There are many ways to be free. One of them is to transcend reality by imagination, as I try to do.” Anais Nin, writer (1933-1977) To be aware of ego is to be free of it.
I need to slow down chat with my neighbor look at a flower read a book that has nothing to do with personal growth I need to slow down call up a friend smile at a child go to a movie read a magazine that will teach me absolutely nothing I need to slow down MORE >
There are many books on aging on bookstore shelves; some are humorous, some serious, some emphasize financial planning, some deal with loss, most wish to help our aging population to age “gracefully.” The new book by Dr. Ken Druck, a noted author, addresses the issue of aging by engaging the reader to work with him. MORE >
When I am nice and sweet compliant and kind when I give in I am discounted I get taken advantage of when I’m a doormat I get walked on When I am difficult demanding and angry when I won’t compromise I am respected and deferred to I am taken into account and when I’m most MORE >
Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages.” Thomas Edison, inventor, businessman (1847-1931) We have been harming each other non-stop since Cain murdered his brother, Abel. I am sad to think that this is hopeless, and we are, MORE >
“Son of a motherless goat!” You would not hear this in the U.S., but you might hear these as swear words in the Middle East. The word “cretin” is a slur in France, but not common in the U.S. However, calling someone an “idiot” has the same effect in both countries. Our puritan heritage may MORE >
I am an addict I have a real addiction it is not alcohol or drugs it is not smoking it is food I love to eat and even when I’m not hungry will eat chocolate chip cookies or hazelnut ice cream I can gain three pounds after one good meal and starve myself for three MORE >
He who opens a school door, closes a prison.” Victor Hugo, French poet, novelist, and dramatist (1802–1885) This has proven to be so. Educational programs have substantially reduced recidivism.
We were recently talking over dinner about our daughters’ weddings, when one of the women blurted out how at her own wedding in Phoenix her mother reproachfully said to her, “Did you have to pick the hottest day of the year to get married?” My friend is still smarting at that remark; she is 99. MORE >
“You never know” and “just in case” are the two phrases I live by So I notice what seems insignificant and remember unimportant events I do some things not for the doing but for the having done I collect experiences and live through events which are not all especially pleasant But I keep doing it MORE >