Happy Herald - On the Bright Side https://www.happyherald.com/articles.sec-8507-1-on-the-bright-side.html <![CDATA[Wonder Woman Has Left the Building]]> I am not a cook. Moreover, I am not a chef! Yet, I have imposed on myself a Martha Stewart-esque homemaker role, and tried for years (quite unsuccessfully) to implement meals on a daily basis that the Cooking Channel makes look so easy and attainable. Well, Hallelujah middle age and the wisdom that comes along with it.]]> <![CDATA[It’s What’s Inside That Counts]]> Six years ago the world lost a spiritual legend. Wayne Dyer’s wisdom was often highlighted in this very paper for years. I gained inspiration every time I read anything he had to say. He wrote over 40 books – I’m having trouble writing the one that has been gnawing at my soul for the better part of 15 years… but I digress. ]]> <![CDATA[To Tell the Truth ]]> Our culture is too polite. Yep, I said that. It may sound counterintuitive in this age of political division characterized by name-calling and absolute vitriol. But that is a different arena altogether. Peoples’ allegiance to their own viewpoint, tweeting and retweeting, is a circus of Barnum and Bailey proportions.]]> <![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 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 rose-colored 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[What Floats Your Boat? ]]> I’ve been reading Thomas Merton’s “Seven Storey Mountain,” his self-proclaimed “autobiography of faith.” The mountain borrows from Dante’s “Mountain of Purgatory.” In his book, Merton explains his frustrations as a young man at not really knowing his “vocation.” He felt called to be a monk, but was not quite sure if it was his vocation.]]> <![CDATA[Survival of the Witnessed]]> Grit, resilience and rugged individualism are components of our collective American identity. We are warned that replacing “picking ourselves up by our bootstraps” with participation trophies and helicopter parenting has robbed the next generation of the skills needed to succeed in a “dog eat dog” world.]]> <![CDATA[Don’t Quit your Day Dream ]]> If you’re reading this, there is a good chance you’ve dabbled in mindfulness. Maybe you already have a daily meditation habit. I’ve been dabbling for decades, but our collective year of quarantine moved me deeper into my practice, and I’m so grateful. I thought I’d share some of the resources that I’ve found so helpful.]]> <![CDATA[The Future’s So Bright, We’ll Have to Wear Shades ]]> What a time to be teaching a U.S. Government course to high school seniors! It’s a rare moment when students are chomping at the bit, interrupting each other in competition for the teacher’s attention to their questions. And they are asking questions!]]> <![CDATA[A Christmas Miracle ]]> Three weeks later, that doctor had my brother walking out of the hospital on his own with promises of not needing a wheelchair for a very long time. This occurred in the beginning of December. A Christmas Miracle, indeed.]]> <![CDATA[Let’s not get 2020’d ever again!!! ]]> Whatever your New Year’s resolutions this year, I recommend choosing one. THE ONE. Make 2021 kick 2020’s you know what…. You know where! Go after your dreams – it’s never too early and it’s never too late! Let’s put 2020 behind us, and look toward new beginnings with hope.]]> <![CDATA[A Year to Remember ]]> Although our collective COVID-19 reality is not over, it certainly made 2020 a year to remember. Who knew, as we were prepping our green outfits and shamrocks to welcome spring, that our world was going to come to a screeching halt? Oh, the innocence of it all.]]> <![CDATA[ Re-examine all you have been told. Dismiss what insults your soul]]> 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[What is Your Silver Lining? ]]> It’s hard to believe we are in the last quarter of 2020! The first quarter kicked off as all new years do – resolute about making this year a great one – I was finally going to write that book, lose 10 pounds, and meditate every day.]]> <![CDATA[Railroaded ]]> During a visit to the Flagler Museum, one room on the second floor left me reeling. It was simply called the Ida Alice room, and contained photos of the 10 happy years that Henry and his second wife (the nurse of his first, later deceased, wife)]]> <![CDATA[Votes for Women]]> Journalist and activist Ida B. Wells. When the National Association of Colored Women registered constituents to participate with their states, they were told that they would be allowed (sigh) to march, but would have to march in the back! ]]> <![CDATA[Moral Arc Bends Toward Justice ]]> We are a nation founded on popular sovereignty, natural rights and an implied social contract that, when presented rationally to the King of England some 240 years ago, was met with a big sigh, an eye roll and a call for law and order over those “uppity” colonists.]]> <![CDATA[Revolution does not equal Resolution ]]> When the growing pains of life feel overwhelming, like they have over the past months, I turn to history to show me that “this too shall pass, and we will be better on the other side.” I also feel optimistic when I use my voice to speak my truth and my faith to keep me strong. We’ve got this!]]> <![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.]]>