Presidents’ Day

Presidents” Day Thoughts.       Post by David Joel Miller.


Presidents’ Day.

“To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.”

― Theodore Roosevelt

“We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory will swell when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.”

― Abraham Lincoln

“A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.”

― Dwight D. Eisenhower

Wanted to share some thoughts with you.  Today seemed like a good time to do this. If any of these quotes strike a chord with you, please share them.

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Sunday Inspiration.     Post by David Joel Miller.

Honor Guard.

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“What is objectionable, what is dangerous about extremists is not that they are extreme, but that they are intolerant. The evil is not what they say about their cause, but what they say about their opponents.”

― Robert F. Kennedy

“I speak to everyone in the same way, whether he is the garbage man or the president of the university.”

― Albert Einstein

“Respect yourself and others will respect you.”

― Confucius, Sayings of Confucius

Wanted to share some inspirational quotes with you.  Today seemed like a good time to do this. If any of these quotes strike a chord with you, please share them.


Sunday Inspiration.     Post by David Joel Miller.

Waste dump.

Selfishness and Waste.
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“Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live.”

― Oscar Wilde

“We all should rise, above the clouds of ignorance, narrowness, and selfishness.”

― Booker T. Washington, The Story of My Life and Work

“Selfishness and greed, individual or national, cause most of our troubles.”

― Harry Truman

Wanted to share some inspirational quotes with you. Today’s is less about happiness and more about motivation us to do what we should.

Today seemed like a good time to do this. If any of these quotes strike a chord with you, please share them.

2017 First-Foot.

By David Joel Miller.

First foot in the door.

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By David Joel Miller.

The first-foot through the door each year sets the tone for the rest of the year.

There’s an old tradition; they say it comes from Scotland, that the first person through the door each new year’s sets the tone for the rest of that year.  Because of that, I wanted this to be my first post for the new year.

If this is your first time reading, I hope this post will start off your year in a good direction.  Longtime readers will know that this blog’s premise is having a happy life.

Life can have it struggles.  At some point in their life, everyone is likely to experience a mental, emotional or behavioral issue.  Because of this, I write a lot about mental health, mental illness, substance use disorders and overcoming the bumps on the road of life.  Here is hoping that this new year will bring happiness to you and yours.

Throughout this year on I plan to bring you tips about having a happy life, coping with emotional and mental issues and the impact that using and abusing substances might have on your mental and emotional health.

We will also present posts to help you with being a success. However, you define that success.  With over 1100 posts on so far, you’ll find plenty of tips in the past posts with more to come this year.  You might even want to consider subscribing to

Thanks for being my lucky first-foot this year.

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Happy Holidays – Boxing Day.

Happy Holidays.

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Happy Holidays.
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Today many of us are off work in celebration of this holiday. I am told that in Canada this is Boxing Day. Hope you are all having a pleasant day today.I know some people on this earth continue to suffer today. Make the best you can of this time.

Solstice has arrived.

Post by David Joel Miller.

It is Solstice.

Sunrise at Stonehenge.

Winter solstice.
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At this time, here in California it is 2:44 on 12/21/2016, the relationships between the earth and the sun change.  In the northern hemisphere this marks the beginning of winter. Those of you in the southern part of mother earth will be entering your summer.

With all our modern technology, satellites headed off into other parts of the galaxy, electrons wiring about, this simple relationship with our sun still exerts has a profound impact on we carbon based life forms.

In the hecticness of this season I find it useful to pause and contemplate how our ancestors in a time before electricity must have felt a deep spiritual conception to the natural environment around them when the sun and earths relationship made this visual change.

Take a second or two this morning and think about what is real, what is artificial and how you relate to the rest of the universe.