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Giselle Minoli
Works at Christie's New York
Attended St. John's College, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Lives in New York City
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As long as I'm in the Hip Hop Music Mood, or Mode, whichever you prefer, I might as well be in the Hip Hop Dance Mood. Whatever, the divine Misty Copeland - a super star of the American Ballet Theatre - struts her sublime dance stuff to the sublime Kendrick Lamar.

Ms. Copeland is particularly in the news these days because she will become, for what it's worth, and it's worth quite a bit, the first African American dancer to perform the dual roles of Odette Odile in Swan Lake at the Metropolitan Opera House next month.

Misty is a rather unusual dancer. Her body - size, build, height, musculature, all of it - not to mention her skin color, don't fit the usual Balanchine "skinny ballet body" ideal. Nothing about her is traditional or expected. But I'm not going to tell you anymore, because you should just watch her dance.

Here are a few things to get you hooked. Read then watch. Or watch then read. Whichever you prefer.

An Unlikely Ballerina: The Rise of Misty Copeland:
http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2014/09/22/unlikely-ballerina

Misty Copeland: I will what I want:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZY0cdXr_1MA

A Day in the Life of Misty Copeland:
http://www.wsj.com/articles/a-day-in-the-life-of-misty-copeland-1432827688?mod=trending_now_2

If Misty Copeland's body is 'wrong,' I don't want to be 'right:
http://www.slate.com/blogs/xx_factor/2014/08/05/misty_copeland_the_abt_ballerina_has_a_new_under_armour_ad_and_is_amazing.html

#MistyCopeland   #KendrickLamar   #OdetteOdile    #ABT   #HipHopBallet   
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Her movements are so precise and mesmerizing. Great find +Giselle Minoli
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When it comes to the arts, passion should always trump common sense. You aren't just following dreams, you're reaching for your destiny. You're a dancer, a singer, a choreographer, a musician, a filmmaker, a writer, a photographer, a director, a producer, an actor, an artist. Yeah, you're f***ed. The good news is that that's not a bad place to start. - Robert de Niro, addressing the 2015 graduating class of Tisch School of the Arts.

Right on, Robert. At the end of each day of my life, and this is true for as long as I remember, it is the world's artists who inspire me (and Yes, I consider scientists artists...).

Students need to hear de Niro's message, rather than the message that many parents preach, which is to be safe, secure and...predictable.

Or, as some would say...From the Womb to the Tomb.

Follow your passion. Be great at it. Don't be afraid.

Apologies...I looked for the entire clip, but I could not find it. But...this isn't a bad place to start!

P.S. +Denis Wallez found the full video, which can be seen here: http://video.nydailynews.com/?ndn.trackingGroup=90051&ndn.siteSection=nydailynews-new-york&ndn.videoId=29117746&freewheel=90051&sitesection=nydailynews-new-york&vid=29117746 (or http://nydn.us/1HzdLL7)

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Nice, thanks. Good afternoon +Giselle Minoli from a sunny Brighton UK:))
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Music is the universal language of mankind...and an eleven year old Jazz wizard named Joey Alexander.

Seriously. Joey is all of 11 years old.

But his musical heart? 

He likes Monk.
And Herbie Hancock.
John Coltrane.
Louis Armstrong.
Winton Marsalis.
Chick Corea.
McCoy Tyner.

They are all apart of him...playing the piano.

Yeah, Joey...I'd say the Gods of Jazz are with you.

Seriously.

#JoeyAlexander   #Jazz  
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Ja min glädje ochså att se och lyssna på Joey Alexander en musikal begåvning:)
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Introducing Google+ Collections, a new way to group your posts by topic

Morning, everyone. Yesterday G+ announced the launch of a new way to organize posts, which for me is a blessing because it reflects the way I organize things in my life – my library, for instance – and allows me to do something similar with four years of Public G+ posts. Frankly, I tried my best with Circles and groups, but gave up when they seemed to be more exclusive than inclusive. That, and I noticed that whenever I posted to a smaller group and the conversation seemed to take off, I always seemed to wish that I could have a Do-Over and open it up to a wider audience…but I couldn’t. 

I discovered that my brain just doesn’t think in terms of groups of people…it thinks in terms of topic, of issue, of subject. And my preference has always been to post Publicly because of the accessibility to new participants in new conversations, which I enjoy, and also because as a writer I believe in, well, posting Publicly.

So I’ve curated my posts into categories of topics I write most frequently about, which is fairly diverse subject matter ranging from the cultural to the social to the personal to the (horrors!) political. Each collection has a title and a link, which makes it easy to find as well as to remember where some particular conversation might be.

G+ selected one of my Collections (DANCE with me, let me put my arms around you…) for the launch, for which I’m thankful. But my entire list  (so far) is below, the first of which is My favorite conversations (on G+ since the beginning), which wouldn’t exist without the willingness of so many of you to spend time here chatting with me about virtually everything I find interesting.

