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Giselle Minoli

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I write literary nonfiction. I fly small planes. I design fine jewelry.

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Location: New York City

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Yifat Cohen87,656If 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 Wilson1,548,789It'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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2016-08-28 12:06:22 (61 comments; 8 reshares; 23 +1s; )Open 

+If the algorithms nevertheless seem poised to take over, it is mainly because most human beings hardly know themselves at all.*

Worth reading, but it doesn't really matter what you think about or feel about this article...because in the end there's an algorithm that will tell you what to feel, command you what to think, instruct you how to order your life. Unless, that is, you prefer to exercise your free will. What's that you say? Free will?

If you don’t like this, and you want to stay beyond the reach of the algorithms, there is probably just one piece of advice to give you, the oldest in the book: know thyself.

Yes. Know. Thy. Self.

I'm exercising my free will and going flying this morning. Somewhere there's an algorithm that I'm sure is convinced it could have predicted that I would do so on this morning (weather permitting ofc... more »

Most reshares: 8

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2016-08-28 12:06:22 (61 comments; 8 reshares; 23 +1s; )Open 

+If the algorithms nevertheless seem poised to take over, it is mainly because most human beings hardly know themselves at all.*

Worth reading, but it doesn't really matter what you think about or feel about this article...because in the end there's an algorithm that will tell you what to feel, command you what to think, instruct you how to order your life. Unless, that is, you prefer to exercise your free will. What's that you say? Free will?

If you don’t like this, and you want to stay beyond the reach of the algorithms, there is probably just one piece of advice to give you, the oldest in the book: know thyself.

Yes. Know. Thy. Self.

I'm exercising my free will and going flying this morning. Somewhere there's an algorithm that I'm sure is convinced it could have predicted that I would do so on this morning (weather permitting ofc... more »

Most plusones: 61

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2016-05-19 23:45:56 (30 comments; 2 reshares; 61 +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!

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2016-09-27 18:16:59 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

Poor Donald. He really needs to get out more. Didn't anyone ever tell the man that life isn't fair?

That some people are born TFBs, while some are born into generations of poverty?

That some people can borrow money from their fathers to start their businesses, while others have to work multiple jobs to make ends meet?

That some people's parents can afford to send them to the best private schools, while others have to drop out of school to help their aging or ill parents?

That some people who use bankruptcy loopholes are considered good businesspeople, while others are called 'losers' by those same people?

That some people are born into Democracies, while others have the misfortune of having to abandon their homes to escape political and religious oppression?

That some people are more intelligent than he is?
That one... more »

Poor Donald. He really needs to get out more. Didn't anyone ever tell the man that life isn't fair?

That some people are born TFBs, while some are born into generations of poverty?

That some people can borrow money from their fathers to start their businesses, while others have to work multiple jobs to make ends meet?

That some people's parents can afford to send them to the best private schools, while others have to drop out of school to help their aging or ill parents?

That some people who use bankruptcy loopholes are considered good businesspeople, while others are called 'losers' by those same people?

That some people are born into Democracies, while others have the misfortune of having to abandon their homes to escape political and religious oppression?

That some people are more intelligent than he is?
That one such person bested him in the debate last night?
That Dad wouldn't be standing in the wings cueing his answers?

No, Donald. Life isn't fair.

That's what so many people have been trying to tell you. But you haven't been listening because you think that your wealth and power entitle you to be dealt with in some especially coddled and privileged way.

And that belief is why you are going to lose this election. Because most voters know that life isn't fair, and they are not going to vote for someone who whines whenever something doesn't go their way.___

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2016-09-26 15:57:22 (43 comments; 0 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 

I asked my husband to invent a new cocktail - which I've named named The Debater - to accompany the New Mexican Green Chile Posole I've prepared to keep our souls warm throughout the agonizing slog the first 90-minute debate promises to be.

No one wonders what the content will be. Only the tone, the pitch, the swagger, the amount of gesticulating - on a scale of 1-100 - remains to be measured, weighed, put on the scales, left to divide up into blue and red pie charts, stats, percentages, thumbs up and thumbs down.

For my part, I fully expect to see every male/female tussle ever invented, ever tested, ever described played out in public, just in case any man or woman left on Planet Earth might be unfamiliar with them.

We will watch Trump repeat versions of things he's said publicly before. He'll call Clinton names, criticize the way she looks, question... more »

I asked my husband to invent a new cocktail - which I've named named The Debater - to accompany the New Mexican Green Chile Posole I've prepared to keep our souls warm throughout the agonizing slog the first 90-minute debate promises to be.

No one wonders what the content will be. Only the tone, the pitch, the swagger, the amount of gesticulating - on a scale of 1-100 - remains to be measured, weighed, put on the scales, left to divide up into blue and red pie charts, stats, percentages, thumbs up and thumbs down.

For my part, I fully expect to see every male/female tussle ever invented, ever tested, ever described played out in public, just in case any man or woman left on Planet Earth might be unfamiliar with them.

We will watch Trump repeat versions of things he's said publicly before. He'll call Clinton names, criticize the way she looks, question her health, her stamina, her mental faculties. He'll humiliate, belittle, ridicule, criticize, insult, demean, denigrate, smear, defame, libel, slur, slander, besmirch, badmouth and disparage her - J'ACCUSE!!!! - because he knows that a woman cannot fight back 'in-kind' in our culture, most especially in public, and he's hoping she'll crack under the onslaught of vitriol thrown her way.

