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Giselle Minoli
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Attended St. John's College, Santa Fe, New Mexico
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Evening Still Life
With Moon, Hummingbird feeder, Red and White Mandevilla,
rusted steel chair, potted Lemon Thyme,
and a Robin complaining loudly in the background

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Press post? ... Ahh, you mean as in "push the button"! Of course. Well done. Love the sentiment. ...I thought it was like in the "free press" or something. :)
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A conservative Justice has long been an advocate of gay rights. And why not? Wisdom is neither conservative nor liberal...it is, simply, wisdom, given flight on the wings of intelligence, life experience, thoughtfulness, empathy and spiritual awareness perhaps, and an ability and willingness to embrace the evolution of social and cultural movements, all of which create history in one way or another.

Now, as the Supreme Court prepares to rule on whether to grant a constitutional right to same-sex marriage, Justice Kennedy, a onetime altar boy, has emerged as an unlikely gay rights icon. At 78, he has advanced legal equality for gays more than any other American jurist...

As the Supreme Court prepares to rule on whether same-sex marriage is protected under the Constitution, I appreciated an article laying out one Justice's history in dealing with issues regarding same-sex relationships.

In my own view, I personally hope SCOTUS rules in favor of same-sex marriage. It is, as Spike Lee would say, The Right Thing to Do. Were same-sex marriage found to be protected under the Constitution, and were a conservative Justice to become the torch that bears witness to that ruling, that alone would affect the future definition of what it means to be "conservative" in this country.

Gordon Schaber said that Tony Kennedy was entirely comfortable with gay friends. He said he (Kennedy) never regarded them as inferior in any way or as people who should be ostracized, and I did think that was a good signal of where he was on these matters.

Fingers crossed.

#gaymarriage   #gayrights   #JusticeKennedy   #SCOTUS  
Justice Kennedy, the onetime altar boy from Sacramento and conservative Republican, has advanced legal equality for gays more than any other American jurist.
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+Charles Young I have lived in New Mexico, Colorado, Northern California, New York, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Kentucky. The "How could Bush / Obama / Clinton / whomever have possibly gotten elected?" is true all over the United States of America. What is the norm in California (let's just use up all the water it will rain tomorrow) is definitely NOT the norm in the rest of the Country. What is true in Kentucky (let's drive around in 6-wheeled double-cabin trucks that get 10 miles to the gallon because there isn't a shortage of oil" is definitely NOT the norm in the rest of America. What is the norm in Denver (Pollution? What pollution...we can still see the Rockies...) is definitely NOT the norm in the rest of the country. Iowa is definitely NOT the norm in the rest of the country. What is the norm in Charleston, South Carolina is definitely NOT the norm in the rest of the country. The same can be said of every single city/state in the Union.
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What does it mean, really, to like someone? For surely it isn't the same thing as liking a car, or a house, or a handbag, or a cocktail, or even a flowering vine.

A car meets my needs, it gets me where I need to go in comfort (or not), and makes the experience of doing a dozen X-Cs a year tolerable, pleasant even. And a good handbag is a must-have, organizing my life into a confined space every day. It carries my stuff. Therefore it carries me, sort of, and therefore I like it.

A house or apartment, or even a couch, is slightly more complicated to suss out, because they are expensive and contain us all the time. They appeal to an aesthetic, a utilitarian need and a financial scheme. They provide us safe harbor, a place to be ourselves and entertain our friends. I like my small NY space very much. And I don't have to worry about it liking me back.

And a cocktail? Well, this is a rather immediate sensory reaction, as to cologne or something else filling up one of the five senses, its slightly sweet or sour or stinging essence slithering down past the tongue into the throat to quench, what? Thirst? Probably not. Exhaustion, nerves, excitement? Maybe. But still a cocktail is something easy to like, for we don't usually drink those that don't immediately taste good, or do we?