I don’t know about anyone else, but my bookshelves have categories for fiction, philosophy, art, plays, health, music, poetry, politics and hordes of other subjects. And in my kitchen all the spices are together and the rice, and the pasta, and the condiments (and, Yes, I do arrange my lingerie and lipsticks and aviation hats!). Maybe I’m just crazy that way.  

I am not a quantity poster. I prefer to post less frequently, and to sit down to a long breakfast, lunch or dinner (or cocktails!) when I do, so instinctively this just works for me. And I hope it will also work for some of you, and that you will share with me your own Collections if and when you create them.

Until then, here I am (well, some of me anyway) on G+ since the second week of its existence:

My favorite conversations (on G+ since the beginning)…
https://plus.google.com/collection/AALUa?partnerid=gplp0

Ah, Nature…
https://plus.google.com/collection/gB6WI?partnerid=gplp0

Art, for the sake of Art…
https://plus.google.com/collection/gZlSa?partnerid=gplp0

Alzheimer’s, The Long Goodbye…
https://plus.google.com/collection/ICVVa?partnerid=gplp0

Aviation is for birds, and human pilots too…
https://plus.google.com/collection/wroUI?partnerid=gplp0

DANCE with me, let me put my arms around you…
https://plus.google.com/collection/A-uUI?partnerid=gplp0

Education, an endless endeavor…
https://plus.google.com/collection/MyPwZ?partnerid=gplp0

Everything in life is political…
https://plus.google.com/collection/ooxSa?partnerid=gplp0

Let’s go to the movies…
https://plus.google.com/collection/gL1UI?partnerid=gplp0

Men…
https://plus.google.com/collection/woLVa?partnerid=gplp0

Music, the Universal Language of Mankind...
https://plus.google.com/collection/oBtUI?partnerid=gplp0

On love, health and relationships…
https://plus.google.com/collection/ARGVa?partnerid=gplp0

Poetry…
https://plus.google.com/collection/Y1hSa?partnerid=gplp0

POTUS 2016
https://plus.google.com/collection/IC_WI?partnerid=gplp0

The Theatre…
https://plus.google.com/collection/YhhUa?partnerid=gplp0

Women. Our time has come...
https://plus.google.com/collection/o-bUI?partnerid=gplp0

Writing…essays, nonfiction, poetry & prose…
https://plus.google.com/collection/QEcUI?partnerid=gplp0

Writing personally…
https://plus.google.com/collection/w8RUI?partnerid=gplp0

Thanks so much for your support and willingness to stay connected with me.

Giselle

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Introducing Google+ Collections, a new way to group your posts by topic Our happiest Google+ users are those who connect with others around shared… - Google+ - Google+
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I hear you +Frank Gainsford. I think one of the great misfortunes of the electronic/digital/internet age is the tendency to absolutely dismiss any wisdom accrued by prior "media." People screamed that no one would any longer read traditional media, which has not come to pass, which echoed screams that people would no longer go to movie theaters once it was possible to watch movies at home, which echoed screams that all bookstores across the land would close because you could order anything from Amazon, which echoed screams that everyone would telecommute (there is in fact a trend toward All Hands on Deck)...and I could go on and on and on. We love to believe that whatever it is that we are doing currently is the Be All End All.

It ain't.

Regarding SEO/SERPS and the tendency for the machinery to try to "predict" trends and what people like there ought to be a huge dose of humility in this arena. No one cares about Klout scores anymore and just two years ago people were panicked about not having enough Klout.

Birdman won Best Picture and the Director was advised not to make the film (so was the Director of Boyhood) because no one would go see it. Wrong.

I'm a creative person. Creative people do not follow what other people are doing. They do their own thing and hope and pray it takes root.

I wonder if the powers that be at Google realize that the FAR MORE powerful algorithm would be to PUSH things that are visionary instead of trying to predict what people already like.

Yesterday +Rajini Rao and +Chad Haney (sorry you two) and I were chatting about the dismal lack of funding for Alzheimer's research. Maybe it isn't a "popular" category (too scary), but how extraordinary would it be for Google to seriously get behind educating the millions of people at their fingertips about things that are necessary to our collective futures.

I choose what I am doing very carefully and it would be very easy to follow the trend of popularity rather than to stay the course of authenticity for myself.

But, Hey, I've been saying for three years now that Hillary Clinton would be our next President. The press is just now catching up with me. Maybe I'm in the wrong business. I oughta move to Silicon Valley!

There is a big difference between predicting something that will be big six months from now and reading the tea leaves and seeing where we are going years from now.

