More articles in category: Humanities

Permission to be Grumpy

You only need to scroll down the news feed of any social media site to be inundated with positivity. Cute little memes that are meant to brighten your day. Inspirational quotes of courage, bravery, humor and encouragement….

Don’t get me wrong, I do it too; sprinkling my positive vibe out into the world hoping that I am having a positive effect on someone’s day. An...

Are you curious?

“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths”. Walt Disney. 

Babies and young children are intrinsically curious…touching everything, experiencing new things and questioning the world. Without realizing or underlying motives, they are just interested in the new w…

When in Rome …

People who regard me as a liberal are going to be surprised by this piece. I don’t like labels, and think of myself as a pragmatist who believes that progressive ideas just happen to benefit all but the rich much more than do conservative approaches, which are geared toward the affluent members of society.

President Trump’s attempts to ban Muslim immigrants is rac...

Reacting to Other People’s “Stuff”? BE A TREE!

Each and everyone of us are affected by the things that others do, or say or how they act. Most often when its someone we are in a more intimate relationship with (Ie: our spouse, boss, mother, sibling or child) we are MORE affected by their state of being. 

Think of a situation when your boss, spouse or child were in a bad mood about something. Acting out of thei...

Happiness Is An Inside Job

Happiness Is An Inside JOB 

I was watching and interview with Marisa Peer and she said “Happiness Is An Inside Job”. 

That phrase got me thinking how many people spend their last dollar purchasing the latest toy, shoes, dress purse, belt, or car to impress other people. As if other people hold the key to their happiness. 

Wealthy people don’t care a…

Parenthood is NOT a Competitive Sport

Parenthood is NOT a Competitive Sport.

There are no Gold, Silver or Bronze medals awarded.

Why do parents feel the need to compete when speaking about the hardships of Parenthood?

What is with this obsession with being the “PERFECT” parent? 

Parenthood is HARD.

There is no sugar coating it.

How else is it supposed to be?


An Exercise in Gratitude

During a recent conversation with a close friend, I was lamenting my lot in life and dramatically sharing my existential crisis in regards to that perfectly defeatist question: “What am I doing with my life?” Thank goodness he didn’t slap me and scream in my face to snap out of it! He did, however, challenge me on something I’ve been reluctant to do; He asked me to rec...

Giving With No Strings Attached

Giving With No Strings Attached


It was a Tuesday night, and I was at an event, Susan  was a speaker. After she finished her talk we were networking and she handed me one of her books. I enjoyed her talk and asked her if she would like to be a guest on my Women’s Wealth Radio show, we recorded my show  the following day. I was speaking with my frien…

It’s elementary, my dear Watson.

The Grammar Grouch is more dyspeptic than usual today. The thing which has him in high dudgeon is that totally, woefully, abysmally wrong pairing of the prepositions “between” and “to” in expressing the distance in whatever context from one item to another.

Please read those last five words again: from one item to another. In instances such as t...

Be Inspired When You Work!

There is a strongly held belief that working hard is the only way to success. I don’t think that is true. I think that working hard can get you to some success, but my question is this: “How was your journey?”

A kid in school who is considered lazy is just uninspired. When that same kid was little, we would have never called him lazy.

If someone had watch...

Does Connection Really Matter?

What in the world is a Friendship Pod? I have been asked this so many times. I am going to now answer it. A Friendship Pod is a gathering of maybe five or six people who might or might not know one another. They sit in a circle and a leader begins by telling everyone that each person will have three minutes to share what is important t…

Pull The Knife Out – Forgiveness.

A few weeks ago I wrote an article on the lost art of repentance, but today as I was scrolling through my Facebook feed and came across this quote, “Forgiveness is taking the knife out of your own back and not using it to hurt anyone else no matter how they hurt you….


The term “First World” refers to so called developed, capitalist, industrial countries, roughly, a bloc of countries aligned with the United States after WorldWar II, with more or less common political and economic interests: North America, Western Europe, Japan and Australia. – Google

I never liked the term “1st World”.

I f...

Have you found your Tranquility Zone?

Ever feel that life in the technological multi-tasking world leaves you always ON? Always checking your phone for emails, texts, Facebook, Instagram, snapchat, periscope ….. never ending? Do you find yourself watching a movie on Netflix or a series on TV and playing Candy Crush or Words with Friends?

The effects of living with a constant stream of t…

Are You a Caterpillar?

Does A + B = C? Some people would say yes, however, to the caterpillar, I don’t think so. As the caterpillar crawls down the road each summer, I don’t think he thinks of his life as A + B = C. How could he? Look at what happens to him. His existence is magical. Have you ever really looked?

