Category Archives: Popular Culture

Kahlil Gibran’s: The Prophet – A Movie The Will Inspire You To Sing and Dance To Timeless Words

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When I left a screening of the movie, The Prophet, two weeks ago in Los Angeles, my first wish was that I had taken my daughters to watch it with me.  I was inspired by the lyricism of the film, and as thoughtful as ever about the contemplations that the book had stimulated for me during my many readings. Continue reading

Wisdom: Advice and Experience from Those Who Lived

Love. The world. Career.

What do we do with it all? How do we navigate it all? An even bigger question- where do we look for wisdom when it comes to answering the big questions of life?

“Inspired by the idea that one of the greatest gifts one generation can give to another is the wisdom gained from experience, filmmaker and photographer Andrew Zuckerman traveled the globe to interview more than fifty of the world’s most prominent writers, artists, designers, actors, politicians, and religious and business leaders – all over the age of sixty-five. WISDOM captures their voices, physical presences, words and ideas, to provide a legacy for the generations that follow and a timeless portrait of the universalities that connect us all.”

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The Special Olympics: Joy in Celebrating Inclusion, Dignity and Respect for All

SO1At breakfast this morning, my family was reflecting on our summer.  “The highlight of summer so far,” my elder daughter, Tara (13 years old), said, “was attending the World Games for the Special Olympics.”

My family is incredibly blessed, and our summer has included concerts, Broadway shows, world travel, lots of good food, relaxation, Disneyland and many other highlights. As my younger daughter, Leela (11 years old), nodded enthusiastically, I was moved by what an extraordinary statement they were making.

We attended the Opening Ceremony of the World Games for Special Olympics last weekend. The Special Olympics is the world’s largest sports organization for children and adults with intellectual disabilities that provides year-round training and competition for 4.4 Million athletes in 170 countries.

A few weeks ago while in Washington D.C. with my father, I attended a private dinner with Tim Shriver, the chairman of the Special Olympics. Tim was passionate and articulate about the event, as well as dispelling some of the assumptions even we had about people with intellectual disabilities. Tim is truly a humble champion for people with intellectual disabilities, and the Shriver family must be applauded for taking an event that his mother, Eunice Shriver, started over 40 years ago and making it into a global social movement that it is today. As written about in this NY Times piece, Special Olympics and The Burden of Happiness, there is a long way still to go. The World Games truly felt like a Utopian world, and the stark reality for many of these people is very different and one is reminded of the need to champion human rights for all. Continue reading

Party Like a Colonist: the Original 4th of July

This weekend is the 4th of July! It usually means fireworks, BBQs, and red, white & blue.
It can get pretty wild, but the truth is it’s nothing compared to cannon fire, burning effigies, and melting statues down into bullets like the original colonists. We love this retelling by History Channel of the original 4th of July party!
How do you celebrate Independence Day?

Land of the Free: Quotes About Freedom

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On July 4th, the United States celebrates it’s independence and birth as a new nation more than 200 years ago. Relatively young when it comes to nation, this country has been having a conversation about what freedom means and looks like since it’s inception.

Is freedom the right to do whatever you want?
Is it a home with a white picket fence?
Is it an idea or a philosophy?
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ASL Version of “Lose Yourself” Kicks Butt

The internet is always abuzz with all sorts of things, but we’re loving this video from Shelby Mitchusson. Shelby isn’t the typical Youtuber submitting covers of famous songs. She uploaded her ASL sign language interpretation to Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” and does an amazing job bringing intensity and understanding with movement alone.

Check out more of her videos here!

Why I Sing the Blues: BB King’s Life of Purpose

May 14, 2015 will be a day known for the loss of blues legend BB King.
He shall be known as a man who overcame great obstacles to be known the world around for his moving lyrics and his even more moving guitar playing. Born on a cotton plantation in Mississippi in 1925, King was just 4 years old when his parents split resulted in his being raised by his grandmother. It was under the care of his grandmother, however, that he first picked up the guitar as a teenager. Continue reading

Fast Company Announces the 100 Most Creative in Business 2015

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There are lists for everything.
Most Beautiful.
Wealthiest.
FBI’s Most Wanted.

But we are truly excited to see Fast Company’s list of the 100 Most Creative People in Business in 2015 where even the “bottom” of the list includes amazing innovators in science, technology, family and global health. It is a beautiful diverse group of men and women alike who have lived lives of intent, followed their passion, and in turn, are currently impacting the world for the better. Continue reading

Teachers Connect in Moving Way Via Hashtag

It seems so many of us are over this internet-addicted phase of human interaction. Everyone is tweeting, gramming, posting, snapchatting themselves to death. Then there are stories like this, where one teacher begins using #IWishMyTeacherKnew as a means to connect with her students and inspires many more to do the same.

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Happy National Sibling Day!

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Today is National Sibling Day!
You get to choose a lot of things in this life, but your family is not one of those things. Still, family requires intention to become strong, listening and loving. Continue reading

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