Category Archives: harmony

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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We live in tumultuous times.  When fear, anxiety, stress, and uncertainty are on the rise, anger and hate often follow.  And where there is anger and hate, there is also fear and anxiety, creating a vicious circle.  It’s hard to know how to break the cycle.   But break the cycle we must.  And there is only one place to start

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The Ten Virtues of Incense

Lighting a stick or two of incense in the evenings is an easy way to relax and refresh yourself after a hard day’s work. Some of you incense afficianados may already be familiar with these “virtues of incense.” However for those of you who aren’t, I thought our version – updated for a contemporary audience – might be of interest.

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Random Acts of Kindness in the Snow

As Washington digs out from one of our harshest snowstorms on record, we are emerging from our white cocoons to hear of almost the entire metro region paralyzed and shut down, more than a hundred thousand homes without power, major highways and roadways impassable because of icy conditions, accidents, and downed trees and power lines. Oh, and, another near-blizzard on

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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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