Melissa Rooney Blogging

Melissa Rooney Blogging

"There is more to life than increasing its speed." – Mahatma Gandhi

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Society Supports Sexual Harassment: Admission is First Step to Recovery

      A couple nights ago (December 4), during a Tribeca Institute 20th anniversary panel and screening of the 1997 film Wag the Dog,  Last Week Tonight host John Oliver and Dustin Hoffman had a heated discussion about the sexual harassment allegations against Hoffman. Here’s the story on NBC. I have to say, I empathize… (read more)

Health Insurance Hostage

  I recently posted the following on my personal and author facebook pages: HEALTH INSURANCE HOSTAGE Cut and paste or share if your or your spouse’s primary reason for staying in your current job is because of the health insurance coverage your company provides. Healthcare should not depend on where you work. The resulting discussion… (read more)

Hindsight Premonition: The Death of Kenny Batts

  Kenneth Wayne Batts, RIP, 8 Sep 2017 It’s eerie, the hindsight premonition that often follows a death, even a very sudden one. When I heard our friend’s ex-father-in-law Warren’s voice message around 9:30 last Friday night, I immediately thought something was wrong with Kenny. Then I checked my cell phone and saw that Kenny… (read more)

Money, Money, Money…

Money, Money, Money…It’s a Rich Man’s World. – ABBA*** As a child, I wondered at the adults who spend most of their lives doing jobs they dislike so they can grow old and do next to nothing. Now that I’m an adult, I’m beginning to understand our addiction to money. My husband Mike and I… (read more)

Protect and Improve Affordable Care Mental Health Coverage

It pains me to think of all the mentally ill persons languishing on our streets or in our prisons. So many are uniquely brilliant in ways we are only beginning to understand. What’s more, the NRA and supporting politicians argue that we don’t need better gun control, we need better treatment of mental illness. So… (read more)

The Power to Change

Click on the link below to see my recent post in the Durham News (News and Observer). I do believe it’s time for a change. But meaningful change can only come from within.

3 Days Before Election, Adams Persists

With 3 days before the election, these quotes from Founding Father John Adams (one of my favorite persons ever to have roamed the planet) are more pertinent than ever: . . . “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” *There is… (read more)

Thought for the Day

This photo is my son’s elementary school principal, Arrica Dubose, directing carpool traffic in the RAIN yesterday. It’s finally raining! Plus, I get this display of loving leadership. I call that a good day. It’s easy to forget to thank these special people in our lives. I’m making a conscious effort to improve in that… (read more)