Onia Teams With Christy Turlington Burns’ Nonprofit, Every Mother Counts

In recognition of Mother’s Day, Onia is releasing a Mommy & Me capsule collection of swimwear with Christy Turlington Burns’ nonprofit organization, Every Mother Count to help every mother make childbirth and pregnancy safe. The capsule will be released April 16.
The Onia x EMC collection includes three of Onia’s essential “Kelly” one-pieces matched with their “Ava” girls style. The suits feature the EMC Mother’s Day rose symbol and signature color palette.
The Kelly will retail for $ 195 and the Ava for $ 75 on onia.com.

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Onia will be donating 50 percent of proceeds to the foundation. Every Mother Counts educates the public about maternal health, engages individuals to advocate for the well-being of mothers, and invests in community-led programs to improve access to essential maternity care.
 

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Twitter is boiling over with hilarity after Kellyanne Conway made a comment about “microwaves that turn into cameras.”

During an interview with the Bergen County Record on Sunday, Conway talked about President Donald Trump’s unsubstantiated claim that his predecessor, Barack Obamaordered wiretapping of his communications during the campaign.

“Do you know if Trump Tower was wiretapped?” the interviewer asks Conway in the video above.

In response, Trump’s counselor says, without evidence:

“What I can say is there are many ways to surveil each other now, unfortunately. There was an article this week that talked about how you can surveil someone through their phones, through their — certainly through their television sets, any number of different ways, and microwaves that turn into cameras, etc., so we know that that is just a fact of modern life.”

Though Conway clarified Monday on ABC’s “Good Morning America” that she wasn’t saying Trump and his campaign were being surveilled by microwaves, the damage was already done.

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Ken Burns Explain Why the Real Jackie Robinson Was the Most Important Baseball Player Ever

Ken Burns agrees that we can’t remember Jackie Robinson enough. He just wants us to remember the real Jackie Robinson.

So he’s taken the Robinson segment of his Emmy-winning 1994 Baseball series and expanded it into a four-hour documentary on the life of the man who 69 years ago this month integrated Major League Baseball.

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Jackie Robinson airs Monday and Tuesday, 9-11 p.m. ET, on PBS.

Burns says it’s the least he can do.

“Jackie Robinson was the most important player in the history of Major League Baseball,” says Burns. “Maybe not the best, but the most important.”

Baseball itself honors Robinson in a number of ways. With the retirement of Yankees’ reliever Mariano Rivera, no player on any team will again wear 42, the number Robinson wore for nine seasons with the Brooklyn Dodgers.

The only danger, says Burns, is that in enshrining an iconic figure, we could forget who Robinson really was, and how he really lived his life on and off the field.

Jackie Robinson focuses on how involved and active a life he led, before, during and after his baseball career.

Robinson grew up in the Jim Crow West, Pasadena, Calif., and he spent his life fighting to erase the corrosive effect of racial discrimination.

In the process he didn’t always make friends and he didn’t always serve his own health well. He was 53 when he died.

“In the mythic view,” says Burns, “Jackie Robinson was able to integrate baseball because he agreed not to fight back – to ignore the racist taunts and behavior.

“For his first three years – one with the Triple-A Montreal farm team and two with the Dodgers – he did that. It was a remarkable achievement.

“But that wasn’t the real Jackie. Once he completed that agreement with [Dodgers president] Branch Rickey, you saw a very different person. He argued with umpires, he spoke out to his teammates, he told the press what he was really thinking.”

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The unchained Jackie emerged in the 1949 season, Burns notes, “and 1949 was the best year of his career. He had his best statistics and he won the National League Most Valuable Player award.”

Jackie Robinson features footage of Robinson arguing with umpires, who he suspected sometimes tended not to let close calls go his way. It notes that his outspokenness at times led to negative press from writers who had admired the more reserved Robinson of his first two seasons – the one who, by implication, knew his place.

The documentary also notes some of the other realities of baseball’s early integration, like the fact that Robinson often couldn’t stay with his team at Southern hotels or eat in the same restaurants.

Inside the Dodgers’ clubhouse, Robinson was often isolated. While not all his teammates openly shunned him, like outfielder Dixie Walker, Burns says he found no evidence to support the famous feel-good story about teammate Pee Wee Reese publicly embracing him on the field after a torrent of racist taunts in Cincinnati.

