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Clinton Versus Trump: Black Swans And Perfect Storms

Supporters of Hillary Clinton have long feared the ” Black Swan” – that cataclysmic event which gives Donald Trump more than a puncher’s chance to knock her out. But more discerning worriers conjure a perfect storm of circumstances which, coalescing at just the wrong time, dismantle her edge in the electoral college.

Two weeks ago the skies seemed clear enough. The month started with a more comfortable candidate taking questions from reporters, giving good and measured speeches, and dismissing the feverish rumors about her health with a few amusing quips. She was reaching out to disaffected Republicans while attacking Trump with an air of presidential confidence. The most concrete concerns focused on turnout and demographics and, even here, her superior ground game gave her several paths to 270 electoral votes.

Still, it was possible to imagine a demographic breakdown which, although unlikely, would place her on the razor’s edge between victory and defeat.

In theory, Trump’s gift for repelling blacks, Hispanics, women, young people and college-educated whites gave her a daunting advantage. So why were the polls tightening? The simplest answer was Trump’s massive lead among whites without a college degree – particularly working-class men. Here, Trump’s attacks on free trade and immigration, and promises to preserve entitlements, gains him a larger and more loyal following than Mitt Romney enjoyed in 2012.

True, this demographic is shrinking as opposed to those where Clinton leads. This gives her the potential to overwhelm Trump’s narrower base. But, in itself, changing demographics means much less than intensity of support – who actually shows up to vote. Thus a gifted pessimist can imagine a scenario where, despite her organizational advantages, turnout goes absolutely haywire.

Start with what appears to be a passion gap. Polling shows that over 60% of the registered voters who support Trump are following the campaign closely, and over 90% say that they are certain to vote. Clinton voters are less attentive – 45% – and a full 20% are less committed to voting. Thus polls of likely – as opposed to registered – voters erase Clinton’s edge.

There are reasons to question this model, and it overlooks the distribution of votes in the electoral college. Still, to win comfortably Clinton must reassemble the Obama coalition: the minorities and young people – otherwise disinclined to vote – who turned out to elect and reelect America’s first black president. So far, it seems, she is falling short.

Obama is working this demographic hard, and the Clinton campaign is deploying Michelle Obama, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren to help. But millennials, particularly blacks but also other minorities, seem less drawn to Hillary Clinton than to the president, and young African-Americans are harder to reach than their parents and grandparents. The question is less who they vote for than whether they vote at all.

A depressed turnout among her potential supporters would jeopardize Clinton in crucial swing states where the race has tightened, leaving her more vulnerable to defeat. And a less enthusiastic voting base leaves her vulnerable to unforeseen events – as this weekend’s bombings reminded us yet again.

Even so, to have a chance of winning Trump needs to turn out a bunch of less educated white Americans who almost never vote. Here, too, passion is important, and events may matter – these otherwise disaffected people have to believe that Trump can win and that, as president, he would be a human Powerball ticket, transforming their lives for the better. While a massive influx of new voters seems unlikely, it is not inconceivable – as Trump’s recent rise in Ohio suggests.

Still, this alone is not enough. Trump also needs more Republicans to come home – including suburban and college-educated whites. To some degree, polls suggest that this is already occurring. Indeed, given that our politics are polarized, our candidates polarizing, and our information compartmentalized, the grip of old loyalties will only intensify. But to garner all the Republican – leaning but wary voters he needs, Trump needs to look normal or, more accurately, to create the illusion of normality.

Finally, there is the impact of third-party candidates – Gary Johnson and Jill Stein. Trump not only needs them to outperform expectations for such political outliers, but to drain disproportionate support from Clinton. And, as of now, polls suggest that third-party candidates are hurting her more than Trump. The question is how many, and how much.

But suppose all that happens: overwhelming blue-collar support for Trump; depressed turnout for Clinton; a host of new Trump voters; a massive restoration of party loyalty among Republicans; and third-party damage to Clinton in key states. Further assume that virtually every important event between now and November breaks Trump’s way – including, contrary to right reason, the debates.

It then becomes possible to imagine a Trump electoral college victory, of necessity based on winning Florida, Ohio, North Carolina and, least likely, Pennsylvania. Or even that nightmare of improbabilities: a 269 – 269 electoral college tie. That would throw the election into the House of Representatives, which could give us President Trump.

This is the sequence of horribles that worries Democratic pros. For with the economy still flagging for too many Americans, the GOP should have the advantage of a “change election.” What they need is for their candidate to become thinkable for a sufficient plurality of Americans.

This is why thoughtful Democrats have started sweating the polls, near – even despite an overwhelming advertising assault by the Clinton campaign. They fret that all the negative media about emails and the Clinton Foundation, however skewed, is tarnishing the positive image of Hillary Clinton which emerged from her convention.They wonder if her campaign has focused too much on denouncing Trump instead of inspiring voters. They fear the unknown which is yet to come.

Then stuff started happening.

The first warning shot was fired by the moderator who couldn’t shoot straight – Matt Lauer. During back-to-back appearances at a forum devoted to military matters, Lauer consumed much of Clinton’s time aggressively re-litigating the email controversy. In embarrassing contrast, he allowed Trump to deliver a series of lies and idiocies with his usual bluster, largely unimpeded by any references to reality.

This drove home some pitfalls awaiting Clinton in the “debates” – a word to be used advisedly. First, the quality of discourse depends greatly on the skill and resolve of the moderator. Second, absent a determined interlocutor to call him to account, a self- assured ignoramus like Trump can appear “presidential” while reciting nonsense. Given that the expectations for Trump are so low, in such a permissive environment he might be deemed the “winner” if he simply completes most of his sentences.

Then Clinton made an unforced error which confirmed the existence of a double standard – one for Trump, the other for everyone else. Speaking at a donor event – ever a fallow ground for folly – Clinton tossed half of Trump’s followers in “the basket of deplorables” – the “racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic – you name it.” A pretty effective list of adjectives if directed against the man himself. But against a chunk of the public, not so much – at least if you’re running for president.

Such verbal slips are nothing new. Obama described a Republican base “clinging to their guns and religion”; Romney told a gaggle of rich folks that 47% of their fellow citizens were moochers. They both paid – Romney in particular, because it fit his caricature as a heartless plutocrat.

To some degree, so will Clinton pay. For those Democrats keeping score, it was a reminder that this year’s playing field is far from level – Trump spouts far worse things with such metronomic regularity that nothing he says seems to stick. Except, ironically, to Hillary Clinton.

Potentially more worrisome was her literal stumble at a Sunday event to commemorate 9/11. On Friday, it transpired, she had been diagnosed with pneumonia. Given the rigors of campaigning, this was no surprise. But her decision to “power through” her schedule without disclosing her illness led to a ruder surprise – an alarming piece of film followed by several hours of delay before the campaign fronted her pneumonia.

This created two problems, both predictable. For a moment, at least, it fueled all the health hysteria fomented by the Trump campaign – including that she is suffering from cerebral damage. More lasting, it fed the usual trope about Clinton’s lack of “transparency.”

Her campaign has put out more health information – which, along with steadiness during the debates, should help put this to rest. It also appears that, as he did with the aptly-named Dr. Oz, Trump will continue to vamp about his own superlative health, rooted in the benefits of Big Macs and insomnia. Still, this incident was another unpleasant reminder that, in presidential campaigns, surprises happen – whether or not provided by the Russians in October or, as just occurred, by terrorists from New Jersey. And it kept her off the stump for a few precious days.

As vexing, for once Trump did not stumble over himself to squander an advantage. His response to Clinton’s illness was, for him, positively demure. Instead, almost like a normal candidate, he seized on Clinton’s “basket of deplorables” to deplore her condescending cruelty to Americans who long to make their country great again.

Smart – this no doubt energizes his base and, quite possibly, could rally more nonvoters to Trump. Those “Deplorables For Trump” T-shirts are on their way. And the last thing Democrats need is a deepening class war with blue-collar whites – they’ve been on a wrong end of this one for years.

Perhaps fearful of humiliation, Trump has allowed his new campaign team to impose greater discipline. He is hewing more to prepared texts; blurring some of his most controversial positions; veering less into his own grievances. His attack lines, however outrageous, are more focused on Clinton. And he is finally up with attack ads of his own, placed strategically instead of at his whim. The Clinton camp can no longer count on Trump to help them – at least not quite so often.

Still, late last week, Trump provided fresh evidence of his own transcendent squalor. With chilling carelessness, he falsely accused Hillary Clinton of wanting to “destroy” the Second Amendment, and suggested that her Secret Service protectors “disarm” so that we could “see what happens to her.” This followed the latest episode in his five-year history of spearheading the birther movement – a “press conference” which spotlighted his own mendacity and, more important, renewed fundamental questions about the media’s responsibility in covering his campaign.

Pressed by his brain trust to at last abandon birtherism, Trump created drama by promising a major announcement. He then kept the media waiting for an hour, tying up cable news outlets, before appearing to promote his latest hotel. He capped this with a 30 -second statement that he now believed that America’s first black president was born in the United States.

He did not explain how, after years of falsehoods, he had now divined the truth. Nor did he apologize. Instead, he praised himself by offering still more lies: “Hillary Clinton and her campaign of 2008 started the birther controversy. I finished it.”

In fact, the Clinton campaign did not indulge in birther rhetoric. Its principal agent was Trump himself. Nor, despite his statement, did he accept Obama’s birth certificate when the president made it public – to the contrary, he questioned its validity. Never once, until last Friday, did he disown any part of the racist lies and insinuations which paved his entry into political life, and inspired the widespread belief among Republicans that Obama is a foreign-born Muslim.

