Category Archives: helping others

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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Thinking Outside the Box

Think outside the box this holiday season. Instead of shopping at “big box” or national chain stores, shop instead at your local neighborhood stores. You’ll find your neighborhood “mom-n-pop” shops have most everything you need for your holiday gift-giving and home decorating. And you’re much more likely to discover some unexpected wonder or unique handmade treasure at a locally-owned shop.

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The Sad Realities of Kitten Season

“Kitten season” is upon us once again, This annual ritual starts in late spring and usually runs through early fall. What is kitten season, you ask? Kitten season is the time of year when millions of homeless kittens will be born in the streets, parking lots, highway rest areas, and woods all across America. They will largely die – killed

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Saving the Children of India

When Anita Edgar, a grandmother from Devon, England, vacationed in India one winter, she was horrified at the hundreds of children living in abject poverty and forced to beg in the streets for a miserable living. When Edgar returned to England, she packed her belongings and went back to India, determined to help these street children however she could. That

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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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