“It’s a great story,” says Burns. “There’s a statue in New York commemorating it, and we know Pee Wee supported Jackie. We just couldn’t find any evidence that specific incident really happened.

“Robinson presented a dilemma to his teammates. Carl Erskine remembers going back home to Indiana in the off-season and having people ask,’Do you take showers with him?’ “

Robinson could also create dilemmas for those who admired him, which happened when he began working with New York’s Republican Gov. Nelson Rockefeller.

The Republican party had a far more influential moderate and liberal wing then, Burns notes, but when Robinson also embraced the candidacy of Richard Nixon, he heard accusations of selling out.

He eventually broke with Nixon, but as the 1960s Civil Rights movement became more aggressive, Robinson was seen by some as a vestige of an earlier day.

All this “wore on him,” Burns says, “but to his credit, he never stopped speaking out. From the time he signed with the Dodgers he was a public figure. He knew that and he accepted it. He never stopped fighting.”

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Accepting a ceremonial honor at a baseball park one night after his retirement, he remarked that the honor would mean more if he could look out over the field and see black faces in coaching and management positions.

In a way, Burns suggests, history’s challenge with Robinson is the same one it faces with Dr. Martin Luther King.

Because of King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech, he often is portrayed as a sort of abstract feel-good moral idealist, when in reality he spent much of his life in the trenches and some of it in jail.

Burns further suggests that President Barack Obama has in some ways been “our version of Jackie Robinson” – someone who, for all his skills and qualifications, still has to convince a lot of people that he belongs in the position to which he ascended.

Nor is that the only link Burns sees. “Barack Obama would never have become President without Jackie Robinson,” he says. “Jackie opened that door.”

So yes, Burns thinks the country is moving in the right direction. Just taking a long time to get there.

“You see progress,” he says. “From 1619, when the first slaves were brought here, to 1863, when slavery was abolished. Then to 1965 with the Civil Rights Act. But progress engenders resistance. We see that today.”

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Jackie Robinson saw it, too, and Burns argues that the more we humanize him, the better we can appreciate how hard and well he fought it, on and off the baseball diamond.

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Number 6 Burns Like an Orange Flame

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Say the number six and it sits at my temples, a serrated, moist tangerine sheen moving like fire. I prefer the number seven, pale turquoise and floating like a cottony cloud before my eyes. But my favorite has always been the number four, earthy, silent, smelling of mushrooms and cube-shaped.

I can admit this now without self-consciousness.

As a child I thought everyone perceived the world in this way. Until I realized they didn’t. To avoid ridicule, I quickly learned to keep silent. The same silence recognized by some others of you reading this now. To me, numbers appear in color. Letters appear in color. Emotions are evoked by these splashes of hue. Have you ever burst out in tears while in a museum looking at Mark Rothko’s color field paintings? The experience is visceral and embarrassing. It offers some comfort to know that others have had this same experience or a similar one when listening to a piece of music.

Only a short decade ago I found out this condition has a name: synesthesia.

The world is perceived differently by a person with synesthesia. Furthermore, each synesthete perceives colors and senses in unique ways different from other synesthetes. Synesthesia is also not typically taught in medical school. To those unfamiliar with synesthesia, it may be falsely considered a disorder. No citations can be found in any of the major pediatric medical journals. In adult medical journals it has sometimes been associated with drug use or a personality trait along a broad continuum that, in its far extreme, includes schizophrenia. Classic migraine sufferers with visual auras may have a higher incidence of synesthesia. Some report a higher incidence in those with autism. One famous autistic synesthete is Daniel Tammet, author of Born on a Blue Day.

Synesthesia in its true sense is not a mental health condition, artificially-induced condition, nor anything more than an inheritable trait, much like hair color and height.

Estimates place all combined forms of synesthesia at 3-4 percent of the population. Synesthesia may in fact define a new type of gifted, requiring a new approach to education, as reported HERE.

Synesthesia is reported more frequently among artists, musicians, poets and writers. Only recently is synesthesia becoming more recognized in the mainstream. In his book, researcher Dr. Cretien van Campen calls synesthesia “The Hidden Sense,” and for some it remains so in part for fear of judgement.

Synesthesia essentially means “one sense” and was even mentioned by the ancient Greeks. A mixing of signals between what we in western cultures learn are the five basic senses of taste, touch, sight, hearing, smell. I say “Western cultures,” as other cultures do not always split the senses so discretely. Dr. van Campen makes this point in his book, and others have also noted cultural differences.

