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Debbie Sharp Loeb, teacher by training but full-time mom to a disabled son, craftsperson, bead artist, great cook, creative homemaker & terrific spotter of cool new products for everything under the sun, presents Hodgepodge: recipes, household hints, stories about children, friends & relatives, cool stuff, music, & much more.

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Tuesday, March 03, 2015

10 Rules to Live By for Those Who Want to Live a Positive Life

Founder of BrandMentalist - an inspirational blog about modern life wisdom & Happiness Planner - a planner that is designed to help you achieve happiness from within.

To read in depth go here:

1. Be comfortable in your own skin.
2. Appreciate what you have and never compare yourself with others.
3. See the positive in every situation.
4. Let go of your need to control.
5. Drop the resentment within.
6. Live in the moment.
7. Avoid over-analyzing.
8. Stop worrying about the future.
9. Drop your ego and be true.
10. Have an open mind.

Be sure to look just below the article and see the slideshow of 10 Habits of Optimists

 1. Have Gratitude
 2. Share Your Stories
 3. Forgive
 4. Be A Better Listener
 5. Turn Envy And Jealousy Into Energy
 6. Smile More, Frown Less
 7. Exercise, Eat A Healthy Diet And Take In Vitamin D
 8. Be A Positive Forward Thinker
 9. Stop Blaming Others
 10. Understand That The Past Is Not A Blueprint For The Future

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

The Effects of Diabetes on the Body

Healthline contacted me to tell me about this just published info-graphic detailing the effects of diabetes on the body. This is an interactive chart allowing the reader to pick the side effect they want to learn more about.
I urge you to go to the link to learn more. You never know if it could be you or a loved one.
You can see the overview of the report here:

Friday, February 13, 2015

To Fall in Love With Anyone, Do This

More than 20 years ago, the psychologist Arthur Aron succeeded in making two strangers fall in love in his laboratory. In the linked article the author tells about her experience applying the technique.

 Quiz: The 36 Questions That Lead to Love
To see the list of the 36 questions go here:

Monday, February 09, 2015

Rock Photographer - Henry Diltz

 Ever notice that on this album cover that they aren't sitting in the order of their names? 
Go to the link and find out more about that and other iconic rock album covers from one of my favorite shows - CBS's Sunday Morning:

Monday, February 02, 2015

Snow Roll Path - Don't Shovel - Roll!!

Don't Shovel a Path - Roll one!!  -    

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

One More Thing . . . .

Over the weekend I received two gifts. First, this book from Q 104.3 radio DJ Maria Milito. The second is the framed picture from my son and his girlfriend. When I opened it tears came to my eyes and she said,"Oh, I didn't mean to make you cry." I said, "These are happy tears. So many good memories." 
(Thanks again to all of you who took the time to send me and email and share your stories. Your thoughtfulness was most welcome and soothing.)
Maria's book is a good gift for anyone coping with the loss of a pet.
 You can find it on Amazon:

Monday, January 26, 2015

True Facts About Everyday Life

True Facts About Everyday Life
Danish writer Mikael Wulff and cartoon artist Anders Morgenthaler – the creative duo known as Wumo – has created a brilliant series of graphs that illustrate some of the basic painful truths of everyday life in the Western world.
Their graphs and diagrams are snarky and sarcastic but, for the most part, true. This, coupled with their simple and official-looking design, makes them a delight to look at. Wulff and Morgenthaler share these images on Wumo (formerly known as Wulffmorgenthaler). If you think you may have seen their work before, it should come as no surprise – they are a fairly successful cartoon duo. Their rise to success started in 2001, when they entered and won a cartoon competition. When they won, they received a one-month run of their comic strip in Politiken, a national Danish newspaper. Their popularity soared with the new exposure, and they soon found more and more publishers, including several blogs and newspapers throughout Scandinavia and Germany. Their most recent accomplishment was becoming a regular cartoon strip in the New York Times. 

If you still have trouble viewing after double clicking on the pictures you can go to this link: 
 Here are some samples of their work.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Oprah Passes Along Some Quotes

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Our Sweet Little Maggie

Our sweet little Westie Maggie passed away last Tuesday, the 13th. (She'd been 15 1/2 today.)
Over the weekend Shutterfly photo had a free offer. Two 8 x 10's were one of the choices.
 So I just had to make up these collages. Several in the bottom photo were taken on her last night.
I never imagine just how heartbroken I'd feel . . . . .This is going to take some time . . . . . . .
The next morning when I turned on the car radio the first song that came on was Rod Stewart's "Maggie May". She was named after that song. I sent an email to the DJ, Maria Milito on the NY radio station Q 104.3 to tell her the connection to the song and said how much it meant to me to hear that song at that time. She emailed me back with a sweet reply and we've exchanged a few more emails since. 
Then 3 days later I'm on the Internet and click on this link about a "Kitchen of Your Dreams" since we had just recently gotten a proposal for a kitchen I figured I'd check it out.   Not only does this picture have a Westie in it but it's very much like the one from the showroom that I picked out from the contractor!
AND when I scrolled down the woman in the article is holding her dog, which is white, but clearly not a Westie. So it appears they just used a Westie when they staged the kitchen shot! 
(You know things like this have happened to me all my life.)
From a past posting:

There are other stories about her throughout the years on Hodgepodge.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Happiness Booster: 13 Epic & Life Changing Ideas on How to Feel Happier

Read all about them here: 

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