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Giselle Minoli has been at 2 events

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Yifat Cohen77,756If 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 Wilson1,546,091It's now the 29th episode of my weekly on air G+ variety show @108595299975404341987 thank you guys for being so supportive! The show brings together some of the most interesting people you can find on G+ for a hangout! This week we'll have joining Caricature Artist @105046530334806680420; @103333429938529668020 who's quite known around G+ and is the host of @103052407716987048126; Geek, Writer, and Host @100035762233109552669; Tea Enthusiast and the person behind the Google+ Book Club @117665613028757061169 who's going to be talking to us about her new show called "Family By the Fireside"; Country Music Chat Host @105901258272269401150; and Special Musical Guest @101758878457837294885 ! You can talk with us and other people watching the show by commenting on this event once the show is live! Thank you so much for a lively thread last episode! The episode will be live on this event and the recording will be available immediately afterwards. You can watch previous episodes here: http://goo.gl/ceHtHTSBW #29: Caricatures, M Monica's New Show, Live Music and More! (On Air Hangout)2012-10-20 04:00:00143  

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2014-12-16 20:10:59 (132 comments, 2 reshares, 57 +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 »

Most reshares: 17

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2015-01-01 17:44:38 (65 comments, 17 reshares, 80 +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: 159

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2015-03-17 18:17:22 (14 comments, 9 reshares, 159 +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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2015-06-29 00:46:45 (13 comments, 0 reshares, 32 +1s)Open 

Evening Still Life
With Moon, Hummingbird feeder, Red and White Mandevilla,
rusted steel chair, potted Lemon Thyme,
and a Robin complaining loudly in the background

Digital
Unretouched
Impulsive
Press post

Evening Still Life
With Moon, Hummingbird feeder, Red and White Mandevilla,
rusted steel chair, potted Lemon Thyme,
and a Robin complaining loudly in the background

Digital
Unretouched
Impulsive
Press post___

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2015-06-28 13:16:10 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 31 +1s)Open 

The Blues
The Blues dance
The Blues...

Exuberant
Slow
Rhythmic
Sensual
Smooth

The way I feel this morning.
Dig it.

Then if you are in New York City anytime this Summer, get yourself to a free dance performance in and around the five boroughs. Two of my favorites, Michelle Dorrance and Lil Buck will be performing.

Lucky us
The Blues as Song
The Blues as Rhythm
The Blues as Dance
Dorrance Dance

The way I feel much of the time.

Get the Blues
Learn to Dance
Be Rhythmic

About Michelle Dorrance:
http://www.michelledorrance.com/

About Lil Buck:
http://lilbuck.com/

Free Dance in Summertime New York:... more »

The Blues
The Blues dance
The Blues...

Exuberant
Slow
Rhythmic
Sensual
Smooth

The way I feel this morning.
Dig it.

Then if you are in New York City anytime this Summer, get yourself to a free dance performance in and around the five boroughs. Two of my favorites, Michelle Dorrance and Lil Buck will be performing.

Lucky us
The Blues as Song
The Blues as Rhythm
The Blues as Dance
Dorrance Dance

The way I feel much of the time.

Get the Blues
Learn to Dance
Be Rhythmic

About Michelle Dorrance:
http://www.michelledorrance.com/

About Lil Buck:
http://lilbuck.com/

Free Dance in Summertime New York:
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/19/arts/dance/free-dance-in-summertime-new-york.html?action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=c-column-middle-span-region&region=c-column-middle-span-region&WT.nav=c-column-middle-span-region

#MichelleDorrance   #DorranceDance   #ToshiReagon   #JacobsPillow   #TheBlues  ___

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2015-06-26 17:47:37 (76 comments, 0 reshares, 46 +1s)Open 

What can I say but that I have posted about this issue often and hoped for this outcome.

'Tis the right outcome.

What can I say but that I have posted about this issue often and hoped for this outcome.

'Tis the right outcome.___

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2015-06-22 16:52:50 (9 comments, 1 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

A conservative Justice has long been an advocate of gay rights. And why not? Wisdom is neither conservative nor liberal...it is, simply, wisdom, given flight on the wings of intelligence, life experience, thoughtfulness, empathy and spiritual awareness perhaps, and an ability and willingness to embrace the evolution of social and cultural movements, all of which create history in one way or another.

Now, as the Supreme Court prepares to rule on whether to grant a constitutional right to same-sex marriage, Justice Kennedy, a onetime altar boy, has emerged as an unlikely gay rights icon. At 78, he has advanced legal equality for gays more than any other American jurist...

As the Supreme Court prepares to rule on whether same-sex marriage is protected under the Constitution, I appreciated an article laying out one Justice's history in dealing with issues regarding same-sex... more »

A conservative Justice has long been an advocate of gay rights. And why not? Wisdom is neither conservative nor liberal...it is, simply, wisdom, given flight on the wings of intelligence, life experience, thoughtfulness, empathy and spiritual awareness perhaps, and an ability and willingness to embrace the evolution of social and cultural movements, all of which create history in one way or another.

Now, as the Supreme Court prepares to rule on whether to grant a constitutional right to same-sex marriage, Justice Kennedy, a onetime altar boy, has emerged as an unlikely gay rights icon. At 78, he has advanced legal equality for gays more than any other American jurist...

As the Supreme Court prepares to rule on whether same-sex marriage is protected under the Constitution, I appreciated an article laying out one Justice's history in dealing with issues regarding same-sex relationships.

In my own view, I personally hope SCOTUS rules in favor of same-sex marriage. It is, as Spike Lee would say, The Right Thing to Do. Were same-sex marriage found to be protected under the Constitution, and were a conservative Justice to become the torch that bears witness to that ruling, that alone would affect the future definition of what it means to be "conservative" in this country.

Gordon Schaber said that Tony Kennedy was entirely comfortable with gay friends. He said he (Kennedy) never regarded them as inferior in any way or as people who should be ostracized, and I did think that was a good signal of where he was on these matters.

Fingers crossed.

#gaymarriage   #gayrights   #JusticeKennedy   #SCOTUS  ___

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2015-06-18 11:12:10 (33 comments, 4 reshares, 29 +1s)Open 

Well. A woman's portrait to appear on the $10 bill, sharing space alongside the portrait of Alexander Hamilton (can't kick 'im off so the light shines on the woman alone, doncha know).

Does it matter if an important woman's image appears on some denomination of American currency in this day and age of an increasingly paperless economy?

Of course it does. Because if it didn't matter then there would be no images of any person, man or woman, on our currency. Therefore it seems to have mattered a great deal since George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were put on the $1 and $2 bills respectively in 1869.

Interesting that the decision to finally let a woman share this space has been delayed until a time when the economy is relatively paperless, rather making sure that it in fact doesn't really matter if a woman of social, political or perhaps even... more »

Well. A woman's portrait to appear on the $10 bill, sharing space alongside the portrait of Alexander Hamilton (can't kick 'im off so the light shines on the woman alone, doncha know).

