In October a friend and former neighbor of mine published a book called HOW TO BE THE PERFECT PARENT. Other than minor jealousy, after all, I too was a writer about to embark on a potential blogging career, I asked myself what qualified her to be the perfect parent. Thus began a two-month journey in which I examined the truth behind parenting, or at least the truth according to Janice (that’s me, the author of Reflections). [Read more…]
Welcome to my first ever sensory blog post! I always felt fall was my favorite season of the year. However, winter is upon us, and I realize all that I ever loved about fall is still applicable. If I am to be a true advice blogger, I’d better give some advice and not just write about me. Here is my advice: get out of the house, and here is why you should. [Read more…]
a.k.a. How to Understand Angelina Jolie
TIME and PEOPLE Magazines have come out with their year-end issues, so it must be December. For coverage of what was chosen as stories of the year by TIME MAGAZINE, see How You Know 2014 was a Good Year http://wp.me/p5jxvv-6v. Angelina Jolie was chosen as Woman of the Year in People Magazine‘s Year-End Issue. Before I explain why I agree with PEOPLE’s choice, some background information on Jolie is needed. Angelina Jolie is the ex-wife of actor Billy Bob Thornton, the current wife of actor Brad Pitt, and the sometimes estranged daughter of actor Jon Voight who won fame for his film “Midnight Cowboy”. [Read more…]
Please consider this post an update to my update on the racial tensions that have been brewing since Michael Brown’s killer Darren Wilson was exonerated. Tensions have not only been building in our country, they have been brewing in the world. December 16 I published “How to Get Rid of Racist Cops” http://wp.me/p5jxvv-8Q. The post wasn’t so much how I felt cops were racist but how other people felt they were and what they were doing about the situation. I now have clarity, and I want my readers to as well. I have modified my opinion on the situation, and by writing this I hope to affect a change in my readers’ views, so that the current situation of protests and the violence that has emerged from it can stop. [Read more…]
On Thanksgiving evening, while waiting for dinner to be served, I struck up a conversation with my son-in-law who explained the tenets of Buddhism. As a student of Buddhism and someone proud to be called a Buddhist, David explained the concept of karma. As a teacher of the origin and spread of the religion, I already knew. Thus began a fascinating conversation about the religion that arose in ancient India long ago and the concept of karma that its followers believe. Little did I know that I would be viewing a film about the very topic just one night later.
Don’t get me wrong. “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen” is not a documentary. On the contrary, on the surface it’s a love story. The late author Paul Torday wrote the novel, loosely based on a true story, in 1997. [Read more…]
Yesterday I wrote “How to End Communication Problems Once and For All–Part I. Due to the overwhelming response, I bring you “How to End Communication Problems Once and For All–Part II.” Okay, the truth is five people wrote me. However, the five comments I received were not only filled with gratitude for my suggestions, but insightful ideas of their own.
Are you frustrated? Tired of arguing? Afraid the exhausting verbal battles will be a life-long problem (or at least until the kids move out of the house)? Then, please click the link and read the first three strategies for successful communication http://wp.me/p5jxvv-ap, and the reasons I believe I am qualified to offer them. [Read more…]
Last weekend I had an epiphany. Despite suggestions that I should be an entertainment blogger, I decided I wanted to help others by being an advice blogger. My husband asked me what qualifies me to be an advice blogger. Hey, I’ve been around the block, if you know what I mean. Life’s lessons qualify me. I would make a joke about being tight with Abigail Van Buren, but I might date myself. When you’ve been around the block, you are dated, so it’s okay. [Read more…]
It was always America’s policy not to negotiate with terrorists. Then, starting this past spring, the policy seemed to waiver. Now, one week before Christmas, not only are we negotiating with terrorists, we are meeting their demands. We, as Americans, and the rest of the world as well, need clarity regarding America’s current foreign policy. I maintain it has changed, and drastically, this year due to President Obama’s prisoner swaps and Sony Pictures pulling their movie, “The Interview”.
Few of us have time to apprise ourselves with America’s policies, foreign or otherwise. Even if we did, if the stakes change, it’s enough to make our patriotic heads spin. Knowing how busy people can be, especially now, at the holiday season, it is my hope to save them the time knowledge takes to get and bring clarity to what otherwise has been a very confusing year. That clarity may prove useful while President Obama is in office and afterward. [Read more…]
Yesterday was a horrific day, horrific. I don’t mean it lightly. I don’t use that word lightly. Over 100 primary school children were murdered in Peshawar, Pakistan in an apparent revenge plot against their parents. In addition, the Russian ruble fell to about half of what it was worth, and people saw their life savings vanish.
This post is designed to remind readers that there is also joy in the world in addition to horror, in addition to evil. While music doesn’t even remotely make up for unmitigated terror, music brings a joy that exists in the world along with terror. [Read more…]
Please consider this an update to my posts about police violence toward African-Americans. One hundred and nine people commented on Ferguson: Right or Wrong, (http://mycurrentnewsblog.com/2014/11/25/ferguson-decision-right-or-wrong/) the post I’d written when Officer Darren Wilson shot Michael Brown. In this, one of my most heavily trafficked blogs, I insisted Officer Wilson’s shooting of Michael Brown was racially motivated, and virtually all my commenters disagreed with me. This is the stuff great blogs are made of and exactly the dialogue I was looking for. [Read more…]