For once, the combination of his contempt for truth, and for the media, inspired a swift reaction. Several cable commentators expressed embarrassment that he played them; major newspapers documented the litany of statements promoting birtherism which showed Trump, yet again, to be a liar. And, in the wake of this performance, important outlets – particularly The New York Times – analyzed the impact on our politics of candidate whose recourse to lies is so comprehensive and unconstrained. Here, as well it should have, the press at large refused to serve as conduit for a shameless and amoral con man.

The unanswered question arising from this incident is whether the media will, at last, cover Trump with the sustained rigor his candidacy deserves. For the Clinton campaign, this is perhaps the biggest worry of all – not simply that the media scrutinizes Clinton much more harshly, but that it slights substance in favor of superficiality, relieving Trump of the in-depth appraisal his candidacy is due.

Examples abound. We know that Trump admires Vladimir Putin. But what more do we know about this worrisome subject – including, as but one example, his financial ties to Russia?

Thanks to the Washington Post, we know that the Trump Foundation is a funnel for giving away other people’s money, including through illegal campaign contributions. But when will the press call out Trump for his unsupported assertions – widely reported without criticism – that the Clinton Foundation is a criminal enterprise awash in bribery?

And what about “transparency” writ large? We hear that Clinton’s health scare intensified her problems in this area. But what of the obvious truth that Trump is, by far, the most comprehensively secretive presidential candidate in modern history, concealing his tax returns, his business dealings, his sources of financing, and his supposedly massive- and quite possibly fictitious – charitable contributions?

It is not simply that the media narrative has created a false equivalency. It has given Clinton’s areas of opacity, though far less than Trump’s, a disproportionate share of coverage.

But another problem for the Clinton campaign is the media’s tendency to elevate transparency over substance.

It is not hyperbolic to suggest that, on matters of policy, Trump is a crank candidate – Lyndon LaRouche with money. Never has a major party nominee been so inexperienced, uninformed, behaviorally erratic, intellectually dishonest, and pervasively untruthful. His ideas about the economy, foreign policy, and national defense are routinely inconsistent, contradictory, incoherent and tinged with nonsense from the fringes of political thought.

His statements on taxation are, in the main, self canceling gibberish. On the day of his birther announcement, Trump backed away from a promised $ 1 trillion tax-cut for small businesses, before his campaign assured one interest group that Trump was still behind it, then promised another that Trump was not. In the last year, he has praised and denounced Janet Yellen and the Fed so many times that but one thing is clear – he has no grasp whatsoever of monetary policy. As for critical matters of science, he is an utter crackpot, whether the subject be global warming or vaccination.

And what of counter-terrorism? Trump’s renewed denunciations of Muslims, intemperate attacks on Hillary Clinton and promises to be tough may resonate with voters, especially in the wake of the bombings in New York and New Jersey and the stabbings in Minnesota – the kind of unpredictable occurrences which worry the Clinton campaign. But it is not sufficient for the media to speculate about the electoral impact of such events. The real question is what Trump’s “toughness” actually means in terms of policy and effectiveness, and how this compares to Clinton’s proposals to combat terrorism at home and abroad.

The fact that, unlike LaRouche, Trump is a major party candidate whose entertainment value provides the media with millions of eyeballs means that – unlike LaRouche – he could actually become president. Thus what he proposes to do as president is of the gravest consequence, and should be to those who cover him. And if Trump is the proverbial naked emperor on matters of policy, that must be rigorously explored.

But there hasn’t been nearly enough of this – and likely won’t be.

Why? There are lots of reasons, some rooted in institutional self-interest. But one of the most pious – and bogus – excuses comes from the public editor of the New York Times, Liz Spayd.

The media’s reluctance to critically examine Trump’s policy positions, she suggests, stems from the standards of objective journalism. Those who claim that the media is mired in “false equivalency” between Trump and Clinton are calling for “a partisan explanation passed off as factual judgment.” Thus the media should not be concerned that coverage of Clinton’s emails is excessive, lest they go down the “slippery slope” of covering the emails too little.

To say the least, this is problematic. To edify Ms.Spayd about where her own slippery slope is taking us, by way of grotesque exaggeration I offer this fictitious German news story from 1933: “While Herr Hitler’s statements about population control seem ill-considered, the appearance of the possibility of the potential for a conflict of interest on behalf of Mayor Schulz is equally troubling.”

My serious point is straightforward – both candidates’ statements about policy should not only be reported, but analyzed and dissected with bipartisan rigor. Nonetheless, in Spayd’s view, what critics “really want is for journalists to apply their own moral and ideological judgments to the candidates.”

Really? Or do they simply think that the media should be something more – and better – than a megaphone for unexamined claims on issues of the utmost public importance. Fairness in journalism should not mean a grant of substantive immunity to any candidate, passed off as objective journalism. Objectivity is different than vapidity.

Yet here we are. And so we await the first debate, perhaps the single most important moment of this campaign. As much as on the candidates, its outcome depends on whether the moderator, Lester Holt, asks Clinton and Trump the hard questions a president must answer.

For the candidates, that’s only fair. For the rest of us, it’s essential.

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How to Waste Your Entire Life: A Quick Guide To Pleasure

The easiest way to waste decades of your life is to mistake pleasure for fulfillment.

Pleasure lives in the realm of now. It’s made of feeling and emotion, which are both very important, but predictably unstable. It’s impossible to base a meaningful life solely on the pursuit of pleasure.

At the extreme end of pleasure: over-eating, over-sleeping, chronic masturbation and sex addiction, television, benders, cocaine and ice cream (the verdict is still out here). Push the button, get the stimulus. Constant stimulation to dull the pain, anxiety and existential uncertainty of being a human in society.

It feels good to feel good. So why not try to feel good all the time? Pass the mint chocolate chip, please.

Fulfillment is concerned with your highest vision for the future. It doesn’t equate pain or discomfort today with pain or discomfort tomorrow. It assumes that the best is always yet to come. Those looking for fulfillment out of life will do things that aren’t fun now, to reap massive rewards later.

In his book Autobiography of a Yogi, Indian spiritual guru Paramahansa Yogananda recalls a conversation between a sage and his student:

The student exclaimed, “Master, you are wonderful….You have renounced riches and comforts to seek God and teach us wisdom.”

To which the wise sage replied:

“You are reversing the case! I have left a few paltry rupees, a few petty pleasures, for a cosmic empire of endless bliss. How then have I denied myself anything? I know the joy of sharing the treasure. Is that a sacrifice? The shortsighted worldly folk are verily the real renunciates! They relinquish an unparalleled divine possession for a poor handful of earthly toys!”

This irony captures the essence of seeking pleasure over fulfillment.

The other way toward fulfillment: Training for a triathlon, starting a business, writing a book, recording an album. All of these things can bring pleasure in the short term. But more often than not, they do not. They are not fun. They are a constant struggle. They take years to master. They are never urgent and the easiest things to postpone.

(Especially if a new season of Walking Dead is on.)

But these are also the types of activities that, done day after day, lead to the highest quality of life and most pleasure long term. Not the acute, “OMG this is so fun” type of pleasure — but the more subtle, albeit equally exhilarating feeling of overarching satisfaction with one’s life.

These types of activities make you feel like you’re worth a damn. And that’s important. Because you are.

Pleasure versus fulfillment is the difference between spending your time and investing it. Or the difference between consuming and creating.

The time will pass anyway — but at the end of a lifetime, what will you have to show for it?
Some of us will have 100,000 hours of television, a leased Mercedes and a bunch of clothes we got sick of last year as evidence that we were here.

Others will have created a legacy that leaves the world a better place and makes a difference for people we’ve never even met.

Which one will you be?

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Jennifer Lopez, First Lady Michelle Obama And Myself On ‘Feeling Comfortable In Your Own Skin’

I won’t forget an episode of the last season of American Idol when one of judge Jennifer Lopez’s comments resonated with me. Reacting to a stellar performance, she said something to the effect of, “It’s all about feeling comfortable in your own skin.” She praised the contestant, and passed on a lesson to me that night as well.

Isn’t it all about feeling comfortable in our own skin? Certainly as social beings we feel the desire to be a part multiple social networks whether they are through dinner parties, work meetings, brunches, picnics, book clubs, or any context really. The message to feel assured about ourselves, our personalities and our impact on others is a truly important one, and one that we might take time to reflect on so we can cultivate the feeling. How we feel about ourselves can amplify or limit our enjoyment in life and, more significantly, is a feeling that can contribute to great self-esteem if we value ourselves properly. Our impact on others can be shaped tremendously with a helpful dose of self-value and self-esteem, strengthening our ability to contribute meaningfully and effectively in society.

When I hear good advice, I like to share it to help others, and Ms. Lopez’s words are a good example. I don’t know if she came up with the advice herself, but at the time she spoke them it did catch my attention.

A related strong piece of wisdom is the advice that First Lady Michelle Obama gave at the United State of Women’s Summit while being interviewed by Oprah. (View the interview @11:10.) She talked about self-value, and how the FLOTUS could not have done her job as First Lady as comfortably did she not have the self-value she’s had for herself for decades. While self-esteem is a concept we may feel we don’t have control over at times, self-value is not like that. We can influence our thoughts and perspective to shape a healthier self-value, which in turn can boost self-esteem. It is so important, especially in today’s society, that we treat ourselves better than ever because most others do not simply have the time to do so. We ought to care for and believe in our best traits and understand that being human means we will have difficulties presented as well.

Loving yourself is as important as every other way we care for ourselves, like eating and sleeping. Being narcissistic is different, as achieving balance in self-value is important, just like balance in everything else in life. However, if you need to reflect on why you should love yourself, take some time and do the soul-searching. Keep at those things which make you feel the most self-confident. Those habits and hobbies will likely reveal your biggest strengths. Remember, we are all so small in the bigger scheme of society and the world’s affairs, but within each one of us lies a universe of its own.

Here are three steps to follow if you want to develop greater self-value and, in turn, feel comfortable in your own skin:

1. Reflect on your traits to develop greater self-value.

What traits do you have that you love the most? How do you demonstrate these traits daily? Take a moment to talk to loved ones and friends if this is too challenging on your own. Write your thoughts down if you like.

