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steph wanamaker0#followfriday  my awesome women who comment circle  +Leelee E look who made it to number 1 2014-04-18 18:50:4816816010CC G+
Daniel Mihai Popescu44,271My Peacemakers!It's an old circle of highly valuable friends :)A "+1" will be highly regarded when I'll find again the opportunity to log here. You see me posting, but I do it from my browser. If you feel neglected, please don't be, because you are all in my heart, in your deserved place. #danielmihaipopescusharedcircle #maximumperformance Have a nice week, dear friends and future friends!2014-04-14 19:41:21494423754CC G+
Bill Blonigan22,805Growing #Dancergy circle: People who like dance and aren't afraid to post, plus, circle, share, or comment about it.Add to ensure the best dance community on Google+. Drop names below to get into this shared circle. Feel free to spread the dance by sharing this circle! :-)Ways to enhance your dance on Google+:- Join the Dancergy Community: https://plus.google.com/communities/106091817117589177913- Add this circle- Get to know the dance fans in this circle#sharedcircles   #dancergy   #dance   #dancer   #circles2014-04-07 06:49:41369846CC G+
Shashi S5,199Got an Amazing women's circle at Google Plus... through +Ay Jay Schibig ... Check it out...AMAZING WOMEN'S CIRCLE  3.21.14Some  Amazing Women from all walks of life  in this New Circle!  Add them to enliven your G+ network!  Please Share!See  all of my Curated Circles on my Circle Sharing Page  +Circle Energy   and also my Circle Sharing and More Community https://plus.google.com/communities/110688741176520942310#circleoftheday    #circleshare     #circlesharing     #circlesharingforthepeopleplc     #sharedcircles     #sharedpubliccircles       #sharedcircleoftheday     #sharedcircleday     #publiccirclesproject   #publiccircles     #publicsharedcircles       #sharedpublicircles       #circle   #circles     #circlemeup       #awesomepeople     #awesomecircle   #circleme     #sharedpoint     #sharewithyou     #ShareYourCircle   #womenscircles  2014-03-22 05:19:38401151022CC G+
AyJay Schibig53,216AMAZING WOMEN'S CIRCLE  3.21.14Some  Amazing Women from all walks of life  in this New Circle!  Add them to enliven your G+ network!  Please Share!See  all of my Curated Circles on my Circle Sharing Page  +Circle Energy   and also my Circle Sharing and More Community https://plus.google.com/communities/110688741176520942310#circleoftheday    #circleshare     #circlesharing     #circlesharingforthepeopleplc     #sharedcircles     #sharedpubliccircles       #sharedcircleoftheday     #sharedcircleday     #publiccirclesproject   #publiccircles     #publicsharedcircles       #sharedpublicircles       #circle   #circles     #circlemeup       #awesomepeople     #awesomecircle   #circleme     #sharedpoint     #sharewithyou     #ShareYourCircle   #womenscircles  2014-03-21 23:39:21500373049CC G+
steph wanamaker100,744#followfriday  this is my awesome women who comment circle2014-03-21 22:26:5116053259CC G+
steph wanamaker100,376#followfriday  this is my awesome women who comment circle2014-03-14 21:48:0616868865CC G+
John Nuntiatio29,572#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-12 06:21:31469006CC G+
John Nuntiatio29,572#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-12 06:20:51469102CC G+
Stephan Hovnanian27,240Conversation Hosts on Google+Circle number 2 that I talked about in my latest ebook on managing your Google+ circles (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IU1JXUY) is a way for newer users to include activity in their stream that consistently has value and discussion. In other words, these people continually debunk the ghost-town myth, and are very welcoming to newcomers on the platform. I'm sending my audience your way. Take good care of them.Pick up a copy of Google+ Pro Tips: Managing your Google+ Circles now: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IU1JXUY (you do not need a Kindle device to read kindle ebooks, just a free reader app available on iOS, Android, and desktop).  #googleplus   #stephanhovprotip   #stephanhovnanian  2014-03-06 22:55:17347418CC G+
Paige Keaton57,202This is my Women's circle. Stuffed with amazing people. A really decent add to anyone's circles.  Thanks ladies for being so great to me and my G+ experience.  Some people may have not been included in this circle share. I can only share 500 at one time. This circle exceeds that. Sorry ahead of time. #whateverwednesday   #wednesdaywisdom   #wednesdaymotivation  2014-03-05 15:08:18501211623CC G+
Daniel Mihai Popescu39,070The Engagers!I have experimenting some technical difficulties with G+, so please be patient with me.If by "engagement" you meaning "sharing circles", it's something I have ceased to do from a few months now.It is more important to be in a circle, so people who add it, will add you as well, don't you think?I do not pretend anything from you in exchange to be in my circles, even if I know that it is customary to promise the moon if someone shares your circles and pats your back (this is a very euphemistic way of putting the problem). My circles are not based on that. I have expressed my opinions several times, so who knows me, in fact knows them too. I'm not teasing "new" ones to add me back, so that's not my circles' purpose.I have shared this one with the circle too, and  I hope you are all, just fine :)A "plus one" will be greatly appreciated. Thank you! #danielmihaipopescusharedcircle If I forgot someone, don't worry, I have many circles and circles combinations :) I have shared so little in the last weeks, because I couldn't log into G+ directly. Today looks like a miracle. Yesterday I could log for exactly ten minutes. But I keep the flow open, because I post directly from the browser or the blogs which have G+ buttons.The thing I'm most sorry for not being able to log in, is that I can't say "happy birthday" to the people celebrating their birthdays when I'm not here :)I hope they'll understand.2014-03-04 20:56:2045712275168CC G+
Jean-François Durocher3,158I've never shared any circle but I'll try it today. This circle is on that I built over the last month or so of interesting people on G+. Some are popular some are less but I think it's a good idea to give them all a try and see what they can bring to your Google+ experience.Thanks guys for this cool G+ experience. #engagers   #circles   #circle  2014-03-03 20:50:551865312CC G+
steph wanamaker99,599#followfriday  this is my awesome women who comment circle 2014-02-28 20:01:1716967659CC G+
ibrahim aslan02014-02-25 12:24:46501001CC G+
Scott Dawson4,241It's the weekend! Here's my Circle of New People on Google+  to share with all of you. This Circle is made up of new people I've circled in the past few weeks on Google+.To help build some engagement on Google+ & this Circle I ask that everyone who is in this circle share a recent post of their own, or one you've shared in the last week by adding a link to it in the comments.Doing so, will give us all an opportunity to connect and share with other active Google+ users.If you were notified then you are in this circle.I look forward to checking out your favorite posts that I might have missed!There's no requirement to share, +1 or Comment but it's always appreciated if you do.Have a great Saturday everyone!#sharedcircles  2014-02-08 15:06:03462241430CC G+
Larry Chuon74I'm new to Google+.  My circle of PlusOne is for those who are leveraging Google+ to grow their circle and business.2014-02-08 04:36:20236304CC G+
steph wanamaker98,623#followfriday  this is my awesome women who comment circle   Happy Friday!2014-02-07 20:14:2816844766CC G+
Vũ Phá0So, someone asked me if when would i share a themed circle. I share circles of mixes of different people because i think it brings diversity of the circle.Well people, should i share a themed circle? Well if i would, it would be a different circle though, and it would be less frequent than my other two circles.. (this circle and the snowball one)Well circle Yulia seems kind since she did not remove any people this time, instead she added some!So everyone, this circle obviously contains people. They seem to be pretty normal perhaps.  Hahaha! :-P.Well they engage with people and they have great content in their profiles. Some in here are photographers, philosophers, humorists and everything nice! These guys are not only suggested by me but also suggested by others. So yea, i believe it's a pretty great mix... :-DNote: If ever you want to suggest someone to be included in the future editions of this circle, just tag them in the comments!2014-02-06 16:37:31501537CC G+
