Gifts from the Earth (for Earth Day)

by Belinda MunozApril 16, 2012

The earth, in its most natural state, has a way of filling our senses, hearts and souls like nothing else can. My appreciation and awe of the earth as a source of life and wisdom deepened as soon as I located myself in the continuum of the living, the dying and the reborn — when […]

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Lunar Light

by Belinda MunozApril 9, 2012

I was in the midst of a mundane task ambling about inside an unlit room when I caught a glimpse of the moon. It stunned me. I found myself transfixed for who knows how long. Angling for a better view, I stood on the deck, engulfed by its light and the soothing sound of the […]

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A Lot of Hope

by Belinda MunozMarch 29, 2012

I hope that clouds signal the beginning of a brighter day. I hope that we each find peaceful moments throughout our days. I hope that war is not inevitable. I hope that fear of vulnerability does not cause us to bypass love. I hope that authenticity and hugs reign over hyperreality, pretense and the virtual […]

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The Dream Economy?

by Belinda MunozMarch 22, 2012

DEFENSE BUDGET In 2011, The US defense budget topped all other nations at $739.3 billion. China, the most populous nation in the world, came in second at $89.8 billion. India, the second most populous nation, claimed the ninth spot at $37.3 billion. What’s striking is the US spent $250 billion more than the next nine […]

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The Price of a Bargain

by Belinda MunozMarch 16, 2012

THAT WAS SO 1990s Our technological advances have made so many things near obsolete. Land lines, fax machines and paper receipts are now considered old-school, and a preference for them exposes in which generation we belong. Each year, more and more of us across generations are relying on technological advances not only to gain information […]

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Don’t Buy the Gluppity-Glupp About The Lorax

by Belinda MunozMarch 7, 2012

SNIVEL AND SNEER Has cynicism gotten the best of us? Or perhaps it’s hipsterism gone awry that is to blame. I’m referring to the poor reviews the movie version of Dr. Seuss’s classic The Lorax, directed by Chris Renaud and Kyle Balda, written by Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio, has garnered since it was released […]

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Trust Your Journey

by Belinda MunozMarch 2, 2012

I have had an entire month to re-enter the life I knew before my journey to Congo — a life laced with the ordinary trials and triumphs of a mother, wife, working professional, and concerned citizen. THE WEATHER, THE HOURS, THE DAYS I have had some time to love and lament this unusually warm winter […]

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Faith in Humanity

by Belinda MunozFebruary 23, 2012

How do you keep your faith in humanity intact? Or is it already far from intact, tattered around the edges, threatening to shred beyond repair at the slightest tug? Or maybe you’re the type who doesn’t mess around in murky, fast-moving waters, opting instead to keep both feet planted where the pool is clear, chlorinated […]

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Cupid’s Narrow Arrow

by Belinda MunozFebruary 13, 2012

I have a bone to pick with Cupid. CHUBBY AND SHORT Sure, this Roman god of love can be cute and charming. Yes, he means well even though he is mischievous at times. And, yes again, there’s nothing menacing about him once you get past the fear factor elicited by his bow and arrow. I […]

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A Visit to Rwanda

by Belinda MunozFebruary 7, 2012

Note: This is not a rainbow and cotton candy post. 1994. I sat in church listening to Fr. JG, a charismatic African-American priest, preach about the genocide in Rwanda. His influence as a spiritual leader attracted visitors from surrounding counties eager to soak in his wisdom and holiness. His booming voice and magnetic preaching style […]

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