Protecting Spaceship Earth

Posted by on Jun 28, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

“T” administration proposes repealing rule giving the EPA broad authority over water pollution.  Put in place by the Obama administration in 2015, the “Waters of the U.S. Rule” was created to define which waterways, including streams, rivers and other bodies can be regulated by the federal government in order to prevent pollution.  The current administration believes the Rule gives regulators too much authority.

EPA plans to shed more than 1200 employees by September as part of a push to shrink the agency, which “T” promised to eliminate “in almost every form”.

EPA is moving the reverse the previous administrations plan to ban Chlorpyrifos, a widely used pesticide which numerous studies have found to cause brain damage in developing fetuses as well as a host of other detrimental health issues for children and pregnant women.  On Tuesday, the American Academy of Pediatrics urged the EPA to take the product off the market, stating that “the risk to infant and children’s health is unambiguous”.  This poison is manufactured by Dow Chemical, who wrote a $1 million check to help underwrite Mr. “T’s” inaugural festivities.

We would all do well to watch developments at the “new” EPA carefully.  The health of our planet and all the lifeforms which reside here may hang in the balance.  In the meantime, we dedicate this quote from a Native American proverb to our friends at the EPA:  “We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children”.  Think about it.

Monday Musing

Posted by on Jun 26, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Happy Monday!

From my customary 15 minutes sipping morning coffee with the New York Times:

  • GOP rallies support for their health care bill (opposed by the vast majority of Americans, including much of the nation’s $3 trillion health care industry).
  • Retail jobs are drying up due to the continuing growth of E-Commerce.
  • American Virgin Islands quickly following Puerto Rico into bankruptcy.
  • 150 Pakistanis killed by exploding tanker truck.
  • White House pushes military might over humanitarian aid in Africa.
  • And that’s just the first 8 pages in section one!

In my constant quest to find something positive to start the day, I finally reached the Arts Section at the back of the paper, and there it was: “Gentle Rainbows for a Gay and Transgender Monument”. On the heels of yesterday’s annual Pride March, it was announced that the artist Anthony Goicolea has been chosen to design the first official monument dedicated to the LBGT Community commissioned by the State of New York. The Monument will be built in Hudson River Park, not far from our former home on Manhattan’s West Side. In making the announcement, Governor Cuomo said “from Stonewall to Marriage equality, New York has always been a beacon for justice. (For more details go to nytimes.com or Google Hudson River Park).

My husband and I moved from NYC to Philadelphia last year to be closer to my 91 year-old Mom and our four grandkids, which has been great-no regrets. But having said that, I must admit there is just no place on earth that compares to New York City. Congratulations on the new Monument-we’ll be there for the opening.

Thoughts/Quotes for the day:

“I am only one, but still I am one.
I cannot do everything, but still I can do something:
I will not refuse to do something I can do.” Helen Keller

Everyone is a genius.
But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree,
it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid. Albert Einstein

GlamMom…..the transformational journey of being a Grandmother

Posted by on Dec 23, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

I became a mother at 19 so you can imagine the bumpy road of being a parent so young.  Another son at 22, and my daughter at 28.  Each brought challenges and joys like no other. As we prepare to celebrate this holiday season, and my December 23rd birthday,  I reflect on the amazing personal transformation that has happened as a result of my becoming a Mother to three wonderful young adults, and ultimately,  a Grandmother to four precious little people.

 As  ‘Nonnie’ and GlamMom’ (a feminist, activist, revolutionary Grandmother), I am grateful for the gifts my grandchildren give me….. a deeper self-knowledge, an ability to be mindful–fully in the present moment—an ability to truly ‘play’ with freedom and abandonment,  to listen with a lazar-like focus, and to love with an intensity of ‘falling in love.’  My hope is that my gift to them is unconditional love, support to find their own voices, to celebrate their successes and challenges as opportunities for growth, and to embrace the values of compassion, inclusion, activism, and kindness. 

At this time of year and beyond, my focus circles ‘inward’ on my four precious little people, my cherished family and friends,  and my ‘outward’ focus includes a heightened, critical activism to protect this beautiful spaceship earth, to prevent the ease that people can buy guns, to build awareness of  the threat of terriorism due to the inequality of opportunities, and to celebrate diversity and to build equality for our world!  Activism has never been more important for as we shower love on family and friends this holiday season, so must we speak out for social injustice to make a better world for all of us.

 

 

Around the World: Celebrating a Life of Adventure

Posted by on Nov 5, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

On November 2, 2013, we gathered at an old, Pennsylvania farmhouse to celebrate my husband’s 70th year on the planet.  The theme of the celebration was ‘around the world’ because Don’s life has been filled with travel, diverse cultures, daunting challenges, and unique, transforming life experiences. He was born in San Diego, CA, lived for many years in Los Angeles where his father was a professor at USC. During this time, his family spent summers in Hawaii. When he was 12, he lived for two years in South Korea with his family; his Dad was a diplomat or so we think.  Berkeley in the 60s,  marching for Civil Rights, Farmers’ Rights, women’s rights, People’s Park, teargas, peaceful riots, and listening to Janis Joplin sing her heart out at the student union on Saturday nights.

Don’s West Coast life ended when he met me in Philadelphia at Interstate Oil Transport Company.  I was a secretary, and Don was a tug dispatcher.   We started ‘making music’ together that resulted in buying a gracious, charming farmhouse in Pennsylvania and getting married there on the hillside. My sons, ages 3 and 5, handed out daisies to our guests who surrounded us in a circle.  Jessica completed our family in November, 1977, along with many cats, dogs, and horses (most were rescues).  When the children grew up, we settled in Annapolis, living aboard ‘Sofia 1’, a 34-foot Tartan for 2.5 years, then moved to a lumbering, larger, Sofia 2, at 43 feet.  It’s been quite a journey!  

