Category Archives: choosing joy

Hygge & Happiness

In the darkest of times, with cold winds and raging storms all around, the Danish have devised a weapon of first resort.  A weapon that can eliminate, or at least diminish, the feelings of stress, sadness, and hopelessness that often arise in their long, dark, cold winters. That weapon is “hygge.” Pronounced “hue-guh,” the concept is not easily translated into

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2012 – Making it Happen!

Rainbow over the Himalayas Thank you to everyone who made our last year the best year we’ve ever had! And thank you, too, for your continued support of independent retail. We appreciate each and every one of our customers – we couldn’t keep going without you! The Mayans may or may not have predicted the end of the world for

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A Little Madness in the Spring

Ahhh, Spring! Spring temperatures (again), Spring smells, Spring sounds. Spring means a freshness in the air, a lightness in the step, the casting off of the heaviness of winter. There’s a vivid sense of renewal, rejuvenation, a new kind of energy, a hope, a dream, and the anticipation of things to come. Certainly a kind of madness overtakes us: Spring

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Key to a Simple Life: Being Pleasant

One of my favorite quotes is from Elwood P. Dowd, of Harvey fame: “To get along in this world, you must be oh so smart or oh so pleasant. Well, for years I was smart. I recommend pleasant.” Of course, Elwood was also an alcoholic and I certainly can’t recommend taking to drink to get along in this world. However,

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Living With Outrageous Joy (book review)

“Trying creates impossibilities, letting go creates what is desired.” – Stalking Wolf, an Apache elder Living With Outrageous Joy, by Madeleine Kay, is a wonderful little book with a big message. In easy-to-read snippets, Madeleine Kay presents her ideas about living a joy-filled life. She quotes freely from Native American elders, as well as from Michelangelo, Helen Keller, and the

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