As for the flowering vine, I can think of none, at the moment, that I don't like. There is something about nature that begs me to let it instantly off the Liking Hook (kin to the Sorting Hat). Nature and its flowers just make life better, no matter whether they be buds or full-blown blooms or aged ones adroop over the side of the vase, I love...oops...I like them all. How could I not? If they are good enough for bees and hummingbirds, they are good enough for me.

But about human likability, it's confounding and, I think, useless and meaningless, if not downright stupid, to apply any sort of Likability Meter to people. If I don't like someone does that mean they aren't likable? Of course not. Because the person on the other side of the sofa might find them entirely likable.

Should we hire people that we like?
Should we only work for people we think are likable?
Should we define our friends as likable?
Do they need to be?
And, again, what does it mean to be likable?

Supposedly, if we like a person, it implies that we approve of them, that we find them to be satisfactory in some way, agreeable, a good sort, easy to get along with...they could be our friend, (but what in Heaven's name does that mean? Yes. I digress...). They laugh at our jokes, make us feel good about ourselves, buffer up our belief systems and keep us good company. Are those good reasons to like someone?

Or does our sense of who is likable (or not) close us off to expanding our experience of other human beings? Human beings, unlike things, have emotions and beating hearts and souls and intellects and talent and moods and quirks and tics and habits and illnesses and character flaws and confusions and ups and downs and highs and lows like Eliza Doolittle, who, when Henry Higgins made her more 'likable' (translation: socialized her and turned her into a woman he could approve of, could be seen in public with, would be proud to have as arm candy) turned into a fine mess of a woman trying to figure out who she really was - flower girl or fake royalty.

Henry perceived of Eliza as his creation: he made her likable. For without him, she was nothing. Don't know about you all, but I preferred the unsocialized Liza. And I think George Bernard Shaw did, too. Which is rather the point, the woman inside the diamond tiara and sparkly ballgown had the same heart and soul as the poor bedraggled woman who sold flowers on the street. It's just that to Henry and Colonel Pickering, the cleaned up Eliza was, well, more presentable and likable. But to whom? To men? To society? To the in crowd? Made a good play, then a great movie. And the sound track was fabulous. Yes, I liked it. But Pygmalion was a play, and My Fair Lady was a movie. Eliza Doolittle was drawn as a woman...a human being.

But I digress.

Still I ask, what does it mean to be likable? Frankly, and personally,I don't care. And I don't care if that makes me seem to be unlikeable. It's just that it's subjective, and prone to our own fickle and shoddy way of allowing certain people into our lives and shutting out others so that we, ourselves, can feel better about ourselves. All that stuff about belonging to the right clubs, the right fraternity, the right sorority, donating to the right charities, even liking the right music and "hanging out" with the right people.

Do we like Lady Gaga? Or not? Or Miley or the Kardashians? Or Alabama Shakes?

When I write that I like Bob Dylan, I mean I like his music, because I don't know the man. And when I say I like James Taylor, I like his sound, because I don't know the man. For all I know Bob and James could be extremely difficult people (and, again, what does that mean?), and personally likable or not, but they make great music any way. I mean I like their music.

A tutor I had when I was a student at St. John's College was demanding, scary, critical and seemingly impossible to please. He was also insightful and discerning and probing and, ultimately, Yes, kind. To be honest, I didn't like him, because I was too young and ignorant to get that there was something far more important going on in his life than to be concerned with whether or not people liked him.

When I ask my stepson to make his bed, he doesn't like it one bit, but does that mean I shouldn't ask him to make his bed? Does it mean that because he doesn't like to make his bed, he shouldn't make every effort to make it as well as he can?

And after a year of rehabilitating a badly fractured leg, I confess I didn't like the work I had to do, was asked to do by my physical therapists, one bit. It hurt. It was agonizing. I rather hated every minute of the process. But my leg is straighter than it would have been had I only done the exercises that I liked. And I am happy that I am a stubborn enough woman driven by goals that I have that I could get beyond my own dislike of pain to see a healed leg and do the exercises no matter how much they hurt.

