December 2015 archive

Dec 24

World Neighbors

This year marked a first for me. I learned about a major event happening in another country via Twitter instead of from a television or radio news announcement. Getting the information on my phone, less than an hour after the crisis started, made me realize how fast world news reaches us today. Compare that to …

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Dec 23

Onward and Upward in 2016

Over the years I’ve come to realize the world is a fast changing place, and once things change there is no going back. The real world doesn’t work in reverse. One thing that has not changed over the years is the appreciation I have for the people around me: my family, friends, readers and fellow …

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Dec 21

Do You Agree?

Customs and traditions are funny. What’s expected in one culture may not even be appropriate in another. I was wondering the other day, what are the consequences for someone who does what’s expected and feels cheated or breaks with tradition and goes their own way? In the 1950s United States, if you were a girl, …

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Dec 18

Reflections on Resolutions and Writing

‘Tis the season. What does your season look like? It’s December, and I’m running around with holiday madness. I don’t have the time to remember my gift list let alone what I did or didn’t accomplish this year. In fact, if hadn’t written them down, I’d have forgotten I even had thoughts to change my …

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Dec 16

Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee!

In Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, Ebenezer Scrooge was obsessed over the accumulation of wealth. He was greedy, hoarding his pennies. He was mean, complaining about the poor. He was nasty, wishing ill on others. No one wanted to be around him. His main problem, however, was that he had lost his joy. Wretched behavior grew …

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