Musings on Living a Happier Life

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

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…
sunset cascading into a forest floor

Arbor Day - Do you know when it's celebrated? And why?

Although national Arbor Day is in April, many states and communities celebrate Arbor Day sooner to take advantage of a more suitable climate in which to plant trees. Yes, Arbor Day is about planting trees, but it’s also a time when we can…

Could you stand to laugh a little more?

I was laughing so hard, I was crying. Last week, I mentioned that Groundhog Day was one of my favorite days. Now after seeing the Facebook Live broadcast of the spectacle on Gobbler's Knob surrounding the emergence of Punxsutawney Phil, it…
Groundhog Club co-handler Al Dereume, second from right, holds Punxsutawney Phil, the weather prognosticating groundhog, during the 133rd celebration of Groundhog Day on Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, Pa. Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019. Phil's handlers said that the groundhog has forecast an early spring. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Groundhog Day. It comes around year after year.

Groundhog Day. Like clockwork.  What a day! All the hype surrounding a rodent and its ability to forecast the weather. We won’t get into accuracy levels. Apparently, accuracy and weather forecasting are totally unrelated anyway. Don’t…
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Quagmire – Getting Out While You Can

Although I’m not big on doing themes or a series with my blogs, my last few have all sort of tied in together.  First, “Resolution or Realization,” points out that the reality of life is that it “just happens.” It does not matter…