Fuller House, Review, TV, TV Review

Why Fuller House Is Worth A Watch Especially By The Most Cynical Of Us All

Let’s just get it out of the way: I really like Fuller House.  I acknowledge its negative sides but embrace it for the heartwarming, old-school, things-can-be-simple, fun family show that it is. One of the recurrent questions I get when I mention the show to others is how I can bear to sit through half… Read More Why Fuller House Is Worth A Watch Especially By The Most Cynical Of Us All

Community Building

Going Back to Basics: What Walking in Little Shoes Can Teach You { Guest Post }

{ This guest post was written by a beloved friend of mine, Nelli. } There are so many poignant things happening all around the world these days.  Within just a few minutes of scrolling through my news feed, I can feel completely devastated, then blissfully hopeful, then utterly disgusted, then surprisingly intrigued… Images, videos, shocking… Read More Going Back to Basics: What Walking in Little Shoes Can Teach You { Guest Post }

Arts, Family, Photography

Family Photography: A Luxury That Keeps On Giving

I recently wrote about balancing out necessary consumption, when it comes to babies, with overconsumption.  In short, there are material things that one really needs to raise a baby, while others are either personal preference or luxury.  I also noted some of the things that I already owned before having a baby that proved to… Read More Family Photography: A Luxury That Keeps On Giving

Hope, Personal Development, Virtues

The Light That Never Ends: The Gift From Some Dark Times { Guest Post }

{ This guest post was written by a dear friend of mine, Lorraine. } To paint a brief picture of my life prior to 25 May 2017, I was a young professional spending her free time supporting community building efforts and generally too busy or naïve (from my perspective now) to consider having to deal… Read More The Light That Never Ends: The Gift From Some Dark Times { Guest Post }

Community Building, Family, Parenting

Fighting Urban Loneliness, One Day at a Time

When I sprained my ankle back in 2008, I started feeling quite lonely even while standing in a crowd.  It was because the teaming mass of people was buzzing by me, unaware of my struggle opening a difficult door while juggling my bag and my crutches (more on that here).  There is one particular moment… Read More Fighting Urban Loneliness, One Day at a Time

About to Read, Book Review, Parenting, Review

About to Read: Poisoning Our Children: The Parent’s Guide to the Myths of Safe Pesticides by André Leu

As a long-time **coughsnoteventwoyearscoughs** parent, I have been reading even more, lately, about the harmful effects of non-organic food in our health. On the one hand, I do not wish to become an alarmist, claiming that something (in this case, non-organic book) is the answer to all our woes.  I believe in a balanced approach… Read More About to Read: Poisoning Our Children: The Parent’s Guide to the Myths of Safe Pesticides by André Leu

Community Development, Hope, Virtues

The Interplay Between Hope and Despair: Helping Hope Win

After what happened in February 2018 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, I wrote a series of posts about school shootings.  It came right before a pre-planned hiatus, just in time for the Bahá’í Fast.  I had intended to start blogging again right after the Bahá’í New Year (21 March), but I… Read More The Interplay Between Hope and Despair: Helping Hope Win

Community, Community Building, Community Development, Empowerement

It’s Not Just About School Shootings: The Broader Picture, and What We Can Do

This week’s posts were written with the victims of school shootings in mind—from those who died to their families, including those who survived and will carry the trauma with them for a long time. I started off the week with a list of immediately actionable things that each one of us can do.  I then… Read More It’s Not Just About School Shootings: The Broader Picture, and What We Can Do

Equality

Complex Thinking for Complex Times: Balancing Everyone’s Rights

We are not living in simple times anymore.  These complex times require complex thinking.  We are being challenged, as a society, to think about new solutions to problems unique because of the advances humans have made in the last 200 years. Because of the speed with which we are advancing and because of the interconnectedness… Read More Complex Thinking for Complex Times: Balancing Everyone’s Rights

Community, Community Building, Community Development

Barriers to Help The Weakest Links in our Communities

Yesterday’s post was all about personal action that can be taken to eradicate gun violence.  And while personal action is an essential part of the solution, so is engaging in the overall conversation about guns.  None of us, as individuals, has the solution to this problem; but each one of us holds an important insight… Read More Barriers to Help The Weakest Links in our Communities