One day, the caterpillar stops eating, hangs upside down from a twig or leaf, …

And what will that get me?

 “Do what you want to do – be who you want to be.”

I keep seeing this adage popping up. It has been on multiple social media sites, and I’ve even heard a student or two at school say it. If you don’t think about too hard, it seems kind of nice. The sort of saying you can kind of nod along to.

But lately every time I see it or hear it, it drives me a little mo…

A few little known facts about Valentines Day

“Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves.” — Albert Einstein

On Valentine’s Day 2010, 39,897 people in Mexico City broke the record for the world’s largest group kiss.

Valentine’s Day was first introduced to Japan in 1936 and has become widely popular. However, because of a tr…

In, or out, of the notorious “comfort zone”?

How many times have you heard “get out of your comfort zone”? What is the “comfort zone”? Why would one want to get out of it?

“A comfort zone is a psychological state in which things feel familiar to a person and they are at ease and in control of their environment…

You Can NOT ‘Babysit’ Your Own Child!

How often have you heard a conversation, usually between two women making plans to do something and one says to the other “…I’ll have to see if John can babysit the kids”. WHAT?!?!?!

If you are referencing the ‘JOHN’ whom you are married to? The one whom did the ‘deed’ with you..the deed that resulted in the eventual birth of said child?

Then he CAN NOT babys…

Daring Greatly!

I talked to dear friend of mine the other day and was telling her about my plan to send out weekly inspiration hints. She asked an important question. She wanted to know the impact that inspiration had on a supreme desire. She wanted to know if it was the same thing. Let’s explore that concept.

I love this quote from the yoga master, Patañjali, “When you ...

When I am Gone

When I’m gone,

Don’t just give me to the earth.

I loved the wind and the sky, too.

I fell under the spell of fire, hissing at me to partake of its secret knowledge.

On bright days I skimmed the surface of the sea; on darker ones I plunged far, far below.

Feed me to the elements.

I hope you’ll cry a little, no…

Was Lincoln A Dictator

Was Lincoln a Dictator?


That’s a charge that his detractors make. It’s not completely without merit.

For example, during the eighty days between Lincoln’s first call for troops and before Congress convened Lincoln called forth the militia. He ordered his opponents to disperse quietly and return to thei...

Be Present…..even for the Crappy Stuff.

One of the struggles of the human experience is “BEING PRESENT”. We are always either revisiting (or wollowing) our past or focusing (or anxious) about our future.

The gift of life is found in the moments when we are truly PRESENT and in the NOW.

BEING PRESENT is quite easy when you are experiencing joy. Whe…

A Surprise That Might Inspire You!

I heard a story the other day that touched my heart and fired up my imagination. Long ago, in the 1930’s there was an author who wrote a children’s story in poetry verse. Before he was published, he had spent many months and days walking the streets of New York City talking to publishers, and no one liked his work. They said that children would never respond to poetry. S…

Are High School Students Hungry?

  Are Teens Hungry For Success


My journey to be part of a panel for high school students.

It was raining, I had never seen it rain that way before. I went to gas up my car. I went to the first pump put in my credit card and it was not working. I went inside to the attended and he told me the payment machine was out of ord...

Drawing A Line in the Sand

Have you ever said to yourself, “This must stop”? Have you ever drawn a line in the sand and said, “Never again”? Drawing a line in the sand has two meanings. First, it means there is a physical point beyond which you will proceed no further – you will not cross the line. Second, it means that when you make a decision, the consequences are permanently decided and irr…

Great Endorsements for Giving Candy To Strangers

“In the 1950s life was much simpler. In today’s culture of hustle and bustle, Stan’s message in Giving Candy To Strangers is a welcome and thought provoking way to grow your business and enhance your life, while having fun at the same time. Please read it, practice it and share it!”

Jerry Mathers, actor – Leave It To Beave…

What is your formula for your life Part 4

Life is always going to be hard, kick us when we are down, punch us right in the gut, pour salt in an open wound, and just keep coming at you. What we have to do is know this, and keep getting up again and again. Because at the end of the day what are you willing to go through to get what you want…

The quote in the picture is great and I think sums up what we all wan…

When does History Happen? Lincoln and King

When does History Happen? Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King, Jr.


Image from the Waterford Institute


Some people argue history happens when the right person shows up at the right time and place under conditions, which facilitate change. To some extent I agree with this idea. On the other hand, I…

Davis Donates Books to CNHMS Student Authors

Deborah Ann Davis, author of the highly received Fairly Certain and Fairly Safe, met with four groups of Middle School Readers at CNHMS to share her presentation on the development of fictional characters. Most of the attendees were budding authors themselves.

