Attitude & Lifestyle

Is quitting a generational thing?

by Queen D, June 2, 2017

When two of my Millennial cousins graduated from high school, they both decided to become police officers. A year or so into the program, both quit. One is now an accountant, the other is a gym teacher. My Millennial brother completed his accounting degree, but went back to school and is now an English teacher. […]

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Why it might be better to be an optimist

by Queen D, April 20, 2017

Not having cable often means that I watch a lot of DVDs. I recently watched (re-watched) the episode of The Simpsons where Homer tries to scam people out of money with an auto-dialer. The phone message was as follows: “Greetings, friend. Do you wish to look as happy as me? Well, you’ve got the power […]

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Our values are only as strong as our conviction

by Queen D, March 3, 2017

  “A ‘no’ uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a ‘yes’ merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble.” Mahatma Gandhi I value intelligence. I devour knowledge like I devour a fresh order of crispy, delicious fries. If a topic interests me I’ll turn over every stone to learn more. But I […]

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Redefining Normal

by Queen D, February 17, 2017

  “Normal is an illusion. What is normal for the spider is chaos for the fly.” Morticia Addams A couple of years ago we helped Reebok with a personality test for their highly successful “Be More Human” campaign. Part of the research that went into this assessment came from the tons of interviews we conducted […]

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What are they doing right? The secrets of happy people

by Queen D, February 3, 2017

“What am I doing wrong?” It’s my little habit. I’ll drag myself to bed after falling asleep in front of the TV, hopeful that it’ll be one those rare nights where I’ll actually sleep through without waking up. But there I was, wide awake, staring at the ceiling, my cat a furry bump under the […]

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Looking through a dirty window: The Filter of Hostility

by Queen D, January 27, 2017

  “Loving people live in a loving world. Hostile people in a hostile world. Same world. Wayne Dyer Mother Teresa is quoted as saying “I was once asked why I don’t participate in anti-war demonstrations. I said that I will never do that, but as soon as you have a pro-peace rally, I’ll be there.” […]

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It's An Emotional IQ Kind of Christmas

by Queen D, December 19, 2016

I can’t possibly be the only person who dreads the holidays. I’m not talking about the frenzy of last-minute shopping, like when you get to the point where Smurf shot glasses are suddenly looking like a reasonable gift. Or spending what feels like a year of your life circling around the parking lot for a […]

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Are attitudes toward women progressing or regressing?

by Queen D, December 9, 2016

  “The women who follows the crowed will usually go no further that the crowd. The woman who walks alone is likely to find herself in places no one has ever been before.” Albert Einstein I’m not going to lie: The results of the presidential election are making me a little nervous. Like many people […]

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Ghoulish Gals: Are women more open-minded about the paranormal?

by Queen D, October 16, 2016

Twenty years ago, I stared across my Ouija board at my friend’s face, her look of shocked disbelief mirroring mine. “You’re moving it,” she said with a forced chuckle. “No. I thought you were,” I answered. We watched as the plastic planchette moved in a perfect circle. Stealing her nerves, my friend asked a question […]

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When happiness is at the bottom of a Louis Vuitton bag: Dangers of retail therapy

by Queen D, October 14, 2016

I get depressed when I shop – and that’s aside from the big crowds, the lack of parking, my tendency to get lost in big malls, and my inability to find my car when I am so ready to leave. I am not into designer stuff, but there’s lots of things I’d buy if I […]

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The Life Satisfaction Puzzle: Pieces That Contribute To Contentment

by Queen D, September 16, 2016

Intellectually, I understand that life isn’t as complicated as we seem to think it is. I’ve been told the same message from multiple gurus who just sit and smile and say, “Let go! Let go of your intense need to control every aspect of your life. Let the worries go. Let the problems go. Once […]

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Spirituality and life satisfaction: Are they indelibly intertwined?

by Queen D, September 9, 2016

I’ve always adopted the philosophy that religion and politics were not a topic of conversation. My family consists of a mix of moderately devout Christians, atheists, and one spiritualist, and it can turn into a messy conversation. I myself don’t subscribe to a particular religion but I am fairly spiritual – you know, the whole “we […]

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