February 15, 2012

Roots

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My 13 year old is married to someone I‘ve never met. Yes, on Facebook, where she and her 400+ “friends” create their own families. Friends appear as siblings and parents, identifying their core relationships amidst hundreds, and also just for fun. Small wonder, many of these kids are raised by Boomers who often consider their friends to be their family of choice.

My own friend/sister recently described her relationship to a mentor, identifying the impact of their relationship with “I’m definitely on her tree.” Which got me to thinking about my own tree. Who am I related to not by blood, but influence, thought, passion, and interest? Millions are devoted to identifying their ancestry online and to the new season of NBC’s Who Do You Think You Are?. I am not so curious about my bloodline as my spirit line; though sometimes the two are the same. So I had some fun with my genealogy of choice. Here are my results.

The spirit of these imagined ancestors live in me. Who lives in you? Whose tree are you on?

Great Grandparents:
Virginia Woolf
Bertrand Russell
Peggy Guggenheim
Rabindranath Tagore

Grandparents:
Ella Fitzgerald
Marguerite Duras
Katherine Hepburn
George Balanchine
Robertson Davies
Walker Evans

Parents:
Jackie Kennedy Onassis
Sidney Poitier

Uncles:
Bob Fosse
Jean Luc Godard

Aunts:
Mary Tyler Moore
Ali MacGraw

Sisters:
Cindy Sherman
Wendy Wasserstein
Jhumpa Lahiri

Brother:
Sting
Robert Longo

Cousins:
Sam Shephard
Carole King
Fran Liebowitz
Diane Keaton

July 6, 2011

What If

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What if I told you that a dead man has spoken to me? That he gave specific guidance, and it all came true? Would you believe me? Let’s say you would. Now what? What are the implications in knowing that there is a dimension where the past can speak to the present about the future? For me, it’s overwhelming. Should I l Read the rest of this entry »

June 24, 2011

Solstice

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The Summer Solstice passed last week and The New York Times reported in “Celebration, and Mourning, on a Day with Lingering Sunlight” that we are divided in how we see this moment. Some of us rejoice in the onset of summer. Others are mourning the shortening of days.

For those of us who have reached our own solstice, the day when we realize that our time on earth is likely to be shorter than the days we have lived, there is a similar divided response. Some of us focus on retirement, others look to reinvention. Investment advisors Read the rest of this entry »