Women’s Right to Vote

Women’s Right to Vote

Today was my first time voting as a US citizen. I left Canada in 1999 and haven't voted since, which started me thinking about the women who worked hard to give me that right in the first place. I found the following video on the history of women's right to vote in the U.S.A. I always assumed suffrage happened nationally, I hadn't realized that certain states had accepted the rights of women to vote, before the entire country adopted full suffrage in 1920. Think about that... 1920. Women have only had the right to vote for 90 years! Continue reading

Woman Ahead of Her Time

Woman Ahead of Her Time

Rick Mercer of the Mercer Report interviews Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion who is Canada's longest running consecutive term mayor. Listen to the interview to marvel at her gumption, experience and brilliance. Read more about this dynamo they refer to as Hurricane Hazel on wikipedia. Thanks to Kim Kassner for bringing this video to my attention via Facebook. Continue reading

What Does the Future Hold for my 17 Year Old?

What Does the Future Hold for my 17 Year Old?

Today I was hit by a time-marking truck. My son turned seventeen, he's in his last year of high school. It barely seems like I've been out of high school myself! In thinking back to the advice I got at his age, I would tell my son something different. There is no such thing as job security anymore, so choose to do what makes you happy. The job you want may not be in existence yet. Go to school to learn work ethic, keep your mind and options open for the future. Better yet, create the job you want! If you have children that will be or have graduated from high school recently, what Continue reading

Flying Under Bridges

Flying Under Bridges

My neighbor borrowed the audio book Flying Under Bridges (affiliate link) from the library and found herself laughing out loud in her car while she listened. Knowing I was a huge Shirley Valentine fan, she loaned me the discs when she finished with them. She was right, I loved it! Flying Under Bridges is a witty look at many of the issues we face, including equality. The author, Sandy Toksvig weaves the story with humorous sarcasm, provoking deep consideration while I simultaneously laughed out loud and yelled, "Yes!" in agreement with her human observations. Here are my favorite Continue reading

Walk with Purpose, Run with Attitude

Walk with Purpose, Run with Attitude

Three months ago I signed up for the 2010 Run With Attitude 5k. I gave myself enough time to train, but I didn't. Work got in the way and I chose paying the bills over my personal welfare. I've been exceptional at putting everything and everyone ahead of my own health. As a matter of fact, I have always struggled to prioritize fitness goals into my daily routine. The only exception was a few years ago when I found myself working part-time while my children were in school full-time; I consistently ran trails for a year and a half and I LOVED it. Over the past seventeen years I was Continue reading

Managing Responsibilities Gives You Greater Control

Managing Responsibilities Gives You Greater Control

How much control do you really have? If only that car in front of you would hurry up so you can get to work on time. If only your spouse would do a better job parenting the children. If only your employees would quit taking advantage. How many times have you felt your blood pressure rise, how many times have you repeated yourself? Nicely... and then less than nice? Perhaps even displayed unbridled anger? If you make statements like the above, you probably have control issues. Most of us do. When something isn't going the way we think it should, we look outside ourselves Continue reading

Is This The End of Men?

Is This The End of Men?

"What if the modern, postindustrial economy is simply more congenial to women than to men? For a long time, evolutionary psychologists have claimed that we are all imprinted with adaptive imperatives from a distant past: men are faster and stronger and hardwired to fight for scarce resources, and that shows up now as a drive to win on Wall Street; women are programmed to find good providers and to care for their offspring, and that is manifested in more- nurturing and more-flexible behavior, ordaining them to domesticity. This kind of thinking frames our sense of the natural order. But what if Continue reading

Stuck in the Middle with You

Stuck in the Middle with You

Having been first born in my family and first among my friends to have children, be married, get divorced, the middle position isn't a familiar place to me. Yet, it seems that's exactly where I am. The middle of my life. Mid-life. I've spent much of the past couple years looking behind and evaluating. The current year has been a period of looking forward to make future plans. Helen's death stopped me in my tracks and I began to evaluate this moment of time in my life. When I met her I was a young teenager, she seemed so much older and mature. She was a single mom, working hard Continue reading

Riding the Bull: Recognizing When Resolution isn’t the Game

Riding the Bull: Recognizing When Resolution isn’t the Game

The tensions mount as you stare eye to eye trying to come to some sort of understanding. Breathing is getting heavier, blood pressure is rising, and you realize this discussion is not going to be easy. Whether it's a coworker, family or friend, you probably know a bull but don't recognize it as such. You may even be the bull! Here are three tell-tale signs you're dealing with a bull: Any request for a change in behavior turns into an argument unless you back down. There's no rational reasoning to points made when the discussion is emotionally charged. You have Continue reading