I know, It’s been ages since I’ve written; but I really have been busy with life.

When we moved to the “space coast” 8 years ago, I really didn’t like the change.  Of course I don’t like change, anyway.  It took me a while to realize that I was experiencing age prejudice when applying for work.  I never realized that I was “over the hill” in my 50’s, what a shock.

What I have learned from these years is patience, and to slow down.  As an energetic, self-starting person, this was very difficult.  I do think I have slowed down considerably, now.  A car accident, and resulting treatment were major contributing factors.

You have to take the good with the bad, this is life.  I am blessed because things could have been much worse for me.  I have good people on my side and I am thankful for that.  I have good health and love in my life.  I have great family and friends.

So, as I leave Florida for the most part, and move on; I head toward another chapter in my life.  As the GEN-X’s like to say, it’s all good!

Here is a poem from the up and coming book, A Redhead Looks At 60!

Peace out,


Don’t Desert Yourself

Oh yea though I keep walking through

The desert of my past

Criticizing what went wrong

And if only I hadn’t said or done that

We can’t go back and fix these events

They are carved in stone

All we can repair Is our attitude toward ourselves

And move on

We need to give

Our inner children

Some tough love

And encourage them to grow up and out of the past 
And into the now. Carpe Deum!

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Looking At The Positive Side! Featuring The Happiness Project

Welcome all! It is a new year and perhaps it is time to get an attitude tune-up! I realized, of late, that I had not been being thankful as often as I should have. It really is something that needs to become a habit–like flossing your teeth–ha, ha!

If we take the time to realize how fortunate we are to have shelter, clothing, food, family, friends, and love, how can we not be thankful? And being thankful makes us glad at heart, which leads to a happier attitude, right? Right!

Spreading happiness is contagious! Today, take the time to share a phone call with a friend and send them a smile.

I have seen references to a website and a book called The Happiness Project, by Gretchen Rubin in several magazines lately, so I checked out this interesting site. There are many different quotes and positive information available to the viewer. Access her website at:

Here if a New Year’s poem for you from my book, Water Running Downhill!

I’ve just posted new quotes at
Enjoy the day! 🙂



We have a new year
They seem to be arriving
At lightening speed
In this new decade

Think of this year as
An opportunity
To grow and celebrate
Toast the women you have become

Forget the past mistakes and
Focus on what makes you
Content and joyous
Be your own best friend

Live life now, not later
For later may not
Be here for you


There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.

–From an old English prayer

The greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising up every time we fall.
— Confucius (551-479 BC) Chinese Philosopher

If we are facing in the right direction, all we have to do is keep on
— Buddhist Proverb

A Message by George Carlin:

The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider Freeways , but narrower viewpoints.

We spend more, but have less, we buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and smaller families, more conveniences, but less time.

We have more degrees but less sense, more knowledge, but less judgment, more experts, yet more problems, more medicine, but less wellness.

We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom.

We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often.

We’ve learned how to make a living, but not a life. We’ve added years to life not life to years. We’ve been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor.

We conquered outer space but not inner space. We’ve done larger things, but not better things.. We’ve cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul.

We’ve conquered the atom, but not our prejudice. We write more, but learn less..

We plan more, but accomplish less. We’ve learned to rush, but not to wait..

We build more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever, but we communicate less and less. T

These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion, big men and small character, steep profits and shallow relationships.

These are the days of two incomes but more divorce, fancier houses, but broken homes.

These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway morality, one night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill.

It is a time when there is much in the showroom window and nothing in the stockroom. A time when technology can bring this letter to you, and a time when you can choose either to share this insight, or to just hit delete…

Remember; spend some time with your loved ones, because they are not going to be around forever.

Remember, say a kind word to someone who looks up to you in awe, because that little person soon will grow up and leave your side.

Remember, to give a warm hug to the one next to you, because that is the only treasure you can give with your heart and it doesn’t cost a cent.

Remember, to say, ‘ I love you ‘ to your partner and your loved ones, but most of all mean it. A kiss and an embrace will mend hurt when it comes from deep inside of you.

Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment for someday that person will not be there again.

Give time to love, give time to speak! And give time to share the precious thoughts in your mind.

AND ALWAYS REMEMBER: Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away..