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She first appeared on my radar after starring in Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood. Judd played her Tennessee Williams-type role with an elegant, uniquely Southern neurosis. Throughout the film, human frailty seeped from every pore.
I gained even more respect for her after reading her biography. Getting knocked around in real life has only made her
This week, I have seen a potential future of the nation’s health — and heard from and interacted with some of the players that are trying to impact and improve it. Actually, I’ve seen many possible versions of this future and heard from quite a few of these innovative thinkers.
I’m writing this after spending several exhausting, enlightening, exhilarating days at TEDMED. TED is an organization that brings together thought leaders and visionaries who give talks that inspire. It started with a focus on technology, entertainment, and design (that’s the TED) and has evolved to include an arm devoted to health and
France is a country that pulls us in two directions: We both love to love it, and love to hate it.
On the one hand, we embrace the Parisian reputation of being a fine dining, fashion, art and architecture mecca. On the other hand, we constantly hear people complaining about how rude and snobby, stinky and disorganized the French can be.
I had the great privilege of living in Paris for two years: Once during my junior year abroad from Stanford, as an exchange student in 1992; then again in 2002, while I was writing a book. I just returned from a two-week long vacation in Paris this spring,
So many of us, at one point or another during a summer vacation or trip to the beach, have learned about rip currents. This little summer surprise is when seawater begins to channel from the beach out through the surf, making anything caught in the current move out to sea. If you end up in one of these water treadmills, the harder you try to swim or paddle towards the shore, the more exhausted you become. The trick to managing the rip current, as counter-intuitive as it seems, is to swim parallel to the shore, separating from the channel and then riding the surf in to
Timing is Everything
When I was a boy, I loved NASA. So imagine how pleased I was to be invited to speak at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center this week — where the kindly, soft-spoken and brilliant Willy Wonka of the place, astrophysicist John Mather, and his team are building the James Webb Space Telescope — perhaps humanity’s most ambitious engineering project — and where scientists use satellites to study climate change in incredible detail.
My talk, on Wednesday, was about the subject of my new book, Fool Me Twice: fighting the assault on science in America, and ways NASA scientists, particularly NASA climate scientists, can communicate complex science in the face of antiscience attacks, such as those by global warming deniers.
At that very moment a living example was was unfolding around me. I started getting texts, tweets and emails about 49 former NASA employees who were taking the agency to task for publishing information on climate change — something they didn’t politically agree with.
The sweet and fetid stench of propaganda
One of the most common tactics deniers use is something I call The Impressive Letter Technique, or this being NASA, let it be known by the acronym TILT — which is exactly what it tries to do to your
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Martin Hayes is a traditional Irish fiddler and the son of a traditional Irish fiddler, so he is well aware that traditional music is a constantly evolving form.
Hayes is a masterful fiddler who is known for his soulful playing as well as his ability to fly through a brisk improvisational melody. For the past several years, he has principally toured and recorded with guitarist Dennis Cahill and the two have continually wowed audiences with their dynamic, expressive joint improvisations.
This year, however, Hayes is introducing U.S. audiences to several other facets of his musical self. In addition to the current Masters of Tradition tour, he and Cahill teamed up with several other musicians to create The Gloaming, which takes Irish sounds into new
Being an on air talent is far more difficult than it appears to be. I know this because I have been doing it for well over a decade. In the beginning, you always think it’s about being the skinniest, the prettiest, the smartest, the most talented — hopefully all at the same time. But the fact is that most people who are successful on air talents posess something much more powerful:
This year’s World Economic Forum in Davos saw intense debate about the future of capitalism. Many participants were asking whether capitalism, with all of its excesses, still has a place in today’s world. The media, meanwhile, speculated that if even managers and bankers were raising doubts about the system’s future, then perhaps capitalism had already been laid to rest in Davos.
The reports about capitalism’s imminent demise may be somewhat exaggerated, as the ideology of a free but socially committed and fairly regulated market economy was never questioned in Davos. However, there was some discussion as to whether capitalism in its present form serves or undermines the free market
Over the weekend, marked by celebrations of Easter and Passover, I drove a few hundred miles in search of beauty and the beast. I stumbled upon them both, and the experience was sublime as well as riveting.
For years, I have been planning to go to the Antelope Valley to see California poppies bursting into full bloom. Usually it happens at the beginning of April, but this year, with the weather being what it is, the spectacle has been delayed by a couple of weeks. And still, what I saw was pure
Most people know the USO for our world class entertainment. USO tours with headliner celebrities have been entertaining troops for more than 70 years and that tradition will continue during April, the month of the Military Child. But as the U.S. military has changed over those years, the USO has continually adapted with
by guest blogger Maya Rodale,writer of historicaltales of true love and adventure
Soft skin is the ideal, right? In romance novels like mine, heroines always have the softest, loveliest skin the heroes have ever known–ever–and those rakes have experienced a lot! How to attain this? Even better, how to have soft skin organically, and without purchasing an expensive assortment of products?
In pursuit of this soft skin in real life, I have invented the following concoction using common kitchen ingredients, which is super-easy to make and costs almost nothing.