Does it matter if an important woman's image appears on some denomination of American currency in this day and age of an increasingly paperless economy?

Of course it does. Because if it didn't matter then there would be no images of any person, man or woman, on our currency. Therefore it seems to have mattered a great deal since George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were put on the $1 and $2 bills respectively in 1869.

Interesting that the decision to finally let a woman share this space has been delayed until a time when the economy is relatively paperless, rather making sure that it in fact doesn't really matter if a woman of social, political or perhaps even cultural importance shows up on a bill used to pay for a coke and hamburger. Would $10 cover the cost? Sorry, I digress.

But...wait a minute...maybe there's a point there. What paper currency do you carry in your wallet? Personally I stick with ones, fives and tens, because it seems most of the things I buy on a day-to-day basis can be purchased with those amounts. There are $20s to be sure, but I can't remember the last time I carried a $50 or $100 bill.

Maybe a $10 bill is perfect for a woman. We'd sort of be implying that women make a lot of money if we stick her on a $50 or a $100, wouldn't we? And we can't let a woman share space with George or Thomas now can we? Or even our old friend Abraham Lincoln on the $5. No...it's gotta be the humble middle-of-the-road 10-er, safe from criticism, not standing front and center, not quite the wall flower either, not screaming for attention or authority and not making any strong statements like the $50 or $100 would either.

I thought it interesting that abolitionist Harriet Tubman was the top draw in a recent social media survey about which woman should be favored with the honor of having her portrait appear on a $20 bill. Interesting because I was happily to discover that so many people know who this fabulous woman was.

There is no law that says that only American Presidents should appear on our paper currency, which is a good thing, because unless a woman (finally) becomes President, no woman will ever be included in that exclusive little club. You just have to be deemed important enough by the Secretary of the Treasury to make the honor roll.

But now that the decision has been made that a woman will indeed be on the $10, why not weigh in? I rather wonder who Mr. Hamilton himself would choose to rub shoulders with were he alive today. Oh, why not let's all weigh in.

And why does it have to be a woman in politics anyway? Lots of fabulous women have made a memorable impact on American life.

Harriet Tubman?
Susan B. Anthony?
Annie Oakley?
Grandma Moses?
Helen Keller?
Margaret Sanger?
Eleanor Roosevelt?
Georgia O'Keeffe?
Amelia Earhart?
Margaret Mead?
Rosa Parks?
Ella Fitzgerald?
Judy Garland?
Shirley Chisholm?
Maya Angelou?
Coretta Scott King?
Gloria Steinem?
Ruth Bader Ginsburg (a/k/a RBG)?

On second thought, maybe we should put a woman's portrait on coinage? I carry a lot of coinage. You? You could in fact then carry around a lot of women in your pocket. The obvious choice would be the Half Dollar. She would have to share space with John F. Kennedy. I'm sure he wouldn't mind. He had a thing for the ladies. And then it would have to be Marilyn Monroe!

But...I digress...again. Can't help myself!

How does one decide the far reaching importance of someone's accomplishments? Is it because of a position they held? Something they invented? Their vocal prominence in a movement? Is it their philosophy? Or perhaps what they symbolically stood for? 

Yes, I'm a pilot and an Amelia Earhart enthusiast. I didn't put her on the list because of my love of aviation. I put her on the list because she was courageous. Because she dreamed big. Because she was an expert at what she did and she also took risks, calculated ones, but risks none the less. It was woman against nature, gravity, distance and the odds supported by a machine. Because it was a woman very much in a man's world, yet championed by her husband and a lot of other men. Because I think many women dream about taking such risks but don't feel they are in the circumstances where they can manifest those dreams. Because, more than anything else, she was about dreaming big and putting herself out there.

And why isn't that as important a dream as wanting to be President of the United States?

Your list? Do tell.

#TheNew10   #WomenonPaperCurrency  ___

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2015-06-15 20:45:52 (30 comments, 3 reshares, 41 +1s)Open 

What does it mean, really, to like someone? For surely it isn't the same thing as liking a car, or a house, or a handbag, or a cocktail, or even a flowering vine.

A car meets my needs, it gets me where I need to go in comfort (or not), and makes the experience of doing a dozen X-Cs a year tolerable, pleasant even. And a good handbag is a must-have, organizing my life into a confined space every day. It carries my stuff. Therefore it carries me, sort of, and therefore I like it.

A house or apartment, or even a couch, is slightly more complicated to suss out, because they are expensive and contain us all the time. They appeal to an aesthetic, a utilitarian need and a financial scheme. They provide us safe harbor, a place to be ourselves and entertain our friends. I like my small NY space very much. And I don't have to worry about it liking me back.

And a cocktail?... more »

What does it mean, really, to like someone? For surely it isn't the same thing as liking a car, or a house, or a handbag, or a cocktail, or even a flowering vine.

A car meets my needs, it gets me where I need to go in comfort (or not), and makes the experience of doing a dozen X-Cs a year tolerable, pleasant even. And a good handbag is a must-have, organizing my life into a confined space every day. It carries my stuff. Therefore it carries me, sort of, and therefore I like it.

A house or apartment, or even a couch, is slightly more complicated to suss out, because they are expensive and contain us all the time. They appeal to an aesthetic, a utilitarian need and a financial scheme. They provide us safe harbor, a place to be ourselves and entertain our friends. I like my small NY space very much. And I don't have to worry about it liking me back.

And a cocktail? Well, this is a rather immediate sensory reaction, as to cologne or something else filling up one of the five senses, its slightly sweet or sour or stinging essence slithering down past the tongue into the throat to quench, what? Thirst? Probably not. Exhaustion, nerves, excitement? Maybe. But still a cocktail is something easy to like, for we don't usually drink those that don't immediately taste good, or do we?

As for the flowering vine, I can think of none, at the moment, that I don't like. There is something about nature that begs me to let it instantly off the Liking Hook (kin to the Sorting Hat). Nature and its flowers just make life better, no matter whether they be buds or full-blown blooms or aged ones adroop over the side of the vase, I love...oops...I like them all. How could I not? If they are good enough for bees and hummingbirds, they are good enough for me.

But about human likability, it's confounding and, I think, useless and meaningless, if not downright stupid, to apply any sort of Likability Meter to people. If I don't like someone does that mean they aren't likable? Of course not. Because the person on the other side of the sofa might find them entirely likable.

Should we hire people that we like?
Should we only work for people we think are likable?
Should we define our friends as likable?
Do they need to be?
And, again, what does it mean to be likable?

Supposedly, if we like a person, it implies that we approve of them, that we find them to be satisfactory in some way, agreeable, a good sort, easy to get along with...they could be our friend, (but what in Heaven's name does that mean? Yes. I digress...). They laugh at our jokes, make us feel good about ourselves, buffer up our belief systems and keep us good company. Are those good reasons to like someone?

