How to Remain Young!

1. Try everything twice. On Madams tombstone (of Whelan’s and Madam) she said she wanted this epitaph: Tried everything twice…loved it both times!

2. Keep only cheerful friends.
The grouches pull you down. (keep this in mind if you are one of those grouches;)

3. Keep learning:
Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening,
whatever. Never let the brain get idle.
“An idle mind is the devil’s workshop.”
And the devil’s name is Alzheimer’s!

4. Enjoy the simple things.

5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.

And if you have a friend who makes you laugh, spend lots and lots of time with HIM/HER.

6. The tears happen:
Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person who is with us our entire life, is ourselves. LIVE while you are alive.

7. Surround yourself with what you love:
Whether it’s family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever.
Your home is your refuge.

8. Cherish your health:
If it is good, preserve it.
If it is unstable, improve it.
If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.


9. Don’t take guilt trips.
Take a trip to the mall, even to the next county, to a foreign country, but NOT to where the guilt is.


10. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity.

11. Forgive now those who made you cry. You might not get a second time.

A Thank You (& a Plea for Help!!!)

I appreciate those of you who have checked out my new Happily Retired Storyteller blog here at WordPress & left me comments.

I apologize that they’re not visible for all to see, and I’m doing what I can to figure out what the problem is. They show up in my dashboard and I’ve ‘approved’ them (though I’ve figured out how to remove the ‘approval’ function altogether) … they’re ‘counted’ but all that appears in the sidebar is your ‘identity’ … so if anyone who uses WordPress knows what’s going on, I’d appreciate some help with this situation.

I’ve spent considerable time searching the ‘Forums’ for help (to no avail on this issue) but I’ve learned there are significant differences in ‘available features’ on the WordPress platform depending on whether you’re using ‘’ and simply ‘’ … so there’s more complexity that I realized initially.

Belated Addendum:

For the benefit of others who might encounter such a problem in the future, I was able to fix the ‘invisible comment’ issue by dumping all the widgets in my sidebar and starting over.  It turns out that a couple of the graphics were causing the problem, so I’ll watch out for that in the future.

It was Dona of Clutch Cargo Lips & Cedar Waxwing’s Nest who suggested I disable all widgets (and, if necessary, reset to the default theme) to see if comments showed up … and then to add widgets one at a time … simple & effective stragegy for sure!

Thought for Today – “Both optimists and pessimists contribute to our society.  The optimist invents the airplane and the pessimist the parachute.  ~Gil Stern