Scott Dawson3,845Happy Superbowl Sunday everyone!  Here's a Circle of New People I've circled recently on Google+  to share with all of you.To help build some engagement on Google+ & this Circle I ask that everyone who is in this circle share a recent post of their own by adding a link to it in the comments.Doing so, will give us all an opportunity to connect and share with other active Google+ users.If you were notified then you are in this circle.I look forward to checking out some of your favorite posts that I might have missed!Enjoy your Sunday!#sharedcircles  2014-02-02 14:35:09476291733CC G+
steph wanamaker98,429#followfriday  this is my awesome women who comment circle2014-01-31 19:46:22166811372CC G+
Nancy Adkins0A body of dancers (comment and add to be added to this circle)I'm circling all kinds of people who appreciate dance. Comment below if you want to join the circle. Or, just circle +Dancergy for the best and broadest dance content on Google+!This is a growing circle of people who like dance-related posts.Spread the dance; share this circle! Drop names in the comments (including your own) for inclusion. This is a work in progress :-)Tag your dance posts #dancergy +Dancergy if you want them shared in the +Dancergy stream.#sharedcircles #dancergy #dance #dancer #circles2014-01-30 20:54:2863203CC G+
Mike Elgan3,022,401Drafting +Renata Sherwin into the League!Click "Add people" below to circle my League of Extraordinary Circle Friends!" (And please SHARE with all your circles!)My Google+ charm offensive continues with the addition of one +Renata Sherwin into the League. Renata was an early Google+ superstar, then mysteriously vanished for awhile. Now she's back, bigger than life, and sharing her world and discoveries. Welcome to the League, Renata!!2014-01-26 18:46:493220625CC G+
Corlis Gray97+Scott Dawson shared this circle of new people.Add them and many will follow you back. #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedpublicircles  2014-01-25 20:29:53483141121CC G+
AyJay Schibig46,473ENGAGERS  CIRCLE  1.24.14Welcome to the latest edition of my  active Engagers Circle. Add and Share  to grow your G+ network !See  all of my Curated Circles on my Circle Sharing Page  +Circle Energy  and also my Circle Sharing and More Community https://plus.google.com/communities/110688741176520942310#circleoftheday   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlesharingforthepeopleplc   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles     #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircleday   #publiccirclesproject #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles     #sharedpublicircles     #circle #circles   #circlemeup     #awesomepeople   #awesomecircle #circleme   #sharedpoint   #sharewithyou   #ShareYourCircle 2014-01-25 07:35:24471543685CC G+
steph wanamaker98,209#followfriday  this is my awesome women who comment circle2014-01-24 18:54:0716154558CC G+
Artur M.36,029A Very Social CircleКруг людей с активной жизненной позицией в Гугле+circle of people, with active life position in Google+Если вы поделились этим кругом вчера, вы находитесь в нем сегодня. Если вы разделяете его с друзьями сегодня, вы будете в нем и завтра. #forfriends  2014-01-23 12:29:58459502977CC G+
Jack C Crawford83,338Here's a modest 300 person circle for those that are new and want to get a jumpstart here on Google+  AND, I did add myself, because I wear Google Glass and the circle looks cooler with it.  lolRequested by my good friend and circle member +Islegrooves Sherrie 2014-01-17 23:40:32300442443CC G+
Artur M.34,522A Very Social CircleКруг людей с активной жизненной позицией в Гугле+circle of people, with active life position in Google+Если вы поделились этим кругом вчера, вы находитесь в нем сегодня. Если вы разделяете его с друзьями сегодня, вы будете в нем и завтра.#forfriends  2014-01-10 16:26:54459582681CC G+
Jaana Nyström488,335Testing...With a very nice circle of ladies. :-)Circlecount link of the circle:http://www.circlecount.com/sharedcircle/?id=z134gztoosm4vvjox04cd1ea5yric3njxj0 #Circleshare  2014-01-01 11:12:56425221CC G+
Chill Ideaz Jay Beek Rocksuperstar1,563My Christmas Boxing Day Circle...hope everyone had a good christmas and holidays :) 1. Add +Best Cars 2. Plus The Post 3. Comment4. Add People To Circles5. Share The Circle!#sharedcircle   #topsharedcircle #circleoftheday #sharedcircle #trustinme   #circlesharing   #circleshare  #circles         #circleoftheday #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircles  #share   #vipsnowballcircle #sharedcircleoftheday  #sharewithyou               #followme  #followers #followback #circle #googleplus #coolpeople  #circleshare #sharedcircles #sharedcircle  #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #circleshare #circlesharing #fullcircleshare2013-12-26 22:12:29500001CC G+
Chill Ideaz Jay Beek Rocksuperstar1,563My Christmas Circle Share...have a great christmas and holidays everyone! 1. Add +Best Cars 2. Plus The Post 3. Comment4. Add People To Circles5. Share The Circle!#sharedcircle   #topsharedcircle #circleoftheday #sharedcircle #trustinme   #circlesharing   #circleshare  #circles         #circleoftheday #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircles  #share   #vipsnowballcircle #sharedcircleoftheday  #sharewithyou               #followme  #followers #followback #circle #googleplus #coolpeople  #circleshare #sharedcircles #sharedcircle  #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #circleshare #circlesharing #fullcircleshare2013-12-26 03:37:41494211CC G+
Chill Ideaz Jay Beek Rocksuperstar1,473My Saturday Late Friday Circle Share...have a great weekend everyone! 1. Add +Best Cars 2. Plus The Post 3. Comment4. Add People To Circles5. Share The Circle!#sharedcircle   #topsharedcircle #circleoftheday #sharedcircle #trustinme   #circlesharing   #circleshare  #circles         #circleoftheday #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircles  #share   #vipsnowballcircle #sharedcircleoftheday  #sharewithyou               #followme  #followers #followback #circle #googleplus #coolpeople  #circleshare #sharedcircles #sharedcircle  #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #circleshare #circlesharing #fullcircleshare2013-12-22 07:03:16500002CC G+
Richie Merritt6,841THE RICHIE MERRITT G+ CIRCLE BOMB! - v.2.0 Hand-Selected Top-Shelf G+ Engagers!  Scroll Down For Instructions To Be Included In V.3.0Welcome to the second curated RM Circle Bomb! These are the most current active engagers in my stream...Want To Be Included In Future RM Circle Bombs???  Just Do This… ►  + 1 This Post ►  Leave a Comment ►  Share This Circle: Public  ►  Add This Circle To Your Circles  BOOM! That’s It!By chance you’re not included in the very next RM G+ Circle Bomb…It does not mean you won’t be included in a future one.As long as you plussed, commented, circled and shared, then you're golden! Just hold tight—It might take a couple rounds to get in.Thank You So Much Everyone :)Peace & Love♥ Richie Merritt #circleoftheday       #circleshare   #circlesharing   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #engagers #sharedcircleoftheday   #publicsharedcircles   #publiccircle   #circle   #circles   #awesome   #awesomeness   #awesomepeople   #shareyourcircle   #RichieMerrittCircleBomb #CircleBomb #circleshares #RMGB    .2013-12-21 15:46:45350533570CC G+
AyJay Schibig39,972ENGAGER'S  CIRCLE 12.17.13Welcome to the latest edition of my  active Engager's Circle. Add and Share  to grow your G+ network !See  all of my Curated Circles on my Circle Sharing Page  +Circle Energy  and also my Circle Sharing and More Community https://plus.google.com/communities/110688741176520942310#circleoftheday   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlesharingforthepeopleplc   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles     #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircleday   #publiccirclesproject #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles     #sharedpublicircles     #circle #circles   #circlemeup     #awesomepeople   #awesomecircle #circleme   #sharedpoint   #sharewithyou   #ShareYourCircle2013-12-18 00:00:39402745289CC G+
Chill Ideaz Jay Beek Rocksuperstar1,322Another round of #topengagers  !(Be sure to click READ MORE, it is important if you want to be included in this circle next time)These people shareThese people +1These people create original contentThese people make G+ BetterIf you add this circle, you will, without a doubt, see your engagement soar through the roof.  Guaranteed.  If you were notified, you guessed it, you are already in.To be included in the NEXT top engagers circle this week is easier than ever.1.) Add  +Best Cars 2.) Share this post3.) Keep engaging#sharedcircle   #sharedcircles   #sharecircle   #publiccircle   #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles   #topengagers   #engagers   #snowballcircle   #snowball   #circles   #circleshare   #circlemasters   #circlemaster   #circlequeen   #crazycircles   #circlehub   #morefollowers #ghosttown2013-12-15 05:39:26494202CC G+
