Burns on Happiness

Can Happiness Makes Us Unhappy?

“Happiness is having a large, loving, close-knit family—in another city.” George Burns. George Burns was a headliner on the vaudeville circuit, a radio sensation and one of television’s first stars. … Continue Reading →


Zig Ziglar Believes in You

Who Needs Money?

“Money won’t make you happy…but everybody wants to find out for themselves.” Zig Ziglar. Zig Ziglar was a child of the Great Depression. Originally from Alabama, his family moved to … Continue Reading →


Flower and sunlight

Five Ways to a Kinder You

“Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness.” Seneca. Everyone agrees kindness is a good idea in principle, but is best left to someone else … Continue Reading →


Dr. King

Dr. King Wants Your Answer

“One who breaks an unjust law must do so openly, lovingly and with a willingness to accept the penalty.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Nineteen sixty-three wasn’t shaping up to … Continue Reading →


Phubbing: The new normal

Is Phubbing Your New Normal?

“The greatest gift we can offer is our presence.” Thich Nhat Nanh. There was a time when earnest, articulate people discussed meaningful subjects with one another long into the night. … Continue Reading →


Dali's Melting Watch

It’s Later Than You Think (for Resolutions)

“Enjoy yourself, it’s later than you think.” Herb Magidson. There was a time I’d have disputed Magidson’s assertion. If Montvale Elementary School had awarded majors, mine would have been in … Continue Reading →


Christmas for Scrooge

Have a Merry “May be” Christmas Mr. Scrooge

“Are these the shadows of things that Will be, or are they shadows of things that May be only?” Ebenezer Scrooge. At this point in A Christmas Carol, we’ve already … Continue Reading →


Bobbie the Wonder Dog

Bobbie The Wonder Dog’s Christmas Tail (?)

“Well done, Bobbie.” Frank Brazier. There are some things that simply defy rational explanation and Bobbie’s story is one of them.  Bobbie—better known as Bobbie the Wonder Dog—was a collie … Continue Reading →


Modeling

How to Fix Christmas

“Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they’ve never failed to imitate them.” James Baldwin. I can personally attest to the truth of Baldwin’s observation. … Continue Reading →


Candles

Christmas Dark and Light

“It is far better to light the candle than to curse the darkness.” W. L. Watkinson. It’s obvious, isn’t it? If you want to pierce the darkness, you have to … Continue Reading →