Thanks to this Rappler post, we got wind of a New York Times article showing how Ivy League schools are now catching up with the online education trend–and offering classes for FREE. According to writer Richard Pérez-Peña, some of the United States’ top universities have signed on with online platform Coursera to offer what is known as Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Pérez-Peña says  these schools “still must overcome some skepticism about the quality of online education and the prospects for having the courses cover the costs of…Continue Reading “Take Ivy League online classes for FREE”

I happened to catch the American Film Institute’s tribute to Shirley MacLaine as my husband was flipping channels tonight. Apparently, she had received the AFI Lifetime Achievement Award in June for over five decades of outstanding contributions to cinema, and this is what she had said at the beginning of her speech: “Women who speak their own truth will make the world a better place.”   I found myself choked up over her words, and I am posting it here to share with more women…Continue Reading “Quotable quote from Shirley MacLaine”

Maria Popova of (one of my favorite websites of all time) shares this excerpt from George Orwell’s Why I Write. “Putting aside the need to earn a living, I think there are four great motives for writing, at any rate for writing prose. They exist in different degrees in every writer, and in any one writer the proportions will vary from time to time, according to the atmosphere in which he is living… Sheer egoism. Desire to seem clever, to be talked about, to…Continue Reading ““Why I Write” by George Orwell (from”