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Giselle Minoli
I write literary nonfiction, design fine jewelry, and fly small planes.
I write literary nonfiction, design fine jewelry, and fly small planes.

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All The President's Lies

A chronicle of TROTUS's lies from the first six months of his occupation of the White House. How sad for our country. The good news is that activism is on the rise in the United States, as our Mayors, Governors, citizens and scientists work together to fight climate change and protect programs we need, like healthcare. The proverbial Silver Lining...

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+Eve Aebi how is this for camouflage? I almost sat on him...

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A brilliant mind cares not about gender, race, ethnicity, country, or religion. It cares only about knowledge. Brilliance can be found everywhere. Brilliance is universal.

Maryam Mirzakhani, the only woman to win the Math Equivalent of the Nobel Prize, "was born in Tehran, Iran, and studied there and at Harvard University. She joined Stanford as a mathematics professor in 2008."

When I was a child my father's closest friend was an engineer from one of 'those' countries/ this article resonated with me in a particularly personal way.

Yet there are those Americans who would deny her brilliance in these United States, making judgements about her based on her place of birth.

Let us work against that train of thought.

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How I first learned to fly. Ignore the ending. I think my foot sank into a hole in the grass and I almost fell over. Memories from years ago. Freedom...

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The attached article breaks down exactly how each state will be affected by TROTUS's proposed Non-Health Care Plan. The States that will be hit the hardest will be those 31 States that expand their Medicaid Programs under ObamaCare. In addition to phasing out the coverage in those 31 States, the program will cap spending on Medicaid, hurting the very people who voted for DT. However, even if you do not live in a State that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, the people most hurt in those States will be people who purchased health insurance on exchanges allowed under ObamaCare. Whatever a person's individual hopes and wishes led them to cast a vote for DT, this article illustrates very clearly how that vote is going to hurt the very people TROTUS promised to help.

"For example, a 40-year-old earning $26,500 can now buy a policy with relatively modest deductibles for $1,700 a year, according to the Congressional Budget Office. But under the Senate bill that person would pay $3,000 for a policy with higher deductibles. And a 64-year-old with the same income would see premiums jump from $1,700 to $6,500 under the Senate bill."

What we all can do is share this information so that people can call their Senators and Congressmen/women in protest. If you will not be hurt by the proposed Non-Health Care plan, think about the future of those who will and take action to protect them.

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And TROTUS goes it alone again, isolating the already isolated United States.

"I Am A Rock," lyrics by Paul Simon

A winter's day
In a deep and dark December
I am alone
Gazing from my window
To the streets below
On a freshly fallen, silent shroud of snow
I am a rock
I am an island

I've built walls
A fortress, steep and mighty
That none may penetrate
I have no need of friendship
Friendship causes pain.
It's laughter and it's loving I disdain.
I am a rock
I am an island

Don't talk of love
Well, I've heard the words before
It's sleeping in my memory
And I won't disturb the slumber
Of feelings that have died
If I never loved, I never would have cried
I am a rock
I am an island

I have my books
And my poetry to protect me
I am shielded in my armor
Hiding in my room
Safe within my womb
I touch no one and no one touches me
I am a rock
I am an island

And a rock feels no pain
And an island never cries

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Alex Honnold on 'free soloing' Yosemite's El Capitan

Q: "Do you feel the adrenaline at all?"
A: "There is no adrenaline rush, you know? Like if I get an adrenaline rush, it means that something has gone horribly wrong, you know? Because the whole thing should be pretty slow and controlled, and like...I mean it's mellow."
Q: " Does the challenge appeal to you?"
A: " Yeah, for sure. Always being able to push yourself. Always having something bigger to do, or harder to do. Anytime you finish a climb, there's always the next thing you can try."

On June 3, 2017, Alex Honnold climbed Yosemite's El Capitan without a rope.

With nothing but his fingers. And his feet. And a mellowness in his heart and soul.

Lessons to live by.

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For reasons too numerous to explain, I am drawn to stories about physical recovery, emotional recovery, mental recovery, creative recovery - all recovery - and the will, curiosity, determination, stubbornness and force of personality required to overcome any sort of serious trauma or injury.

And then there is the attendant story about the person who emerges on the other end. I often feel it is like a painter wiping clean a canvas...and starting all over again.

The capacity for healing is enormous.

Meet +MicheleElys.

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Reasons why TROTUS will never receive a standing ovation when he attends a Broadway play:

1. He doesn't attend the theatre
2. He doesn't know where the theatre district is
3. He doesn't read or listen to music
3. He doesn't know what a play is
4. He doesn't know where Broadway is
5. He doesn't know where New York is
6. Watching a play requires a focus of more than one minute
7. He can't Tweet in a Broadway theatre
8. He can't take his golf clubs
9. It doesn't come with 2 slices of pie and 2 scoops of ice cream
10. Because he can't pay attention when anyone else is talking

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Amiruddin Shah's audition video wins him a spot at American Ballet Theatre's School of Ballet. 15 years old. The son of a welder from Mumbai, Amir has loved dance since he was a child. I do not know how many times I have written it, but I will write it again, if children are introduced into the world of creativity at an early age, their lives will be shaped by a desire to create, rather than to destroy. We become, all of us, what we practice.

Watch...and smile the big smile while you do.
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