And wouldn't it be extraordinary if Google front-faced Alzheimer's? That would be a first!
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In addition to practicing law, Ms. Simon and her law partner, Rebecca Geller, have a near-evangelical determination to show that parents can nurture their professional ambitions while being fully present in their children’s lives. Ms. Simon has such conviction on this point that she is almost personally offended by suggestions it might not be possible. The widely read and debated 2012 essay in The Atlantic “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All,” by Anne-Marie Slaughter, a former State Department official, is a particular source of irritation. “I think women can have it all, she said. It’s just based on your paradigm of ‘all.’ - Noam Scheiber, The NY Times

I'm casting my vote with Maria Simon and Rebecca Geller, co-partners in the Geller Law Group, that starting female run businesses that allow a workable union between a career and parenthood is possible for both women and men.

...because we're going to start seeing a lot more businesses with this model as the focal point.

...because more women than men are getting a higher education at this point in time, and when they graduate, why wouldn't they want to make life work for them?

It has always been a shame, and a failure of both education and the business world, that so many woman are highly educated, capable and productive, but have to give it up because business are either not willing to accommodate the realities of family life for women...or because there simply aren't enough women at the top to force the issue?

But that is all changing.

This is good for women. This is good for men. This is good for children. This is good for the economy.

#FamilyFriendlyWorkEnvironments   #GellerLawGroup  
The Geller Law Group is determined to show that parents can nurture their professional ambitions while being fully present in their children’s lives.
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+Giselle Minoli​ I hate those who cynically twist, sorry spin news.  incompetence is forgivable. 
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Millennials and Boomers.
The young, the elderly.
The new, the old, the in between.
The fresh and the bedraggled.

Italian. American.

Men and women, children and grandparents.
Single, married, childless or childfree.
Youth.. Old age.
Close to home, or traveling far and wide.

The public.
The private.
The outdoors, the indoors.

A man, sitting in a park, in Arezzo...

#Italy   #Arezzo   #Siena   #UniversitaperStranieridiSiena   #Travel  
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Ah, so kind +Tullio DeSantis so kind...
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So I went to this round table discussion at the Museum (of the City of New York) the other night. Caz, I was so stunned, I don’t know why, at the diversity and range of the people in the audience there to talk about Hip Hop and to hear you speak. You know, this stereotype, you know, that it’s just black boys who listen to Hip Hop, or that suddenly Hip Hop went to the suburbs is crazy. It is…it was amazing to see like 80 year old people in there. - Tamron Hall, MSNBC interview with Grandmaster Caz, Sean Corcoran and Joe Conzo about the Hip-Hop Revolution exhibition at The Museum of the City of New York, April 1 – September 13, 2015

I well remember taking an actors movement class in New York City in the early 80s with the (very respected) Loyd Williamson. A group of about 20 actors were lying on our backs, gyrating, writhing, moving, swelling, rolling, crawling to the beat of music pumped through the loud speakers when suddenly we were asked "What kind of music do you love?" and most of the almost entirely white group shouted out "Rock!" Then came "And what kind of music do you hate?" and most of the almost entirely white group shouted out "Rap!"

Actors. Studying style. And international diversity in theatre. And everything from the Classics to edgy contemporary plays.

Plays and one woman/one man shows that are mounted in theaters almost always accompanied by music, either as a backdrop to whatever drama or comedy is being presented onstage or to escort the audience to their seats and usher them back out onto the street when the curtain comes down.

But what a bad rap Rap took, taking over the music industry by storm, Hip Hop Rap poetry from the streets point counterpoint to the folk yak , pop prattle, rock talk, classical rattle, country confab everyone was used to.

Dance studios offered ballet, modern, Jaaaazzzzzz, African rhythmn...and Oh who is that sneaking in the door with his bling and his baggies and sneaks and hat, spinning and flipping and turning upside down, every part of his body going in a different direction. What is that funky new Rap.Hip.Hop.Street.Thing.Goin'.On??? 

The Museum of the City of New York explores the birth and evolution of the musical movement that, Yes, changed everything and influenced musicians everywhere, whether they know it or want to admit it or not.

The exhibition runs in New York through September 13th. Come visit New York this summer.

Bring your kids.

Walk a bit.

Set a spell.

Be a little Hip Hop. 

And shake a tail feather.

Museum of the City of New York, Hip-Hop Revolution:
http://www.mcny.org/hiphop?utm_source=Museum+of+the+City+of+New+York&utm_campaign=a95d70eedc-City_Museum_Perspectives_May_2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_4336ff1f8c-a95d70eedc-129794889

And, for what it's worth, the Hip Hop School of the Arts:
https://vimeo.com/123994345

#HipHop   #GrandmasterCaz     #HIpHopSchoolofArts   #MuseumoftheCityofNewYork   #HipHopRevolution  
The Hip-Hop Revolution exhibit in New York uses more than 100 iconic photos to show Hip-Hop's pioneering days to it's explosion into pop culture and politics. Photographer Joe Conzo, Curator of prints and photographs at the City Musuem of New York Sean...
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So true +Rugger Ducky. +Steve shaffer meet +Rugger Ducky...one of the great ones. Smart, wise, funny, clever, witty, interesting life. We met long ago in a private group of equally smart, wise, funny, clever and witty people with interesting lives. While I never really officially left that group, the truth is that I couldn't keep up with them! I travel so much and have so much writing to do in my professional life I just had to choose how/where/when to spend my time.