Chill Ideaz Jay Beek Rocksuperstar1,322Sharing my CIRCLE #5. Add +Best Cars   for new circles daily !Welcome to the newest version of my #Active   #Engagers   #Circle  Please add and share this circle and you will be guaranteed to grow your own following. Be open to commenting, sharing, and plussing posts from people in this circle. Most will respond, and in turn it will make your experience on Google + better.If you are NOT in this circle and would like to be added, just let me know in the comments below, and share this circle. Thank you!#circleshare   #circlesharing   #circleoftheday   #circlemaster#sharedcircle   #sharedcircles   #sharecircle   #publiccircle   #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles   #topengagers   #engagers   #snowballcircle   #snowball   #circles   #circleshare   #circlemasters   #circlemaster   #circlequeen   #crazycircles   #circlehub   #morefollowers #ghosttown2013-12-15 05:38:13500001CC G+
AyJay Schibig38,931SOCIAL CIRCLE  12.10.13Welcome to my latest edition  of  this mix of  Active and Social G+ members.  Add it  to enliven  your circles!  Share  it (include yourself)to be included in my next edition!See  all of my Curated Circles on my Circle Sharing Page  +Circle Energy  and also my Circle Sharing and More Community https://plus.google.com/communities/110688741176520942310#circleoftheday   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlesharingforthepeopleplc   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles     #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircleday   #publiccirclesproject #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles     #sharedpublicircles     #circle #circles   #circlemeup     #awesomepeople   #awesomecircle #circleme   #sharedpoint   #sharewithyou   #ShareYourCircle2013-12-11 07:47:49409262647CC G+
Richie Merritt4,565THE RICHIE MERRITT G+ CIRCLE BOMB! - v.1.0 Add This Circle of Hand-Selected Top-Shelf G+ Engagers!  Welcome to the very first curated RM Circle Bomb! These are some of my favorite active engagers on G+...How To Make G+ A Positive Experience...+  Infuse actual real value into your Google Plus stream... +  Blow Up your G+ circle network… +  Make friends & connections with like-minded G plussers! Do You Want To Be Included In Future RM Circle Bombs???  Here’s What You Need To Do… ►  + 1 This Post ►  Leave a Comment ►  Share This Circle: Public  ►  Add This Circle To Your Circles  BOOM! That’s It!If you’re not included in the very next RM G+ Circle Bomb…It does not mean you won’t be included in a future one.Just hold tight—It might take a couple rounds to get in.Thank You So Much Everyone :)Peace & Love♥ Richie MerrittPS. I’d like to personally thank all of you that have been included in this circle.Most of you I’ve ‘met’ here through circle-shares, and it’s you guys that make Google Plus so damn awesome each day.This first Circle Bomb is to you! Cheers!Thank you. You are appreciated. #circleoftheday   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #engagers #sharedcircleoftheday   #publicsharedcircles   #publiccircle   #circle   #circles   #awesome   #awesomeness   #awesomepeople   #shareyourcircle   #RichieMerrittCircleBomb #CircleBomb #circleshares2013-11-26 11:35:43300392350CC G+
Vivi Amb0CIRCLE TO HAVE TODAY !My best Google + Users to FollowSpecial thanks to all off us !This Circle will Grow if :1 - You add Contacts creating a new Circle (if this is not done)2 - Share and +1 the circle#circles #circle   #circlesharing #circleshare2013-11-25 00:28:09239519CC G+
Claudiu Narita3,3332013-11-20 02:26:3946114316CC G+
Claudiu Narita3,3332013-11-20 02:26:14489638CC G+
Daniel Mihai Popescu23,839Dear friends, this is Engagers Revisited.I have checked it and it's all right with the "Restricted Domain Error* bug :)It is good for you all and if you are notified, you are inside the circle, (in my inner circle, to paraphrase that movie about Stalin's Inner Circle)I expect only "plus ones", not necessarily shares, no thank yous...Of course you can add it, it's no restriction to that, that's actually my private hope :)Please, don't "re-plus" with the same account, just look if the "+1" case is red! It's enough only one per account :)Thank you very much! #danielmihaipopescusharedcircle  2013-11-19 20:25:44440622354CC G+
Daniel Mihai Popescu23,200This circle is called Engagers and it is full of new people :)They are maybe in the first thousand of most interesting people on G+!If you "+1" the circle can be enough. Comments, shares and re-shares can be manipulated, but only one "+1" per account can be given, so I think it is more precious. I have seen people who don't use logically the G+ conduct. If you add this circle it'll be in your own advantage, because your stream will shine :) #danielmihaipopescusharedcircle  2013-11-15 19:57:30368623765CC G+
Jan Havrda20,092Deep Thinkers.2013-11-15 00:06:31141216CC G+
Dustin W. Stout27,048The Most Helpful People On Google+This shared circle contains a highly curated group of the most helpful Google+ users. This is part 2 of my ongoing #circlesplosion  series (dustn.tv/circlesplosion). I guarantee that when you add this circle and begin interacting with some of the awesome people here, your Google+ experience will be greatly enhanced! This can also be your go-to list when you have questions about Google+ or want to keep up on the newest #featureupdate  as these folks have their thumb on the Google+ pulse. Be on the lookout for the next crowdsourcing post tomorrow!  #googleplushelp   #googleplustips   #sharedcircles  2013-11-14 02:03:57127424778CC G+
Daniel Mihai Popescu22,729The Italian circle has all my Italian friends in it, together with Invincible and others...Please add it to yours, share, and re-share :)Please add Christine DeGraff as well. The "Domain Error Bug" was worst than ever. I have promised yesterday to do this share, and this is the reason I didn't. It even not allows me to tag Christine DeGraff, she appears as not having a Google Plus profile at all, even if she is a member of all my public circles...2013-11-12 12:38:004771104663CC G+
Dustin W. Stout26,662The Most Creative and Inspiring People on Google+As the first of my #circlesplosion  shares, this crowd-curated circle is comprised of those people who have been personally endorsed as some of the most creative and inspiring people on Google+.These folks are artists, designers, photographers, crafters, painters, musicians, videographers, marketers, and all around creators of things here on Google+.If you're a creator of things and want to connect with more people who create and inspire, add this circle.  Keep watch of the people in this stream and connect with the people you resonate with. About #circlesplosionAs I discussed in my introduction to #circlesplosion  (here - dustn.tv/circlesplosion/) managing and curating your circles will ultimately give you the greatest experience here on Google+. In an effort to connect people with passion, with other people with those same passions, I have resolved to share these crowd-curated circles with the world. I hope this group gives you as much value as it has me! Have a great monday everyone!  #creativity   #inspiration   #sharedcircles  2013-11-11 19:47:102366738105CC G+
Gabriela Quevedo3,099Welcome my dear #friends   and #followers   this is #fridaycircleshare   #topengagers      This circle is very important because it's composed of many important people, that often #interact   with me and our community.   You remember that #social    is   #sharedlife    and #follow   is #friendship   . And so:   -include me in your circles   -create a large network   -shared the circle (include yourself)   -add +1 to the post   -interact will allow you to enter the great circle that soon will share    #circleshare   #sharedcircles   #followers  2013-11-08 17:26:59475322234CC G+
Justin Fournier1,722Social & SEO CircleIt's been awhile since I've shared circles with the general public.  In this Circle I've labeled it as my Social/SEO circle.  Users within this circle generally gave me insight, tips, and tricks into G+ and social branding.Add and follow their posts to increase your own branding in this now digital world!Share and enjoy all! #SEO   #googleplus   #socialmediamarketing   #sharedcircles   #googleplustips  2013-11-03 01:00:37143215CC G+


