Books that make me happier


I don’t know about you, but I sometimes want to run away INTO a book. “Some of the characters have become my best friends”, a friend once told me about a series of books by Debbie Macomber.

What about you? Does your journal reflect any book or series of books that make  you happy? Here are a few new ones to check out:

The Goldfinch by Donna Tarry

A Kestrel for a knave by Barry Hines

I capture the castle by Rosie Smith

The Enchanted Apriil. By Elizabeth Arnim

Raise high the roof beam by J D Salinger





Are you happy?

Dear Fellow Journalers,

Happiness and unhappiness are largely based on your perception. Last spring the eve of my birthday to be exact, our state was hit by a hurricane. We lost electricity, water internet, phones and tree limbs. Now this phenomenon occurs occasionally and we+’ve adapted over the years, but this time it was during a really hot season. At the time I thought it was the worst thing that could happen and on my birthday no less!  However, the next day we had some solutions (the local library allowed us to charge our devices and the Senior Citizen offered discounted meals.) I was happy.

Can you ‘re-set your idea of happy? Yup, yes you can.

Don’t think that you are a victim. Life hurts and is sometimes unfair but when I considered that there were others in my town who were worse off than me and I had solutions after-all I felt better.

Not everyone is out to get you. The guy who took your parking place ,- he probably was running late and never “saw” you. The lady who decided to get into the “12-14  grocery items only” with 25 items and you need to get the school to pick up your child is selfish but you are not the victim.

Give up control.  You can’t control the weather and you can’t control what people will do so why fight it? Avoid punishing your friends because they are disappointing you.

You can choose to be happy or unhappy. As for me, I choose happy.


The Family Journal

Dear Fellow Journalers,

The posts in January were so widely read and successful – Thanks so much for your comments! February continues our series with Family Journals. When I first broached the idea of content journaling to my team,  MaryBeth jumped at the idea of a Family Journal. “We started one,” she wrote me, “when the kids gave us the “The Perfect Gift.” So, being a gracious blog writer, I have left February’s posts on Family Journaling to her.



The kids had such a great time designing and assembling the family scrapbook, that when I brought up the idea of a family journal, they embraced it wholeheartedly. We gave a lot of thought as to what type of journal to write.

The first type that came to mind was the history of our family – “boring!” was T.J.’s response. My husband explained that our family history journal (if we decided to start one), would be personal. We could write it with the intention of using the contents to further the Maroney history writing or as a legacy for our descendants to have a better understanding of our attitudes and actions. The kids wrinkled their noses! The second type of journal, I actually thought of, was a souvenir family journal – almost like a travel journal but filled with trinkets of all the trips we go on. No one liked that idea either, so we sent the kids to the play room to come up with more ideas. The following are some of them:

  •      inspirations from books
  •      school events
  •      what makes us happy

story-pass-along (Each family member contributes to a story. Each writes one sentence in turn then passes it on)

  •      favorite family movies
  •      favorite books
     After a family discussion, we decided on a Happiness Journal. Each of us would take a section, date and sign it, then write a page on what made us happy, what we were doing (attending school, working) and about ourselves.
     Our family journal may not have been conventional, but for a first attempt it was pretty awesome and became a family treasure.
‘Til next time,


You’ve won the prize!

     The Magic Bank Account
Imagine that you had won the following *PRIZE* in a contest: 
Each morning your bank would deposit $86,400 in your private account for your use. 
However, this prize has rules:
1. Everything that you didn’t spend during each day would be taken away from you.
2. You may not simply transfer money into some other account.
3. You may only spend it.
4. Each morning upon awakening, the bank opens your account with another $86,400 for that day.
5. The bank can end the game without warning; at any time it can say,
“Game Over!”
and can close the account and you will not receive a new one.
What would you personally do?
You would buy anything and everything you wanted right? 
Not only for yourself, but for all the people you love and care for.
Even for people you don’t know, because you couldn’t possibly spend it all on yourself, right?
 You would try to spend every penny, and use it all,
because you knew it would be replenished in the morning, right?
Shocked ??? YES!
Each of us is already a winner of this *PRIZE*. We just can’t seem to see it.
1. Each morning we awaken to receive 86,400 seconds as a gift of life.
2. And when we go to sleep at night, any remaining time is Not credited to us.
3. What we haven’t used up that day is forever lost.
4. Yesterday is forever gone.
5. Each morning the account is refilled, but the bank can dissolve your account at any time
SO, what will YOU do with your 86,400 seconds?
Those seconds are worth so much more than the same amount in dollars. 
Think about it and remember to enjoy every second of your life, because
time races by so much quicker than you think.
So take care of yourself, be happy, love deeply and enjoy life!
Here’s wishing you a wonderful and beautiful day. Start “spending”….

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