The science teacher turned author was thrilled to be back at her f...

The Problem Is the Problem!

I want to talk about another idea presented in my book, The Friendship Pod Affair, which will be released, February 21st.  When something comes into our awareness that we judge as a problem, most of us immediately go to the activity of stewing about the problem. We talk about it with our spouse, with our friends and ourselves. We look…

All The Colours Of The World

I am currently reading one of the most beautiful novels that I have read in a long time. It’s called All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. The novel is set in World War II and one of the main characters, a young girl, is blind.

Today I came across the following passage, where the girl describes the images she can remember before she became blind at the age…

Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” Speech

Not my words this time around but words that need to be remembered.

Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” Speech

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered this speech on August 28, 1963, on the steps of the Washington, D.C., Lincoln Memorial.

Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand signed the…

When a relationship ends it DOESN’T mean it failed

 Every once in awhile, you happen upon a chance meeting with someone who blows your mind. The kind of person who rouses a new energy that you had previously only read about in a corny romance book. That person takes your life from black and white to hi-def Technicolor. Kind of like that scene in the Wizard of Oz when the evil witch dies and the town c…

Self Care is NOT Selfish

Self Care is a word that is used a lot more often than it is done. It has taken me a long time to come to a clear understanding of what Self Care is and truly embrace it as a necessity NOT a luxury.

What is Self Care?

I believe for many people, Self Care is about ‘looking after yourself’ – makes sense right? but it is so much deeper than getting a massage,...

Why do you want Part 3

The ability to let that truly does not matter slide…

If you really are able to see a goal then that is all you are doing is seeing the goal. To really get the goal you are working towards there are many little things to go through to get the goal, but only 1 main one and that would be never let anyone take your goal from you. 

If you never quit, you set your…

A Few Things I Learned From My Rise To The Bottom

When I first became self-employed the title on my business card read “Exalted Ruler” of The LooneyBin (the name of my studio) as to poke fun at the tediousness of titles. One day, while at a press-check, I stumbled upon an office next to a printer I was at. In the center of a large glass door that reflected shadowy images from the trees at the curb, read a sign: …

Open Your Heart to Another and Be Changed

 One of the most powerful things I have done in the past few months is to connect with someone who seemed different from me. With genuine curiosity, I asked, this person to explain her viewpoint, I was completely open to hearing her. I wanted to understand. I didn’t want to change her.

What surprised me, is that what she said, wasn’t that impor...

Leap of Courage!

Courage is perhaps the most used word when one intends to lift someone’s spirit; get someone out of these emotions such as despair, fear, anger, frustrations, and all the other negative traits. But what this seven letters word, C-O-U-R-A-G-E really mean? How do you seek it, find it, and keep it?

So, what is courage? The meaning of courage is best defined by the Cambri…

Tape measure for your life part 2

Do you ever feel like you have an anchor tied to your foot, and you are drowning in the ocean called your life? Or do you wake up and think to yourself you want to be somewhere else in your life, and see others getting a head in life, yet you feel like you are just stuck? Go and get a tape measure and I can help you get control of your life…

You are not doing anythin…

Look, Learn and Listen

“If you make listening and observation your occupationyou will gain much more than you can by talk.” – Robert Baden-Powell 

“Oh, look… there’s a squirrel!” That’s how I met my friend Ted. I suffer from the malady called shiny ball syndrome. Others may call it “squirrels in the brain.” Un…

Training for freedom Part 1

You know there are 63 hours left in 2016? What could you get done in the 63 hours before 2017? Here is a short list…

After a while, a measly 3.1 miles doesn’t seem very far. And it’s not – most of us can run a 5k in 30 minutes or less. If you’re slower, your rate of improvement is going to be dramatic if you train smart.


Drive to Ne...

An Educator’s Resolutions

During each and every Christmas break for the last ten years, I have carefully planned out the lessons for the second half of the school year. I chose the novels I would teach, I picked the activities, technology, and assignments I would use, and I scheduled the various assessments to determine if my students were learning what they needed to be learning.

This yea...

Do What’s Right When No One Is Looking

“To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst notthen be false to any man.” – William Shakespeare, Hamlet

This is a short article for a very good reason, because this is neither the place nor the time to preach to you. This is, after all, a business book, albeit…

Do We Still Need Libraries / Librarians? Part II

This continuation highlights additional advantages for going to the library and using the expertise of your librarian:

Children:- Too much screen time for kids? Well how about letting them wander through the children’s’ picture book section, choosing their own stories; or for older children, deciding which book they would like to read…