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Giselle Minoli

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I write literary nonfiction. I design fine jewelry.

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Location: New York City

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Yifat Cohen87,066If you follow me and hear me talk, you know I'm all about engagement and I'm convinced that Hangouts will change the world and make it more personalized. (In a -good- great way). But it's almost impossible to do with over 35K followers (can't even imagine what people with over 100k or a million do..) *SO LET'S GET PERSONAL. I DARE YOU.* Let's just Hangout and get to know each other, shall we? *THE HANGOUT WILL BE INITIATED FROM THE @106909313027624222688 PAGE* You'll have to follow that page in order to be able to join us. So do it now, it takes 2 sec. RSVP and when this goes live you'll see a link to join the Hangout. *First come first serve*.  If the hangout is full, stick around and a spot might open for you.  *I'll Hangout for an hour with as many people who show up - just for fun* *THIS IS NOT AN ON-AIR HANGOUT* So no one will see you but the people in the Hangout. Meaning, if this is your first time, feel free to jump in and give it a try. *You can ask me anything you want if I can ask you anything I want* ;) We can talk G+tips, Hangouts questions, or just about us and stuff we like (Have you watched the last James Bond movie? I got a few things I have to say about that one...lol) *So RSVP now, and let's get to know each other - up close and personal* ---------- #gplusgotogal   #hangouts   #engagement   #howto   #googleplustips  Want to Hangout and not sure how? Give this a try.2012-11-29 18:00:0040  
Billy Wilson1,550,410It's now the 29th episode of my weekly on air G+ variety show @108595299975404341987 thank you guys for being so supportive! The show brings together some of the most interesting people you can find on G+ for a hangout! This week we'll have joining Caricature Artist @105046530334806680420; @103333429938529668020 who's quite known around G+ and is the host of @103052407716987048126; Geek, Writer, and Host @100035762233109552669; Tea Enthusiast and the person behind the Google+ Book Club @117665613028757061169 who's going to be talking to us about her new show called "Family By the Fireside"; Country Music Chat Host @105901258272269401150; and Special Musical Guest @101758878457837294885 ! You can talk with us and other people watching the show by commenting on this event once the show is live! Thank you so much for a lively thread last episode! The episode will be live on this event and the recording will be available immediately afterwards. You can watch previous episodes here: http://goo.gl/ceHtHTSBW #29: Caricatures, M Monica's New Show, Live Music and More! (On Air Hangout)2012-10-20 04:00:00143  

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2016-06-08 23:12:55 (58 comments; 1 reshares; 26 +1s; )Open 

Unfortunately for Bernie Sanders, this is the reason that he wasn't able to overcome Hillary Clinton. Not because of his unfounded belief that the system is rigged, not because of the ages-old delegate traditions of the Democratic Party, which he knew all about going in, but because he is unable, fundamentally unable, to understand the grassroots support Hillary Clinton has among voters - men and women - all over the country.

In the end, Hillary Clinton won the nomination fair and square - more popular votes, more delegates and more super-delegates therefore believing that she is the better representative of the United States of America - and his inability to congratulate her for winning, and for being the first female Democratic Presidential Nominee in the history of our country, defines the attitude, in a nutshell, that he has fostered in his supporters during this campaign...and it is the... more »

Most reshares: 8

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2016-05-30 13:38:13 (9 comments; 8 reshares; 20 +1s; )Open 

I wanted to make sure when I gave that acceptance speech for the (Congressional) Gold Medal...we didn't do it for Glory. We didn't do it for recognition. We did it because our country needed us. - Deanie Parish, WASP

On this Memorial Day I choose to honor The WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots) of World War II, who were trained to ferry new airplanes to their destinations (among many other things), because there weren't enough men for the task. These women were Civilians, even though they operated within the military system, had the same training as the men, were judged according to military standards, and worked and performed according to military protocol.

They were driven, committed and ambitious and loved what they did. However, a group of men began a campaign to de-activate their mission...because the men wanted their jobs and after two years of... more »

Most plusones: 66

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2016-04-25 19:53:11 (26 comments; 1 reshares; 66 +1s; )Open 

'Tis a frog.
Pretending to be a rock.
Praying no one sees him.
And hoping I will go away.

Perhaps he is pretending to be a Prince.
But...No...he knows there was only one of those.

#Prince   #GreyTreeFrogs  

The music of grey tree frogs:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zss4438ON2k

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2016-07-22 12:56:08 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

Even the mandevilla likes a place to sit
and wait
for the mantis, the hummingbird
in the Ristra
from last year
or on the Gardenia
about to bloom

A place to watch the spider
or the wasp
make their way into the house

And observe the red mandevilla
across the way
winds its way around the blown glass
gourds the Mistress Lady
left outside last winter

When it rains the mist
unfurls across the turbaned table
and creeps along the rim of the coffee glass
and fogs man-made language and time-telling and music making things

If the mandeville waits long enough
it will bend and reach and furrow and slide
its way across every surface as if to say
what use are these man-made things
when you could choose to sit down next to me?

Come
Put your thoughts away
Leave... more »

Even the mandevilla likes a place to sit
and wait
for the mantis, the hummingbird
in the Ristra
from last year
or on the Gardenia
about to bloom

A place to watch the spider
or the wasp
make their way into the house

And observe the red mandevilla
across the way
winds its way around the blown glass
gourds the Mistress Lady
left outside last winter

When it rains the mist
unfurls across the turbaned table
and creeps along the rim of the coffee glass
and fogs man-made language and time-telling and music making things

If the mandeville waits long enough
it will bend and reach and furrow and slide
its way across every surface as if to say
what use are these man-made things
when you could choose to sit down next to me?

Come
Put your thoughts away
Leave behind this human thing
I've an empty chair for you, waiting
and then I'll loop myself through your arm
and hold your hand

We'll wait
for the mantis, the hummingbird,
the spider, the wasp
together
in the dog days of summer___

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2016-07-21 18:08:34 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

Perhaps because the daughter's independence poses no competition, while the wife's independence is perceived as a threat to the marriage?

How unfortunate for wives, mothers...stepmothers. And what a difficulty for the daughter of a father who does not treat her mother the way the way he treats her. The fallout from this remains to be seen...years from now. And I find it particularly interesting that this piece was not open for comments in the New York Times...it is the sort of article that might usually generate hundreds upon hundreds of comments. Perhaps the journalist did not want to deal with the potential vitriol.

"Men have often given their female offspring more opportunities than their female partners, perhaps seeing their children as extensions of themselves. Even today, many men find themselves newly appalled at sexism after having a girl, a reaction... more »

Perhaps because the daughter's independence poses no competition, while the wife's independence is perceived as a threat to the marriage?

How unfortunate for wives, mothers...stepmothers. And what a difficulty for the daughter of a father who does not treat her mother the way the way he treats her. The fallout from this remains to be seen...years from now. And I find it particularly interesting that this piece was not open for comments in the New York Times...it is the sort of article that might usually generate hundreds upon hundreds of comments. Perhaps the journalist did not want to deal with the potential vitriol.

"Men have often given their female offspring more opportunities than their female partners, perhaps seeing their children as extensions of themselves. Even today, many men find themselves newly appalled at sexism after having a girl, a reaction apparently not stoked by being born of a woman, married to a woman or simply seeing women as human. In our reluctantly feminist America, one question this election poses is whether we’ve evolved enough to value women as individuals instead of assessing them relationally, as an attractive wife supporting her husband or as a high-achieving daughter reflecting a flattering light back on her parents." - Jill Filopovic, The NY Times

#POTUS  ___

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2016-07-20 14:14:55 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 18 +1s; )Open 

Well...Is anyone surprised? THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT, PART TWO

“I feel a deep sense of remorse that I contributed to presenting Trump in a way that brought him wider attention and made him more appealing than he is. I genuinely believe that if Trump wins and gets the nuclear codes, there is an excellent possibility it will lead to the end of civilization.” - Tony Schwartz, Donald Trump's Ghostwriter, *The Art of the Deal

On the same day that Mr. Trump's wife, Mrs. Trump, a/k/a Melania Knauss, born Melanija Knas, stood in front of the podium at the GOP Convention and re-delivered a speech previously given by Michele Obama, or, shall I say, re-wrote and then delivered a speech inspired by a previous speech of FLOTUS's (go ahead...figure it out...I dare you), the NY Times published a 'preview' of an interview with Tony Schwartz, TheDon... more »

Well...Is anyone surprised? THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT, PART TWO

“I feel a deep sense of remorse that I contributed to presenting Trump in a way that brought him wider attention and made him more appealing than he is. I genuinely believe that if Trump wins and gets the nuclear codes, there is an excellent possibility it will lead to the end of civilization.” - Tony Schwartz, Donald Trump's Ghostwriter, *The Art of the Deal

On the same day that Mr. Trump's wife, Mrs. Trump, a/k/a Melania Knauss, born Melanija Knas, stood in front of the podium at the GOP Convention and re-delivered a speech previously given by Michele Obama, or, shall I say, re-wrote and then delivered a speech inspired by a previous speech of FLOTUS's (go ahead...figure it out...I dare you), the NY Times published a 'preview' of an interview with Tony Schwartz, The Donald's ghostwriter for The Art of the Deal, the entirety of which will appear in The New Yorker magazine on July 25th.

Poor Mr. Schwartz agreed to ghostwrite The Art... because he needed the money, and then proceeded to paint Trump in the best light possible - future book sales depended on it - every ghostwriter needs a successful book - and it's a safe bet that Trump would have fired Schwartz had he instead presented him accurately.

“Lying is second nature to him. More than anyone else I have ever met, Trump has the ability to convince himself that whatever he is saying at any given moment is true, or sort of true, or at least ought to be true.” - Tony Schwartz

Trump claims that he himself wrote the whole book, a factoid with which Random House's former head, Howard Kaminsky, disagrees, saying "He didn't write a postcard for us."

Trump is, predictably, annoyed at Schwartz for finally telling the truth. Schwartz meanwhile is claiming that were he to do it all over again the book would be called The Sociopath.

I think Schwartz should get a round of applause for coming forward. Not an easy thing to do for a ghostwriter.

All Schwartz now has to do is set pen to paper and write the real book about Trump.

Hmmm. Maybe there is already a book deal being discussed.

I like the title Have a Nice Life.

Or, how about The Art of the Lie?

#TonySchwartz   #POTUS   #TheArtoftheDeal   #MelaniaTrump  ___

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2016-07-19 17:32:52 (30 comments; 0 reshares; 19 +1s; )Open 

Well...Is anyone surprised? THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT, PART ONE

Perhaps Mrs. Trump is deeply privately because she doesn't have anything important to say...

...and has to lift bon mots from a woman who does....Michelle Obama.

Or perhaps this is what happens when how things look is more important than how things actually are...

#POTUS   #GOP   #MelaniaTrump   #FLOTUS  

Well...Is anyone surprised? THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT, PART ONE

Perhaps Mrs. Trump is deeply privately because she doesn't have anything important to say...

...and has to lift bon mots from a woman who does....Michelle Obama.

Or perhaps this is what happens when how things look is more important than how things actually are...

#POTUS   #GOP   #MelaniaTrump   #FLOTUS  ___

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2016-07-14 17:10:42 (16 comments; 0 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

Have you ever imagined dancing with a Crow? Try...

For +miri dunn, poet of Who Will Love the Crow.

I thought you would love this beautiful...dance poem...

Have you ever imagined dancing with a Crow? Try...

For +miri dunn, poet of Who Will Love the Crow.

I thought you would love this beautiful...dance poem...___

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2016-07-12 13:20:22 (16 comments; 0 reshares; 22 +1s; )Open 

Behold the Regal Moth: (Citheronia Regalis)

...which apparently has a thing for Walnut trees, which is the reason I spotted this lovely fellow (I have no idea why I am convinced it is a 'he'...) on the window screen outside my office early the other morning, hanging out, slightly fluttering it's wings...'cause there's a Walnut tree next door.

...I thought it was a bird at first, because looking at it from the inside as I was I saw its underbelly 'sall...

...and got up close and tapped on the winda. Didn't move.

Went outside and sqozed maself 'twixt and 'tween the lilac shrubbery where 'twas dark and couldn't get a decent picture. Hate that.

Not very neighborly of it, but I digress.

In the evening he was still there, but come morning he had moved front and center to the Security sign. Bright... more »

Behold the Regal Moth: (Citheronia Regalis)

...which apparently has a thing for Walnut trees, which is the reason I spotted this lovely fellow (I have no idea why I am convinced it is a 'he'...) on the window screen outside my office early the other morning, hanging out, slightly fluttering it's wings...'cause there's a Walnut tree next door.

...I thought it was a bird at first, because looking at it from the inside as I was I saw its underbelly 'sall...

...and got up close and tapped on the winda. Didn't move.

Went outside and sqozed maself 'twixt and 'tween the lilac shrubbery where 'twas dark and couldn't get a decent picture. Hate that.

Not very neighborly of it, but I digress.

In the evening he was still there, but come morning he had moved front and center to the Security sign. Bright boy. Hands off. Don't mess with me, I have a security posse.

Pffftttt....

Then, come midday, as it heated up, he fancied hugging the side of the cement patio, next to the moldy mulch, out of which grows the most gnarly of funguses, what with global warming and all creating all sorts of new magical things to watch sprout up from the ground.

But I digress again.

...hanging out there 'cause it's next to the birdbath and it's moist and good for having a drink if you get thirsty come midday. Moths don't have hats.

I watched him for a bit, fluttering his wings. Pulsating there like a metronome. I think he was newly hatched and just getting his bearings in the world. He was huge. And I mean huge...as big as the palm of my hand.

And gorgeous, ain't he? He is sporting a cut velvet look and someone ought to tell Missoni that they oughta make fabric like this because I would buy it. Or curtains, the see through voile kind...they'd be stunning.

Can't you just see the sun pouring through his wings? I can.

Come night time, my fellow was gone.

Happy mate hunting, my friend.

I hope you find an equally fetching partner.

Who knew? A giant Regal Silk Moth. I had never seen one and hope this wasn't the last time I will.

Insectification: The Regal Moth:
http://www.insectidentification.org/insect-description.asp?identification=Regal-Moth

The Most Beautiful Moths in the World:
http://oddiant.poatemisepare.ro/most-beautiful-moths-in-the-world/
http://oddiant.poatemisepare.ro/wp-content/uploads/Regal-Moth-Citheronia-regalis.jpg

#RegalMoth  ___

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2016-07-10 17:00:52 (31 comments; 3 reshares; 18 +1s; )Open 

Who Will Love The Crow, by +Literally Literary with Miriam Dunn 

I remember meeting +miri dunn in the earliest days of G+. She would pop into one of my threads with a diverse array of moods - quick-witted, humorful, biting, kind, intelligent, strong, thoughtful...far too numerous to list. We shared many interests - women, children, art, writing, creativity, the natural world, human nature, social and political issues - some urgent, some half-hearted, some serious, some whimsical.

