Education

Links between Freedom and Community


Hello readers, My recent readings have lead me to an epiphany of sorts.  The books in question are not related to each other in topic: Jon Katz’s book about relationships between people and dogs, The New Work of Dogs: Tending to Life, Love, and Family (2003), and The Smartest Kids in the World – and […]

A Place at the Table: Hunger in the USA


Hello readers, I recently watched a documentary, A Place at the Table (co-directed by Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush and starring Jeff Bridges, 2012) on the subject of hunger in America.  Three different families in three regions of the U.S. are featured with their particular experiences and situations.  According to the film, at least fifty million […]

Abundance and a Bright Future


Hello readers, I just spied a book in the book return (which I have not read), but the title caught my eye.  The book is called “Abundance: The Future is Brighter Than You Think”, by Peter H. Diamandis and Steven Kotler.  Quickly, I read the synopsis on the front flap of the jacket, and I […]

Trayvon Martin: How Can We Get from Fear to Love?


Hello readers, I am curious about how people around the world are responding to the case and verdict involving the death by gunshot of 17 year old Trayvon Martin  inflicted by George Zimmerman, an adult and possibly overzealous neighborhood watch leader.  I am also curious about how people from other countries view American culture with regard to […]

Bullying, Poverty, and Chaos: Are We Ready for Wisdom and Compassion?


Hello readers, Over the last few days, I watched two dvd documentaries.  One was called “Bully”, directed by Lee Hirsch, and the other “13 Families: Life After Columbine”, co-directed by Nicole Corbin, Mark Katchur, and Steve Lukanic. I am also currently reading “Fall of Giants” about the First World War, and “The Rich and the […]

Some Thoughts on the Power of Fear and Negativity…and How to Go Beyond


Hello readers, While I was rinsing some beans at my kitchen sink the other evening, the thought came into my mind that the many stressful challenges and “negative” experiences that have peppered my life were expressly chosen by me before coming to this Earth and this lifetime for a specific purpose.  I often wonder why […]

Starving or Feeding the Feminine from within: Some thoughts on eating disorders and spiritual purpose


Hello readers, Yesterday, I read a blog post by Elena on thecitizensoffashion.com (see link below) about how young women are promoting and spreading eating disorders through social media.  http://thecitizensoffashion.com/2013/01/09/valeria-levitinthe-worlds-thinnest-woman-campaigns-against-anorexia/ Reading about Valeria Levitin, described as “the thinnest woman in the world” in the article, gave me pause.  I remembered N., a former room-mate from art school […]

Boundaries and Loving Relationships: Are Boundaries Perceived Like Pheromones?


Hello readers, I grew up in a family where my mother was an all-powerful, all-encompassing force.  You could say that she was formidable.  In French, “formidable” means wonderful and awesome.  I guess awesome can be overwhelming and frightening too.  My father had willingly relinquished his voice and power to her, and my brother, sister, and […]

A Nation Addicted to Fear: Is There Room for Love Here?


Hello readers, As a nation and as individuals, we have all been shaken by the recent violence against the staff and innocent students of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT.  And it is our responsibility as adults, as citizens, parents, and as human beings to reflect on the reasons behind such senseless violence.  In […]

Love and the Fabric of Life


Hello readers, I don’t often visit my Facebook page, but as I browsed through a list of people I possibly know, people connected to people I have met at various times in my life, I was struck by the connective tissue of life and relationships, and the choices that we make.  Thematically dogged by solitude, […]

Embracing the Humanity in Others: Mass Shootings and Attacks Against Children in Schools Around the World


Hello readers, As many of you are also probably currently reading about the tragic shooting at the Sandyhook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut today, I began to think about the reason behind the recent outburst in mass shootings in the United States and around the world.  As I began to search the web, I found […]

Intuition vs Tuition: Where Does Learning Come From?


Hello readers, I have been reading James Hillman’s “The Soul’s Code”, and I feel a great affinity for the concepts he espouses and explains.  His respect for the necessity of the invisible to give meaning to human life is really the backbone of my own quest in life. In “The Soul’s Code”, Hillman delves into […]

Heart Is Where Home Is


When I was a little girl, I often felt that I originated from a different planet.  Earth did not feel like my home.  At least the family in which I had landed did not make me feel as if I belonged to them and that they belonged to me.  And so began a life-long quest […]

Musings on the future of health


Hello readers.  I don’t know how you all feel about your health and the choices available as far as what to buy, how to prepare it, and what constitutes a healthy diet for yourself and your family.  As a library employee, in addition to the Internet, I have ready access to a lot of information.  […]

Developing Empathy: How Community and Cooperation Can Reinforce Understanding and Compassion


Dear readers, In this post, I would like to explore the notions of honesty, trust, compassion, integrity, and empathy.  These are all good, hearty qualities that I think all decent people would like to at least try to incorporate in their lives.  In any given society or country, I think there is always a percentage […]

Gender Fluid: Awakening to a New Era


There is an article in the August 12th issue of the New York Times Magazine  http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/12/magazine/whats-so-bad-about-a-boy-who-wants-to-wear-a-dress.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0 about children who feel comfortable identifying with both sexes at different moments in their lives. In the article, they label this type of behavior “gender-fluid“.  I like the word; it seems to evoke all kinds of interesting concepts. Since […]

The Lost Symbol


In art school, more specifically at the French national art school, I learned that using symbols and visual symbolic language was not a good thing if I wanted to be a good contemporary artist.  Good art at the time was cool, made with expensive and impressive materials, such as extremely large full color photographs, preferably […]

Fifty Shades of Empty


Last night I was watching the presidential debate, and my overall impression was that we are lacking a visionary leader.  There is talk of economy, finances, getting people jobs – but there is no discussion of bringing meaning and purpose to people’s lives.  There was an excitement in the 2008 elections that is now absent.  […]