The Book of Good Cheer

Published 1911, The Book of Good Cheer, p. 23

“There is no duty we so much underrate as the duty of being happy. By being happy we sow anonymous benefits upon the world, which remain unknown even to ourselves, or when they are disclosed, surprise nobody so much as the benefactor.”

-Robert Louis Stevenson

“There has not been a single day since the world began when the sun was not shining. The trouble has been with our vision.”

  1. Shannon says:

    Sharing this on facebook! =)

  2. Molly Stewart says:

    I love this! I will definitely check the book out.

  3. Lane England says:

    So true!

  4. Debbie says:

    REALLY? There’s a Book of Good Cheer? I must have it!!!
    Deb ( your beach fg bloggin’ siser )

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Going, going, GONE!

The Palouse-Clearwater Environmental Institute that I founded 25 years ago, had a weekend fundraiser, “25 chairs for 25 years.” Members of the community signed up to decorate an Adirondack chair, provided by PCEI, parade it around town and at our local farmers’ market, and then attend a live auction. The chairs were art at its best! Take a gander and then get out your tools. You’ll want to do this in your own home town or at least, your backyard to your own chairs.

This photo typifies PCEI … a smart car and lots of bikes parked on our 13 acre campus smack-dab in the middle of town surrounded by houses on all four sides.

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  1. Mandie says:

    Hi MaryJane!! I love your books and everything about them :-). I wanted to tell you that I love that you have a blog now and I can get my MaryJane fix even more. Problem is, I can only read your posts when I click on the link from my email. When I try to access it from your pretty blog homepage it goes to some internet search engine. I might be doing something wrong but I wanted to tell you. Hope you are having a beautiful day 🙂

    • MaryJane says:

      Wouldn’t ya know. That’s why we’re moving slow with alerts and such. We want to make sure the functionalities are all in order. THANK YOU for your feedback my friend! We will DEFINITELY look into that!

    • designer says:

      Hi Mandie!
      Thanks for alerting us to your access problem. Can you provide us with more information on how this is occurring? We would love to know which page specifically you are accessing, (www…) and what search engine you are being taken to. When you get a second, could you email this information to This would help us out a ton!

      Thanks so much,

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I brake for half-naked men

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  1. Jennifer Larson says:

    All I have to say is “NICE!” An article after my own heart! But I am extremely glad to see that my 60 year old father (Ken Robinson), after 40 years of volunteer service in the MVFD, was not found shirtless at the car wash!! Wouldn’t put it past him though! ~Jennifer

  2. Meg says:

    Jennifer, Ken was probably doing the all night shift on a fire the night before! But if he had been you would have seen Mom posing with him for sure!

  3. Osagegypsy says:

    MY Goodness! Great brushes and squeegees!

  4. Joann Tilney-Hughson says:

    Can I move there? LOL

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The Extra Mile

Are you the kind of gal who has a million pairs of shoes, a color or style to suit every occasion? Or are you more monogamous when it comes to your footwear, devoting yourself to one perfect pair?

Peek into my closet and you’ll find a few mostly sensible sorts, but none without flair (gotta be me). My must-haves include my fave “farm-to-photo shoot” boots, some DIY decoupage divas, and you guessed it—the requisite MaryJanes.

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It’s time for some pre-winter cleaning, and no doubt I’m ready to have the whole dust-bunny-filled affair over and done with. But if there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that a little charity can turn any of my humdrum tasks into a real heart-opening experience.

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  1. jeanniep ierce says:

    I do this almost weekly, but always monthly. When I die, I do not want my daughter to look at my house and feel a 100 pound weight on her shoulders.
    So I am beginning to let go of lots of stuff. If I do not use it, if it does not own a piece of my heart, I am letting someone else enjoy it. I take bags and boxes often. Much to my concern, my oldest grand feels I may be letting go of something she would someday want…….there is the rub!

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