July is freedom month, in the U.S. anyway.
Every 4th we celebrate the miracle of a bunch of nobody colonists defeating what was then a superpower. And 245 years later, we have become that superpower.
Freedom means independence, the right to choose and make decisions. It means autonomy. It also means we either endure or enjoy the consequences of those decisions. So there’s always something lost, even when there’s something gained.
Freedom doesn’t mean attachment to nothing.
We are never truly free in the sense we have no obligations, even it’s to ourselves. Sometimes the final action we take in…
Cheshire grins are like crocodile tears. They’re not real. At least not for the person looking at them. Like the Cheshire cat in Alice in Wonderland, they’re mischievous.
The smiles appear to be happy, but like this powerful cat, they disappear.
And like the cat himself, they can be antagonistic to the viewer, especially when it’s a social situation the viewer is absent from.
You might say it’s the viewer, not the cat, who has disappeared. And not from the picture, but often from people’s lives. …
What is honesty? And how many honest people do you know?
People who don’t cheat because it’s wrong. People who don’t lie to put others down or get ahead. People who don’t lie even to avoid punishment.
People who unswervingly follow the straight and narrow path because it’s the right thing to do.
Honesty is a virtue, but we often see the dishonest doing well, making money, headway in politics, and gaining status in prestigious social circles.
Big business makes billions being dishonest. It’s discouraging and often we feel, why bother doing the right thing?
My father used to say…
Mother’s Day is a Hallmark holiday invented to sell cards. And for those of you who receive them, congratulations. You’re ahead in the game.
For many, it is a day of expectation and disappointment and another day to grieve mothers who have passed. Or worse, children who have passed.
A day to wait for something that will never come.
A day to cringe every time someone chirps, “Happy Mother’s Day!” What is that supposed to mean anyway?
I stay away from those happy Facebook posts “celebrating” a day that honors mothers. Why rub it in my own face?
Narcissism is nothing new. Of late, the subject has appeared so often that it feels like an epidemic.
I thought I’d dodged narcissistic victimhood. My ex-husband was one and I can see one coming before he opens his mouth. No man was ever going to make his clown or puppet again.
But after the break-up of yet another significant friendship with a girlfriend, I recognized a pattern to their course and ultimate demise. I realized that I was indeed the victim of narcissistic relationships.
They just weren’t romantic.
Don’t be fooled by the fact that most narcissists are men because…
When former President Trump tested positive for COVID he was treated with this, and a few other drugs, and recovered quickly.
Why? Was it some “special” treatment for the rich and privileged?
To a certain extent, yes, but not exactly.
He wasn’t treated with anything new that isn’t available or has never been used before. The former president was treated with a combination of several things, eight to be exact, most notably monoclonal antibodies.
The FDA approved the use of monoclonal antibodies for treatment under an Emergency Use Order (EUO), the same as the vaccines. …
It was a tough month and I lost another friend. Her funeral service was by zoom. And it was a tear-jerker.
Mary was not young, 80 years old, and was not famous. What she was, was loved by many. She was loving and kind and made a connection to anyone and everyone she met. She was keenly aware that no matter who you were, you needed love.
People were her species, and she knew it.
I listened to 32 people talk about how she loved and accepted them, listened to them when they needed help. …
In MA, Governor Charlie Baker has ordered schools to reopen for in-person learning.
The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) mandated grades K-5 return by April 5th and grades 6–8 by April 29th. They had not released a date for the return of grades 9–12.
On March 10th, the MA Department of Education released new protocols for in-person learning to comply with this mandate.
In my hometown of Winthrop, MA, Superintendent Lisa Howard immediately created a staggered timeline to ensure that all students returned gradually, that all protocols were met, and that they had adequate resources. …
The Boston Marathon Bombing took place on April 15, 2013. I was still a contractor for Homeland Security when it happened. Sitting at my desk, one of the big guys stormed through the door and announced.
“The sh** has hit the fan.”
Bombs had exploded near the finish line at the Boston Marathon, killing three people instantly and injuring 264. Seventeen people lost their limbs.
Another terror attack, in my city this time.
Two pressure cooker bombs had exploded 14 seconds apart, spewing pellets.
The suspects are identified as Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, and his 19-year-old brother Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
It takes place off the South African coast, in a seascape of kelp, floating and swaying with the rhythm of the ocean. It is silent and peaceful, a world most of us will never experience firsthand.
Craig Foster is burned out, exhausted, and seeking to discover some meaning in his life. And lessons he can pass on to his son.
He commits to going into the ocean every day for an entire year. He moves amongst the inhabitants, an interloper, seeking a quiet escape from the world above. …
Marilyn is a writer, yogi, and spiritual medium. Her favorite people are animals, especially ones that meow. She loves the ocean and hates one-use plastic.