This weekend I watched a bit on a news program that questioned the power of positive thinking. “If things don’t go well, if you get sick, or if you lose your job, or fall into poverty, it must be your fault because you weren’t sending the right thoughts out into the universe,” said Barbara Ehrenreich, a breast cancer survivor and the author of Bright-Sided: How Positive Thinking Is Undermining America. According to Ehrenreich, Americans discount reality for “magical thinking,” and… Read more »

Last week I got a Tweet telling me I won another book, which brought my book winning total in the last couple of months to seven. My husband told me it was time for me to play the lottery, because apparently I was experiencing a lucky streak. “Luck affects everything; let your hook always be cast; in the stream where you least expect it, there will be a fish.” -Ovid So, luck is success born out of chance, not just… Read more »

Enthusiasm. According to Tennessee Williams it is the most important thing in life.  Yet it is vulnerable, open to being preceded by such downer verbs, like curb or lack or wane. But still, it’s there like a tiny spark ready to be fanned by a funny blog post, an inspirational quote, a military hero, the smiling face of a child, a furry kitten, Monet (or a glass of  Moet), a great book, a teacher (shout out to Kristen Lamb), or… Read more »