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Twenty Years Later, Kate Winslet Reveals the Lessons She Learned from Filming Titanic

Even if her heart has gone on, that doesn’t mean Kate Winslet didn’t learn a few lessons from filming Titanic.

As the 20th anniversary of the 1997 film approaches, Winslet looked back on her time on the set and opened up about a valuable lesson learned about thinking ahead in her interview with Entertainment Tonight. 

“I have to be honest. I think doing Titanic really taught me a lot about thinking ahead. When you read the script, Jack and Rose run through the flooded dining room. You have to know that’s gonna be five days of shooting, because it was five days of shooting,” Winslet told ET.

“So it certainly helped me when I was reading this script. just be very realistic about what was going to be required of us as actors.”

Working in frigid environments may have helped prepare the Academy Award-winning actress for an ice plunging scene with costar Idris Elba in the upcoming movie, The Mountain Between Us. 

The 41-year-old actress and Elba were helicoptered to a peak in the Canadian Rockies every day while shooting the romantic thriller.

Since working together on Titanic, ‘Jack and Rose’ reunited on the silver screen in the 2008 film, Revolutionary Road. 

Last year, Winslet also talked to PEOPLE about how DiCaprio has and hasn’t changed since working on the epic film.

“He’s a solid, loyal person,” Winslet told PEOPLE in 2016. “He’s a great friend, he always has been, and not just to me, but to everyone around him. He still has friends he had when we made Titanic.” Winslet also said that DiCaprio was a “stronger actor in this moment,” and was “more handsome,” than he’s ever been.

Back in May, Céline Dion celebrated the 20th anniversary with an emotional performance of the smash hit and Titanic theme song, “My Heart Will Go On” in a giant chandelier for the 2017 Billboard Music Awards as clips of DiCaprio and Winslet from played on a screen behind her.

Titanic is the second highest grossing film of all time, behind another James Cameron movie epic, Avatar.


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How a Waitress Taught Me the Best Lessons About Being Likable

What are the secrets of being likable? originally appeared on Quorathe knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.

Answer by Lisa Kirk, Writer, Soul Forward, on Quora:

I learned the secrets of being likeable from a waitress named Debbie.

I was working in a high-end restaurant as a cocktail waitress. The place was known for its steaks and was a hot spot for businessmen. The lunch crowd was made up mostly of suits and ties; a lot of powerful guys who wore beautiful watches and who all had sort of a new car scent about them.

The tip potential from a single shift was huge. Most of us were young, broke waitresses; we quickly got to know the customers and could spot the big spenders the minute they walked through the door.

You had one shot at gaining a customer’s loyalty; from the time they sat down until they paid their bill was your chance to make a big impression. If you did it right, they would reward you with a great tip and choose your section again in the future.

It was high stakes peacocking.

We would each try to be the most requested server. We were required to wear black skirts and white shirts so that we would make subtle improvements to our uniforms in the way of shorter hemlines, tighter shirts, and push-up bras; the whole idea was to get noticed.

We would be charming, and would try different approaches to get them to like us.

Most of us were great at getting first timers to sit in our section, but for some reason they didn’t become regulars. In this type of an environment, regulars are everything.

This was the case for everyone except Debbie.

Debbie was a money maker, big time. I had heard about her during my training period. The server I was shadowing told me the fastest way to get fired is by messing with Debbie.

I had heard stories about her. Customers would forfeit available tables in other sections and wait at the bar until something opened up in her area. She had most of the big spending customers as her regulars. The bartenders and staff loved her; she was the queen of the kingdom.

I finally met her two weeks into my job, and she was not what I had expected.

I had imagined her to be this super model look alike with a tiara practically welded to her head. Going off of her incredible reviews, I had drawn her very differently in my mind.

She was from Tennessee. She had long wavy brownish hair that she pulled back into a messy ponytail. She wore no makeup, had on a regular length black skirt and an oversized men’s button-down white shirt. She was not what I had expected.

She was the girl next door.

So what was it about her that connected so powerfully with everyone? It wasn’t her looks or her sex appeal; Debbie’s magic was her people skills.

I studied her. Seriously, I watched her like an educational film. I wanted to learn her secret. I paid attention to her body language, listened to her tone of voice and dissected her interactions with the customers. I asked people why they liked her so much, and I was able to piece together the anatomy of her social gift.

  1. She was easy. She didn’t need anything in the way of approval from anyone. She didn’t have any expectations of people. She maintained her own self esteem.
  2. She let you be you. You didn’t have to edit yourself around her or apologize for your opinions. You could talk to her openly about anything.
  3. She heard you. There’s a big difference between listening and hearing. She had the ability to interpret what you were trying to say, and understand where you were coming from.
  4. She refused to trash others, ever.
  5. She cleaned up her messes. If she made a mistake, she owned it.
  6. She was comfortable in her own skin. This was a big part of her charm. She liked who she was, felt good about herself.
  7. She was warm. Debbie was like the sun; she was warm and welcoming. People felt good being around her.
  8. She had no expectations. She didn’t do anything with an agenda. She didn’t manipulate people or situations.
  9. She was real. She wasn’t trying to be anyone or anything; she came as she was.
  10. She liked people and understood human nature. Debbie would often say you can’t have a beautiful garden without fertilizer. She knew that people could be ugly and give you crap in life, but the key was not letting it make you hard or bitter. Whatever was thrown at her in life was added to her garden and made her more beautiful as a person.

Debbie was popular because she was real.

She was honest; everything about her was hers. She didn’t alter herself to impress anyone. She didn’t need validation. Being around her was effortless; she didn’t need your constant approval, she didn’t bring along drama, and she accepted you exactly as you were.

She required zero maintenance.

There are so many copies and fakes in the world; people want the genuine article. It doesn’t matter how shiny a piece of glass is; when you put it next to a diamond it loses its luster.

I learned you can’t create who you are and try to pass it off as an original; at best you’ll be a good forgery.

Debbie was the real deal; she was the diamond.

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The Invaluable Lessons Of ‘Watership Down,’ A Dark Classic Every Kid Should Read

“I do not believe in talking down to children,” Richard Adams explained in an interview with The Guardian last year.

This, coming from an author widely known for writing the most violent “talking rabbit book” in history, is an understatement. Watership Down, his 1972 adventure novel, is not only what happens when a writer refuses to talk down to children. It’s what happens when a writer refuses on all counts to shelter kids from the brutal, melancholy realities of our nonfictional world. It’s what happens when a writer decides to give his young readers an obvious, but invaluable lesson: loss, obstacles and chaos, whether we choose them or not, are part of life.

Adams, who died on Tuesday at the age of 96, has recounted the birth of Watership Down many times. In the late 1960s, he ― then a civil servant in the U.K. who’d never written fiction in his life ― would entertain his two daughters on the way to school by telling them stories that revolved around a particularly troubled warren of rabbits. “Once there were two rabbits called Hazel and Fiver,” he’d begin, telling tales captivating in their darkness, involving poison, snares and attack dogs.

Eventually, encouraged by his daughters, Adams put pen to paper and submitted a surprisingly vicious and rabbit-filled manuscript to publishers. Rejected seven times (”They felt the language was too grown up,” Adams explained in a Reddit AMA, “yet the older children wouldn’t like it because it was about rabbits!”), it was finally accepted by Rex Collings, the tiny and summarily lucky publishing house that would go on to see the book sell in the millions.

Hazel and Fiver are names that pique the ears of those who’ve navigated through Adams’ award-winning, 400-plus-page book. Brothers, they lived in a bucolic landscape meant to mimic the Berkshire Downs of Adams’ childhood. Spurred on by an apocalyptic vision Fiver has, they, along with a small group of other rabbits, decide to leave their vulnerable home in search of a new one. The Odyssean journey is neither smooth nor assuring. The distinct characters, so carefully anthropomorphized, are never blindly valiant as a result.

A particularly jarring passage of Watership Down describes the pure fear and anxiety Fiver experiences after involuntarily parting ways with his brother Hazel halfway through the book.

In the burrow, Fiver slept and woke uneasily through the heat of the day, fidgeting and scratching as the last traces of moisture dried out of the earth above him. Once, when a trickle of powdery soil fell from the roof, he leaped out of sleep and was in the mouth of the run before he came to himself and returned to where he had been lying. Each time he woke, he remembered the loss of Hazel and suffered once more the knowledge that had pierced him as the shadowy, limping rabbit disappeared in the first light of morning on the down.

Because of its subject matter (talking rabbits), and perhaps the fact that many first encounter Adams on a high school reading list, some fans might classify Watership Down as a children’s book. Adams shrugs off the label entirely. “I don’t believe there should be such a thing as a children’s book,” he explained during a Reddit AMA. “A book is a book is a book,” he supposes in other interviews. 

In 1974, New York Times critic Richard Gilman directly questioned the intended audience of Adams’ book, claiming, “I can’t imagine many readers under 13 or 14, an age when the lines between juvenile and adult fiction begin to blur, having the patience and grasp of extended allegorical strategies to persevere to the end of a 426‐page epic about a community of rabbits.”

Gilman’s lack of faith in the reading comprehension of teenagers aside, his criticism missed the point. Kids on the precipice of adulthood should be encouraged to read books like Watership Down whether they have the patience for it or not. Humanity wrought through the eyes of bunnies is exactly the kind of fantasy readers under 13 or 14 should be exposed to. The kind of twisted, alien plot that sits in our heads for decades, becoming brighter and more poignant as you age and better empathize with moments like Fiver’s. The kind of book that unravels slowly, painfully, to reveal a story so realistic it’s easy to forget you’re dealing with talking rabbits and make-believe.

“Readers like to be upset, excited and bowled over,” Adams continued in his 2015 interview with The Guardian, remembering his early literary preferences. “I can remember weeping when I was little at upsetting things that were read to me, but fortunately my mother and father were wise enough to keep going.”

Of course, not all mothers and fathers are. Many want to shade their kids from the harsh realities of life, a natural instinct hardly worth criticizing here. Some children come face to face with loss regardless ― be it physical, financial, psychological. They are forced to understand grief and resentment firsthand. They are forced to understand that hard work and persistence and focused belief don’t always yield epic outcomes. But others, nestled safely, are not.

Fiction, thankfully, can give us the gift of empathy. The kind of empathy your protective parents might not be able to impart. Adams, though a parent himself, aware of the fear his stories instilled in his own daughters, remains cooly detached from Watership Down readers. Through his writing, he’s not attempting to provide solace or security. He’s attempting to forge stories that, like the kind he read in his youth (by Edgar Allan Poe, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Algernon Blackwood), made him feel sad and frightened. That familiarized him with the cold, cloying feeling of worry.

Why? Well, Adams, so unaware that he was crafting a classic when he first started sharing stories of Hazel and Fiver, answers the question early on in his book.

To come to the end of a time of anxiety and fear! To feel the cloud that hung over us lift and disperse ― that cloud that dulled the heart and made happiness no more than a memory! This at least is one joy that must have been known by almost every living creature. 

