Canada always figures in the list of countries best to live in for singles because it has all the amenities and conveniences that any single person would like to have. Add to that the diversity anywhere you choose to stay. You’ll have the world at your fingertips in this country, fabulous people, cultural exchange and career advancement.
France is highly cultured and boasts of old world charm. If you want to learn chic style, taste authentic crepe and work for your goals, there are plenty of opportunities in this very romantic country.
6:30-9:30 PM – Night Hike at Marsh Preserve, 3201 Plaza Del Amo, Torrance. Take an evening stroll. Registration required. $5 per person/$10 per family. For more information, call (310) 782-3989.
And on the right, is Kwan Yin, one of the most famous and most beloved of goddesses in Chinese culture. She is the Goddess of Mercy- a mother figure, friend, guide, and protector. Known for her compassion, she comes in many dramatic figures. One of them is a beautiful young woman standing on a lotus, pouring water into the mouth of a dragon, symbolizing the taming of the anger, hatred, and pain in our hearts and minds.
My mother told me about her childhood and what she dreamed for me. She told me I was beautiful every day, even through my very awkward pre-teen and teen years. She made me believe I could do or accomplish anything, and without having other messages, I believed her. I struggled in school, I struggled fitting into groups, I struggled with my religion, and all the while my mother kept up consistent messaging, “Dafna, you can do and be whatever you want to be.” My quote in my high school yearbook is: If you will it, it is no dream. That is the message I received in one ear.
Then, at 50, having never been married, I went to Thailand, where I met my wife-to-be. Asian culture is very different from British or even European culture and it is a real shock to both parties. Anyway, five years into our relationship and we are still fine. I remember the reasons I gave myself for not marrying abroad when in The Netherlands and I was wrong, but not much.
11:00 AM – Family Fundays at Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga. The Hollow Trees play their folksy tunes at this bucolic setting. $8. For more information, call (310) 455-3723.
Perhaps there is a lack of understanding about how to raise strong, confident, and competent women. If this is the case, it is the responsibility of women who received positive messaging – like myself – or those who have overcome negative messaging – like my mother – or those who come from a different world but understand that women have the capacity to make things happen – like my grandmother – to teach the law makers, the teachers, the religious leaders, the CEO’s around us about the strength and wisdom of our girls.