Heritage or hate?

Confederate flag’s half-century at S.C. Capitol ends – CNN.com Yes it’s true, taking the Confederate flag down won’t end racism as banning the swastika in Germany didn’t stop Neo-Nazis from bleeding white supremacy. But why would anyone willing to face the Confederate flag’s history want to add insult to injury? “The Confederate flag, we are told, represents heritage, not hate.…

The other

It’s a rare and glorious moment to witness a Supreme Court ruling that makes rights for some, the law of the land for everyone. I wasn’t around when slavery and segregation ended or when women were given the vote. My rights as a citizen were fought for me and have been readily available, although gender equality still isn’t done. I can…

One drop Italian and so, Italian

  I’m Italian-American, only one-quarter Italian, one drop. But that’s all we need to decide who we are, one drop. “… Barack Obama has become the most high-profile personification of the one-drop rule extant. That “rule” holds that any degree of African ancestry makes one completely black. The pressure on Americans of partial African ancestry to deny their European lineage…

One reason I love life (but the point where my grace ends)

Image credit One of the many reasons I love life is the unexpected synchronicity that happens all the time…. Driving traffic-clogged I-4 at 6:50 this morning to get to the YMCA prayer breakfast, I responded (okay, yelled) at the radio because a well-spoken but clearly wrong (by the discrimination yardstick) Baptist Minister explained to the radio host why his speech should…

Why this nation is so happy

Live Happy magazine reports that Costa Rica ranks as one of the happiest places on earth across a number of happiness index scales (Ranked number 1 out of 151 countries by the Happy Planet Index, HPI). When I went a few years ago, among the many places I’ve traveled, Costa Rica in particular, left a vivid sensory imprint I revisit…

3 Ways to Amp Up Happiness

The happiness movement is in full gear with piles of positive psychology research and even a happy magazine (“Like” Live Happy magazine on Facebook for daily tips to amp up your smile). Most of us already sense how we can get happy but now research backs what our gut’s been telling us. Live Happy tips: Vitamin D. Before the skin…

Feeling joy: living intentionally to re-wire your brain

As it turns out, we humans adapt pretty well to feeling awful or to living the less dire but equally joyless neutral and numb existence. Kids, relationships, jobs, falling finances and health vie for every inch of our energy. For some, crippling pain or depression or anxiety or loneliness overshadows sensations of joy, stifling an existence that is designed for…

Separation of church and state, including Satan’s coloring books

  Separation of church and state, including Satan’s coloring books Personally, I don’t care if a religious or pagan or atheist group distributes materials at public schools.  If my daughter’s old enough to decide what does or doesn’t sit well in her soul, she ‘s old enough to take it all in. But I do care on behalf of others,…

Good girls don’t get the corner office

Image: Wikipedia “Teach your daughters to resolve conflicts, take risks, tout their strengths and “check your good girl at the door,” writes Rachel Simmons in her book, The Curse of the Good Girl. Gender stereotypes start young. Instead of taking risks and honing their leadership skills young women unwittingly sabotage their success by questioning their abilities and diminishing their potential, explains Leslie…

Vicious closet cyber bully converts

Image credit Warning: A small part of this post below is deeply disturbing, but if you hang on the emotional investment pays off. Converted bully: Hey Lindy, I don’t know why or even when I started trolling you. It wasn’t because of your stance on rape jokes. I don’t find them funny either. I think my anger towards you stems from your happiness…

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