2. Get out there and share your traits in social settings.

When you are an active member of your social networks, it can create a positive feeling, especially if you’re able to show off your best traits. You might be super thoughtful, kind, loving, or particularly self-confident and loving. Getting out there so that others get a taste of your character and mindset while you feel confident and positive can help you feel great about yourself.

3. Be on the look out for great advice and continuous ways to improve yourself.

The journey to shaping our attitude and mindset will constantly shift based on life factors. Having the ability to adapt and be grateful in every circumstance will no doubt be a huge asset if you can. Love yourself, live gratefully, and dream big. Hopefully, with the ability to value your traits and personality, you can pretty much always, ‘feel comfortable in your own skin,’ and continue to shine through it all.

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There are so many things we can all do to improve our existing relationships, regardless of their nature. But if we only applied these 3 Basic Choices To Empower Our Relationships, we would certainly make them more fulfilling for all parties involved.

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This of course means being there when it matters. But it also means standing up for the relationship by not getting involved in gossip talks with others, about our lover, friend, sibling or whoever that person may be. The loyalty we show when the person is there to see is powerful, but the one we display to others when that person is not there to witness, can make the relationship bullet proof.

#2 Choose To Give
Relationships are, in many instances, like joint bank accounts. The account holders can only withdraw what they’ve put in. And the more they put in, the more “compound interest” they can expect to reap! Contrary to common belief, our main responsibility in a relationship is to give. It’s always easy to question the other “joint account holder’s” behavior, but if we have the relationship at heart, we will seek to give first.

#3 Choose Truthfulness
There’s always a fork in the road in any relationships. One side of the fork seems to commonly offer a wider and smoother path, whereas the other often looks narrower and bumpier. This comes in the form of an event or a situation when we have to choose between the plain truth or… a “twisted” one. As hard as it is to say, we should always choose the truth. When we do, not only does it display that we stand for our word, it also echoes our loyalty and our willingness to continue to give to the relationship.

The endless choices we now have in all areas of life, affect our perceptions. Perceptions like the new “flavor of the month” or the novelty, ought to be better than the “old” one… Or the sense that everything is disposable, because after all, I can always get a new upgraded version of what I have… It brings also the notion of “change,” that we have to look for change at all costs, because if we don’t, we may become obsolete or “passé.”

When it comes to our relationships, we seriously think that we have to be very cautious about the subtle effects of the “endless choices society” we live in. We think it’s time for all of us to make basic choices that will empower the relationships we cherish. The kind of choices that are not new, on the contrary, they are rooted, old fashioned choices, that define who we are, where we come from, and more importantly can remind the other person in the relationship, what we intend to continue to build upon.

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Kellogg Recalls Eggo Waffles Across 25 States

Leggo that Eggo, folks.

Kellogg announced Monday that it has voluntarily recalled about 10,000 cases of Eggo waffles in 25 states due to potential listeria contamination.

Listeria can cause serious health issues in children, pregnant women, elderly people and individuals with weakened immune systems. Kellogg said it has not received any reports of illness, but is recalling boxes of frozen waffles out of caution. 

Customers who have purchased 10-count boxes of Kellogg’s Eggo Nutri-Grain Whole Wheat Waffles with a UPC code of 3800 40370 and a Best If Used By Date of Nov. 21, 2017, should discard the items immediately. The company is offering refunds for discarded products.

The recall affects Eggo Nutri-Grain Whole Wheat Waffles purchased in these states: 

  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Deleware
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts 
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • Nebraska
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

To learn more about whether you have Eggo waffles that are included in the recall, check Kellogg’s website. And while you’re at it, learn how to make waffles from scratch. You’ll never look back.

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It is only fear that allows you to keep making excuses for why you might not look, every day, into what is going right and what’s gone wrong in your life. Until you choose to be brave in your decisions and fearless with your self, you will have a hard time facing your need to be truthful and vigilant… which is what a quality life requires of you.

Getting Over Your Self does not come in a formula, so if you are here to avoid doing any work, you’re in the wrong isle… may I suggest romance novels. How dare I talk to you like that? Get Over Your Self and recognize when you are blaming others for what is happening inside of you.

Like everything else, working on yourself is only an opportunity. You can either let it pass you by, or work on clarifying your decision making processes to bring you closer to discovering the best in you… which is living with your truth specifically not following anyone else’s truth because it just doesn’t work to live someone else’s life, no matter how hard you pretend or how comfortable you try to make it. Last Warning: Look at the end result of your decisions before you make them. Embrace the quality of your own life’s decisions. It will work better for you than the alternative.

And that is why it is important that you discover what it means, and why there is value in, Getting Over Your Self. It is your choice to be Honest (truthful), use Foresight (have consideration), and be Brave (show integrity) so you can discover how to create the kind of life you and everyone around you can live with… which is why this blog is in single page chapters… to cut down on the rhetoric, which means a better (faster) experience for you. However, some of the chapters you will like and others you will not. Just so you know, this is not a workbook for you to follow in hopes of finding your “stuff” or fixing your “shit.” It is just a wake up call with tools listed in alphabetical order… the rest is up to you… and it really is up to you to find out what is keeping you from discovering the truth/your truth.

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Colorado To Vote On Physician-Assisted Suicide In November

DENVER, Aug 15 (Reuters) – Colorado voters will decide in November whether to legalize physician-assisted suicide for terminally ill patients under a ballot question approved on Monday, a proposal opposed by some religious and disability-rights organizations.

Proponents of the so-called medical aid in dying initiative turned in enough valid signatures of registered voters to put the proposal on the November ballot, Secretary of State Wayne Williams said in a statement.

If approved, Colorado would join California, Oregon, Washington, Montana and Vermont as states that allow some form of physician-assisted suicide.

Julie Selsberg, spokeswoman for the Yes on Colorado End-of-Life Options campaign, said the ruling was a step closer for dying people and their families to have control over health care decisions.

“This proposal encourages discussion between patients and doctors about the patient’s end of life wishes and allows doctors who wish to provide this very compassionate care the ability to do so,” Selsberg said.

She said her father had died slowly from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Under the proposal, a patient diagnosed with a terminal illness who has six months or less to live and is deemed by a mental health professional to be of sound mind could get a prescription for life-ending drugs that would be self-administered.

Two licensed physicians would have to confirm the terminal diagnosis, and the patient would have to be informed of other treatment options.

The Colorado Catholic Conference, the lobbying arm of the state’s bishops, called the ballot question “flawed logic” because the government would be in a position to promote suicide for some people, while trying to prevent it in others.

Other provisions would impose criminal penalties for people who misuse the life-ending drugs and grant doctors immunity from civil and criminal liability.

The Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition said in a statement most of its members strongly opposed the measure.

“If assisted suicide is made available to anyone, it would be very easy to roll down the slippery slope of convincing people to take this assistance when that might not be the actual wish of the individual,” the group said.

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Bill Maher Reveals ’25 More Things You Don’t Know’ About Hillary Clinton

Bill Maher has been imagining what Hillary Clinton’s rivals would say in Us Weekly’s “25 Things You Don’t Know About Me,” ever since the Democratic nominee answered the magazine’s questions herself in April.

In recent weeks, the “Real Time with Bill Maher” host has poked fun at Bernie Sanders, Ted Cruz and Donald TrumpAnd this week, with the Democratic National Convention just days away, it was Clinton’s turn to be spoofed.

“We’ve done a bunch of the other candidates and we thought we’d circle back because this is her big week coming up,” Maher said Friday, before letting loose with such wisecracks as her “secret service codename is ‘Nutcracker” and she is surprised nobody’s noticed “that I’ve switched from pantsuits to space suits.”

Check out the clip above to see what else was included in the list.

Here’s how Maher previously spoofed Sanders:

This is how Maher imagined Ted Cruz would reply:

And here are Donald Trump’s fictional responses:

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WATCH: Refocus (Getting Back on Track)

There are a lot of things going on that are demanding our focus – and take us away from where we can be most powerful and do the most good for ourselves and others. I hope this will help.

If you are new to tapping, it will be beneficial to also watch the first episode in the “Tap Out Your Fears” series — which explains the basics of EFT — click here.

As with any of my tapping videos, this is an abbreviated process for releasing uncomfortable feelings and enhancing good ones. Some folks may find their fear dissolve after just one tapping session, but for others, it will take some repetition, bringing the discomfort down little by little each time. (Still others may uncover specific issues that are best addressed directly with a wellness practitioner.) In any event, this brief video should help at least take the edge off the discomfort, freeing you up to enjoy life much more. Let us know how it helped you!

For a picture of the tapping points — and more info on EFT — click here.

Tapping can sometimes bring up long-buried emotions, which is why I state that, before tapping along, folks must take full responsibility for their own well-being. For more information about that, please read this disclaimer.

Until next time, feel free to tap along with any of the many videos I have on YouTube or the many recordings I have at www.TapWithBrad.com.

For EFT with kids, please visit: www.TheWizardsWish.com.

For more by Brad Yates, click here.

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The Psychological Reason Conservatives Band Together Faster Than Liberals

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By Drake Baer

When Donald Trump picked the Mulan-hating, Titanic-loving gubernatorial goober Mike Pence to be his vice-presidential pick, he said that it was about “party unity.” And indeed, as the flopping of the Never Trump movement at the Republican National Convention shows, the GOP has indeed rallied around Trump — why else would Ted Cruz get booed offstage for withholding his endorsement?

It’s a fascinating display of what political psychologists have come to call “shared reality theory.” Similar to how some people need certainty more than others, researchers have found that people are more or less motivated to get their beliefs reconfirmed by the people around them. Sharing reality functions as “a sort of social glue,” University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign psychologist Chadly Stern and Stanford University researcher Robb Willer write in a new column for the Washington Post, “without which we would be unable to communicate, work in teams and achieve shared goals.” When you have a strong sense of shared reality, it helps you to come to think that your “beliefs reflect objective reality” and that they’re shared by your friends and family.