We are stuffed to the brim at the moment with articles that are being written every single day about whether Hillary or Mark or Jeb or Rand and the whole lot of candidates make the Likability Meter tilt into the negative or the positive. I think everyone should put paper bags over their heads. Or wear those horrid blue cotton snap up exercise uniforms we had to wear in grade school. Boys and girls dressed the same, fresh out of the shower, no primping, coiffing, make-up artists, hair stylists and personal shoppers in sight.

I do not fault our political candidates for failing us, for failing to keep their promises, for compromising, for whatever our perceptions are of their seemingly myriad failures.

I fault us for our addiction to needing to be liked and approved of as though we are handbags or cocktails.

I fault us for needing to like people as though their main job is to make us personally happy, like a car, or a song, or a new suit.

I fault us for not being more onto our own "stuff." We criticize politicians for everything, but every day we let ourselves off the hook and walk around pretending that if we were doing the job politicians were doing we could do those jobs oh so much better.

And everyone would like us. Because we, not them, are truly, truly likable. In that Sally Field sense: You really, really LIKE ME!

A few things to read. And you might not like what some of it says. But does it matter?

I think not.

Women Leaders: Does likeability really matter?
http://gender.stanford.edu/news/2015/women-leaders-does-likeability-really-matter

This Woman's Job is to Recast Hillary Clinton's Image:
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/05/style/this-woman-is-in-charge-of-shaping-hillary-clintons-image.html

7 Simple Social Skills That Will Make You More Likable:
http://www.businessinsider.com/social-skills-that-make-you-likable-2015-6

Guess Who Doesn't Fit in at Work:
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/31/opinion/sunday/guess-who-doesnt-fit-in-at-work.html?_r=0

What if no candidate is "Likable Enough:
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/04/28/what-if-no-candidate-is-likable-enough.html

#POTUS #Hillary #ToBeLikedOrNotToBeLiked   #GenderEquality  
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+Giselle Minoli
 There are those I like and love with all their flaws but it doesn't mean I like the flaws, it just means the flaws don't piss me off enough to stop liking or loving the person.
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April Come She Will

Yes, she will in indeed. She already has (again). As has May. But we still have June, July and August. My husband's Saturday morning music - for me. He does this sometimes, sits at the kitchen counter while we're having coffee, flips on his iPhone and plays DJ. This morning it's S & G, a mutual favorite.

I was at this S & G concert in New York City in 1981. Along with thousands upon thousands of people in Central Park. In my favorite city. Singing songs everyone in the audience knew, children hoisted up on their parents shoulders, grannies and grampies sitting on folding stools, all of us together enjoying one of life's great pleasures - outdoor concerts.

I've been to outdoor concerts in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Denver, Colorado, Austin, Texas...but...for me...nothing beats an outdoor concert smack in the middle of Central Park.

And I'm sure folks feel that way about their favorite city.

'Tis the way it should be. For April doesn't discriminate. It visits everyone everywhere all over the world.

April Come She Will
by Paul Simon

April, comes she will,
When streams are ripe and swelled with rain.
May, she will stay,
Resting in my arms again.

June, she'll change her tune.
In restless walks she'll prowl the night.
July, she will fly,
And give no warning to her flight.

August, die she must.
The autumn winds blow chilly and cold.
September, I'll remember.
A love once new has now grown old.

#SimonandGarfunkle  
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I would be very happy +George Melnikoff if artists of all kinds and writers of all kinds and doctors and scientists and humanitarians of all kinds were on our "money" instead of politicians as the default symbolic people...
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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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Hip hop is amazing.... I enjoy it very much! 
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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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The Blues
The Blues dance
The Blues...

Exuberant
Slow
Rhythmic
Sensual
Smooth

The way I feel this morning.
Dig it.

Then if you are in New York City anytime this Summer, get yourself to a free dance performance in and around the five boroughs. Two of my favorites, Michelle Dorrance and Lil Buck will be performing.

