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Giselle Minoli has been at 2 events

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Yifat Cohen74,990If 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 18:00:0041  
Billy Wilson1,545,759It'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 04:00:00145  

Giselle Minoli has been shared in 584 public circles

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Mamy Shimomatsu5,324【 #CircleShare #newperson   #newpeople   #active   #Unusual 】Share this circle to PUBLICNew & Unusual Share Circle No.3Please, add and reshare. #topofthepeople #influencermarketing #sharedcircle #circleshare #circlethis #socialmediamarketing #socialmediastrategy #socialnetworking #circleoftheday #circleoftheweek #circleoftheday #topofthecircle #howtoenlargecircle #enlargecircle #thursdaycircle #share #weekendcircle #weekend #weekendfun #circles #circleyoushare #publiccircle #sharedcircles #addcircle  #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #publicsharedcircles  #circleoftheweek #circlesharing #sharedcircle #circleshare 2015-04-27 01:57:07334011
Mamy Shimomatsu5,164【 #CircleShare #newperson   #newpeople   #active   #Unusual 】Share this circle to PUBLICNew & Unusual Share Circle No.1.(20140413)Please, add and reshare. #topofthepeople #influencermarketing #sharedcircle #circleshare #circlethis #socialmediamarketing #socialmediastrategy #socialnetworking #circleoftheday #circleoftheweek #circleoftheday #topofthecircle #howtoenlargecircle #enlargecircle #thursdaycircle #share #weekendcircle #weekend #weekendfun #circles #circleyoushare #publiccircle #sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheweek #circlesharing #sharedcircle #circleshare 2015-04-24 05:01:45334000
Damon Kinney2,488Circle share text>I’m Dishing out another circle share Active - Engaging G+'ers Group number 14.... #circleshare     for my #marketing     friends online.This is a shared circle of people that have followed me and have influence in the marketing industry.They vary from successful and just starting out but all are incredibly good people. Without a doubt, if you add them, you will have an even better Google Plus experience as they add you to their circles, plus, share and comment on your posts.▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼If you would like to be included on my next Circle share, just follow these simple steps1. Make sure you have already added me into your circles2. Plus, Comment and Re-share this post* in Public*Please make sure you Plus, re-share and comment on the Original Post otherwise I may miss it (and we don’t want that)▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲If you do not want to be included in a Google Circle share please shoot me a message. I don’t want you to feel like you are being spammed :)2015-04-23 12:36:04474000
Damon Kinney2,488Circle share text>I’m Dishing out another circle share Active - Engaging G+'ers Group Number 18 ......#circleshare     for my #marketing     friends online.This is a shared circle of people that have followed me and have influence in the marketing industry.They vary from successful and just starting out but all are incredibly good people. Without a doubt, if you add them, you will have an even better Google Plus experience as they add you to their circles, plus, share and comment on your posts.▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼If you would like to be included on my next Circle share, just follow these simple steps1. Make sure you have already added me into your circles2. Plus, Comment and Re-share this post* in Public*Please make sure you Plus, re-share and comment on the Original Post otherwise I may miss it (and we don’t want that)▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲If you do not want to be included in a Google Circle share please shoot me a message. I don’t want you to feel like you are being spammed :)2015-04-23 12:34:25474000
Dusan Vrban11,459Spring clearance on my TheBest circle done which includes some of the first geek users around G+.I haven't been to this for a while. So just thought it might be a good idea to do it. Let's see the stream now with my best friends from the G+ start. :)Have fun dear friends.2015-04-20 12:42:0359000
Mamy Shimomatsu4,942【 #CircleShare #newperson   #newpeople   #active   #Unusual 】Share this circle to PUBLICNew & Unusual Share Circle No.10.(20140413)Please, add and reshare. #topofthepeople #influencermarketing #sharedcircle #circleshare #circlethis #socialmediamarketing #socialmediastrategy #socialnetworking #circleoftheday #circleoftheweek #circleoftheday #topofthecircle #howtoenlargecircle #enlargecircle #thursdaycircle #share #weekendcircle #weekend #weekendfun #circles #circleyoushare #publiccircle #sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheweek #circlesharing #sharedcircle #circleshare 2015-04-20 03:32:483341011
Achintha chamath26,885plus and add this people to your circle and add colors/colours to your Google Plus career #sharedcircleoftheday   #circle   #publiccircle  2015-04-20 02:37:1481001
Ruta a la Patagonia27,970┊ ☆ ┊☆ ┊ ☆ ┊Great Friends v42 CIRCLE  ┊ ☆ ┊☆ ┊☆┊_________________________________________________●❈●❈●❉●  Please Share From The Original Post! ●❈●❈●❉●▼▼▼▼ CLICK READ MORE FOR FULL CONTENT ▼▼▼▼*This is the Great Friends v42 Google Plus CircleIf you want to participate please kindly frollow the following rules::-)1. Add me to your circles if you haven´t done it already2. Share this circle to Public3. Plus or coment this post so we know you wish to participate in upcoming circlesPlease note: ● You must be an active Google+ user and shares useful content.● Your posts must be family-friendly. No adult, gambling, controversial, politics, religion blogs.Have a nice day!Your blogging friends of: +Ruta a la Patagonia  De camino al Sur el mejor hotel  para alojarte sobre ruta 5, antes de Santa Rosa La Pampa, esta en Trenque Lauquen:+Hotel Howard Johnson Trenque Lauquen Sobre ruta, con amplio parque, pileta climatizada, estacionamiento, wifi, restobar y mucho mas. Ya sea que vayas de camino a Bariloche, San Martin de los Andes, Villa la Angostura o cualquier otro destino de la cordillera o de la costa de la patagonia (por ruta 33).Consultanos en: www.hjtrenquelauquen.com.ar2015-04-17 13:30:50500565567
Colin Wilson23,790This circle contains people who are very active on Google+If you received a notification, please reshare to your #circlesIf you’d like to be added to the next circle share: • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post#school #thought #Carvaka #preached #enjoyment #material #world #religions #Hinduism #Buddhism #Jainism #d #Sikhism #originated #South #particularly #Japan #Prize #Physicsfor #his #work #scattering #light #discovery #effect #named #after #himAmartya #Sen #born #November #an #Indian #economist #who #was #awarded #Nobel 2015-04-17 11:13:19428171326
Neil Lopez4,631 This circle are all engagers. Add them up!You can also be included on the next circle to share:1. Add me Up2. +1 this post3. Share this circleHappy Sharing#circle #Sharedcircles #circleshare  #sri_lanka #colombo #australia #adelaide #australia #cairns #australia #darwin #australia #hobart #new_zealand #auckland #new_zealand #wellington #papua_new_guinea #papua_new_guinea #awesome #AwesomePeople #AwesomeCircle #addmetoyourcircles #addcircle #addpeople #circlemeup #circlesdiscovery #circleshare #circlesharing #publiccircle #publicsharedcircles #SharedCircles #weeklyreview #sharedcircle #topsharedcircle #circleoftheday #sharedcircle 2015-04-16 16:33:26492000
Daniel Gibbs24,387If you received a notification, please reshare to your #circlesIf you’d like to be added to the next circle share: • +1 this #circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post#honorary #Asian #Nobel #laureate #having #spent #considerable #time #as #daughter #of #missionaries #based #many #of #her #novels #namely #Good #Earth #Mother #as #well #as #biographies #of #her #parents #of #their #time #Exile #Fighting #Angel #all #of #which #earned #her 2015-04-13 10:36:224447713
Birgit Backlund-Palander (bb)46,557This is my second own handpicked circle share - take a look and have fun!I wish you find many new wonderful friends in it like I have found! It also makes me very happy if you like to re share this circle! 2015-04-05 19:33:45449446
Ruta a la Patagonia25,609┊ ☆ ┊☆ ┊ ☆ ┊Patagonian Gems v21 CIRCLE  ┊ ☆ ┊☆ ┊☆┊_________________________________________________●❈●❈●❉●  Please Share From The Original Post! ●❈●❈●❉●▼▼▼▼ CLICK READ MORE FOR FULL CONTENT ▼▼▼▼*This is the Patagonian Gems v21 Google Plus CircleIf you want to participate please kindly frollow the following rules::-)1. Add me to your circles if you haven´t done it already2. Share this circle to Public3. Plus or coment this post so we know you wish to participate in upcoming circlesPlease note: ● You must be an active Google+ user and shares useful content.● Your posts must be family-friendly. No adult, gambling, controversial, politics, religion blogs.Have a nice day!Your blogging friends of:   +Ruta a la Patagonia  De camino al Sur el mejor hotel  para alojarte sobre ruta 5, antes de Santa Rosa La Pampa, esta en Trenque Lauquen: +Hotel Howard Johnson Trenque Lauquen Sobre ruta, con amplio parque, pileta climatizada, estacionamiento, wifi, restobar y mucho mas. Ya sea que vayas de camino a Bariloche, San Martin de los Andes, Villa la Angostura o cualquier otro destino de la cordillera o de la costa de la patagonia (por ruta 33).Consultanos en: www.hjtrenquelauquen.com.ar2015-04-03 22:17:39464121013
George Clark17,675If you received the notice you are in this circle, then well doneIf you would like to be included in the next #Circle Share, you only have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles (If you haven't already)2 - Share the circle (Publicly) - (cc) me in the comments on the share and I can add you to the next circle immediately.  Otherwise I may not notice your activity!3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.5 - Add the circle or just check it out.Follow your dreams, Share and Be Shared.More you share more you get! :)Thanks#Japanese #currency #reached #a #record #high #of #yenUS$ #Economic #growth #in #Asia #since #World #War #II #to #the #s #had #been #concentrated #in #Japan #as #well #as #the #four #regions #of #South #Korea #Taiwan #Hong #Kong #and2015-04-02 09:46:124109418
Tourej Ansari43,808In this circle are people included, who has already shared an own public #circle with interesting profiles.Please add me to your circles and share this circle! #NewYork2015-04-01 11:39:1960011
Михаил Пушкарев973#ActiveUsers #Add #AddCircle #AddFriends #AddMeToYour #AddPeople #artcircles #artistcircle #AuthorCircle #AutoFollow #AutoFollowBack #Awesome #AwesomeArt #AwesomeCircle #awesomecircle #awesomecircles #AwesomeDay #AwesomeFace #AwesomePeople #AwesomePublick #AwesomePublickCircle #AwesomeSauce #beautiful #BeautifulPhotographs #BeautifulPictures #belarus #Best #bestcircle #bestengagers #bestgoogleplususers #bestofgoogleplus #bestofgoogleplus #BestShared #BestSharedCircle #BestSnowball #BlackSndwhitePhotography #blogger #bloggers 2015-03-30 16:23:07499415
Brian Mcquillan25,964Boost your visibility on Google+ - Share the #circle!To be added to or stay in this Circle - Share the circleIf you received the notice you are in this circle, then well done.If you would like to be included in the next Circle Share, you only have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles2 - Share the circle (Publicly)3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.I will thankful if you plus and share this circle!#Asia #It #was #the #northernmost #navigable #point #of #the #European #shorecitation #needed #In #the #th #century #the #Red #resistance #by #the #tribes #of #Siberia #synthesized #a #new #Russian #Empire #extending #to #the #Ural #Mountains #and #beyond #founded 2015-03-19 10:02:00397494375
Mamy Shimomatsu2,967#CircleShare #newperson   #newpeople   #active  #UnusualShare this circle to PUBLICNew & Unusual Share Circle 3.Please, add and reshare. #topofthepeople #influencermarketing #sharedcircle #circleshare #circlethis #socialmediamarketing #socialmediastrategy #socialnetworking #circleoftheday #circleoftheweek #circleoftheday #topofthecircle #howtoenlargecircle #enlargecircle #thursdaycircle #share #weekendcircle #weekend #weekendfun #circles #circleyoushare #publiccircle #sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheweek #circlesharing #sharedcircle #circleshare #circ2015-03-10 07:23:25329027
Mamy Shimomatsu2,967#CircleShare #newperson   #newpeople   #active  #UnusualShare this circle to PUBLICNew & Unusual Share Circle 3.Please, add and reshare. #topofthepeople #influencermarketing #sharedcircle #circleshare #circlethis #socialmediamarketing #socialmediastrategy #socialnetworking #circleoftheday #circleoftheweek #circleoftheday #topofthecircle #howtoenlargecircle #enlargecircle #thursdaycircle #share #weekendcircle #weekend #weekendfun #circles #circleyoushare #publiccircle #sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheweek #circlesharing #sharedcircle #circleshare #circ2015-03-10 07:23:05329006
Mamy Shimomatsu2,967#CircleShare #newperson   #newpeople   #active  #UnusualShare this circle to PUBLICNew & Unusual Share Circle 3.Please, add and reshare. #topofthepeople #influencermarketing #sharedcircle #circleshare #circlethis #socialmediamarketing #socialmediastrategy #socialnetworking #circleoftheday #circleoftheweek #circleoftheday #topofthecircle #howtoenlargecircle #enlargecircle #thursdaycircle #share #weekendcircle #weekend #weekendfun #circles #circleyoushare #publiccircle #sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheweek #circlesharing #sharedcircle #circleshare #circ2015-03-10 07:22:47329015
Mamy Shimomatsu2,967#CircleShare #newperson   #newpeople   #active  #UnusualShare this circle to PUBLICNew & Unusual Share Circle 3.Please, add and reshare. #topofthepeople #influencermarketing #sharedcircle #circleshare #circlethis #socialmediamarketing #socialmediastrategy #socialnetworking #circleoftheday #circleoftheweek #circleoftheday #topofthecircle #howtoenlargecircle #enlargecircle #thursdaycircle #share #weekendcircle #weekend #weekendfun #circles #circleyoushare #publiccircle #sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheweek #circlesharing #sharedcircle #circleshare #circ2015-03-10 07:22:29329004
Mamy Shimomatsu2,967#CircleShare #newperson   #newpeople   #active  #UnusualShare this circle to PUBLICNew & Unusual Share Circle 3.Please, add and reshare. #topofthepeople #influencermarketing #sharedcircle #circleshare #circlethis #socialmediamarketing #socialmediastrategy #socialnetworking #circleoftheday #circleoftheweek #circleoftheday #topofthecircle #howtoenlargecircle #enlargecircle #thursdaycircle #share #weekendcircle #weekend #weekendfun #circles #circleyoushare #publiccircle #sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheweek #circlesharing #sharedcircle #circleshare #circ2015-03-10 07:22:12329003
Ole Olson51,746This is my circle 1 of Google+ progressives2015-03-07 18:26:233561014
Aaron N5Hi friends follow this circle1 - Include me in your circles2 - Share the circle (Publicly)3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.I will thankful if you plus and share this circle!#circles #shared #share #add #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #circlesharing #fullcircleshare #elfopower #social #socialmedia #socialmediamarketing #socialnetworks #Mentoring #Sustainable #Music #NaturePhotography #Metabolic #Nonprofit #NonviolentProtest #Online #OnlineEducation #OpenSource #Oregon #Organic #Organization #vascular #Organizational #OrganizationalDevelopment #diabetic #Philosophy #Diabetes #Photography #Photovoltaic #pharma #Progressive 2015-02-28 22:10:45501000
Clarence Divas397The Refollow Circle#socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles2015-02-27 18:41:06172000
Noah Wesley20,488Great circle to find many interesting and interactive people!!! If you received a notification, please reshare to your circlesIf you’d like to be added to the next circle share: • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post#circle #circleshare #uk #business #unitedkingdom #ireland #publiccircles #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #ukcircles #irishcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircle #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #hk #china #face #book #link #travel #circlesharing #fullcircleshare #topsharedcircle #circleoftheday #sharedcircle2015-02-25 08:21:55498331651
George Clark15,630Grow your G+ community with people that share amazing content that will surprise you:*If you received the notice you are in this circle, then well done.If you would like to be included in the next Circle Share, you only have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles (If you haven't already)2 - Share the circle (Publicly) - (cc) me in the comments on the share and I can add you to the next circle immediately.  Otherwise I may not notice your activity!3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.5 - Add the circle or just check it out.Follow your dreams, Share and Be Shared.More you share more you get! :)Thanks#MovieReview #Video #Review #AamirKhan #AnushkaSharma #PKmovie #MovieTrailer #YennaiArindhaal #Hindi #Online #Entourage #YouTube #Cinema #BollywoodMovies #Automotive #Cars #Ford #BMW #Auto #Ferrari #Driving #Toyota #WinterDriving #Lamborghini #DrivingSchool #WinterDrivingTips #DistractedDriving #NewYear #AutoRepair #Audi #Supercars #NewCar #UsedCars 2015-02-19 07:23:34376151426
Achintha chamath19,146My #ORIGINACIRCLE   which has many awesome people who share awesome stuffif you want to get include in this circle1.You just simply message me or comment in this circle so i will analyse your profile, seeing that is that profile suite to get shared in this circle 2015-02-18 06:22:3780121
Noah Wesley20,022Great circle to find many interesting and interactive people!!! If you received a notification, please reshare to your circlesIf you’d like to be added to the next circle share: • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post#circle #circleshare #uk #business #unitedkingdom #ireland #publiccircles #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #ukcircles #irishcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircle #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #hk #china #face #book #link #travel #circlesharing #fullcircleshare #topsharedcircle #circleoftheday #sharedcircle2015-02-18 05:12:27359191630
Vorzum912#Circleshare of the day! Ad, plus and share #circles  to get more followers. Amazing experiment. Thank u all!! #circlesharing   #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles 2015-02-13 21:54:334769119
John Sean12,158This circle contains people who really are interesting and active people on Google Plus.If you would like to be included in the next Circle Share, you only have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles2 - Share the circle (Publicly)3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.I will thankful if you plus and share this circle!#publiccircle #circleshare #circlesharing #philadelphia #phoenix #san_antonio #san_diego #san_francisco #san_jose #seattle #tampa #washington #american_samoa #american_samoa #pago_pago #fiji #fiji #nadi #fiji #suva #argentina #argentina #buenos_aires #argentina #cordoba #argentina #iguaza #argentina #mendoza #argentina #rosaio #argentina #san_carlos_de_bariloche #bolivia #bolivia #cochabamba 2015-01-31 07:30:48368171632
Simon Weiner2,462Quality People Circle 18. Enjoy.#circle   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circles  #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmedia2015-01-23 07:57:1849822717
Mariana Lopez de Waard23,530Via +John Wood Thank you :) This circle will add amazing, and wonderful content to you stream.Boost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!To be added to or stay in this Circle - Share the circleIf you received the notice you are in this circle, then well done.If you would like to be included in the next Circle Share, you only have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles2 - Share the circle (Publicly)3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.I will thankful if you plus and share this circle!2015-01-22 08:29:014627611
John Wood26,953This circle will add amazing, and wonderful content to you stream.Boost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!To be added to or stay in this Circle - Share the circleIf you received the notice you are in this circle, then well done.If you would like to be included in the next Circle Share, you only have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles2 - Share the circle (Publicly)3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.I will thankful if you plus and share this circle!#circleshare #Sociology #Funny #Software #Solar #Startup #SystemsThinking #Teaching #bigdata #Technology #tsunami #Transformation #Transplendence #Trust #Water #WaterResources #pharmacognosy #love #WavePower #Web #tsu #WebAnalytics #clinical #Wind #Addcircle #addcircles #tsunation #addfriends #Addpeople #cvd #awesomecircle #awesomepeople #circle #circleoftheday #food 2015-01-22 06:44:15462495086
Flonne Floreance0follow and share2015-01-13 21:42:40501000
Ercan Çakir4,538 VIP-Circles-01#circle #circles #public #publiccircle   #circleshare #circlesharing   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle   #morefollowers #sharingcircles   #circleshare   #sharedpubliccircles #sharedpublicircles   #sharedcircle   #photography #photographer #bestphotographer   #topphotographer   #AddCircle #FindCircles #awesome   #AwesomePeople   #AwesomeCircle #addmetoyourcircles #addcircle #addpeople   #circlemeup #circlesdiscovery #circleshare #circlesharing   #publiccircle   #publicsharedcircles #SharedCircles   #weeklyreview #sharedcircle   #topsharedcircle #circleoftheday   2015-01-05 06:06:41500324
Ercan Çakir4,538VIP-Circles-01 ------------------------------------- #circle #circles #public #publiccircle   #circleshare #circlesharing   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle   #morefollowers #sharingcircles   #circleshare   #sharedpubliccircles #sharedpublicircles   #sharedcircle   #photography #photographer #bestphotographer   #topphotographer   #AddCircle #FindCircles #awesome   #AwesomePeople   #AwesomeCircle #addmetoyourcircles #addcircle #addpeople   #circlemeup #circlesdiscovery #circleshare #circlesharing   #publiccircle   #publicsharedcircles #SharedCircles   #weeklyreview #sharedcircle   #topsharedcircle 2015-01-05 06:05:005005415
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Christian kaysen2,781↦ follow me (so I can include you)↦ ↦ share the circle (public or to a public community)↦ ↦ if you want, delete the last circle share↦ ↦ no plussing, no comments, no obligation,↦ just share it and circle the profile above#Circle#Sharers#Engagers#Followers#AddCircle#CoolPeople#Influencers#CircleShare#PublicCircle#ShareCircles#CircleSharing#Awesomepeople#CircleOfTheDay#ShareAndBeShared#ConnectingTheWorld#CircleShareExperiment#CoolPeople#Influencers#CircleShare#PublicCircle#ShareCircles#CircleSharing#Awesomepeople#CircleOfTheDay#ShareAndBeShared#ConnectingTheWorld#CircleShareExperiment#круглим #кругляши #обмен   #круги   #crazycircles   #hyperball  2015-01-01 13:23:26233001
Михаил Пушкарев420#ActiveUsers #Add #AddCircle #AddFriends #AddMeToYour #AddPeople #artcircles #artistcircle #AuthorCircle #AutoFollow #AutoFollowBack #Awesome #AwesomeArt #AwesomeCircle #awesomecircle #awesomecircles #AwesomeDay #AwesomeFace #AwesomePeople #AwesomePublick #AwesomePublickCircle #AwesomeSauce #beautiful #BeautifulPhotographs #BeautifulPictures #belarus #Best #bestcircle #bestengagers #bestgoogleplususers #bestofgoogleplus #bestofgoogleplus #BestShared #BestSharedCircle #BestSnowball #BlackSndwhitePhotography #blogger #bloggers 2015-01-01 08:18:30500005
Neil Bailey5,146If you received the notice you are in this circle, then well done.If you would like to be included in the next Circle Share, you only have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles (If you haven't already)2 - Share the circle (Publicly) - (cc) me in the comments on the share and I can add you to the next circle immediately.  Otherwise I may not notice your activity!3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.5 - Add the circle or just check it out.Follow your dreams, Share and Be Shared.More you share more you get! :)Thanks!#circles   #circleshare   #sharedcircle #circlesharing #followers #social #sharedcircles  #sharedpubliccircles #circleshared   #sharedcircleoftheday   #addmetoyourcircles #awesomepeople   #circlecount   #newfollowers #googleplus #meetingpeoplecircle2014-12-22 07:02:43494342368
Talent Ph0Today's Circle :)No rules. :)2014-12-22 06:29:2950010510
Sport News95This circle contains people who are very active on Google+. These are people who will share and re-post your circles and other content. This is a good circle to connect with each other and gain followers.#circle   #circleshare   #sharecircles   #sharedcircles   #active   #activepeople   #repost   #share   #interestingpeople   #followback   #followers  2014-12-20 12:22:38500000
Talent Ph0Talent Circle :)To be added in the circle:1. Add me to your circle.2. +1 the circle.3. Share the circle.4. Comment for me to know u already did steps 1-3.Thanks :)2014-12-19 07:37:32500212
Sport News95Elite Team AG Friends Circle 0002Hey my friends. Good morning/evening to all! Circle brings together nice and interesting peopleIf you want to be a part of my best shared circles, this is the circle, you may want to add and share circle.Share The Circle And Boost Your Visibility On G+1. Add us to your circles, if you haven't done so already2. +1 this circle3. Publicly share this circle to public, your circles and extended circles.4. If possible, leave a comment on this circle so we know you have done the three steps above.Please make sure you do it on the original post or I won't notice it More you share more you get!Hi everybody, here is the circle of Circle AG. They have made it to the Loyal FollowersCircle without getting tired of spreading.AG Circle contains highly active membersof GooglePlus. If you want to engage with most activemembers you should ADD this circle.I would love to thank to each and every person who have joined the ride with us.Thank you very much! Iappreciate your dedication and hard work.I don't wish to offend anyone on the internet, so if you would like to be removed from my shared circles, please send me a private message and I won't share your profile in the future. The only way being shared will affect you is that you will get notifications that people have added you. You are under no obligation to add them back to your circles. If you don't add them back, they will most likely remove you from their circles after some time.#circle  #circleshare  #circlesharing  #circles  #sharedcircles  #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  #shared  2014-12-18 15:39:445016812
Daniel Mihai Popescu67,133Music, Twitter and SFMy most recent circle! I hope you don't mind if I mention you in comments, since my notification system doesn't seem to work.It is the first round, I'm not sure this will be the definitive version.Best wishes :)Lately I developed a fixation for Tsu, and if you don't have a profile there, this is my invitation:http://www.tsu.co/DanielMihaiPopescuIf you already have one, let's be friends and help each other grow!It'll be awesome to meet you there too! #danielmihaipopescusharedcircle   #maximumperformance  A "+1" will be greatly appreciated :) 2014-12-16 20:37:1549811757146
Михаил Пушкарев0#ActiveUsers #Add #AddCircle #AddFriends #AddMeToYour #AddPeople #artcircles #artistcircle #AuthorCircle #AutoFollow #AutoFollowBack #Awesome #AwesomeArt #AwesomeCircle #awesomecircle #awesomecircles #AwesomeDay #AwesomeFace #AwesomePeople #AwesomePublick #AwesomePublickCircle #AwesomeSauce #beautiful #BeautifulPhotographs #BeautifulPictures #belarus #Best #bestcircle #bestengagers #bestgoogleplususers #bestofgoogleplus #bestofgoogleplus #BestShared #BestSharedCircle #BestSnowball #BlackSndwhitePhotography #blogger #bloggers 2014-12-13 08:06:48496213
Jason Ryckman0 Hey this is jason I'm a follower of your page, I think you might really enjoy my #health    #fitness   and  #weightloss    #review     page, Please head over and check it out, I just added you to one of my circles could you please add me to your circles in returnThese followers are currently active and many will add you back when you add this circle to your circles.#circleshare #circlesharing   #circleshares  SIMPLE STEPS1. Please add me to one of your circles2. Please comment and reshare this post to public3. please comment on the original post or i may miss it4. If you would rather not receive these posts or be in my circle shares please shoot me a message and i will remove you from the List2014-12-12 01:49:47466000
Daniel Mihai Popescu66,628This circle is called Amalgam :)It is a mixture of new and very old friends. Of course, the Invincible is always present :)I've been a little bit disappointed for losing some guys I've even grown so fond of lately, so fond that they were in my notification circle, something very rare. They left me without a word, but that's not a problem, because everything goes on :)You are not required to do a single thing, I'll mention you in comments, I hope you don't mind :) I do this because the notifications don't work with my account, it's still an enigma, so I can't say that if you receive a notification from me, you're a member in this circle. It's sure you're a member if I mention you. That's one thing.Another thing is that you, the members, don't have to share the circle. I can't pretend from you, what I don't do with your circles. It's somehow a kind of reciprocally membership, which is a signal for others :) You, my circle members, are some of the most precious people on G+, and you have to be sure of that.So, for my followers, especially the new ones, it'll be good for you to add this circle because you'll gain a lot on your stream! #danielmihaipopescusharedcircle   #maximumperformance  2014-12-11 22:33:4849412866154

