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Deborah Calla

Entries by Deborah Calla

The Power of Compassion

(1) Comments | Posted February 6, 2012 | 3:02 PM

"Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing, and rightdoing, there is a field. I will meet you there." -- Rumi

One of the first things I do every morning is read the news. I believe that is the same for most people. We want to know what is happening in the world...

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Learn How to Not Jump the Gun

(0) Comments | Posted January 17, 2012 | 12:35 PM

Do you let your blood boil? Do you respond to a provocation without thinking? Do you sometimes answer before truly thinking about the question? Do you jump to conclusions? Do you act on things only to regret a moment later? If you answered yes to any of these questions then...

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Save Your Life: Journey Within

(0) Comments | Posted December 30, 2011 | 4:52 PM

As the year draws into a close, many of us reflect back to our personal highs and lows. Even people who are not totally convinced of the end followed by a new beginning get pulled into the general feeling of warm hugs, introspection and slowing down.

Today I went out...

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The Truest Love of All

(0) Comments | Posted January 19, 2011 | 1:48 AM

I was married at age 20 to a man who was 11 years my senior. When I married the man, I was a recent Brazilian arrival doing a lot of drugs and hanging out with all the wrong people. I thought getting married would settle me down and straighten me...

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Awarding for Ability, Not Disability

(0) Comments | Posted October 14, 2010 | 11:35 AM

Last Friday, October 8th, I had the honor to produce the 2010 Media Access Awards. While the last thing Hollywood needs is another event where everyone slaps each other on the back for a job well done, this was an event, which deserved and deserves our full attention.


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A Cup Of Coffee, Cancer and Starting Up Again

(0) Comments | Posted August 5, 2010 | 2:00 PM

Please indulge me while I tell you a story about coffee. Not about how the beans were first turned into coffee but how it became a marker in my life.

My late husband was very much into coffee. As a journalist, one of his favorite topics was coffee -- the...

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5 Thoughts to Consider on Your Way to a More Satisfying LIfe

(0) Comments | Posted July 27, 2010 | 12:37 PM

Anyone who has read any of my writing knows I don't go for things like: ten ways to be happy now, or, do these three things and you'll get everything you have always wanted out of life. The reason being is I think humans are complex, and finding and pursuing...

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Home Sweet Home: Everyone Should Have a 'Tara' of Their Own

(1) Comments | Posted June 30, 2010 | 2:07 PM

I'm sitting outside in my yard drinking a cup of coffee. I look at the trees and see them dancing to the tune of a morning breeze. The sun, not wanting to impose, softly caresses the pink flowers standing guard behind my Buddha water fountain which offers the humming birds...

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Returning To Self-Love

(0) Comments | Posted June 4, 2010 | 4:41 PM

I've always wanted to do important things. I don't know where that came from, but since I was a little girl I felt the pull for something "big".

As I grew up, that inner feeling turned into inner drive and some of my desire to do "big" things started to...

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Just Do it: Unplug Now

(4) Comments | Posted May 4, 2010 | 12:45 PM

There is so much to write about unplugging but before I start typing away, let me make a disclaimer: I'm not a new age anything. There are no crystals under my bed and I don't know if my house is Feng Shui acceptable or not. But I am a woman...

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The Difference Between Love and Obsession

(0) Comments | Posted May 4, 2010 | 12:25 PM

I have truly only loved two men in my life. One when I was fourteen years old (innocent love) and the other my husband, who passed away in 2008 (mature and supportive love). In between those two relationships, I dated many men but I either was not really interested in...

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Through Grief And Into Life

(10) Comments | Posted March 24, 2010 | 3:50 PM

After my husband passed away, I put his wedding ring on a chain and wore it around my neck. Then I wondered when my own wedding ring should join his in the same chain. Then one day his ring, my ring, and the chain were placed in a velvet box...

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Afghan Women On International Women's Day

(0) Comments | Posted March 2, 2010 | 4:53 PM

A number of Hollywood unions and guilds, Producers Guild of America, Women in Film and the women' committees of the Screen Actors Guild, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and Writers Guild of America West, have organized a night of dramatic readings of blogs and poems written by Afghan...

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A Widow On Valentine's Day

(0) Comments | Posted February 14, 2010 | 12:22 PM

I'm a widow. I never thought I would say these words. I never thought I would say them in my 40s. Widows are supposed to be old women contemplating the end of their lives.

I've recently watched a few films about soldiers returning home and it dawned on me that...

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What Is Osama Bin Laden Doing About Haiti?

(0) Comments | Posted January 24, 2010 | 11:43 AM

I don't know but I do know what many people, businesses, organizations and governments are: they are helping.

As I watched Hope For Haiti on January 22nd, I was taken by how we, as a people, mobilize every time there is a disaster. I was also taken by the...

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Reflections On Haiti: A Different Way Of Living

(0) Comments | Posted January 19, 2010 | 5:05 PM

Why is it that only in a crisis do we realize the value of life? Why is it only then we know what is important and we become our best selves?

Reading, watching and talking about Haiti I see and feel the devastation but I also recognize the compassion of...

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How Can Our 2010 Be Different

(4) Comments | Posted December 28, 2009 | 12:01 PM

Okay what's going on? Someone tries to blow up an American jetliner, somebody else dies at the age of 32, the arctic continues to melt and Christmas is behind us.

Some of us struggle to keep fighting for some idealistic view of a descent life; some of us couldn't care...

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(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2009 | 11:30 AM

I haven't had much to talk about lately. I was in Brazil working on a film for a few weeks and have just come back.

December 13th was my birthday and soon it will be Christmas and New Years. I don't have any major plans and would normally be...

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Madonna, Kabbalah, And Spiritual Trends

(17) Comments | Posted December 3, 2009 | 5:29 PM

So I’m here in my native town Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, producing a Canadian film.  About two weeks ago Madonna was in town collecting money for SFK and her Raising Malawi charity.  SFK stands for Spirituality For Kids, a Kabbalah Center effort and Raising Malawi is a Madonna, Michael Berg...

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Owning My Own Sex

(3) Comments | Posted November 23, 2009 | 6:10 PM

While reading Lisa Guest’s post on her sex journey through her adulthood I thought about my own.

I have been sexually active since a very young age.  At that time I had a boyfriend who I loved with all the heart of a tween and he loved me back...

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