Archive for June 23rd, 2011
I have always been the photographer of our little family. I am forever posing my family members, constructing the scene and poking my lens into people’s faces.
For six years, my nephew was the only grandchild; you can only imagine how often I had my camera in his face.
But one thing I’ve noticed about kids on the autism spectrum, is that a lot of them really don’t like having their picture taken.
As a very enthusiastic auntie and over-zealous therapist, I was forever taking pictures of my nephew trying to help him remember all the fun things we did.
But guess what? That was my own agenda. In my desperation to capture a happy memory, I was losing my ability to read his body language and truly empathize.
A few years ago, I attended a HANDLE (Holistic Approach To NeuroDevelopment and Learning Efficiency) workshop and started to see physiology as communication. During the two-day course, the practitioner showed us a picture of a young boy with autism wincing as he posed for a family photo (continue reading…)
Several years ago, when my children were young, we would often visit my parents in Florida in February, eagerly looking forward to shedding our parkas for shorts and t-shirts, and spending some quality time with the folks. But as soon as my kids walked in, throwing their shoes all over the tiny condo, it was clear we would be living under my mom’s rules. “Take your shoes off at the door!” was an initial greeting. My parent’s preferred late-night restaurant outings were the norm, where my kids grew cranky waiting for their kid’s meal well past their bedtime (continue reading…)
What’s so funny about …?
Oh, let’s say, a Muslim guy walking through the airport, or the bride of Frankenstein … or saliva. It’s all there — and more! — at an exhibit called “What Makes Us Smile?” at Baltimore’s American Visionary Art Museum, which I saw with my daughter a few days ago. Even though the world is still caught in the jaws of hell, I decided to write about this raw celebration of humor because the tears of amazement and joy that flowed as I walked through it felt like my definition of peace.
God, terrorism and flatulence all get more or less the same treatment at this deceptively named exhibit (continue reading…)
Santos defeated Penarol 2-1 in Sao Paulo to win the Copa Libertadores championship for the first time since 1963 in a match that indelibly marked the arrival of Neymar and Ganso as major players in world football. Santos pressed the attack in the first half, with Elano, in particular, threatening the Penarol goal with his trademark curling free kicks. But it was Neymar and Ganso who stole the show in the first half with Ganso finding Neymar in an almost telepathic partnership that conjured up shades of Bebeto and Romario from the mid-1990s.
Neymar fittingly found the back of the net to open the scoring in the 47th minute after Ganso flicked a pass to Arouca, who subsequently found the spiky haired teenager lurking in his favorite position on the left flank near the mouth of the goal (continue reading…)
As the NBA draft takes place this week, we are reminded of a traumatic event tied into the 1986 draft. Brad Daugherty was the top pick taken by the Cleveland Cavaliers that year and he forged a solid NBA career. He was a five time NBA All-Star in the nine years he played for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
But that draft is most remembered for what happened to the number two pick, Len Bias, taken by the Boston Celtics (continue reading…)
I can’t believe we are halfway through the season! I love watching my fellow cast members at work and play. They are all talented, wonderful, hilarious people who I now I consider family.
Life is all about chemistry. Watching Martyn and Mary with their clients makes me realize how important chemistry is in a design relationship. I am beginning to realize my client is going to be more difficult as she seems to be resisting my ideas instead of embracing them (continue reading…)
Happy Thursday everyone, here’s my Top 5 for June 23, 2011 from Len Berman at www.ThatsSports.com.
1. Quick Hits
Tonight is the NBA draft.
At Wimbledon, Rafael Nadal and Andy Roddick breezed into the third round. Venus Williams struggled to beat 40-year old Kimiko Date-Krumm from Japan.
Mavericks owner Mark Cuban says sure he’d be interested in buying the Dodgers. But who knows when that mess will be sorted out?
Giants fan Bryan Stow, who was severely beaten after the Dodgers home opener, was upgraded from critical to serious condition (continue reading…)
In his speech to the nation Wednesday night, President Barack Obama announced his plans to withdraw 33,000 American troops from Afghanistan by the summer of 2012, just a few months before November’s presidential election. This will bring an end to Obama’s surge strategy but it is unlikely to mollify a growing war weariness among the American electorate.
