Independently Happy

I take happiness seriously. So you don't have to.

Get Your Kicks

One of the biggest goals throughout my entire life has been taking Karate.  We couldn’t afford it when I was a kid.  I couldn’t find the time after college, or maybe I was a little pre-occupied with less productive activities.  I always dreamed of being a black belt though. About 20 months ago, a few […]

How a Blog is Like an Old Friend

A blog can be like an old friend.  It is so easy for a few days to turn into a few months between visits with your friends and posts my blog.  For example, my previous post was October 1, over a month ago. It has been a few weeks longer than that since I’ve seen […]

Painting and Purging. And Painting. And Purging

I think I’ve mentioned painting and working on our house a few times.  “What’s up with that,” you ask?  I’m glad you asked.  It will give you a break from our particular brand of digestion. Because of my wife’s arthritic knees, stairs have become an enemy.  We need to move to a smaller, one-story dwelling.  […]

Raining: Day 1 or The Counter-Intuitiveness of Happiness

I’m not really going to count rainy days. Or maybe I actually am, since the forecast only calls for one day of rain. Nevertheless, it is raining. Our scheduled carpet cleaners arrived late Wednesday, and we still have LOTS to finish with our painting project, so I skipped Taekwondo Wednesday night.  Skipping Taekwondo did not […]

Running: Day -54

So let’s talk about exercise. You don’t have to run for exercise.  It’s just one of my favorites.  I am 54 days–now 53–from a 15 mile run, three times around Enchanted Rock in Texas, then up to the top.  I’m not quite in shape for that kind of run. I won’t go into all the […]