4 Students Speak Out on Arizona SB-1070

My son and three class mates from the University of Arizona revealed their views in this short video on Senate Bill 1070, a bill that legalizes police officers’ efforts to stop and search individuals in Arizona that appear to be illegal immigrants, mainly from south of the border. This is an example of not only what these young people feel about current life issues, but also how convincingly they can convey their message using multi media. Your thoughts?

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Learnings from the Hudson River Crash Landing

This is a 5 minute video by Ric Elias, a passenger on the United flight that crash landed in the Hudson River. He speaks about what he learned in those final seconds before impact. And how the crash has changed his life.



Sometimes truths have to be forced in our faces. Seems that’s the only way I really learn. Ric said he didn’t want to be right anymore, he wanted to be happy. That’s a life principle for me…

Beauty That Has Endured

At a time of great unrest and disparity on the planet, it is also a time of great beauty and peace. The unrest is shouting, “The time has come for change within countries, within government, within you and me.”

Peace is speaking loudly as well. PEACE: Passionate Energy Activating Courageous Exchange. And the beauty of the Earth beckons us to see it, too, for it also has changed, and endured, and transformed with time. This presentation showcases 35 unique rock formations from all parts of our planet, many of which are new to me. I am inspired to discover more about them and the qualities they showcase.

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Cross Training Made EASY!

I FINISHED!

I ran a 5K race in January, after not having raced in over 5 years. My cousins called to ask me to join them while they ran the LA Half Marathon. I signed up for the 5K that accompanied that race. To my surprise, I had the stamina to RUN it with no training.

I ran one day for about 1 1/2 miles last November, and maybe a few times over the summer. I’ve been doing Power Yoga weekly, hoola hooping, hiking and walking — that’s been my cross training. I knew I could walk the 3.1 miles, but I had no idea I had the endurance to run it the entire way! When I crossed the finish line, I was overcome with the thrill of VICTORY — what all can I actually do? What else can I achieve? Could I actually be getting younger than older?

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My cousin stopped smoking by taking up long distance running. He and his wife have run so many half marathons and triathalons. I no longer want to run distances but the thrill of being with many passionate runners was a real turn on!

I think cross training is doing what you luvv to do, and then applying that to new things. I’m now adding dance to my cross training. Who knows what all I can do with the character developed through many ways of expressing and sweating myself? Here’s the biggest surprise of all: I FINISHED 6TH IN MY AGE CATEGORY!!

Seeing with New Eyes

I’ve recently seen the movie, Remember the Titans, and this was probably my 20th time viewing it–and each time I see it new.  I see or feel something I missed the previous time, or there’s a new energy in a scene that I missed.  I sense we upgrade what we hear and see as we change, and therefore a familiar movie or story or perspective gets upgraded.  Like in this palindrome.

A palindrome is a written message that reads the same backwards as forward. This video can be read that way, but the magic lies in how the author reads it new — I was blown away with how I was led to read a brand new meaning to the same old words.

This is a short 2-minute video and it is brilliant, submitted by a 20 year-old in a contest by AARP  entitled “u@50″.   The video won second place, but when they showed it, everyone in the room was awe-struck and broke into spontaneous applause.

Here’s to seeing with new eyes and an open heart!

Surprising What Love Can Do

Check out this great piece by my guest blogger, Deirdre McGill.

Every January 17th, I think about my live-in boyfriend from my college days.  We were 19 and 22 when we hooked up and lived together for 11 years.

We moved in together after my father almost choked me to death.  I made the mistake of standing up to my dad and in a fit of alcoholic rage; his reaction was not one of tolerance or understanding.  Good thing that my Grandmother was there to pry his hands from around my neck or I would not be writing this today.

Disregarding the family advice of “why buy the cow when the milk is free,” I kept living with my friend without the sanctity of marriage until we knew that there was absolutely no future for us.  He wanted to get married and I refused unless he swore fidelity. He refused.

Besides the “cheating” issues and the years of lies and betrayals, I knew that marriage was not on my path.  Over the years, I turned down over 100 marriage proposals.  I had to be honest with myself.  I wanted to be happy.  I wished for happiness with all of my heart and knew that I would be on a life’s adventure until I found it  – or it found me.  I knew that I could never be happy with a man when I was not happy with myself. Continue reading

I Saw My First Steelers Game!

Call us crazy, but we went to Pittsburgh for a 4-day weekend as a belated anniversary gift to ourselves!  Pittsburgh in the winter, windy and snowy, cold and chilly, but refreshingly exhilarating!   A great highlight for me was seeing an NFL game live — the Steelers and the Cincinnati Bengals!  I could really feel what the players endured by being there in person.  In almost every play there were piles of bodies, and each time I felt it personally — what about suffocating?  Someone’s elbow or cleat in your neck?  Being squished by the weight of so many bodies on you?  Obviously, being squeamish doesn’t work in this sport.  Continue reading

Fun In the Dark

Imagine eating with absolutely no stimulus to your eyes–seeing no shadows, no movement and no food! My eyes were open but all I saw was blackness, and it was a journey beyond. 

Jerome and I celebrated our 22nd wedding anniversary yesterday, November 19th, and I surprised him with dinner at Opaque Restaurant, a restaurant in Santa Monica where the waiters are blind or visually impaired, and the dining experience takes away sight. The restaurant was absolutely black, and as our waiter, Michael, escorted us to our table, he had to assist us to sit, to find our silverware, and even find each other’s hand! He assisted us to pass food back and forth with instructions as to where to reach into the darkness to find it.

Because of the depth of the blackness, because of no visual stimuli, every morsel of food tasted deeper, richer, more exquisite. I don’t know if I ever tasted a melon ball that was more erotic. Or sauteed spinach that was more desirously appetizing. We ate with silverware sometimes, yet the real fun was eating with our hands! The filet mignon came already cut in pieces, with a steak knife on the plate just in case you wanted to cut it even more. We had the chance to maneuver in this new space of sightlessness, and as I learned to do so, I felt enveloped in a healing, balancing chamber. Everything felt amplified — our communication, our touch, our silence. We were in the All’s hands. Continue reading

The old and the new can really work well together…

Yoda and Jar Jar are great symbols of fun, fantasy and principle. I am posting this here because I find myself coming back to this piece with such a lift in my heart, every time I see it. While the routine is old, it is made new with these wonderous characters.

Our son, Pharoah, just moved to Tucson to start a new phase of his life at the University of Arizona. I am so thrilled for him! And, this change means large transformation for Jerome and I. One change impacts all around. Change, uncertainty, finding new expressions in old situations. It’s awkward. And yet I know that play and silly and discovery are the ways I move out of worry and panic. It’s so much more fun to laugh and trust that all is well. Could it be that laughing assists me to trust…?