Thursday, March 26, 2015

Weekend Music-Heartbeat Song....

Kelly Clarkson is back from her self-imposed maternity hiatus and is as good as she ever was....

You might have heard about the controversy about Kelly's post baby weight. Yes, some people have too much to say. Fat-shamming is also not a new issue....

Fat-shaming, Body Image and a Culture of Dehumanization

Monday, March 23, 2015

Plato's Allegory of the Cave...Seeking the Light

From TED

I have to say that this is a very interesting short post concerning society, self-delusion and democratic ideals.  Funny how an allegory from thousands of years ago can apply to today. You may not agree with Plato's perspective, or Socrates for that matter, but it does make for some interesting dinner table conversation.

Twenty four hundred years ago, Plato, one of history’s most famous thinkers, said life is like being chained up in a cave forced to watch shadows flitting across a stone wall. Beyond sounding quite morbid, what exactly did he mean? Alex Gendler unravels Plato's Allegory of the Cave, found in Book VII of The Republic.


Want to read the Allegory of the Cave in its complete format? Go to this site and get started. To better understand the allegory’s larger context, try reading the rest of The Republic by Plato and these classic lectures. Then, check out this theological perspective on how Plato’s cave allegory relates to the human condition, or this modern scientific interpretation of what it tells us about human knowledge.

Want to see two different visual representations of this allegory? Watch this version of Plato’s allegory in clay animation or this one narrated by Orson Wells! Each is a bit different, but provide a unique representation of Plato’s allegory. How does the visual representation give you a different perspective from reading the Allegory of the Cave?

You may also want to read a summary of the Theory of Forms and how it relates to language. Even if none of that interests you, chances are you’ve already seen the Allegory of the Cave interpreted as a major blockbuster film.

Interested in comparing Plato’s Allegory of the Cave to a real-life issue such as alcohol and addiction? Visit the New York Times Learning Network Text to Text and follow the lesson. Read through it and compare the two texts presented. What other everyday situations can Plato’s allegory help us understand?

I also found this book, which can continue this discussion:

The Cave and the Light, Plato versus Aristotle and the Struggle for the Soul of Western Civilization, Arthur Herman, 2014, Random House Trade Paperback

Saturday, March 21, 2015

The weather outside is still frightful, but I'm dreaming of every shade of pink

Mother nature has decided to be rather frightful. I never gave much thought to groundhogs predicting the weather, but this year it seems Punxsutawney Phil got it right. Winter just won't let go. 

But that hasn't stopped me from pulling out my spring wardrobe and adding that little bit of color where I can without freezing my tuchas off. So of course, the best place to start is always with the handbag...(not in any particular price point order)








MCM (it's reversible too)



Now a little something extra  to keep me going .....

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

PMS...It may not actually exist....Oh Really?

From TED

Robyn Stein DeLuca is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Stony Brook University where she's taught Women's Studies through the lenses of psychology and healthcare for over fifteen years. DeLuca studies the psychology of pregnancy, including postpartum depression and the psychosocial consequences of cesarean delivery. For two years, she was the Executive Director of the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) program at Stony Brook. In 2015, DeLuca received a graduate certificate in Religious Studies and Education from the Harvard Divinity School. She teaches and speaks often about the role of women in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

Next they are going to take away menopause symptoms.

Happy St. Patrick's Day

May love and laughter light your days,
and warm your heart and home.
May good and faithful friends be yours,
wherever you may roam.
May peace and plenty bless your world
with joy that long endures.
May all life's passing seasons
bring the best to you and yours!

Meaning of St. Patrick's Day from the History Channel

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

How do you know you exist?

From TED, because we don't have enough to worry about.....

How do you know you’re real? Is existence all just a big dream? Has some mad scientist duped us into simply believing that we exist? James Zucker investigates all of these questions (and more) in this mind-boggling tribute to René Descartes’s Meditations on First Philosophy.

René Descartes believed that most of what he acquired and learned came from the senses, but his senses had deceived him in the past. Can you give an example of when your senses have deceived you? Is there an experience that has made you doubt what you have seen or heard? Could this give you reason to doubt EVERYTHING you have learned from your senses? Check out this video for some background on this idea or watch the TED-Ed Lesson How Optical Illusions Trick Your Brain for one example of how and why your mind can be tricked into seeing something differently than it is. Would René Descartes agree with the statement that “things are not always what they seem?" Do you?

Descartes believed that if you doubt your own existence, you must exist to doubt it! In other words, “I think therefore I am.” Check out this video to get more insight into this idea! Some people believe that this statement proves that the one’s mind exists but not one’s physical body. What do you think?

René Descartes was an extremely talented man. A video link is provided here that describes his life and philosophy. He was not only a philosopher but a mathematician as well. Three links are provided below that will give you more insight into the life of this man:

Some famous quotes from Descartes are written below. These may give you an idea of how he thought and what he believed:

“If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things.”

“Let whoever can do so deceive me, he will never bring it about that I am nothing, so long as I continue to think I am something."

“The reading of all good books is like conversation with the finest men of past centuries.”


or are we like the WHOs, who live on a dust cloud, who can only be heard by an elephant's ears?

Monday, March 9, 2015

Hava Nagila: The Movie

Hava Nagila (The Movie) is a documentary romp through the history, mystery and meaning of the great Jewish standard. Featuring interviews with Harry Belafonte, Leonard Nimoy, Connie Francis, Glen Campbell, Regina Spektor and more, the film follows the ubiquitous party song on its fascinating journey 

Here's the song:

With lyrics:


With a little modern flair:


It's also a great song to use in Olympic competition. Watch Ali Reisman win the gold medal for floor exercises HERE.