Related: If You Want Less Police Violence, Hire More Female Cops

As you may surmise by the way fans of right-wing commentator Rush Limbaugh refer to themselves as “dittoheads,” studies indicate that conservative people have a higher need for “shared reality.” Liberals, on the other hand, tend toward the opposite — rather than wanting to share the same reality with their kin, they’re more motivated to be unique, agreeing with statements like “in group activities, I’m somewhat of a nonconformist,” while conservatives are more likely to agree that it’s important to them to “see the world in a similar way” as others do. And in matters both political (abortion) and nonpolitical (coffee) conservatives are more likely to overestimate how much their beliefs match those of their fellow conservatives, while liberals underestimate how much their beliefs are like other liberals. And guess what: According to Stern’s research, people who report that they think their peers share their beliefs with them are more likely to vote.

Therein lies the difficulty of organizing liberals, which Stern and Willer compare to the “proverbial herding of cats” in their Post column. The liberal impulse to nonconformity may be what drives social progress — but it also makes it harder for the party to unify, the Democratic Party, to be precise. It’s a fascinating irony: Liberals might be theoretically more collectivist, pushing for policy that benefits the public good, but their individualism makes it harder to build a coalition. Just ask your nearest Bernie bro.

[Washington Post]


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Another Independence Day just passed, and I have always loved it for the fireworks. As a self-proclaimed “fireworks snob,” I have strict criteria for what constitutes a great show. Sitting in the grass rather than on concrete benches and not fighting a crowd are a couple of my “must haves.” But, the 4th of July is more than just “oohs and aahs,” it serves as a reminder that living in the U.S grants us more freedom than much of the world, and this year, it made me think about what really defines freedom. It means different things to each of us but there are certain freedoms that are universally valuable. Today I’m sharing three freedoms worth fighting for.

FREEDOM FROM SELF-CRITICISM: How we talk to ourselves plays a big role in our overall happiness. For whatever reason, it’s in our nature to be tough on ourselves. We have an average of 60,000 thoughts a day. That is a lot of opportunity to feed our brain! It takes awareness and practice to make sure that we are giving ourselves positive and encouraging messages. For example, when you look in the mirror in the morning, do you appreciate something about your appearance, or does your focus go straight to the extra pounds or new wrinkles? Start paying attention to how you talk to yourself. It has a direct correlation to how happy and satisfied we feel in our lives, and is often reflected in how tough we are on others. If you wouldn’t say it to your best friend, don’t say it to yourself. What standard are we holding ourselves, and others to? Being human means we don’t always look, feel or behave our best.

FREEDOM FROM “SHOULD”S: We live in a time where despite all the challenges, there is also a move towards less rules and constraints. Compared to our grandparents, we have more freedom of choice in every area of life: to marry or not, have children or not, divorce or stay together, work at one job for life or change careers (as many times as we choose), be a working mom or stay at home with children, leave our hometowns and relocate, travel the world, and many more. Most of our “should’s” come from our own self- judgement and perceived limitations. For any one thing that we feel we can’t or shouldn’t do in our lives, there are plenty of examples of people who have done it and lived to tell about it. Try counting the number of times you say “should” in a day and challenge yourself to bust through them to make new and more empowered choices.

FREEDOM FROM EXCESSIVE WORRY: Worrying from time-to-time is natural. Worrying excessively, however, steals joy from life and sucks our energy and sense of well-being. There is a difference between worry and anxiety. “Normal” worry is usually based on a specific situation, has a time limit and feels as though it can be contained. Anxiety tends to be more compulsive and invades other activities; it can be brought on for no identifiable reason, and go on for months or years. If you identify yourself as a “worrier,” begin to make notes on your calendar, helping to track how much you are worrying and what is causing you this stress. Is it time-limited or a long-term pattern for which you need additional support and help to overcome? Are the things you are worrying about real problems that you can solve? If so, create a step-by-step plan to do so. Embrace the saying that “action cures fear” and do something to get out of your head and into solutions.

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How Intuitive Eating Helped Me Recover From Orthorexia

Before I begin my preaching session on intuitive eating, I have a question: Was your last year of high school everything you wanted it to be and more? I’m going to take a shot in the dark and say, no.

Unfortunately, life has a way of crushing expectations. The parties were most likely not as exciting or numerous as you thought they would be, and you never imagined your friends wanting to kill each other over a prom date.

These were the average struggles that I heard my friends vent about, over and over. I, on the other hand, suffered from a disorder called orthorexia.

Orthorexia begins as a goal to eat more healthfully, but orthorexics obsess over food quality and purity. For me, this obsession stemmed from my need for control in my life. The thought of college freaked me out, and I turned to my diet for comfort.

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I would research foods that boosted metabolism and kept you fuller longer. I would replace vegetable oil with coconut oil, and eat 75% cocoa dark chocolate, all while drinking a hot cup of green tea. I thought I was killin’ the game.

Turns out, not so much. I dropped 20 pounds in about a month. However, I still did not catch onto the issue. It took me over 6 months to figure out that I had a problem. My healthy food restrictions were not providing my body with enough calories to survive, even at rest.

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This was all before I discovered intuitive eating.

Intuitive eating, in simple terms, is having a positive outlook on food, and how it benefits, rather than harms your body. This approach does not restrict you from eating anything. Instead, you simply become more aware of your body, and what it is telling you.

The main rule is as follows: if you are hungry, eat, and stop eating when you are full. Rather than being disappointed in yourself for eating a cookie, intuitive eating strives to rid your brain of those negative thoughts of certain foods. 

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I think of intuitive eating as a form of positive psychology, rather than a diet. Why punish yourself for fueling your body? The goal of the practice is to rewire your mind and body so that you can become the healthiest version of yourself.

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There are actual principles to intuitive eating, which you can check out here to help you get started.

I did not consciously make the decision to eat intuitively. My body was failing, and I needed to eat a lot in order for it to repair itself. Once my body was getting the nutrients it needed, and I became mentally stable, I was able to change my relationship with food. My personal motto became, “everything in moderation.” It was not until recently that I stumbled upon practices like the ones linked above, and realized how similar my new perspective on food was with the intuitive eating lifestyle.

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I would be lying if I said I was an intuitive eating expert. I am still learning about the lifestyle myself. Today, I’m as happy and as healthy as I have ever been. I exercise regularly and I eat what I want. No, this does not mean I am taking in 4,000 calories in a day. I still eat well; a lot of fruits, chicken, vegetables, and fish. However, I do not deprive myself of a bacon cheeseburger, or those mighty-fine taquitos. My hope is that your body shaming ends before it ever gets to the point of an eating disorder and that you consider the intuitive eating lifestyle as your jumping off point.

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How I Parent My Hypersensitive Son — And Why There’s Hope For Us Both

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Last week, eight rambunctious first-graders were dropped off at our apartment for my son’s birthday party, and I was the only adult in the room. Not so long ago, I wouldn’t have felt comfortable even if I’d had other grown-up support. As I’ve written before, birthday celebrations often overwhelmed my tender little guy. But he’s changed so much in the past year that I decided to give it a go, even sans my business-traveling wife—and I’m very glad I did. Watching him chat with his friends about Pixar movies, play a game of telephone through a mouth stuffed with pizza, and have a relatively controlled pillow fight in the final few minutes before pick-up proved how far Felix has come in his social and psychological development.

My son’s hypersensitivity and social anxiety, traits that many quiet children exhibit, have been part of his personality since day one. As a baby, he never wanted to detach from me and my wife even while sleeping; this continued into his toddler years and beyond. From those earliest days tottering around the playground in diapers to a daddy-son dance class to a part-time preschool program, Felix faced challenges socializing with his peers and participating in group activities without becoming agitated. Normally a highly verbal child, in situations like these, he ended up retreating into a nonverbal frenetic state, expressing himself physically and sometimes hurting others.

We were fortunate enough to be able to survive on my wife’s income with only supplemental money from my freelance work, and we decided as a family that I would stay home with him every day rather than try more preschool programs. So when Felix was three, he and I retreated into our own world, avoiding classes, playdates, and outings altogether. But when he turned four, my wife and I felt the time had come to try school once more. It again didn’t go well.

On the advice of his teachers, we sought a professional behavioral assessment. It revealed that Felix was very bright and creative as well as full of anxieties and special sensory needs—but not to the extent of receiving a clinical diagnosis. As parents, we often label our kids in order to quickly communicate a thumbnail of our experience with other moms and dads. “She’s a picky eater,” we might say. Or simply, “terrible twos.” Felix’s emotional development resisted such classification. His issues were clearly not the norm, but we didn’t have an easy answer for why he acted the way he did. We struggled to communicate to family and friends just what was going on because he didn’t fit into any category. This was tough on everyone.

Now, at seven, he’s a very different kid. He connects with other children over toys and books such as Harry Potter. He participates in organized games of tag and is comfortable enough to crack jokes and play pretend. He can function in a classroom. In fact, he’s quite popular among the adults in his school—even those who don’t work with him directly greet him by name and with warm smiles. In part, his transformation has come about with age and maturity, but it’s also the result of a deep, intentional effort on the part of many grown-ups in his life to help him understand his sensitive introvert nature and control the anxieties he experiences in day-to-day life.

Here’s what we did to effect positive change:

My wife and I sought professional help and found a school that supported him.

Following his assessment in Pre-K, we advocated with the Department of Education (DOE) for a special education teacher to join Felix for several hours every week. Later, in kindergarten, Felix had two teachers. One was certified in special ed, and the other worked with Felix one on one to help him navigate interactions with his peers. His helper also took him on walks and did recharging exercises with him when Felix became overstimulated or needed a release from his seat.