He'll utilize that tantalizing and deceptively delicious ole' chestnut, 'If you little ladies want to be in the military, on the police force, or at the top-o-the-heap with the big boys, well, you're just gonna have to be able to eat a lot of C*&P'. Publicly. Public C*&P. Especially public C*&P.

He's betting on the tried and true Hester Prynne, Salem Witch Hunt stuff, but it won't work, ultimately, and it won't matter, ultimately, no matter how much jeering goes on in the Hall, no matter how entertaining it may appear to be, no matter how many Ews, Whoops, Yikes, Did He Really Say That? and Holy Cows, are uttered, or how much laughter or boos are evoked, no matter how much raucous applause there is any time an arrow hits its mark, skin is sliced, wounds are opened, solar plexus ooofffs are coughed up, blood is drawn, or beads of sweat appear on powdered foreheads.

It won't matter, ultimately, because Hillary won't cave...because she's fully versed on the issues and Trump isn't. Never was and never will be.

And that's all that will matter, ultimately, at the end of the day, tonight or on November 8th.

Despite my confidence, I still intend to serve up a lovely Caesar Salad with cornbread croutons and a hearty, spicy New Mexican Green Chile Posole to accompany the evening...

...and I'll be eager to taste my husband's recipe for a cocktail named The Debator.

"Make is spicy, not sweet," I told him. "There's no place for sweet in this debate."

Not if you're a female candidate for POTUS.

P.S. And now John Oliver, just for fun of course:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/john-oliver-raisins-scandals_us_57e8c100e4b0e80b1ba2ced0?section=&___

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2016-09-25 23:38:09 (16 comments; 1 reshares; 22 +1s; )Open 

Y'ain't ever had a burger 'til you've had a Sugar Burger. 'Cept you gotta get yourself to Embudo, New Mexico (some say Dixon, some say Velarde) beside the Rio Grande River between Santa Fe and Taos, New Mexico to get your hands (er...your mouth) on one of them. Hard to eat any other kind of burger after you've tasted a Sugar Burger.

I've figured out why they are so good. It's the order of the ingredients, which goes like this:

Top:
Lightly toasted and buttered potato bun

Middle (in this order):
American cheese
Beef Patty
Thinly slice very ripe tomatoes
A blush of chopped New Mexican green chiles
Four (or more, or, OK, less) sweet/sour pickles
Sweet onions sliced together with Iceberg Lettuce

Bottom:
Lightly toasted buttered and Mayo'd (very important) potato bun... more »

Y'ain't ever had a burger 'til you've had a Sugar Burger. 'Cept you gotta get yourself to Embudo, New Mexico (some say Dixon, some say Velarde) beside the Rio Grande River between Santa Fe and Taos, New Mexico to get your hands (er...your mouth) on one of them. Hard to eat any other kind of burger after you've tasted a Sugar Burger.

I've figured out why they are so good. It's the order of the ingredients, which goes like this:

Top:
Lightly toasted and buttered potato bun

Middle (in this order):
American cheese
Beef Patty
Thinly slice very ripe tomatoes
A blush of chopped New Mexican green chiles
Four (or more, or, OK, less) sweet/sour pickles
Sweet onions sliced together with Iceberg Lettuce

Bottom:
Lightly toasted buttered and Mayo'd (very important) potato bun

No other order will do. Not ever. Don't even think about it. 'Cause you have to get the 'stuff' as close to your tastebuds as possible the first bite, and that means putting the 'stuff' beneath the patty, not on top of the patty. Underneath. The. Patty. Not. On. Top. Got That? Good. Glad we cleared that up.

Then you wrap the whole thing up in a square piece of parchment and put a toothpick in it to keep it warm while you find a spot on a picnic table outside. Then you take a picture of it and send it to everyone you know who loves and craves Sugar Burgers and you make them jealous. Because you are there and they are not.

Then you watch the cars and trucks and SUVs pull up from Texas, Montana, California, Indiana, Illinois, Oklahoma...wherever...because folks all over the US know about Sugar's. And if you don't you ain't got no swag. Ain't hip. Don't know what's important in life. Can't fight your way out of a paper bag...er...a square piece of parchment sandwich wrapper.

You get my meaning.

Don't tell Sugar (a dog), that I've figured out the secret. Just take the above ingredients and Do-It-Yourself at home. And don't cheat. Don't put other stuff on your Sugar Burger. Like don't put Catch Up on your Sugar Burger. And don't put Must Tard on your Sugar Burger. Or for Pete's Sake Chile Sauce or Thousand Island Dressing (go swimming instead) or A-1, or 2 or 3 or 4 sauce. And absolutely NO Heinz Steak sauce or some other such treason, blasphemy, chicanery or wretched thingy you think you need on your burger. Cause you don't need nothin' else 'cept Mayo.

Just do what I do: Go directly to Sugar's after landing in New Mexico and Thank the Universe that it's open Thursday - Sunday. And if you can't get to New Mexico, make a Sugar Burger yourself and share the recipe with people you love.

