Known as Makar Sankranti, this Indian festival honoring the sun is one of the most popular in the sub-continent. An event known by different names depending on the region, it is celebrated throughout India and Nepal.
This is a perfect time to stop for a moment and really think about the meaning of your own celebrations, so that you don't end up spending a fortune in time and money with nothing real to show when it is over.
We stand on the brink of the holiday season, a time when we generally eat, drink, and spend to excess. By New Year's Day we are so fed up (literally!) that we fervently resolve to change our ways. Why wait for the new year?
By following these simple guidelines at events throughout the year you can enhance and protect your personal brand and will perceived by your friends, colleagues and employers as professional and confident.
Clink your glass often in praise of others. Toast the chefs and hosts, generously complimenting them, even if the turkey is a bit dry and the green beans are overcooked. You will enjoy the food and company more if you prime yourself for appreciative thoughts by voicing them loudly.
This is the time of year that we think of others. We want the holidays to be memorable for those we love. Make it memorable for you as well. When you care for yourself, you'll enjoy the season without wishing for a quick ending.
Halloween, a time to push the limits in editing photographs, a chance to break the rules and to have so much fun doing it. Every year, my daughter and her friends pose to provide images of imaginary characters in an imaginary world. I just love creating these images year after year.
When it comes down to it, there's no right or wrong way to celebrate Halloween. But when you're planning this year, listen to your gut; is there a certain side of yourself that's itching to yell "Trick or Treat"!?
If I enjoy where I am right now, my journey will be that much more exquisite. And as far as destination, there is none, really. As soon as we reach one milestone, we focus on new things that excite and inspire us.
May this autumn usher in an entirely New Era for the whole of humankind, wherein each and every person might have enough to eat each day. May we harvest together the offerings of our mutual Mother Earth and feast together as a family in the spirit of cooperation, communion, and commemoration.
'Starting up isn't all rainbows and unicorns,' is just a lighthearted way of saying that starting a company is one of the most grueling, stressful and exhausting things you can possibly do -- despite the heroic images of entrepreneurship we read about in the media.
You realize the event that took up months of your life occupied two hours of theirs, but don't they want to spend even a few minutes discussing which lawn game was most popular and whether you should have gone with the Cobb salad instead of the Caesar?
LGBT Pride Month has become more about paying lip service to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community than it is about addressing the real issues that affect us. It is a token gesture, implying that everyone can ignore our issues for the other 11 months of the year.
Times of heartbreak and hardship come and go, and even at your lowest low, there is always a bright side. A little patience and a lot of self-love go a long way. Red wine and dark chocolate don't hurt either.