How to Become a More Cultured & Giving Citizen of the World

But thanks to applying herself, Paulina’s attending a university in northern California. And now, as she sets off to college, I made a list. A list of things I think she should try to integrate into her life. Continue reading

Color Me a Kid Again

Color Me a Kid Again

Now that I’m back from Brazil, you’re probably wondering what has this busy-as-a-bee woman been up to lately? Sure, I’ve been doing this and that. And true, I’m constantly on the run and when I’m not, I’m desperately trying to … Continue reading

Hunchback of Notre Dame Musical Debuts to Critical Acclaim

Hunchback of Notre Dame Musical Debuts to Critical Acclaim

NaBloPoMo DAY 13:   Guess who was spotted at the La Jolla Playhouse for the opening night performance of the new, exhilarating, out-of-this-world musical, “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”–the one I predict to be bound for Broadway?? Why, yours truly, … Continue reading

Imitation of Life: Born to be Hurt

Imitation of Life: Born to be Hurt

When I was a kid, my mother and I would often stay up late watching old movies on the Zenith console in our living room. Gosh, how we loved those flicks!

One of our favorites to watch was Imitation of Life, a 1959 tear-jerker with a message. More than just a melodrama, it shines a light on female empowerment, race and class. It’s also about identity and how the color of your skin defines who you are and your place in the world. Finally, it’s about reconciling and accepting who you are. Continue reading

Feeling Sorry for Yourself? Try a Humbling Experience

Feeling Sorry for Yourself? Try a Humbling Experience

The next time you feel sorry for yourself, stop.

Instead, pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and do what I did. I visited a local convalescent home.

It’s humbling. It’s a bit of a wake up call, and a genuine reminder of how good I really have it. Because, no matter how bad things may seem sometimes, most of the folks there have way more on their plates than either you or me.

And yet what struck me about the people I met, all of whom have some degree of brain trauma, was how upbeat they are, and what a decidedly positive outlook on life many seem to have. Continue reading