Category: Culture

  • Are You a Dreamer? The World Needs You! 

    Are You a Dreamer? The World Needs You! 

    This past week we celebrated Martin Luther King Day, viewing it as an opportunity to honor a great man who inspired our country and the whole world. According to the website Britannica his most famous work is his “I Have a Dream” speech that he delivered in 1963. In it, he spoke of his dream…

  • Feeling Criticized this Holiday? You Are Not Alone! 

    Feeling Criticized this Holiday? You Are Not Alone! 

    A friend who attends the same church I do just told me how several people were complaining that the very gifted pianist played too hard on the keyboard. Really? In my view, he makes the most beautiful music, especially holiday music and yes, he emphasizes a lot of the notes but he is pouring his…

  • Inspiring Patriotism in our Kids, Part Two

    Inspiring Patriotism in our Kids, Part Two

    In my last blog I invited readers to consider what patriotism is all about and why it is important to inspire our children to become patriotic. I shared how in recent years there has been a deep decline in teaching Civics in our public schools so our children must depend on their families to provide…

  • Inspiring Patriotism in our Kids, Part One 

    Inspiring Patriotism in our Kids, Part One 

    Because we all recently celebrated Memorial Day and now look forward to our July 4th celebration, I thought it might be timely to invite my readers to consider what patriotism is all about and how we can inspire our children to become patriotic. (Note: This is Part One to invite you to consider what patriotism…

  • How Memories Make Us Who We Are 

    How Memories Make Us Who We Are 

    We just celebrated Memorial Day, when we pause to remember and appreciate the many sacrifices of soldiers who served in wars throughout American history. I thought we might pause to consider the nature of memories, how essential they are in making us human, and how flawed they can be. Here’s some amazing information: according to…

  • Rediscovering Near Death Experiences And What They Can Teach Us

    Rediscovering Near Death Experiences And What They Can Teach Us

    This blog begins with a Warning Label. It may not be for all readers. I am going to delve into some spiritual information, and it is my hope that knowing this will guide your decision as to whether you wish to continue reading. I remember many years ago reading Raymond Moody’s best-selling book Life After…

  • Why “It’s a Philly Thing!” Resonates So Strongly and is a Sense of Connection

    With the Super Bowl almost here, there is so much enthusiasm in the air. And if you live in or around Philadelphia, you see T-shirts and signs proclaiming, “It’s a Philly Thing!” If you walk into a store or down the street and are wearing a hat or sweatshirt featuring the Eagles, you get a…

  • How Popular Movies Can Influence Attitudes, Beliefs, and Behaviors

    Over the holidays I had the pleasure of going to see Avatar with my son-in-law and three grandsons, ages 16, 13 and 9. The animation was out of this world and the many themes of the movie were powerful. I loved one of the ending messages: “Protecting their family gives men a purpose.” I thought about…

  • How to Make Meaning From Our Holiday Experiences

    As we wrap up our holiday season and prepare for whatever the New Year will bring, let’s take one last look at our experiences with family and friends and how those experiences impacted how we are feeling today.  An article from John Hopkins Medicine lists some of the reactions we can have to the holidays,…