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Will You Marry Me This Valentine’s?

Some people get married faster because of the pandemic. It’s like that scene in You’ve Got Mail, where Joe Fox (played by Tom Hanks) realizes, while stuck in an elevator, that he doesn’t want to be with his current partner, and, maybe, also, that he wants to speed things up with Kathleen Kelly (Meg Ryan’s character). You get stuck in some serious way in a small place, and important things suddenly become very clear 🙂 … More

One Argument for Writing Every Day

Originally posted on A Writer's Path:
Recently, writers all over the Internet got outraged over an article declaring that unless you write every day, you’re not a real writer. I don’t share this article’s sentiment however, I do believe that if you can carve out the time and summon the wherewithal to write every day, you should. Writing is worthwhile enough to warrant the time and effort it takes to write every day. ?…

Born to play . . . sometime at Australian Open!

The 2022 Australian Open Grand Slam tennis tournament starts next week. The qualifiers have started already. Many tennis fans are already engaged in Australian Open news as there is much debate and much ado, so to speak, about the participation of Novak Djokovic. Unfortunately one of my tennis heroes, Roger Federer, is struggling to get back in shape after a third knee surgery and will not be participating. Neither is Dominic Thiem, who has decided … More

TT: Green tea with peppermint and ginger juice for energy and weight loss

Today’s Tip is about a great way to get an energy boost a few hours after breakfast. Green tea has caffeine (although not as much as black tea), so it’s best to prepare this drink at least ten or twelve hours before bedtime (that’s how long caffeine stays in your system). All the ingredients in this drink help with both energy and weight loss. There is some debate around peppermint regarding its efficiency as a … More

Anxious about your health? Chamomile tea can help with so much!

When I was growing up, chamomile tea and extract were known primarily as for their antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. Bandages with chamomile were used on wounds to help with the healing, and the tea was drunk because it was thought to soothe the tissues along the digestive tract—and it does that. It can also help with acne in some cases, in conjunction with other substances, and with its emollient qualities chamomile is definitely good for … More

New Year’s Resolutions That Work—And Why

Okay, so I said I wouldn’t work until tomorrow, but this post-to-be tramples on my brain like a little garden gnome (expression adapted from a Romanian one). Speaking of which, I’ll introduce you soon to a mug with 43 funny Romanian expressions. The rest of the article will be about New Year’s resolutions. Here’s a story before that, though. What do you do with a friend who (half-)listens to you as you ramble on about … More

Happy New Year 2022!

Happy New Year, everyone! Any New Year’s resolutions? Here I’m aiming at a more active social life after the dampers of 2020 and 2021 and also (wait for it) with more exercise! Healthy food is important but exercise is equally paramount in maintaining the good health of body and brain. We often forget that or have other priorities, but I challenge you to try to walk while watching movies, and you’ll see what a difference … More

Merry Christmas, and Welcome to the Table!

Here’s to wish you . . . nope, not Happy Boxing Day but Merry Christmas (still)! Here in Romania we have three days of Christmas! On the Second Day of Christmas godchildren visit their godparents bearing gifts and apart from this people celebrate Christmas eating together at large tables for the extended family. Various guests, godchildren or not, also make an appearance on December 26. There’s chicken soup, roast chicken with potatoes and, perhaps, other … More

Puzzles! And Some Cool Facts for Nature Lovers

I saw a tongue-in-cheek cartoon recently about how things are often more appealing when we’re more ignorant and how our right to be happy may be trampled by our right for education 🙂 For some reason I got to thinking about that when I wrote the title for this post. But this post will be about puzzles for kids :), the best kind of people to confuse, as they have answers for everything, no matter … More

Finding Ways to Keep the Serenity Prayer Close

I don’t want to strike a sad note, but life comes in a package with suffering, and no matter how we may cheat suffering when we’re young, it eventually catches up with us. And these pandemic times have been especially heavy. Hopefully 2022 and the years to come will be much better! But we struggle with so much more than the pandemic, as life follows its course and dear ones are aging, getting sick, and … More

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