Category Archives: happiness

Feeling Appreciated

After having taken the Exodus Travels cycling in Vietnam trip, and blogging extensively about it, I noticed how popular the posts were.  I was getting lots of traffic on it from my readers, search engines and my review of the … Continue reading

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Dissecting The Year That Was

Iwant to write one last piece about 2016; a look back if you will.  My next post will look ahead to what 2017 is all about.  After I write it, I will link it to here. If I look at … Continue reading

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Spreading the Warmth

\  First and foremost, thanks to Just a Girl and a Bike for nominating me for this award.  I appreciate any feedback I can get on my blog.  I  am very happy that you found it worthy of the nomination.  … Continue reading

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Yesterday’s Perfect Chocolate and Caramel Moment

  This blog is going to require some catching up. I didn’t write about yesterday’s perfect moment, but I will now.  Hopefully I will post both today’s and yesterday’s Perfect Moments. So, let’s start with yesterday. A former student of … Continue reading

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Dark Skies Retreat

It is not wrong to say that the reveal is everything. Take any dramatic moment and it is that change from not knowing to knowing, from not seeing to seeing, or from naïveté to knowledge.  From this abstract we can … Continue reading

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Wonderful Japanese Chocolate Moment

Today’s Perfect Moment is a no-brainer for me. The only concern I had was whether it was going to be Friday’s Perfect Moment or Saturday’s Perfect Moment. On Friday, one of my students brought me a box….container….package of Japanese chocolates. … Continue reading

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Revelling in Personal, Though Perhaps Trivial, Accomplishments

Maintaining or achieving happiness sometimes means stretching your definitions.   I search for good things or at least things that make me smile everyday.  Some days that means being delighted with my fortune cookie, some days that means finding joy in … Continue reading

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The Full Brunt of Karma, In This lifetime or the Next

I remember not being overly kind (read childishly cruel) to the substitute teachers in my life. Childishly cruel is probably better described as bratty or disdainful or angsty or some other word that explains the eye rolling and defiant attitude … Continue reading

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A Forever or Two Ago

Let me set the scene as best I can. I was sitting on the bus headed to work.  I had arrived about a minute before the bus was due to arrive–fortunately there is a digital display that is updated in … Continue reading

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“You’re Brilliant,” she said.

I teach adults…kind of. What that means is that I teach people who are either independent, or whose parents felt comfortable enough to send them to a different continent to study English.  I have no complaints about this. Sometimes I … Continue reading

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