“To be joyful in the universe is a brave and reckless act. The courage for joy springs not from the certainty of human experience, but the surprise. Our astonishment at being loved, our bold willingness to love in return — these wonders promise the possibility of joyfulness, no matter how often and how harshly love…

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Beware of destination addiction,  a preoccupation with the idea that happiness is in the next place, the next job, and with the next partner. Until you give up the idea that happiness is somewhere else, it will never be where you are.–Robert Holden It’s so easy to fall prey to “destination addiction,” isn’t it? Especially…

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“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature— the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.” -Rachel Carson, author and naturalist I offer these inspiring words in honor of…

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I read a really interesting article in the US version of The Guardian this week. In a nutshell, after a year of isolation at home, many authors are struggling to write–for good reasons. While I did finish The House Guests at the beginning of the pandemic, and just finished my third novella for a new…

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I’ve been quiet on Southern Exposure for the past few weeks. I’ll confess that for much of that time, I knew there was nothing I could say that would be half as riveting and certainly not even a millionth as horrifying as the events on the news. If you’re anything like me, you’ve spent many…

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“What the new year brings to you depends to a great deal on what you bring to the new year.” -Vern McLellan, author OK, so 2020 sucked! Big time. Historic. Cosmic. We ranted and raved, cursed and cried, but all we could really do was kick 2020 hard as it crawled out the door. There…

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“That’s what I consider true generosity: You give your all and yet you always feel as if it costs you nothing.” — Simone de Beauvoir, author Did you see this  inspiring story about Dolly Parton’s generous gift of one million dollars for Covid research? Dolly is one of my favorite people anyway, because of her…

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‘Thank you’ is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility, understanding. When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. -Alice Walker, author This will be a difficult Thanksgiving for many of us. We may be…

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At the end of the day faith is a funny thing. It turns up when you don’t really expect it. It’s like one day you realize that the fairy tale may be slightly different than you dreamed. The castle, well, it may not be a castle. And it’s not so important happy ever after, just…

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