The Many Reasons for Giving and Wearing Symbolic Jewelry

  Your first piece of symbolic jewelry could have been given to you at your Christening or to your mother to mark your birth. Symbolic jewelry represents or signifies a special occasion, accomplishment, celebration to honour someone, achievement, awareness of a cause or stand. Religious medallions, Diploma's Numbers, Sayings, Keys are examples of symbolic pieces of jewelry. Many are engraved with special and personal inscriptions, including the date to commemorate the occasion. ...more

Cheese, Seafood and Meat Appetizers to Whet Your Palate for 2010

The year is almost over, and it's time to settle on the menu for New Year's gatherings. I love using New Year's Eve as an opportunity to serve rich, elegant food that celebrates the year past and the year to come. I also love serving small bites rather than a big meal: it provides flexibility so guests can arrive in their own time, and frees me up to enjoy the party rather than preparing dinner. ...more

Definitely saving this list -- thanks for sharing some great party ideas. I always have an ...more

Earth Promise: Celebrating Just Got A Little Bit Greener

My friends and family often tell me I come up with great green ideas for my girls’ birthday parties and annual Thanksgiving feast.   I have either emailed the birthday invitations or printed them on recycled paper; I present ...more

Destress Your Holidays by Considering the Needs of Your Family and Friends

  The holidays are supposed to be all about family and friends.  By taking a moment to think intentionally about the needs of those you love can eliminate a bundle of stress during this stressful season!  Those needs act as a filter for what you allow into your holiday ...more

Celebrating Friends

2008 is My Year of Celebrating Friends.  I've been inviting friends (long-term, newbies and in-the-making) to one-on-one lunches, doing "six at six" dinners, and having gatherings around themes or just because. What better way to show people that they matter, that you care about them, and take time from the daily grind, pressures and oppressions than to cook some good food and invite them to share? ...more

I call needy friends, Draino.  I usually decide how long I'm going to listen to their latest ...more

On Mother’s Day I like my Flowers Sent When I’m Above Ground

Now that I’m a Baby Boomer, as I get older, I think spending quality family time together is important. This past Sunday was such an occasion. The fam arrived at 11:30 on the dot, all respectibly dressed. We headed South on the highway, straight towards the beach and Connecticut shoreline, my favorite spot! (Read More) ...more

Exercise Your Rites

No, not rights–rites, as in rituals. Many of us have celebrated religious rituals for significant points in our lives (e.g., baptism, marriage, funerals, Confirmation, the bar/bat mitzvah). Non-religious rituals are fairly common too (e.g., a debutante’s “coming out”, celebrating a 21st birthday), but some milestones (e.g., births, coming of age) may not have a specific ritual if you don’t practice a religion or spiritual path. Whether we’re religious or not, many of us don’t seem to integrate rituals into our day-to-day existence, and that’s a shame. Rituals are an excellent way to communicate with our subconscious minds in the language they understand–symbolism. Read more... ...more

The Measure of Success - my way

This weekend I went shopping for jeans. Previously this had been a horrible experience that I completely dreaded. Not anymore! For starters I had to take a gajillion (yes, that's a word) jeans in the change room with me because I no longer know what size I am in anything. In fact I'm convinced my suits for work are about 6 sizes too big. Not cute - frankly I think I look like a bit of a hobo. ...more

Global Mala Project

On September 21st - 23rd, more then 35 countries, hundreds of yoga studios and thousands of yoga practitioners worldwide will gather as a part of the Global Mala Project. The global collective, from Hong Kong to Tel Aviv, London to Cape Town, Sydney to the hub event in Los Angeles will form a "mala around the earth". Join this worldwide community with fundraising celebrations to raise awareness and funds for some of the most essential issues of our times. Breathe the change you want to envision in the world! ...more

All about Ceremonies and Being a Celebrant

In 2005 I found myself engaged, planning a wedding…and worried. The question of who would officiate our ceremony weighed more heavily than all the other details combined. I didn’t want to have a church wedding and play at beliefs I didn’t share with the officiant. And I didn’t want to be stuck in City Hall having a dry ceremony that we couldn’t invite all our guests to. Most of all I wanted us to determine what went in to our ceremony. We found Celebrant USA and not only did we find a celebrant for our wedding, I also found my calling. ...more