DO You REALLY Have to LIVE it in Order to LEARN It?

First hand experience might be the best way to learn a lesson,  but is it necessary  to LIVE every experience in order to LEARN the lesson?

If you read a book, watch a movie, watch somebody else’s life or just think about about a situation that teaches a lesson in life, can’t you learn your lessons without actually living them out in your own life?

Think about it. There are MANY ways in life to learn. Pay attention to everyday life  and learn all of the time.

Does it really matter how we learn? Isn’t the main outcome that we LEARN?


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Hallmark being chased by Lifetime!

The race isn’t close, YET! BUT if you had bought stock in the company that now owns Hallmark CH, etc. (now privately owned) you would not be worried about the stock market ups and downs!

For years the Hallmark Channels have concentrated on “formula” Christmas, Thanksgiving and other holiday movies and series that are built around family issues and causes. Over the last 5 years they realized that in addition to “cards” and stores and decorations that their annual movies were bringing in big money during the holidays and they expanded the formula to the entire year! BIG SUCCESS!

There is a HUGE reason for their continued and growing successes: Simple and true; the good guys always win and the bad ones never do! Of course it is a little more complicated than that but pretty much the Movie AND the Series MAKE YOU FEEL BETTER AT THE END AND MAKE YOU WANT TO COME BACK FOR MORE!

SO Hallmark, watch your back, Lifetime Channel is learning from your successes! AND YOU as a reader, find out who owns the Lifetime Channel and buy some stock in it because LIFETIME CHANNELS are breaking “new ground” that Hallmark hasn’t tried yet……..YES, it IS that obvious! I see it!

Do YOU know what it is!? 

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Author Update: Icelandic and Scandinavian Writers, Arnaldur Indridason

Crime Thrillers! One of the best Icelandic Authors, Arnaldur Indridason  has written 12 crime thrillers about Reykjavik, Iceland  including Jar City and Reykjavik Nights. Recently he started a new series of books about war-time (WWII) in Reykjavik during and after the occupation by American and British troops. In addition to the murders he includes the social issues that arose because of the influx of foreigners. War and occupation always bring changes and the psychology of why people kill others is studied in the first two books in this series:

The Shadow District and The Shadow Killer

Several of Indridason’s books have been made into movies with one of the best being JAR CITY!

Iceland was strategically located during the World Wars and was therefore involved in unique ways. Reading about them explains a lot not only about the wars but also the people!

Great reads for these long winter nights! Clear your calendar because once you start one of these books you won’t want to stop until the ending!

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The Purge Came and Is Almost OVER (This Time!)

After at least 3 Movies the 10 Episode TV Series hit us with a vengeance!

I’ve waited until ALL of the “hoop-la” about The Purge was over to make an evaluation about it. So, after many months of looking and experiencing it here goes MY take on it!

A very serious effect was made to not be judgemental (impossible to do for me!). It was depressing, unnerving, gory, and practically nothing positive about it! The only series on TV that is worse (for me) is the “Walking Dead, Zombie series”.. The first time I saw a small little girl as a crazy wild acting zombie, THAT DID IT FOR ME!

As for something positive, the idea for a society run by a government that plans and advocates a 12 hour period of time once a year where all types of crime including murder are allowed with no punishment of any kind just doesn’t fit here! It is advertised as a means to allow all of the pain and suffering you have accumulated over the last year to be “purged out” so that you can stand another year of agony!

So, nothing positive from me for The PURGE! The Law of Attraction declares that “Like draws LIKE, and Negative draws NEGATIVE”!

For me and mine……………I choose POSITIVE and UPLIFTING! EVERY TIME!

Anybody beg to differ?

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Origin/Dan Brown/Book Review


632 Pages of pure enjoyment!

After you read it:      1. You’ll be sorry the book has ended but glad to get to the                                             ending.

2. You’ll want to take a trip to Spain to see all of the wonderful

places described in this action packed journey.

3. You’ll hope the movie comes out early next year.

4. You’ll rethink your ideas about “‘where we came from                                          and where we are going!?”

                                      5. You’ll rethink your beliefs about AI (artificial intelligence)

                                      6. You’ll either be very optimistic OR really sad OR scared OR                                             confused! OR all of the above.

BUT,  you’ll be glad you read it and have a lot of interesting conversation material all saved up for your next party or social excursion!!!!!!

“Human intellect has always evolved by rejecting outdated information in favor of new truths. This is how the species has evolved.” Quote from the book, Origin by Dan Brown.

After thought!:

When the movie is made I hope Tom Hanks and other well know actors will step aside and give some newcomers a chance to find their places in the movie business. Once you have proven yourself at the top of your “game” why have to keep on having to do the same thing over and over and over?! (hello out there congress men and women). You’ve made your mark! Move over!





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WOW! What a word! Everybody uses it ………….from clothes, houses, volunteering, circle of friends to yards, circles of influences and the list goes on! BUT,

Which type of “downsizing” affects YOU!?  When are YOU supposed to do it? AND HOW?!!                  So we are now down to the WHEN and the HOW“?


1. Death and dying: If you are lucky enough to know if and when it might be a good time to do it before.

2. Sometimes “downsizing to ZERO” in some things is not a good idea!” Not clothes  Or Food!

3. Life in general is OVER Crowded……………good time to go “Uncrowded”!

4. Depressed? Clean out and make room for NEW!

HOW? Let me count the ways! The main thing to decide is the WHAT! A lesson learned from The 7 Habits of Highly Successful People/Stephen Covey is to make a list of your MOST IMPORTANT PEOPLE AND THINGS! IN ORDER! When you know who your most important people and what things in your life are, it becomes simple.







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The NEXT “Facebook” !?

I’m ready for what comes after THIS Facebook! This year it has “lost its flavor on the bedpost overnight”!

The kids and grand kids have left for Instagram and  Snapchat! Where else have they gone?! Every time I think we’ve caught up with them, they run to something somewhere else!

Somewhere “out there” some brilliant young mind is developing the “NEXT” everything! If you find out what it is and where I can find it! PLEASE LET me know!

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