Or does our sense of who is likable (or not) close us off to expanding our experience of other human beings? Human beings, unlike things, have emotions and beating hearts and souls and intellects and talent and moods and quirks and tics and habits and illnesses and character flaws and confusions and ups and downs and highs and lows like Eliza Doolittle, who, when Henry Higgins made her more 'likable' (translation: socialized her and turned her into a woman he could approve of, could be seen in public with, would be proud to have as arm candy) turned into a fine mess of a woman trying to figure out who she really was - flower girl or fake royalty.

Henry perceived of Eliza as his creation: he made her likable. For without him, she was nothing. Don't know about you all, but I preferred the unsocialized Liza. And I think George Bernard Shaw did, too. Which is rather the point, the woman inside the diamond tiara and sparkly ballgown had the same heart and soul as the poor bedraggled woman who sold flowers on the street. It's just that to Henry and Colonel Pickering, the cleaned up Eliza was, well, more presentable and likable. But to whom? To men? To society? To the in crowd? Made a good play, then a great movie. And the sound track was fabulous. Yes, I liked it. But Pygmalion was a play, and My Fair Lady was a movie. Eliza Doolittle was drawn as a woman...a human being.

But I digress.

Still I ask, what does it mean to be likable? Frankly, and personally,I don't care. And I don't care if that makes me seem to be unlikeable. It's just that it's subjective, and prone to our own fickle and shoddy way of allowing certain people into our lives and shutting out others so that we, ourselves, can feel better about ourselves. All that stuff about belonging to the right clubs, the right fraternity, the right sorority, donating to the right charities, even liking the right music and "hanging out" with the right people.

Do we like Lady Gaga? Or not? Or Miley or the Kardashians? Or Alabama Shakes?

When I write that I like Bob Dylan, I mean I like his music, because I don't know the man. And when I say I like James Taylor, I like his sound, because I don't know the man. For all I know Bob and James could be extremely difficult people (and, again, what does that mean?), and personally likable or not, but they make great music any way. I mean I like their music.

A tutor I had when I was a student at St. John's College was demanding, scary, critical and seemingly impossible to please. He was also insightful and discerning and probing and, ultimately, Yes, kind. To be honest, I didn't like him, because I was too young and ignorant to get that there was something far more important going on in his life than to be concerned with whether or not people liked him.

When I ask my stepson to make his bed, he doesn't like it one bit, but does that mean I shouldn't ask him to make his bed? Does it mean that because he doesn't like to make his bed, he shouldn't make every effort to make it as well as he can?

And after a year of rehabilitating a badly fractured leg, I confess I didn't like the work I had to do, was asked to do by my physical therapists, one bit. It hurt. It was agonizing. I rather hated every minute of the process. But my leg is straighter than it would have been had I only done the exercises that I liked. And I am happy that I am a stubborn enough woman driven by goals that I have that I could get beyond my own dislike of pain to see a healed leg and do the exercises no matter how much they hurt.

We are stuffed to the brim at the moment with articles that are being written every single day about whether Hillary or Mark or Jeb or Rand and the whole lot of candidates make the Likability Meter tilt into the negative or the positive. I think everyone should put paper bags over their heads. Or wear those horrid blue cotton snap up exercise uniforms we had to wear in grade school. Boys and girls dressed the same, fresh out of the shower, no primping, coiffing, make-up artists, hair stylists and personal shoppers in sight.

I do not fault our political candidates for failing us, for failing to keep their promises, for compromising, for whatever our perceptions are of their seemingly myriad failures.

I fault us for our addiction to needing to be liked and approved of as though we are handbags or cocktails.

I fault us for needing to like people as though their main job is to make us personally happy, like a car, or a song, or a new suit.

I fault us for not being more onto our own "stuff." We criticize politicians for everything, but every day we let ourselves off the hook and walk around pretending that if we were doing the job politicians were doing we could do those jobs oh so much better.

And everyone would like us. Because we, not them, are truly, truly likable. In that Sally Field sense: You really, really LIKE ME!

A few things to read. And you might not like what some of it says. But does it matter?

I think not.

Women Leaders: Does likeability really matter?
http://gender.stanford.edu/news/2015/women-leaders-does-likeability-really-matter

This Woman's Job is to Recast Hillary Clinton's Image:
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/05/style/this-woman-is-in-charge-of-shaping-hillary-clintons-image.html

7 Simple Social Skills That Will Make You More Likable:
http://www.businessinsider.com/social-skills-that-make-you-likable-2015-6

Guess Who Doesn't Fit in at Work:
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/31/opinion/sunday/guess-who-doesnt-fit-in-at-work.html?_r=0

What if no candidate is "Likable Enough:
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/04/28/what-if-no-candidate-is-likable-enough.html

#POTUS #Hillary #ToBeLikedOrNotToBeLiked   #GenderEquality  ___

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2015-06-09 18:39:01 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

Today Today Today A new song from an old favorite - James Taylor.

I have Nothing More to Say...except that I pre-ordered the entire album, called Before This World.

Ah, James...you do know how to make me smile.

Below the lyrics is a link to James Talking about the making of this record. Can't help but notice there are no youngsters backing him up. Yeah! A musician who isn't afraid of his own, or anyone else's, gray hair! 

Today Today Today, music and lyrics by James Taylor:

Today, today, today
I’m finally on my way
The time has come to say
Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye

The bird is on the wing
The bell is about to ring
The big girl she’s about to sing
Today, today, today

The world will open wide
And I’m running with the tide
It’s time to cut this sideAnd I m... more »

Today Today Today A new song from an old favorite - James Taylor.

I have Nothing More to Say...except that I pre-ordered the entire album, called Before This World.

Ah, James...you do know how to make me smile.

Below the lyrics is a link to James Talking about the making of this record. Can't help but notice there are no youngsters backing him up. Yeah! A musician who isn't afraid of his own, or anyone else's, gray hair! 

Today Today Today, music and lyrics by James Taylor:

Today, today, today
I’m finally on my way
The time has come to say
Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye

The bird is on the wing
The bell is about to ring
The big girl she’s about to sing
Today, today, today

The world will open wide
And I’m running with the tide
It’s time to cut this side
And I must not miss my ride

Somehow I haven’t died
And I feel the same inside
As when I caught this ride
When first I sold my pride

The way ahead is clear
My heart is free from fear
I’ll plant my flag right here
Today, today, today

James Taylor, Before This World:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tfwf14gIsNk&list=PLKFNUiXHnOpawcfwgmTYumQcWiKSITCgA

James Taylor, Press Play, The New York Times:
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/arts/music/pressplay.html?action=click&pgtype=Homepage&version=Moth-Visible&module=inside-nyt-region&region=inside-nyt-region&WT.nav=inside-nyt-region

#JamesTaylor   #TodayTodayToday   #BeforeThisWorld  ___

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2015-05-30 12:39:31 (17 comments, 2 reshares, 31 +1s)Open 

April Come She Will

Yes, she will in indeed. She already has (again). As has May. But we still have June, July and August. My husband's Saturday morning music - for me. He does this sometimes, sits at the kitchen counter while we're having coffee, flips on his iPhone and plays DJ. This morning it's S & G, a mutual favorite.

