In Jacmel Haiti, my partner and I shared Spaghetti Thursdays with our friend, orphanage director Danny Pye, and his wife — and their 22 Haitian kids. We turned to that same friend for a nod of approval when we founded our own non-governmental organization (NGO) in a village nearby. And, we heard about
In the throes of a divorce from your spouse? Here are ten things that rarely get mentioned about your status as parent. Divorce provides an out for fifty percent of our adult population. Hire lawyers, fight out the finances, sign the papers. Not so much for 100 percent of the kids: No matter their
Decision making — we all gotta do it. But how and why? “During times of fear and anxiety — like, for example, right now — everybody’s need for closure increases,” explains film maker Daniele Anastasion. Her six-minute video of psychologist Dr. Arie Kruglanski, a University of Maryland professor who coined the term “cognitive closure” helps explain our decision-making process.
“Judy, by all means you should ask all people to do better. But you must realize that some people are not in a position to take action. Yes we can talk about it. We can even complain about it. But when it comes down to it, many of us are powerless to crusade for this
I demonize the rich when I hear “95 percent of our country’s wealth is held by one percent of the population.” But, one day, I realized a few of the rich are my friends. “I sent 125 pounds of silver to my son to put into three safe deposit boxes,” my octogenarian friend told me
regret (re·gret) verb feel sad, repentant, or disappointed over (something that has happened or been done, especially a loss or missed opportunity). example: “she immediately regretted her words” Some days ago, I loaded the text of my speech as my blog for the day (First Lesson Learned Volunteering Overseas). It spoke to days of personal reflection. I left the
An ethical dilemma story — we all have them. It’s part of the complexity of the human condition. Ethics are the rights and wrongs of our conduct — the application of our morality to choices in daily life. Mom’s wagging finger may be the first sign of our moral instruction, but it’s definitely not the last.
Goodwill Industries has been my resale, retail, and reuse savior. No more! I was first taught to shop re-used clothing by two receptionists — one in London, the other in New York. They were the poorest-paid/best-dressed women I’d ever met, and I felt close enough to ask their secret. “Buy used,” they said. So, some
Everyone loves Santa! A cherubic-faced, wrap-you-in-his-velvet-suit arms kinda guy with a soft fluffy beard and a twinkle in his eyes. What’s not to like? He promises you anything you want at no cost to you. He’s parent- and society-approved. And, you know where he is 24/7, 365 days of the year. However, I hope to