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Dear Cassie: Read a Book!

Dear Cassie, I guess I should be one to talk - most of the time I feel that I don't read enough because I don't; Life always gets in the way. Most people refer to this as "making up excuses," but... Continue Reading →

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Dear Anita: Look Up!

Dear Anita, I spend a lot of time in my head. It’s a squirrelly place up there. I tend to get lost. I read a lot. Books and articles and opinion pieces. Then I catastrophize. Always with the catastrophizing. About different things.... Continue Reading →

Dear Anita: Go Climb a Mountain!

Dear Anita, John Muir had a lot to say about our California landscape, most importantly he reminds us to, “Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.” This is a command I take in earnest. I have recently returned from... Continue Reading →

Dear Cassie: There’s Clutter Everywhere!!!

Dear Cassie, Have I ever told you how your super clean apartment inspires me to keep mine neat and tidy? Your apartment inspires me to clean and organize a little bit every day, to where the goal I'm trying to... Continue Reading →

Dear Cassie: Be Fearless. Be Adventurous.

Dear Cassie, Have you ever wanted to do something, but was too scared to? And, have you ever wondered some time down the line: What if I did? Now. I don't remember how many years in a row, where losing... Continue Reading →

Dear Cassie: Good Friends are Hard to Find.

Dear Cassie, In the midst of loneliness, confusion, anger and sadness from my previous post, there is a light! I've always kept my friends circle very tight, very small - for the reason that I don't need any fake people... Continue Reading →

Dear Anita: I Am Ready for Spring!

Dear Anita, Enough of this winter! I am a born and bred Southern Californian. I need my sunshine! I miss our long afternoons. The evenings I spend on my balcony, eating hefty spoonfuls of mint chip ice cream while the... Continue Reading →

Dear Cassie: What is Friendship?

Dear Cassie, Growing up, I moved around a lot due to family problems so I never really had any friends. I lived with my mom in El Monte, CA until I was about 6 years old. Unfortunately, after kindergarten graduation,... Continue Reading →

Dear Anita: A Little Sweetness for a Sour Day

Dear Anita, Did you know, if you step into See’s Candies, just the middle of a gray day, no occasion, they will hand you sweetness? Wrapped in stiff, pleated paper. A drop of milk chocolate with a rich nougat center.... Continue Reading →

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