But...if...you get to New Mexico...walk across State Road 68 to the River's Edge and ponder its beauty and think back a few hundred years to what it must have been like before the Wild West was Won...

...and to what it must be like to have a life so simple and pure that all one needs do is erect a shack and call it Sugar's.

Build it...and people will come.

And they do...from far and wide.

Have a good week everyone.

#SugarBurger   #Embudo   #Dixon  ___

2016-09-23 15:02:34 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

Congressman Tells BBC: Charlotte Protesters ‘Hate White People’

I'm slack-jawed...but not really. We've come to expect these kinds of comments. It's easier to believe this than look at the underbelly of the beast...

Congressman Tells BBC: Charlotte Protesters ‘Hate White People’

I'm slack-jawed...but not really. We've come to expect these kinds of comments. It's easier to believe this than look at the underbelly of the beast...___

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2016-09-22 17:27:25 (6 comments; 2 reshares; 26 +1s; )Open 

Taos, New Mexico...for +Denis Labelle.

Denis, this is Jalez. I went for a walk yesterday morning and met him at the fork of two dirt roads and asked if I could take his picture. He was born and raised in Taos and has spent his entire life here, with the exception of the time he spent serving his country in the Viet Nam war.

He comes up to the foothills of the Taos Mountains twice a day. And sits. And breaths. And reminds himself how fortunate he is to live in such beauty, to be so blessed.

He pulled out of his pocket what looked like a watch fob and asked me what I thought it was.

A pocket watch! No.
A locket! No.
A compass! Ah, Yes.

Then he put it in my hand. Silver. With the initials. 'U.S.' engraved on one side. He opened it for me and the hand that wobbled North was enameled a beautiful dark blue.

He carries it... more »

Taos, New Mexico...for +Denis Labelle.

Denis, this is Jalez. I went for a walk yesterday morning and met him at the fork of two dirt roads and asked if I could take his picture. He was born and raised in Taos and has spent his entire life here, with the exception of the time he spent serving his country in the Viet Nam war.

He comes up to the foothills of the Taos Mountains twice a day. And sits. And breaths. And reminds himself how fortunate he is to live in such beauty, to be so blessed.

He pulled out of his pocket what looked like a watch fob and asked me what I thought it was.

A pocket watch! No.
A locket! No.
A compass! Ah, Yes.

Then he put it in my hand. Silver. With the initials. 'U.S.' engraved on one side. He opened it for me and the hand that wobbled North was enameled a beautiful dark blue.

He carries it everywhere...to remind himself...that he is lucky.

Like I carry the New Mexico landscape in my heart wherever I am.

Hawks soaring.
Desert ants building their 3 feet high homes of little sand crystals.
Paths where only horses are allowed.
A fancy and colorful way to announce your address.

In the cafes and restaurants you rarely see anyone on their cell phones. With vistas like this, why would you be? People meet for java early in the morning at Elevation Coffee. For drinks at the local bars in the evening...and everywhere people looking up, not down. People here prefer to talk, person-to-person.

Northern New Mexico. Country so beautiful it makes you never want to leave.

I never do...and cry every single time I have to.

Cheers everyone.

Giselle___

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2016-09-20 16:33:03 (19 comments; 1 reshares; 14 +1s; )Open 

Elder Bush Plans to Vote for Hillary Clinton, Kathleen Kennedy Townsend reports...

....and it is very much because of this sort of political switcheroo that Hillary Clinton will win the election. There are too many dyed-in-the-wool Republicans to count who are too stubborn and embarrassed to admit they aren't going to vote for Trump.

There are too many Republicans to count who intend to vote for Hillary but won't admit it publicly for fear of being called traitors by their tribe.

There are too many GOPers to count who know how dangerous a Trump Presidency would be who still pretend they are going to sit out the election rather than voting for a Democrat against their own party...rather than voting for a woman...rather than voting for Hillary Clinton.

There are too many Republicans to count who want to pretend that this country could survive Trump Trashing... more »

Elder Bush Plans to Vote for Hillary Clinton, Kathleen Kennedy Townsend reports...

....and it is very much because of this sort of political switcheroo that Hillary Clinton will win the election. There are too many dyed-in-the-wool Republicans to count who are too stubborn and embarrassed to admit they aren't going to vote for Trump.

There are too many Republicans to count who intend to vote for Hillary but won't admit it publicly for fear of being called traitors by their tribe.

There are too many GOPers to count who know how dangerous a Trump Presidency would be who still pretend they are going to sit out the election rather than voting for a Democrat against their own party...rather than voting for a woman...rather than voting for Hillary Clinton.

There are too many Republicans to count who want to pretend that this country could survive Trump Trashing our country.

But the list of high profile Republicans who get it, and who are willing to publicly support Hillary against Trump is now too long to even list here.

But when someone as prominent as former President Bush SENIOR says he is voting for Hillary...it's going to sing like a lovely songbird across the land and others, perhaps less confident than he, perhaps far less high profile, perhaps less insightful...if they are still stubbornly holding onto some hope, some internal belief that Trump isn't all that bad...well they are going to start trusting the experience, the wisdom, the insights of powerful Republicans like Papa Bush who ARE voting for Hillary...and come November the hold outs too will put their personal politics aside and vote for Hillary Clinton.