I even commissioned Miri to knit me a hat. She is prone to bouts of all sorts of creativity.

So I was not surprised, some five years in, to learn that Winter Goose Publishing has printed Miri's Who Will Love The Crow, and that its pages sound with the multiplicity of thoughts and subjects I have seen emerge in her words on this platform. Miriam gives us:

"The lated... more »

Who Will Love The Crow, by +Literally Literary with Miriam Dunn 

I remember meeting +miri dunn in the earliest days of G+. She would pop into one of my threads with a diverse array of moods - quick-witted, humorful, biting, kind, intelligent, strong, thoughtful...far too numerous to list. We shared many interests - women, children, art, writing, creativity, the natural world, human nature, social and political issues - some urgent, some half-hearted, some serious, some whimsical.

I even commissioned Miri to knit me a hat. She is prone to bouts of all sorts of creativity.

So I was not surprised, some five years in, to learn that Winter Goose Publishing has printed Miri's Who Will Love The Crow, and that its pages sound with the multiplicity of thoughts and subjects I have seen emerge in her words on this platform. Miriam gives us:

"The late days of our journey
are turning cold;" in Each Moment Sweet

"When you pass through Kenzieville Curve
Earth hugs you." in Kenzieville Curve

"I was twelve years old
yet at the top of the stair I wished I were younger
and could creep, courageous and silent,
into your camphor rooms as I once did,
and slide my fingers across
the forbidden bric-a-brac of your life." in The Clock"

"When the clouds move in
we lay on our backs,
arms behind our heads,
and searched for faces of the dead." in Hunger

"Here is the groan of the mountain that rises" in The Hush

"Let's wrestle in the sounds and smells of my life gone by.
Not in silence.
Bring me music.
Haunting, shocking, pointless, poignant." in Not Silent

and....

"Where the soulless wander,
you cannot say for sure;
but the dead shall do the living
in honour of your war." in Holy

I cannot tell anyone what any poem is about. Each verse reveals itself as it is read - out loud, outside, indoors abed by the glow of a night light, spoken from memory while driving XC, recited from a dais in front of a late night coffee house crowd, or written in hand on paper and slipped into a stamped envelope and sent off to someone to whom it might speak.

But I will say that to me Who Will Love The Crow is a fearless celebration of life and death, of love and loss, an unwavering look at everything that grips us in the moment...a reminder to notice, to remember, to appreciate...

I continue to buy printed books because when I look at my bookshelf the individuals who authored the deckled or straight-edges pages sewn or glued together between covers soft or hard, with graphics photographed or illustrated, announce themselves anew to me like old friends coming to dinner.

They blare out their non-digital identities like dancers, like musicians, like birds screaming...I am a raven...and that is a Crow...

For those of you who love poetry, dive in. For those of you who haven't read much...or any...dip your toes, then immerse yourselves...naked if you dare. You will feel like you are having a conversation with an old friend.

$4.99 on Kindle. $10.99 in Paperback. I have both. Because one day I will hear +Literally Literary with Miriam Dunn read her poetry aloud...and wholly other meanings will be revealed. And then I will stand in line to get her autograph.

But long before then, Who Will Love The Crow will have a place among my collection of favorite poetry books...and if it is lucky, when the Black Snake comes again to visit...it will see it there, and spend some lucky time pondering Who Will Love The Crow.

From the Back Cover:

"Poet and Writer Miriam Dunn grew up on the pristine shores of Cape Breton Island, with Canada's Atlantic Coast and local woodlands as the inspiring backdrop to her life."

Who Will Love The Crow:
https://www.amazon.com/Will-Love-Crow-Miriam-Dunn/dp/1941058485?ie=UTF8&qid=1465257176&ref_=tmm_pap_swatch_0&sr=8-2

#WhoWillLoveTheCrow #MiriamDunn #Poetry   #WinterGoosePublishing #OliviaEllenMacDonald   #OdysseyBooks    ___

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2016-07-08 02:24:33 (24 comments; 7 reshares; 40 +1s; )Open 

I do not know any white person who believes, any white person who imagines, any white person who would think it even conceivable, that should they get pulled over for a busted tail light...that minutes later they'd be dead. Shot by a police officer. Four bullets. A four-year old child in the back seat. I do not know one single white person who believes that something like this could ever happen to them. Maybe in a movie. But as a matter of course in life? No.

#DiamondReynolds #PhilandoCastile #AltonSterling   #TamirRice #OscarGrant #EricGarner #MichaelBrown   #FreddieGray #WalterScott   #EricHarris   #PhillipWhite   #JeraimeReid   #TonyRobinson   #RumainBrisbon   #AkaiGurley #TanishaAnderson   #DanteParker   #EzellFord   #JohnCrawfordIII   #DontreHailton #BlackLivesMatter  

I do not know any white person who believes, any white person who imagines, any white person who would think it even conceivable, that should they get pulled over for a busted tail light...that minutes later they'd be dead. Shot by a police officer. Four bullets. A four-year old child in the back seat. I do not know one single white person who believes that something like this could ever happen to them. Maybe in a movie. But as a matter of course in life? No.

#DiamondReynolds #PhilandoCastile #AltonSterling   #TamirRice #OscarGrant #EricGarner #MichaelBrown   #FreddieGray #WalterScott   #EricHarris   #PhillipWhite   #JeraimeReid   #TonyRobinson   #RumainBrisbon   #AkaiGurley #TanishaAnderson   #DanteParker   #EzellFord   #JohnCrawfordIII   #DontreHailton #BlackLivesMatter  ___

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2016-07-04 16:25:27 (20 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

I share with the G+ public community Sylvie Guillem in BYE, by Swedish choreographer Mats Ek, in honor of Independence everywhere.

Not the kind of independence that separates countries one from the other, but the kind of independence that celebrates clarity of self, autonomy of expression, release from influence, creative assertion and fluency, freedom of intellectual curiosity, declarative liberation, release from the chains of social constraint...

“I am not nice. That has gotten me into a lot of trouble.” -Sylvie Guillem

Mats Ek choreographed the solo stage piece, BYE, in 2011 at the request of Guillem, who is considered the greatest ballerina of her generation. Guillem would soon leave the world of dance to move into another era, another chapter, another world of creative expression in her own life, and BYE is reflective of transitions.
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I share with the G+ public community Sylvie Guillem in BYE, by Swedish choreographer Mats Ek, in honor of Independence everywhere.

Not the kind of independence that separates countries one from the other, but the kind of independence that celebrates clarity of self, autonomy of expression, release from influence, creative assertion and fluency, freedom of intellectual curiosity, declarative liberation, release from the chains of social constraint...

“I am not nice. That has gotten me into a lot of trouble.” -Sylvie Guillem

Mats Ek choreographed the solo stage piece, BYE, in 2011 at the request of Guillem, who is considered the greatest ballerina of her generation. Guillem would soon leave the world of dance to move into another era, another chapter, another world of creative expression in her own life, and BYE is reflective of transitions.

"My ambition, if you can call it that, was to discover and learn and be excited by what I was doing. If I didn’t have that, I would find it elsewhere.” - Sylvie Guillem

This is a video of the film version of BYE, done in 2013. BYE is "... about a woman who takes leave of a certain stage in her life. It is a conversation that she has with herself that leads to new experiences." - Mats Ek

Reflective of leaving,
Reflective of moving forward,
Reflective of each moment of emotional and physical life,
Reflective of what it means to be free.

Independence is something that ought to be celebrated every day, not just (officially) on Independence Day. I encourage you all to watch every single minute of this piece of brilliant choreography, whimsically, defiantly and embracingly danced by Guillem.

It is one of my favorite pieces of choreography, one of my favorite pairings of dancer and choreographer and composer. When I watch it, I feel, well....free. To me, it is a celebration of independence in every conceivable way.

“I think it’s going to be a big shock. I don’t know who I am going to be without this. So — let’s just face it.” -Sylvia Guillem

Watch...dance...and be free...

Sylvia Guillem Prepares to End Her Ballet Career:
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/08/arts/dance/sylvie-guillem-prepares-to-end-her-ballet-career.html

Why Mats Ek is retiring, and taking his ballets with him:
http://dancemagazine.com/news/10-minutes-with-mats-ek/

#SylvieGuillem   #MatsEks   #BeethovenOpus111 #IvoPogorelich    #BYE #Dance   #Ballet  ___

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2016-06-29 15:07:00 (9 comments; 5 reshares; 24 +1s; )Open 

Since December 2014, Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant have been collaborating on and co-writing a series of articles about the interactions between men and women in the workplace, the most recent of which is The Myth of the Catty Woman. 

...in which they review the ongoing debate/discussion/deconstruction of various adjectives used to describe women, only a few of which are 'mean girls,' 'queen bees,' 'nepotistic,' 'disagreeable,' 'competitive' and that gem, that chestnut, that veritable shower of praise in five little letters...the dreaded 'catty.'

"Yet the popular idea is that women are not supportive of other women. At school, we call them “mean girls” and later, we call them “catty” or “queen bees.” (What’s the derogatory male equivalent? It doesn’t exist.)" -Sheryl Sandberg andAdam Grant
... more »

Since December 2014, Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant have been collaborating on and co-writing a series of articles about the interactions between men and women in the workplace, the most recent of which is The Myth of the Catty Woman. 

...in which they review the ongoing debate/discussion/deconstruction of various adjectives used to describe women, only a few of which are 'mean girls,' 'queen bees,' 'nepotistic,' 'disagreeable,' 'competitive' and that gem, that chestnut, that veritable shower of praise in five little letters...the dreaded 'catty.'

"Yet the popular idea is that women are not supportive of other women. At school, we call them “mean girls” and later, we call them “catty” or “queen bees.” (What’s the derogatory male equivalent? It doesn’t exist.)" -Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant

What bothers me is not being called Catty, but the fact that accusing women of being so maligns our feline friends, you know, the four-legged furry kind, not only the friendly and beloved House Cat (so popular here on G+ and everywhere in fact), but also various and sundry elegant, gorgeous, mysterious Big Cats, as in Tigers, Cougars, Mountain Lions, Leopards, Cheetahs, Ocelots...you get my drift.

Okay, okay...there are also the sportive kind of cat, not necessarily female, mind you, known as the Wild Cats. But I digress.

The fact is that this characteristic that is known as being 'catty,' derived from observation about the way real cats behave, which is an entire spectrum of behavior, which, in the animal world is not only considered normal, it can also be quite entertaining.

Cats are variously, among other things, sly, manipulative, aloof, warm and fuzzy, loving, protective, stealthy, affectionate, clever, clean, self-reliant...and they will often leave you a present on your doorstep, or on your pillow. A dead bird, for instance, or a mouse, or if you live in the desert in Northern New Mexico...a lizard or a centipede.

Mother cats, including the wild kind, can be observed caring for their young, which includes teaching them to hunt, to be on guard for predators, and, ultimately, to be on their own. We can observe them, Yes, being ruthless and vicious, but we also observe them being patient, gentle, protective, and, well, loving...just like mothers ought to be. We also observe them, when they aren't on the hunt or in Danger Danger mode, lolling about in the Sun, as a human in a bikini might do on the beach in Italy. But I digress again... (Hey, we felines digress a lot...)

But when it comes to we women, somehow very early on in our lives we are culturally instructed to whittle down our personalities so that none of the, how shall I say it, less 'catty' sides of a feline's personality ever show up and all that is left is the warm and fuzzy stuff.

This, however, is not real, anymore than it would be for us to try to genetically breed out of a cheetah the desire and need to accelerate to 60 mpg in 3 seconds in order to take down an Impala to feed her young.

"And it’s time for all of us to stop judging the same behavior more harshly when it comes from a woman rather than a man. Women can disagree — even compete — and still have one another’s backs." - Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant

I am glad that Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant are writing this ongoing series of articles in which they continue to publicly explore issues that affect Women and Work, Men and Work, Women and Men Together at Work.

But I wonder if, rather than instructing everyone to stop judging women for behavior that can also readily be found in men, if we ought to start celebrating the entirety of our personalities, which includes all of our emotions and modes of expression, rather than continually making women feel that there is something wrong with that range of expression and making them apologize for it.

I have a long, long history of working with both men and women, creatively and professionally. There will always be people to whom we warm more readily, with whom we become friends more easily, with whom we feel instantly more simpatica...or simpatico.

But if we don't, whether it's a woman or a man, is it because they are actually, really, in fact, being 'catty,' 'aggressive,' 'mean,' 'bitchy,' neptistic,' 'shrill,' 'harsh,' 'unlikable,' or anything else?

Or is it because the Lexicon that we have socially, culturally and educationally been taught to apply to women in particular has but a few words in it, at the top of which is the necessity of being perceived as being 'nice.'

Whatever that means.

Give me a cat, a real cat, in all her wild, natural glory any day of the year, than a woman who spends her life trying to figure out how to be perceived as nice by everyone who meets her. For she will surely fail.

Women of G+, here's to embracing, and not apologizing for, all of the adjectives that will get thrown at you in your lifetimes.

Here's to Cats! Of all kinds, house, wild, and otherwise.

I have copied all of the links to Sandberg's and Grant's series of articles below...because they compose good, thoughtful and thought-provoking reading:

How Men Can Succeed in the Boardroom and the Bedroom, Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant, March 15, 2015

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/08/opinion/sunday/sheryl-sandberg-adam-grant-how-men-can-succeed-in-the-boardroom-and-the-bedroom.htmlOpinion&module=RelatedCoverage&region=Marginalia&pgtype=article

Madam C.E.O., Get Me a Coffee: Women Doing ‘Office Housework’ Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant February 6, 2015

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/08/opinion/sunday/sheryl-sandberg-and-adam-grant-on-women-doing-office-housework.html?action=click&contentCollection=Opinion&module=RelatedCoverage&region=Marginalia&pgtype=article

Speaking While Female, Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant, January 12, 2105
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/11/opinion/sunday/speaking-while-female.html

Why Women Stay Quiet at Work, Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant, January 12, 2015

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/11/opinion/sunday/speaking-while-female.html?action=click&contentCollection=Opinion&module=RelatedCoverage&region=Marginalia&pgtype=article

When Talking About Bias Backfires: On Discrimination at Work, Adam Grant and Sheryl Sandberg, December 6, 2014

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/07/opinion/sunday/adam-grant-and-sheryl-sandberg-on-discrimination-at-work.html?action=click&contentCollection=Opinion&module=RelatedCoverage&region=Marginalia&pgtype=article

#SherylSandberg   #AdamGrant   #LeanIn  ___

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2016-06-27 15:12:52 (11 comments; 2 reshares; 19 +1s; )Open 

Roe v. Wade, despite the GOP's efforts to roll back the right given to women by the Supreme Court in 1973 to make their own reproductive decisions unfettered by government interference, is not going anywhere.

Basically, Texas has been trying to make it so difficult for a woman to get a legal abortion in that State, that she would have to go to, say, New Mexico, or...just some other state.