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Your Children Will Raise You: The Joys, Challenges, And Life Lessons Of Motherhood

Your Children Will Raise You: The Joys, Challenges, And Life Lessons Of Motherhood


Motherhood can be one of the most intense and transformative experiences of a woman’s life. While many books explore the do’s and don’ts of effective parenting, few offer guidance on navigating the tumultuous inner experience of being a mother, with all its joy, pain, change, and uncertainty. Your Children Will Raise You explores the profound inward challenges and rewards of motherhood, from first giving birth to the empty nest. The editorâ??herself a mother of two sonsâ??has chosen some of the most insightful writings about the emotional and spiritual landscape of motherhoodâ??twenty-four essays in allâ??drawn from the best books, articles, and essays, as well as two original essays. The authors speak from a variety of backgrounds and perspectives, each exploring a unique dimension of the journey of motherhood. Your Children Will Raise You features writings by Poet and novelist Louise Erdrich, who captures the sheer wonder and awe of early motherhood. Ariel Goreâ??a self-described "hip-momma," fully in touch with today’s youth cultureâ??who reflects on the challenges of dealing with her own daughter’s adolescent rebellion. Journalist Joan Peters, who highlights the rise of the "Power Mom" and the risks of overparenting to our children and to ourselves. Harville Hendrix and Helen LaKelly Huntâ??husband and wife psychotherapistsâ??explore why it is that our own childhoods so often come back to haunt us when we become parents ourselves. Zen teacher Cheri Huber offers a spiritual perspective: sometimes it’s us parents who need a "time out"â??time to get in touch with ourselves so we can be more fully present and loving with our children.
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Triumph: Life After The Cult–a Survivor's Lessons

Triumph: Life After The Cult–a Survivor's Lessons


The author of The New York Times bestseller Escape returns with a moving and inspirational tale of her life after she heroically fled the cult she’d been raised in, her hard-won new identity and happiness, and her determination to win justice for the crimes committed against her family. In 2003, Carolyn Jessop, 35, a lifelong member of the extremist Mormon sect the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS), gathered up her eight children, including her profoundly disabled four-year-old son, and escaped in the middle of the night to freedom. Jessop detailed the story of her harrowing flight and the shocking conditions that sparked it in her 2007 memoir, Escape. Reveling in her newfound identity as a bestselling author, a devoted mom, and a loving companion to the wonderful man in her life, Jessop thought she had put her past firmly behind her.             Then, on April 3, 2008, it came roaring back in full view of millions of television viewers across America. On that date, the state of Texas, acting on a tip from a young girl who’d called a hotline alleging abuse, staged a surprise raid on the Yearning for Zion Ranch, a sprawling, 1700-acre compound near Eldorado, Texas, to which the jailed  FLDS  “prophet” Warren Jeffs had relocated his sect’s most “worthy” members three years earlier. The ranch was being run by Merril Jessop, Carolyn’s ex-husband and one of the cult’s most powerful leaders. As a mesmerized nation watched the crisis unfold, Jessop once more was drawn into the fray, this time as an expert called upon to help authorities understand the customs and beliefs of the extremist religious sect with which they were dealing.             In Triumph, Jessop tells the real, and even more harrowing, story behind the raid and sets the public straight on much of the damaging misinformation that flooded the media in its aftermath. She recounts the setbacks (the tragic decision of the Supreme Court of Texas to allow the children in state custody to return to their parents) as well as the successes (the fact that evidence seized in the raid is the basis for the string of criminal trials of FLDS leaders that began in October 2009 and will continue throughout 2010), all while weaving in details of her own life since the publication of her first book. These include her budding role as a social critic and her struggle to make peace with her eldest daughter’s heartbreaking decision to return to the cult.             In the book’s second half, Jessop shares with readers the sources of the strength that allowed her not only to survive and eventually break free of FLDS mind control, but also to flourish in her new life. The tools of her transformation range from powerful female role models (grandmothers on both sides) to Curves fitness clubs (a secret indulgence that put her in touch with her body) to her college education (rare among FLDS women). With her characteristic honesty and steadfast sense of justice, Jessop, a trained educator who taught elementary school for seven years, shares her strong opinions on such controversial topics as homeschooling and the need for the court system to hold “deadbeat dads” accountable. (Among Jessop’s recent victories is a court decision that ordered her ex-husband to pay years of back child support.) An extraordinary woman who has overcome countless challenges and tragedies in her life, Jessop shows us in this book how, in spite of everything, she has triumphed—and how you
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A Lifetime of Lessons

A Lifetime of Lessons


A Lifetime of Lessons: Paperback: Triumph Books: 9781572438101: 31 May 2006: Marshall Smith’s book draws upon original lessons as well as the experience that only half a century’s involvement in the game can provide. Full swing, short game, and strategy needs are addressed to assist every skill level, from struggling beginner to seasoned professional. Quick and lasting remedies for common faults also should find favor with readers who take their golf game seriously and wish to.

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Triumph: Life After The Cult–a Survivor's Lessons

Triumph: Life After The Cult–a Survivor's Lessons


The author of The New York Times bestseller Escape returns with a moving and inspirational tale of her life after she heroically fled the cult she’d been raised in, her hard-won new identity and happiness, and her determination to win justice for the crimes committed against her family. In 2003, Carolyn Jessop, 35, a lifelong member of the extremist Mormon sect the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS), gathered up her eight children, including her profoundly disabled four-year-old son, and escaped in the middle of the night to freedom. Jessop detailed the story of her harrowing flight and the shocking conditions that sparked it in her 2007 memoir, Escape. Reveling in her newfound identity as a bestselling author, a devoted mom, and a loving companion to the wonderful man in her life, Jessop thought she had put her past firmly behind her.             Then, on April 3, 2008, it came roaring back in full view of millions of television viewers across America. On that date, the state of Texas, acting on a tip from a young girl who’d called a hotline alleging abuse, staged a surprise raid on the Yearning for Zion Ranch, a sprawling, 1700-acre compound near Eldorado, Texas, to which the jailed  FLDS  “prophet” Warren Jeffs had relocated his sect’s most “worthy” members three years earlier. The ranch was being run by Merril Jessop, Carolyn’s ex-husband and one of the cult’s most powerful leaders. As a mesmerized nation watched the crisis unfold, Jessop once more was drawn into the fray, this time as an expert called upon to help authorities understand the customs and beliefs of the extremist religious sect with which they were dealing.             In Triumph, Jessop tells the real, and even more harrowing, story behind the raid and sets the public straight on much of the damaging misinformation that flooded the media in its aftermath. She recounts the setbacks (the tragic decision of the Supreme Court of Texas to allow the children in state custody to return to their parents) as well as the successes (the fact that evidence seized in the raid is the basis for the string of criminal trials of FLDS leaders that began in October 2009 and will continue throughout 2010), all while weaving in details of her own life since the publication of her first book. These include her budding role as a social critic and her struggle to make peace with her eldest daughter’s heartbreaking decision to return to the cult.             In the book’s second half, Jessop shares with readers the sources of the strength that allowed her not only to survive and eventually break free of FLDS mind control, but also to flourish in her new life. The tools of her transformation range from powerful female role models (grandmothers on both sides) to Curves fitness clubs (a secret indulgence that put her in touch with her body) to her college education (rare among FLDS women). With her characteristic honesty and steadfast sense of justice, Jessop, a trained educator who taught elementary school for seven years, shares her strong opinions on such controversial topics as homeschooling and the need for the court system to hold “deadbeat dads” accountable. (Among Jessop’s recent victories is a court decision that ordered her ex-husband to pay years of back child support.) An extraordinary woman who has overcome countless challenges and tragedies in her life, Jessop shows us in this book how, in spite of everything, she has triumphed—and how you
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11 Lessons in Confidence We Learned From Chrissy Teigen

Hilarious, outspoken, and unfailingly herself, Chrissy Teigen—the multihyphenate professional of being awesome—has a lot to teach us.

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Flute Lessons for Beginners

Flute Lessons for Beginners


Teach yourself how to play flute with our easy flute lessons for beginners. Comes with online access to free flute videos for all examples. See and hear how each one is played by a teacher, then play along. Also includes music score and flute animation for easy music learning. “Awesome. I heart this book. Check it out, it is awesome!” – Brittany, DeRidder LA [sheetmusicplus]Progressive Beginner Flute contains all you need to know to start learning to be a great flute player – in one easy-to-follow, lesson-by-lesson flute tutorial. Suitable for all ages and all types of flute. No prior knowledge of how to read music or playing the flute is required to teach yourself to learn to play flute from this book. Teach yourself: How to play flute notes and beginner flute scales over 2 octaves All the fundamental techniques of flute playing including flute notes, rhythms and articulation required for beginner flute songs Practical flute theory for learning how to read flute music for beginners and how to play beginner flute music Flute tips and flute tricks that every player should know when learning flute including an introduction to flute improvisation Shortcuts for how to learn flute fast by getting the most from flute practice sessionsContains everything you need to know to learn to play the flute today. Features include: Progressive step-by-step easy beginners flute lessons written by a professional flute teacher Easy-to-read flute music Full color photos and diagrams 80+ flute music exercises and popular easy flute music for beginners in classical flute, rock flute, blues flute, jazz flute, traditional and folk flute stylesBeginner flute lessons have never been this easy for anyone who wants to learn how to play the flute, fast. LearnToPlayMusic.com’s flute lessons for beginners are used by students and flute teachers worldwide to learn how to play flute. For over 30 years, our team of professional authors, composers and musicians have crafted music lesson book

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Three Days in an Ashram, Five Lessons Learned

It was a Thursday morning, and I just finished a different kind of meditation. As most of my startup friends know, I am a huge meditation buff, and try my best to do it religiously every morning.

I was logging into my email to tackle the 100s of emails I get daily, and do some mundane work regarding legal, accounting, etc. that all startup founders have to go through.

But, for some reason, I felt a strong urge to take the next train/flight to New Jersey to spend time with Kamlesh Patel (my guru and spiritual global leader) at the Natural Path (Sahaj Marg) Ashram in New Jersey.

Without thinking twice, I jumped on the next Amtrak train for New Jersey. On the train, I finished a finishing a business pitch, tackle three phone calls, and tried my best to get in the right mindset and develop the correct frame of mind before my stay in the Ashram. Trust me, this is a HUGE leap from three years ago when I would resist to step foot.

Being through a transformative three days, here are five lessons I learned:

Lesson #1: Trust your heart — not your head

Luckily after starting meditation, I have opportunities to get some major introspection time before and after sessions in the morning and evening, especially in the ashram. Most people know me as being extremely blunt, to the point, and also having straightforward thinking, but it wasn’t always like that.

Especially if you are managing people, you have to make decisions fast. I have learned after two years that if something keeps coming in my head and bothering me from my day-to-day work, I will sit down in meditation for some time, and see what my heart tells me. 100% of the time, I have never regret it.

Try it now — is something on your mind? Sit down and meditate on it.

Lesson#2: Blood relations are meaningless — love all

When I reached the New Jersey Amtrak station, a family lovingly picked me up from the station greeted me. The best part about this — none of them were “Kulkarni’s” or had any blood relation to me, yet, still drove me one and a half hours away from the station to their home where they fed me and allowed me a place to call mine for the night.

