I am not a religious person. I mean, I do believe there is a force for good. I don't have a name for it, but I know it's there. I have lots of religious friends, but organized religion isn't for me. I hate crowds, for one thing. Especially crowds that mutter the same thing at the same time....more
I am ambling down the road with Sheba. The air is still and cool but the sun is shining through. I'm hard pressed to find words and ideas this morning. What story do I have to tell? Where do I start? The question comes up every morning....more
Is it possible to ever truly see the world from another person's perspective, or are we held so tightly to our own way of viewing the world? If you can read, then you can view the world from another person's perspective. All you have to do is pick up a book and let the author transport you to a different world full of characters that can be more real than the people you see every day. ...more
What researchers found was that after viewing organic food pictures, people rated moral transgressions as being worse than people who saw the normal or comfort foods rated them. Those seeing organic also said they could volunteer significantly less time to help out. The results persisted no matter what the subjects thought of the desirability of the food. Seeing the organic food made people less nice, not nicer.
I'm back home for the holidays...and of course I absolutely have to find a few hours to myself (I'm not used to being around other people constantly).
...so I head off to get my nails done, grab a caramel corretto at Second Cup and open my laptop to write about my feeling of content right at this moment. Having a few hours to myself reminds me what it's like living in Montreal when I have this feeling of tranquility and calmness surrounding me all the time.
It's funny, the last few months when I was in Montreal, I seriously considered what it would be like to move back...more
When Ms. B. Monaghan’s American Thought & Language class began, my fellow Michigan State University students and I were directed to obtain a three-ring presentation binder. On the cover of the binder we were to write the title “My Power In My Hand.” Inside the binder, on page 2, we were to type the general objective of our class: “To become intelligent and compassionate observers of, and participate in, the great human drama going on around us and within us.”...more
By Ivory SimoneOne of the central themes in my debut novel, “Havasu Means Blue Water”, is the question posed by the protagonist, Lyla Amir, a feisty bi-racial graduate student, as she shifts through the murky history surrounding the 1918 lynching of a black farmer and his wife in the fictional town of Wilburn, Arizona—can a society regain its moral footing after a fall from grace?Lyla frames the question this way:...more
Earlier this winter, I was walking through the movie theater at Potomac Yard on my way to church in Alexandria, Va. I happened to glance up and noticed the movie poster for the re-make of Arthur. Can you guess what bothered me?...more
. . . When you face a hardship in life, is fear the first emotion you feel? It doesn’t have to be. We can respond in faith regardless of our circumstances. Remember, courage isn’t just an attitude of toughness or determination. It is a quality of mind and spirit that enables us to meet the challenges of life with peace....more