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2014-04-17 23:11:47 (25 comments, 13 reshares, 58 +1s)

My favorite writer has died. I remember reading One Hundred Years of Solitude in a state of wonderment. It was pure joy to read one of his sentences, some of which marched on defiantly for pages. Marquez's exuberance of expression, his refusal to bow to any of the many rules so many would impose on writers - be brief, pare down, trim, don't decorate or embellish, be clear, make it easy, keep your characters to a minimum - felt like being let out of prison. Like flying. I could taste his words. Smell them. Feel them. Hear them. See the pictures they painted, the characters he described.

I thought, 'This is writing. It is cooking, painting, composing, gardening, architecting, weaving and sculpting all at once. It is the Big Bang. Except that you don't have to wait millions of years for the light to reach you. It is immediate. Visceral. Delicious. Unforgettable.

But... more »

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2014-04-12 17:56:55 (30 comments, 7 reshares, 75 +1s)

It's Spring. Finally. I don't remember a time in my life when I have not been viscerally affected by nature. Everything changes within me. A particular kind of joy is woken up. Details are more detailed. Colors are more colorful. I can feel on my skin the difference between 'wind,' 'breeze,' 'gust' and 'gale,' oh so much more personally than trying to describe them with words. 

I am instantly lonely when the sun starts to go down, as though I am saying goodbye to a friend I will never again see. I become giddy about a pending sunrise, as though I have never before seen one and I have just regained my eyesight after a long period of mysterious blindness.

I can watch a caterpillar make its way across the patio for an hour and think I have spent my time quite wisely.

I will try to predict in which direction the gloriously orange Cardinal... more »

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2014-04-08 16:20:55 (123 comments, 33 reshares, 134 +1s)

Dear Men of Google+:

I've been on G+ since the second week of its existence, and from the very beginning I've felt welcomed by men on this platform. This was eye-opening, because, as a writer of literary nonfiction, some of which explores social, cultural and political issues that affect the lives of women (in which I'm naturally interested given that my father died when I was young, and my mother became a working mom within 24 hours), I'd always been warned to stay away from anything on social media that could ignite the dreaded fear of feminism - you know, all that ooga booga booga about politics and religion at the dinner table.

Stay away, for instance, from raising the issue that it's 2014, but women still make, on average, only 77 cents for every dollar that a man earns.

But G+ is a long table at which interesting people talk about things that are... more »

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2014-04-06 14:59:58 (34 comments, 2 reshares, 26 +1s)

Titstare is an app where you take photos of yourself staring at tits, Mr. (David) Boulton began, as photographs of women’s chests on a cellphone flashed on the screen behind him. After some banter, Mr. (Jethro) Batts concluded, This is the breast hack ever.

I always feel a little strange when I read about some new toy, or game, or app featuring women's body parts that has been thunk up by fellas to entertain themselves. It's not that I don't get it. After all I did grow up with an older brother and, yep, Playboy was there right alongside National Geographic, which seems oddly animalistic and appropriate if you want to justify it in some sort of twisted way. You know...an appreciation of all that nature and stuff.

Most boys go through the I think I'll hide the Playboys under my bed where no one will ever find them stage of life. This,a... more »

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2014-04-02 15:45:22 (57 comments, 4 reshares, 20 +1s)

I'd say that before Slomo, I became the typical, institutionalized, educated Western man. In other words, I was driving a BMW to work. I was working long hours, I was paying my taxes and doing everything by the standards of society and so on, just like everybody else in the work force. And, frankly, I intended to just work myself on into oblivion and get old and die. That was pretty much the scenario. But now, I experience myself like a tip of a great iceberg of consciousness.

Slomo (Slow Motion), the gentlemanly subject of the self same titled documentary by Josh Izenberg, used to be Dr. John Kitchin, a neurologist, who decided to give up his doctorly life in favor of moving and grooving through life to a decidedly non-medical tune.

How many professional men and women do I know who look down their noses at men and women who turn their backs on what is considered a... more »

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2014-03-30 16:33:38 (58 comments, 1 reshares, 25 +1s)

Why can't a woman be more like a man?
Why can't a woman take after a man?
Why can't a woman behave like a man?... 

...bellows Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady, my favorite musical from my childhood. I memorized every word...because it was, of course, absurd! And we knew Eliza would end up wrapping Henry 'round her 'lil finger in the end (But don't tell Henry...).

But My Fair Lady was a musical, in which Rex Harrison as Henry was a genius. Audrey Hepburn as Eliza was incomparable, and Wilfred Hyde-White as Colonel Pickering was Higgins' perfect foil...and his conscience, I might add.

My Fair Lady was based on George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion (Shaw was a feminist, but I digress...), so it could hardly have been anything other than brilliant, particularly with with Alan Jay Lerner and... more »

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2014-03-27 22:04:34 (17 comments, 0 reshares, 22 +1s)

I love a heartfelt apology, particularly when expressed as public regret by someone who became internationally famous by being stridently unapologetic. I'm writing, of course about David Brock. Yes, that, David Brock, who, over 20 years ago committed all of his energy to bringing down Bill Clinton (and therefore Hillary). Brock was the Poster Boy for the ultra conservative faction of Clinton haters that became known as The Vast Right Wing Conspiracy, which wasn't a conspiracy at all, but, rather, a real group of political nut jobs who managed, according to Brock, to brain wash a lot of people into becoming anti-Clintonites...and Brock was one of them.

Interesting things have happened since then. Brock and his posse wasn't able to dismantle the Clintons. No amount of money the Elephants threw at the Donkeys would succeed in getting them (the Donkeys) thrown out of the circus. And since... more »

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2014-03-23 15:24:03 (52 comments, 7 reshares, 32 +1s)

Perhaps that’s why we see so much vitriol online, so many anonymous, bitter comments, so many imprudent tweets and messy posts. Because creating them is less cathartic, you feel the need to do it more often. When your emotions never quite cool, they keep coming out in other ways.

Actually, I think the real reason we see so much vitriol online is two-fold: 1) Anger is the easiest emotion to access, and 2) Its sudden appearance in a convo very often succeeds in sending all but the equally (or competitively) angry heading for the hills.

Uncontrolled anger is not only easy to come by, it is cheap, flimsy and rarely constructive. What a difference between a blast of hot air from a vexed reader, seemingly unwilling to dig deep into their own unexplored reserves of self-expression for bon mots more powerful than, "You are a pompous pea-brain," or, "You are a bloatedb... more »

2014-03-16 15:11:09 (44 comments, 1 reshares, 18 +1s)

We all know +Giselle Minoli is brilliant within G+ threads. Now you can listen to Giselle as she joined myself and  +Randy Resnick this morning discussing gender issues on the latest podcast of +Leave the Bottle .

