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“I Don’t Make Old People Noises”

June 21, 2009 By: admin Category: Faith, Love, Mom, Politics, TED, Video

Priceless, priceless, priceless… My great pride is that Ms. Allende’s accent sounds like my mother’s, and that both of their kind of passion runs through my veins. How lucky I am. The takeaway? That feminism is alive and well. Call it what you like, but it is alive. We are alive. Enjoy. :)

“I’m A Very Busy Woman, I Don’t Have Time for A Stroke.” –Jill Bolte Taylor

April 02, 2009 By: admin Category: Happiness, Living, TED

Another amazing TED talk. This is a brain scientist who takes us through her own stroke step by step. It’s not what you think… Enjoy!

“Wimsey Matters”

March 13, 2009 By: admin Category: Boston Beats, General, TED

“Pamela Anderson has more prosthetic in her body than I do – no one calls her disabled.” –Aimee Mullins, double amputee runner

We have so many stock concepts and rules as a society. It’s exhausting. So when we have the opportunity to stretch our thinking a bit, broaden our vision, re-imagine our perceptions, it’s amazing and life-changing.

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I first heard of runner Aimee Mullins while I was a producer at Oxygen Media in NYC. My friend and genius producer, Staci, had created a biography show about women athletes called “Sports Aside…” In the opening title graphic she used a now famous photo of Aimee, lying on her back, “cheetah” legs in the air, a huge smile on her face. In this small, tiny way Staci knew then what I am only coming to understand now: there are no stereotypes except those clung to by the unmotivated. Thinking outside the box takes effort and balls, and so I thank god I have examples like Staci & Aimee and all the incredible new people I’m meeting right here in tiny Boston to teach me, as Aimee says in the talk below, that “It is our humanity that makes us beautiful.