Once again, I’m skipping out on the big name. The other name typically seen in modest lights has left his band behind and instead of playing in the bigger club in town, he’s settling for the more cramped space across the way. The genres are a relatively mixed-bag, offering entertainment to a potentially diverse demographic. There will be comfort to be had in the various music venues across
Archive for February 27th, 2012
CEOs of the largest companies in the world, by virtue of the ever-growing scope and scale of the operations they manage and the influence they wield as a result, are well-positioned to be significant catalysts for positive social change. Unfortunately, doing so has traditionally not been a part of a corporate CEO’s job description. As is still taught in most business schools, CEOs are paid to prioritize delivering the highest financial return to the company’s owners at the expense of all other considerations. Narrowly-defined, this is a CEO’s fiduciary responsibility to its shareholders and it is
Rick Santorum is the GOP’s current flavor of the month.
In the national polls, he leads Mitt Romney by a slight margin and Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul by rather large ones. His rise is attributed, depending on who is doing the analyzing, to either a no-nonsense and unapologetic social conservatism that fires up the right wing base or Romney’s inability to get that same base to like him as he careens from one position to another, all in the hopes that he can airbrush his record as a former Massachusetts governor into something more conservative than it was (see Exhibit A, Romneycare).
As a Democrat, I am happy to see the Republicans eviscerate themselves, and therefore have a rooting interest in the continuation of their nominating contest up to (and even into) the Tampa convention this summer. It is very difficult for a sitting president to get reelected in the face of an 8-10% unemployment rate; in fact, it has never happened before, excluding FDR’s re-election in 1936 (where the rate was north of that mark but had moved appreciably down). The degree of difficulty, however, starts to decrease as perceptions of extremism and incompetence begin to stick to one’s opponents.
And the more the Republican candidates talk this year , the stickier those perceptions get.
First there’s the
What’s the difference between true courage and the sometimes foolish or insensitive dogged determination that runs roughshod over other people in the name of some sacrosanct goal?
True courage takes many forms, few of them characterized by bravado and none of them insensitive or unkind. That doesn’t mean true courage can’t appear to be insensitive or unkind; when sourced from a deep sensitivity and caring, true courage is willing to take whatever stance is necessary to produce the desired results, and yet it is never produced out of bravado or some form of self-righteousness.
True courage stems from something heartfelt, not something powered by adrenaline, testosterone or emotional angst. That doesn’t mean that true courage might not involve adrenaline, testosterone or powerful emotions, just that the source is something deeper. In fact, it may require adrenaline or even emotional charge in order to get the point across.
The word courage stems from the French word for heart, “coeur,” and the suffix, “age” comes from the Vulgar Latin meaning “associated with or characterized by.” Courage then means characterized by the
TIME Magazine’s latest cover story (Feb. 2/24) is called “Yo Decido. Why Latinos will pick the next President.” It reports that about 9% of all voters in 2012 will be Latino, up 26% from four years ago. While the Latino vote is definitely interesting, the most interesting thing about this story isn’t the headline or the article’s
At this year’s Oscars, The Help captured the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress (Octavia Spencer) and was nominated for Best Picture, Best Actress (Viola Davis), and another Best Supporting Actress (Jessica Chastain).
If the success of The Help helps Americans understand the terrible times of Jim Crow and legal segregation, whets their appetites to learn more about the civil rights movement, or simply sensitizes people to the psychological costs of bigotry and the importance of treating people with respect regardless of race, it will have served an important social purpose. But I hope that the triumph of The Help at this year’s Academy Awards will also draw attention to another film, The Long Walk Home, about African-American maids enduring similar indignities, that is both more compelling and more realistic.
That film, which appeared in 1990, made much less of a splash, despite a dramatic story and an outstanding cast that included Whoopi Goldberg, Ving Rhames, and Sissy Spacek (who has a smaller role in The Help). In contrast to The Help, Richard Pearce’s The Long Walk Home shows African-American maids as active participants in the civil rights struggle — and remains a much more uplifting and hard-hitting movie about the plight and pluck of black domestic servants confronting
The gazebo at Gilchrist Park in Punta Gorda is where musicians gather every Thursday night “in season” 2012 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com.