+Meg Tufano 

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2014-03-14 12:30:26 (12 comments, 2 reshares, 28 +1s)

The sun has kissed the morning
I kissed my husband goodbye
I could kiss the sky
The mourning doves kiss on the tree outside my window
Do you remember your first kiss?
Would you kiss a stranger?

You must remember this 
A kiss is just a kiss, a sigh is just a sigh 
The fundamental things apply 
As time goes by 
And when two lovers woo 
They still say, "I love you"
On that you can rely 
No matter what the future brings 
As time goes by
 
Moonlight and love songs 
Never out of date 
Hearts full of passion 
Jealousy and hate 
Woman needs man 
And man must have his mate 
That no one can deny 
It's still the same old story 
A fight for love and glory 
A case of do or die 
The world will always welcome lovers 
As time goes by
Moonlight and lo... more »

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2014-03-09 23:16:41 (22 comments, 5 reshares, 17 +1s)

See Who's Watching You Online ...on CBS's 60 Minutes, as I write these words...

Are you vegetarian? Vegan? Do you drink? Are you gay? Bi? Lesbian? Are you and alcoholic? Bi-Polar? Have you had a sexually transmitted disease? What are your political affiliations? Your religious beliefs? What do you buy online? The books you like? The movies? Do you play Angry Birds? Because if you did your personal information has been passed on to innumerable companies. Your little smart phone, is not only smart, it's telling tales out of school every moment you use it!

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2014-03-09 19:20:54 (13 comments, 2 reshares, 10 +1s)

Pull liver and cut hearts
All I used to do
From 5 until about
3, 3, in the afternoon.
One time we did
Like, 28,000 birds one time.
And the next day we did 27,000 birds
Too damn bloody!
I’d clean my face off
And I’d wait until
I could go back down and do the same
Thing all over again. – Robert and Billy Penner, two of The Men of Atalissa,

These words sound like lines of poetry, don't they? So do these:

I get them out the coop
Send them in the kill room.
I pat them on the belly
When I get them on the shackle.
I say, "Okay, okay, Tom...quieten down." - Willie Levi, another of "The Men of Atallissa*

Except that these are not lines of poetry, but rather words spoken by three of the men who are featured in The Men of Atalissa, a documentary that chronicles the story ofhow a... more »

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2014-02-23 21:39:39 (31 comments, 1 reshares, 45 +1s)

My Garden in Winter
Is barren
And I am bare
Words and leaves take leave,
Like oak leaves blown in the wind
Words caught in a dry mouth
Waterless
Sun-starved
Unformed

My thoughts left unsung
Unvisited by birdsong
Or caterpillar crawl
Or frog hop
Or mantis prayer
I await the promise in a magnolia blossom
A rose bud
A forsythia flourish

The hydrangea knows when to be quiet
And the dogwood
And the garden snake

I imagine lying down in the mulch at the end of Summer
And going to sleep in the Fall with the Mantis ooetheca
Only what survives Winter will blossom come Spring

The birds will tell me when to fill their bath
I will find a young cardinal there
Peering into the kitchen window

Wake up!
The play is about to begin

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2014-02-18 19:30:06 (27 comments, 2 reshares, 31 +1s)

Ordinary Love UNIVERSAL MUSIC PUBLISHING GROUP HAS PULLED THIS VIDEO FROM MY POST...but it is still viewable on YouTube (guess they don't want to offend YouTube, but don't mind offending me...) at the below link:
U2 sings "Ordinary Love" on Jimmy Fallon's very first Tonight Show! It sounds fantastic with Roots.

Ordinary Love, by U2 commemorates the love between Nelson and Winnie Mandela and Mr. Mandela's sadness at the loss of his marriage - so many years in prison...how did they do it for so long? Is there another, better kind of love? Ordinary Love is fine with me. The lyrics are beautiful and I have printed them below so that you can read them while you listen to the performance (which was on Jimmy Fallon's The Tonight Show BTW):

Ordinary Love

The sea wants to kiss the golden shore
The sunlight warms your... more »

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2014-02-17 19:51:55 (31 comments, 1 reshares, 66 +1s)

This ice dance between Meryl Davis and Charlie White is sublime. The artistry, the skill, the music, the relationship between them, the choreography...all of it perfection.

On the surface it seems the culmination of years of working toward a common goal, yet that journey is also one of discovery...each dancer growing and learning about the other, each breaking down personal barriers, pushing themselves, maturing individually and together, and creating, in the end, something of extraordinary beauty.

Yes, Meryl David and Charlie White won the Gold medal in Sochi for ice dancing. But...what they have really given us extends way beyond the Olympics and competing for a medal. If we were all given the opportunity to aspire to the creation of something this beautiful in our lives (whether we have the ability to become Olympic champions or not...it is the intent that matters), how would it... more »

2014-02-06 12:59:13 (53 comments, 7 reshares, 44 +1s)

Good morning, everyone... I was going to attach the current Rolling Stone cover story on Pope Francis, which is rather a rave review of the man, much to the chagrin (horror, actually) of Tea Party Patriots and Erstwhile Conservative Ideologues, who are used to beating voters over the head with their perceptions of the Bible.

Since Francis's election, it's more than a little amusing to watch these folks reel from his inclusive and compassionate approach, not to mention his growing international popularity, as accustomed as they had become to using their interpretation of religious doctrine to create a culture of exclusion, condemnation and fear...you know, the We're Okay, You're Not Okay Finishing School for Entitled Boys and Girls.

The Rolling Stone article, titled The Times They Are A-Changing (link at the bottom, along with Bob Dylan's lyrics... more »

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2014-02-05 20:19:24 (16 comments, 7 reshares, 72 +1s)

Forgive my appearance, my Lady.
Last night before you turned out the light 
we had the nicest chat.
The Mourning Doves
whispering secretly to one another as they do.
Something about an ice storm, 
and how unkind the Robins were to leave me all alone.

When you can't sleep, I know
my moonlit rustling leaves remind you of the sea.

But forgive my posture, my Lady.
I am heavy today,
and tired.
There was no singing upon my branches this morning,
and it is not easy to lift my head.

Perhaps I'll just reach my arms down to the Earth,
and lay myself down and rest awhile.

If I don't wake up,
in the Spring will you tell the Cardinals not to feel bad if they don't built a nest in my fallen self?

I will understand.
And I will remember their little ones from last year.
When Iw... more »

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2014-01-29 18:59:22 (13 comments, 1 reshares, 30 +1s)

The Dean of Harvard Business School, Nitin Nohria, publicly apologized for the poor treatment of women at the institution, specifically its distinctly unwelcoming vibe, which made it difficult for women to fully integrate into this esteemed University's business program, no matter their prior academic achievements, no matter their worth, no matter their contributions.

I posted about it in early September, and closed my own words with a quote by Martin Luther King, Jr., which has special meaning today as, apparently, Harvard listened to, took in, and processed the criticism and has pledged to change:

Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can't ride you unless your back is bent. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

In his apology on Monday, in... more »

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2014-01-26 18:44:08 (5 comments, 3 reshares, 26 +1s)

Yoda said: Fear leads to anger; anger leads to hate; hate leads to suffering.  I can't think of anyone who has expressed in writing the reality of encountering The Elderlies better than Jacques Brel in his song Old Folks, sung here by Natascia Diaz. I'm posting it here...because we all have parents, some of us have lost ours already, others will do so in time, and sooner or later we will all become Old Folks. 

On our individual journeys from here to there...how will we behave? What will we learn? Will we choose empathy and growth, or will will avoid the topic altogether in a vain attempt to avoid suffering?