At this point I don't care whether it's a vote For Hillary or Against Trump. Makes no difference whatsoever. What matters is that Republicans want someone in the White House they can work with...

#POTUS2016 #BushSenior #HillaryClinton___

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2016-09-13 21:22:29 (55 comments; 1 reshares; 23 +1s; )Open 

Seriously I think everyone's gone Mad. Stark Raving Mad. I personally don't care whether Hillary Clinton announces her every illness, stomach ache, stubbed toe or broken fingernail. I don't think the fact that she has pneumonia means a damn thing...other than the fact that the woman works her bum off and has, well, pneumonia.

And as for not running it up the Media Flag Pole so that Those Who Need to be Fed Constant Crap About Hillary Clinton are satiated for the day? Mrs. Clinton is doing what millions upon millions of women all over the world are doing every single day:

Getting out of bed - with headaches, sinus infections, chest colds, allergies and what not - and going to work. They are getting up... whether they feel good or bad, great or rotten, whether they are 10 pounds over weight or ten pounds under weight, whether they want to or not, whether anyone brings them... more »

Seriously I think everyone's gone Mad. Stark Raving Mad. I personally don't care whether Hillary Clinton announces her every illness, stomach ache, stubbed toe or broken fingernail. I don't think the fact that she has pneumonia means a damn thing...other than the fact that the woman works her bum off and has, well, pneumonia.

And as for not running it up the Media Flag Pole so that Those Who Need to be Fed Constant Crap About Hillary Clinton are satiated for the day? Mrs. Clinton is doing what millions upon millions of women all over the world are doing every single day:

Getting out of bed - with headaches, sinus infections, chest colds, allergies and what not - and going to work. They are getting up... whether they feel good or bad, great or rotten, whether they are 10 pounds over weight or ten pounds under weight, whether they want to or not, whether anyone brings them tea in bed or not...and they are packing their own and their children's lunches, making the beds, sweeping the kitchen floor, feeding the dogs and cats, doing a load of laundry between brushing their teeth and getting in the shower, cleaning the toilets, hugging their crying child, comforting their ill friends, doing the grocery shopping, covering for a colleague at work, staying late, picking up dinner, climbing the ladder, falling down again, picking themselves up, dusting off their aprons, their suit jackets, their sweat shirts...and living their lives.

Any woman knows that if you are a woman, you usually can't stop working. Not for a minute. Or someone else will take your job.

Not for a minute. Or someone will accuse you of not caring.

Not for a minute. Or someone will shine a spotlight on what that minute might mean.

And you certainly can't tell anyone you have a headache, or your sinuses hurt, or you actually have to go to the doctor...because that will mean...

...you can't cut the mustard, can't haul the potatoes, can't hack it.

So Hillary Clinton didn't tell anyone she has pneumonia, because she's busy running for President because she cares about this country.

Good grief. One more thing flung in this woman's face.

One more pathetic accusation.

One more tidbit of information that faux journalists can grab onto and hang on the Front Page like a banner that says, "Look at Me...I got myself a Hillary Clinton scoop!"

I watched the stumble. I didn't wince.

And I'm still voting for her.

And I hope someone brings her tea in bed.

And draws her a bath.

And says You Go Girl.

And that she isn't reading this idiotic article.___

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2016-09-10 21:06:46 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

Ladies, I think we women have something to learn from the Matriarchal Bonobo Ape culture. You know how there's a football playbook? Well, we ought to take a few cues from female bonobos, which, along with chimpanzee, are our most closely related primate kin.

The difference is that while Chimpanzees live within a Patriarchy, Bonobo Apes live within a female-dominated culture, which is um....much more, how shall I say it? Uninhibited. Yes, uninhibited.

There's this:

“Being hated by females is a big matter for male bonobos.” - Nahoko Tokuyama, of the Primate Research Institute at Kyoto University in Japan

And this:

_"It’s a matriarchy. Females are running the show. That female bonobos have found a path to “solidarity and sisterhood," should give hope to the human feminist movement.” - Amy Parish, a primatologist at theUniversit... more »

Ladies, I think we women have something to learn from the Matriarchal Bonobo Ape culture. You know how there's a football playbook? Well, we ought to take a few cues from female bonobos, which, along with chimpanzee, are our most closely related primate kin.

The difference is that while Chimpanzees live within a Patriarchy, Bonobo Apes live within a female-dominated culture, which is um....much more, how shall I say it? Uninhibited. Yes, uninhibited.

There's this:

“Being hated by females is a big matter for male bonobos.” - Nahoko Tokuyama, of the Primate Research Institute at Kyoto University in Japan

And this:

_"It’s a matriarchy. Females are running the show. That female bonobos have found a path to “solidarity and sisterhood," should give hope to the human feminist movement.” - Amy Parish, a primatologist at the University of Southern California

And, finally...this:

"Female bonobos can reject suitors without fearing for their lives. Infanticide is common among chimpanzees, but unheard-of among bonobos."

The Donald, and men like him....wouldn't stand a chance. Their private parts would be dispenses with matter of factly and without hesitation.

There is that...___

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2016-09-10 16:03:43 (8 comments; 0 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

The Great Barbra Streisand's Trump Parody via Sondheim's classic Send In the Clowns, performed at the LGBT Clinton fundraiser...

