Celebrate Good Times For at least a decade now, we have heard preachers, politicians and ordinary folk alike stress how important it is to tolerate others. We have also heard countless speeches and possibly attended, even more, seminars on how to celebrate our lives. Absolutely nothing wrong with either of the two. With the world going through another major transition, tolerance and celebration are welcomed ideas. However, some have taken tolerance to a politically correct extreme. Then there are those who miss the many opportunities to celebrate. On a more
Mahalia, My Kitten When this was first published, my granddaughter, Mahalia was almost 14-months old. On July 1, 2014, she made a premature entrance and turned all our worlds around. No one would have convinced me that the day would come when I would be so in love with a grandchild. However, my Kitten, as I have called her since first seeing that ultrasound snapshot of her, has stolen, wrapped up and secured my heart. Due to her young age, genius as she might seem, I am sure Kitten will
What More Do We Need? First written towards the end of 2015, this is a deeply reflective conversation. Although we are only at the mid-year point, there is so much to consider. With all the happenings in the news and around the world, the quiet question about enough comes sauntering through my mind. “What do you wish there was more of in the world?” Obviously, this is not a new question for me and something tells me neither is it for you. Three years ago, my readers and I participated in a
Do We Live In A Cave? Two years ago, wanting to refresh my memory about Plato’s “The Allegory of The Cave,” I re-read some scholarly articles on the work. One that I came across was actually a professorial assignment. Students were asked to write an essay responding to the question whether the work remains relevant today. The professor wrote: “In Plato’s Allegory of the Cave, he describes a world where prisoners live chained in a cave. The puppeteers cast shadows on the wall and these shadows construct reality for the
Looking Back This weekend, I returned to my past – in terms of my hair. Over the last almost nine years, at least twice hundreds possibly thousands of dollars left my pocket to maintain a particular hairstyle. In my youth, chemically processing seemed the only option but as times changed a large group of people of African heritage decided, “Enough!” We were done trying to fit into a model that was not natural to us. Being as particular as I am about a neat appearance when it comes to hairstyles,
Having The Competitive Edge So, answer the question: are you cutthroat competitive? The win at all cost type of person? Whether it is in business or love, you are the type who believes that unless the other’s blood is on the ground the battle is not over. Years ago, in one of my many desperate attempts at being an entrepreneur, I became involved in the herbal supplement industry. Relevant here is not the fact that selling is not my cup of tea. The gem of this story is the look
Everyday Celebration Of Parenting Every year at this time, in North America and other places today is celebrated as Mother’s Day. My personal view is that every day is a day to take even a minute and celebrate all who are parenting in some way shape or form. However, at the heart of days like today is the wish to make a special note and shout out, as they say, the celebrant. Author Robert A. Heinlein said this about mothers: “Being a mother is an attitude, not a biological relation.” It
Winning Big “It is to our own detriment that we underestimate the might of small and simple things.” ― Richelle E. Goodrich For the longest while, I religiously bought lottery tickets. It was the only form of gambling I participated in. However, it never yielded me more than $20 each time I won. Although it has been awhile, from time to time I still purchase a ticket. The notepad that holds my plans for my big win, however, has long been discarded. Who would get what was carefully written down.