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For Folks with Everything Except Peace of Mind

Thoughts about Thinking

Do you ever think about Thinking? For example, is thinking important? Or, should I do my own thinking? Can I even think for myself, or is it easier to let others do my thinking for me? Are they thinking about things the way I would think about them? Do I set aside time each day […]

All about beer!

I’m re-posting an earlier blog I wrote on drinking beer instead of soft drinks. In addition to the numerous benefits therein you have the added satisfaction of supporting your local micro-breweries vs. the international conglomerates of the soft drink industry. Soft drink companies have been poisoning our bodies, making us obese and ruining our teeth […]

Have You Ever Really Looked at a Dragonfly?

I mean really looked at one. It’s kind of hard to do while they’re in flight since they don’t tend to hang around any one space for more than a few seconds, if that. To really appreciate one it might help to look at some captured images, professional or otherwise. So, if you have a […]

Why I ditched my Fitbit

Last year for my (January) birthday my thoughtful husband bought me a Fitbit to measure my daily walking steps and calculate rough distances. It counts your steps by tracking the number of times you swing the arm to which it is attached. We both thought it was a great idea, and it pleased my doctor […]

When more, faster, bigger, isn’t better…

You’ve probably heard by now that Amazon is planning to use ariel drones to deliver packages, thus forgoing the need to employ transportation via plane and/or truck. But is this a good thing or a not so good thing? You can probably see where this is going. I’m just wondering if it’s not the best […]

Promoting the Good, Saint Nicholas!

In anticipation of the feast (December 6) of the great bishop and saint, Nicholas, I’d like to pass a great website on to you. The St. Nicholas center at delivers an array of ideas and activities to revive an interest in this beloved saint. St. Nicholas and his modern iteration, Santa Claus, is beloved […]

The Beauty of Beauty

Did you ever wonder why some things are just lovely to look at? What makes some things beautiful and others, not so much? Modern thinkers might say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but that may not really be true because beauty has a way of reaching a multitude of people even […]

Lovin’ Literature: More is Better! Part 1

I’m thinking of doing a series on why literature is such a gift and how it can make you (and me) happier, healthier and all around fulfilled. All this with no additional calories or cost to our bottom line. In this first installment I’d like to focus on the title: Lovin’ Literature: More is Better […]

Secrets of Living the European Lifestyle (Part 8)

Read Old Stuff… The next time you wander into an antique or second-hand shop keep your eyes out for some of the vintage books whether on a shelf or decorating a display table. Just about the easiest and most cost-friendly things to find these days are old books. Some might have a bit of a […]

Secrets of Living the European Lifestyle (Part 7)

Marinate in Classical Music… You know how the type of music you listen to conjures up different thoughts? When I have a lot on my plate, I like to set Pandora to my Beethoven channel. It just puts me in a frame of mind where the work just happens, and before I know it, time […]