Author Archive: Alettas

Lunch with Friends

I am planning to have lunch today with one or two of my oldest friends. I am very excited at the prospect. I do not have contact with a lot of my oldest friends. Over the years I have moved and switched interest groups/hobbies, and most of my circles of acquaintance now probably don’t even …

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On Being a Wonderful Hostess

I want to be a wonderful hostess. I value hospitality and generosity, and I wish those values to come through by having guests in my home. One of the reasons I want this is that my mother modeled this desire for me in my youth, and another one is my desire to excel at being …

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Greco-Roman Stoicism In the 21st Century? Is that even a Thing?

A few years ago I took a class in which we read a manual on self-improvement by a slave-turned-millionaire by the name of  Epictetus. It immediately struck me as the work of a modern inspirational speaker; it had all the elements of hard work paying off, making your own luck, being logical about life, and …

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Me and My Low Self-Esteem

When I was in the late elementary grades, I was categorized as having low self-esteem. I have lately been reading “Self-Efficacy” by Albert Bandura for a project (reading, thinking and writing like in grad school, only for fun). He has caused me to realize that self-esteem is not what they told me back then it …

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