But the Supreme Court is with women on this issue, and against Texas:

“We conclude, that neither of these provisions offers medical benefits sufficient to justify the burdens upon access that each imposes. Each places a substantial obstacle in the path of women seeking a previability abortion, each constitutes an undue burden on abortion access, and each violates the Federal Constitution.” - Justice Breyer

Never mind that in the State of Texas you don'thav... more »

Roe v. Wade, despite the GOP's efforts to roll back the right given to women by the Supreme Court in 1973 to make their own reproductive decisions unfettered by government interference, is not going anywhere.

Basically, Texas has been trying to make it so difficult for a woman to get a legal abortion in that State, that she would have to go to, say, New Mexico, or...just some other state.

But the Supreme Court is with women on this issue, and against Texas:

“We conclude, that neither of these provisions offers medical benefits sufficient to justify the burdens upon access that each imposes. Each places a substantial obstacle in the path of women seeking a previability abortion, each constitutes an undue burden on abortion access, and each violates the Federal Constitution.” - Justice Breyer

Never mind that in the State of Texas you don't have to go to another State to buy firearms without a waiting period. You can buy a handgun or long arm lickity split on the spot, and can carry a rifle or shotgun within your vehicle, loaded and within easy reach, throughout the state.

Texas does not have a problem defending its citizens rights to unfettered gun ownership (ready, aim, fire!), but the State doesn't like having to defend a woman's right to a legal abortion, which is also protected by the Constitution.

But I digress...

This from Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg:

“Given those realities, it is beyond rational belief that H.B. 2 could genuinely protect the health of women, and certain that the law ‘would simply make it more difficult for them to obtain abortions.' When a State severely limits access to safe and legal procedures, women in desperate circumstances may resort to unlicensed rogue practitioners ... at great risk to their health and safety. So long as this Court adheres to Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pa. v. Casey,Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers laws like H.B. 2 that ‘do little or nothing for health, but rather strew impediments to abortion,’ cannot survive judicial inspection.”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/ruth-bader-ginsburg-abortion-opinion_us_57713624e4b017b379f676f7?section=

How the Supreme Court's Decision Will Affect Access to Abortion:
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/02/29/us/why-the-abortion-clinics-have-closed.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=b-lede-package-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news

And not unrelated:

When the Eight-Member Supreme Court Avoids Deadlocks, It leans Left:
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/06/27/us/eight-member-supreme-court.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=b-lede-package-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news

#RoevsWade  ___

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2016-06-25 16:41:51 (41 comments; 0 reshares; 42 +1s; )Open 

I was born in the Year of the Snake

'Tis true. In Chinese Astrology. I have had a carved New Mexican Folk Art Snake over the door in my office for as long as I can remember.

Serpents are creatures of much mystery for me. Many people are afraid of them, which is understandable. They don't get around like most other creatures, neither walking nor flying.

No hands, no feet, no ears that protrude, no hair with which to look fetching in the mirror of narcissism.

Cold-blooded, they raise their temperature by lying in the sun, and cool off by seeking out the shade.

One might be quite near you, but you would not know it.

Apparently one climbed up my Magnolia tree, in which robins often build nests. Perhaps it had eggs for breakfast, then, satiated, decided to climb the stone fireplace wall beside the tree, inspired by free climber Alex... more »

I was born in the Year of the Snake

'Tis true. In Chinese Astrology. I have had a carved New Mexican Folk Art Snake over the door in my office for as long as I can remember.

Serpents are creatures of much mystery for me. Many people are afraid of them, which is understandable. They don't get around like most other creatures, neither walking nor flying.

No hands, no feet, no ears that protrude, no hair with which to look fetching in the mirror of narcissism.

Cold-blooded, they raise their temperature by lying in the sun, and cool off by seeking out the shade.

One might be quite near you, but you would not know it.

Apparently one climbed up my Magnolia tree, in which robins often build nests. Perhaps it had eggs for breakfast, then, satiated, decided to climb the stone fireplace wall beside the tree, inspired by free climber Alex Honnold, and suddenly found itself falling inside....

....down down down into my house.

Where, being the bookish sort, it investigated the fiction, histories and art books, but sneered at my framed photographs, before making its way into my office and spending time with my collection of nonfiction, poetry, plays and books on philosophy.

It managed to find one of my favorite books, E.B. White's Here is New York, and tossed it onto the floor...all the better to remind me of the city I love.

Aha...the Mistress Lady collects birds' nests. Perhaps there is more to eat...

And what better place to transform oneself then by shedding one's skin on the bedroom floor?

Time for a nap in the kitchen sink. I mean if there's no shade tree around, the cool of stainless steel will do, won't it?

We let it go in the cornfield, with the instruction to stay out of people's homes. 'Tis better to live another day, then to meet one's demise at the hands of someone who does not believe in the wisdom powers of serpents. After all, how many of us can molt, transform ourselves and start over anew?

Be kind to a snake if you see one. They are intelligent and spiritual creatures. They know things we don't know. And, in certain cultures, finding one in your house is a sign of good luck.

...I will keep you posted on that front.___

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2016-06-19 14:40:38 (22 comments; 3 reshares; 20 +1s; )Open 

Now you can Walk on Water

“I know these projects are totally irrational, totally useless. The world can live without them, nobody needs them, only me and Jeanne-Claude. She always made the point that they exist because we like to have them, and if others like them, it’s only a bonus.” - The artist Christo, about his site specific art projects.

Christo and his longtime partner, Jeanne Claude, conceived art projects on a massive scale, you know, like wrapping the Reichstag in Berlin and the Pont-Neuf Bridge in Paris in fabric, creating a 24-mile Running Fence in Sonoma and Marin counties in California, and bedecking New York City's Central Park with The Gates, a project that it took Mayor Bloomberg to green light after it had been rejected by the city before him...because it's official didn't want all thoseart-c... more »

Now you can Walk on Water

“I know these projects are totally irrational, totally useless. The world can live without them, nobody needs them, only me and Jeanne-Claude. She always made the point that they exist because we like to have them, and if others like them, it’s only a bonus.” - The artist Christo, about his site specific art projects.

Christo and his longtime partner, Jeanne Claude, conceived art projects on a massive scale, you know, like wrapping the Reichstag in Berlin and the Pont-Neuf Bridge in Paris in fabric, creating a 24-mile Running Fence in Sonoma and Marin counties in California, and bedecking New York City's Central Park with The Gates, a project that it took Mayor Bloomberg to green light after it had been rejected by the city before him...because it's official didn't want all those art-curious people trampling all over our beloved Central Park!

Then Bloomberg said Yes, and The Gates came, and people came from all over to stroll Central Parks pathways underneath 'flag gates'
suspended overhead.

And they were enchanted.
Mesmerized.
Fascinated.
And New York City rejoiced.
And then The Gates were gone forever (documentary link below)

This is what Christo and Jeanne-Claude give the world - totally useless site-specific works of art on a grand scale that mean, what, exactly?

That if you can imagine something, it can and should be manifested.

That the "totally irrational, totally useless" are rational and useful.

That the world cannot live without that which it can live without.

That it is good "that exist because we like to have them."

“The important part of this project is the temporary part, the nomadic quality. The work needs to be gone, because I do not own the work, no one does. This is why it is free.” - Christo

Take a walk on the wild side. Walk on Water

Christo's newest project: Walking on Water:
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/17/arts/design/christos-newest-project-walking-on-water.html

The Gates Documentary, Jim Hensen Pictures, 2007:*
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FHCqZJI1VyU

#Christo #WalkonWater #TheGates  ___

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2016-06-15 15:00:47 (24 comments; 2 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

The razor-sharp and witty Louis C.K. on Hillary, Bernie, and Donald. Brilliant and spot on.

"I mean, Hillary is better at this than any of these people. The American government is a very volatile, dangerous mechanism, and Hillary has the most experience with it. It’s like if you were on a plane and you wanted to choose a pilot. You have one person, Hillary, who says, “Here’s my license. Here’s all the thousands of flights that I’ve flown. Here’s planes I’ve flown in really difficult situations. I’ve had some good flights and some bad flights, but I’ve been flying for a very long time, and I know exactly how this plane works.” Then you’ve got Bernie, who says, “Everyone should get a ride right to their house with this plane.” “Well, how are you going to do that?” “I just think we should. It’s only fair thateveryone gets to use the plane eq... more »

The razor-sharp and witty Louis C.K. on Hillary, Bernie, and Donald. Brilliant and spot on.

"I mean, Hillary is better at this than any of these people. The American government is a very volatile, dangerous mechanism, and Hillary has the most experience with it. It’s like if you were on a plane and you wanted to choose a pilot. You have one person, Hillary, who says, “Here’s my license. Here’s all the thousands of flights that I’ve flown. Here’s planes I’ve flown in really difficult situations. I’ve had some good flights and some bad flights, but I’ve been flying for a very long time, and I know exactly how this plane works.” Then you’ve got Bernie, who says, “Everyone should get a ride right to their house with this plane.” “Well, how are you going to do that?” “I just think we should. It’s only fair that everyone gets to use the plane equally.” And then Trump says, “I’m going to fly so well. You’re not going to believe how good I’m going to fly this plane, and by the way, Hillary never flew a plane in her life.” “She did, and we have pictures.” “No, she never did it.” It’s insane."

Then there's this delicious quote:

"It’s very emotional. There is a fear of Hillary, you know? I think some of it has to do with Hillary being such a strong candidate and being a woman. The response to her is very male. The other side is very male-oriented. Trump is a man. Well, he’s a boy, and Bernie is an old man. Neither is a feminine person. Obama’s a very feminine person. I don’t mean effeminate."

And this one:

"Everybody has both masculine and feminine sides, but Obama is feminine inside. There ain’t no femininity in Trump. There’s none in Bernie. These are both really emphatic guys saying, “We got to do this!” Hillary’s trying to say, “Guys, this is reality. These are complex issues.” And those two are going, “I don’t want to fucking hear it!” It’s weird to watch. It’s like if you had an election in your family. Imagine that when you were a kid there was an election to decide whether Mom or Dad would be in charge for the next four years. Or if some group of siblings got together and said, “We’re going to get this woman to replace Mom.” After the election, imagine how you would feel about each other. It’s terribly, terribly interesting."___

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2016-06-13 22:31:10 (32 comments; 5 reshares; 22 +1s; )Open 

An Argentine Tango so beautiful it leaves me breathless. I share it with you all, in honor of lovers all over the world, of whatever composition, it matters not.

May we have peace one day.

Bless you +Denis Labelle for this gift, this day, most particularly.

#Tango   #Dance   #Orlando  

An Argentine Tango so beautiful it leaves me breathless. I share it with you all, in honor of lovers all over the world, of whatever composition, it matters not.

May we have peace one day.

Bless you +Denis Labelle for this gift, this day, most particularly.

#Tango   #Dance   #Orlando  ___

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2016-06-08 23:12:55 (58 comments; 1 reshares; 26 +1s; )Open 

Unfortunately for Bernie Sanders, this is the reason that he wasn't able to overcome Hillary Clinton. Not because of his unfounded belief that the system is rigged, not because of the ages-old delegate traditions of the Democratic Party, which he knew all about going in, but because he is unable, fundamentally unable, to understand the grassroots support Hillary Clinton has among voters - men and women - all over the country.

In the end, Hillary Clinton won the nomination fair and square - more popular votes, more delegates and more super-delegates therefore believing that she is the better representative of the United States of America - and his inability to congratulate her for winning, and for being the first female Democratic Presidential Nominee in the history of our country, defines the attitude, in a nutshell, that he has fostered in his supporters during this campaign...and it is the... more »

Unfortunately for Bernie Sanders, this is the reason that he wasn't able to overcome Hillary Clinton. Not because of his unfounded belief that the system is rigged, not because of the ages-old delegate traditions of the Democratic Party, which he knew all about going in, but because he is unable, fundamentally unable, to understand the grassroots support Hillary Clinton has among voters - men and women - all over the country.

In the end, Hillary Clinton won the nomination fair and square - more popular votes, more delegates and more super-delegates therefore believing that she is the better representative of the United States of America - and his inability to congratulate her for winning, and for being the first female Democratic Presidential Nominee in the history of our country, defines the attitude, in a nutshell, that he has fostered in his supporters during this campaign...and it is the thing that has held him back and the reason he lost.

What a shame that Bernie Sanders can't be as gracious as Andy Murray congratulating Djokovic at the French Open, or Serena Williams congratulating Spain's Muguruza for besting her in the same tournament.

What a shame.

I would love to have a count of how many women who voted for Clinton in their state's various primaries/caucuseshave been treated exactly like this in the course of their professional lives. I would bet it would be a staggering number.

#HillaryClinton   #POTUS2016   #BernieSanders___

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2016-06-05 01:16:30 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 

Wristband, just one of the great songs from Paul Simon's new album Stranger to Stranger. Can't remember when I've listened to an album more intently than I have this. Love it. Have always loved Paul Simon.

Wristband, Music and Lyrics by Paul Simon

I stepped outside the backstage door to breathe some nicotine
And maybe check my mailbox, see if I can read the screen
Then I heard a click, the stage door lock
I knew just what that meant
I'm gonna have to walk around the block if I wanna get it in

Wristband, my man, you've got to have a wristband
If you don't have a wristband, my man, you don't get through the door
Wristband, my man, you've got to have a wristband
And if you don't have a wristband, my man, you don't get through the door

I can explain it, I don't... more »

Wristband, just one of the great songs from Paul Simon's new album Stranger to Stranger. Can't remember when I've listened to an album more intently than I have this. Love it. Have always loved Paul Simon.

Wristband, Music and Lyrics by Paul Simon

I stepped outside the backstage door to breathe some nicotine
And maybe check my mailbox, see if I can read the screen
Then I heard a click, the stage door lock
I knew just what that meant
I'm gonna have to walk around the block if I wanna get it in

Wristband, my man, you've got to have a wristband
If you don't have a wristband, my man, you don't get through the door
Wristband, my man, you've got to have a wristband
And if you don't have a wristband, my man, you don't get through the door

I can explain it, I don't know why my heart beats like a fist
When I meet some dude with an attitude saying "hey, you can't do that, or this"
And the man was large, a well-dressed six-foot-eight
And he's acting like Saint Peter standing guard at the pearly...

Wristband, my man, you've got to have a wristband
If you don't have a wristband, you don't get through the door
And I said "Wristband? I don't need a wristband
My axe is on the bandstand, my band is on the floor"

I mean it's just...
[Scat]
(Wristband)
(Wristband)
(Wristband)
(Wristband)
(Wristband)
(Wristband)
(Wristband)

The riots started slowly with the homeless and the lowly
Then they spread into the heartland towns that never get a wristband
Kids that can't afford the cool brand whose anger is a short-hand
For you'll never get a wristband and if you don't have a wristband then you can't get through the door
No you can't get through the door
No you can't get through the door
Say you can't get through the door, no

http://www.paulsimon.com/

#Wristband   #PaulSimon   #StrangertoStranger  ___

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2016-06-02 16:09:47 (3 comments; 2 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

Behold. My gorgeous city, from 800 feet up...

