January 2012


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After my Happiness Pledge post last week, I have been reading a lot of people’s ideas of what makes them happy. The highlights people post about  seem to be the simplest of things: kids laughing, spending time with family, silence, and relaxation.

As I try to dwell in a more happy state myself, I see that I am more content when I eliminate as much stress as I can. No, I cannot get rid of all the worries, but I can control what I can control.

The trick is defining those things that are within my control and those things that are not.
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Happiness Pledge

January 26, 2012
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In a world of unemployment, medical problems, political debate, equality differences, and constant bad news from the media, to latch on to happiness takes real effort. I, for one, am tired of the negativity. Every time I log onto Facebook, all I see is bad news. All the major news outlets are the same way. […]

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How to have a clean fight

January 23, 2012
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Based on controversy in my school district, I have been reminded that people simply don’t know how to fight well. I don’t mean they can’t throw punches, but they just can’t get anywhere with them. People do not (or cannot) articulate their concerns so they instead throw out bitter slurs. The complete lack of tact […]

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Keeping up with the Joneses

January 17, 2012
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My daughter was recognized for her character last week at her elementary school’s pep rally. My son was incredibly jealous of her getting to go on stage. When we got home, he was surprised to learn that my daughter was happy to have that award, but she wondered why she did not get ANOTHER award […]

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Mirror Image

January 12, 2012
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“Hot latte for Jamie Richardson,” the barista said. Without looking up from my book I stepped up to the counter, said my flippant “thanks” and wrapped my hand around the cup’s sleeve. As I did, another hand grabbed mine. I looked up to see a man standing a good 10 inches taller and 10 inches […]

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Confessions of an arsonist

January 10, 2012
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I love fire. I could sit beside a campfire for hours and watch the embers dance in the heat of the flame. The smell is intoxicating. It seeps between the threads of fabric and becomes one with it. It builds memories there so that every time I put my coat on I am immediately reminded […]

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What do you like to read?

January 5, 2012
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Recently when I picked up my youngest from preschool, a worker asked me how my novel was coming along. I said, “it’s not ready yet, but I’m working on it. I’m hoping to finish it this year.” Then she asked what it was about and I proceeded to tell her that it is about three […]

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