IS HE THAT RICH?
MAYBE HE’S POOR?
’TIL HE REVEALS HIS RETURNS
WHO CAN BE SURE?
WHO NEEDS THIS CLOWN?

SOMETHING’S AMISS
I DON’T APPROVE
IF HE WERE RUNNING THE FREE WORLD,
WHERE WOULD WE MOVE?
NAME ME A TOWN?
JUST WHO IS THIS CLOWN?

AND WHEN WE THOUGHT WE’D HEARD IT ALL
HUFFING AND PUFFING ABOUT HIS BIG FANTASY WALL
MAKING HIS ENTRANCE ON STAGE…
HE JUST SHOOTS FROM THE HIP
HE’S FULL OF BULL
HE’S LOST HIS GRIP!

AND IF BY CHANCE
HE GETS TO HEAV’N
EVEN UP THERE HE’LL DECLARE…
CHAPTER ELEV’N!
WHO’D HIRE THIS CLOWN?
THIS SAD VULGAR CLOWN…
“YOU’RE FIRED” YOU CLOWN!

HILLARY’S KIND…SMART THAT IS CLEAR
WHILE SHE ... more »

The Great Barbra Streisand's Trump Parody via Sondheim's classic Send In the Clowns, performed at the LGBT Clinton fundraiser...

IS HE THAT RICH?
MAYBE HE’S POOR?
’TIL HE REVEALS HIS RETURNS
WHO CAN BE SURE?
WHO NEEDS THIS CLOWN?

SOMETHING’S AMISS
I DON’T APPROVE
IF HE WERE RUNNING THE FREE WORLD,
WHERE WOULD WE MOVE?
NAME ME A TOWN?
JUST WHO IS THIS CLOWN?

AND WHEN WE THOUGHT WE’D HEARD IT ALL
HUFFING AND PUFFING ABOUT HIS BIG FANTASY WALL
MAKING HIS ENTRANCE ON STAGE…
HE JUST SHOOTS FROM THE HIP
HE’S FULL OF BULL
HE’S LOST HIS GRIP!

AND IF BY CHANCE
HE GETS TO HEAV’N
EVEN UP THERE HE’LL DECLARE…
CHAPTER ELEV’N!
WHO’D HIRE THIS CLOWN?
THIS SAD VULGAR CLOWN…
“YOU’RE FIRED” YOU CLOWN!

HILLARY’S KIND…
SMART THAT IS CLEAR
WHILE SHE IS GIVING US HOPE…TRUMP IS SELLING US FEAR
LOOK HOW HE CHANGES HIS VIEWS EVERY TIME THAT HE SPEAKS
IT’S LIE AFTER LIE
CAN’T TAKE EIGHT MORE WEEKS!

THIS IS NO FARCE
MAYBE HE’S BROKE?
IS THIS “THE ART OF HIS DEAL”
OR SOME AWFUL JOKE?
YOU’VE GOT TO ADMIT…
THIS SILLY HALF-WIT…
IS SO FULL OF ­…___

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2016-09-08 17:47:44 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 17 +1s; )Open 

“I would like to be buried in Arlington Cemetery,” she wrote, adding later, “Even if there are no ashes left, I would like an empty urn placed at Arlington.” - Elaine D. Harmon, World War II WASP

#WASP

“I would like to be buried in Arlington Cemetery,” she wrote, adding later, “Even if there are no ashes left, I would like an empty urn placed at Arlington.” - Elaine D. Harmon, World War II WASP

#WASP___

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2016-09-05 18:08:11 (24 comments; 0 reshares; 22 +1s; )Open 

When I read articles like this, which is often these days, I'm bewildered. Mystified that any young professional person in a position to hire or fire any older person in an organization could say or think:

“Yeah, he’s perfect, but he’s too old.” Or the particularly immature and snide:

"...he (a 55 year old woman's boss) said exasperatedly, ‘You sound just like my mother.’" Or the flat out cruel:

“It’s going to take me forever to bring that old guy up to speed.”

Perhaps they don't have parents or grandparents? Perhaps they don't realize that they, too, will get older in spite of the graces of anti-aging medicine, plastic surgeons, Botox, a good diet, taking care of one's health, and some as yet to be discovered Fountain of Youth.

My mother was considerably older than the mothers of my friends, a realitythat presented it... more »

When I read articles like this, which is often these days, I'm bewildered. Mystified that any young professional person in a position to hire or fire any older person in an organization could say or think:

“Yeah, he’s perfect, but he’s too old.” Or the particularly immature and snide:

"...he (a 55 year old woman's boss) said exasperatedly, ‘You sound just like my mother.’" Or the flat out cruel:

“It’s going to take me forever to bring that old guy up to speed.”

Perhaps they don't have parents or grandparents? Perhaps they don't realize that they, too, will get older in spite of the graces of anti-aging medicine, plastic surgeons, Botox, a good diet, taking care of one's health, and some as yet to be discovered Fountain of Youth.

My mother was considerably older than the mothers of my friends, a reality that presented its challenges...I often had to explain how that happened...but there were also gifts, gifts that I particularly appreciate now, one of which is that after my father died I watched her struggle to find employment after having been out of the work force since getting married and becoming a mother. She did not seem 'old' to me...she seemed, simply, well, normal to me.

