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It is Our Smiley Lady, Ruth’s Blog: Cookies Baked and Delivered

August 20, 2014
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It is Our Smiley Lady, Ruth’s Blog: Cookies Baked and Delivered

Cookies Baked and Delivered TOW TRUCK SMILEY We’re well into the 4th hour of the drama of the semi truck hanging over the edge of our steep, windy road. Two tow trucks and a gaggle of workers all trying to keep it from falling into the creek below. SEMI TRUCK HUB CAP SMILEY Amazingly, everyone is being jolly. So much so, they all deserved some cookies and milk. In a break from my many trips back and forth down the hill, I threw together a batch of chocolate chip cookies to reward them for their good tempers. Life is full of…

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Thinking Yourself Happy: Jumping to Conclusions

August 18, 2014
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Thinking Yourself Happy: Jumping to Conclusions

Dr. Clifford N. Lazarus ••• Charles met Debbie at a friend’s wedding and found her to be very attractive. A few weeks later, he invited her to join him for dinner with two other couples. Debbie was so quiet throughout the evening that Charles lost…

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Suggestions About How to Avoid Poisonous Plants While You Work and Play in the Great Outdoors!

August 16, 2014
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Suggestions About How to Avoid Poisonous Plants While You Work and Play in the Great Outdoors!

When I was a boy, I had my first bad reaction to poison sumac with a rash that covered my body.  It was brutal!  We tried to treat it topically but that was futile.  It was taking forever to get rid of it and eventually…

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It’s Our Smiley Lady, Ruth’s Blog: Why Wait for Happiness!

August 13, 2014
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It’s Our Smiley Lady, Ruth’s Blog: Why Wait for Happiness!

You needn’t wait for happiness to sneak up on you.  I recently went a few verbal rounds with someone who asserted that my sunny outlook, my being decidedly optimistic (as in I decide to be optimistic) meant that the happiness I experience was artificial, synthetic,…

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Thinking Yourself Happy: On Making Judgements vs. Being Judgemental

August 11, 2014
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Thinking Yourself Happy: On Making Judgements vs. Being Judgemental

Dr. Clifford N. Lazarus ••• Howard was nicknamed “the judge.” He hadn’t spoken to his older brother for three years as a result a minor incident. One of his coworkers said, “He brings to mind a kangaroo court in which the judge eagerly slams down…

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Film: Into the Storm

August 8, 2014
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Film: Into the Storm

Into the Storm |  Director Steven Quayle | Score: 4.7 If you think about it, there’s truly not much of a legacy to tarnish when it comes to Hollywood storm movies, at least over the past couple of decades. There’s Twister, of course, the Michael…

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It’s Our Smiley Lady, Ruth’s Blog: Wandering Without Purpose

August 6, 2014
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It’s Our Smiley Lady, Ruth’s Blog: Wandering Without Purpose

Wandering Without Purpose.  Wandering without purpose is really great. But, there ought to be a nicer way to describe killing time, other than “killing time.” I’m not talking about trying to make downtime sound like it was spent in a worthy manner. Nope, nothing highfalutin*.…

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A Quote for You

I came to understand that is was all right to do things for people as long as I did it for the sake of doing it... the value being more in the act than in the result.

- Joanna Field