Emile Coue

Cure Yourself the Coué Way

“Every day, in every way, I am getting better and better.” Émile Coué. Ok—cynics will immediately dismiss Coué’s “autosuggestion” as just so much latent-hippie, New Age, Kumbaya, group-hug bunk. And … Continue Reading →


Shirley Temple child star

Are There Animal Crackers in Your Soup?

I stopped believing in Santa Claus when my mother took me to see him in a department store, and he asked for my autograph. Shirley Temple. Shirley Temple may have … Continue Reading →


Jacopo Bassano, Saint Valentine baptizing Saint Lucilla, 1575

Valentine’s Day is for the Birds

“For this was on seynt Valentynes day, Whan every foul cometh ther to chese his make.” Chaucer. Not up on your Middle English? In our modern idiom, this line from … Continue Reading →


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 →


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 →


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 →


Thanksgiving Harvest Blessings

A Novel Idea for Thanksgiving

“When I’m worried and I can’t sleep, I count my blessings instead of sheep…” Irving Berlin. Irving Berlin couldn’t sleep. Try as he might, the relentless pressures of his hectic … Continue Reading →


The Perils of Pauline

The Perils of Pauline

“There is no acting in a serial. You simply race through the reels.”  Pearl “Pauline” White. Her fingers desperately claw the rock ledge. A look of horror flashes across her … Continue Reading →