Musings: The Road To Forgiveness…

“We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us.”  Martin Luther King, Jr. Musings: The Road To Forgiveness... Offer, ask... and let go Forgiveness Sets Us Free Why forgiveness? What prompts us to forgive others? At different points in our lives, we have all experienced hurtful events; verbal, psychic and/or ...

The Biggest Peeve of All

The Biggest Peeve of All

    It’s a mouse-size pet peeve, but sometimes it roars within me like a lion. Frequent readers of this blog know I’m often at odds with my eighty-nine year old mother. Mom is not mellowing with age and is feistier than ever. She spends most of her time watching Court TV and putting down the government. When I call, my role is that of a human crossword puzzle, keeping her sharp, even though I become blunt in the process. Ninety-nine percent ...

Memories: What To Bring On A 524 Mile Road Trip

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” Mark Twain Memories: What To Bring On A 524 Mile Road Trip... Hold your horses; we traveled by car... What do you remember from your childhood travels? Were they good or tedious memories? We traveled a lot when I was ...

Inspiration: The Best Way Out Is Always Through…

“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life. It goes on.” Robert Frost Inspiration: The Best Way Out Is Always Through... In nature and in all things, life goes on. How do you get through situations? Do you simply ignore certain things or do you barrel through them? Perseverance is a noble quality yet, there are times when we decide to throw down the gauntlet, walk away and call it a day. As Frost says above, life does ...

Inspiration: Twenty Travel Spots to Stir Your Soul

“If we live truly, we shall see truly.” Ralph Waldo Emerson Taj Mahal in Agra, India Inspiration: Twenty Travel Spots to Stir Your Soul... Taj Mahal in Agra, India Easter Island Ahu Tongariki Inspiration: Twenty Travel Spots to Stir Your Soul... Easter Island Ahu Tongariki Petra, Jordan Inspiration: Twenty Travel Spots to Stir Your Soul... Petra, Jordan sandstone tombs in Petra Giza Pyramids, Egypt Inspiration: Twenty Travel Spots to Stir Your Soul... Giza Pyramids, Egypt Kiyomizu Dera, Kyoto, Japan Inspiration: Twenty Travel Spots to Stir Your Soul... Kiyomizu Dera, Kyoto, ...

An Adventure: The Taxi Driver…

“We should come home from adventures, and perils, and discoveries every day with new experience and character” Henry David Thoreau An Adventure: The Taxi Driver... a London cabbie The new decade began with a bang and lots of adventure. I had decided to move to the USA and, as word spread, friends in London and elsewhere invited me to even more parties and celebrations as a way to say goodbye, bon voyage… our last hurray! One fateful night in January, one of ...

On Naming: Zandra Meet Elizabeth…

“We are motivated by a keen desire for praise, and the better a man is the more he is inspired by glory. The very philosophers themselves, even in those books which they write in contempt of glory, inscribe their names.” Marcus Tullius Cicero On Naming: Zandra Meet Elizabeth... Queen Elizabeth I at her coronation On Naming: Zandra Meet Elizabeth... Queen Elizabeth II on a visit to NASA Some of us come into the world and embrace the names our parents bestow on ...

Musings: Oh Happy Day!

“Celebrate the happiness that friends are always giving, make every day a holiday and celebrate just living!” Amanda Bradley Musings: Oh Happy Day! Louise Hay – Happy Birthday… and more Oh Happy Day! (Full version) – Choeur Gospel Célébration de Québec & Sylvie Desgroseilliers Every day is a special day because it honors the birth of a great soul; another angel on a mission to earth. Today is a very special day at Hay House – it is the celebration of Louise L. Hay‘s 86th birthday! When ...

Three Cups of Tea Author Cleared in Civil Suit

Image: AP Photo/Central Asia Institute, Sarffraz Khan A tweet this morning by Publishers Weekly alerted PW’s followers to an AP article (click here to read it) about the dismissal of the civil lawsuit against Greg Mortenson, the author of Three Cups of Tea. I’m very happy for Mr. Mortenson and relieved for all his readers! This was one of those books that I’d had no interest in reading because I let the cover sway me. I thought it was a book about women ...

One Thing a Single Mom Can't Teach Her Son

My wife and I agree that parenting is the toughest job we've ever had. I can only imagine the exponential magnitude of the challenge for a single parent of either gender. I applaud and I'm humbled by any single parent who's working to keep their family clothed, fed, sheltered and together. However, there is one thing that I witnessed first hand several months ago that has left an impression on me about the value of two parents raising a child. This has to ...

The Vision of Faith

This past weekend I saw a powerful locker room speech delivered by NFL head coach of the Indianapolis Colts, Chuck Pagano. The set-up for the video below is important – so bear with me. In January, Pagano took over the leadership roll of the hapless Colts who managed to win only two games last season and lost 14. Their star quarterback Peyton Manning sat on the bench recovering from a series of neck surgeries. During the off-season, the Colts traded Manning and recruited college ...