 What is so particularly special about +Rugger Ducky is that she is watching like an Eagle on high and sometimes swoops down for a visit. She is much more generous than I am in that way, and I am grateful to her for that! And, for what's it's worth +Steve shaffer I am willing to talk to anyone who is open and respectful. Part of the reason that I post Publicly is because there are always nice surprises and I learn so much. You just keep your eyes on Nashville and keep your heart open and keep writing. Anything can happen. Anything.
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I’m still in the music business. I love it. It’s like the mob: Once you’re in, you can’t get out. - Bruce Lundvall (1935 - 2015)

Bruce Lundvall. If you  know his name, most likely it is because he signed Norah Jones, the most recent in a long line of famous musical talent signings - Jazz, Pop, Rock, Soul, Country, the Blues, Classical, everything. Bruce Lundvall's legacy in the music industry goes back more than 50 years.

He was a champion of musical talent and artistry. He was a visionary. He signed Willie Nelson when many people told him there wouldn't be a big enough audience for Willie Nelson and not to bother. He was unafraid. He took risks. He listened with his heart. He did what he knew needed to be done.

I met Bruce when I was 23 and had been moved from the CBS Records San Francisco office to New York to head the national Merchandising department. He was the company's President and had worked his own way up the ladder - he understood what it meant to be young, to have a passion for something - in this case music - but still have a lifetime of learning to do.

Under his Presidency, anyone fortunate enough to be working at CBS Records in those days saw, first-hand, that it is possible to lead a company with integrity, passion and commitment...and to let quality be one's guide. He was a pole star for everyone. We all wished we had the ability, the insight, the focus, the concentration, the style, the panache, the wit, the intelligence, the charisma that he had. But Bruce Lundvall was, quite simply, a unique combination of all of those things, which collectively made him a legend in the music business.

But life changes, as is its wont. Bruce planned a return to his first musical love - that of the art form of Jazz - colleagues came and went, and I was merely one of them. I planned a return to my childhood love of theatre, my love for music remaining a personal, rather than a business, passion.

Many, many years later, when my mother had Alzheimer's and could no longer communicate with words, I would go to visit her and play her music that I knew she loved, starting with Frank Sinatra, and from those sessions with my mother, an idea was born: I wanted to bring music to people with Alzheimer's.

I did a lot of research about music therapy and how listening to music of personal preference could help soothe the days of people with Alzheimer's and dementia - if music had been important to them in their lives. I wrote to Dr. Oliver Sacks, who put me in touch with Dr. Connie Tomaino, the co-Founder of his organization The Institute for Music and Neurological Function.

I also approached Dr. Andrea Farbman, the Executive Director of The American Music Therapy Aassociation and asked if she would help me put together an accurate and compelling proposal that would lay out all of the benefits of therapeutic music listening.

Then, when we were ready, about 14 years ago I approached Bruce Lundvall, when he was President and CEO of Blue Note Records, and asked him if he would help us bring our proposal to the entire music industry championing Therapeutic Music Listening for Men and Women Living with Dementia.

He said Yes immediately, adding his name and support to that of Dr. Farbman. This was at the very beginning of iTunes, this was when people were still walking around with Sony Walkm(e)n. It was before Pandora and Spotify...it was when Napster finally met its demise. This was before a workable technological platform or infrastructure existed to bring a knowledge about therapeutic music listening to the wide audience of people who need this technology.

Dr. Farbman and I were asking a lot. But it didn't matter. Bruce put his name on my proposal because he knew that, at its core, the reason that music was a business in the first place is because it has a visceral effect on people, it is pre-lingual. Music is not a luxury for those who love it. It is a necessity, like breathing.

Music is the Universal Language of Mankind.

We were not successful at that moment in our endeavor, and I would often think about a conversation I had had with Bruce when I was that (very) young executive at CBS when he told me to always remember that anything worthwhile takes a very long time to manifest.

While many people will know Bruce Lundvall only through the musical talent that he championed and brought to the public, he was a champion of all kinds of talent - business talent, writers, poets, dramatic and musical theatre, filmmakers, fine artists, journalists - you name it. He embraced, absorbed, inhaled and exhaled the creative world across genres.

RIP is a traditional send off for someone so respected, so admired, so beloved. But I am not so sure that Bruce is resting, wherever he is.