Lucky us
The Blues as Song
The Blues as Rhythm
The Blues as Dance
Dorrance Dance

The way I feel much of the time.

Get the Blues
Learn to Dance
Be Rhythmic

About Michelle Dorrance:
http://www.michelledorrance.com/

About Lil Buck:
http://lilbuck.com/

Free Dance in Summertime New York:
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/19/arts/dance/free-dance-in-summertime-new-york.html?action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=c-column-middle-span-region&region=c-column-middle-span-region&WT.nav=c-column-middle-span-region

#MichelleDorrance   #DorranceDance   #ToshiReagon   #JacobsPillow   #TheBlues  
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What a wonderful combination of music and dance. Loved it!
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What can I say but that I have posted about this issue often and hoped for this outcome.

'Tis the right outcome.
In a long-sought victory for the gay rights movement, the court ruled, 5-4, that the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage.
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Maybe we can now collectively switch from fear mode to go forward and be creative and productive together mode +cobalt please! Fingers crossed!
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Well. A woman's portrait to appear on the $10 bill, sharing space alongside the portrait of Alexander Hamilton (can't kick 'im off so the light shines on the woman alone, doncha know).

Does it matter if an important woman's image appears on some denomination of American currency in this day and age of an increasingly paperless economy?

Of course it does. Because if it didn't matter then there would be no images of any person, man or woman, on our currency. Therefore it seems to have mattered a great deal since George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were put on the $1 and $2 bills respectively in 1869.

Interesting that the decision to finally let a woman share this space has been delayed until a time when the economy is relatively paperless, rather making sure that it in fact doesn't really matter if a woman of social, political or perhaps even cultural importance shows up on a bill used to pay for a coke and hamburger. Would $10 cover the cost? Sorry, I digress.

But...wait a minute...maybe there's a point there. What paper currency do you carry in your wallet? Personally I stick with ones, fives and tens, because it seems most of the things I buy on a day-to-day basis can be purchased with those amounts. There are $20s to be sure, but I can't remember the last time I carried a $50 or $100 bill.

Maybe a $10 bill is perfect for a woman. We'd sort of be implying that women make a lot of money if we stick her on a $50 or a $100, wouldn't we? And we can't let a woman share space with George or Thomas now can we? Or even our old friend Abraham Lincoln on the $5. No...it's gotta be the humble middle-of-the-road 10-er, safe from criticism, not standing front and center, not quite the wall flower either, not screaming for attention or authority and not making any strong statements like the $50 or $100 would either.

I thought it interesting that abolitionist Harriet Tubman was the top draw in a recent social media survey about which woman should be favored with the honor of having her portrait appear on a $20 bill. Interesting because I was happily to discover that so many people know who this fabulous woman was.

There is no law that says that only American Presidents should appear on our paper currency, which is a good thing, because unless a woman (finally) becomes President, no woman will ever be included in that exclusive little club. You just have to be deemed important enough by the Secretary of the Treasury to make the honor roll.

But now that the decision has been made that a woman will indeed be on the $10, why not weigh in? I rather wonder who Mr. Hamilton himself would choose to rub shoulders with were he alive today. Oh, why not let's all weigh in.

And why does it have to be a woman in politics anyway? Lots of fabulous women have made a memorable impact on American life.

Harriet Tubman?
Susan B. Anthony?
Annie Oakley?
Grandma Moses?
Helen Keller?
Margaret Sanger?
Eleanor Roosevelt?
Georgia O'Keeffe?
Amelia Earhart?
Margaret Mead?
Rosa Parks?
Ella Fitzgerald?
Judy Garland?
Shirley Chisholm?
Maya Angelou?
Coretta Scott King?
Gloria Steinem?
Ruth Bader Ginsburg (a/k/a RBG)?