In addition, Felix saw an occupational therapist twice a week to work on self-soothing activities such as meditative breathing and stretching. Plus, he belonged to a peer group of other boys, whom he met once a week for discussions about feelings and behavior. Learning about himself and how his behavior affects others has been a core part of his education for three years now.

Living in our part of New York City makes us very lucky: DOE provides resources for students like Felix (although you must know to ask for them). Everything, from the assessment facility to the DOE offices to a good school, is within walking distance of our apartment. My ability to make midday meetings, and even the fact that I pick him up from school each day, makes it easy to communicate with the school staff and administration. We have built a partnership with the school, and we always feel seen and heard.

I recognize that a lot of our advocacy has been effective because of the privilege granted to a two-parent, hetero-normative, educated white family. Even the fact that Felix’s primary caregiver is male may work to his advantage in the system. So a combination of factors are at play here: we’ve been proactive in seeking help, but we’re also fortunate that our requests for assistance have mostly been met and that the school supports Felix as much as we do at home. I wish these resources and ability to advocate successfully were equitably available to all families with little boys like Felix.

We discussed feelings, a lot.

For children, one of the most challenging aspects of dealing with sadness, nervousness, fear, or anger is that they lack a vocabulary to communicate their emotions. They’re also not always able to determine exactly what they’re feeling, which makes the sensations that much bigger. My wife and I often talked about our interior states with Felix and tried as much as possible to use “I” instead of “you” statements. For example, we’d say, “I’m frustrated that I’ve had to tell you three times to clear the table for dinner.” When reading, we stopped to ask him what he thought the characters in the book were feeling and why. We modeled a vocabulary for describing the invisible world of thoughts and emotions.

Again, we also sought outside help for this. Felix saw a play therapist every week, who engaged Felix in games designed to strengthen his empathy, help him control his nervousness, and communicate what’s on his mind. On our fridge hangs a figure that Felix colored, mapping his feelings to his body. Anger, for example, lives in his hands. Fear in his throat. Excitement in his belly. This helped him understand the mind-body connection and enabled him to put words to what was going on inside of him instead of expressing it physically.

I developed a support system for myself too.

For the past two years, I’ve seen a therapist a couple of times a month, one who has experience working with kids like Felix. He advised me on parenting strategies and helped me deal with frustrations in my relationship with my son. He also provided encouragement whenever I felt despondent about Felix’s slow and atypical development. My wife and I are both open to mental health treatment, and I’m grateful we’ve supported each other in this regard.  

I took less expensive steps as well, relying on friends, some with kids and some without, with whom I had one-on-ones about my parenting worries, hopes, and accomplishments. But I also sometimes needed to not talk about any of this and instead be an adult who wasn’t defined by parenthood.

In addition, I’ve tried as much as possible to keep exercise a part of my life. My support network has lightened (and enlightened) me, which has been important for me as well as for Felix. I need to be calm in order for him to be calm; if I’m my best self, I can encourage him to be his best self too.

I modeled how to accept and rebound from social anxieties.

I shared stories with him of when I was a child and experienced social and performance anxiety, so he knew that he was not alone—I’ve faced similar challenges and gotten a handle on them. I put them into the present tense too, describing a part of me that still feels nervous going to parties or being on stage but also letting him know that it doesn’t prevent me from doing, and eventually enjoying, those things.

For example, every week when we walk up the steps to his swim class, Felix tells me how his stomach bubbles with trepidation. I tell him how I used to feel the same way before swimming too. We remember how he always has fun once he’s in the water, and that after that first plunge, he’ll feel better. One day, he wants to feel as relaxed in the water as I do, and I remind him that he will. It’s become part of our routine before swimming, one from which he seems to draw strength.

We never stopped loving, being positive, and celebrating every small achievement.

This has been the hardest and most important aspect of our relationship with Felix. I tried never to say things like “what is wrong with you?” or compare my son to other children. Instead, I focused on what a wonderful, compassionate, and fun-loving little light of joy he is and tried to nurture that spark. We reviewed situations that didn’t go as either of us would have liked—times when he lost his temper with a friend or became so clingy that he unintentionally hurt me or his mom—and imagined aloud what other actions could have been taken or words said which might have produced a different, more positive outcome. “Now you know for next time,” I’d tell him.

This isn’t to imply that I didn’t sometimes express displeasure at his decisions or feel disappointed when I witnessed his nervousness get the better of him. I did, and I do. But I tried to keep in my mind—and his—the fact that we are temporal creatures, growing over time. “Look how far you’ve come,” I’d tell him. “You’re going to keep changing your whole life. That’s what life is: we’re always moving and learning new things about the world and ourselves in it.”

I believe this with all my heart. Even just a year ago, Felix wouldn’t have been able to successfully navigate a birthday party with his peers. He wouldn’t even have known whom to invite, his concept of friendship was still so nascent. Today, he’s thriving socially, in part by mastering his anxiety and in part by just going with it, knowing that nervousness isn’t a permanent condition or necessarily a negative one. This gives me strength and hope too as I continue to learn about my own nature by nurturing his.

And so, even though it was his birthday, I feel like my little boy is the one who’s given me a gift: the gift of providing him the parenting I wish I’d had as a sensitive, quiet child. In the process of helping him become a more confident, capable, and compassionate social being, I’m becoming a better one myself.

 

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15, 30, 50, 70… Which SPF Should I Use?

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Seems like you need a PhD in SPF these days to understand what’s on the label of most sunscreens. And believe you me, you want to make sure you have the right sunscreen slathered on your body before you hit the beach!

Non-melanoma skin cancer is now the most common type of cancer in America. More than 3.5 million cases are reported annually… and that’s just the reported cases. Many patients are treated in the doctor’s office and a good number of those aren’t included in the count. That’s why the Archives of Dermatology recently called non-melanoma skin cancer an “under-recognized epidemic” in the U.S.

Of course, the number one way to prevent skin cancer is to stay out of the sun (especially during peak sun hours) or cover yourself from head to toe even in 90 degree weather! But how many people can do that? Enter sunscreen. The right kind not only blocks dangerous rays, but also helps block the anti-aging effects of the sun (think fewer wrinkles!). But, it’s critical to use the right level of protection.

There are products on the shelves with SPFs ranging from zero to 70 now-a-days. Do you have any idea what the numbers really mean?

How much more protection does a 30 SPF offer than a 15? If you guessed twice as much, you’re wrong. An SPF of 15 screens 93 percent of UVB rays, while a 30 screens 97 — just four percent more. “UVB protection does not increase proportionally with the SPF number,” says Dr. Elizabeth Hale of the Skin Cancer Foundation. There’s a large jump between an SPF of 2, which protects against 50 percent of UVB rays, and 15, but after that the increments are small.

Leading dermatologists say a 15 should do the trick day-to-day for most people.

“This would be for casual wear, you’re going to and from your car, you’re putting out the garbage, you’re picking up the kids at the bus stop, says Dr. Zoe Draelos. If you’re going to be outside for a prolonged period of time, experts recommend an SPF 30 minimum. You’ve also got to use the right amount of sunscreen or else the effective SPF might be far less than what’s on the bottle.

How much sunscreen should you use?

You’ve probably heard people say use an amount the size of a quarter. Wrong! You’re supposed to use a shot glass full of sunscreen on all exposed areas to get the full benefit.

And here’s something else you probably don’t know. SPF only refers to UVB rays. There is no ratings scale for UVA protection. So look for the words “Broad Spectrum” on the label and specific ingredients according to “The most important is avobenzone and two other ingredients titanium dioxide and zinc oxide.”

If you’re sensitive to the sun, are taking medications that make you more sensitive to the sun or have had skin cancer in the past, dermatologist recommend you use an SPF 50.

Another tip: Don’t forget the UV-blocking sunglasses!

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He’s the once and future king of American menswear. But unless you’re obsessed with Instagram’s growing brotherhood of style bloggers who wear his clothes, you might not know Todd Snyder’s name today ― a fact that he’s OK with (for now) and he’ll be the first to admit that he’s not an American household name … yet.

But after designing outerwear at Polo Ralph Lauren, working as the director of menswear at The Gap and then as senior vice president of menswear at J.Crew (where he launched the Ludlow suit and its NYC-destination menswear shop The Liquor Store), he left J.Crew to launch his eponymous label. Snyder has been “The Next Big Thing” for so long that it feels like Snyder (a Dutch surname that, as it happens, means “tailor”) is finally getting the respect, attention and success that he deserves.

In 2012, Snyder, who cites military, Savile Row and classic American style as big inspiration, was GQ’s Best New Designer in America. A year later, he was a finalist for the Council of Fashion Designers of America/Vogue Fashion Fund. Last year, American Eagle announced (to some surprise) that it had acquired the Todd Snyder label, as well as Snyder’s lesser-known brand, Tailgate, for $ 11 million.

He told HuffPost that he plans to open a Todd Snyder shop in Manhattan (his first brick and mortar in the US) that will feature, among other things, a barber shop, tailor shop and bar, in the hopes of bringing the success he’s found in his Japanese locations to his home base in the U.S.

A big reason for all of this success, though slow-simmering, is due to his ability to recognize partnerships where others would see competition. Snyder has designed product with brands that share both aesthetics and customers: PF Flyers, Champion, Superior bags, Moscot and Cole Haan. His most recent collaboration with Timex sold out within its first day.

We spoke with Snyder in his Manhattan studio to learn about why he collaborates so much when he could just do for himself what other brands are doing, to learn his secrets. 

Associate Yourself With Those Who Inspire You.

“What attracted me to Timex was the heritage,” Snyder said. “When I think of iconic American brands, it’s Levis, Champion, Timex, Redwing. Those are the things that, to me are like OK, that says they’ve stood the test of time. They’re still doing today what they were doing when they started, which is making really great quality design.”

