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A lot of things are going on in the world right now that are, quite honestly, less than positive. Sometimes, it seems as if there is no good news. This is because the media has an “if it bleeds, it leads” attitude where they ignore positive stories and stress the bad. The bad stories tend to…

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I’m writing this as I am sitting overlooking the beach in Acapulco. I admit to being totally lost in both space and time. Acapulco is pretty, but way hot and humid. My brain is a little more whacked out than normal. I don’t do well in heat, and there are a lot of mountains here, which plays …

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This is a semi-repeat column on the wonderful game/sport of pickleball. The reason I am repeating this is because this Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the Brook Street tennis courts (named after Geneva tennis legend Lenny DeFrancesco), there will be a pickleball clinic. This clinic will…

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My mom was a fixture in the Geneva school system, serving as secretary to the superintendent for over 50 years. She started in high school at the age of 17 (I might be a little off here since I wasn’t born yet). She retired some 52 years later, after computers just became a bit too much for her.

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Last weekend we took a road trip to Boston to pick up Olga’s sister and brother in-law from a dental convention. It was a great weekend for a drive, the sky and roads both being clear. Of course, during the drive my mind wandered and came up with various questions that I will share (mostly b…

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I had very little interest in watching the Oscars. I saw only three of the nominated movies: “Coda,” “King Richard” and “Dune.” I enjoyed all three but didn’t really care if those or any other movies won the Best Picture Oscar. I had more interesting things to do than watch the first three h…

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Here’s some fun, positive stuff! On the weekend of March 26-27, there is going to be a comic con/expo in Geneva, which, for a guy who’s made a living out of writing comics, books and games, I think is pretty darn cool.

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Compromise has gotten a bad rap in some sectors. You’ve probably heard the statement, “When you compromise, nobody gets what they want.” Sure, there are times when, yes, compromising can be bad.

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Over the last week Russia launched a totally unjustified attack on the sovereign nation of Ukraine. This invasion certainly wasn’t a big surprise; after all, U.S. intelligence actually acted intelligently by tracking the Russian troop movements, even predicting the false-flag operation that …

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Well, pretty much every study in the world agrees that spending too much time on social media isn’t good for happiness. In fact, some studies even suggest that your happiness my be inversely proportional to the amount of time you spend on social media. Yale’s happiness expert, Dr. Laurie San…

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A couple of weeks ago we discovered that a soaking-wet dog sitting and rolling on an unmade bed is not a good thing. To get rid of the “wet dog” smell we needed to remove all the sheets on top of our mattress. We also removed the mattress cover for the first time in a LONG time.

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As a sports guy and a positivity person, I’ve always looked forward to the Olympics. I admit I don’t usually follow any Winter Olympic sports (besides hockey), yet every four years I find myself fascinated with winter sports such as snowboarding, speed skating, skiing, ski jumping, luge and …

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A couple of the relaxation and happiness courses I took really stressed the idea of getting away from those glowing cubes we all seem to be so attached to. There are numerous studies where the data seems to suggest that spending time away from your phone can be beneficial. Many studies recom…

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I’ve been doing a lot of research lately on the positive power of movement. It seems that movement every day, even simple ones such as getting up from your chair and walking around the house, can be very beneficial. Plus, it’s also useful to get your heart beating faster (of course, if you w…

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Lately I’ve been thinking more about my father. Dad’s been gone for over a dozen years now. He was a Marine who fought in World War II. He enlisted at 17, taking advantage of the fact his parents didn’t read much English. By the time he turned 18 he was under fire in Okinawa. Like he used to…

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Last Sunday, after watching the Buffalo Bills in their heartbreaking loss to Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, I just didn’t have the stomach to watch Sunday night football. I didn’t want to hear how close the Bills came to winning and now how close they were from being knocked out of …

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A couple months ago I stepped on the scales at the doctor’s office and, much to my chagrin, I tipped the scales at over 240. I insisted I couldn’t really weigh THAT much; I was wearing very heavy clothing and still had my phone in my pocket, plus some loose change — and my socks were thick.

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We are now accelerating into the holiday season. Of course, Hallmark has been showing Christmas movies for months now (basically the same three plots with different, really good-looking people). Plus, the stores have had Christmas decorations alongside the Halloween candy and decorations. Bu…

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I’ve mentioned pickleball a few times in this column. I kind of assumed that most people these days know what pickleball is. After all, pickleball is, according to some, “the fastest-growing sport in the nation.”

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It’s a very positive thing to think about and express gratitude to those people or organizations in your life for which you are grateful. Reflecting on what we are grateful for and expressing it can make us feel better.

I’m a positive guy, hence the reason I write this column. But even I have “down times.” After all, there is nothing wrong being down now and then. In fact, it’s very human. I believe that most of the time we can feel what we choose to feel, and sometimes we choose to feel down; often that’s …

As a positivity guy I’m suppose to be helpful, positive and mindful. I think I’ve got the first two covered. The third? Not so much.

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Well now, last Thursday was an interesting day. My wife and I needed to go down to New Brunswick, N.J., to help our son move back to Buffalo. He had too much stuff for one car and not enough stuff to justify renting a U-Haul. That morning I received a text from my little sister in Boston:

Things are a bit crazy now to say the least. The United States has ended (mostly) its involvement in its longest war. To be blunt, though, there was no good way out of that mess, but we certainly could have done things better.

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I’ve touched on this topic before, but I wanted to revisit it as I feel it’s quite important in today’s world. One way to increase the scope of your happiness and to hopefully bridge the gap with others is to talk to strangers.

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I’m not remotely qualified to tell people how to protect others and themselves from a contagious virus. I once took a class in epidemiology 20 years ago, and I did less than stellar. I took another course where we spent part of a chapter on viruses and I remember thinking, “Dang, this is har…

I always look forward to the Olympics as it means two weeks of solid world-class sports. I think I can learn something while watching the Olympics. What I usually learn is: “Wow, these elite athletes play these sports WAY better than I could even dream of.” When the Olympians throw javelins,…

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Okay, first off, this one is going to be a little different than my normal slice-of-life, why-it’s-good-to-be-positive columns. I hope you will bear with me. I’ll be back with my normal column next week with positive vibes and little life suggestions or hints. But today I’m going to talk abo…

Despite having only three letters, “Yes” can be a very powerful and positive word. Obviously, it has a positive meaning as by saying “Yes” you are almost always agreeing to something or agreeing to do something. So that alone can have a nice positive effect on you.