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An Excerpt from: Laughing AT the Grim Reaper!


laughing at the grim reaper cover

The following are three passages from my newest book/Ebook:

Laughing AT the Grim Reaper! Gems of Wisdom for Aging Well (click to visit Amazon product page)

Of all the books that I’ve written to date, this one truly is: “closest to my ♥ ” and in so many ways.

It’s been so gratifying to already have many people tell me how much they are enjoying this book and how it is touching them and also “ringing true” for them.  If we can do that with any written work, I call it a success. 😉

Thanks to everyone who has already written reviews over at and those of you who are planning to write one soon. All appreciated! 🙂

Here goes:

  Give up the BAD vices!

You know the ones. I’m not talking about a couple of squares of good chocolate or a glass of organic red wine. 

But DO ditch: Smoking. Excessive: drinking, gambling, or spending. Eating junk food on a regular basis, watching mindless hours of TV….

Some people think that they can “get away” with continuing to smoke (for example) because they know of a much-older person who has smoked every day, without apparent harm. But what might not have been taken into account is that person’s: strong genetics, how they were raised on better quality: food, air, water and with a lot of hard work/exercise all part of the mix. All those things DO have an impact on what a person can “get away with” and come through, relatively unscathed.

Why take that risk?

Not to mention, why keep wasting money on things like cigarettes when there are so many other things of value you could be spending that money on?

Don’t wait for the New Year to ditch your own bad habits/vices either, do it now! You’ll feel so good about yourself and you just might add a whole lot of good years of life to your future too.  

Start a Rant Journal.

Record all the thoughts you don’t want to share with anyone else but are on your mind. Write it all down, the frustration, the anger…rant, curse, cry, get it all down on paper. Don’t leave anything out that’s bothering you, today. And when you’re finished for the day, close your Rant Journal and put those thoughts and emotions behind you. Get it “off your chest” and then really LET IT GO! 

Have a Fire-Cleansing ceremony.

Write down all the hurts, slights, pain, heartaches…with the people in your life (past and present) that you haven’t been able to let go of. Write each of them on a small piece of paper.

Then, one by one, drop them slowly and mindfully into a fireplace, bonfire, or other type of fireproof (safe) container and watch each paper crumple and burn away. As each one burns, consciously release the hurt and pain you’ve held on to, up to this point. Dispel the negativity into the universe, let it go and feel your spirit lighten.

This is a simple but powerful ritual that has really helped me, several times. Repeat whenever you need to purge a lot of negativity from your life, in a tangible and powerful way. 

Author: Geraldine

I am a freelance writer, poet, artisan, avid book/product reviewer and award-winning cookbook author. I recently published the second volume of my new vegetarian cookbook series: -The Groovy Green Kitchen II: Simply, Super, Supper Soups and my fun and inspirational book, all about aging well: -Laughing AT the Grim Reaper! Gems of Wisdom for Aging Well I am also the author of: -The Groovy Green Kitchen: Weeknight Veggie Slow Cooker -Third Chapter, Second Chance (a mid-life romance) -Not Just for Vegetarians: Delicious Homestyle Cooking, the Meatless Way and the poetry collections: -Haiku Reflections:The Four Seasons (Volume i and II) and -My Poetic Path All titles available at, .ca, UK.... When I'm not writing or creating new recipes, I love to knit and crochet; usually with some "help" from feline friend, yarn-loving Mr. Cheddar! I hope you will visit and enjoy all of my blogs.Thanks for stopping by. Wishing You a Happy Week and Namaste! :-) You can also visit me at my new author's site:

4 thoughts on “An Excerpt from: Laughing AT the Grim Reaper!

  1. Your book sounds faaaabulous, Geraldine!

    And I love the part about starting a RANT journal…

    “Don’t leave anything out that’s bothering you, today. And when you’re finished for the day, close your Rant Journal and put those thoughts and emotions behind you. Get it “off your chest” and then really LET IT GO!”

    That is sooooooo true. I think it’s very important to acknowledge and embrace ALL our emotions, and then let them go.

    Have a terrific Thursday, my friend!

  2. This is a great book. I enjoyed reading it so much. I’m sure it will be inspiring for a lot of people.

  3. some great advice here… my vice right now is coffee/ creamer… oh, how i need to quit drinking so much coffee. as for writing negative thoughts in a journal… i don’t know. i’d have to burn the journal too because i wouldn’t want anyone’s feelings hurt… the burning ritual works. i’ve done that before and it helps one to move forward and let go…

    loved your blossoms in the post below. color is definitely arriving now. it’s so beautiful when you look around. have a great day~

  4. Heh Ron, thanks for your kind words, most appreciated. 🙂

    I’m glad you like the “rant” journal suggestion. I have found this to be very helpful, not just mentally and emotionally but physically too.

    So many people who suffer with chronic pain are also holding in and repressing a lot of anger and hurt. By releasing it on paper and really letting it “all out” not just the stuff we’d actually share with anyone else,can go a long way towards helping our overall health and well-being.

    It’s been proven again and again and personally I KNOW this works. Books by Dr. John Sarno go into a lot more detail about this too. He has helped thousands of people suffering with pain (particularly back pain) by using this simple but powerful method.

    Here’s a link to Dr. Sarno’s website:

    Thanks Joe! You’re a dear. 🙂

    The fire-cleansing ceremony can be so powerful, I agree Naquillity.

    And yes, coffee and creamer can be addictive, I agree. I only drink organic decaf now and only 1-2 cups a day. A big improvement for me. I was a coffee ADDICT for years. 5-10 cups some days with caffeine in it. Waaaay too much. 😉
    Happy Weekend!

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