Your Competitor Can Become Your Mentor.

“It’s also the ability to sit across from [a brand like] Timex, where within the entire company, there’s a lot of really smart people. They’re talking about marketing and different ways of getting the word out and I’m like, how do you do that? They deal with mega companies, the Targets of the world. Everybody. To be able to sit across from people in that company who have this knowledge is, for me, so exciting because then I learn from that.”

Respect Your Partner’s History. It’s Why You Want To Work With Them.

“To be able to work with companies like those is a dream come true, but my approach is to go in with respect to the heritage and what they’ve built,” Snyder said. “I don’t want to change it, I just want to add a little twist to it and really pay tribute to it, as opposed to starting over. Because to me, that’s not what it’s about ― it’s about taking something they’ve done and adding slight twists to it so it kind of makes it my own, but at the same time doesn’t destroy what they’ve started. And having that appreciation goes a long way so they can trust me. It’s a trust factor.”

Know That Ultimately, What You Make Together Is More Meaningful Than The Sum Of Its Parts.

I don’t think I could ever make a watch better than Timex, and if I did I don’t think it would have as much meaning as something like this,” Snyder said. “Because that’s what people appreciate; you fall in love with the design and you might not know that it was made originally in 1970 but you start to read the backstory on the watch and how it was started and the story about how it was designed, and you fall in love with that story as well. And I think that’s what guys really appreciate. There’s more substance to it rather than just a piece of metal that’s on your wrist.”

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Florida Zika Case Could Be First Local Transmission In U.S.

(Reuters) – Florida health officials said on Tuesday they are investigating a case of Zika virus infection that does not appear to have stemmed from travel to another region with an outbreak.

The statement from the Florida Department of Health did not specify whether the Zika case was believed to have been transmitted via mosquito bite, sexual contact or other means.

The department said the case was reported in Miami-Dade County and that it is working with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on an epidemiological study.

The department also reiterated guidance to Florida residents on protecting themselves from mosquitoes that may carry the virus.

“Zika prevention kits and repellant will be available for pickup … and distributed in the area under investigation,” the health department said in a statement. “Mosquito control has already conducted reduction and prevention activities in the area of investigation.”

Zika, which can cause a rare birth defect and other neurological conditions, has spread rapidly through the Americas. A small number of cases of Zika transmitted between sexual partners have also been documented.

There has yet to be a case of local transmission by mosquitoes in the continental United States, though more than 1,300 people in the country have reported infections after traveling to a Zika outbreak area.

U.S. officials have predicted local outbreaks to begin as the weather warms, particularly in southern states such as Florida and Texas.

(Reporting by Michele Gershberg in New York; Editing by Matthew Lewis and Bernard Orr)

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Here we are, a week later with more images of terror and broken bodies and weeping after Friday’s attack in Nice. And just as I was about to publish this post yesterday, I learned about the policemen shot in Baton Rouge. Then shortly after, the protests in Cleveland.

It seems we must decide for ourselves if we will become who the media says we are becoming. Or if we won’t. If we will prove them wrong and become something new up and out of all these ashes.
 

I want to be a new. Do you?

 

But it doesn’t happen in a vacuum. It doesn’t happen when we’re huddled up on ” a side” or hiding for fear of it all. It happens in relationship. We’ve got to come together when the world seems to be falling apart.

That’s a pleasant thing to say and a harder thing to do. Not because we don’t want to, but mostly because we don’t know how. Sure we can cling to those who are like us and those who agree with us. But what about those who think, act, and look differently than we do?

How do we come together for real, rather than just throwing words around?

Last week, I wrote about how we must humble ourselves and listen to one another. But what does that look like in action?
 

First, it looks like being honest about our own brokenness. Admitting our fears and hang-ups. Opening the hatch on the junk we tend to keep locked in the trunk.

 

The first step is being humble and admitting to ourselves and to God,

I am broken too. I do things that hurt others and hurt myself. I cannot point to the specks in other people’s eyes until I acknowledge and ask for help removing the 2×4’s in my own.

 

Because the 2×4’s in our own eyes are often the things blurring and skewing our vision. They keep us from seeing clearly what is really going on in the lives of others.
 

Second, it looks like getting to know the 2×4’s in our own eyes.

 

We tend to think of our enemies as outside of us, but the most dangerous one can hide within. The 2×4’s in our own eyes are often set with a strong sense of pride, which makes them hard to see.

We can all use help finding these any day of the week. So, try this…

Consider these statements not only for the inciters and perpetrators of hate and terror, but also for people in your community, your neighborhood, your office, and even your home.

  • He/she does/says ____________, and I would never…
  • He/she is absolutely wrong about _________ because…
  • He/she will is never willing to see my side of_______________.
  • He/she doesn’t deserve my respect because ______________.

Am I saying there are not absolutes in this world when it comes to moral conditions?

Not at all.

But I am saying that judgment is to come not from us but from Elsewhere. And it’s not made based on appearance or what we think we see, it’s evaluated by what’s in a heart.  And you and I can’t see what’s in a heart, what experiences make a heart beat the way it does.
 

So third, we must admit we may not have the whole story.

 

That there is absolutely more to the other person than meets the eye.
 

And fourth, we need to learn something about him or her.

 

We need to lay our 2×4’s down, so we can make eye contact, really see the person with an open mind. Whether the person is warm to our effort or not, we won’t be offended (because remember, we are operating without 2×4’s). We can simply say, “I’m sorry we’re in this spot. How can we figure this out together?” Then, listen.

This is where healing starts in our families, our neighborhoods, and our nation. With acknowledgement of our own brokenness and 2×4’s… then the healing words, “Let’s help each other.”
 

Because we are exponentially more together than we can ever be apart.

 

If we really want to do something about the mess we’re in, then we can apply this process to one person who rubs us wrong this week.

Shall we do it together?

If you are struggling with anxiety and fear in the midst of all this upheaval, here is a free guided meditation for you.

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22 Pieces Of Advice For First-Time Solo Travelers

After six solo adventures, I’ve learned the ins-and-outs about what it’s like to go off on your own. Here are a few bits of wisdom I picked up along the way.

Mindset Preparation

1. Forget everything you’ve heard or read.

There’s no right or wrong way to solo travel. Do whatever you want, without worry about what other people expect you to be doing. If you want to sleep, sleep. If you don’t want to see that cultural monument, don’t. No one, even someone with solo travel experience, can tell you how this trip is going to go. Each person’s solo adventures are experienced uniquely to that person. So before you go, try really hard to clear out all the stories you’ve read and heard.

2. Be truthful about your needs.

It’s okay to not know what you’re getting yourself into. There are so many things that are and aren’t going to happen on this trip that you could never expect. But you should also be truthful about the things you do want and need. If you want to meet new people, then you can plan your trip in a way that caters to that. If you want to sleep a little more comfortably, spend the extra money and make it happen. 

3. Know that you can reach out to loved ones if you need.

This doesn’t make you weak and doesn’t have to take away from your trip. If you are in a moment of fear or loneliness, send that text or make that call. As long as you’re being honest with yourself about the journey of the trip, there’s nothing you can do that will make it less yours.

4. Don’t have everything planned. 

Leave some room for spontaneity and unforeseeable adventures.

5. Be prepared to be vulnerable…

…and hyper self-aware of your awkwardness and insecurities. This is not meant to scare you, but being alone in a new place and meeting new people can be terrifying. But remember, there’s a reason you want to do this, and there’s also an internal knowing that you can do this if you’re going through with it. 

Practical Tips

6. Always keep more cash on you than you think you’ll need.

And never keep it in the same place. You won’t have someone with you to spot you, or someone to rely on bailing you out. You never know when you’ll need to convert more money, when cash is the only payment type accepted or if you’ll lose your credit cards.

7. Email a copy of your passport, flight itineraries and lodging confirmation to yourself and a loved one.

You never know when you might need it.

8. Carry around important phone numbers and addresses.

These include the hotel or hostel you’re staying at, your credit card’s international number and the local U.S. embassy.

9. Get in touch with your hotel or hostel before you leave.

They may have free shuttles and great tips for transportation to and from the airport.

10. Don’t pack more than you can carry yourself.

You are responsible for your belongings from the minute you land to the minute you’re back on the return flight. You’re going to want to be able to comfortably carry your luggage, whether it’s walking up three flights of stairs in a hostel or taking public transportation to and from the airport. Plus, you never know if you’re going to spontaneously want to hop on a train to a neighboring city for a night. 

11. Go for practical over cute.

You’re not going to need several pairs of shoes; always pack comfortable walking/adventure shoes. Pack light, because you’ll likely repeat outfits (and depending on the length of your trip, you can do laundry while traveling). Choose a practical day-pack with zippers and pockets so you can store everything safely over a nice purse or bag. And pack travel-sized, must-need toiletries so you can throw them out or leave them there.

12. Ziploc bags are your friends.

For your toiletries; for saving stubs and tickets; for securing your phone when you randomly go hiking in the rain. 

13. Pack a lock. 

Just do it.

14. Bring a deck of cards and a good book.

Cards are a great way to break the ice with other travelers. A good book is great company at cafes, solo meals and on a bench with a spectacular view. 

Making The Most Of Your Trip

15. Keep a journal.

Journaling is a great way to jot down adventures, but it’s also a good for exploring feelings and thoughts of loneliness, awkwardness and fear. At the very least, always journal on the flight to your trip, and on the flight back home. It’s incredible to see the difference in your mindset.

16. Look into local walking tours and hostel events.

Walking tours are a free and fun way to see the city and meet people. Most hostels host events like community dinners and pub crawls so travelers can meet each other, and a lot of them also have community boards with other travelers looking for company on random day trips.

17. Wander aimlessly.

Wandering without any time restraints is a wonderful way to see things you didn’t find on forums or in guidebooks. 

