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 . . .
I've tried to stay as far away as possible from Marie Kondo's book on organizing, even though I badly need help. My brain just does not think in an organized way and it's truly painful for me to try to imagine organization schemes. But I couldn't help it. I was curious to see a couple of Kondo's . . .
I know too many of us who are completely overcome with anxiety over health matters. I know a little about that, too. And it's normal. Natural. But it can really rob us of the joy of living. Those anxious feelings, those health worries, have to go somewhere, but where? Over at A Healing Spirit I'm . . .
If you've got any boundaries at all, you've had experiences you'd define as intrusive. People having loud cellphone conversations in public and especially in closed places where it's difficult to escape. Like on the train. What IS that? Do they not get that we are hearing the entire conversation? . . .
It was an evening in 2003 and my BFF, her husband and mine joined me at a local art gallery to see an exhibition by the Boomer-era pop artist, Peter Max, and to meet him. He was delightful. Max is best-known for his pop art depictions of the flag, the Statue of Liberty and other more commercial . . .
It strikes me that Marie Kondo's method of assessing whether or not to keep a belonging--"does it spark joy?" works extremely well for relationships of all kinds--including friendships. That thought came up as I rested after recent surgery, considering the hundreds of virtual strangers--Facebook . . .
Downsizing has been on my mind a lot lately and that's probably because I'm past midlife and have accumulated way too much stuff. Wayyy too much stuff. So when Pivotal Home Solutions sent me this infograpic on how best to downsize, it resonated. Having watched friends do this, it's clear there is . . .
Gathered together we find our light and each spark shifts and multiplies, scattering its radiance on our ordinary lives, like everything precious, more valuable when shared. Like every common miracle, made of the stuff of stars. Let the light shine--watch for it falling one other’s faces. Count the . . .
This was my Instagram post on June 1. Do we always remember to let our strength shine? Or that we even have it? And probably more than one. A good reminder. To follow me on instagram click: https://www.instagram.com/cacassara/ . . .
Welcome to Crazytown, USA. We live in interesting times, as the Chinese proverb says. Maybe too interesting, if you ask me. Some strange, strange stuff going on. I blame Facebook. Why not? They're a perfect target. Anyone with an account can vomit up their thoughts and like upchuck, it ain't . . .
So. I don't have kids. That gives me a view that parents simply do not have. I know, you'll probably say it's an unrealistic view and I get it. I do. Even though I don't have kids, I see how some might think my thoughts are unrealistic. But I don't believe they are. M and I were talking the other . . .