If only getting woke were as simple as walking through a door. "Get woke" means becoming aware of social injustices --and it applies especially to those of us born with unrecognized privilege. Getting woke is the process of recognizing our privilege and understanding that others may not have the . . .
It's clear that the left is turning on itself. Eating its young, so to speak. And eating its old, too. Consuming everyone on its own side. That splintering of what should be a unified force is why that awful man in the Oval could very well get re-elected. But that could be too nuanced for many to . . .
I know someone who believed the world was just like the island society depicted in the 1954 novel, Lord of the Flies. In that novel, boys turned on each other with savagery that is incredibly primal. Left on their own, people will default to cruelty, my friend believed; it's unavoidable. Human . . .
I got busy. You know how it is. I traveled, started a business, my dog died. Life happens. And then one day I realized I hadn’t heard from Gary in a very long time. Nor had I seen one of his book reviews. He was a consistent reader of my blog, and sometimes commented there or on my Facebook . . .
Ageism isn't a myth. It's a fact. If you're in those senior years of your career or job, it can be tough going. That's why it takes a bit of strategy to look for a job when you're over 55. It's not impossible--and it's so much easier when you know how to present your experience in a positive . . .
I am a Californian. A northern Californian. No, I wasn't born here. Didn't grow up here. I didn't get here until I was 33. But on my very first visit I felt that little "click" that said, "this is where I am supposed to be." California life has been the best part of my life. By far. And it . . .
Living as I do fairly near Facebook I've watched the company grow and develop. Can't say Mark Z comes out looking good around here. He's not considered the visionary Steve Jobs was, nor is he beloved in any way despite many big charitable donations in the Bay area. People around these parts are wary . . .
Read this one slowly because each nugget is profound: Freedom is a heavy load, a great strange burden for the spirit to undertake. It is not easy. It is not a gift given but a choice made, and the choice made made may be a hard one. The road goes upwards towards the light, but the latent traveler . . .
The famous Occam's Razor says that the simplest explanation is usually the best. And maybe back in the 1300s when Occam was alive, that was true. Sometimes, it can be, even today. But it's not always the best explanation. Sometimes, you can't prove something. But that doesn't mean you can't figure . . .
The leaves may not be changing yet, but the signs are there....change is in the air! Do you feel it yet? Maybe it’s too early…but fall’s coming to New England and Laurie Stone from Musings, Rants & Scribbles is happy. Yes, spring is lovely and summer’s fun. Even old man winter has his icy . . .
Very few people have a truly open mind, I've found. They're programmed by rigid beliefs based on schooling, religion or something else. They have a hard time with the question, "what if?" They look for "proof," for statistics way early on. They judge and ridicule beliefs that do not meet their . . .
The author had me at the title. I thought my family was twisted. But this one? Made mine look normal! With privilege comes amazingly twisted flaws, and also the strange tone-deafness of the entitled--and this novel's characters really bring those factors to the forefront. Which makes it fun . . .
Nothing is ever simple, and that's also true of the strange relationship our country has with cannabis. It shocks me how some ignorant people demonize cannabis with no knowledge of its long history of medicinal use. Or without knowing that our own bodies produce cannibinoids and have networks of . . .
Just because you can, should you? It's such a good question, especially today. I was thinking of a few times that question could have been asked. Or maybe SHOULD have been asked: Text marketing Unless I've signed up for it, I find texts that market to me intrusive. Sure, I can delete them. And . . .
We find comfort in the familiar and in my husband and my culture, it's the aromas that emanate from a Sicilian kitchen...peppers, onion, garlic, eggplant and garden-grown basil in the saute pan to be served over pasta with a traditional red sauce. For us it's a whole grain pasta but that wasn't an . . .
It's been almost four years since my dear friend passed away and yet, she comes to mind almost every single day. Why is that? The truth is, I don't know. I can't put my finger on why she became so important to me. Why she made such a difference in my life. I suspect it was her authenticity. How . . .
A friend is someone with whom you dare to be yourself. - Frank Crane This about sums it up, doesn't it? Friendships ebb and wane, come and go. But the very best friends feel like an old shoe, a pair of comfy sweats, a cushy mattress. There's no pressure. There's no BS. There's no competition. You . . .
You've probably got a summer gift list, right? Birthday gifts, hostess gifts, just-because gifts--even condolence and get well gifts. Time to find just the right thing? You don't have it. You'd like to find just the right gift but maybe you've got a lot going on this summer and time to shop isn't . . .
Excuse this quick & dirty post but I thought my readers here might have birthdays or other special events coming up---and want to know about this special candle sale -- my gorgeous, hand-made soy candles with flowers, crystals & stones. It's good for just another day, but -- as a . . .
When I prepared for recent major surgery, energy healing played a big role. As I always say, if someone had told me that would be the case even a few years ago I would have looked at them blankly. But the fact is that many energy healing techniques have been used for thousands of years and even . . .