I find myself confused when I hear “I need to spend time with my family.” My thought process is the concept of family should not just stem from your immediate blood family, but everyone human being that you encounter. We have a responsibility to look out for one another, and this was clearly demonstrated in this encounter.

An easy way to do this, call every single person your brother and sister. It may sound weird, but this forced action will later develop in you naturally loving and looking other for the other person. I do it all the time.

Lesson #3: Don’t brood over problems — negate them from your system

Being a startup entrepreneur, you have to make decisions fast. My good friend and spiritual follower Rajesh Setty once told me “If I am sleeping at night, and I cannot sleep, I get up and tell myself that I will never do whatever is keeping me up again.”

This exact situation happened to me when we hired an intern at Insightfully. The intern was doing work, but we weren’t including them in our meetings or discussions. Instead of constantly thinking about the problem and negating it, I ended up negating it from my system, and solving it in the process by resolving this with our co-founders and coming with the next steps road map.

Lesson #4: Balance aspects of life

I had a discussion with my sister, Sonia Dovedy, a successful yoga teacher and wellness coach. Sonia was talking to me about the interlinking of spiritual, material, and health when it comes to success to human beings.

As startup founders, I realized that we do a fantastic job working 15-17 hours a day, but do a terrible job balancing our lives in the aspects that play a fundamental roll in efficiency. For example, if are an overweight founder, try losing some of the weight, start meditating, and then tell me how much more success you have. There is a reason why we need balance for long-term success.

Lesson #5: Just chill

Dating back to when I was starting a course regarding finance, I was extremely concerned with being able to keep up. In the Ashram, I will never forget my sister Kamini Khanjee telling me to “stop worrying about things that aren’t in your control.”

It is hard to fathom at first, but It’s so true! How many of us are constantly “worried about getting enough sales”, or “if hiring someone will impact our business”. The list goes on and on. Learn to do what you do best, and enjoy the ride.

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Chromatic Harmonica Lessons for Beginners

Chromatic Harmonica Lessons for Beginners


Teach yourself how to play harmonica with our easy harmonica lessons for beginners. Comes with online access to free audio demonstrating all examples. Hear how each one is played by a teacher, then play along. “An excellent introduction to the chromatic harp. Each song is a little more complex and involves new techniques. This book is a great buy if you are serious about learning the chromatic harmonica.” – William A. Graham Jr. [Amazon]Progressive Chromatic Harmonica contains all you need to know to start learning to be a great chromatic harmonica player – in one easy-to-follow, lesson-by-lesson chromatic harmonica tutorial. Suitable for all ages and all types of chromatic harmonica. Basic knowledge of how to read music and playing harmonica is recommended but not required to teach yourself to learn to play harmonica from this book. Teach yourself: How to play chromatic harmonica notes and scales including the harmonica blues scale All the fundamental techniques of how to play blues harmonica including slides, rhythms, slurs and expressive techniques How to play blues harmonica licks and harmonica rhythms used in beginner harmonica songs Practical harmonica theory for learning how to read harmonica music for beginners Harmonica tips and harmonica tricks that every player should know when learning harmonica Shortcuts for how to learn harmonica fast by getting the most from chromatic harmonica practice sessionsContains everything you need to know to learn to play the harmonica today. Features include: Progressive step-by-step easy beginners harmonica lessons written by a professional harmonica teacher Easy-to-read harmonica music Photos and diagrams 60+ chromatic harmonica exercises and popular easy harmonica songs for beginners in folk harmonica, blues harmonica, jazz harmonica, rock harmonica and classical harmonica styles Jam along band backing tracks for practicing your harmonica improvisationBeginner harmonica lessons have never been this easy for

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Lessons on Gratitude From Arianna Huffington’s Thrive Course

My 38th birthday present to myself was Arianna Huffington’s 6-week #ThriveOCourse on Oprah.com. At the time, I felt myself floating in a dangerous sea of constant overwhelm. I was growing one business while preparing to return to another, raising my 2-year-old toddler boss, averaging 4-5 hours of sleep on a good night and battling almost-daily migraines.

It was hearing Arianna’s story about passing out at her desk and waking up in a pool of blood that finally gave me the wake-up call that I needed. I thought about how hard I was working, trying to do everything and be everything to everyone, and neglecting my own well-being in the process. By the time I finished watching the intro video, it felt like Arianna was in a lifeboat and I was reaching out my hand for her to save me from myself.

In the subsequent weeks, I actually learned how to increase my productivity by sleeping more, thanks to one of Arianna’s first lessons on “Sleeping Your Way to the Top.” I’m also meditating more, getting more exercise, experiencing fewer migraines and being much more selective about the people and projects that I give my time to. I’m comfortably using “No” as a full sentence now, with no further explanation given, something I never considered until Arianna shared it.

Perhaps the most jarring change in my life was putting myself on a much-needed digital detox program. Although it was difficult at first, taking breaks from my devices and the constant demands of e-mail and social media has given me the opportunity to be more present with the people and moments that matter most in my life.

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I dedicated my first yoga post in months to my grandmother the day before she died.

One such moment came during the last week of the course, which I like to think of as my final exam. Up until that point, everything I’d done was about improving my own life, but this test was about how well I could apply the final lesson on giving to others. I’d just dropped off my daughter at school and I stopped at a local CVS before heading to work. The clerk asked how I was doing and when I ask him the same, he replied, “Not good. I have nothing to be happy about.”

I immediately recalled two things from course. The first was Arianna’s question, “When was the last time you were at the supermarket and you looked up and smiled and really connected with the person behind the register?” The second was a quote from Arianna’s very wise mother: “Don’t miss the moment.”

The work can wait,” I thought to myself, “this is a moment that could change his life and maybe mine too.”

The clerk’s name was Mohamed, and I shared with him the 10-finger gratitude exercise that was one of our assignments during the course. The idea is to use each of your 10 fingers to name something that you’re grateful for every day.

At first, Mohamed told me that he couldn’t think of anything, so I started the list for him. We went back and forth, each listing something that he could be grateful for until we got to 6. I told him that I wanted him to think of the rest for homework and that I would be back to check on him in a week.

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I had no idea that Arianna had seen my tweet about Mohamed until she mentioned it during our final live office hours call. When I visited Mohamed this week, I was surprised to see how happy he was when I walked in. It was almost as if he’d become a different person. I told him about Arianna’s interest in his story and how we were both anxious to hear an update from him.

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He began by telling me that he realized that I was right, and that he’d started reflecting on all of the things that he was really grateful for in his life. In fact, he’d actually lost count. So, in the midst of customers shuffling in and out of his checkout line, I waiting patiently while Mohamed gave me his top 10:

1. God. Mohamed is thankful that he knows God and that God has protected him throughout his life (see #9, below).

2. Good health. He’s thankful that he has good health, even though he was a little worried when I asked him to hold up his 10 fingers because he has nerve damage in his left arm and all of his fingers would not be straight.

3. America. He’s thankful for the opportunity that he had to come to the US eight years ago from Sierra Leone to start a new life in the land of opportunity.

4. Family. Mohamed told me that the reason he wasn’t happy during our first interaction was that he missed his family. Even though he’s happy to be here, he really missed feeling connected to anyone.

5. Family in America. In the week that passed, Mohamed found out that a cousin in Sierra Leone won a Diversity Visa to come to the US and he was really excited about having him here. Mohamed wasn’t worried at all that his family didn’t yet have the money to send him. They’d already made a plan to save and pool their money together to finance everything, and that made him very happy.

6. Job. Mohamed is the first person you see when you walk in the store and he always has a smile for you, even on the day that he was feeling sad. I’ve watched him keep a kind demeanor even when customers have been rude to him. He’s very proud of the great performance reports that he’s gotten from both his store and district managers.

7. Money. He doesn’t make much, but Mohamed is so grateful for what he does have.

8. Shelter. Mohamed can’t afford an apartment in DC, so he lives in someone’s basement. He’s thankful, nonetheless, that he has food and shelter when so many other people are homeless.

9. Protection. He has another job at a 7-Eleven that’s been robbed three times and once at gunpoint. On all three occasions, Mohamed is thankful that he was not there.

10. Growth. Mohamed told me that he’s an introvert, but he doesn’t want to be one forever. He’s thankful for the opportunity to strive to do better in this area and many others in his life.

I couldn’t have imagined a more fitting test to culminate my experience as a #ThriveOCourse student. One of the many things that I’m thankful for is the opportunity I had to meet Mohamed and share what I learned with him. I’m thankful too for what I learned from him about recognizing the beauty of what’s really important. As I listened to his list, I starting thinking about how trivial the things that I often worry about are in the grand scheme of my existence. #FirstWorldProblems

Last, but not least, I’m so thankful to Arianna and OWN for providing the spark and practical tools I needed to move beyond living, working and surviving to THRIVING.

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Triumph: Life After the Cult–A Survivor’s Lessons

Triumph: Life After the Cult–A Survivor’s Lessons


The author of "The New York Times" bestseller "Escape" returns with a moving and inspirational tale of her life after she heroically fled the cult she’d been raised in, her hard-won new identity and happiness, and her determination to win justice for the crimes committed against her family. In 2003, Carolyn Jessop, 35, a lifelong member of the extremist Mormon sect the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS), gathered up her eight children, including her profoundly disabled four-year-old son, and escaped in the middle of the night to freedom. Jessop detailed the story of her harrowing flight and the shocking conditions that sparked it in her 2007 memoir, "Escape." Reveling in her newfound identity as a bestselling author, a devoted mom, and a loving companion to the wonderful man in her life, Jessop thought she had put her past firmly behind her. Then, on April 3, 2008, it came roaring back in full view of millions of television viewers across America. On that date, the state of Texas, acting on a tip from a young girl who’d called a hotline alleging abuse, staged a surprise raid on the Yearning for Zion Ranch, a sprawling, 1700-acre compound near Eldorado, Texas, to which the jailed FLDS "prophet" Warren Jeffs had relocated his sect’s most "worthy" members three years earlier. The ranch was being run by Merril Jessop, Carolyn’s ex-husband and one of the cult’s most powerful leaders. As a mesmerized nation watched the crisis unfold, Jessop once more was drawn into the fray, this time as an expert called upon to help authorities understand the customs and beliefs of the extremist religious sect with which they were dealing. In "Triumph," Jessop tells the real, and even more harrowing, story behind the raid and sets the public straight on much of the damaging misinformation that flooded the media in its aftermath. She recounts the setbacks (the tragic decision of the Supreme Court of Texas to allow the children in state custody to return to their parents) as well as the successes (the fact that evidence seized in the raid is the basis for the string of criminal trials of FLDS leaders that began in October 2009 and will continue throughout 2010), all while weaving in details of her own life since the publication of her first book. These include her budding role as a social critic and her struggle to make peace with her eldest daughter’s heartbreaking decision to return to the cult. In the book’s second half, Jessop shares with readers the sources of the strength that allowed her not only to survive and eventually break free of FLDS mind control, but also to flourish in her new life. The tools of her transformation range from powerful female role models (grandmothers on both sides) to Curves fitness clubs (a secret indulgence that put her in touch with her body) to her college education (rare among FLDS women). With her characteristic honesty and stea
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Blues Keyboard Lessons for Beginners