"As My Waist Turns" – the Dramatic Saga Continues…

"As My Waist Turns" - the Dramatic Saga Continues...

Let's face it, we all have drama in our lives. Mostly such drama is driven by our personal unmet expectations. Today was my weekly WeightWatchers weigh-in, and to be honest - I was completely prepared for a large dose of drama in the form of a weight gain because my activity was down from the week and my eating was up. So I was shockingly surprised to see that I was actually down -2.2 lbs. for the week, for a total loss to date of ...

Clownish Celebrity Parenting

Last week, actress and ultra-all-natural mom Alicia Silverstone (who ironically starred in the movie Clueless) posted a home video on YouTube. In the clip she proceeded to feed her son – named Bear – by first chewing the food herself – and then feeding him mouth-to-mouth. Perhaps she might want to consider renaming Baby Bear something more appropriate, to something like…oh, I don’t know…perhaps Baby Bird – since she’s modeling the aviary regurgitation practice. Here’s the video: The first time I saw the video ...

Memoirs and Book Signings Aren’t for Sissies

Amy ("Ask Amy") Dickinson at her book signing I attend book signings to get a feel for how different authors handle that aspect of self-promotion. So far, the best entertainment was by Mildred Kalish (Little Heathens). She showed her sense of humor, and instead of reading excerpts in long succession, she made them short and talked in between them about related ideas or events, but not just reading her work. The least entertaining signings are those where the authors are either ...

So Beautiful Is Paul Simon

Photo image by Steve Jurvetson* Last spring my husband and I bought a copy of Paul Simon’s latest CD, So Beautiful or So What. Gary didn’t have time to listen to it right away, so I was with my own thoughts for the whole experience. The lone time resulted in an aha moment for this non-music-oriented consumer. One of the few CDs I’ve truly enjoyed in the past has been Simon’s Graceland. I have also enjoyed portions of his CD Surprise. Imagine ...

The Last Bastion of Manhood has Fallen…

Fashion-inspired duct tape I don’t mean to brag, but I’m a bit of a “Toy Whisperer.” I mean, if I had a superpower it would be knowing the perfect toy for  each kid. Birthdays, holidays, elementary school graduations – I nail it every time, for both boys and girls. For my daughters, I’ve well versed in the X-chromosome language of Polly Pockets, Squinkies and Orbeez. It’s a gift, actually. Yet it can also be a heavy burden. Periodically, I’ll sneak a traditionally boyish toy into ...

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Remembrance: Happy Father’s Day

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Each Father’s Day, I experience my father’s absence differently. Some years, the memories are wistful, and other years they are reflective. However, one thing remains constant and that is my gratitude for his influence on my life. I know we each come to this conversation with different stories, but, my prayer for each of us is that we will use our experience and memories of this precious relationship to make a …

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Girls Need A Fathers Love

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It’s known that fathers have a special bond with their little girls and they have been given a huge ability to influence the lives of their daughters. Based on the relationship with the daughter, father’s influence can go either way – positively or negatively. Building this bond through girl’s childhood and teenage ages can be …

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Reflections: Happy Mother’s Day

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HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY! If you live in any of the top 20 nations listed on Save The Children’s Best Places In The World To Be A Mother, you’re ahead of the game. If you live in Finland, Sweden, Norway or other countries on the list, you know your children stand a greater chance of surviving childhood diseases. As much as we gather to celebrate this special day, share our love, our photos, and heartwarming stories of our moms …

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Anzac Day

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Today is Anzac Day, a day to remember those who fought for this country, and in particular, those who made the ultimate sacrifice and were killed in action. For my father’s family, Anzac Day is probably the most important day of the year. They rise early for Dawn Service, march again in the Civic Service, and …

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Easterrific: $100 Educational Toys Planet Giveaway!

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Are you a parent who loves buying smart toys for your kids? Do you sometimes find the marketplace overwhelming because of all the junky toys you see? Educational Toys Planet will put a smile on your face. Better yet, you can enter to win this Easteriffic $100 gift for your child to buy some new toys there. So go for it! With the holiday season now behind us and Easter just around the corner …

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St. Patrick’s Day: 10 Fascinating Facts About This Holiday

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Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! One of the joys of this day of revelry and parades is how much fun and creativity goes into celebrating this day. The parades showcase the best of Ireland and it’s immigrant population around the world, and people gather to toast to Saint Paddy and drink a Guinness stout in his memory. Of course, all the celebratory zeal means the parades linger on for quite a while.. …

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International Women’s Day: Inspiring Change

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Today is International Women’s Day (IWD), also known as International Working Women’s Day and the theme for this year is – Inspiring Change. The premise for the 2014 IWD theme is that we still need to not only champion the social, political and economic achievements of women, but also to continue to fight for women’s rights and inspire change globally …

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