Tuesday, January 8, 2013


Happy New Year everyone and welcome to the
January 2013 installment of our monthly international blog party

International Blog Party

where our invited group members discuss the same topic, but from their own perspective.
each month we choose a topic, sometimes fun & fashionable, sometimes poignant, 
always interesting.
this month's topic has been a difficult one to wrap my arms around...
you see, even if I choose the topic it doesn't mean I already know what I'm going to write about.
that's the unique challenge for the membership isn't it?

January's topic

"What's Wrong With the World?"
"What's Right With the World?"

so there you are, it's both
thought provoking & creative.

& who knows, maybe we'll solve all of the world's problems today, women of the world that we are,
undaunted by boundaries, connected by our virtual friendships which are as real as any
other friendship.

 What's Wrong With the World?

I've heard it's so much easier for the human mind to embrace bad news
than good news, and this goes back to our primal instincts & I quote,

""The amygdala is the part of the temporal lobe responsible for primal emotions like rage, hate, and fear. It's our early warning system, an organ always on high alert, whose job is to find anything in our environment that could threaten survival. So potent is the amygdala's response to potential threats that once turned on, it's almost impossible to shut off, and this is a problem in the modern world."

and this was news to me too.  
I just thought the media focused on the bad news.
anyway, the wrongs include:

people are uninvolved, universally
for a better thought-out take on this, please go here
written by my friend Marc Ensign

trophy hunting should be banned, universally

 the majority of the world's ills could be cured with education, universally.

bring back good manners !

What's Right With the World?

Downton Abbey

Welcome Back, Downton Abbey! We Analyze the Fashion in the First Episode

goodness, heavens, wasn't that brilliant last night?
I absolutely hate Shirley McLaine's character, her vulgarity, table manners or lack thereof,
but her acting is simply splendid, isn't it?
& Maggie Smith?   Perfection.  & she has the BEST lines of all.

what on Earth will save Downton?
will they discover oil?

breakthrough medical advances which have improved the condition of all mankind
this happens world-wide and the sharing of information by the researchers, doctors,
hospitals, etc. is truly amazing. living in Houston, where we have the Texas Medical Center,
gives me huge awareness of the importance of these endeavors.
often on our local news they interview the chiefs of these facilities and we are told
about before unheard of accomplishments.


the sharing of information, via the web,
phones, smoke signals, etc.
a need inside ourselves to be attached,
not to be alone.

our ability to travel fairly effortlessly
if I had to choose between living in a big, lavish home or travelling,
travel would win.  I cannot imagine not knowing about other parts
of our world, seeing other cultures and enjoying the beauty of our planet.
take my word for it, save every penny for travel, you won't regret it.


 Le Procope, Quartier Latin, Paris  
 | by © Rita Crane Photography

children who know how to behave properly.
(thank you, parents)

I could go on & on about what's wrong & what's right, but really it all comes
down to our own personal involvement, doesn't it?

I've travelled quite a lot and I've found most people's interests,
universally, are for the love & protection of their families & communities.

Each of our members who have contributed today will be found below,
please just click on their icon and go over for a look on their thoughts
of what's wrong & what's right.
I hope you were briefly entertained by my philosophical & witty thoughts.