The place to be on a Thursday night in Punta Gorda is Gilchrist Park That’s when bands of musicians and their adoring fans gather around the gazebo, the pavilion, and along the grassy areas of the riverfront park. Here is old time rock ‘n’ roll; here is country music; here is blues. If you come two weeks in a row, you begin to recognize the regulars.
It is just one of the charming, endearing aspects of Punta Gorda, a community with long and strong Old Florida heritage, which has become a haven for retirees and snowbirds who migrate here for the season.
On the third Thursday of the month, this musical tradition has competition with the monthly Gallery Walk, when the art galleries and shops stay open late, there is street entertainment (such as from the Charlotte Theater Repertory who this night have their children’s chorus doing songs from “Annie”), and an antiques car show.
Then on Sunday, biking along a new trail that follows the Peace River, we come upon a major antique car show that takes up Laishley Park, a marina and riverfront park.
A week before, this was the site of the highly prestigious Worlds championship International Federation of Disabled Sailors, one of the final qualifying events to decide which teams would represent their country in the upcoming London2012 ParaOlympics this
I’ve been thinking lately about how so many people play it safe with their lives. They follow the conventions, avoid making mistakes or taking risks…and end up with precious little to write home about. Meanwhile, free spirits (with or without much money) embrace life, play by their own rules, and chase their dreams — even when more sober loved ones say, “Get real.”
I love being inspired by people who take life by the horns and make it an adventure. There’s a perfect storm of that going on in my family right
The following is adapted from The Roof at the Bottom of the World.
In the static, lifeless landscape of the Transantarctic Mountains, the wind is the only animate force. It is movement and sound, alternately relentless and fickle. When it stops and the sun beams down from a cloudless sky, you can strip to bare skin and immediately feel the warmth. But let one puff of breeze disturb the thin layer of radiant air, and shivers will well
In the world of media and entertainment, we are finally starting to see a positive shift in the portrayal of Hispanics. Cultural stereotypes are giving way to cultural authenticity. The attention usually given to Spanish-speaking Hispanics is turning to the English-speaking majority born in the United States. New Generation Latinos (NGLs) are making waves and changing the
We’re at that point in the undergraduate admission cycle where many students are playing the waiting game, yearning for acceptance into their top-choice schools. Whether accepted under early action or regular decision, students are piling into their family cars for grand tours and final details before making a decision. Chances are, they’ll meet an admissions counselor, take a tour of the campus and learn all the positive aspects of each university, leaving them with an immaculate image of each.
But for some schools, this academic year has been blemished. The University of Virginia just recently had a student lacrosse player found guilty of second-degree murder and grand larceny involving the death of a fellow
This year’s extra day in February doesn’t feel all that festive. An extra 24 hours falling right in the middle of the traditional work week isn’t much of a cause for celebration.
But at Travelzoo, we know the promise that Wednesday holds. It’s the day our Top 20 newsletter comes out, full of best-in-market discounts to destinations both near and far. And it’s shaping up that travel and entertainment companies see this Wednesday — the rare
Where would we be without the TSA?
Representatives of the $8.1 billion-a-year agency, which is charged with protecting America’s transportation systems, are stepping into the spotlight to ask that question.
Two of them caught my eye last week: an op-ed by a Federal Security Director in Florida and a “show-and-tell” event in Tennessee, that underscored the presumed value of this pricey federal initiative.
And there’s more to come. John Pistole, the TSA’s administrator, is making a rare appearance at the Press Club in Washington early next month, and is almost certain to echo the same talking points. Even the TSA’s own blog is getting into the act, above and beyond its weekly inventory of weapons
While most arts managers and board members don’t turn to financial forecasts when they are looking for a lift, I must admit that I find them inspiring. I find possibilities for change, growth and renewal in projections for income and expenses.