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2014-09-26 20:52:21 (216 comments, 16 reshares, 143 +1s)Open 

Yes, there is a serious downside to the Internet and this is one of them.

What? Beheading is now the new "vogue" terrorism device, replacing the ever-boring AK-47, the old-fashioned suicide bomber, and the Oh So Ho Hum car bomber?

What is going on with the men in this world? The violence and rage are nauseating.

Most reshares: 16

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2015-01-01 17:44:38 (65 comments, 16 reshares, 79 +1s)Open 

My husband +Brian Altman has many rituals I love, one of which is sitting at the counter and, impromptu, listening to music he loves on his iPhone, turning the sound up as high as it will go so I can hear. This morning he started with Bob Dylan's With God on Our Side, which I had not heard in such a long time I had forgotten the lyrics. I asked him to play it for me again, and it struck me how appropriate it is for New Year's Day...because it really is a wish for world peace.

The version my husband played this morning was a recorded one, but we also listened to this live version (some of the lyrics are switched up, as is Dylan's wont, in this case because the original pre-dated the Viet Nam war), in which the tempo is a little bit faster than the longer recorded take.

I share the lyrics with you below, and wish you all, wherever you are in the world, the possibility... more »

Most plusones: 160

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2015-03-17 18:17:22 (14 comments, 9 reshares, 160 +1s)Open 

To my fellow aviation enthusiasts, I present the brilliant Ruby-Throated Hummingbird in a wind tunnel. We are all trained to make continual small adjustments and to fly coordinated at all times. And here that lesson is demonstrated by a Hummingbird with a fancy for the nectar. Hummingbirds know they can never stop flying..but human aviators somehow think that the plane will take over in some way and do it for them. Not.

How beautiful. 40 beats per second. Ah...to fly like a bird.

Sigh. In my next life maybe...

Oh...and remember... Shake a Tail Feather!

#Aviation   #Flight   #HummingbirdsAreAwesome   #GrowingUpHumming  

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2015-04-24 16:17:58 (16 comments, 0 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

Millennials and Boomers.
The young, the elderly.
The new, the old, the in between.
The fresh and the bedraggled.

Italian. American.

Men and women, children and grandparents.
Single, married, childless or childfree.
Youth.. Old age.
Close to home, or traveling far and wide.

The public.
The private.
The outdoors, the indoors.

A man, sitting in a park, in Arezzo...

#Italy   #Arezzo   #Siena   #UniversitaperStranieridiSiena   #Travel  

Millennials and Boomers.
The young, the elderly.
The new, the old, the in between.
The fresh and the bedraggled.

Italian. American.

Men and women, children and grandparents.
Single, married, childless or childfree.
Youth.. Old age.
Close to home, or traveling far and wide.

The public.
The private.
The outdoors, the indoors.

A man, sitting in a park, in Arezzo...

#Italy   #Arezzo   #Siena   #UniversitaperStranieridiSiena   #Travel  ___

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2015-04-21 12:14:54 (10 comments, 2 reshares, 34 +1s)Open 

Yes, it is indeed Springtime in America, when all manner of things, left in various states of dormancy through a long, snowy and cold Winter, seem to veritably, well, spring forth with newfound and apparently boundless vigor and enthusiasm once time itself springs forward yet again.

The days are longer, all the better for a few more hours of sophistry, my dear.

The air is decidedly warmer, all the better for an unbridled spewing forth of nonsense foaming in the soup pot left untended on the back burner of the stove under low heat for too long.

The sun shines a little more brightly, what with its Springtime Equinox lending a Lights! Camera! Action! feel to the Federal cri and all.

And I laugh. Seriously. I mean, I laugh out loud when I read headlines like The Koch Brothers Are Reportedly ready to Back Scott Walker, filled as it is with the anticipatory words... more »

Yes, it is indeed Springtime in America, when all manner of things, left in various states of dormancy through a long, snowy and cold Winter, seem to veritably, well, spring forth with newfound and apparently boundless vigor and enthusiasm once time itself springs forward yet again.

The days are longer, all the better for a few more hours of sophistry, my dear.

The air is decidedly warmer, all the better for an unbridled spewing forth of nonsense foaming in the soup pot left untended on the back burner of the stove under low heat for too long.

The sun shines a little more brightly, what with its Springtime Equinox lending a Lights! Camera! Action! feel to the Federal cri and all.

And I laugh. Seriously. I mean, I laugh out loud when I read headlines like The Koch Brothers Are Reportedly ready to Back Scott Walker, filled as it is with the anticipatory words "reportedly" and "ready," along with the delightful verb "to back."

There are others to compete with it, plenty of them, just a few from the last 24 hours, one more amusing then the next:

The talented Mr. Rubio, from today's Times, by David Brooks, who, in spite of how misguided he can be, I respect because at least he puts it out there. I was particularly charmed by his intriguing use of the adjective 'talented' to describe Rubio, and couldn't help free-associating to Beethoven, Mozart, Picasso, Matisse, Streisand, O'Keeffe, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Shakespeare, Pavarotti, Christopher Wheeldon, to name just a few, but I digress.

True, The talented Mr. Rubio, was Brooks' riff on the movie title The Talented Mr. Ripley, in which Ripley (played by the truly talented Matt Damon) was actually a murderer. But I continue to (happily) digress...

Then there is the highly entertaining missive, also from the Times, titled Mike Huckabee Would Be a More Important Candidate Than You Might Think, penned by Nate Cohn, who looks to be all of twelve years old from the likes of his photo - but I digress, again, sorry. Well, perhaps Huckabee would be more important, in another incarnation perhaps, but not in this one.

Or perhaps in a campaign in which the timid Cohn would have the courage to switch the ever fearful "would be" for the almighty "will be." Now that would be (sorry) putting it out there.

All of this to be topped off by this morning's Meet the 19th most likely guy to win the GOP presidential nomination, in the Washington Post. You SURE it's gonna be a "guy?"

Well, I would like to meet him/her, actually. And I would like to say to him/her/whomever that if any of the following are on your bucket list of platform points for your campaign, you don't have the slightest chance. Not even the slightest.

Any anti-gay stance will kill your campaign.

Any dismissal of the importance of protecting our planet will kill your campaign.

Any denial of climate change will kill your campaign.

Any talk against women's rights will kill your campaign.

Any anti-education, anti-reduction of student loan interest rates, anti-science stance will kill your campaign.

Any stance against equal pay for equal work will kill your campaign.

Any curtailing of social programs that benefit children and other disenfranchised Americans will kill your campaign.

Any plan to raise taxes on the middle class will kill your campaign.

Any religious platform that makes Americans who don't share your religion feel disenfranchised, dismissed, disowned or denied will kill your campaign.

Any pro-gun stance will kill your campaign.

Any attempt to repeal ObamaCare and the healthcare it has brought to 9+ million Americans will kill your campaign.

Any big business, pro-Capitalist stance that cannot also reconcile and include the importance of social responsibility and sustained, long-term Planet preservation will kill your campaign.

Any attempt to brand Americans who are something other than right wing Conservatives as Socialists, Liberals, anti-Americans or anti-Patriotic will kill your campaign.

I could go on, but I won't. But there's just one more thing:

I would strongly advise you not to anger your mother, your sister, your wife, your daughter, your aunt, your grandmother, or your great grandmother, by referring to them as "old," "archaic," "yesterday's news," "over-the-hill," or any other such derogatory or dismissive phrases.

For every political candidate has at least a mother and a grandmother, right? Right?

And not only are there more women getting a high education these days than men, but there are more women voting than men. Right? Right.

Because if you do it will get you into a boatload of trouble, out from which you will never be able to extract yourself. And what's going to happen, if you do alienate any of the above women, is that, come election day, when you ask them for whom they are going to vote, they will look at you sweetly and say, "Why dear, I'm going to vote for your candidate." And then they are going to go into the polling booth and vote for the candidate that cares about their issues.

Now I am off to line up my sizable collection of hats to eat.

Happy Spring!

The Talented Mr. Rubio:
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/21/opinion/david-brooks-the-talented-mr-rubio.html?ref=opinion

Meet the 19th most likely guy to win the GOP presidential nomination:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/meet-the-19th-most-likely-guy-to-win-the-gop-presidential-nomination/2015/04/20/0197e690-e6d7-11e4-aae1-d642717d8afa_story.html

#KochBrothers   #ScottWalker   #MarkRubio   #MikeHuckabee   #POTUS2016  ___

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2015-04-20 13:32:13 (25 comments, 3 reshares, 72 +1s)Open 

Spring in the Early Morning Fog.

When fuschia Magnolia blossoms heavy with rain fall toward the earth, to melt into the earth.

And a Mantis Ootheca is visible on a newly leafing Knockout Rose branch.

And Lilac buds open their eyes.

And out the front door woodpeckers can be heard beyond the Pear Tree in the Wood.

And one last Star Magnolia Blossom awaits its photo op.

And my lovely Dogwood forgives me, once again, for planting it too close to the corn field, unprotected from the coming winds.

Spring.

The beginning is everything.

For after the Fog...comes the Sun.

#SpringtimeinParadise   #Nature   #gardendesign  

Spring in the Early Morning Fog.

When fuschia Magnolia blossoms heavy with rain fall toward the earth, to melt into the earth.

And a Mantis Ootheca is visible on a newly leafing Knockout Rose branch.

And Lilac buds open their eyes.

And out the front door woodpeckers can be heard beyond the Pear Tree in the Wood.

And one last Star Magnolia Blossom awaits its photo op.

And my lovely Dogwood forgives me, once again, for planting it too close to the corn field, unprotected from the coming winds.

Spring.

The beginning is everything.

For after the Fog...comes the Sun.

#SpringtimeinParadise   #Nature   #gardendesign  ___

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2015-04-16 00:34:37 (11 comments, 0 reshares, 36 +1s)Open 

So THIS is what was going on when I was in D.C. to have lunch with an old friend today. I was RIGHT there, trying to weave my way through traffic along with everyone else...and the crowds felt different, but I couldn't figure out what it was.

Cherry trees past their peak.

Nothing dramatic to see...

...except some fellow who decides to pilot an LSA, if you could call it that, onto the White House Lawn. Ho hum, think I'll drop (fly) by the White House and say Hello. Chat up POTUS and FLOTUS.

How nonchalant are these kids? As if this is an everyday thing.

Not.

Jailbird time.

#Aviation   #WhiteHouse   #SFRA  

So THIS is what was going on when I was in D.C. to have lunch with an old friend today. I was RIGHT there, trying to weave my way through traffic along with everyone else...and the crowds felt different, but I couldn't figure out what it was.

Cherry trees past their peak.

Nothing dramatic to see...

...except some fellow who decides to pilot an LSA, if you could call it that, onto the White House Lawn. Ho hum, think I'll drop (fly) by the White House and say Hello. Chat up POTUS and FLOTUS.

How nonchalant are these kids? As if this is an everyday thing.

Not.

Jailbird time.

#Aviation   #WhiteHouse   #SFRA  ___

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2015-04-07 12:53:44 (17 comments, 3 reshares, 40 +1s)Open 

The Argentine Tango. My favorite dance to do. My favorite dance to watch. Here it is performed on Dancing with the Stars, by Noah Galloway, an Army veteran who lost his left arm and leg when a mine took out the vehicle he was driving. 

Dance is many things in addition to being a physical art. It is a language dancers speak not just through the use of their bodies, but through the expression of an interior dialogue accompanied often, but not always, by music, and accompanied, not always, but sometimes, by a partner. Sharna Burgess is Noah's partner in this Tango.

Dance, above all, is a conversation, and there are few more intimate dance conversations than the one known as the Argentine Tango.

But dance is also a profound form of therapy, as any dancer will tell you. In this case, it is therapy not just for Noah, who prior to his injuries had been an athlete, but... more »

The Argentine Tango. My favorite dance to do. My favorite dance to watch. Here it is performed on Dancing with the Stars, by Noah Galloway, an Army veteran who lost his left arm and leg when a mine took out the vehicle he was driving. 

Dance is many things in addition to being a physical art. It is a language dancers speak not just through the use of their bodies, but through the expression of an interior dialogue accompanied often, but not always, by music, and accompanied, not always, but sometimes, by a partner. Sharna Burgess is Noah's partner in this Tango.

Dance, above all, is a conversation, and there are few more intimate dance conversations than the one known as the Argentine Tango.

But dance is also a profound form of therapy, as any dancer will tell you. In this case, it is therapy not just for Noah, who prior to his injuries had been an athlete, but for those fortunate to watch this new way in which he has learned to express himself physically.

Dance therapy for injured veterans. Dance is therapy for the audience.

Perhaps we are all 1,000 miles from comfort. But some are even farther than away than that.

Yes.

Here is a longer video about Noah that comes from Huff Post, which was too long to post here, but explains his injuries and does a Contemporary Dance with Sharna in which he is (ahem...) a wee tad more exposed:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/04/07/noah-galloway-dancing-with-the-stars_n_7015652.html

And here is another interview with Noah on ABC:
http://abc.go.com/shows/dancing-with-the-stars/video/cast-announcement/VDKA0_reum14kr

You can read All about Noah Galloway on his personal website at:
http://noahgalloway.com/

#DancingwithVeterans   #NoahGalloway   #DancingwiththeStars   #DanceTherapy   ___

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2015-04-01 19:03:46 (10 comments, 0 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

Attached is an optimistic article on Aducanumab, a new drug being developed by Biogen that (hopefully) shows the possibility of slowing cognitive decline in dementia patients (there was also an earlier Times Video this week about the drug...link below).

But...Wow...did the second sentence skip right to the stock rise as a result of this promising drug. Ka-Ching. Ka-Ching.

Unfortunately, it's impossible to get any drug tested, let alone manufactured, without a massive amount of money behind it, and, in this particular case, because, depending on which report you read, there are anywhere from between 5 million to 6.5 million Americans who are living with Alzheimer's and related dementia, the need to help these men and women is great indeed and, therefore, the amount of money to be made on this drug if it does indeed prove in expanded trials to be effective is downright... more »

Attached is an optimistic article on Aducanumab, a new drug being developed by Biogen that (hopefully) shows the possibility of slowing cognitive decline in dementia patients (there was also an earlier Times Video this week about the drug...link below).

But...Wow...did the second sentence skip right to the stock rise as a result of this promising drug. Ka-Ching. Ka-Ching.