I rather imagine he is jamming with his friends Miles Davis and Dexter Gordon and those who left our world before he did, and that afterward they will all sit down to the long table for an endless dinner of good food, great conversation and lots of laughs joined by the spirits of the worlds now gone, but never forgotten, great musicians.

A musical spirit never dies. Yours is one, Bruce Lundvall, and it will never expire.

It lives on in the musicians and the music you championed, and in the scores of non-musical people whose lives you touched.

#BruceLundvall   #BlueNote   #Music   #Jazz   #PlayingByEar   #DrOliverSacks   #DrConnieTomaino  
#AMTA #MusicTherapy   
Mr. Lundvall, who led Blue Note for 25 years, added some of the greatest jazz musicians of the age to the label while expanding its success into other genres with artists like Willie Nelson, Al Green and Norah Jones.
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Right...everyone smoked. My gosh, that is a world gone by, isn't it? But it's true of the theatre and movies, too, isn't it? I mean there was a time when in every movie everyone smoked! And it was a hallmark of characters personalities. So was drinking...hard to imagine some of these old scripts without the characters lighting up and downing a shot. But smoking...there's something about that and music. I'm free-associating now but that "smoke" was even a character in old B&Ws of music venues...
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Isadora (Duncan) was famous somewhere around 1908 for putting up a blue curtain, and she would stand with her hands over her solar plexus and she would wait, and she would wait, and then, she would move. - Bill T. Jones, TED2015

What if each of us were to interact, to communicate, with one another the way dancer Isadora Duncan (1877-1927) created movement?

What if I responded creatively to the actions of the people in my life, and they, in turn, responded creatively to my actions?

The woman next door plants a tulip, and I plant a response to her tulip?

I hear the man upstairs sing while he is in the shower...and I, in turn, vocalize in some musical way, that he doesn't necessarily have to hear, that can be completely internal and even just in my head, but that is still my personal response to his musical inspiration?

What if I read a poem on G+ and I respond, perhaps with a poem of my own that I post, or some other acknowledgement of that poem - a line or two written for my husband that I tape up on the refrigerator, perhaps?

...or something written to a friend in an email, or on a card I put in the mail to someone I care about?

What if I see a photograph that moves me in some way and, out of respect for the energy it took to create that photograph I grab my camera, or my iPhone, or my iPad and take a picture of something that is a kind thank you to that image that moved me?

What if each of us were to do this every day in some way?

What if we were to make a ritual of it, like making the bed, brushing our teeth, fixing coffee...reading the newspaper?

Creating as we go A Great Conversation About Life with one another, sometimes public, sometimes private, sometimes musical, sometimes written, sometimes loud, sometimes soft, but always a collaboration, aware of the inspiring moment, the inspiring force, honoring it, building upon it, each of us creating what Bill T. Jones, Joshua Roman and Somi created one morning in Vancouver in 2015...

...a sung, cello'ed dance the three of them call The Red Circle and the Blue Curtain?

Are we there yet?

I don't think so.

What time is it?

Where are we?

You.
Me.
Us.

This platform a stage.
A blank canvas.
What are we going to do with it?
To what greater purpose will we challenge it?

We can make, create, paint, sing, write anything we want.
Every moment a potential moment to dance with someone else.

Put your hands over your solar plexus...

And wait...

For someone or something to inspire you.

#BillTJones   #RedCircleBlueCurtain   #Dance   #IsadoraDuncan    #TEDTalks    #JoshuaRoman    #Somi  
TED Talk Subtitles and Transcript: Legendary dance choreographer Bill T. Jones and TED Fellows Joshua Roman and Somi didn't know exactly what was going to happen when they took the stage at TED2015. They just knew they wanted to offer the audience an opportunity to witness creative collaboration in action. The result: An improvised piece they call "The Red Circle and the Blue Curtain," so extraordinary it had to be shared ...
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I would like you check the video of the link I post. I think is cool to include it in your future post.
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Anyone watching the fight?

I say Mayweather.

Ummm, I don't know. Pacquiao.

Mayweather.

Pacquiao.

You say tomato. I say toe-mah-toe.

Good grief. The longest pre-fight chat fest I remember.

It's nearly midnight on the East Coast. I'd stay up all night if I had to.

Love boxing.

#MayWins   #PacWins   #FloydMayweather   #MannyPacquiao   #mayweathervspacquiao   #TheFight  
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For all intents and purposes, I’m a woman. People look at me differently. They see you as this macho male, but my heart and my soul and everything that I do in life — it is part of me. That female side is part of me. That’s who I am. - Bruce Jenner, in his interview with Diane Sawyer, during which he revealed publicly his transition to becoming a woman.