#NewYorkCity   #TheBigApple  

Behold. My gorgeous city, from 800 feet up...

#NewYorkCity   #TheBigApple  ___

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2016-05-31 15:46:18 (13 comments; 5 reshares; 30 +1s; )Open 

For anyone who wants to know the real deal behind a Donald Trump 'deal,' this article in the New York Times (his hometown newspaper) is essential reading...because this way of working is what is in store for us should he become POTUS. For an additional punchline...here is...

STEPHEN HAWKING on Donald Trump:
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/may/31/stephen-hawking-donald-trump-popularity-inexplicable-and-brexit-spells-disaster

#POTUS2016  

For anyone who wants to know the real deal behind a Donald Trump 'deal,' this article in the New York Times (his hometown newspaper) is essential reading...because this way of working is what is in store for us should he become POTUS. For an additional punchline...here is...

STEPHEN HAWKING on Donald Trump:
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/may/31/stephen-hawking-donald-trump-popularity-inexplicable-and-brexit-spells-disaster

#POTUS2016  ___

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2016-05-30 13:38:13 (9 comments; 8 reshares; 20 +1s; )Open 

I wanted to make sure when I gave that acceptance speech for the (Congressional) Gold Medal...we didn't do it for Glory. We didn't do it for recognition. We did it because our country needed us. - Deanie Parish, WASP

On this Memorial Day I choose to honor The WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots) of World War II, who were trained to ferry new airplanes to their destinations (among many other things), because there weren't enough men for the task. These women were Civilians, even though they operated within the military system, had the same training as the men, were judged according to military standards, and worked and performed according to military protocol.

They were driven, committed and ambitious and loved what they did. However, a group of men began a campaign to de-activate their mission...because the men wanted their jobs and after two years of... more »

I wanted to make sure when I gave that acceptance speech for the (Congressional) Gold Medal...we didn't do it for Glory. We didn't do it for recognition. We did it because our country needed us. - Deanie Parish, WASP

On this Memorial Day I choose to honor The WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots) of World War II, who were trained to ferry new airplanes to their destinations (among many other things), because there weren't enough men for the task. These women were Civilians, even though they operated within the military system, had the same training as the men, were judged according to military standards, and worked and performed according to military protocol.

They were driven, committed and ambitious and loved what they did. However, a group of men began a campaign to de-activate their mission...because the men wanted their jobs and after two years of service they were officially de-activated after a hearing at which they were not allowed to be present.

What this meant is that they were never acknowledged as Veterans of the War, not allowed to be buried in Arlington National Cemetery. The story of their service to our country is not even taught in history books. They were, effectively, used by the military for an important purpose...and then discarded.

That all changed when Barry Goldwater, five-time Arizona US Senator and Republican Nominee for POTUS in 1964, took up the cause to officially recognize the service of The WASP.

A couple of years ago a male commenter on Google+ responded to my wondering why so few women want to learn to fly with [his] thought that...maybe women just aren't interested. The belief system that flying is not for women, although diminishing slightly, still exists today. I'm glad that Jill Bond has made a film about The WASP that highlights the contribution made by these women to the War effort, and their fight, decades after they were de-activated, to have the work they did in service to the US, fully acknowledge by the military.

Please watch this entertaining, illuminating, and frequently jaw-dropping documentary on The WASP, a film by Jill Bond. It's a brief history lesson I think you will enjoy, and when you see the joy on the faces of the women known as The WASP and hear personal stories from those still living, you will understand why it matters that they be recognized for their service.

We Served Too:
http://www.wstthemovie.com/

About Jill Bond:
http://www.wstthemovie.com/filmmaker.html

WWII Female Pilots Honored with Gold Medal:
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=124533914

The WASP are allowed to buried in Arlington National Cemetery:
https://plus.google.com/+GiselleMinoli/posts/Jqs9okhByXv

#TheWASP   #WeServedToo   #JillBond   #WWIIServicePilots   #ArlingtonNationalCemetery  ___

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2016-05-29 23:35:45 (12 comments; 1 reshares; 18 +1s; )Open 

Perhaps why I rarely use FB:

"The most commonly cited topics by women included words such as “wonderful,” “happy,” “birthday,” “daughter,” “baby,” “excited” and “thankful." Women were more likely to discuss family and social life, relying on words that described positive emotions, such as “love,” and intensive adverbs, such as “sooo,” “sooooo,” and “ridiculously,” the study said." - “Women are Warmer but No Less Assertive Than Men: Gender and Language on Facebook,” the Study

And...

"Men more frequently discussed topics related to money or work, and favored words tied to politics, sports, competition and activities, such as shooting guns or playing video games. Men commonly used words such as “freedom,” “liberty,” “win,” “lose,” “battle” and “enemy.”

Hmmm....

The(entire) Study:
http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1... more »

Perhaps why I rarely use FB:

"The most commonly cited topics by women included words such as “wonderful,” “happy,” “birthday,” “daughter,” “baby,” “excited” and “thankful." Women were more likely to discuss family and social life, relying on words that described positive emotions, such as “love,” and intensive adverbs, such as “sooo,” “sooooo,” and “ridiculously,” the study said." - “Women are Warmer but No Less Assertive Than Men: Gender and Language on Facebook,” the Study

And...

"Men more frequently discussed topics related to money or work, and favored words tied to politics, sports, competition and activities, such as shooting guns or playing video games. Men commonly used words such as “freedom,” “liberty,” “win,” “lose,” “battle” and “enemy.”

Hmmm....

The (entire) Study:
http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0155885&version=meter+at+1&module=meter-Links&pgtype=article&contentId=&mediaId=&referrer=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nytimes.com%2F&priority=true&action=click&contentCollection=meter-links-click___

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2016-05-28 19:26:55 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

MACBETH...or...EVERYBODY GOTTA SERVE SOMEBODY

She should have died hereafter;
There would have been a time for such a word.
To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day 20
To the last syllable of recorded time,
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more: it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.

Or...

Is this a dagger which I see before me,
The handle toward my hand? Come, let me clutch thee.
I have thee not, and yet I see thee still.
Art thou not, fatal vision, sensible
To feeling as to sight? or art thou but
A dagger of the mind, a false creation,... more »

MACBETH...or...EVERYBODY GOTTA SERVE SOMEBODY

She should have died hereafter;
There would have been a time for such a word.
To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day 20
To the last syllable of recorded time,
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more: it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.

Or...

Is this a dagger which I see before me,
The handle toward my hand? Come, let me clutch thee.
I have thee not, and yet I see thee still.
Art thou not, fatal vision, sensible
To feeling as to sight? or art thou but
A dagger of the mind, a false creation,
Proceeding from the heat-oppressed brain?
I see thee yet, in form as palpable
As this which now I draw.
Thou marshall'st me the way that I was going;
And such an instrument I was to use.
Mine eyes are made the fools o' the other senses,
Or else worth all the rest; I see thee still,
And on thy blade and dudgeon gouts of blood,
Which was not so before. There's no such thing:

'Twould be fun to recast and re-stage Macbeth prior to the general election. But is Macbeth Bernie...or Donald?

Actually, Donald might be the slain King Duncan.

And Ryan, who would he be? Malcolm? If Donald is Duncan, then Yes...

Kasich might be McDuff.

...and Elizabeth Warren Lady McDuff. Or perhaps she's one of the Weird Sisters? Then Debbie Schultz would have to be another and who is the third? RBG? Hmmm...

No...It's Elizabeth, Madeleine and Gloria. That's it! Ha!

I dunno...seems Ben Carson would make a good Banquo.

And Chris Christie's seems like Siward...

Cause ya know, as Bob says, You're gonna have to serve somebody.

Gotta Serve Somebody
Written by Bob Dylan, Copyright © 1979 by Special Rider Music

You may be an ambassador to England or France
You may like to gamble, you might like to dance
You may be the heavyweight champion of the world
You may be a socialite with a long string of pearls

But you’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes indeed
You’re gonna have to serve somebody
Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord
But you’re gonna have to serve somebody

You might be a rock ’n’ roll addict prancing on the stage
You might have drugs at your command, women in a cage
You may be a businessman or some high-degree thief
They may call you Doctor or they may call you Chief

But you’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes indeed
You’re gonna have to serve somebody
Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord
But you’re gonna have to serve somebody

You may be a state trooper, you might be a young Turk
You may be the head of some big TV network
You may be rich or poor, you may be blind or lame
You may be living in another country under another name

But you’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes indeed
You’re gonna have to serve somebody
Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord
But you’re gonna have to serve somebody

You may be a construction worker working on a home
You may be living in a mansion or you might live in a dome
You might own guns and you might even own tanks
You might be somebody’s landlord, you might even own banks

But you’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes indeed
You’re gonna have to serve somebody
Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord
But you’re gonna have to serve somebody

You may be a preacher with your spiritual pride
You may be a city councilman taking bribes on the side
You may be workin’ in a barbershop, you may know how to cut hair
You may be somebody’s mistress, may be somebody’s heir

But you’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes indeed
You’re gonna have to serve somebody
Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord
But you’re gonna have to serve somebody

Might like to wear cotton, might like to wear silk
Might like to drink whiskey, might like to drink milk
You might like to eat caviar, you might like to eat bread
You may be sleeping on the floor, sleeping in a king-sized bed

But you’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes indeed
You’re gonna have to serve somebody
Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord
But you’re gonna have to serve somebody

You may call me Terry, you may call me Timmy
You may call me Bobby, you may call me Zimmy
You may call me R.J., you may call me Ray
You may call me anything but no matter what you say

You’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes indeed
You’re gonna have to serve somebody
Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord
But you’re gonna have to serve somebody

#POTUS2016   #HillaryClinton   #BernieSanders   #DonaldTrump___

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2016-05-22 23:06:35 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 

Two of my favorite Tango dancers, Ana Padron and Diego Blanco, bring an end to my weekend.

May they usher in a sweet, thoughtful and connected week...

Tango for All:
http://tangoforall.com/

#AnaPadron   #DiegoBlanco   #TangoArgentino   #Dance  

Two of my favorite Tango dancers, Ana Padron and Diego Blanco, bring an end to my weekend.

May they usher in a sweet, thoughtful and connected week...

Tango for All:
http://tangoforall.com/

#AnaPadron   #DiegoBlanco   #TangoArgentino   #Dance  ___

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2016-05-22 15:29:34 (46 comments; 1 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

I want to tell Millennials who don't understand Hillary Clinton that this election is more than just about our important young generation and their future.

It is also about their parents, and the struggles they, too, have had, and continue to have, in life.

It is about the single woman and man, Yes, but also about the single male or female parent, about the pain of divorce and the cost of childcare, it is about how hard it is to care for a child and work, it is about the awful reality that so many women are still having to choose between having a family or having a career.

It is about the dear financial cost of getting an education, Yes, but it is also about the scores of men and women who lost their homes in the 2008 mortgage crisis and haven't recovered and will never recover.

Yes, it is about how difficult it can be to get a job once one has that... more »

I want to tell Millennials who don't understand Hillary Clinton that this election is more than just about our important young generation and their future.

It is also about their parents, and the struggles they, too, have had, and continue to have, in life.

It is about the single woman and man, Yes, but also about the single male or female parent, about the pain of divorce and the cost of childcare, it is about how hard it is to care for a child and work, it is about the awful reality that so many women are still having to choose between having a family or having a career.

It is about the dear financial cost of getting an education, Yes, but it is also about the scores of men and women who lost their homes in the 2008 mortgage crisis and haven't recovered and will never recover.

Yes, it is about how difficult it can be to get a job once one has that precious degree under one's belt, but it is also about the horror of having worked hard all one's life, only to be let go at the young age of 40, or 50, or 60, when one is still viable and operating on all cylinders and at the height of one's creative, intellectual and contributing powers (Yes, sometimes people get more talented and more able as they get older, not less...), but no one wants you because you are being replaced by a Millennial who knows precious little of what you know.

It is about the fear of ongoing war, and ISIS and terrorism, Yes, but it is also about the pain of having lost loved ones in the Viet Nam war, of standing on the streets in the rain decades ago protesting after Kent State, of watching your male college chums disappear in the draft and never return to school. This generation does not understand that experience.

It is about needing access to good health care, but it is also about honoring the battles the generations of women who fought for every woman's benefit - ensuring a right to choice, securing Roe v. Wade as the law of the land, pushing the movement that has allowed young women to time their reproductive choice so that it works for them. It is about understanding that the first person to push for a national health care program was a woman...25 years ago.

It is about caring what happens to our elders who are living with Alzheimer's and related dementia.

It is about the cost of a mortgage if you are swamped with school debt. But it is also about the cost of long term care if you have no family to care for you.

It is about embracing our sexuality and taking charge of our identities, and it is about the women who fought to make that happen over the course of decades and decades and decades.

It is about being paid what one is worth, and it is about the history of the battle for equality, understanding that history, learning about the women who have led that charge, carried that flag, borne that torch, and passed it on to the current generation. It is about understanding why the wheels of change turn so slowly and all of the rocks that need to be moved off the road to pave the way for change.

It is about young men and women standing side-by-side with their parents, with older men and women they've never met, with perfect strangers, and understanding one another's problems, issues, battles, concerns.

It is not about Millennial vs. Boomer.

Without Boomers there would be no Millennials.

We need to support one another.

And, No, It is not true that someday somehow someway a woman will be President anyway and so it doesn't need to be now.

No one would ever say, 'Well, someday there won't be racism anymore, so I don't need to fight that battle.'

No one would ever say, 'Well, someday everyone will embrace the transgender community, and so I don't need to take that issue on.'

No one would ever say, 'Well, someday there won't be any more shootings of innocent black men wearing hoodies, so I don't need to fight for that cause.'

No one would ever say, 'Well, someday some brilliant group of scientists and politicians will fix it so that we aren't polluting our Earth, so I can just go to the movies and forget about it today.'

No one would ever say, 'Well, someday women will be paid equally for equal work and so I don't need to participate in the public discourse about that.'

So, reading essays like Elizabeth Word Gutting's What My Mother Sees in Hillary, is an important reminder to Stop. Read. Listen. Think.

Well. My mother persevered. She smiled politely and bit her tongue and did what she had to do to survive those rough years. Remind you of anyone? - Elizabeth Word Gutting

Ms. Gutting could have written this article about my own mother.

Or about me, or the scores of women I have worked with in my professional life for whom this essay rings absolutely true.

Thank you for reading.

P.S. I will not put up with any hate comments in this post, FYI...

#ElizabethWordGutting   #POTUS2016   #HillaryClinton  ___

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2016-05-19 23:45:56 (30 comments; 2 reshares; 62 +1s; )Open 

Dinner.
Purple fingerlings
Red beets
Orange beets
Zuma tomatoes
Sugar snap peas
Green beans
Asparagus
Red carrots
Yellow carrots
Orange carrots

All mixed with a balsamico lemon juice apple cider vinegar oregano dijon and olive oil vinaigrette...