Blues Keyboard Lessons for Beginners


Teach yourself how to play keyboard with our easy blues keyboard lessons for beginners. Comes with online access to free audio demonstrating all examples. Hear how each one is played by a teacher, then play along. “This book can get you started quickly. It is easy to follow and the music you make will sound great. [.] Good luck to all beginning blues enthusiasts, I know this book will help you.” – La Grande, OR [sheetmusicplus.com]Progressive Blues Keyboard Method contains all you need to know to start learning to be a great blues keyboard player – in one easy-to-follow, lesson-by-lesson blues keyboard tutorial. Suitable for all ages and all types of keyboards and pianos. Basic knowledge of how to read music and playing the keyboard is recommended to teach yourself to learn to play keyboard from this book. Teach yourself: How to play essential riffs and rhythm parts used by the great blues players How to play keyboard chords for beginners and keyboard rhythms How to play blues keyboard chords for beginners and blues keyboard rhythm patterns How to play blues keyboard notes and blues keyboard scales used in blues keyboard solos, riffs and licks Essential accompaniment techniques used by the world’s best blues keyboard players All the fundamental techniques of blues keyboard playing including playing broken chords, playing chord inversions and soloing over your own rhythm part How to understand important music and theory concepts as they apply to playing the keyboard, such as swing, shuffles and New Orleans style rhythms Keyboard theory for learning how to read keyboard music for beginners and how to read keyboard chords for beginners Blues keyboard tips and keyboard tricks that every player should know when learning keyboard Shortcuts for how to learn keyboard fast by getting the most from keyboard practice sessionsContains everything you need to know to learn to play the keyboard today. Features include: Progressive step-by-step easy beginners keyboar

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My Golden Lessons 100-Plus Ways To Improve Your Shots Lower Your Scoresand Enjoy Golf Much Much More My Golden Lessons

My Golden Lessons 100-Plus Ways To Improve Your Shots Lower Your Scoresand Enjoy Golf Much Much More My Golden Lessons


The champion golfer and sports legend demonstrates how to outsmart rather than overpower opponents on the links.Title My Golden LessonsAuthor Nicklaus Jack Bowden Ken McQueen Jim ILTPublisher Simon and SchusterPublication Date 20021101Number of Pages 176Binding Type HARDCOVERLibrary of Congress a hrefhttplccn.loc.gov2002030460 targetLibrary of Congress2002030460a

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Piano Lessons for Kids – Book 1

Piano Lessons for Kids – Book 1


Teach how to play piano for kids with our easy piano lessons for kids. Comes with online access to free piano videos and audio demonstrating all examples. See and hear how each one is played by a teacher, then play along with the backing band. Also includes music score and piano animation for easy music learning. “I have used this book over and over with my piano students. A simple and easy method to a beginner for learning notes and rhythms.” – Victoria I. Romero, McAllen TX [Amazon]Progressive Piano Method for Young Beginners – Book 1 contains all you need to know to start teaching kids to play piano – in one easy-to-follow, lesson-by-lesson children’s piano tutorial. Suitable for children aged 4 to 8 years and all types of pianos including electric pianos, digital pianos and piano keyboards. No prior knowledge of how to read music or playing the piano is required to teach a child to learn to play piano from this book. Teach your child: How to play piano notes for kids and piano scales for kids All the fundamental techniques of piano playing including correct posture, hand position and fingering technique for playing five notes with the left hand and five notes with the right hand Basic piano theory for kids including how to read music including note values, rests and time signatures Piano tips for kids that every child should know when learning piano Shortcuts for how to learn piano fast by getting the most from piano practice sessionsContains everything you need to know about how to teach a child to play piano today. Features include: Progressive step-by-step easy kids piano lessons written by a professional children’s piano teacher Beautifully illustrated in full color throughout Easy-to-read piano music for kids 39 great sounding piano exercises and popular easy piano songs for kidsKids piano lessons have never been this easy for parents and teachers who want to teach children to learn how to play the piano, fast. LearnToPlayMusic.com’s piano lesson

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‘Spirtpreneur’ Lessons from V. Taybron

I’ll be bringing you exciting advice and insight from “road less traveled” entrepreneurs, spiritual business luminaries, creative professionals, and heart-centered business gurus. These empowering dialogues are from my iTunes podcast “Spiritpreneur School” and spiritual business empowerment course, “Become the Guru Bootcamp.”

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Whether you need a burst of inspiration or a sweet treat, V. Taybron is your woman.

The skilled baker and domestic goddess known for her vegan desserts says that her dream is to be the next Martha Stewart. She helps women to tap into the “domestic arts” including cooking, cleaning, self-confidence, and love of family. SavorV, her mobile dessert company, ships anywhere in the country. V. is creating her own American dream.

V. says that last year the troops in Afghanistan even flew a flag in honor of SavorV. Among her many talents, V. is also a motivational blogger and business relations manager for the positive online community known as the Single Wives Club. Look for V in all of her splendor, coming to a TV cooking show near you in the very near future.

Abiola Abrams: V., you are an inspiration to many. Let’s talk about the business behind the woman.

V. Taybron: I’m so excited to talk about what I love. My company is my baby. This is what I dream about and what I wake up visualizing every single morning.

With building a brand and selling awesome, yummy, products online, I always tell everybody that we’re working from the inside out. I solely believe that what you’re dealing with on the inside manifests in every area of your life.

So with building a brand, it’s important to know who you are. It took a long time for me to discover that I was what they are now calling a lifestyle entrepreneur.

I had to really discover who I was, what I like, what I was good at and how I could package and sell that. I discovered that I loved everything about the home. I always had a dream of becoming a housewife. I would see myself getting married to a wonderful husband, having gorgeous, giggly babies, mopping the floor with lemon cleanser, lighting lavender candles, and all of that. I became known as the Queen of All Things Domestic and the creator of SavorV.com. And so I actually recreated who I was and who I was evolving into.

I provide consultations to help women prepare their homes. I bake and sell. I share healthy recipes and meditation.

Abiola: You say that you want to be the next Martha Stewart but you’re already doing it. Just like Martha created a brand around “homekeeping,” you’re doing the same with “domestic arts.” Go ahead, V.!

V: When starting something you have to know who it’s for. One of the products I sell is vegan desserts. Vegan desserts are not the first option that I offered. I was just offering dessert in general. Cupcakes, cookies and brownies…

I connected with a business owner in DC that owns an organic juice bar. She said, “I know you make desserts, but can you make that red velvet in vegan?” I said yes — because I am a yes girl. I had never made a vegan anything ever but I knew I could bake.

Abiola: That is a defining moment, V. Did you have any fear that you wouldn’t be able to deliver?

V: The reason I never get scared when opportunities present themselves is because I believe that we are working from the inside out and that it is divinely ordered for the opportunity to come to me. And that the God of the universe will deliver the answer later.

So it came to me on purpose right on time. Then it was time for me to figure it out so that I could deliver it.

Abiola: I’ve had your vegan red velvet cupcakes, and they are delicious.

V: Yes and people are like “are you sure this is vegan, girl?” It’s wholly vegan.

Abiola: So, how did the US military find your desserts, V?

V: They found me on Twitter because I would use hashtags like #inspiration and they kept coming across my positive newsletters. Before I knew it, I was getting an email from one of the lieutenants or sergeants. Excuse me for not using the correct term, but he was high up in the military.

He said, “You encourage all of my soldiers. We want some dessert. We miss our wives, our moms, and our families. And we would love some of that red velvet.” Just because it feels like home to them. “Is there a way that you can get this to us over here?”

I had no clue, Abiola, but I said yes.

Abiola: I love it–again, yes!

V: And then before I knew, I was getting flags in the mail. It was just the most amazing feeling ever.

Abiola: That is such a powerful story. One of the things that I enjoy on your site is that you talk about your grandmother. I always urge my “spiritpreneur” coaching clients to tell their personal stories because that’s what makes you uniquely you. You share about Ms Annie Ruth Williams.

V: My grandmother inspired all of this. Baking allows me to still feel connected with her. We got in the kitchen and we would tear it up. We would do our thing. People knew her for making these beautiful desserts. She could make people eat anything. But the disappointing thing was, she was full of fear.

She didn’t believe she was good enough to have a bakery or sell her products even though they were so good. And I just believed in her. I loved what she did and the spirit and passion that came out when she was in a kitchen.

I was like, “You know Grandma, when I get big I’m going to buy you a bakery.” And she was like, “That’s cute.” So when she passed I felt as though that dream passed. I didn’t want to cook with anybody else.

Then my dad found my amazing, beautiful, enchanted, firecracker, stepmother who entered our lives and ignited my love for cooking again. When I was 14, she said, “You want to cook with me?” And then we’re making cornbread from scratch. It reignited that passion. Then I went to college and people wanted me to cook their mac and cheese for homecoming.

Abiola: That is such a beautiful story, V. Thank you for sharing. You’re not only a successful “business bombshell,” but you are open about your personal transformation as well. Let’s switch into your “sacred bombshell” mode. How do you recharge your spirit?

V: Sometimes you might just need to take a break. Sometimes you need to have a full night’s sleep. Sometimes you might need to work out. Only you know what’s best for you. Everything doesn’t work for everyone. But whatever feels good and resonates within your spirit, do that. When you feel good more people are attracted to you. You feel recharged; you feel confident; and you feel elegant. That’s how I get myself back. I also turn off my phone for 2 hours every day, without fail.

Abiola: Self-care is most important. You can’t do anything unless you are taking care of your vessel from the inside.

V: I feel like I’m obligated to live a great life. I have been through so much, and God still gave me a chance at life.

I feel like I owe it to God and to the world because grace was extended to me, to get myself completely together when times were hard. I went through therapy for a long time; just so I wouldn’t be angry with my mother because I knew I wanted to be a mommy one day. I knew I had to handle the anger that I had towards her and be forgiving and learn how to build relationships with women, which was very hard.

I laugh about this now, but I was the self-help section. And I was able to use that and therapy to self-heal and recreate my story so that it could have a better happier ending.

Find V. Taybron at SavorV.com, and subscribe to the “Spiritpreneur School” podcast on iTunes.

Abiola Abrams is a transformational speaker, women’s self-worth coach, creator of the Sacred Business Academy’s “Become the Guru Bootcamp,” and author of the award-winning “Sacred Bombshell Handbook of Self-Love.” Get her free “Sacred Self-Worth Kit” of empowerment goodies at: OwnYourBombshell.com. Take her free 4-part video workshop, “Spiritpreneur Success Strategies” at BombshellMyBusiness.com.