I’m not sure it’s necessary to get into sexual orientation to resolve this case. I mean, if Sue loves Joe and Tom loves Joe, Sue can marry him and Tom can’t. And the difference is based upon their different sex. Why isn’t that a straightforward question of sexual discrimination? - Chief Justice John. C. Roberts

Indeed, Bruce.

And indeed, again, Justice Roberts.

It is interesting to watch the Justices try to figure out how to characterize the possibility of granting same sex partners the same rights under marriage that people of different sexes have as 'legal' and 'constitutional' because it just seems to be so damned difficult to accept on a spiritual, ethical and moral level that it is the right thing to do, in spite of the imprisoned belief system of our marriage rights history.

And it would be extraordinary if Bruce Jenner's words would somehow seep into the souls (for, Yes, they have them, too) of the Supreme Court Justices who are deciding this week if same sex couples deserve the same rights as heterosexual couples.

For as long as I can remember, our cultural definitions of what gender someone is has to do with their external biological parts, their genitalia, which therefore, because they are in physical possession of them, command them to be eternally one gender or another, that is either male or female, nothing in between, nor a mixture of both.

This notion of gender identity confounds some people who are bound by religious beliefs, what they have been taught, or what it is simply easier for them to wrap their brains around - physical parts determine gender identity. 

This business of a person, in spite of their physical parts, having the 'soul' of a woman, or the 'soul' of a man, or perhaps even some combination of both, isn't possible to grapple with visually. One has to go deep inside one's own soul and see what's there, what is real for oneself - and be honest about it - in order to entertain the possibility that it may or may not be true for someone else. No, not all people are born the same, but they should have equal rights.

Bruce Jenner's announcement this week that he has lived his life, essentially, as a lie - living as outward expression as a man, but with the inward soul as a woman - puts a particularly poignant spin on the decision the Supreme Court must make.

Jenner declares his love for his children, his love for his wives and refers to himself as, alternately, a 'father," a 'husband,' and 'Dad." Yet he says his soul is, and always has been, that of a woman. He merely wants to match up the outside with the inside. He wants to create harmony between his outer and inner selves. Who are we to say this man...I mean this woman...doesn't know who he...I mean she, really is?

Whether or not culturally and religiously we have convinced ourselves for no matter how long that marriage is to be a sacred union between a man a a woman only, it all gets washed down the drain with men, with people like Bruce Jenner, who have tried, and some would say successfully, to live their lives prescribed by the genitalia with which they were born, but whose very soulful inward selves - the selves that we cannot see, that we cannot understand, that we have a hard time empathizing with (unless we make an effort) are those of another gender entirely, or perhaps neither!

How's that for something to contemplate?

What would the Supreme Court say to Bruce Jenner? To his children? That the marriage that produced his children was not one of love? That the children were not born of a legitimate union? That these apparently devoted people are not a family?

Would the Supreme court declare that marriage annulled? Void? Would it call the children of that marriage illegitimate? 

Would it say that the members of the Jenner family, who appear to be deeply loving and accepting and supportive of Bruce have somehow got the precepts, the purpose, the intent, the integrity of marriage and family all wrong all of a sudden? 

Would it tell them, 'No, you see you are all deluded. You don't really have a family in the true sense of the word family. Nor do you understand love in the true sense of the word love. You do not have a right to the feelings, respect, understanding and rights that the rest of us who were not born with Mr. Jenner's self-described 'confused' gender identity have the right to...

...No, you do not have the right to any of these things. Nor to financial security. Nor to make decisions for one another in times of need. Nor to leave your belongings to those of your choosing. Nor to be respected as human beings. Nor to be fully accepted and thriving and productive members of our society.

Well, I mean...he did before he announced he was transitioning to become a woman, but not after. Is that what the (possibly dissenting) Justices would tell him?

The outpouring of support for Bruce Jenner and his family is telling. It is telling of a soulful and perhaps intuitive understanding that we are far more complex biological and psychological beings than we would like to believe.

This issue touches on a variety of things that many people don't want to think about, much less have to make a decision about. Many people like everything to be cut and dry, black and white, right or wrong, no shades of gray.

'Tis far easier to say to a fella 'You have a penis therefore you must be a man,' than to talk to him about his soul, which we can't see, touch, feel or hold in our hands (forgive me for that...I don't mean it salaciously).

So our Justices have to figure out how to deal with this issue on grounds where there is already a precedent and since there isn't any precedent that says a person has a 'soul," but increasingly actions are being taken against sex discrimination, we might get a vote from this particular Justice that declares it sex discrimination for Mary to be able to marry Tom, but not for Joe to be able to marry Tom (who might also gender-identify as a woman...but I digress...).

I'll take it. As long as in the end all of the loving human beings that I know who are same sex couples and who want to get married have the same rights my husband and I have.

Sometimes things have to be forced. Because it can take a very long time for the 'soul' of a country to wake up all by itself and Do the Right Thing, as Spike Lee would say.