Unfortunately, it's impossible to get any drug tested, let alone manufactured, without a massive amount of money behind it, and, in this particular case, because, depending on which report you read, there are anywhere from between 5 million to 6.5 million Americans who are living with Alzheimer's and related dementia, the need to help these men and women is great indeed and, therefore, the amount of money to be made on this drug if it does indeed prove in expanded trials to be effective is downright staggering. Alzheimer's is a worldwide horror, so I understand cutting to the money chase.

My mother died of Alzhiemer's and my husband's mother died of vascular dementia so I champion and welcome the research, the testing, the reports. I only wish that in these articles attention is also paid, while everyone is busy hoping for and waiting for a much needed drug cure, to interventions and technologies that can enhance the daily lives of men and women living with Alzheimer's and related dementia.

Home caregivers have a rough time - very often someone in the family has to give up working in order to care for a parent or spouse or relative at home, because dedicated Alzheimer's facilities are expensive. Very often these home caregivers are cast in the role of "nurse," but without the training and without the salary. Very often these home caregivers have to pull tricks of care out of their hats 24/7/365 without any relief, without any near end in sight...because the disease can linger on for many, many years before the unfortunate host often dies of something else entirely. Like pneumonia.

But in the meanwhile what is a caregiver to do? There are modalities that can soothe the souls of those living with dementia and Music Therapy, Therapeutic Music Listening, Art Therapy and Movement Therapy are just a few of them.

These technologies are not cures of course, rather they are tools that can be used to alter aggressive or frightened moods, lull one into sleep, tease out bits of conversation and positive memories, brighten a day's mood through the use of music of personal preference, or music that is known to have been favored in the past.

Art is food for the soul...painting or drawing or just the simple act of using a coloring block and bring calm and pleasure to someone with dementia.

So, too, movement therapy, which can be physically soothing and help with sleep and general moods.

If there is someone in your life with Alzheimer's, or if you know of someone who has Alzheimer's or related dementia whose caregivers could use a little "help" while we (all) await a drug cure, I have included below a few links that I hope will be useful in that endeavor.

I hope Biogen's new drug becomes widely available if it is effective. In the meanwhile, not everything great comes in a pill bottle.

Great things can be heard in song, or seen within the pages of a photo album, or explored in the works of art on a wall...or in the pages of a coloring book with the help of a box of crayons. They all helped my mother.

Maybe they can help someone you know. I hope so, and I share it all for what it is worth.

The Mayo Clinic: How can music help people who have Alzheimer's Disease?:
http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/alzheimers-disease/expert-answers/music-and-alzheimers/faq-20058173

Art Therapy for Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias:
http://ccn.upenn.edu/chatterjee/anjan_pdfs/Chancellor_ArtTherapy_AD_JAD.pdf

American Music Therapy Association:
http://www.musictherapy.org/

Music Has Power: The Alzheimer's Foundation of America:
http://www.alzfdn.org/EducationandCare/musictherapy.html

Music Therapy in Dementia Treatment:
http://www.todaysgeriatricmedicine.com/news/story1.shtml

How Art Therapy enhances the quality of life for Dementia Patients:
http://www.alzheimers.net/2014-04-29/art-therapy-for-alzheimers/

Dance Movement Therapy and Alzheimer's Disease:
http://www.adta.org/resources/Documents/Info-Sheet-DMT-Alzheimer-s-with-Resource-Bib.pdf

Biogen Idec's potential new Alzheimer's drug:
http://www.nytimes.com/video/multimedia/100000003584118/biogen-soars-on-alzheimers-drug.html

#Alzheimers   #BiogenIdec   #Aducanumab    #Dementia   #MusicTherapy   #ArtTherapy   #DanceTherapy   #AmericanMusicTherapyAssociation   #AlzheimersAssociation  ___

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2015-03-29 15:23:39 (21 comments, 5 reshares, 31 +1s)Open 

Good morning, everyone. After the Rain is a gorgeous Pas de Deux choreographed by the sublime Christopher Wheeldon.

What if every couple were to approach one another - in every encounter - with the tenderness and sensitivity of husband and wife dancers Linda Celeste Sims and Glenn Allen Sims? What would our world be like?

If everyone - if every girl and boy - learned to dance when they are young, there would be far less war and violence.

Watch...

...because After the Rain there is this...

#Dance   #ChristopherWheeldon     #AftertheRain   #LindaCelesteSims   #GlennAllenSims   #Vimeo  

Good morning, everyone. After the Rain is a gorgeous Pas de Deux choreographed by the sublime Christopher Wheeldon.

What if every couple were to approach one another - in every encounter - with the tenderness and sensitivity of husband and wife dancers Linda Celeste Sims and Glenn Allen Sims? What would our world be like?

If everyone - if every girl and boy - learned to dance when they are young, there would be far less war and violence.

Watch...

...because After the Rain there is this...

#Dance   #ChristopherWheeldon     #AftertheRain   #LindaCelesteSims   #GlennAllenSims   #Vimeo  ___

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2015-03-22 21:18:56 (20 comments, 1 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

So late coming to G+ today. The glimmer, the scent, the hope of Spring is in the air for all things in the natural world, along with a veritable sprouting up of things musical, theatrical, poetical and artistic, into which I immerse and disappear, wrapping myself up within, and winding myself 'round their various notes, rhythms, stanzas, choruses and brush strokes...

...contemplating what we are trained to believe, what we think is true, how we relate to ourselves and to one another, how we fit into the wondrous and wicked planet on which we live. For but a moment. For but a lifetime.

How do we record our experiences here, what we see, what we feel, what we want to say...with words, songs, brush strokes. How do we?

I hardly know which artist to offer up, whether it ought to be the English poet/playwright Kate Tempest< who claims the art of rap for herself from... more »

So late coming to G+ today. The glimmer, the scent, the hope of Spring is in the air for all things in the natural world, along with a veritable sprouting up of things musical, theatrical, poetical and artistic, into which I immerse and disappear, wrapping myself up within, and winding myself 'round their various notes, rhythms, stanzas, choruses and brush strokes...

...contemplating what we are trained to believe, what we think is true, how we relate to ourselves and to one another, how we fit into the wondrous and wicked planet on which we live. For but a moment. For but a lifetime.

How do we record our experiences here, what we see, what we feel, what we want to say...with words, songs, brush strokes. How do we?

I hardly know which artist to offer up, whether it ought to be the English poet/playwright Kate Tempest< who claims the art of rap for herself from first to last spoken rant.

"We have jealousy
and tenderness and curses and gifts.
But the plight of a people who have forgotten their myths
and imagine that somehow now is all that there is
is a sorry plight,
all isolation and worry –
but the life in your veins
it is godly, heroic.
You were born for greatness;
believe it. Know it.
Take it from the tears of the poets." - Kate Tempest

Or whether it should be Alabama Shakes, whose front woman, Brittany Howard, speaks for so many when she says about belting it out in front of a crowd:

"That’s why I’m there. For that connection. It’s hard to explain. The only thing I can say is that it makes the world seem not so bad, to know that people do like you, that they think like you, that they get it. It’s good to know you’re not all by yourself.”

Or perhaps it is the art of Monir Farmanfarmaian, a 91-year old Iranian artist who finally has a show at the Guggenheim, a museum she used to visit when she was a child, and who begs us to ask how long it will take for the power of art as a dialogue for peace, humanity, life, love and healing to eradicate the more prevalent international taste for war and violence.

Of the art collection she lost when she and her husband had to flee the Islamic Revolution, she says:

"They took everything, even my shoes and my underwear. “Don’t talk to me about it or you’ll make me cry.”

Or I could just as easily have started with the story of Raeda Taha, a Palestinian writer and performer, whose one woman play, Where Can I find Someone Like You, Ali, tells, in highly personal terms, the Palestinian side of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. More war. More violence. More theatre. More words. More art.

How I long here on the platform to write an interactive post tying together the thoughts, the words, the art of each of these women, speaking to one another and to us across cultures. But perhaps in the end it's just as well that I can't...because you'll just have to click on each of the below links and go on a discovery journey for yourselves.

But it will be worth it.

On second thought, I think I'll offer up Kate's The Beigeness, 'cause this young woman is awesome. Listen.

P.S. Plus... +Jane Satan Rakali says this is The Year of the Goat, the year in which Art defeats War. Hope does spring internal...that from a woman who doesn't believe in hope...

Kate Tempest, a Young Poet Conjuring Ancient Gods:
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/19/books/review-kate-tempest-a-young-poet-conjuring-ancient-gods.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=mini-moth&region=top-stories-below&WT.nav=top-stories-below

Kate Tempest website:
http://katetempest.co.uk/video

Alabama Shakes’s Soul-Stirring, Shape-Shifting New Sound:
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/22/magazine/alabama-shakess-soul-stirring-shape-shifting-new-sound.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/21/arts/design/monir-farmanfarmaian-iranian-and-nonagenarian-celebrates-a-new-york-museum-first.html?hpw&rref=arts&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=well-region&region=bottom-well&WT.nav=bottom-well&_r=0#

In One-Woman Show, Protégée of Arafat Offers an Ironic Take on a Conflict:
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/23/world/middleeast/protegee-of-arafat-offers-in-show-ironic-take-on-a-conflict.html

The Ghost of a Martyred Father Hovers Over Babel Theater:
http://english.al-akhbar.com/node/23889

#KateTempest   #AlabamaShakes   #MonirFarmanfarmaian   #RaedaTaha   #Rap   #Poetry___

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2015-03-17 18:17:22 (14 comments, 9 reshares, 160 +1s)Open 

To my fellow aviation enthusiasts, I present the brilliant Ruby-Throated Hummingbird in a wind tunnel. We are all trained to make continual small adjustments and to fly coordinated at all times. And here that lesson is demonstrated by a Hummingbird with a fancy for the nectar. Hummingbirds know they can never stop flying..but human aviators somehow think that the plane will take over in some way and do it for them. Not.

How beautiful. 40 beats per second. Ah...to fly like a bird.

Sigh. In my next life maybe...

Oh...and remember... Shake a Tail Feather!

#Aviation   #Flight   #HummingbirdsAreAwesome   #GrowingUpHumming  

To my fellow aviation enthusiasts, I present the brilliant Ruby-Throated Hummingbird in a wind tunnel. We are all trained to make continual small adjustments and to fly coordinated at all times. And here that lesson is demonstrated by a Hummingbird with a fancy for the nectar. Hummingbirds know they can never stop flying..but human aviators somehow think that the plane will take over in some way and do it for them. Not.

How beautiful. 40 beats per second. Ah...to fly like a bird.

Sigh. In my next life maybe...

Oh...and remember... Shake a Tail Feather!

#Aviation   #Flight   #HummingbirdsAreAwesome   #GrowingUpHumming  ___

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2015-03-12 17:12:05 (15 comments, 0 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

At what price War?

This photographic depiction of the lights quite literally going out in Syria because of war is sobering. Compare Damascas and Aleppo at night in March 2012 and at night in December 2014 and the differences are staggering.

What does it mean when the lights go out?

Businesses close, revenue trickles to an imperceptible flow.

Poverty and fear escalate.

People migrate.

The war has displaced 7.6 million people inside Syria and pushed 3.9 million more — half of them children — to seek refuge in other countries, according to figures collected by United Nations agencies.

Conversation stills.

Schools close.

Books go unread.

Education stops.

Laughter and playing disappear.

Planning for the future is no more.

About 5.6 million childrenins... more »

At what price War?

This photographic depiction of the lights quite literally going out in Syria because of war is sobering. Compare Damascas and Aleppo at night in March 2012 and at night in December 2014 and the differences are staggering.

What does it mean when the lights go out?

Businesses close, revenue trickles to an imperceptible flow.

Poverty and fear escalate.

People migrate.

The war has displaced 7.6 million people inside Syria and pushed 3.9 million more — half of them children — to seek refuge in other countries, according to figures collected by United Nations agencies.

Conversation stills.

Schools close.

Books go unread.

Education stops.

Laughter and playing disappear.

Planning for the future is no more.

About 5.6 million children inside Syria are enduring hardships that include poverty, displacement and the dangers of living in conflict zones, according to figures from Unicef.

Here in the States we are all awaiting Spring after a brutal winter. But our night sky is lit up with city lights that are so bright and numerous they all but wash out the stars in many parts of the country.

We are fortunate...

We can stay up late reading books in bed.

We can listen to music, laugh, talk, plan for the future...

But in Syria, where the sounds of gunfire make the loudest music...

...at what price War?

#Syria   #PerilsofWar  ___

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2015-03-07 19:26:31 (21 comments, 7 reshares, 38 +1s)Open 

Tomorrow, Sunday, is International Women's Day, first marked in 1911, which shows that there has been an awareness of the need to bring about parity and equality in the workplace for women for a very, very long time.

In the intervening 100+ years, +Richard Branson, the legendary founder of the Virgin Group (Virgin Airways), has become one of the most vocal champions of equality for women and he is speaking out about it, writing about it, and forming coalitions around it...partnering with +Sheryl Sandberg, author of the book Lean In to make sure that this topic does not slink back underneath the floorboards come Monday morning, only to be trotted out again next year with one more token tip-o-the-hat, with the hopes that such a hat tip is all that is necessary to make equality a reality.

There have been a plethora of articles, essays and Op-Ed pieces written recentlya... more »

Tomorrow, Sunday, is International Women's Day, first marked in 1911, which shows that there has been an awareness of the need to bring about parity and equality in the workplace for women for a very, very long time.

In the intervening 100+ years, +Richard Branson, the legendary founder of the Virgin Group (Virgin Airways), has become one of the most vocal champions of equality for women and he is speaking out about it, writing about it, and forming coalitions around it...partnering with +Sheryl Sandberg, author of the book Lean In to make sure that this topic does not slink back underneath the floorboards come Monday morning, only to be trotted out again next year with one more token tip-o-the-hat, with the hopes that such a hat tip is all that is necessary to make equality a reality.

There have been a plethora of articles, essays and Op-Ed pieces written recently about this effort, many of them notably by Branson, who has this to say in the attached:

"I told Sheryl and the group my experiences of the airline industry, and in particular the frankly ludicrous response from some people when on a plane with a female pilot. When she speaks over the address system to welcome everyone on board, I often notice a reaction of panic on the faces of the passengers around me. This reaction is usually even more stark on the faces of female passengers than their male counterparts." - +Richard Branson

I was amused by this anecdote because, as a private general aviation pilot, while I don't fly for a commercial airline, still I was told by an FAA examiner when I got my license that I should learn to speak on the radios "more like a man," a sign that, somehow, women should be fitting into a man's world and doing what they do like a man would, rather than as a woman would.

But Branson's message is different. His message is that parity and equality are not about gender per se, but rather the issues in general are about gender bias, which is in the same category as many other biases and assumptions - those, for instance, regarding race, religion and sexual orientation - and that these biases are preventing us from having a truly productive and united universal work ethic.

These biases are preventing us from achieving our goals, not just as women and as men, but as human beings. They are preventing us from working side-by-side, shoulder-to-shoulder to better not only our own lives, but everyone's lives:

"Men are expected to be assertive, confident and opinionated, so we welcome their leadership. Women are expected to be kind, nurturing and compassionate, so when they lead they go against our expectations... All of us -- men and women throughout the world -- hold these biases, but they are hard to admit and discuss, which makes it difficult to take steps to correct them." - +Richard Branson

If a man as successful and internationally well-known as +Richard Branson publicly comes out in support of gender equality, asking men to lean in to the table and actively fight discrimination in the workplace...does that make the Movement for Equality in the Workplace more legitimate than it is when women speak out on their own behalf without the support of men?

I'm curious about it because Sandberg, has recently co-written, with Adam Grant, a four-part series of articles for the New York Times regarding women in the workplace, the last of which, entitled How Men Can Succeed in the Bedroom and the Boardroom, was published on March 5th (in time for International Women's Day!).

In case you aren't familiar with this series, it is worth reading and I've copied all of the links below to make it easy to read them.

What I find striking about the series is not only that they were co-written by a man, but that much of the information is research-based, feeding into our culture's growing need for "proof" of anything of serious nature in order to effectively deal with the issue at hand.

But the issues of discrimination against women in the workplace that Branson and Sandberg and Grant raise are longtime legitimate ones, ranging from expectations of women at work vs. expectations of men, the different ways in which men and women express themselves, what it means to be assertive in the workplace, the work environment itself and how it supports or undermines the promotion of women, pay equality, opportunities for women, the growing number of women in the work force, the growing number of women who are family breadwinners and, last but not least, the disturbing studies that show that no matter how much of a team player a woman is and no matter how cooperative she is at work, it will still be difficult for her to get promoted...because of gender bias largely.

My own personal work reminiscence regarding this issue was published as A Woman's De-Liberation: There Never Was a Sexual Revolution, (link below).

The final link below is one about the trial getting underway in California about Ellen Pao and whether she was rightfully dismissed by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, the venture capital firm where she worked surrounded by disturbingly conflicted opinions about her as a person:

"As David Streitfeld, who is covering the trial for The New York Times, wrote Friday, men at the venture firm essentially told Ms. Pao: “Speak up — but don’t talk too much. Light up the room — but don’t overshadow others. Be confident and critical — but not cocky or negative.” - The NY Times

Would that it were not necessary for powerful men such as Sir +Richard Branson and Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever, and  Francois-Henri Pinault, Chairman and CEO of the Kering Foundation, to have to come out in support of Equality in the Workplace in order for the Movement to get traction, in order for it to be palatable.

Would that +Sheryl Sandberg were able write her articles without the added byline of a male cowriter to add legitimacy to her cri.

Would that we did not need studies to prove what we have long known to be true - what we experience, witness and hear tell of every single day - and for us, as a culture, to take serious steps to remedy it, one of which would be to teach very young children, from the earliest age, what gender bias looks like, sounds like, feels like...

...but I'll take it if next year on International Women's Day we are one step closer to Equality in the Workplace for Women AND for Men.

A Woman's De-Liberation: There Never Was a Sexual Revolution, Giselle Minoli
http://www.synaptiqplus.com/journal/journal_-articles/issue-2/a-woman-s-de-liberation-there-never-was-a-sexual-revolution

On International Women's Day, Business Leaders Call for Action, by Richard Branson, Francois-Henri Pinault & Paul Polman:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/richard-branson/on-international-womens-d_5_b_6816084.html

How Men Can Succeed in the Boardroom and the Bedroom, by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant:
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/08/opinion/sunday/sheryl-sandberg-adam-grant-how-men-can-succeed-in-the-boardroom-and-the-bedroom.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=c-column-top-span-region&region=c-column-top-span-region&WT.nav=c-column-top-span-region

Madam C.E.O. - Get Me a Coffee, Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant on women doing "Office Housework":
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 on Why Women Stay Quiet at Work:
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/11/opinion/sunday/speaking-while-female.html

When Talking About Business Backfires, Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant on Discrimination at Work:
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

A Racy Silicon Valley Lawsuit, and More Subtle Questions About Sex Discrimination, by Claire Cain Miller:
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/07/upshot/a-racy-silicon-valley-lawsuit-and-more-subtle-questions-about-sex-discrimination.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=second-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&abt=0002&abg=0

#RichardBranson   #SherylSandberg   #AdamGrant   #InternationalWomensDay   #TheVirginGroup   #LeanIn   #EllenPao   #SiliconValley  ___

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2015-03-05 17:08:53 (8 comments, 3 reshares, 28 +1s)Open 

This gorgeous woman is Eileen Kramer. She is a choreographer and dancer. She is also 100 years old.

I hope the beauty of her movements, the expressiveness of her hands, her arms...her body...are as inspiring to the Women of Google+ as they are to me.

When I think about my own goals as I get older, it is to remain in touch with my own creativity, to nourish my love for the arts, to take care of myself by tending to the health of my body and spirit and mind and soul...and to be able to move and express myself at 100 as elegantly and soulfully as Eileen Kramer.

I have always loved the way fresh cut flowers look in vases, particularly tulips, when they start to droop over the edges, reaching their petals (their arms) out, as if to prevent themselves from falling...or to catch themselves when they do. 

Eileen Kramer's arm movements remind me of that, and, in the... more »

This gorgeous woman is Eileen Kramer. She is a choreographer and dancer. She is also 100 years old.

I hope the beauty of her movements, the expressiveness of her hands, her arms...her body...are as inspiring to the Women of Google+ as they are to me.

When I think about my own goals as I get older, it is to remain in touch with my own creativity, to nourish my love for the arts, to take care of myself by tending to the health of my body and spirit and mind and soul...and to be able to move and express myself at 100 as elegantly and soulfully as Eileen Kramer.

I have always loved the way fresh cut flowers look in vases, particularly tulips, when they start to droop over the edges, reaching their petals (their arms) out, as if to prevent themselves from falling...or to catch themselves when they do. 

Eileen Kramer's arm movements remind me of that, and, in the same way that within the wilting petals of a tulip you can still see the young bloom, within Ms. Kramer's 100 year old spirit and body, you can easily see her as a young girl.

She reminds me of Elizabeth Waters, my first dance teacher when I was six. Elizabeth had silver hair down her back. I was mesmerized. I have always thought women get more beautiful as they age.

