Sometimes I think we have lost the ability to just “be” with ourselves. If we don’t use the time alone to the greatest advantage, it just goes away and is no longer there for the taking. There is a way to view ‘alone’ and ‘lonely’ as two different but equally interesting concepts. Perhaps there have been times lately that you have felt a bit lonely while being with … [Read more...] about Spirituality, Solace, Mindfulness: What Path to Take?
Sometimes I think we have lost the ability to just “be” with ourselves. If we don’t use the time alone to the greatest advantage, it goes away, and is no longer there for the taking. One can view ‘alone’ and ‘lonely’ as two different but equally interesting concepts. Perhaps there have been times lately that you have felt a bit lonely while being with others. Conversely, … [Read more...] about Spirituality, Solace, Mindfulness: What Path to Take?
We are in the midst of a health crisis the likes of which no living American has seen as well as an impending economic disaster, a looming national election that will undoubtedly change our world, and the critical Black Lives Matter movement. And some members of our LGBTQ+ community seem to be focusing on – Ellen DeGeneres. Really? The focus on her troubles, accusations … [Read more...] about Compassion and Loyalty: Where’s Ellen?
As we continue in our COVID-19 world, the months are speeding along for many, but seem to creep by for others. That may vary day to day, making it difficult to maintain a balance of all the parts that make up a life. Think of it as “calendar disruption,” and we love our calendars, don’t we? We are still quarantined and lots of people are more anxious & depressed than … [Read more...] about Partnered vs. Unpartnered: Lessons from Both Sides
We’re hearing so much about history, what’s real, what’s true, what never was true. History is vital in our lives, because our personal history, our experiences, and what we’ve learned through them, help shape our lives going forward. Memories take hold of our brains, our hearts, and often impact the choices we make. There are helpful aspects of having strong memories, which … [Read more...] about “History of PRIDE in New Orleans Panel” – Lessons Learned
Stress impacts everything in our lives. The holistic worldview encourages us to consider everything in our life as connected. Through those connections, there are bonds that sustain us throughout life and help to keep us grounded in logic and reality in times of trauma or transition. As we’ve recently discovered, the stress we have lived with since late March is here … [Read more...] about Is Risky Behavior Worth It? Wear a MASK
On May 27, the world lost a giant in the history of the LGBTQ community, Larry Kramer, noted author, playwright, producer, public health advocate, LGBTQ rights activist, and so much more. Those who do not know his story will hopefully learn about him through the multitude of articles and documentaries that will certainly show up in the near future. In order to gain a sense of … [Read more...] about The Normal Heart: AIDS/COVID/Resilience
We love our pets. Some of us are obsessed with our “children,” the cats, dogs, and other non-human creatures at home. During this COVID-19 pandemic and quarantine, the desire for a kitten or puppy has blossomed into a kind of obsession on a national level. A number of news reports have told us that people who have never had a pet, now seem desperate to adopt one. But why … [Read more...] about Adopting Pets for the Wrong Reasons
I asked someone the other day if he was looking forward to our area “opening up” during Phase One, and if he’d considered what it may mean for him on a personal level. “Well, nothing is happening now,” he responded, “might as well see some life and go down to the Quarter. But I’m kind of really afraid, so I’m not sure.” I think many people feel similarly. They’re ready … [Read more...] about OK, So We’re Open: Phase I Louisiana
There is a lot now that challenges us every day. Here are a few suggestions that could be enjoyable and helpful, such as cooking and, of course, eating! A podcast I like is What’s Cookin’, that highlights favorite easy recipes. Here’s a recipe from herbalist Cathy McNease that only takes about 15 minutes and is a great addition to something more substantial, or as a … [Read more...] about How About a Little Color in Your Life