+Denis Wallez wrote: Don't become an elderly afraid of dying alone… so don't under-engage with the current elderlies! in his post of Friday, January 24, 2012 called Moment-to_Moment Rebirth, the link for which I have copiedbelo... more »

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2014-01-24 01:11:40 (127 comments, 28 reshares, 102 +1s)

Where will you be when you are old? With your family? Your friends? Alone? Will you be rich? Or poor? In good health? Or ill perhaps? Will you be mentally engaged? Or failing up there in some frightening way? How, and with whom, will you while away the hours of the day?

I've been reading the articles this week about the elderly Koreans who gather at a McDonald's in Flushing, Queens to spend time together, to provide one another company. To come in from the heat, the cold, the wind, the rain, the snow...

They might buy large coffees and sip them for hours. They might get kicked out by the police, to whom the management has complained because they view these elderly people as interlopers, as loiterers.

It's a business they say, put up or get out. It's a business they say, not a meeting house. It's a business they say, not a public park with benches on which... more »

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2014-01-22 23:52:44 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 19 +1s)

Wake up. It's early still. Don't go to sleep just yet.

I offer you, for your evening listening pleasure, a Caroline Shaw violin improvisation...

#CarolineShaw  

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2014-01-22 13:16:33 (24 comments, 2 reshares, 38 +1s)

The Walrus and the Carpenter
By Lewis Carroll

"The sun was shining on the sea,
      Shining with all his might:
He did his very best to make
      The billows smooth and bright —
And this was odd, because it was
      The middle of the night.

The moon was shining sulkily,
      Because she thought the sun
Had got no business to be there
      After the day was done —
"It's very rude of him," she said,
      "To come and spoil the fun."

The sea was wet as wet could be,
      The sands were dry as dry.
You could not see a cloud, because
      No cloud was in the sky:
No birds were flying overhead —
      There were no birds to fly.

The Walrus and the Carpenter
      Were walking close at hand;
They weptlike anything to see
      Suc... more »

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2014-01-20 19:44:34 (177 comments, 2 reshares, 39 +1s)

Google, Tell Me. Is My Son a Genius? This is the intriguing, disturbing, maddening, head-scratching, and, more than a little infuriating, question that parents clack into Google search, according to Seth Stephens-Davidowitz of the NY Times, in their intriguing, disturbing, maddening, head-scratching, yet understandable quest to determine, more often than not, whether their sons, not their daughters, are intellectually gifted.

Is there anything wrong with parents wanting to know whether their child is "gifted," and, therefore, whether they might need some sort of focused educational program? Absolutely nothing.

What concerns do parents disproportionately have for their daughters? Primarily, anything related to appearance.

Is there anything wrong with parents being less concerned with their daughters intellectual brain power and more concerned with... more »

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2014-01-17 00:42:03 (139 comments, 6 reshares, 39 +1s)

I do not understand one single thing about this convicted murderer's execution in Ohio today.
Not the 20 years of failed appeals.
Not the decision to reject a more humane execution (is there such a thing?).

Not the decision to employ a combination of drugs that assured a miserable demise (is there someone who feels good about this?)
Not any and/or all of the subsequent five executions that will be meted out in the State of Ohio in 2014.

Does someone believe that, lying there on his death bed gasping for air, his crime of so long ago was somehow ameliorated? Lessened? Revenged? Assuaged?

That he has been successfully punished? That the public manner of his death stands as a warning to others thinking of committing such crimes?

That it changes the fate of the young woman...or her memory? Or really makes those who knew her and miss her sleep more... more »

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2014-01-11 15:14:10 (36 comments, 0 reshares, 21 +1s)

"Had I spent my time trying to out-sex, out-nubile, out-Va Va Voom other girls and women?" - Giselle Minoli, Women at Work: Lyrical Confessions of an Erstwhile Renegade, The Journal for Social Era Knowledge, Winter 2013

I don't know about anyone else, but in spite of what is written about how ruthlessly competitive women are in our quest to hog whatever male attention is to be hogged at any given moment, I personally dress for myself and always have.

I slick on red lipstick in the morning for my own pleasure. I spritz on my favorite cologne because I like the way it makes me feel.

There is a difference between dressing for oneself, dressing for success, being conscious of the fact that our appearance does indeed have an impact on the way other people respond to us, and getting up in the morning, leaning into the mirror, and announcing to oneself, Look... more »

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2014-01-05 17:18:39 (52 comments, 3 reshares, 28 +1s)

The fact is, all constitutional rights are regulated, always have been, and need to be. - Dick Metcalf (who has taught history at Cornell and Yale), from Let’s Talk Limits

Hallelujah. Finally. A man, who is a self-described Second Amendment Fundamentalist and respected gun journalist has spoken out in favor of gun control. His reward? He was fired by Guns & Ammo magazine (what a catchy title, eh? Such imagination, but I digress!)

No Siree, there is no such thing as Freedom of Speech in the United States of America, which is controlled by the NRA. The First Amendment takes a back seat to the Second Amendment whenever the ugly topic of setting limits on gun ownership in this country raises its insistent hand.

Compromise is a bad word these days. People think it means giving up your principles. - Dick Metcalf

Every time I have posted aboutg... more »

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2014-01-03 00:42:58 (79 comments, 5 reshares, 19 +1s)

Does an open society, to remain open, have to allow itself to be destroyed by those who (for whatever reason) simply want to destroy us - so as to be faithful to our Constitution? - Meg Tufano, The Deep Dark Web, the NSA, and Personal Privacy: Where Even Google Cannot Go, The Journal for Social Era Knowledge, Winter 2013

Think it's obvious that Edward Snowden is, a) a Traitor, or, b) a Hero? Think it's obvious that the NSA, a) has a right, or, b) does not have a right to police our conversations in their various forms at home or online? Think it's obvious that it's, a) legal, or, b) illegal to do so? That protecting our security is either, a) a Legal issue, or b) an Ethical issue?

Think again, because every day there are any number of major opinion pieces in virtually every major national or international newspaper or magazine dissecting and analyzing from every... more »

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2013-12-27 13:17:54 (23 comments, 0 reshares, 56 +1s)

This morning's glorious sunrise? Or another selfie of James Franco? Speaking personally, the Sun wins Mr. Franco. Each. And. Every.Time. Cheers everyone!

James Franco: The Meanings of the Selfie:
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/29/arts/the-meanings-of-the-selfie.html?hp&_r=0

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2013-12-25 16:46:51 (11 comments, 3 reshares, 16 +1s)

We put so many barriers in our heads, it doesn't want to go, it doesn't want to go, but then if we just open ourselves up and just try different things, something opens up and allows the body to move in a way that makes you think it is possible...

So says Elizabeth Rozas-Dobrish a 55-year old former star of the Alvin Ailey company, who, after a hip replacement, at an age when most dancers no longer can strutt their stuff on the boards, returns to the stage to dance Ailey's iconic "Revelations." 

I know this isn't a typical Christmas-type share (whatever that means), but certainly the spirit of it is, and in honor of all of my fellow dance lovers on G+ (and those of you we are slowly introducing to the beauty and power of this gorgeous art form), I wanted to share it.