In addressing a growingly skeptical American public the president sounded both optimistic and realistic. At one point he said, “the light of a secure peace can be seen in the distance.” But he tempered his hope by saying, “huge challenges remain. This is the beginning — but not the end — of our effort to wind down this war.” The president’s decision would leave 68,000 US troops in Afghanistan to continue the already decade-long war at least until 2014, assuming Afghanistan’s forces will be able to take over.
The war in Afghanistan is costing U.S (continue reading…)
Every morning, I walk across the street from my townhouse and take a stroll by the San Francisco Bay. The paved pathway I amble down is a flurry of bike riders, power walkers, and locals taking their dogs out for a morning stretch.
Earlier this week, I came across a springy King Charles spaniel happily chewing on a tennis ball, when he suddenly became aware of his owner filling up his water bowl at the drinking fountain.
The dog — who had previously been in a state of single focus bliss — began to nervously shift his attention from the ball, to the bowl and back again (continue reading…)
“pro-Israel” lobby’s latest hobbyhorse is “delegitimization.” Those who
criticize Israeli policies are accused of trying to “delegitimize” Israel,
which supposedly means denying Israel’s right to exist. Even President Obama
has gotten into the act, stating in his May 19 speech that “for the
Palestinians, efforts to delegitimize Israel will end in failure.”
to be referring to the Palestinians’ plan to seek recognition of their state at
the United Nations this fall, although it’s hard to imagine just how that would
the Palestinians are not seeking statehood in Israeli territory but in
territory that the whole world (including Israel) recognizes as having been
occupied by Israel only after the 1967 war. Rather than seeking Israel’s
elimination, the Palestinians who intend to go to the United Nations are
seeking establishment of a state alongside Israel. (That state would encompass 22
percent of Mandate Palestine, with Israel possessing 78 percent.)
concept of “delegitimization” seems archaic (continue reading…)
LinkedIn.com has had much to boast about since its 2002 inception, having exceeded 100 Million members the professional social network has become a prime resource for corporations looking to recruit talent. Both internal Human Resources and third party recruiters are turning to LinkedIn for innovative avenues to attract new hires. Since going public last month, LinkedIn has continued to proactively provide resources not only for hiring authorities, but also for those actively and passively keeping eye on new opportunities.
As the emerging workforce graduates with their Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, LinkedIn launched Career Explorer to assist college students and recent graduates navigate their career choices (continue reading…)
This will be a slightly longer letter than common for the internet age — it’s serious stuff.
The short version is we want you to consider doing something hard: coming to Washington in the hottest and stickiest weeks of the summer and engaging in civil disobedience that will likely get you arrested.
The full version goes like this:
As you know, the planet is steadily warming: 2010 was the warmest year on record, and we’ve seen the resulting chaos in almost every corner of the earth.
And as you also know, our democracy is increasingly controlled by special interests interested only in their short-term profit.
These two trends collide this summer in Washington, where the State Department and the White House have to decide whether to grant a certificate of ‘national interest’ to some of the biggest fossil fuel players on earth. These corporations want to build the so-called ‘Keystone XL Pipeline’ from Canada’s tar sands to Texas refineries (continue reading…)
In the wake of all the buzz about Weiner’s weiner, a certain controversial idea has bubbled up. And it’s this: men and women are different. And we’re not just talking anatomy.
It’s a scary subject, one that leaves most of us — women especially — with a twinge of that don’t-go-there feeling. After all, less than a generation ago, we were led to believe the only way to succeed in business was to be a man in a skirt, convinced that if we wanted to make our way up the corporate ladder, we had to turn off our feminine sensibility and act like men — and if we really wanted to succeed, to act like the worst of them (continue reading…)
What is the role of a friend or family member when someone they care about is getting divorced?
Divorce is a loyalty test. It’s all too easy to fail that test even when you think you are acting in a friend or family member’s best interest.
Case in point: Years ago my husband and I became accessories to a marital split. At the time we owned a two-bedroom condo in Boca Raton and invited Frank and Roberta and their daughter to spend Christmas week with us (continue reading…)
The US is to release 30 million barrels of oil from its strategic petroleum reserve as part of a global effort to reduce disruption to oil supplies.
Energy Secretary Steven Chu said the release of oil was in response to supply disruptions caused by unrest in the Middle East and North Africa.
