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When Life Goes Awry January 8, 2013

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Life Balance, Mindfulness, Spirituality & Faith.
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StreetlightWhen life goes awry . . .

* Some shrug and say, “Shit Happens” or “Life is a crap shoot and we are the targets.”

* Others maneuver around potholes in the road by seeing them as Fate or Karma or Kismet or . . . an opportunity to learn humility by having their faces ground into the dirt.

* Still others placate themselves by saying, “It’s God’s will.”  (That’s hard for me to swallow.  A “god” who hand-picks which children suffer from cancer, abuse, or getting shot at their desks in school is not the “god” for me.)

Whatever our beliefs, we all have coping mechanisms that work for us (or against us).  When faced with the agonies and absurdities of life, I rely on adages and aphorisms.


* Hardship is inevitable.  Misery is optional.
* Bad things happen.  Laugh when you can.
* Life is better with laughter.
* We do not laugh because we are happy.  We are happy because we laugh.
* How you relate to the issue IS the issue.
* Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.
* There is ALWAYS something to laugh about.

There is only one way to achieve lasting happiness.

That way is simple:  Be happy.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Life is an Echo November 9, 2012

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Nature, Poetry.
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Life is an echo . . . what you send out comes back.  ~ Chinese Proverb

To a mind that is still, the whole Universe surrenders. ~ Chang Tsu

One today is worth two tomorrows. ~ Ben Franklin

Some things have to be believed to be seen.  ~ Ralph Hodgson

Aah . . . that’s better!

Related posts:  Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Renewal * Nature’s Inspiration  (Simple Truths)

A Few Quotes To Ponder April 5, 2012

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Humor, People, Word Play.
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We’re only responsible for what we say . . . not for what others choose to hear.

Good things come to those who wait; better things come to those who work for it.

Follow your heart . . . but take your brain with you.

We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned to enjoy the life that is waiting for us.

Stop trying to fit in when you were born to stand out.

Best friends know how crazy we are and still choose to be seen with us in public.

Be thankful for nights that turned into mornings, friends that turned into family, dreams that turned into reality, and likes that turned into love.

Somewhere, someone is happy just because you exist.

Aah . . . that’s better!

If you enjoyed these, thank Granny1947 . . . she sent them to me!

A Few Quotes Bumped Into Me Today March 14, 2012

Posted by nrhatch in Life Lessons, Mindfulness, Word Play.
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“Great quotes make the light bulb go off in my mind. If you’re like me, you’ll jump at the chance to bypass all the churning and scoop the cream right off the top ~ that is what quotes are . . . the cream of our learning!”
~ Zig Ziglar

So . . . here’s some cream for your coffee:

“It is a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best you very often get it.” ~ W. Somerset Maugham

“Golf is a matter of confidence. If you think you cannot do it, there is no chance you will.” ~ Henry Cotton

Attitude, not aptitude, determines altitude.

Whether you think you can, or you think you cannot, you’re probably right.

“Golf without bunkers and hazards would be tame and monotonous. So would life.” ~ B.C. Forbes

We build our muscles by flexing them.

“The more I practice, the luckier I get.” ~ Gary Player

“People always call it luck when you’ve acted more sensibly than they have.” ~ Anne Tyler

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” ~ Martin Luther King

Just leap . . . and the net appears.

“The mediocre teacher tells.  The good teacher explains.  The superior teacher demonstrates.  The great teacher inspires.” ~ William Arthur Ward

Feel inspired?  Great!   If not . . . keep practicing!

Aah . . . that’s better!

Care to share a quote that floats your boat?  Or helps you tread water?

For collections of quotes on Golf,  Leadership, Joy . . . Simple Truths.

Hidden Nutrients in Good For Us Food October 29, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Health & Wellness, Humor.
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Wikipedia ~ This little piggy (in Public Domain)

When we look at food, we cannot see Vitamins, Minerals, Protein, Fiber, Carbohydrates, or Anti-Oxidants hiding within.