Bette Davis said that getting older isn't for the faint of heart or... more »

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2013-12-24 20:49:26 (25 comments, 2 reshares, 67 +1s)

MERRY CRISPNESS!
(From Madison Square Park, New York City) 

Shepherds move flocks 
To higher ground
Sheep smile while being
Sheered

Wise men wear shorts
And are frankly incensed
Mary and Joseph 
Need no shelter
From the cold….and
Baby Jesus
Is completely unswaddled

What does this mean
It means…or so
It seems
That we have turned up 
The heat
But we have not yet learned
To walk in the light

Fortunately 
The light is still on

Blessings of the Season,
                - Jeff and Etta 2013

Once upon a time, when I was a teenager, I attended a girls' school, the counterpart of which was, you guessed it, a boys' school. Jeff Moredock, a teacher at this boys' school, was a good friend of James O'Leary, my favorite teacherat the girls'... more »

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2013-12-23 01:43:26 (13 comments, 1 reshares, 26 +1s)

Can any of us imagine saying that female birds are unsuited to fly? How absurd. How preposterous. How utterly ridiculous such an opinion would be. Here is a delightful animated video in tribute to Nadia Popova, A Russian Night Witch, a/k/a, a female World War II pilot and bomber (1921-2013)

To their enemies the Night Witches were supernatural. But to their male counterparts? They were less than equal. Some even taunted them in the air. To Nadia the women were nothing more, nothing less than pilots. After flying 852 missions and being shot down many, many  times, Nadia would receive many medals and honors. Yet the Night Witches faded from memory. Soviet women were barred from most service academies and the women were viewed as unsuited for combat. In her later years Nadia would look up into the darkness, Ah I can still imagine myself as a young girl up there in my bomber, she said, and I askmy... more »

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2013-12-18 01:04:14 (29 comments, 2 reshares, 17 +1s)

We shape our buildings, and afterwards our buildings shape us. - Winston Churchill

Here we have the (physical) architectural visions of Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon, which I read about with more than a little bit of interest. Not just because my father was an architect, mind you, and I therefore am slightly obsessed with the discipline, but because I do believe that our physical surroundings figure significantly in how we think, what we think, our health, our individual and collective States of Mind, our relationships with ourselves, those we love, and those with whom we work, and even with, to be blunt, our enemies around the world.

I don't pretend to think that if each of us were fortunate enough to live and work in a beautiful physical space that we would be healthy, happy and productive, and that there would be no War or obstacles to overcome. I don't pretend... more »

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2013-12-12 13:02:39 (10 comments, 0 reshares, 21 +1s)

She’s been in the company three years longer than I have, and I would say she was my biggest inspiration. Whatever she did, I did. She played the violin, so I played the violin. She went to dance, so I went to dance.

How many boys follow in the footsteps of their big sisters? Robert Fairchild did. Now both he and his fiancee, Tiler Peck, are star dancers with the New York City Ballet. I grew up dancing, but it seems there used to be a much bigger awareness of the beauty - both feminine and masculine - of dance than there is now.

It isn't easy to find dance of any kind featured on television anymore, which has been taken over by the money making world of big time sports. If you don't live in a big city that has a thriving arts scene, it's easy to forget that there is a glorious culture of dance in America that thrives still - not just on Broadway in musicals - andt... more »

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2013-12-10 13:03:52 (8 comments, 3 reshares, 28 +1s)

May we treat all beings with kindness and respect. In honor of our animal loving G+ friend +Kim Crawford +Kim Crawford M.D. - Anti-Aging Doctor Florida, I attach a lovely video on seven research retired chimpanzees and the accompanying article from the Times about the changing attitude toward using animals for research that have demonstrated a capacity for what we recognize as "humanity." How can we save our planet if the only beings whose lives we respect are those of humans?

By JAMES GORMAN
Published: December 9, 2013, The New York Times

Considering the Humanity of Nonhumans

What is a person?

“Beings who recognize themselves as ‘I’s.’ Those are persons.” That was the view of Immanuel Kant, said Lori Gruen, a philosophy professor at Wesleyan University who thinks and writes often about nonhuman animals and the moral and philosophicalissues inv... more »

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2013-12-09 14:38:09 (26 comments, 0 reshares, 19 +1s)

Good morning, everyone,

I love flying. I love the American landscape. I love the photographer Andrew Moore's respect for those vast expanses of land in between our great cities, which are not only hard to access, but are not often traveled, not necessarily because they are hard to access, but because they are no longer considered, no longer held, consciously, within the framework of our imagination about America. Yes, sometimes we think about being "out there" - on the prairies and the deserts and over the mountains - but it is often when we have seen a tornado blast through, or when we hear of some other natural disaster - a flood, a blizzard - that we realize that America is composed of so much space that is not thought of as livable, or where people used to live but no longer do for a variety of complex economic and social reasons.

But our grand and gloriously... more »

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2013-12-08 17:33:54 (33 comments, 1 reshares, 24 +1s)

“We’re almost like an opposite ’50s couple. I’m staying at home, I do the dishes, I do the laundry, I do everything the housewife does. I’m just a dude,” said Mr. Skinner, Nicole Black’s husband.

We are gradually, inevitably, inexorably working our way toward realizing that men and women both have invaluable things to contribute not only to the business world, but to family life. Perhaps the pendulum will have to swing the other way (toward more women working and greater earning power) before it swings back to the middle and something more balanced.

But this step is, I think, necessary, so that each voice can be heard and weigh in on what they need. Most people (both men and women) that I know need fulfillment and satisfaction from several different areas of life. Most people I know need a balance between love and friendship, work, creativity, play andmoney-making.... more »

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2013-12-05 12:30:23 (22 comments, 2 reshares, 19 +1s)

To feel.
To breathe.
To express.
To move in space.
To be alive.
To dance...

Good morning, everyone...

Below is the link to an article in the Times about choreographer Wayne McGregor. I found a video short enough to include here from this theme Chroma. It's perfect Wake Up Ballet. For you dance lovers:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/04/arts/dance/wayne-mcgregor-and-alvin-ailey-troupe-together-on-chroma.html

Giselle

#alvinaileyamericandancetheater   #dance   #waynemcgregor   #ballet   #choreography   #movement     #SerenallaSol   #Chroma  

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2013-11-23 15:51:18 (41 comments, 4 reshares, 34 +1s)

My connections and friendships with other writers on Google+ are two of my favorite things about this platform. This morning I celebrate and share with you the books that +Meg Tufano, +T. Pascal and +Matthew Graybosch (three of my favorite Plussers) have written, each of which is now available on Amazon/Kindle.

Once upon a time, long, long ago, one had to go to a book store to purchase a new release. Amazon changed all that and more, allowing the ease of home delivery in paper, in the cloud, in your Kindle library, or, as is my choice, on my Mac. What a pleasure to know each of these writers, to be able to champion their work, and to be able to be so easily supportive by having so many different online purchase options.

I have attached jpegs of each book cover, along with About the Author and About the Book summaries from Amazon, so that you can get a feel for each writer and,h... more »

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2013-11-21 13:53:46 (20 comments, 2 reshares, 23 +1s)

Is there a lesson to be learned? Yes, to never give up trying to uncover the truth. - Errol Morris, Director of November 22, 1963

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2013-11-20 15:05:25 (12 comments, 3 reshares, 22 +1s)

But what I didn't anticipate through that rapid transition was the incredible experience of the juxtaposition of my sighted experience up against my unsighted experience of the same places and the same people within such a short period of time. From that came a lot of insights, or outsights, as I called them, things that I learned since losing my sight. These outsights ranged from the trival to the profound, from the mundane to the humorous.

This week I have both watched - and listened to with my eyes closed - Chris Downey's TEDTalk on his reality of becoming blind as an adult, and the entire shift of experience that he underwent within just a few days.

Watching his face as he talked, his sightless eyes peering intently at his audience, his beautiful and sensitive hands gesticulating and wrapped around his walking stick, his wedding ring-encircled finger, his closely... more »

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2013-11-18 00:55:03 (31 comments, 4 reshares, 21 +1s)

They told me a long time ago, they didn’t like me and I would never get it. That’s at least forty years ago. Maybe it’s less. Thirty-five years. They said, “You will never get the Nobel Prize, because we don’t like you," and they sent a special official to tell me so.