18. And if you get lost, keep roaming.

As long as you’re safe, if you feel a pang of being lost, keep roaming. There have been many times where I could have stopped, paralyzed with fear that I wouldn’t find my way, but as I kept roaming things started to look familiar or I’d meet someone willing to help me.

19. Remember: People are inherently kind.

Talking to strangers can be a scary feat, but take that deck of cards and talk to that group of travelers. Hang out in common spaces in the hostel. Make eye contact, smile and be aware of how you’re presenting your friendliness. Initiate conversations when you have the slightest desire to do so. Go to that social event by yourself. In all my experiences of solo traveling, and in general of talking to strangers (something I’ve gotten good at), people are likely to be kind back to you, nine-out-of-10 times.

20. Talk to locals.

I can’t stress this enough. Even if it’s the guy who works at the grocery store as you’re buying a bottle of water, ask locals for must-see spots and eats. They’ll give you tips you wouldn’t have been able to know of on your own. And ask locals about their stories ― how long have they been living here? How has the city changed after X event happened? You’ll directly learn so much about the history and culture of a place by talking to the people who live there.

21. Embrace the awkwardness and loneliness.

Don’t fight them off and don’t be upset when they (and they will) overwhelm you. They are critical and uncomfortable aspects of traveling alone, but they will teach you so much about yourself.

22. Trust yourself.

You are equipped with everything you need ― strength, intuition, a sense of adventure ― to make this trip everything it should be for you. 

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He’s Not A White Knight — He’s A Human Being

Society says:

Men are not allowed to be weak.

Men do not feel as deeply as women.

Men do not have emotional attachments to sex.

Men are fearless and courageous.

Men are here to save the day, the damsel and the world!

Today I am throwing my hands up in the air and saying e-nough!

With thoughts and stigmas like this, relationships are doomed before they even start.
It’s time we put an end to the emotional imprisonment of men.

Unless we stop seeing our men through a distorted lens, we will always feel disappointed and as if he’s not enough.

Ladies, he’s not a White Knight, he’s a human being. He’s not perfect; he’s flawed. Just as we are.

As much as the big screen likes to repeatedly demonstrate the amazing, enlightened, self-aware man rescuing the damsel at just the perfect moment, it’s a rare occurrence in real life.

For Pete’s sake, Ladies, we have to stop this nonsensical belief once and for all.

Gender Differences – Real or Not Real

There are very few gender lines I allow into my beliefs and the ones I do are mostly hormone or physiologically based. There are many books out there claiming males and females are very different and we must understand one another in order to get along.

I am publicly willing to stand in disagreement with this for many reasons. (But that’s for another blog)

At the core level, the absolute deepest level of our being, we are souls. Souls that are a magnificent balance of masculine and feminine energies. Souls that came here to experience a physical body and the material world. At our very core, we are Spirit in human form.

All of us.

We may have chosen to experience the form of male or female, but our purpose for being here is the same. We are no different from one another. We are here to learn and grow closer to our Higher Self (God-Self) while existing in human form.

When we understand we are dealing with another soul housed in a male body, we can acquire a deeper understanding and appreciation for our partner that has the capacity to heal our fractured relationships.

Giving What You Are Expecting

I absolutely believe if we lose the White Knight stigma we’ve attached to our men and start looking at them from a new perspective, relationships en masse would dramatically improve!

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Although I cannot speak to all relationships as there are too many individual and unique dynamics in play, I believe those of you who were drawn to this article possess the ability to alter the state of your partnerships by viewing your man through a clearer lens.

You can start by asking yourself this question:

Am I giving to my man what I am expecting from him?

If I’ve seen it once, I’ve seen it a hundred times. Women expecting to be nurtured, supported, caressed, complimented, made passionate love to (and the list goes on), but they’re unwilling to do those things for their man.

Somewhere along the way they chose to believe it’s the man’s job, not theirs.

By putting such lopsided expectations are on our men, we create an atmosphere of perpetual lack and resentment.

Frankly, you are putting the entire relationship in the hands of your partner and by golly, that’s an incredible burden for anyone to bear!

Ladies, he can show up for you. He can hold your hand. He can love you and respect you, but you have an equally important role in the relationship’s success.

No one person can nurture the relationship alone. Happy, healthy relationships require both parties equally contributing to the healing and becoming of their partner.

What He’s Not Saying

In my past, I had the belief that the man was supposed to fill the cracks of my broken heart. That my heart was the only fragile one in the room and the right man would know exactly how to make me feel safe and loved.

I was left disappointed every time until one day I looked deeper into the eyes and soul of the person I was putting my expectations on.

I discovered he was just as afraid as I was and his heart equally as fragile.

My entire life changed when I began to view men from a different perspective.

I started to see what the men in my life were not saying rather than what they were saying. I saw their fears and I heard their inaudible cries for love. I didn’t tell them what I saw, I simply began approaching interactions with them differently – with love rather than expectation.

The responses that came were remarkable. Softness replaced hardness. Kindness replaced anger. Gratitude replaced bitterness. Appreciation replaced expectation.

It was a miracle.

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Your man needs your love, attention, support, understanding and encouragement as much as you need it from him. He has his own store of false beliefs and fears just as you do. He is not exempt from the human experience just because he sports a penis.

Most men won’t display their needs openly as they have been taught not to.

It’s up to us to know that as human beings men experience the same emotions, fears and weaknesses as women do. If we want to experience the wonders of a reciprocally loving relationship, we need to step up and do our part.

And with this beautiful shift in perception, you will become the person he’s always needed in his life – his soft place to fall. You will become his trusted companion, the one who knows and understands him like no other.

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You will be the reason he becomes all that he is meant to be and the reason he will protect his kingdom at all costs.

He will become the White Knight you’ve always dreamed about simply because you love him for all that he is.

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Putting Pulses at the Heart of Africa’s Agribusiness Boom

Africa’s food and beverage market has the potential to reach $ 1 trillion by 2030. Exploding urban populations across the African continent are demanding access to varied, processed foods. This is creating a unique opportunity for entrepreneurs in the food industry.

Yet these entrepreneurs have a responsibility to ensure that the new food products that feed Africa’s future mega-cities are both affordable and nutritious. Sub-Saharan Africa is still home to an estimated 217 million undernourished people, according to the FAO. In Swaziland, 25 per cent of children under 5 years are stunted. Research has shown that malnutrition has an adverse effect on the child’s educational development, ultimately affecting the country’s economic growth.

The fight against this malnutrition epidemic is one issue behind 2016 being declared the International Year of Pulses. Members of the pulse family, such as beans, chickpeas and lentils, have tremendous nutritional value. Beans, for example, which are a major staple crop in many African countries, are high in protein, iron, zinc and other minerals.

The most common way to consume beans in Africa is to boil them. In Swaziland, the most widely eaten bean based dishes are bean stew and umgcushu. If new, more exciting ways to eat beans were developed, I believe their consumption could be increased. This would have a domino effect on the health and nutrition levels of our communities. That is why I entered the LovePulses Product Showcase, a global competition to discover the most innovative recipes featuring pulses as their core ingredient. I developed a recipe for Bean Jam – a sweet and smooth spread that is full of key nutrients. Unlike traditional jam, my product has two full cups of beans in one jar, giving a much-needed injection of protein and minerals to those who eat it.

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One of the most exciting prospects of my Bean Jam is that its main ingredient can be sourced locally, as beans are a second most widely grown crop after maize in Swaziland. The vast majority of our 1.2 million strong population relies on farming. By developing food products that use raw ingredients grown in our own region, we are creating a ready market for these farmers, especially in the poorest regions of the country. This has the potential to increase their income, therefore bringing poverty levels in the region down.

Food entrepreneurs are going to need much support, if our potential to catalyse change for our fellow citizens is to be met. Access to finance to invest in equipment, as well as access to electricity and better technology are key areas for investment. In Swaziland, a bean based processing plant for development of a sustainable bean value chain would be greatly beneficial for women, smallholder farmers and the youth. It would contribute to food security, job creation and improved nutritional status of the population.

Young people in particular, have much to gain from a boom in food processing job and market opportunities. Jobs in product development, processing and marketing could be a lucrative way for Africa’s millions of youth to get involved in the food sector, without having to work on the farm. Many young Africans are discouraged from getting into agribusiness, due to the many risks and hard labour. Yet the high levels of unemployment among young people could be brought down if they were inspired to get involved in these off-farm opportunities in the agribusiness sector.

This will require significant investment in training for women and young people in this area, so they may become accomplished in areas such as business development and marketing.

This week, I will take Bean Jam to the Institute of Food Technologists Expo in Chicago, to showcase it to potential investors and retailers. I hope my success can inspire a new generation of food entrepreneurs in Africa.

Watch this space. More recipes are coming!

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The Mechanic

2016-06-09-1465506691-5258388-image.jpegIt’s not every day that you get away to visit family and friends. Years go by in some cases before the next connection. This year was no different, filled with fun, exciting new memories for our children, and then…

We were on holiday in New York for a week and decided to drive several hours North to Geneva to visit my sister-in-law and her family. This was a beautiful journey through the Finger Lakes region of New York. We spent the night there and departed the next morning.

Prior to going back to my mother-in-law’s home, we opted to visit a local store run by a small Mennonite community. This place was filled with lots of goodies and hand made toys, art, as well as furniture. Though we primarily visited for the food. After we made our purchase we we on our way back, or so we thought.

We were on the road for about twenty minutes when my wife noticed a black smoke in the rear view mirror. As soon as I turned around to look at it she said, “I think we’re overheating!” We immediately pulled over.

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I didn’t need to open the hood to see the steam coming from the engine bay. Once I did, it was like a fire was just put out as the amount of steam and white smoke was tremendous, and lifted up into the sky like a freshly filled helium balloon. Once it cleared I began to scan the engine compartment for what smelled like a coolant leak. At first glance it looked like someone threw a coolant filled water-balloon under the hood as it was everywhere. It was this moment I realized we were going to be a while as I was already in over my head; then I heard my wife in the distance, “Someone is stopping!”

