Sociology

The American Model: Inequality for All!


  Hello readers, I hate injustice! Yes, we all know that life is not fair, and we all encounter injustice and betrayal multiple times throughout our lives.  These challenges can help us to grow. Ugh.  But they do.  And I don’t entertain apocalyptic fantasies, either.  I really truly believe that humans, as flawed and conflicted […]

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 […]

Healthy Relativity


Hello readers, A big part of self awareness is the realization that each being is unique.  I like to pay attention to health-related issues and publications, and I am noticing an increasing consciousness that there is no specific diet that is ideal or that promotes optimal health for everyone.  Basically, each person, as we evolve, is being […]

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 […]

WHAT IF? ON FREEDOM…


July 4, 2013 Hello readers, What does freedom or independence mean to you?  To some, it means having no one over yourself to tell you what choices to make or how to behave. To others, it means enjoying the ability to be your true self without censorship, to be able to reach full potential without […]

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 […]

Guilty Pleasures: How Can We Responsibly Enjoy Life?


Hello readers, A question most responsible and caring people might ask themselves in the complex and globally connected world we live in is this: how can we make responsible choices that benefit ourselves and don’t hurt others? Last night, I watched a children’s animated film “Frankenweenie” directed by Tim Burton.  The science teacher remarks to […]

Make Way for Introverts!


Hello readers, I have recently noticed a flurry of books about introverts.  (Quiet: the Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain (2012), The Introvert’s Way: Living a Quiet Life in a Noisy World, by Sophia Dembling (2012), Introvert Power: Why Your Inner Life Is Your Hidden Strength, by Laurie […]

Writing Off Conditioning: How to Let Go of the Dream Your Parents Created for You


Hello readers, I read a lot about human nature and experience, because I have always wanted to understand why people do what they do.  We have all been conditioned by our families, by the culture and society in which we live, to be a certain self.  And, for the most part, we identify with that […]

The Virtues of Boredom…Manifesting Dreams and Making Use of Frustration


Hello readers, I believe very much that we are all creators, working with our minds and imaginations to create the world.  So where in the world is there a purpose for boredom and frustration in a universe where possibility and potential are infinite? While in certain realms there is no time, and all of creation […]

Vision: Creating Thoughts to Make Our Lives More Joyful


Hello readers, Thoughts are an art form.  For most of my life, I was conditioned to believe that the world exists and that I must adapt to it.  It is only through my explorations of books, gleaning wisdom from the experiences and reflections of other people as well as my own that I have come to […]

Love and Being (in a physical body)


Hello readers, I suppose I am moderately obsessed with trying to understand my purpose in life.  This nagging feeling that I have something important that I must contribute keeps me from being contented at simply functioning as an employee.  Currently, I am reading a book about astral projection – or being in the real through […]

What is the “Matter” with the Way We Choose to See the “Physical” World? Some thoughts on body, health, mind, and matter


Hello readers, From what I glean about recent findings in quantum physics (an area which always interests artists, innovators, and free thinkers of all areas of expertise) – the world exists only in our minds.  As each particle is named and discovered, we end up realizing that there is endless space inside everything.  Basically, the […]

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 […]

Help for Dreamers


Hello readers, Yesterday, I attended a book club that is part of a women’s artist support group.  A point was brought up by one of the artists, commenting on the book “The Twelve Secrets of Highly Creative Women: A Portable Mentor” by Gail McMeekin.  The woman in question noted that the author encourages women to […]

Bringing Meaning, Art and Symbolic Language Back into Architecture & Daily Life


Museum of Contemporary Art, Nice, France Hello readers, Although we are all bombarded in most parts of the world with a constant barrage of images and messages from advertisers and media, the Fine Arts have taken a long leave of absence from our living rooms, abdicating the places of business that we frequent on a daily business. The […]

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 […]

Scapegoat: A History of Blaming Others… A Book Review


Hello readers, As personal responsibility and self-awareness are two of my favorite topics to ponder, you can well imagine that I was immediately drawn to British author Charlie Campbell’s 2011 book, “Scapegoat”. This brief history of blaming, shaming, and diminishing other people in order to feel better about one’s own self or group; creating cohesion […]

Beloved Connection: Scamming for Affection and other Modern Past-times


Hello readers, Each time I visit my blog, I check the statistics page to see how many people from how many countries have visited.  It touches my heart and amazes me that, so far, at least one person from 56 different countries from all over our Earth have at least peeked at my blog.  I get […]