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Thinking Yourself Happy: Mistakes Can Be Beautiful

September 1, 2014
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Thinking Yourself Happy: Mistakes Can Be Beautiful

Dr. Clifford N. Lazarus ••• Gary was amazed when one of the men at the office openly admitted having made some mistakes that morning. “I wonder why he didn’t cover it up? ” Gary thought to himself. He had been raised to believe that making mistakes is an indication of inferiority. Gary went out of his way to avoid making any blunders whatsoever. ••• Many people will find the following statement completely puzzling: “To make mistakes can be beautiful, not simply tolerable, not merely acceptable, not only necessary, but actually desirable.” “That doesn’t make any sense!” we hear you exclaiming.…

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It is Our Smiley Lady, Ruth’s Blog: We are every age we have ever been.

August 27, 2014
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It is Our Smiley Lady, Ruth’s Blog: We are every age we have ever been.

We are every age we have ever been. I am struck by my own reaction to events. Through out the day there are moments and events, and all manner of things, to stimulate the senses. And, we each interpret them through the screens of our…

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Thinking Yourself Happy: Avoiding Self-Fascism

August 25, 2014
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Thinking Yourself Happy: Avoiding Self-Fascism

Dr. Clifford N. Lazarus ••• Zelda was very intolerant of herself. She was kind and merciful towards others, but the standards she set for herself were severe. She was so hard on herself that she frequently punished herself psychologically ~ or even denied herself everyday…

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Film: Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

August 22, 2014
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Film: Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

Sin City: A Dame To Kill For | Director Robert Rodriguez & Frank Miller | Score: 4.3 You’ve got to give the Sin City franchise this much at least: It plays like a souped-up brand machine for its various well-known actors. Both films lean heavily…

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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…

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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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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