Happy Herald - On the Bright Side https://www.happyherald.com/articles.sec-8507-1-on-the-bright-side.html <![CDATA[The Sound of Silence ]]> No doubt there are people harder hit than others, certainly those affected by the actual virus, and those hit with the shrapnel of losing their livelihood. All the more reason for me to be filled with gratitude and make the most of this gift of time that I’ve been given. I’ll let you know how it goes next month. I think I’ll be sitting at this desk for a long time to come.]]> <![CDATA[Great Expectations]]> What if you only got to read the menu after the meal? I had this experience recently in Paris. It was probably for the best because when my husband and I were introduced to the descriptions of what we had unabashedly crowned the best meal of our entire lives, I was sure I would not have ordered any of it. Leave it to the French to decide for you what your meal will be and what wine you will have with each course.]]> <![CDATA[Don’t Worry…]]> Choose any president, research their political platform, broaden your perspective with the larger societal picture at the time, and you will find that we are a nation of progress and conservatism, religion and sectarianism, rich and poor… and all with voices that have the natural right to express their views, fight for their view, vote for a person who promises to work toward their views… all of us.]]> <![CDATA[I Love Books!]]> Did you know that the third week in January is National Book Week? As a teacher and a writer, hardly anything delights me more than BOOKS!!! Book Week was created to ignite a love of reading in children. Of course a love of reading becomes an eternal flame, so what better time to share some things I’ve read this year with a likeminded community of readers?]]> <![CDATA[Rethinking Drinking]]> The holiday season is a great time to amp up the mindfulness quotient by pausing and reflecting on the temptation to overindulge. From parties to presents to “getting it all in” before January 1, the holidays can make us behave in ways opposite their meaning. For some of us it’s spending, for others, eating… for me, a bit too much cheer.]]> <![CDATA[“Re-examine all you have been told. Dismiss what insults your soul.” – Walt Whitman]]> November is my anniversary month. This year my husband and I celebrate 28 years together – wow! Our kids are grown and embarking on lives of their own.]]> <![CDATA[CTRL-ALT-DELETE]]> For me, I am more connected to my higher self, not tripping over myself so much. I am better able to stay focused on living my best life, as opposed to constantly searching for what that might be. Fewer resets. Nonetheless, CTRL-ALT-DELETE is there for all of us when we need it. Thank goodness.]]> <![CDATA[Sybil Liberties]]> I used to love the beginning of a new school year. One year I was punk, the next year a cheerleader. I went from Rizzo to Sandy in less than six months. In college, I minored in dance and changed my major three times. If people didn’t know me better, they might think I had Multiple Personality Disorder. Bear with me, I’m not making light of this affliction. In fact, it is one of the reasons I majored in Psychology.]]> <![CDATA[The Mirror Within]]> I went to my childhood home in upstate New York recently and allowed my imagination to run away with itself. I am no stranger to the nostalgic reverie that has me walking in a near semi-conscious state through my old stomping grounds – the woods, fields, winding country roads.… But this time I allowed myself to fantasize as a character in a novel. ]]> <![CDATA[Sticks and Stones]]> Globalization. Scholars weigh the pros and cons. Politicians take sides about how it impacts “us.” You would think globalization is a 20th century concept but really, it’s been happening since the beginning of time. When you think about it, the center of anyone’s universe begins with the self. ]]> <![CDATA[Life in My Closet]]> I’ve always fondly referred to my closet as my “Room of My Own” and my copy of Virginia Woolf’s book of the same name is front and center on one of the shelves. My closet is full of my creative endeavors. Paintings on the walls, journals upon journals of songs and poetry, and even about a hundred pairs of rosecolored glasses that I bought on a whim on my 40th birthday when I had dreams of starting RoseyShades, the “attitude accessory” company. It’s my Dream Cave. ]]> <![CDATA[Are you my mother?]]> Do we ever stop wondering if we are doing it right? For the last 52 years I have relied on my mother to answer that question. Now she’s gone. At the end of the day, I suppose we are all meant to be our own final judge, jury, guru and muse.]]> <![CDATA[Becoming a Memoirist]]> If you share your life with another person, ideally sharing a home, whether married or romantically involved or not… this section is about sharing your life with another person, and the trials and tribulations of sacrificing enough to make it work, but not so much that you lose yourself – or it may be about how you are are still working this out.]]> <![CDATA[Kids Today]]> My parents had to pull me inside, I had to push my kids outside. The goal was the same: balance. Anyone growing up prior to the past 20 years had to make an effort to be social. Today, being alone requires effort. In either case a balance between the two is ideal. Technology has made being connected the new normal and for those pining for the good ole days, I think it is important to accept that this is not going to change.]]> <![CDATA[Sometimes it’s an EMERGEncy]]> I welcomed 2019 more eagerly than any year I can remember. Last year was truly the epitome of the adage “Make plans and God laughs,” only my curve balls were interlaced with sadness and tragedy to boot. It was one emergency after another. You learn a lot about yourself when put to the test. I learned that I am not a crier. ]]> <![CDATA[The Secret of Success is Knowing There is None]]> school district. She has created a character named Rosey Shades TM , whose philosophy teaches students about the importance of choosing optimism over pessimism by asking, “What color are the clouds in your world? For more information, visit http://roseyshadesonthebrightside.]]> <![CDATA[The Magic of Music]]> We started talking about songs that would be appropriate, and took turns getting goose bumps as we described our favorite lyrics, and how meaningful they would be for all kinds of lessons - government, history, economics (we are social studies teachers). We recited lyrics, and said “have you ever heard...”, and we both giggled like school girls. Oh-My-God-I-Love-Her!!!]]> <![CDATA[With Liberty, Justice and Love for All]]> Woodhull once said, “It makes no difference who or what you are, old or young, black or white, pagan, Jew, or Christian, I want to love you all and be loved by you all, and I mean to have your love.]]> <![CDATA[From Bootstraps to Bubble-wrap… Where Will We Go From Here?]]> When pendulums swing too far in either direction the balance is off. Both sides have their merit. Free speech is part of what it means to be an American. And liberty and justice for ALL is also what it means to be an American. Grit, resilience, and maybe helping someone else adjust their bootstraps once in a while might be a way for us to meet in the middle.]]> <![CDATA[It was the Worst of Times, it was the worst of times]]> If you look at the way the media has changed over time, it is easy to see why today we find ourselves in another revolutionary kind of time period. Twitter, Facebook, and the never ending 24-hour news cycle create an environment that can be all-consuming and even addictive. This itself is a new problem. But what we are obsessing over is not new. Just new to us as a constant source of stress.]]>