A New Way To Live

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It was difficult to come up with a blog post about finding happiness in such difficult times. My husband and I both lost our jobs this week but I consider us fortunate to have our health. In Italy, people grieve in isolation; our most vulnerable

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The Sane Ones

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I was inspired to write the following story after witnessing, on two separate occasions, people who were so desensitized that they were videotaping disasters on their phones for their mere enjoyment. Both incidents took place in San

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Be Happy!

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My mom died when I was fifteen. It was sudden and tragic. No time for goodbyes or any of that last-minute stuff. We were bonded together like shoe strings tied or fingers crossed so the thought of going on without her was really tough. The

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A Lifetime of Pictures

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What pictures will you have of yourself by the end of your life? This is the question posed to readers in my forthcoming novel, “A Very Rich Poor Man.” This story begins in 1970 with thirteen-year-old Donna narrating the story of her

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The Secret of True Wealth

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In Discovery of an Eagle, Cosmo and Silvia talk about how people attempt to immortalize themselves through excessive monetary wealth. Cosmo alludes to the Egyptians, who he says, “buried their big shots with all their crap so they’d

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The Impossibility of Happiness without Peace

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Happiness isn’t possible without peace and peace isn’t possible without forgiveness. This is an issue with which so many of us, myself included, struggle. Despite my awareness of the toxicity and the futility of anger, it’s

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A Funny Ghost Story

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How Doc Holliday Saved Me It’s three in the morning. I’m sitting on my bed, trembling from the nightmare I just had, too afraid to go back to sleep, too afraid to even turn the lights off. The nightmares started two weeks ago when I moved into

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Living on the Inside

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Cliche as it may be, the saying “happiness is on the inside” couldn’t be more true. Although all three of my novels explore this theme, my forthcoming novel, A Very Rich Poor Man is all about the joy to be had from living on

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How Misery Destroys Humanity

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The theme of happiness is central to all of my novels and stories. Everyone is well-aware of the necessity of happiness on an individual level and everyone wants to be happy in some way or another. At the very least, they want relief from the

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The Inside Out of Peace

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In Olive Branches Don’t Grow On Trees, Silvia unites her family, and in doing so, she learns that happiness isn’t possible without peace, and that internal peace isn’t possible without having peace in one’s outer world.

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