From chilly New York City, where the huge snowflakes falling outside my bedroom window...are dancing sideways...

More Eileen Kramer YouTube videos:

Nephilim's Lament, with Lacey Cole (TEDTalk):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rdVvExrBqto

Eileen Kramer and her iPod, a 100th Birthday gift:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ct_e3VpS5PU

Eileen Kramer and the Arts Health Institute:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xz4R6Rzf1KU

#EileenKramer   #Dance   #Choreography___

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2015-03-01 17:47:56 (22 comments, 0 reshares, 34 +1s)Open 

I watch the mesquite-scented smoke plume rise from the incense burner and remember Winters in the New Mexico desert.

As the candle flame burns down, so many votives I have lit for people at St. Patricks cathedral, I remember them, too.

And the etched bronze block, with its sheared off corners, expertly carved by a woman I once knew.

The clock is stuck at 8. I can't remember why.

There are the Cloisonné match stick covers that no longer hold matches, and the matching round box that contains useless things.

And the fossilized leaf, tucked within its slate stone, too big for my pocket.

And the dice. Where did they come from? No, I don't remember.

And the silver piece etched with the word 'Play.' Not 'Love,' no, nor 'Life,' but 'Play'. I shall try, thank you.

And the Sagittarius... more »

I watch the mesquite-scented smoke plume rise from the incense burner and remember Winters in the New Mexico desert.

As the candle flame burns down, so many votives I have lit for people at St. Patricks cathedral, I remember them, too.

And the etched bronze block, with its sheared off corners, expertly carved by a woman I once knew.

The clock is stuck at 8. I can't remember why.

There are the Cloisonné match stick covers that no longer hold matches, and the matching round box that contains useless things.

And the fossilized leaf, tucked within its slate stone, too big for my pocket.

And the dice. Where did they come from? No, I don't remember.

And the silver piece etched with the word 'Play.' Not 'Love,' no, nor 'Life,' but 'Play'. I shall try, thank you.

And the Sagittarius paperweight to remind me I am, What? A Centaur, or that I have a fondness for arrows?

And the white and blue porcelain box with the letter "G," to remind me, what? That my name starts with "G," lest I forget that, too.

And my Oliva Porphyria sea snail shell. Perfectly formed. Wanting to return to which particular ocean, I remember not.

And the bottle of Cognac Frapin VSOP, drained to near emptiness by the lips of guests drawn to its aroma and the promise of a slight burn at the back of the tongue.

And the East Indian incense burner, a funeral bier for the long ago rolled up unsmoked joint given to me by a friend, in the spirit of an American Indian peace pipe, the preservation of which seemed more in the spirit of peace than the smoking of it, which I imagine would remain cocooned as it has always been within plastic were I to shut the door, turn the key and never return.

I watch the mesquite-scented smoke plume rise from the incense burner until the last ember flickers out.

Though the scent will remain,
Like a woman's cologne,
and everything else impossible to erase about her.___

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2015-02-28 17:00:59 (7 comments, 1 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

I wait for the light. Everything is beautiful, but only in my room, not in Gaza. I'm ready to die in this room unless I find a better place. - Gaza Artist, Nidaa Badwan, of her more than 100 Days of Solitude painting gorgeous self portraits in her 100 square foot room.

+Susanne Ramharter this is for you...

#NidaaBadwan   #Gaza   #ArtInsteadofWar  

I wait for the light. Everything is beautiful, but only in my room, not in Gaza. I'm ready to die in this room unless I find a better place. - Gaza Artist, Nidaa Badwan, of her more than 100 Days of Solitude painting gorgeous self portraits in her 100 square foot room.

+Susanne Ramharter this is for you...

#NidaaBadwan   #Gaza   #ArtInsteadofWar  ___

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2015-02-26 19:42:21 (13 comments, 4 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

Last Friday I posted a link to an Op-Ed piece written by Dr. +Oliver Sacks an esteemed neurologist who has done a lot of work about the impact of music on the brain and the useful benefits of music therapy and therapeutic music listening in the daily care of men and women living with dementia, as one example.

I wish there were a way for me to write about something as important as Music Therapy and Therapeutic Music Listening on G+ and to include photographs, links to relevant articles, as well as to helpful and informative videos, all in one post.

But there isn't...yet...and so today I'm sharing with you a video of a documentary titled Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory, which can be seen in its entirety (for free) on YouTube. Directed by Michael Rossato-Bennett, the doc follows the work of Dan Cohen, a social worker, whose non-prof, Music and Memory... more »

Last Friday I posted a link to an Op-Ed piece written by Dr. +Oliver Sacks an esteemed neurologist who has done a lot of work about the impact of music on the brain and the useful benefits of music therapy and therapeutic music listening in the daily care of men and women living with dementia, as one example.

I wish there were a way for me to write about something as important as Music Therapy and Therapeutic Music Listening on G+ and to include photographs, links to relevant articles, as well as to helpful and informative videos, all in one post.

But there isn't...yet...and so today I'm sharing with you a video of a documentary titled Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory, which can be seen in its entirety (for free) on YouTube. Directed by Michael Rossato-Bennett, the doc follows the work of Dan Cohen, a social worker, whose non-prof, Music and Memory champions the use of music as a daily technology in the care of Alzheimer's.

If you do not know about this meaningful intervention, please take the time to watch. The stories and footage are compelling. Sadly, there are some 36 million people in the world who have some form of dementia.

Sadly, most of us know someone - a parent, a grandparent, aunt, uncle, friend, next door neighbor...a colleague - whose destiny is to entertain this most unwelcome guest for many of the later years of their lives.

If you know someone who has Alzheimer's or a related dementia, if you know that at some point in their life they were positively and profoundly impacted by a love or passion for music of a particular preference, then there is every chance that music therapy or therapeutic music listening can impact them in a positive way.

It's worth asking the question...if you know someone with dementia.

Here's to remaining alive inside...

P.S. +stuart richman reminded me in a comment below that music therapy is being used to help Veterans deal with PTSD. The first link, therefore, that I am sharing below is that of Resounding Joy, a West-Coast based music therapy program and website run by Dr. +Barbara Reuer an internationally respected expert in wellness and music therapy. Resounding Joy's additional program, Semper Sound is the branch that benefits our Veterans:

Resounding Joy / Dr. +Barbara Reuer:
http://resoundingjoyinc.org/programs-2/military-music-therapy/

Alive Inside:
http://www.aliveinside.us/

Music and Memory:
http://musicandmemory.org/

The American Music Therapy Association:
http://www.musictherapy.org/

Institute for Music and Neurologic Function / Dr. +Oliver Sacks:
http://musictherapy.imnf.org/

#OliverSacks   #AliveInside   #Alzheimers   #MusicTherapy   #AmericanMusicTherapyAssociation  ___

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2015-02-22 18:07:26 (68 comments, 8 reshares, 60 +1s)Open 

I have been publicly predicting for well over 2 years now that if The Hill runs for President, she will win. This has made for animated, interesting, often heated and passionate conversation on those threads (which I have copied below for fun). But my personal interest in this particular subject matter, while appearing to be a political one, is in fact social, cultural and psychological rather than having to do with politics.

And while my interest may appear to have something to do with Democrats vs. Republicans (or any other party), or Liberals vs. Conservatives, or Big Money and election influence, or American political dynasties, either perceived or real...my interest emanates from having voted since I was 18, and from watching, analyzing, deconstructing and otherwise attempting to figure out why we vote the way we vote, why the pendulum swings the way the pendulum swings, and what issues,... more »

I have been publicly predicting for well over 2 years now that if The Hill runs for President, she will win. This has made for animated, interesting, often heated and passionate conversation on those threads (which I have copied below for fun). But my personal interest in this particular subject matter, while appearing to be a political one, is in fact social, cultural and psychological rather than having to do with politics.

And while my interest may appear to have something to do with Democrats vs. Republicans (or any other party), or Liberals vs. Conservatives, or Big Money and election influence, or American political dynasties, either perceived or real...my interest emanates from having voted since I was 18, and from watching, analyzing, deconstructing and otherwise attempting to figure out why we vote the way we vote, why the pendulum swings the way the pendulum swings, and what issues, agendas and events are swept up in the Political Jet Stream that determines who becomes POTUS every four years (or eight, as seems to be the case in our recent past).

So let me make it clear at the outset that my interest is not about affection or disaffection for The Hill, it's about assessing where I think the train that is running down the track is going to end up and determining (Yes, IMHO) that it is going to end up at Hillary Clinton Union Station.

My reasoning is entirely unscientific. It has nothing to do with polls, or statistics or constituencies or political advisors. It has to do with something that no one wants to come out and say because it raises people's hackles - I think that Hillary Clinton is going to win because she's a woman.

Because, after 43 Presidents, since April 30, 1789 when George Washington took office at the age of 57 years old, 226 years of American Presidential History have gone by with a man at the helm and the time has come for a woman to take that helm.

While the average age of American Presidents on taking office is around 55, people love to say thatThe Hill is over the hill. Yet Ronald Reagan was 69, William Harrison was 68, James Buchanan 65, and George Bush Sr. 64. While there are those of us who think Clinton's age is entirely irrelevant (I am one of them), the real point is that I think American women singularly and collectively do not like being told they have a shelf life when it comes to their productivity and what they are capable of accomplishing. A woman's biological re-productivity may have a number attached to its shelf life, but her brain does not.

That said, I think it's important to note that the work force is quickly closing in on a 50/50 women/men mix. And we all know that there are more women getting higher degrees at the moment then men. And the number of women who are the main breadwinners for their families is increasing.

All of this is not to suggest that Hillary's gender matters more than her resume. But the particular blend, in this one woman's case, of her gender with a stunning resume is why I think she'll win. She's an indomitable survivor, like RBG (a/k/a Ruth Bader Ginsburgy), another person considered Way to Over the Hill to be sitting on SCOTUS. But I digress. A tad.

Representationally, when all of this is addd up, in spite of whether one loves her or hates her, whether one agrees with her politics or does not, whether one thinks she's still a Democrat or some new-fangled party as yet to be described, defined, deconstructed...the fact remains that her resume, entering the running, is unparalleled in American politics.

It's the sort of resume that a woman has to have to get anywhere. It's the reason that she would be running again when she's older, after she has survived every attack that has been hurled against her - because a woman's resume has to be ten times as good, ten times as long in order to put her name on a ballot in the first place. We do not live in a country where having a female counterpart of young and swaggering Jack Kennedy is even remotely possible. His resume, as a candidate, paled compared to Hillary's.

And I'll wager that The Hill's resume is the kind that many American women wish they could amass without the fight that she had to put up with to get it: wife, mother, lawyer, 8 years as First Lady, 8 years as NY State Senator, 4 years as Secretary of State...author.

Presidential campaigns are normally run on foreign policy, on domestic policy, on tax policy (and a host of other sticky money-related issues, like whether the Social Security system will be done away with).  But when I look around and talk to women at work, and to mothers, and daughters, and grandmothers, and women who are single or starting their own business, or divorced and going it alone with their kids...what I feel, see, and sense is a palpable shift in the voice that they want to represent them this time around. And after 226 years it just be might the voice of a woman. 

No, it isn't a political assessment I'm making. And it most certainly isn't feminist. It's something far deeper and more complex than that.

It's a social assessment. A cultural, psychological and philosophical one. Call it a poetic assessment if you will.

Do I agree with Nate Cohn's inevitability assessment? Yes..but I've been saying it for a long, long time, and I didn't need graphs or statistic or pie charts or telephone polls to get there.

P.S. There are a lot of Hillary Clinton haters out there looking for a place to act out. Conversation is welcome, disagreement with me is welcome. But attacking me for posting this is not and I will not hesitate to delete hate comments. Just think of it as one of the many things that women hope will change in this country. Thank you.

Since it's the last day of 2012, December 31, 2012:
https://plus.google.com/+GiselleMinoli/posts/2EUbtyrhyAm

What an amusing gaggle of geezers, June 30, 2013:
https://plus.google.com/+GiselleMinoli/posts/KwahhxCjfjC

If Hillary Runs, January 27, 2013:
https://plus.google.com/+GiselleMinoli/posts/a2s3seYF7if

What a bunch of hooey, December 16, 2014
https://plus.google.com/+GiselleMinoli/posts/LCL35uvH3VL

#HillaryClinton   #POTUS   #PresidentialElection2015     #GenderPolitics   #GlassCeiling   #GenderEquality  ___

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2015-02-20 18:59:38 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

It was from Dr. +Oliver Sacks that I learned about The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat, although rumor has it that there are myriad cases of The Women Who Mistook Their Husbands for Baseball Caps Worn Backwards being reported all over the world, but I digress...

It was from Dr. +Oliver Sacks that I learned about the Awakenings of some men and women with sleeping-sickness to whom Dr. Sacks gave the drug L-DOPA. First came the awakenings themselves, then Dr. Sacks' book about them followed by the movie, which you might remember starred Robert deNiro and Robin Williams.

It was from Dr. Sacks that I first learned about the magical, powerful, emotional and complex impact that music can have on our brains - that music is pre-lingual, that it can reach and stimulate areas of feeling and communication in people with all sorts of physical and psychological conditions, allo... more »

It was from Dr. +Oliver Sacks that I learned about The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat, although rumor has it that there are myriad cases of The Women Who Mistook Their Husbands for Baseball Caps Worn Backwards being reported all over the world, but I digress...

It was from Dr. +Oliver Sacks that I learned about the Awakenings of some men and women with sleeping-sickness to whom Dr. Sacks gave the drug L-DOPA. First came the awakenings themselves, then Dr. Sacks' book about them followed by the movie, which you might remember starred Robert deNiro and Robin Williams.

It was from Dr. Sacks that I first learned about the magical, powerful, emotional and complex impact that music can have on our brains - that music is pre-lingual, that it can reach and stimulate areas of feeling and communication in people with all sorts of physical and psychological conditions, all of this chronicled in his book Musicophilia:Tales of Music and the Brain.

And it was Dr. Sacks who inspired me, because of the way in which music can reach into the inner sanctum of our souls, our spirits, our memories, to become involved in the effort to educate home caregivers about the uses of Therapeutic Music Listening in the care of men and women with Alzheimer's and related dementias.

Once upon a time Dr. Sacks was considered more than a little bit of an outlier, scientifically snooping around on the edges of music therapy, knowing instinctually, but also observationally and from personal experience, the impact music can have on people who are particularly connected to its sounds, rhythms and lyrics, all of which inspired him to co-found, with Music Therapist Concetta Tomaino, The Institute for Music and Neurological Function at Beth Abraham Health Services Center in the Bronx, where music therapists help people in stages of recovery from illnesses as varied as traumatic brain injuries to strokes...to dementia.

Throughout it all the thing that has struck me about Sacks' work as a physician and scientist is his enormous empathy with, and love for, his patients, basically his respect for any person in the position of being a patient. This empathy is at the core of his writing and I personally believe it underscores his many discoveries - about healing, about the human brain, about our neurological and psychological systems...about our essential humanity. Once an outlier but no longer, now an esteemed physician and scientist.

But now Dr. Sacks is (once again) a patient himself, having been diagnosed with terminal liver cancer, and he writes, in the attached essay, of his experiences - as a man, a physician, a patient...a human being - and how they have changed, impacted, altered and blessed him.

It is a short, moving and thought-provoking read, with which to end the week and begin a weekend:

I cannot pretend I am without fear. But my predominant feeling is one of gratitude. I have loved and been loved; I have been given much and I have given something in return; I have read and traveled and thought and written. I have had an intercourse with the world, the special intercourse of writers and readers. Above all, I have been a sentient being, a thinking animal, on this beautiful planet, and that in itself has been an enormous privilege and adventure. - Dr. +Oliver Sacks, The NY Times

To Dr. Sacks, who has given so much to others, I send blessings through the Universe for all that you are, for all you have done, and for the enormous legacy you have created.

For those of you who are interested in this brilliant man's life, work and many books, you can find more at:

http://www.oliversacks.com/

You won't regret spending some time on his website.

Giselle

#OliverSacks   #TheManWhoMistookHisWifeForAHat   #Musicophilia   #Awakenings   #Alzheimers   #Dementia   #MusicTherapy   #TherapeuticMusicListening   #InstituteForMusicandNeurologicalFunction  ___

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2015-02-14 17:31:45 (13 comments, 1 reshares, 38 +1s)Open 

Dance with yourself
When the wind howls
When the snow falls
When it rains
When it's quiet.

When you wake
When you sleep
When you dream
In the daylight
In the darkness.

Dance with yourself
And let someone watch
Or not.

Dance with yourself
As the sun does
As the moon does
As the stars do
Every day.

Dance with yourself
And wait not
for anyone to partner you.

www.tangoberlin.com
Dance: Isabelle Rune
Choreography: Santiago Hernandez
Music: O. Pugliese - Pata Ancha

#Tango   #Dance   #TangoBerlin   #IsabelleRune   #SantiagoHernandez     #vimeo  

Dance with yourself
When the wind howls
When the snow falls
When it rains
When it's quiet.

When you wake
When you sleep
When you dream
In the daylight
In the darkness.

Dance with yourself
And let someone watch
Or not.

Dance with yourself
As the sun does
As the moon does
As the stars do
Every day.

Dance with yourself
And wait not
for anyone to partner you.

www.tangoberlin.com
Dance: Isabelle Rune
Choreography: Santiago Hernandez
Music: O. Pugliese - Pata Ancha

#Tango   #Dance   #TangoBerlin   #IsabelleRune   #SantiagoHernandez     #vimeo  ___

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2015-02-12 21:39:31 (8 comments, 8 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

WHY do we need so many studies to convince us of what we have long known to be one of the key obstacles women face in the workplace - the expectation that they will do their jobs well...but in a self-effacing, sacrificial manner while dialing back their expectations about advancement?

WHY do we need studies to tell us that? It is what the women's movement was essentially based upon - not that women couldn't work, but that when they do work, wherever they are working - whether as wives and mothers or outside of the home in the work force - there is a tendency for them to slip into the role of housekeeper, tidy-upper, Den Mother, Soccer Mom, Step and Fetch it Wonder Woman, and Executive all rolled into one tidy package, without any expectation of promotion, appropriate remuneration or acknowledgement for their work.

We know this. We have always known this. But now it is actually... more »

WHY do we need so many studies to convince us of what we have long known to be one of the key obstacles women face in the workplace - the expectation that they will do their jobs well...but in a self-effacing, sacrificial manner while dialing back their expectations about advancement?

WHY do we need studies to tell us that? It is what the women's movement was essentially based upon - not that women couldn't work, but that when they do work, wherever they are working - whether as wives and mothers or outside of the home in the work force - there is a tendency for them to slip into the role of housekeeper, tidy-upper, Den Mother, Soccer Mom, Step and Fetch it Wonder Woman, and Executive all rolled into one tidy package, without any expectation of promotion, appropriate remuneration or acknowledgement for their work.

We know this. We have always known this. But now it is actually being studied, by some pretty powerful and well-known people, which has the potential, hopefully, to change the state of work for women in the workplace.

I am glad that Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant are stepping up to the plate with a series of articles about women in the workforce. But I am concerned that the focus is on How To Change the Way Women Approach Working in the first place (and, to be fair, Yes, there is also focus on How Men Can Change the Way they Interact with and Support Women at Work), rather than on, perhaps, the force underlying these issues that bolster them up to begin with.

This is not news. What is news, perhaps, is that it is so easily denied. Like climate change. We need studies to prove that is a reality too, when, if you are a farmer, or if you are deeply tied to the land and nature, you have been intimately familiar with the changes our climate and Mother Earth have been going through for decades. No need for a study to prove that it exits, but, Yes, perhaps a need for studies to show the extreme damage that is being done to our health, our economy...and our futures.

So, too, with these niggling issues that affect women and work. The question, it seems to me, that we should all be asking ourselves is why we are not taking this issue on as a spiritual one? And an ethical and moral one? As a psychological one? As an economical one?

If every mother and father were to raise their girl and boy children to do equal "work" at home, to promote and support one another's efforts and life goals, to learn to do for others, to strive for parity and fairness - not sameness or identical situations and circumstances - but to strive for parity and fairness in whatever circumstances...and to bring those sensibilities with them - to school, to extracurricular events, to their relationships and ultimately into the workplace - wherever they go, then we just might be able to see this shift into the future.

Because what is the alternative? Does any father really want to see his daughter work hard at school, get good grades, enter the workforce only to end up fetching coffee for someone who is capable of fetching it without any help? Does any husband really want to see his wife work as hard as the men without as much opportunity for advancement?

Does any mother really want to raise her daughter to believe that she is somehow less than others at work? That she will never really get rewarded because women are not worth as much to employers?

In the end it really is a spiritual issue. It is about how we treat other people. It is about speaking up when we know something isn't right. It is about setting an example.

But why is it that we tend not to take action until the studies come out? And even then, as with the climate, we are often loathe to believe it starts with us, at home, each day. What we do there is what we take out into the world with us.

