March 15, 2011
Two things about me-I am a very spiritual person and I’m a romantic. I’m one of the those people who is always talking about the energy of a situation or a person. I base a lot of my decisions and interactions on positive vibes and intuition, so when I picked up The Book of Awakening, it resonated with me. Mark Nepo, who is a philosopher and a Cancer survivor, writes this day-by-day book to nourish and enlighten the souls of his readers. In every excerpt, he focuses on taking in our surroundings and reminiscing about times in our childhood, or moments in our past that brought us happiness. He encourages us to meditate on those moments, and forget whatever hardships we may currently be dealing with. His strength from being a survivor is felt on every page; looking beyond his immediate circumstance and finding a sense of happiness is what he tries to evoke to all his readers. This book is a definite read. I’m a fan of daily affirmation books because it helps you start your day on a positive note, so you are capable of dealing with whatever curve ball you may endure that day.
I’ve had this coffee table book for a few years now, but every time I think of it, I smile. I fell in love with it when I saw it in a Bethesda store window, and I begged my friend, Tamara, to pick it up for me because she lived close by. From Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor to JFK and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, this book outlines the whirlwind romances of the 20th Century. Their love may not have been perfect but it shows how it endured and kept some of these couples together for years. A great coffee book for guests to browse.
March 2, 2011
Technology-a gift and a curse to many relationships. Many arguments have ensued because of a Twitter or Facebook post. I bet no one predicted how many relationships would be destroyed because of the rise of social networking. Girlfriends, boyfriends, husbands and wives across the world are stalking their significant other’s pages to see if there are any indiscretions; or worse, to see if their significant others are using their social networks to do unscrupulous things. It has shed light on an inconspicuous way to cheat, without even sometimes touching another person. I have friends who love the fact that they can send their “love interest” a secret message without their significant other ever catching on. The taboo of blatantly
This digital explosion is causing a divide within relationships.People are using texting, bbm’ing, Twitter, Facebook, etc. to express frustrations, philander, and substantiate their doubts and insecurities with their partners. Old-fashioned communication is becoming less common. Break-ups are occurring via text because people are too cowardly to express their feelings face-to-face. Our relations have become impersonal blurbs across a device to avoid the real emotional impact we may have on someone; that is where the disconnect