As wonderful a father as mine was, my love and admiration for him goes far beyond his parenting skills, good as they were. It’s also about the man he was, what he taught me just by being who he was.
He was the guy everyone turned to when they had a problem or needed advice of any kind. And by everyone, I mean family, friends, employees, even my friends. They knew he’d be objective, he’d listen Continue reading →
Right now you haven’t got a clue where I’m going with this, do you? Patience my friends, all will become clear.
But first, let me start by saying that Isabel Allende is one of my favourite authors. I’ve read all but one (her latest and it’s on my list) of her books, many of them multiple times. She takes you on magical voyages, not all of which are fiction.
Knowing this, last weekend a friend sent me a link to a Ted Talk she gave in March 2014: “How to live passionately — no matter your age.” OMG! You owe it to yourself to watch it here.
Of course, given my recent post on meditating, avoiding negativity and embracing happiness the timing was absolutely impeccable. Allende’s Continue reading →
Last Sunday was International Women’s Day. To slightly tweak an old Virginia Slims cigarette ad, “we’ve come a long way baby” but let’s not rest on our laurels just yet. We still have a way to go.
In many parts of the world women are still seen, and treated, as chattel. In some parts of the world they’re considered so worthless, such a burden they’re killed as soon as they’re born. In some parts of the world they still have to suffer through genital mutilation, to ensure they get no pleasure from sex.
In some parts of the world they’re not allowed to even look at a man, they’re forced to be covered up from head to toe with slits only for their eyes. In some parts of the world if they dare to commit adultery and get caught they’re stoned to death. They have Continue reading →
Have you ever tried to figure out why you are the way you are? Yes, DNA definitely has something to do with it. Your parents influence you, to some degree. Where you live, how you live, with whom you live certainly all have an effect. Life, itself, is a factor.
But there are some characteristics each of us has, the ones we think are unique to us, that sometimes make me wonder.
In recent posts I’ve talked about myself a lot. My feelings about feminism. My moral code. My standards. My approach to friendship and love and work and life. And there seems to be a common thread that runs through all of it.
I have strong convictions. I stand up for what I believe in, regardless of the consequences. I am an independent thinker; and doer. I am not easily influenced by the opinions of others. Even as a young child I Continue reading →
I think a lot of people associate the notion of “morals” with sex. Maybe not so much anymore, but there was a time. And not just in the Victorian era, either. Life sure is different these days.
Lindsay Lohan declines to wear underwear; and for some reason, we have to know about it. Everyone from Rob Lowe to Kim Kardashian has gotten their thrills by sharing their sex tapes with us (ugh!!!). Presidents have screwed around publicly. Prime Ministers have had sex with underage prostitutes. And right in our own backyards teachers are having sex with students, and on and on it goes.
Looks to me like our moral fibre is unravelling pretty rapidly. We’re on a downward spiral.
But, of course, morality isn’t confined to sex. It comes into play with just about every decision we make. Or don’t make, as the case may be. It’s got to do with our standards. Our conscience. Our ability to differentiate Continue reading →