Posts Tagged ‘TEDTalk


7.16.13 … Molly Barker of GOTR: “Thank you all for loving me and being in joy with me today.” …

Molly Wilmer Barker, Girls on the Run, TedTalk, Points of Light Award:  I fell in love with Girls on the Run in Wilmette IL in 2003 when my daughter was in third grade.  I was thrilled to move to Charlotte and meet Molly Barker who is a Charlottean and friends with several Charlotte friends.  I love her story and love what she has done for girls.  Kudos on your Points of Light Award! And I love her notes closing … “Thank you all for loving me and being in joy with me today.”

So…there are so many takeaways from today’s event, I don’t know where to begin. First, to have the opportunity to spend time with the President, First Lady and George H.W. Bush and Ms. Bush…it was simply a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I will never, EVER forget it. Secondly, the other Daily Points of Light Winners who were in attendance have shown me once again…that you can change the world and all it takes…seriously…ALL it takes is doing something in the direction of the solution, the change you wish to see. And Thirdly…what a privilege…and I mean privilege it is to not only serve Girls on the Run, but to CARRY THE MESSAGE of what and who this organization IS by doing my best to BE that in every way shape or form…as much as I am able. That means being simply being myself. I will write more on this day…later…after I’ve taken it all in. Thank you all for loving me and being in joy with me today.

via (2) So…there are so many takeaways from today’s… – Molly Wilmer Barker.

A Letter to Congress, Molly Barker, TEDxCharlotte, YouTube:



6.30.13 … Andrew Solomon: Love, no matter what … phenomenal TEDTalk on parenting …

 Andrew Solomon, love, TEDTalk, parenting, diversity, kindness, lbgt:

Andrew Solomon: Love, no matter what

Published on Jun 3, 2013

What is it like to raise a child who’s different from you in some fundamental way (like a prodigy, or a differently abled kid, or a criminal)? In this quietly moving talk, writer Andrew Solomon shares what he learned from talking to dozens of parents — asking them: What’s the line between unconditional love and unconditional acceptance?

via Andrew Solomon: Love, no matter what – YouTube.



5.7.13 … Rainbows used to be little used beyond the tween years … roy g biv, you are such old school when it comes to rainbows. Welcome, lgbtq.

 political cartoons, lgbtq, professional sports: I enjoy a good political cartoon, and I consider this one good.

cartoon4 | Cartoons of the Week: April 28-May 3 |

TEDTalk,  gender violence:  Excellent!

This is, hands down, my favorite TED Talk of all time. That isn’t hyperbole. I spent three days trying to pull out some highlights to share and ended up with a second-by-second recap of the whole dang thing.

Just hit play, and let the awesomeness wash over you (but especially pay attention around the 10-minute mark because that’s when things get really good).

via A TED Talk That Might Turn Every Man Who Watches It Into A Feminist? It’s Pretty Fantastic..

Violence & Silence: Jackson Katz, Ph.D at TEDxFiDiWomen – YouTube.

Happiness Project, koan:  I love a new term … “Koan” is a good one.

For a long time, I’ve been interested in Zen koans (rhymes with Ken Cohens). In Buddhist tradition, a koan is a question or a statement that can’t be understood logically. Zen Buddhist monks meditate on koans as a way to abandon dependence on reason in their pursuit of enlightenment.

The most famous koan is probably: “Two hands clap and there is a sound. What is the sound of one hand?”

via It’s Friday: time to think about YOUR Happiness Project. This week: Find your own koan. « The Happiness Project.


4.6.13 … Lincoln … Two Thumbs UP … I would like to be a cultural thinker … :)

Lincoln, movies, history: I knew I was going to see it, but waited  ’til it was out on DVD.  I wanted to watch it multiple times.  I friend’s son was in it … still looking for the dead soldier in the battlefield and his big shot as an escort (and his friend as a dancing extra at the ball). I thought the acting was very good, Lincoln especially.  Some  were still too much of themselves, or were they?

What really interested me was how little I knew about the history.  I now have a research project.  Where do I begin?

So from that standpoint alone, raising interest in history, I give Lincoln 2 thumbs up.  RIP, Roger Ebert.

There is an earlier shot, when it could have ended, of President Lincoln walking away from the camera after his amendment has been passed. The rest belongs to history.

via Lincoln :: :: Reviews.

Steven Spielberg,  Lincoln, The New Yorker:

I now think that I initially reacted to “Lincoln” the way that so many Radical Republicans reacted to Lincoln himself: I was demanding perfection, and pouting when perfection wasn’t forthcoming. But compromise is inevitable—in life, in politics, in movies. That’s one of the movie’s messages, and one of its meta-messages, too. On second viewing, I put aside the nitpicking. I realized that the very narrowness of my complaints was backhanded evidence of the enormous amount that the film gets right. And, indeed, virtually every point that the story and script of “Lincoln” makes is grounded in historical fact, even if the conventions and limitations of a theatrical film, especially one that eschews narrations and “crawls,” sometimes require awkward or contorted “exposition.” If some of the dialogue “sounds written” rather than spoken, that is because so much of it is drawn directly from letters, memoirs, and speeches. (Also, sometimes fact is stranger than fiction: for example, the scene with Tad that I describe above in item eleven turns out to be mostly true, although the theatre manager’s behavior was less callous, because his announcement came after the rumor had already spread throughout the theatre.)

There is no doubt about the integrity and seriousness of purpose of Spielberg and his screenwriter, Tony Kushner. They took on an immense, probably insuperable challenge. If they did not fully meet my hopes and expectations (nor, I suspect, their own), they succeeded in making a very fine film, one that has no equal, no parallel that I know of, in the entire movie canon. “Lincoln” will be watched for many decades to come. It will be a standard resource in high school and college curricula, a wedge to lure students into deeper inquiry. As for me, I’m looking forward to seeing “Lincoln” a third time when the DVD comes out. And maybe a fourth.

via What Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln Got Wrong, and What It Got Right : The New Yorker.

Roger Ebert, RIP, film criticism: cultural thinkers…

No one will be able to recreate Ebert’s unique path into so many people’s lives. But curious and teachable cultural thinkers are already charting new ones.

via What Will Roger Ebert’s Death Mean For The Future Of Film Criticism.

Roger Ebert, TEDTalk,  Worth watching …

The late Roger Ebert was always candid about his battle with thyroid cancer and the toll it took on his body. As his cancer progressed, Ebert lost his ability to speak and the once-voluble film critic was forced to grapple with the loneliness and the loss of identity he experienced over relinquishing his voice, but not his ability to communicate. Turning to social media and the internet, Ebert continued to assess movies with his trademark directness and wit, even chronicling his experience as a cancer patient in his blog, Roger Ebert’s Journal.

In a gripping TED2011 talk, Ebert spoke with the help of a computer voice, two close friends and his wife Chaz, about how the Internet and digital revolution gave him his voice back.

via WATCH: Roger Ebert’s TED Talk On Losing, and Regaining, His Voice |


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