Happiness Journal: February Recap

Mar 03

Happiness Journal: February Recap

Well, here it is March 3rd. I’ve been keeping a Happiness Journal for two months now, and this is my progress report for the month of February. I hesitate to even post it because it’s not going to be a ray of sunshine. But I want to honestly and openly document this year-long journey toward a happier, more positive me. So, here goes. Finding things to be...

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Kindness and the Writing Life

Mar 02

Kindness and the Writing Life

I had a couple of articles published in this month’s SLO NightWriters newsletter and wanted to share them with you here. First, I wrote about a recent local screening of the documentary film Kindness is Contagious, narrated by a local author, who spoke at the screening: Pay it Forward Author Catherine Ryan Hyde Narrates Documentary About Kindess Second, I...

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The Letter Project: Kay Janet Lorenz

Feb 25

The Letter Project: Kay Janet Lorenz

This post is part of my Letter Project. ABOUT THE PROJECT Each month this year, I am writing a letter to someone who has changed my life. Most of these letters will be long overdue. In most cases, the people to whom I’m writing have no idea what a difference they made in my life or what an impact they made on me as a person. Some of them have never even met...

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Happiness Journal: January Recap

Feb 18

Happiness Journal: January Recap

This is late, and I apologize. In December, I decided to keep a happiness journal in 2016. The idea is to note a couple of things that made me happy each day so I learn to focus more on the positive rather than the negative. Each month, I’m going to post about the results here. I plan to post on the first Thursday of the month, but on February 1st, I learned...

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BOOK: Worthy

Feb 14

BOOK:  Worthy

Every year on Valentine’s Day, I blog about a book I love. It’s my Valentine to you. This is author Catherine Ryan Hyde’s second appearance in my annual Valentine post. Her books resonate with me on so many levels. Ms. Hyde is perhaps most famously known for her 1999 novel Pay it Forward, which was made into a movie in 2000. This year, I want to...

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Missing Mark

Feb 04

Missing Mark

Today, I’d planned to post about how much happier I’ve been since I started keeping a Happiness Journal. But the truth is, I’m not feeling happy at all today. It doesn’t seem right to post about happiness. On Monday evening, one of my best friends, Barbara, who I’ve known since 5th grade, let me know that a mutual friend had passed away...

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The Letter Project: Dr. Jesse Liscomb

Jan 28

The Letter Project: Dr. Jesse Liscomb

This post is part of my Letter Project. ABOUT THE PROJECT Each month this year, I am writing a letter to someone who has changed my life. Most of these letters will be long overdue. In most cases, the people to whom I’m writing have no idea what a difference they made in my life or what an impact they made on me as a person. Some of them have never even met...

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Killing My Darlings

Jan 21

Killing My Darlings

We writers have to put ourselves out there. We have made a conscious choice to put our innermost feelings and fears on display. We voluntarily open ourselves up to criticism. To borrow a phrase inspired by writer Joseph Heller, this is a real Catch-22. Writers are usually, by nature, sensitive people. It’s exactly because we feel things so deeply and are so...

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What I Learned in Zumba Class

Jan 14

What I Learned in Zumba Class

I took my first Zumba class last Friday. This is something I’ve been wanting to try since I first heard of Zumba, probably over 10 years ago. Zumba is a fitness class made up of dance moves set to upbeat music. The idea is to make working out so enjoyable that you forget the pain. Somehow, because of a lack of classes or scheduling, compounded by the fact that...

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