Melting Pot

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,…

Church, Necessary or Not?

After a recent family outing and subsequent barbecue, my five children and I held a brief “Mom and sibling meeting.” Focused initially on how, with our busy lives, we maintain close bonds as family, supporters and most importantly, friends. We aired our concerns, and eventually came up with…

The Power of One. Use It.

I have never questioned that I had power. What I have realized is that I have been in situations where I have not used my power. Sound familiar? Power is, for me, the ability to use one’s influence to create or facilitate a positive outcome. At times power…

The Choice Is Yours

Words are powerful. We are told this from a very early age, but how do we really learn it, how do we really know? Although we lived quite near my elementary school, I rode the bus there and back. When I was very young it was before the…

Business, but Not “As Usual”

Which is more powerful, being a businessman or taking care of business, as a husband and father?  Taurus Bennett is the Agency Owner of Family Farmers Insurance, Florence, AL, and he exemplifies how to keep his customers and family as the center of his focus – to serve…