Some interesting things to read:

The Full Bruce Jenner Interview:
http://brucejennerinterview.blogspot.com/

Excerpts from the  Supreme Court Same-Sex Marriage Arguments:
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/04/28/us/same-sex-marriage-supreme-court-excerpts.html

A Landmark Gay Marriage Case at the Supreme Court:
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/29/opinion/a-landmark-gay-marriagecase-at-the-supreme-court.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=c-column-top-span-region&region=c-column-top-span-region&WT.nav=c-column-top-span-region&_r=0

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A question in oral arguments hinted at a possible path that would not require revision of constitutional standards for discrimination based on sexual orientation.
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+Paolo Fanali Ah...a proper clarification! Thank you. Our forefathers could not possibly think of everything when writing the structural outline for how our Democracy was to conduct itself. I wonder how many people know that marriage is not mentioned in our Constitution - people believe that marriage means a union between a man and a woman, but that is not in our Constitution. There is no definition of marriage in our Constitution.

So, Yes, in that sense we are all bound to question our beliefs. Thankfully, our fore(fathers) built a system whereby, because the couldn't/didn't think of everything, something could be fixed. And we have a Supreme Court (and various others) before which these issues can be brought.

http://www.usconstitution.net/constnot.html#marr
http://www.usconstitution.net/consttop_marr.html
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Yes, it is indeed Springtime in America, when all manner of things, left in various states of dormancy through a long, snowy and cold Winter, seem to veritably, well, spring forth with newfound and apparently boundless vigor and enthusiasm once time itself springs forward yet again.

The days are longer, all the better for a few more hours of sophistry, my dear.

The air is decidedly warmer, all the better for an unbridled spewing forth of nonsense foaming in the soup pot left untended on the back burner of the stove under low heat for too long.

The sun shines a little more brightly, what with its Springtime Equinox lending a Lights! Camera! Action! feel to the Federal cri and all.

And I laugh. Seriously. I mean, I laugh out loud when I read headlines like The Koch Brothers Are Reportedly ready to Back Scott Walker, filled as it is with the anticipatory words "reportedly" and "ready," along with the delightful verb "to back."

There are others to compete with it, plenty of them, just a few from the last 24 hours, one more amusing then the next:

The talented Mr. Rubio, from today's Times, by David Brooks, who, in spite of how misguided he can be, I respect because at least he puts it out there. I was particularly charmed by his intriguing use of the adjective 'talented' to describe Rubio, and couldn't help free-associating to Beethoven, Mozart, Picasso, Matisse, Streisand, O'Keeffe, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Shakespeare, Pavarotti, Christopher Wheeldon, to name just a few, but I digress.

True, The talented Mr. Rubio, was Brooks' riff on the movie title The Talented Mr. Ripley, in which Ripley (played by the truly talented Matt Damon) was actually a murderer. But I continue to (happily) digress...

Then there is the highly entertaining missive, also from the Times, titled Mike Huckabee Would Be a More Important Candidate Than You Might Think, penned by Nate Cohn, who looks to be all of twelve years old from the likes of his photo - but I digress, again, sorry. Well, perhaps Huckabee would be more important, in another incarnation perhaps, but not in this one.

Or perhaps in a campaign in which the timid Cohn would have the courage to switch the ever fearful "would be" for the almighty "will be." Now that would be (sorry) putting it out there.

All of this to be topped off by this morning's Meet the 19th most likely guy to win the GOP presidential nomination, in the Washington Post. You SURE it's gonna be a "guy?"

Well, I would like to meet him/her, actually. And I would like to say to him/her/whomever that if any of the following are on your bucket list of platform points for your campaign, you don't have the slightest chance. Not even the slightest.

Any anti-gay stance will kill your campaign.

Any dismissal of the importance of protecting our planet will kill your campaign.

Any denial of climate change will kill your campaign.

Any talk against women's rights will kill your campaign.

Any anti-education, anti-reduction of student loan interest rates, anti-science stance will kill your campaign.

Any stance against equal pay for equal work will kill your campaign.

Any curtailing of social programs that benefit children and other disenfranchised Americans will kill your campaign.

Any plan to raise taxes on the middle class will kill your campaign.

Any religious platform that makes Americans who don't share your religion feel disenfranchised, dismissed, disowned or denied will kill your campaign.

Any pro-gun stance will kill your campaign.

Any attempt to repeal ObamaCare and the healthcare it has brought to 9+ million Americans will kill your campaign.

Any big business, pro-Capitalist stance that cannot also reconcile and include the importance of social responsibility and sustained, long-term Planet preservation will kill your campaign.

Any attempt to brand Americans who are something other than right wing Conservatives as Socialists, Liberals, anti-Americans or anti-Patriotic will kill your campaign.