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Six-Word Lessons on Exceptional Caregiving: 100 Lessons to be A More Compassionate & Creative Caregiver

Six-Word Lessons on Exceptional Caregiving: 100 Lessons to be A More Compassionate & Creative Caregiver


Ernest Hemingway was once challenged to write a book in six words or less. He wrote, “For sale: baby shoes. Never worn.” Dr. Seuss was given a similar challenge to write a book using 25 words or less. The result of this challenge was The Cat in the Hat. I was very excited to be added to the talented authors of the Six-Word Lesson series and join the ranks of these amazing authors. In our “go go go” world where folks want quick, easy information, this felt like the perfect platform to give you some quick tips on caregiving that will make it easier without taking more of your valuable time. I have divided this book into 10 chapters based on questions I get in my classes, such as: The differences between types of caregiversCommunicationTime managementFrustration with other healthcare professionalsWhat to do when it’s time to go to the hospitalBathingMovementNutritionToiletingSelf-CareIt is my sincerest hope that you will get some tricks, understanding and knowledge from these short lessons and that you will enjoy learning more about how to become an even more phenomenal caregiver.

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Lessons From an Arranged Marriage

2015-05-27-1432754651-7609323-arrangedmarriage.jpgMy parents wed on a September morning in 1960 in a small farming village in Greece. My mother learned the news when the busses started to arrive delivering the guests. She was just two months past her seventeenth birthday. There was a rented white dress that was a few sizes too large, a severe brother who had brokered the deal, and a much older groom who wanted to bring a wife back to America. She had met him only once, and what she remembered from that encounter was that he’d told her to walk properly rather than skipping like a donkey. She was one of ten children, and normally the girls would be married off by order of age, oldest to youngest. It wasn’t her turn, but the family’s crushing poverty and crowded house allowed for an exception to the rules.

My father was born in a tiny mountain village surrounded by mountain ranges, where the earth glowed red and the wheat harvest produced a vibrant golden yellow grain. Bougainvillea, pomegranate, geraniums, fruiting trees abounded, but so did poverty, invading Germans, danger, and a suffocating feeling of entrapment. I imagine the idea of escape gnawed at him. He brought his baggage with him when he finally did run down the mountainside in the dark, hiding from soldiers, breath held. His baggage carried stories about his only meal being onions and bread, and the time his mother had one egg and split it between him and his cousin. He never forgave her for not giving him the whole egg. An uncle in America had offered to sponsor one brother, and my father lunged at the opportunity, leaving his family behind.

After several years in America, he returned to Greece for a wife. He needed someone to cook and clean for him and to take care of his needs. And so it began. A poor young girl in a rented dress too large, collarbones showing from hunger. A groom with a fancy wool suit and a cream-colored tie. It was the beginning of their arranged marriage, a marriage devoid of choice.

As a child, I came to understand that my parents would constantly be at each other’s throats. My mother was beautiful and fiery, like a caged animal pacing until it struck. My father gathered his suspicions like a bag of shrapnel until they would explode, striking anything in his path. He was often mistaken for her father, which only fueled his insecurity. He dropped me off at elementary school one morning, and before saying goodbye, he paused to ask me, “Do you think I’m handsome?”

Despite their constant fighting, distrust, and acrimony, they stayed together 50 years, until one morning, my father died in his bed at home after many years of illness. My mother had spent the previous 18 years caring for him after a debilitating stroke. She was the epitome of devotion and martyrdom.

These are the lessons I took away from my parents’ arranged marriage:

It’s better to pick your own spouse. When they were married, choosing who you married was unheard of. I remember a cousin in Greece “marrying for love” in the 1980s and it was high scandal in the family. I was always determined to pick my own partner, and vowed I would never marry a Greek man. When I came out as a lesbian, I realized that I would shatter all cultural expectations, and while I suffered some guilt, I knew that my happiness was at stake.

You can stay with someone for your whole life, even if you are completely mismatched. This was certainly the case with my parents, and for many years I carried this as a badge of honor. I took their commitment as proof of loyalty and stability. I was proud of my parents for never divorcing, even though they both suffered together for 50 long years.

Children do not benefit from unhappy parents. Despite being grateful that my parents never divorced, the truth is that my sister and I lived in a battle zone. We never witnessed a healthy, loving partner relationship. Neither of us had that model to refer to when picking our own partners. Our partnership model was one of strife, control, and distrust. It has taken me many years to learn how to be comfortable enough in my own skin to love someone enough to let them be comfortable in theirs.

It is okay to call it quits. I walked away from my childhood believing that staying together no matter what was the ultimate goal, a source of pride, and proof of honor. I still think there is honor in working extremely hard to stay together. But only if staying together supports you to feel whole as an individual. If, by being with someone, your soul and purpose are enhanced. Otherwise, it is much too easy to fall into stagnation, a forgetting of oneself for the sake of the staying together.

Children survive divorce. As a child, I often thought that the fighting would only stop if a family member died. I felt death would bring my family to their senses and help them to see what was important in life. Imaging death should not be a child’s coping strategy. I see now that divorce can be a healthy option. No one has to die! If parents are able to cushion and support their children, and manage to co-parent separately but cooperatively, children can thrive where they once withered.

Even though I have chosen my own partners, and luckily escaped the arranged marriages proposed in my youth, I still carry these lessons in my pocket. Always be true to yourself, and have the courage to ask, Is this marriage still working for me? If it is, great! If it isn’t, it is okay to begin anew. Don’t stay only because you once arranged it for yourself. Stay because you want to be there today. And remember, the world is a huge wonderful place full of unexpected surprises and people you have never met.

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Ukulele Lessons for Beginners

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Teach yourself how to play ukulele with our easy ukulele lessons for beginners. Comes with online access to free ukulele videos and audio demonstrating all examples. See and hear how each one is played by a teacher, then play along with the backing band. Also includes music score animation for easy music learning. “Some of my favorite tunes are used in this book! And the language is so easy to understand, it makes it easy to learn from.” – NishiiiProgressive Beginner Ukulele contains all you need to know to start learning to be a great ukele player – in one easy-to-follow, lesson-by-lesson ukulele tutorial. Suitable for all ages and all types of ukuleles including concert ukulele, soprano ukulele and tenor ukulele. No prior knowledge of how to read music or playing the ucalaly is required to teach yourself to learn to play ukulele from this book. Teach yourself: How to play ukulele chords for beginners and advanced players All the fundamental techniques of ukalele chord playing including how to use a pick and how to strum using your fingers How to play rhythm ukulele strumming patterns How to read vocal music, ukulele chords and ukulele music How to tune a ukulele Ukulele tips and ukulele tricks that every player should know when learning ukulele Music theory as it applies to the yukulele, with an emphasis on chords, accompaniment and timing Shortcuts for how to learn ukulele fast by getting the most from ukulele practice sessionsContains everything you need to know to learn to play the ukulele today. Features include: Progressive step-by-step easy beginners ukulele lessons written by a professional ukulele teacher Full color photos and diagrams Easy-to-read ukulele music for beginners, ukelele chords for beginners and easy ukulele rhythm patterns for beginners Ukulele chord chart containing formulas and chord diagrams for over 80 ukulele chords 103 ukulele exercises, ukulele chord progressions, ukulele strumming patterns and popular easy ukulele song

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Promoting Silicon Valleys in Latin America: Lessons from Costa Rica

Promoting Silicon Valleys in Latin America: Lessons from Costa Rica


The spectacular economic performance of China, East Asia and India during the last ten years has ignited some profound changes in the world economy. The share of global demand, investments, trade and production of the traditional industrialized powers, the US, Europe and Japan, has gradually yet continuously declined. This rise of China also has implications for Latin America. On the one hand, booming Chinese demand for raw materials and food has sustained the economic performance of Latin America during the last decade. On the other hand, the competitiveness of China and as a hub for advanced manufacturing is threatening Latin America’s attempt to diversify its economy from its dependence on the export of natural resource-based goods. Most Latin American countries are not however waiting passively for their economies to become ever more reliant on high prices for food, minerals and oil. Leveraging the economic and political stability that they achieved during the last decades, many countries in the region, such as Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica and Uruguay, are attempting to capture the growing market for knowledge intensive products and services by breeding their own Silicon Valleys. This book discusses the promotion of ICT clusters in Latin America by analyzing the development of the Costa Rican cluster in particular, an often celebrated case of successful policy in the region. Costa Rica, a small country traditionally known for its coffee and wildlife, managed to build an information technology cluster within ten years, becoming the leading producer of ICT per capita in Latin America. Studying the Costa Rican case provides a solid starting point for understanding the challenges of building ICT clusters in Latin America.

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7 Life Lessons We’ve Learned from Anna Kendrick

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Red Carpet Lessons for Real Life, Courtesy of Bravo’s Miss Lawrence and Derek J

When I was offered a chance to hear what Bravo‘s resident stylish dudes from Atlanta, Derek J and Miss Lawrence of Fashion Queens (and Real Housewives of Atlanta, duh) had to say about Grammys style, I may have responded with an all-caps YES.

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The boys delivered an email this morning filled with their thoughts on the night’s best- and worst-dressed and while they didn’t agree with all my best-dressed picks, there was a lot of wisdom tucked in among all their exclamation points and catchphrases (a worried Sophia was very nervous what they meant by “gag” until I clarified it was a positive).

Lesson #1: Be on point.
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Both guys loved Gwen Stefani and appreciated the fact that a lot of thought went into nailing her pretty perfect look. “She showed us how a jumpsuit should be worn,” Miss Lawrence said. “She was so on-point!” agreed Derek J. “She’s truly a fashion girl and knows how to do it right from head to toe.”

Lesson #2: Be yourself.
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“SIA!!!!! The fact that you couldn’t see her face and she still SLAYED. With those bangs stopping at the tip of her nose, she’s saying ‘I don’t see you and I only want you to hear about ME!’ I loved her cape too. Simple and chic but uber-eccentric and glam!”—Miss Lawrence

Lesson #3: Don’t be afraid of texture.
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Katy Perry wasn’t and it turned into a big win. “I loved the Zuhair Murad dress Katy wore. The texture reminded me of an ice princess and I loved it!”—Derek J.

Lesson #4: Harness the power of contrast and simplicity.
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Miss Lawrence loved the simple choices Annie Lennox made. “I was in awe of the stark blond pixie hair paired with such a classy gown. It was very GODDESS-like!”

Lesson #5: Dress for your hair.
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“She’s one of my favorite girls, but this was not the Kim Kardashian I’m used to,” Miss Lawrence seconded. “Her new short hair competed with the shoulders.” I’m sure she was feeling the brand-new crop, but I get his point. With this dress (which I loved), hair-up might’ve been better.

Lesson #6: Bring some arm candy.
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Madonna‘s costume-y look fell a little flat for both the boys and me, but leave it to Derek J to find the silver lining. “The only reason she kept my attention is because Nas was standing beside her.” The other handsome gent is Diplo.

Lesson #7: Don’t be afraid to take risks.
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Because sometimes the result can be SO good. “Fashion risk-taker herself Rihanna in Giambattista Valli!!!!!! There is nothing more to say!!!!!” Derek J wrote, original exclamation marks included (he mimicked a mic drop next).

Thoughts on their picks? Who was your favorite from last night? Anything you did NOT like?

