Happy birthday to the 44th president of the United States of America, Barak Obama!
I was recently honored by More Magazine by being included on their 2011 “Fierce List”, along with 50 other dynamic and influential women. The beautiful Ashley Judd graces the cover.
More’s Fierce List includes women “with nerve”...Women who are the best examples going of fortitude and attitude, endurance and resilience, true grit and true wit…Women who are tireless transformers, bold blowers of the whistle, glass-ceiling smashers and party crashers…Women who are uppity…Women who are down to earth…Women who are tough and compassionate, graceful and invincible…Women who are survivors and revivers; resisters, insisters, sisters. Needless to say, I was honored to be included on a list that includes (but is not limited to): Hillary Clinton, Tina Thompson (WNBA), Sheryl Sandberg (Facebook), Aung San Suu Kyi (pro-democracy heroine of Myanmar), Michelle Obama, Lori Proctor, Arianna Huffington, Oprah Winfrey, and Tina Fey.
The editors of More Magazine included a description of my plight to hold a cyber-stalker accountable for stalking and harassing me (see page 108). They also included my motto, “Well behaved women rarely make history” (see page 110). I actually borrowed the quote from Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, however it an important motto to live by. We should all dare to be Fierce…dare to be the “uncommon”…dare to try something new…dare to step out of our comfort zone…dare to go against the grain, even when you must stand alone in your journey.
Happy International Women’s Day!
International Women’s Day (March 8, 2011) is an annual global celebration of the the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. In some places like China, Russia, Vietnam and Bulgaria, International Women’s Day is a national holiday.
Suffragettes campaigned for women’s right to vote. The word ‘Suffragette’ is derived from the word “suffrage” meaning the right to vote. International Women’s Day honours the work of the Suffragettes, celebrates women’s success, and reminds of inequities still to be redressed.2011 year marks the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day. The day was commemorated for the first time on 19 March 1911 in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland, following its establishment during the Socialist International meeting the prior year. More than one million women and men attended rallies on that first commemoration.
In 1975, during International Women’s Year, the United Nations began celebrating 8 March as International Women’s Day. Two years later, in December 1977, the General Assembly adopted a resolution proclaiming a United Nations Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace to be observed on any day of the year by Member States, in accordance with their historical and national traditions.
I’m a science-buff at heart. In college, I took 2 semesters of calculus, physics, and organic chemistry each. Admittedly, I skipped out on P-Chem (Physical Chemistry) after starting down the computer science path (and eventually becoming a Java programmer for IBM), but I still love and miss studying natural science. I find myself most fascinated by String Theory…and in particular “M-Theory”. It attempts to explain the essence of all time and matter, and defines our existence over 11 dimensions.
String theory is a developing theory in particle physics that attempts to concile quantum mechanics and general relativity. It is a contender for the theory of everything (TOE), a manner of describing the known fundamental forces and matter in a mathematically complete system. The theory has yet to make testable experimental predictions, which a theory must do in order to be considered a part of science.
“There comes a time in life, when you walk away from all the drama and people who create it. You surround yourself with people who make you laugh, forget the bad, and focus on the good. Love the people who treat you right, (you never know when they’ll be gone). Forget about the ones who don’t. Life is too short to be anything but happy… Falling down is part of life. Getting back up is living….”
Photo by Glyn John Willett
Today we celebrate Groundhog Day….a special holiday of Pagan origins wherein a large, rotund rodent, native to the U.S. mid-Atlantic and mid-West regions, provides Americans with a mystical divination regarding the oncoming Spring Season. The prophecy holds that a Groundhog who sees his shadow, will run back to his burrow, alluding to six more weeks of winter. Otherwise, we in for an early spring. I just heard that the most famous (and supposedly most accurate) Groundhog of them all didn’t see his shadow, so perhaps we are in for an early Spring? One can only hope 🙂
Happy Groundhog Day everyone.
Today marks not only the beginning of Black History Month, but also the anniversary of the historic Woolworth’s Sit-In, which took place on February 1, 1960 in Greensboro, NC. Four amazing young college students did the unthinkable…they sat at a “Whites-Only” lunch counter, in the segregated south. This act of bravery helped spark the civil rights movement. They are (and always have been) examples to me of steadfastness and standing by one’s principles…even when those principles aren’t popular.
There are many lessons to learned from this act that took place 51-years-ago today.
On January 28, 1986, right before lunchtime, my elementary school class was finishing up a science lesson (I don’t remember what we were learning) and preparing to watch the space shuttle launch. Several minutes later, a look of horror spread across my elementary school teacher face after another teacher, who had run into our classroom crying, whispered something in her ear. Without saying anything to the captive audience of 4th graders, my teacher ran over to our classroom TV and turn it on. We saw a plume of smoke where there should have been a space shuttle named The Challenger.
In 1985, Christa McAuliffe was selected from more than 11,000 applicants to participate in the NASA Teacher in Space Project and she was scheduled to become the first teacher in space. As a member of the pace Shuttle Challenger mission, she was planning to conduct experiments and teach two lessons from Space Shuttle Challenger. On January 28, 1986, her spacecraft disintegrated 73 seconds after launch. After her death, schools and scholarships were named in her honor, and in 2004 she was awarded the Congressional Space Medal of Honor.
Dr. Ronald McNair, PhD, was one of the crew members who died in the space shuttle challenger explosion. He was only 35, yet he achieved so much in his short life. In 1971 he received a bachelor’s degree in engineering physics, magna cum laude, from North Carolina A&T State University.
McNair was a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. In 1976, he received his Ph.D. in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology becoming nationally recognized for his work in the field of laser physics.
He flew on STS-41-B aboard Challenger in February 1984, as a mission specialist becoming the second African American to fly in space.
In reflecting back on the legacy of Dr. Ron McNair, PhD, and Christa McAuliffe, I am inspired by two ordinary people who made extraordinary contributions to society because the pursues their dreams.
This morning New Yorkers awoke to balmy, arctic temperatures, as one of the coldest winter seasons in the past 2 years continues in the Northeast.
By 7:00am, temperatures hovered around 6 degrees Fahrenheit; a frigid start for those of us who have to venture out to the office on this beautiful Monday morning.
This weather can take an unfortunate toll on the skin, due to the low humidity and cold temperatures. Since hibernating for the next 3-months is not an option for most people, experts recommend the following 5 tips to protect skin from the cold weather:
- Use a humidifier at home to improve humidity in the evenings and at night during sleep;
- Drink lots of water during the day to stay hydrated;
- Use oil-based moisturizers daily, on the body and face (Aveeno oatmeal based lotion is my fav);
- Avoid hot showers. Take luke-warm showers instead. (Honestly, I can’t give up the hot showers…so this is a tip that I will be avoiding. LOL)
- Don’t forget about the nails and lips. Keep them moisturized.