Archive for December 2015

The New Star Wars Movie (Reviewed by a Woman Almost as Old as Harrison Ford)

Spoiler alert. RIP Han Solo…or maybe not? Actually, I’m not sure this is an official spoiler because I can never be certain if someone is truly finished off in a movie or television series. I still have not given up on Jon Snow in Game of Thrones. Regardless of outcome, if Harrison Ford at age... Read more »

Genealogy: My Father's Roots and Mine

Today, December 23, is National Roots Day. Whenever I think about my roots, I am inspired by my late father’s obsession with genealogy and discovering his family history. My father taught me that in order to adapt to the present and evolve with an eye toward the future, you have to understand the past. My... Read more »

On the Third Anniversary of Sandy Hook: Light Your Candle and Pass on the Flame

Today is the third anniversary of the day a shooter invaded Sandy Hook Elementary School and shot 20 six and seven-year-olds and six adults to death. Yesterday was Worldwide Candle Lighting Day. It was also Hanukkah. As we lit the menorah with my son and his family in Boston, I shared my young grandsons’ delight... Read more »

Why People Don’t Volunteer: Ten Ideas to Get More Folks Involved

Last week, I wrote about the decline in volunteerism in schools. It certainly touched a nerve for some folks in my community. No one disputed that it is happening. Comments ranged from “I made all of my closest friends at my children’s school while volunteering” to “there has been an increase in the banter that... Read more »

Gun Violence and a Preschool Song of Peace

When three and four-year-olds at the preschool I directed sang these words, I was always moved to tears. Let there be peace on earth Let this be the moment now. With every step I take Let this be my solemn vow. To take each moment And live each moment With peace eternally. Let there be... Read more »