And of course the requisite ciabatta slice...

And oh...sangria.

But the salad is fabulous.

Mangia!

Dinner.
Purple fingerlings
Red beets
Orange beets
Zuma tomatoes
Sugar snap peas
Green beans
Asparagus
Red carrots
Yellow carrots
Orange carrots

All mixed with a balsamico lemon juice apple cider vinegar oregano dijon and olive oil vinaigrette...

And of course the requisite ciabatta slice...

And oh...sangria.

But the salad is fabulous.

Mangia!___

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2016-05-15 16:23:05 (29 comments; 0 reshares; 18 +1s; )Open 

You really need only read the below comment by Barbara A. Res, former Trump Executive of Construction, on her personal experiences when she was with the man's (I use the word as loosely as is possible...) organization.

But go ahead and read the article and the other 3,458 (started at 1,930+) comments anyway, for good order's sake. It is heartening that so many men are are standing by the side of women and speaking out about what a terrible role model he is. I'm glad the Times is letting the comments continue to roll...usually they cut it off so I am updating the figure as more and more people comment.

I am the VP of construction referred to in the article. I wrote a memoir, All Alone on the 68th Floor: How One Woman Changed the Face of Construction, much of which deals with my 14 years on and off with Donald. He gave me a tremendous break putting me in charge of... more »

You really need only read the below comment by Barbara A. Res, former Trump Executive of Construction, on her personal experiences when she was with the man's (I use the word as loosely as is possible...) organization.

But go ahead and read the article and the other 3,458 (started at 1,930+) comments anyway, for good order's sake. It is heartening that so many men are are standing by the side of women and speaking out about what a terrible role model he is. I'm glad the Times is letting the comments continue to roll...usually they cut it off so I am updating the figure as more and more people comment.

I am the VP of construction referred to in the article. I wrote a memoir, All Alone on the 68th Floor: How One Woman Changed the Face of Construction, much of which deals with my 14 years on and off with Donald. He gave me a tremendous break putting me in charge of Trump Tower. He said I was a "killer". He liked having powerful women around him. He treated me with respect initially, but by he end of our relationship, he acted differently, blaming me for something which was out of my control. We parted amiably, but when I saw him randomly after I sent him my book, which I thought he would like, he was very nasty to me. My memories of him are mostly good, because they are based in our Trump Tower years, when Ivana was around and Trump was so accessible. We were almost friends. He took my advice, and Louise Sunshine's, another "killer", who was a powerhouse. He hired other strong women in the 1980's but when I left there was only one woman exec left and she was soon gone. The entire 1980s crew had departed and from that point on, I think Trump stopped hiring people who would take him on and challenge him. He became too famous. Too full of himself. We did a poll in California in 1991 and he had more name recognition than the president, back then. It is a shame what happened, but you can tell from the article, it is predictable. I have no animus toward Trump but is not ready to be president. He has no political experience, and his policies are mostly anti women. - Barbara A. Res, former Trump Executive of Construction

#POTUS2016   #Trump___

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2016-05-12 12:27:16 (5 comments; 1 reshares; 29 +1s; )Open 

Finally. Finally. The WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots) won public recognition as war veterans in 1977. But they couldn't be buried at Arlington National Cemetery, the final resting place for more than 400,000 active duty soldiers, veterans and their families because they were never recognized as active duty servicewomen...and the program for which they flew was cancelled after two years - because of a campaign by male pilots who wanted the female pilots' jobs.

And then, as if that weren't enough, the record(s) of The WASP's service to their country was sealed, guaranteeing that no one would learn about these women, and that they would never be celebrated and honored along with other servicemen.

What they accomplished during their service...it was a though their hard work, their training, their accomplishment, their bravery, their service to America...it was... more »

Finally. Finally. The WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots) won public recognition as war veterans in 1977. But they couldn't be buried at Arlington National Cemetery, the final resting place for more than 400,000 active duty soldiers, veterans and their families because they were never recognized as active duty servicewomen...and the program for which they flew was cancelled after two years - because of a campaign by male pilots who wanted the female pilots' jobs.

And then, as if that weren't enough, the record(s) of The WASP's service to their country was sealed, guaranteeing that no one would learn about these women, and that they would never be celebrated and honored along with other servicemen.

What they accomplished during their service...it was a though their hard work, their training, their accomplishment, their bravery, their service to America...it was as though it all meant nothing.

It is one thing to accomplish something for yourself (bucket list) and not necessarily need any recognition.

It is another to choose aviation as a career and work for recognition and respect alongside other talented pilots.

But it is something else entirely to perform the service these women performed to protect their country during wartime and neither be recognized for that service and accomplishment nor allowed to be buried alongside soldiers who would be honored to have their remains lying side-by-side with theirs.

The wheels of change often turn very slowly...but they do turn...eventually.

We Served Too:
http://www.wstthemovie.com/
2014 Winner of The Gracies Award for Outstanding Documentary

We Served Too:
http://worldchannel.org/programs/episode/we-served-too/

#TheWASP   #FemaleWWIIPilots   #ArlingtonNationalCemetery  ___

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2016-05-11 19:27:36 (32 comments; 4 reshares; 32 +1s; )Open 

When I read about Sheryl Sandberg's newfound respect for single mothers, I was dismayed that her awareness had to come as a result of the sad loss of her own husband a year ago. After all, there are men and women whose power, position, upbringing and money shield them from the reality of life for those entirely unlike them...until something horrific happens to them, too.

But the woman who is the COO of FaceBook, the first, the most successful, the most powerful, social networking platform, not understanding how difficult it is to be a single mother until she experiences the terrible loss of her own husband? It seems unfathomable to me, since FB is a place chock full of every kind, manner and sort of support group - for mothers, stepmothers, blended families, divorced men and women, girls, boys...you name it.
One needn't look far, on FB or any other social media platform, including... more »

When I read about Sheryl Sandberg's newfound respect for single mothers, I was dismayed that her awareness had to come as a result of the sad loss of her own husband a year ago. After all, there are men and women whose power, position, upbringing and money shield them from the reality of life for those entirely unlike them...until something horrific happens to them, too.

But the woman who is the COO of FaceBook, the first, the most successful, the most powerful, social networking platform, not understanding how difficult it is to be a single mother until she experiences the terrible loss of her own husband? It seems unfathomable to me, since FB is a place chock full of every kind, manner and sort of support group - for mothers, stepmothers, blended families, divorced men and women, girls, boys...you name it.
One needn't look far, on FB or any other social media platform, including G+, to find groups and communities of people reaching out to one another for support, advice, encouragement and friendship.

Unfortunately, we do know that while money can pave the way to an education - book learning - money alone cannot educate a person about, well, life...about people and their experiences. Money and education cannot give a person insight, cannot make a person curious about others, cannot coax a person out of a belief system that might be worn like a coat of protective armor (or a coat of arms).

Money cannot make a person wise, cannot make a person empathetic.

My mind free-associated wildly when I read the attached article. I flashed back to a lovely dinner I had with the mother of a childhood friend the day after my mother died twelve years ago. This woman had been influential in the experimental school her daughter and I attended together when we were teenagers. At the time, her presence in my life...through the friendship of her daughter...provided a glimpse of the kind of family stability I did not have...for my father had died when I was five and overnight I had become the daughter of a single working mother.

The school my friend and I attended was an incredible place, but I was there on scholarship and the life I had at home wasn't even remotely similar to the life my school chum had at home. While her evenings were for study, my mother's and mine were for a multitude of household chores after her work and my school day. It was just the way the cards had been dealt in our lives, and it was hard. And it was made all the more difficult because there was no one with whom I could talk about it.

My mother went to work for the American Red Cross, and when there were disasters on behalf of which the staff was called on to volunteer, my mother was always there, because in those people she helped she saw something familiar - the need for assistance that went beyond food, shelter and clothing. It was called psychological support and empathy, and letting people, perfect strangers, know they were not alone.

At dinner when my friend's mother reflected back on the time her daughter and I had spent in school, she told me that I had gotten the best education possible and I agreed with her. But there was more than a look of sadness and bewilderment on her face when I told her that, speaking personally, it had not been enough, that it takes more than money and an education to get a child through a difficult time.

Children and families and single mothers and fathers in such circumstances also need the support of people who are unafraid to look hardship in the eye and to lend whatever assistance is necessary...a hand, an ear, a supportive shoulder.

The internet is a wonderful thing. People who are isolated can find a way to be less isolated. People who are bed-bound can communicate. People who need support anonymously can find anonymous support. It is an educational and research tool.

But the internet can also make it easy to pretend we are connected when we are not, to pretend we understand things we don't, to pretend to an awareness, a knowledge, and experience that is platform-based rather than the, 'Oh, I know you. You live down the street and your husband just died. How are you doing? How are your children? Would you all like to come for dinner?' kind of support that is crucial to so many people, to so many mother and fathers and children who are absolutely blind-sided by illness, a sudden death or financial hardship.

We need to understand that it takes a community to raise children and that so many of our single mothers need and deserve a much more supportive community than we give them. We owe it to them and to their children to do better. We must do more as leaders, as coworkers, as neighbors, and as friends. - Sheryl Sandberg

But this is not a new message. In 1996, 20 years ago, Hillary Clinton, when she was First Lady, published It Takes a Village: And Other Lessons Children Teach Us, in which she wrote:

We all depend on adults whom we know and on those we may not to help us inform, support, or protect our children. In the last ten years, science has proven how resilient children can be despite great obstacles. And that’s where other adults may step in, to help nurture children and to provide positive role models. - Hillary Clinton, It Takes a Village, Simon & Schuster

I am glad that Sheryl Sandberg has admitted that she didn't get it and that now she does. I am sorry that her husband died and left her a single mother. I know that pain personally. I hope that Sheryl Sandberg and other men and women with access to big megaphones will combine their voices with the goal of creating policies that help families and children.

Equal pay for equal work will help everyone, not just women.
Maternity and paternity leave will help everyone, not just women.
Access to childcare will help everyone, not just working moms.

These are not feminist issues. They are human issues.

We are the community.

We are the village.

#ItTakesaVillage   #SherylSandberg   #LeanIn  ___

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2016-05-10 21:13:29 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 14 +1s; )Open 

A lone white Lilac bloom bursts forth at the slightest hint of sunshine and warmth.

A bumblebee alights on the blossom, dumbstruck at its good fortune late in a spring soggy with rain, winter's leftover chill clinging to the fields like fog.

The flying creature moves slowly,
Her wings and thick pile soaked through,
Unable to fly, cold and hungry,
There is no pollen.

I watch it until dark
Moving a leg,
Tilting this way, then that.
And return in the morning
To find its body, the pile dry and soft in the Sun
The wings stiff and stretched outwards
Fallen between the long blades of spring grass.

Time for her to die.
Before the season had even begun.

Ah, but to die upon a fragrant white Lilac.
Is that death?
Or life?

A lone white Lilac bloom bursts forth at the slightest hint of sunshine and warmth.

A bumblebee alights on the blossom, dumbstruck at its good fortune late in a spring soggy with rain, winter's leftover chill clinging to the fields like fog.

The flying creature moves slowly,
Her wings and thick pile soaked through,
Unable to fly, cold and hungry,
There is no pollen.

I watch it until dark
Moving a leg,
Tilting this way, then that.
And return in the morning
To find its body, the pile dry and soft in the Sun
The wings stiff and stretched outwards
Fallen between the long blades of spring grass.

Time for her to die.
Before the season had even begun.

Ah, but to die upon a fragrant white Lilac.
Is that death?
Or life?___

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2016-05-07 12:34:50 (7 comments; 3 reshares; 18 +1s; )Open 

The beauteous Tracy Chapman, she of the haunting voice, begins the playlist for my long XC drive today. Her version of Stand by Me seems to be a metaphor for so many things in this moment. I end the playlist, over 9 hours of music, with Stevie Wonder's He's Misstra Know It All, well, for obvious reasons.

But in between those two glorious songs are some of my favorites, most of them older, but some of them newer. I left out poetry because there wasn't time, and, sadly, I left out the soundtrack for Hamilton, which I listen to all the time. But that's another XC playlist - Musicals. Need to make that one...think I would have to drive all the way XC and back to cover it.

In the meanwhile, anyone else have an XC playlist?

My own mood is mellow today. Have a lovely weekend everyone.


Stand by Me, Tracy Chapman... more »

The beauteous Tracy Chapman, she of the haunting voice, begins the playlist for my long XC drive today. Her version of Stand by Me seems to be a metaphor for so many things in this moment. I end the playlist, over 9 hours of music, with Stevie Wonder's He's Misstra Know It All, well, for obvious reasons.

But in between those two glorious songs are some of my favorites, most of them older, but some of them newer. I left out poetry because there wasn't time, and, sadly, I left out the soundtrack for Hamilton, which I listen to all the time. But that's another XC playlist - Musicals. Need to make that one...think I would have to drive all the way XC and back to cover it.

In the meanwhile, anyone else have an XC playlist?

My own mood is mellow today. Have a lovely weekend everyone.


