There’s a famous quote from the Bible: “There is nothing new under the sun.” Many adults have thrown in the towel on today’s youth in frustration, feeling an inability to relate. But adults sometimes forget they have experienced the same pressures, heartbreaks, relationship drama and feelings of inadequacy.
Pearls of wisdom from the ’hood
Dear Jesslyn and Janelle -- You, my beloved teenage granddaughters, are growing up too fast! So, here’s some universal wisdom from the “sistahood” to help you survive the pupal stage — a development phase that determines whether you emerge as butterflies ... or moths.
A natural with kids, Nickie Bates serves up love
The kids at Sea Gate School in Naples call her The Lunchroom Lady. They love her because she knows when they are happy or sad, she knows their names and their birthdays, and best of all, she knows when they are hungry, and what they love or hate to eat.
Reflections on the difficult teen years
In the notebooks from my teen years, I recorded the vow made by Herbal Essence shampoo to whisk me away into a “garden of earthly delights.” I transcribed lyrics by John Denver and Carole King, as well as those by Janis Joplin and Lou Reed (I was attracted to the wild side but not ready walk on it).
No Turning Back
Pressing past personal boundaries, Florida woman makes it to the top
There is a saying that goes something like this: Life is 10% what happens, and 90% how we react to it. There was a time when I was pretty much ruled by the 90%, and I still have those moments now and again. But I’ve mellowed with time, age, experience and (mostly) by the influence of my calming husband, Joseph.