Laughter Softens the Onslaught of Bad News

  I begin April 1 like any other workday, at my desk waiting for inspiration. I reach for the light and… someone’s staring back. My husband is apparently sitting quietly in the next room, waiting, because as soon as he hears laughter, a voice yells, “April...

Halloween: Grab Fun When You Can!

October’s Moment is here, Halloween. Even though it’s early, here’s a little something I found to entertain the neighbors throughout the month. I’m remembering past celebrations and all the ghoulish high jinx we sprang on the neighbors. A giant stuffed spider rigged...

Laughter: Developing a Positive Attitude Takes Time

  I don’t regret it! I have no regrets about making people think about the important stuff. A new book is percolating inside my head, and in an effort to do some research, I asked folks to think about things they don’t usually take the time to do. Some seemed...

Mental Survival: Silliness Saves My Sanity

I caught myself recently being drawn to the epitome of trivia — toothpaste. I looked at that tube night after night and felt a growing challenge to get one more squeeze out if it. Could I do it one.. more.. time? This private competition with myself lasted a...

Finding a Balance Between Work and Play

  My daughter liberated me from the tedium of tasks last week, tipping the balance between work and play on its head! Every year Christy comes to visit on her birthday, which conveniently falls the day after July 4th holiday. It’s a time of year when we reflect...

Humor: #1 Stress Management Tool

A neighbor asked me this morning if this was my old Uncle Earl? Thank you, Joe, for starting my day off with laugh.  I’m very lucky to married to a guy who laughs a lot. Bill still likes to celebrate Halloween with weirdness, and this little gem was perfect for...

Humor Lightens the Load

“Look me up in the Yellow Pages… under Fool” is what we say around here  to admit our mistakes. The first time my husband said this, we laughed our silly heads off. And over the umpteen years of marriage, this simple phrase has nipped many a conflict in the...

What makes You Happy?

A friend recently posed this question to me “What makes you happy?” This seemed easy so I started thinking of all my favorite stuff. Twenty came to mind right off the bat. Good health for me and my family, laughter, feeling love,...

Laughter Nips Conflict in the Bud

We started a saying around our house many years ago, “Look me up in the Yellow Pages… under Fool.” The first time my husband said this, we laughed our silly heads off. And over our many years of marriage, we discovered that this simple phrase was a great...