Just a few of the worthwhile quotes from this article by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant:

IN AN ANALYSIS of 183 different studies spanning 15 countries and dozens of occupations, women were significantly more likely to feel emotionally exhausted.

IN A STUDY led by the New York University psychologist Madeline Heilman, participants evaluated the performance of a male or female employee who did or did not stay late to help colleagues prepare for an important meeting.

STUDIES DEMONSTRATE that men are more likely to contribute with visible behaviors — like showing up at optional meetings...

RESEARCH SHOWS that teams with greater helping behavior attain greater profits, sales, quality, effectiveness, revenue and customer satisfaction.

One of us, Adam, has conducted and reviewed numerous studies showing that women (and men) achieve the highest performance and experience the lowest burnout when they prioritize their own needs along with the needs of others. 

The other two previously published articles in this four-part series on women and work by Sandberg and Grant are:

Discrimination at work, December 7, 2014
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/07/opinion/sunday/adam-grant-and-sheryl-sandberg-on-discrimination-at-work.html

Speaking While Female, January 11, 2015:
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/11/opinion/sunday/speaking-while-female.html

#sherylsandberg   #AdamGrant   #WomenatWork   #GenderDiscrimination   #SpeakingWhileFemale   #WomenDoingOfficeHousework  ___

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2015-02-07 20:22:54 (27 comments, 1 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

It turns out that Doris Day, Bob Dylan and Emmy Rossum have something in common, which is an apparent appreciation for popular song standards. While any single person's list of favorite standards isn't going to match anyone else's, I would bet that most music lovers can recall a standard that was a favorite of their parents, or grandparents.

And I would bet that, even though it's a tad passé (and downright embarrassing) to admit to being romantic ourselves, more than a handful of us would proudly acknowledge having an inherent sentimental streak, the sort of streak that leads us to listen to every version of songs like A Sentimental Journey, The Autumn Leaves, or These Foolish Things (Remind Me of You) late at night when no one else is around. Or driving, which is my personal favorite time to indulge.

Ah, but I have been told that the critical mind... more »

It turns out that Doris Day, Bob Dylan and Emmy Rossum have something in common, which is an apparent appreciation for popular song standards. While any single person's list of favorite standards isn't going to match anyone else's, I would bet that most music lovers can recall a standard that was a favorite of their parents, or grandparents.

And I would bet that, even though it's a tad passé (and downright embarrassing) to admit to being romantic ourselves, more than a handful of us would proudly acknowledge having an inherent sentimental streak, the sort of streak that leads us to listen to every version of songs like A Sentimental Journey, The Autumn Leaves, or These Foolish Things (Remind Me of You) late at night when no one else is around. Or driving, which is my personal favorite time to indulge.

Ah, but I have been told that the critical mind is meant to suppress any overt expression of self-indulgent schmaltz. At the very least, if our emotional selves are not willing to be drummed out of existence entirely, they could at least have the manners to sit quietly at the back of the room and not disturb the intellects, Yes?

Sorry. What can I say? I have a thing for standards...and sentimental journeys. And Doris Day and Bob Dylan and Emmy Rossum. Besides, I'm not the sort to sit quietly. And I don't do that back of the room thing. Ever.

And hand-written letters and framed photographs and A Room of My Own in My Father's New York...

#EmmyRossum   #BobDylan   #DorisDay   #LesBrown     #SentimentalJourney   #SongStandards   #ARoomofOnesOwn  ___

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2015-01-27 17:39:47 (74 comments, 9 reshares, 51 +1s)Open 

This is the definition of cynicism. Two brothers forming a coalition to fund (translation: to buy) the next election. 

This is the reason I will never agree with cynics who claim that their vote doesn't matter, encourage other people to believe that their votes don't matter, and don't show up at the polls to register their voices, as if a silent vote for cynicism is somehow an action of authenticity, an act of Patriotism, an act of bravery.

As a member of the gender that had to fight for the right to vote, for the right to have a voice, for the right to speak up, I will never concede to cynics that voting doesn't matter. Voting does matter.

If it didn't matter, the Koch Brothers wouldn't be making every effort to buy the election. If it didn't matter, countries around the world wouldn't be trying so hard to prevent fair elections. If it... more »

This is the definition of cynicism. Two brothers forming a coalition to fund (translation: to buy) the next election. 

This is the reason I will never agree with cynics who claim that their vote doesn't matter, encourage other people to believe that their votes don't matter, and don't show up at the polls to register their voices, as if a silent vote for cynicism is somehow an action of authenticity, an act of Patriotism, an act of bravery.

As a member of the gender that had to fight for the right to vote, for the right to have a voice, for the right to speak up, I will never concede to cynics that voting doesn't matter. Voting does matter.

If it didn't matter, the Koch Brothers wouldn't be making every effort to buy the election. If it didn't matter, countries around the world wouldn't be trying so hard to prevent fair elections. If it didn't matter, in our own country there wouldn't be pocketed and not at all thinly veiled efforts to make it impossible for disenfranchised people to have a say in their Democracy.

Some Americans are so distanced - philosophically, intellectually, psychologically and emotionally - from the privileges they have as a result of being Americans that they would actually prefer to create chaos and harm, rather than to participate in the system that gives them those privileges.

The anti-voting stance of many American citizens is on a par with the position of parents who don't believe in vaccinating their children, despite the harm that may come not only to their children, but to other children. 

Never mind the long list of diseases brought under control by vaccines (Diptheria, Hepatitis A & B, Measles, Mumps, Polio, Rubella, Smallpox, Tetanus...). Never mind the efforts the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is making around the world to vaccinate children who do not have access to them - whose parents are lining up for this gift from America. 

No, here, where we are privileged...let's not vaccinate. After all, we haven't seen these diseases in such a long time we've forgotten the toll they take, right? So...we don't need to vaccinate our children. Argggghhhhhhh. (Oops...am I being cynical? Sorry...)

So, too, with voting. In Saudi Arabia women can't vote. Or drive. In Vatican City, women can't vote. In Yemen, women can't leave the house without their husbands' permission. 

But, hey, here in America, where we don't have to fight for our freedoms, let's just give them up. Let's not vote. Let's give away our elections, our voices...and then let's be cynical and convince ourselves that voting doesn't matter anyway. Arggghhhhhh! (Oops...sarcasm...sorry...again...)

I'm sorry to tell the Koch Brothers that they will not be able to win the next election by buying it. Because women, who have had to fight for the right to vote, are going to turn out in record numbers to cast their votes. To speak up. To register their choices. To exercise their freedom.

And I will be among them...proudly...in spite of what the cynics say...or want to believe.

Those people who believe that voting doesn't matter might want to take a close look at what underlies that belief system...which is that they believe they don't matter. That is sad.

Because what we believe always starts with how we feel about ourselves.___

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2015-01-26 21:31:25 (24 comments, 8 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

Studies have shown that writing about oneself and personal experiences can improve mood disorders, help reduce symptoms among cancer patients, improve a person’s health after a heart attack, reduce doctor visits and even boost memory. Tara Parker-Pope, NY Times, Writing Your Way to Happiness

I'm happy that Tara Parker-Pope wrote Writing Your Way to Happiness. And while I'm also glad/relieved/intrigued that psychologists and scientists are finally studying the positive impact journaling and writing can have on emotional health, I'm also surprised that this is news.

We need studies to validate a communication form that has been around, in various forms, for thousands of years? Seriously?

Communicating with one another - storytelling - is an ancient form of expression that is manifested in a variety of ways. Petroglyphs are a form of storytelling and hardlya... more »

Studies have shown that writing about oneself and personal experiences can improve mood disorders, help reduce symptoms among cancer patients, improve a person’s health after a heart attack, reduce doctor visits and even boost memory. Tara Parker-Pope, NY Times, Writing Your Way to Happiness

I'm happy that Tara Parker-Pope wrote Writing Your Way to Happiness. And while I'm also glad/relieved/intrigued that psychologists and scientists are finally studying the positive impact journaling and writing can have on emotional health, I'm also surprised that this is news.

We need studies to validate a communication form that has been around, in various forms, for thousands of years? Seriously?

Communicating with one another - storytelling - is an ancient form of expression that is manifested in a variety of ways. Petroglyphs are a form of storytelling and hardly a modern one. So, too, hieroglyphs. Art, sculpture, painting, music, dance, theatre...these are all forms of storytelling and are part of how we share our individual experiences of life with other people. And they've each been around for a very, very long time.

Consider the flute. One of which, made out of vulture bone, was found a few years ago in a cave in Southern Germany. It is quite possibly 40,000 years old.

The ancient flutes are evidence for an early musical tradition that likely helped modern humans communicate and form tighter social bonds, the researchers argue. James Owen - National Geographic News (http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2009/06/090624-bone-flute-oldest-instrument.html)

Consider dance. There are rock paintings that suggest the earliest forms of "dance" expression go back 9,000 years. And virtually every culture has some form of dance that defines it, whether it be belly dancing, ballet or voguing.

And consider art in all it's forms. We are used to young children making "art," like their cave living ancestors did so long ago, that their parents can proudly display on the refrigerator, or turn into holiday cards, or frame permanently for the walls of their homes. Although there might be children who do not create art, I personally don't know any. But I digress...

We are used to parents wanting their children to learn a musical instrument or to sing, or dance, or take art classes - because they want them to be well-rounded, educated, cultured, interesting.

But there is an unfortunate tendency to dismiss the value of any kind of artistic expression if it isn't turned into a career or one's profession beyond a certain age. We seem to have forgotten that it is natural - and human - to want to express oneself artistically, to want to share stories, and that teaching children to write...to make art, to play music, to dance, to perform...has a value beyond making a living off of any artistic talent that child may have.

Every artist that I know says writing, painting, playing music, dancing...makes them, well, happy, makes them, well, feel better, makes them, well, better able to get through life.

Now researchers are studying whether the power of writing — and then rewriting — your personal story can lead to behavioral changes and improve happiness. Tara Parker-Pope, the NY Times

Last year there was a wonderful series narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson called Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey. One episode featured a story about Enheduanna, a Sumerian Princess and high priestess of Nanna, who was the daughter of King Sargon the Great.

Enheduanna lived and wrote around 2300 B.C.E. She is important because historians know her to be the first writer/poet/wordsmith that history knows by name. She is actually known by her name because Enheduanna actually thought to  _sign_ her name to her hymns and poems. It mattered to her that others would know who the author was.

If that isn't a desire to communicate, in words, like paintings etched on rocks, beyond the span of one's lifetime, then I don't know what is. I would love to talk to Enheduanna and ask her if writing made her happy. I would think, being a high priestess, that her answer would be "Yes! Of course!"

But it doesn't really matter. Because I'm happy just knowing she was alive. And that the first "author" was a woman? Well, that makes me particularly happy.

(http://www.space.com/24504-cosmos-a-spacetime-odyssey-with-neil-degrasse-tyson-new-trailer-revealed.html)

(http://womenshistory.about.com/od/womenwritersancientworld/p/enheduanna.htm)___

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2015-01-17 20:47:57 (74 comments, 1 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

Last night we saw American Sniper. There was a long snake line to get into the theatre. As I write, we are sitting at the same theatre waiting for Selma to start. So far there are only 57 people here, 26 of them Caucasian.

Hmmm. Is it that folks aren't interested in movies about black history, events and culture, and important American black leaders?

Or that folks don't care for movies about peace-makers?

Discuss.

The movie is starting...and there's a trailor featured for an upcoming Kevin Costner film called black or white.

#Selma #AmericanSniper  

Last night we saw American Sniper. There was a long snake line to get into the theatre. As I write, we are sitting at the same theatre waiting for Selma to start. So far there are only 57 people here, 26 of them Caucasian.

Hmmm. Is it that folks aren't interested in movies about black history, events and culture, and important American black leaders?

Or that folks don't care for movies about peace-makers?

Discuss.

The movie is starting...and there's a trailor featured for an upcoming Kevin Costner film called black or white.

#Selma #AmericanSniper  ___

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2015-01-14 20:02:39 (23 comments, 0 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

Is anyone else tuned into this? Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson free-scaling El Capitan. Years in the planning. Weeks in the actual doing. It's about planning. Precision. And power. It's not about fast. It's about exact.

It's not about hurry up. It's about waiting until the moment is right. The grip, the footstep...each perfect.

Everything aligned - one's energy, one's mindset, one's body, the wind, the weather, the timing...

It's a kind of Zen practice of goal, planning, pursuit, implementation and readiness that few, I think, get to experience on this level.

The mental strength, physical agility, determination, skill and expertise required to master this famous mountain is mind boggling.

But then, human being are capable of extraordinary things.

Try as I might here, I don't have words to describe... more »

Is anyone else tuned into this? Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson free-scaling El Capitan. Years in the planning. Weeks in the actual doing. It's about planning. Precision. And power. It's not about fast. It's about exact.

It's not about hurry up. It's about waiting until the moment is right. The grip, the footstep...each perfect.

Everything aligned - one's energy, one's mindset, one's body, the wind, the weather, the timing...

It's a kind of Zen practice of goal, planning, pursuit, implementation and readiness that few, I think, get to experience on this level.

The mental strength, physical agility, determination, skill and expertise required to master this famous mountain is mind boggling.

But then, human being are capable of extraordinary things.

Try as I might here, I don't have words to describe it...because I'm not up there!

But I can watch them summit. And applaud their success.___

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2015-01-01 17:44:38 (65 comments, 16 reshares, 79 +1s)Open 

My husband +Brian Altman has many rituals I love, one of which is sitting at the counter and, impromptu, listening to music he loves on his iPhone, turning the sound up as high as it will go so I can hear. This morning he started with Bob Dylan's With God on Our Side, which I had not heard in such a long time I had forgotten the lyrics. I asked him to play it for me again, and it struck me how appropriate it is for New Year's Day...because it really is a wish for world peace.

The version my husband played this morning was a recorded one, but we also listened to this live version (some of the lyrics are switched up, as is Dylan's wont, in this case because the original pre-dated the Viet Nam war), in which the tempo is a little bit faster than the longer recorded take.

I share the lyrics with you below, and wish you all, wherever you are in the world, the possibility... more »

My husband +Brian Altman has many rituals I love, one of which is sitting at the counter and, impromptu, listening to music he loves on his iPhone, turning the sound up as high as it will go so I can hear. This morning he started with Bob Dylan's With God on Our Side, which I had not heard in such a long time I had forgotten the lyrics. I asked him to play it for me again, and it struck me how appropriate it is for New Year's Day...because it really is a wish for world peace.

The version my husband played this morning was a recorded one, but we also listened to this live version (some of the lyrics are switched up, as is Dylan's wont, in this case because the original pre-dated the Viet Nam war), in which the tempo is a little bit faster than the longer recorded take.

I share the lyrics with you below, and wish you all, wherever you are in the world, the possibility of Peace in the New Year.

Happy New Year, everyone. May good Health, Happiness and Peace be with you.

Giselle

With God on Our Side, Bob Dylan

Oh my name it is nothin’
My age it means less
The country I come from
Is called the Midwest
I’s taught and brought up there
The laws to abide
And that the land that I live in
Has God on its side

Oh the history books tell it
They tell it so well
The cavalries charged
The Indians fell
The cavalries charged
The Indians died
Oh the country was young
With God on its side

Oh the Spanish-American
War had its day
And the Civil War too
Was soon laid away
And the names of the heroes
l’s made to memorize
With guns in their hands
And God on their side

Oh the First World War, boys
It closed out its fate
The reason for fighting
I never got straight
But I learned to accept it
Accept it with pride
For you don’t count the dead
When God’s on your side

When the Second World War
Came to an end
We forgave the Germans
And we were friends
Though they murdered six million
In the ovens they fried
The Germans now too
Have God on their side

I’ve learned to hate Russians
All through my whole life
If another war starts
It’s them we must fight
To hate them and fear them
To run and to hide
And accept it all bravely
With God on my side

But now we got weapons
Of the chemical dust
If fire them we’re forced to
Then fire them we must
One push of the button
And a shot the world wide
And you never ask questions
When God’s on your side

Through many dark hour
I’ve been thinkin’ about this
That Jesus Christ
Was betrayed by a kiss
But I can’t think for you
You’ll have to decide
Whether Judas Iscariot
Had God on his side

So now as I’m leavin’
I’m weary as Hell
The confusion I’m feelin’
Ain’t no tongue can tell
The words fill my head
And fall to the floor
If God’s on our side
He’ll stop the next war

Copyright © 1963 by Warner Bros. Inc.; renewed 1991 by Special Rider Music

Read more: http://www.bobdylan.com/us/songs/god-our-side#ixzz3NanBubdr

#BobDylan   #WithGodonOurSide___

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2014-12-30 19:30:30 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

The Holy Apostle Soup Kitchen in Chelsea, New York City. Where music and entertainment are served up alongside delicious food, companionship, conversation and a warm and safe place to be. If you want to play or sing or perform, you have to audition, which is the way it should be. After all, the diners are called guests.

"You have to have a society or you have nothing. You'd be real surprised, man. Things can flip on you real quick in life."

Boy is that ever true.

Please watch.

And listen.

Thank you.

#HolyApostleSoupKitchen   #Giving   #Volunteering   #SoupandSoul  

The Holy Apostle Soup Kitchen in Chelsea, New York City. Where music and entertainment are served up alongside delicious food, companionship, conversation and a warm and safe place to be. If you want to play or sing or perform, you have to audition, which is the way it should be. After all, the diners are called guests.

"You have to have a society or you have nothing. You'd be real surprised, man. Things can flip on you real quick in life."

Boy is that ever true.

Please watch.

And listen.

Thank you.

#HolyApostleSoupKitchen   #Giving   #Volunteering   #SoupandSoul  ___

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2014-12-25 18:04:15 (42 comments, 1 reshares, 75 +1s)Open 

To everyone who celebrates this holiday around the World.
Thank you for another year of conversation,
Of pictures...
Of shared stories, memories and experiences...

Thank you for our agreements and disagreements.
For myriad hilarious moments...
For thought-provoking posts...
For updates, controversies, shared interests and concerns.

For putting yourselves out there,
For your vast and endless array of interests,
For participating in whatever way is most authentic to you,
For chiming in, plus one-ing, or simply observing.

Thank you for expanding my experience of life,
For introducing me to so many things that are new to me,
Thank you for your videos, your photographs,
Your poems, your prose, your rants, raves, and reveries.

And thank you most particularly for your support and kindness these past six... more »

To everyone who celebrates this holiday around the World.
Thank you for another year of conversation,
Of pictures...
Of shared stories, memories and experiences...

Thank you for our agreements and disagreements.
For myriad hilarious moments...
For thought-provoking posts...
For updates, controversies, shared interests and concerns.

For putting yourselves out there,
For your vast and endless array of interests,
For participating in whatever way is most authentic to you,
For chiming in, plus one-ing, or simply observing.

Thank you for expanding my experience of life,
For introducing me to so many things that are new to me,
Thank you for your videos, your photographs,
Your poems, your prose, your rants, raves, and reveries.

And thank you most particularly for your support and kindness these past six months.

For those of you who do not know what this particular Christmas wreath is...it is a Christmas wreath made of semi-dried red chiles, which is traditional in New Mexico where I was raised. More than anything, aside from luminarias, it signifies Christmas in the United States to me.

Merry, Merry, and a pre Happy Happy New Year.

Cheers,
Giselle___

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2014-12-21 22:39:50 (34 comments, 6 reshares, 29 +1s)Open 

I love this video. 

"It looks like a snake."
"An eel."
"A SNAKE....!"
"I can't wait until we have desert."
"This is a strange...and delicious looking one..."
"It looks like a little forest."
"Lyayyyyyyycccchhhhh."
"It takes like soap. Why am I eating soap right now?"

CHECK OUT MINUTE 3:45.

"What I liked about this fish was the scales."
"I like the steak. It's really yummy."

Hmmmppffff.

Kids. They like steak. Who knew?

THEN CHECK OUT MINUTE 6:40.

Seems like kids and adults have something in common.

Who knew?????

#DanielBoulud    #KidsAndFood  

I love this video. 

"It looks like a snake."
"An eel."
"A SNAKE....!"
"I can't wait until we have desert."
"This is a strange...and delicious looking one..."
"It looks like a little forest."
"Lyayyyyyyycccchhhhh."
"It takes like soap. Why am I eating soap right now?"

CHECK OUT MINUTE 3:45.

"What I liked about this fish was the scales."
"I like the steak. It's really yummy."

Hmmmppffff.

Kids. They like steak. Who knew?

THEN CHECK OUT MINUTE 6:40.

Seems like kids and adults have something in common.

Who knew?????

#DanielBoulud    #KidsAndFood  ___

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2014-12-16 20:10:59 (132 comments, 2 reshares, 58 +1s)Open 

What a bunch of hooey in, Oh, let me count the infinite variety of ways. On the one hand Republicans accuse The Hill of being a dynasty (a self-made one, isn't that the American way? But I digress too soon...) and therefore out of touch with what it means to be a "regular" American.