Maya’s Magic Potion for Super-Soft Skin
2 Tablespoons of an exfoliant like salt or sugar (which is gentler)
1 Tablespoon of olive oil or coconut oil
If you wanted to get fancy and scented, you could add a few drops of essential oil
In a non-breakable bowl, add ingredients together.
In the shower or bath, gently rub this mix all over and rinse with warm water. I’ve found that this amount of oil is enough for your skin, but not enough to make the tub dangerously slippery.
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In recent months, I’ve begun many a meeting by telling people how much I love and appreciate Rick Santorum. This usually elicits hard laughs and perplexed looks as people realize I’m not joking.
The fact is, I’m an unlikely woman to love and appreciate Rick. For one, I’m a committed left-leaning women’s
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Jallianwala Bagh, photo by Ronnie Bhardwaj
Vaisakhi is one of the most important religious festivals in India, particularly in the state of Punjab which is the heart of Sikhism. It is celebrated on April 13 by people of all faiths in India and is called by different names in different regions. It celebrates a combination of the new year and the harvest which is important in Punjab as the region is often referred to as the breadbasket of India due to all the wheat grown there. Among the Sikhs, Vaisakhi is also important because it commemorates the establishment of the Khalsa, or Pure Ones, which took place in 1699 under Guru Gobind
So many people extol the power of intention these days, you’d think it’s a foolproof way to fulfill your desires. Yet, the fact of the matter is most of us don’t fulfill our intentions. Let’s look at why and, more importantly, at how to reduce the resistance that so often keeps us from achieving our intentions/goals.
Essentially, there are two types of resistance to fulfilling any intention: internal and
With a new book coming out in October, I have been dialoguing with publicists about potentially helping me on the project. More often than not, these conversations take place without any mention of the contents of my book. Rather, the professionals have one interest: How do I plan to brand myself, build my brand — and by the way, what is my brand?
I was recently asked, “Are you using your blog to demonstrate who you are — to sell your brand?” I answered with another question, “So my concept of who I am needs to come up with a concept of who I am? Do I have that right?” The publicist did not respond, and so I scaled back my inquiry. “How is the act of writing what interests me different than writing what would demonstrate what interests me, or for that matter, who I am?” Still no response, but now she looked frustrated and
Fear of the number 13 is the most prevalent superstition in the Western world. We even have a name for it: triskaidekaphobia. It is quite common for even the most ordinarily rational and otherwise exemplary person — Winston Churchill, for example — to refuse to sit in row 13 in the theater or on an airplane.
J. Paul Getty and Franklin Delano Roosevelt suffered from
photo credit: ReutersGerman Minister of Finance Wolfgang Schuble in his welcome note to an Institute of New Economic Thinking convening of some of the world’s leading economic theorists and practitioners in Berlin this week wrote:Ordnungspolitik seems to roughly translate into a government debt-averse, laissez-faire approach to economic policy that runs along similar lines to what Republican House Budget Committee Paul Ryan is promoting.What is frightening many in Europe today is that Schuble’s views are mainstream in Germany, a current account surplus national oasis in a world plagued by debt desertification. In other words, Germany is not only unwilling to extend a real lifeline to other sinking economies in Europe, it’s using this moment in history to promote an ideological austerity that it wants to compel other nations — when their economies are reeling — to do the same as the price for German support.George Soros, anchor speaker among many luminaries at this INET conference, has offered contrarian views to those of Schuble and published this oped in yesterday’s Financial Times, “Europe’s Future Not up to Bundesbank.” However, in the side chatter here, most believe that the gap between Germany’s economic prescriptions and floundering European siblings won’t be bridged. There is sort of a feeling among many here that the European titanic is sinking and that Germany has control of all the life boats and won’t let them out. In a way, developing ‘new economic thinking’ is similar to researching and promoting use of renewable energy sources — vital but it takes a long time and major investment to retrofit a world organized around traditional
By Pablo Rodriguez
More commonly known by those who love him by his sobre nombre, Jesse is a self-described Xota (jota) artist and community advocate. A BA in History, Chicana/o Studies, and Native American Studies from U.C. Davis, a master’s in History from the University of Texas, and master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy from Sacramento State University allow Jesse to navigate confidently in and out of the worlds of academia, public health, community-based research, youth development, community organizing, and mental health. Drawing from his Tejano and East Salinas roots he can do all the above in English, Spanish, Spanglish, or whatever he
Recently, there has been much discussion with regard to Mitt Romney and the Republican War on Women — but more awareness needs to be raised with regard to the perception that is given instead of what is reality.
The reality is President Obama nominated the first Latina as a Supreme Court Justice. On the other hand, Mitt Romney stated he would not support Sonia Sotomayor as a justice of the Supreme Court even though in 1991, she was nominated to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York by President George H.W. Bush.
According to the Institute for Research on Women and Gender at Columbia University, Janine Balekdjian stated: “President Obama has made other concrete steps for the advancement of women, like signing the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay act and appointing Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court.”
Indeed the Republican Party has a woman problem and it extends into the Latina
The sweetheart deals just keep coming. Lawbreakers at one bank after another are let off the hook as their shareholders write a check. And then they go out and repeat the illegal behavior they promised not to do in the last settlement.
It shouldn’t be surprising that this keeps happening over at the SEC – especially as long as Robert Khuzami continues to serve as Director of the Commission’s Division of