmas lights myself, it would never happen. The weekends were jammed. So,…

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Thanksgiving Message: Be the food.

  My hope for this Thanksgiving: Americans become like the food the holiday represents. I’m pretty sure at most Thanksgiving meals, there are dishes people like and dishes people don’t like, yet all the food is welcome at the table. Nobody would dare put up a “fuss,” as my mother would say. In my childhood…

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12 Ways to Get Happy During a Crazy Election

Let’s get happy. I just can’t take the media frenzy any more so I’m going on a happy diet. I’m not going to eat cookies or a pile of pizza, although those things make me really happy in the moment. Then my jeans are too tight and I’m unhappy. Stop reading about you know who,…

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5 Things I Learned Hosting a Garage Sale

  Garage Sales are a lot of work.  I knew that going in but decided freeing up the space in my garage was worth the effort. I was tired of opening up my car door into a box of something I clearly didn’t need as it had been sitting there for four years. At least…

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The Superwoman in My Hometown

  My hometown is host to a superwoman. Many locals sip her steamy cappuccinos or me, soy lattes with her sweet barista stamp: a heart swirled into the milky froth. Most of us in town had no idea the owner of Café Papillon was a heroine in her home country of Cambodia, saving her family from…

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