Explore Yourself

Isn’t it fortunate that we did our “August in September” get-together, since September is a Self-care Awareness month! As all 28 of you, Beautiful People, who joined us by remote access, have experienced, this is exactly what we did; we engaged in self-exploration.

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It isn’t always easy to talk about ourselves, so to make it easier, we had a “cheat sheet” called Just Be You.

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Watch the video to follow our explorations. Hopefully, it will inspire and motivate you to engage in your own self-awareness discovery process.

It is a rather long video, not broken into segments, as I usually do, so you might want to take a break or two and read a beautiful post by a great blogger Kamal.


Due to Sukkoth holiday, we’ll have our next get-together in the beginning of October. Stay tuned for further announcements and don’t forget to do your homework: use the chart above to become aware of these qualities that you already possess and actively seek a joyful state by using them to benefit others.

You can always reach me at drdolly_lastingjoy@yahoo.com

and by Skype at drdolly613.

Recipe for Deconstructed Honey Cake is found here.

Have a sweet, healthy, and happy year!

Remember: happiness is a choice – choose to be happy today!


George Carlin 8-23-18

On the Eve of Rosh Hashana, when we hope and pray for a sweet year, full of blessings, I want to share with you, Beautiful People, an incredible insight penned by the late and great George Carlin, quoted by a fantastic blogger, the Fierce, Fabulous, and Funny Velma. Shana Tova u’Metuka – a Zis Yohr!


George Carlin’s wife died early in 2008 and George followed her, dying in July 2008. It is ironic George Carlin – comedian of the 70’s and 80’s – could write something so very eloquent and so very appropriate. An observation by George Carlin:

The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider Freeways, but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less, we buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and smaller families, more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees but less sense, more knowledge, but less judgment, more experts, yet more problems, more medicine, but less wellness.

We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom.

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A Bit Bizarre

If you were wondering, Beautiful People, what happened to our last Tuesday of August get-together, King Arthur has an answer for you, or, rather, the incomparable Sir Richard Burton playing the lead in Camelot.

Yes, I know “it sounds a bit bizarre,” but to accommodate some Lasting Joy club members, we have made “summer linger till September.” I hope it does not inconvenience the rest of you, Beautiful People!

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As you see, we are still meeting on my home ground, South Beach. A great big THANK YOU goes to Batya Galloni Brud for designing our flyers and sharing them on social media! Requisits for remote access will be posted closer to the event, as usual.

Meanwhile, I received quite a few comments about last month theme “First Love Yourself.” Isn’t it not only “a bit bizarre,” but also quite a bit egocentric? One of the most used and misused Shakespeare quotes is To thine own self be true.  However, as it often happens, this is not the end of the sentence! Here is a bit of wisdom Polonius imparts to Hamlet in Act 1 of the tragedy:

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It follows, then, that first we have to learn to be mindful of our own qualities and explore our own hearts and souls. As a talented poet and a dear blogo-friend Chuck remarked,

If you know yourself

You will know the truth you need

and know it’s enough

You can enjoy Chuck’s poetry at    https://poetscornerblog.wordpress.com/2017/07/06/haiku-if-you-know-yourself/.

Next Tuesday, we will practice mindful exploration of ourselves, starting with this checklist:

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You’ll be surprised how many of these you possess! And if you think you don’t – not yet, mind you! – here is another bit of wisdom from yet another wonderful blogger, or rather a team called Lemonade Pink:

To sweeten the new beginning, and to bring us into the spirit of Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, we will be making Deconstructed Honey Cakes (list of ingredients will be posted closer to the event).

Are you doing your homework, Beautiful People? Remember to recall times when you were joyful and allow those feelings of “Inner Joy” to flow from your head to your toes.

You can always reach me at drdolly_lastingjoy@yahoo.com and by Skype at drdolly613.

Remember: happiness is a choice – choose to be happy today!

A Piece of Cake – Book Review

I don’t usually do book reviews, Beautiful People, but it is my honor and pleasure to talk to you about this book called 365 Days of Happiness by Jacqueline Pirtle that was send to me with a request to review.  Under the title, there is a tag line Because happiness is a piece of cake. Is it? You’ll have to start reading it to find out. A very pretty light blue cover with a yummy cupcake garnished by red hearts attracts the reader’s attention, reinforced by a very cute bookmark – a miniature silver cupcake on a blue ribbon. Happiness promises to taste deliciously sweet!