I was at this S & G concert in New York City in 1981. Along with thousands upon thousands of people in Central Park. In my favorite city. Singing songs everyone in the audience knew, children hoisted up on their parents shoulders, grannies and grampies sitting on folding stools, all of us together enjoying one of life's great pleasures - outdoor concerts.

I've been to outdoor concerts in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Denver, Colorado, Austin, Texas...but...for me...nothing beats an outdoor concert... more »

April Come She Will

Yes, she will in indeed. She already has (again). As has May. But we still have June, July and August. My husband's Saturday morning music - for me. He does this sometimes, sits at the kitchen counter while we're having coffee, flips on his iPhone and plays DJ. This morning it's S & G, a mutual favorite.

I was at this S & G concert in New York City in 1981. Along with thousands upon thousands of people in Central Park. In my favorite city. Singing songs everyone in the audience knew, children hoisted up on their parents shoulders, grannies and grampies sitting on folding stools, all of us together enjoying one of life's great pleasures - outdoor concerts.

I've been to outdoor concerts in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Denver, Colorado, Austin, Texas...but...for me...nothing beats an outdoor concert smack in the middle of Central Park.

And I'm sure folks feel that way about their favorite city.

'Tis the way it should be. For April doesn't discriminate. It visits everyone everywhere all over the world.

April Come She Will
by Paul Simon

April, comes she will,
When streams are ripe and swelled with rain.
May, she will stay,
Resting in my arms again.

June, she'll change her tune.
In restless walks she'll prowl the night.
July, she will fly,
And give no warning to her flight.

August, die she must.
The autumn winds blow chilly and cold.
September, I'll remember.
A love once new has now grown old.

#SimonandGarfunkle  ___

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2015-05-29 00:34:03 (29 comments, 15 reshares, 55 +1s)Open 

As long as I'm in the Hip Hop Music Mood, or Mode, whichever you prefer, I might as well be in the Hip Hop Dance Mood. Whatever, the divine Misty Copeland - a super star of the American Ballet Theatre - struts her sublime dance stuff to the sublime Kendrick Lamar.

Ms. Copeland is particularly in the news these days because she will become, for what it's worth, and it's worth quite a bit, the first African American dancer to perform the dual roles of Odette Odile in Swan Lake at the Metropolitan Opera House next month.

Misty is a rather unusual dancer. Her body - size, build, height, musculature, all of it - not to mention her skin color, don't fit the usual Balanchine "skinny ballet body" ideal. Nothing about her is traditional or expected. But I'm not going to tell you anymore, because you should just watch her dance.

Here are a few things to... more »

As long as I'm in the Hip Hop Music Mood, or Mode, whichever you prefer, I might as well be in the Hip Hop Dance Mood. Whatever, the divine Misty Copeland - a super star of the American Ballet Theatre - struts her sublime dance stuff to the sublime Kendrick Lamar.

Ms. Copeland is particularly in the news these days because she will become, for what it's worth, and it's worth quite a bit, the first African American dancer to perform the dual roles of Odette Odile in Swan Lake at the Metropolitan Opera House next month.

Misty is a rather unusual dancer. Her body - size, build, height, musculature, all of it - not to mention her skin color, don't fit the usual Balanchine "skinny ballet body" ideal. Nothing about her is traditional or expected. But I'm not going to tell you anymore, because you should just watch her dance.

Here are a few things to get you hooked. Read then watch. Or watch then read. Whichever you prefer.

An Unlikely Ballerina: The Rise of Misty Copeland:
http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2014/09/22/unlikely-ballerina

Misty Copeland: I will what I want:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZY0cdXr_1MA

A Day in the Life of Misty Copeland:
http://www.wsj.com/articles/a-day-in-the-life-of-misty-copeland-1432827688?mod=trending_now_2

If Misty Copeland's body is 'wrong,' I don't want to be 'right:
http://www.slate.com/blogs/xx_factor/2014/08/05/misty_copeland_the_abt_ballerina_has_a_new_under_armour_ad_and_is_amazing.html

#MistyCopeland   #KendrickLamar   #OdetteOdile    #ABT   #HipHopBallet   ___

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2015-05-26 15:53:26 (45 comments, 9 reshares, 77 +1s)Open 

So I went to this round table discussion at the Museum (of the City of New York) the other night. Caz, I was so stunned, I don’t know why, at the diversity and range of the people in the audience there to talk about Hip Hop and to hear you speak. You know, this stereotype, you know, that it’s just black boys who listen to Hip Hop, or that suddenly Hip Hop went to the suburbs is crazy. It is…it was amazing to see like 80 year old people in there. - Tamron Hall, MSNBC interview with Grandmaster Caz, Sean Corcoran and Joe Conzo about the Hip-Hop Revolution exhibition at The Museum of the City of New York, April 1 – September 13, 2015

I well remember taking an actors movement class in New York City in the early 80s with the (very respected) Loyd Williamson. A group of about 20 actors were lying on our backs, gyrating, writhing, moving, swelling, rolling, crawling to the beat of musicpumped ... more »

So I went to this round table discussion at the Museum (of the City of New York) the other night. Caz, I was so stunned, I don’t know why, at the diversity and range of the people in the audience there to talk about Hip Hop and to hear you speak. You know, this stereotype, you know, that it’s just black boys who listen to Hip Hop, or that suddenly Hip Hop went to the suburbs is crazy. It is…it was amazing to see like 80 year old people in there. - Tamron Hall, MSNBC interview with Grandmaster Caz, Sean Corcoran and Joe Conzo about the Hip-Hop Revolution exhibition at The Museum of the City of New York, April 1 – September 13, 2015

I well remember taking an actors movement class in New York City in the early 80s with the (very respected) Loyd Williamson. A group of about 20 actors were lying on our backs, gyrating, writhing, moving, swelling, rolling, crawling to the beat of music pumped through the loud speakers when suddenly we were asked "What kind of music do you love?" and most of the almost entirely white group shouted out "Rock!" Then came "And what kind of music do you hate?" and most of the almost entirely white group shouted out "Rap!"

Actors. Studying style. And international diversity in theatre. And everything from the Classics to edgy contemporary plays.

Plays and one woman/one man shows that are mounted in theaters almost always accompanied by music, either as a backdrop to whatever drama or comedy is being presented onstage or to escort the audience to their seats and usher them back out onto the street when the curtain comes down.

But what a bad rap Rap took, taking over the music industry by storm, Hip Hop Rap poetry from the streets point counterpoint to the folk yak , pop prattle, rock talk, classical rattle, country confab everyone was used to.

