Mohandas Gandhi, whom most of us know by his honored title of “Mahatma” or “Great Soul,” was killed on this date 69 years ago. So it seems appropriate today to look towards him for knowledge about how to proceed during our divided times. Yesterday I wrote about how the official US government policies over the … More Gandhi 3.0
I teach both middle school and high school group literature classes, and once a month I do a poetry unit with the students. While some of them are into it, others doubt the relevancy of poetry to their lives. I tell them that many times, particularly during events of high emotion or great significance, poets can … More Mending Wall
This was a great weekend for me. While the backdrop nationally was President Trump’s inauguration and the peaceful protests for the rights of women, minorities, and the poor, my focus was a little more personal. Friday and Sunday nights we had parties (YAY!) where my son invited over his friends for dinner, games, art or music … More Mopping with Joy
So how did you spend your Inauguration day? Although my latest posts described a number of options we had here in the Triangle for marking the day, I didn’t go to any of those. I had my own special type of celebration. My son had invited a number of his friends from homeschooling to our … More The Kids Are All Right
So if you weren’t invited to an Inaugural ball, why not have a ball instead? Because it look like after VAE is done with its love-in, they are hosting a laugh-in. Atlanta-born 35-year-old Lauren Gunderson is currently the most produced living American playwright. This award-winning author’s works are known for their wit, intelligence, and heart and … More The Power of Comedy
Do you know about the Nasty Women movement? It takes its name from Donald Trump’s comment during the third Presidential debate where he called Hillary Clinton “such a nasty woman.” On November 9, 2016 (the day after the election), New York artist Roxanne Jackson issued a call to action on her Facebook page that said: … More Spend January 20 With Some Nasty Women in Durham, NC
If you are a Triangle NC resident looking for a positivity fix on January 20, the Visual Arts Exchange or VAE, a gallery and creativity incubator in the Warehouse District in downtown Raleigh, has just the thing for you. On that day during their regularly-scheduled hours of 11 AM-6 PM, they are reviving the 50-year-old … More Triangle NC Residents Invited to Make January 20, 2017 All About Love
While many are celebrating the inauguration of our new President this week, others fear that it will be a dark time for many, especially some minority or disempowered populations. The theater community is inviting people to show their support for ALL people by participating in The Ghostlight Project. A ghost light is a term … More Be a Light with the Ghostlight Project
Happy Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. day! I love this holiday, not only because it is a day honoring a man of peace, justice, and spirit, but because we haven’t managed to turn it into a day of spending, eating, and drinking. Instead, it is a day of service and of reflection. As I mentioned … More Dr. King’s Blueprint for Life
If you could get coaching from anyone in the world about how to create joy in our current stress-filled world, who would you choose?
I’ll give you a moment to think about it….
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