I’m currently reading “The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living”  by The Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler.

I’m only a couple of chapters into this book, but I wish I would’ve read this years ago.  I highly recommend picking this book up.  Will provide more insight into this read when finished.  Should be soon since once I pick it up I can’t seem to put it down. 😀





A little over a month ago I posted: “10 Things I’m Grateful for Everyday” and decided that I was gonna keep a list of at least 10 things everyday that I’m grateful for.. pretty self-explanatory. Although I slipped a day or two here in there, I done pretty well.

One of the stipulations in the my venture was that at the end of the said month I may or may not post the list.  Well… I’ve decided not to.  Some of the things on the list are private and should remain as such. LOL.. but it was a very gratifying experience to endure through.  I highly recommend you try something along these lines yourself.  Or come up with your own 30 day challenge and test yourself.

You may not always win, but you will discover things about yourself.

Christopher Columbus

Columbus Day: 5 Things You Didn’t Know – ABC News.

An interesting article from ABC News on Columbus Day.

As today’s Columbus Day celebrations begin, marking Columbus’ 1492 arrival in the New World, here are some little-known facts about the explorer celebrated by Italian-Americans across the United States.

1.   When the  Columbus Day Holiday Began

In the U.S., it’s sometimes reported that the national holiday began in 1971, but that’s actually the date when Congress changed Columbus Day to the second Monday of October. In reality, Columbus Day became a national holiday much earlier, in 1937.  At that time, President Franklin Roosevelt declared the holiday would take place on Oct. 12 (the date Columbus first landed in the Bahamas).  But the first known Columbus Day celebration in the U.S. took place in New York City in 1792, long before it became a national holiday. Read More…

Spaghetti with Olives and Bread Crumbs

Recipe courtesy Giada De Laurentiis

  • 1 pound spaghetti
  • 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2/3 cup seasoned dried bread crumbs
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt, plus more for seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more for seasoning
  • 3/4 cup pitted and roughly chopped black olives (recommended: kalamata)
  • 3/4 cup pitted and roughly chopped large green olives (recommended: Bella Di Cerignola)
  • 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley


Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender but still firm to the bite, about 8 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a large saute pan, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the bread crumbs and 1/4 teaspoon each of the sea salt and pepper. Stirring constantly, cook the breadcrumbs until golden brown, about 2 minutes.

Drain the pasta, reserving 1 cup of the pasta water. Stir the pasta into the bread crumb mixture. Remove the pan from the heat and add the black and green olives. Add the Parmesan cheese and 3 tablespoons of the parsley. Season the pasta with salt and pepper, to taste. Gently toss to coat, adding reserved pasta water, if needed, to loosen the pasta. Transfer to a large serving bowl and garnish with the remaining parsley.

Thanks to Giada De Laurentiis and Food Network for the great vegetarian fare!

Just stumbled upon an article from lifescript.com with some great advice on boosting your mood when you are feeling down.

The hectic pace of modern life is enough to leave anyone feeling blue. Hectic schedules leave little time for relaxation and rejuvenation. Feeling blue affects not just your mind but can have physical effects as well. You may find that you are irritable and impatient as well as achy and fatigued. You may have trouble sleeping. A few, simple life changes, however, can improve your mood and keep those feelings of sadness at bay. Keep in mind that the following tips will be useful only for those suffering a temporary bout of sadness brought on by external stressors. If you are still feeling blue after two weeks and feel you are experiencing despair, hopelessness, or suicidal thoughts, you may be suffering from depression and should talk to a doctor. If, however, you are simply going through a challenging phase in your life that has left you a bit down in the dumps, try these simple tricks to bring the smile back to your face.

Read More…


Move forward, and the path will reveal itself..

Well not entirely the neighborhood, but some are.  Destin, FL is about 4 hours or so from here and it is amazingly beautiful.

The sun-ray pictures though were taken on my run just around the block from the house.  Also check out “Sunset Challenge Photo”  That one was taken outside my front door.

Enjoy 😀