09/12/21 – Fairy Tales


Fairy Tales


This books says so much in so few words.

How To Be Happy, Dammit

By Karen Salmansohn

Guaranteed to perk up even the most cynical spirit, HOW TO BE HAPPY, DAMMIT is the first and only self-help book that merges psychology, biology, eastern and western philosophies, quantum physics, and the Zen of Bazooka Joe. (Source: Back cover of book)


I thought this was an interesting film.

Secondhand Lions (2003)


I saw this music video on my friend Samantha’s blog (hearttofollow.wordpress.com)  and wanted to pass it on. For some reason, I’m not able to post a hyper-link to her blog, but I can send it to you via email if you wish.


by Sheppard

Sheppard is an Australian indie pop band from Brisbane,

formed in 2009


City Hall in Bay City, MI

The original settlers in what now is Bay City arrived in the 1830s. By 1857, fourteen sawmills were located along the Saginaw River, and after the Civil War both lumbering and shipbuilding continued strongly. In 1889, voters approved the construction of a new city hall. In 1892, local architects Leverett A. Pratt and Walter Koeppe were hired to design the structure, and the cornerstone was laid in 1894. The building was completed by the summer of 1897 at a cost of $175,000.

The building was used by the city through the 20th century, with a major renovation in 1975. In 2010, a major re-tiling of the roof was undertaken, but a construction incident caused a large fire. The building was closed for 3 years, and an extensive, $10 million renovation performed. It was reopened in 2013, and still serves the city.

The Bay City Hall is a Richardsonian Romanesque building constructed of Indiana limestone, sandstone, and granite, measuring approximately 120 feet by 200 feet. The multi-gabled roof is tiled, and a large sandstone tower, nearly 180 feet high, is located at the southeast corner. The tower is topped with a gable roof with spires, and contains a large clock with separate dial faces on each of its four sides. The windows in the building are flat-headed units set in round arches, and are divided by heavy stone mullions. The entrance is through a huge double Romanesque arch, decorated with an elaborate stucco bas-relief, and sheltered with an arched porch supported by polished stone columns.

The interior is dominated by a large central stairwell, illuminated by skylights, with an elaborately scrolled cast iron banister.

There are four ornate floors 

With a replica of the Liberty Bell on one of the floors

Carol and I climbed the Clock Tower stairs to the top

Pictures cannot do justice to this magnificent structure. Bay City made a choice, they could have build a new city hall or restore this magnificent building–they choose wisely and restored the building which is still functioning as their city hall.


 These two have some funny and astute political commentary.




Potato Chips

Chips are not the healthiest thing to eat,

but at least there aren’t too many in a bag. 




I wish this didn’t seem so true to me.


It seems to me that the media likes to divide us and loves to preach fear.


If you have ever been curious about this book, the Kindle version of this book has now been reduced to $1.00 and the paperback version has been reduced to $10.00


However, I must warn you that this book will not change your life, 

only you can do that.

My Final Cover

This book can be ordered from Amazon or Barnes & Nobles.



23 thoughts on “09/12/21 – Fairy Tales

  1. I appreciate the variety here. It’s similar in that way to reading a Reader’s Digest, but without the ads, and better.
    I now would like to see that city hall. They who restored it did a marvelous job. I mostly do not like new restaurants & buildings, they all sort of look the same these days – ordinary. : )
    Also, I’d like to see Secondhand Lions now, and I love every meme you shared.

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    • Thank you very much Dawn for all the positive feedback. I hope people like what I am providing each week, but it is always a guess on my part. I look back on some of my weekly posts and feel I missed the mark here and there in encouraging people to make the most of their lives; nevertheless, I keep trying. Again, thank you for your encouraging feedback


  2. “How to be happy dammit” this one is an amazing book I read it earlier you know one of my old friend gifted me this around two yrs ago on my birthday and I was happy to get one…. This book is great..👍

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