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    E,  Fun & Inspiration,  Happiness,  Special Topics

    A Puny Little Story About Shrimp

    Shrimp. Little. Puny. Insignificant. It’s enough to give a crustacean an inferiority complex. Generally speaking, reading a list of words like that could make anyone feel insignificant. I guess you’ll have to decide for yourself whether or not any of us shrimp can actually read. As you’re about to learn, at least of few of us can spin yarns and tell tall tales. Once upon a time, a school of shrimp migrated to a small but beautiful sandbar at the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. Those…

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    E,  Fun & Inspiration,  Happiness,  Special Topics

    Elvis Has Left the Building – That Time I Was All Shook Up

    “Elvis has left the building.” I was never a screaming fangirl who needed to hear those words over a PA system to know the party was over. The whole Elvis phenomenon was wasted on me for many years after his passing. Only then could I finally hear and appreciate his music without anyone trying to convince me of anything about it. But, despite his monumental talent, I’ll always remember Elvis in quite a different form. There’s a favorite bit of family lore that focuses on a…

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    Fun & Inspiration,  Happiness,  Thinking

    Songs of a Positive Playlist

    With the ability to stream TV classics from almost any era, I’m not dating myself too much when I think about Ally McBeal’s quirky characters and their various adventures with theme songs. If I’m remembering correctly, there was a litigator who wasn’t ready for court until he heard bells… and someone who needed the attitude adjustment that came from channeling his inner Barry White. I did some work with Mark Victor Hansen, one of the Chicken Soup for the Soul guys and saw him come to…

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    Fun & Inspiration,  Happiness

    Red Birds and Remembrance

    Finding myself with a persistent earworm, I’m surprised that it’s not a popular song or something from a musical or movie soundtrack. I’ve never before experienced one involving red birds although, when my son was very small there was a certain purple dinosaur and that famous group known as The Muppets. But that was some time ago. This was a very odd earworm, and, at the risk of passing it along, I’ll bet that it’s somewhere in the dark recesses of your memory, as well. Yes,…