On second thought, maybe we should put a woman's portrait on coinage? I carry a lot of coinage. You? You could in fact then carry around a lot of women in your pocket. The obvious choice would be the Half Dollar. She would have to share space with John F. Kennedy. I'm sure he wouldn't mind. He had a thing for the ladies. And then it would have to be Marilyn Monroe!

But...I digress...again. Can't help myself!

How does one decide the far reaching importance of someone's accomplishments? Is it because of a position they held? Something they invented? Their vocal prominence in a movement? Is it their philosophy? Or perhaps what they symbolically stood for? 

Yes, I'm a pilot and an Amelia Earhart enthusiast. I didn't put her on the list because of my love of aviation. I put her on the list because she was courageous. Because she dreamed big. Because she was an expert at what she did and she also took risks, calculated ones, but risks none the less. It was woman against nature, gravity, distance and the odds supported by a machine. Because it was a woman very much in a man's world, yet championed by her husband and a lot of other men. Because I think many women dream about taking such risks but don't feel they are in the circumstances where they can manifest those dreams. Because, more than anything else, she was about dreaming big and putting herself out there.

And why isn't that as important a dream as wanting to be President of the United States?

Your list? Do tell.

#TheNew10   #WomenonPaperCurrency  
The yet-to-be-named figure will appear on the note in 2020, the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote.
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WT if it were done like postage stamps? Different people men and women of all different professions and contributions featured ina limited run and then recycled. I don't get the Lady Liberty thing simply because we have no respect for her just as we have no respect for Mother Earth. It is a nice theory that has lost its meaning in real life, if it every had any at all... 
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Today Today Today A new song from an old favorite - James Taylor.

I have Nothing More to Say...except that I pre-ordered the entire album, called Before This World.

Ah, James...you do know how to make me smile.

Below the lyrics is a link to James Talking about the making of this record. Can't help but notice there are no youngsters backing him up. Yeah! A musician who isn't afraid of his own, or anyone else's, gray hair! 

Today Today Today, music and lyrics by James Taylor:

Today, today, today
I’m finally on my way
The time has come to say
Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye

The bird is on the wing
The bell is about to ring
The big girl she’s about to sing
Today, today, today

The world will open wide
And I’m running with the tide
It’s time to cut this side
And I must not miss my ride

Somehow I haven’t died
And I feel the same inside
As when I caught this ride
When first I sold my pride

The way ahead is clear
My heart is free from fear
I’ll plant my flag right here
Today, today, today

James Taylor, Before This World:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tfwf14gIsNk&list=PLKFNUiXHnOpawcfwgmTYumQcWiKSITCgA

James Taylor, Press Play, The New York Times:
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/arts/music/pressplay.html?action=click&pgtype=Homepage&version=Moth-Visible&module=inside-nyt-region&region=inside-nyt-region&WT.nav=inside-nyt-region

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Greetings +James Heady Acting. I won't be rude and ask you what "youngster" means exactly (ahem...) because it's far more important that you like James Taylor, no matter what age. Maybe that's the true definition of music being the universal language of mankind...age, culture, gender, background, history, religion, education, none of that matters, only that visceral things that goes on when you hear music that resonates somehow. Don't be a stranger. Come back and visit.
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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:
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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

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The beauteous Misty Copeland becomes principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre at age 32, after having been a soloist for 14 years! I hope the roses never stop falling at her feet. A great day for the ballet world. Congratulations Misty!

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/01/arts/dance/misty-copeland-is-promoted-to-principal-dancer-at-american-ballet-theater.html?action=click&pgtype=Homepage&version=Moth-Visible&module=inside-nyt-region&region=inside-nyt-region&WT.nav=inside-nyt-region
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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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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.

I love to travel hopefully to Italy, because I can never get enough of that landscape, the cobblestone streets, the art, the music, the food, the wine, and that melodious language, and watching the Italians strolling through their piazzas and streets after dinner, arm-in-arm, always kissing one another, and talking, talking, talking. 

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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