I will, on occasion, pull together an outfit purely for the fun of pleasing myself aesthetically, but when I'm dressed that way, I don't assume anyone is deciding whether I'm “toothsome” or not — I figure that, at nearly 50, I'm pretty much invisible, and at this point I don't care if people are assessing me or not.
That Serena and Venus are excellent, well-adjusted, and curious about things outside their area of expertise is phenomenal. That they are best friends on top of that is even more amazing; the investment Oracene Price and Richard Williams made in their children has paid many important dividends.
Despite my best efforts to guide her, my daughter's love for music wore me down. Now I'm hoping for the best.
Musical collaborations can be intimate experiences. Like other intimate experiences, the result is ultimately more satisfying with give and take, and respect — the kind of respect that at least mentions your name and lets your face show up for a moment if you're performing with someone on YouTube.
There are real issues in this country related to race, and dynamic people who want to address them should be encouraged to do so. Honesty and transparency are important, but in the end, when the offense isn't criminal, I think that the commitment to the cause should be the paramount qualification.
How would the world be different if more of us treated each other as if we were from the same species?
The story of the Landfill Harmonic is inspiring, but the question remains — what is the true value of music in these children's lives? Playing those instruments seems to have given some of them a sense of meaning and hope. But in the long run, does that matter when their adulthood will probably include little time for practice, doomed as most of them are to lives of picking up garbage?
Headlines and hashtags about Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, and Eric Garner fade, but one playwright plans a tribute to multicultural humanity.
The older I get, the more I realize that the “me” who looks out through my eyes has traits that have nothing to do with chronology. I may look ridiculous if I invest too heavily in the media version of beauty, but inner beauty is something I can take with me to my grave, even as the inevitable decline of the rest of me hastens on.
I wish people who break the law could be prosecuted, ideally without regard to their fame. And that we, as a society, could stop worshipping the extremely talented and giving them privileges they don't deserve along with the deserved adulation for their gifts.