Movies, Our Cultural Mirrors


Films communicate present day culture and artistic ability. When we keep up with the year’s films, particularly the films that are nominated for an Oscar, we’ve sampled the culture of the time.
“Now more than ever we need to talk to each other, to listen to each other and to understand how we see the world, and cinema is the best medium for doing this.” Martin Scorsese

Having Grace


Grace is all around us for the taking, but we often let it drift away-unused.
Grace can alleviate problematic scenarios and literally freshen the air.
Caroline Myss said, “When you get mad and want to say _ and something inside you says, ‘Do you really want to go there?’ that’s grace.”

Week-end Planning

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Everyone likes a great gig. What are you planning to do this week-end that will be fun and memorable. Find some inspiration, music and get in touch with some fun folks. Take photos as proof.

Conversational Finesse

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Even with the best of conversational intentions, you can feel the misstep. The trust is tenuous, but growing, and then it happens. Too much is asked and the conversation narrows.
“Note to world: curiosity killed the chat.” Philip Galanes

Everyone Loves to Be Invited

Have you given a party lately or invited others to join you for a film, concert or other event? Sometimes we hold back the invitations because we’re not sure people would want to come or could come. I say, invite people to join you for fun events if they cannot attend. Everyone likes to be thought of, and …invited.

Text...Matters

“When you don’t respond to texts or phone calls, you’re saying, “You don’t matter.” When you say this enough times…then, you don’t matter. Every action has consequences.” unknown

I've Noticed A Balance

First, this photo does not do justice to this painting. It was painted by my sister, Jesi Pace-Berkeley, and is entitled Tech Woman.
She exemplifies a knowing balance that I see among my friends. If one’s profession is fun and lucrative, the ┬ápersonal giving back is often to the unfortunate. If the profession is a helping one, the balance of free time is aimed at having some pleasure.

Are You an Old Soul?

Some animals, like this friendly fellow, act like OLD SOULS. You can detect it in his eyes and social acumen.
When people are described this way, they are thought to be “wise beyond their years, of strong emotional stability and possess more understanding of the world than their peers.”
Do most groups of friends contain an old soul to anchor the group? Do healthy families look to one person for the ultimate guidance? Are you, the reader, an old soul who is looking for wisdom going forward?
I know I am.

Shopping, No Stress, Just Looking

As said in an earlier post, if you want an item, take a photo. Carry it around, show people and talk about the fun you had – free. So you don’t feel deprived, dress up and enjoy the shopping trip. Along the way, smile at and talk to people you meet, hold some doors open, smile at babies and young children and, generally – spread a little cheer. Donate what change you have in the red kettle as you leave – and feel grateful for the experience.

Telling Our Stories

“But perhaps the most profound of the tools we have at our disposal is the simple act of telling our stories to other human travelers – in a circle around a fire, at the back fence with a neighbor, or at a kitchen table with family and friends.” Elizabeth Lesser
Let’s look for this happening in our world. Do we see people together relaxed, laughing, or listening intently to each other?

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