Let it be Soul

I've always found it interesting that siblings – children from the same parents, kids born from the same gene pool and cut from the same DNA – can be so vastly different from one another and their families. It’s true for my brother and me, and it’s true for the generations of siblings I’ve known throughout my life, including most twins and triplets. I’m wondering if the one unique element in all of them, the non-DNA component that may explain why even the most genetically linked families can be so different – is…Read more …

Finding Peace in the Pieces

The word "peace" comes up a lot this time of year: we share peace at the holidays; we offer peace to our friends and neighbors; we sing songs of peace for the world, and we send cards and gifts adorned with doves and good wishes and blessings of all kinds. But do we live it? Looking at the daily chaos, pain, suffering, hate, bombings, killings, bigotry and starvation around the world, I wonder -- will there ever be peace on earth? After living through one of the most divisive national elections in America,…Read more …

What Price Peace

One of my favorite songs during the holidays is "Let There Be Peace On Earth" written in 1955 by Jill Jackson Miller and Sy Miller. From the time I was young, the combination of music and lyrics in this song stopped me in my tracks and, most times, reduced me to a blubbering  mess until the last note faded away.  The central theme of  working together as one  connected and loving world to bring peace to one another is not new or unique, but it remains one of the most elusive, most pollyanna,…Read more …

I Observe, I Imagine – A Cool Tool for Hot Times

It is so easy to judge other people - friends, family, enemies - based on something they said or did, or on something we observe and don't like about them. In fact, judging seems to be THE default setting for most of us humans around the world. Especially now with 24-hour news that feeds on sensationalism as much as story, with reality shows thrive more on conflict than content, and with worldwide media that seeks out everyone's everyday opinion on every topic  - no matter how uninformed or judgmental that opinion is -…Read more …

Writing – the call of the Empath

My rich, full life as wife, mother, business partner in two companies, social justice warrior and free-lance writer was recently, and quite unexpectedly, expanded into the realm of also being a full-time daughter to an 88 year-old mother who suffered a stroke. Mom lost the feeling on her right side, and she suffered some hiccups to her memory, but thankfully she kept all movement and function. She can dress herself, walk, talk, eat and smile, and she is getting stronger every day with therapy. However, she cannot live alone anymore, and she cannot…Read more …

Here’s to you, and you, and you and you…

I can't wait for a delicious Burger 21 lunch tomorrow. Not just because it's Burger 21 and I LOVE their hamburgers, milkshakes and sweet potato fries with all of those wild and wonderful sauce options, but because tomorrow is Jackson Day. Burger 21 will donate a percentage of their full day of sales to Jackson Middle School here in Orlando, FL. That money will help this public, financially challenged, Title One School meet some of their educational needs. And all from eating a great burger! Should I go because I love the food?…Read more …

That Same Old COD DOC Moon

I'm nearly done with the rewrite of my first novel - book one of The Vessels trilogy. Set in Reno, Nevada, it focuses on the birth of the newest Vessels Program, where select young people, suffering and alone in the world, are chosen to host Spirits wishing to return to this life and fix things from their past. This is the fictional fifth of four similar programs across the globe, all of whom share the same ship bearing these souls. Though a new program can only launch under a full moon's watchful eye,…Read more …

Where Have Women Gone?

http://variety.com/2015/film/awards/awards-seasons-female-troubles-1201391200/ This article makes my heart and my head hurt about just how underrepresented women are -- in movies, in media, in the workplace, in politics and government, in leadership, in life. And yet (according to Time Magazine and nielsen.com) -- they make up more than 50% of the population, hold half of the nonfarm jobs, own nearly a third of companies, are destined to control 2/3 of U.S. consumer wealth over the next decade, spend $5-$15 trillion in the American marketplace annually, graduate more frequently from college and even watch more video…Read more …

Just blog it!

Hello all -- and welcome to my VERY FIRST BLOG. But, um, what to blog about? I have wrestled with this question to the point of handicapping myself -- running downstairs for coffee and tea, playing with the dog, cleaning the bathroom, watering the plants and almost going so far as to weed the yard -- but now I can no longer avoid putting fingers to keyboard and typing something into this little magical box. I am keeping this one short -- a test blog of sorts to make sure all of this…Read more …