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S.P.A.M.??? August 1, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Blogging, Humor, Mindfulness, People.
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Last night, I heard from someone I hadn’t communicated with in a while.

Rather than sending me a private message (via FB or e-mail), she slapped a message on my FB wall:

“nancy, I would rather only recv messages that are personal in nature and directed toward me specifically. is it possible for you to take me off your “send to” list? thanks.”

Confused, I asked her what she meant  (since I hadn’t sent her any e-mails or posted anything to her FB wall in months).

Her response:

“all the various comments, etc. u post daily”

At that point, I realized she meant article links to Spirit Lights The Way which I post on FB throughout the day.  

I explained that she would have to fix that from her end by blocking my posts from her News Feed:

Anything that your friends post on their FB wall to update their status appears in your news feed.
You control what you see by clicking the hidden “hide” button next to objectionable updates. I use it to block Farmville, and other apps friends play. If you want, you can block your friends’ status updates the same way.  Just click “hide” and we’ll disappear from view.

I assumed that would solve the problem and returned to the task at hand.

Ten minutes later, she returned and posted a third message, front and center, on my FB wall:

“your postings are like spam to me. I guess I can just block them.”


At that point, I realized she wasn’t interested in solving the problem of too many links to Spirit Lights The Way appearing in her News Feed.  Instead, she wanted to:

* complain about the situation
* continue to play the victim, and
* criticize my posts in the process

Talk about S.P.A.M. . . . Some People Are Mean!    : )

So I did us both a favor and “unfriended” her on FB. 

Problem solved! 

I can continue posting links to articles on happiness on my FB wall for friends who appreciate them, and she can continue playing the victim of fate while carting around her wheelbarrow of woe.  

I wonder if she’ll miss posts like 5 Easy Ways To Make Yourself Miserable?

Laughter: The Antidote to Insanity August 1, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Health & Wellness, Humor, Music & Dance.
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During a vote held last year, WEbookers checking out Laughter is the Best Medicine and Poems for People Who Hate Poems  (a collection of humorous poetry) pressed the “Publish” button only 51% of the time.

My initial reaction:

What’s up with that?!  This stuff is F-U-N-N-Y!

After more than a few moments of head scratching, I realized that those percentages might have nothing to do with the quality of the submissions, or the “popularity contest” which had permeated the vote.

Instead, and more alarming, what if 49% of the populace has lost their sense of humor about life?


How sobering would that be?

Oh, what a world . . . what a world. 

Did pushing “Nope ~ don’t think so” make these sober individuals feel better about life ~ staving off  clinical depression a few more months (or minutes)?

Did our attempts at levity push any angst-ridden writers over the brink into the abyss ~ causing them to seriously consider suicide as the coward’s way out of this journey we call life?

Hmm . . .

I guess we’ll never know.

What I do know . . .

If we couldn’t laugh, we would all go insane

If we weren’t all crazy . . . we ~ would ~ go ~ insane!  

Thanks, Jimmy!  Enjoy The Year of Still Here!

Related posts: 5 Easy Ways to Make Yourself Miserable * The Really Awful Mannerisms in New York Style Poetry (Colonialist)

Aphorisms from Aa to Zz: Hh August 1, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Humor, Life Balance, Mindfulness.
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Be happy while you’re living, for you’re a long time dead. ~ Scottish Proverb

Happiness is only found along the way, not at the end of the road.

Happiness is never in things, it is in us. ~ Contemporary Lexicon

He deserves Paradise who makes his companions laugh. ~ the Koran

The best way to cheer yourself up is to cheer everybody else up. ~ Mark Twain

We do not laugh because we are happy.  We are happy because we laugh. ~ William James

Happiness, like sunshine, travels at the speed of light.  Send out some happy rays today!

People are generally about as happy as they make up their minds to be. ~ Abraham Lincoln

Nobody really cares if you are miserable, so you might as well be happy. ~ Cynthia Nelms

Laughter causes happiness to travel at the speed of sound.

Strive to be happy. ~ Desiderata

Ego concerns like fear, anger, and guilt get in the way of  our happiness.  We hang on to things for days that we should brush off in minutes.

Master your thoughts . . . master your life.


Hardship is inevitable. Misery is optional.

Want to feel younger, happier, and healthier???  Change Your Attitude.

How you relate to the issue is the issue. ~ Contemporary Lexicon

The greatest griefs are those we cause ourselves. ~ Sophocles

When life hands you lemons, remember to spit out the seeds! ♥ ♥ ♥

Just took a walk down Memory Lane ~ amazing how many potholes I had to avoid!

Our glory lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.  ~ Nelson Mandela

Raising teenagers is like trying to nail jello to a tree. ~ Erma Bombeck

The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it. – Moliere

Whether viewed as “good” or “bad” at the time it happened, with enough perspective, “It’s all good.”

Joy mingled with pain
One long bittersweet romance
From cradle to grave

Souls don’t break . . . they bounce!

The tragedy of life is not so much what we suffer, but rather what we miss.  ~ Thomas Carlyle


The world can always use a bit more honesty.

I’ve never liked the quote, “Good guys finish last,” because it implies that greed, and power, and arrogance will get you to the finish line first . . . but that’s not the finish line that I’m aiming for.

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony. ~ Mahatma Gandhi

If the whole world followed you, would you be pleased with where you took it? – Neale Donald Walsch

What will they find when they google you? Quantity or Quality? ♥ ♥ ♥

It is inaccurate to say that I hate everything. I am strongly in favor of common sense, common honesty, and common decency. This makes me forever ineligible for public office. ~ H.L. Mencken

Don’t be afraid to let go of your “roles.”  You won’t evaporate.


Hope is rooted in trust.

The past is over, forget it.  The future holds out hope, reach for it. ~ Charles R. Swindoll

Although every cloud has a silver lining . . . by the time you find it, it may be tarnished.

I hope that the State of our Union is not as precarious as it sometimes seems.


In reality there is perhaps not one of our natural passions so hard to subdue as pride.  For even if I could conceive that I had completely overcome it, I should probably be proud of my humility.  ~ Benjamin Franklin

Why should anyone allow creativity to lie buried in order to foster humility?  Who would that serve?

He is a modest man who has a good deal to be modest about. ~ Winston Churchill