Breaking Up With A Friend

Here’s a question that comes up a lot lately:  Do you still hear from her/him?  It used to feel like a badge of honor to say I’ve had the same friends forever, but some of them just don’t fit anymore.  I still cherish a few friendships that have endured through decades , but not all the people I used to know are people I want to be with today. When we were younger, we clumped together.  Birds of a feather for various reasons and various causes.  We formed parent groups, church groups, hobby groups, business associations and community activist groups. ...more

Did you know what you wanted to do when you were 18?

Photo: One of my first dorms at the University of Florida in Gainesville. I had a great experience there but jumped around academically - I had no idea what I wanted to do! ...more

Perfect flowers, perfect house, perfect life

Success is boring. I used to be good at success. But I'm becoming much better at failing. I seem to be doing it a lot more. I don't know if my aspirations are higher or I've exceeded my competence. I have to say that enjoyed success more than failure. Perhaps that is just nostalgia. See the whole post at Brown Thumb. ...more

Old Turtle And The Broken Truth

My oldest daughter, Yuna, brought a book home from her school library the other day. It was called: Old Turtle And The Broken Truth I read it to her before bedtime and it turned out to be one of the most touching and beautiful children stories I have ever read. The pictures were breath taking and the story itself had me choked up while reading it. It was that good. ...more

Other People's Kids

“All unattended children will be given espresso and a free puppy.”                                           ….sign in a shop window ...more

What Does "Aging Gracefully" Mean Anyway?

I just came back from spending the weekend with a girlfriend in a nearby town.  (Yes, we still call ourselves "girlfriends" after more than three decades of adult friendship.) When we have a girls' weekend, we talk constantly, eat out, critique every movie, TV show, book and nutrition plan we've heard of, and inevitably, the subject turns to how it feels to be this age.  ...more

Italy's Update of the Movie Coma?

Eluana, Italy's Terry Schiavo, after 17 years living in a total vegetative state finally breathed her last breath. May she and Terry both rest in peace. I won't go on about the amount of political maneuverings, legal loopholes and misconceptions that accompanied her passing (Berlusconi's incredible statement 'well, she can still reproduce') was just one of the many even more sickening opinions on this very private matter which went expressed. ...more

A New President Doesn't Mean Instant Change for the U.S. or In Our Lives

We've had a new president for five days. Has anything really changed? Many of us felt more hopeful watching the inauguration, but what about now? Has that hope lingered? It's hard to keep hope alive. It's hard to stay positive, especially when nothing seems to change - or at least not to change quickly or quickly enough for our liking. ...more

The Girl Revolution Launch Party

Announcing The Girl Revolution Launch Party. The Girl Revolution’s only aim is to heal the soul of the world by raising powerful girls. Readers of The Girl Revolution know that girls are one of the most vital resources of the world. We’re going to protect them from media consumption and dissolve every single barrier that exists between girls and gender and economic equality. How do I know this? ...more