Melting Pot

Goin’ In: My Choice, Staying Focused

“It is during or darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.”                                                                                                             Aristotle We live in a world of limitless possibilities and boundless opportunities and because of that we have free will to choose where we direct our attention. Each choice that we make manifests…

A Voice for Choice

It irks me when someone utters the sentence, “I had no choice!” Because except for in a very few instances in life, we have, in this country, many choices, innumerable choices. Perhaps, often times, we are blessed with too many choices. For example, walk down any aisle in…

Say Something: Under Reconstruction

  I am my father’s child, but Our Father’s creation… I tell myself this daily in an exercise to honor me. But as a man, how can I honor anything but this mask of masculinity dictated by a society that says it’s “gay” to love those gays, or…

Choice: Chiang Mai

    – Bernie Basley Bernie loves to take pictures.  He earned his Bachelor’s degree in TV Production from Columbia College Chicago, but now lives in LA.  Bernie has worked extensively in TV production including ABC Television Network where he served as the Associate Director and Stage Manager from…

Changes in Traditional Indian Family Structure

  From joint family to nuclear family the so-called Indian family structure changed a lot during the last three decades.  I remember growing up with my grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousins in the same house. Every day, when I look back, life was a bittersweet struggle to fit…

Beyond Bloodlines

The concept of family, for me covers a broad expanse of relationships that include, and go a long way beyond biology. Although my mother was born and raised in Alabama, she left home at 14 and rarely returned to visit the south. Our family dynamic changed drastically when…

One.

However we define family it means a lot. It is a blessing when we can see how all of life connects us as One family. In early 2015 I was blessed with an opportunity to visit many places in Asia for almost 3 months. We are taught early…

Eat-Love-Pray

The Julia Roberts 2010 movie could be the Marquee on my parents’ Philadelphia row home. Yes, I grew up in the City of Brotherly Love in the 40’s and 50’s.   My parents were first generation Italian American. My street and the streets parallel to mine were occupied, mostly by…

Hoop Dreams

I have seen Lyndon Alec perform his Hoop Dancing at least 5 times, and with each performance his warmth and sincerity shine through his obvious agility.  This time, I caught him at the UNA Global event.  He greeted me with a brilliant smile, and after speaking with him,…

Hello World!

August, 2015 Donald Trump doesn’t value wisdom. In his black and white worldview, thinking and learning only hamper winning: winning in the television ratings for his popular TV shows and in early polls for his newly started Republican presidential campaign. In his first flashy announcement of his candidacy,…