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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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A Cool Mona Book Review: Purity

Purity by Jonathan Franzen, published September, 2015 and listed on The New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2015. The book is about storylines that could have been. Storylines that were dropped too soon, undeveloped. But Franzen did create some really vivid characters and several textured stories showing an interest in and understanding of the …

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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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Why Is Happiness So Hard? 10 Reasons, 10 Solutions (Part 2)

Catch up on the first 5 reasons and solutions: http://www.coolmona.com/why-is-happiness-so-hard-10-reasons-10-solutions/ 6. Comparison Do you ever troll Instagram  and think, Wow, if only my life was like Rita’s, then I’d really be happy? We are bombarded with reminders that our better self is waiting in the wings. The thing is, we’re viewing edited reality. Case in point: …