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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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Happiness Doubled by Wonder

“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.”    -G.K. Chesterton   Exciting news! Harmony Moon celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. Oh my! Time does fly and it’s been a wild and joyous ride. Here are some highlights from Harmony Moon’s history:   We increased the awareness of

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   “April hath put a spirit of youth in everything.”-William Shakespeare, Sonnet XCVIII   April showers may indeed bring May flowers but April in Staunton, VA also brings Earth Day celebrations, Bridge Day celebrations, Hot Glass festivals, and a new season of shows at the American Shakespeare Center.  April also brings the beginning of cycling and hiking season, farmer’s markets,

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Connections

Since moving to Staunton two years ago, we have met so many amazing folks and have made so many wonderful connections with the community. Some of our connections include: our partnership with non-profit cat rescue group Cat’s Cradle for kitty petting zoos and adoption events  local health and wellness practitioners (such as Anne Buzzelli of BuzzNutrition and Brittney Johnson of

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Small Business: The Heart of Your Community

  In a scene from the hit film, You’ve Got Mail, the character played by Tom Hanks attempts to justify his corporate bookstore chain’s expansion which resulted in the closing of a smaller neighborhood shop. According to Tom: “It’s not personal, it’s just business…” Meg Ryan’s comeback is classic: “It’s personal to me. It’s personal to a lot of people.

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Everyone’s a Winner When You Support Small Businesses

Take a minute now and try to imagine what your neighborhood would be like without your locally-owned mom-and-pop shops. Do the terms “bland,” “generic,” “boring” come to mind? Independently owned shops not only give your neighborhood its unique character, they also support the local economy in a myriad of ways. That’s the premise behind small business advocacy campaigns like The

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