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Can We Ever Feel Too Valuable?

We all have an innate need to be valued in life — to feel we are valuable as individuals and as members of our community and to feel that our contributions are worthy and appreciated. But can we ever feel too valuable?

Tis The Season…

Tis the season — to share love and laughter among friends, family and furcritters…

Words To Live By: “Nature Brings Solace In All Troubles”

Within her diary, first published as THE SECRET ANNEX and later published as THE DIARY OF A YOUNG GIRL, Anne Frank expresses her belief in the healing power of nature — “amidst the simple beauty of nature…will always be comfort… Continue Reading →

Series Review: THE GOOD PLACE

Every now and then a tv show surprises me in an unexpectedly good way.  A recent Netflix binge brought me, happily, to THE GOOD PLACE! While our lives often seem like a twisted series of moral dilemmas (and then we… Continue Reading →

Movie: HIDDEN FIGURES

As soon as I saw the preview for HIDDEN FIGURES I was hooked.   As a women, as a history lover, as a child of the sixties who grew up watching the race to the moon, the civil rights movement,… Continue Reading →

Book: THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS by M.L. Stedman

“spellbinding tale… deep characterization… beautiful language” I absolutely adored THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS, M.L. Stedman’s spellbinding tale about the love of a child and the grave consequences, perhaps, of loving too much. Set on coastal Australia (the majority upon a small… Continue Reading →

Movie:  (DIS) HONESTY — The Truth About Lies

We all love a good story about the rise and fall of an unworthy person.  It is the stuff of history, fiction and our daily news.  Of course, the bigger the rise, the better the fall.  Right? But what if the… Continue Reading →

Movie: UnBRANDED

From beginning to end, Unbranded is a wild ride.  It is exactly what you would expect when you take a 3,000 mile journey from Mexico to Canada across the rugged public lands of the American west with four not-yet-ready-to-settle-down men in their… Continue Reading →

Pondering Possibilities: Embracing Ridiculous

If “possibilities are endless,” where and how will we find them?  And when should we stop looking? I wonder, because lately it feels as if too many of us stop looking for possibilities.  We’ve settled for what is and handed over the search… Continue Reading →

Words To Live By: “It’s A Beautiful Glass”

Wanting to understand “What is it that makes us human?” filmmaker and artist Yann Arthus-Bertrand collected images and stories from 2,000 women and men in 60 countries about love, work, poverty, death, war… for his film HUMAN.  In this excerpt, John Halcyon Styn shares an inspirational story about… Continue Reading →

The World War II Women Knew

The stories of World War II have been told many times through a multitude of male perspectives and usually with only enough women included to companionably pad the edges.   Rarely has an effort been made to focus entirely on… Continue Reading →

Words: “Things I Learned When I Was Chris…”

Sometimes, the right words have an unexpected source. Back in 2013, Ashton Kutcher at the TEEN CHOICE AWARDS confessed that his real “first name” was Chris. And that was the name he used until he become an actor and changed it to… Continue Reading →

Sharing FEMINIST Stories: An Interview With Jennifer Hall Lee

Feminism is not the “F” word and feminists are not the bearded, Birkenstock wearing sisterhood!  Disabusing wrong-headed notions about feminism is vital in understanding its benefits to society as well as the opportunities now available to women as a result. In a special… Continue Reading →

Patricia Arquette: “It’s Our Time” For Equality

Patricia Arquette’s “it’s our time” appeal on behalf of women’s equality brought excitement to an otherwise lackluster Oscar telecast.  Upon accepting the award for Best Supporting Actress, she stood before a worldwide audience of 1 billion and declared: “To every woman… Continue Reading →

Happy Birthday Betty White, I’ll Never Forget Your Kindness

I’ve had the pleasure of working with the hilarious, uber-talented Miss Betty White.  No one is more deserving than she of the sweet surprise and outpouring of affection she got, in celebration of her 93rd birthday, from the entire cast and crew of Hot in Cleveland…. Continue Reading →

Women in Charge At Golden Globes

Women in charge Tina Fey and Amy Poehler skewered power players and stereotypes alike in their swan song as Golden Globe hosts Sunday evening.  They killed in their opening monologue, a biting soufflé that was as droll as it was… Continue Reading →

Acting, Hacking and Hollywood

Talking with Jerry Doyle earlier in the week, what started as a tangent to a conversation on terrorism turned into a full blown interview about Hollywood’s underbelly.  We discuss the dust-up caused by the Sony Hack and media release of the… Continue Reading →

Christmas Spirit, It’s Free

Christmas can be a tough time of year. I know this from experience. It’s easy to become overwhelmed with the demands on our time, bank accounts, sanity. For many years, I have struggled to hold onto any kind of genuine… Continue Reading →

Words: “…An Exquisite Balance…”

Carl Sagan on how to ” distinguish the useful ideas ” “It seems to me what is called for is an exquisite balance between two conflicting needs: the most skeptical scrutiny of all hypotheses that are served up to us and at… Continue Reading →

Does Hollywood Reflect Our Struggle With Aging?

I recently asked if we are now a Botox Nation, preferring Barbie and Ken’s wrinkle-free faces, boobs of steel that say Hi! to the ceiling and six pack abs to a less glamorous reality. It was both surprising and encouraging that so… Continue Reading →

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