I remember her telling me that all that anyone cared about was whether she could type fast - Yes, she could and faster than anyone. But the whole of her was uninteresting to her employers. It was as though if the organization could only have figured out a way to transport her quickly typing fingers off to the office without the rest of her, it would have done so.

Aside from bewilderment, however, I think about how unfortunate it is that we don't ask young people to study, Yes, actually study, as in a discipline, the accomplishments of people much, much, much older than them - musicians, gardeners, inventors, entrepreneurs, scientists, poets, writers, painters, doctors, teachers - and to process, acknowledge, contemplate and...

...add up those accomplishments, as though they were making a grocery list of ingredients that will go into a feast, into a fine wine, to feed their closest friends, such that at some point in their distant futures it will be impossible to whittle down an older person's life experiences, work qualifications or credentials into something as ludicrous as typing speed, or 'age gap.'

For there is another cultural issue we have that rivals the importance of making sure that everyone who wants an education is able to get one without having to mortgage their futures to afford it, and the importance of creating job opportunities for young people...

...and that issue is how we perceive, treat, value and make use of the life and professional experiences of workers who have earned the right to be proud of their ages and shouldn't have to hide or lie about how many years they have been on the Planet in order to stay employed...or to find continuing work.

There should be no disharmony between the generations. We need to bridge that gap. This should be a major campaign theme IMHO...
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2016-09-02 16:57:33 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

Join me in supporting the Paralympics

This story has everything. It's about two women who fell in love
and adopted two girls, one from Russia and one from Albania,
aach of whom had different physical challenges. I'm not going to use the word 'disabled,' because these young women define what it means to be 'able.'

Their mothers, Debbie McFadden and Bridget O’Shaughnessey, raised them to believe they could do anything they put their minds, hearts, souls and bodies to doing.

And so they became athletes. World class para athletes, to be exact, just to put a fine point on it.

And their mother Debbie? Well, she became President Bush, Sr.'s United States Commissioner of Disabilities in 1989. Because she was a pain in his ass fighting for her daughters to be given the opportunities that 'able-bodied' athletesh... more »

Join me in supporting the Paralympics

This story has everything. It's about two women who fell in love
and adopted two girls, one from Russia and one from Albania,
aach of whom had different physical challenges. I'm not going to use the word 'disabled,' because these young women define what it means to be 'able.'

Their mothers, Debbie McFadden and Bridget O’Shaughnessey, raised them to believe they could do anything they put their minds, hearts, souls and bodies to doing.

And so they became athletes. World class para athletes, to be exact, just to put a fine point on it.

And their mother Debbie? Well, she became President Bush, Sr.'s United States Commissioner of Disabilities in 1989. Because she was a pain in his ass fighting for her daughters to be given the opportunities that 'able-bodied' athletes have.

But here's the thing...far far far fewer people watch the Paralympics than the regular 'Olympics,' for reasons it's hard to fathom.

And here's the other thing...

The United States Olympic Committee awards $25,000 to every American who wins an Olympic gold versus $5,000 for every Paralympic gold; $15,000 for Olympic silver versus $3,500 for Paralympic silver; and $10,000 for Olympic bronze versus $2,500 for Paralympic bronze.

Seriously.

Join me in watch the upcoming Paralympics won't you? These men and women are awesome and deserve our support.

NBC has stepped up to the plate in the United States, but in the below link you can discover which medium will telecast the Paralympics in your country:

https://www.paralympic.org/watch-rio-2016

#ParalympicsRio2016 #TatyanaMcFadden #HannahMcFadden
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2016-08-31 11:40:13 (15 comments; 0 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

I can't count the number of times I have heard in my life People Don't Change. People Can't Change. People Are Who They Are From the Beginning to the End. That's The Way It Is. Really? Jesse Morton didn't get that memo. Thankfully.

Once an Al Qaeda Recruiter, Now a Voice Against Jihad:
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/30/us/al-qaeda-islamic-state-jihad-fbi.html

I can't count the number of times I have heard in my life People Don't Change. People Can't Change. People Are Who They Are From the Beginning to the End. That's The Way It Is. Really? Jesse Morton didn't get that memo. Thankfully.

Once an Al Qaeda Recruiter, Now a Voice Against Jihad:
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/30/us/al-qaeda-islamic-state-jihad-fbi.html___

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2016-08-28 12:06:22 (61 comments; 8 reshares; 23 +1s; )Open 

+If the algorithms nevertheless seem poised to take over, it is mainly because most human beings hardly know themselves at all.*

Worth reading, but it doesn't really matter what you think about or feel about this article...because in the end there's an algorithm that will tell you what to feel, command you what to think, instruct you how to order your life. Unless, that is, you prefer to exercise your free will. What's that you say? Free will?

If you don’t like this, and you want to stay beyond the reach of the algorithms, there is probably just one piece of advice to give you, the oldest in the book: know thyself.

Yes. Know. Thy. Self.

I'm exercising my free will and going flying this morning. Somewhere there's an algorithm that I'm sure is convinced it could have predicted that I would do so on this morning (weather permitting ofc... more »

+If the algorithms nevertheless seem poised to take over, it is mainly because most human beings hardly know themselves at all.*

Worth reading, but it doesn't really matter what you think about or feel about this article...because in the end there's an algorithm that will tell you what to feel, command you what to think, instruct you how to order your life. Unless, that is, you prefer to exercise your free will. What's that you say? Free will?