Stand by Me, Tracy Chapman
Someone Like You, Adele
When We Were Young, Adele
Hold On, Alabama Shakes
Night Train, Amos Lee
Arms of a Woman, Amos Lee
Ne me quitte pas, Alison Moyet
Love is a Losing Game, Amy Winehouse
Solamente una vez, Andrea Bocelli
Roma Nun Fa ‘ La Stupida Stasera, Andrea Bocelli
Senza Fine, Andrea Bocelli
Somos Novios, Bocelli and Christina Aguilera
A Thousand Beautiful Things, Annie Lennox
Prayer in Passing, Anoushka Shankar
Barbra Streisand, I Still Can See Your Face
Cycle, Beck
Heart is a Drum, Beck
Stand by Me, Ben E. King
Then I Heard a Bachelor’s Cry, Benjamin Clementine
Piece of My Heart, Big Brother & The Holding Company
Summertime, Big Brother & The Holding Company
Hey Girl, Billy Joel
Scenes from an Italian Restaurant, Billy Joel
Bess, You is My Woman Now, Bill Charlap
If You See Her, Say Hello, Bob Dylan
Just Like A Woman, Bob Dylan
Lay Lady Lay, Bob Dylan
Things Have Changed, Bob Dylan
Rainy Night in Georgia, Boz Scaggs
Can I Change My Mind, Boz Scaggs
Sunny gone, Boz Scaggs
I’m Scared, Burton Cummings
In the Still of the Night, Carly Simon
Fuck You, Cee Lo Green
Heaven Help My Heart, Idina Menzel
What a Wonderful World, Chris Botti & Mark Knopfler
Viva la Vida, Coldplay
I’m So Glad, Cream
Teach Your Children, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Our House, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
One, Ed Sheehan
Naviganti
Eduardo de Crescenzo
Grooving’ Is Easy, The Electric Flag
Over-Lovin’ You, The Electric Flag
She Should Have Just, The Electrici Flag
Spanish Dancer, Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell
Back When We Were Beautiful, Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell
Wonderful Tonight, Eric Clapton
I’m Not Sayin’, Gordon Lightfoot
Silencio, Gonzalo Rubalcaba
Somebody That I Used to Know, Gotye
Used to Love You, Gwen Stefani
Where Would I Be?, Gwen Stefani
Something in the Way She Moves, James Taylor
Today, Jefferson Airplane
J.P.P. Mc Step B. Blues, Jefferson Airplane
If You Were a Bluebird, Joe Ely
Blue Train, John Coltrane
Hurt, Johny Cash
Free Man in Paris, Joni Mitchell
Need You Now, Lady Antelbellum
Spilt Milk, Kristina Train
Babe I’m Gonna Leave You, Led Zeppelin
Momma, Kendrick Lamar
Best of Wives and Best of Women, Lin-Manual Miranda
Summertime, Ella Fitzgerald
Wherever I Go, Mark Knopfler & Ruth Moody
Uptown Funk, Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars
Round Midnight, Miles Davis
You Made This Love A Teardrop, Nanci Griffith
I Don’t Wanna Talk About Love, Nanci Griffith
Brave Companion of the Road, Nanci Griffith
After the Gold Rush, Neil Young
Someday, Neil Young
From Hank to Hendrix, Neil Young
My Baby Just Cares For Me, Nina Simone
Little Blue Girl, Nina Simone
Spanish Dancer, Patti Scialfa
When Doves Cry, Prince
A Case of You, Prince
Little Red Corvette, Prince
Purple Rain, Prince
Sometimes It Snows In April, Prince
Aggio aspetta stasera, Roberto Murolo
Miss You, The Rolling Stones
Angie, The Rolling Stones
Sweet Virginia, The Rolling Stones
Leaves That Are Green, Simon & Garfunkel
For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her, Simon & Garfunkel
Feel So Different, Sinead O’Connor
Secret Love, Stevie Nicks
For What It’s Worth, Stevie Nicks
Pastime Paradise, Stevie Wonder
As, Stevie Wonder
A Thousand Years, Sting
Fields of Gold, Sting
The Night the Pugilist Learned to How to Dance, Sting
Fast Car, Tracy Chapman
Baby Can I Hold You, Tracy Chapman
Sorkin’ Woman Blues, Valerie June
Somebody to Love, Valerie June
When the Leaves Come Falling Down, Van Morrison
Reminds Me of You, Van Morrison
Into the Mystic, Van Morrison
And it Stoned Me, Van Morrison
On the Street Where You Live, Willie Nelson
Mustang Sally, Wilson Pickett
Groovin’, The Young Rascals
Ave Maria, Aaron Neville
Don’t Wanna Fight, Alabama Shakes
L’appuntamento, Andrea Bocelli
People, Barbra Streisand & Stevie Wonder
The Way We Were, Barbra Streisand & Lionel Richie
What Kind of Food, Barbra Streisand & John Legend
Hold Up, Beyonce
Formation, Beyonce
Down in the boondocks, Billy Joe Royal
Somebody That I Used to Know, Gotye
Say Something, A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera
Casey’s Last Ride, John Denver
Annie’s Song, John Denver
Love and Affection, Joan Armatrading
Down to Zero, Joan Armatrading
The Weakness in Me, Joan Armatrading
I Try, Macy Gray
Give Me One Reason, Tracy Chapman
The Promise, Tracy Chapman
He’s Mistral Know-it-All, Stevie Wonder

#Music  ___

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2016-05-05 22:21:27 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

The Art of Playing The Woman Card through music, songwriting, choreography, singing...and dance.

Joni Mitchell's A Case of You, choreographed by Judith Jamison, sung by Diana Krall, and danced by Hope Boykin...and Jamar Roberts.

To all talented women everywhere: Never apologize for playing The Woman Card.

#TheWomanCard   #AlvinAiley   #JoniMitchell   #HopeBoykin   #JamarRoberts   #PrinceACaseofYou  

The Art of Playing The Woman Card through music, songwriting, choreography, singing...and dance.

Joni Mitchell's A Case of You, choreographed by Judith Jamison, sung by Diana Krall, and danced by Hope Boykin...and Jamar Roberts.

To all talented women everywhere: Never apologize for playing The Woman Card.

#TheWomanCard   #AlvinAiley   #JoniMitchell   #HopeBoykin   #JamarRoberts   #PrinceACaseofYou  ___

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2016-05-01 23:56:47 (5 comments; 2 reshares; 17 +1s; )Open 

In honor of women who are the very definition of being The Woman Card, in this case, India Howell, who quit her job as CEO of a Boston-based company to live in Tanzania...and take in abandoned, abused and orphaned child after child after child. 

Watch The Children's Village, and learn about India Howell and Peter Leon Mmassy, her Tanzanian business partner, who exemplifies the most powerful way to play The Woman Card right along side one...

#60Minutes   #TheWomanCard   #TheChildrensVillage   #IndiaHowell  

In honor of women who are the very definition of being The Woman Card, in this case, India Howell, who quit her job as CEO of a Boston-based company to live in Tanzania...and take in abandoned, abused and orphaned child after child after child. 

Watch The Children's Village, and learn about India Howell and Peter Leon Mmassy, her Tanzanian business partner, who exemplifies the most powerful way to play The Woman Card right along side one...

#60Minutes   #TheWomanCard   #TheChildrensVillage   #IndiaHowell  ___

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2016-05-01 16:57:56 (17 comments; 1 reshares; 35 +1s; )Open 

I love New York City. I have been walking the streets of this fabulous place since the day I moved here. Never getting tired of it. Feeling its history deep in my bones. Awed at the almost organic nature of its existence, in spite of the seeming control of technology and manmade everything.

New York just is. 

A city that welcomes everyone from no matter where in the world.
A city with endless park benches on which to pause.
A city with endless dog parks, in which our four-leggeds can pause.

A place to hitch your bike...
Take a cruise...
Have a snooze...
End your day with booze.

A place to find some relief,
Sail without wind,
And row without oars.

And all in the eternal Pursuit of Magic...

I took these photographs on April 11th on a Waterfront Photo Safari with my husband. We had the best time. Ended the day... more »

I love New York City. I have been walking the streets of this fabulous place since the day I moved here. Never getting tired of it. Feeling its history deep in my bones. Awed at the almost organic nature of its existence, in spite of the seeming control of technology and manmade everything.

New York just is. 

A city that welcomes everyone from no matter where in the world.
A city with endless park benches on which to pause.
A city with endless dog parks, in which our four-leggeds can pause.

A place to hitch your bike...
Take a cruise...
Have a snooze...
End your day with booze.

A place to find some relief,
Sail without wind,
And row without oars.

And all in the eternal Pursuit of Magic...

I took these photographs on April 11th on a Waterfront Photo Safari with my husband. We had the best time. Ended the day at La Sirena. We had pasta. Of course.

#ILoveNewYork   #TheWaterfront  ___

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2016-04-27 23:54:30 (18 comments; 2 reshares; 22 +1s; )Open 

Oh, The Woman Card. And who gets to play it.

A short list of famous men, some of whose careers were based on strategically playing The Woman Card - President Kennedy trotted out the divine Queen of Camelot, Jackie Kennedy, whenever he needed to make an impression on foreign leaders - and some of whose careers were elevated considerably by playing the particularly gorgeous Woman Card, as did the great American playwright Arthur Miller with the beauteous Marilyn Monroe.

Then there are those men whose use of The Woman Card helped make them artistically famous forever, as happened with Leonard da Vinci and his muse Lisa del Giocondo. I mean, The Mona Lisa, as she is popularly known, is hanging in a museum and the rest of us aren't. I wonder how much she was paid for his fame? Hmmmm....

And dare I mention the... more »

Oh, The Woman Card. And who gets to play it.

A short list of famous men, some of whose careers were based on strategically playing The Woman Card - President Kennedy trotted out the divine Queen of Camelot, Jackie Kennedy, whenever he needed to make an impression on foreign leaders - and some of whose careers were elevated considerably by playing the particularly gorgeous Woman Card, as did the great American playwright Arthur Miller with the beauteous Marilyn Monroe.

Then there are those men whose use of The Woman Card helped make them artistically famous forever, as happened with Leonard da Vinci and his muse Lisa del Giocondo. I mean, The Mona Lisa, as she is popularly known, is hanging in a museum and the rest of us aren't. I wonder how much she was paid for his fame? Hmmmm....

And dare I mention the questionably talented but clever Alberto Vargas? Probably shouldn't but I did anyway.

And let's not forget Pablo Picasso, who most certainly spent an artistic lifetime playing The Woman Card, although sometimes he put Marie-Therese Walter's ear on her ass and you couldn't necessarily tell she was a woman. But I digress...

And there are those men who play The Woman Card because without a sexy talented woman named Tina Turner they would be, let's see? Nothing? As in Ike Turner? I'll let you decide.

And let's not forget those men who play The Woman Card to make vast amounts of money, as in our darling Hugh Heffner and his bountiful basket of bunnies. What would the world be without him?

Or...those naughty Dallas Cowboys, who are so cheap they pay their Multiple Women Cards - the fabulous Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders - $150 per home game. Yep.

And last, but not least, there are those men who play The Woman Card simply to, well, make the woman, that would be Eliza Doolittle, better than she would be without him, that would be our dear Henry Higgins. I mean, every man needs a little Pygmalion action in his life, right? Right.

After all, Why can't a woman be more like a man?

And play The Woman Card herself?

Indeed she can.

And she is.

P.S. I am sure you have your own list of masterful plays of The Woman Card. Do tell!

#TheWomanCard   #POTUS   #HillaryClinton  ___

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2016-04-25 19:53:11 (26 comments; 1 reshares; 66 +1s; )Open 

'Tis a frog.
Pretending to be a rock.
Praying no one sees him.
And hoping I will go away.

Perhaps he is pretending to be a Prince.
But...No...he knows there was only one of those.

#Prince   #GreyTreeFrogs  

The music of grey tree frogs:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zss4438ON2k

'Tis a frog.
Pretending to be a rock.
Praying no one sees him.
And hoping I will go away.

Perhaps he is pretending to be a Prince.
But...No...he knows there was only one of those.

#Prince   #GreyTreeFrogs  

The music of grey tree frogs:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zss4438ON2k___

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2016-04-22 02:42:13 (13 comments; 3 reshares; 21 +1s; )Open 

I wish this were a live performance of Prince's cover of Joni Mitchell's A Case of You. But listen to it anyway. His music anchors my XC driving playlists...I return to his songs over and over and over again.

Like so many, I loved the man's music, the entire talent of him. Yet, for reasons hard to explain, this cover of another songwriter's music says something about Prince as an admirer of others' talents...that goes beyond...for me...the performance of his own music...the generosity of it...the obvious love in it.

There was something so powerfully masculine about him, yet also so powerfully female. Those two energies were in everything about him - his lyrics, the use of his voice, the way he dressed, the way he danced, the way he spoke, the way he played his instruments, the way he expressed himself.

Prince...I could drink a case of you...... more »

I wish this were a live performance of Prince's cover of Joni Mitchell's A Case of You. But listen to it anyway. His music anchors my XC driving playlists...I return to his songs over and over and over again.

Like so many, I loved the man's music, the entire talent of him. Yet, for reasons hard to explain, this cover of another songwriter's music says something about Prince as an admirer of others' talents...that goes beyond...for me...the performance of his own music...the generosity of it...the obvious love in it.

There was something so powerfully masculine about him, yet also so powerfully female. Those two energies were in everything about him - his lyrics, the use of his voice, the way he dressed, the way he danced, the way he spoke, the way he played his instruments, the way he expressed himself.

Prince...I could drink a case of you...

From New York Magazine: Influences: Joni Mitchell:

But even when you were somewhat obscure, so many musicians were citing you as an influence or even name-checking you in songs. Of all the musicians and rappers who have cited you as an influence, whose work do you appreciate most?

Prince. Prince attended one of my concerts in Minnesota. I remember seeing him sitting in the front row when he was very young. He must have been about 15. He was in an aisle seat and he had unusually big eyes. He watched the whole show with his collar up, looking side to side. You couldn’t miss him—he was a little Prince-ling. [Laughs.] Prince used to write me fan mail with all of the U’s and hearts that way that he writes. And the office took it as mail from the lunatic fringe and just tossed it! [Laughs.]

http://nymag.com/nymetro/arts/music/pop/11888/

A Case Of U, Tribute to Joni Mitchell by Prince

I am a lonely painter
I live in a box of paints
I used 2 be frightened by the devil
And drawn 2 those who weren't afraid

Remember when u told me
That love was touching souls?
Well, surely u touched mine
Part of u pours out of me from time 2 time in these lines
U're in my blood like holy wine...u're so bitter and so sweet

I could drink a case of you darling
And still be on my feet...still be on my feet

A Case of You, by Joni Mitchell

Just before our love got lost you said
"I am as constant as a northern star" 
And I said "Constantly in the darkness 
Where's that at?
If you want me I'll be in the bar" 

On the back of a cartoon coaster 
In the blue TV screen light 
I drew a map of Canada 
Oh Canada 
With your face sketched on it twice 
Oh you're in my blood like holy wine 
You taste so bitter and so sweet 

Oh I could drink a case of you darling 
Still I'd be on my feet 
oh I would still be on my feet

Oh I am a lonely painter 
I live in a box of paints 
I'm frightened by the devil 
And I'm drawn to those ones that ain't afraid 

I remember that time you told me you said
"Love is touching souls" 
Surely you touched mine 
'Cause part of you pours out of me 
In these lines from time to time 
Oh, you're in my blood like holy wine 
You taste so bitter and so sweet 

Oh I could drink a case of you darling 
And I would still be on my feet 
I would still be on my feet

I met a woman 
She had a mouth like yours 
She knew your life 
She knew your devils and your deeds 
And she said 
"Go to him, stay with him if you can 
But be prepared to bleed" 

Oh but you are in my blood 
You're my holy wine 
You're so bitter, bitter and so sweet

Oh, I could drink a case of you darling 
Still I'd be on my feet 
I would still be on my feet
© 1970; Joni Mitchell

#Prince   #ACaseofYou   #JoniMitchell  ___

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2016-04-20 17:27:32 (8 comments; 0 reshares; 19 +1s; )Open 

Love...that Harriet Tubman is worth 'more' than Alexander Hamilton! 

'sbout time...

#HarrietTubman   #TwentyDollarBill   #WomensSuffrage  

Love...that Harriet Tubman is worth 'more' than Alexander Hamilton! 

'sbout time...

#HarrietTubman   #TwentyDollarBill   #WomensSuffrage  ___

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2016-04-19 12:58:09 (9 comments; 0 reshares; 22 +1s; )Open 

Madison Square Park, early morning, Tuesday, April 19th.