While on the other hand those same Republicans are in the planning stages of dragging out of the closet yet another member of the Bush Dynasty (dear old Jeb, doncha know...) to run against The Hill, because she's just that threatening, and the job requires a manly man...and good Jeb is just the person to do it, being, well, you know...a good 'ole Bushwacker. Seems it's okay to come from the Elephantidae Dynasty, but not, apparently from the Equus Dynasty.

Then we have the Republicans' conflicted message about wealth and whether it's okay to run for President if one happens... more »

What a bunch of hooey in, Oh, let me count the infinite variety of ways. On the one hand Republicans accuse The Hill of being a dynasty (a self-made one, isn't that the American way? But I digress too soon...) and therefore out of touch with what it means to be a "regular" American.

While on the other hand those same Republicans are in the planning stages of dragging out of the closet yet another member of the Bush Dynasty (dear old Jeb, doncha know...) to run against The Hill, because she's just that threatening, and the job requires a manly man...and good Jeb is just the person to do it, being, well, you know...a good 'ole Bushwacker. Seems it's okay to come from the Elephantidae Dynasty, but not, apparently from the Equus Dynasty.

Then we have the Republicans' conflicted message about wealth and whether it's okay to run for President if one happens to have money. Big money. On the one hand Republicans (amusingly, or not, depending on your mood) claim that The Hill's wealth makes it impossible for her to understand the problems average Americans face, while on the other hand those same Republicans are thinking about dusting off the Mittens it wore to the last Presidential race...you remember, don't you, Mitt Romney himself, who accused 47% of Americans of being, you know, slothful, entitled, takers, unlike Mitt himself who is, you know, enterprising, self-made, and, well, a giver, as opposed to an ungrateful taker?

Mittens happens to be worth a quarter of a billion dollars and is on the list of Forbes richest people in America, yet his wealth seems to be OK wealth, while The Hill's wealth is, apparently, some other kind of wealth. I'm awaiting a definition, but won't hold my breath, or the presses.

Then there are the Republicans who hate The Hill merely because she became Barack Obama's Secretary of State. And one of the reasons they hate him is because he hasn't been able to fix every single problem our economy inherited from the GWB Presidency that has had us embroiled in War for the past 14 years, which (among other things) led to the economic depression that President Obama inherited.

The latest job report stating unequivocally that unemployment rates are the lowest they have been since 1990...when GW Senior was President...are lost on those Republicans, who would rather spend their time insisting that The Hill's mere connection to Obama makes her unsuitable for President (No former Secretary of State seems to agree with that assessment that I am aware of), which for a second or two allows them to forget about the fact that the economy has improved considerably since, well, the second Bush Dynasty.

Then there are the Republicans who are angry because the $80 million investigation (Yes, count 'em...$80 million) they spent on Whitewater came up with nothing. Nothing. I repeat... nothing. Then, descendants or BFFs, or whatever you want to call them, of those Republicans, spent yet another $14 million (Yes, count 'em...$14 million) trying to prove that Benghazi was all The Hill's fault, and, once again, they came up with nothing. Nothing.

$14 million in tax payer's money and they got nada, which won't stop them, because they are like dogs with a bone to gnaw on. Or, actually, they are like dogs with nary a bone to gnaw on, who wish they had one bone, any bone, some kind of bone...please someone give me an ort, any kind of ort, I'll take just one tiny little itty bitty ort to chew on...

It galls those Republicans that there is no candidate with The Hill's credentials. Nor has there ever been. 8 years as First Lady. 8 years as New York State Senator. 4 years as Secretary of State. Lawyer, author, mother, wife, woman, person...

Ah, I think I've just found The Republicans' bone. What do they do when they can't pick apart The Hill's credentials - and let's face it...the credentials of any man running for office outweigh any other candidacy characteristic he may have - they call her "rusty," in reference to her age.

She's 68. I'm going there too one of these days and will be as proud of that age as of any other I have been blessed to have. In fact, I'm better at this age than I was at 30 and so is every other baby boomer woman I know.

They call The Hill "likable enough," reminding every woman in America that being likable is the single most important thing that should dominate our lives.

They call The Hill a champion of the military, laughable when anyone who isn't a champion of the military is called unPatriotic, anti-American and a socialist by Republicans.

They call The Hill and Bill elitists, which is particularly amusing. The Clintons went to Yale. So did Bush Pere and Bush Fils. Mittens and Obama (and Michelle), on the other hand, went to Harvard. Maybe when elitists run against one another the only trick up their collective sleeves is to toss out the old yarn 'Sticks and Stones will Break my Bones, but Words will Never Hurt Me'...and use nastier and nastier and nastier words against one another instead of real arguments.

Whatever their psychological reasoning, the GOP had better come up with a better game plan than "Honing Attacks Against Hillary Clinton."

Anyone who thinks I am writing this out of some loyalty to The Hill is amiss in their thinking.

Our culture has a very bizarre reverence for - in fact we bow down at the feet of, we veritably worship and idolize - powerful and wealthy female movie and music stars and celebrities (Oprah, Angelina, Cher, Madonna, Lady Diana, the Duchess of York, Rihanna..), but when a woman dares to poke her nose in the political arena, well, the sticks and stones are left in the back of the pick-up truck and Harsh Words are trotted out.

Rusty.
Unloved.
Likable enough.
Damaged.
Vulnerable.
Difficult.
Too old.
Temperamental.
A moderate.

Excuse me, but could we get back to credentials, please? Because every single woman in this country is getting older and they are not likely to take fondly to being called "rusty" by men. Nor are they going to take kindly to being accused of being difficult or temperamental or damaged or unloved or vulnerable. It's all so much name-calling, and aren't we all supposed to be beyond that?

I wonder if any of these men have mothers, or grandmothers, not to mention sisters, wives, daughters and granddaughters? What a bore.

Or did I mean boor?

#HillaryClinton     #Hillary2016   #HillaryforPresident   #PresidentialElection2016  ___

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2014-12-05 14:26:30 (43 comments, 0 reshares, 46 +1s)Open 

I was in the reception room of my physical therapist's office the day before Thanksgiving watching the news on the wall monitor, when another patient, who happened to be from St. Louis, accused social media for the outrage surrounding her hometown city's Grand Jury decision not to indict the police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown.

She said, "It's social media's fault. All those people on FaceBook and Twitter and the like. If it weren't for them it wouldn't have turned into this national thing."

I said, "Traditional old-fashion print media and television are covering it, too. It's being covered everywhere by everyone."

She said, "But it isn't real journalists who are stoking this fire. It's regular people."

I said, "Regular people don't have a right to have an opinion about whether... more »

I was in the reception room of my physical therapist's office the day before Thanksgiving watching the news on the wall monitor, when another patient, who happened to be from St. Louis, accused social media for the outrage surrounding her hometown city's Grand Jury decision not to indict the police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown.

She said, "It's social media's fault. All those people on FaceBook and Twitter and the like. If it weren't for them it wouldn't have turned into this national thing."

I said, "Traditional old-fashion print media and television are covering it, too. It's being covered everywhere by everyone."

She said, "But it isn't real journalists who are stoking this fire. It's regular people."

I said, "Regular people don't have a right to have an opinion about whether this is right or wrong?"

She said, "I think the only people who have a right to really comment are people who live in St. Louis and understand the racial tensions there."

I said, "Regular people have been vocal about right and wrong long before social media. Regular people marched in the civil rights movement before social media. Mothers pushing their babies in carriages protested the Viet Nam war before the internet even existed. And what about WWII? And Kent State? Should we all just pretend nothing is going on?"

She was silent.

Thank the Universe for Social Media. It makes it very difficult, if not impossible, to cover things up anymore, so that regular people don't know what's going on.

And, perhaps thankfully in the most unfortunate possible way, the latest Grand Jury decision not to indict the police officer who choked Eric Garner to death happened in New York City, a city so much bigger than St. Louis that even more regular people are out on the streets protesting.

Silence is the greatest sedition...

#EricGarner   #MichaelBrown   #RaceRelations   #grandjuryindictment   #fergusondecision   #fergusonshooting  ___

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2014-12-04 12:48:06 (25 comments, 2 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

"I can't breathe," a rallying cry of anguish across the land for an unarmed African American man, choked to death by a police officer.

“You can see the video,” said Diane Moss, 63, of Staten Island, her voice strained with disbelief. “It’s one thing if it’s ‘he said, she said,’ but when you see the video — the guy wasn’t resisting.” - The NY Times

"I can't breathe," a rallying cry of anguish across the land for an unarmed African American man, choked to death by a police officer.

“You can see the video,” said Diane Moss, 63, of Staten Island, her voice strained with disbelief. “It’s one thing if it’s ‘he said, she said,’ but when you see the video — the guy wasn’t resisting.” - The NY Times___

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2014-11-27 14:54:07 (9 comments, 1 reshares, 28 +1s)Open 

I have a week spot for the Thanksgiving Day Parade. I'm a New Yorker. What can I say? Happy Thanksgiving everyone! This link works (I think, I hope, I pray). But it's on NBC and CBS if you actually still have a telly. Sting just sang from The Last Ship, there were ladies joined at the hip from the musical Side Show...dancers with long legs (those Rockettes), the largest marching band in the country, Western Carolina University, is there, rumor has it that someone with the initials TS will sing and so will Billy Joel...and much much more... ;)

Everyone claims that the parade is for kids...the streets are lined with them. But don't be fooled. The parade is actually for grown-ups. Shhhhhhh!

P.S. Oops...I forgot to mention there are balloons (translation: Snoopy!) and floats. Sigh.

#macysthanksgivingdayparade  

I have a week spot for the Thanksgiving Day Parade. I'm a New Yorker. What can I say? Happy Thanksgiving everyone! This link works (I think, I hope, I pray). But it's on NBC and CBS if you actually still have a telly. Sting just sang from The Last Ship, there were ladies joined at the hip from the musical Side Show...dancers with long legs (those Rockettes), the largest marching band in the country, Western Carolina University, is there, rumor has it that someone with the initials TS will sing and so will Billy Joel...and much much more... ;)

Everyone claims that the parade is for kids...the streets are lined with them. But don't be fooled. The parade is actually for grown-ups. Shhhhhhh!

P.S. Oops...I forgot to mention there are balloons (translation: Snoopy!) and floats. Sigh.

#macysthanksgivingdayparade  ___

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2014-11-26 17:22:57 (54 comments, 1 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Witnesses with conflicting accounts weigh in. Testimony is committed to paper, to court records, to interviews. Disquiet in the streets across America. Vast disagreement and rage about the Grand Jury's decision.

But is the question really about whether Darren Wilson did his job as he should have done it, or if he shot an unarmed man he thought was threatening his life too many times to justify the number of bullets he fired, or if his actions were right-minded and appropriate to the situation? Is the question really about an unarmed but menacing young man who threatened and attacked a police officer?

Or is the question - the issue - that on that particular day the dynamic between these two particular men exploded into the tragedy of Ferguson?

On that day Darren Wilson brought with him training, a gun, and the way he thought he was supposed to do his job with him to work.... more »

Witnesses with conflicting accounts weigh in. Testimony is committed to paper, to court records, to interviews. Disquiet in the streets across America. Vast disagreement and rage about the Grand Jury's decision.

But is the question really about whether Darren Wilson did his job as he should have done it, or if he shot an unarmed man he thought was threatening his life too many times to justify the number of bullets he fired, or if his actions were right-minded and appropriate to the situation? Is the question really about an unarmed but menacing young man who threatened and attacked a police officer?

Or is the question - the issue - that on that particular day the dynamic between these two particular men exploded into the tragedy of Ferguson?

On that day Darren Wilson brought with him training, a gun, and the way he thought he was supposed to do his job with him to work. He also brought with him a personality, a point of view, a way of seeing things, a manner of reacting...his way of being.

So, too, did Michael Brown bring to the street his own 'stuff,' which, when mixed with Darren Wilson's 'stuff,' ended in yet another disastrous killing. 

Johannes Mehserle meets Oscar Grant III in a San Francisco subway on New Year's Day in 2009.

George Zimmerman meets Trayvon Martin in Florida one night in 2012.

And then Darren Wilson meets Michael Brown in 2014 in Missouri.

We will never know if Trayvon Martin would have lived had he encountered someone other than George Zimmerman.

Nor will we ever know if Oscar Grant would have lived had the Universe put someone other than Johannes Mehserle on the other side of a police gun that night in San Francisco.

When are we going to shift our focus to the complexity that underlies why these events happen in the first place?

If we don't, they are going to happen again and again and again...with the same results...like a broken record spinning the same song on the turntable until the needle finally wears out...

#DarrenWilson   #MichaelBrown   #fergusondecision   #fergusonpolice   #fergusonshooting  ___

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2014-11-23 21:04:36 (21 comments, 2 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

Love the Brotherhood of Fathers who Cook for their Families. Not your professional chef types, but your average Dad (there really is no such man, but I digress...), who works at something entirely unrelated to food during the day, then comes home at night to take the matter of nourishing his family seriously.

No, not your weekend Barbeque King, nor the much teased and misunderstood fellow who picks prepared foods off the shelves at the grocery store and pops them in the microwave better than any modern working mother can (Hey, we don't blame them...it takes a lot of time and energy to work and make home-cooked meals every night).

We are talking about the man - the husband, lover, father, friend - who understands that cooking good food for his wife and kids is important. Because not only is he contributing to the health of the family, but he's creating a ritual that... more »

Love the Brotherhood of Fathers who Cook for their Families. Not your professional chef types, but your average Dad (there really is no such man, but I digress...), who works at something entirely unrelated to food during the day, then comes home at night to take the matter of nourishing his family seriously.

No, not your weekend Barbeque King, nor the much teased and misunderstood fellow who picks prepared foods off the shelves at the grocery store and pops them in the microwave better than any modern working mother can (Hey, we don't blame them...it takes a lot of time and energy to work and make home-cooked meals every night).

We are talking about the man - the husband, lover, father, friend - who understands that cooking good food for his wife and kids is important. Because not only is he contributing to the health of the family, but he's creating a ritual that impacts in a profound way his relationship with his wife and his kids and the way they experience the world and go out into it.

Back in the old days - you remember those days, don't you? When women didn't work and stayed home and took care of hearth and home? - it was considered women's work to cook because it was seen as a dividing up of the tasks and chores associated with marriage and family: the man goes off and slays the woolly mammoth and brings it home to his mate to cook.

But, somehow, it seems that what has been left out of the discussion about what it means to cook for one's family is that, quite aside from the reality that it is, Yes...work!.., it is also an act of love, of deep caring, of a kind of nurturance that somehow almost defies description.

I don't think that women have ever been truly appreciated for this, either, by the way. It seems that in order to be lauded for cooking one needs to be Julia Child or Daniel Boulud. The homecook, sadly, has always been completely under appreciated, IMHO.

The truth is that thinking about what to prepare is an act of love. Shopping for the ingredients? An act of love. Figuring out how to fit the preparation of dinner into one's schedule? An act of love. Spending one's waning energy at the end of the day in the kitchen? An act of love. Taking time to make it delicious, even if the ingredients are as simple as can be? An act of love. Setting the table? An act of love. Calling everyone to the dinner and wanting them to enjoy what they are eating? An act of love.

Smiling when everyone says "Yum!" An act of love. Cleaning up afterward? Definitely an act of love!

My father cooked for my mother, and when she talked about it, it was clear that it mattered more to her than any piece of jewelry or any material thing he could ever have given her.

Last week it was the Brotherhood of Stay-at-Home-Dads. This week it's When the Workday End, More Fathers Are Heading to the Kitchen. Hmmm....methinks (MeSmells...) there's a revolution a comin'!

Here's to every Father and Mother who cooks for their families. It's an act of love. Cin cin!

#Dads   #BrotherhoodofDads   #homecooking  ___

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2014-11-16 20:23:36 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Love the Brotherhood of Stay-at-Home Dads. Who says Dads can't be awesome primary caregivers at home..when Mom is working? In 2011 a Northwestern University Study showed that a man's testosterone level drops steeply after a baby arrives...wiring him to provide primal offspring care (link below). Except that culturally so many people see this as weird, instead of completely normal and evolutionarily contextual, which it is.

But now that there are more and more Stay-at-Home-Dads, the stigma of being one is finally falling away and, hurray, just as women are gaining equal footing in the workplace and at graduate school, it looks like men will one day be able to be Stay-at-Home-Dads without anyone looking askance.

“One of our first dads meet-ups was at the Whitney Museum. There were five of us with our babies, having lunch. It was like we were one of the exhibits. We hadp... more »

Love the Brotherhood of Stay-at-Home Dads. Who says Dads can't be awesome primary caregivers at home..when Mom is working? In 2011 a Northwestern University Study showed that a man's testosterone level drops steeply after a baby arrives...wiring him to provide primal offspring care (link below). Except that culturally so many people see this as weird, instead of completely normal and evolutionarily contextual, which it is.

But now that there are more and more Stay-at-Home-Dads, the stigma of being one is finally falling away and, hurray, just as women are gaining equal footing in the workplace and at graduate school, it looks like men will one day be able to be Stay-at-Home-Dads without anyone looking askance.

“One of our first dads meet-ups was at the Whitney Museum. There were five of us with our babies, having lunch. It was like we were one of the exhibits. We had people coming up to us saying, ‘What is this?" Mr. Schneider, a father of two, NY Times

Indeed, what is that exactly? Ummm Dads with the children they fathered having lunch at the Whitney? Like there's a better place for a meet-up? Well, actually, I can think of scores of places - coffee shops, parks, gyms, bailiwicks long ago commandeered by Stay-at-Home-Moms.

I love walking down the streets of New York City and seeing a man walking with his child in a snuggly. When did that ever get back-burnered?

But times are a changin'...in this wonderful way. Bravi gentlemen!

Fathers Wired to Provide Offspring Care:
http://www.northwestern.edu/newscenter/stories/2011/09/fathers-testosterone-kuzawa.html

#StayatHomeDads    #BrotherhoodofDads     #Fatherhood   #Parenting   #Childcare  ___

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2014-11-13 02:15:14 (20 comments, 2 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

It really is too delicious (or, perhaps, should I write aromatic?) that on the same day the United States and China make an attempt to come to an agreement about preserving Mother Earth by controlling carbon emissions in advance of next year's Paris climate talks, our own Mitch McConnell (that little devil) announces that the State of Kentucky has absolutely no intention of unhooking itself from its coal dependency, and therefore doing its part to clean up the air on this side of the planet.

We manage to get the uncooperative Chinese to cooperate, but we can't manage a consensus within our own country about whether or not there even is such a thing as climate change.

Some positions defy credulity and this is one of them. The problem is that it is not frustrating...it is infuriating...because it represents how big money can supplant facts, scientific facts, about the seriousness... more »

It really is too delicious (or, perhaps, should I write aromatic?) that on the same day the United States and China make an attempt to come to an agreement about preserving Mother Earth by controlling carbon emissions in advance of next year's Paris climate talks, our own Mitch McConnell (that little devil) announces that the State of Kentucky has absolutely no intention of unhooking itself from its coal dependency, and therefore doing its part to clean up the air on this side of the planet.

We manage to get the uncooperative Chinese to cooperate, but we can't manage a consensus within our own country about whether or not there even is such a thing as climate change.

Some positions defy credulity and this is one of them. The problem is that it is not frustrating...it is infuriating...because it represents how big money can supplant facts, scientific facts, about the seriousness and far reaching affects of global warming.

I understand how someone very young, without any continual time perspective, might not believe in global warming and climate change. But it is beyond belief that someone of Mitch McConnell's age (he has been on the planet for seven decades) can be so thoroughly disconnected from nature that he can claim, with a straight face, not only that he is not a scientist and doesn't know anything, really, about climate change, but that somehow even if there were such a thing, it isn't important to do anything about it.

Well, I'm not a scientist either, Mitch, but, beyond reading about it (for decades now)...I can see it and I experience it. I grew up on a farm of sorts, with laying hens, guinea hens, goats, cows and horses. We grew alfalfa. We bailed hay. We had a vegetable garden, and fig trees and grape arbors. The weather mattered: how much rain and snow there was, whether Winter and Spring came early or late. The size of the cherries, the apricots, the apples...had very much to do with the climate. 

There was plenty of water in New Mexico. It snowed. It rained. Now the state is facing an unprecedented water shortage. Anyone who has been through several decades of experiencing the climate in New Mexico knows how it has changed.

Science, Yes. The facts, Yes. But there is also opening one's eyes and experiencing reality.

Come on, Mitch. Your position is untenable in the long run. It's only a matter of time before you will have to get on board with the Chinese. 

Why not lead, rather than being dragged to the party against your will? That would be the more elegant choice, don't you think?

#ClimateChange   #ChinaCarbonEmissions   #MitchMcConnell   #ParisClimateTalks  ___

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2014-10-31 00:51:09 (6 comments, 6 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

When I was in high school I knew nothing of poetry, except a schoolgirl's frustration at not being able to answer that maddening question so often thrown at students: What is poetry? 

And then I went to St. John's College in Santa Fe, New Mexico and one night was invited to the home of tutor Charles G. Bell, whose friend Galway Kinnell was giving a reading of his poems. By the fireside. With students sitting on sofas. And Indian rugs on the floor.

