what advice would you give
to the 8-year-old you?
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when was the last time you smelled a scented flower?
when was the last time you gave a scented flower as a gift?
Added by Lydia Kaplan on December 1, 2019 at 12:00am — No Comments
It's Thanksgiving Day in the United States.
I extend my gratitude to all of my Carnegie friends across the globe!…
Added by Lydia Kaplan on November 28, 2019 at 12:00am — No Comments
what are your thoughts, about when our friends grow old, and alone? perhaps they never had children, or their families never remained unified. what is our responsibility, to care for these friends, even in our own old age? in what ways did your culture prepare you for this?
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Do you ever wonder what your grandparents, or great-grandparents, would say about the world if they were alive? What would they be most proud of? Baffled by? Angry about? What advice would they give?
Added by Lydia Kaplan on December 30, 2018 at 6:12pm — No Comments
Think of your favorite dishes from around the world. Sounds like a crazy idea but....what if we made a meal of recipes from enemy tables? How dare we find things delicious, prepared by the "villains" of this world?
I think this would be a great party. Who's in?
So many cultures give flowers as a greeting, a gift, an offering of peace, to mark a rite of passage.
As Spring is in full bloom in the US, I wonder about flowers.
What are your thoughts? How does your culture use flowers in a special way?
Added by Lydia Kaplan on May 23, 2018 at 8:10pm — No Comments
i've been hearing about "sports diplomacy" these days, mostly surrounding north korean and south korean relations during the upcoming olympics. in fact, it has been in existence since ancient greece, and is referred to as "the olympic truce". here's a link for more information, from the olympic organization:…Continue
Added by Lydia Kaplan on January 23, 2018 at 1:06pm — No Comments
Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'.
Added by Lydia Kaplan on January 14, 2018 at 2:28pm — No Comments
.....the president of my country made an abhorrent statement the other day. please accept my apologies, on behalf of my friends and family. his words and deeds are NOT a reflection of anyone i know. our hearts are broken over his shameful comments.
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Brainstorming with friends tonight, we wondered how we can bring together our diverse neighbors in a welcoming way. The demographics in this historically homogeneous community are shifting, and we are glad for that, but are concerned they might feel isolated.
We have some ideas for a community event, but I am interested in hearing your thoughts and ideas as well.
Added by Lydia Kaplan on January 10, 2018 at 9:07pm — No Comments
Of the two, globally, which is the greater cause of healthcare being inaccessible or unaffordable: Power? Money?
Added by Lydia Kaplan on December 18, 2017 at 8:59am — No Comments
So what do you think: businesses and schools close for only some religious or cultural holidays. Should they close for all?
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Is it possible to maintain a friendship when it's become apparent that ones political beliefs have created divisiveness throughout the world? Is it possible to make a new friend whose politics are different that ours?
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The world is exploding around us, while I enjoy the sunshine brightening last night's snowfall this morning. Everything is cold and fresh, in my little back yard. But there's a big back yard that's a living hell.
What are your thoughts: How best to teach young people to accept differences and recognize similarities as we bring refugees into our worlds?
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This century, a universal, unified healing has got to happen, across all cultures. In my mind, what precisely needs to be healed has not yet been entirely identified, though we can feel something isn’t quite right. It’s a little tricky and can get confusing: “In the end, aren’t we all the same?” or “We are all different and we need to honor and respect those differences.” But what I have observed for sure is that, thankfully, the “troops” are…Continue