I love early morning in New York, especially in Spring when one is not quite sure what to wear. Looking for an empty park bench, chasing away the squirrels, which are more than a little bit used to a French Fry or two, or three, from the Shake Shack, or perhaps a bite of croissant for breakfast, leftover from an Italian's foray into Eataly for an Espresso and brioche.

Tulips bold and upright, the day unsure whether 'tis to be cloudy, 'tis to be bright.

A quite moment, after voting...in a great city.

The clock tower sings 7:25am.

Time to stroll home.

And begin another day.

Madison Square Park, early morning, Tuesday, April 19th.

I love early morning in New York, especially in Spring when one is not quite sure what to wear. Looking for an empty park bench, chasing away the squirrels, which are more than a little bit used to a French Fry or two, or three, from the Shake Shack, or perhaps a bite of croissant for breakfast, leftover from an Italian's foray into Eataly for an Espresso and brioche.

Tulips bold and upright, the day unsure whether 'tis to be cloudy, 'tis to be bright.

A quite moment, after voting...in a great city.

The clock tower sings 7:25am.

Time to stroll home.

And begin another day.___

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2016-04-18 14:44:23 (12 comments; 0 reshares; 19 +1s; )Open 

Torture. Absolute, unmitigated torture. Being told when I was a teenager that I had to learn to 'speed' read because I was such a slow reader. I used to read out loud, loving the sounds of the words, repeating the more delicious ones over and over again, looking their meanings up in the dictionary if they were new to me, imaging them physically as much as possible.

Words were pictures, and they still are. Sentences and paragraphs are like paintings composed of colors and textures and brush strokes. Sentences and paragraphs and pages, to me, are most certainly not compilations of information and data.

When I see the word 'house' it is not a five letter word describing something in which a person lives. Rather, my mind immediately imagines dozens of possible shapes and sizes and kinds of houses. It is a free-association I cannot stop. It simply is. I would describe this... more »

Torture. Absolute, unmitigated torture. Being told when I was a teenager that I had to learn to 'speed' read because I was such a slow reader. I used to read out loud, loving the sounds of the words, repeating the more delicious ones over and over again, looking their meanings up in the dictionary if they were new to me, imaging them physically as much as possible.

Words were pictures, and they still are. Sentences and paragraphs are like paintings composed of colors and textures and brush strokes. Sentences and paragraphs and pages, to me, are most certainly not compilations of information and data.

When I see the word 'house' it is not a five letter word describing something in which a person lives. Rather, my mind immediately imagines dozens of possible shapes and sizes and kinds of houses. It is a free-association I cannot stop. It simply is. I would describe this free-association to  my teachers to explain why I read so slowly, and I was told that it was more important for me to read quickly than to imagine more. I was told that fast is the only thing that matters.

It was hell. Because I could not do it. I was a failure at speed reading. And I began to hate to read. I despised Evelyn Wood and didn't even know her. And I knew she was wrong about speed reading but no one would listen to me because I was, well, a teenager, and who listens to teenagers? No one.

Until finally I had a teacher who understood the way my brain worked and he told everyone at my experimental school for girls to leave me alone and to let me read in a way that would preserve my love of words rather than make me feel like a failure. The clever man pointed me to poetry, because, he felt, there were fewer 'words' for me to deal with and I could free-associate until my heart was content. And then, if I wanted to read fast - sometime in the future - it would be a choice, not something I was pressured to do in school.

Without Jim O'Leary I believe I would have hated reading and writing.

Speed reading. How supremely stupid.

Now there are only two things I love to do fast: fly and drive.

But reading? 

Sorry, I won't speed read.___

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2016-04-17 18:51:37 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

The ferocious Michelle Dorrance.

Get a Git in your Giddyup. 

Click them heels.

Tap them toes.

Clap dose hands.

Sing with your body.

Dance with your soul.

Get a groove on.

Shake a tail feather.

Leaannnnnn into it.

Put on a pair of big disc earrings...

...and channel some Michelle Dorrance...

For it's spring in beautiful New York City.

#MichelleDorranceDance   #MacArthurFellow   #Tap  

The ferocious Michelle Dorrance.

Get a Git in your Giddyup. 

Click them heels.

Tap them toes.

Clap dose hands.

Sing with your body.

Dance with your soul.

Get a groove on.

Shake a tail feather.

Leaannnnnn into it.

Put on a pair of big disc earrings...

...and channel some Michelle Dorrance...

For it's spring in beautiful New York City.

#MichelleDorranceDance   #MacArthurFellow   #Tap  ___

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2016-04-15 02:35:57 (5 comments; 1 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

Just one of the many reasons I have never felt the Bern. There is a debate going on between Clinton and Sanders as I write, in which he criticized Hillary Clinton for not speaking more about reaching out to the Palestinians when she spoke last month at AIPAC (American Israel Political Action Committee).

It infuriates me that he would criticize a speech he read, but had an opportunity to listen to in person because he, Hillary Clinton, John Kasich, Ted Cruz and Donald Trump were all invited to speak. However, Clinton, Kasich, Cruz and Trump took time out of their schedules to speak to this important group of Jews, Gentiles, African Americans, Hispanics and students from around the world about terrorism, among many other things. 

But...only ONE of the Presidential candidates didn't show up...and that was Bernie Sanders. I was there and heard every single speech - Clinton's,... more »

Just one of the many reasons I have never felt the Bern. There is a debate going on between Clinton and Sanders as I write, in which he criticized Hillary Clinton for not speaking more about reaching out to the Palestinians when she spoke last month at AIPAC (American Israel Political Action Committee).

It infuriates me that he would criticize a speech he read, but had an opportunity to listen to in person because he, Hillary Clinton, John Kasich, Ted Cruz and Donald Trump were all invited to speak. However, Clinton, Kasich, Cruz and Trump took time out of their schedules to speak to this important group of Jews, Gentiles, African Americans, Hispanics and students from around the world about terrorism, among many other things. 

But...only ONE of the Presidential candidates didn't show up...and that was Bernie Sanders. I was there and heard every single speech - Clinton's, Kasich's, Cruz's and Trumps (as well as Joe Biden's and Paul Ryan's). But Bernie the Burn was a no-show. 

Instead of speaking at AIPAC he wanted to go to Arizona to promote himself prior to that State's Primary. Which he then lost. He should have spoken at AIPAC. Because had he done so he could easily have spoken himself about reaching out to the Palestinians if that is such an important issue for him.

How convenient to read Hillary's speech and criticize it, when he didn't bother to get himself to Washington, D.C. and make one of his own. Which we could all then criticize. How safe and cowardly of him.

Bernie Sanders, The Armchair Quarterback. Better to criticize the job someone else has done than be on the battlefield himself.

Now he's in New York promoting himself in advance of our Primary next Tuesday. Much more important, in his view, than directly addressing terrorism. Trying very hard to convince everyone that he's a New Yorker, when he doesn't even know how to ride the subway anymore.

Sorry, but I don't, nor have I for one minute, bought a single word of it. Bernie is Jewish, but didn't show up at AIPAC. He says he's a Democrat, but joined the party a year ago so that he could run on the Democrat, rather than the Independent, or the Socialist ticket. And now he's trying to get everyone to believe he's more of a New Yorker than Hillary Clinton, who was our Senator for eight years.

It was Hillary who was here, post-9/11, pushing to take care of First Responders, not Bernie Sanders.

Learn how to ride the subway, Bernie, it's not that hard. In fact, I'll teach you myself. And if you want to criticize the speech that someone running against you for President gives, have the decency to show up and make one of your own.

P.S. As a footnote, I hired someone to help me do some work in my apartment today. A working class man, who offered, without my even bringing it up, that he's voting for Hillary...because Bernie doesn't deal with real life. 

#POTUS   #HillaryClinton   #BernieSanders   #NewYorkPrimary  ___

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2016-04-04 20:32:44 (4 comments; 7 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

Being original is not easy, but it's the best way to improve the world around us. - Adam Grant, TED Talk, The Surprising Habits of Original Thinkers

Did you know that FIREFOX and CHROME users significantly outperform Safari and Internet Explorer users????

Did you know that Original Thinkers PROCRASTINATE. That Original Thinkers DOUBT and have FEAR? That Original Thinkers have lots and lots of bad ideas?

For all of you late comers, nail biters, dreamers, To Do List-haters, contrarians, anti-productivity, pro-creativity freaks...here's a more than amusing TED Talk by Adam Grant on the surprising benefits of fear, doubt, bad ideas, and being a procrastinator...and how that dreaded characteristic...which our parents, school teachers, bosses and virtually everyone else would like to bake out of us...is actually a good thing...if timed right of... more »

Being original is not easy, but it's the best way to improve the world around us. - Adam Grant, TED Talk, The Surprising Habits of Original Thinkers

Did you know that FIREFOX and CHROME users significantly outperform Safari and Internet Explorer users????

Did you know that Original Thinkers PROCRASTINATE. That Original Thinkers DOUBT and have FEAR? That Original Thinkers have lots and lots of bad ideas?

For all of you late comers, nail biters, dreamers, To Do List-haters, contrarians, anti-productivity, pro-creativity freaks...here's a more than amusing TED Talk by Adam Grant on the surprising benefits of fear, doubt, bad ideas, and being a procrastinator...and how that dreaded characteristic...which our parents, school teachers, bosses and virtually everyone else would like to bake out of us...is actually a good thing...if timed right of course.

Get into the difference between productivity and creativity.
Get into the difference between self-doubt and idea-doubt.
Get into the difference between Deja Vu and Vuja De.

In case you don't know, Adam Grant is an Organizational Psychologist, teacher, writer and, in my view, a stand-up comedian. 

Last year Grant collaborated with Sheryl Sandberg on a series of articles in the New York Times about various issue women face in the workplace. I posted about all of those articles because, not only are they important, but because I was/am intrigued by whether or not issues that affect women are taken more seriously when men write about them and actively participate in bring them to wider attention, than they would if they were left to women to champion alone.

All that aside, the entertaining Grant takes on the issue of original thinking.

I think I should write more about this..

Tomorrow...

In the meantime, take 15 minutes of your time to watch this. You won't regret it. AND DON'T PROCRASTINATE!

*Why do we need so many studies to convince us (of what we have always known to be true?)...
https://plus.google.com/+GiselleMinoli/posts/3k1tWwRLw6n

#AdamGrant #TEDTalk___

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2016-04-01 23:06:38 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 24 +1s; )Open 

Maybe...

It's a Purple Lilac Bud...
A Birdbath waiting for company
A Dogwood Tree full of buds
A Giant Fuchsia Magnolia Blossom
An Oak Leaf Hydrangea Bush
A cut back Forsythia frightened of the clippers
A Star Magnolia Tree windswept of its bounty
Ground cover daring to come out early
A Knockout Rose Bush hoping for a beetle-less summer

Maybe it's Spring...

Maybe...

It's a Purple Lilac Bud...
A Birdbath waiting for company
A Dogwood Tree full of buds
A Giant Fuchsia Magnolia Blossom
An Oak Leaf Hydrangea Bush
A cut back Forsythia frightened of the clippers
A Star Magnolia Tree windswept of its bounty
Ground cover daring to come out early
A Knockout Rose Bush hoping for a beetle-less summer

Maybe it's Spring...___

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2016-03-31 19:50:29 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 19 +1s; )Open 

Ahhhhh Zaha Hadid. There are people in the world whose mission in life is to destroy anything and everything they can get their hands on.

Other people, like Zaha Hadid, spend their lives creating, building, constructing...making art, making beauty.

There are many people who do not believe that a person's gender has any impact or influence on their art. I am not one of those people. When I look at her work I am inspired. What I see in Hadid's work is quintessentially female - curvy, strong, bold and mercurial. I wish that there were more of her influence in our cities, work spaces, and places of respite.

The wonderful thing about architecture is that it can last a very long time. And if we let it, when we are in the presence of it, it can enter our hearts and souls like a song and stay there forever.

Take a look at the accompanying slide show, and... more »

Ahhhhh Zaha Hadid. There are people in the world whose mission in life is to destroy anything and everything they can get their hands on.

Other people, like Zaha Hadid, spend their lives creating, building, constructing...making art, making beauty.

There are many people who do not believe that a person's gender has any impact or influence on their art. I am not one of those people. When I look at her work I am inspired. What I see in Hadid's work is quintessentially female - curvy, strong, bold and mercurial. I wish that there were more of her influence in our cities, work spaces, and places of respite.

The wonderful thing about architecture is that it can last a very long time. And if we let it, when we are in the presence of it, it can enter our hearts and souls like a song and stay there forever.

Take a look at the accompanying slide show, and remember...

Any jackass can tear down a barn, but it takes a good carpenter to build one. - Sam Rayburn, Former Speaker of the House of Representatives

Seven of Zaha Hadid's Most Striking Designs:
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/04/01/arts/design/zaha-hadid-designs.html?action=click&pgtype=Homepage&version=Moth-Visible&moduleDetail=inside-nyt-region-1&module=inside-nyt-region&region=inside-nyt-region&WT.nav=inside-nyt-region

Zaha Hadid's Influence Reached Beyond Her Architectural Designs:
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/02/arts/design/zaha-hadids-influence-reached-beyond-her-architectural-designs.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=mini-moth&region=top-stories-below&WT.nav=top-stories-below

#ZahaHadid   #Architecture  ___

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2016-03-29 21:08:18 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

What does it really mean to be relevant?
New?
Hip?
Of the moment?
Au courant?
Visionary?
With it?
Edgy?
Young?
Nothing. None of these things means anything.

I say, don't give a damn about being young and hip and au courant and with it and edgy. Instead, grow old like Arthur Kern and just do your own thing.

“A lot of the things that are going on, and what will go on, are the very things I tried to escape from before. I’m 84 years old and I have never given a talk about my work.”  - Arthur Kern

What does it really mean to be relevant?
New?
Hip?
Of the moment?
Au courant?
Visionary?
With it?
Edgy?
Young?
Nothing. None of these things means anything.

I say, don't give a damn about being young and hip and au courant and with it and edgy. Instead, grow old like Arthur Kern and just do your own thing.

“A lot of the things that are going on, and what will go on, are the very things I tried to escape from before. I’m 84 years old and I have never given a talk about my work.”  - Arthur Kern___

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2016-03-27 14:34:39 (2 comments; 2 reshares; 41 +1s; )Open 

Because it's overcast...

I love you more than you'll ever know
 
Lyrics by Al Kooper, founder of Blood, Sweat & Tears, covered by the great Amy Winehouse

If I ever leave you
You can say I told you so!
And if I ever hurt you baby
You know I hurt myself as well.

Is that any way for a man to carry on
Do you think I want my loved one gone
Said I love you
More than you'll ever know
More than you'll ever know

When I wasn't making much money
You know where my paycheck went
You know I brought it home to baby
And I never spent a red cent

Is that any way for a man to carry on
Do you think I want my loved one gone
Said I love you
More than you'll ever know
More than you'll ever know

I'm not trying to be
Just any kind of manmore »

Because it's overcast...