Dance studios offered ballet, modern, Jaaaazzzzzz, African rhythmn...and Oh who is that sneaking in the door with his bling and his baggies and sneaks and hat, spinning and flipping and turning upside down, every part of his body going in a different direction. What is that funky new Rap.Hip.Hop.Street.Thing.Goin'.On??? 

The Museum of the City of New York explores the birth and evolution of the musical movement that, Yes, changed everything and influenced musicians everywhere, whether they know it or want to admit it or not.

The exhibition runs in New York through September 13th. Come visit New York this summer.

Bring your kids.

Walk a bit.

Set a spell.

Be a little Hip Hop. 

And shake a tail feather.

Museum of the City of New York, Hip-Hop Revolution:
http://www.mcny.org/hiphop?utm_source=Museum+of+the+City+of+New+York&utm_campaign=a95d70eedc-City_Museum_Perspectives_May_2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_4336ff1f8c-a95d70eedc-129794889

And, for what it's worth, the Hip Hop School of the Arts:
https://vimeo.com/123994345

#HipHop   #GrandmasterCaz     #HIpHopSchoolofArts   #MuseumoftheCityofNewYork   #HipHopRevolution  ___

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2015-05-23 17:31:23 (17 comments, 8 reshares, 37 +1s)Open 

When it comes to the arts, passion should always trump common sense. You aren't just following dreams, you're reaching for your destiny. You're a dancer, a singer, a choreographer, a musician, a filmmaker, a writer, a photographer, a director, a producer, an actor, an artist. Yeah, you're f***ed. The good news is that that's not a bad place to start. - Robert de Niro, addressing the 2015 graduating class of Tisch School of the Arts.

Right on, Robert. At the end of each day of my life, and this is true for as long as I remember, it is the world's artists who inspire me (and Yes, I consider scientists artists...).

Students need to hear de Niro's message, rather than the message that many parents preach, which is to be safe, secure and...predictable.

Or, as some would say...From the Womb to the Tomb.

Follow your passion. Be great at... more »

When it comes to the arts, passion should always trump common sense. You aren't just following dreams, you're reaching for your destiny. You're a dancer, a singer, a choreographer, a musician, a filmmaker, a writer, a photographer, a director, a producer, an actor, an artist. Yeah, you're f***ed. The good news is that that's not a bad place to start. - Robert de Niro, addressing the 2015 graduating class of Tisch School of the Arts.

Right on, Robert. At the end of each day of my life, and this is true for as long as I remember, it is the world's artists who inspire me (and Yes, I consider scientists artists...).

Students need to hear de Niro's message, rather than the message that many parents preach, which is to be safe, secure and...predictable.

Or, as some would say...From the Womb to the Tomb.

Follow your passion. Be great at it. Don't be afraid.

Apologies...I looked for the entire clip, but I could not find it. But...this isn't a bad place to start!

P.S. +Denis Wallez found the full video, which can be seen here: http://video.nydailynews.com/?ndn.trackingGroup=90051&ndn.siteSection=nydailynews-new-york&ndn.videoId=29117746&freewheel=90051&sitesection=nydailynews-new-york&vid=29117746 (or http://nydn.us/1HzdLL7)

#RobertdeNiro   #TischSchooloftheArts  ___

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2015-05-21 12:53:22 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 30 +1s)Open 

I’m still in the music business. I love it. It’s like the mob: Once you’re in, you can’t get out. - Bruce Lundvall (1935 - 2015)

Bruce Lundvall. If you  know his name, most likely it is because he signed Norah Jones, the most recent in a long line of famous musical talent signings - Jazz, Pop, Rock, Soul, Country, the Blues, Classical, everything. Bruce Lundvall's legacy in the music industry goes back more than 50 years.

He was a champion of musical talent and artistry. He was a visionary. He signed Willie Nelson when many people told him there wouldn't be a big enough audience for Willie Nelson and not to bother. He was unafraid. He took risks. He listened with his heart. He did what he knew needed to be done.

I met Bruce when I was 23 and had been moved from the CBS Records San Francisco office to New York to head the nationalMerchandi... more »

I’m still in the music business. I love it. It’s like the mob: Once you’re in, you can’t get out. - Bruce Lundvall (1935 - 2015)

Bruce Lundvall. If you  know his name, most likely it is because he signed Norah Jones, the most recent in a long line of famous musical talent signings - Jazz, Pop, Rock, Soul, Country, the Blues, Classical, everything. Bruce Lundvall's legacy in the music industry goes back more than 50 years.

He was a champion of musical talent and artistry. He was a visionary. He signed Willie Nelson when many people told him there wouldn't be a big enough audience for Willie Nelson and not to bother. He was unafraid. He took risks. He listened with his heart. He did what he knew needed to be done.

I met Bruce when I was 23 and had been moved from the CBS Records San Francisco office to New York to head the national Merchandising department. He was the company's President and had worked his own way up the ladder - he understood what it meant to be young, to have a passion for something - in this case music - but still have a lifetime of learning to do.

Under his Presidency, anyone fortunate enough to be working at CBS Records in those days saw, first-hand, that it is possible to lead a company with integrity, passion and commitment...and to let quality be one's guide. He was a pole star for everyone. We all wished we had the ability, the insight, the focus, the concentration, the style, the panache, the wit, the intelligence, the charisma that he had. But Bruce Lundvall was, quite simply, a unique combination of all of those things, which collectively made him a legend in the music business.

But life changes, as is its wont. Bruce planned a return to his first musical love - that of the art form of Jazz - colleagues came and went, and I was merely one of them. I planned a return to my childhood love of theatre, my love for music remaining a personal, rather than a business, passion.

Many, many years later, when my mother had Alzheimer's and could no longer communicate with words, I would go to visit her and play her music that I knew she loved, starting with Frank Sinatra, and from those sessions with my mother, an idea was born: I wanted to bring music to people with Alzheimer's.

I did a lot of research about music therapy and how listening to music of personal preference could help soothe the days of people with Alzheimer's and dementia - if music had been important to them in their lives. I wrote to Dr. Oliver Sacks, who put me in touch with Dr. Connie Tomaino, the co-Founder of his organization The Institute for Music and Neurological Function.

I also approached Dr. Andrea Farbman, the Executive Director of The American Music Therapy Aassociation and asked if she would help me put together an accurate and compelling proposal that would lay out all of the benefits of therapeutic music listening.

Then, when we were ready, about 14 years ago I approached Bruce Lundvall, when he was President and CEO of Blue Note Records, and asked him if he would help us bring our proposal to the entire music industry championing Therapeutic Music Listening for Men and Women Living with Dementia.

He said Yes immediately, adding his name and support to that of Dr. Farbman. This was at the very beginning of iTunes, this was when people were still walking around with Sony Walkm(e)n. It was before Pandora and Spotify...it was when Napster finally met its demise. This was before a workable technological platform or infrastructure existed to bring a knowledge about therapeutic music listening to the wide audience of people who need this technology.

