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Getting Grounded: A Meditation

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This week’s topic was inspired by a priest who got me thinking about grounding. And while I'm going to tell you about a priest, this isn't a religious post, but I will touch on some themes of a greater metaphysical nature. 

But let me start with a tiny bit of background, first.

I recently visited my parents for a couple of weeks. When I’m there, I attend their church in the Myrtle Beach Area. I really like their parish. For one thing, people are very nice, and the music is good. For another, the church building itself is giant and beautiful! The outside has a very light, almost Spanish architectural feel to it, with the light stucco exterior and red tile roof. The interior has the traditional cathedral-like layout, basically in the form of a cross, where people can sit on three sides of the altar. There are also balconies on each side, as well.

Here’s a picture I took from the lob…

Fortune Cookie Friday: Impatience

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Hello everyone, and happy Friday! I hope you are going to take some time to relax and recenter this weekend, enjoying the moments fully—and here’s why:

Any impatience you show will only create more stress. 
I love today’s fortune, because if I’m honest, I can sometimes be a bit impatient. Were I to examine this further, I realize that I often want to get to the "good stuff," whether that’s the feeling of accomplishment when finishing a project, or wanting to start my vacation already and get to my destination. I’ve done a lot of work in recent years on slowing down, taking stock, breathing, and living more in the moment, but I tell you, it’s sometimes a struggle!

If I manage to slow down, though, I find that I can enjoy where I am fully and presently, and it’s a lot more peaceful. The alternative—impatience—leads me to more stress, because it creates within me a constant yearni…

Looking Out For Neighbors

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As spring gets ready to make an appearance, many people are still experiencing those last snow events of the season. While yesterday it was in the 70s in Pittsburgh, we got some snow only last week. How about you? It feels like such a slog any time it snows when you know you have to go to work or an appointment, doesn’t it?

Now imagine the anxiety that must come with any major weather event when you know your life depends on being able to get out of the house!

Natalie Blair of Parsippany, N.J. was faced with just that scenario, and were it not for the teen boys in her neighborhood who made sure she could get to her dialysis appointment after it snowed one night, she might have been stuck.

Patrick Lanigan and several of his friends were up and out there around 4:30 a.m. on a Monday (on a snow day, when they could have slept in!) When Ms. Blair looked out the window at 6 a.m., the entire …

Fortune Cookie Friday: Compromise

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Greetings, fellow fortune seekers! I trust this Friday has you feeling great about your week. If not, at least it’s the weekend, and tomorrow is always a new day!

Today, our fortunes have a new topic than the last few fortune cookie posts, that is!

Compromise is always wrong if it means sacrificing a principle. 
Wow. This cookie is taking no prisoners.

As usual (in case you’re new here), when I post a fortune cookie, I intuitively let its message guide me to say something that I think may help us disrupt negativity around us.

One of the reasons I started this blog is because of social media and its effects on our (un)happiness. I can’t tell you how much fighting I see on social media on a regular basis. That’s what comes to mind when I see this fortune, because it got me thinking about how people communicate about their differences.

If you read this cookie at face value, it …

When Scammers Struck, Someone Saved the Day

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Happy Friday! I hope your week went well. Drop me a comment and let me know how things are going! We’ve had a decent week here at Chez b.e.e., for which I am very grateful.

I’ve been getting positive feedback from readers that they really like posts about acts of kindness  because it gives them hope for a better world. With that in mind, please enjoy today’s story coming from Charlotte, North Carolina.

Most people have heard of Dave Chappelle, the famous stand-up comedian. He has been touring again after a hiatus, and tickets are at a premium.

Unfortunately, scammers are getting better and better at victimizing people seeking tickets for big acts such as Chappelle’s. When one couple was scammed out of $500 for tickets to his show in Charlotte, North Carolina, Chappelle stepped in.

Deidra and Eddie Dickens wanted to celebrate Valentine’s Day by seeing one of their favorite comedians. Sin…