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12 pieces of advice for giving talks that have impact

Great tips..

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Courtney E. Martin hosts a special session called "The 19th Minute," and gives valuable insight on how to give a talk that has real impact. Photo: Marla Aufmuth/TED Courtney E. Martin hosts a session called “The 19th Minute,” and shared valuable insight on how to give a talk that has real impact. Photo: Marla Aufmuth/TED

Sharing an idea isn’t like snapping your fingers — things don’t just instantly change. But as more people hear an idea over time, it can trickle into people’s thinking — and shifts, both subtle and extreme, can happen as a result. In a TEDWomen session called “The 19th Minute,” host Courtney E. Martin invited several guests to talk about what happened after they gave their 18-minute TED Talk — what changed, as well as what didn’t.

Deborah Rhodes spoke about the momentum her TEDWomen talk has built for using Molecular Breast Imaging rather than traditional mammography to screen for breast cancer under certain conditions. She still has a long way to go, she says, because, “mammography is very entrenched—culturally and medically.” Krista Donaldson talked about how her TEDWomen…

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Two Short Videos that Tickled my Creative Bone!

Good morning.  Like most folks, I go through periodic bouts of creative inspiration followed by what I term “real life” which involves waking up at the crack of dawn, driving 5-10 mph along the 405 freeway (not highway, not interstate mind you, no freeway – I’m learning) to work the entire daylight hours to pay bills, hopping back on the 405 and returning home exhausted – not a stitch of om-pa-pa left in my psyche.  I’ve been hovering about in the latter state lately when lo and behold (insert ta-da!) I randomly clicked on these two “recommended” videos that got the juices going again.  I may not jump on the projects, but it feels like a breath of fresh air, coming up from below the tide just to think creatively.  These are short, well-produced, engaging tutorials that I highly recommend for their ability to teach and entertain.  Please check them out…

Homeless? There are are places for people like me…


So why (and I am not saying this facetiously) did I wake up this morning with homelessness on my mind? I believe the mind and our consciousness is like a really big commercial cooking range, in that many different emotional and thought-based dishes can be cooking on any number of heat levels. Sometimes they (randomly?) reach a boiling point and need to be removed from the heat, and I think my brain (and my God) decided I need to pull a few pots off the stove and share the bounty hee-hee 😛

mental kitchen o'mine! mental kitchen o’mine!

This blog entry has its roots in this article (the plain text is at the bottom of this entry) I saw on Yahoo News a while ago, which really touched me.

See, I have a serious spiritual connection with Saint Francis. I was amazed and deeply gratified that our current Pope took his name as…

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How About a Bit of Eye Candy for Sunday

Beloved and I out and about L.A.

What Tha …???? This Woman Followed Me to Zumba and Jumped In My Mirror!

I’m so proud of myself.  I woke up early, fixed my hair, put on my face and my workout clothes , headed out the door this morning for Zumba.  I show up 20 minutes early and take my spot , ready to go.   I am accostumed to avoiding looking in the mirror – I do it without thinking.  Here in lovely Cali,  I am, at 5’4″  pretty much a giant among the sea of petite folks.  Strange enough.  I haven’t really exercised much for a bit (okay, a long bit) but I have done this for Years,. I’ve got this.  Ready to channel my inner hip hop dancer.   And then….

wpid-1106141218a-1_wm.jpgW H A T ??  I cannot even see myself moving about gracefully for this big ole’ woman who is coincidentally sporting the same duds as I.  Who does she think she is?  And look at all that jiggle! Bless her heart.  That CANNOT be me. No.  First of all, I am a card carrying Nerdy Nurse who understands, teaches and preaches all things healthy, I adore the physiology.  I ran a marathon for gosh sake! (okay, almost 20 years ago, but it still counts).  I know the risks that I face if I don’t watch my waist – heart disease, diabetes. No, this is DEFINITELY not me!

Oh My Goodness!!
Oh My Goodness!!

But, when I got home, there she was again in the restroom, in my clothes, appropriately mirroring my every move.  Scary stuff.  I think I need to keep a close eye on her for awhile.