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Who Runs The World?

Posted by on Dec 1, 2016 in Lifestyle | 0 comments

I recently saw on the Cool Mom picks blog an article by fellow NJ blogger, Georgettte Gilmore, about a new inspirational book for the next generation of girls.   The book, WOWsdom, features stories and wisdom from many women of different backgrounds that will inspire and motivate today’s teen girls about the opportunities that lie ahead.  Men get their say also as dads offer advice and insights to their daughters in a section of the book.

Wowsdom is available on Kickstarter for $25.  Now, more than ever, is the time when we need to inspire our girls to roles of leadership and greatness.  I know this book  will find a place under our Christmas tree this year.

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Week 48/52

Posted by on Nov 28, 2016 in Family and friends | 2 comments

Life lately in 2016

As I’m writing this post’s title, I started to freak out a bit.  I can’t believe that we only have four weeks left in 2016 and that the holidays are really upon us.  This past week was a bit of a whirlwind between Thanksgiving and spending quality time with different family members and friends.  It was a nice break from our usual routine.

But with all joy comes a bit of sadness, right?  The happiness and holiday merrymaking this weekend was tinged with the sadness of an aunt’s passing on Thanksgiving Day.  Her death just reminds me of how fleeting our time is here in this planet and brings me back to the reality that my parents are getting old.  We are entering a new phase in our relationship that I’m not used to.  To be honest, I don’t know how to parent my parents…that’s a major role reversal, isn’t it?   Parenting my own kids is one thing but doing that to my own parents, who are notoriously stubborn, proud and independent, is another matter altogether.   I suppose like with all loved ones, I’ll just have to learn to be there for them in their own terms, giving them some leeway to live their lives the way they want with dignity and pride.  As any dutiful daughter, I will just have to wait for them to let me know when my help is needed.  Of course, it’s easier said than done.

Have a great week!

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Week 47/52

Posted by on Nov 21, 2016 in Family and friends | 0 comments

Life lately in 2016 

As we approach Thanksgiving this week, I start to ponder on the people, things and experiences that I am grateful for in my life.  It has been a long year with some highs and a few lows.  I am thankful for good health and that the girls continue to thrive.  It’s a different journey now with Chiara and Ines taking the lead on most of their undertakings while I act simply as a monitor to make sure things flow smoothly.  The process has not been easy, there’s a lot of letting go and blind faith on my part.  But that’s what raising older kids is all about, isn’t it?  I’m somewhat reassured by this passage I read in a book: “Let your children teach you who they are as they invite you to join in the discovery of their becoming.”   It’s not easy for an alpha mom like me but I’m trying.

Have a great Thanksgiving!

Some of the people and things I am thankful for…

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Week 46/52

Posted by on Nov 15, 2016 in Family and friends, Travel | 0 comments

Life Lately in 2016

I don’t remember an election where so many family members and friends voted differently. A divisive campaign it was, with an America that has come undone.  It’s a major blow for people like me who lean Democratic and cannot look past the hateful speech spewed during the Presidential election.  Like everyone else, I’m asking, “what now?”

Well, life still has to go on. We need to go about our daily business and celebrate life’s milestones. Going to a wedding outside Los Angeles this weekend sure helped as I was able to reset and focus on the simple pleasures and rituals in life.

But I am not going to lie about the road ahead, which will be bumpy and often not easy.  And while I yearn to  shut everything off, I know I cannot be completely still.   I will try to stay positive and keep an open mind about the changes ahead but I must also stay informed with all the cabinet appointments and potential policy changes and take action when necessary.

Chin up everyone!  There’s much work to be done…

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Week 45/52

Posted by on Nov 7, 2016 in Family and friends | 0 comments

Life lately in 2016

Don’t let these pictures lie. They may seem like images of a happy family of four going on about its daily lives but behind the smiles are a lot of angst and heated discussions as we, in the US, approach a very important presidential election. We try to stay rational and explain the political process and different issues to our daughters, hoping that they’ll glean something positive from this whole experience. One thing they understand is that America is hurting and we need to heal together to move forward.

I don’t want to add anymore to the ubiquitous heated political discussions these days. But I do beg you, if you can, to go vote on Tuesday and think of the world you’ll want your children, especially your daughters, to live in.

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