But those Hidden Nutrients in good for us food are the building blocks that nourish our bodies.

If we choose carefully, we get filled up without spreading out.

* It’s bizarre that the produce manager is more important to my children’s health than the pediatrician. ~ Meryl Streep

When putting together your grocery list and planning meals for the coming week, consider adding a few of these Healing Foods:


Asparagus ~ eat freely (not if you suffer from Gout)
Celery ~ calming, good for gout, controls blood pressure
Cruciferous Veggies ~ kale, Brussel sprouts, cauliflower, kohlrabi, mustard & turnip greens, swiss chard
Fennel & Fennel Seeds ~ several medicinal uses
Parsley ~ good source of Calcium, add to soups, sauces, and salads
Peas ~ richest food source of vitamin B1 (improves sleep, appetite, and mood)
Pumpkins, Squash, and Sweet Potatoes ~ beta-carotene and vitamin A
Red Pepper ~ eat freely, either raw or lightly cooked
Seawood ~ reliable source of iodine to avoid an underactive thyroid
Spinach ~ eat up to twice a week, preferably raw
Tomato ~ eat freely, including canned products (without salt)
Watercress ~ eat freely, especially raw


* It’s difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato. ~ Lewis Grizzard

* A world without tomatoes is like a string quartet without violins. ~ Laurie Colwin


Wikipedia ~ Fennel (in Public Domain)

* Fennel is beyond every other vegetable, delicious. It resembles in appearance the largest size celery, perfectly white. There is no vegetable equals its flavour. Indeed I prefer it to every other vegetable, or to any fruit. ~ Thomas Jefferson

* I’m afraid of losing my obscurity. Genuineness only thrives in the dark, like celery. ~ Aldous Huxley

* The turnip is a capricious vegetable, which seems reluctant to show itself at its best. ~ Waverley Root

* Vegetables are a must on a diet.  I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie.  ~ Garfield (by Jim Davis)

* Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon. ~ Doug Larson


Apples ~ improves joint problems, eat freely (as many as 2-3 day)
Apricots ~ great for potassium, including dried apricots
Bananas ~ improves mood and sleep, consume one a day
Black Currants ~ in spreads made with fruit juice, not sugar
Cherries ~ helps gout sufferers
Citrus Fruits ~ lemons, limes, kumquats, tangerines, tangelos, oranges


* A fruit is a vegetable with looks and money.  Plus, if you let fruit rot, it turns into wine, something Brussels sprouts never do. ~ P.J. O’Rourke

* Life is like eating artichokes; you have got to go through so much to get so little.  ~ Thomas Aloysius (Tad) Dorgan

* You get about as much actual “food” out of eating an artichoke as you would from licking 30 or 40 postage stamps. ~ Miss Piggy

Grains, Beans, Nuts, Seeds & Shellfish:

Brown Rice ~ boosts thiamine levels
Wheat Germ ~ Vitamin E and fiber, sprinkle on salads and cooked dishes
Whole Grains ~ Wheat, Rye, Millet, Kasha, Barley, Quinoi, Corn
Beans & Lentils ~ Kidney, Pinto, Garbanzo, Red, Black, Lentils, Split Peas, Black Eyed Peas
Nuts ~ Walnuts, Pecans, Almonds (calcium, iron, potassium), Peanuts, Pistachios
Seeds ~ Linseed (omega 3 fatty acids), Pumpkin Seeds (best plant source of Zinc)
Shellfish ~ good source of iodine, zinc, omega 3 fatty acids, iron

* I don’t think America will have really made it until we have our own salad dressing.  Until then we’re stuck behind the French, Italians, Russians and Caesarians. ~ Pat McNelis

* You are what you eat.  For example, if you eat garlic you’re apt to be a hermit. ~ Franklin P. Jones

* “Newman, you wouldn’t eat broccoli if it was deep-fried in chocolate sauce.” ~  Jerry Seinfeld

* Money is the root of all evil, and yet it is such a useful root that we cannot get on without it any more than we can without potatoes. ~ Louisa May Alcott

Related posts:  Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Hidden * Mindful Eating ~ The French Paradox (Psychology Today) * Focus On What You’re Gaining

Ten For Tuesday February 8, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Word Play.

