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Published on June 9, 2011 by chloejo · No Comments
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And big noses are back. Of course big noses aren't a trend, they never went away. But they are back in the media and back on TV with a vengeance. Although these women aren't to be applauded for 'daring' to wear their own faces, it's nice to see a woman with her own set of nostrils having a sex scene on mainstream TV. It can't have been easy to have gotten there, as any actress friend we have has told us 10 physical things casting directors have suggested they change over their careers. It takes a strength and confidence to sully forth in the critical, judgmental world of media with your real, goddess given face which makes us like these confident women even more.
Watching Iranian actress Necar Zadegan on "Gilfriends Guide To Divorce" is almost shocking, that's how odd it is to see a real nose on TV. She's gorgeous and perfect in every way and oozes sexuality and smarts. America has steered that far off course that real faces now feel freakish. Beyond Barbra and Bette - the nose pioneers - this new batch of beauties are undoubtedly going to lessen the load of Bat Mitzvah nose job requests.
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- The Weight of Fog: A Post Election LifeI wake up every morning hoping the fog will lift. Hoping my heart won’t feel so heavy.
I try not to look at Facebook but then I get curious about what Dan Rather wrote, what my friends uncovered, what otherworldly thing the Elect Tweeted. I scroll in disbelief and promise myself I won’t add to the ocean of posts but I can’t contain myself because I can’t believe what the Elect Tweeted and within seconds I’ve added a new status update, link, share into what feels like a vacuum, a cave, a sinkhole.
The fog isn’t lifting and my heart is feeling heavier and heavier.
It feels like the Elect hit the delete button on history.
In sharing with someone today that I feel this is our generation’s Great Depression they asked me how government really affects my daily life, offering that if I tune out all the noise I can return to life as it was before 11/9.
But there is no going back. And I’m not built to tune out noise. And this isn’t noise it’s real, loud yes, but not a barely-working, fuzzy AM station. And I’m a parent whose children go to public school so let’s begin with that. My kids and their school are a big part of my daily life. Then there’s the matter of my children being girls who will one day be teenage girls and then women. So there’s the whole Women’s Rights thing. Daily life. Then the LGBTQ community and their rights. Daily life. People of Color. Daily life. Jews, our Temple, the mezuzah on my door, the anti-Semitism. My daily life. My father’s entire life spent as an environmental leader. Because of him my life spent as an environmentally conscious person. Daily life. Justice, freedom for my family, my friends, my neighbors. Daily life. Government affects our daily life. Perhaps now more than ever. Not perhaps. Now more than ever.
Why the fog? Why is my heart so heavy? Hillary was the most qualified candidate for the job. Not just this year but all years. Period. End of sentence. Yes, I wanted her in office so the girls and women of the world could see, the way non-white people of the world could see with President Obama, that it is possible and it can happen. That the highest office in the land is not reserved only for white men.
But in truth, now, with the multiple mind-bending reveals per day from the Elect… it’s no longer because Hillary did not win. It’s because he did. And it’s not even that linear. It’s not because he won. It’s because he is who he is and he now has the biggest platform on the planet to continue telling the citizens of the planet that being a dick is great, being kind and compassionate is meaningless, being conscious and awake is weird talk, being practiced in a profession is fool’s gold, being smart is for the birds, studying and knowing and researching and asking and being curious is not what gets you the win and it certainly has no relevance in getting you the Presidency of the United States. That’s the fog I can’t manage to see through. And in the stumbling around in it, in the attempt to find my footing in this new America my heart is heavy with the question: what will become of all the good we have done.
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- The Most Progressive School You’ve Never Heard Of: The Solutionary School
The Solutionary School NYC will be a K-12 school opening in 2016 offering an open source model based on the principles Zoe Weil discusses in her viral TEDx talk, “The World Becomes What You Teach.” The differentiator is a curriculum interconnecting global issues within academics -- the first of its kind teaching students to create sustainable solutions for a humane, just, and healthy world. The Solutionary School will radiate curiosity, responsibility, and compassion, turning out global citizens able to lead the charge. Add to that some of the most unbelievable class projects, school building, and all plant-based organic foods served and you've got the blue print for a school that has never been embarked upon before. This is the kind of revolutionary model of education that education-obsessed parents will move from other Cities to send their kids and provide them with this radically unique educational experience.
The Institute for Humane Education (IHE) is embarking upon the most exciting and audacious project to date: the Solutionary School New York City (SSNYC) to be opened in 2016 with an innovative, open-sourced curriculum available to the world. Hear from Head of School Bill Gladstone and IHE President Zoe Weil on how the development of this school offers the greatest strategy for a peaceful, sustainable future for all people, animals, and the environment.
Watch this video for yourself, parents and educators, and tell us you don't get chills!
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