Musings on Living a Happier Life

A companion blog to the book Don’t Be a Cow!

"Memory" clock bench from Dali, Dali Museum St. Petersburg, FL

What makes two things great together?

I have never been much on class reunions. No particular reason, I have just never really gotten into them and thus have never been to one. Needless to say, for me, it's been a long time and some 500 miles since I've walked the halls of my high…
The ability to take care of yourself in the midst of overwhelming odds. A house with a berm all around it in the middle of a lake

Self Reliance: What is it? What does it mean?

Is it a good thing or a not-so-good thing? A school of thought says man is to live in community, therefore all must contribute to the community, and all must rely on the community. This contribute-and-rely relationship forms a bond between…

Commencement 2019. You made it this far.

What a wonderful time of year. The grass is green, the sun is shining and the days are getting longer! And, oh yeah, how could I forget graduations are in full swing? So here is to you, Graduate, and a nice reminder to us all. Short and sweet! Three…
photo of dollar bills fanning out

I think it is so sad. And here's why.

If given the chance, would you rather be given a million dollars or would you rather earn a million dollars? Several months ago, I was listening to a local radio station and the two DJ's were discussing a survey that asked people that question.…
Tree in the forest with lichen

Homonyms - Liken or Lichen. Say what?

What's this have to do with living a happier life? Southern dialogue is well known for running words and phrases together as to shorten ‘em. It was long said that this was because us’ens here in the south are lazy. Well y’all, I’m just…

Smile. Go ahead, pass it on.

You'll be better off I am not always a fan of the insta-message posted on church signs, but I am a huge fan of smiling. Forcing yourself to smile can change your mood. Change it for the better that is. Now I’m not saying that it is always…

Have You Ever Wondered Whether You Were Coming or Going?

A phrase often used when life becomes very busy and very hectic. When we are in these times, it can seem as though we are running in circles. And yes, if you were literally running in a circle, it would be extremely difficult to determine if…
Group of people celebrating Arbor Day in Columbus, GA 2019

Have you ever wished you would have "thought of that sooner?"

Recently I was giving a "lunch & learn" presentation at a nationally-recognized corporate headquarters: Think "duck," quack, quack. The presentation was connected to Arbor Day, which this year - for me anyway - feels like it's happening…
"Memory" clock bench from Dali, Dali Museum St. Petersburg, FL

Do you ever have trouble shaking an old memory or thought?

Mind over Matter I don’t know about you, but there are times when I get a thought from the past in my brain and I just can’t seem to let it go. It seems that most of the time it is something that I did – often that I’m not very proud…