In Malala’s birthland, marriage is the ultimate success goal for women.

Nobel Laureate Malala with the Obama’s- October 2013 Photo: Pete Souza, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Her story is an inspiration for all girls. Malala Yousafzai is the youngest recipient of the 2014 Nobel Peace prize for bravely standing up to an ultraconservative political faction called the Taliban.

The daughter of an outspoken social activist and educator, Malala was an excellent student, but her education was halted, when Taliban banned girls from going to school.

Her father was the founder and administrator of the school she attended, Khushal Girls High School in the city of Mingora, Pakistan. When Taliban implemented the ban, her father encouraged…

The decaying roots that crumble a marriage, short term, or long term.

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I was preparing dinner when I heard the news flash, Bill Gates and Melinda French Gates are divorcing after 27 years of marriage. I am saddened by this news. This world-famous, power couple seemed to have it all; incredible wealth, beautiful children, a successful business, and a larger-than-life philanthropy mission they were both passionate about. What happened?

Twitter comments are ablaze with opinions because we all love to second-guess what may have gone wrong between the two. I don’t know either of them personally and will not use…

Your worst enemy is hiding within yourself, and that enemy is your false ego. Rumi

RMS Titanic : By F.G.O. Stuart (1843–1923) — Public Domain,

Titanic the ‘unsinkable ship’ sank on its maiden voyage. This story has been retold countless times and still leaves its listeners awe struck. How did the world’s largest floating vessel succumb to a jolt from an iceberg and sink? Wasn’t this built as an unsinkable ship?

Did the iceberg sink the Titanic, or did man’s ego take it down?

The makers of the RMS Titanic were full of hubris. In the early 1900s the ocean passenger trade was highly profitable and competitive, with ship liners…

Of the two wolves, good and evil, the winner is the one you constantly feed.

“The only devils that exist are the ones that live inside us, that’s where all of life’s battles need to be fought. When you realize how difficult it is to win those internal battles, you’ll be more tolerant of the scoundrels around you.” Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, Father of the nation, India.

I heard this quote while watching the movie Gandhi, a biographical depiction of his life. It dug deep. It’s true, there’s both good and evil in all of us.

A lesson in motherhood and mindfulness.

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What’s your favorite object? Was a matter-of-fact question my daughter asked, one evening while doing her homework. Her study space in my home office, so interruptions like these are common. I’m her instant mommy-Google, word dictionary, story listener, and so on. Did I mention she’s eleven and has a gift of the gab?

Back to her question, “Mommy, what’s your favorite object?”

My first instinct was irritation for her total lack of concern that I was in the middle of my work, multitasking between accounting and working on some purchase orders. These kids!

She was persistent. “Mommy, what’s your favorite object, just name any object?”

This time I snapped…

Roblox is making money, in billions, by exploiting our children’s vulnerabilities.

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Gaming addiction is officially recognized by the World Health Organization as a growing mental health condition. A game called, Roblox is feverishly feeding this epidemic with its expanding base of 150 million active current users, most are under 13.

Besides the addiction factor, the game has a dark side, hidden in plain sight.

This article shares important information for every parent whose child(ren) are actively playing this online game. I hope you can learn from our parenting mistake.

Roblox, like many others, is an online game platform spreading like…

Our chief want in life is somebody who will make us do what we can — Ralph Waldo Emerson

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It’s often said that when a student is ready, the teacher appears. My teacher appeared when I started practicing Nichiren Buddhism. A philosophy of life, deeply rooted in establishing a mentor and disciple bond.

In my youth I did not have a mentor in life. No one beyond the school and college teachers. I never understood the importance of having a mentor and consequently did not feel the need for one. On hindsight, the student in me wasn’t ready.

I first heard of Dr. Daisaku Ikeda (Founding President of the Soka Gakkai International) in the year 2000.

January 2000 is…

Racial intolerance lurks within all of us.

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Though there is no conclusive proof of its origin, many people are labeling this pandemic as the Wuhan virus, China virus, or the Covid -19 from Wuhan.

I did too. Until a day in the early stages of the Pandemic, when I called a friend in New Jersey to ask how her parents were doing in China. It was February 2020 and the virus had not spread across America, yet.

This friend is Chinese and lives in the U.S. Her elderly parents live in China.

In our conversation, she shared that her parents…

If you want your Golden Years to be truly Golden, start preparing for them now.

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New research shows we may easily live up to a 130 or 150 years, though not beyond. This, thanks to break-through scientific cures, calorie-restricted nutritious diets, clean water, and sanitation.

For most of recorded human history, the average life expectancy was between 20 and 40 years. Today, humans easily live to be 90+ in most countries. Is immortality becoming a reality? Should mankind strive for such longevity?

I don’t think so. Neither does my 84-year-old mother.

Sure, life is precious and every day on planet…

Life is a constant flux between joy and sorrow. Buddhism gives us the tools to stay balanced.

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How did a girl born in a devout Hindu Brahmin family, educated in Catholic schools, end up practicing Japanese Buddhism? I’ll share.

Born into Hinduism

Hinduism, the dominant religion of India, has 4 sub castes. I was born in a Hindu Brahmin family, a caste that commands an elite status in the traditional Indian society. I never looked at it that way.

My paternal family are Brahmin pundits, highly educated with a proverbial chip on their shoulder. A classic trait.

My grandmother came from a stately family and religion was her anchor. …

Sapna M

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