People-pleasing: where do you draw the line?

by jane arie baldwin

I am Shona Patel’s newest fan. Her new book Teatime for the Firefly promises to be a great read. I cannot wait for my journey later this summer to India on the pages of her book.

Tea Buddy

If a man does not keep pace with his companions perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Henry Thoreau

My mom (Oma) was a natural beauty. Scrubbed face, no makeup – not even lipstick. All she wore were a few dabs of sandalwood lotion on her skin. Once her English friend presented her a with a lipstick and begged her to wear it to the cocktail party they were going to that evening. Oma reluctantly put it on only to please her friend. According to my dad (he had a wicked sense of humor!) Oma had her mouth pursed like a goldfish that whole evening. She was too uncomfortable to talk, smile, eat or drink. Finally, half way through the party, she had had enough and the lipstick came right off.

“You can’t please everyone so you gotta please yourself.” 

Ricky Nelson

As she was getting older, Oma’s…

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