An Epiphany


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I’ve often pondered what makes people happy; what makes me happy. Over the years I’ve developed several theories on the subject, both about the various ways people in general become happy, and specifically what makes and keeps me me happy.

As for me, my lists have included things such as the love of family and friends, doing what I love to do, and experiencing kindness, whether it’s by me, to me, or around me.

But there are many people who have all things that they thought would make them happy, but they are often still miserable.

Sometimes, despite all my blessings, I’ve caught myself being unhappy.

Thankfully, however, I’m far happier than I’ve ever been in my life, and my joy increases almost daily.

But what is the root cause of that?

As I sit at my desk doing what I love while enjoying the sounds and sights of nature through my open office windows on a gorgeous morning with a cool breeze perfectly offsetting the warm sunny day,  the answer hits me like the sound wave from the ring of a perfect bell on a quiet night, resonating throughout my being:

For me, lasting happiness springs naturally from knowing and being grateful that every day of my life is filled with blessings.

May all your days be filled with blessings.

With love,



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Way to Go, Toronto!


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An eighteen-year old who desperately wanted to get a job so he could feed his family was caught trying to shoplift the clothes he needed for a job interview. Instead of arresting him, the Toronto police officer believed his story and bought the clothes for him. Later, the policeman got a call from the young man saying he got the job! Way to go, Toronto!

Shoplifter gets the Job

Source: via Leo @ Not All News is Bad

With Love,Russ

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Full Circle Surprise Reunion

Surprise Reunion

Two men got the surprise of their lives during a routine traffic stop.


“A traffic stop led to a surprise reunion between a New Jersey state trooper and a retired police officer who delivered him as a baby.”

Instead of a ticket, the retired cop got to meet young cop’s mom.

With Love,




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Desperate Journeys is Now an e-Book!

Cover-Final copy

For those who prefer reading eBooks, Desperate Journeys is now available in the Kindle format for just $2.99 (or FREE for those subscribed to the Kindle Unlimited Service!)

Kindle Version

You can also get the 5×8 inch softcover version for only $6.95:


With Love,



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Saddled Up and Ridin’ the Trail


With the recent release of Desperate Journeys, Desperate Journeys my book of five suspenseful, action-packed crime stories, I have now saddled up and am ridin’ the trail of writing western stories that will be included in several books of western tales by the best-selling western author Scott Harris.

I’m also about half done with my own book of western tales. I don’t have a working title for it yet but trust one will come to me. I love writing about the old west and the people in it. how they talked and how things were much simpler then. Not easier. Definitely not easier. But simpler.

Attention buyers who pre-ordered autographed copied of Desperate Journeys and Beta Readers who provided feedback regarding several of my stories: I plan to deliver your autographed copy/ies to the USPS this week. 

Thank you!

With Love,







I’ve been focused on writing

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Playing a New Game in the Middle East




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Jatta, Tel-Aviv-Yavo, Israel

A New Game

“We have all become friends.” Such sweet words, especially when the “We” are leftists, right-wingers, Orthodox Jews and Arab Muslims in the Middle East.

With Love,



Backgammon is an ideal game for bringing Jews and Arabs together, Djemal says. Known in both Arabic and Hebrew as shesh-besh, the game long has been a staple of Middle Eastern culture.

“So far, more than 6,000 people have come to our events, and there’s an even broader following online,” said Djemal, a 30-year-old Harvard graduate who studied behavioral economics.

“This is not a competition between enemies. We just want to come and play,” said Matan Hayat, 28, a religious school teacher in this city’s Katamon neighborhood. “Here we have leftists, right-wingers, Orthodox Jews and Arab Muslims. We have all become friends.”

Sources: JTA via Leo at Not All News is Bad

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A Sweet Joke


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As I left the grocery store, I noticed two little kids, maybe six or seven years old, selling candy bars in front of the store to raise money for their school band.
“I’ll buy a chocolate bar on one condition,” I said to the boys. “You eat it for me.”
I bought one and handed the candy back to one of the boys. He shook his head. “I can’t,” he said.
“Why not?”
Looking me in the eye, he responded gravely, “I’m not supposed to take candy from strangers.”
I was going to post a time-traveling joke…but you guys didn’t like it.
With Love,
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