I recently watched an old film in which the main character wrote murder stories that came true in real life — following which the main character cried about the losses in her life. “Stop writing murder stories,” I thought. Was that decision not logical and obvious? Continue reading
I have a personal interest in understanding relationships and guiding them into expressions of love, so I was intrigued by the newly-released e-book, Ask Deepak about Love and Relationships — a collection of questions posed to and answered by Deepak Chopra, M.D.. Chopra includes hundreds of his correspondences as the text of the book, and each chapter covers one topic, such as managing relationships, navigating parenting and identifying pure love. Continue reading
Human beings are prone to feeling lonely and isolated at every age. An infant feels alone and scared outside of her mother’s arms. A young child feels excluded and unwanted when classmates don’t invite him into a game. A teenager feels solitary and inaccessible as she tries to form an identity. An adult feels helpless and angry if his trust is betrayed in a relationship. Any form of rejection can trigger our sense of isolation and loneliness, which, in turn, can trigger fear-based emotions such as sadness, indignation or rage. Our response to these emotions determines whether we spiral into despair or, alternately, ground ourselves in a sense of peace. Continue reading
Martin Luther King Jr., Gandhi, Mother Theresa, and Grammy-award-winning Israeli violinist Miri Ben-Ari have sounded messages of peace in different melodies. Martin Luther King Jr. projected his “I Have a Dream” and other voiced messages from the pulpit and in the streets. Gandhi had a silent song, protesting injustice through non-violence. Mother Theresa spread peace through her years of community service, while giving us footnotes of wisdom in her poetic words. Ben-Ari plays her violin across dividing lines of sworn enemies, in the process, bridging our collective humanity. Continue reading
Life can get fast-paced and demanding, causing an overload of stress. You can easily feel trapped, or worse, a slave to time and demands. Employ your free choice and take a three-minute, refreshing vacation. You can afford three minutes. Your productivity will go up after you reenergize from this vacation. Continue reading
As I found myself just missing half hourly buses two days in a row, I grabbed a pensive moment to question how would life be without clocks?
Fast forward through this thought process, I ask myself how do I balance personal and social needs. (In other words, how do I respect myself and others.) Continue reading
“We will have to change,” said United States President Barak Obama, in response to the recent shooting at an elementary school in Newton, Connecticut. “These tragedies must end, and to end them, we must change.”
I could not agree more.
Dec 21, 2012 was predicted to be the end of the world
or at least a huge shift in life as we knew it to be.
What is the shift?
And what part do we have in directing the future?
— The Youth Project sponsored by World Foundation for Original Human Development is hosting its 2nd annual Awareness Day in Chappaqua. It’s a great time to meet and greet young people who are making a difference in the world. You can learn about their projects and innovative solutions to the world’s problems.
Eat great food at Don Emillio’s Restaurant 57-59 King Street, Chappaqua New York
There’s lots going on. Hear livemusic, make and buy crafts, and try winning the grand prize of two
Bruce Springsteen concert tickets! For more info, visit www.teensforthefuture.com or www.wfohd.org
by Michall Jeffers
Photo by Bill Bramswig
Chappaqua Inside – December 2009
Here in Chappaqua, good neighbors come in all colors, faiths, and ethnic backgrounds. Since this is the season to celebrate and to share, there’s no better time to learn about the holiday customs of these friends in our community, in their own words. Our lovely Cover Girls are joined in telling their stories by a Quaker from one of the founding Chappaqua families, a Jewish mom whose creativity encouraged her daughter to cherish Hanukah, a prominent African American citizen explaining Kwanzaa, and an Indian dad and daughter who have perfected the art of giving back. They range in age from twelve to eighty-nine, and come from all over the globe. Continue reading