DORIS LESSING
October 1919
November 2013

It’s been going on now for thirty years. I have won all the prizes in Europe, every bloody one. It’s a Royal Flush. Am I supposed to be elated, or excited, or what? I have won all the prizes in Europe. Every one. So, I’ve won them all. So, okay, the Nobel… I say it’s a Royal Flush. But I’m going to have to think of nice things to say…

I mean the whole thing is so graceless and stupid and bad-mannered. Bad-mannered. That’s what they are. I’m very glad I won the Nobel Prize and I’m alreadythinking of all the people wh... more »

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2013-11-07 22:41:09 (15 comments, 6 reshares, 23 +1s)

There simply are not enough published love stories between partners who work creatively together. Here is one about the relationship between the performance artist / musician / poet / mix-it-upper Laurie Anderson and Lou Reed, her partner of 21 years and also a musical visionary.

I was fortunate to see her perform at the Beacon Theatre in New York when she went on tour to support Big Science, her album with the mind-blowing (then and now) gem O Superman. I remember thinking, "Who is this woman and what kind of human being is she going to end up with who will be able to match her phenomenal creativity?" Answer: Lou Reed

I just read Anderson's tribute to Reed in Rolling Stone and had to share it, along with links for O Superman and two interviews she and Reed gave to Charlie Rose about life, art and a lot of other things.

The accompanying B&W photo of... more »

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2013-10-31 15:34:54 (24 comments, 1 reshares, 15 +1s)

Member: "Dr Ruth, in order to have sex with my wife, I need to schedule an appointment well in advance. What tips do you suggest for getting her to engage in more spontaneous lovemaking? When we were younger, she was ready to go anytime and anywhere."

Dr. Ruth: "Valentine's Day is coming. Go out and buy her a nice gift -- something for HER, and then say Dr. Ruth says that it's very important for her to sometimes initiate a sexual activity so that you know that she really wants it and does not just engage in it to comply with your wishes. Good luck to you." (“Let’s Talk Love” 2003)

Hmmm...'twould seem Male Spiders have been reading up on Dr. Ruth Westheimer's tips for men on how to have more sexual intimacy with their wives/girlfriends. Although it may upset you fellas to think that this is a form of "buying" affection,this ... more »

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2013-10-28 01:26:27 (50 comments, 4 reshares, 29 +1s)

There once was a male Orca named Tilikum
Who was captured to become entertainment for children
At a fantasy place called Sea World...in America.

Young Tilikum was trained to dance in the water
With humans
Who would ride on his back
And stand on his nose
And dive into the water
To applause, and cheers and peels of glee...

His natural wild behavior repressed
His habitat defined by the walls of an enclosed pool
Surrounded by bleachers for enthralled Orca gazers...

His life's purpose repurposed
His energy stolen
His social bonds broken...

He became unpredictable
Irritable
Angry
Violent
Vengeful...

Until the mature, imprisoned Tilikum
finally killed 3 people.

But money talks
And executives lie
And the people must be entertained
And denial runs... more »

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2013-10-21 23:52:44 (14 comments, 5 reshares, 28 +1s)

Hi, everyone... This is how I first learned to fly...years ago, in a glider, or sailplane, if you will, which is a plane without an engine or, therefore, any fuel. Instead, after being towed aloft by a tow plane, you soar on thermals (columns of rising warm air), or mountain "air" waves, or ridge lift, and some extremely skilled pilots can and do stay up for hours and hours, like birds, and travel hundreds and hundreds of miles.

It is a feeling that I can't quite describe. It's quiet, save the sound of the wind against the airfoils and, since it's done out in open spaces away from cities, it puts you very in touch with nature, with the extraordinary beauty of the planet, and with the magic of flight.

Yes, the magic of flight because, despite the scientific and aerodynamic explanation of flight, it is still magical to be up there, soaring in as birdlike a fashion... more »

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2013-10-19 01:37:26 (38 comments, 9 reshares, 88 +1s)

There is something lovely that happens when you ask to take someone's picture, instead of merely trying to capture a moment on the sly. Your subjects give you a permanent gift when their eyes meet yours, when they stop what they are doing to say 'Yes' to your request for a photo, when they give you their energy to take home as a memory, along with the bits of information stored digitally in the camera.

In the Summer of 2006 I spent 5 weeks in Siena, Italy studying Italian. I was fortunate to find a small apartment to rent on Via Montanini, one of the main streets down which the medieval parades would march day and night for weeks leading up to the world's most famous horse race - Il Palio.

The energy in this famous and beautiful Italian city - thick with visiting Italians and tourists alike, the views and vistas around every corner one more breathtaking than the next,... more »

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2013-10-16 22:49:43 (44 comments, 4 reshares, 42 +1s)

Saturday she appeared
after the rains.
To lay her eggs among new growth on the rose bushes
where there will be aphids aplenty for her nymphs come Spring.

Or is it merely that she is tired
and too heavy to fly, to fight against the end.

There she hangs suspended, gravity seduced,
like a plane falling out of the sky
on its last journey to Earth.

Soon enough the Frost will take her.
But not before I have said goodbye,
my finger stroking her sun-warmed wings,
as I wish the angels would stroke mine.

#BlogofAugust   #MantisMania  

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2013-10-11 16:17:31 (98 comments, 1 reshares, 27 +1s)

Question for the Weekend: Why Are There Still So Few Women in Science....and, indeed, in some many other male-dominated fields? I have my own theory...but I'll get to that after I ask you to read this superb essay by Eileen Pollack, Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Yale, on why she turned her back on a career in Science.

But I didn’t go into physics as a career. At the end of four years, I was exhausted by all the lonely hours I spent catching up to my classmates, hiding my insecurities, struggling to do my problem sets while the boys worked in teams to finish theirs. I was tired of dressing one way to be taken seriously as a scientist while dressing another to feel feminine. And while some of the men I wanted to date weren’t put off by my major, many of them were. - Eileen Pollack

A couple of weeks ago I posted about similar discomfort among women graduatesof ... more »

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2013-10-09 00:21:44 (28 comments, 27 reshares, 57 +1s)

Dear G+ Friends,

My mother died of Alzheimer's. My husband's mother of vascular dementia. Tonight, on behalf of everyone on Google+ who knows someone with Alzheimer's or any related dementia, I am sharing with you a letter I received from Berna Huebner, co-Director with Eric Ellena of I Remember Better When I Paint, a film narrated by Oliva de Havilland about the impact art therapy can have on those living with dementia.

So many people I know have a parent, or an aunt or uncle, or a grandparent or good friend or sibling whose life has been invaded by this most unwelcome visitor, one that stays and never leaves.

"Their involvement with the arts and other creative activities, is now being recognized as a way to help bring them back into more active communication and a richer quality of life."

There are many of us who have... more »

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2013-10-07 13:30:55 (24 comments, 2 reshares, 17 +1s)

Hmmmm....thoughts on a Monday morning. 'Twould seem that Lady LIberty and Emma Lazarus's tired, poor, and huddled masses yearning to breathe free, did not know that, if they really want to be free and not have to huddle ensemble to protect themselves against hatred, violence, racism, judgement, homophobia and various other sorts of discrimination in the United States of America, then they should have planned on staying within eyeshot of the Lady's golden torch...because parts of Colorado it seems, think that Liberty and Freedom are concepts applied to a very narrow prism of the population.

“I would’ve never believed the state of Colorado would become this liberal. I’m afraid for my grandchildren. I want them to have the same heritage I had.” Lyle Miller, convenience store owner 

“People think this is a radical idea. It’s really not. What we’re attempting todo is restore ... more »

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