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The Cool Mona Community: Carlena From Houston

Hello Mona, I am enjoying your blog and felt the need to write. I recently relocated to Houston from my home in Connecticut to help out my mother. She has been ill for about a year and just couldn’t make it on her own any more. Care taking deserves some applause (not necessarily for me) …

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5 Ways To Survive Your Next Family Gathering (Part 2)

That wonderful Martha Beck has some sanity-saving strategies to pull you through not-so-silent nights and days with the family. Martha compares the Uncle Remus story of tar baby, when Brer Rabbit picks a fight with a lifelike doll made out of tar and turpentine. The tar baby is so gluey that when the rabbit punches it, …

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5 Signs You’re Draining Your Own Energy (Part 2)

Time management doesn’t actually help you be more productive or happier. What you need is some energy management. Signs 1 – 3 are excellent and eye opening.  http://bit.ly/1GszwzC Sign 4: Your ability to crush it—non-stop. Every day, you zoom into work, plant yourself at your desk and power through! You work eight hours straight—no breaks for lunch, coffee …

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A Cool Mona Book Review: Those Who Leave And Those Who Stay

Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay by Elena Ferrante. Published 2014, translated from the Italian version by Ann Goldstein. The third in the author’s Neapolitan series. It’s the story of an intense and disturbing lifelong friendship – hateship between 2 women living in an impoverished neighborhood of 1960s Naples, a city that “seemed to harbor in …

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20 Quotes From Children’s Books Every Adult Should Know (Part 2)

Life’s greatest lessons can be found in children’s literature. And sometimes it’s only when we’re older that we learn to fully understand the poignant words from our childhood entertainment. Check out Quotes 1-10 from yesterday. http://bit.ly/1ix9WhK “Why did you do all this for me?” he asked. “I don’t deserve it. I’ve never done anything for …