Take Back Your Life!

Can we remove the Cone of Silence, please?

May 24, 2011 by Giulietta Nardone

If you’re old enough to remember Get Smart, then you may recall that when Maxwell Smart and the Chief wanted secrecy they buzzed down the transparent Cone of Silence. Ironically, the Cone louded up their conversation to the point they couldn’t hear each other while inside the cone and often had to communicate through a bystander outside the cone who easily heard everything they said. (more…)

How do I love myself? Let me count the ways

May 17, 2011 by Giulietta Nardone

There’s a lot of self-loathing in the world. Lots of folks who don’t love or even like themselves.

I used to be one of them.

It’s hard to say for sure, but I don’t believe I entered the world disliking myself. That self-horror emerged along the way, beginning most likely when I entered first grade and the judgments began. (more…)

Own Up To It

May 10, 2011 by Giulietta Nardone

Somewhere along the childhood line I started to lie when confronted about “doing” something. I believe it stemmed from being punished when I admitted to fairly minor household transgressions like eating the cake or tracking mud into the house. Like any kid I started to put two and two together and realized I came up with punishment 10. Unfortunately, this behavior followed me into life beyond childhood. (more…)

Do you try to control life’s flow?

May 3, 2011 by Giulietta Nardone

I love horses and period dramas, so the Masterpiece Theatre production of South Riding caught my eye.

Immediately, I adored the lead heroine, Sarah Burton. She’s forward-thinking, bold, rebellious, and sassy. Early in Part 1, she goes for a job interview to be the headmistress of a girl’s school. Unlike most job candidates who’ve been groomed to figure out what the interviewers want and parrot that back, she directs the interview — speaking passionately about her unconventional views (for the time) on life and women. The board of directors almost doesn’t hire her because of her straight-forwardness, but thankfully it’s a mini-series and the story will flop without an “alive” heroine, so she’s offered the position. (more…)