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Gratitude in the Pandemic

It’s been hard on a lot of us to be cooped up inside.  And it’s even worse for those who are out of work, or those who had to close businesses during the pandemic.  Financial stress on top of being in quarantine makes for hard times for many.  Not to mention the devastation of the disease itself. It’s been over three weeks now since the stay-at-home order, and things have settled down into a new

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Joy

What is Joy?  Such a small word, yet it holds such meaning, such association, such remembrance and anticipation.  Such power for just three letters. Where does happiness end and Joy begin?  That is a question that many have tried to answer, and there are as many responses as there are people trying to define it. Recently, I stumbled on the most marvelous book about Joy.  I think it was reviewed in the Wall Street Journal,

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Just Because You Like To

They say that if you do something long enough, you learn to enjoy it.  And you get really good at it.  You can even become evangelical about it! I’ve been lifting heavy objects off the floor for so long that I actually seek it out.  Barbell deadlifts are now a passion of mine.  My slim and petite 5’3” frame weighing a mere 115lbs can now lift 215lbs, or almost twice my bodyweight.  (2x bodyweight is

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The Power of Touch

“See how she leans her cheek upon her hand. O, that I were a glove upon that hand That I might touch that cheek!” ― William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet Her hand touches yours, and you feel an electric surge. You move closer together, lips touching, setting off a cascade of sensations and torrent of emotions. Her hips press against you, and she feels your desire grow. Touch is a magic sensation.  It can spark sexual desire

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Let’s Play!

“We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once.  And we should call every truth false which was not accompanied by at least one laugh.”  Friedrich Nietzsche “Life is more fun if you play games.” – Roald Dahl My previous blog, “Death is an Adviser” was about living every day as if this were your last day.  But how we should live each day?  More importantly perhaps, how we

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Consult Your Death

“Death is our eternal companion,” explains Don Juan to Carlos Castaneda while hunting in the desert.  “It is always to our left, at an arm’s length . . . It has always been watching you.  It always will, until the day it taps you.” Carlos Castaneda wrote a trilogy of books as part of his doctoral dissertation in anthropology at UCLA in the 1960s.  The books were a narration of his apprenticeship to Don Juan,

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