I could go on, but I won't. But there's just one more thing:

I would strongly advise you not to anger your mother, your sister, your wife, your daughter, your aunt, your grandmother, or your great grandmother, by referring to them as "old," "archaic," "yesterday's news," "over-the-hill," or any other such derogatory or dismissive phrases.

For every political candidate has at least a mother and a grandmother, right? Right?

And not only are there more women getting a high education these days than men, but there are more women voting than men. Right? Right.

Because if you do it will get you into a boatload of trouble, out from which you will never be able to extract yourself. And what's going to happen, if you do alienate any of the above women, is that, come election day, when you ask them for whom they are going to vote, they will look at you sweetly and say, "Why dear, I'm going to vote for your candidate." And then they are going to go into the polling booth and vote for the candidate that cares about their issues.

Now I am off to line up my sizable collection of hats to eat.

Happy Spring!

The Talented Mr. Rubio:
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/21/opinion/david-brooks-the-talented-mr-rubio.html?ref=opinion

Meet the 19th most likely guy to win the GOP presidential nomination:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/meet-the-19th-most-likely-guy-to-win-the-gop-presidential-nomination/2015/04/20/0197e690-e6d7-11e4-aae1-d642717d8afa_story.html

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For what it's worth, in contrast to recent Republican insistence that "Things of the Earth" have nothing to do with human interference/interaction:

Republicans understand climate change, but only behind closed doors:
http://www.newrepublic.com/article/121541/scientists-educate-republicans-about-climate-change

Man-made earthquakes increasing in central and eastern U.S., study finds:
http://www.latimes.com/visuals/graphics/la-me-quake-frack-20150423-htmlstory.html
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New York City has been my home for over 30 years. I'm a writer, but I've had several careers, each of them related to the arts. Dance, music, theatre and art have been in my life for as long as I can remember, and the signs were everywhere that these interests would turn out to be lifelong ones. 

I studied the Classics at St. John's College, where, strangely, my need to to be involved in the creative arts only intensified, so after I graduated I headed to San Francisco, where there was a thriving experimental cultural scene.

But I longed to move to New York, where I had dreamed of living since I was fourteen, and a job with CBS Records was the ticket I needed to get there. The magical Manhattan, where I have never spent a boring day.

Music lead to acting, which led to directing for a fledging theatre company, which, strangely, led to designing fine jewelry, which led to becoming an executive in the art world, which lead to becoming a writer, the entire combined history and mystery of which led to my current life, rooted in the arts of storytelling, conversation, communication and performance.

Along the way I became a pilot, saddened by the slow disappearance of general aviation in the US, the low number of women pilots, and the almost complete lack of wonder anymore at what is still the magic of flight. With our focus on cell phones (I have one), iPads (I have one) and TVs (I have one) the appearance of a small plane against a blue sky is barely shrug-worthy.

But flying is an art - dancing in the skies, painting invisible pictures in the ether, making music with the wind. Air architecture. Wind poetry. Bird imitation. Magic.

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American children are taught at a very young age to focus their energies on just one thing primarily and for years I apologized about having so many interests. But life is too short and too interesting to focus on just one thing, so I no longer apologize.

My interests converge on the pages of www.giselleminoli.com, the website I'm grateful to the talented Ron Louie of Opto Design for creating for me.

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My own background as a dancer started when I was six...in Modern Dance. From there it was Ballet and then Modern Jazz...all of which was ensemble dancing. I did not have any experience with partner dancing until a friend gave me the present of a dance lesson with Jani Szukk, who I didn't know at the time was a champion ballroom dancer with his wife, Victoria. It opened up a whole new world to me of movement, something I had never done before. But what was so special about it was that I had never danced with someone at that level...partnered by an expert who never made me feel like I was a beginner. Go get a pair of ballroom dancing shoes...and start dancing at All That Dance if you live anywhere near Louisville, Kentucky.
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I was visiting a friend in Louisville, who gave me a ballroom dance lesson as a birthday present to All That Dance. I didn't know that the owners, Jani and Viki Szukk, were champion ballroom dancers but I soon found out. I had my lesson with Jani, who treated me as though I were a dancer. Toward the end of the lesson, Viki joined us and gave me a few pointers from "the woman's point of view." They talked to me about the different styles of ballroom dancing, told me about the difference between the European and American styles, talked to me about the music, asked me what I was interested in...basically they wanted to know everything about my interest in dance, and wanted me to know about their background, their studio and how they teach. All I could think when the lesson was over was...Why I hadn't started ballroom dancing years ago and why didn't they live in New York where I live so I can continue to dance with them! Anyone who is fortunate enough to live in Louisville, Kentucky and wants to learn to ballroom dance...look no further, because this studio is the best. And these two people - from Budapest - are some of the sweetest dancers I have ever met...
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