Americans Are Less Happy; Can Politeness Help?

Did you know the United Nations publishes an annual World Happiness Report for most countries? Technically it’s based on a Life Satisfaction Survey conducted on a random basis of local citizens. They ask questions like, “Are you very satisfied, satisfied or not satisfied with your career performance (or your country’s economy, your government, etc.)”. Hmmm. […]

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Overstuffed

Thanksgiving day dinner is coming, and oh what memories! We look forward to Mom’s steaming golden brown turkey, a wallop of stuffing and lumpy mashed potatoes on the plate (I like ‘em lumpy!), and hot buttered corn-on-the-cob. Then comes Aunt Mary’s macaroni and three-cheese casserole. Wow! We won’t forget the cranberry sauce, and Mom’s amazing […]

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Grandparents Speak

President Jimmy Carter designated the first Sunday of September after Labor Day as National Grandparents Day in 1978. Honoring the role of these senior family members on this day, some schools invite grandparents to a special event or involve students in story-telling activities related to their grandparents. The wealth of comments about the extreme value […]

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Interdependence is Better than Independence

“Free,” she sang! The short soprano’s powerful voice firmly hit and held such a high note I actually looked up to see if the glass in the chandelier would shatter! We were standing in the outside lobby at the American Adventure pavilion in Epcot at Disney World Orlando. A group of eight professional singers were […]

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Forgiveness Restores Who?

An ancient story is told of two friends who were taking a trip through the desert. In the course of many discussions, an unusually sharp disagreement arose over a mutually sensitive issue. In a moment of impulsive rage, the one friend slapped the other in the face. Responding with great restraint and sadness, the man […]

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The Secret to a Balanced Life

“This story is tragic!” said the aviator friend who had just completed his updated next level jet pilot training. During their specialized instruction the pilots were studying the importance of constantly giving attention to all the instrumentation, gauges and indicators on the plane’s control panel. They were told the true story of a jet airliner […]

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Don’t Let Life Drain Your Contentment

On the CD, I heard the instructor’s statement. Then I hit the back button to hear it again, and again. “You can eat right, rest well, exercise, build your inner self up to feeling very strong and 15 minutes later feel totally drained.” “Yow!” I thought. “That’s happened to me…and I didn’t understand it.” I, […]

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Keep The Brain, Body & Spirit Moving

Now with just the two of us, it was time to sell our large family home in the country. We had two acres and plenty of space to be very active with family and friends. But that meant lots of mowing, trimming, weeding, water system maintenance and house upkeep time and expense. The effort and […]

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Live a Steering Wheel Life Forever

Driving down the road never happens in a straight line; it requires using the steering wheel. It’s amazing how many hundreds and thousands of times we adjust the steering wheel to continue in the direction we want to go. A small adjustment is needed almost every second. That’s very much like living our daily life. […]

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Factors to Consider When Choosing a College

Which job should I take? What car should I buy? Should I do this…or…not? Is this the right person for me…to marry? Should I go to college and earn a degree? And, which college is best for me? “Ahhh! What do ‘You’ want me to do Oh God? “   Jeremiah was an Old Testament […]

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