Showing posts from May 29, 2016

Tribute: Muhammad Ali, What Made Him the Greatest (1942—2016)

Thomas Curwen and J. Michael Kennedy

After defeating Sonny Liston in 1964, an ecstatic Muhammad Ali declared: "I shocked the world."

Thrusting his arms into the air, he treated the victory as if it had been a knockout. Never mind that Liston denied him that honor by refusing to step into the ring for a seventh round. Ali's win gave America a first glimpse of the young man who for the next 50 years would never stop shocking the world.

Ali, the brash and ebullient heavyweight boxer whose brilliance in the ring and bravado outside it made his face one of the most recognizable in the world has died, according to a statement from his family. He was 74. Ali had suffered from Parkinson's syndrome for many years.

If Jesse Owens and Jackie Robinson opened the door for black athletes, Ali stormed through, making sure it would never close again. His celebrity transcended race and sports, for as dexterous as he was in the ring, he was equally skilled at challenging the status quo. …

Inspiring the Future: Redraw the Balance

Twenty children between the ages of 5 and 7 in the U.K. were asked to draw a fighter pilot, surgeon and fire fighter. This video captures the reality of gender stereotyping among school children, and how early on in their education, children already define jobs as male and female. 66 pictures were drawn, with 61 pictures of men. Watch the surprise and delight of the children when a real-life fighter pilot, surgeon and fire fighter are revealed to the class.

Daily Inspirational Quote for June 3, 2016

“I am thankful for those difficult people in my life. They have shown me who I do not want to be.”

Oh dear me yes definitely! We have all known people like this or, perhaps unfortunately, still do! You know who I mean? The ones who can never seem to give you a straight answer, or appear to go out of their way to create difficulties where there are none. Someone you just dread speaking to or seeing because you know what to expect and know beforehand that it won’t be a pleasant experience. They will never change because that’s just who they are. The one thing they excel at, however, is making the rest of realize that we don’t want to be like them in any way, shape or form. So they’ve got one thing going for them, the only thing, but it’s something.


Thinking Like An Ecosystem

Ecology is all about interconnection and unending change, creating patterns of causation that shape every organism and phenomenon, so "thinking like an ecosystem" means living in the perpetual "why." An eco-mind is also able to see that our own species' thriving, through our consciously creating the essential context for that thriving, determines the well-being, even the continuation, of other species and whether key dimensions of our wider ecology remain conducive to life.

--by Frances Moore Lappe

Hope is not wishful thinking. It's not a temperament we're born with. It is a stance toward life that we can choose . . . or not. The real question for me, though, is whether my hope is effective, whether it produces results or is just where I hide to ease my own pain.

What I strive for I call honest hope. And it takes work, but it is good work. It is work I love. I began this book suggesting that it starts with getting our thinking straight. Since we create the…

People Who Eat Fiber Are 80% More Likely To Live A ‘Long And Healthy Life’

Lecia Bushak

Our bodies technically can’t digest fiber, so it easily passes through our intestines and keeps bowel movements regular. But the roughage that’s found in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains does far more than maintain digestive health; it may contribute to good health as we age, according to a new study. Thestudy, published inThe Journals of Gerontology, Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences, found that people who ate more fiber from cereals, breads, and fruits actually experienced a lower risk of age-related diseases and disability, like high blood pressure and even cognitive problems. The researchers examined how fiber intake contributed to successful aging compared to other factors like total carb intake, glycemic index, glycemic load, and sugar intake, and it turns out that fiber has the biggest impact on your health into old age. “Out of all the variables we looked at, fiber intake — which is a type of carbohydrate that the body can’t digest — had the stro…

13-Yr-old Opera Singer Stuns, Steals the Show at America’s Got Talent (WATCH)

When this 13-year-old stepped onstage for “America’s Got Talent,” she was so nervous she could barely speak.

When Laura Bretan finished singing, it was the judges who were speechless.

“What just happened?” judge Simon Cowell finally asked as he joined the audience in a standing ovation for the eighth-grade opera singer’s stunning performance.

Woman Graduates From the University Where She Was Abandoned as a Baby

Almost 32 years after Jillian Sobol was abandoned as a newborn at San Francisco State University, she has donned a cap and gown as one of their graduates.

Students there found Sobol just hours after she was born in 1984, left in a cardboard box in a dorm laundry room. The infant was turning blue and nursing hopeful Esther Wannenmacher took charge, clearing Sobol’s airway and telling others to call an ambulance.

Sobol reunited decades later with Wannenmacher, who says it was “divine intervention” that she happened to be doing laundry the night the baby was discovered.

As for Sobol, she’s looking forward to a career as an event organizer in San Francisco, now that she has earned her degree.

Residents Returning to Fire-ravaged Alberta Town and Surprise Welcome

A Fort McMurray DJ added a special welcome addition to the Alberta city sign Monday.
Montreal (dpa) - Almost a month after a raging wildfire forced them to abandon their homes, thousands of residents of Fort McMurray in the western Canadian province of Alberta began returning to reclaim their hometown on Wednesday.

Up to 15,000 people were expected to return on the first day of a carefully planned re-entry plan, provincial officials said.

"Today begins a journey more than a month in the making, the journey home to Fort McMurray," said Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, who came to Canada's devastated oil sands capital to offer her support.

"This journey is possible because of incredibly brave and dedicated first responders who were able to save so much of this city from one of the most destructive wildfires Alberta and indeed Canada has ever seen."

Almost 90,000 people were forced to flee Fort McMurray and surrounding communities when an "ocean of fire," which…

3 Scientifically Proven Ways to be Happier

Until recently, I had no idea that you could fairly easily teach your brain tobe happier. As most of us could have guessed, researchers have found that positivity (having a positive outlook) makes us happier. I didn’t know that positivity is also proven to make people more successful. Luckily for us, there are simple, proven ways researchers have found for us (even pessimists) to be happier by training our brains to think more positively. Let’s start with a quick exercise . . . Do one quick scan of the room you’re in and look at everything that’s red. When you’re done, continue reading…

What did you see that was blue? Perhaps you don’t remember the blue things that well. Most people don’t. It’s because we see what we look for. Ever notice how your pessimistic friends always notice what’s wrong and what will be difficult? On the other hand, your optimistic friends – even when they’re in the same situation as a pessimist — see opportunities? There are enormous opportunities when we understand t…