Dr. Farbman and I were asking a lot. But it didn't matter. Bruce put his name on my proposal because he knew that, at its core, the reason that music was a business in the first place is because it has a visceral effect on people, it is pre-lingual. Music is not a luxury for those who love it. It is a necessity, like breathing.

Music is the Universal Language of Mankind.

We were not successful at that moment in our endeavor, and I would often think about a conversation I had had with Bruce when I was that (very) young executive at CBS when he told me to always remember that anything worthwhile takes a very long time to manifest.

While many people will know Bruce Lundvall only through the musical talent that he championed and brought to the public, he was a champion of all kinds of talent - business talent, writers, poets, dramatic and musical theatre, filmmakers, fine artists, journalists - you name it. He embraced, absorbed, inhaled and exhaled the creative world across genres.

RIP is a traditional send off for someone so respected, so admired, so beloved. But I am not so sure that Bruce is resting, wherever he is.

I rather imagine he is jamming with his friends Miles Davis and Dexter Gordon and those who left our world before he did, and that afterward they will all sit down to the long table for an endless dinner of good food, great conversation and lots of laughs joined by the spirits of the worlds now gone, but never forgotten, great musicians.

A musical spirit never dies. Yours is one, Bruce Lundvall, and it will never expire.

It lives on in the musicians and the music you championed, and in the scores of non-musical people whose lives you touched.

#BruceLundvall   #BlueNote   #Music   #Jazz   #PlayingByEar   #DrOliverSacks   #DrConnieTomaino  
#AMTA #MusicTherapy   ___

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2015-05-12 20:03:07 (19 comments, 3 reshares, 31 +1s)Open 

Music is the universal language of mankind...and an eleven year old Jazz wizard named Joey Alexander.

Seriously. Joey is all of 11 years old.

But his musical heart? 

He likes Monk.
And Herbie Hancock.
John Coltrane.
Louis Armstrong.
Winton Marsalis.
Chick Corea.
McCoy Tyner.

They are all apart of him...playing the piano.

Yeah, Joey...I'd say the Gods of Jazz are with you.

Seriously.

#JoeyAlexander   #Jazz  

Music is the universal language of mankind...and an eleven year old Jazz wizard named Joey Alexander.

Seriously. Joey is all of 11 years old.

But his musical heart? 

He likes Monk.
And Herbie Hancock.
John Coltrane.
Louis Armstrong.
Winton Marsalis.
Chick Corea.
McCoy Tyner.

They are all apart of him...playing the piano.

Yeah, Joey...I'd say the Gods of Jazz are with you.

Seriously.

#JoeyAlexander   #Jazz  ___

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2015-05-10 15:39:58 (16 comments, 3 reshares, 69 +1s)Open 

Isadora (Duncan) was famous somewhere around 1908 for putting up a blue curtain, and she would stand with her hands over her solar plexus and she would wait, and she would wait, and then, she would move. - Bill T. Jones, TED2015

What if each of us were to interact, to communicate, with one another the way dancer Isadora Duncan (1877-1927) created movement?

What if I responded creatively to the actions of the people in my life, and they, in turn, responded creatively to my actions?

The woman next door plants a tulip, and I plant a response to her tulip?

I hear the man upstairs sing while he is in the shower...and I, in turn, vocalize in some musical way, that he doesn't necessarily have to hear, that can be completely internal and even just in my head, but that is still my personal response to his musical inspiration?

What if I read a poem on... more »

Isadora (Duncan) was famous somewhere around 1908 for putting up a blue curtain, and she would stand with her hands over her solar plexus and she would wait, and she would wait, and then, she would move. - Bill T. Jones, TED2015

What if each of us were to interact, to communicate, with one another the way dancer Isadora Duncan (1877-1927) created movement?

What if I responded creatively to the actions of the people in my life, and they, in turn, responded creatively to my actions?

The woman next door plants a tulip, and I plant a response to her tulip?

I hear the man upstairs sing while he is in the shower...and I, in turn, vocalize in some musical way, that he doesn't necessarily have to hear, that can be completely internal and even just in my head, but that is still my personal response to his musical inspiration?

What if I read a poem on G+ and I respond, perhaps with a poem of my own that I post, or some other acknowledgement of that poem - a line or two written for my husband that I tape up on the refrigerator, perhaps?

...or something written to a friend in an email, or on a card I put in the mail to someone I care about?

What if I see a photograph that moves me in some way and, out of respect for the energy it took to create that photograph I grab my camera, or my iPhone, or my iPad and take a picture of something that is a kind thank you to that image that moved me?

What if each of us were to do this every day in some way?

What if we were to make a ritual of it, like making the bed, brushing our teeth, fixing coffee...reading the newspaper?

Creating as we go A Great Conversation About Life with one another, sometimes public, sometimes private, sometimes musical, sometimes written, sometimes loud, sometimes soft, but always a collaboration, aware of the inspiring moment, the inspiring force, honoring it, building upon it, each of us creating what Bill T. Jones, Joshua Roman and Somi created one morning in Vancouver in 2015...

...a sung, cello'ed dance the three of them call The Red Circle and the Blue Curtain?

Are we there yet?

I don't think so.

What time is it?

Where are we?

You.
Me.
Us.

This platform a stage.
A blank canvas.
What are we going to do with it?
To what greater purpose will we challenge it?

We can make, create, paint, sing, write anything we want.
Every moment a potential moment to dance with someone else.

Put your hands over your solar plexus...

And wait...

For someone or something to inspire you.

#BillTJones   #RedCircleBlueCurtain   #Dance   #IsadoraDuncan    #TEDTalks    #JoshuaRoman    #Somi  ___

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2015-05-05 14:13:48 (53 comments, 8 reshares, 41 +1s)Open 

Introducing Google+ Collections, a new way to group your posts by topic

Morning, everyone. Yesterday G+ announced the launch of a new way to organize posts, which for me is a blessing because it reflects the way I organize things in my life – my library, for instance – and allows me to do something similar with four years of Public G+ posts. Frankly, I tried my best with Circles and groups, but gave up when they seemed to be more exclusive than inclusive. That, and I noticed that whenever I posted to a smaller group and the conversation seemed to take off, I always seemed to wish that I could have a Do-Over and open it up to a wider audience…but I couldn’t. 

I discovered that my brain just doesn’t think in terms of groups of people…it thinks in terms of topic, of issue, of subject. And my preference has always been to post Publicly because of the accessibility tonew particip... more »

Introducing Google+ Collections, a new way to group your posts by topic

Morning, everyone. Yesterday G+ announced the launch of a new way to organize posts, which for me is a blessing because it reflects the way I organize things in my life – my library, for instance – and allows me to do something similar with four years of Public G+ posts. Frankly, I tried my best with Circles and groups, but gave up when they seemed to be more exclusive than inclusive. That, and I noticed that whenever I posted to a smaller group and the conversation seemed to take off, I always seemed to wish that I could have a Do-Over and open it up to a wider audience…but I couldn’t. 

