Archive for December, 2011

Gabor Mate – ADHD, Bullying, and the Destruction of American Childhood

Part 1


A spike in diagnoses of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and other mental disorders has fueled an unprecedented reliance on pharmaceutical medications to treat children, with long-term effects that remain unknown.

Canadian physician and best-selling author, Dr. Gabor Maté argues that these responses are treating surface symptoms as causes while ignoring deeper roots.

He says children are in fact reacting to the broader collapse of the nurturing conditions needed for their healthy development.

Part 2   

Part 3





Living Beyong Limits: Amy Purdy

Amy Purdy talks about the power of imagination. She explains how our lives are not determined by what happens to us, but by the choices we make. Imagination allows us to break down borders, to move beyond our circumstances, to create and constantly progress.

Amy Purdy has been through hardships that most of us will never face — or can even fathom. But what makes her story so incredible is not that fact that she lived a “normal” childhood and spent her high school years as a passionate artist and snowboarder, then traumatically lost both her legs at age 19, but how she has persevered, taking implausible challenges and rising above them.

Today, Amy is an athlete; currently the top ranked adaptive female snowboarder in the world. Amy also spends a good amount of time helping others; specifically those with physical challenges get involved with snowboarding, skateboarding, wakeboarding and other action sports through the organization she co-founded Adaptive Action Sports. Challenging herself while making a positive impact on the world is a true testament to Amy’s spirit.


Ludwig Wittgenstein said…

“Yes, a key can lie forever in the place where the locksmith left it, and never be used to open the lock the master forged it for.”

Source: CV, p. 54, 1946

Via: Iain McGilchrist lecture


Bono Tells Graduates “Pick a Fight, Get in It” (2004)


Speaking to Penn’s graduating class of 2004, Bono didn’t give the usual advice — go forth and follow your passion.

No, the message was a little different.

He urged the graduates to serve their age by betraying it, by “exposing its conceits, it’s foibles, it’s phony moral certitudes … and massive moral blindspots,” Africa being perhaps the most glaring example.

Then, his speech wraps up with this, the best lines saved for last.

“Whether it’s this or something else, I hope you’ll pick a fight and get in it. Get your boots dirty, get rough, steel your courage…, make one last primal scream, and go. Sing the melody line you hear in your own head. Remember, you don’t owe anybody any explanations. You don’t owe your parents any explanations. You don’t owe your professors any explanations.

You know I used to think the future was solid or fixed, something you inherited like an old building that you move into when the previous generation moves out or gets chased out. But it’s not. The future is not fixed, it’s fluid. You can build your own building, or hut or condo.

My point is that the world is more malleable than you think, and it’s waiting for you to hammer it into shape…. That’s what this degree of yours is, a blunt instrument. So go forth and build something with it. Remember what John Adams said about Ben Franklin, “He does not hesitate at our boldest measures but rather seems to think us too irresolute.” Well this is the time for bold measures and this is the country and you are the generation.”

Transcript of Bono’s speech.

Via Open Culture


Rumi says…

What was whispered to the rose
To break it open
Last night
Was whispered to my heart.


“Baby Its Cold Outside” – Zach & Donald Holiday Video

A “Happy Holidays Video” from Zach Braff and Donald Faison.


Twas The Night Before Christmas in Celebrity Voices by Jim Meskimen

Celebrity impressionist Jim Meskimen’s tribute to movie, film and political stars reciting Clement C. Moore’s immortal “A Visit From St. Nicholas”.


The Christmas Song sung in Celebrity Voices by Impressionist Jim Meskimen

Impressionist Jim Meskimen sings The Christmas song in celebrity voices at Christmas Stories 2011 at the Celebrity Centre International charity benefit show, which raises funds for the Hollywood Police Activities League and their programs that help at-risk kids.

Jim has been the M.C. of this event for 19 years, since the very first of these star-studded events.