The book is “A step-by-step guide to being happy.” It contains 365 inspirational messages and practical exercises designed to engender a joyful state of mind – one for every day of the year. Essential ingredients of the delightful cake of happiness, such as love, kindness, and gratitude, are promoted through brief, succint daily messages, to wit:

  • I love my new day.
  • Kindness opens hearts!
  • Be blissfully yourself!
  • Notice and feel all of the magic in the air, sounds, and colors!
  • This is your day! BE and live it in a “high for life” frequency”!

Each day’s message ends with an energetic affirmation “This IS happiness!”

Jacqueline Pirtle’s book is your personal happiness coach and cheering section for every day of your life. It is available on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/365-Days-Happiness-Because-happiness/dp/1732085102.


Freedom To Be Yourself

What’s your most valuable asset in life? Says Rabbi Zelig Pliskin, “Friends, classmates, parents, siblings… they’re what we cherish most in life. Now you can learn how to protect your greatest treasure from damage, keeping your relationships shining bright. It’s all in the power of the words you speak.”
One of my blogofriends, an amazing blogger and a great and caring human being, Robert of https://notinmyworld.org, was “blown away” by my using a Janis Joplin quote in a post. I promised to quote Jim Morrison next, so here is Jim Morrison weighing in on friendship:
Twice, during hurricanes, we found safe haven in friends’ warm and hospitable abodes.
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Friends and family shoudl be your safe haven during your emotional hurricanes as well. Pirkei Avos (Ethics of Our Fathers) implores,”Get for yourself a teacher, find yourself a friend, and judge every man favorably.”
Let’s find our friends wisely and make it our mission to bring joy into their lives, using the power of words positively!
Remember: Happiness is a choice; choose to be happy today!
Talk to me by e-mail drdolly_lastingjoy@yahoo.com or by Skype drdolly613.


What are your goals and how do you go about reaching them? Do you get frustrated and stressed out along the way? Everybody does! Our June get-together was inspired by a great blogger Phoebe at https://phoebemd.com/2018/06/26/taking-control-of-stress. Watch our videos and practice THE POWER OF CHANGE.

As more and more people are walking in, I want to thank all of you, Beautiful People, who have found us at our new location, as well as all 19 of you who have bravely stayed up at our new meeting time to join us by remote access. We are growing and gaining momentum, and it is all because of you, your participation, and your support!

As we are discovering that a positive change is just as much of a stressor as a negative one, we are learning to access the power of change. Practice with us!

Following the exercise, a club member gets her courage together and communicates her need. Watch how her request inspires everybody to brainstorm and come up with helpful suggestions. Meanwhile, we are ready to play ball – Chocolate Halva Balls! Detailed recipe is on my cooking blog, Kool Kosher Kitchen, right here. 

It certainly feels good to know that you have done something for your fellow human being. Access this feeling when stress moves in on your serenity and joy. Your homework for next month is to think of something you can do for self-improvement.  Picture yourself actually doing it!

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I am leaving you, Beautiful People, with a word from someone I personally consider the best football player ever, Edson Arantes do Nascimento, known to the world as Pelé:

“Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.”

Feel free to reach out to me at drdolly_lastingjoy@yahoo.com or by Skype at drdolly613.

Remember: Happiness is a choice; choose to be happy today!




When we make a serious mistake or commit an error in judgement that sometimes causes irreversible, or even painful consequences, we tend to start a self-blaming cycle: “Why did I not think…  Why have I not anticipated… How could I?” This kind of anguish, while quite understandable, stands in the way of constructive action (based on D. Petrov). Tomorrow, at our monthly get-together, we will learn and practice a fun and fantastic three-step exercise called A Blunder! inspired by  a great blogger, a Russian psychologist Dmitry Petrov(https://thaoless.ru/2018/05/24/oshibochka/).

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Those of you who cannot be with us in person, please join us by remote access.

New Meeting 
Tue, May 29, 2018 5:15 – 6:30 ESTPlease join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

You can also dial in using your phone. 
United States: +1 (646) 749-3122 

Access Code: 288-167-109

First GoToMeeting? Let’s do a quick system check: https://link.gotomeeting.com/system-check

If you plan to be making a Secret Mango Pie with us, you will need the following:
1 no-bake pie crust, or make your own by pressing Graham cracker crumbs, mixed with Smart Balance or any other non-dairy butter, into a pie form
1 ripe but firm mango
1/2 cup raw cashews
1/4 cup roasted unsalted cashews
1 cup heavy coconut cream
1/2 coconut milk
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon Agave or honey
1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
See you tomorrow, Beautiful People, and don’t forget:
Happiness is a choice – choose to be happy today!