The Power of Negative Thinking

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The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive ThinkingI told myself once when I am properly ensconced in the right job that I would take steps to do more of the things I love.  But I realize nothing was really stopping me (with the exception of my finances), and I just needed to be in the right frame of mind.

Journalist Oliver Burkeman brought this front and center in his book “The Antidote:  Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking” (excerpts of which could also be found in http://time.com).

It also reminded me of the 1995 movie “French Kiss,” in which Meg Ryan’s character managed to overcome her fear of flying with the help of the incorrigible Kevin Kline, to finally confront her scoundrel fiance (Timothy Hutton) and his hottie on a beach in Cannes:

“Well… Charlie, I’m going through some sort of transitional thing. See, after you called, I decided to get on a…

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Ciao Bella : Bianca Balti for Playboy July/August 2014

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Italian Beauty Bianca Balti covers the July/August 2014 issue of Playboy. This is the second time the 29-year-old model stars on the pages of the magazine. First it was 5 years ago for the June/July 2009 issue of the French edition of Playboy.

And now the beauty returns to enchant us.

Playboy July/August 2014 issue : 

Editorial : Ciao Bella!

Model : Bianca Balti

Photographer : Greg Lotus

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Book #56: Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn

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Gone Girl

Though I’d previously read Gone Girl when it was first released in 2012, I thought it would be fun to revisit it before the David Fincher’s film adaptation is released this fall. I’m so very glad I reread this incredibly twisted and deeply entertaining novel. When I first read the book, I was the only person in my group of friends and family to have read it, and I was dying to have someone to discuss it with. Thankfully, my copy has made its way around, so I no longer feel like I’m bursting with information about it.

I don’t want to give much away about the story if you’ve not read it, but it’s fair the say that this book primarily follows the life of Nick Dunne, a man facing the disappearance of his wife, Amy, whose voice is also present in the alternating chapters through diary entries. (My…

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DIY: Lace and Flower Initial

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Everyone wants their space to be a reflection of their personalities, and if your personality is feminine, flirty and a little shabby chic, you’re going to love our latest DIY. Our cool, customized initial uses faux flowers and lace that look beautiful when paired together. You can make an initial that matches your personality by varying the trims. Use grosgrain for a preppy look, or jacquard for something more vintage-chic.

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What You’ll Need:

5.25” Floral Pattern Chantilly Lace

6” Chantilly Floral Lace

Wooden Letter

Fake Flowers

Sobo Glue

Hot Glue Gun

Paint Brush

Scissors

DSC_00061. Cut your lace into pieces.

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DSC_00112. Paint the Sobo Glue onto the letter.

DSC_00143. Gently lay the lace over the glue. Pat down. Let dry.

DSC_00214. Place on the letter in different spots, and glue down with the hot glue gun.

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