Stay Younger Longer

I believe that having a youthful attitude influences our health, happiness, friendships, attitudes, and lives in general. I have been accused of being a bit of a goofball in the past and occasionally now. But I think that ability to be silly sometimes has helped me feel younger. (Ever notice when someone with wrinkles, smiles, … More Stay Younger Longer

I Love Trees

I am, and have been for a long time a “tree hugger.” Being a teenager in the 60s, I was a “flower child” of sorts. I loved living things and nature. I have always had a special bond with trees. Trees are a life form I love and respect. These sentinels of nature have “seen” … More I Love Trees

The Joy of Life

Sometimes I have to admit that I get joy mixed up with being thankful. The two are different but so intertwined in my life, that I rarely feel one without the other. Most mornings as a child I was awakened by one of my parents calling out, “Rise and Shine!” (I now know my mom … More The Joy of Life

My Life Goals

By Melodie Elaine Estes To love freely: a heart pouring out, self sacrificing love. To laugh joyfully: a tears flowing, side-splitting mirth. To work tenaciously; an energetic, give it all you got labor. To give liberally: a gifts flowing, both hands open generosity. To observe reverently: a wide-eyed, awe filled gazing. To dream fervently: a … More My Life Goals

Show Them You Care

Every day I find myself smiling at something on Facebook, or about something funny my cat does, or photos of my grandchildren or any children being cute. Smiles come naturally when you are pleased, happy, thankful, or filled with joy from any of a variety of stimuli. I smile at people who give eye contact … More Show Them You Care

I Am Me Now

Last year I celebrated my 70th birthday. I am not quite the same person I was over 10 years ago. Sadness, loss, pain, and the wisdom I gained have changed and shaped me in unexpected and different ways than I ever expected. Ways that have made me appreciate myself and my own strengths. I am … More I Am Me Now