Paul Sutherland: You’ve been incredibly supportive of your dad. How do you see your role in his career?
My Two Cents
I have not yet met a person who has said, “My happiest day was buying a new . . . ” You can fill in the blank. Our happiest days have to do with love and expressing love. We thrive, we grow, we feel sorrow and joy with human connection. Buying stuff does not connect us. Being together does.
Why does it sometimes seem that people with the most money can be the least generous and most fearful about losing money?
If it’s hard for older women to remain relevant in Hollywood, then Susan Sarandon didn’t get the memo. Or, more likely, she took one look at the memo and crumpled it up. At 66, Sarandon is working more than ever, on-screen and off. This month, she is slated to begin production on a movie with Kevin Kline, exploring the life of Errol Flynn. January also marks the DVD release of "Arbitrage," in which she stole the show as a refreshingly age-appropriate—and sexy, and accomplished, and civic-minded—wife to a philandering mogul played by Richard Gere. She’s acted on Broadway, been impersonated at myriad midnight screenings of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show," and brought home an Oscar for 1995’s "Dead Man Walking."
But she is equally acclaimed as a social and environmental activist, having spent decades in support of peace and human rights efforts. A mother to three, she also works on behalf of the world’s children as a UNICEF goodwill ambassador. She sat down with us to talk about volunteering, which she says keeps her sane, gives her hope, and allows her to meet incredible people.
Twenty years after she introduced a new generation to "A Course in Miracles" in her bestselling book, "A Return to Love," Marianne Williamson is still taking on the world—with a renewed call to political activism.
In this election year, there’s so much talk about the state of the economy. While the powers that be continue to point fingers, I’ve lost faith in our financial institutions. Have there been any regulatory changes you can share that would change my attitude?
The author of "The Four Agreements" reflects on what it takes to change the world―and yourself.
Therapist Barbara Findeisen helps people dig deep through the rubble of their lives and uncover their essence.
My husband works all the time, and I’m a stay-at-home mother. He says he is working to maintain our lifestyle and future retirement, and I say that our children’s lives are passing him by. He is a devoted father and good man, and yet his (constant) working is often a source of struggle in our relationship. What would you suggest I do?
First, accept your husband as he is. It is not your job as his wife to change him.
A recent issue of Business Week has stuck in my mind. The cover story is “The Case for Optimism,” and it is full of inspiring stories and studies showing that optimism works. Students of Zen Buddhism and those knowledgeable with the way our mind functions might be saying “duh” to this. And serious Zen students may find a chat about inspired optimism a bit lame and Pollyanna-ish. Yet our very society and life success is dependent on inspiration and optimism — the fuel of all things good.