PS: If you want to watch the guys dish it live, Fashion Queens is on Bravo on Sunday nights at 11:30 p.m.





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40 Valentine’s Day Love Lessons

Keeping the love alive with kids in the house ain’t always easy, but it’s doable. It’s also fun. And it’s essential. David and I have always prioritized our relationship… the friendship and the romance. Our kids have always known and respected that. They don’t live here any more, but seeing them now, with their own partners, proves they learned important things about maintaining a loving relationship from us.

In honor of Valentine’s Day, I want to share some of what I’ve learned about love after 40 years of marriage. Take what makes sense to you. Leave the rest. I hope it helps in whatever ways you need.

1. It’s not about who you love, it’s about how.
2. If something is getting in the way of you and your sweetie being together, discuss it and make changes.
3. Be totally trustworthy and require the same from your partner.
4. Actively look for ways to ease your partner’s mind and tense shoulder muscles.
5. When you’re pissed, calm down and listen with an open heart and mind. Listening increases understanding which increases love.
6. Don’t cheat… ever.
7. If either of you has created a break in trust, do what makes sense to learn from it and move on… if you can.
8. Be open to and non-judgmental to your partner’s vulnerability. Likewise, don’t be threatened by strength.
9. From time to time do the dishes, even if it’s not your turn.
10. Make food together and enjoy what you’ve dished up.
11. Look for progress in yourself and in your partner. Not perfection.
12. Light candles.
13. Find at least one thing, outside of the home, that you two enjoy together and do it… regularly.
14. Put down the damn phone, tablet, laptop and cuddle.
15. Bring home an occasional surprise… just because.
16. Anger comes in two varieties: clean (“I’m upset and here’s why”) and dirty (“You always do this!”) Always keep it clean.
17. Give your best self to your partner.
18. Be nice. Save the sarcasm and contempt for… actually, don’t save if for anyone.
19. Don’t be a pig. Share that last chocolate chip cookie.
20. When your lover wants to talk about something that’s important to him/her (but not to you), stop what you’re doing and listen with genuine interest.
21. When a hug is given, hug back, no matter how crappy you feel. It’ll make you feel better.
22. Show appreciation. Even after years of being together, “Please” and “Thank you” are signs of caring.
23. Unplug when you’re with your sweetie and be where you are. This communicates, “You matter to me more than checking FB.”
24. Fill up the gas tank when you know your partner needs the car tomorrow.
25. Make eye contact and a smile when s/he walks into the room.
26. Find at least one funny thing to share from your day.
27. When your lover needs encouragement, be front and center, cheering.
28. Let there be togetherness in your chores. It’s way more fun when you do it together.
29. When your lover looks great, tell him/her.
30. When s/he is not looking all that awesome, do not say a word!
31. If your lover is under the weather (or on a work deadline) do more than your share around the house with a smile.
32. If you notice your honey’s spinach bits between teeth or a booger in his/her nose, speak up. (Discreetly, of course.)
33. Be helpful, without being asked.
34. Say, “I love you” like you really mean it. From time to time, we all need to hear the words.
35. Do not flirt with anyone other than your sweetie. Just don’t.
36. If your affections are wandering, use that to make your relationship stronger. Say, “Honey, I need more _____ from you.”
37. Share dark chocolate… wrapped or unwrapped. Lots of it. Frequently.
38. Let go of resentment or it will poison everything. Forgiveness is a gift to you, your partner, and the relationship.
39. Be the kind of partner you’d like your partner to be.
40. Show how much you appreciate having him/her in your life. Not just on Valentine’s Day, but every day.

What love lessons have you learned?
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Life Lessons Through Laundry

I live alone. Well, actually, if you read my last article, you know that I live with two cats who are currently trying to figure out how to get along. But I’m the only one in the house who wears clothes, which is why I am baffled by the fact that I do laundry like it’s my part-time job.

I wonder if the cats are wearing my clothes when I’m at work! I feel like I am constantly doing laundry; lots of it.

I don’t think I change my sheets and towels more than the average person. I don’t wear layers upon layers of clothes. I mean, I do change my underwear every day; but isn’t that what you’re supposed to do?

This weekend, as I looked at the four loads of laundry lying on my bedroom floor, I had an epiphany about how laundry is a lot like life.

Bras — Bras are like your friends. They are supportive, they hold you up, they stay close to your heart, and they serve as the foundation for everything else that follows. Bras are there for you when you need them, but just like people in your life, sometimes it feels good to take them off and let them go.

Underwear — Underwear are like your family. They cover your ass, sit with you during times of joy and pain, go with you almost everywhere you go, and are something you need almost every day. They are reliable and dependable and also serve as a good base. They can sometimes be annoying, but you really couldn’t imagine going through a day without them.

Socks — Socks are like relationships. Most of the time, socks are worried about getting separated from their mate, they are always looking for a match, and they spend a lot of time tumbling through the dryer (life) in their quest to come out unscathed on the other side. Socks long to be part of a duo. And, like some people, they feel useless when they become solo, always searching for a way to partner back up.

Coats — Coats are like the protective shield you wear out in public. It’s the thing you put on before you go out in the world and face the elements. Your coat can shield you from rain, snow, wind, or mean people. It can also hide the things you don’t want the world to see; clothing that you aren’t comfortable in, those few extra pounds, etc.

Pants — Pants are like the socially acceptable part of you, the work you, the part that has to be all about business. Let’s face it: It wouldn’t work out well for you to be walking around without them on. Pants are what you put on when you’re moving through the world. They cover some of the most intimate parts of you. Without them, you can’t go very far out there in the world.

Pajamas — Pajamas are like a hug. They cover you, swaddle you, and can make you feel warm and cozy. They can show whatever side of yourself that you choose. From the sexy side that comes from racy lingerie, to the fun side that comes from the flannels with the ducks on them, to the cozy side that comes out when you sport a pair of jammies with the built in feet.

What does your laundry say about your life? When I look through my wardrobe I see more than just the clothes that cover my body. I see the story of my life. The dress I wore in my friend’s wedding, the suit I wore when I landed my job, the scarf my friend gave me for Christmas; each piece tells a story.

It’s the story of my life, the fabric of my life, told through the pieces I choose. Think it about it next time you sort your life through your laundry. What do your pieces say about you?
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THE DIRECTIONS TO HAPPINESS: A 135-Country Quest for Life Lessons

THE DIRECTIONS TO HAPPINESS: A 135-Country Quest for Life Lessons


A JOURNEY THROUGH 135 COUNTRIES REVEALS WISDOM FROM UNLIKELY SAGESIn THE DIRECTIONS TO HAPPINESS, Bruce Thoreau Northam shares the infinite goodwill of strangers through enlightening tales from his travels to 135 countries. He has spent decades navigating the globe in a continuing search for words to live by-and live for-in local mode. Bruce Northam is the award-winning journalist and author of Globetrotter Dogma, In Search of Adventure, and The Frugal Globetrotter. He also created “American Detour,” a show revealing the travel writer’s journey. His keynote speech, Directions to Your Destination, reveals the many shades of the travel industry and how to entice travelers. Northam’s other live presentation, Street Anthropology, is an ode to freestyle wandering. Visit AmericanDetour.com.Editorial Reviews:”By the end of the book, you like the author, you believe him, and you’ve had a fun ride-because this is no namby-pamby travelogue.” -Travel+Leisure”A literary compass: 135 Countries, Infinite Lessons, One Book.” -Travelgirl Magazine

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Words in a French Life : Lessons in Love and Language from the South of France

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7 Lessons From ‘The Bachelor’ Season 19 Premiere: Chris Soules Is Prince Farming

Welcome back to the wonderful world of white wine tears, roses, grammatical incorrectness and two-month journeys toward engagement. That’s right, “The Bachelor” has returned — this time with Chris Soules, the all-American, corn-loving #PrinceFarming at its helm. This season, we’ll be recapping the highlights of each episode.

7 Things We Learned From Farmer Chris’ Premiere

1. “Love is a lot like farming.” Plow her field? Plant a seed (of love)? We can look forward to many farming-related puns in the weeks to come. Farmer Chris will never live down his choice of career in the “Bachelor” world, but we’re OK with that.

2. Arlington, Iowa is filled with old white men, Chris Soules, and one hairstyle for women. We got to catch a few glimpses of Chris’ hometown, where his future lady love will presumably move. (Our fair Bachelor is a commercial farmer, so there’s no way he’s leaving his quaint 400-person town — and his livelihood — for the big city … or medium city … or large village.) Last night we saw Chris hangin’ with his bros, who happen to be white dudes exclusively over the age of 65, and we were introduced to a few women Chris grew up with. Spoiler alert: They all had Kate Gosselin hairdos.

3. Not every event needs a red carpet. For some confusing reason, ABC decided that two hours of “The Bachelor” wasn’t enough. Apparently, what the premiere really needed was an hour-long live red carpet where old “Bachelor” and “Bachelorette” contestants loitered, chatted it up with Chris Harrison and took selfies with screaming women. To the powers that be: Please never do this again.

4. Sport Fishing Enthusiast is a viable career path. Who knew? Add this to the list of creative faux careers featured on “The Bachelor” franchise. Prince Farming’s cast of “amazing women” also includes a freelance journalist, an executive assistant, a chiropractic assistant, a dental assistant (who has a son named Kale), a news producer, a cruise ship singer, a flight attendant, a fertility nurse, a widowed guidance counselor and a crazy-eyed ballet instructor. True diversity … of jobs. There’s still only one woman of color in the 30.

5. It’s acceptable to discuss baby-making and/or human tissue on a first date. Other topics of conversation on last night’s premiere included the complexity of onions, Chris’ karaoke selections (Tim McGraw and Faith Hill songs), the six-step and the parallels between the holidays and “The Bachelor.” “It’s like Christmas morning, except your presents are women,” exclaims one of Chris’ suitors. No. NoNoNoNoNo.

6. Great first impressions are rewarded … with kisses. Hollywood waitress Britt, who according to her ABC profile loves Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace, which will really earn her some brownie points with the snarky Twitter crowd, snagged both the first impression rose and the first kiss from our farmer. “I actually really like you!” she says. (No worries, Britt. We’re surprised too.)

7. If you get rejected, it’s probably best to accept defeat and move on. After Chris made the “gut-wrenching” decision to send home eight of the women he’d gotten to spend three minutes chit-chatting with — the emotional horror! — one of the contestants refused to slink off into the 6am sunrise limo. Kimberly (we think that’s her name?) returned to pull Chris aside, though we won’t see the inevitable uncomfortable outcome until next week.