Of course we in the not-for-profit world should never judge our success by the financial results we produce. Our missions relate to programming success, audiences reached and communities changed.
But when I create a financial plan as part of a strategic planning effort, I can see the impact of the plan in the way the numbers change over time. I can ‘create’ a believable new financial future for the organization.
I have been developing new financial plans for three organizations in recent weeks.
One of them needs to bolster its individual fundraising effort substantially to overcome current financial
While there has been dramatic growth in online video advertising, mostly in the form of in-stream ads, there is a big opportunity for original, sponsored video programming.
Seeking to connect advertisers, producers and the big portals with the emerging medium, the big digital ad agency Digitas is organizing a two-week series of day-long programs in New York.
Digitas, which has had its own event digital marketplace for the past five years called the NewFront, has expanded to the New Fronts, a partnership organized by Digitas, with the me members AOL, Hulu, MSN, Yahoo! and YouTube.
The New Fronts will be held in various locations in Manhattan from April 19 – May 2.
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I had just discovered I was pregnant with my first child. Most women in my shoes would be making lists of names, mentally designing the nursery or simply immersing themselves in baby bliss. I was reveling because I could finally eat whatever the hell I wanted. For me, finding out I had a bun in the oven was to be taken literally: my bun was at Cinnabon and going directly from the oven into my mouth.
In all seriousness, my husband and I had been trying to conceive for a year and from the moment I saw that blue stripe on the EPT stick, I was euphoric knowing I was finally going to be a
“They agreed that computers had, so far, made surprisingly little impact on schools – far less than in other realms of society such as media and medicine and law. For that to change, Gates said, computers and mobile devices would have to focus on delivering more personalized lessons and providing motivational feedback.” –Conversation between Bill Gates and Steve Jobs (Isaacson, 2011)
Many well-respected educators and academics propose providing young people with digital tools, believing they will inspire and excite them about academic learning. Yet children, like many adults for that matter, often use digital media for socializing and entertainment. And, for many people, the distractions available online often trump
Outasight “Tonight Is The Night”
Prior to The Oscars’ embracing Outasight’s “Tonight Is The Night” — well, not with an award but with broadcast muscle — the single had airplay on over 115 Top 40 radio stations, sales of over 530,000 copies, over 18,000 daily streams on Spotify, and over 5 million views on YouTube. If you haven’t checked it out yet, here is “Tonight Is The Night”‘s official music video. Oh, and that Oscar winner, “Man Or Muppet”? Fuggedaboutit…no, not really, it was pretty awesome…
A Conversation with Jack DeJohnnette
Mike Ragogna: Jack, you’ve got a new album, Sound Travels, which comes off like a collection of tone poems, all having different identities. Let’s start with “Salsa for Luisito.” What was the inspiration for that song?
Jack DeJohnette: Well, I love Afro-bouncing
We lie on our backs in shavasana, the corpse pose. According to the yogis, this pose mimics the death of our practice, the end of the struggle, and it is a necessary and restorative step before we’ll roll onto our right side in the fetal position to symbolize our rebirth. Each yoga class offers an end and a beginning — in that order.
Every shavasana is a challenge. While it’s a relief to lie still on the mat after an hour and a half of bending and balancing, binding and hovering, it’s never easy to quiet the
Paul Volcker deserves better. In the hands of Tim Geithner’s Treasury, the Rule named for Volcker supposedly limiting speculative mischief by government-guaranteed banks is fast becoming a cumbersome parody of itself.
Financial regulatory officials, at the behest of Wall Street, have turned a simple bright line into a convoluted monstrosity. The questionnaire alone, inviting comments, runs 530
If you’re looking for the theoretical ideal of American beauty, you watch the Miss America Pageant. (Or so they say.) If you are looking for the ideal professional football player, you watch the NFL Combine.
Both spectacles consist primarily of events in which contestants compete against themselves: right up to the moment that judges/teams have to rank them for the crown or the draft board. The Miss America Organization “distinguishes Miss America via a form of Olympic scoring.” Honest. Look it