Monthly Archives: February 2013

Coming Soon to Select Theaters Across the Nation: A Place at the Table

I am unimaginably grateful for so many recent developments.  OUR social conscience is demonstrating a much needed turn to active compassion.  I have no doubt that with the continued growth in synergies and collaborations of all types combined with enlightened leadership, we will experience a true Renaissance in thought and perception and, thus, an evolution of mankind. This film is a product of undeniable truth and compassionate synergies, from the the strong and perservering people fighting their impoverishement to the filmmakers to the White House.

I am hopeful that this documentary will be shown in theater chains throughout the country. Please check Playdates and at your local theaters for possible showings.

Interesting links:

A Place at the Table: Informative background article

A Place at the Table: website

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February 26, 2013 · 5:57 pm

The health industrial complex of the United States of America.

Health & Family

Corrections Appended: February 26, 2013

1. Routine Care, Unforgettable Bills
When Sean Recchi, a 42-year-old from Lancaster, Ohio, was told last March that he had non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, his wife Stephanie knew she had to get him to MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Stephanie’s father had been treated there 10 years earlier, and she and her family credited the doctors and nurses at MD Anderson with extending his life by at least eight years.

Because Stephanie and her husband had recently started their own small technology business, they were unable to buy comprehensive health insurance. For $469 a month, or about 20% of their income, they had been able to get only a policy that covered just $2,000 per day of any hospital costs. “We don’t take that kind of discount insurance,” said the woman at MD Anderson when Stephanie called to make an appointment for Sean.

Stephanie was then…

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I Am Not a Fashionista, but…

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In a world whose ideals, whether as regards politics and money or beauty standards and social status, have overwhelmingly been influenced and controlled by Western Culture, this development is saddening.  I am, however, thrilled to see that there are many who are critically aware of the negative and positive roles the fashion industry plays in our lives.

Fashion Week’s Models are Getting Whiter

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What a Milestone!

Leland Stanford Junior University
Our motto: Die Luft der Freiheit weht.

So proud of all who have represented, contributed and/or donated to this truly magnificent university!

1st University to Raise $1 Billion in a Year

Stanford has been a progressive institution and recruiter for several decades now.  Below, I have provided a few links to webpages which you will not only find interesting but extremely inspiring as regards the type of person Stanford is nurturing to present to the world.  See how The Farm puts its $$$ to work:

Financial Aid

Student Body Diversity

Academic Diversity

Stanford’s extraordinary interdisciplinary approach to higher learning leads to academic freedom, thus, excellence

National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics Award Winner – 18 straight wins since award’s inception in 1994

The Arts

Stanford in Pictures

Our Secret Weapon – Disclaimer: This low-technology but highly intelligent institution may not be a recipient of donations raised but maybe it is in some shape or fashion…

Looking forward to the future!

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Person vs. Process Praise

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I like what this research is showing.  Although I can’t say that I have been a great “processor”, I can say that I have heaped a lot of praise on my teenager which I hope was a good mix.  I, however, do believe person praise can be extremely rewarding in letting them know that they ARE simply amazing for being who they are.  I think that’s a much-needed foundation for being.  Nevertheless, in moving forward, I will most definitely consciously incorporate this concept more into all that he does.

Babies whose efforts are praised become more motivated kids

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Higher Education in the United States: The Whitehouse’s College Scorecard

College Scorecard

I’ve had a great time researching the White House’s College Scorecard & have been frighteningly amazed at what I’ve seen. One determination I’ve made is that colleges & institutions such as Devry, U of Phoenix, Brown Mackie College, etc. are offering associates degrees that cost as much if not more than colleges providing bachelors degrees (from state to elite universities) with graduation rates ranging from 18% – 60%. They are a money-making tool for those who want to exploit those w/ less opportunity as well as a dangerous  by-product of our educational system which I have long considered to be a destructive educational industrial complex.

Also disturbing to see was the performance of Historically Black Colleges. I look forward to seeing a much-needed dialogue develop & eyes open as regards our institutions of higher learning and what we need to do to enter into the 21st century.

http://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/education/higher-education/college-score-card

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