I love you more than you'll ever know
 
Lyrics by Al Kooper, founder of Blood, Sweat & Tears, covered by the great Amy Winehouse

If I ever leave you
You can say I told you so!
And if I ever hurt you baby
You know I hurt myself as well.

Is that any way for a man to carry on
Do you think I want my loved one gone
Said I love you
More than you'll ever know
More than you'll ever know

When I wasn't making much money
You know where my paycheck went
You know I brought it home to baby
And I never spent a red cent

Is that any way for a man to carry on
Do you think I want my loved one gone
Said I love you
More than you'll ever know
More than you'll ever know

I'm not trying to be
Just any kind of man
I'm just trying to be somebody
You can love, trust and understand
I know I know I know I can be
A part of you that no one else could see
Yeaaahhhh

But I've got to hear you say
I've got to hear you say
It's alright

I'm only flesh and blood
But I can be everything that you demand
I could be king of everything
Or just a tiny grain of sand

Now is that anyway for a man to carry on
Do you think I want my loved one gone
I said I love you more than you'll ever know
I don't want nobody else
I don't need nobody else

I love ya more than you'll ever know

#AmyWinehouse   #AlKooper   #BloodSweatandTears  ___

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2016-03-26 01:03:40 (23 comments; 1 reshares; 22 +1s; )Open 

For some reason this week I have been singing Somewhere Over the Rainbow to myself. I wake up singing it. I go to bed singing it. I cook singing it. I drive singing it.

And I thought I'd share a special version of it with you all. It's sung by Eva Cassidy, one of my favorite singers, who died young, way, way, way too young. But Eva left a body of work, and a voice that pierces the heart and when I think of this song, popularized by Judy Garland, she of another great voice, I personally think of Eva.

But how can I leave out the late, great and sublime Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwo'ole's version? 'Twould be impossible.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_DKWlrA24k

Or Judy Garland's from The Wizard of Oz? Well, duh.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSZxmZmBfnU

Or Eric Clapton's?... more »

For some reason this week I have been singing Somewhere Over the Rainbow to myself. I wake up singing it. I go to bed singing it. I cook singing it. I drive singing it.

And I thought I'd share a special version of it with you all. It's sung by Eva Cassidy, one of my favorite singers, who died young, way, way, way too young. But Eva left a body of work, and a voice that pierces the heart and when I think of this song, popularized by Judy Garland, she of another great voice, I personally think of Eva.

But how can I leave out the late, great and sublime Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwo'ole's version? 'Twould be impossible.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_DKWlrA24k

Or Judy Garland's from The Wizard of Oz? Well, duh.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSZxmZmBfnU

Or Eric Clapton's? Never.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3KvtbZzx1xs

Your own favorite version? Do tell.

Somewhere Over the Rainbow 
Lyrics by Yip Harburg, Music by Harold Arlen

Somewhere over the rainbow, way up high
There's a land that I've heard of once in a lullaby.
Somewhere over the rainbow, skies are blue
And the dreams that you dare to dream,
Really do come true.

Someday I'll wish upon a star
And wake up where the clouds are far behind me.
Where troubles melt like lemon drops,
Way above the chimney tops,
That's where you'll find me.

Somewhere over the rainbow, blue birds fly
Birds fly over the rainbow
Why then, oh why can't I?

Somewhere over the rainbow, blue birds fly
Birds fly over the rainbow
Why then, oh why can't I?

Published by
Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

Somewhere Over the Rainbow, from the Jewish perspective:
http://www.mycentraljersey.com/story/life/faith/2014/12/10/somewhere-rainbow-jewish-perspective/20104523/___

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2016-03-23 15:41:46 (12 comments; 1 reshares; 14 +1s; )Open 

Give Peace a Chance

I spent the past four days in Washington, D.C. attending the AIPAC Policy Conference, a cross-cultural, multi-racial gathering of more than 18,700 people from around the world, and from every State in our Union.

It would be easy to say that the highlight of the conference was being able to hear Hillary Clinton, Joseph Biden, John Kasich, Ted Cruz and Donald Trump speak in person within 24 hours of one another, but for me, the most important, and far and away the most moving session I attended was the People-to-People Dialogue on Advancing Israeli-Palestinian Coexistence, at which Bassam Aramin, a former Palestinian 'terrorist' spoke about losing his 10 year old daughter in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and about his many years in an Israeli prison, where he learned about the conflict from the other side, confronted his own pain,... more »

Give Peace a Chance

I spent the past four days in Washington, D.C. attending the AIPAC Policy Conference, a cross-cultural, multi-racial gathering of more than 18,700 people from around the world, and from every State in our Union.

It would be easy to say that the highlight of the conference was being able to hear Hillary Clinton, Joseph Biden, John Kasich, Ted Cruz and Donald Trump speak in person within 24 hours of one another, but for me, the most important, and far and away the most moving session I attended was the People-to-People Dialogue on Advancing Israeli-Palestinian Coexistence, at which Bassam Aramin, a former Palestinian 'terrorist' spoke about losing his 10 year old daughter in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and about his many years in an Israeli prison, where he learned about the conflict from the other side, confronted his own pain, humanity and purpose in life, and emerged as a significant voice and presence for Peace and healing.

Mr. Aramin was joined in this talk by Ali Abu Awwad, a Palestinian man who also lost a loved one to the conflict - his brother, who meant everything to him - who also, within his deep personal sorrow, realized that there is no such thing as revenge, that retaliation is a dead end, that War will never be the answer, that hate must be healed and that the only way to heal hatred within oneself is to consciously banish it and make another choice.

I wished I could have listened to these two men talk for days, and I wished that there were a larger and more public platform on which to champion the efforts they are making to reach out to the other side.

And then...Brussels. The delegation sat together yesterday morning at the Convention center, noticeably quieter, numbed I would say, at the news that had spread around the world of yet another terrorist attack at the hands of men who call themselves 'brothers.' 

What is the difference between men like Bassam Aramin and Ali Abu Awwad, who have had the courage to confront the roots of their own hatred, anger and violence and turn it into a commitment to work for Peace and reconciliation, and the brothers who are responsible for killing 34 people and wounding more than 200 others in three separate attacks in Brussels yesterday?

Personal loss, Yes. 

But, beyond that, an inner light must at some point go off, in order to realize that Peace cannot be created by declaring War.

I cannot recount for you Bassam Aramin's comments at AIPAC on Tuesday, but I was happy to discover that NPR's Emily Harris has provided a way for each of you to hear his story on All Things Considered.

There is a picture of his lovely daughter, Amir, and a discussion of the work Bassam had to put into changing the mindset of his son, Araab, who wanted to avenge his sister's death.

It is worth listening to. Please try if you have the time. I have also included a variety of links to some interesting interviews, talks and articles...if you are interested.

Giving Peace a Chance is a choice, not an accident.

Peace is the only way.

Make Love, not War.

Thank you all...

The Making of Within the Eye of the Storm: An interview with Bassam Aramin and Rami Alhanan and Shelly Hermon:
http://fathomjournal.org/the-making-of-within-the-eye-of-the-storm-an-interview-with-bassam-aramin-rami-elhanan-and-shelley-hermon/

Transforming Trauma: With Bassam Aramin and Rami Elhanin:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-oV671t5onY

Bassam Aramin: Moving Beyond Violence:
http://www.movingbeyondviolence.org/bassam-aramin/

Bassam Aramin: The Love and Forgiveness Project:
http://blogs.shu.edu/diplomacyresearch/2014/01/20/bassam-aramin/

Why are men so angry that they kill children to get what they want?
http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2013/aug/03/men-kill-children-middle-east-israel-palestine

Combatants for Peace: There is another way:
http://cfpeace.org/

#AIPAC   #BassamAramin   #AliAbuAwwad     #Brussels   #Terrorism   #AllThingsConsidered   #EmilyHarris  ___

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2016-03-21 03:47:30 (9 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

What an incredible day at the AIPAC Conferenence in D.C. (American Israel Public Affairs Committee), described by one speaker as a bi-partisan, cross cultural, multi-racial movement, which is an accurate description of what I experienced between 9:30am this morning and 9:30 tonight.

Since I learn about the world through direct experience with the arts (it's the way my brain works), I chose to start my day at a screening of filmmaker Laura Bialis's Rock in the Red Zone, about the Israeli city of Sderot, rocked by continual rocket assault...and the musical passions of its citizens, whose ancestors came from Morocco, Ethiopia, Spain, Greece and many other places to settle in Israel in the early 50s.

The talents of Avi Vaknin, Micah Biton, Robby Elmaliah and Hagit Yaso (winner of Israel's version of American idol) are featured in Bialis's reflective documentary about... more »

What an incredible day at the AIPAC Conferenence in D.C. (American Israel Public Affairs Committee), described by one speaker as a bi-partisan, cross cultural, multi-racial movement, which is an accurate description of what I experienced between 9:30am this morning and 9:30 tonight.

Since I learn about the world through direct experience with the arts (it's the way my brain works), I chose to start my day at a screening of filmmaker Laura Bialis's Rock in the Red Zone, about the Israeli city of Sderot, rocked by continual rocket assault...and the musical passions of its citizens, whose ancestors came from Morocco, Ethiopia, Spain, Greece and many other places to settle in Israel in the early 50s.

The talents of Avi Vaknin, Micah Biton, Robby Elmaliah and Hagit Yaso (winner of Israel's version of American idol) are featured in Bialis's reflective documentary about how people live with and survive continual threat from airstrikes. The answer, the therapy, the necessity...is to make music, much of which honors the musical traditions of the countries of their ancestors. I will do a separate post about Rock in the Red Zone, because it was quite moving.

Then, I segued to a talk by Clifton Truman Daniel, the grandson of President Harry Truman, whose recognition of the State of Israel in 1948 set the bar for all future Presidents' support of the Jewish State. Daniel talked about what it was like to grow up a "Truman," and the impact his grandfather has had on his life, as a son, a father...a writer.

The day ended at the Verizon Center, among 18,700 people, hosts of speakers, presenters and musicians, one of whom was the young girl featured in the attached video, a beneficiary of Sulomat: Music for Social Change: a musical program for children at risk. This particular young musician was born without eyes and left abandoned. Through music, she believes she can now do anything.

The keynote speaker tonight was Vice President Joseph Biden, an Irishman who told the story of his own personal, long time commitment to the people of Israel - his own first trip there, his meeting with Golda Meir after he had become a Senator at age 29, who told him "We have no other place to go," and how it was a defining moment for him in his life.

Biden told how he took his children to Israel as he had been taken, and how he took the children of his recently deceased son, Beau, to Israel...all so that they could witness for themselves the power, the magic, the life-changing experience of being there and meeting people of such tremendous courage in the only Democracy in the Middle East.

Tomorrow Hillary Clinton speaks, as does Ted Cruz, John Kasich...and Donald Trump.

But in between, there will be another jam-packed day of events, talks and presentations by a gathering of Jews, Christians, Buddhists, African Americans, Hispanics, students, academic...people from every state in our Union and from every culture all over the world working for Peace in the Middle East.

In the meanwhile, I give you the lyrics to Somewhere, music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, from the Broadway Musical West Side Story.

We all need a 'Somewhere,' don't we?

There's a place for us, 
Somewhere a place for us. 
Peace and quiet and open air 
Wait for us 
Somewhere. 

There's a time for us, 
Some day a time for us, 
Time together with time to spare, 
Time to learn, time to care, 
Some day! 

Somewhere. 
We'll find a new way of living, 
We'll find a way of forgiving 
Somewhere . . . 

There's a place for us, 
A time and place for us. 
Hold my hand and we're halfway there. 
Hold my hand and I'll take you there 
Somehow, 
Some day, 
Somewhere! 

Music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.
© 1956, 1957 Amberson Holdings LLC and Stephen Sondheim. 
Leonard Bernstein Music Publishing Company LLC, Publisher. 

#Sulamot   #AIPAC   #JoeBiden   #Somewhere   #CliftonTrumanDaniel  ___

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2016-03-20 03:54:37 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 17 +1s; )Open 

In D.C. for a conference. The wet snow that was falling as I drove through the Shenandoah Valley turned to heavy rain as I got closer to the city.

It's cold. And foggy. But D.C. is beautiful and the cherry trees are in bloom. Earlier than in any Spring (?) when I've been here before.

Walked through the chill to a Spanish Tapas bistro for razor clams, brussels sprouts and a glass of Tempranillo. Came back to my hotel and worked out on my TRX while I watched CNN, which repeated the news about SeaWorld (finally) deciding that Orcas are better off left beloved and wild in the ocean, where they belong, then cavorting with humans in over-sized bathtubs in amusement parks.

On October 27, 2013 I wrote about the movie Blackfish, which was instrumental in convincing SeaWorld it has no business trafficking in killer whales as entertainment for children. And adults.... more »

In D.C. for a conference. The wet snow that was falling as I drove through the Shenandoah Valley turned to heavy rain as I got closer to the city.

It's cold. And foggy. But D.C. is beautiful and the cherry trees are in bloom. Earlier than in any Spring (?) when I've been here before.

Walked through the chill to a Spanish Tapas bistro for razor clams, brussels sprouts and a glass of Tempranillo. Came back to my hotel and worked out on my TRX while I watched CNN, which repeated the news about SeaWorld (finally) deciding that Orcas are better off left beloved and wild in the ocean, where they belong, then cavorting with humans in over-sized bathtubs in amusement parks.

On October 27, 2013 I wrote about the movie Blackfish, which was instrumental in convincing SeaWorld it has no business trafficking in killer whales as entertainment for children. And adults.

Why did it take SeaWorld so long to wake up and take action? Their addiction to the money they were making? That's an easy answer. Denial? A love of control? A need to believe whatever they want, in spite of the knowledge of animal behaviorists?

Maybe this sort of thing just don't bother us enough. Maybe we just think this stuff is okay. Maybe we just accept the unacceptable. Maybe we are numb. Maybe we can't tear ourselves away from that which we know, deep down inside, is repulsive, because we like entertainment, any kind of entertainment, and we make excuses for our addiction to it.

We tell ourselves...it's just a whale, it doesn't have feelings, it's not smart...look...it's happy. Free fish. Clapping humans.

We tell ourselves lots of things. That there is no such thing as climate change. Or racism. That there is nothing we can do about animal poaching. That there has always been violence. That guns don't kill people, people do.

That Trump is amusing. That he is just the will of the people. So was decades of Orca entertainment at SeaWorld and look how that turned out.

We accept madness. We are tolerant of the intolerable. We tell ourselves that part of being an adult is accepting what we cannot fix. Better to turn the other cheek. Don't stress. Don't fight it. Go with the flow.

And walk through the rainy city.

Past the Japanese Cherry Trees that are blooming five days earlier than usual this year.

After all, something beautiful can make us forget something unpleasant.

There is always a lovely walk through a city beckoning Spring on a foggy chilly night at the end of Winter...

Isn't there?

#FreeTilikum   #CherryBlossomFestival   #Blackfish  ___

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