If you don’t like this, and you want to stay beyond the reach of the algorithms, there is probably just one piece of advice to give you, the oldest in the book: know thyself.

Yes. Know. Thy. Self.

I'm exercising my free will and going flying this morning. Somewhere there's an algorithm that I'm sure is convinced it could have predicted that I would do so on this morning (weather permitting of course).

Remind me not to give up this one precious part of my life to the dreaded algorithm, the all-encompassing, follow-you-everywhere, watch-your-every-move, hide-under-the-bed, in-the-closet (in your lipstick?) happy go lucky algorithms. They don't even need to eat.

Except people. They eat people.

And they are never satisfied.

Never.

Algorithms have big egos.

They always win.

And they have the best words.

I mean the best numbers.

Except I can vote, and they can't...

...Yet...___

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2016-08-17 20:48:42 (20 comments; 1 reshares; 51 +1s; )Open 

It seems so very obvious to me...the solution. Everyone was born of the body of a woman. Don't punish women for their biology. Celebrate their biology instead. And their brains and talents and abilities, too. Make it possible for women in all careers, no matter how seemingly incompatible with motherhood (and, woe...breast pumping), to work, to thrive, to be productive, to be role models for their children, to work alongside men and other women...to be fully participating members in this thing called life.

It seems so very obvious. After all, female birds fly!

So, since humans are now lucky enough to be able to fly, too, let's get it together for female pilots. Air travel will be the better for it.

It is obvious.

And while you're at it, a Conservative argument for paid family leave, from The Atlantic:... more »

It seems so very obvious to me...the solution. Everyone was born of the body of a woman. Don't punish women for their biology. Celebrate their biology instead. And their brains and talents and abilities, too. Make it possible for women in all careers, no matter how seemingly incompatible with motherhood (and, woe...breast pumping), to work, to thrive, to be productive, to be role models for their children, to work alongside men and other women...to be fully participating members in this thing called life.

It seems so very obvious. After all, female birds fly!

So, since humans are now lucky enough to be able to fly, too, let's get it together for female pilots. Air travel will be the better for it.

It is obvious.

And while you're at it, a Conservative argument for paid family leave, from The Atlantic:
http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/08/a-new-conservative-entitlement-for-paid-family-leave/495686/___

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2016-08-15 19:28:08 (41 comments; 1 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

Social Media Conversations About Race

"*Black social media users (68%) are roughly twice as likely as whites (35%)* to say that at least some of the posts they see on social networking sites are about race or race relations. When it comes to their own postings, a similar racial gap exists. Among black social media users, 28% say most or some of what they post is about race or race relations; 8% of whites say the same. On the other hand, roughly two-thirds (67%) of whites who use social media say that none of things they post or share pertain to race.

I was interested to read the attached PEW Research Center article today, in the wake of a private online conversation I had last week with a very intelligent young white man about race, gun violence and police shootings. When I mentioned that the issue is a primary one for me in this Presidential campaign,... more »

Social Media Conversations About Race

"*Black social media users (68%) are roughly twice as likely as whites (35%)* to say that at least some of the posts they see on social networking sites are about race or race relations. When it comes to their own postings, a similar racial gap exists. Among black social media users, 28% say most or some of what they post is about race or race relations; 8% of whites say the same. On the other hand, roughly two-thirds (67%) of whites who use social media say that none of things they post or share pertain to race.

I was interested to read the attached PEW Research Center article today, in the wake of a private online conversation I had last week with a very intelligent young white man about race, gun violence and police shootings. When I mentioned that the issue is a primary one for me in this Presidential campaign, he produced a statistic that states that in fact more white men (people) are shot by the police than black men (people)...and that therefore any claim that there is a police violence issue surrounding the highly publicized shootings of black men and women is invalid.

I was surprised to have been met back with that response because I had not even mentioned the numbers game: i.e., how many black persons killed by police officers vs. how many white persons killed. Rather, I was interested in the various issues underlying the shootings, what they mean culturally, and what they say about race relations in our country, and specifically, with regard to the conversation I was having at the moment, how those issues relate to the current Presidential campaign and which candidate might become POTUS because of them.

I had raised the issue of a post I recently made (on July 7th in my Guns, Guns, Guns Collection...link below) in which I wrote that I don't know any white people who assume, when they get in their cars (to drive to work, to fetch their kids, to get milk or whatever) that should they be pulled over for a busted taillight, they could possibly end up dead, shot by a police officer.

Guns, Guns, Guns...
(https://plus.google.com/+GiselleMinoli/posts/U2zTwGp57YE)

I have long felt that black men and women don't wake up in, work in, experience and live in the same world that white men and women live in. I write that, and I'm a white woman.

I have also long felt that women, whether white, black or any other race, don't wake up in, work in, experience, and live in the same world that men do, no matter their races. And, Yes I write that because I'm a woman, no matter my race.

Clearly these are complicated issues, and ones that I don't believe can be addressed by citing statistics that, on face value, seek to prove or disprove claims of racial profiling, gender discrimination, sexism or any other thorny issue that makes people uncomfortable simply through the use of numbers, graphs and piecharts.

