Too Many Choices Each time I produce another And So It Goes post, I learn something. This week is no exception. In writing this follow-up to last week’s post, I have become aware of just how mind-numbingly unaware I have been about the luxury of choice I have enjoyed. Not what either of us was… more »
Sasha here, once again, on assignment from Alpha Mom who is sleeping. Again. She’s been doing that alot the past few days and finally told me to just go “write something about sugar.” “I’m going off sugar.” Alpha Mom has been saying that for months, well, weeks anyway. She picked January 1 because, well, why… more »
Have you entered the new year in the same way? This past November, I spent a weekend at one of our two local Buddhist retreat centers that call nearby Barnet, Vermont home. The workshop topic, “Transformative Dialogue,” intrigued me. The workshop turned out to be geared less toward those difficult conversations I’ve been interested… more »
You’ve heard of Kwanzaa? I hadn’t until I moved to Philadelphia. Even then, what I thought I knew has turned out to be mistaken. So, what better opportunity might there be to learn about this rapidly growing American-founded holiday than to write a blog post? I loved what I discovered and I hope you will… more »
How do you think of Christmas time? Over the past few decades, I’ve come to see winter as a time of peace. A time to pull inward; a time for personal reflection and a time to breath in the wonder and awe in the world around me. The story that most connects me to the power… more »
An Interview from EsmeSalon.com Interview with Janet Givens from “Author Janet Givens” Late this summer I was featured on the EsmeSalon.com blog where I answered 20 questions: 10 about my blog and 10 about me. Reciprocity being what it is, I’m posting it here for those who might have missed it last September. In… more »
Why is talking about race so hard?
Our post this week, on the 50th anniversary of the protest at the Winter Olympics, begins the conversation.
Yesterday was “giving Tuesday,” a fairly new idea. And a global movement, I hasten to add. And I’m late, I know; my posts come out on Wednesdays. STILL, this seems a “better late than never” opportunity. So here we go. As I write this on Monday night, I see that over $300,000,000 in gifts has… more »
Norman Rockwell shows us one way to celebrate Thanksgiving. There’s an interesting backstory to this painting, which I’ll share quickly. This is one of “The Four Freedoms,” paintings inspired by FDR’s 1941 State of the Union address. All four — Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Want, and Freedom from Fear — were wildly popular… more »