Officials said the US reserve was currently at a historically high level (continue reading…)
US new home sales fell by 2.1% in May from the previous month, figures have shown, providing further evidence of the country's weak housing market.
May sales came in at a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of 319,000, down from an upwardly-revised 326,000 in April.
New home sales had risen in the previous two months (continue reading…)
Sadie, a nationally-known instructor, will be writing all about your real-world yoga needs! To request topics, email her at www.SadieNardini.com!
As the founder of a style of yoga called Core Strength Vinyasa Yoga, I’m always intrigued by questions about center. One topic that seems to come up again and again is how frustrated new moms (or those currently pregnant … or anyone, really) are about re-finding their “core.”
It’s not that we ever really lose it, the way we do a pair of keys, but it can sure as hell seem as impossible to find sometimes.
I’ve got some tips that might surprise you for regaining your core strength more quickly, since in the new view of anatomy, the old version of what the core is can be thrown out like, um, the baby with the bathwater (continue reading…)
From courtside at Wimbledon, I’m celebrating two important anniversaries this week: the 50th anniversary of my first championship win at Wimbledon, and the 40th anniversary year of Title IX, legislation that ensures equal access to both men and women in federally-funded educational programs and activities, including sports programs.
Both milestones have special importance to me. When Karen Hantze and I won the Ladies’ Doubles at Wimbledon in 1961, there were not nearly as many opportunities for girls and women in sports as there are today. The passage of Title IX legislation in 1972 opened important doors, but I knew it would take long-term and continued efforts and dedication to ensure those doors remained open (continue reading…)
Three questions should be asked in the wake of President Obama’s speech on Afghanistan last night. What does it means for the United States’ strategy there — and in Pakistan? Does it represent a qualitative change in official American thinking about its stakes in the region and in the wider ‘war on terror’? What influences shaped the approach Obama outlined?
Here is a preliminary, and sketchy, attempt to answer them. First, Washington’s goals remain the same. That means a vigorous campaign against the al-Qaeda remnants on both sides of the Durand Line, an unrelenting war of attrition against the Taliban (its leadership above all), a campaign of bolstering anti-Taliban political forces to ensure that they will be minor players in the country’s future, and to secure from a straying Mr (continue reading…)
You have to see it to believe it. Trust your eyes. Only believe in what you can see, feel, and touch.Such statements represent what we are taught since birth, what we are domesticated with. But is this so? The world is rife with things based on what you can perceive and only what you can perceive (continue reading…)
More than a decade ago, I took a job as a server at a branch of a steakhouse conglomerate in rural North Carolina, where, for $2.13 an hour plus tips (including some insightful hand-scrawled notes in lieu of dollars), I waited tables and swept up piles of broken peanuts. The steakhouse has seen some changes over the years (eventually, busted peanuts make for busted floors). The pay, it turns out, has not.
The rate of $2.13 an hour — also known as federal subminimum wage, or the standard base pay for waitstaff in many states — hasn’t budged a penny in 20 years. Even if you work full-time, that amount obviously won’t pay the bills (continue reading…)
The Supreme Court issued its decision in the Dukes v. Wal-Mart sex discrimination case this week, a frustrating ruling that doesn’t challenge the existence of bias, but that exempts the company from accountability. The case highlights the difficulty of addressing discrimination at a time when intentional bias is both illegal and socially unacceptable, and yet obvious gender and racial gaps remain. If much, perhaps even most, discrimination is unintentional on a personal level, what responsibility do employers (or our government, or each of us as individuals) have for addressing its institutional consequences?
The court decided 5-4 that up to 1.5 million female employees cannot file suit together as a class (continue reading…)
Wake up, eat, lift weights, practice, eat, sleep, eat again, sleep again.
Add in community events, autograph sessions, film watching and you have a pretty standard week in a WNBA season. Of course, many of these daily itineraries include trips to the airport, long security lines, and, on the worst of days, flight delays.
Sounds glamorous doesn’t it?
Okay, maybe it’s not glamorous. But when you have the opportunity to do something you love for a living, there’s nothing better. For example, last week the Connecticut Sun hosted its annual Go Green Event on June 8th in Niantic, where we planted, painted and cleaned up a park and beach (continue reading…)