And The Final Rose Goes To…
SAFE: Kaitlyn, Jade, Samantha, Ashley I., Tandra, Nikki, Kelsey, Megan, Alissa, Amber, Juelia, Becca, Trina, Mackenzie, Tracy, Tara (woo hoo!), Jordan, Jillian, Whitney, Carly, Ashley S. (a.k.a. Onion Girl)
ELIMINATED: Amanda, Bo, Brittany, Kara, Kimberly, Michelle, Nicole, Reegan

This Season, On “The Bachelor”
Air balloons! Popping champagne! Iowa! Throwing leaves! Bikinis! Widow feels so lucky! No one is more genuine! Guns! Private concerts! This is amazing! Making out! Virgin! Stripping! Ashley is freaking out! Girl would rather chew glass than lose! Private tent hookups! Chris makes a mistake! Tears! More tears! Mascara tears! EMTs! More tears! Even more tears! Chris takes responsibility! Chris says women can go home! Widow gives Chris a second chance! Doubts wiped away! Kisses! More kisses! A future in Iowa! Chris tears!

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ReThink Review: Dear White People – Lessons for Republicans and the “Post-Racial” Generation

A lot of people interested in race issues (including myself) have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of Dear White People, a film about a group of black students at a mostly white university that was funded through Indiegogo and eventually made it to the 2014 Sundance Film Festival where its writer/director Justin Simien won the U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Talent. With Dear White People currently earning a 95% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes and spreading to theaters nationwide this week, the film has palpable momentum as issues like white privilege, cultural appropriation, and the systemic racism and discrimination illuminated by Michael Brown’s killing in Ferguson, Missouri are getting more attention than ever. But even with its seemingly perfect cultural timing, is Dear White People as relevant and hypeworthy as it seems? Watch the trailer for Dear White People below.

The film takes place at the fictional Winchester University, an Ivy-League-type school whose small population of black students has been roiled by new housing rules that have effectively eliminated the school’s only traditionally black residence hall, Armstrong Parker House. That issue gets a jolt when Samantha White, a black film student (Tessa Thompson), unexpectedly becomes head of Armstrong Parker, deposing golden boy Troy Fairbanks (Brandon P. Bell) who also happens to be the son of Winchester’s dean of students (Dennis Haysbert). Sam, an artist at heart with a rebel soul, shares her outspoken views on racism and cultural identity on her radio show “Dear White People”, informing the white student body why racism is flourishing and why many of the ways white people attempt to prove their lack of racism fall flat.

Sam is secretly dating a white teacher’s assistant in her film class (Justin Dobies), but she used to date Troy, who’s having his own problems with his white girlfriend (Brittany Curran) who happens to be the daughter of Winchester’s president (Peter Syverston) who’s jerk of a son (Kyle Gallner) runs the school’s National Lampoon-like comedy magazine Pastiche, which Troy would love to join. Also vying for a place on Pastiche is Colondrea “Coco” Connors, a black student (Teyonah Paris) who believes the best way for her to move up in the world is by assimilating, though she’s willing to be more controversial if it earns her more YouTube subscribers and a role on a reality show casting on the campus. Meanwhile, the more militant Reggie (Marque Richardson) has a crush on Sam and seems to be a more socially and culturally acceptable match for her. Bearing witness to all of this is Lionel (Tyler James Williams), a gay nerd (though he hates the categorizations) who doesn’t feel comfortable in any of Winchester’s social groups, though he seems to find a home with the school newspaper, whose editors feel that Lionel’s blackness will give him extra insight, access, and permission to write about the race issues brought out by Sam’s election.

If that seems like an awful lot of characters and subplots, it should, and my main problem with Dear White People is that it tries to do way too much with too many characters, like Simien felt that this may be his only chance to make a feature film so he had to jam everything he’d ever wanted to say about racism and racial campus politics into this one film. This leads to a movie that’s constantly jumping from issue to issue, character to character, and subplot to subplot, providing a lot of breadth without much depth. The acting is mostly good with dialogue that’s a little too earnest and on-the-nose. And as someone who’s done some stand up comedy, I was personally offended by the fact that all of the people involved in or aspiring to join Pastiche are the film’s most humorless characters, though the film is consistently seasoned with clever humor.

Dear White People may suffer for its many ambitions, but I’m certainly glad it has them and am even more glad that this film exists at all. That’s because Dear White People is the first film to really address race in the post-Obama era head on, where even influential black people like Pharrell, Raven Simone, and Donald Glover (in what’s called the “New Black” movement) have declared that racism against blacks is no longer relevant, seemingly agreeing with white republicans who go further to claim that even invoking the subject of racism amounts to race-baiting unless it’s talking about how straight white people are the only REAL victims of discrimination in America today. And I understand how a lot of young people may honestly feel that racism is a relic of the past that America just needs to get over, especially since so many of their pop culture heroes, and even the nation’s first family, are black.

But that idealistic, or perhaps ignorant, mindset doesn’t seem to have an answer to things like Ferguson, republicans’ blatant efforts to disenfranchise black voters, how black people are discriminated against in the workplace, or the large, small, and inadvertent indignations that so many black people continue to face every day just because they’re black. And Dear White People is quick to point out that sometimes these indignations come from within the black community itself, as characters sometimes struggle with their own blackness, worrying if they’re seen as too black, not black enough, or can be comfortable carving out their own spaces somewhere in between.

Dear White People is sure to become both a cult hit and a staple on college campuses across the country, and I’m glad for it since the movie ultimately ends with more questions than answers. And with an issue as multi-faceted as racism, that is as it should be — if there really were easy answers, we’d all agree on them and quietly and unanimously abolish racism forever. But there aren’t, especially as a large percentage of Americans refuse to even acknowledge that racism and its role in America’s history have any effect on how Americans live today. But one thing Dear White People is crystal clear on is that racism exists, and that we’re nowhere near the post-racial America so many wish us to be.

As my girlfriend and I were leaving the screening of Dear White People, an older black woman who was reviewing the film stopped us to ask what we thought of it. Because what struck her most about Dear White People is how most of the issues that were brought up in the film are the same ones she faced as she fought for black people’s civil rights over 50 years ago. And that’s a message that republicans and the so-called post-racial generation need to get through their heads. Just because you don’t see racism or don’t want to see it doesn’t mean it’s not there. As Bergen Evans said, and quoted in the movie Magnolia, “We may be through with the past, but the past is not through with us.” Or perhaps more appropriately regarding racism in America, we can look to William Faulkner who said, “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.”

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Dancing Lessons: The Substitution for Exercise

Dancing Lessons: The Substitution for Exercise


Getting Started With Dancing   You can dance in a group, with a partner, or on your own. There are lots of different places where you can enjoy dancing, for example at dance schools, social venues, community halls and in your own home. Dancing has become such a popular way to be active and keep fit, that most fitness clubs now offer dance classes in their group exercise programs.   Dancing can be done both competitively and socially. It can be a great recreational and sporting choice, because anyone of any age can take part. It doesn’t matter whether it is cold or raining, as dancing is usually done indoors.   The gear you need for dancing will depend on the style of dancing you choose. For example, tap dancing will involve buying tap shoes, whereas ballet will need ballet slippers and ballet clothing. To get started, simply choose a style you enjoy, or would like to try, and join a class. Types of Dance   There are many styles of dance to choose from, each with its own attractions. Popular styles of dancing include: Ballet – mostly performed to classical music, this dance style focuses on strength, technique and flexibility Ballroom dancing – this involves a number of partner-dancing styles such as the waltz, swing, foxtrot, rumba and tango Belly dancing – originating in the Middle East, this dance style is a fun way to exercise Hip-hop – performed mostly to hip-hop music, this urban dance style can involve breaking, popping, locking and freestyling Jazz – a high-energy dance style involving kicks, leaps and turns to the beat of the music Pole dancing – has become increasingly popular as a form of exercise. It involves sensual dancing with a vertical pole, and requires muscle endurance, coordination, and upper- and lower-body strength Salsa – involving a mixture of Caribbean, Latin American and African influences, salsa is usually a partner dance and emphasizes rhythms and sensuality Square-dancing – a type of folk dancing where four couples dance in a square patte

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8 Lessons I Have Learned Since Giving Up Television

The day my cable was turned off for good, I was lying on my bed in the midst of the afternoon watching a reality show about people with odd sexual compulsions. As the cable guy cut my connection, a guy describing his fetish for smelly feet was interrupted mid-sentence.

“God took my cable away,” I texted my daughter.

I was joking, but, honestly, my obsession with TV had gotten out of hand, and while I’m sure there are some quality programs on television, I wasn’t watching any of them. In 2011, I had watched the entire Casey Anthony trial on CNN, and even though we lived hundred of miles from the nearest ocean, it was not unusual for me to spend a whole evening staring at maps of potential hurricane paths on The Weather Channel. And as if that weren’t enough, lately, I had become fascinated with reality shows like Honey Boo-Boo, 19 Kids And Counting, Hoarders, Breaking Amish and Sister Wives. These shows had made me feel better about myself — more clever, more classy, more together.

I might be moving from a gray Cape Cod in the country to a rustic cabin in the woods with no cable access, but at least I did not have a family of dead cats lying underneath the pile of open food cans in the midst of my living room. I did not eat laundry detergent. I had not yet been the subject of an intervention, drug related or otherwise. I did not eat spaghetti noodles doused in ketchup and butter. I had not been shunned. I did not have to drag nineteen children with me everywhere I went. And I certainly did not have to pretend to be pleased when my husband expressed his undying affection for another woman.

Though learning to live without television was a challenge at first, just last month, we passed the second anniversary of our new life here at the cabin, and at the risk of sounding overly hippyish, I thought this might be a good time to pause and reflect on some things I have learned and to offer a few nuggets of wisdom to those considering cutting their own cable connections:

1. I have figured out that one does not need to watch The Weather Channel regularly to know what the weather is going to be like. I have figured out that generally one can just walk outside and look at the sky and get a good idea of what’s ahead for the day.

2. I no longer mindlessly peruse quasi news channels thinking that I am getting actual news, and I no longer watch the disturbing stories of celebrities unfold before me ad nauseum because I find these stories to be, well, disturbing. I do not know what celebrity has just been arrested for shoplifting, whose spouse just slept around, who is in rehab or who is eerily thin. I have just so much emotional energy to give, and now I can expend that energy on people I actually know who have legal troubles or marital problems or addiction issues or eating disorders.

3. It has been two years since anyone has even tried to talk to me about The Bachelor or The Bachelorette. Same with American Idol or any of those shows imitating American Idol. In fact, people actually stop discussing those things when I walk in a room. Enough said.

4. I’ve got to admit that the Olympics were hard. As was the World Cup and every other major sporting event. Everyone is always talking about sports, especially at bars where sports are always on big screen TV’s and sometimes on multiple screens, but my advice for those televsionless folks trying to maintain some sort of social connectivity during major sporting events is to simply drink more beer. That way, you will be at a bar when the television is on and can quickly catch up to speed. Another option is to take up a sport of your own so that while everyone else is sitting around drinking beer and watching sports, you can actually be out longboarding or free climbing or what have you.

5. I no longer begin sentences with the words, “I was up late last night watching…” If I happened to be up late last night, I was (1) reading, (2) writing, (3) cuddling my Dachshund who is afraid of thunderstorms or (4) cuddling my husband who is not afraid of thunderstorms. In any case, there is not nearly enough of that sort of thing happening in the world today, and now that I no longer mindlessly watch television, I have more time for all of those things.