I discovered that my brain just doesn’t think in terms of groups of people…it thinks in terms of topic, of issue, of subject. And my preference has always been to post Publicly because of the accessibility to new participants in new conversations, which I enjoy, and also because as a writer I believe in, well, posting Publicly.

So I’ve curated my posts into categories of topics I write most frequently about, which is fairly diverse subject matter ranging from the cultural to the social to the personal to the (horrors!) political. Each collection has a title and a link, which makes it easy to find as well as to remember where some particular conversation might be.

G+ selected one of my Collections (DANCE with me, let me put my arms around you…) for the launch, for which I’m thankful. But my entire list  (so far) is below, the first of which is My favorite conversations (on G+ since the beginning), which wouldn’t exist without the willingness of so many of you to spend time here chatting with me about virtually everything I find interesting.

I don’t know about anyone else, but my bookshelves have categories for fiction, philosophy, art, plays, health, music, poetry, politics and hordes of other subjects. And in my kitchen all the spices are together and the rice, and the pasta, and the condiments (and, Yes, I do arrange my lingerie and lipsticks and aviation hats!). Maybe I’m just crazy that way.  

I am not a quantity poster. I prefer to post less frequently, and to sit down to a long breakfast, lunch or dinner (or cocktails!) when I do, so instinctively this just works for me. And I hope it will also work for some of you, and that you will share with me your own Collections if and when you create them.

Until then, here I am (well, some of me anyway) on G+ since the second week of its existence:

My favorite conversations (on G+ since the beginning)…
https://plus.google.com/collection/AALUa?partnerid=gplp0

Ah, Nature…
https://plus.google.com/collection/gB6WI?partnerid=gplp0

Art, for the sake of Art…
https://plus.google.com/collection/gZlSa?partnerid=gplp0

Alzheimer’s, The Long Goodbye…
https://plus.google.com/collection/ICVVa?partnerid=gplp0

Aviation is for birds, and human pilots too…
https://plus.google.com/collection/wroUI?partnerid=gplp0

DANCE with me, let me put my arms around you…
https://plus.google.com/collection/A-uUI?partnerid=gplp0

Education, an endless endeavor…
https://plus.google.com/collection/MyPwZ?partnerid=gplp0

Everything in life is political…
https://plus.google.com/collection/ooxSa?partnerid=gplp0

Let’s go to the movies…
https://plus.google.com/collection/gL1UI?partnerid=gplp0

Men…
https://plus.google.com/collection/woLVa?partnerid=gplp0

Music, the Universal Language of Mankind...
https://plus.google.com/collection/oBtUI?partnerid=gplp0

On love, health and relationships…
https://plus.google.com/collection/ARGVa?partnerid=gplp0

Poetry…
https://plus.google.com/collection/Y1hSa?partnerid=gplp0

POTUS 2016
https://plus.google.com/collection/IC_WI?partnerid=gplp0

The Theatre…
https://plus.google.com/collection/YhhUa?partnerid=gplp0

Women. Our time has come...
https://plus.google.com/collection/o-bUI?partnerid=gplp0

Writing…essays, nonfiction, poetry & prose…
https://plus.google.com/collection/QEcUI?partnerid=gplp0

Writing personally…
https://plus.google.com/collection/w8RUI?partnerid=gplp0

Thanks so much for your support and willingness to stay connected with me.

Giselle

#Collections #Fufism #SEO___

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2015-05-03 03:30:22 (54 comments, 0 reshares, 35 +1s)Open 

Anyone watching the fight?

I say Mayweather.

Ummm, I don't know. Pacquiao.

Mayweather.

Pacquiao.

You say tomato. I say toe-mah-toe.

Good grief. The longest pre-fight chat fest I remember.

It's nearly midnight on the East Coast. I'd stay up all night if I had to.

Love boxing.

#MayWins   #PacWins   #FloydMayweather   #MannyPacquiao   #mayweathervspacquiao   #TheFight  

Anyone watching the fight?

I say Mayweather.

Ummm, I don't know. Pacquiao.

Mayweather.

Pacquiao.

You say tomato. I say toe-mah-toe.

Good grief. The longest pre-fight chat fest I remember.

It's nearly midnight on the East Coast. I'd stay up all night if I had to.

Love boxing.

#MayWins   #PacWins   #FloydMayweather   #MannyPacquiao   #mayweathervspacquiao   #TheFight  ___

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2015-05-01 12:19:25 (16 comments, 5 reshares, 74 +1s)Open 

In addition to practicing law, Ms. Simon and her law partner, Rebecca Geller, have a near-evangelical determination to show that parents can nurture their professional ambitions while being fully present in their children’s lives. Ms. Simon has such conviction on this point that she is almost personally offended by suggestions it might not be possible. The widely read and debated 2012 essay in The Atlantic “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All,” by Anne-Marie Slaughter, a former State Department official, is a particular source of irritation. “I think women can have it all, she said. It’s just based on your paradigm of ‘all.’ - Noam Scheiber, The NY Times

I'm casting my vote with Maria Simon and Rebecca Geller, co-partners in the Geller Law Group, that starting female run businesses that allow a workable union between a career and parenthood is possible for bothwomen and men.<... more »

In addition to practicing law, Ms. Simon and her law partner, Rebecca Geller, have a near-evangelical determination to show that parents can nurture their professional ambitions while being fully present in their children’s lives. Ms. Simon has such conviction on this point that she is almost personally offended by suggestions it might not be possible. The widely read and debated 2012 essay in The Atlantic “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All,” by Anne-Marie Slaughter, a former State Department official, is a particular source of irritation. “I think women can have it all, she said. It’s just based on your paradigm of ‘all.’ - Noam Scheiber, The NY Times

I'm casting my vote with Maria Simon and Rebecca Geller, co-partners in the Geller Law Group, that starting female run businesses that allow a workable union between a career and parenthood is possible for both women and men.

...because we're going to start seeing a lot more businesses with this model as the focal point.

...because more women than men are getting a higher education at this point in time, and when they graduate, why wouldn't they want to make life work for them?

It has always been a shame, and a failure of both education and the business world, that so many woman are highly educated, capable and productive, but have to give it up because business are either not willing to accommodate the realities of family life for women...or because there simply aren't enough women at the top to force the issue?

But that is all changing.

This is good for women. This is good for men. This is good for children. This is good for the economy.

#FamilyFriendlyWorkEnvironments   #GellerLawGroup  ___

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2015-04-29 17:46:25 (49 comments, 7 reshares, 49 +1s)Open 

For all intents and purposes, I’m a woman. People look at me differently. They see you as this macho male, but my heart and my soul and everything that I do in life — it is part of me. That female side is part of me. That’s who I am. - Bruce Jenner, in his interview with Diane Sawyer, during which he revealed publicly his transition to becoming a woman.

