Take Back Your Life!

Is life really just good and bad luck?

February 23, 2011 by Giulietta Nardone

Hello thoughtful folks,

Think I mentioned a few weeks back during a post on the potentially numbing effects on television that I nonetheless loved Masterpiece Theater. Unlike some sitcoms that push me further into a catatonic state, I find the Masterpiece series always wake me up and get the sentimental writing part of my brain thinking.

I love reading/hearing/writing about the human condition because we so rarely acknowledge it in our day-to-day scrambles. At the end of the day or the end of our lives, we were first and foremost a human with a heart driving us – that fact seems to get lost. (more…)

Do you ever feel like you’re living someone else’s life?

February 11, 2011 by Giulietta Nardone

Dear rebellious ones,

It takes a bit of living to figure out that the life you’re living looks remarkably similar to the life everyone else seems to be living. Many of us are dancing to the same beat and it may not be a song we even like.

After a few carefree childhood years, most of us are slowly molded into a semi-generic person that’s conditioned to believe she or he needs to keep jumping through an endless series of conformist hoops (while teetering on the treadmill) to find happiness and success. The problem? As soon as you jump through one hoop, a new one appears in front of you, often higher. It’s always the next hoop you’re promised that will bring you the life you desire. (more…)

Do Appalachians deserve democracy, too? Or just coal companies?

February 6, 2011 by Giulietta Nardone

Hey friends,

I first became aware of mountain top removal in Appalachia a few years ago. But I didn’t give it much thought. Hey, that’s down in Appalachia. That’s their problem. They can fight for themselves. I’m working hard to save the beauty in my own backyard.

A documentary I watched in December called “Burning the Future: Coal in America,” helped me see that I was wrong.

It’s all my backyard and yours, too.

We’re in this “thing” called life together and the sooner we realize that, the sooner it may dawn on us that Earth is Heaven and we’ve been turning it into hell by not speaking up. (more…)