Archive for December, 2011

T’is the season for giving gifts, and whether you observe Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa, or mark other occasions, there is a good chance that you have—or will have—received a present or two, or were treated to a holiday party or celebration.  If that is the case, now is the time to put ink to paper—yes, […]

Human beings can be a wily bunch, with an uncanny ability to readily identify the faults of others while justifying or ignoring our own.  Before pointing fingers, it behooves us to take stock of our own behavior.  This being the final count down week before Santa determines whether we’ve been naughty or nice, perhaps it […]

Civility is all about how we can live in community together, treating one another with respect and courtesy.  As the population density of our planet increases, civility becomes an even more essential component to our getting along.  While we’re sometimes tempted to ignore the madding crowds, our awareness and consideration of those in our midst […]

“Civility costs nothing but buys everything.”                                                                         —Mary Wortley Montagu   When we think of holiday presents, we often think in terms of dollars and cents.  However, when we give of ourselves, the outcome is often priceless, particularly when we connect with others and deepen our interpersonal relationships.  So this […]