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Yes, this was a disruptive night but there was plenty of blame to go around.

The Mayor could have acted differently to try to diffuse the situation but instead she chose to threaten people.  All that did was stir things up.

She threatened a member of the audience because he was standing up.  How was this disruptive to the meeting?  Throw him out for speaking out from the audience but not for standing up.

She ejected everyone from the chambers—the guilty and the innocent and even included the media in her ejection (in violation of the law).

Like many others, I never could understand why these people were doing what they were doing but the Mayor and the RPAers in the audience were pouring gasoline on the fire instead of trying to calm the waters.

When Councilmember Boozé tried to calm the waters with Ms. Bilbo, the text in this video tries to make it look as if he’s interfering with the police and inciting more trouble.

And let’s not forget that this video—this highly edited video—is posted by the Mayor’s people (the RPA).  A point is being made here and it was well made.

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A fine award for a most deserving person.

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The more I think about it the more inspired I am to come up with more names. Aung San Suu Kyi is someone who I’ve admired for a great many years and I’m not alone.  If she runs in earnest, she could become the next President of Burma.  I’d vote for her if I could.
Today I woke up on time and even got dressed before 8 AM. I was in a good mood after finishing the outline for my Action Plan last night. I have noticed that when I finish most of my work I have an easier time falling asleep...
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Sorry, Alicia, I didn't see anything redeeming in any of the characters in the story.

As for the scavenger teams--I agree with your assessment about what constitutes a winner.

I'm also pleased that part way through this exercise you realized that maybe your focus was misguided.  Do you really think that the goal was to finish all of the assigned tasks?  Or maybe it was an exercise in learning how to work as a cohesive team.
I woke up feeling rejuvenated and ready to start my day. I got breakfast from the V Dub and went to class.  As I got to class we began by doing a scavenger hunt activity where we had to find the items on the list and take ...
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I've read quite a bot about this "story" you were all told and you were the first to actually tell us the story.

Remember how many times I tried to make you all aware that all that we know about what you're going through is what you write in the blog.  When any of you just drop a few hints then it leaves us scratching our heads wondering what's going on.

I also wondered about the parameters of how the characters were judged--from least worst to worst.  Everyone seemed to be pre-judged as being "bad".  What a way to start out.

And what's with this idea about telling you all about the second chapter AFTER asking you to judge the characters?

And I need to know just who knew the rules as you were playing these games?  How was anyone supposed to know how to play the game?

About 40 years ago there was a movie about baseball players called "Bang the Drum Slowly".  These professional ball players played a card game called TEGWAR (The Exciting Game Without Any Rules).  They would find some sucker that just wanted to play with professional ball players and the ball players just made up the rules as they went along and stiffed the sucked for everything he was worth.  Sounds a lot like your game.

It was interesting reading about the lack of real leadership in your teammate that wanted to call of the shots.  What she was doing was deluding herself that she was in charge.  With a true leader, you all would have turned to that person for direction without that person having done a thing to encourage it.  True leaders are born.  

You might recall one of the questions we asked you in your interview asking whether you were a natural leader, someone who had to work at it or had it thrust upon them.  It would be interesting to go back to your interviews tapes and see how each of your responded and ask you again now to see how your answers compare.
Today is the last day of "normal" class. A class in Women and Leadership is never "normal". In the morning session, we recapped from yesterday with everyone saying some more things they had thought of after class yesterday...
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Did I mention how great this class is?  If all you're learning is just what you all write in your blogs, then this is a wealth of information and training but I'm betting that there's so much more that you're forgetting to write about.  I still believe this course is the best one we offer and is transformational for the ladies we send to it.

Maybe you've heard me mention about how much I love pretty pictures?  You write about this Zumba class and I see no pictures?  What gives with that?  Are you just teasing me or maybe it's your way of getting back to me because of my relatives (Evil Don and Guantanamo Don)?
Today in class I was caught off-guard with our activities. I was expecting to stay inside all day but, instead, we split up into six groups of four people each and were assigned different tasks. Our first task was a scavenger...
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A GREAT book.  If the movie is half as good as this trailer then I know we’re in for a great show.

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Whether you agree with her politics or not, you have to give her props for the way she sings this song.  She does us all proud.

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Okay--I’ve now read just about all of the thoughts on the alligator lady and I have to ask this question:  Why would it matter what the relationships might be between the different characters?  Isn’t right and wrong a universal truth? Or do the conditions make something less right or more wrong?

I have a tough time with this one, Julia.  I may be able to forgive an indiscretion but that doesn’t mean that I’ve decided to love the slider one way or another to adjust the level of rightness or wrongness.

It’s kind of like when someone tells a little white lie.  A lie is a lie, isn’t it?  And isn’t telling a lie wrong?  But we’re more willing to let a white lie slide because we’ve moved that slider over to where we can accept a lie all the way up to a certain point but no further.  I think we do this with most everything where we make judgment calls on what’s acceptable and what’s not.  

Of course, each of us moves our slider and has it land at a different point for each indiscretion.

In my opinion, what I’ve just described here is far more important than what you all have written about deciding to cut a character some slack once you knew more about them.  What you did was loudly proclaim that there is no absolute right or absolute wrong.  Give that some thought, won’t you?
Today was day ten on the island.  ...Rhode Island. In class, we reviewed the different leadership theories by raising hands to give definitions for each, then moved on to a presentation Dean Almandrez had created on A...
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Miley Cyrus?  What was this person thinking?  What exactly is she leading people to do?  Did you see people rushing out to chop off their hair when she did?  Did you see people rushing out to lose their underwear when they exit cars like she did?  Did you see anyone emulating her songs?  So that person needs to explain what it was about Miley Cyrus that this person wanted to be led by.

Most people--whether male or female--don’t really become leaders until after they’ve been around for a few years and have had a chance to develop their leadership skills.

On the other hand, take young Malala Yousafzai and see how she’s become a leader to millions of young girls and adults and all before her 16th birthday.
In the morning session we went on a scavenger hunt looking for things that were associated with the material we learned. We asked people if they could define certain terms relating to one’s identity, and I discovered that som...
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Finally-someone has posted  a photo of the Wonder Woman pose. I don't get it.  Maybe when she had her own show back in the 70's I was focused too much on some of her other attributes.  :-)

The more I read what you all write about Dean Almandrez the more I like her.  She seems like a great instructor.
In the morning session we went on a scavenger hunt looking for things that were associated with the material we learned. We asked people if they could define certain terms relating to one’s identity, and I discovered that som...
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I don't get it--you all write about asking the young gentlemen you met to do the Wonder Woman pose yet I see no photos to embarrass them .  I feel cheated.  All I get are a couple of photos of some good looking young women.

You wrote about the story you were told but you failed to share this story with us.  Once again, I feel cheated.  :-)
It is unbelievable that the class is ending soon. One of my classmates at Women and Leadership had said, “Once we go home reality will set in” and I completely agree with it; here at Brown, I have met people who are completel...
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