A Guide To a Happy Life


No one will ever get out of this world alive. Resolve therefore to maintain a reasonable sense of values.

Take care of yourself. Good health is everyone’s major source of wealth. Without it, happiness is almost impossible.


Resolve to be cheerful and helpful. People will repay you in kind.

Avoid angry, abrasive persons. They are generally vengeful.

Avoid zealots. They are generally humorless.

Resolve to listen more and to talk less. No one ever learns anything by talking. 

Be chary of giving advice. Wise men don’t need it and fools won’t heed it.

Resolve to be tender with the young, compassionate with the aged,  sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and wrong. Sometime in life you will have been all of these.

Do not equate money with success. There are many successful money makers who are miserable failures as human beings. What counts most about success is how a person achieves it.

By Lloyd Shearer

Copyright 1989


Some of you may not know who Lloyd Sheer was. He was a Hollywood fixture and wrote the very popular column, Personality Parade, for Parade Magazine, a Sunday newspaper supplement. He wrote the column under the name Walter Scott for over thirty years starting in the late 1950’s. It is said he pioneered the Question-Answer type column used by many papers and magazine to this day.

He wrote about celebrities and public figures from all walks of life, but also included weightier matters in each column, such as why Executive Order 9066 was the shame of the nation. (i.e. internment of Japanese during WWII)

It was said he knew everyone. E.V.E.R.Y.O.N.E. And anyone who wanted to be someone got to know Lloyd Sheer. He wrote about Elvis Presley before he was a star. In 1973 he predicted Ronald Reagan would one day be President.

Yahoo Answer’s tells this story about him:

‘Somebody once said to him, ‘You’re so good on the phone; let’s see how many calls it will take you to find that woman Eisenhower had an affair with,’ ” Derek Shearer said. ”It took him two calls to find Kay Summersby.’

He often wore Hawaiian shirts and drove a turquoise 1955 Bel Air convertible.

If interested in more on Lloyd Shearer, click here:  Lloyd Shearer; Leader of the ‘Personality Parade’.

His life story is fascinating.

His Guide to A Happy Life is timeless.

Featured Recipe    Orange Beets

I simply LOVE this recipe!!!

I don’t know how this delicious side dish got associated with Monday’s recipe, Broiled Chicken Salad with Citrusy Dressing, but for me it has. I tend to fix and eat them together. It is a lovely side dish to that recipe. But I am sure it would go well with most any entrée.

The orange marmalade is perfect with the beets. A marriage made in heaven indeed. 

The recipe is from Cookery For 1 or 2, an HP Book by Brabara Swain. The book, very sadly, is currently out of print.

For this version I have doubled the ingredients. You could easily double it again to serve eight people.

It is hard to believe that only 5 ingredients could be this delicious!!!

This is what you will need for 4 people:

2 tablespoons butter

2 tablespoons minced onion (About ¼ of a medium onion)

2 tablespoons orange marmalade

1 – 16 ounce can beets, any cut

Salt and pepper to taste

Here is what you do:

Drain the beets.

Mince the onion.

Heat butter in a saucepan over medium heat.

Sauté the onions in the butter until tender and translucent, about 1-2, maybe 3 minutes.

Stir in the orange marmalade and the beets.

Gently mix everything together.

Then cover and warm over low heat until heated through, about 5 minutes.

When heated through add salt and pepper, and serve.

Bon Appetite!!!


2 tablespoons butter                        $0.30

2 tablespoons minced onion             $0.08

2 tablespoons orange marmalade     $0.37

1 – 16 ounce cans beets, any cut      $1.00

Salt and pepper to taste

Total cost = $1.75
Cost per person = $0.45

Quote of the Day

No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of it for someone else.  
Charles Dickens


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1 comment to A Guide To a Happy Life

  • Beets are one of my favorite vegetables and I love this orange marmalade combination. Thanks for sharing the guide to a happy life, here’s to hoping more people read it and put it into action!