As for the birthday party, it was a mixture of family and friends from the past and the present.  An ‘odd coalition’, my ex and his wife, and my divorce attorney whom I have known for more than 37 years.   Our beloved children always bring us joy, their partners ‘buried their differences’ to come together to celebrate Don/Poppi’s glorious 70th.   Our four grandchildren, who represent the future, filled the place with joy and giggles.  We frantically took as many pictures as we could to mark this event in our memories forever.

The adventure continues as we become more like ‘new yorkers’ living in the Upper West Side and enjoying Central Park, the diverse cultures, art, film, and lectures. 

Stay tuned for the next adventure…I hear there is a boat in our future!

 

Celebrating Women’s Equality Day

Posted by on Aug 26, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Today, August 26th, we celebrate Women’s Equality Day. We commemorate the 93rd anniversary of the certification of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote. It’s hard to believe that less than 100 years ago, women did not have the right to vote. Advocates such as Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Ida B. Wells devoted decades of hard work to ensure that women’s voices could be heard. As a result, historic change occurred, forever transforming our nation as we took another step toward a more perfect union.

Defying Gravity: Women Who Lead

Posted by on Jun 26, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Last night, I watched the live stream of State Senator Wendy Davis create a filibuster in Austin’s state house to thwart the passing of a misogynist law restricting women’s right to an abortion. State Senator Davis endured 11 hours of standing, without any breaks or any water.  She stood unwavering despite arduous debate and calculated efforts to ‘break her down’.  

Our gratitude to State Senator Wendy Davis for her courageous stance in defying the patriarchal efforts to put women’s lives at risk and to deny their constitutional rights to make their own health decisions.

Women who lead defy gravity.  Women who lead make their voices heard, lean in, and advocate for themselves and others!

 

 

Greetings from Manhattan

Posted by on Jun 21, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Two months ago, we moved from a 1200 square foot condo in Annapolis to a 412 square foot co-op in Manhattan.  In addition to our 412 precious square feet of space, our ‘land yacht’ has a lovely south-facing terrace that gives us the feeling of living in a tree house.  The location of our ‘land yacht’ is at 81st and Columbus, close to Central Park and the Museum of National History.  We feel blessed to have this opportunity to live and work in the Big Apple.   As a Leadership Coach, who challenges and supports change and growth in executives, I am acutely aware of my own process of change and adaptation and am definitely ‘walking the walk.’  As I market to new clients to build my New York business, connect with ‘New Yorker’ friends, identify causes to channel my activism, I revisit and adjust my own self-development plan and integrate new, innovative practices that move me way beyond a reasonable comfort plan.  Join me in that journey…it is invigorating, frightening, challenging, and enlightening!

 

The Power of Letting Go

Posted by on Jun 4, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Going from a 1200 square foot condo in Annapolis to a 412 square foot co-op in New York City’s Upper West Side has its advantages. We hear often about the need to ‘let go’ …..our regrets, our disappointments, our anger. And, letting go of ‘stuff’ that we hold on to in order to feel complete. A tiny place demands organization, maximizing the use of space, and letting go of unnecessary things. Living in our tiny Manhattan co-op requires discipline and vigilance in order to not let things accumulate.

The process of letting go demands a clarification of values, deciding what we hold dear, every picture, every CD, every book is carefully and consciously chosen. The result is a place filled with precious possessions that totally delight. In fact, if it doesn’t absolutely delight, it is gone (recycled and/or given to Goodwill).

This lesson is one that I challenge you to take on for yourselves. It is freeing, life-affirming, renewing. The power of ‘letting go’…give it a try!

Hallmark did NOT invent Mother’s Day!

Posted by on May 12, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

It’s true. Hallmark or See Candies or 1-800-flowers did NOT invent Mother’s Day. Julia Ward Howe initiated Mother’s Day in 1870, and she would have been appalled by the commercialization. Were she alive today, she would have told her children to dispense with the roses and chocolates and instead join her in an anti-war rally. Julia wrote the Battle Hymn of the Republic and fought against slavery. Julia wrote a proclamation that birthed Mother’s Day. She is a role model worth following.

And Like the Russian Fairytale….They Died On The Same Day

Posted by on Mar 28, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

It is five years since we lost our dear friends, Cher and John. Cher was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer, despite never smoking, having no family history, keeping up with all mammograms, and eating healthy. After a valiant 15-month battle, she was gone!  What made this day more tragic, unbelievably crushing was the loss of her husband, John on the same day.  They were both 53 years old!

Cher was in hospice home care, being kept comfortable and calm. When I called her name, despite the fog of a semi-coma, she tried hard to open her eyes. She knew I was there; it was a moment I will never forget.  Her room was filled with beautiful flowers, candles, prayer flags, beautiful white linens…everything to create a haven of peace and tranquility for her journey home.

Cher passed at 2:45 am on Good Friday; she also was born at 2:45 am.  Don and I arrived about 8:00 am and asked about John.  We were told he was sleeping and after a 6 day  24 hour vigil, we did not question he need for rest.  We visited with our Cher and gazed at her beautiful face. We hugged her daughters, Kira, 22 and Jameliah, 29 and cried together. Then, someone said they could not rouse John. Panic began to rise, as the emergency medics were called to the farm. They tried everything to revive him. So, right next to the beautiful, white, calm room of peace, there was a room filled with panic, medical equipment, and screaming daughters.

We followed John to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. We believe he medicated himself to ease his pain, and somehow may have mixed toxic ingredients that led to his demise.   Some thought perhaps he could not live without Cher, but we believe it was an accident.  We know he would not leave his daughters.  We will never know the truth.

Losing two beloved friends on Good Friday….and like the Russian fairytale…..they died one the same day.