But even the well-meaning PEW Research Center has to start somewhere, and rely, therefore, on graphs and charts and numbers to point out that, for instance, were we not deeply engrossed in the discussion about race, there wouldn't have been a Twitter spike on June 18, 2016 the day after the Charleston, South Carolina shooting.

But still, I have always had a problem with statistics. Fundamentally and instinctively on so many different levels they seem only to skip along the surface of whatever issue they are addressing at the moment, nullifying the need to peel back the layers of the onion to figure out what might be going on beneath the stats.

It is as absurd to compare the numbers of black men and women killed by police officers with the number of white men and women killed, as it is to compare the number of Jewish men and women killed under Hitler with how many Christians Stalin murdered.

Or to claim, for instance, in response to women saying they are not being paid equally for equal work, that more women are working in the United States than men and so overall they are in fact making more money, or that there are more women in graduate school than men and therefore their futures are brighter at the moment.

Or to counter a #BlackLivesMatter tweet or post or comment with an #AllLivesMatter ...or a #BlueLivesMatter retort. Each and every such response is dismissive, and further devisive.

That written, the PEW stats are interesting, detailed, and revealing:

"But regardless of how much or how little they talk about race in their everyday lives, race-related content remains a more common component of the social media experience for black rather than white users. For example, 72% of black social media users who say they often or sometimes have conversations about race relations or racial inequality report that most or some of the posts they see on social networking sites are about race, 41% of white social media users who frequently talk about race say the same."

So, I'd say Read the Report. And what we should all being doing in the context of the continuing conversation about racial issues in America...and gender issues, and gender discrimination issues...is to resist the temptation to trot out stats, graphs and piecharts to counter the argument of someone who has raised a claim of racism, sexism, discrimination or any of a number of other issues that don't fitly neatly on the shelf and instead...

...listen...and keep the conversation door open. Because a willingness to listen, without having an answer, is much, much much harder to do than to trot out stats and numbers, which usually just sweep the issue under the rug until another day...

...when there's another shooting...

#BlackTwitter   #BlackLivesMatter #AllLivesMatter   #BlueLivesMatter    #Fergusson   #SocialActivism   #PEWResearchCenter  ___

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2016-08-02 21:23:22 (11 comments; 3 reshares; 19 +1s; )Open 

President Obama, speaking of Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell's embarrassed and glib (callous?) 'acceptance' of Trumpness, Trumpdom, Trumpism, Trump dee dum dum dumb

“Why are you still endorsing him (Trump)? If you are repeatedly having to say, in very strong terms, is that what he has said is unacceptable, why are you still endorsing him? What does this say about your party that this is your standard-bearer? This isn' a situation where you have an episodic gaffe. This is daily. And weekly. Where they are distancing themselves from statements he (Trump) is making. There has to be a point at which you say 'This is not somebody I can support for President of the United States. The fact that that has not yet happened makes some of these denunciations ring hollow. There have been Republican Presidents with whom I have disagreed, but I didn't have a doubt that they couldf... more »

President Obama, speaking of Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell's embarrassed and glib (callous?) 'acceptance' of Trumpness, Trumpdom, Trumpism, Trump dee dum dum dumb

“Why are you still endorsing him (Trump)? If you are repeatedly having to say, in very strong terms, is that what he has said is unacceptable, why are you still endorsing him? What does this say about your party that this is your standard-bearer? This isn' a situation where you have an episodic gaffe. This is daily. And weekly. Where they are distancing themselves from statements he (Trump) is making. There has to be a point at which you say 'This is not somebody I can support for President of the United States. The fact that that has not yet happened makes some of these denunciations ring hollow. There have been Republican Presidents with whom I have disagreed, but I didn't have a doubt that they could function as President. I think I was right, and Mitt Romney and John McCain were wrong, on certain policy issues, but I never thought that they couldn't do the job. Somebody who makes those kinds of statements doesn't have the judgement, the temperament, the understanding to occupy the most powerful position in the World. There has to come a point at which you say, 'Enough!'"

Seriously. Enough was enough a year ago.

Enough was enough before "It's enough" became a thing.

#IamWithHer   #POTUS2016 #HillaryClinton #DonaldTrump   #NeverTrump #EnoughisEnough  ___

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2016-07-31 12:36:51 (16 comments; 2 reshares; 18 +1s; )Open 

Watch. Sweat. Breathe. Applaud. Wonder.

Watch. Sweat. Breathe. Applaud. Wonder.___

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2016-07-26 02:09:19 (4 comments; 1 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

In the United States of America, love trumps hate! - Cory Booker, New Jersey Senator

Cory Booker knocks it out of the park tonight speaking in front of the DNC in Philadelphia...

In the United States of America, love trumps hate! - Cory Booker, New Jersey Senator

Cory Booker knocks it out of the park tonight speaking in front of the DNC in Philadelphia...___

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2016-07-22 12:56:08 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +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 (20 comments; 1 reshares; 17 +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; 19 +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; 21 +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; 14 +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; 24 +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; 19 +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; 44 +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; 12 +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 (8 comments; 4 reshares; 25 +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
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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; 43 +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; 21 +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; 6 reshares; 25 +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; 17 +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; 13 +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; 4 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; 16 +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; 61 +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; 5 reshares; 30 +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; 6 reshares; 34 +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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