Each synesthete experiences the world in a different way. important to mention that people with synesthesia are not all alike. Some synesthetes taste sounds. Some hear colors. Some sense music on their skin.  Some can even “taste rainbows.” Some, like me, limit their synesthesia to mostly numbers and letters. Dr. Sean Day, president of the American Synesthesia Association, states there may be as many as 63 varieties of synesthesia. Dr. Day was interviewed by BlogTalk Radio/The CoffeeKlatch about this subject.

But what is synesthesia and why do some people experience it? Dr. Richard E. Cytowic, a researcher in synesthesia, produced this TEDEd video introduction:

Neurologist Dr. V.S. Ramachandran also discusses synesthesia mid-way through his TEDTalk. It seems that some of our brain’s sensory-related systems occur in very close conjunction with each other. Too many interconnections (or too few) can entirely change the way we perceive our environment. The close anatomic basis and the brain’s neuroplasticity may make synesthesia more common than we believe it to be.

Especially in a child’s developing brain, there is a constant building and pruning of connections. In my opinion, it isn’t entirely out of the question to consider that crossing and re-crossing of senses may occur at this and other fragile points of life. Some children are known to experience a hypersensitivity to external inputs, be it auditory, visual, tactile, taste, or odors. A number of these children may be diagnosed with sensory-processing disorder. I sometimes wonder if a subset of these children are simply experiencing varying levels of synesthesia that become overwhelming.

Synesthetes are inspired by colors. The same can be said of most children. Some parents may be told their children are natural visual and musical artists. Watch them paint. A blue horse? What’s abnormal about that? Children love to make music (and dance to it) in a wild spontaneous way. The music makes them feel emotion and sense color. Have a child draw a picture of music. More than likely they will splash the paper with a variety of colors dependent upon what emotions and colors speak to them through the music.

With time, many of these same children either lose their synesthetic perceptions or begin to conform to societal and cultural expectations. Only a small actual percentage of adults retain and express synesthesia traits.

My own son since a very young age has been very particular about color. When he was quite young, this has often been to the dismay of art teachers. He could easily spend most of an entire class just mixing the “right” blue or green or red. To ask a child with synesthesia to paint something blue is asking a lot. So much goes into choice and the “wrong” color speaks loudly like nails on a chalkboard.

Some researchers who have looked into whether synesthesia can be learned, believe it can to some degree. We do know synesthesia can be acquired, in particular through brain injury as was the case with Jason Padgett who became a mathematical savant synesthete after a significant brain injury.

Researchers are now using genetic testing and brain imaging to better understand synesthesia.

Perhaps the ability for synesthesia exists asleep in each one of us,  just out of reach and consciousness. But the lack of complete understanding is a jolting reminder that there is still so much more to learn about the mind and how much caution we must meanwhile take in interpreting human behaviors and abilities.

Whether synesthesia is a strength is certain. Award-winning musician Pharrell Williams has been very vocal about his synesthesia. A few other well-known synesthetes include Duke Ellington, David Hockney, Richard Feynman, Itzhak Perlman, Vladimir Nabokov, Norton Juster, Vincent van Gogh, and many many more.

It is a definite comfort to share a unique ability with such an illustrious group. But the surprise and subsequent fear people as a whole experience of being different often keeps them prisoners in their own minds. This is true of synesthetes as well as anyone with an ability that exists outside the narrow range that society labels with the term “neurotypical.”

The message that cannot be said too often is this: The whole of society needs to more readily embrace atypical minds. The strength and the future of the human race is in our differences, not our similarities.

Some organizations for more information:

American Synesthesia Association
The Canadian Synesthesia Association
UK Synesthesia Association
The Synesthesia List
The Synesthesia Project

Some children’s & young adult books with characters having synesthesia:

Picture Books:
The Noisy Paintbox by Barb Rosenstock & Mary GrandPré
The Girl Who Heard Colors by Marie Harris & Vanessa Brantley Newton
Middle-Grade Books:
A Mango-Shaped Space by Wendy Mass
One Plus One Equals Blue by MJ Auch
The Name of This Book Is Secret by Pseudonymous Bosch
Young Adult Book:
Ultraviolet by R.J. Anderson

“Let me, O let me bathe my soul in colours; let me swallow the sunset and drink the rainbow.” Kahlil Gibran

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