More Happier: Tackling an Eyesore, the Unforeseen Consequences of Getting a Dog, and YouTube!

Something Making Us More Happier

  • Elizabeth: Planning a trip to Hawaii…without planning to take a trip to Hawaii. We mention the Happier in Hollywood podcast.
  • Gretchen: The GloFX Flow Ring is an excellent “kinetic bracelet.” I like this toy as much as the Rainbow Twirler Spinner. Inexpensive, well-made, lots of fun.

Gretchen's Kinetic bracelet

I’ve Been Meaning to Tell You

I told Elizabeth about how thrilled I was to create order out of my messy-looking scent collection.

I mention my book Outer Order, Inner Calm.

Gretchen's scent collection

Spotlight on a Tool

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Elizabeth’s question: How do you avoid having a ring light reflecting in your glasses?

Unforeseen Consequences

Elizabeth told me that these days, she keeps having to wash her robe, because it gets muddy every morning when Nacho jumps on her. Nevertheless, she has realized – to her surprise – that she’s a real dog person.

Elizabeth's Muddy flip flops.


Grownups! Everyone remembers them. How strange and even sad it is that we never become what they were: beings noble, infallible, and free. We never become them. One of the things we discover as we live is that we never become anything different from what we are. We are no less ourselves at forty than we were at four, and because of this we know grownups as Grownups only once in life: during our own childhood. We never meet them in our lives again, and we miss them always.

Elizabeth Enright, Doublefields, “The Walnut Shell” (Amazon)

As I mention, Elizabeth Enright has written so many excellent, outstanding novels for children. I’ve read them dozens of times. The Saturdays (AmazonBookshop), The Four-Story Mistake (AmazonBookshop), Gone-Away Lake (AmazonBookshop), and more. So, so, so good.




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