6. Like major sporting events, the Oscars and the Emmys are a problem. Everyone is watching, and everyone is tweeting about them, and, sure, it’s a little like being back in high school, and everyone you know is talking about some party that you weren’t invited to. For advice on coping, please see #4.

7. Back when I had television, I used to spend a lot of time worrying about the what ifs. What if we have a major earthquake here in North Carolina? What if one of my friends gets a nose job that collapses? What if one of my young adult children suddenly joins a cult? What if my husband has a whole other family in another state and one day fakes his own death in order to be with them? Now, I take long walks with my Lab. I feed Vanilla Wafers to my goats. I pick wild blueberries and roses. I sit outside at a local brewery and drink Dale’s Pale Ale while I watch other people’s kids play corn hole. And somehow being outside and doing simple things makes me feel more in touch with the here and now and less concerned with the hypothetical.

8. I have taken up some new hobbies. I ride my bike — a lot. I hike. I make my own goat cheese and cream cheese, ferment my own yogurt. I grow my own kale and bake my own whey pies. I am learning about jazz and blues, and I have signed up for a poetry class and for contra dance lessons. The point is, when you are not watching television and thinking about inane things like how on earth someone could give birth nineteen times and still be walking around or how a human being could not notice she had a cat carcass rotting on her living room floor, your world opens up a bit, and suddenly you realize that even if you don’t want to make your own yogurt or pen your own chapbook, maybe, just maybe, there is something else out there for you to discover.
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99 Lessons for my Teenage Son

99 Lessons for my Teenage Son


As I was driving home from work one day I had a familiar tune in my head… An extremely popular rap song at the time, it had been playing on the radio at my job, and I simply could not shake the melody of the chorus. During this time, I had been praying to God about my Sons. My eldest was about to turn 15, my youngest, 12, and although they were –and are– great children, I knew that they were passing the age-of-influence. At least, passing the ages where I would be the singular male influence in their lives.They were increasingly captivated by outside influences like school, TV, and MUSIC. Particularly, songs like the one I couldn’t get out of my head.I prayed, “God give me a way to communicate values and lessons to them that —like this song— could echo over and over in their minds. Give me a vehicle that I can use to convey the ideas they will need to become good men. Give me something that they can access ANYTIME, even the times —Lord forbid— when I am not around.”With that song still knocking around in my head, God gave me 99 Lessons for My Teenage Son.#99Lessons started out as a REMINDER list, but over the past two and a half years it has GROWN into something that I thought would bless more than just my children… More than just me! Honestly, These lessons have affected every part of my life and reminded me what it means to be a man. This book is a holistic complement to that process. I pray that it blesses you to read it, as much as it has blessed me to write it.

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8 Beauty Lessons We’ve Learned Through The Ages

We all know it: It’s often difficult to embrace our looks in a culture driven by conventional standards of beauty. Embracing your natural loveliness is tricky when you’re inundated with imagery of bodies and faces of impossible perfection. (Thanks, Photoshop!)

Still, while we all recognize that unrealistic ideals don’t always reflect the world around us, there’s a lot we can learn from the past. As beauty trends and rituals evolve, we find that what’s “flawed” in one generation becomes “flawless” in the next.

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5 Lessons from New Motherhood on Living the Good Life

I wouldn’t call my pre-baby outlook on life misguided, but like most 20-, er, 30-something-year-old professionals (especially those here in New York), the concept of work-life balance was far-fetched, to say the least. Perhaps I was looking too far away — like France or back to my grandparents’ generation — for a practical way to apply the concept to my own life. Or maybe there was some truth to the notion that the “good life,” was only attainable by certain groups of folks. Or, maybe, I just hadn’t become a mother yet.

Who knew that the thing everyone says is supposed to turn your world upside down would actually shift it into balance. Granted, you might not be able to tell — well, with my home consistently towing the line between new parenthood and an episode of “Hoarders” — but where my husband and I may lack in magazine-worthy digs, we’re making up for it in lessons learned about truly living the good life.

Here are five that we’ve gleaned so far… in no particular order:

1. Savor Every Sip (…Or Bite…Or Moment, For That Matter)
This isn’t one of those things experienced parents say in rosy-hued retrospect, it’s the lesson I learned on Valentine’s Day 2014, one of our first night’s out with baby, which ended with a change of clothes in a gross public men’s room and a sleepy child with shoes on her hands. As for the cocktail shown here? I drank it…alone…before hurrying past judgmental restaurant patrons and dumping its boozy byproducts down the drain so baby could eat.

2. Make Nice With Mother Nature (Or, Better Yet, Invite Her In)
Winter 2014 sent many of us reeling into hibernation, a place that I previously imagined cozying into with my new baby until Spring arrived. But let’s face it, there are only so many gingerbread lattes you can drink, and two weeks in, I was over it. Plant life isn’t anymore entertaining than a sleepy newborn is, but if I were to go back in time, I’d stop waiting for Mother Nature to have some compassion and bring in some natural elements — like this herb garden — instead.

3. Invest In Good Bedding
Somewhere, someone’s living the good life off the profits of all the baby gear we’re practically buried under. But as most new parents learn, no matter how cool the gadget or how soft the blankie, nothing compares to our lap, in our bed, when it comes to nap time.

4. Make The Most Of The Mundane
My first day alone without baby wasn’t as glamourous as I’d imagined. It involved a trip to the doctor, a wait in line at the post office, and a lonely, mommy-guilt-ridden lunch at Panera Bread. But in the spirit of making the most of my “free time,” I swung by the hair salon for a treatment, where I spotted this little oasis of grown-folk goodness. I’m sure it’ll be a choking hazard and otherwise impractical at some point, but for now, I say yes to any little luxury that will help our apartment-sized playpen feel like a home again.

5. Life Is Better When You Can Unplug
So maybe I did learn something from the French after all, and every time my daughter whines at the sight of my cell phone or laptop, and even more so when she smiles at me, I’m reminded of this fact.

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Career Day: The Lessons Children Taught Me

Childhood was a period of purity and wonder. It is where our true character was built and our core values took shape. It was a time where we were free and wrote on our blank slates, way before we were infected and paralyzed by outside expectations or the thoughts others had of us.

As we age, the braveness and boldness of childhood are challenged and tainted to such a deepening degree that it immobilizes some of us today. The greatness and the complex simplicity of the daringness of the innocent ways of our childhood were progressively juxtaposed with the defeating feelings of shame, guilt and self-doubt.

Having no children, I never really gave these notions a compressed thought process until a few a weeks ago. My youngest niece asked me to speak at her school on career day and I said yes, because how hard can it be to speak to kids in kindergarten — eighth grade, right? Wrong.

As a trained therapist and certified coach, I decided to simply lump my career as being a “helping professional.” I focused my talk on my work with seniors and how I was responsible for supervising programs that ensured that hundreds of low income seniors had a hot meal to eat each day, and provided them with health and wellness opportunities that improve their quality of life. I also talked about my writing.

The morning of, on my walk to the school I felt as if was being tossed to the lions. Was I ready for the brutally honest and unfiltered ways of children? Will I hear crickets and see eye rolling instead of the chest puffing caused by the thunderous applause I envisioned after my speech?

“You are a writer?!” yelled one in shock.

“Yes, I just co-authored a book. And I write for different publications.”

“OMG,” mused another, “that is so cool.” Oh, I thought to myself, it is.

How much do you earn? You went to college?! What is a master’s? What’s the best part of your job?

Worst? Seniors exercise?! What’s your passion? What’s your dream job? What celebrities have you interviewed?

My favorite, because it stopped me on my tracks and prompted me to begin finding the lessons of the day, was from a kindergarten.

“Did you…ummm barr…ush your teeff today?”

“Yes,” I smiled, what da… damn, I know I should stop drinking coffee but, “umm why do you ask?”

“Beeee…cauusse my mom says it’s impooooortant.”

In all her splendor, I practiced my patience, because it took her about 30 seconds to utter each syllable. I got it. She was teaching me the lesson that she was taught.

Towards the end, depleted and not sure if my work was as interesting to them as the local TV celebrity to the left and the coloring book-giving, bullet proof vest showing policeman to the right, one beautiful little third grader mumbled to herself “you are a light.”

I looked at her confused. “Excuse me” I said cordially, “can you repeat yourself.”

“You are a light,” she said matter of factly.

“A light? Why do you say that?” I countered, confused.

“Because we are learning in the bible that when you help people, you are a light.”

I felt my soul smile. “Thank you. I never thought of myself as a light before.” This reminded me that at the end of the day we simply want to feel like we matter.

The questions where thought provoking, inspiring, hilarious, amusing and intrusive. But I didn’t mind because I was there to tell my story. After the day was over, I realized that the kids, with their hunger for knowledge and eagerness to understand a period of life that they will be responsible for creating, were the ones that unearthed in me lessons that I learned so long ago and forgot I possess. I offer you to consider being conscious of applying these simple approaches and challenge yourself to create yet a bigger world of possibilities and reclaim your inner child genius.

Be Inquisitive

When we move through life without wonder and queries we enable stagnation and pacification. Like children, ask questions without reservations and trepidation as there is no such thing as a wrong question. Challenge others and particularly yourself to ask the important and tough questions because answers, simply be aware, is what guides our paths in life.

Have Audacity

Be a prisoner of your own confidence. A 3rd grader told me he wanted to be a teacher, oh and a race car driver, oh, and a paleontologist. His audacity to believe that he actually could was infectious, because why couldn’t he? Children live in a space where all and anything is possible. And they are. As children, we lived in that space too and we need to remind ourselves of the possibilities that audaciousness uncovers.

Be Willing Not Able

At times when opportunities present themselves we refuse to engage because we either do or don’t have the ability. Like children who don’t possess much experience, move through life with the willingness to participate as opposed to leaning on your ability to do so. After all that is how we learn, by being willing and open to opportunities for growth.

Laugh More

At each class I spoke, I at 6’4″, looking like a pretzeled jolly giant sat in the teeny tiny chair the youngsters use as well. And almost always the entire class erupted in laughter as they saw me struggle to sit and get up. The halls of the school too were pregnant with laughter. It changed my day’s trajectory and reminded me of the contagious life and mesmerizing light that innocent laughter provides and carries. Be intentional about laughing more, at yourself and others without malice, and simply for the joy of it.

Stay Present

Children do not focus or even understand tomorrow, they are cemented in today and the present and because of it live in a stage of wonder, not anxiety. As such, being past or future driven is counterproductive to the power and gifts that living in the now provides. If you believe that time passes quickly, meditate and be still, you will realize that time is abundant.

Dismiss Perfection

After career day I realized that these kids were not looking to me, or any speaker, as a model of perfection, or for the right answers, but rather for clues, information and inspiration that will help them determine the person they want to become. Curiosity and acknowledging and accepting our imperfections allow us to color outside the lines of our lives and thus opens up one of unimaginable possibilities.

Marianne Williamson said it best. “Children are not children. They are just younger people. We have the same soul at 60 that we had at 40, and the same soul at 25 that we had when we were 5. If anything, children are wiser. They know more than we do, and have at least as much to teach us as we have to teach them.”
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