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6 04, 2015

Narcissist – do you know one?

By |2015-04-06T06:00:19-05:00April 6th, 2015|Make Me Think Monday|2 Comments

The idea of narcissism comes from Greek mythology.

Salvador Dali - Narkissos' forvandling - 1936Narcissus, a beautiful youth, spurned the nymph Echo then fell in love with his own reflection in a spring. His reflection was unapproachable so Narcissus gradually perished and became the flower narcissus or daffodil.

The myth illustrates that if you are overly egotistic or care more about yourself than others, it can lead to bad things.

That’s my cliff note version. To read the full story click here.

We’ve all met narcissistic people. People with an inordinate fascination with themselves and who make excessive reference to themselves and their accomplishments in conversation or writing.

Life is all about them and they let you know.

What surprises (and doesn’t surprise me) is the fact that narcissism is on the rise in the U.S. according to Dr. Kelly Neff.

Has social media contributed to this rise? Think about it, doesn’t the very idea of a “selfie” imply a degree of narcissism. Methinks it does.

Dr. Neff talks about the correlation in her article, 7 Things You Need to Know About Narcissists, From A Psychologist’s Perspective

We all exhibit narcissistic traits from time-to-time. It’s called positive self-esteem and self-esteem is not a bad thing.

However, dealing with a true narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) can drain your energy. They are manipulative and skilled at getting what they want out of people.

If you’re not sure someone you know is a true narcissist, watch for these other characteristics:

  1. Exaggerating their abilities and achievements
  2. Constant need for attention, affirmation and praise
  3. A strong sense of entitlement
  4. An expectation of special treatment

If you have a narcissist in your life (like I do), check out these two articles:

How to Deal With A Narcissist and Dealing with a Narcissist

daffodilPersonally, I’m going to be positive and picture in my head the flower that Narcissus became  whenever I encounter my narcissist.

Or maybe I’ll model a character in my next book after the narcissist culprit in my life then kill him off.

That’s one of the perks of being a writer.

2 06, 2014

Expecting an Exciting Summer

By |2014-06-02T06:00:54-05:00June 2nd, 2014|Make Me Think Monday|4 Comments

daffodilThis little guy popped out of the ground last week, bringing hope that spring and summer will arrive.

It’s about time.

Snowstorms in May were a major shock though our visiting grandchildren thought it was wonderful!

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My sister and her daughter from Texas decided to pack their long johns when they came to see us over Memorial weekend after the grandkids left.

Unfortunately, they needed the extra layer. It was cold and rainy the whole weekend.

That didn’t stop my hiking niece and husband from climbing up to 10,000 feet on Sentinel Peak.

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Summer folk are returning to town. It’s amazing to watch the RV parks filling and summer homes coming to life.

Last week the exterior painting of our house was finally been completed. ???????????????????????????????Soon, the mountains of dirt from the excavating for the garage addition will become tiered landscaping. Now that will be a much-welcomed sight.

The summer will bring family and friends escaping the heat where they live. Another thing I can wait to have happen. Nothing’s more fun than sitting on the porch visiting.

And, most exciting, I have a book releasing in June.

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Details on official release date coming soon…

We’re off to a tremendous start for the season. So how’s your summer shaping up?

19 03, 2014

Bye, Bye Winter Bye, Bye

By |2014-03-19T06:00:53-05:00March 19th, 2014|one word Wednesday|0 Comments

Tomorrow, March 20 spring arrives with the vernal equinox on at 12:57 P.M. EDT.

To say good-bye winter, I offer this fabulous Piano Guys video actually filmed on the ice in the snow.

Let It Go (Disney’s “Frozen”) Vivaldi’s Winter

I don’t know about you, but I’m very, very happy the snow and the ice will soon be gone.

I can’t wait to see the little daffodils popping out. How about you?
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