The Monday Sweet Spot – 11/02/2015

We’ve all hit that point during a smoke, usually about half way through, in which the cigar’s flavors and aromas open up and transform the experience into something far more rich, complex, and enjoyable.

In this moment, gentlemen, you’ve hit the “sweet spot”.

A moment that encourages you to open your senses, and to truly appreciate the experience that the smoke has ushered you into.

In the same way, it’s important to take time in our lives to slow down, and open our senses to the world around us. To take notice of the good things going on and the good people doing them.

These are life’s “sweet spots”, and your Monday could use one…

99-Year-old Wins Shopping Spree at Dollar Store
and Uses It For Needy Kids

Given a free shopping spree for her 99th birthday, this woman filled her cart not for herself, but with stocking stuffers for needy kids.

Donna Goldstein is a weekly fixture at the California 99-cent store in Beverly Grove, where the staff knows and appreciates her kind heart.

They noticed her buying items for Thanksgiving charity baskets last month, and gave her a beautiful gift for her birthday–a chance to fill her cart with anything she wants at no charge.

Goldstein filled up a cart with $163 worth of items — a huge haul when nothing in the store costs more than a dollar. She’s taking the load to her church where the items will be boxed up for needy kids this Christmas.

She says she already knows it will be appreciated.

“I’m going to cry I’m so happy,” Goldstein told KTLA News.

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Brandon Reed

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