Apr 29, 2016
“Home is a name, a word, it is a strong one; stronger than magician ever spoke, or spirit ever answered to, in the strongest conjuration.” — Charles Dickens
Friends and regular readers know I love to “nest.” My home is my sanctuary and the foundation for much of my sanity and calmness. However, what if I didn’t have that? Here in the “first world” we often forget that many of our fellow human beings don’t have even the basics…forget not being able to afford a new car or a kitchen
Apr 01, 2016
Yes, you read that right. Do Nothing.
We are all faced with URGENT! IMPORTANT! every day. If we don’t ACT RIGHT NOW, all will be lost. Well, maybe…maybe not. And if we rush in without knowing what we’re doing, we could actually do more harm than good. These days, thanks (or no thanks) to social media, we can be instantly aware of all the world’s ills and outrages. And, of course, the world is full of really awful people and terrible tragedies (and always has been. Over all, the quality of
Feb 19, 2016
For those of you who’d like a little levity with the woo-woo this Friday.
Every day something else comes along that apparently should absolutely outrage me! (Since it does thousands, even millions, of others)...from what Kanye West said to truly world-changing events, events which get buried in the trending regarding a celeb’s body fat, an actress tweeting about her plane trip or a singer celebrating that she—gasp—has terrific sex with her husband.
I can’t keep up, nor do I want to. I’m
Feb 12, 2016
“Why would anyone eat at Taco Bell? There are so many great Mexican food places here!” —a friend visiting Albuquerque for the first time.
She was baffled by the presence of Taco Bells around town. A town in which you can get (New Mexico grown) green chile on/in pretty much anything, from sushi to gyros. And, yes, we’ve got many wonderful New Mexican choices, locally owned and affordable. And, there’s a growing movement to source food grown locally. This can be a bit of a challenge, since
Feb 05, 2016
Here in Albuquerque, some really don’t like going downtown because of the homeless problem. “Somebody should do something!” And, yes, we have the problem, as does pretty much every city in the United States. (It’s also not limited to downtown; we have street people in my neighborhood. Some spend the day at the library, reading The New Yorker and The New York Times.) However, those scary, mumbling, often malodorous people are people. (And, hey, I mumble to myself all the time.)
Jan 29, 2016
And here we come to another Friday and my ponderings re Do Good Do Well.
“Be kind to unkind people. They need it most of all.” Yes. This can be difficult. But it’s good for everyone, you (and me) included.
“Do gooders” often get overwhelmed. Every day there’s a new tragedy in the world. Millions of refugees. Billions without clean water. War. Strife. Environmental catastrophe. The Doomsday clock is now three minutes from midnight.
Are you totally depressed yet? Ready to head under the bed
Jan 22, 2016
This is pretty much the look I get from men (and some women) when I talk about my pro bono passion, Women To Be (feminine hygiene kits for Nepal refugee camps). Just the other morning, when I was doing the “need pitch” to a group, the men were (for the most part) freaking out. They weren’t screaming out loud, but I saw the “EEK!” thought bubbles.
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