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Finding some LOVE

We’re being bombarded with bad news, and it’s apparently getting to us. How do we make ourselves feel better?
Find things that make us laugh like these 100 funny pictures.
Seek out stories that show humanity at its best. Did you hear about the people in a NYC subway car who teamed up to wipe away anti-Semitic graffiti and Swastikas? It’s a great story of hand sanitizer, elbow grease and people coming together.
Find ways to share and feel more love. If you’ve never heard the Story Corps of Danny & Annie, WATCH & LISTEN. Your heart will grow three sizes.

“Love is the answer, and you know that for sure; Love is a flower, you’ve got to let it grow.” – John Lennon

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New Year – New Opportunities

Dawn.  New Year's Day.  My terrace.  Tulum, Mexico

Dawn. New Year’s Day. My terrace. Tulum, Mexico

Each year, rather than resolutions, Scott and I write down our “goals” for the year. We read them aloud to each other and seal them in an envelope, which we tuck in our underwear drawer and open the following New Year’s Day. We’ve found the action inspires us and that often we get to most things on our list. (Though I still haven’t taken those Spanish lessons!) As we head into 2017, I wish you all good things. I’m reminded of a quote by the late great Joey Adams: “May all your troubles last as long as your New Year’s resolutions.”
It’s ’17. Go get ’em!

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Aunt Jean Gets Her Tree

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It’s Fall Y’all!

Happy FallI’ve heard it said that fall is like a second spring in which each leaf is a flower. As a child, my grandparents would take me to the Blue Ridge Mountains to catch a peek at nature’s calico quilt. It’s a memory that brings me joy and makes me wistful for childhood innocence. Don’t worry, I’ll find it in hikes with my love, carving pumpkins, planting bulbs, roasting marshmallows by a campfire, and maybe even sneaking in one last outdoor shower or two. Hoping you find the color in this season with those you love.

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Spread Love and Kindness USA

America needs love
“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.” — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
My #Life101 Advice: You will never regret being kind. Start by trying to make one person’s day better. Just one. See how that makes you feel. It’s really that simple. Really. This madness must stop.
(Photo by the talented Sherry Bowen.)

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Dog Days of Summer

Bruce and WestminsterThese are crazy times we’re living in. With all the chaos in the world, my goal this summer is to find things that bring joy to the world. Joy isn’t in the things we have, but in the things we do. I’m going to spend the summer being grateful, enjoying playing with my furry pal Westminster, not turning on the TV, laughing as often as possible, and doing something everyday to make someone else’s life a little nicer. Oh, and even if I have to experience the political circus, I can be like my Aunt Jean and have a little fun with the clowns. Watch this! Or this! [New episodes each week!]

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Garden Tour at Edgewater Farm

Edgewater FarmFrom the 1930s until 1963, Edgewater Farm was a Catskills bungalow colony where families came to spend the summer in 30 cozy cottages nestled along the Esopus Creek. Today, it’s home to dinner parties, charity events, and lots of fun. The farm has been featured in my books Garage Sale America and Merry Christmas America and on TV shows like the Today show, CBS This Morning, and Rachael Ray and in The NY Times, the NY Post, and This Old House magazine. If you’re in the Hudson Valley Father’s Day weekend, get your tickets for the Rondout Valley Charity Garden Tour!

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Here comes summer! Find FUN!

Bruce and Wes JOYFun is not a four-letter word. But for a reason unknown to all but circus clowns and roller coaster designers, adults graduate from childhood and somehow forget everything we know about having fun. Let this serve as a reminder for remembering the thrill of a tent pitched in the backyard, the thrill of yelling BINGO, the simple joy of skipping barefoot through the clover (at left), and the chuckle of wearing a costume when no one else is. Or have a conversation with your Aunt Jean about Trump.

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May the 4th Be with You

May the 4thThe first movie I was ever able to see by myself was Star Wars. I sat front row with my friend David and loved every second of it. In my opinion, things like Star Wars and American Idol and a book like Harry Potter or even 50 Shades of Grey, bring us together, give us something to talk about, and give us something to recognize we are more alike than different. In this day of political insanity and looking for differences rather than sameness, I say, “please sir, may I have more?” of things like Star Wars. On this May 4th, I want more that unites us, rather than divides us. How ’bout you? #Maythe4th be with YOU!

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Book signing in NYC

Screen Shot 2015-04-15 at 3.46.08 PMWould love to see you at Barnes & Noble for a FUN talk and Q&A with Fredrik Eklund and me. Gossip will be dished. Grab a signed copy of The Sell before they’re gone. Now, a #1 new release in paperback!

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