I’m not sure it’s necessary to get into sexual orientation to resolve this case. I mean, if Sue loves Joe and Tom loves Joe, Sue can marry him and Tom can’t. And the difference is based upon their different sex. Why isn’t that a straightforward question of sexual discrimination? - Chief Justice John. C. Roberts

Indeed, Bruce.

And indeed, again, Justice Roberts.

It is interesting to watch the Justices try to figure out how to characterize the possibility of granting same sex partners thesame rights u... more »

For all intents and purposes, I’m a woman. People look at me differently. They see you as this macho male, but my heart and my soul and everything that I do in life — it is part of me. That female side is part of me. That’s who I am. - Bruce Jenner, in his interview with Diane Sawyer, during which he revealed publicly his transition to becoming a woman.

I’m not sure it’s necessary to get into sexual orientation to resolve this case. I mean, if Sue loves Joe and Tom loves Joe, Sue can marry him and Tom can’t. And the difference is based upon their different sex. Why isn’t that a straightforward question of sexual discrimination? - Chief Justice John. C. Roberts

Indeed, Bruce.

And indeed, again, Justice Roberts.

It is interesting to watch the Justices try to figure out how to characterize the possibility of granting same sex partners the same rights under marriage that people of different sexes have as 'legal' and 'constitutional' because it just seems to be so damned difficult to accept on a spiritual, ethical and moral level that it is the right thing to do, in spite of the imprisoned belief system of our marriage rights history.

And it would be extraordinary if Bruce Jenner's words would somehow seep into the souls (for, Yes, they have them, too) of the Supreme Court Justices who are deciding this week if same sex couples deserve the same rights as heterosexual couples.

For as long as I can remember, our cultural definitions of what gender someone is has to do with their external biological parts, their genitalia, which therefore, because they are in physical possession of them, command them to be eternally one gender or another, that is either male or female, nothing in between, nor a mixture of both.

This notion of gender identity confounds some people who are bound by religious beliefs, what they have been taught, or what it is simply easier for them to wrap their brains around - physical parts determine gender identity. 

This business of a person, in spite of their physical parts, having the 'soul' of a woman, or the 'soul' of a man, or perhaps even some combination of both, isn't possible to grapple with visually. One has to go deep inside one's own soul and see what's there, what is real for oneself - and be honest about it - in order to entertain the possibility that it may or may not be true for someone else. No, not all people are born the same, but they should have equal rights.

Bruce Jenner's announcement this week that he has lived his life, essentially, as a lie - living as outward expression as a man, but with the inward soul as a woman - puts a particularly poignant spin on the decision the Supreme Court must make.

Jenner declares his love for his children, his love for his wives and refers to himself as, alternately, a 'father," a 'husband,' and 'Dad." Yet he says his soul is, and always has been, that of a woman. He merely wants to match up the outside with the inside. He wants to create harmony between his outer and inner selves. Who are we to say this man...I mean this woman...doesn't know who he...I mean she, really is?

Whether or not culturally and religiously we have convinced ourselves for no matter how long that marriage is to be a sacred union between a man a a woman only, it all gets washed down the drain with men, with people like Bruce Jenner, who have tried, and some would say successfully, to live their lives prescribed by the genitalia with which they were born, but whose very soulful inward selves - the selves that we cannot see, that we cannot understand, that we have a hard time empathizing with (unless we make an effort) are those of another gender entirely, or perhaps neither!

How's that for something to contemplate?

What would the Supreme Court say to Bruce Jenner? To his children? That the marriage that produced his children was not one of love? That the children were not born of a legitimate union? That these apparently devoted people are not a family?

Would the Supreme court declare that marriage annulled? Void? Would it call the children of that marriage illegitimate? 

Would it say that the members of the Jenner family, who appear to be deeply loving and accepting and supportive of Bruce have somehow got the precepts, the purpose, the intent, the integrity of marriage and family all wrong all of a sudden? 

Would it tell them, 'No, you see you are all deluded. You don't really have a family in the true sense of the word family. Nor do you understand love in the true sense of the word love. You do not have a right to the feelings, respect, understanding and rights that the rest of us who were not born with Mr. Jenner's self-described 'confused' gender identity have the right to...

...No, you do not have the right to any of these things. Nor to financial security. Nor to make decisions for one another in times of need. Nor to leave your belongings to those of your choosing. Nor to be respected as human beings. Nor to be fully accepted and thriving and productive members of our society.

Well, I mean...he did before he announced he was transitioning to become a woman, but not after. Is that what the (possibly dissenting) Justices would tell him?

The outpouring of support for Bruce Jenner and his family is telling. It is telling of a soulful and perhaps intuitive understanding that we are far more complex biological and psychological beings than we would like to believe.

This issue touches on a variety of things that many people don't want to think about, much less have to make a decision about. Many people like everything to be cut and dry, black and white, right or wrong, no shades of gray.

'Tis far easier to say to a fella 'You have a penis therefore you must be a man,' than to talk to him about his soul, which we can't see, touch, feel or hold in our hands (forgive me for that...I don't mean it salaciously).

So our Justices have to figure out how to deal with this issue on grounds where there is already a precedent and since there isn't any precedent that says a person has a 'soul," but increasingly actions are being taken against sex discrimination, we might get a vote from this particular Justice that declares it sex discrimination for Mary to be able to marry Tom, but not for Joe to be able to marry Tom (who might also gender-identify as a woman...but I digress...).

I'll take it. As long as in the end all of the loving human beings that I know who are same sex couples and who want to get married have the same rights my husband and I have.

Sometimes things have to be forced. Because it can take a very long time for the 'soul' of a country to wake up all by itself and Do the Right Thing, as Spike Lee would say.

Some interesting things to read:

The Full Bruce Jenner Interview:
http://brucejennerinterview.blogspot.com/

Excerpts from the  Supreme Court Same-Sex Marriage Arguments:
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/04/28/us/same-sex-marriage-supreme-court-excerpts.html

A Landmark Gay Marriage Case at the Supreme Court:
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/29/opinion/a-landmark-gay-marriagecase-at-the-supreme-court.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&_r=0

#GayMarriage   #SupremeCourt   #JusticeJohnCRoberts  ___

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2015-04-24 16:17:58 (18 comments, 0 reshares, 22 +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, 35 +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, 4 reshares, 77 +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 (12 comments, 0 reshares, 37 +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 (29 comments, 12 reshares, 93 +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 (11 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, 15 reshares, 75 +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 (21 comments, 1 reshares, 22 +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, 159 +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 (24 comments, 9 reshares, 69 +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, 45 +1s)Open 

This beautiful 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 beautiful 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, 5 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, 59 +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 (16 comments, 16 reshares, 74 +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 (9 comments, 9 reshares, 45 +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 (71 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, 25 +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, 17 reshares, 80 +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, 57 +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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