“A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small bundle.” ~ Benjamin Franklin (1706 – 1790)

“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” ~ Winston Churchill (1874 – 1965)

“Whenever you do a thing, act as if all the world were watching.” ~ Thomas Jefferson (1743 – 1826)

“Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.” ~ Mother Teresa (1910 – 1997)

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929 – 1968)

“Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit.” ~ Vince Lombardi (1913 – 1970)

“Women are like teabags. We don’t know our true strength until we are in hot water!” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt (1882 – 1962)

“A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.” ~ Albert Einstein (1879 – 1955)

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi (1869 – 1948)

“It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.” ~ Walt Disney (1901 – 1966)

My favorite? 

It’s a tie between Thomas Jefferson and Walt Disney. 

One reminds me to be honest and act with integrity.  The other reminds me to reach for the stars and believe in the miracles and mysteries of life.

No rules.  Just write!

What about you?  Any of these quotes strike a chord with you today?

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For more like these:  Great Quotes from Great Leaders (Simple Truths)

Quotes, Quotes, and Quips January 25, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Word Play, Writing & Writers.

You guys know I love quotes, right?

Quotes, and adages, and aphorisms, and pithy sayings, and quips, and . . .

If you don’t, just type “aphorism” or “quote” in the search bar and you’ll be busy scrolling for some time.  Come back and join us when you’re finished.

Today, I stumbled into several posts on quotes which are worth a peak:

Woodstock-&-SnoopySandra Lee posted 101 Inspirational Quotes To Light Up Your Life (Always Well Within).  One quote resonated with me in light of my recent post You’re Going the WRONG Way!:

“It doesn’t really matter how fast you’re going if you’re heading in the wrong direction.” ~ Stephen Covey

Another new favorite:

“Don’t write because you want to say something, write because you have something to say.” ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald

A reminder from Thoreau to view life with alert curiosity and awareness:

“The question is not what you look at, but what you see.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

A reminder not to let one blemish prevent us from seeing all the remaining blessings in the basket:

“Don’t let one cloud obliterate the whole sky.” ~ Anais Nin

WordPress posted 30 Writing Quotes to Motivate You (Daily Post) which sent me around to 30 Writing Quotes to Kick Off 2011 (The Urban Muse).

My two favorites from the U.M. list, which capture how I feel about the sheer enjoyment I get from writing:

“If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn’t brood. I’d type a little faster.” ~ Isaac Asimov

“Writing is the only thing that, when I do it, I don’t feel I should be doing something else.” ~ Gloria Steinem

For the inner artist who longs to share the majesty of the world with readers:

“Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.” ~ Anton Chekhov

And for those of us who enjoy writing because we get to control both sides of every conversation:

“We writers dream of a future where actors are mostly computer generated and their performances can be adjusted, by us, on a laptop, alone.” ~ Tina Fey

To round out the day, Granny shared some quips in her post, Granny’s Hot Tuesday.  I especially enjoyed:

#9 ~ Good health is merely the slowest possible rate at which one can die.

#5 ~ Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in hospitals, dying of nothing.

How about you?  Heard any good quotes lately?

No rules.  Just write!

Related posts:  Quickly Quotable ~ Martin Luther King, Jr. (My Literary Quest) * Aphorisms from Aa to Zz: Zz * A Writer’s Life For Me

A Touch Of Sarcasm December 6, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Mindfulness, Word Play.
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220px-Arthur-Pyle_The_Enchanter_Merlin“To do exactly as your neighbors do is the only sensible rule.” ~ Emily Post

Who knew that Emily Post could be so sarcastic?


She was being sarcastic, right?

Aah . . . that’s better!

For more thought provoking quotes:  Real Simple ~ Daily Thought


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