Bright Ideas

21 posts

Practical reference material to assist people looking to make a difference in our world. Replicable models, book reviews, weblinks, demonstrations, tutorials, and videos for people helping people and people healing our planet.

Everything Old is New Again

Alas, we are “only human” and struggle at best to get a broad or long range view of our relative importance to the scheme of things. How futile it is to be a selfish species when in reality, we are only self-centered (like infants) – there is a whole universe of connectedness within which we are just a tiny part. Because we’re only human, we […]

Pay Attention

It’s easy to hide a birthday gift from my husband, just leave it in plain sight. Likewise, hours after he’s come home from the barbershop I probably still haven’t noticed or commented on the quality of his haircut. It’s easy to skip over the details in a fast paced, data heavy life, but there are consequences. We miss so much pleasure-the […]

Stalling or Starting Out at 60, 70, and Beyond

A few months ago, my friend and writing mentor, Peggy Millin (Clarity Works), wrote a blog entry called “Right Time, Right Path: Now”. In it she detailed and pondered on her feeling of being “stalled,” not just as a writer, but as a woman realizing the many miles she’s already logged on life’s journey and the impact the voyage has made on her physical and emotional stamina. Peggy’s thoughts were […]

Reaching Your Peak

  My plan this morning was to avoid electronics, so I brought a book and a print newsletter with me to the breakfast table. The first article to catch my attention in the AARP Bulletin was a feature interview with Arianna Huffington by Deidre Donahue. Ironic that her second interview question evoked this advice from the woman who is a […]

Prepare for Garden-Variety Exercise

Now that spring is finally here, you’re no doubt going to spend time planting, mowing the lawn and pulling weeds. Yard work can provide a great workout, but with all the bending, twisting, reaching and pulling, your body may not be ready for exercise of the garden variety. Back pain is the most common injury resulting from gardening.  Every spring […]

Stay in Touch

Mom lives in New York, at least a day’s trip by air from my home, most often a two day journey by car. It’s just not possible to be in the same room with her as often as I’d like. I’m always on the lookout for ways to connect between visits, beyond my daily phone calls and intermittent Skype visits. […]