A car pulled up behind us shortly after we stopped and a young man stepped out asking, “You guys need some help?” My wife responded timidly, “My husband is around front.”

The young man walked around and jumped right in without an introduction. He scanned the engine bay, got on his back and slid underneath the vehicle, and continued to work diligently attempting to find the source of our coolant leak. Within a few minutes he isolated a faulty gasket to be the cause, and offered to follow us to a gas station about a quarter-mile up the road. He the retrieved two small bottles of water from his vehicle and dumped them into our radiator so we had something in there to get us to the gas station, then we drove up the road slowly.

Once we arrived the young mechanic popped back under the hood and continued to inspect the source of the leak. Upon realizing there was no mechanic shop in the local gas station he offered to bring me to a local auto-parts store he passed earlier. We left moments later.

The parts store was only a few miles back, so our trip was fairly short. Upon arriving he asked the clerk for the part we needed, not knowing the manufacturer’s official name for it, he attempted to described it in what felt like seven different ways before the clerk found the correct part in his computer. We were then informed that he did not have it in stock but could have it delivered next day to his store. This was not ideal as the young mechanic was attempting to help us quickly, in a same day fashion. He and I discussed another option which was more of a “patch” job than a repair and required a silicone and its infamous “dry-time.” This was not my favorite option, but it would allow us an opportunity to attempt driving again today. We purchased a small ratchet set, pliers, silicone, as well as some more coolant before heading back to our vehicle and my family.

Upon returning, the mechanic patched up the leak in about twenty minutes. Thus began our two hour wait for the silicone to dry. He showed me how to replace the bad part when I was able to find a parts store that had it in stock. He also gave me his contact info and told me to call him if we had any trouble. We thanked him for his generous efforts and he drove away.

Our wait, while small in comparison to the total drive was grueling for our three children, the youngest being two years old. My wife and her sister took turns trying to entertain the children while I cleaned the coolant spray from the engine bay as best I could.

An hour went by, so I decided to check the seal of the silicone, however it was not even close to being hard enough yet. I decided to source the parts at an auto-parts store local to my sister-in-law’s home where we stayed the night before. The plan at this point was to drive back there, go get the parts, and repair it in the driveway with my brother-in-law. I determined exactly what parts were needed, how much they were, and what tools I may need to purchase to do the job myself — if we could only drive thirty minutes with the patched up gasket.

An hour and a half into our wait I decided to go check the seal one more time before I ordered any parts or tools. Based on the silicone’s dry-time we should only have another thirty minutes before we would be moving again.

Still Tacky! Hopefully the thirty minutes would be enough for it to harden up, after all the instructions stated all applications should be operational in two hours. Since hope was part of my strategy, I got back to ordering the parts.

I hopped into the front passenger seat, got on my phone and pulled up the online store for the auto-parts store I selected earlier. I added the parts needed to the online shopping cart and was about to pay when I heard: “Hey babe! They’re back.”

The mechanic had just pulled back into the gas station parking lot. As his wife was getting out of the car I noticed she was carrying a small plastic bag with a cardboard box inside. It was the part we needed!

The mechanic was on his way to Ithaca, though they did not stay very long. He felt for our three children and wanted to help in any way that he could. Upon arriving to his destination he and his wife went into their local parts store, found the part we needed and decided to turn around in hopes we were still waiting.

He began working immediately on replacing the part. Once the old unit was off, I inspected the silicone and determined we would’ve been waiting much longer than the guided two hours as I was able to wipe it away with my fingers. It could’ve been a very long and stressful day/week if we attempted to turn the motor on with the seal not cured — but it wasn’t!

Twenty minutes later the mechanic had completed the repair and refilled the radiator with coolant. It was time for a test drive.

Everything ran perfectly, with no leaks!

We thanked the mechanic and his wife for their generosity and pure hearts. We shook hands, shared an awkward ‘man-hug’ and began our trek back home.

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Generosity is defined as the quality of being kind and generous. You do not have to give a material object to be generous. You simply have to be ready to offer more (something or time) than is necessary or expected.

Today my family experienced the best possible form of generosity from a total stranger. Today my family made two new friends. Today my family learned from a moment in time.

I am sharing this story so that others may learn, be inspired, or follow in the mechanic’s footsteps. Happiness comes from many things but is best achieved by helping others.

To the Mechanic: THANK YOU!

Enabling the dreams of others is a lifestyle that we can all aspire to live every day. Today I am proud to say that someone else did this for my family — for that we will be forever grateful!

— Matt

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Sharing in Tough Decisions: Guidelines for Making Medical Choices

By Kelly Michelson, MD MPH

At two months old, when most babies are starting to smile, Anna* began getting weaker. Over the next several months, Anna would lose the ability to move her arms and legs, leaving only a few facial muscles functioning to express her thoughts.

Anna had spinal muscular atrophy, a disease that affects children and impairs the nerves that tell muscles to move. Abandoned by her muscles, her mind would remain intact, able to develop, understand, and learn.

Because Anna’s muscles would get progressively weaker in the coming months, her parents needed to make a decision. They could either avoid surgeries and invasive technology like feeding tubes and ventilators to focus on providing comfort care, knowing that Anna would die in a matter of months. Or they could place Anna on a breathing machine permanently, enabling her to survive for years.

Anna’s parents took her home, allowing her to die comfortably surrounded by family and love–and that was the right choice for Anna and her family. But the next child in a similar condition I have as my patient may go home with a breathing machine and that will also be the right choice.

As a pediatric intensive care unit physician, I witness and consult on these extremely difficult decisions regularly. And like the decision faced by Anna’s parents, often there is more than one “best” choice.

In a recent important statement, the American College of Critical Care Medicine, the Society of Critical Care Medicine, and the American Thoracic Society, argue that clinicians in the intensive care unit should use shared decision-making when making decisions with more than one acceptable choice.

This statement asks clinicians to understand and master shared decision making. But it is also a call for patients and their loved ones to advocate for personalized healthcare.

At first glance, some might think “shared decision making” refers to clinicians communicating with each other to make a decision about a particular patient. But actually it describes how clinicians and patients or patients’ loved ones engage with each other to arrive at healthcare decisions.

In this statement, experts define shared decision making as

a collaborative process that allows patients, or their surrogates [people acting on the patient’s behalf], and clinicians to make healthcare decisions together, taking into account the best scientific evidence available, as well as the patient’s values, goals and preferences.

But this definition does not clarify important nuances that patients and their loved ones need to know. In my experience of over 10 years, I have discovered five practices that all patients or their loved ones would benefit from knowing about shared decision making.

1.      Shared decision making gives you some control. Studies show that up to 10 percent of people want to make decisions independently, gathering just the medical facts from doctors and little opinion about how to proceed. Research from adult and pediatric settings indicate that 2-37 percent of people would rather the doctor make decisions for them. Most people fall somewhere between those extremes. Shared decision making acknowledges that no one approach prevails, and advocates that clinicians tailor the process to what the patient wants. Indeed, even for the same patient that could look differently depending on the decision. For example, it may not make sense for a patient to decide on the type of antibiotic to take, but perhaps she wants complete authority over timing of a non-emergent surgery.  

2.      Providing personal information to your healthcare team helps. Sharing your goals, aspirations, culture and responsibilities with your clinicians will help them know you as a person, and tailor therapy appropriate for you. Knowing that you work at night, for example, might impact what medicine is best for you or how it is dosed. If you hope to attend an event like a graduation or go on a long awaited vacation, your clinician can suggest ways to help you plan treatments. When your religious views impact what kind of treatments you are willing to receive (for instance, a Jehovah’s Witness may refuse blood transfusions), your clinician may be able to change the approach to a procedure or therapy accordingly. Admittedly, it may be hard to know what kinds of information to share.  And it can be difficult to interject during difficult conversations. Research shows that in discussions between clinicians and patients, clinicians do most of the talking. In a recent study of meetings involving clinicians and parents of critically ill newborns, doctors talked 65 percent of the time. While it may make sense for clinicians to take up much of the conversation, your personal information is equally as important.
 
3.      Knowledge is power. As you wade through the myriad of medical terms that many encounter during illness, your clinician can help. Here are some suggestions for ensuring you have the knowledge you need. If you hear a new term, ask for a definition or ask where you can find more information. The internet can also help provided you go to reputable sources like UpToDate or Medscape. After getting information, repeat it back and confirm with your clinician that you understand it correctly.

4.      It’s OK to get a second opinion. Getting additional opinions can change outcomes. In one study, 53.5 percent of women with breast cancer had a change in recommended treatment based on a second review of imaging studies. Organizations such as the American Cancer Society and Patient Advocate Foundation also recommend second opinions. Granted, some may avoid getting a second opinion fearing that it sends a signal to your clinician that you are difficult or mistrustful. This can be particularly challenging if you plan to put your life in her hands going forward. But many clinicians actually appreciate you getting a second opinion because they would rather you feel confident about your plan having explored all the options. It may even help to get input from people who are not doctors but have faced a similar decision, keeping in mind that every patient’s situation is different.

5.      You can ask for an ethics consults. If your views fundamentally don’t align with those of your clinician, an ethics consult might help. Ethics consultants specialize in addressing problems for which more than one reasonable solution exists. Most hospitals offer such services without charge and allow anyone to ask for input from the ethics consultant.

Thankfully, in medical care today clinicians no longer make all the decisions, leaving patients to follow blindly. Shared decision making means that clinicians and patients or their loved ones are partners. That partnership assumes responsibility for all those involved.

Certainly no one wants additional responsibilities when they are ill or suffering. But advocating for yourself can go a long way towards coming to choices that are right for you or those you love.

*Not the patient’s real name, but permission granted by parents.

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