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Rules to Live By

12 Rules to Live by Robert Louis Stevenson
Make up your mind to be happy. Learn to find pleasure in simple things.

Make the best of circumstances. No one has everything and everyone has something of sorrow.

Don’t take yourself too seriously.

Don’t let criticism worry you. You can’t please everybody.

Don’t let your neighbors set your standards; be yourself.

Do things you enjoy doing but stay out of debt.

Don’t borrow trouble. Imaginary things are harder to bear than actual ones.

Since hate poisons the soul, do not cherish enmities and grudges. Avoid people who make you unhappy.

Have many interests. If you can’t travel, read about places.

Don’t hold post-mortems or spend time brooding over sorrows and mistakes.

Do what you can for those less fortunate than yourself.

Keep busy at something. A very busy person never has time to be unhappy.

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Just a little something extra for today. I hope you are having a fantastic day!


A thought for Wednesday.


“A tree is known by it’s fruits; a man by his deeds. A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindkess gathers love.” Saint Basil

Happy Wednesday!

On Writing: Finding Inspiration.

When I was in kindergarten, whenever asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, I always answered that I wanted to be a writer, a painter, a dancer, and a veterinarian. I danced. I wrote short stories and kept a journal, all of which was lost in subsequent moves. I drew. And I read about animals. My grandfather even sent me a birthday card that year with four panels:  a bunny doctor, a bunny dancer, a bunny painter, and a bunny writer. It’s stunning that he found it among the hundreds of cards available. I still draw on occasion; I dance when the spirit moves me; I love animals dearly. The passion to write, however, is still strong and drives me to do more.

I have notes in various forms for a few different stories I hope to do something with sometime soon. While working on this, I look to successful writers to draw wisdom and inspiration from them on the craft and process. Here two videos from TED with some of my favorite inspirational talks.

I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!


A friend linked to this video on Facebook. I could not help but share. Thank you, Ben, for your inspirational blog and video.

Meditation Monday

Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves – slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future.  Thich Nhat Hahn.

The first cup moistens my lips and throat.  The second cup breaks my loneliness.  The third cup searches my barren entrail but to find therein some thousand volumes of odd ideographs.  The fourth cup raises a slight perspiration – all the wrongs of life pass out through my pores.  At the fifth cup I am purified.  The sixth cup calls me to the realms of the immortals.  The seventh cup – ah, but I could take no more!  I only feel the breath of the cool wind that raises in my sleeves.  Where is Elysium?  Let me ride on this sweet breeze and waft away thither. Lu Tung, “Tea-Drinking.”

A woman is like a tea bag:   You can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water. Eleanor Roosevelt.

Discovering Home

What a week and weekend! So much to share that this is going to be a long one. Stay with me, it’s worth it.

The Seaport is a fun area to live in. There were free concerts from some of the biggest names in the music industry all summer so long as we opened the living room window. We are mere paces from some of the finest dining establishments in town and the T gets us everywhere else we would want to go. It took a long time to get used to having a 24-7 concierge, the computer lab, and an in-house gym, though. It’s been great fun, but it didn’t truly feel like home until this past week.

I’ve been complaining to Gabe about how much I miss Gulu Gulu Cafe and Jaho in Salem, especially Gulu. Sit down with a book on the big orange couch and coffee comes to you in an endless stream. I spent hours there with novels or my laptop. It’s one of the first places I went when I was considering moving to the area when I was in Maine, the first place I went when I took up residence, and now the place I miss. It helped make Salem feel like home. And I miss that.

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Something to Think About

There are no problems we cannot solve together, and very few that we can solve by ourselves.

—Lyndon B. Johnson
(1908-1973), 36th U.S. president

On the Bright Side

It’s often hard to focus on the good in the world, especially when our own lives are full of challenges and the news fixates on the troublesome and shocking. Fortunately, there are some sources out there for finding out what’s going well in the world and to gain some strength and inspiration from it.

Some of my favorite places to go for positive news and inspiration:

Daily Good:  Each day they focus on a person or event, attach an inspirational quote, and a suggestion on how you can harness the positivity in your own life. I used these articles as daily writing prompts in the classroom.

Happy News:  This one is new to me but looks good!

Help Others:  A place to gain inspiration on how to be a positive force in the world.

The Foundation for a Better Life:  Focuses on value education, inspiration, and positive action.

Something to Think About

The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion, from chapter 1:

As a writer, even as a child, long before what I wrote began to be published, I developed a sense that meaning itself was resident in the rhythms of words and sentences and paragraphs, a technique for withholding whatever it was I thought or believed behind an increasingly impenetrable polish. They way I write is who I am, or have become, yet this is a case in which I wish I had instead of words and their rhythms a cutting room, equipped with an Avid, a digital editing system on which I could touch a key and collapse the sequence of time, show you simultaneously all the frames of memory that come to me now, let you pick the takes, the marginally different expressions, the variant readings of the same lines. This is a case in which I need more than words to find the meaning. This is a case in which I need whatever it is I think or believe to be penetrable, if only for myself.

These words ring so true.

Something to Think About.

I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge; myth is more potent than history; dreams are more powerful than facts; hope always triumphs over experience; laughter is the cure for grief; love is stronger than death.

Robert Fulghum