Be Careful What You Advertise

Posted by dianne on Oct 20, 2011 in Newsletters | | No comment

Like 98% of human beings, I think I have a good sense of humor. Nevertheless, I have always questioned the humor and wisdom of parents who buy their children shirts emblazoned with sayings such as “Here comes trouble.” Doesn’t it just seem like they are asking for it? I was reminded of this sort of

What Makes You Smile?

Posted by dianne on Sep 20, 2011 in Newsletters | | No comment

Scientific studies have shown that smiling can actually be the cause of good feelings rather than just the result. In Dr. Robert Zajonc’s study in the psychology department at the University of Michigan, volunteers who spoke sounds that put their features into a smiling pose such as the long e (ee) sound, reported pleasant feelings

Now Is the Time

Posted by dianne on Aug 20, 2011 in Newsletters | | No comment

This special message is coming to you today because of our economic situation. Many of us are worried about the economy not only in the United States but also around the world. I don’t have any answers for global or even national problems, but I have a suggestion for each of us. If you have

There Is Nothing News Under the Sun There Is Nothing News Under the Sun

Posted by dianne on Jul 20, 2011 in Newsletters | | No comment

Don’t you hate being predictable? I had been waiting to get into gardening. I had this notion that I couldn’t tackle the outside of the house until I “finished” or at least “caught up on” the inside of the house. Every spring I would put a couple of geraniums in pots and promise, “pretty soon”…

Quitters Take Heart

Posted by dianne on Feb 20, 2011 in Newsletters | | No comment

If you are like me, you probably start each new year full of enthusiasm for how you are going to make this your best year ever. But now it’s mid-February, typically the gloomiest time of the year in Chicago and a lot of other places, too. Is your enthusiasm fading? Do you feel like coasting