December 23, 2008 Issue #033

Singles and those stinky
holiday blues

Let's be honest. It's a bummer when you're not with somebody during the Christmas holidays. On the other hand, it is not the end of the world. If you don't believe me, consider these thoughts on beating the holiday blues...

What to do in 2009...what to do?

When things go wrong in the coming year--and you know they will, what will you do?

  • Grin goofily and ask God for his favor?
  • Run around in circles shouting "The sky is falling. It hit me on the head?"
  • Consult an Internet 'Life Coach?'
  • Jump on the neighbor kids' trampoline until you hurl your troubles away?
  • All of the above.

No, I don't think those things are going to cut it. At least they've never worked for me.

How about a different approach for 2009? You can get your act together and start making sense of your world. The answer lies not in what you focus on, but on whom.

This short article has some thoughts on how to change your New Year for the better...


Christmas will be here in, well, minutes it seems. Or maybe it will already be over by the time you read this. No matter, here's an all-purpose, timeless quote that should get your gray matter dancin':

Christmas is a necessity. There has to be at least one day of the year to remind us that we're here for something else besides ourselves.
Eric Sevareid (1912-1992), American newscaster.

Oops! We singles can be kind of self-centered at times. I know I am. Being concerned with others takes you outside yourself, and that's healthy. Experiment with it more this coming year. Do something nice for someone else. It makes them feel good--and you too.

Grab that 'Christmas Dream'
if you haven't already

Didn't have time to write a poem this month, but my f'ree e-novel, Appalachian Christmas Dream is waiting for you to download it, with no strings or obligations at all. It's the story of Junie Corban, a feisty young woman--in fact all three of my Christmas novels are about feisty women--who bucks the system to teach the illiterate adults in rural Kentucky to read and write.

This story is based on the true Moonlight School movement in Appalachia in 1913. You'll find lots of colorful characters and scenery, a sweet romance, and enough inspiration to carry you into at least April.

Download the 88 page pdf of Appalachian Christmas Dream...

Welcome newbies...

Welcome to all of you who just started your f'ree Inspire-O-Gram subscription, or those of you who haven't opened the newsletter before.

Each month I try to provide you a chuckle or two, something to think about, and maybe a tip to make your life as a single person easier.

Feel free to write us using our cool contact form. I'll actually read it and answer you back. What a guy!

Have a happy Christmas and exciting New Year. Great stuff is coming on the site and in this newsletter in 2009. I'm so excited about it I have to quit writing now and do the happy dance.

'Til January, God's best to you!

Jack Zavada
401 Indiana Ave
Streator, IL 61364 USA