I was mesmerized. By Kinnell, of course, because he was gorgeous. But by something else that was completely new to me - a live poetic voice. Until that time, I had always read silently to myself. Words lay on pages and were, mostly, quiet. Unless they were words spoken in a play. Or in a speech. Or in a movie.

But until that night I had never heard a poet read their own words. And it changed everything for me. To this day,... more »

When I was in high school I knew nothing of poetry, except a schoolgirl's frustration at not being able to answer that maddening question so often thrown at students: What is poetry? 

And then I went to St. John's College in Santa Fe, New Mexico and one night was invited to the home of tutor Charles G. Bell, whose friend Galway Kinnell was giving a reading of his poems. By the fireside. With students sitting on sofas. And Indian rugs on the floor.

I was mesmerized. By Kinnell, of course, because he was gorgeous. But by something else that was completely new to me - a live poetic voice. Until that time, I had always read silently to myself. Words lay on pages and were, mostly, quiet. Unless they were words spoken in a play. Or in a speech. Or in a movie.

But until that night I had never heard a poet read their own words. And it changed everything for me. To this day, I read poetry out loud (and many other kinds of writing too, especially letters).

Years later I heard him read again at the 92 Street Y in New York City, in front of hundreds of people in a big room, standing at a podium, dressed in corduroy pants and a shirt and an elegant blazer. That deep, confident, present and energetic, yet serene voice rolling over the audience like a crackling fire. 

It is impossible to choose which of his poems is my favorite. But there is one that lingers within me always, words and phrases from which pop into my head quite unexpectedly, usually when I am driving, or walking down the street, or surrounded by nature.

It is called When One Has Lived a Long Time Alone, and I copy the entire poem here in honor of Mr. Kinnell.  It resonated with me the instant I read it...because I had lived a long time alone.

Read it out loud, if you dare...

When One Has Lived A Long Time Alone - Galway Kinnell

1

When one has lived a long time alone
one refrains from swatting the fly
and lets him go, and one hesitates to strike
the mosquito, though more than willing to slap
the flesh under her, and one lifts the toad
from the pit too deep for him to hop out of
and carries him to the grass, without minding
the toxic urine he slicks his body with,
and one envelops, in a towel, the swift
who fell down the chimney and knocks herself
against the window glass and releases her outside
and watches her fly free, a life line flung at reality,
when one has lived a long time alone.

2

When one has lived a long time alone,
one grabs the snake behind the head
and holds him until he stops trying to stick
the orange tongue, which splits at the end
into two black filaments and jumps out
like a fire-eater's belches and has little
in common with the pimpled pink lump that shapes
sounds and sleeps inside the human mouth,
into one's flesh, and clamps it between his jaws,
letting the gaudy tips show, as children do
when concentrating, and as very likely
one down oneself, without knowing it,
when one has lived a long time alone.

3

When one has lived a long time alone,
among regrets so immense the past occupies
nearly all the room there is in consciousness,
one notices in the snake's eyes, which look back
without paying less attention to the future,
the first coating of the opaque milky-blue
leucoma snakes to get when about to throw
their skins and become new––meanwhile continuing,
of course, to grow old––the exact bleu passé
that discolors the corneas of the blue-eyed
when they lie back at last and look for heaven,
a blurring one can see means they will never find it,
when one has lived a long time alone.

4

When one has lived a long time alone,
one holds the snake near a loudspeaker disgorging
gorgeous sound and watches him crook
his forepart into four right angles
as though trying to slow down the music
flowing through him, in order to absorb it
the milk of paradise into the flesh,
and now a glimmering appears at his mouth,
such a drop of intense fluid as, among humans,
could form after long exiting at the tip
of the the penis, and as he straightens himself out
he has the pathos one finds in the penis,
when one has loved a long time alone.

5

When one has lived a long time alone,
one can fall to poring upon a creature,
contrasting its eternity's-face to one's own
full of hours, taking note of each difference,
exaggerating it, making it everything,
until the other is utterly other, and then,
with hard effort, possibly with tongue sticking out,
going back over each one once again
and cancelling it, seeing nothing now
but likeness, until . . . half an hour later
one starts awake, taken aback at how eagerly
one swoons into the happiness of kinship,
when one has lived a long time alone.

6

When one has lived a long time alone
and listens at morning to mourning doves
sound their kyrie eleison, or the small thing
spiritualizing onto one's shoulder cry "pewit-phoebe!"
or peabody-sparrows at midday send schoolboys'
whistlings across the field, or at dusk, undamped,
unforgiving clinks, as from stonemasons' chisels,
or on trees' backs tree frogs scratch the thighs'
needfire awake, or from the frog pond pond frogs
raise their ave verum corpus—listens to those
who hop or fly call down upon us the mercy
of other tongues—one hears them as inner voices,
when one has lived a long time alone.

7

When one has lived a long time alone,
one knows only consciousness consummates,
and as the conscious one among these others
uttering compulsory cries of being here—
the least flycatcher witching up "che-bec,"
or redheaded woodpecker clanging out his
music from a metal drainpipe, or ruffed grouse
drumming "thump thrump thrump thrump-thrump-
thrump-thrump-rup-rup-rup-rup-rup-r-r-r-r-r-r"
through the treees, all of them in time's
unfolding trying to cry themselves into self-knowing—
one knows one is here to hear them into shining,
when one has lived a long time alone.

8

When one has loved a long time alone,
one likes alike the pig, who brooks no deferment
of gratification, and the porcupine, or thorned pig,
who enters the cellar but not the house itself
because of eating down the cellar stairs on the way up,
and one likes the worm, who by bunching herself together
and expanding rubs her way through the ground,
no less than the butterfly, who totters full of worry
among the day-lilies, as they darken,
and more and more one finds one likes
any other species better than one's own,
which has gone amok, making one self-estranged,
when one has lived a long time alone.

9

When one has lived a long time alone,
sour, misanthropic, one fits to one's defiance
the satanic boast—It is better to reign
in hell than to submit on earth—
and forgets one's kind, as does the snake,
who has stopped trying to escape and moves
at ease across one's body, slumping into its contours,
adopting its temperature, and abandons hope
of the sweetness of friendship or love
—before long can barely remember what they are—
and covets the stillness in organic matter,
in a self-dissolution one may not know how to halt,
when one has lived a long time alone.

10

When one has loved a long time alone,
and the hermit thrush calls and there is an answer,
and the bullfrog, head half out of water, remembers
the exact sexual cantillations of his first spring,
and the snake slides over the threshold and disappears
among the stones, one sees they all live
to mate with their kind, and one knows,
after a long time of solitude, after the many steps taken
away from one's kind, toward the kingdom of strangers,
the hard prayer inside one's own singing
is to come back, if one can, to one's own,
a world almost lost, in the exile that deepens,
when one has lived a long time alone.

11

When one has lived a long time alone,
one wants to live again among men and women,
to return to that place where one's ties with the human
broke, where the disquiet of death and now
also of history glimmers its firelight on faces,
where the gaze of the new baby looks past the gaze
of the great-granny, and where lovers speak,
on lips blowsy from kissing, that language
the same in each mouth, and like birds at daybreak
blether the song that is both earth's and heaven's,
until the sun has risen, and they stand
in a light of being united: kingdom come,
when one has lived a long time alone.

#GalwayKinnell   #poetry   #WhenOneHasLivedALongTimeAlone  ___

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2014-10-28 16:18:49 (12 comments, 1 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

I share this with every woman and man, wife and husband, daughter and son, grandmother and grandfather, niece and nephew, aunt and uncle, sister and brother...and friend...on G+ who has ever known anyone in the midst of overcoming any disease, even though this article is about women with breast cancer.

I share it because within the stories of these women there are words, emotions, personal truths and revelations that are powerful, that defy easy categorization...that ask us to look, listen, read, think, process and absorb.

Within a movement as powerful and important as the Pink Ribbon campaign, it can be easy to forget that there would be no battle were it not for the scores of individual women seeking care, healing, empathy and understanding under its umbrella.

Take a few minutes to look into the eyes of these women if you don't have the time to read a few of their... more »

I share this with every woman and man, wife and husband, daughter and son, grandmother and grandfather, niece and nephew, aunt and uncle, sister and brother...and friend...on G+ who has ever known anyone in the midst of overcoming any disease, even though this article is about women with breast cancer.

I share it because within the stories of these women there are words, emotions, personal truths and revelations that are powerful, that defy easy categorization...that ask us to look, listen, read, think, process and absorb.

Within a movement as powerful and important as the Pink Ribbon campaign, it can be easy to forget that there would be no battle were it not for the scores of individual women seeking care, healing, empathy and understanding under its umbrella.

Take a few minutes to look into the eyes of these women if you don't have the time to read a few of their stories. Who knows...you might even recognize someone from your life.

I am ever astonished at what people are willing to reveal about themselves in order to help others face their own struggles.

#breastcancerawareness   #pinkribbon   #FacesofBreastCancer  ___

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2014-10-26 15:30:23 (12 comments, 0 reshares, 32 +1s)Open 

Indeed.

#FURY  

Indeed.

#FURY  ___

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2014-10-24 14:11:59 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

On the Upper West Side of New York, across town from my apartment, rage foments outside of the Metropolitan Opera's production of John Adams's "The Death of Klinghoffer, a theatrical work that some accuse of being vehemently anti-Semitic and sympathetically pro-terrorist.

Lincoln Center's large piazza, centered by a glorious fountain that rises and falls - much like a stage curtain - and glimmers and glows in the night sky - much like the famous Swarovski crystal chandeliers that grace the inside of the Opera House - has been crowded with people raising placards of protests and talking to one another and the press about why the production should be shut down and not allowed to be performed at all.

Yes. Shut down. Not allowed to be performed. Seen. Heard. Discussed. Pondered. Or, heaven forbid, argued about.

One would think this kind of thing... more »

On the Upper West Side of New York, across town from my apartment, rage foments outside of the Metropolitan Opera's production of John Adams's "The Death of Klinghoffer, a theatrical work that some accuse of being vehemently anti-Semitic and sympathetically pro-terrorist.

Lincoln Center's large piazza, centered by a glorious fountain that rises and falls - much like a stage curtain - and glimmers and glows in the night sky - much like the famous Swarovski crystal chandeliers that grace the inside of the Opera House - has been crowded with people raising placards of protests and talking to one another and the press about why the production should be shut down and not allowed to be performed at all.

Yes. Shut down. Not allowed to be performed. Seen. Heard. Discussed. Pondered. Or, heaven forbid, argued about.

One would think this kind of thing doesn't happen in New York City, a community committed to the expression of the arts in every form, and necessarily therefore committed to the never ending dialogue about the complex and frequently political issues raised by the artistic members of that community, none of which would matter were it not for the people who choose to be audience members of that cultural community.

But it does happen in New York City, and in fact it is even championed by our former Mayor, Rudolph Giuliani, who, throughout his term was variously offended by artist Renee Cox placing her naked self (instead of Christ) at the center of her work of art entitled Yo Mama's Last Supper at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, as well as Chris Ofili's Holy Virgin Mary, which included imagery Giuliani thought was offensive to Catholics (Giuliani is a Catholic). Our Mayor went so far as to try to shut down the Sensation show at the Brooklyn Museum that exhibited Ofili's work, an endeavor at which he failed because of the First Amendment (see link below).

The controversy about The Death of Klinghoffer took me all the way back to 1987, when I was a member of the cast in Rainer Werner Fassbinder's über controversial play, Trash, the City, and Death at ABC No Rio on the lower East Side of New York. That play had also been a political hot potato (its lead character was called The Rich Jew), having been shut down at a staging in Frankfurt in 1985. Before he died, Fassbinder had declared that the play could only be performed in Frankfurt or in New York.

Nick Fracaro, the director of our production, decided that his Thieves Theatre group would take on the controversy, not for controversy's sake, but to explore the dialogue itself, to explore the context of the society in which Fassbinder's characters lived, and how the culture born of their interaction could lead to the circumstances and events he laid out by in Trash, the City, and Death, (ABC No Rio link below).

I well remember being asked by friends whether I, as a cast member, thought the play was anti-Semitic and I remember saying that I didn't know how artists were supposed to resolve the seemingly inherent conflict between writing about (and performing in) something fraught with political, racial and religious tension, and bringing to light for the purpose of discussion those exact political, racial and religious tensions.

None of my fellow cast members took Fassbinder's play, and the controversy surrounding it, lightly. We spent hours discussing its plot, what it meant, the nature of anti-Semitism, the holocaust and the unimaginable sorrows, pain and horror of that nightmare.

As an actor and theatre director, as a lifelong art, music, poetry and literature lover, and as someone who frequents all kinds of movies, theatre productions and museum shows, I am continually thankful for the opportunity to see productions and exhibitions that spark conversation, even if that conversation isn't always easy, pretty, pleasant or agreeable.

Sometimes my aim is to be entertained. Sometimes my aim is to become familiar with an art form I am ignorant about. Sometimes my aim is to push the boundaries of my own understanding. Sometimes my aim is to immerse myself in a question that doesn't have an easy answer. Sometimes my aim is just to watch, to listen, to read, to absorb...to experience.

I have lived in New York City since 1978 and I do try, whenever a particularly controversial artistic endeavor has inspired the kind of response that surrounds The Death of Klinghoffer to get a ticket and attend. The controversy doesn't interest me, per se, but making up my own mind does interest me.

Being able to decide for myself what a play is about and what it means, being able to listen to lyrics for myself and determine what they mean, being able to look at a work of art in a museum or an art gallery and come to my own conclusion about it...this does matter to me.

Were I an executive at the Met, I might use this as an opportunity to present extra performances of the piece and to invite a wildly diverse audience - people from different backgrounds, religions, cultures and professions - to see the show and to have, afterward, an open discussion with the cast about it, which is often done when playwrights present work in out of town tryouts, so to speak.

My husband and I were discussing the Klinghoffer controversy last night and his response (he is Jewish) was, "Looks like we need to go and see for ourselves what this is all about."

Now my only question is whether it will either be shut down before we have that opportunity, or if it will be sold out. In which case we'll just have to dig up the libretto and listen to the music ourselves at home.

Not the same thing as a live performance, but at least we won't be robbed of the opportunity to have our own opinion. What is particularly fascinating is that so many of the people protesting this opera have not seen it.

But if I am to join the number of placard-raisers in the Lincoln Center piazza, I want at the very least to have seen the thing about which I am protesting. Ah, Yes...the First Amendment:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

One has the right to protest, and one also has the right to perform.

Or is it the other way around?

Trash, the City, and Death at ABC No Rio:
http://www.abcnorio.org/about/history/der_spiegel_87.htm

Rudolph Giuliani and the First Amendment:
http://ncac.org/resource/decency-arts-and-the-first-amendment-the-case-of-rudy-giuliani/___

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2014-09-26 20:52:21 (216 comments, 16 reshares, 143 +1s)Open 

Yes, there is a serious downside to the Internet and this is one of them.

What? Beheading is now the new "vogue" terrorism device, replacing the ever-boring AK-47, the old-fashioned suicide bomber, and the Oh So Ho Hum car bomber?

What is going on with the men in this world? The violence and rage are nauseating.

Yes, there is a serious downside to the Internet and this is one of them.

What? Beheading is now the new "vogue" terrorism device, replacing the ever-boring AK-47, the old-fashioned suicide bomber, and the Oh So Ho Hum car bomber?

What is going on with the men in this world? The violence and rage are nauseating.___

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2014-09-22 14:42:51 (5 comments, 2 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

"Certain things fall silent in us when we think that certain things are no longer possible." - Frank Bidart, Poet, and Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Humanities & English, Wellesley College, at the Poets & Writers Live Conference, New York, June 2014

I attended the June Poets & Writers Live Conference at Scandinavia House in New York, at the end of which, before wine and appetizers in the garden terrace, Frank Bidart read a few of his poems and then participated in a short Q&A. Throughout the day I had been writing down "certain things" that individual writers said that resonated with me in an  immediate, if not entirely processable and understandable way.

Bidart's "Certain things fall silent in us when we think that certain things are no longer possible" was one of those "certain things."

Bidart has lived a... more »

"Certain things fall silent in us when we think that certain things are no longer possible." - Frank Bidart, Poet, and Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Humanities & English, Wellesley College, at the Poets & Writers Live Conference, New York, June 2014

I attended the June Poets & Writers Live Conference at Scandinavia House in New York, at the end of which, before wine and appetizers in the garden terrace, Frank Bidart read a few of his poems and then participated in a short Q&A. Throughout the day I had been writing down "certain things" that individual writers said that resonated with me in an  immediate, if not entirely processable and understandable way.

Bidart's "Certain things fall silent in us when we think that certain things are no longer possible" was one of those "certain things."

Bidart has lived a long life, and he spoke personally in the Q&A - about growing up in Bakersfield, CA, about his relationship with his mother, about the continuing importance of a feminist movement, about recognizing his sexual orientation at an early age, about becoming a poet - and I thought, listening to him, how vastly different the experience is between reading the poems, stories, essays or novels of our favorite writers, and having an opportunity to hear them read or speak in person, something I have always been drawn to, more than likely because I grew up surrounded by artists, whom I got to know as individual human beings, not merely as fine artists.

Each writer listening to Bidart's words will naturally interpret them through their own prism. To me, Bidart was talking about how easily we can be affected by the outside world, how easy it is to be hurt, how easily our dreams and hopes and aspirations can slip through the cracks into a space in which we cannot see how it is possible to breathe life into them. His words struck me as being powerful, wise, sad, and cautionary all at once.

Although I would try to listen to the messages contained within the tangible works of art of the artists around whom I grew up, I also had the benefit of hearing the sounds of their voices, voices I can still hear when I look at the paintings they gave to my mother, some of which, thankfully, became mine when she died.

Paintings are not just oils, gouache, or watercolors on canvas or paper. Poems are not just words on blank space. A symphony is not just musical notes played on different instruments by different musicians.

Poetry, fiction, non-fiction, art, sculpture, photography...music...these are all different kinds of voices, which, perhaps, have the capacity to keep things from falling silent within us when we think they are no longer possible, or which, perhaps, can even keep the possibility of those certain things alive.

In the months that have passed since listening to Bidart read, during which time I have been recuperating from a serious injury, the phrase "Certain things fall silent in us when we think that certain things are no longer possible," has taken on an entirely new meaning for me, as has how I have always defined music, art and writing...and what it means to have 'a voice."

The public words I put on paper have to some degree taken second (or third or fourth) chair to the loud voices within my body, many of them I would call almost musical - certain chings that are like strings, certain blares that I imagine to be like horns or a trombone, certain throbs that feel like drums and are almost tympanic in nature, certain quieter and more gentle feelings, like a single plucked note on a harp or a single whisper-like touching of two cymbals.

Although I have my own interpretation of what it means that "certain things fall silent in us when we think that certain things are no longer possible," I am not sure that anything ever really does fall silent within us. Perhaps something is unexpressed in written or spoken form. Perhaps no notes can readily be put to it. Perhaps no words come to mind to describe something on its way to the Now Silent bin.

But even in that bin there are noises and voices calling to us...if we allow ourselves to hear them. This morning I woke up thinking about a telephone conversation I had with one of my mother's artist friends when she was quite elderly. When I asked her how she was, she suddenly said that she still longed for the company of a man. Her husband had died long before I had met her, and she had spent the rest of her life single...painting profusely during all that time...yet single still.

Although I was not surprised at all by her confession, she seemed to think I would have been because she asked, "Surprised?" and then explained that old age only crystallizes one's desires, it doesn't obliterate them.

And the sounds within my own body? Shall I take up the piano? Learn to paint? Are they an assurance that I will walk again? Or perhaps a reminder to be still for a while longer?

I don't know. But one thing is clear. They are not silent within me.

About Frank Bidart, Poets.org:
http://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poet/frank-bidart

#FrankBidart   #Poetry   #PoetsandWriters  ___

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2014-09-09 15:28:02 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Frederick, how great to listen to this interview with Cheryl Machat, with whom I worked years ago at CBS Records in New York. I believe those are framed album awards on the wall behind her in her office/artist space...and I'd love to know for which ones!

The photographs taken of musical artists, some of them very famous, played a big part in the work she did back then. So she has truly been deeply involved with, and has had a passion for, photography for decades. I particularly appreciated hearing about her own evolution as an artist and everything she has experimented with in the intervening years.

And I love the fact that the very personal and intimate work in this book on photographing children naturally that she has just published can be seen by people all over the world...and that Cheryl can TEACH, via the internet, all over the world. We never even imagined that anything like... more »

Frederick, how great to listen to this interview with Cheryl Machat, with whom I worked years ago at CBS Records in New York. I believe those are framed album awards on the wall behind her in her office/artist space...and I'd love to know for which ones!

The photographs taken of musical artists, some of them very famous, played a big part in the work she did back then. So she has truly been deeply involved with, and has had a passion for, photography for decades. I particularly appreciated hearing about her own evolution as an artist and everything she has experimented with in the intervening years.

And I love the fact that the very personal and intimate work in this book on photographing children naturally that she has just published can be seen by people all over the world...and that Cheryl can TEACH, via the internet, all over the world. We never even imagined that anything like that could be possible way back when. That she teaches anyone who is interested to add artistry to their own photos, well, I want to go on one of her safaris! What a gold mine of information she is, and it's so accessible...___

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2014-09-02 21:13:53 (70 comments, 4 reshares, 54 +1s)Open 

Anyone who knows me well knows that I have a "thing" for Praying Mantises. They seem to show up whenever I'm under great stress, or whenever there is some momentous and important change in my life - creative, philosophical, intellectual, emotional, physical or otherwise. They show up when I'm changing jobs, when I'm moving, when I'm in the middle of a big creative project.

They show up right beside me, surrounded by nature and greenery, otherwise camouflaged to the rest of the world, but to me they are as big as The David in The Accademia in Florence.

Although I am not one to believe in signs, there is something curious about my relationship with these creatures and their sudden appearance at my doorstep - like spirit guides - whenever there is something, how shall I say it?... interesting going on in my life.

This particular mantis showed up at... more »

Anyone who knows me well knows that I have a "thing" for Praying Mantises. They seem to show up whenever I'm under great stress, or whenever there is some momentous and important change in my life - creative, philosophical, intellectual, emotional, physical or otherwise. They show up when I'm changing jobs, when I'm moving, when I'm in the middle of a big creative project.

They show up right beside me, surrounded by nature and greenery, otherwise camouflaged to the rest of the world, but to me they are as big as The David in The Accademia in Florence.

Although I am not one to believe in signs, there is something curious about my relationship with these creatures and their sudden appearance at my doorstep - like spirit guides - whenever there is something, how shall I say it?... interesting going on in my life.

This particular mantis showed up at 7:00am this  morning beside my hospital bed (at my home) when I was re-arranging a bookshelf and contemplating repotting an orchid. I sat the orchid's pot down on the floor next to my wheelchair, saw something move, looked down, and there it was...clinging to the white molding along the floor, and looking straight up at me.

The hospital bed and wheelchair exist because at the very end of June, when I was crossing Broadway at Spring Street in Soho, very calmly, making sure there were no out of control lunatic cars or people I needed to dodge, no racing firetrucks or police cars, no errant bicycle messengers, nothing crossing my path that posed any sort of a city threat...I stepped up onto the curb, which completely crumbled under my foot, and I fractured my right ankle in three places.

The good news was that the fractures were not displaced so I didn't need surgery. The less than good news was that the surgeons at the hospital put an enormous and very heavy cast on my right leg and sent me home with crutches, which I had never had the pleasure of dancing with in my entire life.

Until that day I had somehow managed to get by - not just in New York, but everywhere else I had ever lived - without breaking anything other than my nose (when I was 10), my little finger a decade ago, and my little toe running to catch a subway.

How many crumbling curbs I have stepped up onto on the Island of Manhattan in the last 35 years, without any incident whatsoever, I could never begin to count. (How many tourists I have pulled out of the path of an oncoming car, taxi, bus or subway car I can't count either, but that is beside the point). This curb was special.

But what happened next is the real gem of the story and the part that leads, I now tend to think, to a Visitation by My Mantis Friend.

Crutches, to me, are not feet. I am a dancer and I prefer Tango shoes, thank you very much. Within two days the weight of the cast had torqued out my back, thrown me out of balance and whacked out my left hip. Pain was running up and down my spine and in order to be safe, I decided to sit down and scootch up and down whatever stairs I had to traverse on my bum, because there was no other way to handle the weight of the cast and the insanity of the crutches.

Ah, Yes, but that last stair, whether one is heading up or down, must be taken standing up, like a true connoisseur of crutches, which I surely was not. As I mentioned, crutches are not feet. Feet have toes. Toes grip the ground. Crutches do not. But I digress...

The long and short of it is that on July 1st, while hoisting myself up that last step, carefully placing my crutches in the middle of the stair, telling myself to take a deep breath and move very consciously, even so I fell backwards down an entire flight of stairs and badly fractured my left leg.

Thus my absence from social media for the past 10 weeks...because I have been in and out of surgeries, hospitals and physical rehabilitation centers unable to walk or do much of anything else.

I am healing now, and am, in time, closer to walking again than I am to the two dreaded events that necessitated 3 surgeries. I had not intended to write about this at all, partly because there's nothing anyone can do, but also because I had to focus all my attention on healing. And a good break (pardon the pun) from everything is often necessary and important. So I'm grateful for that, too.

But the presence of this Mantis this morning, and the opportunity to watch its ritual (it is now 5:02pm) all day long of bending and stretching and cleaning and preening its left leg has me thinking about self care. While I can't exactly lick my left leg, as this creature can do, I do tend to it every day, telling it that's it's a good leg, and asking it if there's anything special I can do for it to help it heal better and stronger.

I wonder if Mantises do that? Or if they are just sharpening everything up to catch dinner? Perhaps animals (I think of cats particularly) are so keen to wash and tend to themselves because they know they are animals and have to keep everything in tip top shape just to survive. At any moment, there might be a mouse, or a bird to catch after all. (At any moment, their might be a curb off of which to fall.)

I leave the window open to get some fresh air and my Mantis friend must have flown in when I was working. I was worried that it would get trapped inside and possibly die, so I fetched a rose my husband had bought me and, balancing it on my hurt leg, took this video of it. It seemed oblivious to me holding it barely 8 inches away.

Is it a sign? I think so. That all things, no matter how painful, can heal. Did the Mantis show up to teach me a ritual, one, perhaps, that I had forgotten...that healing of some sort never ends? That even though my staples have been removed and my scar begun to heal that we must still, at every moment, tend to the inside? There is much to contemplate.

I wish you could see the light outside my window. I can't go outside. But still, it's very beautiful.

And my Mantis sits on its rose bloom...contemplating, what?

Who knows? And does it matter? Not to me. It has made me smile the big smile today.___

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2014-08-30 17:24:29 (25 comments, 3 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

I don't know that I have ever read words more well-expressed about events we easily, nonchalantly, casually, refer to as "accidents" - those things that happen in the flash of a moment, the snap of one's fingers, the blink of an eye - which can change a person's life forever, instantly erasing innocence and joy and filling the soul and spirit and mind with sorrow, guilt, shame, and life-long pain.

This particular Op-Ed was written by Gregory Orr, a Professor of English at the University of Virginia, who turned to poetry to help him understand the complicated psychological aftermath and fallout from the "accident" that caused the death of his brother when they were out hunting one morning.

Mr. Orr wrote this piece in support of the young girl who accidentally shot and killed her instructor at a firing range earlier this week (while learning to shot a... more »

I don't know that I have ever read words more well-expressed about events we easily, nonchalantly, casually, refer to as "accidents" - those things that happen in the flash of a moment, the snap of one's fingers, the blink of an eye - which can change a person's life forever, instantly erasing innocence and joy and filling the soul and spirit and mind with sorrow, guilt, shame, and life-long pain.

This particular Op-Ed was written by Gregory Orr, a Professor of English at the University of Virginia, who turned to poetry to help him understand the complicated psychological aftermath and fallout from the "accident" that caused the death of his brother when they were out hunting one morning.

Mr. Orr wrote this piece in support of the young girl who accidentally shot and killed her instructor at a firing range earlier this week (while learning to shot a machine gun way too powerful for her young body).

These words particularly resonated with me, and I thought they might with some of you, as well:

In my experience, when something like this takes place, people in a family are often willing to take on responsibility and guilt rather than admit something even scarier: that accidents happen; that even the most ordinary among us live in a world of risk and randomness that we don’t control. Sometimes, blaming ourselves feels safer than this realization that the world is an unpredictable and even dangerous place. But self-blaming and shame isolate and shrivel the human spirit. - Gregory Orr, the NY Times

Words are powerful. They can move mountains. They can hurt. They can help to heal. I share Mr. Orr's love of poetry...for all, and more, of these reasons.

Giselle___

2014-08-24 16:07:50 (13 comments, 2 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

The Fogs of August

Each morning the Sikh passes beneath my window,
turbaned and swathed in clothes the color of morning mist.
A wooden cane sets the pace like a metronome.

Each morning as the Sikh passes beneath my window,
our eyes meet,
and I wonder if he knows.

A group of women attended to me,
wearing uniforms the color of the sea.
Their morning smiles set the pace like an ocean's tide.

Each morning as their hands reached out for mine,
our eyes met,
and I wondered what they felt.

As my bones begin to knit back together,
on the other side of the world 
men are beheading other men.

Why bother with such intimacy,
on this side, on our side,
when a gun will do just fine?

Each day I feel the symphony in my legs retuning itself
to the music my heart... more »

The Fogs of August

Each morning the Sikh passes beneath my window,
turbaned and swathed in clothes the color of morning mist.
A wooden cane sets the pace like a metronome.

Each morning as the Sikh passes beneath my window,
our eyes meet,
and I wonder if he knows.

A group of women attended to me,
wearing uniforms the color of the sea.
Their morning smiles set the pace like an ocean's tide.

Each morning as their hands reached out for mine,
our eyes met,
and I wondered what they felt.

As my bones begin to knit back together,
on the other side of the world 
men are beheading other men.

Why bother with such intimacy,
on this side, on our side,
when a gun will do just fine?

Each day I feel the symphony in my legs retuning itself
to the music my heart remembers.

This morning as the Sikh disappeared around the corner,
a butterfly alit on the railing hung heavy with raindrops.

Beating its wings slowly,
the pace marking the time it takes for a successful beheading,
a gunshot,
a walk in the fog.

But the time it takes for one woman's hand to reach another's
is like the sea tide kissing the shore.

I wonder what it tastes like.

#blogsofaugust  ___

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2014-07-27 18:08:45 (26 comments, 1 reshares, 50 +1s)Open 

Lying here
my body feels like the Bell Tower 
in Siena's Palazzo Pubblico.
Stretching to fly through the white
Longing to reach the blue.

My body is a seed planted a foot beneath the soil,
I look up and can see a crack in the cobbled piazza stones.
If I could reach my arm up just a bit higher,
perhaps I might push a finger through to the air.

With a little sunlight
With a little water
With a little wonder
A branch my might sprout from my fingernail
and call forth the other three and bring along my thumb.

And give them each courage to push through the Earth
into the light, to see the white, to ponder the blue.

Perhaps a shoulder might follow
Upward Upward Upward
dragging my neck and head with it,
until at last my torso would be above the earth
like the Bell Tower.

My... more »

Lying here
my body feels like the Bell Tower 
in Siena's Palazzo Pubblico.
Stretching to fly through the white
Longing to reach the blue.

My body is a seed planted a foot beneath the soil,
I look up and can see a crack in the cobbled piazza stones.
If I could reach my arm up just a bit higher,
perhaps I might push a finger through to the air.

With a little sunlight
With a little water
With a little wonder
A branch my might sprout from my fingernail
and call forth the other three and bring along my thumb.

And give them each courage to push through the Earth
into the light, to see the white, to ponder the blue.

Perhaps a shoulder might follow
Upward Upward Upward
dragging my neck and head with it,
until at last my torso would be above the earth
like the Bell Tower.

My feet planted on the the ancient stones
My veins and tendons and sinews and ligaments
reaching down into the Earth like the tree I will become.

The Bell Tower knows its foundation is strong.
It allows itself to lean a little, as it has gradually done since 1297.

Should I stand on two feet again, will I allow myself to tilt to one side with as much grace, trusting I won't fall over?

Only we humans mourn our imperfect state.
Towers are humbled to stand at all.
Their stairs climbed by young and old.
Their bells rung by the curious and jubilant.

Does the Bell Tower feel hobbled to its place?
Or has it found grace in immobility?
Is it happy merely to be in the presence of the Sun,
the Moon, 
the Stars?

Whipped by the Winds,
the Eons
the Wars.
Does it care about its battle scars?

Last night as the thunders roared and the lightning sang
I lay awake dreaming of Siena.

I wonder if the Bell Tower remembers me, as I do it.
An old Italian man followed me up the narrow stairway,
grabbing my ass as I climbed.

I turned to scold him and he said,
"What do you want me to do?
It's there.
Like the Tower itself.
You should be proud."

Only a fool would argue with that.___

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2014-07-24 15:55:45 (27 comments, 2 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

Hello everyone. It is such a pleasure and an honor for me to share with you the publication of my dear friend (and our own) +Cheryl Machat Dorskind's new flatbook, PHOTOGRAPHING Children Naturally. Her photographs are gorgeous and I hope you will take the time to clink the link below and become familiar with her stunning work.

I have know Cheryl for decades, beginning during our early dual careers as young executives at CBS Records (before it was Sony). Cheryl was a Product Manager for Epic Records, working directly with that label's recording talent, while I was the Director of Customer Merchandising. While we were both completely immersed in the music business - because we both loved music of course  - we became friends discovering in one another other dreams and goals and interests and ambitions beyond that of music. We both had so many artistic interests to talk about.more »

Thrilled to announce my affiliation with  +Flatbooks and the launch of my new eBook, Photographing Children Naturally. A heartfelt shout-out to +Luke Lakatosh and +J. Griffin Stewart 

Check it out: http://www.flatbooks.com/photographing-children-naturally___Hello everyone. It is such a pleasure and an honor for me to share with you the publication of my dear friend (and our own) +Cheryl Machat Dorskind's new flatbook, PHOTOGRAPHING Children Naturally. Her photographs are gorgeous and I hope you will take the time to clink the link below and become familiar with her stunning work.

I have know Cheryl for decades, beginning during our early dual careers as young executives at CBS Records (before it was Sony). Cheryl was a Product Manager for Epic Records, working directly with that label's recording talent, while I was the Director of Customer Merchandising. While we were both completely immersed in the music business - because we both loved music of course  - we became friends discovering in one another other dreams and goals and interests and ambitions beyond that of music. We both had so many artistic interests to talk about.

Those were heady times. Somehow we both landed jobs at the hottest record label in the world, in New York City, a bit toward the end of what was known as the music industry's heyday. But while most people with whom Cheryl and I worked dreamed of lifelong careers in that business, Cheryl and I had other plans...I to work in theatre and to design and to write, and she to become a photographer and artist.

I have met many, many people in my life who are multi-talented like Cheryl, but I think it is particularly difficult to hang onto the dream of becoming any kind of artist, given the often uncertain nature of that life, given all sorts of unknowns...such as the lack of financial security.

No matter the unknowns, after Cheryl left the music business she did indeed go off on the artistic journey that led her to become a photographer - not only of children, but of adults and landscapes and a host of other things - as well as a respected teacher of photography (at the college level), and an equally respected onlineinstructor of photography (and PhotoShop among other things).

I think the purpose of life is to grow...it matters not whether one chooses one lifelong profession, or several along the way...and to learn and to expand and to experience this magical, wondrous, mysterious, knowable and unknowable thing called life.

+Cheryl Machat Dorskind has done that, exploring the faces and moods and emotions of people and places and the landscape in which she lives on the shore of Long Island, incorporating into her work her experiences as a wife, a mother, a teacher, a woman...a friend.

I love her work and I think the people and children she photographs are fortunate to have themselves "captured" for a moment in time by the internal lens within her creative mind's eye, as well as the technological and mechanical one within her camera...the one that listens to Cheryl's creative interpretation of what she sees, of what is in front of her.

Thank you +Flatbooks for publishing Cheryl's photographs of children so that so many people can enjoy them, and thank you Google+ for giving me a platform on which to write about and share the work of this talented woman.

Here is the link:
http://www.flatbooks.com/photographing-children-naturally

Enjoy...and thank you for reading...AS ALWAYS.

Cheers,
Giselle

P.S. And so very many apologies for my absence during June. It was an exceedingly busy month of travel and business and conferences and workshops and moving and living and breathing and being...

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2014-06-30 21:10:17 (136 comments, 4 reshares, 33 +1s)Open 

I'm riveted by the result of today's Supreme Court decision stating that family-owned corporations with religious beliefs against certain types of contraception do not have to provide insurance coverage for them.

Five Justices - Kennedy, Thomas, Scalia, Roberts and Alito - all men, upheld family-owned Hobby Lobby's right to deny employees certain contraceptives based on that company's religious objections to them, in an opinion written for the Court by Justice Alito.

Four Justices - Sotomayor, Kagan, Ginsburg and Breyer - three of whom are women, expressed their dissent, which was written for the Court by Justice Ginsburg.

Although we would like to believe that the law is clear, irrefutable, incontrovertible and impossible to misconstrue, we know that the reality is that the law must be interpreted by our Justices. Just how those interpretations are made... more »

I'm riveted by the result of today's Supreme Court decision stating that family-owned corporations with religious beliefs against certain types of contraception do not have to provide insurance coverage for them.

Five Justices - Kennedy, Thomas, Scalia, Roberts and Alito - all men, upheld family-owned Hobby Lobby's right to deny employees certain contraceptives based on that company's religious objections to them, in an opinion written for the Court by Justice Alito.

Four Justices - Sotomayor, Kagan, Ginsburg and Breyer - three of whom are women, expressed their dissent, which was written for the Court by Justice Ginsburg.

Although we would like to believe that the law is clear, irrefutable, incontrovertible and impossible to misconstrue, we know that the reality is that the law must be interpreted by our Justices. Just how those interpretations are made provides endless amount of discussion and debate for those of use who follow SCOTUS issues.

This is the reason that Presidential decisions about who will sit on the Supreme Court stand as possibly the most important decisions they will make in their terms...because those appointees affect policy and law long after the President leaves office and can set the moral, ethical, legal and cultural "tone" of our nation.

This is the reason that balance on the Supreme Court is so important. But there can never be complete balance (is there such a thing, anyway?) because there are only nine Justices.

However...assuming that some semblance of checks and balances can be achieved in these important decisions, what kind of balance are we talking about, exactly? Between Liberal and Conservative Justices? Between Justices with different racial/ethnic backgrounds and experiences? As in, perhaps, African-American, Hispanic or Caucasian Justices?

Or how about a balance between male and female Justices? Justices are human beings, not robots. Is it even possible for them to make decisions entirely unaffected by their own religious beliefs, or racial backgrounds, or, perhaps, their genders?

In the case of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, only three women sit on the Supreme Court that rendered the decision made today. Each of those three women - Sotomayor, Kagan and Ginsburg - dissented.

Would the decision today have been different had there been four female Justices sitting on the Supreme Court? Five?

I personally think so.

You?

#SCOTUS   #HobbyLobby  ___

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2014-06-23 15:27:31 (6 comments, 1 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

Morning everyone. On Friday I posted about It's Official: The Boomerang Kids Won't Leave, an article in the NY Times that got 1,600 comments on the Times site. I got 82 and I am thrilled so many people took the time to talk with me and one another about this issue, which is getting a lot of press lately, not only in the Times.

BUT...I now feel I entirely missed the opportunity to mention in my introduction to that post that our own +Catherine Wells wrote Peril and Power in a Fairy Tale: One Woman's Reckoning, for the +SynaptIQ+ *Journal for Social Era Knowledge,* the tale of her own journey - from teenager to young woman to young professional to young mother - and the lessons she learned along the way about dreaming big, then confronting the possibility and disappointment within those dreams, and her ultimate choice to get really 'real' about her life. ... more »

Morning everyone. On Friday I posted about It's Official: The Boomerang Kids Won't Leave, an article in the NY Times that got 1,600 comments on the Times site. I got 82 and I am thrilled so many people took the time to talk with me and one another about this issue, which is getting a lot of press lately, not only in the Times.

BUT...I now feel I entirely missed the opportunity to mention in my introduction to that post that our own +Catherine Wells wrote Peril and Power in a Fairy Tale: One Woman's Reckoning, for the +SynaptIQ+ *Journal for Social Era Knowledge,* the tale of her own journey - from teenager to young woman to young professional to young mother - and the lessons she learned along the way about dreaming big, then confronting the possibility and disappointment within those dreams, and her ultimate choice to get really 'real' about her life. 

Catherine's essay is a brave an honest portrait of herself, and touches on many of the issues highlighted in the Times story about boomerang kids. If you have the time to read Power and Peril I somehow feel you'll recognize and maybe even identify with the journey of maturation she describes.

I might add that Catherine turns the camera on herself as a daughter, a worker, and a wife, but also reflects quite interestingly on parenting...turning the camera as she does on her own mother and father, and then on herself.

Thank you all for giving a shout out to +Catherine Wells if you have the time. She really stuck her neck out to discuss openly and honestly her journey through life.

My post on Boomerang kids can be read here: https://plus.google.com/+GiselleMinoli/posts/C9jW7VSyJW6

If you don't mind, I'd like to ping the commentary posse from that post (I'd not realized how many more men than women commented...). Thank you all!

+Eric Hansen 
+Wolfgang Fritsch 
+Michael O'Reilly
+Matthew Graybosch 
+U-Ming Lee 
+Matt Lorence 
+Paula Jones 
+Lisa Miller 
+Gregg Sakauye 
+Eve A 
+Nila Jones 
+Bob Jamieson 
+Lance Hagood 
+Brian Titus 
+Lena Levin 
+M Sinclair Stevens 

Have a great week.

Giselle___

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